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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 19, 2014, 01:20:08 PM
Only accomplished a few things in Majora's Mask last night. I completed the Great Bay Spider House, got a bottle from the beavers, and rounded up a few pieces of heart. I'm debating whether or not I should keep side questing right now, or if I should go complete the Great Bay Temple.

You've made a few posts but I've loved reading your MM progress.  x)
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 18, 2014, 02:14:23 PM
Pom Poko

This is such a weird Ghibli flick that I've partially ignored and partially held off on.... Ah well, here we go:

= I'm surprised that it went this route, but I liked the 'mockumentary' style going on in this film with all the matter-of-fact details on "raccoon" (i.e. 'tanuki') ways of life, even with several main characters getting their own narration input.

= Art shifts, or rather tanuki shifting is strange.  What are the more oblong versions of them we see when we're happy?  I do like the shift from tanuki to raccoons though.

= This flick is also super-steeped in Japanese culture and myth that I can't help but feel I'm missing out on a good number of jokes because of it.

= Dubbing this must have been a nightmare.  I watched the film in English but with Japanese Subtitles and there's a few changes to say the least.  I give the team credit for doing as well as they did.  They did change, almost entirely, any song about their magical testicles...which I can't really argue with (I guess growing up on this side of the planet has made me a bit more prudish about this?  To be fair though... THEY'RE GIANT BALLS that can be resized/transformed and it's juuuust a BIIIT weird).  But other songs have been really well adapted to create some pleasant rhyme or song out of it.

= On that note; Ghibli actually does a really great job dubbing, sometimes even adding a bit more context to scenes or, daresay, creating more interesting dialogue choices than the Japanese counterpart (I can't imagine this being a popular opinion).

=  This film is both funny and really gross.  Certainly detailing "spring fever" is a bit weird with characteristically and human-like tanuki; but I respect the decisions to show all facets of raccoon life over the years.  However, also shown is women fighting off horny male tanuki which comes off as more disturbing than outright funny.  On the other hand, seeing how lazy and useless the tanuki are against a good meal creates great chuckles throughout the film and is pretty foreshadowing that their efforts to win the forest back from humans may be doomed from the start.  The tanukis in this seem to be a lot of fun but not very respectable creatures, so they make for an interesting "hero" to follow.

= I love Ghibli's Secret World of Arietty, but my biggest complaint is the slow pace that makes the film feel too much like boy-meets-girl, they talk once, then it's on to the film's climax.  One thing I love about Pom Poco is I feel that almost EVERYTHING happens in this film.  Multiple perspectives, divided sides, love, loss, and numerous amusing attempts to haunt the local residences with their transforming abilities.  The story also has a nice ending that's given a good amount of screen time since many characters in the film are followed.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 18, 2014, 12:40:38 AM
Friggin' Twilight Princess and that statue puzzle in the Sacred Grove. Zelda finally has a difficult puzzle and it's FRUSTRATINGLY difficult. No matter how many times I play the game, it always takes me forever to solve the damn thing.

I solved it the first time I played, then any other playthrough I just used a guide...too lazy to re-figure it out.  Plus, as much as I *adore* Twilight Princess I fucking hate almost *everything* about the Lost Woods in that game.  That Skull Kid can go rot in hell.
19  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: November 17, 2014, 08:52:54 PM

Time to buy the game, I guess!
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: November 17, 2014, 02:01:06 AM

Anonymous has taken over the KKK Twitter (yes) account...

FERGUSON, Mo., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- After members of the KKK put up fliers saying they would use "lethal force" against Ferguson protesters, as the grand jury announcement over the shooting of Michael Brown approaches, the hacktivist group Anonymous has begun publishing names of area KKK members on social media.
The fliers the KKK distributed said: "There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law-abiding citizens of Missouri," according to Vice News. "We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri Law to defend ourselves."

Along with posting names on their own social media accounts, the hackers have taken over the Klu Klux Klan's Twitter account, @KuKluxKlanUSA. "Under anon control as of 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47. You should've expected us," the account's description now reads.

The KKK claimed they were not worried about the threats from Anonymous before their account was taken over.

Umm.... well, wow?
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 16, 2014, 10:00:51 PM
So I found this picture on Imgur.  Apparently the user needs to get a colonoscopy (which means a shit load of laxatives before the examination)....  This looks awesome though.

22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 16, 2014, 04:36:58 PM
Girlfriend has sent me texts with links to 3 separate studies about birth control pills failing.  Unprovoked.  I find this...unsettling

Condoms and the pill then?  Or one of you can go under the knife and never have to worry. :S
Worst case out of these out of the blue messages: Congratulations! (or just late; which is probably one of the most mind-consuming things)

I also started drinking caffeine again because being sober isn't very fun.

