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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 11:44:31 PM
Also, I wanted to suggest that we eventually play through a co-op RPG. That could be really fun on the show, yeah?
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 10:10:21 PM
Welp, I just got murdered by a bunch of flying cats in a box.

Me too, man. Me too.

Also-- I think from episode 2 we'll make it clear to where in the game we're going to get so that way it's easier for everyone to follow along. Sound good, team?
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 08:20:12 PM
We'll be doing every game in three episodes, and each will be done through a month-- a 'beginning' ep, a 'we're deep into the game' ep, and a 'we've finished it' ep. So we'll definitely be finishing the game-- part of the show is seeing how people react ot the WHOLE game, not just "i didn't like the intro." So you'll definitely see us finish it!

Sausage fest indeed. But with a rotating cast, it won't always be!

And FFIX would obviously be first because I'll cut anyone else.

Jean-- welcome! Great to see you here! Please do play the game along with us! We'll be recording episode 1-2 sometime this weekend, I believe, so you can look forward to that sometime next week, I think. The 'final' episode will always be at the end of the month, so everyone has enough time to finish.

Thanks again to all of you for your comments and feedback!
19  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Best Non-RPG Music of 2015 (so far) on: May 06, 2015, 07:57:06 PM
The composer on Ori is Gareth Coker, along with some backup including the likes of Aeralie Brighton (vocals).

And yeah-- I love the Lone Survivor OST as well. That's a great game with some nutty stuff.

(LBP3 = LittleBigPlanet 3)

I'm a fan of the Oblitus OST too-- although I WAS expecting it to be longer.
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 02:36:01 PM
you know what we could also do... is put a frame on it. hang it up, you know?

opposite of serious
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 02:22:06 PM


Episode 1-1 is live.

My comments post-episode are that I'm warming up to the game more and more. It's very charming, and I enjoy the combat. I'm still not sure about the side quests-- I really like how much dialogue each has, but a couple just involve so much trial and error or roaming with random fights. Also fine, all of you win, this is a Falcom OST that I legtimately love.

Davi, I've actually beaten Terranigma. It's a classic. I own but have NOT beaten Ilusion of Gaia, though! And thanks to everyone for your comments and feedback so far.

Regarding fan translations-- we're open to playing these, though if we do, there won't be any discussion of acquisition, emulation, or anything technical in that regard. Also, Rudra no Hihou has amazing music.


also I will bet money that by the end of this storyline Estelle and Joshua hook up.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 12:58:11 AM
I think we actually have Bahamut Lagoon on the list, and I LOVE Seiken Densetsu 3. Great suggestions.

I'm not familiar with that last one, I'll have to check it out.
23  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Best Non-RPG Music of 2015 (so far) on: May 06, 2015, 12:36:01 AM
I am all about that Ori and the Blind Forest OST. I almost considered cheating and reviewing it even though we don't cover it at all here.


The whole OST reuses this theme to fantastic effect, and it creates some of the most exhilarating sequences I've ever played. Truly wonderful.

Can you recommend some tunes from Hotline Miami 2?
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 05, 2015, 06:39:22 PM
Well, Trails in the Sky first came out in 2004, and that's over a decade ago.

But, more to the point, we want to hear your feedback as to what games you'd like to hear us play! So let us know! When we say retro, we mean 'older games' not 'only the oldest games.' :) The crew behind this show wants to have a lot of collaboration with the community as to the form and path of the show, so if you want to see 16-bit games (which we definitely already have plenty of on our list), tell us!
25  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: A pile of rare Secret of Evermore soundtracks show up: seller goin cheap?! on: May 05, 2015, 06:37:53 PM
Well that's impressive.
26  Media / Game Journals / Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 05, 2015, 05:59:33 PM
Hey everyone! We're doing our own game journal! ...sort of.


A new podcast approaches!

We'll play a new game every month, with three episodes per game. Episode 0 is a brief introduction, and tomorrow we'll have our first episode, discussing the early parts of Trails in the Sky! We want to talk with you about these games, and maybe even have you join us for our playthroughs. Chat us up here!
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 04, 2015, 05:16:03 PM
It's coming very, very, very soon. As in maybe later today if Apple hurries it up :)
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: May 03, 2015, 03:09:18 AM
The riding in a doll theme is so fucking fantastic I cannot wrap my head around how perfectly it fits

29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: May 02, 2015, 03:12:57 PM
Yeah-- that's what I meant. Even if it wasn't the most original thing in the world, I enjoyed the narrative in XBC an how it had a clear sense of dramatic progression, whereas Skyrim has uniformly bland quests and "go do a thing for a person" type stuff for its story missions (with a couple small but still mostly unengaging to me exceptions). I'm hoping XBCX can keep that balance.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 30, 2015, 03:06:07 PM
I could be mistaken but I'm pretty sure that the market itself has been shown to no longer be overwhelmingly male, despite AAA marketing and demos skewing in that direction. I think in years past it was probably a natural consequence of an overwhelmingly male demographic, but more recently in terms of both awareness and market divide, I'm not sure unintentional gets a free pass any longer.


Japan is a different story, of course, since gender issues there are... interesting, to say the least, but as SQEX courts an increasingly international audience, they'll have to be more aware of these things, just as western AAA devs are often learning now, as well.

I'm all for a game being more appealing to all sexes, and if you want to have it be sexy, that's fine-- though for me personally, having huge boobs flopping all over the place out of their boob windows and making Cindy stuff her ass out into the camera's view are not the ways to to sell your product. I like sex as much as the next person, but part of titillation is subtlety, at least for me. If you like a lack of subtlety, there's no shame in that, but I would contest the idea that Cindy's representation is classy, necessary, or harmless, and I feel no compunction in stating that it is objectively NOT subtle, especially compared to the bro-adtrip boys. The quality of their 'perfect looks' is emphasized differently by the game-- we're meant to see them as fabulous avatars of power fantasy for us, whereas Cindy is clearly meant to be 'luscious and to be lusted after.'
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