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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 22, 2014, 09:51:03 AM
The best thing about Dawn of the New World is the small Tenebrae plush that came with my review copy (Namco Bandai's attempt at bribery?). Supposedly it's very rare (can't even find a picture of it online) and it makes Tales fans jealous. It. Is. Awesome.

What's not so awesome, is the fact that Millennium: A New Hope has so many missable items. Yes, please do make the only key that can open locked doors available for only a short window of time in a hidden store, players will love that!
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2014, 03:07:37 AM
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One of my biggest unfounded fears is someone breaking into my place and stealing my gaming crap. I know I would never get half of the merchandise I've collected back. On that point, I think it takes a for real scum-bag to steal someones personal  goods. There are a great many moral lows man can reach, but stealing another mans personal belongings is something I REALLY detest and can't understand. There are a number of other immoral, illegal ways to go out and make money that does not directly hurt and violate another innocent human being. People can really suck alright.

I have nightmares about someone breaking in quite often, especially after the incident with crazy neighbour :/

I've told this story here before, but my sister actually had something stolen from her right from her room. She had invited some friends over. Atleast, she thought all of them were friends. One of them stole her mobile phone, mistaking it for a model that was actually worth something. (Note: they were all around 14 years old) In her case it all worked out. The guy was an idiot, so it wasn't hard to figure out he was the culprit. He had already caused some minor trouble in town and showed all the signs of going further down hill, so the police took the case quite seriously. Two months later my sis had her phone back. (And now, many years later, that guy takes it up the butt for cash at shady parties.)
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2014, 02:46:34 AM

Edit: I'm not up on Disgaea. What is that thing next to my name? What the heck am I? Kind of looks like one of those bull skulls you run into in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Not that I've ever been there.

A Reaper, which is -dundundun- a reaper-like monster with high magic and attack stacks. They're also good at destroying the enemy's SP.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2014, 02:43:20 AM
If my theory is correct, they visited the small war museum in the town they were headed to (not much else to do there, really), which is run by my old neighbour. I got many of the stories I know from him :D

(The other theory is that they just like walking, but if you come all the way to the Netherlands to walk, you're not going to be walking here. You'd enter the Four Day March in Nijmegen, which is held this week. Plus, they weren't equipped like long distance walkers anyway, which means the walking was more of a recreational thing. Like, get on the bus and get out several stops in advance to admire some scenery. Or maybe just walk from one town to the next. That's doable without water, even in our summer weather. Guessing from the direction they we're coming from and mentioning they're both wrong when I pointed them in the right direction, they're probably staying in Z., a town in walking distance of several other small towns and villages.)

...

(Instead of Sherlocking them I should just ask my dad if he's heard about any Canadians visiting. News like that travels like wildfire. Funny. The internet lets us talk to people on the other side of the world instantly, but seeing an actual live foreigner up close is still something amazing.)
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2014, 09:54:02 AM
Something amazing happened today! I was waiting at the bus stop and two Canadian women asked for directions. They may be the very first Canadians to visit these parts since 1945 (this is an exageration... or is it?)! :D I wonder why they're here... Wait, could they be the grandchildren of soldiers who liberated these towns? Have they come to visit the museum and memorials? That'd make sense. Not many other reasons to visit. Damnit, I should have asked! Too bad my bus arrived right after I gave them directions...

Man, I feel like a NPC now. Just standing there, showing descendants of legendary heroes the way to the next (and better) town.

Somewhat related: I went shopping in Doetinchem, a fairly small city of which the centre that was practically bombed to ruins in the last stretch of the war. Not by Germans, but by the Britts who mistook it for the German city of Isselburgh... 200 people died because of that fuck up. They even covered up, reported it had actually been an attack on Anholt, a German town near the border. The city looks like any other now, but you'll find many monuments and memorials if you know where to look.

The small town I lived in wasn't hit that hard, but the Germans did decide to go out with a bang when the Canadians were on their way. They had a lot of ammunition stored nearby, shoved it all into the community building farmers used for storage and the like, and blew the whole thing up. Germany soldiers didn't even warn the people living next to it. Six townspeople died, three of them children, mere hours before the town was liberated.

Damnit, now I'm all sad. I'm glad they teach some local history like this in our schools, though.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 15, 2014, 02:36:06 PM
If you lived a little closer by, I'd kidnap you and make you part of our awesome geeky crafts club. Don't worry, it's great! We drink tea and make terrible puns :D

But seriously, those dragons are adorable! I especially love the one with the cookie.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 03:05:33 AM
(Yay, I destroy things with magic! :D

To me, Dice will always be the dedicated healer. She had that Estelle avatar for the longest time and when she was in Final Fantasy, she was that potions chugging white mage. So, if I'm going to put RPGfan members in the next Disgaea game, Dice is going to heal things with magic.)

