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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 07, 2016, 07:54:20 AM
My favorite scene from FFXIII is still when Hope mumbles, "mom?!" in his sleep and Lightning quietly sighs, "Not by a longshot, kid." 
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 07, 2016, 07:50:24 AM
I need to see those new Power Ranger suits in motion.  My kneejerk reaction is similar to everyone elses- they look bulky and clunky, like medieval knight armor, and don't look like they have enough articulation for those really intense and/or high-flying martial arts moves that require freedom of movement.  Hence why traditional martial arts uniforms are kinda loose so movement isn't restricted.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: May 07, 2016, 07:44:02 AM
And especially with the Internet age where stuff can spread online and you have little legal recourse to fight it.  No matter what country you live in, high school can be rough... unless you're part of that clique at the top of the pecking order.  But then, if you peak in high school, the rest of your life is all downhill from there.  Which is why I'm glad I had a better time of my life in my 30s than I did in my teens and 20s.  I turn 38 tomorrow, in two years I will be 40 and fabulous. 

The grass isn't always greener and paradise comes at a price. 

I know someone mentioned secret missables as a pet peeve.  I still remember back in the PSOne era of gaming when several RPGs would have secrets so obscure, there was no way of finding them unless you bought the strategy guide.  Talk about a cash grab. 
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 06, 2016, 08:17:46 PM
Kids react to Hatsune Miku: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egcfC7PCneQ

My favorite parts were the kid
who was all like, "MACHINES SHOULDN'T BE POP STARS!!!!"
and the kid who
logically said that a hologram can't become a junkie.

Elders react to Hatsune Miku: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHhluDhVtjU

My favorite was the
lady who wanted to "vocaloid" Robert Plant
35  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 04, 2016, 06:37:38 PM
Through luck I managed to snag one of these a few days after the event. I havent read the stormlight archive yet but this is a cool book. Really good quality


I hope this gets an e-book version.  I'd love that for my Kindle.  There's so much to keep track of in that series, that the pocket companion would be sweet.
36  Media / General Games / Re: The controllers thread on: May 04, 2016, 06:22:30 AM
I said it earlier that I didn't like the piston style shoulder buttons on the GC controller.  I fought with those.  I liked the Dreamcast controller's shoulder buttons though.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 03, 2016, 08:37:37 PM
Weren't the Jackson 5 from Gary?
38  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 03, 2016, 08:26:29 PM
I haven't played the game, so I wonder what the context for that piece is.  If I knew that, perhaps the dissonant little "blatts" would make sense.  

Anyway, these somehow became earworms for me back in the day.  The game wasn't anything great, though.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3lsfg5es-E (I like the part 24 seconds in)

39  Media / General Games / Re: The controllers thread on: May 03, 2016, 08:06:26 PM
I don't know if it was this thread or elsewhere, but someone mentioned that their gripe with the GameCube controller was the face button layout that didn't always lend itself well to certain games.  Maybe it was the games I tend to play, but I was totally cool with the face button layout.  I feel it in my thumb if I hit the X or O button all the time on a Sony controller, like I'm constantly bending my thumb at an odd or steep angle. 

And it looks like a lot of folks here dig the GameCube controller.  I remember when the console was first announced, peoples' kneejerk reactions were that the controller looked awful.  But I wasn't about to knock it till I held it and, yes, it felt great in my hands. 
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 03, 2016, 07:59:54 PM
Halle Berry and Denzel Washington are both attractive actors, but they've been the "top token gesture" of the Hollywood sexy list too long.  There are plenty of actors/actresses of color who are more attractive. 
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 03, 2016, 05:48:09 PM
Who else here is excited for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday? I sure am. Sure, my favorite comic book store may have closed its doors earlier this year, but I now have FOUR I plan to visit while wearing my Gambit costume.

And given that a beloved uncle of mine died on my birthday (May 8- same as Katniss Everdeen), I often prefer to celebrate my b-day on Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday in May.)
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 03, 2016, 05:47:41 PM
And the "apples and oranges" thing is why I don't like when people ask me my favorite band.  Honestly, I don't have one.  I have songs I love, albums I love, genres I love, and artists I love, admire, and respect, but I simply cannot pick one favorite band.  If you asked me my favorite genres of music, I could easily give you a top 3, but even then I like to listen to a wide variety of music when the mood strikes me. 

