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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 15, 2014, 03:30:44 PM
Everyone complains nowadays that the music kids listen to nowadays is garbage.  Granted, I fall into that trap of thinking that the music I heard on mainstream radio when I was in high school or college  is better than the music today's high-schoolers hear on mainstream radio.  (Hey, when it comes to top 40 radio hits, I'll take this  or this over this any day. )

So it's cool to see a bunch of rockin' kids doing such a great cover of Forty-Six & Two by Tool.  Okay, it's a little awkward at first, but once they're two and a half minutes in, everyone starts grooving and getting into it.  The drummer gets into the zone, the singer starts being herself more, etc.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5VGILERzgg
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 15, 2014, 03:20:16 PM
I never said they weren't tasty.  I do enjoy a muffin as a once-in-a-while treat.  My favorite is the humble corn muffin.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 15, 2014, 03:19:15 PM
Like others, I'm still playing the piss out of Love Live! School Idol Festival on my iPad.  Anyone else besides me, Kevadu, and Annubis playing it?  And if so, wanna friend each other in the game? 

And whenever I can, I'm continuing my run in Chrono Cross.  I think this article sums up my feelings  http://kotaku.com/5889433/the-beautifully-melancholy-chrono-cross-was-unfairly-overlooked

It's kinda like how you listen to an album by a band you're a fan of and you don't particularly like it, probably because the previous album was so good.  But then years later you listen to that "meh" album again and you realize it's brilliant in its own right.  A friend was telling me about that with Tool.  Aenima was a difficult act to follow, she didn't like Lateralus, then she gave Lateralus another chance a year later and was all like, "Whoa, this album is brilliant!" 
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 15, 2014, 09:48:13 AM
I don't know if this was mentioned before and I'm too lazy to check, but with the whole "road trip" concept going here and lots of driving between locations, is it going to matter that Japan's cars have the steering wheel on the right-hand side and that American cars have the steering wheel on the left? (Mail delivery trucks notwithstanding).  I had to consciously make myself think "no, he is NOT driving on the wrong side of the road." 

I guess it shouldn't matter since the game takes place in a fictional world, but it did matter to me in Jake Hunter because that was a whitewashed version of Jinguji Saburo and I couldn't buy the game taking place in Anytown America when the guy's car had a right-side steering wheel.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 14, 2014, 08:41:25 PM
During this time of year, the quintessential North American soup is pumpkin soup since pumpkins are in season. 
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 14, 2014, 05:25:36 PM


Wait, asexual might be right given that Tifa probably would throw herself on him if he even barely suggested it.  Sorry, not to give the idea that Tifa's Cloud-cock crazy, but she literally drops anything for the fella.  And it's actually very sweet.

Like I said earlier, the whole scene where she keeps vigil while Cloud's a damn near vegetable after the mako poisoning really shows the strength of her character.  

EDIT: And in thinking about JRPG love interests, is it me or is it rare to see a heroine who's dated and been in relationships prior to meeting the hero?  I know Aeris dated Zack when she revealed that Cloud reminded her of him.  And there was that one scene in FF8 where Rinoa reveals that she dated Seifer. 
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 14, 2014, 05:18:26 PM
It's been said that a muffin is basically a cupcake without the icing. 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 11, 2014, 05:15:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvw42jvxUs Rose's special attacks in Legend of Dragoon are truly "special."  The conclusion of Astral Drain (about :25 in) and the beginning of Demon's Gate (about 1:07 in) are the best. 

omg, I'm absolutely dying on this end!!  That's all the wrong types of sexy cuz some serious shit right there.  Pun-tended

Yeah, it's clear someone on the creative team has some [ I can't find the right adjective] fetishes.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 10, 2014, 08:55:00 PM


I can't really think of any games that did naughty bits very well except perhaps for any that faded to black and let the players' imagination fill in what happened. Bioware sex bits are more laughable than sexy due to how clunky and awkward they look. The fade to black thing... You think Tidus and Yuna did more than splash around in the water near Macalania Woods? 💋


Only Kimahri would know since he was watching the splashy-splashy the whole time, and the scene fades out with him smiling. 
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 10, 2014, 08:51:57 PM
Thanks everyone!  I just got home from a more-productive-than-expected recording session for one of said ebooks.  Ever since my mom put me in front of a tape recorder at age 6 and had me record my own books on tape, voice over has been a near lifelong dream for me.  Hopefully I'll make a mark in ebooks and one day I  WILL be a cartoon!
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 09, 2014, 07:50:02 PM
@ Dice (for your incredibly thorough response, which demands something in return for being so comprehensive!! LoL)

I actually tend to agree with you. I really believe they wanted you to get the impression Tifa and Cloud got it on. I was just being a jerk and poking fun at Cloud. Which in and of itself is silly because it is Cloud's lack of typical mA-cheeez-mo that made me appreciate him.  It was Cloud's thick shell when it came to affection that made him so easy for me to relate to him.  I never saw him as the "Emo-hero" he got so bashed for being amongst the fanbase. Rather, he struck me more as a typical "I'm f**ked up" sort of nineties child, complete with strong feminine alignment.