Meanwhile, I'm playing Ys Book II (PC), in which I also destroy things with magic. It's weird how this game is so modern and absolutely retro at the same time. Of course there's the bump mechanic, which seems to be designed by someone who thought programming an attack button was hard. But it's so fun and fluid! And then there's the dungeons. They're old school maze-like with a lot of similar rooms and corridors, but they're also filled with events, even compared to many modern games.

@ indie thing: nowadays I just seperate games into 'small', 'big' and 'triple A'. Most indie games and lots of retro games are small. I'm really into small games right now, that's why I'm playing things like old Ys and Cthulhu Saves the World. Some of these small games have a big impact on the player, others are just fun diversions. You can buy these games for less than 15 and you'll probably finish them in less than 10 hours, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Big games are the avarage console/handheld/pc games, the type you'd pay 40-50 for if you buy them soon after they're released. These games are fancier, featuring more cutscenes, better graphics or simply a ton more content. Triple A is simply triple A: big games with really big budgets. I'll grab the rare AAA-title I'm interested when it drops down to 20. Which is like 6 months after release. Sure, the publisher would prefer it if I pre-ordered the hell out of it, but if they're going to print a bazillion copies anyway, I'm going to wait a while and let capitalism work in my favour.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2014, 04:50:05 AM
I bought this silly little puzzle game called Tappingo in the 3DS eShop and now I'm hooked. The idea is that you colour in a pixel picture using lines of certain lengths. Let's say a green line needs to be four squares long, but if there's nothing ito stop it, it'll just keep going. That's not good, so you have create a little obstacle for it with another line. It's a simple mechanic and the puzzles are quite easy when you get the hang of it, but it's so zen!

I bought the game a couple of days ago and have less than 15 unsolved puzzles left (there are a little over a hundred in total) :(

Worth the 2 I paid, in any case.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2014, 02:13:12 AM
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Fucking jellyfish... freaks of nature.

Ever since Princess Jellyfish, I think jellyfish are awesome, and I must have crocheted 100+ of them now, because they're one of our popular products. Yay for jellyfish :D

(As long as I don't have to go anywhere near where they can sting me.)
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2014, 04:11:04 PM
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Vesperia - "Only one cube, measuring 14 by 14 by 14 feet, was actually built, with only one working door that could actually support the weight of the actors. The color of the room was changed by sliding panels."

Wait. Cube? I love that movie!

(But I think the quote/description fits Xillia better, what with its box canyons and fastfood chain-like Sea Havens
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41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 10, 2014, 04:04:08 AM
Yeah, it's like Nintendo leveled up 10 times in a row and put all the points towards common sense and marketing... Well, good for them and the players. I know people who've played the game competively for 10+ years, this is a big step forward for them.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 10, 2014, 03:55:51 AM
I generally like Fujishima's designs. You might say they're bland but they're easily recognisable. Never been a fan of Inomata, though. Her girls look anorexic and she goes way overboard with the ribbons and other fancy stuff. Oh, and the clashing colours! There are times when I wonder if she's colourblind... I think Leia and Rowen are some of the rare designs I actually do like.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 10, 2014, 03:35:49 AM
Ugh, Oranje showed me again why I don't have the patience to watch sports. Stupid, clumsy, back and forth... I would have liked to see the Netherlands go on to the finals, but they didn't really deserve a win the way they we're playing.

Rooting for the neighbours now. Go Germany!

As for the losers' match, if I were them I would go all out. I think the host needs a kick in the ass to get its priorities straight. Not even making the top 3 might teach them a lesson.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 05:45:38 PM
The last game I played when I was sick was... Final Fantasy Tactics?

I make poor life choices, I know.

I actually rarely feel like gaming when the flu got a critical hit in. Stupid anime, that's something I'd go for. Or maybe a movie. But if I suddenly caught a bug now, I'd probably hook my laptop up to my TV and play short indie RPG's like Breath of Death VII.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 09, 2014, 05:41:09 PM
1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign
16. Etrian Odyssey Untold
17. Mugen Souls Z

New:
18. Picross e4 (it's Picross)
19. Crystal Warriors (it's retro strategic fun)
20. To the Moon (it's something that made me cry)
21. The Banner Saga (it's beautifully depressing)
22. Game Dev Tycoon (it's alternate videogame history)
23. Gone Home (it's an experience)
24. Bastion (it's as good as I was told)
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