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1126  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2012, 11:53:26 AM
It should not take 13 episodes for a series to get to the point of being worth watching. I usually have a three episode rule.If a series does not do enough to grab my attention in that amount of time I usually drop it

To be quite honest, if I went with a rule like that, I'd miss out on some of my favorite shows, like Gundam and One Piece. All those shows took time to build and got much better as they went along. I always try to finish every show I start, though I'll admit I do tend to be picky when it comes to starting shows. I like to judge the shows I watch thoroughly, and I just can't do that after only a few episodes.
1127  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 anticipations on: January 27, 2012, 08:32:09 PM
RPGs:

Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tales of Graces f
Ni no Kuni
Xenoblade Chronicles
Paper Mario 3D
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Final Fantasy Type-0
Grand Knight History
Growlanser: Wayfarers of Time
Super Robot Taisen 2nd Z-2

Non-RPGs:

Armored Core V
Akai Katana (Maybe)
1128  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 27, 2012, 05:18:30 PM
Can somebody explain to me what is so great about Guilty Crown?  I'm not trolling or anything, but after reading so many positive comments about it I tried to give it a shot and watched a few eps...but I felt completely let down.  It's just another formulaic sci-fi mecha show with a main character who acquires deus ex machina power and otherwise suffers from generic shounen protagonist syndrome.  I tried to give the show a decent chance so I watched like four episodes but in the end I really couldn't care at all about any of the characters.  And the actual action was uninspired and predictable.  And the overarching storyline is just...stupid.

But I hear so many people going on about how great this show is...I don't get.

I've heard similar descriptions from people who liked the show, albeit painted in a more positive light, so it's probably down to tastes. It'd be like me asking "what's so great about Sailor Moon", or, for something you could actually relate to, "what's so great about Final Fantasy 6" - no matter what way you describe it to me, it's probably not gonna appeal to me because we just have completely different tastes.

Another way to look at it--and this seems to be the way I've (unconsciously) approached the show--is that you don't always want something trying to revolutionize a genre. Tropes are tropes because they work, and sometimes you just want something that works. This is probably part of the reason why, say, the Tales games are so popular. They don't really do much in the way of "New Thing", but you still might get a good experience out of it.

I'm enjoying Guilty Crown. I may not try to argue that it's the best show of this or last season, but I'm still just enjoying it, tropes and cliches and all.

You bring up a good point. For instance, I really enjoy "generic" shounen protagonists, since they're usually pretty brave, and while they're usually not very smart, they make up for it by having a lot of heart. That's something I can highly respect.

EDIT:

I just heard from a friend that the second season (episode 13 on) is supposed to be better. You might want to keep at it, Kevadu, you might end up liking it later on.
1129  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 27, 2012, 03:35:15 PM
Can somebody explain to me what is so great about Guilty Crown?  I'm not trolling or anything, but after reading so many positive comments about it I tried to give it a shot and watched a few eps...but I felt completely let down.  It's just another formulaic sci-fi mecha show with a main character who acquires deus ex machina power and otherwise suffers from generic shounen protagonist syndrome.  I tried to give the show a decent chance so I watched like four episodes but in the end I really couldn't care at all about any of the characters.  And the actual action was uninspired and predictable.  And the overarching storyline is just...stupid.

But I hear so many people going on about how great this show is...I don't get.

I've heard similar descriptions from people who liked the show, albeit painted in a more positive light, so it's probably down to tastes. It'd be like me asking "what's so great about Sailor Moon", or, for something you could actually relate to, "what's so great about Final Fantasy 6" - no matter what way you describe it to me, it's probably not gonna appeal to me because we just have completely different tastes.
1130  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play/? on: January 27, 2012, 12:54:08 PM
I will pretend you mean how much total time and not per sitting, to differentiate from an existing topic.

As will I, mostly to save myself from saying the same thing over again.

I usually quit a game after a few hours unless I'm really into it, and even then, I usually quit after the 40 or 50 hour mark, unless it's a non-RPG, in which case I quit before the 20 hour mark. The first one really annoys me, but I've come to justify it as me simply trying the game out so I'll know if it's any good once I decide to give it a proper go (which almost never happens).
1131  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: January 26, 2012, 10:28:52 PM
Am I the only one who finds this exceptionally hilarious?
1132  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 25, 2012, 12:21:15 AM
Just a note, but it seems that other sites have stepped up their game now that Megaupload was taken down. I've been to 10 different sites, and all of them have begun heavily removing their illegal content, and at least 4 of them have disabled filesharing. This seems to have had a bigger impact than I originally thought.
1133  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 24, 2012, 07:32:18 PM
I second all of Klyde's recommendations, and most of them should be on Hulu and Netflix, though I'm not sure how much is Streamed on Netflix.

Now I just need to figure out what to watch next...do I finish Angel Beat or The Third? Or do I start up Baccano! or Trigun?

Finish Angel Beats if you at all enjoyed what you've seen. Very good pay off, emotionally speaking.

Between Trigun and Baccano!... Tough call. Both are amazing, but Trigun is much more traditional from a storytelling standpoint. Baccano! on the otherhand can be difficult to follow if you don't adapt well to the... uniqueness.

