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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 02:35:27 AM
I never understood the whole "cat person" or "dog person" thing. I think both are awesome. We have 2 sister cats, and they're great. Cats are about as low maintenance as it gets with pets. One of them follows me around all the time, so my wife calls her my dogcat.

I like dogs as well, but with cats you always know where you stand: they like you because you do stuff for them.

Dogs are weird. I babysit my sister's chihuahua sometimes and when it's over at my place it acts like a dog (more or less). I'm the boss and what I say goes. No sitting on my lap when I'm working, no barking at the door and I won't give it its treat before it sits down properly. When it's with my sister, it acts like a spoiled, clingy toddler. I'm suddenly very low in the chain of command and it will even bark at me when I leave.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 15, 2014, 12:09:43 PM
My current pets don't like being pet, so I guess they don't really understand the appeal. And I have to admit I always spend some time with the cat when I'm at my parents house, but that's mostly because it's technically my cat and I've had her since I was 14. Years ago we all decided it would be best for her to stay with my parents after I moved out, because she's lived in that house her whole life. I'd feel bad if I didn't check up on her and helped make sure she enjoys her golden years. Well, and to clean up mice she killed. Despite being an oldtimer she's still very good at her job.

Of course I think having a kitten would be fun, but it'd be stupid to get one right now. I wouldn't even know where to put the litterbox. Plus, kittens are a lot of work. I think I might prefer an older cat. My friend is looking for a new home for her cat since her next place may not allow pets, and I already know I get along well with him. So if I did want a cat, I'd adopt that one.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 15, 2014, 08:13:18 AM
They removed it from the site again, but that doesn't mean much. It's more significant the game was put on there in the first place. Guess Hideo Baba wasn't lying when he said Namco Bandai would think about the Vita games.

If it's atleast a fairly good game, that'd be great. The Vita needs all the help it can get.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 15, 2014, 07:58:22 AM

My band, Pool of Thorns, had an invigorating day in the studio today.  We're pretty excited about the new recordings we're doing, updating the demo, eventually doing an album, hopefully getting one of our new 'n improved recordings on the radio...

Bit late but: that's awesome! :D

Meanwhile, I'm so totally not awesome because my parents want me to become a crazy cat lady. I think they've given up on me getting a boyfriend (or girlfriend) and want me to settle for a cat. Or two.

It's not that I don't like cat, I love cats!, but I already have two pets. That's enough.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The official waifu thread on: April 13, 2014, 03:21:04 PM
It's the stuff of legends, it is.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 10, 2014, 04:06:26 AM
Lailah is an adult woman who provides advice as an instructor.

So, she's like... 19? :P
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2014, 05:45:12 PM
Usually, the internal clock has its own battery. Sounds like that battery is dead.

That makes sense, allthough looking at my saves that'd mean it has been dead for many years. Wait, what if the 360 doesn't have a battery for stuff like that? I guess that'd explain it.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2014, 02:40:19 PM
Very close to the end of Lost Odyssey (finally)! But now I'm worried about my Xbox 360 red ringing. Mine is pretty old and when my friend came over this weekend he said it's bound to happen soon, because red ringing is what Xboxes do.

Speaking of Xboxes doing stupid things, mine thinks it's 22 November 2005 every day. All my save files on it are from 22 November 2005. Does it do that because I unplug it after I'm done playing or is it stuck in a time loop?
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2014, 12:11:53 PM
Wow, I'm impressed. Most I seemed to get for my blog posts were several thousand hits and I actually got paid for those. Okay, those stats were pretty normal for blogs on that site, but still...

Anyway, I feel awesome right now! The outdoor swimming pool will open again soon and my aunt was talking about going swimming with the whole family. I thought I'd have to buy a new swimsuit, but my old one still fits. I feel super skinny! Granted, it's slightly tight around the chest, but atleast everything will stay in place when I show the little ones how to dive to the bottom of the deep end. It's a little over 12 feet deep so it's nothing impressive, but since my dad can't swim anymore (used to be great at it, even worked as a lifeguard) I'm the only one in the family who can do it. Hopefully the kids will see it as a challenge and try to beat me.

On the other hand, maybe I should buy a new one anyway. I got this one 13 years ago, back when I was still a bit serious about swimming. Wearing a raspberry red speedo when you're barely a recreational swimmer is just kind of... yeah. Now wait, raspberry red speedos are always kinda... yeah.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: KINGDOM HEARTS 3 & FINAL FANTASY XV at E3 on: April 08, 2014, 11:46:29 AM
Of course it's part PR talk, but if it was purely that it would have been easier not to say anything.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: KINGDOM HEARTS 3 & FINAL FANTASY XV at E3 on: April 08, 2014, 08:57:12 AM
Hey, I know there's not a whole lot of money in publishing RPG's, but that's the whole point. Not every game should need to sell millions of copies to be profitable. Games like Bravely Default won't lead to fame and fortune, but they have a loyal, build-in audience. Not just in Japan, but all over the world. This is something Square Enix figured out 20 years ago but somehow forgot.

