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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 29, 2016, 02:05:36 PM
On my club ride today, I was going to go with the C+ group, but they had too many people and the short-distance B group had few... so I decided I would try to push myself and go with the faster paced group; faster pace than what I'm used to.  I kept up pretty well, though the heat was rough on all of us.  I went through 3 water bottles (4 if you count the one I downed driving home).  37 miles, I was hurting a little at the end but am good now.  And, knock on wood, my knee doth not protest badly.  I'm so glad I pushed myself, broke plateau and can now cal myself a B rider.  

When I rode the C rides, the ride leader always called us "future A riders." That may be a longshot right now, but I'm not going to say never just yet. A wise woman once said to me, "You only say you can't AFTER you've tried. And even then, try again." I feel the best I've felt in a long time, though. Like my life is back in a very positive direction (cycling and otherwise), and today just punctuated that.

47  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 29, 2016, 06:53:48 AM
Stage 1 music from the Game Boy shooter Solar Striker.  This one's been stuck with me for decades.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmljujpHusY&index=2&list=PLozlgT58fQtdrFcA0o5wfUw_Euc5JyAZT
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The State of the Atelier Series (and Stuff) on: May 28, 2016, 06:37:29 PM
I think I may have said something to this effect in my Atelier Escha & Logy Plus review, but it's crazy to think that the Atelier series was Japan only back in the Playstation era and nowadays, it's a surprisingly ubiquitous series.  You pretty much know what you're getting into with an Atelier game, but because they're different from the typical JRPG formula, they can be refreshing.  I like to think of it this way: If your average JRPG is an adventure anime interspersed with slice-of-life moments, [Atelier games are] a slice-of-life anime interspersed with adventure.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Atelier_Escha_and_Logy_Plus_Alchemists_of_the_Dusk_Sky/index.html

My favorite was definitely Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana for PS2 and think that is a must-play for anyone interested in the series.  Everything about that game appealed to me: the story, the characters, the gameplay, the music.  Okay, the difficulty spiked sharply around the 2/3s mark, but whatever.  The second Iris game is also good, but the third one kinda drops the ball.  So if you haven't played Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, that's the one to play. 

I actually hated Mana Khemia.  I wanted to like it because the game, on paper, seems right in my wheelhouse but I did not get along with it at all.  It's like that dating analogy I use all the freaking time that probably annoys everyone on the site- finding someone who's completely your type, on paper, but once you go on an actual date, the chemistry is either nil or disagreeable.  (The converse being going on a date with someone who isn't really your type at all, but having a great time.)

I'm actually doing a soundtrack review for Atelier Sophie, so definitely keep it tuned here for that. 

And this wouldn't be an Atelier thread without mentioning Atelier Annie for DS.  That game had me running around like a chicken with no head. 
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 25, 2016, 06:00:17 PM
I still struggle with body dysmorphia, but whatever.  I gotta get stronger, gotta get leaner, gotta get endurance-ier.

For what it's worth, I think you're amazing. I've only seen pictures, but you've changed to much the past decade.

The same goes for Agent D., by the way. Whenever he mentions the weights he's lifted, I try to imagine how much that is. Like, three mes. Or one of those ponies I used to ride when I was little. I can't help but be impressed.

Appreciate the kind words, sister.  

I'm also one of those weirdos who, when I dislike what I see in the mirror, I use that to fire me up to improve.  Most people let that drag them down.  I like to think of myself as the guy who's always trying to work a disadvantage to his favor.  

EDIT: for the past couple months I've been doing 100-125 calf raises a night as part of my bike-a-thon training.  I hope it's enough.  I haven't been getting outside as much as I'd like since this month has been very rainy.  I still put in my time on the indoor trainer, but it's not the same.  I'm fiending for hill climbs like you couldn't believe. 
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 24, 2016, 07:01:50 PM
I definitely value the times I got to hang out with RPGFan folks in real life.  I definitely consider them friends.  E3 2012 is still one of the most memorable times in my entire life.  Let's just say, that year I was both the Class Clown and the Class Flirt.  I have friends who share a lot of my dorknerdgeekdweeb interests like comics/manga, anime/cartoons, video games, and fantasy novels, but the ones I hang out with the most are those who don't share a lot of those interests.  Still, it would be nice if we could all teleport ourselves to a hub location and hang out.  I think it'd be fun to hang with a lot of you folks in real life.

Anyway haps... I've just been burnt out lately this past month.  I don't know if it's the grieving process gut-punching me hard later on (I'm still not over my dad's death back in October and my mom has medical issues) but I've just been out of it lately, often exhausted, going through the motions at work (while putting on a positive face for my students)... the only thing I have ANY desire or motivation to do is ride bicycles.  

And in workout haps, doing a superset of plank-ups followed by side planks with reach-throughs is my least favorite part of my workout.  But I do feel my abs getting stronger.  I still struggle with body dysmorphia, but whatever.  I gotta get stronger, gotta get leaner, gotta get endurance-ier.  
51  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 23, 2016, 04:59:58 PM
Artimicia- No one said the random VGM in the Random VGM thread had to be something we liked :P.  To add some kind of discussion merit to my joking, I find that stuff I don't like sticks with me just as much because at least it made me feel some kind of strong emotion.  It's like the old saying goes: The opposite of love isn't hate, it's apathy.  Even when I review games, the most difficult for me to review are the ones I'm lukewarm toward.  

Darilon- Mana Khemia is one of those games I really wanted to like, and on paper it totally seems like something in my wheelhouse, but I found most everything about it completely disagreeable to me.  It's my overused dating analogy all over again.  

