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1501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 10, 2013, 02:03:45 PM
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If anything, I'm surprised there isn't more shit talking about Alvin -- there's a guy who's motives are really transparent.  Tales games have been terrible for "hinting" spoilers as much as elbowing you in the gut that a spoiler is coming up.  

It's not like they're trying to hide anything this time. Even Alvin himself is pretty upfront about it half of the time. And the times when he's not... Well, he's an absolutely terrible liar. Fortunatelly the other characters are smart enough not to trust him all that much.

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They're also not nearly as forgiving as the average Tales character.

Frankly, he's so badly suited for the role he's trying to play that I feel kinda bad for him, which makes me like him more.
1502  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 10, 2013, 04:02:52 AM

Jude is just another example of virtually every other male generic JRPG protagonist ever made- Heroic, idealistic, optimistic, yet slightly questioning of himself male youth, that wants to do the right thing and be heroic.  I'm still early in the game, but I don't see any sign of there being really anything *interesting* about him.  (such as Luke's unapologitic jerkiness and irredeemable actions, Yuri's willingness to commit murder, etc). 


He's not trying to be heroic, nor is he very idealistic or optimistic. He's just a nice and helpful guy who gets dragged into things because he's a bit too nosy. Jude just kinda goes with the flow, really. Also, he's smart and that makes him different from atleast half of the Tales-heroes. Plenty of them were as dumb as bricks, especially the early ones.

I picked Jude for my first playthrough (started a second one a couple of days ago) and I think that worked out really well. Milla's story makes him look kind of useless at times (it's hard to compete with a deity with a one track mind), while he's in fact a hard worker. Plus, having viewing the story from Jude's perspective saves some of the mysteries surrounding Milla for the second playthrough, which I think makes her more interesting.
1503  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 04, 2013, 04:27:15 PM
That's kinda sad and now I'm suddenly reminded of Terranigma...
1504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 23, 2013, 03:48:36 AM
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That's what they pay playtesters to do.

And then reviewers are paid peanuts to admire to admire they hell we didn't have to go through. Okay, I know it's rare for professional reviewers to finish the games they talk about, but I try to finish mine whenever I can and I happened to have enough time for this one.

It wasn't all that hard to finish. The game is playable, it's just not all that enjoyable because there is just way too much padding. For instance, figuring out the pattern a certain enemy uses so you can counter it, is rather fun. When you slaughter the next one within mere seconds, it feels like an reward. Then the game expects you do it another hundred times or so. It's boring, but you'll get through the monotony if you've been playing RPGs since the beginning of consoles.

The true test of patience are the characters. I've met sheets of paper more three dimensional than they are. I guess the writer wanted their personality to match their appearance.

Edit: I should mention that, as soon as I got fun time magic, I turned down the volume during boss battles and put on Magia from Puella Magi Madoka Magica instead. It made everything better.
1505  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 22, 2013, 06:29:08 PM
Probably gonna FEEL like 40-50 :p

It does! It took me 23 hours to finish the game including all the sidequests, but it felt like an eternity... Pun not intended.

In the end I didn't hate the battlesystem (it's almost kind of fun once you get a bunch of skills and magic) and I enjoyed some of the plot twists, but wow, this game was stupid! That pervert Zack wasn't really worth saving and all the girls were as bland as cheap noodles.

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Oh, and the final boss of the second chapter uses a different battle system then the rest of the game for no apparent reason.

There's a total of three fights in the game that use the system and one is a repeat of the first. I think. It might actually just be two. The boss fights are kind of forgettable...
1506  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 06, 2013, 06:10:07 AM
Microsoft NL accidently promotes Killzone:



"Four great games. Who recognises them?"
1507  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 26, 2013, 12:34:25 AM
The Frieza of Game Boys


I actually had half of those accessories back in the day...

I actually used the magnifying thing with the light a lot...
1508  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 15, 2013, 02:41:28 PM
I don't get what that guy is so proud of. I can think of one target demographic that would consistently fit in XS-M and that would be crack addicts. Also, what cool highschool kid would value some old, surgically misshapen dude's opinion on 'cool'?

I'm fine with some stores catering to the smaller crowd, because it can actually be kind of difficult to find clothes in XS-S when the world around you is getting larger and larger. My mom usually shops in the children's sections nowadays, because more and more stores don't carry adult clothes in her size. It's not like she's too thin. She's short and has a healthy weight to match. My sis and I are like that too. But it's stupid that our size is seen as ideal. I know plenty of attractive healthy young women who generally look best in XL simply because they're tall and curvy. Good boobs take up a lot of space, you know?

