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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 25, 2016, 10:16:17 AM
I'm about fifteen hours into Bravely Default. I just nabbed the Summoner and Ranger jobs. Both look cool, but I'm going to hold off on using them right now just because I'd like my crew to develop their current jobs a bit more. I'm currently going through a cave back to Sage Yulyana's home in the woods because he's apparently responsible for the "sexy" clothes all the women in Florem are wearing, and Agnes is entering a beauty pageant. How very Japanese...

Job wise I swapped after finishing up in Ancheim. Tiz is now a Thief, which I'm finding to be just as useless as the Monk job. I keep hoping that maybe I can steal something useful from a boss, but so far I haven't stolen anything all that special. I'll probably switch him to Ranger in the near future.

I made Agnes a Time Mage for now. I don't think I'll keep her as a Time Mage permanently, and I'll definitely need to switch her back to White Mage later on to get access to the higher level white magics.

I switched Ringabel to Spell Fencer and tacked on his black magic ability. This class is awesome so far. It seems unfairly overpowered, but I'm cool with that. It has good attack, and being able to apply the black magic spells to the sword so far is a huge MP saver not to mention still having access to the actual black magic spells. Throw in good defense to boot, and this one is a pretty solid winner. The only downside is when an enemy doesn't have an obvious weakness. I'll likely switch him to Summoner at some point, and I'll need to switch him back to Black Mage later on to take advantage of the higher level black magic spells. I may also just switch him to Knight just long enough to get the two-handed ability to potentially boost attack even more. All in all, this seems like the first class that I could go back to permanently.

Edea is still a Knight, and it's a pretty solid class. Excellent defense, great attack with the two-handed ability, and useful skills. So far it's pretty solid, but I'm not beholden to it. I'm guessing Valkyrie is the next job I'm going to get, so I'll likely switch her to that once I have the asterisk.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 22, 2016, 10:20:30 AM
Episode 1: Anakin is able to pilot a podracer, something that humans couldn't typically do because of a lack of limbs. Force much?
Episode 4: Luke fires a torpedo into a hole about 7 feet wide while piloting an X Wing, using only his eyes and the entire 6 hours of jedi training he got from Obi Wan before he died in front of Luke. Force much?
Episode 7: Rey, knowing now that she has power in the force thanks to Kylo Ren probing her mind, attempts a fairly novice jedi ability and after intially failing, succeeds. She also manages to effectively wield a lightsaber against a heavily (I do mean HEAVILY) damaged Kylo Ren.

Yeah, I don't see many discrepancies here. The force is a living thing, it's not exactly a surprising thing to see newbs get a push from it when they need it. I mean, look at us in daily situations. We need to push harder to finish that last hour of a shift, stress our heads trying to remember that one thing, hold ourselves back from screaming at some idiot or moron...imagine now having the force back you up on those moments. Beyond the fact that it's all fantasy and fiction, it's believable in their universe.

Glad to see someone agrees with me. I feel like I've been explaining this to people for weeks now. Oh, wait. I have.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 22, 2016, 10:15:27 AM
I'm currently in the Wind Temple in Bravely Default. Still enjoying this game immensely, though I struggled somewhat through the Harena Ruins area because of all the status effect inducing enemies and traps. This game really loves to inflict status effects at least more than any other FF game I've ever played.

I'm really beginning to grasp the jobs, and I feel like the time is coming where I'll want to start switching between jobs more and more to take advantage of the various combination abilities rather than just building the same jobs up and up (except for the White Mage, that's going all the way).
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 22, 2016, 09:51:34 AM
FFIV was a steaming pile of buggy shit when I played it on my playstation in the early 2000s. Swords did shitty damage, magic was really harsh on mp, fucking arrows raped everything, and the encounter rate....omfg haaaaatttttttteeeeeeee.

Was not a fan of IV.

That's partially because, if I remember correctly, the PS version included in the Final Fantasy Chronicles bundle was the harder, Japanese version. It was dumbed down for US gamers in the original SNES release as FFII. It was cheap and really grind heavy. I ground levels for hours in the final dungeon before I even stood a chance against Zeromus.

While I enjoyed the DS remake, I agree with Neal that the GBA edition was the best. It had some ATB bugs that hampered it a little bit, but it fixed a lot of the cheapness of the original and allowed you to use the rest of the party that you lost throughout the game for the final dungeon.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 20, 2016, 01:37:45 PM

How is it retconning anything? Luke may not have been beating trained dark side users in lightsaber duels, or moving things with his mind in A New Hope, but he did use the force to guide two fast moving proton torpodoes into a two-meter wide exhaust port on a Death Star while flying full-throttle and attempting to avoid Darth Vader's pursuit. I think that is pretty impressive for someone with little to no training. Anakin was eight or nine years old and was a pod pilot, something no other human had ever accomplished. That's also pretty impressive.

