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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2016, 04:03:12 PM
I'm surprised. I didn't have any troubles getting enough Master Seals for my team. Granted I bought several, but I still seem to have plenty of G.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 19, 2016, 12:37:20 PM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff

That mullet ages him up like 20 years.

I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.

Yeah, I'm usually very symapthetic to the issue of white washing, but I kinda feel like they were stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and I think you illustrated very well why that is.  There was hardly this kind of uproar for Day After Tomorrow (that I recall), and they're also being yanked by the fact this has been sort of a hot-button issue this year (the "oscars so white" hashtag got popular, numerous stars and advocacy groups speaking out against it, etc etc).   I don't want to put the heat *exclusively* on the producers and film makers here, really this is pretty intersectional of wrong time, wrong place, and completely the wrong context going in.

Again I'd like to add that the surrounding cast is still pretty impressive.  The main ladies aside, a lot of the minority actors in this aren't exactly big A-listers, some barely even B-listers.  I do think they were explicitly trying for a diverse supporting cast since the starring is decidedly white.

I actually have always liked the supporting cast of Ghost in the Shell more than Kusanagi. Don't get me wrong, she's a great character, but I honestly don't feel that she develops as well as the others. Her character seems kind of stagnant since it seems like most of her growth as a character happened prior to what is seen in the series/movie(s). I haven't ever read the manga, so I can't comment on that. 
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2016, 12:29:06 PM
I finished the paralogues for both Soleil and Forrest. Color me surprised. I remember hearing that there were going to LGBT characters in this game, but it still came as a surprise. Granted, they aren't the best portrayals, but I found the interaction between Leo and Forrest at the end of that particular paralogue to be pretty well done. Now I just need to get Benny, Xander and Jakob's children, then I'll be done with the paralogues and will be back to the main story. I'm liking the characters more now that I'm further into the game. At first I found them uninteresting and lacking in personality, but the support conversations have helped significantly as they usually do.

No RNG disasters the past few paralogues, thankfully.
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 18, 2016, 11:28:52 AM
I ground out a few more S-rank supports in Conquest and started paralogue 20 to get Odin's daughter Ophelia. I also unlocked paralogue 21 for Laslow's child. I opted to not support Kaze since I'll have access to him again when I start Birthright. So now I only have to unlock the paralogues for Benny, Leo, Xander, and Jakob's children. Once that's done I may grind supports for some of the children characters (though I won't get them up to S), and I'm going to compare stats to see who I'd like to drop out of my main team and who I'd like to keep. I've already opted to drop Silas and Keaton as both of their children appear to have slightly better stats.

I'm currently working on paralogue 20. Then paralogue 21. Then back to the grind.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 18, 2016, 10:45:21 AM
I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 15, 2016, 03:32:40 PM
Besides, if I give here, then it gives me the chance of one day playing an officially localized version of Bahamut Lagoon, and is that not worth caving for?

Wait. What? Is this happening? If so, I need it. Now.

Anyway, I just bought a PS4 today myself thanks to a bonus I got at work (yay!!!). I'd love to have classic PS1 games portable. That is definitely enticing. However, I just don't see there being enough support any longer for it to continue being relevant as a system. I never even hear about new games for it any longer, and even when I did it was seldom.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 15, 2016, 03:03:33 PM
I don't worry, I've made sure I'm getting Geitz. lol Who said prepromotes suck. I'm probably going to use Geitz over leveling my fighters (fighters suck compared to Hector). Still debating if I should use Dart or sell his ocean seal for a ton of money. I guess it will depend on how he levels up.

Oh and I used a gameshark saved state with everything unlocked so I just started on Lyn Hard Mode. Lyn is probably getting replaced by Karel when I get him. Kind of funny that it seems like I won't be using any snipers. Archers suck to level up and why bother when some promoted units have access to bows anyway. Yes, I'll have to level up their weapon rank but thats a lot easier to do than level up the horrible archer units. Putting in an archer is like takinig one less character into a chapter. Maybe I'll use Pents wife just because shes his wife but not sure.

