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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 21, 2015, 08:20:21 PM
Very true, especially about Idea Factory and Compile Heart.  Their games are steadily improving.  But it doesn't stop people from talking about a brand's "good ol' days."  Like people talk about how Disney, Square-Enix, Metallica, etc. were all better "back in the good ol' days."  And even then, everyone has different ideas of when they jumped the shark.

17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 21, 2015, 03:10:24 PM
And one band that I think has had excellent staying power is Rush.  Their later stuff is phenomenal.  I often prefer it to their early stuff because Geddy's voice has mellowed nicely with age. 

I'm trying to think of game developers or animation studios where their early stuff was rough but their later stuff is much better. 

I don't know, it's just I hear that phrase "their old stuff was better" that part of me wants to prove that adage wrong, ya know? 
18  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 21, 2015, 02:53:45 PM
Three of my students were in the spring musical this year, and I went to opening night.  The past few years I've been at this school, I've never been able to attend a play because of band stuff so it felt great to support my students like this. 

Anyway, the school did a fantastic production of Hairspray and "Hey Mama, Welcome to the 60s" was my favorite song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuLA5CvJ90U
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: March 21, 2015, 08:09:35 AM
Is it just me or are fonts getting smaller in console RPGs?  That's the biggest pet peeve I have with most all the PS3 RPGs I've played.  I like to keep a reasonable distance from my TV and I almost can't when the fonts are so small.  I've even complained about it in some 3DS games.  I miss the old days of bigger fonts.    Or the newer games need an option to increase font sizes, like my Kindle does.  That's why I favor it over trade paperbacks- I can make my fonts bigger for more pleasurable reading.   
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 20, 2015, 04:28:16 PM
As much as I love Weird Al's parodies, I've laughed more at his original stuff.  "Trigger Happy" is still the song that I laughed at the most.  I think he's highly underrated as a singer.  I mean, his pitch is always on point and his voice is quite versatile.  Dude is probably one of the best singers out there.  And I hope he does more voiceover work.  He's very good at that.  
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Digital VS Physical on: March 19, 2015, 09:04:51 PM
And I don't think it's necessarily a generational gap thing either with tech.  Like, I'm in my 30s so I'm a little longer to "catch up with the times" than a teenager who's grown up indoctrinated.  That being said, I'm seeing the light and embracing it.  But I see enough folks in their 20s going "tech backlash" actively doing things like rejecting Facebook and all that stuff and thinking back to their childhoods when "social networking" was riding your bike to a buddy's house, knocking on the door, and asking if he could come out and play. 

I posted this on my Facebook not too long ago.

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Is it just me or am I seeing more and more younger folks go kinda anti-tech? Like whenever one of my twenty-something coworkers is out with friends, his first order of business is "everyone hand over your cell phones" and he doesn't return them till the night's done.

And those "old fashioned" dinner-parties and potlucks that our parents used to do, they're showing a resurgence and many hosts keep a basket where everyone deposits their cell phones/media devices and anyone who goes to get their device before the party's over has to fork over $5 or $10.
Even for me, gadget junkie as I am, when I'm at a party or a show, I make a conscious effort to leave my phone in my car. Not just because I don't want it smashed in a moshpit, but because I want to have real interactions.

Normally, tech would seem like a blessing because I'm admittedly not the smoothest conversationalist. I tend to stumble on my words because of my ADD and don't always respond right away because it takes me a little longer to process everything you're saying. I communicate more eloquently through writing. And that's why the fun, spontaneity, challenge, and freshness of face-to-face conversations is important to me these days...

...And I can't hug words.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 19, 2015, 06:22:59 PM
We say this all the time, right?  About music, games, authors, and other media.  So I ask, was the early stuff truly better? 

I say yes and no.  With music, I often say a band's early stuff is better because it's more raw, gritty, heartfelt, and material written when they were struggling so it's from a place I can relate to.  Later stuff might be better musically, but it lacks that "heart."  Like when a band breaks, they start living high off the hog, partying at the Playboy mansion, get the red carpet rock star treatment, and the second album is not from a place of struggle.  That's why so many abuse drugs and alcohol to make their lives all f'd up so they can return to that place of struggle, but it's artificial. 

We can think of many game companies whose earlier works were inspired but later became insipid after they peaked and it's been a downward spiral. 

