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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 10, 2016, 11:09:14 AM
17ish hours in and I'm still thoroguhly enjoying Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth to the point where I'm kinda overlooking my pet peeves (prominent female characters dressed scantily, the script reading as if my character is a boy even though she's a girl).  One of the main characters, Nokia still annoys me.  She comes off as shallow, slutty, and stupid, though her Dubya Bush level malapropisms are funny.  However, I feel like she's the kind of character who will grow up and develop noticeably over the course of the game. I kinda look forward to seeing that.  

So far, my best digimon are my RizeGreymon and my Panjyamon.  
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 10, 2016, 10:57:32 AM
As long as the vehicles aren't as painfully slow as Balamb Garden was in FF8, we're alright.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 10, 2016, 10:55:44 AM
That's good.  I always like when sequels learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.  I noticed in Mugen Souls Z, Compile Heart corrected the major mistakes from Mugen Souls and the game was a far more enjoyable and playable experience. 

I can't think of any good examples off the top of my head right now, but I'm sure we've all played sequels where that didn't happen.  Where the stuff we liked was altered for the worse and the stuff we didn't like was left in-tact. 

Still, the inability to skip or fast-forward previously-seen content on the "New Game +" playthrough can be a drag.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 10, 2016, 08:14:55 AM
Conversely, it bugged me in the game 999 when, during a second or third or whatever playthrough, I couldn't skip over previously completed puzzles.  Some of those puzzles were annoying the first time around and after that I wanted the option to skip them subsequent times around so I could just play for the story.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 09, 2016, 10:19:57 PM
Moe and all of its related tropes.

While I too think some moe tropes are overdone and overused (we could do an entire thread on all the different kinds of moe archetypes and their hybrids- like "tsundere sex kitten."), I feel like some kind of "moe" has to be present so that we feel invested in these characters we'll be spending the next 25-50 hours (or more) with.  And no matter how moe-resistant we think we are, there are always a few tropes that get us every time.  Nefarious!

Admittedly, I love to tease the tsunderes in love adventures.  In my wacky analogy mind, "teasing the tsunderes" is the video game dorknerdgeek equivalent of the popular idiom "poking the bear."  And with love adventures, being able to poke the bear without any consequences beyond a mere game over is totally worth it, since I'll likely be rewarded with the most colorful dialogue that game has to offer.  EDIT: In this feature, I write a whole essay about teasing the tsunderes: http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Paragon_vs_Renegade/index.html

Anyway, thread.  My 5 pet peeves so far (in no particular order) are still: 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.

51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 09, 2016, 08:50:31 PM
Same here.  I wanna play this "what games came out on my birthday?" game too. 

I also want to play that "female armor bingo" Tomara mentioned earlier in the thread.  I'm always griping about that so a "drinking game" style thing (sans alcohol for me) would be an amusing thing to do.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 04:07:04 PM
I feel you, D.  This nagging baker cyst in my left knee has messed up my mind for over a year, because it's messing up my cycling.  I'm not able to go as hard and fast as I want to.  I wanted to get to the point where I could ride with the B level group, but I'm stuck in C level because of my damn knee.  I know I need to nurse it and should focus on endurance over speed, but it sucks when the rest of my body wants to go longer distances at faster speeds, but my knee holds it back.  My favorite aspect of cycling is hill climbs, and I can't climb as aggressively (especially dancing style) because it might aggravate my knee.  Because I've been unable to train as hard as I want to, I performed poorly (by my standards) in my last 100km and I'm a 180lb fat lard.  If it weren't for my damn knee, I'd be back to my svelte 160-165lb self by now. 

First world problems, yeah, but I feel like the thing that brings me the greatest joy and happiness in my life is being crippled.  I lost a ton of weight cycling.  It saved my life twice.  The only time when I'm not a twitchy, fidgety, stumbling-on-my-words, awkward mess is when I'm riding.  I'll give up playing a musical instrument and gaming before I give up cycling.  I feel like I've gone through so much shit in my life, been punched in the damn face so many times, that I deserve a break.  I deserve happiness.  And life has punched me in the genitals by cursing me with a nagging knee condition that's taking away the one thing I glean true happiness from.  I'm not giving up cycling without a fight.  I'll bite the bullet, continue with the C-level riders, and do my 3 planned bike-a-thons (one's 67 miles, one's 47 miles, one's 37 miles), but in the back of my mind I'll still be crying that I'm better than this.    
53  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 09, 2016, 03:55:26 PM
A lot of people on my social media feeds are squee-ing over Babymetal's US debut, and quite frankly, I never got into Babymetal.  Yes I adore both death metal and J-pop, but not Babymetal. 

For me, Band-Maid is where it's at.  They have a gimmick, sure, but if you strip away the gimmick they're still a rockin' band with skilled musicians. 

And Orson Fury (from the forums) got me into the band Onmyo-Za.  That's some good "epic" style metal combined with traditional Japanese music. 

I cannot stop listening to this Onmyo-Za song, it's called 青天の三日月 (Seiten no Mikazuki.  I think it translates to "crescent of the blue sky").  Aptly named, because the song SOARS!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcVSDmJmJfU

Band-Maid "Real Existence" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TkHpvaO09c&nohtml5=False

Band-Maid "Thrill" (the bass breakdown in the middle of the song is bone-rattling!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uds7g3M-4lQ&nohtml5=False
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 02:42:40 PM
Dude, it's snowing here in southern New Jersey too.  What is up with this weather?   

As for riding on the roads, a lot of the roadies I know don't like to ride alone on the roads and will only ride in small groups.  Safety in numbers.  I'm cool with road riding on my own, but I prefer to ride my hybrid rather than my road bike because my hybrid is a larger bike that has me in a more upright position so I'm more visible to traffic.  Plus, I have rearview mirrors and safety stuff on it. 

