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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Adventure 3D remake announced for PS Vita, smartphones on: September 17, 2015, 10:35:06 AM
After Sword of Mana, and the fact that the story isn't really being updated, I'm not really interested. The only thing that strikes me as interesting about this remake is the possibility of Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3 getting remade if this does well.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: September 15, 2015, 11:26:38 AM
Relevant to the topic, apparently Nickelodeon has dropped hints that they'll be creating a new channel for 90s era programming. Here's a link to the new story:

18  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: September 15, 2015, 11:18:03 AM

Oooh, that looks neat. Is it free? Not that it wouldn't be worth the asking price, mind, the video just didn't actually specify...

That is sick! I really hope it is a randomly generated stage every time and not just a group of 10 (or some other number) that are picked randomly.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 14, 2015, 04:41:39 PM
You finished without armor? That's pretty impressive. While you've obviously proven it is perfectly doable, I wouldn't want to tackle that challenge myself.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: September 11, 2015, 12:51:11 PM
As much as I am a fan of 90s cartoons (Night hood!), I have to say the 30/40s were the best time.

I have to agree, actually. Back then, cartoons were nuts and hilarious. No physics to worry about, no creation of a consistent world. Just funny characters getting smashed by anvils, a spinach eating sailor, and a mischievous Mickey Mouse. I do love to watch classic cartoons.

My wife bought me a bunch of old 1930s and 1940s Popeye cartoons on DVD this last Christmas and there have been some that have literally had me laughing so hard I cried. Like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWmIenz_yRE
21  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 08, 2015, 11:00:28 AM
Wheel of Time 10 was interrupted by a very important book that I received from a friend. I can't say what this book is because it hasn't gone on sale yet, but I read it over the weekend and it was glorious! It goes on sale in October, so I'll say more about it then. If I remember to anyway.

It's hard going back to Wheel of Time 10 after reading that book. But I picked it back up this morning and kept plodding along. I'm just barely half way through and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED AT ALL in the last 400+ pages.
22  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: September 08, 2015, 10:56:14 AM
There is too much of a good thing! I've clocked over 130 hours into Hyrule Warriors already. Stop it, Nintendo! Stop it!
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2015, 10:53:17 AM
With a friend's help, I finally unlocked all of the weapons in Hyrule Warriors. We also ground out 10,000 kills toward unlocking that skill on the Master Sword. 15,000 kills to go. Oi...
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: September 04, 2015, 11:08:18 AM
Looks fun as hell. And online play! Now I'll actually be able to play a Four Swords style game without bribing people.

I'm probably going to get it for fun factor reasons only.
25  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 01, 2015, 10:46:39 AM
I've kept reading them because I've found the world and its history to be pretty fascinating. I do wish there was more about the world's history than what there has been, but I'm pretty happy still without. It really is a vibrant world, and I really enjoy the distinctive countries, customs, and peoples throughout, and I enjoy when the characters visit a new area.

The magic system is also really well developed and interesting.

The characters aren't always likable, and Took's right that they develop, but very slowly, which can be really annoying at times. But what development is there is always good, and logical.

Really, I think the series' biggest shortcoming is the poor pacing. None of the books are paced well, and some of them seem downright glacial.

I'm just glad that, at this point, the "battle of the sexes" isn't so annoying. I was so sick of the "men are stupid" and "women are crazy" that permeated the earlier books.

EDIT: Oh, and yes, there is definitely threat and tension. In fact, there almost seems to be too much at times because not only is the world at stake, but there are plenty of evil and misguided characters following their own agendas that harry the main characters. I would actually like it more if the conflict focused on the big stuff, but I think Jordan's point was to show that the world is a big place full of people with lots of different opinions and motivations that drive them to do what they do and act how they act. A lot of the complexity revolves around bringing all these different people and societies together to face a universal threat.
26  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 31, 2015, 04:35:02 PM
I finished reading Wheel of Time 9 this morning on the train to work. Still the typical pacing issues, which I'm used to by now, but it was an improvement over the previous book in the series. At least a few things happened in this book that have been building for a while!

Anyway, the library took a few weeks to get Wheel of Time 9, and so I requested book 10 a few days ago and it is already available. I'm going to go ahead and try to motor my way through book 10. It seems to be the series' lowest point, so it'll be good to have it under my belt.

After that I'll take another break from the series for a month or so. I'll finish reading Tales of the Elders of Ireland then, and read Njal's Saga before getting back to WoT.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 26, 2015, 11:31:42 AM
piss easy game

Objection! There was one hard boss. He was optional.
Although, he was only hard if you tried it when you were there the first time instead of waiting for when you can come back near endgame.
(Talking about the one in the desert)

In my defense I never played Grandia 3.

Because, I somehow couldn't justify spending $50+ bux on a lousy game (and I haven't gone back and hunted for it at a cheaper price since I could just as easily spend that money elsewhere (and JRPGs are notoriously pricey in the secondhand market, so whelp)).

You didn't miss anything story wise, that's for sure. But the battle system was joyous. It alone kept me playing through to the end. I will never play it again, but I wouldn't mind playing that battle system for a few hours.

And it wasn't always piss easy. There are a few enemies and bosses I can think of that were pretty difficult.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2015, 05:45:33 PM
Breath of Fire IV: HOLY BEJESUS!!

Cray just

KILLED ELINA! The woman he loved and the entire point of the game up until now.  It doesn't matter that Yuna had turned her into an Endless. That was Aerith level intense.  I am blown away.

Unless they wuss out at the end and make everything super happy smiles, the next time I make a top 10 list this game will probably be on it.

Loved that part. Actually, I really love the breath of fire series in general for having little whips of "brutal" bordering on "horrific" at points. It is like the perty' JRPG presentation (playful pastel palette and whimsical soundtracks) is just a smokescreen or falsehood for something more grim and dark in identity and tone when it comes to BOF.

Truly, I think you hit the nail on the head as to why I've always sung the series praise a bit louder than it may have deserved. Breath of Fire 2 was one of my first childhood JRPG experiences after Mana and Final Fantasy on the SNES and right at the opening, with less than 20 minutes of exposition, you immediately get the idea that the game is gonna provide you something a shade or two darker than what you may have been used to during that era.... I've been a fan ever since.

It'll be in your top ten list. It remains great throughout. I played it for the first time about four years ago and it left a lasting impression on me. I've actually been thinking of playing it and BoF2 again, actually. Maybe once I'm settled in my new apartment I will start new save files.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: August 18, 2015, 11:29:38 AM
Launch of the new Crayons book at work today. I'm the guy standing between the two crayons.
30  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 17, 2015, 02:59:29 PM
This heavy metal cat video made me think of all the metalheads on this board.


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