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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 07, 2015, 09:24:57 AM
So...this image from the RPGFan story.

Am I the only one who's first thought on seeing the screenshot on the right was, "Oh hey that looks like Jude in a long haired wig,"? Because I cannot unsee it at this point. >.>

Despite Jude going through puberty and his adult body gaining some control over the hormones that were partly responsible with his obsession with Milla in the first place, his second final goodbye weighs heavy on his mind. After much consideration, he sees only one course of action: if he can't be with Milla, he will become Milla!

(I like ruining things for others :D )

32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 07, 2015, 03:10:44 AM
I'll help!

Final Fantasy XIII - Magic got elemental damage (ravager), status effects and damage (saboteur) and the Ruin stuff (commando) is magic too, right?

Any Fire Emblem - Not putting any mages in your party is a bad idea.

Ar Tonelico, Ar nosurge - You're nothing without a magical popidol in the back!

Shin Megami Tensei, Persona - Extra turns are a good thing and in most games (with press turn battlesystems) you'll depend on magic to get them. Unless it's Persona Q, that one game where you get half a dozen physical attackers with elemental physical skills.

Bravely Default - I always had a mage to help me deal damage as many enemies, including the final bosses, have an elemental weakness. Okay, I guess the Spellblade is more like a happy marraige between the two, but still...
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 07, 2015, 02:58:58 AM
I wish Velvet's name was actually Berbett to keep the whole Ber- naming convention going.

I'll apologise advance for what I'm about to say (Sorry!): Then let's hope Berbett doesn't develop beriberi in jail.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 06, 2015, 03:55:15 PM
Don't like the outfit. Reminds me of that J-rock stuff screaming teenage girls wore during the 00's but even less wearable.

I like the premise, though. A female pirate who is not a loli? Cool.

Oh, but they give this one a proper overworld, because piraties means ships and ships means seas!
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: June 04, 2015, 04:12:47 AM
You got 68% correct
(Average Score: 28%)

I'm not good at guessing PC/western games.

Got stuff like Planescape Torment and Morrowind right, forgot all about Baldur's Gate ~_~

The only Japanese games I didn't get were:

-Nocturne (I kept typing Shin Megami Tensei first!)
-Skies of Arcadia (Thought this was one of the first games I entered, but I guess my brain farted)
-A Link to the Past (kinda assumed Zelda didn't count after Ocarina of Time not sticking)
-Symphony of the Night (Oh yeah, this one counts as a RPG, right?)
-Nier (Honestly did not expect that one)
-Mother 3 (I wasn't thinking that Japanese)
-Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (That one came out of nowhere)
-Mother 3 (Again, wasn't thinking too Japanese)
-Dark Souls (Keep forgetting is is sorta a RPG)

36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 03, 2015, 05:58:39 PM
Yeah, it's been going downhill since season 4. Cast members left, jokes are either poorly written or so old we ought to be digging graves. The show is on lifesupport and nobody wants to pull the plug. In fact, the actually reviewed it as webseries after a cancellation. "Six seasons and a movie"... I'm not sure I want that anymore. Aside from that, Community is not very friendly to newcomers. It's one of those shows has all sorts of inside-jokes, running jokes, stuff happening in the background (seriously - a whole lovestory)... You're kinda expecting the start at the beginning.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 03, 2015, 05:20:54 PM
Did you watch a more recent episode or something from the first 2-3 seasons?

Weekly Cordon Report: intense!

Also, I think I might be seeing things that aren't there. Chubby teen looked like a Ness cosplayer in that striped shirt and those shorts. Too bad for him the bully was the one holding the bat. Tech girl had her action girl moment, dressed in her orangy-red workoveralls and wielding a classic weapon: a crowbar. Sadly this is not a game and what she did may haunt her for the rest of her life. A daring escape through the sewers ended in fatalities due to unexpectedly high water levels.

Either there were some gamers working behind the screens or perhaps the only gamer is me. I blame the PSP.

Meanwhile, government woman dropped a bomb of the figurative kind: "You do not want to know what I know." A literal bomb may be kind compared to the endgame she expects.

... I kinda want to play some Devil Survivor right now.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 30, 2015, 04:33:21 AM
Food cranks annoy me. I dig cold-pressed juices over heat pasteurized juices on the grounds that idk heating orange juice kind of makes it taste /really weird/. Likewise, cold pressed coconut water tastes better too, although it's like nowhere near as sensitive to heat as orange juice is. But it's like, I get the juice, and I'm looking at the bottle and it's covered in all this hippy blurk and I'm just omfg I just want nice tasting juice why am I being bombarded by this.

I feel your annoyance. There are some organic tea brands I like and there's all covered in stuff like "Balance your chakras" and "Feel one with the cosmos". I just want to drink some chai...
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2015, 01:29:25 PM
So, today, I got punched in the stomach by some 9-10 year old kid while waiting in line in a store. His mother was mortified. I was... surprised, I guess? Kid had a pretty weak punch, even for a boy his age. After his mom grabbed him by the arm and told him that wasn't acceptable behaviour, he fled out of the store. She explained he has behavioural problems and today had suddenly become one of those days were everything was too much for him. She hadn't expected him to do something like that, though. I feel bad for the mom and hope their day got a better after that little incident, but I wonder, what's the proper response in that kind of situation anyway? For the one on the recieving end of the punch, I mean.

