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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 06, 2014, 06:54:09 PM
Oh yeah, the Beginning of Bleach was Fantastic. Naruto (as in the first series) was good, but it just doesn't handle the slow moments well, and sometimes its comedy is just way too childish for my tastes. But Bleach...if it was able to follow up the soul society arc in a much better fashion than it did, I think it would've ended up being a classic. The whole Aizen thing was a huge turn-off for me...
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 06, 2014, 06:43:38 PM
Well I don't count that section because it's so heavily scripted. I felt like I might as well have been watching a movie rather than actually playing the game. In fact, it wasn't really playing until you leave to go to Figaro (that submarine castle. That was Figaro, right?) that I felt like I was actually engaged, though I suppose that psuedo-RTS section required some effort...I guess...
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: August 06, 2014, 03:37:41 PM
What was the last Koei-published game that didn't offer dual audio (or at least Japanese audio) at some point?
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 06, 2014, 01:43:04 PM
From my experience, Kids are much more persistant than adults. Persistance =/= patience, though. I think a game for kids should be quick to get into, or at least start off with a bang, like how FF7 starts off with a rather neat dugeon, giving you only a short intro as to who you are and why you're doing it, culminating in a rather gimmicky boss fight and a Super Metroid-like Speed-Backtrack-so-you-don't-blow-up kinda thing. Whereas Final Fantasy 6 spent, like, a half-hour at least before you could actually do anything.

Or like how my first real RPG was the original Final Fantasy that I found on a website. It literally dropped you into the game with barely any info whatsoever, and I knew jack squat as to how to play. Hell, I didn't even know the basics of equipment management, and the NES version didn't tell you much in the shops, IIRC. It was all supposed to be in a manual I didn't have. But I learned. After 3 hours of dying against freakin' Goblins, I learned. I experiemented, I explored, I extrapolated, and I eventually started talking to the townsfolk, which turned out to be much more helpful than I expected...but eventually I beat the first boss and felt like a freakin' champion. I've seen this quite a bit with kids. So long as it isn't boring, they'll keep at things, just because. It's like how some kids could beat Mega Man back in the day. They weren't gonna let the game beat them. If there's a problem, more than likely they'll find some way to solve it, even if it involves searching or asking for a little help.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 06, 2014, 01:20:37 PM
And then there are Manga like Barrage, that get cancelled before they really go anywhere.

Yes, I'm still mad about that.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 05, 2014, 10:49:00 PM
Oh, I remember Justin.tv. It sucked. Good riddance.

Also, I'll admit that Jim's shtick is that he's a consumer advocate, but, well...that's kind of a really good thing, if you ask me. I'm honestly tired of people making excuses for companies, especially when they do things that aren't exactly consumer-friendly. Sure, Jim could be giving more of the other side of the coin, but I think the PR groups will do plenty of that already - seriously, damage control is a big part of their job, so why should someone else do their job for them?

Still, I'm sure that he's said stupid stuff and I highly suggest never taking anybody at face value, let alone a talking head like Sterling. I'm sure you know that already, though. :P Also, I really can't stand his other shtick where he's all "full of himself", especially since it never seems to mesh with the rest of the video from what I've seen.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 05, 2014, 10:14:54 PM
I hate comedies, American comedies especially. I really digged Flight of the Concords.

I'm going to babble on for the rest of the post because.

What little I've seen of The Office was really funny, too. Not sure if I should try watching a full episode or just try watching more clips. I also thought I heard it gets more absurd as the seasons go by.

As far as cartoons are concerned, Futurama is easily the best I've seen, by a country mile. I saw a few episodes of Rick and Morty, and it came the closest to Futurama out of any other cartoon I've seen, but it's still not there yet. I should really see more of that someday, though.

I'll admit that I only know about Parks and Recreation from the Ron Swanson clips I've seen, but that alone warrants its existance in my eyes. Maybe someday I'll check out the series to see how the rest of it is.

Sgt. Frog's English Dub/rewrite was exceptional from what I recall, Momoka-focused episodes aside. I'm not sure if it was just a fluke, though. I tried watching season 3 a couple different times and just couldn't get into it...but when I was in it, it was 52 episodes of almost nonstop laughter. I'll admit a lot of it was pretty childish and it definitely isn't for everyone, but something about it just clicked and I couldn't stop watching. I hadn't felt like that before besides when I found VG Cats (and if you can't tell, I really really like VG Cats).

Gintama and Arakawa Under the Bridge are two of the very very few Japanese comedies I've ever gotten into. They are sheer genius at times, and at the very least consistantly chuckle-worthy. I need to watch more of them, though. I guess I'm still afraid of having "too much of a good thing" and burning out.

Speaking of burning out: DBZ Abridged! Loved this one. I actually just got finished watching it from beginning to end for the 3rd (4th?) time. I think I'm a little addicted since my brain kept talking in the voices of the various characters for 3 days straight. I think it only just stopped. I'm pretty tuckered out, now, though. I need something somewhat serious again...
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 05, 2014, 07:20:57 PM
@the Spoiler, considering it's supposed to be post(Mid?)-apocalyptic, I wouldn't expect anything else. If anything, I'd call that a strength, so long as it's done well enough.

