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6061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 14, 2013, 12:53:55 AM
I should go and see how much my EB Games loves me.

Haha, CJ got it right, you'll have better luck with a independent store, they're more apt to breaking street date.  The only perk employees get is fifteen-percent off.  Whoop whoop...

I'm excited to play, this will be my first proper shin meg ten title I think (dunno if DDS counts).  I'm counting on the MegTenTards here to help me if I suck...or something... or tell me "I suck" and "go play Sesasme Street for the Kinect!! Craazy ho."
6062  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 14, 2013, 12:47:49 AM
Graces f

Almost exactly 1 year later, after crashing and burning from overplay last year, I picked up and beat it. 

Honestly?  Maybe I needed it to sit with me for a while and let it ruminate, but I came back loving it more than I started out for some reason. 
The battle system is a TON of fun (despite each attack being brighter than the 4th of July), the skills/titles system is clever and very different.  But what I love the most is the sheer amount of added affects to the titles and the "square-scroll" features (and how you can manipulate it: like with Piggybacking, making the "next attack be added to your own" can help you kill Rocknagong in one hit).
I love how in-depth it all is, and I love when Tales games do more with less characters.  Each character is very versatile and great for different situations.

The dungeons are terrible and the world is basic, and there is generally NOTHING to love about your visit to Zehvert/Fendel (it's dark, depressing, and dreary), but the light-hearted cast brightens it up a bit, and the addition of discoveries make things a bit interesting in that Skies of Arcadia way.  I also love the amount of extras, and I was really happy with Zhonecage's version of an off-beat bonus dungeon.  Overall, a keeper.

The new Grade system was brutal.  Not dying ONCE is an almost impossible condition, and half of the points can be rewarded with spending time with the game -- which counters the points you can get for beating the game in less time (which, me thinks, just isn't worth it).  Some of the INN requests suck serious ass too (Medicine at Warrior's Roost...that's just head-in-ass annoying).  I had a chuckle that you can pay 10 points to skip the childhood arc.  Even the dev's know that it went hours longer than it needed or players would probably want.

EDIT: Anyone else read "Amarcian" as "American"???  I did...and I never learned.

Anyways

Kyuu: everone says that, I might have to watch an LP.  I'm glad Cortana looks a little less plastic-y.
6063  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2013, 12:33:19 AM
Contact lens wearers: After you take a nap with them in do you feel like you exist outside of time and space when you wake up?




I don't wear contacts, but I feel this way after every nap.

I feel hot and sick.
That might be because the only times I ever nap is when I *AM* sick, and after pulling a 23-hour+ waking day without sleep.


I just ran my first 5K this morning. My time was 27m 51sec, 22nd overall out of 57 runners. Considering this was my first 5K and I didn't really do any special training beyond my normal workout routines, I'd say I did alright.

Detailed results are here: http://lmsports.com/speak13.htm

Congrats Din!!  That's amazing!  I have like -30 points on the vitality scale, I probably would have come to a slow stop, cursed, then walked the rest into last place.  Amazing what you were able to do. :)
Gonna keep it up and add jogging to the list of accomplishments? :O

Thanks!  My new goal is that the next 5K I do, I want to break 24 minutes.  Okay, a side goal would be to snag a date, or at least a number, of a hot female runner.  Sadly, I was unsuccessful on that front today. 


You're a charming/funny fella, I'm sure it'll happen. :D
Congrats again, and hope you can beat your time!
6064  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 14, 2013, 12:31:00 AM
Ahhhhh you lucky folk (dice and kevadu) are making me jealous! I have to order (and wait) for everything after volume 2 of AoT!!! (manga availability in my area is pretty poor) and I'm already hooked...

In other (current) anime/manga related business I watched the first ep of Gargantia today and can safely say I'll be tuning into the rest of that. The pretty space battle that kicked stuff off was a wee bit too much sci-fi-flash for my taste (a subjective matter) but everything else seemed reeeeeal promising.

Yeah, I was surfing the net for the first half of Gargantia (generic space combat), but I'm curious where the series will go and I like how they've set up for it with the second episode.  Between that and Maou-sama, it's weird hearing "foreign languages" (made up) in Japanese tongue.

Maou-sama was pretty good this week.  Less funny but expanding the plot to stretch beyond the Mc-Job.

Attack on Titan.  Lovely ending theme, but more importantly was a great addition to the...
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Armored Titan's appearance
.  Fuck they made it cool.
Christa Lenz is like the cutest character ever....for a character in a horror/action comic.
Annie has the best nose ever made for anime (MUTHAFUCKIN AQUILINE!!)
6065  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 14, 2013, 12:20:44 AM
Started watching Parks & Recreation. On Season 2. I'm really really enjoying this show. Gives me warm feels. Not always laugh out load, but it makes me smile over and over and over.