True, when put into words both Luke and Anakin also accomplished amazing things despite little training, but as I noted earlier to me how that's handled visually is pretty important.

I actually think the ending to A New Hope is a lot better than The Force Awakens at showing...well, the Force "awakening". Luke makes a decision (under a master's guidance) to use his space monk magic over a piece of technology, and I find that a lot more meaningful than "I'll use the force, now I'll swing this sword betterer". Not to mention in the former, it was basically the only time Luke used the Force that whole movie.

You could argue maybe Rey is a Jesus prodigy like Anakin- Anakin had 0 training and was like 8 years old or whatever when he blew up that donut space station (on accident!) in The Phantom Menace. But do you really want to be comparing something to the Star Wars prequels when trying to determine if it's a good movie? =P

For the record I'd watch this movie a good ten times before I watch any of the prequels again.

I can understand what you're saying regarding the visual/plot treatment differences between how Luke and Rey come to make use of their force powers. However, I disagree. First, Rey demonstrates that she was definitely capable of defending herself on Jakku when the two scavengers try to steal BB-8. Granted those scavengers are not dark side force users, but it does show that she is no stranger to self defense. Putting the rest in spoilers just in case there are still people on the boards who haven't seen the movie.

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Rey is an established fighter, and you'll notice that when Kylo Ren has the upper hand and appears he's going to win during their duel that she follows Maz's advice in closing her eyes and "let's the light in." (My biggest complaint is that she closed her eyes on the battlefield. Probably not a wise decision, but oh well). The force in this case powered up her already decent combat skills. This coupled with a wounded, and still excessively arrogant Kylo Ren allowed her to overcome him. There is no doubt in my mind that had Kylo not been shot with Chewie's ridiculously powerful crossbow that he could have overcome Rey.

EDIT: In other news, Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 2017. No reason why as yet. Speculation is that Disney didn't want it to compete with their Marvel movies and has opted to make December the regular release month for Star Wars movies going forward. Seemingly less likely is that it is currently undergoing script rewrites and that they were more extensive than previously thought.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 20, 2016, 01:02:52 PM
Ben Kenobi was in fact a thing

was a Jedi

was a part of Luke's life pre- trench run

and, if memory serves, provided a posthumous assist on that shot.

edit: retcon, Disney pretty much came out and said that these three movies nuked whatever happened in the expanded universe.

It never said for an instant that he provided posthumous assistance on the shot. Just that he recommended that Luke let go of the technology and use the force instead. He clearly states in Empire Strikes Back that he "can't interfere." Granted that could mean he just wanted Luke to learn a hard lesson if he disobeyed Yoda and went chasing off after Darth Vader, but it could also mean that he's bound to his post-life and can only act as a guide or mentor rather than being able to interfere in the lives of mortals. Saying he offered posthumous assistance on the shot when it is unclear whether he actually did or not is not a precedent. You seem to want a hard reason for Rey's force talents yet you can't offer a hard precedent for the counter argument.

The fact is, the force is mysterious.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 20, 2016, 11:46:22 AM
Alright Mr. Scientific Guy.  So in your mind, even when there is a clear precedent indicating otherwise, if a particular series doesn't expressly state that something can't be done, then it can be done.  Let's have Luke save the Galaxy by shooting magical candy flavored rainbow pudding out his butt because cannon doesn't explicitly state that he can't (ok, I'd watch that movie)

At best, Rey (the sandbilly) being gifted magical force abilities with no training is a lazy plot device used to move the story forward, and at worst it's retconning parts of the first 6 movies (and we've already dealt with enough SW retconning from Disney thank you very much)

How is it retconning anything? Luke may not have been beating trained dark side users in lightsaber duels, or moving things with his mind in A New Hope, but he did use the force to guide two fast moving proton torpodoes into a two-meter wide exhaust port on a Death Star while flying full-throttle and attempting to avoid Darth Vader's pursuit. I think that is pretty impressive for someone with little to no training. Anakin was eight or nine years old and was a pod pilot, something no other human had ever accomplished. That's also pretty impressive.

I'd like to see where the precedent your ascribing to the series can be found.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2016, 10:31:52 AM
Played some more Bravely Default last night and on the train to work this morning. I got my first jobs (Monk and White Mage) and Ringabel has joined the party ("ring a bell," ha!). I'm not in my first real dungeon tracking down Edea and the Black Mage guy with the stutter.

