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7711  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 15, 2011, 12:07:24 AM
I don't want to start a holy war here but it's been like that since religion was invented. Love for mankind and peace for all, except for those that won't conform, hack them to pieces.


That's why I built a religion around The Great Machine, it's wheels and gears turned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, and a few fictional sci-fi characters.





At it's peak there was two members. Since I hate the other guy I assume he created the reformed branch.

You have to watch Commando with me three times, Conan once on your own, then play Baldur's Gate on xbox with me.


Also, Lev brings up a good point, what the hell is your avatar?

Hmmm...  Go on.  And, if one would want to join - I'm not saying I am, but how would one JOIN said religion?

Hey!  No speaking through me! 

Anyhow.  DEAL!  I shall play to these challenges, and face whatever hazing that should follow.  I am off to book my Chicago flight, post-haste.  Should I bring snack?  Like chips?  Pop?  Oreos?  Smartfood? Bags of milk? (viva the bags!  Cartons suck!!)

My avvy is from redundantly titled anime, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.... anyways, it's from the 3rd episode where...
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...the chick there just got her head eaten off, hence her kind of limp arms.
7712  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 14, 2011, 11:54:30 PM
I don't want to start a holy war here but it's been like that since religion was invented. Love for mankind and peace for all, except for those that won't conform, hack them to pieces.


That's why I built a religion around The Great Machine, it's wheels and gears turned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, and a few fictional sci-fi characters.



Hmmm...  Go on.  And, if one would want to join - I'm not saying I am, but how would one JOIN said religion?
7713  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 14, 2011, 11:26:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UmotTE-VlY

Apparently, the earthquake was all thanks to this girl's prayer.  She's on the fast track to most dislikes on Youtube, ever.

I'm speechless, this is unreal.

As a Christian myself (partly, I'm not devout, especially compared to her "passion" for it), I apologize.  Fucking hell, it's no wonder movies make fun of Christians.  What I love about most religions is how they preach about love for everyone... and yet no one can fucking hear that part of it, it's in one ear and out the other, and blabber on about revenge towards other peoples and nations.  I could go on, but I'll leave it at that and finish with this...

7714  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Anxiety and Terror in games on: March 14, 2011, 08:24:03 PM
Things that make me a little anxious in games:

A timed escape sequence. Unless I KNOW I can clear the area in time, it just adds more pressure. Especially when the place is falling part - Super Metroid, I'm looking at you.

Being chased. Digital Devil Saga 2 and the Jailer in particular was nerve racking, and he was creepy to begin with. The whole meat processing thing was on the icky side. Those games are not for the weak of stomach. The chase isn't always that freaky though - the part in Nocturne where Dante is chasing you isn't even bad. Then again, I love the guy and wanted to recruit him anyway.

Haha I had problems with these two things too. 

I hate timed sequences, there's a lot of pressure to meet the time limit as (being a game) pass obstacles in the way.  FF6 I think instilled this in me, the Opera part is long, without save points, and pretty tight unless you avoid some of the enemies in the upper stage area.  Super Metroid didn't help...

I hated being chased, as I said, but yeah, forgot to mention the DDS2 part; I remember escaping him within an inch of the door, I needed a good 5 second breather before I moved again - that part was really frustrating!!

Also, with mention to hydrophobia.  I hated the N64 Mario water levels, especially the one that pokes it's head out - it's teeth, and any of those deep-sea ones with the gigantic saber teeth, terrify me.  Then Banjo Kazooie came along shortly after with the shark fucker when you're in certain waters.  What a mean/uneccessary addition...
7715  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 14, 2011, 07:53:30 PM
I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 10 this weekend. I seriously can't wait to see the end.

Oh man what an awesome episode.  I hope other anime's take notes from this series, I'm sick and tired of these bored high-school love plots.  Hell, it feels like Japan may even be bored of them as well given the acclaim Puella Magi is for it's throwback of the highschool/magical girl genres.