Edit: took a look at the A&F webshop. Wow, that stuff is kinda really boring. Some of the sweaters look like something grandma would knit and not in a good way.
1509  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 28, 2013, 02:49:27 PM
Taxes: Yep, I'm going to pay. I don't really mind, that's how the system works and I'm usually okay with what taxes are used for. What's annoying is that people think it's weird I don't mind having to pay.

Health: pretty good, although I wasn't able to give blood today. Hb value was 7.7 instead of the minimum 7.8 (mine is normally closer to 9, so I was kind of surprised...) and now I won't be allowed to try to donate again until late June. Oh well, if they don't want my blood, that's their business. They did offer me some snacks, but the snacks there are disgusting and filled with transfats. "A donor's health always comes first." Yeah, right.

I also got this weird warning I shouldn't lose any weight. Which is weird, because my weight it actually pretty perfect and I weigh enough to donate. It's just that all the large people out there make me look tiny and super skinny in comparison.

(On the plus side, the nurses were slightly less over-protective this time. Maybe. Being compared to Spencer Reid might not be progress. And they were really adamant about me having some cookies... )
1510  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I wanna play Growlanser Generations but I dont because of this persistant rumor on: March 24, 2013, 08:26:58 AM
I had some problems with a blue disc once (La Pucelle Tactics), but that old PS2 (bought used, an ex-rental from a videostore) needed a good cleaning anyway. Once the dust was gone it played everything again.

1511  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 22, 2013, 03:56:37 PM
Olivia Benson, Link and Eminem. Could be much, much worse.
1512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: what i've always known to be true on: March 21, 2013, 07:15:12 AM
Japan: You can play as a female hero, but they can't have a boyfriend, so the heroine can be "single" for the male player.

Amurrica:  You can play as a female hero, but they can't have a boyfriend, because a guy is kissing a guy as a girl -- and that's gay.

((for the record, I'm just being a goofball here))

Also,

America: box art filled with cute girls and sweet colours = game for little girls

Japan: box art filled with cute girls and sweet colours = game for men who like little girls
1513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 13, 2013, 05:39:56 PM
I loved the dog one, that said, it did need a few modifications; more dogs should have been labeled 'little dog' on the male side, the average dude could identify a Doberman or Rottweiler or German Shepherd, and in the interest of fairness (and truth!) there should have been a silhouette of an English Bulldog that read 'ugly dog' on the girl's side and 'bulldog' on the guy's side.  'Shark dog' was pretty awesome, though, as well as OMG FUCKING EIN.  And by awesome I mean true. :D

Needed a chihuahua entry to explain why females/anybody would give any fucks about those fuckers (male entry would probably have been 'the Taco Bell dog'/'hideously obnoxious fuckers').

If my (male) anthropology professor is any indication chihuahua would be labeled on the male side as 'kickable dog'.

This thread needs this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Im1bCKoQs8
1514  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 13, 2013, 04:00:11 PM
Thanks you two, I needed that. I send in a picture and the editor-in-chief liked it. He told me: We already have a [name of columnist] and don't need another. The manga in the background of the photo lead to a conversation about comics in general. Turns out he's an avid reader of comics as well. So at the very least that went excellent.

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The gamer scene can be pretty cruel about some things, but also surprisingly accepting with a lot more.

Which is kind of what worries me. Most gamers I know are nice and considerate, but there's a group of sexist bastards out there who never grew out of their exclusive treehouse mentality. I normally stay far away from them, but I don't know if I will be able to in this case. I might get nasty reactions and although I know they are childish and shouldn't be taken seriously, it's not the kind of welcome that will give me a confidence boost.

So while I do feel good about finding the courage to send in that picture, I still kinda wish I wasn't asked for one. Two of the other magazines I write/wrote for just gave everyone an avatar to hide behind. In [N]Gamer we used Mii's and in Aniway we all have mangafied versions of ourselves in cosplay drawn by a professional artist. Well, it's crossplay in my case, I guess. I'm dressed like Jomy from Toward the Terra.

1515  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 13, 2013, 06:52:19 AM
I know I'm more of a lurker, but I really need to vent...

I don't know what pisses me off more right now: my inability to take a great picture of myself or social requirement that I do so. You see, I just started writing for a new magazine and they have this thing were they post a snapshot of a writer and some entertaining info about him. Or in my one case: her. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but there is this female columnist, the only other woman who writes for this mag... She has one page every month and half of that page is filled with a (professional) photograph. She must have spend atleast an hour in hair and make up and by the looks of it she had some assistance of mr. photoshop as well. I can never look that great without the help she has had. And I know it's fake and me just smiling and looking friendly would be real, but would the readers (mostly males age 18-35) know and appreciate that? And should I care? I know I shouldn't, but it's hard not to. I was bullied for many years and I can't say I'm all that confident...
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