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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 16, 2016, 10:14:22 PM
Kevadu stole my comment. :P

I'm more curious why Mesh is so negative on this.

My guess is because he's a strict vegetarian and collagen is found in animal connective tissue to make gelatin.  Basically, gelatin mostly comes from boiling down animal bones and stuff.  Ergo, this is chocolate neither he nor I can eat, and it makes all the "this free, that free" labels invalid, because it has dead animals in it.  

Yes, the Jell-o you enjoyed as a kid was made using animal gelatin from boiled down livestock bones.  The popular belief is that it's made from cow and horse hooves, but those don't contain enough gelatin to make Jell-o.  

I also avoid Caesar salad unless the dressing is on the side, because Caesar dressing has anchovy paste in it.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 16, 2016, 09:34:02 PM
Well, this is worrisome... (Bayer-Monsanto merger.)

63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 08:04:39 PM
In that case, I read the word "guide" as instruction guide (like a manual) rather than guide like a tour guide.  But I see in-game tutorials as being like a hand-holding guide for game mechanics, especially if those tutorials are interactive.  Grandia II did that very well.  And I definitely think Unlimited SaGa would have benefited from some hand-holding in-game tutorials, which is my analogy to the expert player guiding a n00b through the rules of a boardgame.

I remember back in the day when games used to have secrets so obscure that they were there merely to sell Prima or Brady strategy guides.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 15, 2016, 07:58:49 PM
The draw system itself was fine, but the big complaint is that you usually only drew 3-6 spells at a time, making stocking them tedious.  If there was a skill like "draw x10" that allow you to draw 10x the number of spells than usual, people would have been okay with it.

And I said it already that FF8 is my favorite FF.

I don't know if I posted this unpopular opinion already, but whatever.  It has more to do with a composer than a game.  Anyway, am I the only one who's not a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto's music?  His music is generally well-composed and atmospheric, but it lacks emotion, verve, tenacity, personality, and memorability.  I find his music "nice" and that's it.  Odin Sphere, FFXII, Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, Valkyria Chronicles... I thought they all had meh music. It's like those bands I've seen/played shows with who clearly possess superior musicianship skills and play everything studio-perfect, but I can't remember a damn thing about any of their songs afterward and they bore me.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 15, 2016, 07:38:04 PM
Then my question would be whether adjustments were made to the game's job and class systems as a whole to alleviate the various headaches we're griping about.  Given that Nick appears to be having a grand and smooth experience with the game, I'm led to believe that significant tweaks were made to optimize the overall experience.  

I'll admit, though, that I'm not a big fan of job systems, because they often mean extra grinding for me- like levelling up new jobs/classes that start at level 1, farming for AP points or whatever, etc.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 15, 2016, 06:32:07 PM
While it doesn't seem to fix the main problem I had with the game(4 party slots, 5 characters meaning everyone but the two perma members fall behind in a game heavily about building up your characters) I'll probably cave and nab it.

I wonder if there's a concession for that.  Like having non-active party members gain 1/2 to 3/4 of the EXP that actives do.  If that exists, it's better than nothing.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 06:30:47 PM
Marty- Fair point.  At least with the Judgment Ring in Shadow Hearts, there were skills and such to manipulate it to spin in your favor.  

Jermeister- I respectfully disagree.  Some of the most highly regarded old-school PC RPGs had extensive gameplay manuals.  Would you call IKEA furniture poorly designed because it requires an instruction sheet to assemble?  I wouldn't.  IKEA stuff is great.  Plus, cars in Europe and Japan often have extensive manuals for their gadgetry and stuff.  Are those poorly designed?  No.  I think they're forefronts of new technology.  The only reason it would be seen as "poor design" in the US is that the culture here wants everything "pick up and do" because there's that stupid mentality in America that "real men don't read directions."  To hell with that.  Real STUPID men don't read directions.  

