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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 07:20:51 AM
Haps is that I got my ballot for the Presidential election this weekend.  Hooray for my state sending me mail-in ballots for everything.  What really struck me was that there were more third-party candidates than I have EVER seen on a ballot.  There had to be a good 10 or so third-party tickets featuring people and parties I was unfamiliar with and had no idea existed.

On the one hand, I thought, "Hey cool!  There is a whole bunch of choices outside of ClinTrump and JohnStein (referring to Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein).  And given how everyone is disappointed with those four..."  But then I thought, "Hmm... If the hypothetical 90% dissatisfied with ClinTrump or JohnStein dissipate the votes between these 10 third-party tickets, then the remaining 10% will put ClinTrump into office."

As for who I voted for, it was the Nunya-Biiswaks ticket.

EDIT: And though I'm a registered Democrat in my state, I'm debating changing my voter registration to Independent.  On the one hand, that speaks to whom I am because I don't like to swear blind fealty to anything.  On the other hand, that could potentially lock me out of some elections.  For example, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democrat primaries and I may not get some of those ballots as an Independent. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 24, 2016, 07:05:41 AM
I don't know if this was posted already, but I like this Dorkly song about TMNT for NES.  I could never get past the van level in that game.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8oNuGxz_ykc
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 18, 2016, 02:26:08 PM
My immediate thought regarding "crappy direction on how to advance" and "one true way" was the infamous "cat moustache" puzzle in Gabriel Knight 3.  It was, in itself, a clever puzzle but it was 100% arbitrary and completely out of context, especially since the dude you were trying to disguise yourself at had no moustache.  

ASIDE:  Dammit, why is the spell-checker red-lining me on moustache?  That is a valid spelling, dammit!
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 02:18:01 PM
Klyde- how is the music in Chroma Squad?  I'm aware RPGFan's reviewer thought it was forgettable, but I want to hear how others found it.  Like, I read all the bad reviews for the Megadeth album Supercollider but then I listened to it and I actually liked it a fair bit. 


http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Chroma_Squad/index.html

And because it MUST be posted... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJFvkUCXPLQ GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!!!
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: September 17, 2016, 05:59:53 PM
My 7 favorite films:

1) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2) Star Wars ep. VI: Return of the Jedi
3) Star Wars ep. IV: A New Hope
4) Star Wars ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back
5) This is Spinal Tap
6) The NeverEnding Story
7) Transformers: The Movie (1986)

Honorable mentions:
-Labyrinth
-The Dark Crystal
-Blues Brothers
-Lord of the Rings trilogy
-Clerks
-Ghostbusters (1984)
-UHF

This was surprisingly difficult to do.  That being said, my #1 pick was a no brainer.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit is my all-time favorite movie. 
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 16, 2016, 10:14:22 PM
Kevadu stole my comment. :P

I'm more curious why Mesh is so negative on this.

My guess is because he's a strict vegetarian and collagen is found in animal connective tissue to make gelatin.  Basically, gelatin mostly comes from boiling down animal bones and stuff.  Ergo, this is chocolate neither he nor I can eat, and it makes all the "this free, that free" labels invalid, because it has dead animals in it.  

Yes, the Jell-o you enjoyed as a kid was made using animal gelatin from boiled down livestock bones.  The popular belief is that it's made from cow and horse hooves, but those don't contain enough gelatin to make Jell-o.  

I also avoid Caesar salad unless the dressing is on the side, because Caesar dressing has anchovy paste in it.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 16, 2016, 09:34:02 PM
Well, this is worrisome... (Bayer-Monsanto merger.)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-bayer-monsanto-deal-20160914-story.html
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 08:04:39 PM
In that case, I read the word "guide" as instruction guide (like a manual) rather than guide like a tour guide.  But I see in-game tutorials as being like a hand-holding guide for game mechanics, especially if those tutorials are interactive.  Grandia II did that very well.  And I definitely think Unlimited SaGa would have benefited from some hand-holding in-game tutorials, which is my analogy to the expert player guiding a n00b through the rules of a boardgame.

