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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 13, 2016, 11:29:51 PM
I know I don't post on this topic much, but I thought I'd drop in today...

Dragon Age: Inquisition - About 60 hours in, Nightmare difficulty. Rogue (Tempest Archer) inquisitor w/ Dorian, Blackwall and Cole. I'm wrapping up side-quests and collectables before continuing with the main quest. I just hit level 20 and I think I'm fairly close to the end. Tried one dragon fight but got walloped so I thought I'd come back once I finish the main story. Also, I love Cole but he dies so much. :'(

Bravely Second - About 40 hours in. The first 10 hours were a slog, but once I started unlocking more jobs things got better. I prefer the first game, but there's some awesome jobs in this one and I like Yew as a character. Just done the big 'plot/gameplay' twist moment. I'm hoping that I'm close to the end as I think annoying status-ailment inflicting enemies are starting to do my patience in.

Dreamfall Chapters - Technically not playing at the moment, but Book 5 is due out this week and I'll be onto it straight away (also reviewing it). I'm... not sure what I'm going to think about it, but I hope the ending does all three games justice. I've had mixed feelings about Chapters.
32  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 13, 2016, 07:50:41 PM

On its release I expect FFXV to receive general critical praise (7-8+/10) and general fan disgust.

12 months later, everyone will hate it equally.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 07, 2016, 01:33:14 AM
welp. goddamnit if I didn't get engaged last night.  I swore it'd never happen, but then it did.

Congratulations! Welcome to the club. :) I'll be married in just a few months, which is a relief because then the wedding planning stress can end. :P
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 06, 2016, 04:18:32 AM
Good to know! Thanks Aelous :)
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 06, 2016, 01:30:35 AM
Whether the plot is good or bad isn't really my question... Even if it's mediocre I'd rather not be left hanging a the end of the game. Is Birthright a complete story on its own?
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 06, 2016, 01:14:00 AM
It doesn't feel like quite as many when laid out like that, but it still feels like an accomplishment.

Add it up the hours you spent with each and I think it would look incredibly impressive! That said, looks pretty excellent to me anyway. :)
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 05, 2016, 10:13:02 PM
Quick question...

I'm planning to pick one of these up soon, but probably only one due to the cost. I'm planning to go with Birthright, thanks to suggestions earlier in this thread, but I want to know if I'll be missing out on a lot without playing the other two? Or, rather, does Birthright feature a self-contained narrative or will I be frustrated when I get to an unresolved end? No spoilers, please. :)
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 03, 2016, 06:03:58 PM
The bible's been rewritten several times over and by people who either didn't speak the original language or don't speak the language they translated it to. All these "acts" taking place in such short order of one another, all in the same area, and then almost 2000 years of nothing? Yeah, farfetched to me at best...

If you're interested Agent D., in regards to Bible translations and the history of them, there's some interesting articles out there on it. Here's a few below:

https://www.quora.com/How-do-we-know-that-The-Bible-wasnt-tampered-with-by-people-in-power-who-wanted-to-use-the-texts-to-their-advantage (Written by a self-proclaimed Atheist)
https://bible.org/article/how-accurate-bible (Christian writer)
http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-corrupted.html (Christian writer - lots of good other Q&As on this site too)

(If you were curious, I'm happy to dig up some more scholarly stuff on it rather than just Google search-style websites)

If you're not interested, feel free to disregard the above. :)

In regards to the stories in the bible taking place so close together and then nothing... Across the 2100 or so years the Bible is set across there's actually also one notable large gap: between the Old Testament and New Testament there is 400 years of 'silence' from God (though, in actual fact, numerous things were fulfilled during this time, prophecies, etc.). As for today, God actually still speaks to us now, just in a different way from the great prophets in the days of the bible. God's word to the world is literally the Bible and it's how he communicates his plans for us. I think it's an easy misconception to say the Bible is ancient and doesn't speak to modern experiences, but, in my experience, it totally does. But, at the very least, I don't feel any sort of silence from God in my life. :)
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 03, 2016, 01:51:56 AM
** OF COURSE we can't REALLY know. obvs.

From an 'I need to see it/feel it/touch it' type of approach? Absolutely. I don't see anyway it could be possible to prove there is an afterlife. That said, there's occasionally someone who 'died' temporarily and are revived with some sort of heavenly vision. I must admit though I'm always pretty skeptical of those, though it's pretty hard to disprove them either.

