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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 30, 2014, 03:32:31 AM
Yeah, I should've made that clearer.

It was less about whether it would actually happen, and more about if this line of research was open the way to worse things. The destructive power of the atom bomb still remains as one of humankind's greatest (and some would say, most terrifying) scientific achievements.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 30, 2014, 02:41:17 AM
I think Jenova only had to do with magic in that it hijacked the planet's natural biosphere (AKA the lifestream) as an energy source for itself, which is why humans who were injected with its cells got superhuman powers and were connected to the lifestream in some way. It adapts to each planet it invades to leech off of their natural elements, so it probably has nothing to do with the magic in FF7's world, but it has a 'hot wired' access to the life stream.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 30, 2014, 02:20:47 AM
Hojo himself represents the vilest and darkest side of human thirst for knowledge. When humans created the atomic bomb, there were concerns that such a weapon would ignite the entire biosphere of the planet, but the people behind it detonated it anyway, and said afterwards "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." It is a very real fear (and possibility) that the pursuit of such knowledge, even in the name of scientific curiosity, will be humankind's undoing, because one day we will unleash the evils of Pandora's Box upon the world through our desire to know more.

Did Jenova have anything to do with magic, monsters, superheroes or villians? If anything was the equvilent to midoclorians it's the Lifestream, aka Mako energy aka the plants life force.

When they first discovered Jenova, Shinra thought they had the remains of a Cetra on their hands, a race that was one with the planet. In truth, what they actually found were the Cetra's mortal enemy, a space virus that laid waste to the planet and decimated the Cetra's population before they could contain it. What I find interesting is the planet's reaction: the Weapons were ostensibly living weapons created as a final safeguard for the planet to protect itself against Jenova; it was only the Cetra's timely intervention that prevented their awakening. This is why when Jenova was revived completely in the middle of disc 2, the Weapons activated and went apeshit. However, instead of going right at Jenova, they went after MANKIND. Jenova was an invader from space and yet the Weapons went after organisms that were part of the planet's natural ecosystem. Were humans a bigger threat than Jenova? Was it because they couldn't leave well enough alone and would one day create a monstrosity even worse than Jenova? Did the Weapons want to polish off the humans first before taking care of Jenova because they represented a greater threat to the natural order of the planet?

Questions to consider.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 30, 2014, 12:41:08 AM
YES. Best win quote EVER. I'm going to cosplay Gaius and just do dead pan straight man quotes all fucking day.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 30, 2014, 12:24:22 AM
I have to agree that the "Good" ending makes the most sense, but Tales (and JRPGs in general) have always been about valuing individual passions rather than going with the flow to benefit society, which is why the True Ending makes the player feel so much better than the Good Ending, I think.

Also, my favorite character ended up being Gaius. His straight man shenanigans to everyone else's antics was absolutely hysterical.

"I am always researching and familiarizing myself with the different cuisines of both coun -- MILLA! WIPE AWAY YOUR DROOL!"

I was only listening to the conversation while doing something else and the sudden segue literally made me laugh out loud, a rare feat nowadays.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 29, 2014, 11:13:56 PM
I have to say that despite the game trying its hardest to make me dislike Elle (and my own desire not to like her after first contact) I ended up genuinely liking her, and her interactions with Ludger, such that the True Ending is possibly one of my favorite endings in Tales history. It just goes to show the power that effective writing can have on the player.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: September 11, 2014, 12:27:18 AM
Yeah... but... Gallade? I guess Gardevoir getting all the fun was unfair.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: September 07, 2014, 11:56:42 PM
I'll be getting both.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 06, 2014, 12:55:19 PM
Haven't seen anything to disprove it. It would require substantiating the claims of harassment, which nobody has done yet. The only thing I see in my feed are insults and vitriol towards people in the GamerGate tag.

Tomara: The problem comes with the constant blacklists and smear campaigns. When people are being shouted down for speaking about their sexual harassment, blacklisted for being competition, or harassed because they are an easy target, it is a huge problem.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 11:32:27 PM
It's not about the scores. Not really. It's about the politicization of the industry to such an extent that anyone and everyone is fair game for their bullshit. I made a series of videos regarding their attack on Wizardchan (a collection of suicidal, depressed people), which was spearheaded by The Escapist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tT_O4pU7aM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-K_Hur3bk0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_siMmFYCk8

Now, if The Escapist and everyone else who participated in that ridiculous Wizardchan dogpile had said "okay, we were wrong, we fucked up, the writer has been fired, it won't happen again and next time we'll check our sources," then fine. But that hasn't happened. What HAS happened is that they circled the wagons and tried to spin it so that people who said "whoa, what the fuck guys?" were racists/misogynists/homophobes. The very same people who were preaching down to US about equality and inclusiveness and giving everyone a fair shake and the benefit of the doubt bullied, harassed, and abused DEPRESSED PEOPLE. All to promote a game about depression. Seriously, think about that for a moment.

This goes back into the whole lack of accountability thing. Journalists have the power to influence public opinion. If they leave facts out, guess what? Victims can become perpetrators. Perpetrators can become victims, etc. This is EXACTLY what happened with Wolf Wozniak, The Fine Young Capitalists, and Wizardchan. It is also what's happening to the gaming community right now (what with all those "Gamers Are Dead" articles). The game journalism industry faces no blowback from what they've done, and continue to do, just daring everyone else to object. I mean, if you want to say "who cares" to basic human ethics and professionalism, then why stop there? Maybe I should start sleeping with my patients. Who cares? It's two consenting adults! Professionalism is just another word for oppression! Surely you see the problem in all this, right?
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 11:52:38 PM
At least I can agree with the second point. If this is what gaming is going to be reduced to, let it burn.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 11:03:51 PM
I used that because people think Asians are white people. For some reason.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 10:44:38 PM
Well, at this point it no longer is about gaming. It is about professionalism and respectability. These people have none.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 10:39:16 PM
ALso, this happened. Even veteran game devs are allowed to act in such an infantile way. If I acted like this at my job I'd be fired ten times over.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 10:26:37 PM
How does that argument hold any water? Should break ins and burglary be allowed because people are murdered and raped?
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