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Though, I found it funny/sad to see Mami and Sayaka just die again anyways

Homura kicks some serious ass her time stopping is awesome... but they never really prove how/why Madoka would be/is the best potential Magical Girl.  As far as I can tell, she shot some pink stuff a few times and then wound up dead anyways.  Even if the series ends somewhat well, I don't see it ending well for Homura seeing as how she can prevent the girls from changing, but she can't go that far back herself.

Sayaka started cool but got annoying really fast - even despite her issues, she refused help...the twat.
Kyoko was cool too; I hate her outfit, but I respect her.
Mami goes as most underrated [?], I thought of her yellow outfit as the GOLD she stands for
Madoka flat out sucks.  Her wuss attitude pisses me off, and her actual magical girl outfit is an eyesore.
Homura was cool though.  Her shy-to-cool change isn't all the convincing.... that, and does it become hard to believe the people in the first episode when they are calling her "beautiful" when she, and everyone, has a serious case of chipmunk cheeks??

.... the sub always says "puella magi", but the characters say "mahou shojou" (magic girl?) - how did this happen??

Sorry, haven't really like an anime this much in a while.

Ah Megami Sama! OVA was nice and one of the earliest I owned before I sold it off.  I always liked the series for being relatively "light hearted", and Fujishima's manga is especially amazingly drawn in every panel.
7716  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ghost Trick -- compare to Ace Attorney! Sequel-worthy? on: March 14, 2011, 07:37:13 PM
I'm on the other side of the fence.  I thought Ghost Trick *was* better than Ace Attorney.  The game doesn't have the same history with the characters; but after a while the mere "ridiculous" quality of some of the characters felt childish and predictable.  I thought the game doesn't even make sense at times (at least Ghost Trick represents itself as "fiction", AA is in a "human" world though).

I thought Ghost Trick *was* genius, it made you think way more and got to the point much faster (I haaated how long searching for evidence would take, only to have a trial rife with purjury [why is no one punished?!?!], inconsistencies, plot holes, and usually some reaallly stretched scenarios).  I respected how *every* loose end was tied up in GT, and represents a dying/faded genre: the mystery.

I hope there's a sequel.  But since AA takes itself on, literally, a "case by case" basis, Ghost Trick was a beginning and an end - so not sure where a part 2 could fit in.  But I'd hope for one.  New AA installments don't excite me anymore (and Miles Edgeworth's spinoff doesn't do a thing for me either; I thought the quality was especially a step-back to Apollo Justice).

I only wish word of mouth could have helped this game.  It was brilliant. 
7717  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Anxiety and Terror in games on: March 14, 2011, 02:40:00 AM
I love the village theme in Diablo - reallyy atmospheric for the hell-tossed work of, well, Diablo.

Hmmm... I remember playing Clocktower - I haateeee being chased!!!!  Any title that involves a chase would scare me (hence why I watched someone else play Haunting Ground....the dog was the greatest thing they could have added though).

Being young and playing Silent Hill's "rust world" sent me off to be scared in bed.  I couldn't even imagine living like that for an hour much less have pyramid head want to do something awful to me.

Not a game, but these books' illustrations also scared the bejesus out of a younger me.  Anyone else read these?? Haha

More in line with "anxiety", Mario titles started to piss me off; maybe I just suck with the controls, but sometimes the game read what I wanted to do as a side-jump in the Mario-Abyss instead. 
I don't know... maybe I just suck dick at Mario titles, but I found some of the stars...suns... golden-whatevers not worth it and an absolute headache to even bother.

I hated RE5's "hard mode", which just made me paranoid to take damage - there was no "extra challenge" other than "avoid zombie assholes".

Stress in "games" is otherwise pretty much against the fun of it all.  I like a challenge, I don't like it raising blood pressure.  Any dumbass who's thrown a remote or broke a TV in some rage deserves a gunshot to the toe.
7718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 14, 2011, 01:20:53 AM
I just beat Atelier Iris Eternal Mana. I loved every single of minute of it. Oh, and Dice, apparently the trick to avoid crashing after the final battle is turning off the voice acting.

