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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 23, 2014, 03:47:58 PM
Great... at the last anime convention someone took my scissors out of my sewing kit without asking and now I can't find them anywhere. They probably used it to cut carton. Those were not for cutting carton or any paper for that matter. And that's not the worst part. Those scissors have been in the family for like 50 years. Okay, it's not like a heirloom or anything. They're just scissors. They're not even terribly good scissors since we had to sharpen them so many times they don't close the whole way anymore. But... that's what made them special. Those scissors helped several generations make tons of awesome stuff. They've been in use for so long it'd be sad to just put them away. That's why I kept them in my sewing kit. They're my Ancient Scissors +9. I hope that whoever took them atleast puts them to good use...

But I really just want them back :(

Luckily I still have my A Little Less Ancient But Quite Old Scissors +5.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 23, 2014, 03:08:23 AM
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I'm curious about this Breath of Fire IV manga though....

It was translated by fans and that's pretty much the only way to read it when Japanese is not an option. I just checked and even the French volumes are crazy expensive now.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 22, 2014, 01:49:15 PM
I kinda feel like buying a CE sometime this year, so maybe I'll get this one. It's not like I've got any big purchases or a vacation planned, might as well buy myself something nice this summer, right? The metal case is cute and it's rare to see a figure that's not a cute/sexy girl, so...

On the other hand, I'm almost certain to get a review copy so it be silly to spend money on the game. But I do kind of want to support the series that extra mile now that Namco Bandai has finally figured out what fans want and if I get the CE, I'll be supporting it in style. Regular edition is much cheaper though. For the price of the CE I could get that and one or two other games I have/will get review copies of and want to support...
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 22, 2014, 03:32:02 AM
Do Nintendo games just not drop in price or something? geez.

Nope. Not sure how they get away with it, either.

The same way Disney does, I guess: quality and kids that want the real thing.

I heard from a gameshop owner Nintendo games are fairly expensive compared to games from other publishers, which meant they would lose money quickly if they dropped prices to bargain levels. Not that they ever really needed to. Demand was always consistent, even at that higher price, so there was no need to quickly move copies of the shelves. They'd sell 'em like that for years, sometimes a whole console generation.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 22, 2014, 03:14:30 AM
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But what amazes me most is that this same amount of animation-TLC is in *every* animation and for every character. 

What might be even more amazing is that Breath of Fire IV is one of the few game to recieve a really good manga adaptation. The artist obviously put a lot of effort in making the characters come alive on paper. They are so expressive, especially Nina. You can tell exactly what she's thinking just by looking at her face. (Which is a good thing in my case, because I got the French edition but my French is extremely rusty!) Of course characters like Fou-lu are as hard to read as they should be.

Speaking of sprites in game, the ones in Odin Sphere are absolutely amazing (and I love most of the character designs, which is something I sadly can't say about Muramasa and Dragon's Crown. I mean, those are still well drawn, but there's anothing subtle about them.). They look nice in screenshots, sure, but you have to see them in the game itself to really appreciate them. You have to see them move. If you see one of those giant bosses your mind will zip from 'that's amazing!' to 'oh shit, i'm gonna die...' and back. It's like a gorgeous pixel puppet theatre.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 22, 2014, 02:33:21 AM
Kor sounds weird in Dutch. I swear, like half of the old dudes are named Kor/Cor or a variation thereof. My archery instructor was and it's a small miracle they shortened my dad's name (Cornelis) to Cees instead of Cor.

Oh well, I'll get used to it.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 21, 2014, 03:16:02 AM
The Mana series has some of the prettiest colours <3 Way back, when my laptop's resolution was like 800x600 (even less?) I liked to use background from Legend of Mana as my wallpaper. There's just something magical about that artstyle and I love how well it translates to actual game graphics, even way back in the days of Secret of Mana. And these games still look good. 2D done right just doesn't seem to age.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 02:47:42 AM
1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign

You're probably wondering what that Wakedas thing is, well, it's this nice little puzzle game I found in the 3Ds eShop. Since I ran out of Picross games I wanted to try something a little different and Wakedas turned out to be a good choice. It's like a 2D version of a Rubik's Cube. It starts out fairly simple with 3x3 puzzles, then moves on to 4x4 and later 5x5 while keeping things fresh with special blocks that have multiple colours and/or rotate when moved/can't be moved. The game is very cheap (and even goes on sale sometimes) so it won't cost you much more than a decent game from the appstore.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2014, 06:40:17 AM
(For me Symphonia was the most Tales-like Tales I ever played. It had a lot of elements from Phantasia and Eternia, while at the same time providing the foundation for most of the later games.

Oh, and Abyss is the most Terranigma-like Tales and Vesperia the most Lunar-like Tales, because I like to see connections that aren't there.)

Magical Starsign - I think I'm close to the final planet now. Charming (and surprisingly dark) game but I'll be glad when the credits roll. Those turn-based battles are just too old-school for me right now.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I made a list quiz on JetPunk on: April 19, 2014, 10:47:11 AM
69/71.

One of the titles I didn't get was something I actually played... The other one was a Japanese SNES game I had never even heard of, so I don't feel too bad about that one.

Fun Quiz! Now I'm kinda proud I played some weird Japanese stuff that wasn't on it (Tenshi no Uta, Koryu Densetsu Villgust...)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2014, 03:34:36 AM
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To kick it off I was torn. I have wanted to play-through both Terranigma and Romancing Saga 3 for years. I think I am going to move into Terranigma first because I am really feeling something a wee-bit more action oriented.

Terranigma is a great choice if you are in need of a break. Good game and not too long (15 hours or so). There are some bosses that require some grinding (or a bucket full of magic rings), but that's the worst of it. Oh yeah, enjoy the awesome music! :D

I've been playing Magical Starsign. Collecting the five elemental gummy thingies and random encounters are starting to get to me, but this game has so much personality I just have to finish it. I hope my 3DS agrees and cooperates. The home button is becomming fuzzy and sometimes it takes 10+ attempts to get back to the home screen...
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2014, 10:23:55 AM
Kids are funny. I was in this store that sells dvd's and books for real cheap. The dvd shelves are separated into three sections: kids, regular stuff and porn (on the top shelves). Two kids were browsing the childrens section while the father was on the phone, I think he was discussing potentional birthday presents for some other kid with his wife. Anyway, the youngest one, who was I guess 6 years old was all like: "Frozenfrozenfrozenfrozenfrozen!"

Meanwhile, his slightly older brother has noticed some of the other movies on sale:

"Naked boobs! Naked butts! Naked boobs! BUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTS"

Dad nearly dropped his phone.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 16, 2014, 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.
14  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.
15  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.
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