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Anime, TV, and Movies / "Confession" (2010) Japanese "horror?" film
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:34:43 AM »
I have never in my life seen a movie like this.

The closest plot I can think of matching this film is actually the Scott Tenorman episode of South Park. Come up with worse-than-death hells for the people you want to get revenge on, and go.

Without the over-the-top voice, without the insanity and the effects and the blood and gore. Just cool, calm, even, revenge story that unfolds at a freaking perfect pace.

I highly recommend it.

The Bazaar / CDJapan sale includes SaGa Battle -Ren- 30% off
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:50:06 PM »
I searched through a bunch of import CD deals today ... nothing particularly impressive. The Square Enix members store (US) has the Bravely Default Christmas album 20% off. That's not too shabby.

But probably the best deal I saw was 30% off one of the best albums of the year, the "Ren" album in the SaGa Battle series (it's the latest album, includes an Imperial SaGa track and more SaGa Frontier goodness).

If you don't own it but have flirted with the idea of owning it, now might be a good time to pick it up.

Have fun spending your money this weekend! :)

Single-Player RPGs / LR:FFXIII to Steam -- the trilogy is here
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:41:33 PM »

For all you PC-only folks. This is cool.


Because XIII-2 and LR:XIII are both, individually, better than XIII. Combined, XIII-2 and LR:XIII tell an incredible story (IMO). And the music. Oh my, the music.

Single-Player RPGs / Seiken Densetsu 3 CG movie (fanmade) is amazing
« on: November 10, 2015, 01:24:46 PM »
If you've played the game, if you know the intro, the six main characters, the ... everything ... then you're going to love this.

The fact that some fans just got together and made that for free makes me want to slap SE and be like "guys get on it"


The pre-concert talk is easily the best thing about this. I've read plenty of interviews with Uematsu in my day, but this is one of the best.

We announced earlier this weekend that the ancient mystery of "who arranged FFVI Piano" is revealed? We got an answer, and this pre-concert report goes into great detail about how originally the performer *was* going to improvise the whole album (thus performer = arranger), but it proved too challenging, so they canceled the recording session, flew back to Japan (from Italy), asked Sagisu to arrange, and then Reiko Nomura recorded those arrangements.

But there's plenty more interesting stuff in the article as well, including Uematsu's (non)-involvement with the FFVII PS4 remake.

Single-Player RPGs / Indivisble: first combat prototype footage
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:52:33 PM »

This is that game from the team who made Skullgirls. They're making an RPG with a combat system very much akin to Valkyrie Profile, but with an animation style that looks like SkullGirls.

And yes, that's Kikuta music in the background.

For super-early asset prototypes, it makes me just want to gobble up the game. Between this game and the Banner Saga trilogy (can't wait for pt 2!), well-animated 2D RPGs from the West are pickin' up again. And I'm psyched about it.

RPGFan Music Discussion / Gyakuten Saiban 5 (PW Dual Destinies) Review
« on: September 02, 2015, 05:58:31 PM »

Brigid brings the supreme knowledge and insight. What say you?


Noriyuki Iwadare is a great composer in general. He's had his flops. This is not one of them. I think he often excels when he has a team of co-composers to support him so he can focus on key melodies. That's what happened with this one, best as I can tell.

I also loved this game.

The Helper Monkey / PSVita Shopping: What is digital ONLY?
« on: August 20, 2015, 03:39:33 PM »

I'm a nut. And whenever a game exists in physical form, I want that. But sometimes, games are download-ONLY.

With the 3DS, they make pretty clear what is available retail and what's download-only. In fact, on the eShop, I think that's something you can filter by.

I can find no such filter on the PS Store, at least not from my Vita. I can narrow it to all games that are available online, but not all games that are available ONLY online.

Does anyone know a way to do this, or a website that lists all PSVita titles and allows you to filter by format (ie -- "not in physical format, download only")?


Single-Player RPGs / Zero Escape 3 official
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:52:33 PM »
Kotaro Uchikoshi (series creator) and Aksys Games just announced at Anime Expo that the third game in the ZE series (999 -> VLR -> ???) is in development and should be out next year.


The Bazaar / random ol' crap on eBay (updated!)
« on: June 27, 2015, 04:05:52 PM »

Old listings sold, which was good.