Anyway, endings.  Fear Factory's "Obsolete" album is pretty intense.  If you really listen to it while reading the lyrics and digesting the story, you will run the gamut of emotions and possibly be left almost crying by the end.  Great stuff. 
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 02, 2016, 06:57:22 PM
If I were to review Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, my review would echo Tooker's.  The only thing I would add is that playing as the girl doesn't change the script and the game still presumes you're a boy, leading to some awkward scenes.  You only need a passing familiarity with Digimon to enjoy it, because its storyline is completely different from any manga, anime, movie, etc.  And the "catch 'em all" mechanics felt more like Persona 2.  I should probably mention that on normal mode, the game is skewed easy; though the final boss's final form was challenging and the DLC sidequests are tough.  

As far as RPGM titles on Steam go, I like Aldorlea's Millennium series.  Heck, that got RPGFan's indie RPG award back in '09 I think.  I also remember really liking Skyborn.  I've only played the first game in the Lilly & Sasha trilogy, but I liked it.  Whisper of a Rose was quite good, though the difficulty balance wasn't great.  I haven't played it yet, but Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge looks pretty cool.  

Oh, and if you haven't played it yet, you HAVE to play To The Moon.  That's one of the few games I've EC'd and it is one of only a handful of games that made me shed legit tears.  And my favorite RPGM RPG was Blossomsoft's Eternal Eden.  http://www.blossomsoft.com/  Blossomsoft's friends created the game Dark Blood Chronicle has lovely dark artwork, but its difficulty balance can be iffy.  

And though not RPGM, I did enjoy the demo to Celestian Tales: Old North: http://www.ekuatorgames.com/prototype/

Another indie title I'm interested in is Indivisible.  The demo was the best thing I played last year.  It plays a lot like Valkyrie Profile and the art is sumptuous. http://www.indivisiblegame.com/ 

As far as Super Famicom imports go, I love Bahamut Lagoon.  It's one of my favorite SRPGs, and I'm not the biggest fan of that genre.  I loved Tales of Phantasia.  And though I've never played one, I really want to play Tengai Makyou.  I know for sure you'll be interested in Tengai Makyou for its art alone.  A buddy of mine is a big fan of the Goemon games.  
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 02, 2016, 06:33:45 PM

Grandia 2 had the worst ending ever (surprised to see this on someones good list). Totally side-steps the major relationship conflict throughout the game in order to not take sides, and turns each character into a milquetoast version of their prior personality. I wanted to scream at the TV. I give this the "Afraid to hurt anyone's feelings" award of the century.

Content-wise, I wasn't a big fan of the end
Ryudo about-faces into a bleeding heart, Millennia comes back from the dead
, but the way the ending was presented was really good.  And that final boss music was amazing. 

I still posit that Legend of Dragoon did that style of ending much better. 

I need to mention Chrono Cross too.  I've only beaten the game once and I liked the ending I got, but my favorite part was the song "Radical Dreamers" that plays during the end credits.  It was incredibly gorgeous.  I also loved the CG sequences, particularly the "real life" ones interspersed with the game CGs.  That was a really nice touch. 

Years ago, I played this VN called Yo-Jin-Bo and eventually got all the endings.  Each character has a good and bad ending.  My favorite ending out of all of them was Monzan's bad ending.  Go figure, I liked a bad ending better than the good ones. 

Memories Off is worth getting a Game Over in because that "bad ending" is really sad. 
45  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 02, 2016, 04:25:05 PM
Yeah, Eir Aoi got her start with anime songs before creating her album.  In a similar way, one of Ayumi Hamasaki's first songs was the intro song for Thousand Arms (back in 1998) and after that, she became huge.  I respect her as an artist, because she wanted to be her own entity, do things here way and not just be a record company's puppet.  In much the same way, Domino from Pool of Thorns (the band I used to play in) could have easily become famous years ago if she had sold out and become a puppet pop princess, but she wants to do her music on her terms with her preferred people surrounding her (especially bandmates.)

Anyway, song of the moment is "Evening Star" by DragonForce.  When I had my iPod on random in my car, this song came on and I just couldn't stop listening to it for a while.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOL6magAPsU
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