It is less anyone can die(which I am fine with) but rather if you actually have the option to save or let the person die, they are living on borrowed time from that moment on. Characters that were given the option to be killed are 100% sure to die for good before the season is out. It kind of makes you think your choices are irrelevant in the greater scheme of the game. They are of course and that is to be expected with this type of game but it should be hidden from the player.  

Well, yeah, from a purely gameplay perspective, that might seem like a dick move, but I think it would work with the story - they're literally trying to errode your moral, which being in a horrible situation like a zombie apocalypse tends to do. Of course, at some point they have to stop, but without telling you, preferably within the third season, or else it'll lose its impact. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
39  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kantai Collection on: August 05, 2014, 07:09:58 PM
Okay, yeah, "Farwell, Pride" was hilarious, and I haven't even played this game. ^_^;
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 05, 2014, 12:14:53 AM
I actually agree with a lot of what Jim says in the videos I've seen...but than again, I only watch his videos when it's a subject where I'd actually value his opinion.

So basically I've only watched 10 of his videos.
41  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 03, 2014, 06:46:59 PM
Never played these games but maybe you could check out the Heretic series?
And since Bioshock was mentioned, look at System Shock.

Heretic sucked, IIRC. And NO. System Shock is waaay too complicated even for a veteran of then genre, and really damn difficult, too. (well the first one is. I guess the Second one isn't so bad if you know what you're doing)

And as much as I hate Half-Life 2, I will admit it's pretty easy to get into if you're new to the genre.
42  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 03, 2014, 06:35:57 PM
Yay activity!

Angel of Salvation has been as good as expected. Galneryus at it's finest (I guess, kinda got turned onto him just last year so I still have quite a few more tracks of his to go through). Gotta listen to the album a few more times before I can name any favorite tracks...though I have a feeling picking faves will never be easy. ^_^;

Also been plowing through a bunch of Lapfox music. Got through about 20 Mayhem songs. I enjoyed most of it to a degree, but I can't say I have too many that stood out like "Rescue" did, besides "The Sound", which was actually the first Lapfox/Vulpine song I listened to. I guess "Push Every Button", "I Am The Tower", and "He Pukes Based Sharks" were pretty nifty, but there's not much else to say about them. Maybe I'll have more to say once I've relistened to a bunch of them, so I can see which ones grow on me, but I'll save that for another day.

Now I'm going through Furries in a Blender, which I guess is the more upbeat House style. I've only listened to 4 FIAB songs, but I've liked all of them so far. Then again, I love upbeat music, and House is quickly becoming my favorite electronic style. (though I don't listen to electronic in general enough anymore). "Slow Mover" was pretty neat, supposedly more laidback for the style, but still fun to listen to. "Great Expectations (FIAB Remix)" is the first Lapfox remix I listened to...I normally avoid remixes out of principle, but is it really a remix when they're all made by the same guy? =P Anyways, it's kinda long and I guess repetitive, but it made for great backround music while I was doing stuff. "Carbonate" was particularly nice, Might even say it's my favorite of the bunch. A nice ecclectic mix of sounds that came together to make a joyous sound - reminds me of why I listen to electronic music in the first place. It also has a spacey theme going for it (duh). I can really dig that. And lastly we got "Not Candy", which has a sense of danger to it, like it's trying to be a castle or boss theme (which seems to fit its place in the album, The Violet Kingdom). I like it a lot, gets the heart a pumpin'. Definitely gonna have to check out more FIAB songs later.

Oh, and on a more depressing note, I found "Easier to Run" by Linkin Park on my iPod this morning. I didn't even know it was there, must've grabbed it by accident late at night or something. And holy crap is it relevent to my life, especially before I finally got a steady job in April. Every lyric just hits me where it hurts like a freakin' bullet. I mean, that's nothing new for an early-00's Punk rock song, but I feel like it especially hurt with this one, even more than "Adam's Song". It reminded me of how static my life had been, how all I wanted to do was run away from my problems, how bad memories keep haunting me over and over again, and it seemed for a while I just stopped doing things so I would stop getting more memories to torment me...and unlike Mayhem's "Rescue", it offered no hope and no advice, it just laid on the pain with no remorse. This is why I try not to listen to old Linkin Park songs...
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 03, 2014, 05:11:19 PM
A new Sunrise Mecha Anime was announced and I don't even care anymore

44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 03, 2014, 01:43:06 PM
Dragon Warrior on the NES. Every kid's gotta get hazed at some point.

I'm only half-kidding. I can't overstate how much more I enjoyed RPGs after I got through Dragon Warrior than before.

But to be 100% serious...I think most of the good ones are taken. Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, Shining Force, Paper Mario, Lunar, and pretty much all the other serious suggestions are definitely good ideas. The PSP version of Final Fantasy 1 and maybe 4 might be good ones as well.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2014, 01:35:01 PM
@the Spoiler, considering it's supposed to be post(Mid?)-apocalyptic, I wouldn't expect anything else. If anything, I'd call that a strength, so long as it's done well enough.
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