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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 19, 2014, 10:15:15 AM
Only accomplished a few things in Majora's Mask last night. I completed the Great Bay Spider House, got a bottle from the beavers, and rounded up a few pieces of heart. I'm debating whether or not I should keep side questing right now, or if I should go complete the Great Bay Temple.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 18, 2014, 01:31:02 PM
I played through the Pirate's Fortress in Majora's Mask yesterday and saved the eggs. Really glad to have the Hookshot now so that I can do some of the sidequests. Namely the Skulltula houses and Anju and Kafei's story (shoot me if I screw up in Sakon's hideout). So I'll do those things and maybe scrounge around for some Pieces of Heart since I really, really hate the boss of the Great Bay Temple. Oh, I'll also need some more bottles now since the Zora Mask is a magic meter hog.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 17, 2014, 02:47:36 AM
Made it through the Snowhead Temple in Majora's Mask. One thing that is nice considering I have only played through MM twice previous to this play through is that I'm not very familiar with the dungeons. There are a few things here and there that I remember about them, but for the most part it is like a new dungeon to me, and it makes the game feel very fresh as compared to Ocarina of Time since I have all those dungeons basically memorized.

After the Snowhead Temple I upgraded my sword to the Gilded Sword, and helped out Romani and Cremia on the ranch. I also got a few miscellaneous masks. Mostly I just wanted the Bunny Hood because it is glorious, but I picked up a few others along the way.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 11:51:31 AM
All the news about Majora's Mask 3DS has made me want to play Majora's Mask. So I started a new game last night. I played all the way through the Swamp Temple and did a few things afterward. It was enjoyable, though I should have saved before going into the Temple and started over with the full three days as I didn't have much time left to do post-dungeon stuff after I finished the dungeon. So I ended up fighting Odolwa twice. I'm glad they're revamping him, because that boss fight is so broken. I pretty much just ran into his legs with the Deku Scrub spin attack to disrupt his patterns, hurried and then hurried and took it off to get a few slashes in on his legs. It was easy, and annoying.

I do still very much like the atmosphere, and I love the Bomber's Notebook.
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 12, 2014, 01:24:27 AM
Finished the Wheel of Time books written solely by Robert Jordan, and will break from the series to reread the Hunger Games books in preparation for the release of Part One of Mockingjay. Generally liked the WoT books better than when I previously read them thanks in part to upping the font size on my Kindle App, but I still feel the series could have been several books shorter.

I'm currently reading The Shadow Rising (WoT #4) myself. While I've enjoyed the series well enough, I didn't think it was anything really great until just today. It just feels like some of the questions raised in the first three books are finally getting answered (even though more questions are being asked), and like the overall series plot is finally progressing. The pacing still isn't great though. I think that Jordan could have left a lot of an individual characters thoughts and feelings to the imagination. I really don't need to read another paragraph about a woman complaining about the stubbornness of men or a man complaining about crazy unreasonable women. I get that the nature of the society probably set this dichotomy up, and I'm cool with it being there, but I kind of want to punch the characters in the face when they start ranting about the opposite sex.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 11, 2014, 11:38:39 AM
I haven't watched Castle all season because, well, ouch. It started to not be as good last season, and I was even more discouraged by this season's premiere. I watched it last night because of a certain wedding finally taking place. It was underwhelming. Something fans have been waiting for a long time to happen, and the wedding occupies a whole five minutes (tops) at the very end of the episode. It's so sad when your favorite shows start getting silly and bad and they just keep going, and going, and going and...
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: November 09, 2014, 11:11:50 PM
Wow, I'm speechless. That trailer was hilarious. I'll play a game with a political world as messed up as this one's appears to be, haha!

The gameplay looks pretty fun too. I have a feeling I'm going to get addicted to it like I did Valkyria Chronicles.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 08, 2014, 02:40:37 AM
Alright! Fess up. Which among you are the wise guys? Eh.
...how would the people ignoring you know that you asked them to fess up?  I guess they know now, since I quoted you and they can read that.  Unless they ignore me too.  Damn.  I may have blown my own mind.  I need to lie down a bit....

Just as planed!


You mean like this:


Sorry, couldn't help myself!
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 08, 2014, 02:32:32 AM
I'm sure a lot can be said with Naruto FINALLY finishing.... I'll just say Naruto's a dilf....Mmm hmm.

I'm so glad it finally ended! Even though the series slumped since pretty much the end of the first arc after the time gap, it was still great before then and I remember being way too excited to read it every month/week. I dislike how manga epilogues always seem so rushed though. You'd think that after 700 chapters they could take a few chapters to give readers a well developed ending rather than a "here they are now!" snapshot. I guess I can hope the new movie will fill in some of that missing information.

Now we just need to get Bleach over with...grumble, grumble.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: November 06, 2014, 11:42:53 AM
Am I the only person on this board who found the Inverted Song of Time, or at least noted that time doesn't advance on the Inventory Screen?

What?! You mean time actually stops when you pause the game?! What kind of madness is this?! I'm shocked.

