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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 03:18:04 AM
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I guess that might have been the best.  For now anyways, hopefully I'll be able to do more with art though.  I'm mostly scared because I'm getting basically NO support from my family.  I think they want me to be 'happy' as a receptionist where I can quietly live till I'm old enough for retirement.  I'ts very disheartening to be doing something you love and them to just say "oh okay, that *hobby*".  I tell them I can make money off it if I try, and it falls on deaf ears.

Today was a really bad day for that, they're really gunning at me and I haven't been this blue about it in a while. 

I've seen that happen to more than a few people... But all of them are earning money with their art now or well on their way of doing so. It's like Klyde says: grab every job you can. Heck, I know people who take commissions (no naughty stuff) on deviant art to supplement their income. (Actually saw a few get more professional jobs through there as well.)

Well, actually, a few of them failed, but those were headed towards failure the moment they had convinced themselves they'd become big overnight because they're special little snowflakes. As long as you're not like that and willing to put in the work needed, your chances of making a living doing illustrations or designs actually aren't that terrible.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 02:46:47 PM
What works for most creative people I know is a steady (if somewhat boring/simple) job 24-32 hours a week (= source of income reliable enough to eat and pay rent), freelance work for fun/creative outlet and extra cash. Some of them moved on to being fulltime artists thanks to talent and hard work (and plain old good connections). I don't know what kind of job/career/thing you're looking for exactly, but I'm sure you'll get there one way or another :)
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Tales of" a discussion on: December 03, 2014, 01:01:50 PM
1. A) Best Male Character (Repede is male)

Repede! No, wait, I'll have to go with Yuri. I like that he isn't the typical kind of do-gooder but doesn't enter edgy/emo territory either. That kind of balance is rare in games.

1. B) Best Female Character

No matter what you guys say, I'll always like Estelle for being just so gosh darn cute and kind! Kindness does require strength of character and I don't care it's not the cool kind. And while she can be kind to a fault and will probably never be a leader like Natalia, I don't want to hold that against her. It's not like she chose to be born a princess. If her true calling is something like writing (children's) literature, then that's great too.

1. C) Worst character

Meh. I dunno. I always to throw stupid hero idiots off a cliff the moment I meet them, but after a while I just kinda tune them out. I do remember wanting to punch Legendia's Shirley in the face for most of the game for being an awful, annoying and mostly awful person.

2. Best Mascot Character (or least annoying little shit)

Repede is just plain awesome, but Quickie and Rollo both get points for playing the mascot role perfectly: cute but not obnoxiously so.

3. Best Cast Synergy

That's a difficult one... Definitely one of the smaller ones. With the 8-9 character casts it always feel like there's at least one member who's there simply because everyone on the development team loved the character design or battle style, but nobody had not idea what to do with him/her storywise, so the character gets a moment or two to appear relevant and then just kinda hangs out, or something. Yes, I'm looking at you, Gall.

I think I'll go with the Abyss. Not only had all members valid reasons to be there, they also found time to interact with pretty much every other character in the group. Plus, Anise and Jade teaming up to mess with everyone else was just too funny.

4. Best Battle System

Graces. Moving around the battle field, dodging attacks left and right felt really fluid. In most Tales games it feels like there's this divide between moving and hitting, but I didn't really notice that in Graces. And yeah, CC is a great mechanic. The basic combo system that's used in most titles works fine, sure, but CC is easy to understand and allows for more freedom.

5. Best Battle Arena

Vesperia's one of the few were I did all the challenges. Xillia (2)'s was fun too, but felt kinda meager in the cameo department.

6. Best Story

The Abyss. It was kinda convoluted at times and the technobabble didn't help, but there was some good drama in there. Hearts gets points for telling a basic story well. No frills or bullshit, just fairly straightforward save the girl/world kind of thing.

7. Best Music

I honestly can't remember. All the Sakuraba stuff kinda melted together a long time ago. If I dig deep enough, I might be able to recall some favourite battle themes, but even that is getting harder thanks to those character costumes with matching music.

19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2014, 01:48:04 PM
Alright then!

I'm sure there's some sort of positive and encouraging message behind this smart little bunny:

20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2014, 12:32:49 PM
Congratulations, Dice! :D

Wish I could jump on the funny congratulatory picture bandwagon but I can't think of anything at the moment.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 30, 2014, 04:05:22 AM
I wouldn't mind having a figure or two, but the ones I like are a bit too expensive for me and I wouldn't know were to put them anyway. I mean, I've got plenty of shelves, but they're all filled with books and games...

Well, I guess that expensive Rita figure would look right at home, but if I managed to get my hands on that one, I'm sure a certain friend of mine would break into my house and steal her. She's been looking for that figure for years now.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 28, 2014, 04:53:46 PM
But... but... nightmare inducing gooey gummy people?

Yeah, well, okay, the game definitely had problems and I can totally see those getting in the way of a nice gaming experience, but I will always appreciate how weirdly twisted it got later on.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 28, 2014, 03:37:42 PM
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Fantasy Life was in large part thanks to Brownie Brown/1-Up Studios, who made Mother 3 (supposedly. They also made a bunch of crap like Magical Starsign and Sword of Mana).

