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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 22, 2015, 07:13:09 AM
But I feel like straight up ARPG wouldn't work so well with such a large party.  In Crisis Core or Dirge of Cerberus, you were only controlling one character.  The biggest complaint about party-based ARPGs is that character AI is lousy and you spend too much time babysitting the characters.  Hence, something like the Gambits in FFXII.  I LOVED that.  You could program the AI very specifically to make your party members do exactly what you want when you want. So you get the control of turn-based with the seamless integration of ARPG.  

I could see FFVII with Gambits working.

32  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 21, 2015, 10:40:26 PM
In that context I read it as "I don't know what you're (going) on about" or "I don't know what you're babbling about."  

so ken= know?
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 21, 2015, 09:37:01 PM
My gut reaction is Gambits from FFXII, since I think that would gel with the Materia system better than, say, FF13's Paradigms.  Or, it could be turn-based like Ni No Kuni or Mugen Souls with some free-range movement on the battlefield.  I liked the Gambits a LOT in XII.  Most of the time, companion AI is lousy and the Gambits allowed me to tailor that wonderfully precisely.  I disliked the License Board, but that's another discussion entirely.

I've said this a million times, but I still think it's a shame that FFX's battle system was only used that once.  I thought it was the best in the series and know several folks here agree.

34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2015, 08:01:21 PM
All good.  

I've said this before many times, but the best Idea Factory game I've ever played was Hakuoki.  It was a visual novel (a surprisingly good one too!) with none of the obtusely obfuscating gameplay systems with tireless grinding et al.  Hakuoki also didn't have the bubblegum panty loli-pop nonsense, but a visual novel with !F's bubblegum panty loli-pop nonsense could be mindless fun for a weekend.  

Idea Factory and Compile Heart RPGs have all made me wish I could Gameshark a bunch of cheat codes in so I could finish without the tedium.  
35  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Standalone fantasy novels thread on: June 21, 2015, 07:48:53 PM
Why wouldn't it?  Not all fantasy has to be "lol elves." 
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2015, 06:13:30 PM
I think a lot of us have that.  You start with one, and you feel obligated to finish out the rest of the series (be it books, games, TV) even if it's bad.  Maybe part of it is cultural in that we see people who aren't committed to anything failing at life (be it career, school, relationships) and we're not like that- we're committed to see things through till the end.  Somehow, it's in our dorknerdgeek nature.  That's one reason why I stuck around in some poisonous relationships longer than I should've.  It's a difficult lesson to learn and even more difficult to execute, but sometimes you have to cut your losses.  Sometimes letting things go is the right thing to do.  There is such a thing as being committed to a fault.  

It sounds like HyperDimension Neptunia is like that girl where she's a piece of work, being in a relationship with her is emotionally VERY exhausting, and it feels like you're being sucked dry... but the sex is just so in-fucking-credible that you stay with her because of that.  

I know this is easier said than done, especially psychologically, but if you're that torn I would do whatever you can to just cut your losses with HyperDimension Neptunia and play other stuff.  Stuff that satisfies you and makes you genuinely happy.  Yes, the unknown can be scarier than sticking with the devil you know, but I think you need to do that.  Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, brother.

37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2015, 05:47:20 PM
My other takeaway from the ACS bike-a-thon is something I seem to talk about a LOT, both online and in real life. The human body is pretty amazing isn't it? It's capable of so much more than we'd expect and resilient too. Maybe it's because I used to be a gym class joke and a fat guy before drastically turning my life around 6-7 years ago, but that basic little tenet is still a revelation to me. My body may not look the way I want it to, but it does a heck of a lot more than I ever thought it possibly would.
38  Media / Brush and Quill / Standalone fantasy novels thread on: June 21, 2015, 04:12:09 PM
It's clear that many of us here on the forums are avid readers of fantasy novels.  Heck, RPGFan is the reason I read (both present and past tense) series like A Song of Ice and Fire, Coldfire, Mistborn, and currently The Stormlight Archive to name a few.

Now, as much as I like series and I'm currently invested in the still ongoing The Stormlight Archive and A Song of Ice and Fire, sometimes the thought of investing time and money into a big series (even a "manageable" trilogy, which us voracious readers can easily tear through) seems daunting.  Like an obligation or a chore.  Sometimes people only have time to read maybe one book a season and the idea of a 10 book series elicits a "yeah... NO!" reaction, even though they WANT to get into fantasy.  Kinda like how several of us only have so much time to play RPGs that we only play a small handful a year or favor shorter (15-25 hour) titles than 50-75 hour epics. 

So while the "standalone fantasy novel" is a rarity these days for several reasons, what are some of the good ones you folks have read?  The ones that start and end between two covers.  That don't have sequels.  That aren't part of a larger series.  That stand alone as independent entities.  I know several of our favorite authors have had standalone books (like Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Guy Gavriel Kay).  How have those works been? 

39  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 20, 2015, 10:01:26 AM
Rally Ho!

