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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 28, 2015, 11:43:28 AM
I wanted to say something smart about dealing with teens, but I'm pretty clueless myself right now. How do you deal with a kid that's overenthousiastic? There's this boy who really wants to help with the new site, but he's not particularly good at anything (yet). I don't want to crush his spirit, but... yeah.

Next JRPG I play, all kid characters will be benched by default.

Edit: Gah, stupid kid! We decided to do things certain ways, and now you want to do it your own way? That's now how it works.

This is so annoying. I want to tell the kid he needs to work harder but I'm sure everyone is this | | close to hating me already, because I tend to take work seriously. Blargh.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 02:24:30 PM
^ But then your eyes are still playing tricks on you. The colors are blue and gold. The illusion is that some people will see blue and black, and others will see white and gold, but it's almost impossible to register it as blue and gold.

Not really, the way the dress appears to me in the picture is light blue + bronze/gold, but I know that due to the lighting the dress is in reality most probably a darker shade of blue and black.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 12:21:36 PM
I can't imagine seeing it as gold and white. I guess I understand how it works in theory (the brain assumes the lighting is blueish and decides the dress must be white), but I can't help but notice how bright every other part of the photo is, so my brain says: the dress is blue and black, because the colours appear lighter in the photo than they actually are.

But, I make my brain compare like 50 shades of blue under various types of lighting whenever picking colours for a new amigurumi, so maybe I bootcamped my brain into being good at this.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 27, 2015, 08:47:41 AM
Why would you be glad? It's not like have to play their games even if you don't want to.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 26, 2015, 11:10:16 AM
Yep, but his ridiculous outfit and complete disregard for social conventions make him fun to watch. Plus, I didn't really like half of the characters, so I had no problem with him being an asshole towards them.

And hey, his shitty childhood isn't his only excuse. If anything everything after it makes for a much better one. His failure didn't just cost him his father, it cost his country a man who was apparently great at nearly everything. I doubt anyone really appreciated having to trade in a competent and wise leader for some stupid teenager. I mean, it's not like they could just push him aside either, what with him being from an important (and wealthy!) family. So, on one hand there are high expectations and on the other he's already hated because he failed to meet the most important one. No matter what he does, people will hate his guts anyway. It's no wonder he's so fucked up.

So yeah, despite him being a total jerk, I want to give him a second chance (again).

(... I think my reasoning here would also explain why nearly all my pets are jerks. "So, after over a year of isolation, this rabbit has zero social skills and will try to bite your fingers off out of boredom? Sure, I'll take her. It'll be sad if she doesn't get a second chance at life." x10 They are/were all fun to watch, though.)
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 26, 2015, 10:05:13 AM
The more I think about it... This thread makes me want to replay Star Ocean 3. I remember really enjoying that game and I'm curious how well it held up. I'd have to consult a FAQ, though, because if I want to recreate my first playthough, I'll have to figure out how to keep Albel in my party as much as possible (and pick up Nel again later, cuz Nel is awesome too). Yeah, I should probably do this.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 26, 2015, 04:00:23 AM
Yeah, but lettuce needs to make friends with other foods first before you shove it into your mouth, because it's, well, lettuce.

I guess I'm lucky. Worst I've had to deal with was an university graduate who could not do basic math. Circles looked like some sort of dark magic to her.

8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 23, 2015, 08:59:10 AM
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm perfectly happy to talk about things on forums. If you let people dump their thoughts directly under whatever, bad things happen. Discuss whatever needs to be discussed elsewhere and a good portion of the bag eggs won't bother.

Speaking of saying mean things, apparently I've been scaring the newbies at work. It was frustrating to see some really enthousiastic first year journalism student try to reinvent the wheel and I said so. Some things are done certain ways because we know those works and that the other ways don't work as well. And then there's how some people think I'm responsible for three people leaving, two of them longtime writers. Which I guess is true, but they hadn't been pulling their own weight in ages, if ever. I was just the first one who dared to say it out loud. There's also how I tried to make the magazine more uniform by making writers use their real name or a realistic pennames if they wanted to remain anonymous (no anime forum bullshit), not everyone was happy with that. It's stuff that needs to be done and I don't really mind playing the badguy, but I've become so, well... pragmatic and honest would be nice ways to put it, that I'm afraid I'll scare off some of the people working on that new website I was talking about.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: February 22, 2015, 04:17:55 PM
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Should this topic (and I guess the 2014 topic as well) be in the Game Journals section?

Probably, I think? Just kinda dropped it where the last one was.

1. Long Live the Queen
2. A Bird Story
3. Choice of the Deathless
4. Child of Light
5. The Sacred Tears TRUE
6. Reccetear
7. Fairune
8. Black Sigil
9. Summon Night: Twin Age

10. Time Hollow
It's been a while since I played a game that was so... localised. That took some adjusting, but fortunately it didn't really alter the experience. Time travel is as confusing as always (what with the sending back and forth of people, who'd then get 'stuck' in time and so on) and I'm still trying to wrap my head around part of the ending (I think I missed a thing or two about the extra pen?), but overall I enjoyed it. The pen was a fun way to mess with the past.

