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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 07, 2014, 06:09:38 PM
Does FF still have the brand power to be system seller?  Perhaps.  I mean, yeah, because we're RPG fans already we're picky and jaded.  We believe that while Final Fantasy used to be a vanguard flagship, it's not a vanguard flagship any more.  A lot of the elitist backlash toward FF15 sounds similar to the elitist backlash a lot of people had toward FF7 back in the day.  But more mainstream game fans who only play RPGs once in a while could be a different story.  

I don't see JRPGs dying, though.  Yes, a healthy portion are on handhelds and tablets, because of such a wide userbase and a lower cost of admission.  The global economy hasn't fully recovered and people are still strapped for cash.  Upgrading hardware every few years is just not financially feasible for a lot of folks.  Classic and classic-style RPGs for iPad are a commodity.  Kemco only releases traditional JRPGs for tablets and they crank out so many it's not even funny.  Yeah, most of them are mediocre at best, but they're at least recouping enough costs to keep afloat.  Not too shabby for a one trick pony.  And that's not even looking deeper into things like Kickstarters or other mainstream RPG series like Persona and Disgaea taking a bigger share of the pie.  Hell, Idea Factory and Compile Heart fans buy those games in droves (regardless of any reviews) keeping stuff like Hyperdimension Neptunia afloat.  

People still want JRPG style games.  The fact that several JRPG style games were successfully funded on Kickstarter is proof of that.  Money talks and people speak with their wallets.  However, I think the future of the genre lies in the smaller developers and the indie gaming scene, be it Japan or elsewhere.  
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 07, 2014, 05:40:21 PM
45 mile club ride today.  It was a C-pace (~14mph) ride.  I did a C+ pace (~16mph) ride last week for 36 miles and it kicked my ass, so I wasn't sure if I could do that for another 10 miles.  Turns out, I should have done the C+ again.  Still, it was a fun ride, though not enough hills for my wacko tastes.  In our group there was a father-daughter duo and when we had about 10-12 miles to the end, the daughter completely hit the wall.  So she and her dad dropped off; the dad was perfectly fine (he's a more experienced rider).  I did not witness this happen and didn't know until another rider told me, because at the time I was pulling the group because the ride leader had started to fade earlier on.  So, no, I didn't get a chance to save the damsel in distress and be a hero. 
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 02:13:22 PM
Jawsh- You are correct.  I live in southern New Jersey, somewhere between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.  That route you linked to sounds freaking AWESOME!  

The October bike-a-thon I'm doing through Chester county PA is supposed to be delightfully hilly.  
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 10:19:41 AM
Sounds like, in some ways, glassjawsh, Tomara, and I live the anime/manga Yowamushi Pedal. 

Man, I wish teleportation existed so I could ride with all of ya's in places I've never been.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 10:11:24 AM
I love my hybrid.  It's the bicycle I lost 70 or so pounds on (I used to weigh 240 in 2008), so I have history with her.  I plan to ride that thing till the frame says uncle.  I love climbing steep hills and I feel like pushing my heavy bike with a flat handlebar will only make me stronger.  I like to challenge myself.  And if I can keep up with the skinny-tires on my hybrid, then I feel like "I'm the MAN!"  And I remember one ride I went on where it turned out all of us had hybrids, so the ride leader replotted the course and took us through a bunch of dirt roads, some light singletrack, and places that skinny-tires couldn't go.  

Oh, and whenever I hear stuff like "That's a heavy bike you're pushing there" or "You got some fat tires on that thing" I shrug and reply, "Hey, I like my bikes the way I like my women.  A little thick."  

Do I eventually want a road bike?  Absolutely.  It would be great to have one for long bike-a-thons and supported rides, especially when I feel competitive on hills.  But I can't afford a good one right now.  And I'd still keep my hybrid because it's f'n great.  It's even more fun to ride now than when I first bought it 5 or 6 years ago.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 06, 2014, 08:13:53 AM
Watched Ninja Turtles.  It was bizarre in a word....not terrible I suppose. To be honest, the original 90's version wouldn't fly these days.

Thinking about it, a lot of movies made in the 90s wouldn't fly today (i.e.; it's "blockbuser-material or bust")

1990 Turtles was good.  Jim Henson puppeteering, great one-liners (e.g. Donatello: "You're claustrophobic" Casey Jones: "You want a fist in the mouth? I've never even looked at another guy before."), a murky look and feel in line with the original Eastman and Laird comics (which were pretty dark, violent, and had saltier dialogue than the kiddie cartoon), and some good battle scenes... with weapons!  The sequels were bad.  I was having a conversation with someone (I can't remember if it was a bandmate or a co-worker who wants to start a comic book club) and it dawned on him why the sequels were bad- they fought hand-to-hand and didn't really fight with weapons because of the parental backlash to the 1990 Turtles film.  

EDIT: The only thing I didn't like was that they ate Dominos Pizza.  Dominos was terrible back then.  They're a lot better now, but still nowhere near as good as the local mom 'n pop pizza shop. 

