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1576  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Puppy Bowl IX on: January 27, 2013, 05:16:27 AM
This makes me happy.

I think my fav is Trinka. Compared to the others she looks like the underdog, but experience matters.
1577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 17, 2013, 05:32:50 AM
I hear it wasn't a super great game, but still-- more RPGs is always a good thing. XSEED is doing nothing but building goodwill among a fanbase, if you ask me.

Maybe they can fight Square to the death for the localization rights to Bravely Default.

In terms of gameplay it's a poor man's Zelda in which you use the hookshot for nearly everything. Some things you can do with the chain are kinda neat, but it gets old fast. The game doesn't look all that appealing either. It's all very brown and bland. But it does have something special. If you get hooked, it'll be thanks to the characters. It's one man and his love against the whole world and it's hard not to care. If you like the stories in games such as ICO, and Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter or hey, even Jade Cocoon, this is probably your kind of thing.
1578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 08, 2013, 06:58:35 AM
You get better ads then me. All I get are ads for those browser games about m'lords and its like the internet doesn't even listen to me anymore this marriage is over

My ads try to hook me up with 'hot women near me'. I feel alone and misunderstood, because the internet refuses to accept that I like men :(
1579  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 02, 2013, 01:13:43 PM
Don't complain! You're younger than me and you have such ahppy memories. I associate ToS with heartbreak! D: The characters my former boyfriend and I picked for our playthrough told us more about our relationship than we could ever figure out on our own... Though I guess it's kind of funny in hindsight, heh.
1580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 01, 2013, 05:01:18 AM
Final Fantasy XIII - I kept getting my ass kicked by a certain Chapter 10 boss after he transformed, so I kicked his ass before he could transform. I feel pretty awesome right now.

Wow, now that is a feat. I never remember being able to do that.

To be honest, it just kind of happened. I planned on being more on the offense and go for atleast two staggers, but I managed to stagger him just before he transformed and threw him up in the air right away. That's where he stayed until the end of the battle.

My team consisted of Lightning (with my only piece of upgraded equipment: one of those things that boosts attack), Hope (great ravager, decent healer, and I just like him, so whatever...) and Sazh (his buffs are awesome). I started of with Commando - Ravager - Synergist, then switching to Ravager - Ravager - Synergist after the first few attacks. Then RRR or RMR until the chain was nearly full. Finally I switched to CRR, staggered him and threw him up in the air. After that it was easy going. I had a buffed up team, he was a flying piece of butter. Maybe I could have done even more damage with CRC (and some more upgraded equipment), but I finished him off mere seconds before the bar ran out.
1581  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 31, 2012, 08:03:41 AM
Final Fantasy XIII - I kept getting my ass kicked by a certain Chapter 10 boss after he transformed, so I kicked his ass before he could transform. I feel pretty awesome right now.
1582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 30, 2012, 03:30:39 PM
I have always wondered if this was a bad habit or not... I mean, logically it should shorten the system's lifespan right???

I imagine overheating would be the biggest threat, so as long as you make sure that doesn't happen, it should be fine. Plus, I'm sure handhelds like the PSP and 3DS were designed to be on all the time.
1583  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 30, 2012, 05:17:29 AM
Playing Final Fantasy XIII. It was a Christmas present from my brother last year (he didn't like it, so he wrapped it in some nice paper and put it under the tree), but I didn't really get around to playing it until a couple of days ago. I like Hope more than I thought I would. I mean sure, his behaviour in the beginning of the game was annoying, but he had every reason to act that way. Can't really hate him for being human, right? He's also an awesome little mage, so that helps.
1584  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 25, 2012, 05:31:11 AM
1585  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2012, 04:17:11 PM
I've found Amazon to be hit or miss in regards to that.  Sometimes they'll cancel and sometimes they'll let me have it.  I'm guessing that it depends on how many people discover it before they get it fixed.  I've picked up $22 books for $2, a $90 set of Beethoven's piano sonatas for $15 and the God of War Saga for $15 last time.

