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2281  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 13, 2013, 09:39:05 PM
Story time!

Many years ago, my father left for his vacation with his new sweetheart. My father had a cat that needed taking care of while he was away. Back then, I was still in primary school (not sure which grade). Since it was summer and I had no school, the idea came up that I would basically live there for the week taking care of the cat and house. At this point, I'll point out that I lived with my mother after the divorce and would normally only see my dad one weekend out of two. Since it felt like one of those crazy movie plots, I accepted. As a kid, spending an ENTIRE week free from any adult was just too awesome to pass.

My father left enough food in the fridge and a lot of frozen meal he prepared. He also left me one hundred dollar on the table for an emergency if needed. After everything was taken care off and I had understood what my tasks were for the week, he left.

Back then, I had no idea what animes or mangas were like. In fact, I wasn't even really into RPGs back then either (I like to think I was stupid as a child). On the second day, I'm not too sure how, while surfing the Internet, I landed on images of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought these looked pretty cool.

From there I started looking around to see if I could find it. Remarkably, as a child, I somehow found a private website really well hidden on the Internet (actually, it STILL exists even as of today and I'm pretty sure only a handful currently know of its existence) with no login or password; just plain directly downloadable animes. Lucky enough, the episodes hosted there were all fansubbed. I then proceeded to download the first episode.

After hours of downloading, I finally watched it.
It was then that something awoke inside of me.
This thing was incredible!
It was so good!
I could hardly believe something could be this good!

Like a new drug addict, I needed more of this... I wanted to watch the whole thing.

Back then, the Internet was very slow. The videos were about 35 mb (huge), and I had a 3.5 k/s connection and the servers were also very prompt to drop the connection. The very long list of rules on the main page were very strict and the server would kick your IP out if you broke any. I carefully set up a download resumer and created a whole process for the downloads while making sure I would not break any of the downloading rules. As such, I was getting an episode about every 3-4 hours. I would literally stand in front of the computer looking at the progress bar only to watch the episode immediately when it finished downloading. Mornings were the best part because I would have two episodes to watch while eating breakfast (worth mentioning that I would wake up in the middle of the night to start the next one and then go back to sleep).

Henceforth started a crazy cycle of eating, quickly taking care of the cat and house, only to wait and watch. By the last day, I was dead tired and watched the last episode the last night before my dad came back the morning after.

The surge of freedom mixed with the discovery of something I truly became to love made that week one of the best moments of my life.

Now, guess what I'll answer you if you ask me "Do you like Evangelion?"
2282  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: is the gaming industry heading for another crash? on: May 13, 2013, 07:18:55 PM
Money changes everything.
2283  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix plans for the future, Doom and Gloom on: May 13, 2013, 05:37:34 PM
Well, they used to have a strong jRPG audience, but as you said, since they follow "what's cool/safe" they've gathered a bit of everything.

An easy jab would be FPS are so hot nowadays, we totally need to make one of those! =P
2284  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix plans for the future, Doom and Gloom on: May 13, 2013, 05:14:54 PM
SE is an out of touch with its audience company who lost most of its talent and never had any plan to train or replace that lost.
They 'go with the flow' of what's selling and take little to no risk.
They are going away from AAA development because they know that it's a dangerous game and they don't have what it takes to play it.

As I see it, if it wasn't for Eidos, their financial situation would be abysmal.
2285  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 13, 2013, 04:01:42 PM
Online multiplayer controlled combat could be kinda cool. Although now instead of complaining about bad AI, we'd be complaining about those damn noobs you got paired with =P
2286  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 13, 2013, 09:47:37 AM
So I'm playing my Skyrim game which is like 60 hours in and I go read the random statistics.

I think I need help...

O_o Are you sure that is right? Unless my math is off that is approximately 1.8 items pickpocketed per second. How do you even have time to find your pickpocket targets?

If I go up to a guard and steal 12 arrows, 8 gold and 1 lockpick, that would be 21 items in about one second. Still, the maths are showing that I'm a fricking kleptomane.

I'm trying to think of a pun with dragonborn and pickpocketing...

EDIT: For lack of making a descent pun, enjoy this Googled image

2287  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 12, 2013, 11:12:58 PM
So I'm playing my Skyrim game which is like 60 hours in and I go read the random statistics.

I think I need help...
2288  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 12, 2013, 08:08:09 PM
If this is a thing and comes to the US... I would definitively get it =)
2289  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 12, 2013, 02:12:34 AM
Here's my 2 cents from a caster hero. The spell Caustic Blast is incredible. It's so-so on solo bosses, but if you hit a union with one, you'll pretty much explode them. If 2-3 unions are close together, you can hit them all too. While Blackout is the superior spell, this one is a lot easier to pull.
2290  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 11, 2013, 02:40:22 AM
The superior PC version.
2291  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 10, 2013, 10:42:17 PM
For the first time in my life, I have watched an ENTIRE Youtube ad (3 whole minutes!):

and it also referred me to this video for the opposite:

2292  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 10, 2013, 08:35:10 PM
Funny to hear that, since I think the opposite. I wish I had more control to manage units in TLR instead of just those math.random
Random skill growth, stat growth, semi random weapon growth, random orders...
I switched the main guy to a caster from twin sword because the game decided to give me INT at level ups even though I was melee-ing all the time.
Worst is there's a good number of classes for the hero and it's hard to even get the one you'd want. Add some bugs in there too that can screw you up or even stop you from class advancing.

Some later bosses and the extra bosses in that game are just fucking cheap.
Auto-counter, act twice a turn, auto kill unit on hit (wish for a parry) boss ? Totally fair bro...
2293  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Saints Row 4 - Wub Wub Wub on: May 10, 2013, 03:18:30 PM
There's finally some real gameplay from PAX East:

Vegeta, what does the scanner say about this game's silly level?
IT'S OVER 9000!
2294  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 09, 2013, 10:29:37 PM
Speaking of which, y'all know that 90% of the things printed on 3D printers are going to be plastic dongs.

2295  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dice's No Frills on: May 09, 2013, 09:45:21 PM
I'm not Canadian enough =( darn this French of mine!
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