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16  Media / The Soundroom / The Music Video Topic on: October 24, 2014, 01:02:00 AM
I find very rarely does an amazing song get justice done my a great music video.  You don't have to post "art" or whatever, but post what you thought was a good music video here!!

"Shut Me Up" by Mindless Self-Indulgence

I freaking LOVE this video.  The song and accompanying music video are...a bit crazy to say the least; but it's rare that the song matches up with video so well and really goes out of its way to do so.  If you've ever worked retail, you may sympathize a bit with it and appreciate it (specifically the part where you can blow up phones and shoot customers with the scanning gun). :P
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 09:52:16 PM
Maybe he's referring to that bonus dungeon in the GBA version? Its as awful as every other GBA era bonus dungeon. Compared to that, there are only like two or three dungeons in FFVI that are comparatively bad (Magitek Reseach Facililty, the Burning House and Gogo's Lair), and none of those suck nearly as hard as that bonus dungeon does.

I'd add Cian's mind dungeon thing.

Wasn't even worth the character himself since there's like 7 other powerhouses.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 09:48:34 PM
*Obligatory Tales of Xillia has shitty dungeon (ie fuckall) post*
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 09:02:38 PM
I actually really respect and take special notice when games do this.  I hate the whole "EVIL GOD FROM THE DARK MATTER" BS (as much as I love FF9, it should have stopped with Kuja).

Yu Yevon was the real bad guy!


I hate event fights even more. :/
20  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 23, 2014, 08:54:18 PM


Except: Most online shared content will get shut down because of dongs and tits.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 07:40:34 PM
Time stamp to exact quote

....I would have to say Sephiroth is my favorite FF villain just for the reason that he is the villain through the entire story. Think thats one of my biggest pet peeves with a lot of games not just rpgs is that last bosses just appear out of no where and you know nothing really about them so it doesn't feel anywhere near as epic to kill them as it did say Sephiroth after chasing him across the entire world.

I actually really respect and take special notice when games do this.  I hate the whole "EVIL GOD FROM THE DARK MATTER" BS (as much as I love FF9, it should have stopped with Kuja).
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 23, 2014, 01:10:20 AM

Some Shimomura music updated on the site (I think it's the stuff from the trailer).  Very nice!
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 22, 2014, 10:42:35 PM
In the first 2 minutes of walker, the Dali llama is brutally attacked in the middle of a Texas amusement park and I'm already sold on this being the best episode yet.

edit: a magical child just breathed a potted plant back to life!

omg this show can't be for real...
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 10:25:48 PM
Also, I believe he mentioned Fiora's death which is kinda hard to have happen outside of Colony 9.

You might be right.

The only character I found 'less useful' was Sharla, btw.  She'd basically come along if I wanted "less of a pain in the ass", but Riki and Shulk tended to do alright for healing and were better at killing things.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 22, 2014, 09:54:37 PM
I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm stepping down from performing with the band because the lifestyle (especially touring) is taking a toll on me.  Well, the band made me an offer I pretty much couldn't refuse.  While I would be stepping down from performing, I could still be their "PR Manager" and continue to help out with backend stuff like promotion, some bookkeeping, some PR, etc.  This way I'm still connected to the band (I'd be P.o.T. staff) but don't have to tour and all that jazz.  My tenure as a performer ended on good terms, the band likes and trusts me, they want to keep me on in some capacity, and it won't be the kind of time commitment of a touring performer.

Plus, though I'm a competent enough player, this kind of stuff is what I'm better at.  I always joke that it's never my playing skill that gets me gigs with bands, but rather that I'm responsible, accountable, dependable, and reliable.  Past bands have had superior bassists to me, yet I always get the callback.    

I like this- I can still be connected to local music (which I ardently support) without having to go on the road and repeatedly drag myself home at 3 in the morning with aches and pains and barely recover a week later.    

I like this, this feels like an appropriate and good 'promotion' of sorts.  Congrats Din, I hope you make the best of it and come back with the good news of interesting new 'haps'! :)
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 22, 2014, 09:53:34 PM
That King of the Hill x Pokemon thing is so gross and perfect at the same time.

I hate getting too Hollywood-y.... But, uh, wow.... Renee Zellweger looks like a whole different person these days (and like Barbie... but not in a good way, but a 'plastic' way). 

27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 22, 2014, 09:38:42 PM
Who remembers that old animated sitcom The Critic?  I liken Aeolus to Jay Sherman. 

Dammit guys. I just got this avatar (+ associated texts) and now you're making me want to get a Jay Sherman one. At least wait until Smash Bros For WiiU comes out.

