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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2015, 04:06:19 AM

I respect women even though I get along horribly with many of them (i'm shy).

I know that feeling. Many women my age seem to live in a different world that revolve around high teas, office jobs, young children, and vacations in countries with warm weather. My interests are often seen as either as too masculine (videogames, comics - regardless of what I play/read) or too feminine (crochet, knitting). Makes it kinda hard to connect to them :/
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 30, 2015, 02:50:14 AM
Broke my phone last night...after recording a new personal leg press best of 1,260 pounds for 7 reps.

I'm trying to image 1260 pounds. That's like ten of me and then some.

My feat of strength yesterday was carrying an empty cabinet down the stairs. I was wearing heels, so I had to borrow my cousin's shoes. She's 10. They fit perfectly.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 29, 2015, 05:28:24 PM
From what I understand the first two or three installments made some important contributions to 3D fighting game genre, but then some key designers left. After that nobody gave a shit and the series basically became 'the one with the bouncy boobies'. Well, okay, I know some people are still playing it competitively, but it's a shrinking scene and they aren't happy with how the new games are either. I read they softbanned the more erotic DLC costumes from some tournaments because they feel it distracts from what the games should be about: the gameplay. Let me google that... Here's an example.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 29, 2015, 05:04:19 PM
I know, and it's pretty easy to not take them seriously online, but there are so many of them they always manage to ruin the atmosphere when they show up en masse. Worse, it's a reminder that these people actually exist and that you could run into some offline if you're unlucky.

(And the weird thing is, the fanatic gamers I meet offline are often very well behaved. I mean, I've done lectures on game journalism at animeconventions right during the height of gamergate, and all anyone ever did was quietly tweet a few facts I mentioned. If I remember correctly, that guy even complimented my lecture. Yet, when I say things like not caring about DOAX3 not leaving Japan because that's pretty much the norm for fanservice games, I'm treated as feminist SJW (or whatever the label people they don't like at that moment) scum.)
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 29, 2015, 11:34:32 AM
I'd say it's better in some ways, but worse in others. The setting isn't as amazing as Xenoblade's, because let's be honest, designers/writers are fortunate enough to get ideas like 'game takes place on two giant dead gods, also, one is mechanical' once in a decade at best. The planet Mira is divided into fairly standard environments. You've got your plains as a starting point, a desert, a jungle and so on. However, what they did with those basic settings is amazing. The environments are huge and complex. I'm 110 hours in and I just discovered a cave I hadn't seen before. And, of course, some of the views are amazing. Those big structures you see in the backgrounds of those gifs? You can totally go there (eventually).

You get the mechs fairly late (I was forty hours in, but you can get them sooner if you rush through the first half of the story missions), but they are so much fun! The controls are a bit clunky, but at the same time it feels just right. Giant robots like these aren't supposed to be elegant ballerinas, after all. They let you explore new places, but you can't grow too dependent on them as they are too big for most caves. What I don't like about them is that you have to be very careful with them. Once their frame HP reaches zero, they break down and you have to reclaim them. This is free the first three times or so, but after that you have to pay half of the skell's value to get it back. It sucks if you're accidently ambushed by some L70 monster while fightings some grunts and the beast ends up one-shotting your Skell. Meanwhile, it's totally fine for your character to jump into bottomless chasms or be chewed up by a Mirassic Park resident. That just sends you back to the last fast travel point.

Oh, and the characters in Xenoblade felt more fleshed out. In X there are 18 characters you can add to your team and aside from Elma and Lin (who play a role in all the story missions and then some) they don't get more than a short chain of character-quests and a handful of heart-to-heart moments. Many characters never interact with eachother aside from a token line or two during battles.

What else... I'm not a fan of the interface. Some of the letters are so tiny you might not be able to properly read them depending on the size of your screen. (I switched to playing on the GamePad after a few hours, because while I do have a TV that handles 1080p just fine, it's modest in size and I didn't feel like sitting right in front of it like some toddler. I can just hold the GamePad up to my nose if it gets too bad. Much less of hassle.)