I have to wonder if there was a Scottish person on the translation team. There has to have been, the use of Scot's is pretty perfect in Conde Petite, most so than any other form of media I've seen. FFIX is the only one to use Scot's properly and not some racist butchered version of it like Groundskeeper Willie :P

One thing to keep in mind about stuff like Groundskeeper Willie is that said show is mainly for a non-Scottish audience, so they'll expect to hear something exaggerated.  Like how if you go to Ireland, the people there mostly talk normal (well British type normal) but that won't fly in a TV show where the audience will expect to hear "faith 'n begorah leprechauns" in a high-pitched sing-songy voice.  Or in a converse case of a European show with an American character, said character would likely have an exaggerated American voice, be it cowboy/John Wayne or surfer dude or whatever, but if you actually come to America, most people are just plain folks with neutral accents.  And does it seem odd when you see an Indian character not speaking with that funny Indian accent?  

This is something my voiceover coach told me when we were working on characters and accents.  That if I was doing an ethnic character for an American show or something, I'd have to go a little over the top on it because that's what the audience expects to hear, you know?  
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 20, 2015, 07:16:05 AM
Dice- yes, I didn't highlight everyone's "believing something that's untrue" because I couldn't remember them all.  Hence the etc. 

As for Tifa's proportions, they don't seem that odd to me because I too have longer legs but a shorter torso.  This was evident when I was getting fitted for my new bicycle. 

And I too am curious as to how the soundtrack will be handled.  I loved Sean Schafianski's remasters of classic FF7 tracks, especially Mako Reactor, so I hope the remastered music is done as effectively.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 08:48:15 PM
I would say with certainty that there's no way Yuffie or Vincent will be optional at all. There's no way they're going to choreograph cutscenes and sequences multiple ways and record dialogue for characters that may not appear. It'll be more jarring than ever for no one to even reference them in scenes, and so I'd rather have them integrated more thoroughly into the plot anyway, so I think that'll be a good outcome.

Now that I think about it, yeah, Yuffie's made quite a name for herself outside of FF (like in Kingdom Hearts and other games), so I'm okay with her potentially having a bigger role in FF7.  Vincent too, for aforementioned reasons. 

Still, this thread (like Dice's FF7 log) is making me think back to why I liked the game in the first place.  I did have a love/hate relationship with it, but I'm in the "love it" camp now.  I liked the theme about how every character believed in something that was untrue.  For example, Cloud believed he was Zack.  Aeris believed her materia was useless.  Red believed his father was a coward.  Sephiroth believed he was a descendent of Jenova.  Cid believed that Shera took a piss on his dream.  Tifa believed her love was unrequited.  Etc. 

And stepping away from sweetie pumpkin (Jessie) and the slum drunk (Aeris), I felt that Shera's storyline with Cid was perhaps the most pathos filled plotline of FF7 for me.  She put up with Cid's abuse with the quiet strength of knowing that she saved his life, despite his contrary thinking that she killed his dream of space flight.  It took Cloud and co.'s intervention to make Cid realize that Shera was right about the faulty tank and wasn't trying to kill his dream.  Then again, the big theme in FF7 was every character believing something that was untrue.  But, yeah, Shera quiet strength and her endurance... there's no way I'd have lasted in that marriage as long as she did.  Some would say she's dedicated to a fault, but I'll take that over not being dedicated at all.  That she clung to the hope that the truth would set her and Cid free... Yeah.

And when I first played the game, I unfairly hated on Tifa for superficial reasons.  That was stupid, because Tifa's awesome.  She kept the 24-7 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. 
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2015, 07:39:16 PM
I'm excited to see the Philadelphia Spinners play tomorrow! 

They're a Major League Ultimate team.  I only found out earlier this year that Major League Ultimate is a thing and I LOVE ultimate frisbee.  It's one of the few sports I don't completely suck at and enjoy playing.  Even cooler is that the Spinners have an Indian player.  I foresee the sport growing, though right now I'm happy to attend a game while it's still in its infancy and tickets are cheap. 

The Spinners are playing the DC Current, and it's almost playoff season.  Regular season is 10 games, and this is Philly's 9th. 
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy on: June 19, 2015, 04:27:35 PM
Here's Derek's review of it: http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3307.html

Short version: He didn't enjoy it. 
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 04:26:08 PM
Let it go, let it go.... (okay, I'll stop singing Frozen.)

Aeolus- you're probably right.  I mean, the date with Aeris in the Golden Saucer makes the most sense as canon, since she promises to reciprocate Cloud's bodyguard services by going on a date with him.

And one thing I'm sure will be corrected is that the ending cinematic will have Yuffie and Vincent in it, should you recruit them.  Though with Dirge of Cerberus and how skipping him in FF7 omits a vital chunk of story, they may not make Vincent a hidden character and will replot the trajectory so that you do get him.  Yuffie's okay being a hidden character, though.  Whether you recruit her or not, nothing's really lost from the main narrative.  She was key to some of my favorite scenes, though.  Like when she's puking over the edge of the Highwind and Cloud coaches her on how to deal with motion sickness since he had it.  Or in her date scene when she actually has the guts to go over and kiss Cloud. 
45  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: June 19, 2015, 04:11:28 PM
"Rock the Casbah" by The Clash.  Great song, great video


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