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1471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 03, 2011, 09:52:32 AM
Visited my sister today because it's her birthday. One guy mistook me for her for a second. Then my uncle said 'You've lost a lot of weight, haven't you'? My weight and dress size have been pretty much the same for 5+ years and I've never been overweight (or even close to it) to begin with. My sister on the other hand, used to be slightly underweight, so I always looked a bit chunky compared to her. Her weight is normal now and we're pretty much the same size. So, that's what I told him and now I feel bad, because that kind of makes it sounds like my sister has gained weight. Well, she has, obviously, but 'gaining weight' has such bad connotations.

Guys, if you ever want to compliment our appearance because we look thinner, don't say anything about our weight! It will always come out wrong one way or another.
1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 03, 2011, 05:40:09 AM
I have no problems with Estelle. I just think she adds to the humour of the game, as do Raven and Karol. I don't recall having any healing problems with her, but maybe I just need to play the game normally again.

It wasn't so much healing as running to the middle of the battlefiend and getting her butt kicked. Oh and when she does heal, she has the tendency to go for the most expensive spells that take a lot of time too charge. When you're playing smart and dodging and blocking a lot, you don't really need those big heals. Raven and Karol are just more efficient. Oh and Love Shot heals almost instantly, so there's that too.

That doesn't mean she is a bad character though. She becomes a lot more useful if you spend some time tweaking her AI and give her something to combat the high TP consumption. She also has this spell that forms a ring and pulls all enemies together in the middle of the screen. In my game she was pretty good at timing it so that Rita could hit everything with her spell. It becomes useless after you gain Tidal Wave, but still...
1473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 03, 2011, 04:41:08 AM
Exactly. She's the kind of person I would actually want to hang out with. That's not something I can say about, well, 95% of all RPG heroines? To be honest, I usually want to throw them off a cliff. Most have some really, really annoying personality quirks. Estelle has a fairly balanced personality. She's so nice and... and... normal.
1474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 03, 2011, 02:08:55 AM
Is Estelle really that annoying to everyone?

I kinda liked her. She was sweet without acting like a stupid 5-year-old. Also, she likes books. Books are awesome :D

Not a very good healer though. A dedicated healer shouldn't be running around, getting hit by monsters she's trying to attack. In her case, being idle was more productive than attacking, but her AI just couldn't get it right... Luckily, Raven and Karol are pretty good at keeping everyone healed.

Anyway, I've played Destiny, Eternia, Phantasia, Symphonia, Legendia, the Abyss, Radiant Mythology, Symphonia 2 and Vesperia. In that order. People over at [N]Gamer think I'm a huge fan, but I mostly just really like Tales of the Abyss. The other games were fun, but not as memorable.
1475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2011, 04:13:21 AM
Mom and dad got us into gaming. Sadly, they stopped playing with us ten years ago. Dad says he couldn't keep up anymore, mom always complains about not being able to see the screen clearly but refuses to put her glasses on. Dad still helps me when there is trouble in hardwareland. We're quite adept at saving PlayStation 2's from the DREs of doom :D

So until my sister and I moved out, we played games together with our brother. My sister isn't much of a gamer actually, but sometimes she just has to play one. For hours at a time if possible. There was that Lufia 2 marathon she did. Played the game for nearly eight hours straight. Oh and the Locoroco incident. It was kind of scary how good the was at that one...


Because you totally need a team of four to play Plants vs Zombies! :D
1476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New parent on: May 26, 2011, 12:42:40 PM
Learn to love the pause button.
1477  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 26, 2011, 02:33:43 AM
Why can't you wear a coat to this thing?

Because if there is a fire, people might die! Because of my coat!

Also, coats may be used to steal stuff from the dealerroom. My coat is magical like a bag of infinite holding and I can totally fit that random 1/8 statue of jailbait moe character #163 in there.

Or that they want to make sure female endowments are more visible?

