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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: Today at 03:53:48 PM
Well, lucky #7th time was the charm, and I beat Time Devourer the right way.  I ran away to regroup, but forgot to rest at Serge's house so Miki came back with only 107 HP.  I was like "Oh well, let's see what happens" and she was fine recovering herself and others, especially since she had the green plate.  You just can't keep that girl down.  

I liked that the ending got really philosophical and metaphysical.  I've said it a million times already, but I like how Chrono Trigger is more or less a cartoony romp and Chrono Cross had a more melancholy mood.  The ending was cool, and I'm curious to have other people in Serge's final party just to see what their dialogue would sound like.  I like how Miki was all like, "That was fun, now let's dance!"  I was curious about "Zurvan" in the ending wondering if it was some location or concept in the game I would figure out later, only to find out that it's the term for "time" from some middle-Persian sect of Zoroastrianism.  

The song "Radical Dreamers" that plays during the end credits was incredibly gorgeous.  I also loved the CG sequences, particularly the "real life" ones interspersed with the game CGs.  That was a really nice touch.  

I started a New Game+ and got Irenes as my third in the intro dungeon.  I'm not sure what Continue+ is, but I did keep my newest save file separate from my end-credits save file just in case.  I have a habit of keeping multiple save files for games.  

This was an interesting journey, made more interesting by this interactive playlog.  Yeah, this playlog made my journey through Chrono Cross all that much cooler.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: Today at 01:01:45 PM
So, I did not play last night because I was reading tons of comic books I hauled from Free Comic Book Day.

I've attempted the Time Devourer battle 4 times already and been left running away with my tail between my legs.  Those green elements are brutal.  I'm surprised Glenn takes so much damage from them, because he's a green innate.  And just when I was about to complete the color sequence, the damn thing wrecks my flow.  I'm trying to wait out for him to cast a yellow element so I can finish the pattern with one less turn, but his green phase is ridiculous.  I have a green plate on Miki so she's been good for healing.  Plus, her element grid is huge up front so I need her as a caster. 

This boss battle is a pain in the neck. 
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 02, 2015, 04:41:24 PM
That too.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 02, 2015, 04:33:49 PM
If that event took place, the jizzmopper will definitely be earning his/her keep.  And can that circle of shame be a circle (mosh)pit of shame?

Anyway, today was a good day.  I put a deposit down on my new weapon (read: road bicycle) and got a sweet haul after going to four stores for Free Comic Book Day.  I call it my pre-birthday pre-game celebratory nerd-out.  (My actual birthday is May 8.) 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 02, 2015, 07:11:10 AM
And what about your guy friends?  What are they doing to help?  Because any self-respecting guy who has a buddy going through a severe dry spell will pretty much forget about getting himself some and focus his energies on getting his buddy some.  

And there are women out there who claim to be "virgin slayers."
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 02, 2015, 06:24:04 AM
Terra Tower was not at all subtle about beaning me over the head with the whole "natural order" of elements: yellow, red, green blue, black, white.  It was the order of the blob bosses, the way the chimes glowed in that big room, the order in which they glowed before you ascended to the dragon staircase, and Kid saying her whole thing about "what's important is HOW you fight and how you fight can change the ending."  I predict this will be more of a puzzle battle.  Something where the boss has multiple parts, each part corresponds to an element, and I have to hit each part with its corresponding element in the right order before finishing with the Chrono Cross.  

I think I talked about this earlier and the example of my final boss fight in Anachronox where I was spinning my wheels going nowhere fast, until I figured out the puzzle trick to beating the final boss and took it down.  

Part of me wants to do the puzzle, but another part of me wants to say "fuck you Terra Tower, I'm doing things MY way!" and just beat the everliving snot out of the final boss.  

I plan to finish off the game this weekend.  

And Dice, in case you didn't read it, this was for you since you wanted more reactions and so much happened in the game that I needed a moment to process it all.  

Okay, here goes...

I am thoroughly impressed with how Chrono Cross is able to connect to Trigger.  A game with so many endings that any one could be considered canon, Chrono Cross ties them all together.  Even the ending where everyone's a reptite, because the reptites never quite died off and evolved into the dragons and stuff.  I also really liked how Lavos was likened to the meteorite theory of what ultimately killed the dinosaurs.  All the specters in Chronopolis talking about stuff, it's the kind of stuff that scientists still debate today.  Like, look at shows like Ancient Aliens, which is surprisingly popular.  Or about conspiracy theories like the illuminati/New World Order where a secret cabal is orchestrating the world's affairs behind the scenes without anyone in the populace realizing it.  Balthasar was one of those illuminati.  And he's a different man than the man we knew in Chrono Trigger.  

It was a brilliant maneuver to talk about how the 2400 A.D. future we knew in Chrono Trigger ceased to exist with the defeat of Lavos and a whole new timeline/future was created, but the old one still existed within the realm of possibility because it WAS one possible outcome- it's the ending where you lose to Lavos and "nothing changes."  That, and Chrono and company still remember that outcome even if the others in the world don't.  I also liked how in Lucca's letter, she talked about how Schala in THIS reality is very much the opposite of the Schala she knew in that "old" reality.  And I liked how Lucca's letter said that although they prevented one catastrophe from happening, other catastrophes happened.  Preventing the death of one could accelerate the death of another.  There is no happily ever after or happy ending, because nothing ever truly ends.  

