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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 22, 2016, 06:57:06 PM
I love when death metal bands have a sense of humor.  Obituary is one of my favorites. 

47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 22, 2016, 06:20:40 PM

Oh My God did that couple just marry their ponies?!



I just want to know who's bright idea it was to put brown ribbons on the ponies' tails.  It makes it look like they're pooping and said manure is in suspended animation not ready to drop. 
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5 on: January 22, 2016, 06:16:52 PM
I enjoyed Summon Night 5 a LOT more than I expected to.  And don't forget, the Summon Night games we'd gotten before (the ones for GBA and DS) were the spinoff/gaiden action-RPGs and this was the first of the SRPG series we've gotten.  

EDIT: Is Summon Night 5 perfect?  No.  It is for everyone?  No.  Should it get more attention than it's getting?  Absolutely.  Especially since 2015 was such a solid year for SRPGs (new Disgaea, new Devil Survivor, Shadowrun Hong Kong), I want to give another solid genre entry a shout out. 
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 21, 2016, 06:12:31 PM
FF4 was like Saturday morning cartoons for me.  GBA version was the best, I think.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5 on: January 21, 2016, 06:09:47 PM
My review is up on the front page for anyone interested.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 19, 2016, 08:08:13 PM
I hear that, dude.  My knee problems last year prevented me from training as hard as I normally do for bike-a-thon season and my performance was terrible, by my standards.  My knees are healing up, but I'm focusing my fitness/training efforts for endurance rather than speed.  I don't need to finish at a B pace, but I want to finish without my legs locking up 5/6ths of the way through the 67 mile ride.  The thought of my knee failing on me scares me to death.  Cycling is my greatest joy in life and I was depressed beyond comprehension last year when I couldn't do it as much. 
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 18, 2016, 07:19:00 AM
Why did they hate it?  I can imagine if you went in with expectations of the film being a life-altering cultural phenomenon like the original Star Wars was back in 1977, you will be disappointed.  But if you went in just expecting it to be a fun, rollicking, space fantasy romp then you'd enjoy it. 

I feel like the Star Wars fanbase, like most any rabid fanbase really, often takes things too seriously. 

Of course, Finn needs to rethink his love interest.  Everyone who falls in love with someone force-sensitive always gets screwed.  Padme falls in love with Anakin and fate gave her a raw deal.  Han falls in love with Leia and fate gave him a raw deal.  Maybe Finn will be the combo breaker. 
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: January 17, 2016, 07:24:02 PM
That was part and parcel for many RPGs back in the day, wasn't it?  Like I remember in Thousand Arms, Muza talks about his hometown of Schutzren, but you never visit it in the game and it does not exist in the game's world.  I also wonder why does Schmidt give Meis a dark sword at the beginning of the game and why canít Meis get rid of it? It just serves as deadweight. Was it dummied out of the plot? And what is the significance of the name Thousand Arms?  Nothing in the game even alludes to a thousand arms.  I've beaten the game twice and I still don't know.  I do have an obvious soft-spot for it, though, since I use the Meis avatar.

But this is about the new Star Ocean with the purple-haired gefling and Checkers the scantily clad sorceress. 
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: January 17, 2016, 05:20:19 PM
Well of course Welch will be there.  She is a recurring character in the series, right?  She's like Cid in Final Fantasy or Pamela in Atelier.  

Regardless, I remember us slamming her big time in the hall of shame of our "Female Protagonists" feature.  Hell, the ensemble cast of SO4 was in that hall of shame entry.   http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Best_Female_RPG_Characters/hall_of_shame.html

As for the countries, I'm guessing those three are just a fraction of the world at large.  Then again, Chrono Cross managed to create a 40-50 hour epic using a small archipelago off the coast of Porre in Chrono Trigger's world.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5 on: January 17, 2016, 11:39:25 AM
I'm currently building some levels for the game's final battle (or battles since I expect the final battle to have at least two rounds since this is a JRPG after all), so hopefully my review should be submitted soon.  The long and short of it is that I rather enjoyed the game. 
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 17, 2016, 07:35:07 AM
And that's what makes it so great.  That pretty much every RPG fan *has* an experience with FF that they hold dear and it will be unique from someone else's.  FF8 is the FF I complain about the most, yet it is my favorite in the series.  FF8 is the ONLY FF game I've played to completion more than once, having beaten it 3 times. 

