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16  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 20, 2016, 10:23:06 AM

Somebody better post deets on this because I'm not making an hour long drive just to catch a glimpse (its too bad they couldn't wait one more day as I have enough of it off to have been able to watch this).

Also, why does Mario look like he's sneaking a peek into your shower?

Nintendo Switch

Pretty much what everyone had heard it was at this point. The design is sleek, though, and they made sure to slip in some Skyrim for those wondering about third party support. Looks like cartridges might be back, too? The detachable controller is called a Joy-Con, named for the emotions Nintendo will be feeling when they start raking in the dough on replacement parts.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: October 20, 2016, 09:18:37 AM
It's true, though. I rarely bother with RPGs on the 3DS anymore because every developer seems to just use the exact same graphics style like it's the only thing the 3DS is capable of. It's one of the reasons I found Yokai Watch to be so refreshing initially.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2016, 11:38:49 PM
Only Aeolus would come up with a tl;dr that ends up longer than the original explanation.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2016, 10:56:39 AM
Mario Galaxy 2 - Spent a good amount of time just clearing prankster comet levels/challenges. Still on World 3, and I'm somewhere around 35 stars and 15 (or so) comet coins. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: This is a very well designed game. The production quality (given the capability of the Wii's hardware, and time of release) is fantastic. I love that regular stages are more fun than challenging, and that the actual challenge stages are fuckin' challenging, and are (mostly) varied in their nature. I simply had to give up on some of them after multiple unsuccessful attempts. Good stuff.

I still need to replay that game and get all the Green Stars. One of those games I was hesitant to get into since they did away with the usual hub world style of 3D Mario, but couldn't put down when I started playing.
20  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: MMORPGs are dead on: October 18, 2016, 10:54:03 AM
Have you tried Guild Wars 2? Really fleshed out world with some interesting lore and the dynamic questing means every 10 or so levels  the world you have access to grows exponentially, and aside from story quests that you do every few levels, the game lets you mess around however you see fit. Big emphasis on exploration. I'd still be playing myself if combat wasn't so skill-based.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Sword Art Online - anime about MMORPG in virtual reality on: October 17, 2016, 12:48:19 AM
Took me a while to get around to checking it out, and I could only get through the first series/season. I've already shared my thoughts in the Anime thread, but I suppose I can reiterate my main critique here:

The show changes plot on a whim. The end of the first arc comes out of nowhere with a weak excuse of the main villain getting "bored" or whatever, but it just makes it look like the writer(s) couldn't decide how to keep it interesting without just scrapping what they had and going a different route. And as you pointed out, Kirito is just a personified power fantasy, and not even a particularly interesting one at that.

How on Earth the show got so popular I'll never understand.
22  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: MMORPGs are dead on: October 17, 2016, 12:41:34 AM
MMOs, particularly of the free to play variety, are kind of my niche... They're the games I like to pick apart and study and find fascination with. If I were to actually write about games or do vlogging or whatever, I'd like to think that they would be my "expertise" for lack of a better word.

And I can tell you with certainty that MMORPGs (or MMOs in general, as the line is starting to blur) are most certainly not dying. FPS games like The Division and Destiny are redefining the genre, more games than ever are being released as "multiplayer only" and even indie devs are starting to acquire the tools to implement their own MMO games without spending an arm and a leg. In fact, I'd say it would specifically be those WoW and Lineage clones that earn your ire that are on the decline as innovation finally finds its way into the genre. Though even then you have plenty of examples of those, some even pretty good.

Though while we're on the subject. What the hell happened to Lineage II? I tried playing that game a few months ago and the game has gone to absolute shit. The controls are suddenly garbage, the game takes forever to get anywhere interesting,and just every single aspect has been redesigned to its detriment.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: October 16, 2016, 12:48:02 AM
Watched Polygon's gameplay video and couldn't stop wincing.

1. The voice acting is competent (for the most part), but that writing... I feel absolutely awful for the poor chap voicing Lann.
2. Remember when Aeolus pointed out the awkwardness of the character designs? I was among those who didn't find them bad, but after seeing them in motion I'm going to have to agree with his original point.
3. There is NO reason for a AAA RPG made in this day and age to have random battles. It's one of the few archaic mechanics that has zero benefit for the player over more modern systems.
4. Battles seem pretty slow and boring with needlessly complicated mechanics thrown in.

Looks like this is one I'll be waiting for to be in a Flash Sale.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2016, 11:57:07 PM
Had my first truly relaxing day since the month began. Didn't leave the house, didn't work on any homework, and I have the house to myself for a week. Played some DQ Builders and Twin Saga, watched some iZombie and snacked on junk food. And while I'll never say I didn't have a good day, I have to admit that having a busy schedule can get kind of addictive in an odd sense. Like I've spent all day having fun and it just ended up feeling unrewarding. And while this is most definitely a step in a good direction, I can't help but miss when I could have a day like today and feel all the better for it.

Also, and I'm hoping its just all the content on my social media from the Fan Fest, but I'm really starting to consider going back to FFXIV. That, or my friend from work is trying to convince me to play WoW with her, but I haven't touched that game since Vanilla so long ago.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 14, 2016, 04:15:55 PM
Dear God does leveling screech to a halt in the post-story sections of Twin Saga. Played for a solid hour and barely got around 10% of the way to level 50, and max level is 65.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 11:49:48 PM
An important distinction:

- Anime and Online Anime Culture attract large numbers of males and some females.

- Anime Conventions attract HUGE numbers of females, and some males.

So, looking at an anime convention crowd is NOT an accurately representative cross-section of gender population in anime culture.

I've been thinking about this comment and I really only see two possible interpretations:

1.  Women who are not 'real' anime fans still go to conventions.  Ugh, I don't even want to go there...

2.  Among people who are anime fans, for some reason men are statistically less likely to attend a convention.  I suppose that's possible, but I really haven't seen any evidence that makes me believe it.

But seriously, outside of those possibilities I don't see how your claim is even mathematically feasible.

There is a third possibility as well, of course.  That female anime fans aren't as rare as you have convinced yourself that they are.

The fourth option, and I feel the most likely one, is that lady anime fans tend to be very private online for fear of harassment, as is usually the case in every other fandom out there.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 12:20:46 PM
She was indeed very white bread.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: October 13, 2016, 11:47:14 AM
But they put so much effort into the voice acting.....   T____T

If it's any consolation, Arvis, I'm with you on this one. Unless I've already seen the cutscene 'cause I'm stuck on a bit after it (or because the cutscene freezes in the same place three times in a row thank you very much trails of cold steel)
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 11:44:17 AM

Eating lunch at the C4C when this kid walks to the Panda Express line wearing a Kantai Collection Hoodie...and a To-Love Ru Darkness backpack.
Ru, people. The anime that's one FCC violation away from being a full-blown hentai.
I put my sandwich down and swung between two states of being:
"the BALLS on this guy wearing that in public!"
"I'm so upset that I know what To-Love Ru is"

I had actually just assumed To-Love Ru WAS a Hentai from the merch I've seen while browsing AmiAmi

I went to high school with a girl who was such a Japanophile she would constantly go to school wearing Kimonos and Yukatas just because.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 13, 2016, 11:37:42 AM
Indeed, most Trump supporters I have encountered are looking for a leader that will "End political correctness," which basically translates into being able to say and do racist/sexist/xenophobic things without being reprimanded for their horrible behavior.
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