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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 25, 2014, 10:10:22 PM
people who chew their gum loudly in public places need their faces lit on fire so I can dance around the flames while they scream

SO............I called a lady out for it today at the computer lab (not the one where I work) and she told me to move or put on headphones. 

Then I told her that being loud and stupid in public is like telling everyone around you that you think that you're more important then them

then she called me I was a stupid white boy that needed to shut up

so THEN I called her a cunt and got thrown out

I am now in the process of killing a bit more whiskey than may be entirely appropriate for a librarian to consume on a tuesday night

17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 25, 2014, 06:27:37 PM
Only thing I didn't like was that I was kinda hoping for a "solution" by the end, but I feel like the guys who came up with this kinda came to the same conclusion I did on both fronts (I can relate to both the otaku-ism part and the meaning I found in it):

where it'll just kinda eat away at you until you eventually succumb. I think the very last bit might've been saying "but maybe there's still some fight left even after that," but maybe I'm reading too deeply now...

Arguably, it's probably more shocking that there isn't a proper conclusion; the piece wasn't meant to satisfy in the typical way.

Still the BEST Final Fantasy VI and...Garfield Mash-Up EVER.  Or still a really high-ranking spoof film with FF-inspiration.
I especially love the attack "Mondays".

18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: November 25, 2014, 05:33:13 PM
Oof that's a nasty attempt at colour gradient.  :/
Hopefully we don't regret it. x)

Worst case, I'll commission that guy who repaints dolls:
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: November 25, 2014, 05:15:43 PM
Between the push from both Mongoosey and Cy, I think I will. :)
Eugh, we're doing secret santa at work, I should post a note saying : WHOEVER GOT ME, GIMME $20 PSN CARD (even though budget is between $30-$50)

btw Cyril did you end up ordering the Escha figure??  It looks so pretty, but I'm kinda scared given what I've heard.
I got a "decent quality" Kotobukiya figure that I'm still happy with, so hopefully the end product isn't too bad.

20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: November 25, 2014, 03:22:11 PM
I think MK1 is on my "next game" list.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 25, 2014, 01:22:39 PM
I'll just drop this here:

white people in Vancouver riot over a hockey game and cause $5 million worth of damage to their own city: "well that's just sports fans being sports fans"

black people riot in Ferguson over the result of a grand jury investigation in to the murder of a youth: "It's the fall of civilization as we know it!"

Riot mentality is completely screwed up and really hard to explain.  I don't agree with it, understand it, and I could never see myself joining one even if emotions went 'on high' like in those situations.  That said, I don't begrudge people who join them because it's some sort of weird combination of that high emotional surge, peer pressure, and the sense of anonymity you feel that simply makes people.... go crazy.

22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 25, 2014, 12:34:14 AM
These last few weeks have been so damn lonely and I hate being cooped up with myself like this.  I don't have a whole HEAP of friends, but the few good ones I have are unavailable or busy or can't work with my own shitty school and work schedule.  Added to that are issues at home and I'm scared of slipping back into my "blues" again.

2014 has been a bad year.

I'll be working at EY full time starting next summer. It's so relieving to have a job lined up before graduating.

Lucky you. :(
I got me a mall job.  It pays well, at least but the part-time hours kinda stink.

I want to play a Pokemon game where the MC beats one of the leaders of the evil organization of the week, and the leader is like, "Oh, no. Your Pokemon beat my Pokemon. Now I guess I have to give up on my evil plans. Oh wait, my mistake, I myself seem to be perfectly fine. Okay, I'm off to go continue taking over the world. Keep up the good work, kid!"

23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 24, 2014, 10:59:58 PM
...I'm not surprised to find out that Hideaki Anno's the president of the studio that made that. ^_^; Because I relate a lot of his works on a disturbing level, and while he's not actually involved with this one, it still hits home way too hard. I know it's about Otaku-ism or whatever, but on a personal level I find that there are a lot of scenes that...aren't very different from delusions, experiences, metaphors, and dreams/nightmares I've had in the past, and I feel it could be just as easily used as an allegory for sexual repression/addiction. I dunno if I should go into detail or not...like, I had a whole big thing planned out, but I dunno if it'd be worth it or just be too weird, and it involves things I don't even talk to my therapist about...

Interesting that it was able to touch at you in some way.  I thought how the video 'looped' by the end was perfect at trying to chip away that deeper meaning.

So, my mum calls me downstairs to watch something.
Super Mario freestyle dance on Dancing with the Stars.
Kudos to them, it's not necessarily easy tunes to adapt...(I would have stole the props).
24  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: November 24, 2014, 10:49:37 PM
Nier Tribute Album -echo-
I love the ambience and techy elements compounded with Emil's theme's vocals~  Very pretty and strange.

Kid Icarus: Uprising
Thunder Cloud Temple
I loved this stage a lot; it's a cool mix of elec guitar, strings, and just a lil' bit of the main theme. 
"Yeah! Did you see THAT thunder?" "No, because you can't SEE thunder!" x)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Under the Weight
I was talking about it, so thought I'd post it! I love the hollers with the electric guitar.  It feels atypical for a boss theme and oddly appropriate (especially that title!!!) for a fight against Titan with its very imposing sounds.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 24, 2014, 10:39:17 PM
^ I'm torn on the KH OSTs.  For the most part it's more the original areas that shine for me than the Disney worlds (with a few exceptions of course).

