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61  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 23, 2016, 08:35:05 PM
I was in my car, my iPod on random and my 2nd favorite song ("Throne of Skulls") by my friends' old metal band Valacar came on.  They broke up last year after their main guitarist parted ways with them, but I remember playing tons of shows with them, during my time in Kryovax, my time in Pool of Thorns, and even the one time I sat in with The Skullfucs.   https://valacar.bandcamp.com/track/throne-of-skulls

I then got to thinking, in the past few years, I've seen a LOT of monster musicians in the various local music scenes I've ran in parting ways with their bands, retiring from gigging altogether, etc for a multitude of reasons.  Despite my questionable bass-playing skills, some might consider me part of that statistic of "monster musician who retired from music."  I sometimes wish I could just get together with these folks (in real life) and just talk.  Kinda like a support group, only not.  Talk about why we decided to hang up our spurs and call it a night while reminiscing about our adventures.  

So my song of the moment is "Throne of Skulls" by Valacar
62  Media / General Games / The controllers thread on: April 23, 2016, 07:43:46 PM
With the talk about how playing lengthy games on smartphones and even tablets can cause hand fatigue or control pretty slippery (I've griped about this in several of my reviews), I figured why not have a thread about the various controllers we've used in our gaming lives.  Which ones we liked, which ones we didn't like, etc. 

In terms of shape, I really liked the GameCube controller.  When a friend and I attended the CubeClub event in NYC preceding the console's launch, I spent hours playing games and my hand didn't feel fatigued at all.  My only gripe with the controller was the piston-style shoulder buttons that were a little difficult to push.  I really like the way Playstation DualShock controllers fit in my hand too.  The older non-DualShock ones were too narrow. 

In the early days, I totally favored the NES MAX over the rectangle controller, because it fit in my hands more comfortably. 

I greatly disliked the first XBox controller.  I have small hands for a guy my size, and the controller was too big and bulky to hold.  My hands felt fatigued after minutes. 

In terms of handhelds, I vastly prefer playing my Vita over my 3DS.  My right thumb definitely feels it more after I've been playing on the 3DS. 

So, yeah, let's talk controllers. 
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 23, 2016, 07:25:23 PM
I'm 41-42 hours into Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Chapter 16.  New ally character who fills the "goofball who kinda grows on you " archetype.  Plot's thickening big time and I'm excited again.  I love how the game plays out like it's an anime series so I'm getting both my anime and video game fix all in one.  

EDIT: However, I feel like I'm amassing an overabundance of vaccine type digimon and not enough virus and data types. virus especially.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 23, 2016, 06:57:42 AM
when it comes to NES controllers, the MAX was where it was at!  That one was more ergonomic and comfortable to hold for a long time. 
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 22, 2016, 08:33:38 PM
I tend to play mobile games on my iPad.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: April 22, 2016, 08:08:13 PM
I think age is part of it too.  Like I know that in my 20s I was punchier, more reactive, more of a hardliner and more of an opinionated jackhole.  This was quite evident in how I helped moderate the forums back in the day.  I've actually mellowed out in my 30s and am now more likely to laugh along with the peanut gallery than to shut them down.  Life's too short and precious to waste it being hateful.  

As for spoilers and speculation, I remember back when page 396 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was spoiled everywhere.  I hadn't read the book yet, but I didn't feel any righteous indignation.  Although I knew the who and what of the spoiler, it made me more interested in finding out the when, where, how, and why.  And that's how I've been approaching reading since- get excited for the journey, not the destination.  

Unpopular opinion time- I thought book 7 of Harry Potter was terrible.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first 6 books, but I thought book 7 was an absolute slog to read.  Okay, the last 1/3 of it was solid, but the end felt like Rowling was desperately trying to suddenly write herself out of a corner.  And I will admit, Aberforth's story was good and I liked how Dudley actually developed a little bit.  Maybe there is a shred of hope for Dudders.  

