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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 09, 2014, 02:43:53 AM
Tooker is being reasonable and that's about it.

Everyone else is just "Fuck yeah digital! Fuck your opinion!"

Unless you consider calling my points about ownership of digital media "bullshit" as "being supportive of my desire for physical versions of my media".

Don't act like there's been a conversation. There hasn't been.

I'm confused too because in the last four pages most of your comments have been either this(^) long or a little longer than this...  we've been writing paragraphs about our perspectives. 

If you wanna talk, you gotta give us more to work with.

I'm a bit tired and having a pissy-ass day to quote everything back, but please feed us more information about your exact problem here and try to quote us a bit more in your rebuttle.

Gaming is a business and it can't always sway the way you want.  A sad, shitty reality, but we deal with it somehow.
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 09, 2014, 02:39:41 AM

This episode was just shit timing.  Looking at rape (+ four other shitty sub plots) during the Bill Cosby scandal, UVA case, Ray Rice even, the Jian Ghomeshi case, and general way rape discussions seem to go was poorly done, badly timed, and a really shit way to kick off the second to last episode ever.  The arguments were fine enough, but the solution and "journalism" was sloppy at best (specially to go so far to find the girl but basically stop there).  Also, it's a bad attitude to go into things assuming a victim might be lying, which is just as bad as it is to also throw heat to "maybe, maybe not" offenders. 

Basically?  Don's method accomplished nothing.  What about other questions from this?  WHY do rapes go unreported?  HOW can we investigate these?  WHY is it so frequent?  WHY is so little done about it? What can we do?  These questions don't bring up the girl and the guy in the issue (if they were worried) but could still get valuable discourse out there.  Don avoids it because he doesn't want the pointing finger arguments, or it's like "sports" coverage.  This COULD have been good, and he was on the verge of hitting some good territory, but it fell apart.  Probably the worst of it was the end of it: She's told she'd be slut shamed, and the guy won't get into med schools and the like, but then when she wants to go ahead with her website, Don does the thinking for her and decides not to cover the story at all, saying he couldn't find the girl and became the gate keeper for her.  Silence is an awful a route to pursue, especially since rape affects many people, male and female, and this was certainly one issue I don't think Sorkin should have tried given the heat the show was in already for taking on hot topics.

Really?  Will talking to ghost-dad?  Eugh, fine, closure why not.  Love how Will goes free, how perfect is that?  Girl killed herself, but it's okay! Yay, on to the finale, Will! But I think the big kicker was the Charlie kicking the bucket.... :P

Oh and yay Jim and Maggie together at long last.  This took so long and both characters had enough screen time for us to like them less meanwhile, so them getting together finally was me giving a half-hearted applause over an awkward attempt to get closer.

What started a great season has become soured by the last two episodes (or back to the old form); I really can't help but wonder which way the coin will land in the finale.  This was NOT a good show.  Entertaining, most definitely, but not very good. 
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: December 09, 2014, 12:37:10 AM
^ groan... :/

Special Edition announced.  The last (Japanese) one was super nice.
The Agnes figures is a MUST HAVE (probably) after the...."previous attempt"

EDIT: Out end of april [jp]
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: December 09, 2014, 12:06:02 AM
Just super saiyan, Wild and I posted a bagpipes, accordion, and sitar selections that are nothing short of extraordinary musical selections
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 11:19:57 PM
PET PEEVE OST/ Disgaea. I love the disgaea games. I can't stand the music for the most part. It fits. I just don't like it. Something about it is way too over the top for me in a way that reminds me of the circus or something.

I liked it at first, but the goofy music tracks kinda got tiresome after a while, so I agree there.
Phantom Brave was a bit more pleasant, but I think I'm 'off' the style for now.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 08, 2014, 02:33:39 PM
^ Amen.

It's been my primary reason for digital gaming is because I don't trust the durability of consoles and the software CDs.  I'd love it if games were "preserved" digitally and the more the better; I actually get somewhat baffled by this necessity to own physical copies as a matter of principle when other options aren't available (like The Legend of Heroes or Phoenix Wright 3DS or other titles where a company couldn't justify the spending for physical copies); of course when it IS an option, I don't begrudge that either. 

