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571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 18, 2014, 10:59:28 AM
Yeah, this is one of the few games I pre-ordered that I'm not ripping my hair out in excited anticipation for. This is more a case of "Okay, Namco, I'm giving you one more chance so don't let me down." It's bad enough that the costumes I enjoyed collecting so much in Abyss and Vesperia are held back for extra cash, but the lazy design of Xillia 1 just left a bad taste in my mouth that will take a lot to get rid of.

On the other hand, Xillia 2's release means only 4 more weeks to Theatrhythm.
572  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 16, 2014, 05:56:10 PM
Successfully moved into a new apartment. Exhausted beyond belief, but I'm extremely happy with the results. Much more room and I was able to set up my bedroom so that I can watch TV while at my computer. This will make it much easier to set time aside for writing. I threw away my dresser and ordered a new one, so I have nowhere to put clothes until Wednesday but I think I'll survive. The other thing I'm worried about is that the way I have my furniture arranged allows my cat easy access to the display shelf I usually put my fragile stuff on. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to address that.
573  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2014, 09:45:12 PM
Amidst moving, I still managed to defeat the Terror of Death once again.

It has always saddened me that Morganna is an absentee-villain in the .Hack games. It would really tie the games into the .Hack canon a lot better if Morganna had a line or two and let her presence be known more than she does.
574  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: August 14, 2014, 09:27:47 AM
Couldn't resist Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for $7.50, so I bought it. May not even ever play it, but it was too good a deal to pass up.
575  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 13, 2014, 01:24:54 PM
And because they're trying to squeeze out a console release still.
576  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 13, 2014, 10:59:38 AM
It's mental conditioning.

In order to store and recall information quickly, the human brain is conditioned to recognize patterns and store information in relation to those patterns. Any information that is not important and does not fit established patterns, is usually ignored. Or at least is not as readily recalled.
577  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 13, 2014, 10:55:42 AM
I have to admit that I don't understand the Playstation TV at all. It was designed for the PS4 but it uses a Dualshock 3? It will work with Playstation Now, but what about digital versions of PS3 games? It plays most Vita titles, but what about Vita-compatible PS1/PSP titles?

They're not being very straightforward on the details and it's going to hurt sales.
578  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: iTunes Store on: August 13, 2014, 09:23:53 AM
I'm going to hijack this thread to ask my own iOS question... anyone know if you can permanently delete games and apps from your account history? Sometimes I like to redownload stuff I deleted, but it means going through the myriad of games I downloaded to try and hated.
579  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 13, 2014, 09:08:10 AM
I'm pretty sure the Internet is full of people who like to rage simply for the sake of raging.
580  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 12, 2014, 05:34:52 PM
Had a fun day at the movies and saw Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Storm.

Guardians was pretty fantastic, but everyone knows that at this point. Pratt was perfect in his role, Draxx stole the show, every character was pretty brilliant, lots of great aerial battles (my favorite type of action scene) and just a solid tone throughout. My only concern at this point is that by the time this whole Infinity Stones/Thanos plot finally plays out, people will be a bit burnt out on it.


Into the Storm took me by surprise.

I saw it because I love disaster movies, but an average disaster movie was all I was expecting. I just wanted to see some shit get wrecked. But the movie does some things that are actually pretty brilliant. While the plot is filled with a generic disaster movie cast of characters, most of those characters are actually real and pleasantly varied. For instance, the smart scientist character isn't constantly telling the other characters "I tried to warn you about this!" (I also really like that the only environmental message is a lost detail blended into a single line of dialogue)

The movie itself was a mix of "found footage" type shots and classic disaster movie cinematography. When they were going for spectacle, the movie went for the classic look, and when the scene needed something more emotional, it was the perspective stuff. And boy was this movie surprisingly emotional. The minor characters and extras actually reacted to disaster like you'd expect them to react and it made some of the more intimate scenes extremely horrifying. There was a scene early on in the movie where a tornado passes over a high school and tears the roof off, and it was surprisingly chilling to watch.

If you like disaster movies as much as I do, I have to say don't pass this one up.
581  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 12, 2014, 10:30:48 AM
^I just hope the latter half of the season isn't a sign of the show's future and it's going to have the problem the later seasons of Scrubs did with the story getting in the way of the humor.
582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 09:47:41 AM
What happens when you put two of the industry's worst decision makers together?

Rise of the Tomb Raider becomes an XBox One exclusive, that's what. I hope the backlash puts an end to that decision fairly quickly. That being said, I hope people don't think that some kind of boycott is the answer. In fact, if everyone buys Temple of Osiris on PS4, that would help immensely I think.
583  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 11, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
As far as I'm concerned, best lyric ever in a song is in American Hi-Fi's "The Breakup Song"

You can keep the dog we bought
But you can't go near the standard bar
Don't hang around!
DON'T CALL MY FRIENDS!
THEY WON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!
584  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 11, 2014, 09:34:36 PM
Celebrity deaths suck. Not only are you losing a fantastic entertainer, but so many social media slacktivists find a way to warp every tragedy into their own specialized brand of humanitarian guilt trips.

"This is why we need to take depression more seriously, guys."
"Oh sure, now you all suddenly care about mental illness."

Maybe take a moment to grieve over the loss of a great man before smugly using his death to feel better about yourself.
585  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2014, 05:23:13 PM
Rough day today. Getting ready to move, though not very far so that part isn't really a big deal. But today I was cleaning stuff out and came across all the cards, notes, and pictures from an ex-girlfriend of mine of three years--whom I've actually been thinking about recently. Decided to throw them out, but it was not an easy thing to do. She was pretty much the only person I've ever felt genuine affection towards.
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