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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 20, 2016, 02:26:42 PM
And I just finished Birthright. I found the narrative a bit more interesting than Conquest's, but still pretty weak. I have to admit, Conquest was a little too hard and Birthright is a little too easy. I'm hoping Revelation will be a nice middle ground. I did find the maps to be overall more enjoyable than those in Conquest though since it allowed me to be creative with my tactics where Conquest often forced me into specific tactics given its difficulty. I also liked the characters more in Birthright.

I'm going on vacation starting tomorrow, so I probably won't get to Revelation until I get back. Hopefully I'm able to finish it before my wife and I move to Arizona.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The great pet thread on: June 20, 2016, 10:27:16 AM
It's been a while since we've had a pet thread!

Unfortunately, both of my dogs passed away three years ago and I've yet to get another. That said, my wife and I are planning on getting a dog when we move to Arizona in August!

For now, I still have two cats though they both live with my dad in Utah. Here's Jerry:



And here's Junior:



Jerry is a ham. He craves attention like an addict craves drugs. My wife and I were sitting outside last July and he jumped up onto her craving attention. Not pictured is the moment he tried to push the phone out of her hand hoping she'd pet him with both.

Junior loves being a cat. He spends most of his time hunting mice, birds, voles and gophers, and he couldn't be happier doing just that. He's skittish around people he doesn't know, and he hates being indoors. He took to my wife pretty quickly despite being skittish.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 20, 2016, 10:02:22 AM
I finished up most of the main story in Arkham Knight. I just need to track down one more most wanted criminal in order to get the ending if what the game told me is correct. If not, then that means I have to collect Riddler trophies. I came close but didn't quite finish getting them in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but I just don't have the time nor the energy to track them all down this time. I'll YouTube the ending if that's the case.

So I just need to clear out one or two more checkpoints and then I guess I'll be in a position to finish off the new militia leader.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 14, 2016, 02:35:40 PM
Nintendo has basically validated RPGFan's coverage of Zelda by making this game.

I was thinking the same thing. This looks like the most RPG-ish Zelda game since AoL.
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 14, 2016, 09:09:06 AM
I'm not sure why I have this impression of the Sword of Truth series, maybe I looked into the series years ago and all I remember is this: it felt like the author basically saw that the fantasy genre was potentially lucrative and started churning out lengthy novels to cash in on the fantasy genre's popularity. The books didn't seem to have much depth and it didn't seem like he was writing them with an overarching purpose or goal in mind.

That's my two cents anyway.
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 13, 2016, 10:28:05 AM
Alright, the last post where I review the series as a whole is up on my blog. It includes the tl;dr, which I updated slightly. It's mostly the same as the above post still.

Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-conclusion/

I want to keep talking overlong fantasy... Have you read any other long ass fantasy series? Sword of Truth?

Not really. For some reason, Sword of Truth has never really appealed to me at all. I can't really pin down why. I'm planning on checking out others in the future. I was hoping to get to Game of Thrones and Stormlight Archive in the near future, but they may have to wait as I'm starting a PhD this Fall and I won't have much time for recreational reading (or anything for that matter).
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 09, 2016, 10:24:05 AM
I finished grinding the supports in Birthright. I just need to wrap up two more paralogues and then I'll have all the children. Most have turned out pretty alright. A few turned out not awesome, but that's mostly because their mothers and fathers were leftover units that I don't use. Case in point: Hisame. Hana seems to be the the better Samurai if a tad fragile, so I didn't use Hinata. By the time I was ready to marry him off, the only two units I had left to support him were Setsuna and Felicia. I opted for Setsuna, so Hisame ended up with high speed and skill (which is good), but he's even more fragile defensively than Hana and without her strength. Oh well.

Once I finish up the paralogues, I'll be back on track with chapter 18. Hopefully I'll get some more Master Seals, because dang, I have a lot of units sitting at level 20 unpromoted.
8  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 07, 2016, 10:55:40 AM
I think Sony's probably actually going to spend some time on The Last Guardian now that the devs are actually talking about it again, though we might get a long runner for the closer (like Legend of Dragoon 2 lol).

LOL! If that happened I would totally play it though because it was just that crazy that it happened. Especially if we get another hilariously bad commercial like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEs2OlW25Ao
9  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 07, 2016, 10:52:03 AM

Oh man, I remember playing that game. It really wasn't that great, but when your parents won't let you play Mortal Kombat or Killer Instinct, I guess we take what we can get.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 07, 2016, 10:51:04 AM
Just grinding out relationships in Birthright. I told a friend of mine this when he asked where I was at currently. He doesn't play FE, so he said that "grinding out relationships" sounds either dirty or sadistic.

