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571  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 08, 2014, 04:42:41 PM
You're right, I was mistaken. There have only been perfect Sonic games and abysmal ones. No merely good ones.
572  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 08, 2014, 04:11:39 PM
Episode 75 is live!  Enjoy!!

Most Bravely Default fans already know if they want the game or not; I was pleasantly surprised that there's a demo at all.
but I think a lot of people are going to take some convincing after some of the recent Square-Enix RPGs of late...

Considering I've been playing almost nothing other than Square Enix RPGs lately, I think maybe I disagree. They had some rough years, but they've been excellent lately. Kind of like how people think the Sonic Cycle keeps going, yet the last three Sonic games have all been good to great. ;)

573  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: February 05, 2014, 03:23:43 AM

YEEEEE, sure do love the royal vest. Hate the myth robe for WHM, but now I'm delighted.
574  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: February 01, 2014, 03:58:32 AM
It's got some decent music!
575  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: January 29, 2014, 01:53:39 AM

He's my favorite character from my favorite Final Fantasy and I find everything about his personality agreeable. Even his theme music puts me in a "me" mood. Listen!
576  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 28, 2014, 07:21:22 PM
Star Ocean 4 is the best example of 'you can hate a character for many reasons'.

It's quite a feat to make a game where I hate every single character.

EDIT: since Darilon mentions a well discussed opinion, I'm gonna do that exactly:

Edge - His emo/angsty phase after the time travel is unbearable
Reimi - Her lack of self-love (or is it confidence?) and the fact that she is fine with terrible things being done to her is purely disgusting. I get that they were aiming at her feeling saintly, but it just comes out as her being some broken doll.
Faize - Nothing too deep here. I just don't like him. If I had to say why... I'd have to be non-politically correct and say 'he his so gay'. (no offense intended to real homosexuals; you guys are way better than Faize. Also this)
Lymle - Do I really need to say? I have trouble finding a single good thing about her.
Bacchus - They played the unemotional robot way too much and you end up with a doorknob as a character.
Meracle - Pretty much a comic relief character that wasn't funny at all.
Myuria - Tacked on sexy with a pure obsession with Crowe. She's pretty bitchy overall. Still, I like her the best out of the bunch.
Arumat - If there was a discussion about sexism relating to men, Arumat would be amongst the worst offenders.
Sarah - Terribad voice acting coupled with sheer retardedness.

I am excited that it only took the second page of posts for the conversation to turn completely negative. :-D

I was about to make a comment about disliking the cast in Fire Emblem: Awakening, but then I said to myself "that would turn this conversation negative!" We must struggle on in our quest to enjoy!
577  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: January 28, 2014, 10:26:16 AM
To narrow it down, "We are looking for Elitist's". Should be cake....

I'm not in Solaris, and would consider myself much less hardcore than any of them, but they are not at all elitists. They're friendly and very welcoming to players who don't play as much, and Tenchi's post said as much too. They've frequently helped me and my free company with stuff for no reason other than to help us enjoy the game. They're just saying that they push content hard so people can actually get it done.

578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: what´s going on with "MEDIA VISION"? on: January 28, 2014, 09:48:41 AM
I really hope we do, and with Sony leaning on their own IP a lot these days, I suppose it could be POSSIBLE, though I don't admit to knowing much about the state of the series at the moment.
579  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: January 28, 2014, 01:41:33 AM
I LOLed so hard at the last image.
580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 27, 2014, 10:38:46 PM
Thanks for your feedback. I'll make sure Kyle catches this. Let me copy what I wrote on the editor's forum, since it's relevant here, too.

I read this in full last night, and it's really wonderful. I've learned in graduate school that cynicism is rampant, and the more education (and I mean that broadly, education meaning experience in any field) people tend to have, the more critical and unable to enjoy they become. It's nice have this editorial to give voice to my thoughts-- that being critical is okay, but not at the expense of being able to sit down and enjoy someone. It's like when I have conversations with a friend who is constantly nitpicking every little game he plays, explaining "well it's fun for a little while but then you realize how limited the mechanics are/this one tiny workaround that totally makes the game easy/etc etc," and I'm like "so?"

We've discussed Final Fantasy IX, and he'll say "it's dumb because the bad guy comes out of nowhere and Amarant is pointless." He's literally unable to enjoy the experience because of a few flaws.

That's not how I play, it's not how I enjoy, and I think you hit the nail on the head: we enjoy things in spite of flaws-- it doesn't mean we forget the flaws, but they don't dominate our thoughts of the experience.

That said, I get that new release "must play everything" feeling, too. For years as a teenager I was able to play basically everything I wanted, and now as an adult that's just not possible, with less time and more games available than ever. Learning to just sit and enjoy what you've got is difficulty, but well worth it.
581  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 23, 2014, 04:35:30 AM
The only appropriate response is that I should replay Mario RPG.  :]

Also-- EndofPi, sorry I never replied, but nothing makes me happier than to hear you're appreciating the tunes in games more! That's quite literally our goal! Thanks a ton for your feedback!
582  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 21, 2014, 09:19:15 PM
Well, we'll accept both. If there's something we didn't play from music that became available in 2013, feel free to send that. Otherwise, we're taking general requests too. Be sure to send a reason why you'd like us to play that song, too, so we have something to say about it when we say why you picked it.
583  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 21, 2014, 06:53:01 PM
It's been a long time, but our latest episode is now posted.

Enjoy time-travel-centric themes for nearly three hours. :]

Don't forget to email us submissions for Music of the Year podcast, and of course rate and review us on iTunes!

Also, in 2014, be on the lookout for a newer format for the show-- shorter episodes (1 to 1.5 hours), but more frequently. It's a bit too much of a tax on my time these days to get our megasodes out in a timely fashion, so we're switching to this format. Be sure to give us feedback and let us know what you think about that change, so we can keep improving the show to match what you want to hear!
584  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: January 20, 2014, 11:43:27 PM
I think ARR's soundtrack is completely fantastic, and better than most of the 1.0 tracks. Most of the 1.0 tracks I like are still in the game. Best of both worlds.
585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 20, 2014, 06:59:22 PM
Even with those said, I still couldn't get around the dialogue at all. Maybe it's because I'm more into personal stories like in the Shin Megami Tensei games and I can''t get around to stories such as Matsuno's stories and the Witcher series because they're too involved into open-ended political ramifications to the point where all of my personal engagement go out the door. They feel more like I'm reading my college history textbook than an actual story and god knows I don't want to be reminded of that.

I tend to find Matsuno's political/faction driven storylines more interesting and engaging than the standard fare.

They can provide an understandable framework for characters to react and develop without having to 'overreact' among themselves for motivation (I find most standard RPG interpersonal drama annoying, which is maybe why I can't really get into the persona games).

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