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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: Today at 12:33:11 PM
That's why I added "Rule 6" to my picks.  Music and sound design is such an integral part of a game's appeal and enjoyment to me.  It can often elevate a game that maybe isn't so great, make a great game a classic, and poor music/sound design can have the opposite effect. 

Which brings me to Breath of Fire 3.  Most people argue that Breath of Fire 4 had the superior soundtrack, but to me BoF4's music sounded more like "typical" RPG fare, whereas BoF3 had a more unique soundtrack with some cool, funky jazz-fusion type material. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 12:23:17 PM
So far, I've only done short non-fiction books (5000 words or less), so the recording process generally didn't take super long.  It's the editing process that's time consuming.  And when I audition for projects projects, I go for ones ones that I feel I can give an engaging read to and thus get the bid for.  I've seen several audiobooks with cool stories narrated by people who seem totally out to lunch.  I figure once I build my own little home studio, I'll have the time to dedicate to novels.  But for now, I'm just building my acumen. 

I'm still building my profile for voice123, but for now, some of my demo reels are there: http://voice123.com/nealchandran

And go figure, to showcase English accents, I did a riff on a conversation between Balthier and Basch in one of my reels.  Another FYI: in the Honda Fit thing I do in my commercial reel, the engine sound really is a Honda Fit engine revving.  
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 08:03:06 AM
A pokemon, maybe?
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: Today at 07:55:40 AM
Phantasy Star 4 ticks all those checkboxes, and the hidden checkbox of good music.  

I would add Suikoden as well.  It may not hit all the checkboxes as handily as Phantasy Star 4, but its incredible soundtrack more than makes up for it.  I say this all the time- Gregminster is my all time favorite town music.  

Oh, oh, Anachronox!  That game smashes all the checkboxes.  Go figure, it's my favorite JRPG and it's not even Japanese.  I wrote an editorial about that too.  

And how about Pokemon XY?  It's traditional, has its humor, is quite the adventure, and when you see and catch that Pokemon that makes you go "wow cool!" or you find a favorite 'mon who becomes your MVP in battles- that makes you want to draw it all over the margins in your notebook during math class.  And since people of all ages play it, it's universal.  

EDIT: And though I'd love to put Chrono Trigger in the #5 slot because it's Chrono Trigger and deserves it, I'll offer up something else for variety.  Grandia II.  Easily the best game in that series and I love the Grandia battle engine.  It certainly ticks all those checkboxes with flair.  Some of Ryudo's one-liners are just classic.  My favorites were "Princess, the powers of darkness aren't coming this way to tell us about the neighborhood bake sale.  We have to get out of here NOW!" and "What's up with you and this 'cleansing' thing?  Somehow I doubt your soldiers are carrying soap and bubble bath under their armor." 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 07:00:51 AM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 

You should be prouder and LINK US TO THEM. >:(

Since you asked, Dice, here they are on Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mn_mt_ano_tseft__galileo/184-8497444-9057653?advsearchKeywords=Neal+Chandran&x=0&y=0

I feel particularly good about the Plastic one.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 07:41:16 PM
Android 18 was kinda hot.  How the hell Krillin scored her... that's big pimpin' right there!

...and I still wonder if the androgyny of the protagonist was a publicity stunt to get dorks like us talking.  I think it's a 99% chance it's a guy, but if it turns out to be a girl (perhaps masquerading as a boy, like Mulan) then that's pretty damn cool.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 05:56:59 PM
Hair length seems comparable to Android 18 from the Cell saga. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 30, 2015, 05:41:22 PM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 01:23:55 PM
So, the simultaneous 3D/2D feature on the 3DS version is apparently only limited to the introductory portion of the game. After that, you choose between which style you want, though you can switch between them on the fly.

I am totally cool with that. 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 11:27:31 AM
Gotcha.  I'm kinda reminded at how Legend of Dragoon had its own menu music and that's what caused a minor lag when accessing the main menu.  The music was good, though. 