I'm also in favor of in-game tutorials, especially for games that experiment with new gameplay ideas.  Sometimes it's easier to learn in a guided hands-on way than just reading it or full immersion.  Guided hands-on is how I learn best. 
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 14, 2016, 05:49:23 PM
I've said it elsewhere in staffland, but I hated the Playstation original.  I found it dreadfully dull and laborious to play and it had a bargain basement localization.  Here, it sounds like this remake took this coal and made it a true diamond.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 14, 2016, 05:47:27 PM
Here's the thing.  I feel like Unlimited SaGa could have been good with a better manual or tutorials or any sort of explanatory exposition.  It's like trying to play a complicated board game without knowing the rules and there is no expert player there to kinda help walk you through the rules.  Unlimited SaGa is not a "pick-up-and-play" type of game. 
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 14, 2016, 05:45:09 PM
Kev- you found the needle in the haystack, my friend.  That club you describe is what any of us sane people would WANT anime club to be.  Glad to know that the ideal does exist and is not just a pipe dream.  Too bad your grad school's anime club was the "universal truth" one. 

Now I await someone refuting my other "universal truth assumption" that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the worst music.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 05:45:04 PM
+1 on Band-Maid.  They're legit.

And it looks like my universal truth assumption about all college anime clubs is being validated.  

Another "universal truth" I find is that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the crappiest music.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 02:38:18 PM
I think it's a universal truth that all college anime clubs are creepy.  I found this true at SUNY Albany, NYU, and Rutgers (New Brunswick), 1996- 2008.
73  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 10, 2016, 04:15:10 PM
So who here heard the new Metallica song "Hardwired"? 

I did not like it at all.  Musically it was alright; pretty average thrash.  But those lyrics were insipid, like they were written by a pissed off 10 year-old whose mommy made him eat brussel sprouts.  Even the new KoRn song was better, and the only KoRn album I like was the first one. 

The new Dysrhythmia song, Internal/Eternal is fantastic, though.  They have a new album coming out later this month.  I LOVE that band.  https://soundcloud.com/profoundlorerecords/dysrhythmia-internal-eternal
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2016, 03:39:17 PM
I finished that aforementioned autism bike-a-thon today. The good news is that I did NOT get lost. The bad news is that the 95+ degree heat absolutely brutalized me. Those 32 miles felt more like 52 miles.

Eagle Hill was the big climb (one of the longest and steepest I've done) about 10-11 miles into the ride and I only climbed 90-95% of it before I had to stop to catch my breath and chug a bunch of water. And I was averaging only about 3-5mph on that climb, which is lousy by my standards. I never walked my bicycle up it, though, and did pedal the full way, taking that final summit while singing the Thundercats cartoon theme song. I was not happy with my performance, but I felt better that even really good climbers were crippled due to the intense heat. A LOT of folks walked their bicycles up it.

And apparently I didn't learn my lesson from a previous ride. See, this ride had two rest stops- one at the 15 mile mark and one at the 22 mile mark. At the 22 mile stop, I made the mistake of only refilling ONE of my water bottles thinking, "Eh, it's only 10 miles. I can make that on one bottle." That turned out to be a mistake, because about a mile or two from the end I was starting to run low on water, my legs were cramping up (I was maintaining a nice cadence to work the lactic acid out of my legs)... then a short yet brutally steep climb (called Black Rock Hill) snuck up on me. My cramped legs were screaming in agony, but I screamed back at them and managed to scale that summit (albeit, again, at around 3-4mph and in pain.) I did my best to conserve my last gulp of water from there to the finish line, and my finish was not as strong as it could have been.

Lessons learned- Fill up BOTH bottles when given an opportunity to and don't forget to drink. I often went stretches without drinking because I just forgot to drink and then was like, "Oh crap, I need to drink!" I was reminded of students I used to work with who had to hydrate often throughout the day so I'd always remind them to drink otherwise they would just forget to.

I rode a fun ride, raised money for a good cause (autism education), so I feel good.

Next on my docket is the PD500 Rock 'n Roll Ride for Parkinson's Disease October 15. This one is a VERY meaningful ride for me. I'm riding because my mom has PD, my late uncle had it, and the date is meaningful too. October 17 was my late father's birthday and I had to miss the ride last year because he passed away October 16. So I'm doing this one for my dad as well. This one is 45 miles and even more brutally hilly, so I'd better work! https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/NEalChandran3
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 09:15:45 PM
Slaps on weeb glasses I started playing volleyball after I watched Haiykuu!!. It's pretty fun, although more so with a group of 12 which, obviously, isn't very easy to pull off with any frequency.

I feel like I live my own version of Yowamushi Pedal.  Onoda is so much like me it's crazy.  We're both climbers.  We both sing while riding and subject our teams/clubs to it.  A lot of the conversations Onoda's had with more advanced riders are ones I've had myself.  We both favor BMC bicycles. 

It's eerie.
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