Speaking personally, I would likely suggest Trigun just a little bit more highly, but it's very close. Vash's attitude can also grate on you early on.

Thanks. I'll probably go for Angel Beats as my 99th Complete, then I'll watch Victory Gundam. As for Baccano, I'll try it once I've finished those other two, but I have a strong feeling it may not be my cup of tea. I'll go for Trigun after that. I already have Trigun coming in the mail.

Until then, I just got 3 more episodes of Hunter X Hunter until I'm caught up, and then I gotta get caught up in Gundam AGE.
1134  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX on: January 24, 2012, 07:24:44 PM
But in FFIX you could learn the skills, whereas in FFX you couldn't.

True, but I'd actually prefer it when you don't learn the skill because then it makes it seem less pointless to me.
I don't see how, most of the skills you get in FFIX are really useful.

Perhaps pointless was the wrong word, but I still prefer FFX's style as it means there's a point to keeping most of your weapons, so you can switch them out when you need them. In FFIX it just means grinding with lesser weapons until you get the skill.
1135  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX on: January 24, 2012, 07:13:45 PM
But in FFIX you could learn the skills, whereas in FFX you couldn't.

True, but I'd actually prefer it when you don't learn the skill because then it makes it seem less pointless to me.
1136  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Armored Core V on: January 24, 2012, 07:07:37 PM
It comes out in March and there's no topic for it yet?

Anyways, I just played the Japanese demo for it and loved it. I'll post impressions once I've finished my second run through of the demo mission.

Until then, here's the Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armored_Core_V

The Japanese website, which features some trailers: http://www.armoredcore.net/acv/

And here's a video featuring Overed Weapons and Huge Mechanic Battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lGAPApvXb0
1137  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX on: January 24, 2012, 06:55:57 PM
I think if your avatar could go 2 seconds without freezing, that would be a real achievement (sorry, but it's a slide show for me right now and it's starting to get on my nerves).

OT: FFIX is middle of the road for me. I love the story and characters, but I disliked the gameplay. It's too slow, and I don't like how skills are attached to weapons (which FFX did much better IMO, since you can switch out weapons whenever you want).
1138  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 24, 2012, 06:46:47 PM
As much as it sucks, it's still illegal and you can't really justify it.

Anyways, to completely contradict myself, I must say, I'm more beefed about the fact that they took Megavideo down, too. I used to use that for all my anime needs, since it had the best video quality and a great interface, and I absolutely refuse to use other mirrors, so now I gotta download...but they took down Megaupload, so now I'll have to use *shudders* torrents...

Jesus Christ, this was far more effective at at least getting me to go the legal route than SOPA ever would've been.=P
1139  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 22, 2012, 10:40:54 PM
I wonder if something like a .hack// MMO would be out.  Like, a proper one, the stupid visor they wear and everything.

we can dream...

Man the orphanage/amnesia stuff was probably one of the least egregiously dumb things about FFVIII, I think people just cling to it because most of the dumber stuff is just too incoherent to be memorable.

Here let me list stuff (Also keep in mind that I didn't like FFVIII because the gameplay was too easy to be engaging on any level, I just want to note things):

- Squall gets impaled by giant ice cone. He is later fine and this is never discussed again.

- Furry animals that evolve from Shumi help Squall break out of prison if he decides he hates his life because his blood smells like Laguna's.

- Everything involving NORG.

- Quistis' death at the missile base. Or rather the complete ass-pull deus ex machina they get it out of her with.

- Quistis ceasing to exist as a character past disc 1. It's like goddamn why not just kill her? It's not like she actually TALKED after the missile base.

- Why does Esthar even exist?

- Everything about Ultimecia.

- Actually pretty much everything on Disc 3 and onwards.

The main issue I have with basically all of these little... nonsensical points is that instead of just being random things that don't further the plot, they actually serve to retract any sort of meaningful development or growth in the characters. None of the characters are ever in a situation where they're forced to make difficult or meaningful decisions because there's always some deus ex machina or external thing that'll make it not matter.

But as I said, the worst part is Squall and Rinoa's relationship. It's completely fucked, steeped in codependence, and emotional brokeness, which wouldn't be a problem if the story was about how their relationship wasn't even remotely health, but it's not. It's glorifying it.

FFVIII is Twilight in JRPG form.

There's actually a lot of weird things that happened in the game from what I remember, other than what you listed, which to me made it more entertaining in a way. Granted, I used to play the game at 3 in the morning and I start getting like I'm drunk when I'm up that late. While I don't remember much about the game, I do remember my reactions.XD Good times...=)
1140  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play an RPG for in one sitting on: January 22, 2012, 06:24:11 PM
I usually play between 30 minutes and 2 hours, ocassionally stretching it to 3 hours if it's really engrossing. The only recorded exceptions to that are Shining Force and Final Fantasy 6, which I played for 5 hours each on my initial session, and Etrian Odyssey and The Dark Spire, which I played for 6 hours each. Obviously quality does not play a factor in the length of my play sessions. The longest I ever played a game was when I made a bet with my friend that I could play and beat Dragon Warrior in one night. I started at 7 PM and played it non-stop until I got to the final dungeon at 7 AM, when I finally passed out.
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