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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: Today at 01:48:38 PM
Given the running gag of "puff-puff" in the DQ series and the blatant (if usually humorous) objectification of women in DQVIII, I'd be very surprised if the protagonist is indeed a woman. Though it would be a pleasant and welcome surprise if it turns out to be true particularly because the character design is quite nearly universally different from typical women designs in video games. It would be cool to play as a tough, courageous heroine whose breasts aren't about to burst through her clothes/armor.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: Today at 12:16:33 PM

It looks great! I'll likely go ahead and buy a PS4 for this title. While I love the novelty of the 2D sprites on the lower screen of the 3DS, I'd rather have the full, HD visuals mostly because I was a sucker for DQVIII's overworld design. A likely even bigger world, and with more vibrancy and detail to boot is a no-brainer for me.

Can't wait for more details!
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 27, 2015, 01:02:51 PM
The early 90s were a great time for cartoons, but by the late 90s, most of the good cartoons on network TV were drying up and getting replaced by anime. Most of the good cartoons were on cable by that time and I'd argue stayed that way for a good chunk of the 2000s. One notable exception is the 2003 Ninja Turtles series, which was quite good even if it faltered in later seasons.

I'd say the period between approximately 1987 (with the start of Duck Tales) and ending in 1998 (with the end of Animaniacs) was the best for cartoons. They still had some of the 80s wackiness throughout that period, but were also becoming more serial in their storytelling, and began exploring darker territory with the likes of Batman: ToS and Gargoyles. It also saw the rise of the first computer generated cartoons in Reboot and Beast Wars. I'm not saying the 2000s and beyond aren't/weren't good, they just don't seem as groundbreaking as the cartoons of the late 80s and most of the 90s did.

EDIT: Also, since I think it is worth mentioning that cartoons for cartoons sake on network TV died last year when Toonzai was cancelled. Aside from a B Daman show and Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, everything was reruns of anime that aired in the late 90s and early 2000s, but it was still sad to see the death of network cartoons. There still are cartoons on network TV, but they're all educational shows.
4  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 27, 2015, 12:48:20 PM
I still typically glance at the main site. But since I don't play games nearly as much as I used to, and few of them RPGs, I don't typically spend a whole lot of time there and go to the boards.

If you wouldn't mind helping us out further, would you mind telling us, additionally (your feedback would be extremely appreciated here, and I won't be forgetting your answers ^,^ ):

1. When you "glance" at the main site, what kind / type / etc. of things would interest you enough to click into them from the main site? This can be anything. It does NOT even have to "exist" currently on RPGFan.com.

2. What type of games / titles do you currently play that are RPGS?

3. What are a few genres / titles do you currently play that are not RPGs?

Usually, I'm mostly interested in news of established series I played frequently when I used to play more. Zelda, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, etc. When a new series or standalone game piques my interest, I will usually check the reviews here before purchasing.

I still play the established RPG series mentioned above when new games are released.

Most recently it has been Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros. I love Hyrule Warriors, and will most likely play Dragon Quest Heroes when it's released.
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 13, 2015, 02:21:56 PM
I finished Outcast of Redwall yesterday. I had high hopes for this one to see how Jacques would work with the vermin character being raised by the Redwallers. Unfortunately, I don't think he did a good job of it. The character isn't sympathetic at all, so it is hard to feel sorry for him. I won't say more than that because of spoilers. I did love everything that had to do with Sunflash and Swartt though. If it weren't for the disappointment of Veil, then this probably would have been one of my favorite Redwall books.

I'm going on vacation (and getting married!) starting tomorrow and will be gone for two weeks. I wanted to keep my reading on the light side for the planes and any downtime I may have, so I decided on Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. The premise sounds like a YA version of Mistborn in a lot of ways, so we'll see what happens. The first 20 or so pages were quite intense though so here's hoping it stays that way throughout.

When I finish Steelheart, I'll get back to the Icelandic sagas.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 13, 2015, 02:10:25 PM
My Channel (Shitty Cover art and all, shh it's a placeholder) = (Clicky!)

You know i make graphic thingies from time to time... :P

But good!  I suck nut at these games, and some are just hard to find... I will play vicariously though you!
Otherwise I look forward to it!  I'm subscribed and watching as we speak!

This is probably the hardest one to find out of all the western released games (mostly due to being released late in the GameCube's life and the series still being relatively niche since it had yet to embrace the waifus/husbandos).

That said, this was (and perhaps still is) the best FE game released in the west at the time (or to date; though Fates is pretty keenly set up to take that crown either way) and a return to form of sorts over the more mechanically shallower GBA era games (namely due to the return of Skills, the improved Supports system (one that I really wish they'd reimplement since you didn't have to fuss over keeping certain characters joined at the hip), the start of the end of the Weapon Weight mechanic and the return of items that influenced stat growth (not that they do that much and you need to be in NG+ to use them anyways (you are playing this on NG+ Star? Aren't you?))).

Anyways, here's hoping you stick to this one (though admittedly, I haven't made much progress in WA2 in a while either) Mongoose. Also, I dare you to make use of Lucia on every available chapter after you recruit her (or failing that, get Ilyana to 20/20 and use Rexbolt).

Agreed. Path of Radiance is excellent in terms of story, gameplay, and characters. The only real criticism most people had was that the battle animations were pretty boring and repetitive.

