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1051  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 04, 2014, 04:11:30 PM
Well, I'll agree that it's insane that MGS2's story is still going, at least. :T
1052  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 10:37:27 AM
I'm glad we're having this college conversation considering I'm hoping to go back to college next year, and I'm heavily considering taking a Digital Media major, since a fairly local community college has a pretty solid program according to a close friend who is taking it. I'm still not sure if I want art to be a career choice since it'd be more self-motivated and I'm not naturally talented at art, but it's the only thing I know I'd want to do, and I figure taking classes would help me sort out what else I'd be interested in, perhaps even something I wouldn't mind doing as a 9-5 job...but even if I don't, I could at least market myself as a graphic designer, which is a marketable skill if I get good enough at it...

Anyways, needless to say, I'm taking notes. :)
1053  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 04, 2014, 10:06:22 AM
it's like the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 2 all over again...okay, maybe not quite that bad, but closer than I'd like...

The beginning of MGS2 is one of its best parts. Then again, Metal Gear has practically always been a slow-paced (or methodical if you prefer) experience excluding Rising.

While you're right, I was more refering to the "Gut punch" of knowing that whole sequence was a VR Simulation and nothing was gonna come of it, therefore it was an entirely pointless section that did little to advance the plot. It's worse in MGS2, though, since then you're forced to play the rest of the game as a lesser protagonist (Instead of the other way around in KH2). It was one of the biggest trolls in gaming I've ever encountered, and I'm not particularly fond of when other games attempt a similar twist...
1054  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 10:45:40 PM
Got Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix today and I still Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II. It is almost game-ruiningly slow and confusing. Like a bad dream that you can't wake up from. Ugh...I'm 2 hours in and it's the 4th time I've played through this section, though I'll admit this is the fastest and most fun this section has ever been, but that's still not by much...I just want the game to freakin' start already. I think I only have one more day...or was it two more days? Ugh...

I'm sort of the opposite, I like that beginning segment but still agree it feels like it takes forever... I hate tutorials for very basic controls too. Yay! You managed to jump! New cutscene! Poor Vivi gets beat down twice too :(

The game had aged well though, I love how smooth the graphics are (and how awkward some of the Disney-esque NPCs look x)

It'd be okay if it wouldn't drip-feed the story details. I have no idea who anybody is or what's going on. I think they're trying to make it compelling, but after a while the constant stream of questions without answers gets on my nerves. And that happened around the end of the first hour. And yes, the tutorials are stupid, I don't like the mini-games though they're not quite as forced as I remember. I think last time I just did the ball one over and over again because it's the only one that's actually fun...and that's probably because when I was a kid "Keep the balloon/ball in the air so it doesn't hit the ground" (I forgot what I used to call it) was my favorite game to the point of obsession...

But mostly it just moves at a glacial pace, yet I don't feel like I'm learning about these characters or their world, or even how to play the game. It's just unnecessary...I know later games try to justify this sequence, but it still irritates me greatly how pointless it is until the very end...it's like the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 2 all over again...okay, maybe not quite that bad, but closer than I'd like...
1055  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 03, 2014, 09:02:20 PM
Meanwhile I'm watching Problem Children, and it's quite nice so far. I'm mostly watching it as "light-but-still-action/story-focused-filler" and it's been delivering so far. It never feels like it's trying to be a big epic tale, nor a clever original piece, but it's interesting enough in some small ways and the leads are a fairly refreshing change of pace as fun-loving anti-heroes, especially Izayoi, who is particularly unpredictable. (Anti-heroes as in they're not really out for justice or just to be nice to other people. They act strictly within their own desires. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes a guy just wants to go out and beat up a god because he's bored)

EDIT: Oh, I finished Part 2 of JoJo a while back. Guess I never followed up on that:

It was spectacular. The second part had perfect pacing and the story was quite interesting and full of twists. The fights were fun, albeit it had way too many "Just as Planned" moments, where JoJo places a trap apparently when no one was looking, but even that gets better (in terms of being more clever) as it goes...or at least becomes part of the spectacle. The characters were cool, too, and it had a nice balance of silliness, drama, and sheer rediculousness. Joseph Joestar in particular was a great character because he's supposed to be a prankster/goofy character and he just plays it up most of the time. He never feels overpowered, nor does he ever come off as an idiot - he's always thinking of new tricks, just as a good prankster should. I definitely recommend watching it, even if that's the only part you see. (Though Part 3 is most famous so I assume that's good, too)
1056  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 06:23:16 PM
Got Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix today and I still Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II. It is almost game-ruiningly slow and confusing. Like a bad dream that you can't wake up from. Ugh...I'm 2 hours in and it's the 4th time I've played through this section, though I'll admit this is the fastest and most fun this section has ever been, but that's still not by much...I just want the game to freakin' start already. I think I only have one more day...or was it two more days? Ugh...
1057  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2014, 08:40:22 PM
Now get a haircut and get a real job! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3-InoYsWQ

