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1216  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you keep your games or trade after finishing them? on: February 01, 2012, 12:40:56 PM
Chances are if I finished them, it's probably because I liked it a lot, so I usually keep them. Only exceptions were Meteos, Metroid Prime: Hunters, and Kirby 64.
1217  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRW Z2-2 on: January 30, 2012, 08:41:00 AM
I don't know about you, but even the gameplay doesn't really flex my brain muscles the way other SRPGs do. Granted, that's exactly why I like the games so much, besides the fact that I never get tired of the animations and seeing Giant robots kill eachother. It really is style over substance, but IMO, that's kinda the appeal of the games.
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: January 29, 2012, 05:17:53 PM
Play the European version, it's bound to be better.

There is no American Localization. They're just bringing over the European version. I doubt anything will have changed.
1219  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRW Z2-2 on: January 29, 2012, 04:24:13 PM
There's no way you can prove that.

In any case, I'll probably skip on the next few games, I can only take so many SRW games at once.

Yeah, same here. Though My limit's probably much higher than yours, as I've spent months playing, like, 10 different entries in the series at once.
1220  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2012, 01:05:09 PM
I judge a show like I would when I buy dvds. Back before fansubs became popular and all over the place you were limited to reviews and taking a gamble on a purchase.  25 to 30 bucks for 3 or 4 episodes. If the series didn't catch my interest I was not going to buy the next volume. Even slow building shows need something to grab your attention,  and warrant you spending money on them.  Bakemonogatari  and Spice and Wolf are both slow building  wordy series, but both caught my attention in the first episode.

I buy full series (since seriously, $25 for 3 or 4 episodes? I cannot afford that. Less than $50 for a full series is too good of a deal to even entertain the thought of buying individual discs), so I usually like to see things through to the end in order to get my money's worth, even if it doesn't grab me right away.
1221  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.
1222  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)
1223  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.
1224  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.
1225  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).
1226  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?
1227  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.
1228  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.
1229  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.
1230  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.
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