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The Bazaar / Free LR:FFXIII DLC (Xbox 360) -- test, JP only?
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:32:21 PM »
I bought the first print of the Lightning Returns: FFXIII soundtrack from Japan. It came with a DLC card inside. I don't know what it's for -- prolly some costumes.

I'll be trying to use the PS3 code at some point. If anyone has the 360 version, feel free to try this code:

HMQKM - GPCDR - M443C - VKM9D - V3W9Z

my fear is that it'll only work with the Japanese version of the game. I figured I'd let one of you guys, who owns LR on 360, find out.

So ... claim the code and let me know. Thanks!

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General Discussions / I made a list quiz on JetPunk
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:26:25 PM »
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/87414/the-golden-era-16-bit-rpgs

This site, you just type in stuff and get answers right. It's a kind of addictive site. I was introduced to it with a map of the world, you have to name all 196 (current) sovereign nations, and you have 12 minutes. I took it 30 times until I learned them all, and now I can do it in like 6 minutes. Then I started taking other quizzes, and searching for quizzes. And I noticed a distinct lack of good RPG quizzes.

So the link up there? That's just a big (but non-exhaustive) list of RPGs on 16-bit consoles (SNES, Genesis, a few PCE/Turbografx). I give you the hint, you give the answer. I have the answers laid out in alphabetical order.

I might add more to it, or I might make more quizzes, such as game-specific quizzes where you have to name all playable characters or other trivia to the game. There are a bunch of pokemon quizzes, but I would be more interested in doing, say, a Xenosaga lore quiz. :P

Plz let me know what you think.

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Single-Player RPGs / Shin Megami Tensei iOS funtimes
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:47:23 PM »
Who bought it? Who's enjoying it?

I love how, despite the very rudimentary graphics and first-person-ness of a game first on Super Famicom, how deep this game was from day one. It just feels SO right.

I recently finished marathon-watching all 8 seasons of Dexter, so I decided to Dexter-theme my SMT1 playthrough. My main character is obviously DEXTER. My "servant of the Lord" character is TRAVIS. The one stuck under the demon is BRYAN. And the girl next door is DEBORAH. That's all the further I've gotten in dreamland character-naming ... I'm exploring every inch of ground before I continue so I become hyper-aware of my local surroundings.

I'm playing on a 4th gen iPod Touch. So far it hasn't drained my batteries nearly as quickly as games like Plants vs Zombies 2 or Wind-up Knight. So I'm happy about that. As long as I'm playing in wide mode (so you can actually see the game) it works fine, and the virtual control pad hasn't been a problem for me thus far.

How are y'all feeling about it? Any recommendations on who or what I name my other characters? :)

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The Soundroom / Shimomura's "memoria" will own your face
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:43:46 PM »
If you guys haven't been following:

http://www.square-enix.co.jp/music/sem/page/memoria/

It's a follow-up to "drammatica." Unlike that album, this Square-Enix-sponsored Shimomura tribute ALSO features Super Mario RPG and Parasite Eve. And it's not just orchestral anymore (for example, the new "Kiss of Jealousy" track from Livealive is a pop vocal!!).

Listen to those samples. Be blown away. This is all kinds of exciting.

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Single-Player RPGs / Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples)
« on: February 27, 2014, 04:30:46 PM »
The soundtrack page launched first and just has a nice arrangement of "Rising Sun." And it says KOKIA is going to sing on the OST.

The game page launched (mobile phone game, meh). It has 3 audio samples. The first is Shimomura's, the second has been confirmed by Hiroki Kikuta on Twitter as being his. The third I think ALSO sounds like Kikuta but I could be wrong.

I said this elsewhere, but if this turns into another "bad game, good soundtrack" (ie Unlimited SaGa), then at least I get to buy another great soundtrack, ne?

Samples here. Enjoi!

http://www.jp.square-enix.com/seiken_rom/#_ga=1.76394901.1672589001.1391998869

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General Discussions / AGDQ 2014 one-stop shop
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:08:32 PM »
http://tay.kotaku.com/agdq-2014-easy-links-to-every-single-run-1499638499

If you missed the livestreams, this page chronicles all the runs, the players, and their length of time. This is VERY handy for navigating through the hundreds of hours of goodness that went down.

I HIGHLY recommend the TAS stuff for Super Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, as well as the 4player Metroid speed run and the 2player COOPERATIVE Goldeneye run (where one person controls movement and the other controls shooting, it's nuts!)

Lots of other great stuff too. I've been watching this stuff like a madman. Wish I had donated. They raised mad dough.

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Single-Player RPGs / 100 Turn Hero (sequel to half-minute)
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:06:00 PM »
Breathe easy, take all the time you need. But plan carefully, you only have 100 turns!

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/12/27/half-minute-heros-director-gives-us-breather-100-turn-hero-instead/

Kinda psyched for this.

