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1  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. 
2  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. 
3  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. 
4  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. 
5  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
6  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."

7  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 02, 2015, 09:32:12 PM
Persona 2 Eternal punishment world map1
You know.... the music might be the best part of Persona games.  I admit, I haven't really given the games much of a shot (I'm leery of the content), but the music consistently impresses me, and this track is no different.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bass here, especially.  I know different Persona titles have different composers (right?), but they all have a very modern feel, which I think is very refreshing for RPGs (and works, obviously, for the modern settings in Persona games).  The sound font used here is also great.
It's weird, because I WANT to dislike things about Persona, but... I just can't hate on the amazing music.

Did you listen to Persona 2: Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well?  Curious as to which one you prefer and why.

I love Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU_KneL2qac

I love both, but Innocent Sin's more melancholy overworld theme just tugs my emotions more (though EP's theme has a little more "funk" to it.)  Then again, I found IS a more emotionally charged game than EP.
8  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 01, 2015, 05:33:22 PM
As for Dice's Dishonorable Mentions.... meh.  Nostalgia would significantly improve that Symphonia track,

I respectfully disagree.  I LOVED Symphonia, it was one of my favorite RPGs of the era, I reviewed it very favorably, it did almost everything right, but the music was utterly forgettable.  Not bad, mind, you, but I don't remember any of it.  I couldn't hum any of it to you.  I could recall plot points I liked, overworld skits I found amusing, interesting locations, gameplay elements I liked, but none of the music.  Symphonia is a happy nostalgic game for me, but it won't be music bringing me those feelings. 
9  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 01, 2015, 04:50:29 PM

These, definitely.  The Chrono Cross one especially.  I would often just stand around on the overworld just to hear the music.  

I did that in Eternal Punishment as well.  I love Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU_KneL2qac

I don't know if it's because we were talking about Star Ocean a lot lately, but Star Ocean 2's overworld theme got stuck in my head.  It's so heroic sounding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB05cDOpndc

And I have to give a nod to Phantasy Star 2 as well.  Dezo's theme was haunting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StCBMaVWgHY \

And no overworld theme thread would be complete without "Searching for Friends" from FF6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ClGdaICGI
10  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: October 01, 2015, 04:33:34 PM
How about total number of games in each of these categories?

In a nutshell that means that:
100 - 90% = 5 stars (276 reviews)
89 - 80% = 4 stars  (425 reviews)
79 - 70% = 3 stars (227 reviews)
69 - 60% = 2 stars (81 reviews)
59 - 0% = 1 or (very rarely) 0 stars (38 reviews)

Extra points for how many of those 0-59% are reviewed by Neal? (3 - he hated the Inuyasha game the most)


I'm amused that I was singled out here.  My lowest reviewed game, period, is probably Higurashi: When They Cry (I scored that pile in the 30s) but I don't think it counts since there are no critic reviews on metacritic (but the user score is 9.1).  That's also the review I've gotten the most hatemail for.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 01, 2015, 04:29:36 PM
"There's mister enemy!"

"ten seconds"

As for more of my opinions that go against the norm... I'm having trouble thinking of more.  There are several games that were deemed shit that I thought weren't *that* bad.  They were mediocre (often barely mediocre) but not shitpiles.  As many of you know, I'm vocal about my fascination with bad gaming and have reviewed more than my fair share of bad games.  Biggest surprise for me, though, were the Naruto: Path of the Ninja games.  Games based on popular licenses are pretty much always bad.  I took one for the team and reviewed those games and found myself enjoying them.  Those games were actually very good.  If they weren't Naruto games, I daresay most JRPG fans would have found them very good as well.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 30, 2015, 05:39:45 PM
Star Ocean: MOBA better have Star Ocean 2's bad US voice acting from the Playstation version.  "teeaaaaar inta pieeeecessss!" And for a change of pace, a PvP version of the "Iron Chef" style mini-game from Star Ocean 2. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 09:21:57 PM
I just liked that Fate/Extra recognized that my chosen character was a girl and the Servant (fox-girl caster) actually replied to my saying "Uhh, you know I'm a girl, right?" that she was more comfortable talking to guys since she always had male masters.  

Other games did not change dialogue at all regardless of gender and it made some exchanges stupid.  Like in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology- I made my character a girl and one of the sidequests was Stahn wanting to spar with the protagonist because he couldn't bring himself to go "full force" on Rutee as a sparring partner because he's too gentlemanly to hit a girl.  That was a total cop out.  I'm like, "Stahn, are you really such a dumb blonde?  Can't you see the protagonist is a girl?!?!"  Or in Pokemon XY, when you choose a girl protagonist and the fireworks scene with Shauna felt like an awkward afterthought.

Anyway, when it comes to "idol singer" games, I'm pretty addicted to the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm game. 
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 05:13:30 PM
The only other imageepoch game I've played was Fate/Extra on PSP and the long and short of my review was "good VN, bad RPG." It didn't make me feel filthy-dirty, though.  However, I did laugh when the servant (a female) tried to get flirty with the protagonist (who I selected as female) and just I was thinking "Are you serious?!?! I'm a girl, dammit! What kind of lazy script cop-out is this?!?!?!" I was given some dialogue choices, one of which was "Uhh, you know I'm a girl, right?"
15  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 29, 2015, 05:04:28 PM
"Daddy" by KoRn.  The way that song ends is harrowing.  Too bad that band's jumped the shark.  Their first album was so freaking good; still one of the most unique metal albums I've heard.   
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