This listing is the Bluray anime movie "Tekkon Kinkreet," Region A. Per usual, $0.01 start price bid, free US shipping.

I will probably be putting up the PS2 version of Persona 4 (with "Soundtrack Side A" bonus) later today as well. will add link then.

General Games / Super 3-D Noah's Ark 20th anniv ... ON STEAM
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:40:37 PM »

Everyone's favorite unlicensed SNES cart, wherein Wisdom Tree threw a very weird Noah/Bible skin overtop Wolfenstein, has made a triumphant return.

Certainly worthwhile just in terms of novelty value. But oldschool FPS fans will find that the level design isn't bad, at least on par with so many like it in the Wolfeinstein/Doom(1) era.

RPGFan Music Discussion / Link to the Celts ... wow!
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:39:03 AM » -- Marcos tells it like it is.

That video sold the project for me. If you like Xenogears CREID, there's no way you won't love this.

And Zelda's Lullaby ... WOW WOW WOW.

I laid down serious cash for this project. Probably the most I've ever put down for a music project on Kickstarter. Just sayin'. You might wanna do the same. :P


Someone on vgmdb pointed out that there's a seller who is selling 30+ copies of the Secret of Evermore soundtrack.

Some facts:
- prior to this listing on eBay, I've never seen SoE go below $60. I've seen it go as high as $150. It's usually $80-$100 in USED sales on vgmdb.
- this is Jeremy Soule's first published work, and it was on a project with Square's USA division.
- the seller is claiming the albums are new/sealed.

I was very very skeptical at first, and believed the seller was selling bootlegs. I contacted one of the individuals on vgmdb and asked them to do some thorough inspections of the packaging and especially the disc. The big tell for me was that the inner rim of the disc has all of the right numbering properly printed; and, none of the packaging looks low-res or gross.

My current belief is that the seller must've found an old pile of un-sold goods from an old Babbage's or EB or something. Chances are a larger store ordered all of the Squaresoft merch from the Chrono Trigger / FFVI era, and the SoE soundtracks didn't sell at the time (the game wasn't wildly popular, after all).

And, either because they want to liquidate quickly, or because they have no idea what the street value is on the SoE soundtrack, this seller has the album on sale for $25.

Needless to say, I ordered one. As soon as it arrives I am going to do the most rigorous test I know of to make sure it isn't bootleg: the red laser in-the-dark test. A pressed CD will have the light sit squarely on the disc. A burnt CD will refract the light tangentially (along the plane of the disc) left and right. I'll let y'all know the results.

In the meantime, collectors might wanna get in on this before it's gone. I wonder if anybody ordered like 10 or more from this seller in hopes of selling them off individually for a higher price in the coming months.


I wrote about 5 minutes of music for an indoor percussion ensemble. Instruments include xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, chimes, keyboard, timpani, snare, tenor drum, bass drum, and a boatload of auxiliary percussion.

I'm the one in the green lantern shirt talking at the beginning. High-five to my mom for recording it.

Thought some of you might enjoy hearing this personal project I invested my time and energy into this past year... I like local, I like high school stuff.

General Games / Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS)
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:30 AM »

Campaign has 48 hrs left. Needs another $8k

Reasons I'm personally backing it and taking time to post about it elsewhere (something I very rarely do...)

- Music by Hiroki Kikuta. Yeah, he of Secret of Mana fame. In recent years, his best work has been on smaller projects where he can dictate the timing and the scope of the music.
- Additional music from Dale North, he of Destructoid fame. His music, both OST and arranged, have always been a delight.
- A story based on actual events. I love fantasy that melds with personal narrative. They even reveal the source material, a documentary called "The Wire Nest."
- You play as a young girl, and you meet some giant critter that's a cross between Where The Wild Things Are and Totoro. That's adorable.
- The game is claiming to be equal parts platformer and RPG. The exploration mode looks a heck of a lot like Suikoden (character height vs map and the fixed camera perspective of 2D on a 3D-ish environment).

I think it's like $10 to reserve a copy of the game. More money gets you more bonuses. I think at $100 you get an LE physical copy that's mocked up to look like a PS1 game (they have demo art for this on their page).

Please consider backing. I don't want this game to not happen. :P

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