So essentially me saying "I prefer to think they cuddled" is really me saying, "I have no labido (sp?) to speak of, and I prefer to think that Cloud does not either".

In truth you are right though Ms. Dice. Whether I find it appropriate and in context or not, me thinks the writers wanted players to get the impression they truly did "bone".

Now that we are done talking about boning I am gonna head over to Mongoose' place where will play with stuffed toys and I will jealously watch as he consumes Nutella. Carry on.

Then there's also other evidence that Cloud might be asexual or just sexually confused.  If you make certain choices in Wall Market, he ends up in the "group room" with Mukki and all the other gay dudes and doesn't seem *too* fazed by it.  When he sees Mukki again in Costa del Sol, it's like "hey buddy how ya doin'?"  I'm not sure I'd be so friendly with the guy after he led his crew of molesters to all give Cloud a rub 'n tug in the washy washy.  Or when you go through the trouble of dressing him up to the nines (lingerie and all) and he damn near kisses Corneo before Tifa and Aeris conveniently jump in.  Or that Cloud can actually go on a Golden Saucer date with Barret.  Or that if Yuffie is with Cloud on the Golden Saucer date, she kisses him long time in the gondola and he just sits there all catatonic.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: November 09, 2014, 02:21:06 PM
Because it's a grass type and most folks naturally expect grass types to be anything but tanky.  Beacause it's all flowers, right?  That being said, yeah Torterra is a freakin' tank. 
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 09, 2014, 11:07:34 AM
I really liked the park scene too. After being reminded of it, I realized there aren't a lot of RPG's anymore where characters just talk. Not about the current crisis or their next objective or flirty fanservice, but just a normal conversation two humans would have with each other.

+1 there.  The moments that seem to stick with me the most in RPGs, books, movies, TV shows, etc. tend to be the quieter moments.  Like any Jessie/Cloud interaction, like in that first train ride back from the initial bombing mission.  The Jessie/Cloud interactions were really sweet.  And I liked when Yuffie was puking off the Highwind and Cloud opened up to her about his motion sickness. 

Or Tifa keeping the 24-7 bedside vigil with Cloud while he was a vegetable in the hospital after his Mako poisoning.  She was probably helping feed him, bathe him, change his bedpan (or diapers), and all of that. And she did it without complaint, because she loved him.  That a girl will stand by a guy during something like that shows intense dedication and Tifa's strength of character.  She's not a "fair weather" girlfriend who'd run when things get tough.  And that she's willing to work on a relationship with a headcase like Cloud- most women would run away screaming from a guy with that many psychological and emotional problems.  Tifa didn't.  That's love.  That's dedication.  That's strength.  Sure Tifa dresses sexy and has basketball boobs, but if you look past all that, you'll find an amazing woman who's way better than what that spiky haired freak deserves.  

This is especially true for FF8.  It's the quieter moments that really made the game for me and why it's my favorite FF.  Simple things like Squall's and Rinoa's awkward mannerisms during their little rendezvous at Fisherman's Horizon, the various scenes that occur in Zell's bedroom depending on who you have in your party, the Zell-library girl sidequest (so cute!), most any Zell-Rinoa interaction (like the ring thing), and my personal favorite- the tense conversation when Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer.  

And that's also why I grew to like FFX's laughing scene.  Yuna held the weight of savior of the world on her shoulders and her guardians were all adults, so she never really had a chance to just simply be a teenage girl, but with Tidus being her age, she could take that all-too-brief and precious moment to just be a giggly teenage girl goofing around with a boy.  And as much as the guardians may have facepalmed at their silliness, I think they were happy that Yuna could have those preciously fleeting regular-girl moments within her heavy destiny.  Heck, in the lake scene, Kimahri smiled upon seeing Yuna and Tidus playing together because with Yuna being a lamb to the slaughter, it's sad that her burden may prevent her from experiencing meaningful "regular person" stuff like falling in love for the first time and having her first boyfriend.  

And the dinnertime conversations during the Grandia games- those were great.  My favorite in Grandia 2 was when they were eating those magic berries in Mareg's village that taste like your favorite food and everyone starts talking about their favorite foods and why it's their favorite.  Or the moments where Mareg is trying to teach Tio how to "live."  
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 09, 2014, 12:15:54 AM
And since I did Nikki's path for Viper Manor, I have him as a solid blue innate.  But right now I have no yellow innates and an overabundance of red innates.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 08, 2014, 10:38:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvw42jvxUs Rose's special attacks in Legend of Dragoon are truly "special."  The conclusion of Astral Drain (about :25 in) and the beginning of Demon's Gate (about 1:07 in) are the best. 
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