Do it.  It'd be awesome. x)


Before I do more story stuff, I thought I'd give a recap of the videos you can watch at Icicle Inn.  Effectively, this ties up just about every loose end about the game (that doesn't come from more main plot stuff that I haven't gotten to yet).
...I think.  I dunno we'll see.  I did already forget how Black Materia came to be...damn

  • The Cetra could hear/talk to the planet and could heard it was "wounded" way North where the Forgotten Capital and North Crater was.
  • The wound was caused by something crashing into the planet and the Cetra tried to help it, not by themselves but with the planets energy[?] --- so they cultivated the Planet to save its resources so it could heal itself (this part was kinda vaguely written)
  • The North is apparently cold and dead because the Planet is using that energy to heal itself there
  • Then, out of the wound, something appeared and "it looked like our dead mothers and dead brothers.  Showing us spectres of the past".  That "it" was Jenova.
  • Jenova was initially friendly but deceived them and then gave them a virus that turned the Cetra into monsters (uhoh, what have we been fighting!??!?!?!).  Jenova moved out to destroy other clans, killing most of the Cetra off, while the last bunch came together to seal it (classic ancient civilization approach -- can't kill the fucker? Seal it up!).
  • The Planet was about to summon Weapons on Jenova's ass, but since the Cetra managed, they didn't need to 'wake up' anymore (but they're always semi-conscious, keeping tabs and waiting for her next move).  Of course, this is mentioned now because it's an excellent foreshadow for what's to come.  Y'know, in that "oh they didn't wake up then? Well they sure as hell will now!" (so, does killing them mean we got rid of the best line of planetary self-defence?)[/size].

Reading this makes me sad that the Ifalna dialogue is optional and does little else but contextualize things (I'd have LOVED a flashback episode to see a Humanoid/Cetra Jenova in the flesh and the Forgotten Capital as a functioning and non-abandoned place)...  But it's great material nonetheless and it kinda makes me wish that Jenova had a bigger roll in the story, besides being the occasional foil to the party.  I also like how the Planet is treated so much like living person where Jenova is this sliver that's always hurting the surface and can't get better till the affliction is gone.  Otherwise the Weapons may as well be the White Blood cells off to kill the problem by extreme force.    Lastly, I think it's great they brought back and expanded the idea of "Weapons" after FF6 introduced the idea.

I'd also be lying if said that I didn't picture Marvel's own living planetoid 'Ego' when writing about this:

I think this largely explains Jenova's humanoid appearance --- and perhaps explains the mistake on ShinRa's part for why they thought s/he was an Ancient in the first place.  I also didn't notice this before...but uh is that a giant heart she's sort of standing on??

But I like what Dincrest pointed out that the game is about a series of misunderstandings that slowly need to be rectified, and the large consequences (personal or otherwise) that happen when the truth is corrupted or obscured (so I'll thank him for pointing that out since this idea/theme keeps coming up again and again and would have gone by my head).

It's actually kinda cool that the Advent Children film continues on this idea of a "Jenova Virus" with the use of "Geostigma".  And while it's not turning people into monsters this time but making them sick up or whatever, I think it was a great idea for the film.  Unfortunately, the movie still suffers from realistic looking people having over-the-top DBZ fights (where I think at one point everyone jumps in the air for about a minute of screen time) and that cared little for its source material otherwise.  It also takes the idea of a "reunion" to an all too literal level by just making Sephiroth come back so fan boys and girls alike can squeal... what a waste.  It's not like Yazoo, Looj, and Daz or whatever were much better either. 

I think Zack in the film says it best why it was a waste of potential by telling Cloud: "You've already beat him once --- do it again". 
Cloud: OKAY; OMNISLASh 2.0!!!
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 12:17:23 AM
Okay, I stopped being a HONKAPOTAMUS REX and crafted the needed items to get my platinum trophy in Rorona+. I mostly just crafted accessories (Speed Belt and Warrior Mask) and then broke down the gear from Esty to upgrade them a bit. I took down Kaizer with just the gear and an auto-elixir, but had to craft a good bomb for Demon Lord. I knew it wouldn't be exactly hard, but it took some effort to go with homebrewed stuff, given the lack of detailed guides on the subject.

Silly mecha!  

You spelt "fagot" wrong!  

Or did you mean the Italian spelling for the basoon, "fagott"?

I don't get why you'd call yourself such silly things though...!
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 22, 2014, 12:05:02 AM
I think he's critical 'cuz he cares.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 07:15:05 PM
I don't want to sound like a dick, because im genuinely curious if there is a FF title you don't actively hate on at every opportunity.

Dude, Aeolus hates on everything.  Not just FF or Square games.

He's an equal-opportunity hater.

Amen, he's one of my favorite posters for being a Dennis Leary-esque hate-comedian.

Who remembers that old animated sitcom The Critic?  I liken Aeolus to Jay Sherman. 

One of my favorite shows

I just realized that, ever since I FFVII was released, I've been making my group a party full of druggies.  Thanks, RPGFan.

No wonder Cloud has issues.

Where's one of those gaming cartoonists when you need them

Neither here nor there, but I remember FF7 Last Order (the anime mini-sode) showed Cloud with "Mako eyes" even before he went through Hojo's bullshit.  Did the movie even reference it or just keep his eyes Aryan blue?
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