I'm pretty much in love with Andy and Ron.

If you just started SSN 2, it's all uphill because SSN1 sucked by comparison.

Andy is the most brilliantly played idiot, and Ron is (literally) the man.

Archer Season Finale: And once again, Sealab is a giant fricken bomb on stilts.

I love John Hamm for being a hardened ass and confident man on Mad Men... but man, he does so many comedic roles to balance it and it's great when he does.
Loved having 2/3 of the Bob's Burger's kids doing guest voices too.
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I can't imagine Lana in her line of work not miscarrying a baby though...but I do love how any romantic buzz between Lana and Archer are usually killed off immediately with Archer being an idiot.  After his awesome and daring rescue when Lana is about to plummet to the ground, he goes back to talking about his manicure, and his "I love you" confession was thwarted when he regained consciousness to name Lana's baby after him then tease Ray about being ticklish or whatever.  Good form Archer!! x)

Isis is just....inept... x1000.
6066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 08:12:18 PM
you're amazing klyde.  its awesome you can make that even without the batman love.
6067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 07:32:04 PM
Got Soul Hackers.

I like how visually pleasing hacking is.
6068  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 07:22:26 PM
Putting my computer to sleep to build the new one.
If I don't come back soon, either I fucked up or a part is fucked up.

Good luck, Annubi~!!  Hope to see ya back, we think you're super.

I just ran my first 5K this morning. My time was 27m 51sec, 22nd overall out of 57 runners. Considering this was my first 5K and I didn't really do any special training beyond my normal workout routines, I'd say I did alright.

Detailed results are here: http://lmsports.com/speak13.htm

Congrats Din!!  That's amazing!  I have like -30 points on the vitality scale, I probably would have come to a slow stop, cursed, then walked the rest into last place.  Amazing what you were able to do. :)
Gonna keep it up and add jogging to the list of accomplishments? :O
6069  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 12:37:44 PM
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Yeah, OK, there were some signs but I didn't really catch on to them.  I did remember thinking that Reiner's escape from the female titan was pretty weird, but I didn't really give it much thought afterwards.  Just chalked it up to the manga being imperfect.  Boy was I wrong ;)

Anyway, after I had already given up hope Crunchyroll managed to snag the license!  Guess the IP holder finally saw the light.  Hurray for legitimate anime consumption everywhere!

Naw,  I'm the same, usually I just tune out everything and even obvious spoilers catch me by surprise.  I just get taken in and think nothing of it and enjoy.

And yay!!
6070  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 02:05:49 AM
I'm enjoying the anime just fine, obviously still too soon to really judge, but I do thing the gruesome-factor (that looks like it may be "PG-13'd" or translated into a hot-blooded-action-anime) helps to really give the weight of the series: The struggle that humans are really using every last trick in the book just to survive, and the absolute terror these people live in (and displayed so casually in the manga of people in the streets getting gnawed on or showing a person with a missing head or a limb in a Titan's mouths).  It's clear the people in the comic are pretty fucked up and generally scared to even fight at all -- I mean, who wouldn't be??

I don't know, the anime still seemed pretty gruesome.  Maybe not quite as graphic about it, but the content is definitely still there.  And we haven't gotten to the really horrible fights yet...

But seeing it in motion is beautiful.  The production values are great.

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And a big round of applause to the few "wham episodes" too:  Annie's identity was a strange and scary reveal (esp. when the "titan smile" came kicking in), the "stuff inside the wall" is just all sorts of degrees of fucked up and weird, and I *loved* how they just stuck in the true identities of Bert and Reiner for the bottom of the page.  Which reminds me: the books *deserve* a second read, hints about their identity are literally everywhere.

But none of that was more weird and eerie than the hairy-ape titan... the fuck is that thing???  For any Chronicles of Narnia savants, it sort of reminded me of Shift...

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totally called the whole Annie thing midway through the fight with the female titan.  Her attitude was always a little strange and I noticed the similarity in their fighting style.  Of course the fact that little details like that could be picked up on is a testament to the author's skill.

Bert and Reiner came out of nowhere for me, though.

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11 books in already though.  No idea where the fuck it can go.

Seriously, this is one manga I definitely can't predict.  There are still so many unanswered questions...

