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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 15, 2014, 06:23:07 AM
Bought a new bicycle today. A dark blue and white Batavus Cambridge Supreme. It, eh, kinda stands out because of the white.  I'm glad I'm not in high school anymore, because it would have been destroyed within a day. High school kids do not take kindly to bikes that are not a socially acceptable black or brown. (My last bike, which was yellow, was a popular target for bullies. I've had my tires slashed, my sadle stabbed, my basket crushed... And then there were the times I pushed bullies of the road with it, used it as a shield... It's kinda amazing that bike still had trade-in value.)
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 08:54:28 AM
They also announced this Imperial SaGa thing, a browser game. I want to play it but I don't trust it.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 14, 2014, 04:14:26 AM
Isn't that how many breeders name puppies with a pedigree? Like, every year has a letter so every pup from that year has a name starting with that letter.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 13, 2014, 10:00:31 AM
Yep, when you're just starting out it's best to stick to games that only use a few buttons. I mean, I still have to look down at my controller after going from one system to another (Xbox and Nintendo are especially confusing), so I can kinda imagine how a newbie must feel.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 12, 2014, 08:46:08 AM
Some people like slow ass tank battle systems because it gives them time to think. An action RPG might feel a bit intimidating to someone who doesn't play games.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 12, 2014, 05:12:56 AM
My sis would never consider herself a gamer, but some of the RPGs she liked are Breath of Fire, Atelier Iris, Lufia II and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. So, based on that I would say: something 2D (that still looks nice enough) with straight forward game mechanics. Lunar sounds good.

Or, uh, how about Puzzle Quest? I played that game so much it kinda caused the death of my first PSP. (Whoops.) My sister played it too, but on PC. If you've got a decent iOS/Android device: Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is great fun. It's also available for DS, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Agent D is right though. Newer games do have that wow factor that appeals to many new gamers. If it doesn't have to be a RPG, there are plenty of shorter titles in the PS3 Store that make lovely introductions to the medium. Journey, Rain, Thomas Was Alone, Costume Quest... Yeah, I know half of them don't look that impressive, but if someone hasn't really played anything since Pac-man these games look really nice.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 12, 2014, 03:59:18 AM
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If you wish for only positive feedback, you are in the wrong line of work.

It's not about comments being positive or negative, it's about how those comments are made. You can critique a game without being a complete asshole about it. Like, say something like "Not a fan of Lucky Chloe. Have seen too many idol characters lately" instead of going all Comic Book Guy on some dev.

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I understand that having a bunch of little shits criticize your game or movie based on merits like "shit looks so lame" is infuriating, but be real. 9 times out of 10, no news is good news. Tekken has a dedicated fanbase, myself included, and Harada is gonna make bank regardless of what neogaf or redshit has to say about it. Same as Michael Bay's ninja turtles, Ben Affleck's Batman portrayal, and so on. Replying to the snot nosed 13 year olds with this kind of "feigned rage" is childish. You've still got hundres of thousands of fans who will love the game and the character, so why go to the trouble of baiting fanboys and nerdy fucks alike? Seems unnecessary.

I agree, but I can think of two reasons to do so:
1. Marketing. News like this goes beyond the usual fanbase. It's good to have a loyal group of players, but most franchises can't survive of that alone. You need to draw in new people.
2. This was the last drop and he wanted to say something for his own sanity. Fans on the internet are great as shitting on everything that doesn't meet their every demand and once you become aware of that, you have to be really thick skinned to be able to ignore it. (I think that as long as devs have a decent sense of humour about it, they deserve a free punch once in a while.)
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2014, 06:00:53 PM
I had a pet rabbit that followed me around the house like a puppy (a very angry puppy that bit people, and bossed cats around - she did not like cats). When I came home from school she'd hop towards the door to the hall, wait for me to open it, and then hop upstairs to my room to sit under my desk. Back when I still lived with my parents but that rabbit was long dead, it sometimes kinda felt like she was still sitting under my desk.

Bunny ghost is best ghost :D
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 05:38:52 PM
The gifs won't go to waste: Yakuza 5 is being localised. Guess Sega finally figured out people actually want to buy games that aren't Sonic.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: December 05, 2014, 03:09:45 AM
And here I thought the whole discussion about Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands was getting really ridiculous, but you win, America, you win.

Funniest/saddest part: only racists make everything about race.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 10:47:28 AM
I chose Atelier Escha & Logy for a yearly gush-over-your-favourite-game thing and was completely honest about its flaws ("this game is tiny", "it was made with a small budget and it shows", "Atelier Escha & Logy isn't even the best game I played this year"). 1 out of 6 commenters ordered the game after reading. 2 of 6 want to play the game but don't have the right hardware. It's a good thing I'm merely using my powers of persuasion to push pastel coloured crack instead of something truly nefarious.