Anyway, some more VGM for the thread... This is "Focus" by ChipZel from the game Super Hexagon.  The game is unspeakably evil, but the music is quite good.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJc5xqu6IP0
52  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 22, 2016, 08:05:22 AM
I absolutely loathed the game Mana Khemia (including the soundtrack), especially this piece of music that has become a nuisance ear worm for me.  The song is "Future of Dreams" (whistle version).  At least it's better than the Chorus version.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLD8fySAj6Q

The only thing I liked about Mana Khemia was Pamela's theme:
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 21, 2016, 09:32:10 AM
Klyde- glad to hear you're enjoying Eternal Eden as much as I did and are in touch with Blossomsoft.  Elder Prince/blackthirteen is a super nice guy and is all about creating a quality product.  I also love his ambition.  He's not content to just sit on his laurels and keep pushing out RPGM games.  He wants to develop his own engines and create something more soulful than a lot of the "McRPG" games we see today.  He had some very creative ideas.  

I haven't talked to him in forever.  I should snag his eBook for my Kindle, show my support since I like his storytelling.  

As for my own game journal, I've playing something to review for RPGFan, so I have to keep mum on it. 
54  Media / General Games / Re: The controllers thread on: May 21, 2016, 09:16:50 AM
It looks like the GameCube controller is the overwhelming favorite here.  Cool!  If it had the Dreamcast-style analog shoulder buttons, it would be my perfect controller.  I found that I never used the D-pad, but I'll take Prime Mover's word for it that it could have been improved.  EDIT: I recall the Genesis 3-button controller having a killer D-pad. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 20, 2016, 05:44:39 PM
The TV show "Man Vs. Food" is relevant to this discussion.  And I have to mention the "Grease Trucks" and "Fat Sandwiches" from back when I attended Rutgers.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_trucks

And Thumbs Up to Dagg for this:

I like pickles too.  If you ever go down south, deep fried dill pickle slices are a thing... and they are delicious. 

Fried pickles are amazing. I beer batter and fry my own. Using pickles I made myself.
56  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 20, 2016, 04:58:50 PM
I loved the first two Shantae games.  Sounds like the third one is even better.  That music is kickin!

Anyway, random VGM...

"Karma" from Ever17.  What an emotionally arresting piece of music from perhaps the most emotionally arresting video game I've ever played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkvQte7JWpw
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2016, 07:45:32 PM
If you've played Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, you've spent enough time with Kyoko Kuremi to know there's nothing quite like coffee with mayonnaise. 

As for me, my preference is for black coffee, nice and strong. 

I like pickles too.  If you ever go down south, deep fried dill pickle slices are a thing... and they are delicious. 
58  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 17, 2016, 07:50:16 PM
E-SWAT boss music.  Who remembers this game for Genesis?  It was pretty cool. 


Shadow Blasters stage 8 music.  I remember digging this as a kid.

59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 13, 2016, 07:51:29 PM
It's popular for its outright silliness and as an example of bad translations back in the day.  I think the Persona equivalent of this is "Mark danced crazy."
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 13, 2016, 06:44:03 PM
Since we're talking favorite FF moments in general, I'll go game by game of the ones I've played.  

FF4- "You spoony bard!"

FF5- When Bartz and Galuf inadvertently find out that Faris is actually a she when they go into her bedroom and come out all red faced.

FF6- The opera scene, especially the latter portion of it.

FF7- Midgar was my favorite part of the whole game, but my favorite part in Midgar was Wall Market.  The whole plotline there plays out in several different ways depending on what you do, and all versions are terrific.  Oh, and when you date Aeris at Golden Saucer, I picked all the wrong answers for the play and she smacked me.  That was funny.  

FF8- I've talked extensively about all my favorite moments in that game, which are the quieter moments that really made the game and why it's my favorite FF.  Simple things like Squall's and Rinoa's awkward mannerisms during their little rendezvous at Fisherman's Horizon, the various scenes that occur in Zell's bedroom depending on who you have in your party, the Zell-library girl sidequest (so cute!), most any Zell-Rinoa interaction (like the ring thing), and my personal favorite- the tense conversation when Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer.  

FF9- This is tough because the interplay between characters was wonderful all around.  But probably when Zidane goes into an armor shop and comments "What a cheesy suit of armor.  Who would buy this crap?"  Then later on in an ATE, Steiner goes into that same shop and comments on what a fine suit of armor it is.  

FFX- I liked all those Tidus and Yuna moments where Yuna could briefly forget about her pilgrimage and just be a teenage girl.  Yuna held the weight of savior of the world on her shoulders and her guardians were all adults, so she never really had a chance to just simply be a teenage girl, but with Tidus being her age, she could take those all-too-brief and precious moments to just be a giggly teenage girl goofing around with a boy- like in the laughing scene.  And as much as the guardians may have facepalmed at their silliness, I think they were happy that Yuna could have those preciously fleeting regular-girl moments within her heavy destiny.  Heck, in the lake scene, Kimahri smiled upon seeing Yuna and Tidus playing together because with Yuna being a lamb to the slaughter, it's sad that her burden may prevent her from experiencing meaningful "regular person" stuff like falling in love for the first time and having her first boyfriend.

FFXII- Vaan going around saying "I'm captain Basch!  Don't listen to Ondore's lies!"  

FFXIII- As mentioned before... Hope: "Mom?!?!"  Lightning: "Not by a longshot, kid."  
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