I think that's one reason more folks get into mountain biking or trail riding, because you're closer to nature and away from cars. 

Attire is something to think about too.  I prefer my baggy mountain bike shorts on my hybrid, but traditional tight-fit shorts on my roadie, because the lower position I have on my road bike doesn't lend itself well to baggy shorts. 
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 09, 2016, 08:14:41 AM
The free-to-pay and pay-to-win micro-transactions paradigm used in Tales of Phantasia iOS was a sledgehammer to the genitals, a kick in the teeth, and a paper cut to the eye simultaneously.  Every review of the game (including mine) absolutely lambasted it and a few months later Bandai-Namco took it down and left anyone who had invested in the game out to rot.  

But, yeah, with the advent of this and DLC, that gets abused a lot.  Like back in the day you could buy a game at full price and it would have all the sidequests already in it, but now you pay full price for the game sans sidequests and have to pay extra for the sidequests.  That's like the burger meme.

56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 08:02:38 AM
Here's the thing with exercise (and this is coming from a guy who used to be quite overweight and lazy).  The secret, I think, is finding that sport or physical activity you really enjoy doing.  That way exercise becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do.  And no matter how busy we get, we always make time for things we want to do, right?  So the excuse of "I just don't have the time" gets shot down. 

For me, I fell in love with distance cycling.  And the more I did it, the more I changed.  My palate changed big time because my body craved healthier food.  My psychological mindstate changed a lot.  And even exercises I would typically avoid became something to at least think about- like how could it improve my cycling.

As for Dutch food, thinking about my childhood in Holland brings food memories of cheese.  Even now, I love me some gouda.  I think my favorite Dutch foods as a child were the licorice (after years of Dutch licorice, American Twizzlers were like eating artificially flavored plastic) and poffertjes (these fluffy mini-pancakes often topped with something sweet.). And after spending a childhood with Belgian or Swiss chocolate, American Hershey or Nestle also tasted like plastic to me. 
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 09, 2016, 07:39:24 AM

Saw Band-Maid live at Sakura-con (their international debut, actually).  They're great.

I have to be honest though, I don't care for Babymetal at all.  Actually I think I've said that before so maybe it's not a shocker.  Their gimmick is...meh, but the real problem is the actual music.  I honestly think Ladybaby does the Jpop + metal thing much better even though that's kind of more of even more of a gimmick in a way.

Even before Babymetal, there was this Japanese band called Blood Stain Child whose album Epsilon was a wonderful melange of trance, J-pop, and melodic death metal.  That band actually started out as a Children of Bodom type band before going delightfully experimental.  They used to have a Greek singer, but she left the band.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3N53nQDRWM0

EDIT: And here's "Yellow Fever 2- 10 years later" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O84QhVqsIs

(the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC_ycDO66bw&nohtml5=False )

Still hilarious.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 08, 2016, 07:36:34 PM
Yes, I know we have these often (though we haven't in a LONG time) and they often turn to garbage, but I think with the level of maturity and stability we've shown in the "I want to love you, but I hate you" and "Unpopular opinions of popular games/media" threads, I thought we could do this again.  

I'll start.

1) I'm not at all liking the modern trend of small fonts and menu interfaces that sacrifice ergonomics for style.  I miss the days of large fonts and still wonder why video game option screens do not have adjustments to make the fonts bigger for easier reading.  Gust has been the biggest offender here since the days of Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.  Idea Factory is a big offender here too.  Actually, a lot of companies are big offenders here.  

2) The lack of a quicksave feature in handheld games.  I'm okay with save points, because sometimes without them I'll go forever and forget to save, only to mess up and lose progress.  That's why I liked how Maya's "spidey sense" in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment would tingle in the presence of a boss, so I knew to save, since that game had anywhere saving.  But, yes, I have played handheld games in recent years that lacked a quicksave to facilitate gaming on the go.  

3) When I choose/create a female protagonist avatar, but the game's dialogue remains unchanged and still addresses my avatar as if she's a guy.  That comes across as a lazy cop-out filled with assumptions.  This one's become a bit of a biggie for me.   Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology did that.  I created a female avatar for that game.  Then I encountered this one mission was where Stahn requested to spar with me because he didn't want to spar with Rutee because she was a girl and he didn't like to hit girls.  I looked at the screen dumbfounded because, well, my avatar WAS a girl.  Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth does this too.  I chose the girl and the dialogue stays the same, referring to her by male pronouns.  

On the other hand, in Pokemon Y, I chose a girl trainer and I liked that NPCs talked to my character as if she were a girl. Folth (boy) and Arca (girl) followed the exact same storyline path in Summon Night 5, but their conversations with NPCs differed based on their gender.  Fate/Extra was great about taking my character's gender into account.  I was about to scream "cop out!" when a female character spoke to my avatar as if she was flirting with a guy, but when one of the dialogue choices read, "Ummm... you know I'm a girl, right?" I smiled.  

4) It's also no secret that I'm not a fan of "chainmail bikinis" and other such impractically skimpy attire on female characters.  It's especially bad when teenage characters are dressed like Stripperella.  Even in comic books, I want to see the female superheroes in more pragmatic crime-fighting attire without "boob windows."  Give the ladies some REAL armor.  I always use Maya from Septerra Core as an example of "best dressed RPG heroine."  
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 08, 2016, 06:54:31 PM
And I have to thank Orson Fury for recommending this band to me.

Onmyo-Za  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcVSDmJmJfU
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 08, 2016, 06:36:01 PM
To hell with Babymetal.  Band-Maid is where it's at!


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