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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 12, 2015, 09:11:20 PM
I know I've come a long way (got the fat pictures to prove it), but I'm never content to rest on my laurels.  And you know me- I'm the kind of guy who'll try to turn a liability into an advantage. Four says to Tris in Divergent: "Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up." I'm rewiring my mind that way with self-doubt. I've spent too long letting self-doubt shut me down, so now I use it to fire me up.  I welcome twinges of dissatisfaction to keep me from getting complacent.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 12, 2015, 12:58:43 PM
If you disliked this movie, you had no childhood.  Not telling you what it is. 

3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2015, 01:07:24 PM
Did a solo training ride today for my upcoming bike-a-thon next weekend (that will be 45 miles to benefit Parkinson's Disease; supposed to have 3,300 ft of climbs!)

Running into a cluster of riders from a cycling club I ride with during their Bike for Bancroft event ride- cool

Later on, I stopped at a red-light intersection and blew a snot-rocket  (to my left) only to discover that a cute girl was standing to the right at the crosswalk by me.  So relieved that I blew the snot-rocket in the opposite direction.  Hey, snot-rockets are a part of cycling.

EDIT: And I'm failing pretty miserably at this whole "body acceptance" trend, yet I'm totally fine with that.  It's because I still see "fat weakling" when I look at myself in the mirror- that fires me up to put in my time at the gym, go the extra mile on my bicycle, decline foods that are detrimental to my health, and become leaner, stronger, faster, and "endurance-ier."
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes, CE on: October 11, 2015, 07:36:16 AM
I saw people playing it at NYCC yesterday. They were being console hogs though and despite waiting 30 minutes I never got a chance to touch it. It looked pretty fun though combat seemed slower than that in Hyrule Warriors. If I had a PS4 I'd probably check it out, but alas...

Got to play it at NYCC today, it handles well and looks great, plus hearing Yangus shout Cor Blimey is always a treat. Still...felt pretty much like a dynasty warriors game to me. Hopefully that's just demo shenanigans and the real game as more approachable, as the boss fight I did (Gigantes) was timed, so it made for a very...steep learning curve. Timed out well before he was close to being dead. Still, gonna pick this up on tuesday.

Now the REAL question is, did you guys hang out with each other at NYCC, forming your own little RPGFan battle-party just like in they do games? 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 11, 2015, 07:19:28 AM
Got another one: we don't need the upgraded Tales of Vesperia. A big part of the game is the dynamic between Yuri and Flynn and the way they try to accomplish their goals. Yuri works from the shadows while Flynn climbs the ladder as a leader. The final part of the game is basically Yuri and co kicking some final boss ass while Flynn (who practically controls the whole imperial army at that point) keeps things in check on the ground, which is important, because I doubt most people know how to deal with a 'we're all doomed' scenario in an calm and organised manner. Both are playing the role they were made to play. It makes absolutely no sense to have Flynn as a party member. It goes against the story, the characters and plain old logic (you should not send multiple world leaders off to almost certain doom). As for loli pirate girl, I think we reached the loli pirate girl quotum in Tales of Eternia. There is no need for her.

I feel similar sentiments about the PS2 updated version of Tales of Destiny.  That version of the game took out the best (and my favorite) cutscene from the game and it was a lengthy one too.   That scene was when Stahn
goes on a date with Ilene and we see Rutee trying to spy on them with Mary in tow, but Mary becomes distracted by an ice cream stand and starts eating ice cream while ignoring Rutee's spying mission.
  That scene was cute, funny, lengthy, and was key to the story (particularly later on).  I also like how it flipped the script a bit and had Stahn
NOT crushing over the leading lady like a typical RPG protagonist but into an NPC.
  Yet that scene was cut out of the Playstation 2 versions.  Boo, hiss, donkey piss!  

I'd gladly play the Playstation original again (I've played it 2-3 times to completion) but not the PS2 remake, simply because it altered the story in a way I do not like. 
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: October 10, 2015, 06:33:33 PM
This is the absolute best RPG I've played all year... and it's only a short prototype of a game.  However, the axe-climb you do after the first mini-boss was difficult for me to execute... until I figured out the trick for it.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 10, 2015, 01:50:18 PM
Gene Kelly's face around 2:28 or so is the stuff Internet memes are made of.

8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: October 10, 2015, 01:06:39 PM
@Dincrest: Yeah, "Field Demo 01" is really good. And is crazy to think how he's the same composer for Dark Souls.

I love when a composer can surprise you again.

I'll be honest, I thought the battle themes were weak and the main theme sounded phoned-in, but that field song was a pleasant surprise.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: October 09, 2015, 07:28:34 PM
So, what do you fine folks think of the music samples from SO5?


I thought "Field Demo 1" was the best of the 4.
10  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 07, 2015, 03:47:17 PM
I still want to read it, since I do like some of the characters in Alloy of Law.  Wayne is a fun sidekick and I want to see Steris' character development.  She's a cold hard bitch at first and rather unlikable, but she's the kind of character who'd probably undergo the most personal growth. 
11  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 06, 2015, 05:33:59 PM
I read Alloy of Law and am in the middle of Words of Radiance, so it'll be a while before I buy and read Shadows of Self.  I'll be honest, I wasn't super into Alloy of Law until the epilogue.  I liked the characters, but the plot felt very YA. 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2015, 05:32:26 PM
I recently got a pair of custom fit orthotics from my podiatrist.  He told me that feet need time to get used to orthotics; that they'll feel fatigued at first because they're not used to having support like that.  So if you get orthotics, you need to acclimatize your feet to them- like wear them for an hour a day, then move it up to 3 hours a day, till you get to a full workday.  When I first did a  full workday in my orthotics, I felt it, but now it's fine. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2015, 08:36:53 AM
I had the flu last week.
I have a cold this week.
Oh joy.

Same here.  Caught a nasty bug a week ago that had me collapsed for 2 days.  And I'm still coughing a bit a week later.

As for other haps (that go in line with my healthY), after my October 17th charity ride, I plan to see my orthopedist about having the Baker cyst in my left knee drained out.  It's been a nuisance for months now and prevents me from riding more than 30-40 miles a week.  The rest of my body wants to ride longer, faster, harder, and more frequently, but my knee doth protest (I don't want to risk it bursting and getting "water on the knee") and takes its time to recover. 

I'm planning out my bike-a-thon schedule for next year.  I plan to do 3 metric-century charity rides (I choose 3 in particular since they're causes I believe in and fundraising is painless- I hate feeling like the guy waving the tin cup all the time) along with regular rides with cycling clubs or my LBS.  So I need to get my knee sorted out. 
14  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 03, 2015, 08:46:03 AM
I didn't like "Blue Fields" from Final Fantasy VIII all that much when I played the game, but upon listening to this arranged version on the Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec soundtrack, I changed my tune.  It was lush, it was beautiful, and it was one of my personal favorite tracks on it: http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff8flwv/index.html
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2015, 08:18:40 AM
Favorite Internet meme of the moment:

"I don't have a bucket list, but my bike-it list is a mile long."

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