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Five Iron Frenzy. Ska band from the 90s. Broke up in 2003. Had a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011.

On the 10 year anniversary of their "final concert" (before they toured again this past year), their new album "Engine of A Million Plots" came out.

And it. is. boss.

Please check it out on Spotify or iTunes or whatever y'all use. Here's their new music for "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYjmz19s-Lg

Featuring Wolverine-Lincoln and Jesus with a machine gun.

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General Games / Dropsy (the clown, not the disease)
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:51:43 PM »
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jaytholen/dropsy?ref=recently_launched

I'm putting money and a lot of "HEY PLEASE LOOK AT THIS" effort into this. A good net-friend, Jay Tholen, is finally making his dreams come true. Using MS Paint and an "open" puzzle-solving system. Multiple solutions work with the inventory you find, so it's not just "combine the right weird inventory and touch the right hot-spot and move to the next area." It's pretty clever game design.

And the story is weird and surreal and rad.

Go give this guy money plz. :)

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The Soundroom / Hip Tanaka's tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:39:36 AM »
Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka did a ton of 1st-party Nintendo music back in the day and is still involved in the music scene.

With the passing of Nintendo founder Hiroshi Yamauchi, Tanaka-san put together two arrange tracks as tribute. One for Metroid, another for Super Mario Land.

https://soundcloud.com/hip_tanaka

Thought some of you guys would enjoy it.

Ramza

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General Games / HATE PLUS
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:14:59 PM »
The direct sequel to Analogue: A Hate Story is out.

You can import cleared save data or start fresh, either way it works.

The presentation is streamlined (commentary from AI while you read is a lot less cumbersome), and this method of storytelling just blows my mind. It's really, really good.

And I'm not even done one playthrough yet.

(You can't be unless you cheat by messing with your local PC's date/time settings. It forces 12-hour breaks. Which was a bold and controversial move on the dev's part. But I for one appreciate the chance to take a break and process what I read.)

http://hateplus.com/

This beast is available on Steam for $9. Go get. Now.

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The Soundroom / Noriyuki Iwadare + band in Cali next month
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:20:52 PM »
http://www.japan-expo.org/art-1125-en-accueil.html

Santa Clara (near San Jose) -- "Japan Expo" happens August 23-25.

I got a notification on Facebook that Noriyuki Iwadare (Lunar, Grandia, Ace Attorney series) alongside a band that he formed will be performing ... probably some songs from the franchises I mentioned parenthetically.

If I lived within driving distance I'd use vaca time to go. Alas, I live on the east coast.

Getting the word out here in case any of you west-coast folk want to meet a living legend. Ex-staffers Damian Thomas, Dennis Rubinshteyn, and myself got to meet Iwadare last fall, and he's a ton of fun, loads of personality!

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The Soundroom / next Falcom "Zanmai" revealed
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:08:30 PM »
"Field Zanmai"

http://vgmdb.net/album/40510

And that title is all we know so far. But instead of focusing on a franchise, it'll focus on song usage (akin to "Falcom Boss Zanmai")

My guesses?

"Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes" -- they will rock that field song.
And then ... something from Napishtim. Probably Quatera Woods.

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The Bazaar / Selling my CAVE soundtrack collection
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:07:49 PM »
I made a post in the Soundroom thread about the 3.5 hour video I put together for this collection of music.

Well ... I'm selling that music. To support development of my visual novel, Stasis Concerto (also detailed, I believe in the "Miscellaneous Games" thread).

Details here:

http://www.soundtrackcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=74862

Hit me up if interested!

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The Soundroom / CAVE Music History 2003 - 2012
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:51:22 PM »
Hey everyone,

You might be a little music-marathon'd out after the RPGFan/OCRemix livestream of FFVI Balance&Ruin (this was awesome by the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1kEPM9kHwM&feature=youtu.be ). But I wanted to share something with y'all. Took me over a year to collect all the music, then another 6 months to collect my thoughts, get a friend (Don Kotowski) to survey the music, and then mix the audio and video.

Here's a direct link to the eight-video playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQVSA5IOX6A&feature=share&list=PLftVK--ruCzbIC85NhWMlwIhq6AUst5Tg

An article explaining the project in a little more detail:

http://www.originalsoundversion.com/cave-music-history-2003-2012-video-series/

Basically -- that's the discography of dev/pub CAVE. Y'know: Dodonpachi, Deathsmiles, Espgaluda, Mushihimesama, Ibara, and many more. We cover a total of 43 CDs.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to sell these albums soon to support the game I'm working on. But before that happens, I'm glad I was able to impart some enthusiasm and knowledge about this music to anyone willing to listen. Now I just gotta hope CAVE doesn't ask the videos be pulled down. It's supposed to be educational/critique. :)

Let me know what you think!

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