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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tactics Ogre on: February 03, 2011, 08:21:41 AM
You knew who else has a good trailer for it?

RPGFan.

http://rpgfan.com/news/2011/1126.html
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2011, 08:18:04 AM
I miss the only responsibility I had in college: going to class.  Now the real world sets in and suddenly I have worry about finances, student loans, health insurance....I want to go back to when I didn't have a care in the world.  I'll take lectures and papers over having to pay for all the boring stuff. :-P  Brace yourself, the real world sucks.

Dissenting opinion!

College tends to be great for a lot of reasons, especially if you have good friends, classes you like, etc. - but the "real world" can be underrated. Yeah, responsibilities (especially financial ones) can be a drag sometimes...but there's a pretty great sense of achievement when you do things that you can pay for on your own - buy your first house, get your first promotion, take a big vacation that you planned / saved for, etc. It's like winning in the Sims, except, y'know, real life. Spidey's famous quote goes both ways, sometimes with great responsibility comes great empowerment - and a great deal of self-worth.

Plus, I really like the sense of my workday being done, and then being able to relax, rather than having to worry about finals / a project that's due in a month - though nowadays I deal with work projects that're like that sometimes.

</silverliningtalk>

But I totally empathize with the finances / student loans issue. I have a relatively small loan amount (from two years of grad school), and I still have to pay a huge chunk every month until I'm 39. The loan companies are monsters. :(
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Namco Bandai is teasing something (Tales of Graces F/Vesperia localization?) on: February 02, 2011, 04:11:26 PM
Boom. It's official.

Tales of Graces F in North America.

EDIT: We'll have more information as it becomes available.
19  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 announced on: January 31, 2011, 12:50:33 PM
Saw video of the final boss at (Spoiler Alert):

Code:
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/31/spoiler-see-marvel-vs-capcom-3-boss-in-action/

That's right. It's awesome.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nikkei: PSP2 this year, OLED Touchscreen, 3G on: January 27, 2011, 07:50:04 AM
I love me some physical media - so as long as the flash cards come in sweet collectible boxes, I'll probably not care about the switch to UMD. The thing that's most interesting to me is that the previously-downloaded PSP games will be playable on this piece...it really makes it advantageous to switch over to buying at the PSN store.

I'm also interested in the 3G capabilities. Not that I'm sure how useful it would be...and I'm not keen on adding another $20-$30 bill to my collection.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: January 26, 2011, 08:29:57 PM
The new episode is up, people!

Also, I bought DDS 1 and 2, but haven't played enough to really comment.  Maybe I'll get a chance to with this slow season before Dragon Age 2....
Radiant Historia, Ys I & II, Tactics Ogre, DQ VI and it's SLOW?
22  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 26, 2011, 06:29:07 PM
I thought Wizard's First Rule was pretty good as a standalone, but the further I got into the story, the more I started hating the characters and the writer. By the time I got to Temple of the Winds, I was like "Well, I don't really enjoy this - but I should keep going!" By the time I got to Faith of the Fallen (airplane reading when traveling), I was like "Nope. I'd rather just stare out the window than read any more of this crud."

To me, he was like the inverse of Robert Jordan, where the more I read, the more I liked it (well, outside of boring books 7-9).
23  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 20, 2011, 08:40:32 AM
A friend of mine told me Anansi Boys is the weakest of his novels, recommending Neverwhere instead.

Yup. I liked both Neverwhere and Stardust better than Anansi Boys. That having been said, I liked Anansi Boys.

These days I'm reading Kindle samples of trashy fantasy novels,

What's your tolerance level on bad fantasy? I could send you the first couple chapters of mine. :)
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year on: January 19, 2011, 04:25:07 PM
Glad to see you enjoyed the feature! As for SMT: Strange Journey, I thought it was one of the weaker SMTs I've played. I can see the repeat argument, but for me, it was navigating the dungeons (the puzzles, the lack of vision in some places) that slowed the game down for me...and then that lead me to getting ground down by the combat and making missions/assets seem a little more repetitive.

All of that being said, it was still a very good game, and I recommend it a lot.

I guess it doesn't look good next to other Shin Megami games but how is it in comparison to other DS games? Like, can you say it's one of the better games to own on the handheld? And what are visions? Can you save often or have a save option all the time (sorry for the many questions)?

It was definitely a good read, looking forward to reading next year's!

Point very well taken, good sir.

Great to hear, although I suppose I'm a m'am :P
No worries about the questions. I do think it's one of the better games for the DS, and I'm happy to have it as part of my collection. In regards to vision, the game is in first-person, and there are certain parts of certain dungeons where you have to fumble around in the dark, is all. I didn't care for those parts. There are save points, and while they're not as close to-hand as I would've liked, it's not ridiculous how far away they are.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FNC/Production 1 Conference Recap (FFXIII-2, Agito XIII->Type-0) on: January 19, 2011, 02:39:04 PM

VXIII = Versus XIII
26  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: January 19, 2011, 08:57:33 AM
Oh fuck what came out in 2010...

I... I guess Arcade Fire - The Suburbs and Janelle Monae - Archandroid?

At the risk of seeming like a hipster, I second the Arcade Fire pick. Also The Hold Steady's Heaven is Whenever. Not their best, but still a good time.
27  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 17, 2011, 08:06:48 AM
Yep, American Gods rules. :-) If you can, pick up Anansi Boys. Not quite as awesome, but if you like one, you'll probably dig the other.
28  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Poetry on: January 16, 2011, 07:53:53 PM
Predatory by Glenn Shaheen. Forthcoming from U of Pittsburgh Press this fall. Look up some of his work online - a lot of it is really accessible to a "poetry neophyte" like yourself.

Other good, under-the-radar authors are Phillip Ischy and Martin Rock.

The three of these guys have a bunch of publications under their belts - and are all really talented.

My favorite of the "big" poets is probably Charles Simic. His simplicity is really endearing. But I also like Ginsberg, Berryman, and loads of others.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year on: January 16, 2011, 10:16:42 AM
Glad to see you enjoyed the feature! As for SMT: Strange Journey, I thought it was one of the weaker SMTs I've played. I can see the repeat argument, but for me, it was navigating the dungeons (the puzzles, the lack of vision in some places) that slowed the game down for me...and then that lead me to getting ground down by the combat and making missions/assets seem a little more repetitive.

All of that being said, it was still a very good game, and I recommend it a lot.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year on: January 13, 2011, 08:17:39 PM
Are we morons or awesome?

Yes.

(Awesome.)
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