In all seriousness, I actually did pause the game and turn the TV off for a few hours while I did other things with frequency both times I played MM. It was just still annoying that I actually had to do that in dungeons, or when I was not able to access an Owl statue to temp save. Sleep mode will be a definite boon, and they may come up with some other means of temp saving like allowing you to temp save anywhere and anytime and making the owl statues only a means of teleportation (that would be nice actually). It's just that the save system as it stands is counter-intuitive to its portability.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: November 05, 2014, 06:25:57 PM
I want to be excited. I really do. I do think it is a great game, but it is just such a commitment because of the save system. And I'm not sure that I have the time or the energy for that commitment. I suppose that sleep mode would help, and maybe they can tweak the save system a bit (though that may be difficult since it is also an integral part of the story). I guess I'll wait and see what other details there are before I say yea or nay.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 05, 2014, 12:04:05 PM
I'm almost done with Demon's Crest, but I need to do this stupid headbutting mini-game in order to get the best ending, and it's sooo hard...it's like waka-mole, but you have to jump, and there's a delay every time you try to whack that you have to account for, but 1/10th of a second can mean the difference between making contact and being just off...ugh...guess I'll focus on Lost Odyssey for now...

I hated the head butting mini-game! That thing is the worst! I don't know if I've ever been as frustrated in a video game as I was when trying to do that. I even stopped playing for a few weeks because I was so frustrated and mad. I did accomplish it once, but I think I used cheats on subsequent playthroughs.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 05, 2014, 12:00:56 PM
That new demo is pretty mind boggling, I have to say. This game keeps looking better and better. I loved the part where the bull like thing started chasing the guy, that was a great little touch.
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: November 04, 2014, 02:12:29 PM
Might No. Bass  ....Um Zero.  No, not that "Zero", but 0?  Arghghgh, they knew what they were doing.


And here's a link to an article of deets on not-Black GetterBassZero. At least they were kind enough to break down the numbers.

Jesus... This is if not THE then one of the most successful Kickstarters ever and they still want money when the game isn't even out or complete?  Yikes.  Inafune has more Capcom in him than maybe we gave him credit for. :P

Granted this does seem to be more than just a small "basement project", so I wish them the best... But still, maybe release a demo then talk more numhers.

Agreed. I'd like the game to just get released. If it's going to be DLC then why not get the game itself finished and then Kickstart more money for the DLC?

From what I've been hearing, it seems more like a case of part of the dev process got done early and somebody on that part of the dev team had an idea for something, and now the team is basically asking if the backers and other people looking for a way to contribute if they should add this while the iron's hot or should they not bother. The reason for asking for money is most likely due to the fact that it takes time and money to add, implement or alter stuff in a game. Kinda like how localizations are done by professional teams (most of the time), this is not something they do for free but have to pay their employees for the manhours to go back into the code and alter it to switch out the text of one language for another and to make sure that it doesn't break the game in the process, in addition to the tools and other overhead costs to do this in and in general respectfully.

The reason why they're doing this as a first-day DLC is because they're dealing with a property that hasn't hit the shelves, may or may not get a sequel and is being made in conjunction with another team that'll have bigger and better things to work on as soon as this thing gets done (like a sequel to Azure Striker Gunvolt, Gungal or something).

The key thing here is the question "Has the release date for this game been altered since the news of this new request dropped?". And besides, they're only asking for money for this particular thing. They're not saying "Give us the money or you're not getting the game at all!".

The tl;dr is that if you don't like this proposition (and how can anyone not like the idea of a character so blatantly copied from the preceding series' that he's even roughly named the same (Rei = 0 in Japan; guess what Ray sounds like)), then don't back it. Simple as that.

I like the proposition, I would just like the game to be released in lieu of waiting for DLC. I understand that they may want to hold off the release so that they can allocate the work hours to make the DLC a reality, but they could also likely fund the development of the DLC through sales revenue if they were to release the game as well as possibly recuperate a good portion of that money (if not all) back through DLC sales. And since the Kickstarter should have covered all of the upfront overhead costs of development, the game should be profitable right from the get-go (assuming they don't have to use profits from the game's sales to pay for the Kickstarter rewards, which I would assume they shouldn't).

I work in production. I essentially live and breathe P&Ls for 40 hours a week and I decided to crunch some numbers. If they were to sell the game for $14.99 (This is just a guess though the Kickstarter seems to imply the game could retail for as much as $20.), they would only need to sell 12,675 "units" in order to have enough money to fund the DLC. Now recovering the development cost of the DLC is questionable, since we don't know how many units will sell, much less how many people who buy the game will also purchase DLC. Hypothetically, if the game sold 100,000 units, and the DLC is $5, then only 38,000 of those who purchased the game would need to purchase the DLC in order to recuperate the development cost of the DLC.

Obviously, I don't work for Comcept, but on a basic level, it would seem that this could work. My guess is that Comcept is hoping to be able to generate as much profit as they can from this game in order to become self sufficient in their future projects, which makes sense.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 04, 2014, 01:17:38 PM
I think the Rainbow Club members were people who had been around a while who were particularly loved by the community for their sarcasm, wit, and in many cases, their inflammatory and offensive awesomeness. D-Rider being the member who is most active today. I haven't been in RPGFan IRC in a really long time, but I seem to remember they were pretty active there and that at least a few of them joined me in spamming Tedius Zanarukando's boards years ago (I know at least Vil and Dade took part in that).

The stats are a pretty cool feature. 1UP.com did feature the site in the article back in 2010, but that doesn't account for the new member spike in 2009. Though to be fair the boards were thriving period back then. I usually logged on multiple times a day then and still struggled to keep up with all the posts and topics.

EDIT: It also seems like there were a lot more bannings happening prior to this iteration of the boards. It's too bad the previous iterations were lost, because the flame wars back then were insane and usually ended in a new member being humiliated and then banned (and I admittedly took part in many of those). The editors made a concerted effort to put a stop to the flame wars and make the place more open to new members and I think that it's reflected in the small number of banned members you see in the member list.
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