I unfortunately won't be able to watch your all of your playthrough, but I'll watch when I'm able since I haven't played this one probably since Radiant Dawn was released.
7  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 09, 2015, 01:24:14 PM
I still typically glance at the main site. But since I don't play games nearly as much as I used to, and few of them RPGs, I don't typically spend a whole lot of time there and go to the boards.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 09, 2015, 01:17:47 PM
So it's basically Minecraft DQ style with a vague story. I'd maybe check it out since DQ has such a charming (if repetitive) art style thanks to Toriyama.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 09, 2015, 01:12:58 PM
Went to see Inside Out a few nights ago. I found it pretty enjoyable and often funny with plenty of touching moments. I loved the vibrancy of the colors, and the inner world of the mind setup. It allowed for a lot of creativity.

But I don't know. It just didn't seem as interesting narratively as other Pixar movies. I guess because it was formulaic in the fact that a kid moves to a new place and acts emo.

My favorite parts though were when you get to see inside the emotions of other people (plus the little bonuses of the dogs and cats at the end). I loved the bits with the dad's emotions, and the pre-teen boy at the end especially.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 06, 2015, 11:58:03 AM
But the first that came to my mind was the "nu" He-Man (the 2002-2003 one) was nixed too soon.  It never finished its second season (so it's left hanging) and the third season was slated to resolve a huge plot thread.  I understand why it was nixed (slow toy sales and low ratings), but that's really too bad because it was a darn good show.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the crap out of cheeseball campy 1980s He-Man (because it's nostalgia and my childhood), but the 2002-2003 He-Man was a very good re-imagining of the concept, had stronger storylines, less camp, and provided much-needed backstories on several characters with much improved character designs.  (on a completely unrelated note, I couldn't quite get into "nu" Thundercats.  Maybe I'll give it another change, but man I was NOT feeling nu Cheetara's design.

Huge agree! I loved that show, and was so bummed when it was cancelled. I rewatched it a few years ago and it still holds up quite well.

"Selfie", ruined by a shite title was a gem that was really shining just as it was given up on.  Particularly rare, was a leading Asian male teamed with gorgeous Dr Who alumni Karen Gillan.  However, and most importantly, who wouldn't want to see what Ginger-Korean babies look like?  Not my top pick, but eh.

I also really enjoyed Selfie. It was a little shakey getting started but was really starting to hit its stride when it was cancelled.

Erm....Sonic SatAM?

Arg! That cliffhanger! Back when it was on, I didn't really understand the whole cancellation of TV programs thing, so I didn't understand when it disappeared the following season. I was really, really disappointed. I would wake up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to watch it. At least the Archie comic series carried on (and is STILL ongoing). I haven't read them in years, but they kept me satisfied when I began to understand that the show wasn't coming back.

Speaking of 90s cartoons that were canned, I was a big fan of the Ocean Production Mega Man series. For some reason it was on Sunday morning really early where I lived, so I had to wake up early on Sundays too! The animation was a healthy mix of anime and American styles, and I think it prepared me for the anime revolution that came a few years later. One of the reasons I stuck with DBZ when I first started watching it was because the VA of Goku was the same VA from this Mega Man series. The only problem that I have with this series looking back on it now is that it tried to empower Roll to be a more active participant in the action (which is good!), but they did so by having her only real weapon being a vacuum cleaner attached to her arm (which is bad!).

It had pretty killer Mega Man sounding music too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ufVQIUEiYc
11  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: July 06, 2015, 11:37:34 AM
I agree completely, Hathen. I'd like to actually be able to play Mighty No. 9 before I support a new title from Inafune and Comcept. Also, since Mighty No. 9 was completely funded by the generosity of fans, they should wait and use the profit they make to fund the studio's next game. Or at the very least, try to fund it themselves.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: July 06, 2015, 11:14:21 AM
I'm much more interested in DQVII on 3DS than DQVIII. I haven't played the original, but it definitely looks like it could be an actual upgrade, rather than a downgrade.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 04, 2015, 01:18:29 PM
I actually live in NYC now. Though I'd like to get back West at some point. Maybe not Utah exactly, but somewhere in the West.

I've always wanted to read Good Omens, but have never gotten around to it. I'd also like to check out Discworld at some point. Unfortunately, since I work for a book publishing company, I have WAY too many books on my to-read list as it is. I seriously have enough books to read for the next two years at the pace I read. Maybe, I can put Good Omens and Discworld on the shelf for 2017 though.

Sigh. Book people problems.
14  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 03, 2015, 02:09:46 PM
I finished up Wheel of Time #8 yesterday. The first 200 pages or so were good, but it became a slog after that and remained that way until the end, which was just another setup for the next book in the series. I'm glad that it was the shortest book in the series outside of New Spring, otherwise I may have had trouble finishing it. I'll probably not get to the next book until August.

For now, I'm reading Outcast of Redwall, book nine in the series. I've been reading a lot of Wheel of Time and other heavy reads the last few months, so it will be nice to read something light and easy for a change of pace.

After that I'll move onto the next saga in my Sagas of Icelanders book, The Saga of Gisli Sursson.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: July 01, 2015, 10:20:33 AM
That's a motivation to play DS Chrono Trigger- to see how the translation changes.  Considering what they did with Frog, I'm now doubly curious as to what they do with Ayla.  I'm at the "Tata and the Frog" chapter so I'm not too far from going to prehistoric times.

I don't completely remember for sure. She still does talk like a stereotypical prehistoric person might, but I do seem to remember thinking it was toned down somewhat.
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