And that doesn't even get into the bigger discussion of how within our insular community where "everyone we know" plays FF, it's difficult for some folks to fathom scenarios like this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U8NZOAy7m4  Kinda like how, when I used to play in a punk band, punk seemed a lot more popular than it really was, simply because everyone around me was into it. 
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 16, 2016, 09:55:43 PM
The best things for me about e-readers:

1) With the push of a button, I can increase font sizes to something that's comfortable for me.  I can't do that with a "real" book, especially trade paperbacks.  And while large-print books are available, I like to read 1000 page fantasy novels, which would become unwieldy to haul around since large print= more pages. 

which brings me to

2) portability.  Carrying a 1000 page fantasy novel is unwieldy.  Plus, with my Kindle, I can carry my entire bookshelf with me, so if I read something in book 5 of a series that references book 1, I can easily jump back to book 1 and find that reference to refresh my memory. 

This is how I often sold total strangers on the Kindle years ago. 

Ever since my mom sold me on the Kindle, I found pleasure in reading that I haven't had since I was a kid.  (I still have, and love, my old Kindle keyboard.  Easy to use, especially for searching for stuff within books, and I can backdoor into it to load non-Amazon books into it from sites like Smashwords.)
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 16, 2016, 07:42:19 PM
But most importantly, did your cousin have a good time?  I'm betting with her having to grow up so quickly and have people depend on her, taking time out for herself to simply have fun must not have been easy.  And with her personality being more withdrawn, I'm guessing she isn't super expressive/demonstrative that she had a great time. 

My 11 year old niece, whom I met for the first time last year, I discovered is nuts about video games, anime, comics, etc.  Once I showed her photos from E3 and stuff I do for the site, she became a fan of uncle Neal and keeps telling her mom (my cousin) that she wants to go to any anime/video game/comic book convention with me.  They live out in Colorado, and I definitely want to visit them, because cycling culture is huge there. 
59  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 16, 2016, 07:36:42 PM
I haven't heard Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat in its entirety, but what I have heard, I liked.  It reminded me of old Sepultura.  And this brings me to why I've grown to like Slipknot and think they're underrated in the metal (or should it be metal elitist?) community.   I really like how different all their albums are. It's never the same album twice.

Slipknot is wild 'n out armageddon

Iowa is controlled chaos (in the days following my dad's death, the cadence of "My Plague" is what helped me keep my head straight.) 

Subliminal Verses is very experimental.  I feel like I need to listen to that album more and let it grow on me. 

All Hope is Gone takes the best of Subliminal Verses' experiments and refines them into a behemoth monster. "Gematria" is my favorite Slipknot song.

The Gray Chapter isn't the fastest or heaviest album, but it shows that you don't need to be heavy to be powerful.  Like I said, "XIX" perfectly encapsulates my immediate feelings when my dad died.  "Skeptic" was another song that helped my healing.  And "If Rain is What You Want" is a great example of a powerful song that isn't heavy. 
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2016, 07:46:21 PM
Dice- my mom used to perform and teach classical Indian dance, sometimes in dramatic stage make-up when portraying characters, so it wouldn't surprise me if English rockers took some influence from that and other forms of Indian stage performance. 

Aside: Dincrest's pet peeves:
-people who think that they have carte blanche to be bitches and assholes just because life's given them a raw deal.  I get it, that life's given you a raw deal.  But you know what?  Life's given me a raw deal, it's given him a raw deal, her a raw deal... it's not just you who was cut some kind of raw deal, and you don't see any of us using our raw deals as carte blanche to be negative nellies or turning our misery into some kind of pissing contest.  We all have issues, we all have struggles we're dealing with, but I'm not going to let my struggles ruin your day.  Or mine.  Then again, I posit myself as the kind of guy who, if I'm at a disadvantage will figure out how to work that disadvantage in my favor. 

-why do thermostats have to be so twiddly, finicky, and unintuitive to use?  You would think that now, in 2016, thermostats would be user-friendly.  It still feels like "push a few buttons and pray you don't swelter or freeze." 

-why don't smoke detectors have a "never mind" button, in case I'm just cooking or something?  And why can't they have easier to access battery compartments?  Changing batteries on those things is an awkward pain.  That's one reason I do not like high ceilings in houses.  I don't want to use anything more than a step stool to change smoke detector batteries because the last thing I need is to fall off a high ladder and get a concussion. 

-poorly designed "low flow" toilets that you have to baby so they don't back up, and sometimes a normal "1 flush" bowel movement takes 2 flushes, thus being more inefficient. 
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