Hey, don't say mean things about Magical Starsign! It may have had some flaws, but it made up for it with a ton of personality :(

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WKC aside, I have yet to play a Level 5 title I don't enjoy, really never understood all the hate. :(

While most games aren't that bad on their own, there's just too much 'do the same thing over and over again'. Many of their games are grindfests and when they do hit a good idea they'll milk it for all its worth. Like, they make a new Inazuma Eleven every year or so because there's a new batch of 9-year-olds to sell them the game to each year. They're even working with different versions now.

(I do love the Professor Layton games, though.)

24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: November 28, 2014, 02:28:13 PM
Some of the games on our lists are quite short, though. All those 5-hour-titles add up fast. The shortest one on my list, Labyrintine Dreams, took 90 minutes to play through. Well worth it though. It's a story about a young woman struggling with cancer and looking back on her life in her final dream. The game has a surprisingly down to earth tone and manages to tie story and gameplay together quite well, leading to and ending that's both satisfying and clever.

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There's a returning type of puzzle in which the main character has to flee from a monster. Whenever she takes one step, it takes two. In the final 'puzzle' there is nothing left to hide behind and she's ends up being chased down a narrow corridor. When the monster catches up with her, she gets angry at the unfair rules and decides to break them. If the monster is allowed two steps, she'll take two as well! She'll even manage three if she tries hard enough! And while she may not be able to outrun the monster forever, every step is still a small victory.

It's on sale on Steam right now for like $/€2,49.

25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 28, 2014, 01:06:51 PM
I think they could make a good game... if they got their priorities straight. Like, don't worry about scale until you've got a decent story planned out. If you don't have that it'll just be a load of content with no context.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: November 28, 2014, 05:45:39 AM
1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign
16. Etrian Odyssey Untold
17. Mugen Souls Z
18. Picross e4
19. Crystal Warriors
20. To the Moon
21. The Banner Saga
22. Game Dev Tycoon
23. Gone Home
24. Bastion
25. Breath of Death VII
26. Cthulhu Saves the World
27. Ys Book I
28. Ys Book II
29. Tappingo
30. Millennium: A New Hope
31. Penny Arcade Episode 3
32. Ys Origin
33. Penny Arcade Episode 4
34. The Night of the Rabbit
35. Tales of Xillia 2
36. Danganronpa 2
37. Ar nosurge
38. Always Sometimes Monsters
39. Fantasy Life
40. Labyrinthine Dreams
41. Costume Quest
42. Ys Seven

43. Tales of Hearts R (feels kinda old-school but in a good way)
44. Shin Megami Tensei IV (finally! Loved it)
45. Tengami (very pretty, very relaxing)
46. Picross e5 (more Picross. I love Picross)
47. Hero of the Kingdom (fun little hidden object/adventure/time waster thing)
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2014, 03:23:59 PM
Found a new looking copy of 'De brief voor de koning' for 25 cents at a store with used goods. Almost felt bad for paying so little for such a good book in a new perfect condition. Tonke Dragt was one of my favourite writers back when I was a kid, so I'm looking forward to giving it to the oldest of the little ones. I hope she'll love it just as much as I did.

(Oh, and I just found out an English edition (The Letter for the King) was released last year! If you have a fantasy loving kid in the family, lets say age 8-12, this book makes a great Christmas gift.)

28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2014, 06:28:59 AM
Sorry, I guess I generalized too much. I think what I really wanted to say was that breeds are not something the majority of dog owners should worry about because they want/need is a companion, not a dog that needs to be able to do a specific type of job.

So, eh, one of the 'my owner loves Cowboy Bebop, so here I am!' corgis I've met is actually a seizure response dog. Back when animecons weren't as crowded he served as a sort of unofficial mascot. Now his owner can't bring him anymore because the dog is too small. People might overlook him in the crowd and accidently hurt him.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2014, 03:59:19 AM
Sure, breed may be important when you're looking for a good working dog. Helps narrow things down immensely. But many people go for looks first, not taking into account what kind of dog they're getting. Example: many smallers dog breeds started out as hunting dogs, yet people think they're cute and cuddly and want them as lap dogs. Or look at chihuahuas. Those tend to be fiercely loyal and I wouldn't trust my sister's anywhere near strange children. Some tried to pet her even after I said no, and that thing was deadset on biting their little fingers off. I've met shelter volunteers who were genuinly worried when Games of Thrones became popular. They were fearing a small flood of large dogs with specific needs, which are hard to find good homes for. Plus, even dogs with good genes are easily ruined by bad treatment.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2014, 02:46:45 AM
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Quite a few people were probably inspired to get pet corgis because of Ein.

I know several...

I wonder if it has had any effect on the breed. Like, for some time red cocker spaniels were in high demand because of a popular comic and even proper breeders were selling dogs with all sorts of problems.

I don't understand the appeal of breed anyway. I mean, sure, some of them look really cute/cool, but if you're going to keep something as a pet for 10+ years character is way more important. Which may be why many of those 'inspired by' people seem to drop their pets off at a shelter once the novelty has worn of and the reality of poop scooping, vet bills and hairs on every surface ever has set in.
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