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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 09, 2016, 08:16:47 PM
Fithos Lusec is made up, but the whole phrase is an anagram of "Succession of Witches!"


Thanks for clarifying Zidane (and others) =-)

And the leftover letters from Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec (Succession of Witches) spell out "LOVE"
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 08, 2016, 10:27:59 AM
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec is the made up language.
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 07, 2016, 08:04:46 AM
Oh it was the short bit between the first main bit and the second main bit of the megaman 3 title music

I see it!  Very similar to that riff in question in Inis Mona. 

SOTM is "First Strike is Deadly" by Testament, but not the original version from The Legacy.  I'm talking the 2001 re-recording from the album First Strike Stille Deadly.  I absolutely LOVE the guitar tone at 2:59 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig14jYmk5v4
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 07, 2016, 07:55:29 AM
Iiiii'm noticing that I don't judge political candidates strictly on their merits but on who their strongest supporters are. Like if there are two candidates and I agree with both of their platforms, I'll go for the one whose supporters I feel the most empathetic towards. I'm assuming this is normal?


It's just like the phenomenon I always talk about: You like a thing but you find that thing's fanbase insufferable so you end up disliking that thing because you don't want to be seen as "one of those" (referring to the insufferable fans.) 

And it's pretty interesting to me that we could potentially have the first female president (Hillary Clinton), but the majority of my peers support an old white man (Bernie Sanders).  I haven't chosen my candidate yet, though Sanders looks to be the least bad of the lot (I don't have any trust or faith in politicians, really).  Granted, given that my views tend to align strongest with the Green Party, I might have to look into their candidate: Dr. Jill Stein.  She if she can top Bernie as the least bad of the lot.   

Jokingly speaking, if a politician talks about eradicating Canadian geese and making post-Super Bowl Monday a national holiday, I'll probably listen. 
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The movie was better than the book. wut? on: February 06, 2016, 07:46:26 PM
I never saw the Insurgent movie, but I heard it was not very good.  I liked the first Divergent movie, especially for the part I spoilered in my first post.  That part, at least, was done better than the book.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 06, 2016, 11:49:56 AM
I too think that Saturday night is a television dead zone since that's when people typically go out and do stuff, whether it's partying, clubbing, bar-hopping, going to movies, going to dinner, going on dates, going to shows/concerts, etc. 

But given how late the Super Bowl runs, how drunk and partied out everyone is from it, etc. is it really worth it to have a workday the next day?  It's pretty much a waste if everyone's too hungover to be productive.  And even those who aren't fans of sportsball (go Piggers!) certainly wouldn't object to a day off.  The US government needs to make post-Super Bowl Monday a holiday.  That, and eradicate all the Canadian geese.  (Yes, I know there are bigger and more important issues out there we could be discussing like education and foreign policy, but let me have some fun.  Besides, Canadian geese could be spun as a massive environmental hazard anyway, right?)

And one day, cars will have cameras and other such "smart" apps that can catch perps who hit-and-run.  You can't get away with jack squat these days.  "Big brother" may not be watching you, but everyone around you with a smartphone clearly is.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The movie was better than the book. wut? on: February 06, 2016, 09:43:56 AM
Re: Lord of the Rings.  I can easily see how many would think the movie is better than the book.  I was one of those for a long time.  I appreciated the intricately detailed and painstakingly described worldbuilding in the books, but it got boring to read after a while.  So seeing the movie made for better pacing.  But I've been reading a lot more dense epic fantasy since then, so I may give Middle Earth another chance and maybe I'll be more into the worldbuilding.  My mom loved the painstaking descriptions in the book (particularly those of Rivendell and the ents).  

Re: Hunger Games.  Having read all the books but only having seen the first 2 movies (I have no interest in seeing the Mockingjay films- I hear they were a hot mess), I definitely think the books are way better than the movies, especially the characterization of Peeta.  In the books, he may not be an alpha-male bad-boy like Gale, but he's still plenty masculine.  In the movies, he was reduced to an emasculated, damsel-in-distress, pansy.  

However, because the books are first-person with Katniss as the narrator, I liked when the first movie cut away to things Katniss could not have been witness to, such as clandestine conversations between President Snow and Seneca Crane.  This feels akin to what I say all the time about The Whale Rider; how the book and movie are from two different characters' perspectives so together the form a cohesive whole.  