I'm wondering if they'll release the HD OSTs soon.  I definitely loved the reworked tracks a ton.

I adored her work on Radiant Historia and loved her for Super Mario RPG (which was an OST that knew when to be cutesy and knew when to "sound" like an RPG).

.... I'm just generalizing a lot.  GO SHIMOMURA.  Uematsu got Distant Worlds, I'd love to see other Final Fantasy composers being worked in there.

The HD OSTs are out in two days. I have my CE preordered :) http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/SQEX-10473

Also, I'm not sure they re-did FAM. I think it was already orchestrated, so the VGO didn't re-record it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZGQfHjfars

26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 24, 2014, 09:39:06 PM
I'm fighting what I think is the last boss of Xillia 2 and his power punch does 11,000 and his mystic art does 110,000.

Something tells me I should not be winning this fight on hard.

EDIT: yay, I won.

EDIT2: O...k... I'm assuming I can do more stuff after the ending because that'd be a pretty bad ending.

Which ending was it?  There's I think 5 endings.  Two are jokes, one is super bad, one is "true" and the last is more of the fan favourite.

Been a while since I've had time to game since getting married (whirlwind of activities let me tell you), and am still trying to find time to do so.

That being said, I picked up Tales of Hearts R (about 40 minutes in), and I rather enjoy it so far. Sure they renamed the main character from Shing to Kor (any explanation for that?), but everything else considered the initial moments feel...well, fairly solid to me. Looks pretty good on the Vita, and is about what I would expect from a handheld Tales entry. About 40 minutes in, and I feel like I enjoy the combat more than I did in Xillia, as it feels like it has more flow. Of course, I haven't gotten a whole lot of artes or anything, but like I said, so far, so good.

Also grabbed FFVI for iOS when that sale was on last week. Was going to grab IV and V, but will wait for another sale to do so. Now I just need to find time to squeeze in some gaming. Will likely never, ever get around to the new Dragon Age, which saddens me somewhat.

Literally no reason given for that particular change.  To cheese it up: Kor is Latin for heart.... xS 

my FFT LP is on hold for now because:

 A) I just got wiped out during a random battle because (while I was being an idiot and trying to level up 3 thieves at the same time) the baddies had 2 archers with elemental attacks on the back of their arrows, and I somehow had two of my characters (Agrias and Ramza) turned to stone right off the bat by the luckiest Blaster casted by the luckiest Vampire Cat ever coded.  Since I was tired, I'd forgotten that I hadn't saved in almost 2.5 hours.  So I'll be revisiting it after the shame of my stupidity has finally worn off.   With apologies to my girlfriend; this wasn't the first and wont be the last time me yelling "THIS IS SO MUCH BULLSHIT!" at a game has woken her up at 2 in the morning.

And B) I've just fallen in love with Tales of Vesperia.  I'm about 15 hours in and I'm already convinced that this is my favorite Tales game since I played what was then called Tales of Destiny II in about 2006.  So much fun.  I'd been in a gaming rut as of late (everything I played felt lackluster for some reason) and this was just what I needed to snap me out of it.

Good ol' FFT, where a regular encounter can still prove lengthy and annoying.

Do a Journal for Vespy then. :P
I'm part of the group who still wants to see Vesp PS3 since my 360 died.  I'm hoping for some PS4 treatment since Banco has clearly established they love doing ports.  It's one of my favorites as well; I'd argue it's also my favorite graphically, the cell shading really worked out well for that title.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 24, 2014, 02:18:26 PM
^ I'm torn on the KH OSTs.  For the most part it's more the original areas that shine for me than the Disney worlds (with a few exceptions of course).

I'm wondering if they'll release the HD OSTs soon.  I definitely loved the reworked tracks a ton.

I adored her work on Radiant Historia and loved her for Super Mario RPG (which was an OST that knew when to be cutesy and knew when to "sound" like an RPG).

.... I'm just generalizing a lot.  GO SHIMOMURA.  Uematsu got Distant Worlds, I'd love to see other Final Fantasy composers being worked in there.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 24, 2014, 02:05:26 PM
Ar Tonelico 2
Using Replekia and then harmonic chain. POWER OVERWHELMING !!!

The ending screen
I stood there for MINUTES just looking at it.

Final Fantasy V
Gilgamesh turning traitor
I'm sad that now Gilgamesh is just a gag extra boss in recent FFs =(

I love that whole Replekia + Phantasmagoria cluster fuck bomb.  Replekia is such a powerful and raging song and the 16[?] seconds of Phantasmagoria and the cameo featured in it are beautifully orchestrated.
Literally, that's giving it one-million percent!

