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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 26, 2016, 03:26:55 PM
Without even reading the article: I thought Ran's hair was pretty obvious: her long bangs are swept to the side late 80s/early 90s style. Granted, the whole thing escalated as the artstyle became even more stylised and then the anime fucked it up royally, but yeah, there is an explanation.

After reading the article: yep, I knew I was right!

(I might have 80 or so volumes of Detektiv Conan manga on my bookshelves.)
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 26, 2016, 07:35:43 AM
Wow, that makes it really surprising the Nohr kids actually look like eachother. Guy must have had a thing for blondes.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 26, 2016, 05:54:03 AM
I'm so stressed... Why do important people run off to China to reconnect with their roots when it's the busiest time of year? Why is it so difficult to find trustworthy replacements? Why is everything suddenly my job? Why will everyone be like 'Blame Tamara' if I mess up?

Okay, I might be imagining that last one, but still...
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 26, 2016, 04:11:55 AM
I think it kind of goes like this: Both kings had four kids with their first wife. First wife dies when the kids are still very young. Then they both married another woman who'd already had a child with another man. That's why Azura is technically a Nohrian princess. However, it seems her mother died soon after marrying the king of Nohr, and she never got much of a chance to meet her new siblings. In short, both Azura and the avatar are not related by blood to any of the royals. However, this is Fire Emblem, so I wouldn't be surprised if those two end up being cousins or something.

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART!!

But the game won't let me marry Soleil unless I make my avatar grow a dick!

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I really think you should marry Takumi if you like him that match.

Well then, maybe I will!

20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 03:47:01 PM
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(I have a soft spot for tsundere archers, so what?)

That's a very specific fetish

It's more that I often sympathise with characters like that (and there are a lot of them, weirdly enough), because it's often a little like looking into a mirror. Some of Takumi's insecurities and character flaws hit a little too close to home*.  ... Which is why, no, I'm not going to make him the avatar's husbando. I named her after myself and that'd just be weird. I mean, more weird than I'm already being.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 01:23:06 PM
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As for Azura and Takumi, you could always pair them together, Kiragi will appreciate the extra Strength and Speed Growths (and if you wait long enough Azura could pass down Foreign Princess which would be ridiculous on somebody other than her, assuming you buy it off of an earlier Azura since she'll be hard pressed to pick it up before the main campaign is done).

Erh, what's Azura's fate in Revelation? I mean, I want a nice wife for Takumi because of the bullshit he went through in the other paths. (I have a soft spot for tsundere archers, so what?) 'Here, cheer up, have a lovely wife that'll soon be gone!' doesn't seem quite right.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: April 25, 2016, 11:27:53 AM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil

7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

I didn't expect it, but Conquest was actually difficult. Nice variety of objectives as well. However, the plot seems rather... wobbly. Lots of characters doing dumb things. Birthright was entertaining enough, but very same-y.


23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 08:45:25 AM
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but if you're running a Male Corrin

Female, so I'm good.

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you get all 8 fucking Royals

Yes, 'fucking' is the right word. That's exactly what they'll be doing.

Elise and Hayato... hadn't thought of that one. I'll give that one a shot. Though I'll feel bad for making her the mother of that... Not to mention, making her a blonde seems kind of weird. And wait, how old is Elise anyway? I like to imagine she's atleast 16 but just really childish as heart, but I assume the truth is (a lot) worse...

Who should I pair Takumi with? I feel kind of bad for him (the plot of both Birthright and Conquest hates his guts, and after visiting Serenes Forest for like 5 minutes, it's already obvious he is everyone's favourite meme subject, so yeah, I feel bad for him), and I want to make sure he gets a nice wife. I paired him with Oboro in Birthright. Are there better options?

O, and any recommendations for Azura, since I shouldn't bench her? I gave her Niles last time, which worked out surprisingly well. Their support convos are sweet, and Nina sorta benefitted from Azura's stupidly high strength growth. However, if he's late to the party in Revelation, I may want to pick someone else, right?

... Thinking about it, I kinda thoroughly fucked up the royal families in last games. Princes and princesses were marrying servants left and right, and a few hooked up with rather shady characters. Maybe I should have atleast some of them act like royalty, like, make them start working on lasting ties between the two countries. Maybe... Leo and Sakura?
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 03:01:49 AM
I played through Birthright and am almost done with Conquest, and now I have Revelation to look forward to. Aparently it's a shipping extravaganza extraordinaire, so I was wondering... any recommendations? I'm mostly looking for cute/sane pairings that don't screw up the kids too badly.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Reviewing a bad game on: April 21, 2016, 11:41:09 AM
I made it all the way to the jungle area :D

So, yeah, that's like 1/3 of the game covered...
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 21, 2016, 07:21:18 AM
The hotel room saga finally came to an end. First I didn't have one, then I was promised one, then I didn't get it, then my roommate nearly panicked because her sister apparently hadn't told her she was kicking her out of her room to do me a favor (and raise our support rank, I think?), and then I mailed back and forth with a member of the convention staff and now the room is booked an paid. Now I can finally stress out over other stuff. Like, preparing lectures and workshops, buying a new bathing suit in case there are swimming/sauna plans, making more stuff for our table in the vendor area...

I had a notice on my door that the water in my whole city will be worked on in a few days and then when it's back on will need to be boiled before being used until a 48 hour period is up.

What the heck is going on with everyone's water all of a sudden?

Maybe there was a problem all along and they're just now thinking "Yeah, maybe we should fix that..."

27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Reviewing a bad game on: April 21, 2016, 03:27:58 AM
Yep, that is certainly true. For instance, I only got to spend three days with Xenoblade Chronicles before I had to start writing. I think I managed to hit the 30 hour mark when I handed in my review. And that was the best case scenario. The other option was spending two days at Nintendo's offices and play it there, which would have meant less than 20 hours of game time and possibly a PR person breathing down my necks.

(That said, Nintendo of Europe is pretty awesome with review copies right now. Ik got Xenoblade Chronicles X nearly a month in advance and I'm already through my first Fire Emblem Fates game, which won't hit store shelves until May 20. Still, as nice as having loose deadlines is, playing 80+ hours only to get paid for maybe 5-10 hours of work is insane.)
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Reviewing a bad game on: April 18, 2016, 11:58:19 AM
It'd be a preview if it's obvious I only saw the tip of the iceberg, but plenty of bad games throw everything they have at you within the first our of so. It's one of those design flaws that make bad games bad. And if the game is so bad you don't want to keep playing it at any cost, well, that says a lot about the quality. Who'd want to wade through a river of shit only to find out that the other side is still shit, but shit that happens to be solid enough to stand on?
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Reviewing a bad game on: April 18, 2016, 11:23:47 AM
Really depends on how tolerable the game is. I've played all the way through Time & Eternity before giving it a 3, but there have also been games where I give up after 2-3 hours to protect my own sanity. I think it's fair to quit once the game has shown you pretty much all its gameplay mechanics, as long as you're honest about not finishing the game and state the reasons why.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: April 14, 2016, 10:49:50 AM
Well, she tried, but by the time she put on the last layers she noticed she forget a shirt and some probably some other stuff. Fixing it was too much of a bother, though, so she just went "Meh, there's always tomorrow" and started her day. Sarai constantly dresses like a magical stripper anyway, so it was not as if her little oopsie was going to stand out that much.
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