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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 09:43:40 PM
Unfortunately Keyword searches tend to be pretty useless on our system, from my experience. I tried looking for things with it today and it still gave me stuff that wasn't even remotely what I was looking for near the top. Like I said, it's not a very good library.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 08:57:04 PM
Don't be silly, a 2 year has better Japanese than me. In fact, I don't know why I looked for that, I have 4 Japanese learning books at home, including a textbook, a grammar book, and a Dictionary. I meant to look for a Japanese history book, which I couldn't find either...but the History section was confusing...
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 08:47:09 PM
If I'm going to order books, I'll do it on Amazon. When I go to the library, I'm there because I'm looking for something, but not something specific enough to go to a store or website. I'm not going to go out of my way to get something just to try it.

And no, my library doesn't let you use State ID cards. At most, they'll give me another one, which I don't need or want. I have one, I just forgot to bring it. I'll bring it next time.

Also, random thought, but my Library has a lot of video games. Like, over 100 of them. And quite a few are really good. That's shocking to me...

Why do so many people buy books they're only going to read once or twice when they could just as easily get them for free?  Why support a business when you could just as easily (and for no actual money) support a public service?

Because at the rate I go through books, Late fees would be more expensive. :T
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 08:33:23 PM
I know what you mean, Klyde, but to me that's part of Disgaea's charm. I actually Disgaea OST on my iPod for while. I almost never put game music on my iPod...I did eventually take them out and deleted every trace of theme eventually, though. Can only listen to that type of stuff out of context for so long. -_-;

Mickey- I'll be honest, except for the music, I just couldn't get into FF6.  I don't know why.  I mean, it's a great game and I know it's a great game but I just couldn't vibe with it. 

It's like when you go on a date with a girl who's totally your type, but that intangible spark, that "chemistry" just isn't there.  You just can't force that.   

I had that experience with Bravely Default earlier this year.  Objectively speaking it's a great game.  It's everything I loved and should love about classic Square RPGs.  It's the kind of game that's exactly in my wheelhouse.  But somehow, I wasn't gripped by it.  It just didn't cream my Twinkie the right way. 

Go figure, Fire Emblem: Awakening is the complete opposite of "my type," yet I was enthralled by the demo, bought the game, and loved every minute of it.  Yet, Bravely Default, which is "my type" just didn't do it for me. 

Bravely Default was like a "meh" date with a girl who was my type and Fire Emblem: Awakening was an awesome date with a girl who wasn't the type I typically date at all. 


Heh, Bravely Default instantly Clicked with me, but that's because I came in expecting pandering and ended up with genuine fanfare. It's a loveletter to a style I'm personally nowhere near sick of yet. I can assure you you're not the only one it didn't "click" with, though. A lot of people on my BL list complained about having trouble getting into it, often for reasons they couldn't explain. Maybe for some people, that kinda game is better off left in the past?

As for FF6, I'm glad you at least can see the good in it. I for one just found it to be a terrible game by any standards and I still can't figure out what people see in it...the music was all that stood up for me. Oh well, at least there's Youtube.
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 08:08:44 PM
I took a little time to play some more Chrono Cross.  Still have the top-right "Escher room" to do in Fort Dragonia. 

Objectively speaking, Cross is the better game.  Subjectively speaking, I gleaned more visceral enjoyment from Trigger.  Trigger, visually, also aged a LOT better. 

It did, but I'd argue that Cross's soundtrack is better.


Cross's soundtrack is fantastic, except for the standard battle theme.  I feel the same way about Final Fantasy VI's soundtrack- every piece of music is killer, except for the standard battle theme. 


not sure what's not to like (especially since it's a 16 bit game), explain yourself?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx3KNKHLyBc

edit: GAWD, the boss theme just gave me teh goosebumps

http://youtu.be/Qjw35-qkb_s

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT FUCKER CRACK CRACK CRACK!!! annnnnd dissolve....

I'm with Dincrest, the standard battle themes aren't that great compared all the other tracks in either games. FF6's is better than CC's, but it still can't stand up to the likes of Cyan's Theme, Decisive Battle, Terra's Theme, and Dancing Mad. Or really any other song from the track you could pull out. It's music like this that makes me wish I enjoyed other aspects of FF6. =/

EDIT: Why'd you have to bring up that piece, Dinc? My ears can't take the awesomeness. The tears, they won't stop. ;_;

But FF8's Man With a Machinegun is still the best overall, IMO, though by now I've been spoiled by the Distant Worlds II rendition.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 07:50:18 PM
If I'm going to order books, I'll do it on Amazon. When I go to the library, I'm there because I'm looking for something, but not something specific enough to go to a store or website. I'm not going to go out of my way to get something just to try it.

And no, my library doesn't let you use State ID cards. At most, they'll give me another one, which I don't need or want. I have one, I just forgot to bring it. I'll bring it next time.

Also, random thought, but my Library has a lot of video games. Like, over 100 of them. And quite a few are really good. That's shocking to me...
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 07:34:48 PM
I have not played KOTOR but Jade Empire was the closest I ever got besides Mass Effect to getting into a Bioware game. Voice acting wasn't so good, but I've heard worse. Other than that I only had the problems I have with most Western RPGs besides the settings (molasses-slow starts, boring combat, waaay too much text that I wind up feeling bad for skipping, not enough hand-holding after the tutorial for me to figure out how the game plays and what I want to do in it (Though I think Jade was a bit better about that last part than usual))
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
Ugh, I walk all the way to the Library (2.5 miles down a long, windy road with no shoulders and hardly any lights, but plenty of traffic for some stupid reason) in freezing cold weather...and I forgot to bring my library card. And I forgot my notebook so I couldn't write notes either. I really should stop to plan things out more often...now I gotta go back on Thursday and walk all that way again...but this time actually bring stuff. And I'll do it after Lunch so I'm not hungry the whole time. <_<

It's not a great library either. I had trouble finding half-way decent science-related books; they have hardly anything related to foreign languages, let alone Japanese, despite Albany having a growing Japanese population and several schools around here having Japanese Majors.