That has to be one of the coolest music videos I've ever seen! O_O I can't seem to find info on who made it, though it seems similar to the cover art, which was made by a semi-famous cartoonist I just now learned about...might want to check his stuff out, too...
1058  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2014, 10:08:26 PM
:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Congratz, Dice! Must be a huge relief getting that weight off you're shoulders?

Now just don't think about the next set of celestial-body-sized weights to be thrust on you in the form of job(s)/job-searching, housing, bills, etc.
/Reverse-psychology

But seriously, I'm happy about your accomplishment, as do I hope you get to appreciate the (admittedly often brief) respite from such a monumentous obligation, and I hope things go well for you in the future. ^_^

Just out of curiousity (I've read other posts from you about college and stuff, but my memory's shit), but were you an art student? Because I've seen your art and you're pretty damn good at it.
1059  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 09:50:25 PM
Once more for Symphonia: I loved ToS when it was my third action RPG after Kingdom Hearts and Rogue Galaxy, until I realized how cheap Lloyd was - he's fast, and he can combo easily, meaning I could essentially mash through early fights. Then I started realizing how bad the story was. Then I hit the mid-point where the difficulty ramps up and you actually have to think about what you're doing and I wasn't ready for it at all, so I kept dying until I just said 'screw it'.

Then I played it some time later after I had played through other games in the series and it's a lot better than I remember. The story still sucks, but I can put up with it now that I'm used to the story sucking in JRPGs, especially Tales. More importantly, though, the characters were actually more likeable and interesting than I remember. Lloyd in particular I used to find annoying, but he mostly seemed to convey genuine concern for problems that really do need some addressing. Sure, he's still a goofy kid and a fairly generic shounen protagonist, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if done right.

The combat's still spammable if you play as Lloyd, but he can't take too many hits so you have to hit-and-run and coordinate with the magic users for maximum efficiency. The biggest annoyance is the lack of a free-run, since enemies can still move freely around the map, but you can't even so much as side-step to avoid magic attacks. Most of the time that's not an issue, but the boss I was on made that particularly a problem, so I actually had to be aware of my surroundings and get the CPU guys to keep the close-combat attackers off Lloyd while he (I) kept the big boss at bay until we could join up for a combined assault. That was awesome. Exactly how a boss battle should be, IMO.

Oh, one more thing: The voice acting was pretty decent, all things considered. I used to hate the English VA, but after playing more JRPGs and watching old dubbed anime, I've come to realize how it's really not that bad. Even Abyss had worse voice-acting, though maybe I was just spoiled, since I played Abyss coming off of Vesperia, and that game had some of the best voice acting I've heard in a JRPG...which isn't that high a bar, and it wasn't fantastic, but it was...Modern-Funimation-Anime-Dub levels of adequacy. I can dig that.

Anyways, I was mostly playing Smash Bros. Wii U with my bro all week. It was very fun, but now he's gone back to his dorm in Boston, so I'll have to find something else to do in the meantime...unless someone else wants to kick my butt in play me in Smash? (and get there buttocks kerfuffled kicked)

*oh my god so many typos*
1060  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 29, 2014, 10:56:15 PM
Found out that a reallly great artist composed the music in Panzer Dragoon Orta, so I decided to give that game another shot.

Was not worth it. Still hate that game. Music wasn't even that good. Fuck.
1061  Media / The Soundroom / Re: 2-Day sale of 50% off Brave Wave Merch on: November 29, 2014, 09:00:47 PM
I recommend Journey by -Akane-, especially Maboroshi, Avalon, Tsubasa, Pirika, Tenjiku, Kaidan, and Yugibushi. But there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. Not even the remixes, which were actually pretty interesting changes of pace for an album that admittedly had a few songs that sounded too similar (parrly due to the traditional Japanese singing from Yumiko Takahashi. A few songs has her singing in the exact same style so to a non-Japanese singer, they may as well have taken the lyrics from one song and put it to another song. :P). Still, I'd say it's worth $6 for a full album of 14 long songs that are very good.

