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1726  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 15, 2011, 02:29:26 PM
Xenoblade is still a lot of fun, though I'm getting a bit tired of those Nopons. Remember the Chu chus from Xenogears? They're kinda like that...
1727  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: August 15, 2011, 04:29:40 AM
Your mileage might vary. I thought the first game was okay, thought the second wasn't that good (high miss rate for normal attacks), and liked the third.

Yeah, I think that was actually some kind of bug. My copy gave me hitrates of like 1%, making the game virtually unplayable. Since it was an imported game (I paid €100 for it - the dollar was still strong back then...), there was no warranty or any way to get a replacement disc. Later on I played a copy of my friend's on an older PlayStation instead of my PSone and had no such trouble. It was weird...
1728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: August 14, 2011, 12:35:14 PM
I like the first one, but I have a soft spot for strategy RPG that let me use 10+ units. It's kind of like... Shining Force Light? Plus, it's fairly short. You can finish it in 10 hours or so.

The second one is a great game, but also a great timesink. I took me over 60 hours to finish and there were still many things left to do!

The third one is basically took all the not-so-good parts from the second game and put them all together to form a mediocre RPG.
1729  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 12, 2011, 03:22:40 PM
I don't want to say too much, but wow, Xenoblade is an awesome game. It's a bit like the Matrix, but set on two gigantic dead gods with Monster Hunter-like ecosystems instead of boring tunnels/the nineties and everyone speaks British English. It has bullet-time with swords. Kinda. Played for eight hours with only a few breaks and I still want more.
1730  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 12, 2011, 02:17:32 PM
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FFT bad, Saiyuki good!

Actually, I prefer Fire Emblem and other SRPGs that allow a greater number of units on a map...

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PS my only real complaint alluded to above is sometimes the various battle areas will end up in a bottleneck where it's too much of a battle of attrition,

That's basically what happened to me. I made a mistake, died fifteen minutes later and just didn't feel like trying again that day. So... I still haven't gone back to it. I really ought to finish that game after a ten year hiatus...

But first... Wild Arms 5! And Xenoblade! Maybe Avalon Code! Definitely Jeanne d' Arc!
1731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: August 11, 2011, 03:41:01 PM
I can't recall that many JRPG Teds, but they all died. Okay, they both died. Horribly.
1732  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2011, 02:58:53 PM
My Nano lasted two years. Someone dropped it and that was the end of the Nano. It's not that I disliked it, quite the opposite, but when I had to get a new one, that Walkman was able to measure up to it and beat it in several areas, including sound quality and price. I've been looking around a bit and the NWZ-E354 looks really good. If my current Walkman wasn't immortal, I think I'd buy one of those.

Before the iPod I used a EZ-AV Xen. It served me well for years, but in the end having only 128MB memory and needing to switch batteries all the time was too much of a bother. I don't think they make Xens anymore.
1733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: August 11, 2011, 01:40:41 PM
You know, if you live in an RPG world, you should never name your child Ted. Or Mary, for that matter. It's a death sentence. Now, Ashley, that's a good name. A kid with a name like that is bound to kick ass.
1734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2011, 11:23:24 AM
Yeah... they didn't have those back in 2007. That's a sixth generation, the one in my photo is from the second generation. I'm sure the newer Walkmans are also better in various ways. But I think mine needs a few more meetings with the pavement before I've any need to check and compare.
1735  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2011, 10:02:38 AM
Bulky? It's about as big as the Nano. It's only 5, maybe 10 grams heavier. If anything, the Nano feels flimsy and cheap compared to the Walkman.

My (still working perfectly despite serious abuse) Walkman compared to a (very, very broken) iPod Nano:



well, all right, the battery life dwindled down a bit after three years of daily use, but 15-20 hours is still nice.
1736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2011, 08:03:19 AM
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Really? What other good options are there for MP3 players? Also, how long did you have/did you get Apple care?

I'm just saying, sometimes people get unlucky, but Apple, in my opinion, makes the gold standard of MP3 players.

I'm pretty fond of my Walkman. It's an older model (this one), but it's amazingly reliable, indestructable even. The casing is all busted up (I dropped it numerous times while riding my bicycle), but it still works as well as it did on day one. Sound quality is great and it's very easy to use. I paid €80 for mine three years ago. It was a bargain compared to similar iPods.

BTW You don't have to use the software that comes with it. It's very similar to the PSP actually. Just drop your files in the appropriate folder.
1737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 11, 2011, 06:32:27 AM

Bring some beer. We'll try Tomara's strategy

Sure.  I'll bring some Pabst and Natural Light because I only drink the finest of brews.  

Cheap Light stuff is fine if you just want your pancake to be light and fluffy, but it won't do much for the taste (most, if not all, of the alcohol evaporates while baking the pancake). I wouldn't recommend it for plain pancakes (unless you have a sweet tooth and are prepared to throw in some cinnamon and brown sugar as well), but it should work well enough if you're going to add extra ingredients with a lot of flaver such as bacon or fruit and syrup.

If you still want to taste some beer (well, actually, the earthy maltness of beer), it's better to use lager or something a little stronger. Something with plenty of flavour, but not too heavy. A high quality live beer will do wonders for the batter, making the pancake even fluffier. Though you could experiment with stronger/different types of beer, I guess. Schwarzbeer pancakes could be interesting...
1738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 11, 2011, 03:06:56 AM
Tomara: Saiyuki Journey West - yes, God yes, this is the most polished and professional game ever, hands down it must be finished

Wait... seriously? I only heard bad and bad-ish things about this game. Please expound upon your opinion here.

The few hours I played weren't great, but it seemed like an above avarage SRPG. Since I love SRPG, that should be enough reason for me to play it again eventually. I just don't know when. At the moment there's some other stuff I'd rather play. First I want to finish Wild Arms 5, Xenoblade could arrive any moment now, Jeanne d' Arc has been waiting way to long, Ogre Battle 64 is available on the VC and I've been wanting to play that since 2000...
1739  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 10, 2011, 01:15:38 PM
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Odin Sphere: between lag and cheap deaths I about lost my mind

Have you tried playing it on easy? At that difficulty is offers a fair challenge and it also takes care of part of the lag.

Anyway, my list of unfinished games is fairly short. When I start I aim for the finish. Usually.

Avalon Code - was enjoying this, didn't know how to code something, decided to look at a FAQ, never did... yeah, I don't really know how that happened either.
Saiyuki - died after nearly finished a long, drawn-out battle. Got my hands on something shiny (I think it was Tales of Eternia...) and started playing that instead.
Earthbound - lost my save about 3/4 through.
Super Mario RPG - played this the uhm... alternative way. Got stuck due to technical problem about halfway through. Then lost my save.
Lufia - lost my save.
White Knight Chronicles Origins - boring as heel piece of crap (despite having a really neat train).
Tales of Legendia - never finished the character quests because the amount of Shirley suddenly shot up after the 'final' battle.


1740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 10, 2011, 12:08:05 PM
I make awesome pancakes. Who wants to come over for pancakes and bacon?

Do you use beer? You do use beer, right? Pancakes need beer. It makes them soft and fluffy.
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