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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A History of Console RPGs on: November 04, 2011, 01:26:40 PM
http://uk.games.ign.com/articles/121/1210544p1.html

I figured some people here might find this interesting.

I find it interesting that the author thought Phantasy Star was released on the Genesis.

lol. I was confused by that.  I figured they meant Phantasy Star II because people usually point to that one as one of the first RPGs to have an in-depth story.  When I realized they were talking about the first one, I was glad that it even got recognition as it usually gets glossed over.  Even if they got the facts screwed up. 

Overall, the article is kinda brief considering the subject.  Feels more like the cliff notes version.  But, I like that it's not another "Decline and Fall of the JRPG" article, or a "Things were better back in my day, you rotten kids!" article.
2  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (RPGFan Guild Edition) on: November 04, 2011, 01:00:18 PM
Hey that's a cool idea. I'm gonna have so many characters on different servers due to RL friends playing on one server and MMO buddies playing on another, but one more can't hurt =D  I've already used my account to join a guild through the site, but I'll definitely join up at launch.
3  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: A question about Final Fantasy XI Online Treasures of Ahi Urhgan on: July 26, 2011, 01:27:51 AM
Not that it matters a whole lot, but all ports of FFXI play together on the same servers. So if you were to play with your PS2, you'd be playing with PC and XBOX360 users as well.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more! on: June 19, 2011, 10:17:40 PM

Also most WRPGs weren't excessively non-linear till Bethesda came and fucked everything up.

I'll buy that.  Usually when I make a complaint about non-linearity in general, it's inspired by a Bethesda product.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more! on: June 19, 2011, 09:50:37 PM
Baldur's Gate was the first wrpg that I got into as well.  I prefer old school turn based battles personally, but I still really loved the system in BG.  Strategic realtime, not action realtime.  That way I could still kick back with a beer and play =D  Wrpg's generally offer some really good stories as well, though sometimes the non-linear nature of some games throw the pacing off for me. That's why I still love a nice convuluted and linear jrpg story =D
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 14, 2011, 01:38:24 AM
Hey! I'm not dead, just completely without a computer =( I miss posting on here so I thought I'd check in.  Should be gettin' a new computer within a week, hopefully! I've been playin' way more music than games lately, but have worked my way through Dragon Age Origins over the past month or so.  Workin' on Awakening now.  Playin' Dragon Quest 8 simultaniously.  Man, I've been so out of the loop I don't even know what's come out these past few computer-less months
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Support your local game store! on: March 02, 2011, 10:00:12 PM
Heh, the local mall around here used to have both an EB and a Babbages,  now they are both Gamestops.  That's right, two Gamestops in the same mall within 30 seconds of each other.  There's also another one 3 min down the road!  And they all want to sell me discount cards, extended warrenties, game reservations, blah blah blah.

There's no dedicated retro game store around here, but there's a bitchin' comic shop in Worcester, MA (about 45min away from me) called "That's Entertainment"  that has a pretty decent selection of everything last gen and prior, right down to Atari 2600 games.
8  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Retro Gamer on: March 02, 2011, 09:47:53 PM
I came across their website awhile back and really wanted a subscription, but a 13 issue sub is about $130  = \  I could stand picking up a single $10 issue everyonce in a while though.  Didn't even think to check for it at Borders.
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dead Space 2 on: February 02, 2011, 12:28:45 AM
Must...get...Dead Space 2!  My next favorite genre, next to RPGs, is survival horror.  I rank the first Dead Space right up there with the original Resident Evil, so I can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dark Souls on: February 02, 2011, 12:18:11 AM
That is pretty awesome =D  Though Demon's Souls continues to kick my ass and I can only play it for 15min at a time before I have to go "walk it off", I still love the game and the idea of it.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: January 31, 2011, 12:07:14 AM
I DO need healing items/spells though. After a while of messin' around in said dungeon, I had one character dead (revived with 1 hp) and two at half health.  I had a handful of bloodclot charms, but they go pretty quick = \  It wasn't the starting dungeon, it was the catacombs in the Buried Village.  I was supposed to find an orb for Pharrod.  But the guards wouldn't let me out without the orb, yet I was too dead to search for said orb.

I will agree that a lot of interactable objects are pretty easy to spot, but there are alot that aren't.  I spent a good ten minutes searching for the door to a cathedral.  When found it, I still didn't see it, the mouse just told me there was a door there and I took its' word for it.  Still, there's times when I mouse over things and they don't highlight (most often loot) until I hit a certain pixel of it.  I don't know, I didn't have this much trouble with Baldur's Gate.

Transparency would lighten the burden though
12  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: NEStalgia - MORPG where WoW meets Dragon Warrior 3 on: January 30, 2011, 11:08:31 PM
Y'know I was just playing Dragon Warrior 2 the other day and thinking it would be really cool if there was an mmo produced that looked like an NES RPG.  This is too much of a coincidence, get outta my brain! lol. 

This looks pretty cool, I'm gonna check it out =D  Thanks man!
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: January 30, 2011, 10:36:11 PM
Okay so I was playing Planescape: Torment for the past two days.  I'm not huge of WRPGs, but I've been giving them a shot just to change things up.  I figured I was in for a real treat as the usual answer to the question "What RPG has the best story?", usually contains "Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Planescape: Torment".  I know two out of those three rule hard, so...on to try PST...

I don't like it.  The world is kinda shabby and trashy lookin' and it's hell just trying to get around because there's so much crap on the screen.  Looting is painful because you have to position the cursor in just the right spot, not that I've gotten anything worthy of looting. You have to pixel hunt to find anything at all.  Healing items are scarce, resting areas are scarce.  I have no healing spells to speak of. The npc dialog is mostly just deranged and bizzare, I can only read so much crazy talk.

 I finally gave up when I needed to leave a dungeon and go back to town to rest, only to find out some gate guards won't let me out of the dungeon until I've found a certain item. Well I need to rest damnit, so I break the lock on the gate. They attack me, I kill them but only barely. I go rest, come back...and the guards respawn, and they're still mad about their gate.  I was already feelin' kinda meh about the game in general, but this was just annoying.  Oh well, next!
14  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Looking for some fun Sci-fi reading on: January 21, 2011, 12:15:41 AM
The name of the bad guy
Quote
THE MULE
in one of the books is pretty ridiculous, though.

Haha! Yeah =D I'm just gettin' to that part
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Looking for some fun Sci-fi reading on: January 20, 2011, 07:48:59 PM
I just picked up a nice hardcover edition of the original Foundation trilogy,  "Foundation", "Foundation and Empire" and "Second Foundation" for $30.  They're good and pretty epic, I'm about halfway through the 2nd book and so far the story has spanned 300 years.  They're more political than action oriented though.  It's kinda like a sci-fi version of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
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