After years of school and retail work....fucken right.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 16, 2014, 01:55:06 AM
I admit that I went through the entirety of Vesperia wanting to cuddle Repede.

AS a dog person, the love for Rollo went over my head.  It's all about Repede.

If we're going the almost-cosplay route I want:
-Leia's hat. A more RL version would look totally cute with my new coat.
-Jade's Pac-man belt. People told me I should were something more geeky sometimes, but I don't have anything cheekier than my new Totoro shirt and that green bootleg Space Invaders shirt that's so old the worn print is starting to look like a fashion statement.
-Raven's stupidly awesome coat. I get cold easily, especially while working and I've worn way uglier things to stay warm. Seriously, I'm wearing a way uglier thing right now.

I love her hat too.  And since I have a big head, I need a 'puffy hat' so that more normal hats don't look like a condom on me (Before you think/say/do anything: I'm exaggerating!!!!!!!) and I think Jade's belt would be what gets me to buy geek apparel.

I find Tales are a bit too JRPG-fantasy for me to find many IRL inspirations in clothing, I can think about a million for Hidari's take on the Atelier series.
I'd looove an open-shoulder shirt/tank combo like Ayesha
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 01:46:56 AM
I figured ToX2 for some serious drama with BS "sci fi" dimension travelling that occupies its own rules and waves the "magical fiction wand" to tell whatever story it wants.

Precisely. That is what I like about it.

The more in depth a narrative gets with dimension-bending-time-warp-tastic-talk the less I care (or understand). Being a self-admitted Sci-Fantasy fan long before I am a Science Fiction dude, I have a much easier time accepting the "magic wand" approach in interest of setting the stage for drama.

I think the ultimate example of this for me is Xillia 2 vs. XIII-2. Neither makes any real sense of things but one title makes it much easier for me to focus on character interactions and events. Can you guess which narrative I favor for it's simplicity and cast-focus?? Tee-hee.

I feel like Sci-Trekky scenarios never really make sense to me though, so I largely chalk up problems with the narratives to "its me not the game".

I'll always admit to some of the raw potential 13-2 had.  It hits it briefly with the Noel flashback and in the ending itself
Him and Caius and Yeul as the last people on earth is chilling to think about; Serah died, and chaos ensued

I also don't think I can ever forgive Xillia 2 for its seriously embarrassing amount of recycled content, even right down to enemies and bosses.  I almost wish it was just some expensive piece of DLC or some sort of bundle pack.  It's great that Triglyph got bigger and there's more sidequests and in-game content; but it makes Xill2 feel recycled or Xill1 that much more incomplete/unfulfilling.  Still, since the characters are entertaining, the journey was interesting even if the destination wasn't (let's go to that canyon....AGAIN! :D ).

I respect 13-2 went so out of the way to "fix" 13's world map issue to whatever extent by creating larger and more expansive fields and a lot of unique and interesting ways to get the alternate endings and those "time fragment" things (forgot them name ATM).  And certainly, even if sloppy and contrived, dimensions could be fun and strange to explore.  But it just sort of messed up the end-game by creating a confusing plot starring the original under-developed or not terribly amiable cast in the same paradigm combat system but limiting choice there even further --- and by basically hinting a sequel that no one really asked for amidst the "where FF15?" questions.

I agree Xillia 2 hits the emotions harder by presenting much better cutscene potential though; and I think I'd rather play it for its great ease to slide into and because Tales games at least know how to have some fun and are good at handling it.  But being honest, I thought both were kind of messy sequels.  Entertaining?  Most definitely.  But on a critical scope?  It's something I'd really have to sit with.

tl;dr I agree, but with reservations.

Now, I want me a sci-fi RPG Star Ocean that looks like that beautiful tech demo where two minutes were more interesting than most of SO4

EDIT: omg....Caius and Gaius....the rhymage....
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 15, 2014, 10:56:35 PM
Honestly, the only thing I'm worried about at this point is dialogue.  I'll probably beat my head into the game's disc if you're stuck on a bromatic cruise of the country listening to really bad or unnatural dialogue. 

Well, I don't know what the content of the dialogue will be, of course, but the dialogue from the trailers seemed to be quite good and better-written/more natural than the XIII series in my opinion. I'm optimistic about the story based on what we've seen so far.


Forgive the skepticism but their track record as of late hasn't been good. 
Ah well, does me saying the lighter side of this is because concern means I care and am gettin' a lil' excited for this game?? 