Paper Mario
Wow, this game held up extremely well! I know I should have high expectations of Nintendo-games, but this game is so polished it plays like something that could have been released last year on 3DS. Only the resolution and textures hint at its actual age (15 this year!). I guess I could complain about how the game was designed to be fairly simple and straight-forward, but as it happens that was exactly what I was looking for, so whatever. Great game. Should have played this way sooner. Or not. I mean, seriously, it's rare for a game to age this gracefully.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 22, 2015, 02:21:56 PM
I hate comment sections under reviews... There's this guy on this site I write for and he's one of those elitist dicks that feels the need to talk down to any writer he doesn't agree with (and sadly he's just one of many). I wrote this article on Darkest Dungeon. Editor-in-chief asked for a review, but since the game is still in early access I made sure to focus on my experiences thusfar and present them as such. I praised its intens gameplay and atmosphere, but did warn that's it not for everyone because of the big role RNG plays. Then this dudes comes along and berates me for not giving the game a glowing recommendation. Apparently I haven't played enough roguelikes, dungeon crawlers and whatever to 'get it'. As in: my experiences and opinions are invalid because they don't line up exactly with his. What does he want me to do then, pretend I like the game more than I do (and I already like it! I just don't think it's the most awesome game that was ever awesome)? Wouldn't that be kinda unethical since I'd be lying?

I don't get paid enough for this crap... Seriously, I don't. I got like 1/5th of minimum wage for that piece.

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I have no patience for bad books, but I am one of the guys on RPGFan's "cleanup crew" who reviews bad games and/or games no one else wants because I have a morbid fascination with bad gaming.  I like to see if it's as bad as everyone says it is.  I did this years ago with SaGa Frontier- I rented it to see how bad it was since everyone talked about it sucking... I loved it!  I thought the game was fantastic. 

Maybe this is my problem. I liked Saga Frontier, too. I like quirky things, but I always try to be fair when describing strengths and shortcomings, meaning that many games I review end up with a score in the 6-7 region. Those are not bad scores according to any magazine I've ever written for, but people do view them as bad. "Oh, you didn't give the game an 8 or higher? That means you hate it. How dare you hate this game I like!"
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 01:45:50 PM
I didn't mind the plottwist (it actually explained some stuff like convenient teleportation gates in the first two games), but the way they handled it was rather silly. Fun game, though.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 20, 2015, 07:39:27 AM
That seems like a rather odd developer to buy when you're trying to expand your mobile games business. Tri-Ace is all about (silly) 40 hour JRPG epics, not really the type of stuff that works well on a small screen.

On the technical side they should be able to adjust just fine (if you can master weirdness that is the PS2, modern phones should be a cakewalk), but actual design.. I dunno. Are they going to continue designing their own games or are they just glorified code monkeys now? This news makes me sad...
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2015, 06:23:07 AM
In my dreams I am an omnipotent god. No, really, I destroyed the universe last night, because I couldn't find a nice dimension to hang out in. And then built a new one, because floating through endless nothingness is only fun for like two dream minutes. Tomorrow some NPCs are probably going to try to kill me again, which is a stupid idea, because I have basically every super power from every movie/games/anime/book I've ever watched/played/read.

The NPC's I met last night were cool, though. Bunch of mech pilots, or something. They had a very cuddly cat. I discussed colour codes with the only female member of the team. She wore blue, because she felt it better reflected her calm and motherly nature.

Speaking of creating things, a bunch of members from the P Magazine forum got together and now we're going to build our own website (not with hookers and black jack). We got a few people with technical skill, but the editiorial side is pretty new to practically all of them. It'll be a challenge, but I look forward to helping them set up something that will last. Besides, they're already cracking jokes about my age and how can I say not to being the older, more experiences party member? Those are always the coolest.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 16, 2015, 05:02:11 PM
I try to get a new charm at every anime convention I go to. Some for my phone (got an old one, so no plug needed), a few for the key to the box we keep our craft club's change and earnings in (what do you call those things in English?) and then there's those on the 3DS. Right now it's a cute round tiger thingie (paper mache, I think), a soft little plush dog that doubles as a screen cleaner and a creepy looking star-shaped bell I bought because I wanted to support our nice vendor neighbours but they didn't really have anything I liked and/or could afford.

Now I'm hoping to find a Nyanko-sensei (from Natsume's Book of Friends), one of these would be nice:



But those are from 2013, so I doubt I'll find one XD Fortunately, Nyanko-sensei is a popular character. I'm bound to find another charm I like.

As for recommendations, those little screen cleaner animals are a lot of fun. I have no idea if they still make them (got mine in like 2008), but they're soft, cute and useful. I like that in a charm.





15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 16, 2015, 01:42:14 PM
Strange question time! The old 3DS has one of those hook thingies for cellphone straps. Does the New 3DS have one? I'm actually a 15 year old Japanese girl and I need a place to put cute charms and stuff.
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