I remember back in the day when games used to have secrets so obscure that they were there merely to sell Prima or Brady strategy guides.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 15, 2016, 07:58:49 PM
The draw system itself was fine, but the big complaint is that you usually only drew 3-6 spells at a time, making stocking them tedious.  If there was a skill like "draw x10" that allow you to draw 10x the number of spells than usual, people would have been okay with it.

And I said it already that FF8 is my favorite FF.

I don't know if I posted this unpopular opinion already, but whatever.  It has more to do with a composer than a game.  Anyway, am I the only one who's not a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto's music?  His music is generally well-composed and atmospheric, but it lacks emotion, verve, tenacity, personality, and memorability.  I find his music "nice" and that's it.  Odin Sphere, FFXII, Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, Valkyria Chronicles... I thought they all had meh music. It's like those bands I've seen/played shows with who clearly possess superior musicianship skills and play everything studio-perfect, but I can't remember a damn thing about any of their songs afterward and they bore me.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 15, 2016, 07:38:04 PM
Then my question would be whether adjustments were made to the game's job and class systems as a whole to alleviate the various headaches we're griping about.  Given that Nick appears to be having a grand and smooth experience with the game, I'm led to believe that significant tweaks were made to optimize the overall experience.  

I'll admit, though, that I'm not a big fan of job systems, because they often mean extra grinding for me- like levelling up new jobs/classes that start at level 1, farming for AP points or whatever, etc.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 15, 2016, 06:32:07 PM
While it doesn't seem to fix the main problem I had with the game(4 party slots, 5 characters meaning everyone but the two perma members fall behind in a game heavily about building up your characters) I'll probably cave and nab it.

I wonder if there's a concession for that.  Like having non-active party members gain 1/2 to 3/4 of the EXP that actives do.  If that exists, it's better than nothing.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 06:30:47 PM
Marty- Fair point.  At least with the Judgment Ring in Shadow Hearts, there were skills and such to manipulate it to spin in your favor.  

Jermeister- I respectfully disagree.  Some of the most highly regarded old-school PC RPGs had extensive gameplay manuals.  Would you call IKEA furniture poorly designed because it requires an instruction sheet to assemble?  I wouldn't.  IKEA stuff is great.  Plus, cars in Europe and Japan often have extensive manuals for their gadgetry and stuff.  Are those poorly designed?  No.  I think they're forefronts of new technology.  The only reason it would be seen as "poor design" in the US is that the culture here wants everything "pick up and do" because there's that stupid mentality in America that "real men don't read directions."  To hell with that.  Real STUPID men don't read directions.  

I'm also in favor of in-game tutorials, especially for games that experiment with new gameplay ideas.  Sometimes it's easier to learn in a guided hands-on way than just reading it or full immersion.  Guided hands-on is how I learn best. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 14, 2016, 05:49:23 PM
I've said it elsewhere in staffland, but I hated the Playstation original.  I found it dreadfully dull and laborious to play and it had a bargain basement localization.  Here, it sounds like this remake took this coal and made it a true diamond.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 14, 2016, 05:47:27 PM
Here's the thing.  I feel like Unlimited SaGa could have been good with a better manual or tutorials or any sort of explanatory exposition.  It's like trying to play a complicated board game without knowing the rules and there is no expert player there to kinda help walk you through the rules.  Unlimited SaGa is not a "pick-up-and-play" type of game. 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 14, 2016, 05:45:09 PM
Kev- you found the needle in the haystack, my friend.  That club you describe is what any of us sane people would WANT anime club to be.  Glad to know that the ideal does exist and is not just a pipe dream.  Too bad your grad school's anime club was the "universal truth" one. 

Now I await someone refuting my other "universal truth assumption" that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the worst music.
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