I'm tempted to write more since these are great songs. I love the Ghost story theme of Kaidan, for instance. But I don't think I really needed to write much, since you guys can listen to the songs yourself for free and decide if you like it - it's bandcamp after all. =P

EDIT: Also, if you're a fan of chiptunes (you'll go far with Brave Wave if you are, that's most of their stuff...), Rainy Day (Benjamin Briggs Remix) is a nice song. I'm not a fan of remixes in general, but the standard Rainy Day is kind of a boring song to me, but the remix adds a lot of variety to the sounds and tune, makes it more upbeat, and generally takes up a good level from "backround music" up to "Music I can dance to...if I could dance." Definitely something to throw on my iPod for a while.
1062  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 29, 2014, 07:52:59 PM
i'm feeling a struggle lately. as my dominant side growths and flourishes how do i explore it while remaining a nice person. my girlfriends have been slowly encouraging me and it's now sometimes i look at a girl and think what a wonderful pet she would make.  >_>

This probably isn't the best forum for these questions, but I wish you luck on the journey.  The right person can make a good pet I guess.

i'm not really asking a question though. this just feels like a safe place where i can let my thoughts come out as opposed to keeping them bottled up inside.

I do this sometimes. People generally don't seem to appreciate it but that never stops me.
1063  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 28, 2014, 03:58:15 PM
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Fantasy Life was in large part thanks to Brownie Brown/1-Up Studios, who made Mother 3 (supposedly. They also made a bunch of crap like Magical Starsign and Sword of Mana).

Hey, don't say mean things about Magical Starsign! It may have had some flaws, but it made up for it with a ton of personality :(

And then it took it all out back and shot it with poor pacing and bland dialogue...I'm sorry, but I bought that game for the personality alone and was still left disappointed. :/
1064  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 28, 2014, 02:19:42 PM
Fantasy Life was in large part thanks to Brownie Brown/1-Up Studios, who made Mother 3 (supposedly. They also made a bunch of crap like Magical Starsign and Sword of Mana).

But I think Yokai Watch was entirely Level 5's creation...
1065  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 27, 2014, 03:32:46 PM
Huh. We don't have a dream thread. I might have to fix that tomorrow.

I just want to bring up a random nightmare I had a few years ago. It was really weird, since it was 3 acts:

It was about a huge castle that was turned into a prestigious school and museum. It even had a whole wing that seemed to be a hospital of some sort. The first act of the dream started with the school getting invaded by soldiers dressed in medieval armor equipped with swords, spears, rifles of various kinds, and cannons, all attacking from the east. Most of this act was focused on a boy trying to escape the chaos, first in the school, which was the east wing of the building, and then in the dim, spooky museum in the central building of the castle, where he's stalked by an exceptionally large knight wielding a large broadsword. This part was very intense, like a horror movie, made worse by the empty armors and frequent destruction and sounds of explosions from the invading army, and never knowing where the ominous knight may appear. Eventually the boy is cornered and presumedly captured by the knight, who is revealed to be the general of the invading army.

The second act took place in the west wing of the building, where the hospital was, and centered around a nurse who is also trying to escape the turmoil, but is eventually captured and forced to become the assistant of their chief medical officer, "The surgeon general". She then had to witness and even conduct these bizarre surgeries, often on live patients - all the screaming, all the pleading, al the blood and gore...this part alone would've made it a nightmare I wish I could forget.

By the third act, The nurse eventually outlived her usefulness and is turned into a patient herself, becoming a mindless puppet for the third general, "The Warden", who is keeping the students as prisoners in the dorm in the north wing, presumedly to be used as subjects for the Surgeon's experiements (amusement?). This is where things take an even weirder turn: The Warden is a highly effeminate man with long flowing hair and a mask covering his eyes, and conducting an orgy with the women-turned-puppets, many of whom seemed to be stitched together and still bleeded. Some of them are even strung up in strange, contorted positions, their bodies barely holding together. All the while they have these vacant, slack-jawed stares. This act alone makes me want to puke every time I remember it. The boy from act one has been brought to his private room in the dorms to play witness to his deed, as well as to become his bitch-boy, his body having already been altered, but his intelligence was left intact. His spirit, however, was not so lucky.

I believe I woke up after this, but I think there was supposed to be another act involving a female general in the South Wing, but I don't know what it would've involved. I'm kinda curious, but I think that nightmare was bad enough for one night...
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