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: KINGDOM HEARTS 3 & FINAL FANTASY XV at E3 on: April 08, 2014, 03:13:39 AM
Since I kinda started using this thread to punch Square Enix in the face, can I do it some more?

Last night I was thinking about this thing: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/03/31/bravely-defaults-success-west-making-square-enix-rethink-jrpgs/

(That Jimquisition episode probably helped.)

You know what's totally stupid about this? Nope, not the part about how a company went blindly for mass appeal, when they knew to formule to success all along. The stupid part is how they learned that lesson.

Bravely Default was published by Nintendo in most parts of the world. Nintendo was the one that figured: Well, these traditional RPGs will always have their audience and this one is relatively high profile. Let's publish it, put it in some Directs and promote it on our website. It should do well enough.

And it did. Better than expected even. Nintendo may out of touch with mainstream gaming, but when it comes to games they know their stuff.

But... what if Nintendo hadn't even known that? It's extremely likely Square Enix wouldn't have published Bravely Default outside of Japan themselves and I doubt they would have entrusted one of their titles with a smaller company. If Bravely Default had never made it across the ocean, would Square Enix have stayed on their original doomed path or were the Bravely Default sales just a platform to elegantly launch their 'we changed our mind about this whole mass appeal thing because it clearly isn't working' statement from?
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 07, 2014, 05:08:59 PM
I enjoy looking at attractive women's butts. Therefore, I approve of yoga pants.

The Uggs? Not so much.

Eugh.  Credit where it's due, uggs are really warm and comfortable (ideal for winter).  But they're also around $200 for NON waterproof boots which is fucking bonkers.  Ugg does have nicer-looking and waterproof boots, so it baffles me that those ugly-ass vaguely eskimo-looking ones got popular instead.

I like yoga pants myself too.  But I'll admit to being turned off when I see chubbier women wearing them when they're obviously not working out in them.  More specifically, women with "mom butts" who wear them and push strollers around the mall.  I kinda just prefer going with tights > yoga pants (unless I'm at the gym).

Never tried yoga pants actually. I got some free ones from Sony (yes, really) years ago, but they were two sizes to big so I never wore them. But I think I prefer those jeans leggings. Wear them under a nice tunic and nobody knows you're cheating at pants.

14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 05, 2014, 08:46:13 AM
We are discussing different angles of the same things(perhaps because I didn't explain myself properly). I don't disagree with what you said. I don't think the things I like are perfect but usually I don't relate to common criticisms(ex: laughing scene in FF X, MGS4 cutscene lengths), these are things that can actually be positive aspects to a lot of people, or atleast get affected by them to the same extent, sometimes I might sometimes I won't(and this is why I don't need reviews for the most part, I only need information of the game to know if it's going to be my thing or not and again I will reiterate that I am talking about my personal case, Im not trying to be the magnus opus of opinion or whatever, if I followed opinions and general consensus on some games I would have missed out on great games for me).  In terms of discussion I am willing to recognize certain things that might not be flaws to me but might be flaws to others, tbh you just gotta find the best places of discussion and opinions, the internet is full of poison that's a fact of life(in response to the metacritic thing).
Also I was not speaking in general terms, I was assuming people were decent and not angry internet warmongers.

Hey, I know some things depend on taste. That's one of the reasons it's so great there are so many reviews available online: one person will never be able to say everything that could be said about a game, but fifty people come a lot closer.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 05, 2014, 03:56:24 AM
As far as the dungeon goes, it depends on the developers intent. Maybe they designed the game that way on purpose for that specific audience you know? I still stand by the imagination bit though. Once again, linearity is not necessarily bad. FF X has pretty linear dungeon designs and they are still fantastic.

I was thinking more along the lines of the bland dungeons in games like Rhapsody and Tales of Xillia. If you're going for linear, you should atleast try to trick the players into forgetting they're basically walking in a straight line. Have some awesome scenery. Throw in some puzzles. Stuff like that.

Also Im not saying we should all shut up because almost everything is  subjective, all Im saying is that we should be careful with the delivery of said opinions in terms of tonality more specifically. In fact, discussing and being critical is essential for the betterment of oneself.
Also a review is an opinion and should be presented as such.

And when we do, we will find out there are things that we can generally agree on. We won't get there if people start angry rants whenever review scores don't validate their game purchase. That's the type of gamers I was talking about.

Look at the user reviews for The Witch and the Hundred Knight: They are either extremely high or extremely low. Three of the four 9-10s are attacks on the opinions of reviewers. That's just... stupid.

Oh and also regarding the "Enjoy while still being aware of the flaws" thing, the problem with that is also that you are negating discussion and criticism of your criticism of the game. You are assuming they are undeniably flaws(mind you the examples we were discussing are extremes, there are much more disagreeable things) when it might be in fact debatable(ex: FF X's linearity, Xenogears 2nd disk, dark souls difficulty, etc)

No, what negates discussion is thinking only your opinion is correct and that if you like something it must be flawless. The discussion can't properly start if people go in there with that mindset. You need to be able to say to yourself 'I liked it, despite blablabla'. If you can't, it will just be a yelling match between a bunch of people who will not listen to one another.
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