Also made some progress in Radiant Historia - made it to Chapter 2 in both timelines.

Yay!  Glad you didn't find out the hard way. =)

I got further in Radiant Historia.  Little else to say beyond.  Why are political stories so easy to be so good?  Suikoden, this, some of the minor instances in Tales have been a real delight.
7719  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 13, 2011, 08:26:39 PM
I just ordered the artbook that I would have never guessed existed unless I made a pit stop to the GameFaqs boards wondering who makes a good party in this game.  ...anyhow, I'm eager. :D

I just got Gafka... everyone says he's strong, but I've yet to see otherwise, meanwhile (ignoring her when she first joined) Aht is a fucking tank (provided the enemy moves).
7720  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 09:41:57 PM
Either way, I'm curious as to why Gust has been going for a younger look recently.  I mean, obviously to appease some of their fans, but when you compare it to more of the original games, I'd say the design quality has gone down, despite actually visually looking better.  If you compare earlier Gust games, like Marie and Elie, they looked young, but not like 13-year olds.  Judie and Violet both look much older, by at least 3-4 years.  Then compare that design to the new Atelier game's design, where the heroine looks 12 or so (well, in the defense of Gust, she might possibly be 12).
It's more than something just happening in Ar tonelico, but in their flagship Atelier as well.

I think part of the new character design thing may have to do with the 3d modeling. While I'm not trying to defend it, it you look at the male characters, they tend to look pretty young for some reason as well, and the ingame graphics, at least for Atelier Rorona have a bit of a chibi thing going on.

^This. Somehow I don't think it's so much they're trying to use younger character as it is something gets lost in translation between the 2D design team and the 3D modeling team. Atelier Rorona is a perfect example of this.

Compare this, in which the character looks 8 freaking years old to this, where she looks at least 13-15ish.

It's possible the "10 year old" look may have not been the design team's intention.

Nah...

I may be way off base in saying this: but I thought the SD graphics are a throwback to the SD-looking 2D sprites of yesteryear.

I thought Rorona's graphics were garbage.  I actually thought the 3D Rorona wasn't the same character as the actual Rorona - the model just looked to young..!
Totori finally did justice to Kishida Mel's art (only to have it thrown in the shitter again for direct K-ON-a-like, Sora no Woto....poor Kishida).

I personally have started to hate playing characters so many years younger than me.
7721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 03:51:41 PM
Anime and RPGs are drowing in damp otaku tissues.




....damp from what kind of fluid....?
7722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 12, 2011, 03:28:58 PM
So far for me the plains is the only rough part, and I get the feeling that I'll be going through them so many times I'll probably have it memorized.
One of the things that made me sorta laugh (only because I had just saved) was some of the old school boundry making. If you go to a location too early, the enemies there are super over leveled and stomp you flat. I haven't seen that in a long time.

SaGa is the worst for that.  Yeah, I'm a bit lost when it comes to when to go to which timeline (besides the obvious "we can't go any further" and then you're just left either dead or staring at each other).
7723  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 12, 2011, 03:26:38 PM
That's true, nobody really knows where the money is going.  How do you know if the money Red Cross receives is actually going to a benefit?

You can say that about any benefit.
On the plus, red cross is actually on-site right now.
7724  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 12, 2011, 01:54:32 PM
I'll stick with it, there is definite potential. Just right now, here in the middle, where I am crossing Lavis Hill and Grand Plains for the thirith time in an hour, it's beginning to reek of filler.

I hated seeing the Jaguar enemies as regulars. x(

Question.  Does the "Regenerate" spell stay kinda broken for a while??  This spell has saved me a lot of unnecessary healing and only for 03 MP! =D

Trying to get some sidequests done.  Whoever said "I wish there was a minimap" was right.  For the plains at least.
7725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 01:19:49 PM
Nobody uses real teenagers anymore.

Because they're pimply faced and their voices do strange things.
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