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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 03:31:01 AM
Back from yet another animecon and somewhat alive again now.

-We had some time on the main stage during the opening ceremony for a little promotion of our magazine. It's a convention in the Netherlands, we make a Dutch magazine, 99% of the people in the audience speak Dutch and we dared to do our little presentation in Dutch. Some people from the organisation were not amused. How dare we not speak English! Being a rebel feels good :D

-I complain a lot about Dutch animeconventions, but what I do like is that everyone who isn't fussing over rules and regulations is very laid back. The avarage Dutch vendor isn't there to strike it big. They enjoy conventions and feel part of the community. That's not the case for some of the foreign vendors. My neigbour got complaints from a British vendor because her prices were lower. He accused her of wanting to start a price war and said she's lucky it isn't illegal in the Netherlands. What he failed to take into account is that the products she sold are slightly cheaper wholesale in the Netherlands, and that she's a smaller, local vendor with less overhead. Besides, do you know what is illegal in the Netherlands (and many other countries)? Keeping prices artificially high by agreeing on a minimum price with other sellers.

-The green tea hardcandy I bought from my neighbour was really good. I'm going to buy another bag or two next time.

-That Tales of Xillia 2 overload the week before caused the convention to be weird... Like, the building is really big and divided into four zones: blue, green, yellow and red. Sometimes doors are locked and you need to go outside to enter another part of the building. Made me wish we had reallife teleporters. And the timing of some conversations... A big Tales-fan and I were talking in the dealerroom, next to our tables which my friend is keeping an eye on. The conversation turned to pairings and she explained why Yurgen and Alvin are her favourite because they're best business buddies and stuff and they trust each other, and that's sweet. Right then my friend pipes up:
'Hey, Tama, we doing really great! We've already sold more in these last three hours than we did at [big animecon that lasts three days]!'
'We are awesome!'
-high five-
I hope Tales-fan doesn't start shipping us.

-I need to work on my wardrobe.
'You know, you should wear that Luke outfit again. It looked cute.'
'Luke outfit?'
'Yeah, from Professor Layton. You have a casual cosplay, right?'
'... Those are my normal clothes...'

-The most surprising thing: people are not the assholes the internet tells us they are. I gave a lecture on gamejournalism and writing reviews. Part of it was a small competition: review this lecture in one sentence. Now, if I were to believe some women in gaming on the internet, I should have expected death threats. You know what I got? Good feedback written in a considerate manner.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 31, 2014, 03:46:31 AM
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On the other, when the DS XL came out, it wasn't a new iteration with more ram - it just had a bigger screen.

It's more like the DSi.

As for compatibility with DS and older 3DS games, I can't imagine they'd drop either. Backwards compatibility woth DS games should be easy and making a 3DS that can't play 3DS games is stupid.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 29, 2014, 03:28:22 AM
I thought it was bad when they stopped my dad for looking suspicious because he happened to have a darker complexion, a beard and sunglasses somewhere during the summer of 2002. Sure, he was back on his way within five minutes, but that kind of racial profiling doesn't make you feel safer. Can't imagine what it's liked to be stopped by cops who are carrying a firearm and may even be looking for a reason to use it.

And then I see cops on the news who have more military toys than our military has, but have had none of the training that's supposed to go with it. Like, don't go pointing guns at people unless you're ready to pull the trigger! It will only escalate the situation if you use it to threaten random protesters! Even I know that.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 29, 2014, 01:51:29 AM
The US is een scary place... :(

Half of the American news I see seems to be about policemen making terrible mistakes (the other half is about the economy). I get that the officers are afraid as well since there's always a very real possibility the subject pulls out a gun, but a policeforce that sees everyone who isn't in uniform as the enemy may be more dangerous than actual criminals.

As for the 4chan thing: I don't think I'll ever get 4chan, but it's nice to see they're using the power of the hive for good again.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 28, 2014, 10:29:13 AM
The more I hear about it, the more... I don't know. There's so much 'he says, she says' going on and people on both/all sides are doing/saying terrible things to one another. It's the type of drama I expect on some weird ass deviant art pages...

Those wizards guys? She should have left them alone. It sounds to me many of them have significant problems and are looking for something or someone to blame their problems on. It's an unhealthy thing to do, but provoking them is going to help neither them nor her. Well, unless she's looking for attention, that is. Involving them kinda feels like bullying to me...

6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 27, 2014, 04:00:43 PM
Both games have pretty fun battle systems, so there's that too. It's the main reason I can't really hate DotNW. (The second reason being that Richter is kinda hot. What, no one said I had to have good reasons to like it!)
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 10:33:20 AM
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What I'm struggling to forgive is that ToX 2 recycles its own content.

Not to mention they go for a brown & bloom look as if it's some FPS from 2006.