What exceptions do you see out there, where something  became better later on?  (One band I see that way is Testament.  They were an excellent thrash band in the 1980s, but were overlooked.  But when all the other 1980s thrash bands kinda wussed out, Testament went death metal and became heavier and now I think they're a million times better now than Slayer or Anthrax.) 

So, yeah, let's talk the "their early stuff was better" sentiment regarding games, music, etc. 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2015, 06:13:58 PM
Mickey was also talking about seasons.  I know for sure my ADD is worst in the winter when I can't ride outdoors as much.  I hate indoor cardio because I get bored after 45 minutes of staying in one place.  I could ride outdoors for hours on end because everything's changing and my senses are fully stimulated.  Hiking too- hiking as awesome.  I definitely feel the monkeys in my brain bouncing around a lot less during a good hike, and I'm a less spastic conversationalist. 

24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Digital VS Physical on: March 19, 2015, 06:06:36 PM
But if I were to go to an art exhibition, I would want a print so I could get it autographed and hang on the wall.  Then again, that's my MO these days- I only seem to get physical media (e.g. art, music) directly from up-and-coming/ underground artists so that I can get it signed and I have a story behind it.  What's the point of a conversation piece if I can't tell a story about it?  You know, have a conversation?  Any band T-shirt I wear out was from a show, so I can talk about that when people ask. 

Even looking at my CD collection, I would get rid of all of them... except all the crappy demos I got at shows.  Me and some friends have even had "crappy demo listening parties" where we played crappy demos and talked about the shows we got them at. 

I'm not 100% in one direction or another, but I would say I'm mostly digital with some physical exceptions.  Ever since my mom sold me on the Kindle, I've never looked back. 
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Digital VS Physical on: March 19, 2015, 05:30:11 PM
Digital is great because it saves space and my living quarters are less cluttered.  I'm currently in the decluttering/spring cleaning mode right now.  I love my Kindle because I can take my 1000+ page fantasy novels with me without carrying a massive tome.  Plus, I can alter the font size to suit my eyes.  

I used to be a guy who said yes to ebooks but wanted the real thing for comics and manga, but I'm getting used to reading comics on my iPod.  However, some books, like coffee table books, have to be the real thing.  

The downside to digital is that you can't autograph a data stream.  So I get CDs from bands when I go to shows and have them sign it, but immediately put them on my iPod so I can hear it in my car or when I'm working out.  Yeah, the only time I buy music in physical mediums is directly from artists at shows.  

26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2015, 05:26:06 PM
I have ADD myself, and cycling is when I feel like my mind is free, uncluttered, and post-ride I'm not stumbling on my words because I have three million thoughts in my head racing for my mouth.  Somehow, that exercise files my chaotic mind properly, and I speak more John Wayne than John Moschitta.  I never took meds (I was undiagnosed forever), and I don't like the idea of chemicals dulling me and slowing me down. 

Try to think of your ADD as a superpower. 
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: March 17, 2015, 11:22:49 AM
I quite like the dragons' designs.  For the most part, they look really unique and not like your typical dragons. 
28  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 15, 2015, 08:29:01 PM
Just discovered some cool instrumental prog metal.  Song's "Gravity" by Lawrence's Creation.  I think it would be a killer boss battle theme. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjwJaOnesEM
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: March 15, 2015, 02:57:03 PM
...still have an RPGFan project in the works.  I do want to get back to this and defeat Sky Dragon.  I need to figure out who to pick as my third with Lynx and Fargo.  Maybe another blue innate so I can summon Frog Prince more quickly.  

As for the dragon battles, Earth Dragon was a pushover, Fire Dragon was easier than expected, Green Dragon spanked me till I worked the system, Water Dragon took a couple tries and was challenging (though Miki came through for me in the 11th hour), Black was a fun battle and I actually won it the first time around thanks to Miki again.  I was all like, "Yeah!  Don't mess with the princess!"  Sky's gonna be rough. 
30  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Love Life School Idol Festival on: March 14, 2015, 08:09:42 PM
March 15= Umi's birthday.  Log in for 5 Love Gems!

EDIT: I did honor scouting and got some sweet cards.  SR Cool Nozomi, SR Smile Hanayo, and UR Pure Nozomi.  I have 15 Love Gems left so I'm in a good position to get another 50.  Statistically speaking, though, my SR Smile Honoka is still my best card.  

EDIT: Had fun in score match.  New event song "Unbalanced Love" is pretty good.
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