I agree that the show still is gruesome; I did have a gripe with the "EPIC WIND" blowing when the soldier shows the dead fella's mum his arm (which...is a terrible thing to show a grieving woman IMO =/ ).  Also, the blood "rain" after mum's death was cut and just ridiculous looking.  I'm waiting for more of course.  But y'see, I'm an "artiste", it could also be a bad fondness for the original material (and c'mon, how many people who "read the novel" of anything every *love* the movie they make from the source material?).  I'm damn excited to see what the action will be like animated, particularly the fem-titan arc (she's running half of it). =D

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Besides the obvious, Bert and Rein being absent when they appear and the Armored Titan and Reinhold looking a lot alike; Annie and Reinhold have...a lot of dialogue together despite Annie being generally unsociable.  What IS incriminating was when Rein gets caught by the Female Titan, in what was a obviously stupid move, but cuts her up.  Immediately after he gets himself loose, for no reason, the Female Titan started running towards her target, Eren, despite the fact the soldiers were trying to deliberately mislead on his location among their unit.  There's also a bad/vague story from Bertholt about what happened on that day 5 years ago...y'know, when he attacked as the Colossal Titan.
6071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 13, 2013, 01:37:56 AM
Naw, but I do post a lot of [awesome] crap in general.  Thanks for the mention.
6072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 13, 2013, 01:08:25 AM
I consider the butt an "exit only" zone, thank you.

Why the hell aren't the "other two holes" good enough?  Talk about greedy!  SHEESH.
6073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 01:04:53 AM
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Even here, when I write about it here, I know most of you don't really give a damn, and I'm honestly just stroking my own ego, but I can't stop doing it anyway. I feel a need to talk about it, but know I shouldn't really. Basically, I'm sorry for always bragging about my feats, especially if it comes off as bragging. I'll try to cut back on it some...

Dude in terms of posting stuff that nobody cares about, you're never going to beat me :P
Well, I always pegged your ramblings as simply humorous anecdotes more or less, a joke about real events. Plus, you're random about what you write, so it always comes off as something new. My shit's getting tires, I feel.

A lot of posts by a lot of people get ignored.  If I had it my way, everyone here would see and join in how much I love watching New Girl, Attack on Titan, and come around to playing Star Ocean 4 (read: for its battle system).
6074  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 01:02:41 AM
You know what, I was planning on only watching the Shingeki no Kyojin anime.  I hadn't read the manga, but I had heard really good things about it.  Still, it struck me as the kind of show that I would rather see animated, for whatever reason, so I patiently waited for the anime to come out.

Then I watched the first episode and loved it.  And I remember Dice saying you had to read the manga.  So my curiosity got the better of me and I took a look at the manga...next thing I know it's 4am and I just plowed through 10 volumes.  Woops.  Seriously addictive series.  Things are nowhere near as simple as they first appear...

PS: What's with the "Attack on Titan" name?  I was always a little confused about that.  I would think "Attack of the Titans" makes way more sense as a translation of "Shingeki no Kyojin"...but I realize now that "Attack on Titan" is what the author put in English on the actual manga.  Is this just an Engrishism or is there some deeper meaning there...

Daaamn right son.
I hate to act like this, but the material is really different from any manga I've ever read, and like I said earlier -- it doesn't really feel like one either.

I'm enjoying the anime just fine, obviously still too soon to really judge, but I do thing the gruesome-factor (that looks like it may be "PG-13'd" or translated into a hot-blooded-action-anime) helps to really give the weight of the series: The struggle that humans are really using every last trick in the book just to survive, and the absolute terror these people live in (and displayed so casually in the manga of people in the streets getting gnawed on or showing a person with a missing head or a limb in a Titan's mouths).  It's clear the people in the comic are pretty fucked up and generally scared to even fight at all -- I mean, who wouldn't be??

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And a big round of applause to the few "wham episodes" too:  Annie's identity was a strange and scary reveal (esp. when the "titan smile" came kicking in), the "stuff inside the wall" is just all sorts of degrees of fucked up and weird, and I *loved* how they just stuck in the true identities of Bert and Reiner for the bottom of the page.  Which reminds me: the books *deserve* a second read, hints about their identity are literally everywhere.

But none of that was more weird and eerie than the hairy-ape titan... the fuck is that thing???  For any Chronicles of Narnia savants, it sort of reminded me of Shift...

11 books in already though.  No idea where the fuck it can go.

Oh damn...
Noboru Yamaguchi (author of Zero no Tsukaima) died on the 4th and it was announced publicly yesterday.
The guy had been battling a cancer for some years and, after delaying it for a while, made the last season & last volumes of ZnT when he felt a bit better.
I can only imagine the dedication he had toward his serie.



I didn't like the series, to be honest, but I hate hearing when someone passes away even if I'm just familiar with their work.  Amazing he went through it all though.  So god bless, and may he rest in peace.  I was pretty sad to hear when Nujabes had died; I thought he was a great talent.
6075  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 12, 2013, 09:15:48 PM
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