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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2016, 11:40:16 AM
I don't really care for fast food chains, but I kinda like knowing there are Subways everywhere. I like the veggie subs. However, I've only ever met one employee who made them perfectly. The perfect amount of everything distributed perfectly.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2016, 10:17:01 AM


ETERNAL EDEN// The pushblock puzzles, whilst unoriginal, are fantastic.. In the Jericho Tomb ATM and I'm so impressed with the dungeon design in this game I wanna e-mail the developer. I really can't believe more folks don't sing this games praise as so far it hits all the right notes for a classic. I will expand on this point as I get more time with it.

It is great, isn't it? It's like A Link to the Past mixed with Lufia 2. If one guy can design dungeons that great, why can't big companies like Square Enix?

As for why it's not more popular... It came out in 2008, when RPG Maker games were taken even less seriously than they are now. Plus, it's not on Steam. It's one of those games you only find out about through word of mouth.

I totally recommend e-mailing the developer, btw. He's a really nice guy.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2016, 11:04:04 AM
If the work for Walmart, shouldn't you atleast allow them the illusion that the people they serve have an equally shitty life fueled by low expectations and calorie rich escapism?

Besides, considering what I've seen of Walmart online, it may not be an illusion...

I have never understood the stigma of working at Walmart or McDonalds. People assume that the people working there are shit. Why? Because they have jobs? Because they are just trying to make ends meet? Not everyone is qualified to do more. That doesn't make them shitty or mean they have a shitty life. Sometimes there are not a lot of jobs available and to provide for their family a person will take whatever they can get. Why denigrate them? Does it make people feel better to assume they are superior to someone with a "shitty" job? Without the people willing to work those jobs you wouldn't be able to cash out at your local store.

I know, I'd never look down on anyone for having a job. It's more like... I have read and heard how working for Walmart is a dead end job, because Walmart loves to dodge responsiblities as an employer, making people work schedules that just slightly disqualify them for benefits for months if not years, and so on. Not to mention that retail as a whole is a kinda shitty place to work unless you live somewhere where people consider retail employees living people with feelings. So, eh, I kinda assume the job is shitty and people don't work shitty jobs for fun. They get them because they currently don't have any other options and grab whatever they can get, even if that means being taken advantage of by a big corporation. Personally, if quietly judging me gets someone else through a bad day, meh... I'll live.

(If Walmart is not in fact an employment hellhole, feel free to correct me.)
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2016, 10:20:54 AM
Remia or w/e



Anyway, Stranger of Sword City is an evil, evil game. For the most part it's just 'yes, this is fine, I have strategies', but some of the later dungeons are like 'fuck you and your strategies, no more skills for you!'.

I mean, I get it, it's supposed to be old-school hard for all those nostalgic masochists who can't get off unless they can tell someone to 'git gud', but some of the design choices are just plain evil and nothing but a means of draining away the player's time.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2016, 10:12:48 AM
If the work for Walmart, shouldn't you atleast allow them the illusion that the people they serve have an equally shitty life fueled by low expectations and calorie rich escapism?

Besides, considering what I've seen of Walmart online, it may not be an illusion...
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 17, 2016, 05:29:06 AM
Should have seen that coming. Subaki is perfect, perfection is Subaki.

(I doubt I'll want to replay Conquest again anytime soon. The maps were great, but the story made me feel terrible. All sorts of important characters caught a bad case of the stupids, the whole rebelling against your tyranical father is a lie for most of the game, and when you do get down to business, you end up sacrificing many innocent lives. It has 'Bad End' written all over it.)
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 17, 2016, 04:23:15 AM
And there goes the Fire Emblem Fates European neighbourhood... The cheating scumbags have arrived. The game isn't even out yet, but some stores started selling Birthright and Conquest early, so... yeah.

(My castle is still in the top three most popular legit castles though.)

Fortunately, I have something else I need to play. I'm 20 hours into Stranger of Sword City. It's a slow burn and the whole 'instant death = several hours of recovery time' thing is bullshit, but other than that I'm having an okay time. It has a bit of a MegaTen vibe to it.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 15, 2016, 09:28:52 AM
New one: the ice-cream was good. Didn't notice much of the brownies (I only found one chunk near the end of my portion) but salted caramel is the best.