This is a difficult thing.  Can anyone read the Jaws novel nowadays without thinking, "Man, it's not the same without the music" or something like that?  If we are to believe the Internet, Jaws is always on that list of movies that were better than the book.  
8  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 05, 2016, 09:04:12 PM
So, thanks to midterms week at work giving me a lot of time to catch up on my reading, I finished the Hunger Games trilogy.  I enjoyed it a lot and definitely see why it's becoming part of middle school English class canon.  It's this generation's equivalent to Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, The Girl Who Owned a City, or The Giver.  The third book was especially intense.  What truly impressed me was something I mentioned elsewhere- that the male characters were believable and very well written.  This is in sharp contrast to Divergent, where Veronica Roth couldn't write male characters properly unless they were shallow archetypes, mary sues, or worse.  

Definitely a good series.  

...Peeta's too good for Katniss.  In much the same way that Allen is way too good for Shion in Xenosaga (though Allen is pretty much a weenie until he grows a pair during the 11th hour.  Peeta is not an alpha-male like Gale or anything, but in the books he's plenty manly/masculine and most certainly no weenie.)
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 07:43:24 PM
I say this every year around this time: America needs to make the Monday after Super Bowl a national holiday.  With all the late night partying and all people do, we're all too freaking dead to get up and go to work Monday morning.  Plus it's winter and who wouldn't want another day off in winter to just stay home under the covers?  And even if you don't like gridiron, would you say no to a day off? 

Why isn't post-Super Bowl Monday holiday a thing yet?
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 04, 2016, 05:33:10 PM
Hey, the neighborhood comic book store is holy ground, right?  There are two other comic book stores near me, but All Things Fun was my favorite of the lot.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: February 04, 2016, 05:30:31 PM
Gunblade lightsaber!  How about that?
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2016, 06:34:09 PM
...and to offset my excitement for the bike-a-thon is the downer that my favorite comic book store will be closing its doors later this month.  Sucks...
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on: February 03, 2016, 05:31:27 PM
My soundtrack review is up.   http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4385.html

EDIT: As for reviewing, it's a balancing act even here since we RPG fans are an eclectic lot.  For example, the kinds of RPGs that PaleRobbie finds most enjoyable (e.g. Demon's Souls, Dark Souls) are the kinds of games that hold zero appeal for me.  And by contrast, the love-adventures I enjoy playing are games he would avoid like the plague.  

Of course, even then there are surprises.  A game that was totally my type on paper (Bravely Default: Flying Fairy) just didn't do "it" for me and I didn't like playing it.  On the other hand, Lightning Returns is not my type of game, but I found myself really enjoying it.  It's my "dating type and chemistry" analogy again.  

I look at my recent review of Summon Night 5.  SRPG fans looking for an FFT or Disgaea type SRPG experience won't get it here, but that's exactly what I loved about it and found it really fun.  That's also why I was appalled at all the other critic reviews of Wild Arms XF.  They all complained that the game sucked because it wasn't like FFT.  No shit Sherlock, it's Wild fuckin' Arms for goodness' sake, and viva la difference.  

And as for turn-based RPGs, I think they are making a renaissance of sorts, especially in the indie scene.  A good majority of up-and-coming developers are people our age who grew up with golden era RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star 4 and want to recreate that magical experience from their childhoods.  Celestian Tales: Old North, The Meridian Shard, Indivisible, Cosmic Star Heroine, Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge, and tons more that are way under the radar.  And from the bigger developers in Japan, we have Dragon Quest XI coming up, Exist Archive, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth we're talking about, obviously the Compile Heart/Idea Factory stuff (which suits rather particular tastes), Atelier Escha & Logy Plus for Vita, any new mainline Pokemon game, and isn't that 7th Dragon III game turn based?... In other words, I think it's a great time to be a turn-based RPGer since we're seeing a resurgence in their popularity.    
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on: February 02, 2016, 07:32:51 PM
I'm interested because: Media.Vision and awesome soundtrack. 
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: February 02, 2016, 07:32:14 PM
I'd be so pleased if in the English localization, the characters sometimes referred to Witch Girl as Checkers as a result of the community's self-applied nickname. Honestly, after the initial "WTF," I really don't mind her design all that much.

That would be fun.  Is it bad that I don't remember her real name?  But, yeah, if Checkers is taking too long to get ready in a Private Action, it'd be fun to hear, "C'mon Checkers!  Get your ass in gear and hurry up!  We don't have all day here!"
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