I'm already thinking a lot about jobs and where to take each character. I'm thinking Tiz will be my classic Paladin-esque character; a knight with some support magic. Agnes was obviously a good choice for a magic user. She'll be my main healer and support magic user. Not sure what to do with Ringabel as yet. I have noticed in battles he attacks first, so I assume that means his speed is high. I was thinking Black Mage, but maybe I'll do that in conjunction with Thief and/or Ninja to take advantage of his speed. Judging from the opening cinematic, and what I've seen about her online, I think when I get Edea she'll be my DPSer; Dragoon, Dark Knight, etc. Not sure about who may end up being a summoner assuming summons are even useful in this game later.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 19, 2016, 10:14:26 AM
I finished getting all of the Star Coins, finding the secret exits, and completing every stage in New SMB2. I really, really enjoyed this game. I thought the level design was fantastic, and I loved having the Super Leaf back even if it was only really useful in a few levels. The lack of a flight power-up in the first NSMB was my biggest complaint about the game, so having that remedied was nice. I won't be trying to get a million coins, much less maxing out the coin counter, but I imagine this game will be a new go-to when I'm traveling or just bored.

Haven't done a whole lot in Mario Maker. I've made some levels, but really I can't do much more until sub-areas are unlocked, which they'll hopefully be today. Once they are unlocked I should have some fun levels that I've made and can upload. I've also played a bunch of levels online. Most that I seem to come across either play themselves, or just require you to dash to play themselves. Some have been fun and cool, others have just been weird and dumb.

Finally, I received Bravely Default for Christmas and I started playing it over the weekend. I'm not very far, I just got back to the castle after seeing the big hole in the ground where Tiz's village used to be. So far I'm really, really enjoying it. I like the twists to the battle system, and I'm excited to start getting new jobs and customizing the party. Storywise it seems okay so far. Nothing too complex at this point, and I'm hoping it doesn't get too convoluted. I appreciate that it is an ode to earlier entries in the Final Fantasy series, and I'll be happier with an easier to follow story.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 14, 2016, 11:17:04 AM
I finished up the Star World in NSMB2 with all of the Moon Coins. It was actually pretty easy. Going back through to find the rest of the Star Coins and secret exits.
26  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 13, 2016, 10:51:37 AM
Finished Wheel of Time 11 faster than I expected. Glad to see the series back on track after three books that weren't really on track. Granted it took half of book 11 before anything began to happen. That does it for the books Jordan wrote before dying, next one I read will be the first Brandon Sanderson wrote to complete the series. I'm very much looking forward to that.

In the meantime, I'm finally getting to Viking Age Iceland after putting it on the back burner for over a month, and after that I'll read Elantris.
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2016, 10:11:07 AM
I collected 90 star coins New SMB2 and unlocked the Star World. I'm not all the way through it yet, but so far I have collected all of the Moon Coins. Thus far, the levels haven't been too difficult. Not sure what you get for collecting all the Moon Coins. I remember the first NSMB had pretty sad rewards for completing everything and so far I doubt this has anything better. I'm still having fun though, so that's a moot point.
28  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 11, 2016, 11:44:26 AM
I finished off Leviathan Wakes right as Wheel of Time 11 became available through the library again, so it was perfect. I really enjoyed Leviathan Wakes. Good characters and a cool story. Took a bit of time to really get into it, but once things started coming together it was hard to put down. Came to a satisfying conclusion, though it seemed reminiscent of something else to me that I just can't quite put my finger on. Oh well.

Back to Wheel of Time 11. I was about half way through it when my library loan expired. Should have it finished by the end of this week.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 08, 2016, 01:06:44 PM
I'm not too hung up on the SE. I'll be able to DL the rest, which will take up space on my 3DS, but that's fine. I think I'm going to get the Conquest cartridge for starters. I'd like a more traditional, old school FE experience to begin, and then I'll be happy to branch out into more Awakening style gameplay in Birthright.
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 04, 2016, 01:04:41 PM
Well, I made it about halfway through Wheel of Time 11 before Christmas, and then got distracted by, well, Christmas, and my library loan expired. It's on hold again and I'm next in line for it so I'll finish it up when it comes through.

In the meantime, I received Leviathan Wakes, book one of The Expanse series for Christmas and started reading it. I'm only about 60 pages in, and I don't quite understand what all is happening yet and some of the technical jargon is confusing, but otherwise it has so far been pretty suspenseful and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it!
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