That aside, for me, and I am a Christian, I completely believe there is one. There have definitely been points, particularly when I was a teenager, where I had sometimes small, sometimes major, doubts about all sorts of things. But certainly as I've gotten in to my mid-twenties I would say that I am completely confident in an afterlife (ie. heaven). I believe that what the Bible says is true for a whole bunch of reasons and that is undeniable proof for me of heaven. Am I good at living that out? Not anywhere near as much as I'd like to be! Haha. :P

Of course, none of that's very helpful if you're unsure about the bible/are part of a different religion/are not religious.

Excuse me all for getting a little religious, it's not something I do often on the internet. :)
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Should a game ever have auto battles? on: June 01, 2016, 07:16:10 PM
Is it... Atelier (PS3) where if you're a much higher level and you get the jump on an enemy in the field (pre-emptive attack) it auto resolves? I liked that system.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 31, 2016, 07:47:31 PM
Anyway, can I ask you guys for some advice?

How do you ask a girl out?

There's someone I really like and I realised I've felt that way for close to two years now. I have a gut feeling that it's mutual, but we only see eachother at events, and attempting a relationship would be difficult, since we live far apart. Yet... I want to try, and that's saying a lot, because I kinda beleive I'm a worthless human being that doesn't deserve normal human relationships and all that. Now, asking itself wouldn't be too difficult, I'll just be my adorkable self. The main question is when I should ask. We're sharing a room (and... probably a bed, because my life is a shitty fanfiction) at the next event, courtesy of her sister. I think she's trying to play matchmaker, but maybe binge-playing Fire Emblem fried my brain (that sister happens to share her name with a certain avatar) and I'm reading into things too much. So, my option are before the event, first, second or third day, or after the event. I don't want to make things awkward...

First, I'll quote these two fine gentlemen:

ya'll are overthinking it.  "Hey do you want to go get some coffee/tea/a drink/(Dutch-item-I'm-culturally-unaware-of) after this?" will work (especially if the feeling is reciprocated).  Then take her somewhere quiet where the two of you can talk in peace and see what happens.  That's it.

If it were me, I'd make the move on the last day of the event.  That way you can reminisce about all the cool stuff you did/saw and then pull your own spin on the "Hey, we should hang out more.  I could come visit you in your neck of the woods" or something.  The worst that can happen is the other person will say "no" and if you're sharing a room, you don't want to share a room for 2 nights with someone who "no'd" you the first night because that would be awkward.  

Because I'd suggest a combination of them.

Asking her out, in terms of where to go/what to do, can be super simple as glassjawsh said - don't make it overly complicated. Try to avoid confusing the situation though. By that, I mean properly ask her out, because I suspect you won't want to end the time by wondering whether she thought you asked her out or asked her out. Let me detour to a personal story as an example...

When I first asked out my now-fiance we'd already been hanging out together for a couple of months and just doing random stuff as friends (but in a maybe-I-like-you-more-than-that sort of way). So when I wanted to ask her on a date, I decided it was best to make it clear that was my intention so we both knew what the score was and to avoid any confusion that might have occurred from her misreading my intentions. If I remember correctly, just as we were parting ways for the day, I said something like: "Hey, I was wondering, how would you feel if the next time we did something together we made it a date?" Fortunately for me, she responded very positively. :)

I'm also on-board with Neal's idea. If you ask her anytime before the last day, things will be super awkward if she doesn't feel the same way and you'll be reminded of it constantly. Ask her sometime during the final day, taking the above advice if you think it will help. But be brave and go for it! Regardless of the outcome it's better than the feeling of regretting you didn't even try.

Good luck!
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 24, 2016, 07:38:44 AM
Zelda fails as an RPG at a core level: there's no stat-based progression required to beat the game. Increased heart meter/magic meter doesn't qualify, since tons of games that are clearly not RPGs use those. Zelda is an Action/Adventue game. I agree with Randiel's assessment. Zelda II is obviously an RPG, but none of them others are.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: May 11, 2016, 11:26:28 PM
Vesperia, Symphonia and others were just as guilty of that. Though they did have more of them and you didn't have to get to a save point, at least.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: May 10, 2016, 05:39:53 PM
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: May 08, 2016, 08:52:19 PM
Xillia was a waste of time, Xillia 2 was a bigger waste of time. Not worth it unless you loved the first one. If you did, you'll probably also enjoy the second. If not, you'll feel like you wasted your money. :P

The choices gimmick is pretty superficial for the most part and the story/characters are extremely bland, some of the worst in the series IMO. There's a couple of good plot twists, but that's about it. If you haven't played Zestiria, skip straight to that. A lot of people weren't too keen on it either, but I thought it was miles ahead of Xillia.
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