After that I ruined some other parents' day by showing two little girls how the demo PS3 in the toy store worked. Videogames are way more fun than going to boring clothing stores with mommy and daddy :D
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2015, 05:36:20 PM
I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days.  Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version

Yeah, there are shows out there that are really using those extra hours to build a full story with interesting characters. Modern blockbuster movies are so fast-paced, it feels like you're only getting the highlights (and you don't even have to watch the movie to see the actual highlights, since they put them all the in trailer!).

Cordon talk: even after the communication stop people are finding ways to get information out of the cordon. A cop uses a PSP to smuggle out security footage that may show the actual patient zero. Not in a product placement kind of way, it's just someone was clever enough to use a harmless looking toy with video features most people are unaware off. The show doesn't explain this, by the way, it's just one of those small details you can catch. The sweetest bit of smuggling, however, was a video message on a memory card send out of the cordon using a red helium balloon. What's on it? A video message from a little girl to her grandmother. It's the little girl's birthday she and her parents are all healthy and are celebrating with improvised cake.

Meanwhile the whodunnit part of the story is shifting into high gear, which is great, because that means there will be a full explanation for the origin of the virus (either that or they're going to hand the viewer a couple of very plausible scenarios and leave it at that, which is something I guess I could respect if done well). And with the introduction of a possible vaccine it looks like the whole thing will be wrapped up neatly within the 10 episodes IMDB says this series consists of.

41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 26, 2015, 04:21:50 PM
For me, getting out of bed was hard enough as a kid, let alone playing a video game, so...can't say I can relate. Everything is easier to me nowadays.

There were a bunch of games I got up early for so I could play them before school. Ocarina of Time, Vanguard Bandits, Pokémon Gold... I imagine my top 10 would look very different if 'getting out of bed early' was a criteria.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 26, 2015, 12:36:32 PM
I'd rather see the actual creators make spiritual successors than big publishers misuse beloved IPs for some easy cash from desperate fans.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 25, 2015, 04:07:47 AM
real question, that I am legitimately curious about: Let's assume for a second that you and your significant other both carry the recessive trait to a hereditary disease where there is a 25% chance that it will be passed on to your children. You find this out when your doctor tells you that your first (and only) child has the disorder and things don't look great. Do you continue having children in the hopes that the next one won't be afflicted or do you stop because of the fear of going through that kind of trauma again?

I just got banned from another forum for this discussion and want to know what cooler heads think about it.

Frankly, I don't think I'd be able to handle it. I would feel guilty towards the first child and unless there's anything to prevent it, it would remain a gamble and I don't think you should gamble with lives. I don't think it would be fair towards future children (it'd feel like breeding in hopes of popping out one that isn't 'defective', and even if the child is healthy it may still carry the disease and pass it on, possibly making them go through the same hell as their parents) or myself and my partner. If I really wanted children, I'd probably look into alternatives such as adoption.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: why does first shift feel like a prison? on: May 21, 2015, 04:32:36 PM
I don't work in shifts so I have no clear preference there, but I'm a morning person. I'm at the top of my game somewhere between 10 AM and 2 PM. Back in high school I'd get super sleepy somewhere around 3 PM and just kinda almost-sleep through my last period. Teacher would tell me to go to bed ealier and I'd tell them that was exactly what I was doing. Fortunately, my grades were good enough to keep me out of trouble.

Right now it's kinda crunchtime at a magazine and I'm staying up past midnight to get things done, but I'm somewhat worried I might miss some mistakes (our job right now is fixing other people's fuck-ups right before the deadline and I already spotted three big ones). (Don't worry, I have time to post this. Can't really do anything other than hanging out online and drinking tea before I get my next page.)

... Blah. I'm yawning.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 21, 2015, 03:11:32 AM
Yeah, they need to split up again. Ever since Xillia they wanted to put everything into every single Tales games. It was a neat idea for Xillia, but they've never actually managed to combine it all due to time restraints.

As for Hideo Baba, I think he has some good ideas but he never seems to make them a reality. Bit too ambitious, maybe. That said, I really appreciate his effort to connect with European (and American?) fans. The events are fun, we get some exclusive tidbits, there's plenty of time for Q&A, and he plays rock-paper-scissors with the audience. And it's not just regular PR, I get the idea that he does actually listen to what fans have to say.

(Oh, but you know what Baba-san is terrible at? Remembering faces. Last year I talked to him/sat right in front of his face multiple times before sitting down for an interview on Sunday. He did not seem to remember me. Granted, I did wear a different shirt/tunic each day (first green, then purple and finally something with red and orange) and I had my hair in a ponytail once, but I'm still forced to conclude that the whole traitor thing you see in half of the games must be very realistic in his eyes.

On the other hand, he did remember by Asian coworker a year later, so... I dunno.)
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