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1576  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recommend a Horror Film! on: February 24, 2009, 04:54:13 AM
El Orfanato (The Orphanage). It has creepy kids and makes you feel sad :(
1577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem Style Games on: February 24, 2009, 04:17:01 AM
Ehm, yes, the original games had a lot of design flaws, but they actually fixed those in SD! Battle preparations are so much easier now and combat is also a lot more fluent. The weapon triangle was weakened, but that just means it isn't an important element of your strategic plans now, now you need to focus on other things. You can't just rush forward and hope for the best. It's not like Shining Force were you can resurrect allies whenever you want. The hard modes especially require some good defensive strategies.

I personally liked the class swap feature, because it saved many characters from being garbage. It only went wrong in two cases: Sedgar and Wolf. Early availability of the general class and massive defense growths? That's kinda broken.

And only half of the series has support conversations. FE4 was the only game in which map conversations were essential for the gameplay and storyline. In all the other games support conversations were pretty much optional. I rarely really bothered with them.
1578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy RPGs? on: February 24, 2009, 01:55:12 AM
Jade Cocoon LOOKS like a Ghibli movie.
1579  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Greatest German Otaku on: February 23, 2009, 03:19:42 AM
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EDIT: From the other side, one of the larger yaoi fangirls (not quite as creepy, but absurd nonetheless):

The mess scares me more than anything else. I know plenty of yaoi fans who have way more stuff than that. Some of her D. Gray-man merchandise is really cute, though. I wouldn't mind having some of those buttons...

In any case, now I'm seriously wondering if I'm creepy :/ I have a lot of manga, over 1000 volumes, but it's not as if I'm a hardcore yaoi fan or something.
1580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Greatest German Otaku on: February 22, 2009, 02:27:57 PM
Multiple shelves op rape doujin, it scares me... :(
1581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which game to play. Help Wanted. on: February 22, 2009, 01:40:26 PM
But the games are only losely connected. It's possible to play Dragon Quest V before IV without missing much of the story.


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Right now i'm divided between Chrono Trigger, FF IV and Etrian.

If it's between those three, I'd stay away from FF VI for a while. The game has a lot of nostaligic value, but I don't think it can compete with Etrian Odyssey and Chrono Trigger on its own merits. Get EO if you want a challenge, Chrono Trigger if you want a game that focuses more on storyline and character development.
1582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which game to play. Help Wanted. on: February 22, 2009, 09:44:08 AM
The Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are pretty much archetypes of Japanese RPG's. Final Fantasy III and Dragon Quest IV should be fairly cheap now, so maybe one of those?

Chrono Trigger is also an older game, but has aged very well compared to many other SNES RPG's.

Etrian Odyssey is love or hate for most people. It's a challenging dungeon crawler with turn-based combat.
1583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest V on: February 21, 2009, 03:31:52 PM
I think I'm stuck... If this were the SNES version I'd go to the tower on the centre island and get the magma staff to open the path to the cave. But the layout of the tower has changed drastically! I got some claws from it, but I don't know if there is anything else to do there :/
1584  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your own tech support horror stories on: February 21, 2009, 03:13:29 AM
Why not steal the whole computer while he was at it?
1585  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your own tech support horror stories on: February 20, 2009, 02:36:16 PM
I think he would call tech support. He called tech support when trying to connect my parents' PC, because Vista is oh so confusing. It was funny when I got my laptop online in three minutes, without using the supposedly required CD.
1586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Now that's a pain in the ass D: on: February 20, 2009, 12:53:44 PM
That weird site has some weird news stories...

Naruto Support Islamist Part
1587  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PS2 & Blue-bottom discs on: February 20, 2009, 12:45:50 PM
It's a PS2, PS2s are cheap and easily replaced :/ If you have CD games you want to play, just play them. The newer models seem to have more problems with CDs than the fat PS2s anyway.
1588  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PS2 & Blue-bottom discs on: February 20, 2009, 12:01:49 PM
Ah, the wonderful world of DRE! The old ROD! :D

They don't harm the laser, Sony's old lasers are just unreliable and faulthy. Those blue discs are CDs, the silvery ones DVDs. Two different types of discs and the PS2 needs to switch between them. What happens? They get stuck (for some reason or other) and refuse to read CDs/DVDs. Usually it's the CDs that don't work anymore, because CDs are harder to read. A good cleaning might help, or you may need to realign the laser.

1589  The Rest / General Discussions / Your own tech support horror stories on: February 20, 2009, 11:27:41 AM
I'm sure many people here do some basic tech support for friends and family, so... got any horror stories?

Today I discovered an unknown laptop on the kitchen table. I asked my sister where it came from and what should be done with it and she told me it was her boyfriend's system and that he wanted to re-install Windows XP, but couldn't get it to work. I offered to give it a try. I regret that.

The laptop, an FS Amilo Pa 1510, was a complete mess. Parts of the casing had been broken off and it was held together with cheap tape. There was a wire protruding from an USB-port. I later learned that it was attached to the sound card, because the original audio ports were fried (why not use USB speakers then?). Frankly, the thing looked stolen, because it was in such a poor state and the locks were removed with force.



Anyway, I look at what he wants installed: some illegal version of Windows XP. Okay, not something I would recommend, but if that's what he wants... So push the power button. First a regular boot screen, no problems there. Then...

"smart failure predicted on harddisk 4"

Okay, so the harddisk is a goner. It may still work, but is completely unreliable at this point.

I continue anyway. Next is a XP install screen. Apparantly it was halfway through the installation, but messed up somehow. It asks for some files from the installation CD. I try both illegal discs, no result.

At this point I'm not even sure the CD drive is working. I can feel it spinning at times, but it's hanging from the casing and doesn't open and close properly. I rummage through my CD pile, I might have a legal OS somewhere, afterall. I find Windows 98. I insert it and hey, an actual reaction! I manage to undo the FUBAR XP installation and move on. The harddisk is now clean, but still nearly broken.

So... now I need an actual OS. The crappy XP cracks aren't working. I discover a legal Windows 2000 in my laptop bag. No response. CD drive broken? Nope, it still recognises the Windows 98 CD. I make an Ubuntu image CD. Owner isn't going to like it, but owners of hobo laptops can't be choosers. No result. Perhaps the laser is too weak to recognise burnt CDs.

After a while the owner comes back. I ask him where he got the laptop. He tells me he traded it for some desktop computer he had build. He explains that he had replaced the keyboard and had inserted the audio wires. I am wise enough to keep my mouth shut. It's not nice to call your sister's boyfriend an idiot. I tell him the harddisk is on its last legs and that it was unwise to invest any more time or money in that old, broken system. He then told me he had ordered a new soundcard for it. Eh, why?

After another ten minutes of playing with the BIOS and trying to make it read OS installation CDs I called it a day. That things needs to be recycled ASAP and be replaced with a reliable system. Or the owner should stop using computers, that would work too.


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Sometimes it's the tech guys that aren't that smart. When my parents got a new internet provider the company send a tech guy over to install the modem and set up one of our computers. He thought Explorer was an OS.
1590  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Now that's a pain in the ass D: on: February 20, 2009, 07:22:39 AM
Now I'm glad I'm sitting on a wooden kitchen chair with four legs. It's not comfortable, but atleast it can't explode and kill me.
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