Also great is the sentiment in that "melancholy" article I linked to in a previous post.  Where Chrono Trigger was a happy adventure of flitting about through time and often changing things very drastically.  But Chrono Cross showed the consequences and repercussions of those actions.  For every action, there is a consequence.  Chrono Trigger was action.  Chrono Cross is consequence.  

7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 01, 2015, 08:20:46 PM
Okay, so I JUST defeated Dragon God using my strategy of loading Miki down with healing techs, and it paid off.  She was my MVP once again.  Not only did she keep everyone healthy, but during the green phase, one of the area attacks knocked out Serge, but she was right there with a revive and Glenn was right there with a non-green party-healing tech and it was back to curbstomping once again.

Now Serge, Glenn, and Miki need to do this thing at Opassa Beach.  

I reiterate once again, Miki is fantastic this playthrough.  I thought she'd just be another throwaway character, especially considering she merely joined the party out of boredom and wouldn't have much of a storyline if not for Nikki, but she's proven to be more than worth her weight in body glitter on multiple occasions.  Miki is my favorite red innate (her element grid is pretty big and she's got great magic stats), favorite glove user (her normal attacks are quite graceful to watch), and her personality is surprisingly mature. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 01, 2015, 06:58:30 PM
The way I see it, if you're a dude who's 25+ and still a virgin, yeah your peers (of both genders) will probably point and laugh at first, but then they'll make it their own personal quest to get you laid.  It becomes like a Mission Impossible operation.  And even if some quests end in failure, you grow, learn, and bond with your homeboys/girls. 

And I don't think a guy still being a virgin's a bad thing.  It's a good filter to weed out people in your life who aren't worth your time.  If people are going to be bitches and assholes to you about it, then you know to drop them.

My old punk band Kryovax wrote a song about this called "Society's Anomaly"


Za Lyrics:
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 01, 2015, 06:37:53 AM

Jus' pimpin' and hoe'in right Annubis?

I wish... I've yet to stamp the V-card.

When it comes to this, I think it's good to take a page from The 40 Year Old Virgin: That's awesome, that means you don't have any STDs and that shit is scary as hell.  When it happens I'm sure it'll be dope because you're fantastic and I've loved corresponding with this place...in, well, the capacity we do... =/

And to footnote that, if a girl gives you grief about you being a virgin then you know right off the bat that she's not worth your time in the first place. 
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2015, 09:03:09 PM
Yoda, I remember Avalanche.  It's long since been discontinued.  Southern Comfort was the worst for me, though.  Every time I drank Southern Comfort, something troublesome always happened.  

Truth be told, I'm glad to have my drinking stories but even more glad that I stopped drinking back in June.  It's one of those things you'd rather say you did (back in the day) than actually do (nowadays.)

As for mouthwash, I prefer alcohol free mouthwash.  Alcohol mouthwash, like Listerine, give me horrible dry mouth, especially at night.  
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 30, 2015, 08:06:20 PM
With Dragon God, it's not like he's a particularly difficult opponent.  It's basically a battle of attrition, and I need to outlast him. 
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 30, 2015, 07:58:19 PM
Any party member not active is stripped of their elements, so I have everything to choose from for whatever three I have in my party. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2015, 06:39:18 PM
And go figure, I'm cool with a garlic kiss.  I do enjoy garlicky food and if a girl digs it too, I'm alright with the garlic kiss.  

Not a fan of the Dorito kiss, or the skunky beer kiss.  Haven't made out with anyone from the deep south, so I don't know how bad a chitlin kiss is- though I hear it can be unpleasant.  

Holy moly, we could talk about our favorite flavors of kisses all day.  And no jokes about Hershey Kiss chocolates!  

When it comes to other smells, I like when a girl's hair smells like nice shampoo.  It's a clean smell I can dig.  I can't stand heavy perfume, though.  I think a lot of that hides natural smells we're drawn to.  It's like with dogs- they can instantly know if another dog is cool by sniffing butts.  It's like "not my smell... not my smell... AHH, THAT one's my smell."  Like if a person smells a certain way, we're just more drawn to them, ya know?  It's clear that I'm into clean scents, like certain shampoos and clean laundry.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game that took you the longest time to finish on: April 30, 2015, 06:32:44 PM
Ok, I'll clarify some baseline rules for this.

- Finish as in go from beginning to end, not 100% the game
- Dropped games which are started anew later don't count. Only lapse of one playthrough (continuous save file)

Mine is clearly The Legend of the Dragoon.

It took me a little over SEVEN YEARS to finish my game.

The game is such a slug to play through that I would always lose interest in it and wait several months before forcing myself to play some more of it.
I'm still glad I finished it instead of dropping it.

I do think that the game would be incredible if it had better pacing.
Also, everything about Rose is gold. The best parts of the story were about the dragoons of old.

Disks 1 and 2 were a slog, but 3 and 4 were great.  The ending was killer too.  What would have made the game better for me is if the timing for additions was more forgiving/less finicky. 

The game I can remember it taking me years to get from beginning to end was the original Legend of Zelda.  I started that game when I was 9 or 10 and only finished it when I was in my mid-teens. 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2015, 06:29:02 PM
Closest thing I can think of to mouthwash flavored booze is Rumple Minze peppermint schnapps. 

I remember back in my college days you'd buy you and a girl a shot of peppermint schnapps before trying to hook up, so your mouths both tasted fresh and minty.  Either that or Aftershock for that cinnamon flavor. 

Then again, I'm weird in that I'm totally cool with the "Colgate kiss."  Some people don't like too much toothpaste taste in a partner's kiss, but I can digs it.  Better than a stale Dorito kiss, that's for sure. 
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