...

And now I'm imagining a Breaking Bad Atelier.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 05:54:51 AM
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Additionally I gotta totally agree with everything else Tomara just expressed with the exception of the "naughty stuff". Quite the opposite in fact. Pervs will pay top dollar for professional "naughty" fan art.

It works for some (I know a young artist who works on 'proper' comics all the time now but still does slash/yaoi on the side for fun), but I don't think this is something you should do unless you want to. Besides, few people actually draw sexy stuff well unless they enjoy drawing it. Atleast, that's my experience with this type of material (reviewing manga makes me see a lot of things I don't want to see...).
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 03:18:04 AM
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I guess that might have been the best.  For now anyways, hopefully I'll be able to do more with art though.  I'm mostly scared because I'm getting basically NO support from my family.  I think they want me to be 'happy' as a receptionist where I can quietly live till I'm old enough for retirement.  I'ts very disheartening to be doing something you love and them to just say "oh okay, that *hobby*".  I tell them I can make money off it if I try, and it falls on deaf ears.

Today was a really bad day for that, they're really gunning at me and I haven't been this blue about it in a while. 

I've seen that happen to more than a few people... But all of them are earning money with their art now or well on their way of doing so. It's like Klyde says: grab every job you can. Heck, I know people who take commissions (no naughty stuff) on deviant art to supplement their income. (Actually saw a few get more professional jobs through there as well.)

Well, actually, a few of them failed, but those were headed towards failure the moment they had convinced themselves they'd become big overnight because they're special little snowflakes. As long as you're not like that and willing to put in the work needed, your chances of making a living doing illustrations or designs actually aren't that terrible.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 02:46:47 PM
What works for most creative people I know is a steady (if somewhat boring/simple) job 24-32 hours a week (= source of income reliable enough to eat and pay rent), freelance work for fun/creative outlet and extra cash. Some of them moved on to being fulltime artists thanks to talent and hard work (and plain old good connections). I don't know what kind of job/career/thing you're looking for exactly, but I'm sure you'll get there one way or another :)
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Tales of" a discussion on: December 03, 2014, 01:01:50 PM
1. A) Best Male Character (Repede is male)

Repede! No, wait, I'll have to go with Yuri. I like that he isn't the typical kind of do-gooder but doesn't enter edgy/emo territory either. That kind of balance is rare in games.

1. B) Best Female Character

No matter what you guys say, I'll always like Estelle for being just so gosh darn cute and kind! Kindness does require strength of character and I don't care it's not the cool kind. And while she can be kind to a fault and will probably never be a leader like Natalia, I don't want to hold that against her. It's not like she chose to be born a princess. If her true calling is something like writing (children's) literature, then that's great too.

1. C) Worst character

Meh. I dunno. I always to throw stupid hero idiots off a cliff the moment I meet them, but after a while I just kinda tune them out. I do remember wanting to punch Legendia's Shirley in the face for most of the game for being an awful, annoying and mostly awful person.

2. Best Mascot Character (or least annoying little shit)

Repede is just plain awesome, but Quickie and Rollo both get points for playing the mascot role perfectly: cute but not obnoxiously so.

3. Best Cast Synergy

That's a difficult one... Definitely one of the smaller ones. With the 8-9 character casts it always feel like there's at least one member who's there simply because everyone on the development team loved the character design or battle style, but nobody had not idea what to do with him/her storywise, so the character gets a moment or two to appear relevant and then just kinda hangs out, or something. Yes, I'm looking at you, Gall.

I think I'll go with the Abyss. Not only had all members valid reasons to be there, they also found time to interact with pretty much every other character in the group. Plus, Anise and Jade teaming up to mess with everyone else was just too funny.

4. Best Battle System

Graces. Moving around the battle field, dodging attacks left and right felt really fluid. In most Tales games it feels like there's this divide between moving and hitting, but I didn't really notice that in Graces. And yeah, CC is a great mechanic. The basic combo system that's used in most titles works fine, sure, but CC is easy to understand and allows for more freedom.

5. Best Battle Arena

Vesperia's one of the few were I did all the challenges. Xillia (2)'s was fun too, but felt kinda meager in the cameo department.

6. Best Story

The Abyss. It was kinda convoluted at times and the technobabble didn't help, but there was some good drama in there. Hearts gets points for telling a basic story well. No frills or bullshit, just fairly straightforward save the girl/world kind of thing.

7. Best Music

I honestly can't remember. All the Sakuraba stuff kinda melted together a long time ago. If I dig deep enough, I might be able to recall some favourite battle themes, but even that is getting harder thanks to those character costumes with matching music.

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