That being said, I do think 1990s trends are starting to make a comeback, given the whole "20 year cycle" thing.  Remember how in the 1970s, retro-trends from the 1950s were hip again.  In the 1980s, retro-trends from the 1960s were hip again.  In the 1990s, retro-trends from the 1970s were hip again.  In the 2000s, retro-trends from the 1980s were hip again.  And in the 2010s, I'm seeing some 1990s revivals- like a lot of kids at the high school I work at are into Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains.  
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 07:53:30 AM
I agree.  If you're riding road or hybrid bikes, then you gotta have room for some breakaways or play some kid games like "tag, you're it" or "missed me missed me now you gotta kiss me."  If you're riding beach cruisers that are bulky, have 3 speeds at most, and are built 100% for comfort then that's a different story.  That's like riding around in an old school Cadillac.  

I still only have my hybrid, that I use for bike-a-thons, club rides, and fitness training.  I eventually want a road bike.  At my last club ride, I rode with a group who pace a little higher than my usual to push myself.  I kept up decently and whenever I fell behind, I always caught up.  They were impressed that not only was I keeping pace on a hybrid (they all had road bikes) but that I was also using platform pedals and pedal at a high cadence.  They were all like, "Dude, you need a road bike and some clip-in pedals.  Couple that with your cadence, and you'll destroy us all."
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 04, 2014, 03:34:25 PM
Does Midgar count as a town?

I figure the OP counted Midgar, so it's fair game.  Midgar was probably my favorite part of FF7, and I wish more had been done with it.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 03, 2014, 08:34:32 PM
Can we not extend this topics to just "cool towns" in general??

But then, wouldn't it be just like any other favorite towns topic?  Oftentimes, the coolest town isn't the home town (like FF8's Esthar or Xenogears' Shevat or Solaris.)  Kinda like how you live in your home town for so long that you think it's the most boring place in the middle of whatever, but when someone visits for the first time they think it's a cool spot.  

The RPG home town is either completely forgotten or razed by fire.  So why not give a little love to the home town like we've been doing.  I know you could argue that the "cool" town is some other character's home town, but that's not your avatar's home town.    

Tales of Destiny is an anomaly in that it doesn't start off in any town, you play for a handful of hours before you visit a town, and you don't visit the protagonist's home town till halfway through the game.

And since I mentioned Gregminster (Suikoden 1) because of the music, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDuDkzGeuno

And though I tend to like more modern or futuristic towns (e.g. Sumaru City in Persona 2 or Amami City in Soul Hackers) Inaba in Persona 4 was an intriguing place.  People who've spent extended time in Japan all say that Inaba is a pretty accurate representation of the inaka (countryside) villages they've visited or homestayed at.  It's not a setting commonly seen in RPGs, so I dug that.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 03, 2014, 08:25:16 PM
During a training ride for my upcoming bike-a-thon, I thought about people I knew in my life that I'd describe as "good guy/gal, but still has some growing up to do."  Then I thought, "You know what?  I'm an adult and *I* still have some growing up to do."  So I came to the conclusion that no matter how old you get, you'll always have at least a little growing up to do. 
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 01, 2014, 07:39:17 PM
In addition to the ones mentioned, I will add Gregminster from Suikoden because it has one of my all time favorite town music themes. 
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 31, 2014, 08:31:43 PM

Would bake again

How many loaves of bread have you eaten?

That's pound cake.

Poundcake!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1GJxVmYv-E
73  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 30, 2014, 10:18:13 PM
The new Abysmal Dawn song "Inanimate" flat out rocks.  I was banging my head from beginning to end.  I might have to check out the new album when it comes out. 

74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 29, 2014, 12:13:53 PM
I actually bought Yumina the Ethereal but I gave up on it because the dungeon-crawling gets really tedious.  Boring, bland, random dungeons with the same old enemies everywhere you go that don't even make full use of the combat system (there are several skills are only useful for boss fights).  And if you think the fights drag out too long now, imagine repeating the exact same fight against the exact same enemies 50 times in a row.  I don't believe that the demo even showed off that part of the game...

Seriously, I actually liked some aspects of the combat system.  If they had used it more sparingly (like just limited it to boss fights or something) I think I could have enjoyed the game.  But the dungeons suck.

I never saw the dungeon crawling in the demo, but the screenshots of the first-person dungeons didn't look promising at all.  In a sense, the battle system is an improvement on Thousand Arms' battle system, but that battle system was kinda lousy to begin with.  I read that the game is 40+ hours and after playing the demo, I thought "yeah, that's too long.  25 hours of this tops would be it for me." 
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A bird story (to the moon prequel) on: August 28, 2014, 09:47:46 PM
Kneejerk reaction is that seeing bird-boy's childhood beforehand would take away some of the mystery of Watts and Rosalene discovering it when he's an old man, but I'm not ready to dismiss it.  Freebird tends to be pretty careful with their storytelling so perhaps there is a reason for this episode 2 prequel. 
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