I'm super happy SuikoII is finally getting "re-released" even if it is only digital.  Sure as hell better to pay the max $10 then >$100.  I want more, bring Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, bring the PSP library, release whatever the fuck on Steam, and so on.  I believe games are a form of art and it'd be great if it was preserved, even if digitally.

I'm pretty indignant about this so sorry if I use more 'passionate language' (and I know this is a bit off-topic from PC gaming "master race" or whatever the fuck), but the grudge against digital is so baffling to me.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: December 08, 2014, 01:09:31 AM
Moments like this....

53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 07, 2014, 11:18:44 PM
Wild Arms 3 final boss.... all 13 forms of it.

That was a pain (loved the final boss music, however. ;)) I'll chime in with generally any of the secret/sealed boss fights in any of the Wild Arms games. If you accidentally walk into one, you're already dead.

Yeah I remember when I got a jump-scare/annihilation from Emerald, and curiosity actually killed me with Ruby Weapon in FF7.

IIRC, some WA bosses did that too.  I was curious to use Gallows' 4th tool...but got more than I realized.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 07, 2014, 10:51:21 PM
Only two that come to mind right now are that Wolf boss from Tales of Vesperia

^ Actually the hardest boss in that game.  I'm sure i had more game overs to wolf and pups than any other boss combined (I'd say that's mostly due to being an early fight where you have shit skills/equipment more than anything...also, gels at that point ONLY good for 30% of health).

HoloHolo bird from BKO gets another vote from me along with Giacomo and his merry gang rank up there too form the first title (particularly the second fight against them).  Hell, a lot of Baten Kaitos bosses aim to prove a boss is most definitely A BOSS.  A few fights in BKO I needed to do over and rework my card deck.

That fucking boss in Xenosaga Ep 1 in that dream state.  Mainly because of the method.  I think you needed to keep track of the HP in your head then have Shion kill it, then it revives, then have Jr kill it.  wtf.

The bird thing in the Wutai sidequest in Final Fantasy VII.  Aero will most certainly kill someone and the part of the game leaves you with NO magics.  Basically the best helpful tactic is to come in with full Limit Breaks.

More annoying: The five Beatrice fights in FF9.  Fucking H.

Wild Arms 3 final boss.... all 13 forms of it.
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 07, 2014, 10:27:17 PM
In any event, LOST ODYSSEY IS DONE! After the temple nothing could touch me til the credits were rolling. Literally, I didn't even heal once during the final boss fight. I would bitch about the game being horribly unbalanced and broken at the end but based on what Mesh just said I suppose that would be my fault. Then again, they pop that temple up and sure make it seem like they meant for you to do it before you move onto the finale'.

The ending? Magnificent. My final assessment of Lost Odyssey is stellar. Easily one of my favorites of the last generation. I won't go into specifics too much as everyone else here is probably plenty familiar with it already but I thoroughly loved the title.

Isn't it the best when a game hits "all those needs"?  Shadow Hearts did it for me earlier this year, FF7 technically did as well (despite replay status), and Xenoblade before that... 

I also want to thank Jansen for answer thing age-old question we've all wondered if video game characters indeed shave or are just 'born that way'.

Also, can't think about Lost Odyssey without thinking (and now linking) White Rabbit
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 01:32:15 PM
So, Suikoden III. Great Suikoden game or the greatest?
V is the best Suikoden, so I guess by process of elimination III is only great. :p

The loading times compounded on the 8 hour prologue ruined V for me sadly.  I wanted to love it, but I do regret not giving it another go.

I'm hoping for a miracle that the PSN version of Suiko II sells 2 million copies then they finally make Suikoden 6 starring Yuber, spear-headed by Kojima Productions (why not).
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 07, 2014, 01:03:06 AM
Citizen Kane Returns, now on blu-ray


58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 07, 2014, 12:53:27 AM
^ Perfect.
And so is this (especially if the 'roots' to the original Zelda's idea of 'exploration' is in tact)

I do hope they create some more exotic looking locations.  This was pretty but I'd love to see more!  ...It certainly doesn't help the footage was potato quality.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 12:53:11 AM
So, Suikoden III. Great Suikoden game or the greatest?

Both games can (politely) rot in hell for making me pursue the magical 108 and missing some fucker like 30 stars back that can't be got again.
60  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 12:28:43 AM
Aww, Troy Baker voicing Drake's brother, so appropriate (for some reason)!

Very nice, can't wait to get it...and a PS4 to play it on
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