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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 20, 2016, 08:10:34 PM
WHY IS THE FUCKING BATTLE GODDESS OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY FUCKING BOWLEGGED AND DAINTY?

Not to say I think it's a bad piece of art, it's quite lovely, but I'm just lost at the idea of the Valkyrie being a weak little girl. She looks like she should be posing for the female lead in a pokemon game.

Agreed.  I don't see a hardened soldier who treats death as just another day at the office.  Instead, I see a frail girl who'd probably shriek at the sight of blood.  Lovely piece of art, but it's not a valkyrie.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2016, 06:01:54 PM
Back in the day, there was an urban myth that the yellow #5 in Mountain Dew would shrink a guy's testicles.  I never liked Dew anyway and stopped drinking soda 13 years ago.
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2016, 01:53:57 PM
In the Hindi dub of nu Jungle Book, they have Om Puri as Bagheera.  I can't imagine a better actor to be Bagheera.  Om Puri is one of my favorite actors.  

https://youtu.be/JCgPGFunkig
34  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 15, 2016, 09:34:19 PM
I gave the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth OST a glowing review last year.  I'm playing the game now and hearing the music in the game is like seeing super clearly with a new pair of glasses.  

Anyway, this has become my favorite piece of music from the game.  It's one of the pieces I sampled in my OST review so I dug it before I dug it.  It's called "Something Eroding."   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toO4JoK-S5k
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 15, 2016, 09:23:06 PM
A Star Ocean game that promises loads of interplanetary travel and futuristic techy space opera yet spends 90% of its duration on some backwater primitive medieval-fantasy kinda world?  Gee what a shock. 
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 15, 2016, 08:00:04 PM
28 hours and I reached Chapter 11 in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.  Everything's come to a head and the story's only getting more twisted with so many subplots, all of which basically amount to: "we're screwed!"  Questions are slowly getting answered, but more questions continue to emerge.  I'm curious to see how everything ties all together.

One thing I'm digging is that though the main villains aren't always in the spotlight, the game retains a sense of sinister foreboding.  Anyway, one of the main villains just made a major move and I find her over-the-top presence delightful.  She's an evilly sadistic sex-kitten who speaks in innuendos and actually dresses a bit more modestly than some hero characters.  I'd call her an Idea Factory character done right... then she "digivolves" into a deeper "villain who's justified."  This game has the Kefka-esque villain, the Lavos spawn type villains, worlds colliding...

EDIT: And one reason I'm glad I played this game as a girl is because, well, whenever I play as a Japanese teenager, I name the boy Yuuya (after Yuuya Narumi who's the main character's name in the Persona 1 drama CD) and the girl Sayori (because it's my favorite Japanese girl's name.)  Whenever I did this in Persona 3 and 4, it always got weird: Yuuya, Yukari, Fuuka; Yuuya, Yukiko, Yosuke.  In Digimon, there would have been Yuuya, Yuuko, and Yuugo.  But since I renamed Ami to Sayori, it's all good.  And come to think of it, I probably would have kept the boy's name as Takumi because that's a cool name and I had a buddy named Takumi Furukawa back when I was in grad school.  
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2016, 09:29:36 PM
28 hours and I reached Chapter 11 in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.  Everything's come to a head and the story's only getting more twisted with so many subplots, all of which basically amount to: "we're screwed!"  Questions are slowly getting answered, but more questions continue to emerge.  I'm curious to see how everything ties all together.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2016, 07:02:27 PM
Glorious weather outside= great afternoon to ride bicycles. I may not have had my fastest go up my favorite hill climb, but it was perhaps my smoothest ascent in a year. Looks like adding 100 calf-raises to my daily after-dinner exercises has been paying off.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 14, 2016, 06:54:00 PM
Other than the 5 pet peeves I've listed so far (small fonts, save-point using handheld RPGs without a quicksave, female characters dressed too scantily, microtransactions that exist only to nickel-and-dime gamers, and lazy scripting that still keeps all the male-centric pronouns and dialogue when your selected avatar is female), I realize the other thing I complain a lot about in my reviews is uninspired music, especially battle music (since I hear that more than anything else.)  Music is very subjective and there's no accounting for taste (there are plenty of soundtracks I thought were great but others thought were lousy and vice versa) but music can often make or break the experience for me.  I don't like when it feels like the compositions are phoned-in. 

Another one is when games with seemingly lower-spec production values run sluggishly.  Aveyond 4 had more slowdown on my machine than several games with higher-specs.  Oh, and Grace of Letoile looked worse than many generic RPGM games, yet it ran horrendously choppy on my iPad.  When I'm using a machine clearly more powerful than a Super NES, games with SNES-spec graphics should not run poorly. 
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2016, 06:15:27 AM
My cousin just had her third child, a little girl named Anna! It's awesome, but uhm, I wonder if they realise having both a Sven and an Anna is kinda... DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?

Years ago, at a former RPGFan staffer's wedding, one of his friends was telling me about a family friend who begat a son and named him Matthew.  She and her husband begat a second son and named him Mark.  She begat a third son and named him Luke.  Then when she was pregnant with her fourth child (also a son) they realized, "Crap, we don't want people to think we're Jesus freaks here" so the four boys are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Ralph.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2016, 07:25:32 PM
Aeolus- So Summon Night has been spotty on that issue, huh?  Summon Night 5 did dual gender pretty well as did Fate/Extra.  And I liked how Pokemon X/Y almost made it preferable to play as the girl since she got a lot more dress-up options. 

As for the aforementioned Digimon scenario, I liked the scenario in the game, because it touched upon issues worth discussing.  I want to make the point that I liked it.  But the male-only scripting bugged me.  It's something that probably shouldn't but me as much as it does, but whatever. 
42  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Metal songs in 8-Bit on: April 12, 2016, 06:36:17 PM
Eluveitie in 8-bit is fantastic!  I love it!

And that Soilwork song sounds like stage music in a really aggressive, fast paced platformer.  Like a Contra game or something. 
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa 2 in English on: April 11, 2016, 09:08:02 PM
What platform will it be on?  iOS?  Like you, I want Vita too.

EDIT: Saw the news story yesterday (4/12) on the front of the site.  Mobile.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2016, 09:05:20 PM
I remember years ago playing Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology for PSP and there was one sidequest where Stahn (from Tales of Destiny) wanted to spar with my avatar instead of Rutee because he didn't want to hit a woman.  Again, I was dumbstruck because my avatar WAS a woman.  It was another "Dude, I'm not a dude" moment.  

The game that handled this best was Fate/Extra.  I remember an early scene where the protagonist's chosen familiar said something flirty as if she were talking to a guy.  When one of the dialogue choices was, "Umm... you know I'm a girl, right?" that made me happy, because that game actually took the chosen gender into account.  
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2016, 07:32:40 PM
Arvis- yep, I broke more walls than Deadpool in his flashback. 

Annubis- it's totally intellectual narcissism since conspiracy theorists think they know the "real" truth and thus know better than you, and think you are a clueless buffoon.
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