Granted, Geitz isn't that bad for a pre-promoted unit. Harken and Karel are actually quite decent and Karel at least will likely be better than Guy (stupid Guy). But Geitz will be vastly inferior to Bartre and Dart who both promote into murderous nutcases.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 15, 2016, 12:04:43 PM
What image?

Something tells me you posted a Photobucket image, didn't you.

You are correct.
Here, I imgured it for you:



Thanks.

Is this image from the run where Kana ate the hot death or was this from a recreation? Looks like there might be something going on with where Jimmy's Kana is positioned (i.e. the red square). Then again, if that were the case then the game should've listed something. Too bad that War on Dragons site no longer exists, as that might have had some information on that particular stage's gimmick.

That was a recreation after it happened. There weren't any additional damage or gimmick tiles in that stage to my knowledge.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 15, 2016, 09:59:30 AM
So here's some FE Fates: Conquest crap I can't explain. I'm in paralogue 22 getting Nina. I had the map all but finished, but there was a Berserker reinforcement that appeared in the northwest corner of the map. I opted for Kana to take him out as she could use the experience. I ran up to him, checked out his info. He had a 0% chance of critical, and no special skills. Somehow, he scored a critical and killed Kana. I have never been so pissed off at a game in my life as I am right now.

Uh.....  I mean, I've HEARD of 0% chance-to-hit attacks scoring criticals (unconfirmed to be possible) but never heard of 0% crits landing.  This is... interesting.

At least in the past, this never happened, since the calculations first rolled for Hit and didn't even bother with Crit until after Hit cleared.

What might have happened was that Kana equipped a Silver weapon or something that lowered her Crit Evade and she promptly ate a Crit for her troubles. Alternatively, you looked at the numbers while Kana was equipped with a Bronze or similar weapon that had a +10 Crit Evade bonus on it which went away when you used a different weapon. The alternative alternatively was that Kana had some kind of Support Effect going on like Perry's Fortunate Son (which increases allies' Crit Evade by 15% within a two square radius and automatically increases his own by 5%) or a high level Support (which increases a bunch of things) but through whatever circumstances that occurred during the battle, you ended up moving that Supporting character away before finally attacking with Kana, who lost the Crit Evade bonus, and ate a Crit sandwich.

Nope. The image I posted was the exact same setup. I had the same thoughts, but even though I was shocked I made a note of where all my units were so that I could set up the same situation again to be sure. Kana had her Dragonstone equipped, not a silver weapon; I think her sword level is only C. The only difference was Charlotte likely had a different weapon equipped so that it would be a paired OHKO. Even though I didn't take a picture of it when it happened, the crit rate was still showing 0%.

I've still been plugging away at supports. I got Effie and Keaton married and played paralogue 18 on my way to work. It was a relatively easy map thanks to the Dragon Veins that silenced all the magic users. I basically just had to watch out for the archers. Loved that Velouria's character design makes her look like Red Riding Hood. I do wish the kids' stats were slightly better. Granted, maybe not to the level of Awakening where they basically made their parents irrelevant, but still a bit of a boost would have been appreciated.

I have a bunch of units with A-rank supports, so one or two more grind sessions should unlock several paralogues.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2016, 05:04:07 PM
^ Ridiculous.  I'd be furious.

Oh, I was. Well, anyway, paralogue 22 is finished. I wasn't able to catch the Thief who stole the Spouse Seal, but I got the others. And it was pretty satisfying, though I didn't intend it to happen this way, that Selena, who is Nina's mother in my game, stepped in and knocked the crap out of her daughter. When dad fails, bring in mom, or vice versa I guess.