I don't know if I shared this in the thread, but even though I love progressive metal music, I could never get into Dream Theater.  EDIT: I also think guitarist John Petrucci's guitar tone was better when he used Ibanez guitars over his current MusicMan guitars.  In the realm of prog metal Symphony X >>>>> Dream Theater for me.  
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 22, 2016, 05:49:58 PM
I would hope that the lesson was learned from Tales of Phantasia iOS.  Or Zodiac Orcanon Odyssey.  Romancing Saga on iPad would be fine, so long as there's a virtual d-pad.  Vay iOS suffered for the lack of one.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Reviewing a bad game on: April 20, 2016, 08:56:30 PM
One thing that wasn't mentioned is deadlines.  Depending on what outlet you're writing for, you might have some kind of press deadline to adhere to so that may limit you to how much you play of a game.  This held very true for the old gaming magazines where the staff was reviewing lots of games in multiple genres and only having enough time to play "so much" before having to write them up. 

In cases like this, I would disclose how much of a game I played unless that goes against the rules of the outlet you're writing for.  Some outlets can be harsh about that, because they don't want readers to know that only a fraction of a game was played before the click-generating day-one review went up. 

I only mention this because you talk about wanting to go into game journalism as a career and I figured it a good idea to address stuff like this, which is true for journalism as a whole.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 20, 2016, 08:47:47 PM
The whole electoral college system for presidential voting is borked.  That's why so many people get disillusioned by voting because they think, "what difference does it make?"  since the presidential election (the biggie) may be the only one they vote in.  However, that's why I'm always hellbent on voting in the smaller elections, like the township, county, and state levels.  There, I feel like my vote counts more and it's my local legislators who affect my life more than Mr. President. 

Besides, no matter who's elected for president they get filtered through congress.  Let's say your favorite candidate is elected.  If you don't vote in midterm elections and put in a congress who will work harmoniously with that candidate, everything will be a filibustered standstill as happened with the Obama presidency.  The majority Republican congress filibustered anything President Obama wanted to do, so his presidency will be seen in our children's history books as largely ineffectual. 

And don't forget, there are options outside of the donkey and the elephant.  Libertarian Party, Green Party, etc.  Sure, there is the mentality of "what's the use?" since Teddy Roosevelt couldn't win an election with a 3rd party and he was Teddy Roosevelt.  We've been sheepled into believing that we only have a choice between the big two and it's South Park- giant douche or turd sandwich.  I'd love to see a 3rd party shake things up in my lifetime. 
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2016, 08:32:14 PM
36-37 hours into Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Chapter 15.  Everything's coming to a head, chess pieces are moving within the chaos, but I feel like the pacing's slowed down a bit for dramatic effect.  I'll probably ditch the side cases and push the plot forward for now. 

And my BlackGatomon has been my MVP against the Eaters. 
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 20, 2016, 08:10:34 PM

Not to say I think it's a bad piece of art, it's quite lovely, but I'm just lost at the idea of the Valkyrie being a weak little girl. She looks like she should be posing for the female lead in a pokemon game.

Agreed.  I don't see a hardened soldier who treats death as just another day at the office.  Instead, I see a frail girl who'd probably shriek at the sight of blood.  Lovely piece of art, but it's not a valkyrie.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2016, 06:01:54 PM
Back in the day, there was an urban myth that the yellow #5 in Mountain Dew would shrink a guy's testicles.  I never liked Dew anyway and stopped drinking soda 13 years ago.
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2016, 01:53:57 PM
In the Hindi dub of nu Jungle Book, they have Om Puri as Bagheera.  I can't imagine a better actor to be Bagheera.  Om Puri is one of my favorite actors.  

74  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 15, 2016, 09:34:19 PM
I gave the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth OST a glowing review last year.  I'm playing the game now and hearing the music in the game is like seeing super clearly with a new pair of glasses.  

Anyway, this has become my favorite piece of music from the game.  It's one of the pieces I sampled in my OST review so I dug it before I dug it.  It's called "Something Eroding."   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toO4JoK-S5k
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 15, 2016, 09:23:06 PM
A Star Ocean game that promises loads of interplanetary travel and futuristic techy space opera yet spends 90% of its duration on some backwater primitive medieval-fantasy kinda world?  Gee what a shock. 
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