...Anyway, I have several of the children characters and some of them look like they've turned out nice. I can't tell completely though because I still have no master seals!
11  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: June 06, 2016, 03:31:06 PM
It really does look terrible. I may try to play a demo or something if I can before giving a final judgement, but it looks awful.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 02, 2016, 10:54:13 AM
Still at chapter 16 of Birthright, but I've been doing paralogues. I have Kana and Sophie. In Conquest, my Corrin was pretty great, and so I didn't use Kana. My Corrin kind of sucks this time around and Kana is actually better. Unfortunately I don't really need two dragon units and since Corrin is required I may have to let Kana go again. On the bright side, even if my Corrin kind of sucks, she can use staves promoted in Birthright and her magic is somehow pretty decent. So I can definitely use her as a secondary healing unit.

Just got Sophie and since I just promoted Silas it's hard to compare her stats. I'm going to get her up to level 20 and compare stats. Perhaps I could even use her as a Great Knight as I'm lacking a real tank.

I'm now doing Midori's paralogue. Her mother is Hana so she should be fast. Speaking of Hana, I really like her as a unit but this stupid game's wacky hit calculations are screwing her over. Otherwise she'd be an excellent evasion tank. Instead I have to watch her very closely around physical attackers. This morning I had her up against two axe users that both had a 7% chance to hit her. Both hit, and she died. Still not as bad as Kana getting OHKO'd by a critical when the critical hit rate showed 0%, but still annoying.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm out of Master Seals. I liked that Conquest gave you Offspring Seals, but now I have to buy Master Seals for the kids if I want to promote them. I assume the difference is because IS figured you can grind money and experience, so you can buy the seals, but what if you don't want to do that? Sigh. Plus, only a limited number of seals are actually in the shop so even if I have the money (which I do) I can't buy them anyway. Still better than having to find them in chests or steal them off enemies, but why couldn't they just give out an Offspring Seal like in Conquest? Sigh again.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: May 31, 2016, 02:58:17 PM
I just meant that Akira is definitely not a kid's cartoon, and Pokemon is.

And not everybody here were kids when Pokemon started/became accessible through their cable/satellite provider.

Besides, I can forgive someone for not wanting anything to do with Pokemon after that horrible Season 2/Orange League bullshit.

Also, you weren't a kid in the 90s unless you were finding tentacle porn on the kidz video shelf at your local movie rental joint.

I was fourteen when Pokemon began airing in the US and I watched that first season. I honestly found the first season to be really good. I was still in the habit of watching Saturday morning cartoons back then even if I didn't really care for most of them by that point in my life. Pokemon came on and I enjoyed it enough to keep watching through that first season. I agree, though, that as soon as the Orange League nonsense started in season 2 I stopped watching. I discovered DBZ shortly afterward when I was channel surfing and wondering what on Earth a show with that title could be about. Honestly, the only reason I gave it a chance was -- since I didn't really understand what anime was back then -- I thought the art resembled Pokemon. If not for that, I'd probably never have gotten into anime and manga like I did.

After doing some digging I see that OoT came out in November of 1998 and I'm pretty sure I was already watching Pokemon and DBZ by then. That means I would've seen Akira likely in December 1998 or early in 1999, so it wasn't my first anime experience.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 31, 2016, 02:44:33 PM
Paired off Silas and Corrin in Fates today, so now I have to go rescue Kana and Sophie. I've been surprised by Silas. Either he wasn't well suited for the enemy types in Conquest, or he was RNG raped in my game. He turned out to be less than useful in Conquest, but he's turned into a powerhouse in Birthright. Hopefully this means that Kana and Sophie will be more useful to me this time.

In terms of story development, I finished chapter 15 this morning. Poor wolfies. I'm going to get to chapter 18 or 19 before I start grinding supports out for the rest of my team. Hopefully I'll be able to get some other characters paired off before then so my grind time won't be as long.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: May 31, 2016, 11:46:10 AM
It was probably Pokemon for me as well. I'd probably seen some other anime prior to that, but didn't know it was anime. After Pokemon it was DBZ, and that is what turned me onto anime completely. I followed DBZ religiously for several years in the late 90s and early 00s until the series ended on Toonami.

It is possible I saw Akira before I started watching Pokemon, but I don't know for sure. It was somewhere in that time frame because I remember seeing it after playing Ocarina of Time at a friend's house.
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