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31  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. 
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2014, 09:50:38 PM
As several of you know, I'm taking voiceover classes because that's been my dream since I was a kid.  Well, a couple of small VO projects I auditioned for- I got!  Nothing glamorous, just a couple of short e-books (one's a travel guide and one's about sugar addiction) but it's a start. 
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 08, 2014, 09:48:12 PM
Not just PC, but on consoles you see a fair bit of smaller-dev stuff on XBLA, PSN, and Nintendo eShop.  Games like Dust: An Elysian Tail, the Shantae sequels...  Oh, and iOS seems to be a hotbed for smaller devs.  Again, my favorite game of 2014 has been Revolution 60 for iOS.  That game is like Mass Effect meets Heavy Rain with a colorful, anime-inspired style. 

And if we're going to tangent into overlooked games, I have to mention Inazuma Eleven.  That released quietly on the 3DS eShop back in February amidst Bravely Default's looming shadow.  Definitely a unique JRPG; it's not every day I see a JRPG that plays out like a sports anime.   

And although RPGMaker games have become ubiquitous lookalikes, my favorite is still Eternal Eden by Blossomsoft, because of how refined it plays and for its clever ideas. 

Regardless, for all the missteps I'm seeing in JRPGs I still harbor hope.  I love Japanese or Japanese-stype RPGs, they're among my favorite genre of game, and because of that I'm invested in the hunt for the good stuff.  I won't like everything, but that's alright.  What excites me may not excite others.  I'm a huge death metal fan and there are plenty of death metal bands I thoroughly dislike, some of whom other fans gush over.  (e.g. a lot of death metal fans adore the band Devourment, but I can't stand them.  I think their music is dreadfully boring.) 
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 09:30:07 PM
Chrono Cross- I'm currently on Fargo's ship.  Regarding the big decision people asked me about, I chose
not to help Kid.
 And is it just me, or has the game been insanely easy thus far?  So far, the only boss that's posed a threat was
and even then I beat it on the first try.  

I'm enjoying the game a LOT more than I did back in the day.  Bear in mind, I had a love/hate relationship with the game.  Bottom line, this game is fan-freaking-tastic!  I know a lot of naysayers out there bash the game because it isn't the second coming of Chrono Trigger, but it's a pretty awesome JRPG in its own right.  I'm coming to appreciate that what makes it different is what makes it great.  Objectively speaking, it may better than Trigger even though I liked Trigger more. 

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio may not be "Sabbath" (because it ain't Ozzy singing), but Sabbath+Dio was a kickass band, Heaven and Hell is a killer album and Dio is a superior singer to Ozzy.  Motley Crue's self-titled 1990s album with John Corabi may not be Vince Neil, but it's a stellar (and woefully underrated) album and Crab is a superior musician and songwriter to Neil. 
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 08, 2014, 12:07:16 PM
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 08, 2014, 09:41:49 AM
And once again, I offer that a lot of smaller developers (usually indie or people who've splintered off from larger dev houses) feel the same and are working to create the kind of games we the more "hard core" fanbase like.  Because, let's face it, we're loyal.  Death metal like Dehumanized or Pyrexia will never be played on mainstream radio, but every death metal show I've been to has had very good turnout because the fanbase is loyal and supportive.  It's like Rob Zombie was saying that kids would stay up on Saturday nights to watch Headbanger's Ball back in the day; you don't get that kind of loyalty with top-40. 

Speaking of top-40, I could use that as an analogy.  There is not a single good rock song on the radio nowadays.  At least mainstream radio; college stations always play cooler stuff.  So I tend to gravitate more to the smaller college stations because they play unique stuff and not the same ol' same ol.'  Or if I'm not getting my rock fix through the radio (because I came of age in the 1990s when rock was kind and even some mainstream top-40 radio rock was actually good when I stopped being a hipster about it) I get it through going to see local bands play and supporting my music scene.  That's how I've played in several of the bands I've been in.  And if I see someone who might be interested in a band I saw I'll say, "Hey, you gotta check out such-and-such band, they're f'n great!"  And thanks to the Internet, it's easier than ever for someone to check stuff out. 

Similar with gaming.  It's telling that I'm having more fun replaying Chrono Cross than I have with several games I've played this year.  (And I generally don't play in the mainstream sandbox, as evident from my reviews.)  But thanks to so many outlets for indie or smaller developers like Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, even indie stuff getting on XBLA, PSN, 3DS eShop it's easier now for us to find treasure-hunting hotspots. 