You could be on to something... There are also very specific rules about where you should wear your badge. On the left side of your chest, which gives the gophers, stewards, staff and security an excuse to stare at your chest when checking badges.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure they have these rules for the sake of having lots of rules. They think it makes them look more important. I doubt they'll ever try to enforce rules like the coat rule, because that would mean they'd have to start a con-wide cosplayer hunt and kick out half of them.
1478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 25, 2011, 04:18:33 PM
People who take me too seriously. I mean, sure, I threatened to wear a coat to Animecon next year, because I think the whole 'wearing a coat is not allowed on the festival grounds' rule is ridiculous, but that doesn't mean I hate the whole convention. I just don't like some of the people who organise it and all those stupidly strict rules. Big difference. I mean, dramatically rebelling by wearing a coat, how can anyone take that seriously? Well, some people can, obviously, but still...
1479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 25, 2011, 03:27:01 PM
I'm getting a Wii for $35! I'm getting the two Trauma Center games and Donkey Kong Country Returns. What other games do I need?

Fragile Dreams! A boy and his blob!
1480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 22, 2011, 03:02:49 PM
I invited some awesome people over to teach them how to make amigurumi. I never imagined anyone could make crochet sound so dirty.

'So, where do I stick it in? The front or the back?'
'It's too tight, I can't get it in!'
'I think you have to stretch it with your fingers before you shove it in'

It was like playing an Ar Tonelico game.
1481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 18, 2011, 02:40:15 AM
Yeah, orbs are those things you find in dungeons and use to defeat the big bad evil with.

... Now I'm wondering what a Zelda game in which you collect eyes would be like. Ew...
1482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2011, 02:34:35 AM
Estelle is my most hated JRPG character. That's why I like ToV less than the other Tales games I've completed (Symphonia, Abyss, and Legendia.)

I need to play Vesperia in English just to see if this is a localization thing.  Estelle never really bothered me at all.  She's a bit stereotypical, sure, but not in a negative way.  I liked her general disposition, anyway.

Haha she is actually my favourite.  She's sweet, earnest, and cute in a nerdy way.  I never thought her top-to-bottom "pink" was over-bearing.  I found her little figurine cheap too and has been one of two "anime figurines" I have bought and intent to ever buy.

Yeah, I liked her as well and I'm usually the first one to hate the cotton candy princesses. Sure, she was indecisive, but who wouldn't be in her situation? She's just trying her hardest to do the right thing.

My favorite characters are Repede and Raven though.
1483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 17, 2011, 03:48:42 PM
Today my boss asked me something out of the blue.

"How old were you in 2003?!"

Turns out he saw my name in an old Nintendo magazine from that year. But what does this have to do with my age?

Besides, if he had checked an even earlier issue, he would have found out that I was 15 in 2002 and totally into Legend of Kartia. 

Which is kind of related to what happened in the Dimension Plus today. I bought a game and mentioned that my account was pretty old. He agreed, since I've been a loyal customer since the store opened back in 2000. Then I remembered it's almost 10 years ago I bought Lunar Silver Star Story there (ah, June 7, 2001... I remember it like it was yesterday...). Lunar was my very first imported PlayStation game, the game that pretty much set me on the course to what I am today. Why Lunar? Because RPGfan made me!

So, ehm, you changed/ruined my life. Thanks.
1484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The girlfriend won't let me play video games, WTF!? on: May 16, 2011, 02:52:30 PM
I honestly don't understand what is so bad about having a hobby. You can have a hobby and be a good parent. Actually, I'm pretty sure you need a hobby to be a good parent. No kid wants their parents to constantly hover over them because they don't know what else to do with their spare time. You also need to be able to recharge one way or another. Having a hobby is a good thing!

My dad usually went straight to the attic to tinker after dinner, but that was fine with us, because we knew we could always go up and spend time with him. Or ask him to fix our toys. That's what I liked about him as a kid, he could always fix our stuff or even make us something new. My dad built my first bicycle, my bed and a bunch of other stuff. His other hobby is kind of cool too. He was the head of a guild and still is, actually. It's a time consuming hobby, but going to the local fair with my dad is awesome. He knows virtually everyone and we get a lot of stuff for free.

Besides, games are a lot of better than I lot of other hobbies I can think of. Atleast you can play them together with the family once in a while. Plus, it's very likely the kids will become interested in games when they grow up. Knowing more about games than just how to interprete the ERSB ratings is very useful.
1485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: May 13, 2011, 02:35:41 AM
I so want this game. And I'd want it even more if they leave the Japanese opening intact.

Bamco seems to like eliminating all traces of japanese language in games, so I doubt it would use that version.
It may actually choose to put it in english.

I bet they'll reuse the opening from the PS2 version and there is nothing wrong with that.
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