26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 15, 2014, 09:36:43 PM
So, Dice keeps posting these Tales things I want and I was thinking about jokingly complaining about Dice to a friend, and then I thought:

Dice sounds weird in Dutch, but if you'd translate it, it'd sound even weirder: Dobbelstenen.

Is it flattering that I'm talked in offline hours (have you ever talked 'forum' to friends?), or sad that it's do make fun of my wonderful username??? :S

...I'll take it!  Dobbelstenen it is!!!

I just broke a knife cutting cheese.

It was an old knife, but still... cheese...

Now it's a challenge to make it even MORE delicious.  You fight that cheese and win her love.
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 15, 2014, 08:50:13 PM
People can shit on FF8 all they like, and while I've forgotten like 90% of the plot details, I will always remember these guys!!!!!!!

28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 15, 2014, 08:31:11 PM
I don't know if this was mentioned before and I'm too lazy to check, but with the whole "road trip" concept going here and lots of driving between locations, is it going to matter that Japan's cars have the steering wheel on the right-hand side and that American cars have the steering wheel on the left? (Mail delivery trucks notwithstanding).  I had to consciously make myself think "no, he is NOT driving on the wrong side of the road." 

I guess it shouldn't matter since the game takes place in a fictional world, but it did matter to me in Jake Hunter because that was a whitewashed version of Jinguji Saburo and I couldn't buy the game taking place in Anytown America when the guy's car had a right-side steering wheel.

I don't think this game is GTA-ing it where we'll be driving around town and getting screwed up by the controls for driving on the wrong other side of the road. 

I do wonder if they'd change it for their big ass Western market, but I doubt it, and it'd be such a minor cosmetic change that what's the point I think.  And after a bunch of white-washing in 90s gaming, I hope that is done and over with (even if the changes provided interesting stories or humour :P ).

I dunno, I tend to be still bothered by the utter lack of anything in their world and the fact that monsters just seem to be randomly placed around without any thought of where they might live or sleep.

Like where do the giant monsters in the lake live do they just stand in that lake all day and night forever, wouldn't it be long dried up after like a hour of them drinking there?

The white dot areas on the map are speculated to be towns.  Hopeflly more is happening there.  I'm sure Squeenix heard the complaints about FF13's lack of variety and have since gone full to avoid such criticism again.
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 15, 2014, 08:11:31 PM
Do you mean no reskins from other FF's or from FF7 alone?

'Cause Square definitely went out of their way with all of the PS1 FF's to avoid color swapping enemies.

Can't vouch for the FFI re-do, I didn't play it (and I'm honestly not interested in it beyond the pretty awesome sprites).

I think SNES FF's did a lot of re-skinning, and FFX is probably the biggest offender of them all for this (making it almost a point of the weakness-based battle system).

I dunno, I kinda just said what I saw, but I'm having trouble thinking up the entire monster-pedia to say more about it beyond generalizations.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 15, 2014, 07:39:07 PM

Wait, asexual might be right given that Tifa probably would throw herself on him if he even barely suggested it.  Sorry, not to give the idea that Tifa's Cloud-cock crazy, but she literally drops anything for the fella.  And it's actually very sweet.

Like I said earlier, the whole scene where she keeps vigil while Cloud's a damn near vegetable after the mako poisoning really shows the strength of her character.  

EDIT: And in thinking about JRPG love interests, is it me or is it rare to see a heroine who's dated and been in relationships prior to meeting the hero?  I know Aeris dated Zack when she revealed that Cloud reminded her of him.  And there was that one scene in FF8 where Rinoa reveals that she dated Seifer.  

Agreed there.  I think it's weird they recycled the "dated a dude you knew" angle twice though.

I like it though, it certainly makes the character more realistic even if an expense of that somewhat "chaste" or innocent quality given (or simply assumed) to characters otherwise.  Plus, they're not necessarily a young cast either; Yuffie being the youngest at 16[?].  The love-triangle group is in their early 20s so I'm glad the game indeed gave them their teenage years to find that first love or whatever.

Actually, not to divert things too much, but the "Wedding episode" of Falls' somewhat quiet hit TV show Outlander surprised its audience by somewhat reversing these roles despite an 'olde world' setting:
The female main character wasn't a virgin but the man she was marrying was

I actually really want to get this out there, and maybe I didn't pay attention or didn't do battle in enough places too.  But Final Fantasy 7 has to have the most impressive amount of unique monsters I've ever seen in a game.  Literally, every place no matter how small or minor (and "soldier enemies" aside) has unique monsters seen in one place but never again.  I'm hard pressed to tell you which monsters are indeed reskins.
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