The gaming business is just that- a business.  The bigger devs are looking at their bottom line, which is why you're probably seeing less experimentation and risk-taking.  The economy is still in shambles and people may more likely buy something that's tried-and-true over something risky.  And we can scoff all we want at Idea Factory and Compile Heart games, but there is a market for that fanservicey anime schlock, it's a loyal market that will reliably buy the merch, and the companies who supply that product are capitalizing on it.   Even bad reviews are good publicity, because that fires up their loyal fanbase. 

As a reviewer, I get jaded sometimes.  I play more RPGs in a year than the average gamer probably plays in a lifetime.  I'm always looking for that next game that's going to knock my socks off, blow my mind, and be better than sex.  The game that captures that orgasmic feeling I had as a kid when something truly special ignited my senses.  I haven't given up on that quest.  It's just that I'm more-or-less on the "dumpster diver" path because I tend to scope out the games no one else wants to try in the hope that it could be a hidden treasure.  I often do play a LOT of bad games (okay, so I have a semi-morbid fascination with bad gaming), but no risk, no reward, right?   

Short version- the stuff we desire is out there- we just have to treasure hunt for it. 
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 05:13:22 PM
If the Barbie car is good enough for Gizmo, it's good enough for me.  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_3F3eCypuko
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 06, 2014, 07:32:18 PM
It's November 2014.  I was invited to join staff in 2004.  That means that this month marks my 10th year anniversary being part of RPGFan's staff!  (And FWIW, October marked my 15th year being part of the RPGFan community.) 

Hard to believe I've been around that long.  Feels like only yesterday.  And I'll be honest, staying committed to anything isn't easy.  I've lacked commitment in a lot of things in my life.  But RPGFan is far and away the one thing I've been committed to the longest. 

39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 06, 2014, 03:51:00 PM
I've had a love/hate relationship with Chrono Cross.  I didn't get into it at first, but later on I loved it.  I think part of it was that I like character-driven RPG storylines and most characters in CC get little development.  But when someone pointed out that the game is really about the world/setting, the El Nido Archipelago, I viewed it that way and had a better time with it.  Final Fantasy VII is another game I had a major love/hate relationship with, but I eventually fell into the love camp.

I'd forgotten a lot of the game so I'm playing it from a semi-fresh perspective.  I'm just going with the flow, not really thinking about what character was good, what character was lame, etc. 

I like how in that first sequence of the game in the tower, the third party member who goes with Serge and Kid is always random.  This time, I got Miki.   
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 06, 2014, 07:47:44 AM

Perhaps something like Wild Arms 2. I played the first one and liked it enough. But it isn't something I would probably go back to. I hear the second on is better?

The puzzles are a lot tougher, IMO, there is an ambiguously gay character in your party (jus sayin'), tons of extra things to abuse, a kawaii vampire, and a nonsense fan-translated level of plot filled with witches, space cowboys (so long), and a sister-fucker.

Whatever you choose, I'd love to see. :)
Hell, even if you did wanna do one of the FF's.  Fire Emblem would be great though too

Don't forget also that Wild Arms 2 has really good soundtrack to go along with all the shenanigans. 

And given what you said Dice, I think you'll find this Mooncalf fanfic amusing: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/iloveyou.html
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 05, 2014, 10:20:47 PM
Eh, that will depend on how I'm feeling the day I get there.  I'm playing purely on gut feeling. 

It's kinda like in Trigger deciding whether to
fight Magus
or not.  Normally I say no, but when I said yes, I got my favorite ending. 
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 05, 2014, 06:28:19 PM
Yay!  4-way vs. matches are back in School Idol Festival!  Gonna be upping bonding points like crazy on some of my idol girls. 

And in Chrono Cross, I'm on
Nikki's path
to get into Viper Manor.  Yeah, I'm near the beginning. 
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 05, 2014, 06:19:06 PM
I know this is old news, but I forgot to ask and never bothered to check- in Wall Market, didja go through all the trouble to cross-dress Cloud to the nines, even down to getting him the perfumed panties? 
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: November 05, 2014, 04:54:00 PM
When given a choice of protagonist, I always pick the girl, but since I have multiple to choose from... I'll probably choose Garnet since she's not the type I would normally choose, so she should be interesting.  My next choice would probably be Meurs because his ancestors could communicate with the ancients and they probably harbor secrets in the game's world.  Not sure who I'd pick as my third. 

Either way, like I said, it's almost like trying to choose a starter Pokemon based purely on snap judgments.  Like, I don't think anyone expected Chespin to be as tanky as it was. 
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 04, 2014, 08:13:51 AM
Back in ye olden days, when some people were naughty but not to the point of needing to be banned outright, we put them in "restricted member" status temporarily till they shaped up.  Basically, restricted members couldn't start topics or enjoy some of the other privileges of full fledged members.  It was kinda like in-school-suspension back when you were in high school. 
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