6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: November 29, 2015, 10:40:30 AM
I think that's probably true. In terms of amount of content, the newest Pokémon games clearly beat the older ones. But, that's probably the reason older players often find those less magical than the original generation (and maybe Gold/Silver): it takes much longer before you truly feel like a Pokémon Master. Well, that, and the fact that they're not 10 anymore that doesn't help either.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 29, 2015, 04:14:10 AM
There is nothing like working for a gaming website if you want to be reminded society isn't as progressive as you thought it was... One of the writers did a short, neutral piece on the whole the whole DOAX3 thing. In the comments are some lovely shows of reasoning, for example:
-Women objectify men too, so men objectifying women is always totally okay
-I'm not saying women belong in the kitchen, but evolution says they do and I agree with evolution
-Women are irrational and emotional, that's why there are so few female soldiers

You know what? I think these young men have less control over their emotions than they assume women have. They get very upset everytime they feel their masculinity is threatened. When I reviewed Hatofuk Boyfriend for that site, some readers were actually angry because someone reviewed a game that did not appeal to them.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: November 27, 2015, 03:26:46 AM
Too many Tales games have a set of four elemental dungeons. Well, too many JRPGs do in general, but I think Tales has the most sets per franchise. Just finished Zestiria's set, but Bloodborne's expansion is out now and I am having more fun with that.

I don't mind them. Actually, I think they can be a fun tradition as long they try to do something new with them. I loved the earth trials in Zestiria.
You're chasing a minotaur through the temple because a little girl scared it off. Figthing the boss is one of the first things you do in there, which is kinda cool. Puzzles could have been harder, but the music made that dungeon a pleasure to run through.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 27, 2015, 03:17:17 AM
You haven't even seen the most awesome thing! Not that I'm going to tell you what it is. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. Well, maybe you already know about it because the song has been making the rounds on Youtube... But don't worry it's still amazing in-game.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2015, 11:48:52 AM
To hell with turkey.  I don't even like turkey.  For me, Thanksgiving is all about the sides.  Sides all day, baby, all day!  That's all I want, all I need. 

I remember when several of my cousins first got married (many to Americans) and we often did Thanksgiving at my house since my mom cooked non-veg in her kitchen.  My aunts and all would bring Indian food, but everyone, including the "grandma generation" always went for the American food- mac 'n cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberries, stuffing... the Indian food never got touched, and the grandmas loved experiencing vegetarian food from a different culture. 

That's awesome! My grandparents were never interested in new things, especially not food. They have this saying over here 'what the farmer doesn't know, he won't eat', and the ones that weren't literally farmers were atleast figuratively.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 25, 2015, 03:54:49 PM
Yeah, I have no problem with that stuff as long as they're atleast honest about and don't fall back on 'she breathes through her skin' bullshit. I guess some guys (and girls!) just enjoy dumb fanservice, which is fine, as long as it's not taken too seriously. Besides, it's not as if female gamers are all innocent. Some of those otome-games on PSN are kinda creepy in multiple ways. Not to mention all those games that offer fanservice for both sexes, some even going the extra mile for the ladies.

(Xillia 2's hotsprings ending is a good example.
Milla wearing more fabric than she did during the entire game, other girls only showing some shoulders and such. Meanwhile, the guys side is very.. eh, steamy? suggestive? a fujoshi's wet dream right there on the screen?
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: November 23, 2015, 02:59:31 AM
Tiny knitwear girl is like: You sure you want to be looking towards the camera like that? Your face is weird.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 22, 2015, 04:45:15 PM
The Vita should have the raw power for it, but the emotion engine is apparently a huge pain in the ass.  So... depends on how well the optimise the emulator, I guess? 

(The PS3 was powerful enough for it from the beginning, but back when it was first released, they thought it was easier to just add the quirky PS2 components and have it run PS2 games that way.)
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 21, 2015, 03:12:44 AM
There are still healing arts, but they're not as potent as the healing is often just a part of the skill (for instance, there's one that boosts defence and lets you regenerate HP) and passive healing plays a greater role (for instance, there's a skill that heals you when you activate a buff).
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 20, 2015, 04:31:11 AM
That and people want to believe they can climb the property ladder. Like, buy a decent apartment/small house, live there for 3-10 years while keeping it in great shape, sell it for more than you invested in it and move on to (into?) something more expensive.

Anyway, I'm fine renting. I've got a nice place with more than enough space for one person, and it's cheap because nobody wants to live in villages with few facilities. All I have to do is small maintenance and that's mostly because fixing small things yourself is less of a bother than calling someone to do it.
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