I'll be brief.  Unlike Aeolus, who only *said* that he'd be brief :P

Death Mountain in Chrono Trigger
Entering the second castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The crumbling bridge near the end of Shadow of the Colossus
The day the world changes in Final Fantasy VI
The last stand in Red Dead Redemption
Landing on the Fallen Arm in XenoBlade
The very first time you walk around in Mario 64 (HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE 3D FUTURE)

I'm sure I could think of others, but there is Dragon Age: Inquisition I could be playing right now. 

Clastlevania's second castle is such a trip and the game itself is a brilliant combination of RPG-side-scroll.  Good call.

The bridge scene in SotC is what hammers in that feeling of being alone in the game.  It was *never* that bad during the game, but the bridge scene quickly and powerfully draws it out.

Finally advancing past the troll cave in Perils of Rosella. Ok gimme a break, I was like 7 at the time and that cave scared the crap out of me! I dithered for ages trying to avoid it because the darkness + chasm + hungry troll lurking about was pretty scary at the time.

The Golbez battle in the underworld's dwarven castle in FFIV.

Celes's suicide in FFVI.

Meeting Yunelesca in FFX. The ending of FFX.

The world being destroyed within the first ten minutes of the game in Nocturne.

Digital Devil Saga (1 + 2) gave me many chills. I still consider that one of the most amazing games story-wise. Its hard to list them all. I am reading the book version now, and damn if it makes me want to dust off the PS2 and play it again.

I remember loving Yunalesca's voice....Mmm.  Anyways.
YES, a big yes to the ending, it is so goddamn powerful.  I didn't really care or feel the love story between Tidus and Yuna (I felt their positions of kids with "famous fathers" more interesting to what drew them together than what they apparently saw in each other).  I really do think FFX-2 ruins a lot of the good will in order to secure a happy ending (and omg that fucking novella where Tidus blows up is wtf-tier); but for what it was worth and while the game had a wooden presentation I do think FFX's story is absolutely fantastic.

Celes's suicide is definitely up there; I love the lack of a proper "confession scene" between Locke and her, but you knew it was there.

And DDS played the sort of Matrix-like plot to a whole other level of "wat".  I loved the big "wham episode" that reveals and explains everything about Sara and the cast and the cruel "Mr Sheffield". 
I'm also gonna throw in:
Seraph being 'created'.  I thought it was super bold to merge a male and female character (perhaps maybe using Angel's own case as a hermaphrodite to ease the idea in?) but the combination felt like an honest attempt to create something tasteful and unique.

Adding a few:

Breath of Fire IV: I love this game because it's very "quiet", but many of the cutscenes are quite heavy. 
Hmm, might be a contender for an RPGFAN Journal.
= When Ryu goes berserk in the village with the children
= Finally finding Nina's sister
= Mami and Fou-Lu's relationship[!!!]
= Hell, even that stupid boar getting killed.

I think Breath of Fire V also applies in trying to apply a ton of shock-value to cutscenes.  Nina's history is sad and depressing, Ryu gets betrayed by his bestie, the ex-BFF slowly losing his humanity, etc.

Breath of Fire III as well works but on a more subtle level.  It's been mention, but yeah the "age old conflict" meant between Garr and Ryu is quite something.  The series has always been good, especially after the very pedestrian first title, at really upping the ante and taking simple ideas and elegantly presenting them.

NieR:  Does this count?  Reading the Grimoire NieR (why the material in there wasn't made more substantial in the game is a crime).  Also playing "New Game+" mode and hearing the "enemies" finally.

Braid: The ending twist (after doing the collect-a-thon for the secret stars).  Very clever and an unexpected use of time mechanics along real history.

Suikoden's: Exploring your castle! :)

Final Fantasy VII: Maybe obvious coming from me, but the twist on Cloud's past is absolutely perfect that calls out a lot of flash back sequences and puts them to shame.

Final Fantasy IX: Goofing around towns have always been great (I love the mistaken love letter gag that brings Steiner and Beatrix to understanding each other finally).  I also love the 180 on Kuja when he discovers his fate.  The opening "how they got to the party" is also absolutely brilliant. 

Chrono Trigger: I hate the dungeons when you first visit 2300 AD, but the fact you can visit one of the Guru's before even knowing what he's talking about (well, because he's 'gone mad') is haunting and brilliant.  Finding out ruined the future (followed by the track "The Day the World Revived") is really cool too.  Oh, and Robo!  It's surprisingly easy to sympathize a "non-living" bot. 
12000BC is of course another huge moment played up perfectly.

29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 24, 2014, 11:11:48 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End -

What a colossal hunk of shit. Completely ruined the mojo of the first two flicks.  Id suspected as much, which is why I waited this long to actually watch it.

Ugh, That's all the more words that need to be wasted on it.

It's weird because I always have trouble thinking WHAT was wrong with it.
The long run-time and mindless action being particularly bad I guess.  But it just had trouble keeping my interest.

And yeah, the 4th one was worse.  I remember putting it on, and it started good...!!  But then by the half-way point I was cleaning my room with it on in the background.
30  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 24, 2014, 02:12:48 AM
Guys guys guys...GUYS.


get on it

Quoting myself because [I hope] there are other forum Smash players...and because Taelus paged me with his [just] admiration of the Soma Bringer OST.
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