Not so great: I was up late reading and fell asleep with my hair down, thinking "What's the worst that could happen?" I have regrets. My brush has regrets.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: May 15, 2016, 09:28:30 AM
It's one of those really long workdays that involves a lot of downtime, and since I need to stay close to my laptop in case of emergency e-mails, I haven't done much (outside of work) other than play Fire Emblem Fates. That alone was not enough to keep the boredom at bay and I started wondering... about Takumi... I mean, it's so long and thick... I couldn't exactly measure his, so I handed him a bathing towel to make it easier to estimate, tried to put mine up (which was difficult! it's too heavy to stay up!) as well and compared. Conclusion: Takumi's hair is only a few inches longer than mine, but I will never able to compete with that volume.



25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2016, 09:34:10 AM
Things I learned today: write game titles in full or things will turn weird. "So you do Odin and I do Sophie?" was just the tip of the iceberg... The conversation ended when some editors started talking about having sex with their cross-dressing selves and making the ultimate babies, and the boss made everyone go back on topic.

RPGfan seems so normal now.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: May 14, 2016, 03:21:16 AM
My handicrafts friend's boyfriend has a very similar personality and in the beginning he loved trying to get a rise out of me. I now know how to handle a Niles in real life, but this virtual one is proving to be a problem. (The RL one drew the line at braids and colourful hairties.)
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 13, 2016, 02:09:29 AM
I like most flavors to be honest....

Edit:
So! Did you feel better after having Ice Cream Tomara? I bet you did, see Ice Cream is good for you!

I haven't had ice cream yet. I'm saving it. It might sound as if I'm lying at this point, but the lid is still sealed.

Besides, ice cream is not going to fix my lack of sleep. I went to sleep at around 22:30, when it was finally dark outside. Woke up around 00:00 because of a loud bang. Got out of bed to investigate, and concluded it must have been some assholes setting off fireworks illegally. Went back to bed and woke up around 2:00 because of a stupid nightmare. Went back to sleep and woke up again less than two hours later because my body hates me. Dawn was quickly approaching, meaning the birds outside were already going nuts, so I had to close my window to be able to go back to sleep. Then I woke up again at dawn anyway. Fun...
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: May 12, 2016, 03:00:10 PM
The technicaly differences between the three main consoles of that generation actually weren't that big. If anything, Sony's trump card was the PS2's ability to play DVDs back when DVD players were stupidly expensive. Sure, they were also boasting about the Emtion Engine, but that thing was a pain in the ass for developers. It took them years how to figure out how to put the PS2 hardware to good use and a lot of early titles look like shit. The PS2s real power was in its software library, which was made possible by connections build in the 32/64-bit era.

Some of the PS2's success isn't even a result of things Sony did. Both Nintendo and Microsoft made several slip-ups. Nintendo was still struggling with the N64 3rd party developer exodus, and maybe those mini-discs weren't the best choice. Meanwhile, Microsoft was mostly experimenting with a variety of things, like a controller that was too big for human hands.

What also may have been a factor, is that the PS2 was relatively easier to mod to play pirated games.
29  Media / General Games / Re: The controllers thread on: May 12, 2016, 02:38:36 PM
Old:
-SNES all the way. Simple, easy to use layout, the perfect size (for my tiny hands) and it has buttons in fun colours. Controllers need fun colours.

Modern:
-I doubt I'll ever be a fan of the system itself, but the Xbox 360 controller is great. It's like it took what made the SNES controller good and updated it to modern standards.

-The Wii Classic controller deserves a mention. It's nothing advanced, but for a cheap, no-nonsense controller it's very good. And it's not that I dislike the GameCube controller (far from it), but playing retro games with it never felt natural. Plus, the Classic is pretty stylish with it's clean design and transparant buttons.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 12, 2016, 02:18:23 PM
Nah, I see some truth in there. Sorbet is more refreshing and a better treat in hot weather, while ice cream makes a better dessert year round.
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