At least I found a few comic-related teaching books, but the only good one was Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, which I just now decided to buy from Amazon, along with Writing Comics from the same author...they didn't even have much in the way of just normal "how to draw books" except for "How to draw trees" and about a half-dozen "How to Draw Manga" books by Christopher Hart...whose art style looks less "manga" than anything you'd find on DeviantArt...though the Mecha one seemed okay for teaching the basics of Mechanical design. However, I'm a long way from trying my hand at that stuff...and to think, I tried majoring as a draftsman at one point...ugh...
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 08, 2014, 02:52:33 PM
It reminds me a lot of Twilight Princess (probably because of all the twilight), so I'm happy. Mostly I'm just happy to see Zelda with a massive world (finally) and normal controls (again). Now if it can have a lot of fun things to do, a spot of non-linearity, and do all that without forcing me to grind RPG-style except for the occasional Rupee hunt that I'd do anyways, this might just be the console Zelda I've been waiting for.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 02:39:20 PM
Whenever my dog goes to the Vet, I swear I see him in the corner of my eye everywhere around the house. :|
71  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: YAKUZA 5 IS COMING WEST on: December 08, 2014, 02:24:16 PM
It does let them test the water to see how desperate loyal the fans are, so they can see if its worth putting more money towards full releases of later entries. Yakuza hasn't exactly been known to be a popular seller, to put it lightly...
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 07, 2014, 02:21:09 AM
A fighting game has to build itself over time. That's how the best games in the same genre were established, and updates and feedback from players are an important part of that process. Which, in turn, also keeps the business and interest to produce more titles going into the future.

Oh, and since you did extrapolate: I'll agree that there needs to be a foundation to build on, but I feel that all too often we're simply given half-baked products - not just in fighting games, other genres as well, but fighting games get the worst of it. It's one thing if there's some cryptic maneuver that can be exploited with enough practic. It's another thing to have something that a mildly skilled player could easily figure out after roughly 10 minutes of play...Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, despite all its flaws, was a fairly sound foundation for its time. Outside of Fireball spamming (which wouldn't have been that bad if chip damage was lower(...heck, was it even a thing in World Warrior?) and characters could move at a decent clip), there weren't too many problems that wouldn't require a lot of skill and/or creativity. Street Fighter Alpha 1 was crap. My memory's too foggy to go into detail and literally nobody talks enough about Alpha 1 to remind me of some examples, so screw it. I'll just say that this tends to happens to me more often than I'd like, especially with intial iterations. I'm not a hardcore fan of fighting games, so if I can come up with cheap moves/combos very quickly, your game clearly needed more time in the oven, and I do not appreciate the idea of paying to be a beta tester.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 07, 2014, 01:26:58 AM
You're talking as if only casual fans should avoid the first 2 or 3 instalments of a fighting game when a hardcore fan is far more likely to notice the glaring flaws that are pretty much guaranteed to be present. Basically anybody with more than half a brain should avoid them...

You are assuming something I never said.


http://www.siliconera.com/2014/12/06/first-look-street-fighter-v-gameplay/

Yay?  Probably best to not buy the first three editions of it though. :P  (/oldjoke)

If you are not into the genre for real? Sure.

Do you even read what you write anymore?
Let me rephrase that: I don't see what else I was supposed to get from that statement. Perhaps I could've asked for more info, since in retrospect, that was a faily cryptic statement you made there, but I wasn't aware I wasn't getting the right idea of what you were saying, since, based on past experiences and what was said there, it seemed like you were heavily implying that initial iterations are best fit for the hardcore fans. I would appreciate it if you would please simply stick to extrapolate rather than include a cutting remark - I know all too well, from hard personal experience, that such things are pretty much just asking from your point to fall on deaf ears while earning you way more unnecessary troubles than its worth....and again, if you didn't mean for "You are assuming something I never said." to be cutting, then I apologize in advance for misunderstanding your statement once again, but it's just how it made me feel, based on how I'm used to others using such statements.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 09:33:02 PM
@Mickeymac92: You are arguing with yourself there...

You're talking as if only casual fans should avoid the first 2 or 3 instalments of a fighting game when a hardcore fan is far more likely to notice the glaring flaws that are pretty much guaranteed to be present. Basically anybody with more than half a brain should avoid them...
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 03:15:06 PM



I Am EXCITE.

http://www.siliconera.com/2014/12/06/first-look-street-fighter-v-gameplay/

Yay?  Probably best to not buy the first three editions of it though. :P  (/oldjoke)

If you are not into the genre for real? Sure. But is not like RPGs don't get updates too, in fact, for the longest time updates have been a thing in gaming that have been made available in various forms and formats.

No, she's right. Especially for Street Fighter. The first version of any SF is horrendous, and the second is usually only a bit better, but it's only ever by the 3rd or 4th or even 5th iteration that it truly holds up.

Of course, this is coming from someone who will buy every version of Guilty Gear Xrd despite Arc System Works generally being even worse about this (except for Persona 4 Arena, which is the first time since Mark of the Wolves that I found myself saying, "This is a sound game right out of the box!"). =P
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