Back to grinding supports now. I'll keep plugging away at the paralogues as they become available. Right now, all my units except for Peri have promoted. She's at level 20, but I need another Master Seal to "seal" the deal. I made Sophie and Silas Paladins, so I'll have Peri be a Great Knight.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 14, 2016, 04:45:04 PM
First image released of Scar Jo as the lead in the live action Ghost in the Shell. I'm sure a lot of fans are crying foul at there being a live action movie, but I'm impressed they'd stick so closely to the character design of Kusanagi.

http://deadline.com/2016/04/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-first-look-paramount-dreamworks-manga-classic-takeshi-kitano-1201737565/

The description of the story, I hope, is just a result of the article writers' unfamiliarity with the franchise.

42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2016, 02:34:18 PM
Maybe it was 0.4% and the displayed number just rounds?
That would be 1/250 which is not terribly rare.

That could be. Regardless, here is the setup again:



Charlotte and Kana all but killed him, and when he counter-attacked it was a critical. Needless to say, the second time through I used Nyx to weaken him up enough that Kana could OHKO him when she attacked.

43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2016, 01:56:16 PM
So here's some FE Fates: Conquest crap I can't explain. I'm in paralogue 22 getting Nina. I had the map all but finished, but there was a Berserker reinforcement that appeared in the northwest corner of the map. I opted for Kana to take him out as she could use the experience. I ran up to him, checked out his info. He had a 0% chance of critical, and no special skills. Somehow, he scored a critical and killed Kana. I have never been so pissed off at a game in my life as I am right now.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 13, 2016, 11:18:30 AM
As for me, I'm currently using the DLC to grind supports. I got Corrin and Azura to S rank, so that's done. I have Selena and Niles have at A-rank, so they're close. I'm also working on Odin and Camilla, Laslow and Charlotte, and Beruka and Arthur. Now that Corrin and Azura are done I will swap them out for Effie and Keaton and keep plugging away. I'm going to get all the relationships squared away and then tackle the paralogues.

Another benefit to using the DLC to grind supports is that I get a DVP everytime I finish a map. So my castle is already starting to get more and more awesome.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2016, 04:45:55 PM
I'm mostly done with XBXC as well. Not sure what left I want to accomplish in the game. I wanted to get the "true form" outfit, but it would cost me a bazillion reward tickets.

I tried setting up Corrin in Birthright with Setsuna and he was NOT having it. I like that you can go to that hall record place in your castle and compare players for chemistry. The answers for same sex character unions is pretty hilarious. E.g.. "Whatever floats your boat" lol! So far, I have no waifu for Corrin. I'm on Chapter 13. I'm slow brewing the game a little bit to do challenges and castle battles with StreetPass in between chapters.

To be fair, Birthright on Normal mode has like 5 or 6 enemies per chapter for the first half of the campaign, and the quality remains pretty bad until you start in on Nohr proper (and then the game starts throwing Berserkers, Heroes, Wyvern Lords and Generals at your pile of fragile speedsters who tend to fold when taking an Axe to the face).

Also, I swear to god, the game changed the True-Hit formula to make it so that any roll meant to calculate whether a positive outcome for the player will occur now requires both rolls to succeed instead of just one (though enemies get to keep the old True-Hit formula just to further bullshit players). I've failed so many runs on Chapter 18 because one of my people will miss a 96% chance to hit meanwhile I've taken at least one 4% hit to the face (fortunately, it was to Felicia who could easily tank a hit from a spell, but Tomebreaker did nothing that turn). Then again, I would've been through this stage already if it hadn't been for an ill-timed spasm attack ("Okay. Judging from the numbers, it looks like Selena can tank this one hit if I just park her here and equip this weapon. Good, now I just need to select Wait and...wait no, not Attack, FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU....."). Getting old sucks.

Granted, I'm not playing on hard mode, but this happens to me all the time. 17% chance to hit seems far more likely to hit than is normal for an FE game. Granted, there is always a chance, but it happens a lot. Meanwhile, I missed a 98% hit rate today and stupid Charlotte stupid died because of it.
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