But Farron was also talking about how some functionality wasn't all that great in some menus, which led me to say what I did.  I've taken issues with menu ergonomics and functionality in several games and if that's a potential issue anywhere, then I pay attention. 
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: July 29, 2015, 02:06:22 PM
I'm interested in the dual setting they talk about- modern day Tokyo and that Protolexa world. 

You've heard it here first folks. The first 30 minutes will be set in Tokyo and the rest will be in generic swords and sorcery anime JRPG land. :V

12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 29, 2015, 02:02:49 PM
Menu ergonomics and font size are two things I have complained about often in several of my recent reviews.  So that seems to be a problem in several games, not just Dragon Quest.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 29, 2015, 02:01:21 PM
Like many of you, I was a "cartoon kid" in the 1980s and in the late 1990s I got into anime, so I tend to have "nostalgia feelz" for 1980s cartoons and 1990s anime.  I remember those days when I'd get up jumpy and cheerful at 6 o'clock on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and my parents would grumble, "dammit, why can't this kid get up like this on a school day?"  

When I was a child living in Holland, one of my dad's colleagues used to have his retired uncle videotape American cartoons for me and whenever said colleague was in the US, he'd bring back tons of VHS tapes of American cartoons.  I watched the living daylights out of those!  That's how I became familiar with slightly more obscure shows like Mighty Orbots, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Turbo Teen, along with the usual suspects that they showed on BBC (like Transformers, Thundercats, MASK.)  

I also remember circa age 7 or so, this one neighbor girl (who was probably 5 or 6) and I used to run around all the time pretending to be He-Man and She-Ra.  This sticks out to me because to any 7 year-old boy, little girls are annoying as fuck but this particular one was actually cool.  I liked hanging with her, and luckily our parents all got along so we ran together all the time.  I'm not a parent, but that's one thing I realize needs to be in a parenting manual- getting along with the parents of your kid's friends.  

EDIT: And natros- that's a good point that a lot of the folks creating cartoons now are folks our age who grew up with 1980s and 1990s cartoons (which most everyone in this thread has said were fantastic cartoon decades).  In much the same way, a lot of folks creating video games are people our age who grew up with the NES, Genesis/Megadrive, Super NES; came of age with the PSOne, N64...  This is big reason why I feel like we're seeing the positive gaming and cartoon trends we're seeing. 

And note must be made of The Amazing World of Gumball.  That cartoon is insanely imaginative and downright hilarious.  Probably one of the niftier shows to come out in recent years.   

14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 29, 2015, 07:22:38 AM
Sweet pics, dude.  Skydiving's great, huh?  I talked more about it in the haps thread.  I'd do it again in a heartbeat. 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 29, 2015, 07:21:27 AM
Went skydiving with some work friends today. So much fun. It's over so fast but that moment when you're on the exit of the plane is ridiculously terrifying then it's all good.

Was this your first time jumping, or have you jumped before?  I jumped with my cousin and 3 of his friends after I graduated high school.  There was supposed to be a big group of us going (like 8 to 10) but almost everyone chickened out.  We did static line jumps and I nearly smashed my hand on the step of the plane after a weak jump.  Good times!  I remember in college showing people my skydiving video and it was all the same- the girls would be all "Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod.... ohmygod!" and the guys would be all snickering and nitpicking everything I did wrong in my my jump. 

I'll post some pics in the photo thread

I loved it. It was a tandem jump and my first time going. The ride up in the plane and the moment when you're on the edge of the plane about to jump are nerve shattering experiences. And when you first jump? Forget it. I get a weird feeling when I go over the top of a hill in my car too fast. Incredible.

The only bad thing is if you have a problem with your ears popping while flying. I never have sinus troubles except for when I fly and now with this. I tried every trick in the book but even over a day later it feels like I'm underwater with how my hearing is.

I hear you there.  When I was sitting in the plane, feet on the step, that was when I was like, "Holy shit this is real!"  And I'm waiting for the guy to tell me it's okay to stand up and grab the wingstrut and then it felt like an even longer wait to hear "go!" so I could jump.  (Nowadays, everyone's first jump has to be a tandem.  I did what was called a static-line where I jump by myself but they deploy my chute. 

Would do again. 
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