I wonder what Wehkamp will do... I just ordered deluxe Harry Potter complete blu-ray boxset for €5,39 (normally €199). I'm pretty sure someone made a huge mistake, because the store is selling lots of boxsets for the same price, but who knows, they might let me have it at a 97% discount.
1586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2012, 10:56:48 AM

Harem anime make me sick for it.  Hot anime women throw themselves at a man who has no idea how to please them.  "I'm just an ordinary high school student" he says.  How come none of them are extraordinary people?  Or social?  Or cool?  Or anything worth anything?

I bet it's because it makes them easier to see them as a kind of avatar for the player/viewer. Which sucks, because games like Luminous Arc would have been a lot more entertaining (for me) if the heroes weren't the epitome of blandness.

Ryudo was cool.  I liked Luke from Tales of the Abyss too... I thought it was funny when he told people of all authority types to "shut up".  Yuri killed people and said "fuck mercy". Although not JRPG, I'd also do terrible things to a real life Chris Redfield...but he's too good for me.

I also prefer the ones whose heads aren't filled with rainbows and puppies. I mean, nice guys are great, but senseless idealism is just annoying. Having a sense of (dark) humour doesn't hurt either.
1587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 21, 2012, 10:28:23 AM
The end of the world is kinda boring so far. It's just really foggy...

1588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2012, 09:51:00 AM
Thank you for this.  One thing that bothers me (and has for a while) is that whenever I see a professional 'gamer girl' that isn't behind a pen (writing a review or essay), I always have to wonder if this girl is really a gamer or just some random good looking model the magazine/TV channel is paying to fake an interest in video games to help draw in horny idiots.

The truth is often somewhere in the middle. Like usual, being attractive is a good way to get attention, getting attention is the best way to keep yourself in the spotlight and being in the spotlight is the way to get jobs and sponsors. So that's what many pros do. They act the part the male audience wants them to play, because that will guarantee they can stay in the business. If you don't think you change the system, make it work for you, right?  In a way it's pretty smart, so I can't really dislike them. I just wish there was something to balance it out.

1589  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 06:16:49 PM
In all the time most of us have played video games, and all the groups of people we've been affiliated with, how often is a woman actually attacked for being a girl playing a video game?

Really depends on where you hang out. I've had some bad experiences myself, but only about half of them were caused by actual gamers. Back in middle/high school there where many people who didn't approve of my hobbies. I've had teachers tell me I do more feminine things, like worshipping boybands. Nowadays there are still people who think it's weird that a girl plays games, but like I said, that's mostly people who couldn't tell you the difference between Animal Crossing and Halo.

As for actual gamers, it's usually the guys who don't have much other than games. They usually cling together on forums about specific 'manly' titles or something completely obscure and Japanese. Easy to avoid. I normally only run into the type when they're behind the counter at some gameshop. They're obnoxious and might even seem intimidating when a lot of them gather in one spot but they're harmless as long as you remember most of them are insecure and just trying to defend what they feel is a safe place. From my experience, the best way to deal with them is to remain nice and polite (while kicking their ass).

They're not the problem. The problem is a more subtle sexism that has been a part of games for a long time. Like you said, gaming could use more and better female characters.

I'm accusing this lady of it, but do you think that maybe some of this excessive harassment is trumped up for attention?

Yep, it is. The guys who do the harassing are often just teenagers trying to talk big. Girls are often a minority, so they seem like easy targets. It's annoying, but this type is harmless. Crusading against them just makes female gamers look bad.

And you know what else isn't helping? Professional female gamers who constantly pander to their 'fans', promoting the idea that female gamers are all sexy models (instead of, you know, regular people). The ones I talked to all meant well, but they're essentiale seeking approval from the guys. Kind of like entering the clubhouse, but acknowledging it is, and will always be, the boys' clubhouse.

Which of these two look better (not that either look particularly good.... sorry to be a debbie downer but I get pissed when I don't get decent portfolio shots...)  .... One has less clarity but better lighting (obviously)...

Portfolio? Wow, that looks amazing! I don't know anything about this stuff, but I prefer the second one. It looks softer and I think that suits the image better. Aside from the fish on the right, it didn't really lose any of the fine details.
1590  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 07, 2012, 05:49:01 AM
It's snowing! So much snow (by Dutch standards)! People are already shoveling, but they're doing it all wrong. The sidewalks are now extra slippery and they're dumping all the snow on the road...
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