8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 27, 2014, 10:30:24 AM
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...but I still buy games.  It's my hobby and my obsession.  No way I'm quitting game-buying, with Dragon Age III and Persona 5 on the horizon. 

It's the same for me. I know I have many good games in my backlog (which was 46 titles long last time I checked) that deserve to be played, but there are also plenty games I look forward to or want to play but haven't bought yet. My solution is balance.

-I play most new game very soon after they come out. Having to review many of them helps a lot.

-When new releases are slow, I buy games I've wanted to play for some time now on Steam. My rule here is that the games need to be on sale and that they must have been on my wishlist for atleast some time. Impulse buys are strictly forbidden. In the past three months I bought 20 games on Steam, I've played through 18 of them thus far.

-Nothing new on the horizon and no Steam sales to take advantage off? Then it's time to play something I've had for years. I try to go through 2-3 games from the deep end of my backlog every year. Slow and steady.

Over at another forum we have a list similar to the completion list here but with one important difference: you list the games you bought as well. Finish a game and you get a point, buy one and you lose one. The goal is to end the year with a positive score. I'm -3 right now, because of several new releases (Xillia 2, Danganronpa 2) and those two Steam games. My best score was +4, somewhere in April.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 26, 2014, 08:46:09 AM
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So other than being a terrible person, which there are plenty of in this world, there's nothing really special about her.

Good to know. I was starting to wonder if I was unaware of something important and I'm glad that isn't the case.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 26, 2014, 08:18:07 AM
Hey, can someone explain this whole Zoe Quinn business to me? I keep hearing about it, but the whole thing is like a a messy ball of thread spun from insults aimed at women/men/feminists/gamejournalists/everyone who ever said anything on the subject and I don't have the energy to untangle it.

See, I played Depression Quest back when it was held together by hyperlinks. Thought it was an interesting experiment, but that the prose and presentation could use some work. Basically a really low budget visual novel with an unusual subject. Worthy of discussion but not of a shitstorm. And then it was greenlit and released on Steam and all hell broke lose? Something about Quinn sleeping around to get ahead?
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 26, 2014, 07:13:42 AM
Huh, what happened to Yuri and Leon? They usually rank high, don't they?

*Looks at small print*

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Note that since both Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia) and Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny) have already been given the Hall of Fame status last Tales of Festival 2013, they were no longer allowed to be voted for, hence they're not in this list.

Well, that explains why the list looks a little weird. If you're going to kick out fan favourites, the newcomers and leftovers are bound to score better.

Anyway, random Xillia 2 thoughts:
1. Not many dogs around.
2. Lots of hairstyles inspired by Cruella deVille.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 04:34:46 PM
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Kind of a silly comment, but I feel like it's a trope to make the 'missing parent' this PERFECT person.  That is the only impression we get of "daddy". POOR SHINJI IKARI HAS SUFFERED FOR YEARS WITH THE LOCKED-HANDED ASSWEED NERV DICKHEAD (WHO'S KINDA COOL).

In Elle's case it makes sense. She's eight years old and daddy's little girl, of course she's going to talk about how like he's the most awesome person that was ever awesome, because to her, he absolutely is.

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Second area (North Eastern Section?) at the BOTTOM of the gorge (you gotta descend to it than ascend).

Thanks! I'm going to slaughter it tomorrow >:D
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 09:12:35 AM
Ah, I thought I had already found one in Hamil. Oops.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 23, 2014, 04:23:19 PM
But can a British royal kick ass with a katana and take down crime syndicates as some sort of side job?

Anyway, some more stuff, Dice style:

-Promise hat? That's so adorable! D: Part of me wanted to tell the truth, but that's a parent's job. Besides, it would be awful to ruin something so sweet in harsh times...

-I want characters to say funny things after battle, but this game seems to be low on victory skits.

-My hatred for box canyons is growing. Being able to visit nearly every location from the last game is nice, but there's almost nothing to do there. The game's structure is similar to that of Xenosaga, but that game really made me want to explore for the sake of exploring. In Xillia I'm just running to through box canyons to catch cats.

-Speaking of cats, it feels like I'm kidnapping the entire world's cat population in the name of the Queen of Crazy Catladies. Oh well, atleast they're useful... The 60-something I have right now are starting to bring back some bigger batches of items. Nice. But uhm, it feels like there are locations missing from the list. I don't see Hamil on there anywhere... I'm a going blind, is my game doing something weird or are the people over at Namco Bandai a bunch of Hamil haters?

-I like those optional bosses, but there's one I can't seem to find. The one in Bermia Gorde, where is it?
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 23, 2014, 02:04:57 PM
I have a list but only put RPGs on there. I started it way back in 2001, but pretty much every RPG I've ever beaten is on there - 240 titles in total. Tales of Xillia 2 will probably be number 241.
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