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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 10, 2014, 03:08:29 AM
That's kind of the problem: other neighbours have called the police, but they can't do much. The case worker has always assured them it's nothing too bad.

On the other hand, now that I was the subject of his aggressive ramblings, I have every right to consider it a threat and file a complaint with the police. All the others could do was file a complaint about the noice level of the ramblings. Combine the threat with some other things he has done (property damage and... trespressing, I think that's what you call it in English) I should have pretty strong case.

Thanks. I feel better knowing there's atleast something I can do.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 09, 2014, 02:28:57 PM
I'm scared. Crazy neighbour is yelling at the voices in his head again. It's about me. Basically he wants terrible things to happen to me. His case worker assured me he won't do anything to me, but I'm not so sure. This guy doesn't understand boundaries.

I kinda want to move back in with my parents, or maybe rent a room from my aunt. I used to love living here, but now I'm hiding in my own home whenever he's nearby.

Edit: He's slamming doors and I think I'm hyperventilating. This sucks.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2014, 04:03:50 PM
Nah, it's at the very beginning, right after getting the wind power. I think I have the timing down now, but I'm already missing Hugo and his floaty magic ball :(

Fortunately I can blame all this on my controller. That third party Xbox 360 controller I use is like fifty shades of shitty. No wonder I'm having trouble with basic tasks like jumping!
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2014, 02:25:29 PM
Been playing a lot of Ys Origin and am now on my third playthrough and... I'm stuck. I'm stuck on something stupid. There's this first long jump you need to do (by using both the jump command and wind magic) but I can't get the timing right. If anyone has any tips, that'd be great...
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 06, 2014, 06:03:42 AM
It seriously kind of baffles them we like their 'very Japanese' games so much. We're supposed to like Call of Duty and GTA, because those titles sell millions of copies within 24 ours of release. JRPGs don't, so we don't like them, right?

(It's actually something I noticed with a lot of Japanese guests at Dutch anime conventions (they have panels/lectures on Japanese history and culture as well as the regular anime/manga/games stuff): they have no idea western people can be interested in their culture beyond the 'OMG, that's so exotic' bit. One the guest who gave a few lectures on kimono thought everyone in the audience was christian and therefore would never be able to grasp the concept of Shinto.)

Fortunately, some companies put in some effort and send producers and directors to Europe and North-America to talk to fans. Some of the big decisions Namco Bandai made regarding the Tales series in the past few years were a direct result of them actually getting into contact with fans. Dual audio (or no English dub at all!), releasing Hearts R, hurrying the fuck up with new installments... So, yeah, while I do complain about them being late, they're actually doing a great job and I really hope this new strategy continues to work for them.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 06, 2014, 04:58:37 AM
RPGfan served as my guide when I got my PSone. That long list of reviews actually convinced me to go for a, eh, somehwat modified model. No worries, RPGfan didn't turn me into a pirate! I bought the Lunar games, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Valkyrie Profile and many more fair and square.

RPGfan did play a pretty big role in how I turned out. This site pointed me towards many interesting games (including Fire Emblem and Ace Attorney back when they weren't any localised installments available!). I played those games (eventually) and that made me stand out when I started looking for work as a game journalist. So thanks for helping me get started, RPGfan :)

And of course there are many awesome people here. People who let me vent when life sucks, people who know how to have a good discussion about games, and most importantly, people who make me laugh.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 06, 2014, 04:21:02 AM
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I figure, 12 year-olds nowadays are either playing PS360 console games with bombastic graphics or they're playing quickie app-style games on their cell phones.

I don't know. They seem to have the patience for all sorts of free to play simulation games and MMORPGs. They have limited cash and more spare time than they know what to do with, so just like us 15+ years ago, they're looking for games that can keep them entertained for a long time for as little money as possible. Graphics don't matter much. They'll grab whatever looks appealing and/or their friends are playing. Not every kid will like some 20 year old JRPG, but I'm sure they are still plenty who dare to sink their teeth into a title like Chrono Trigger. And why wouldn't they? It's still a good game.

And hey, it's not like us grown-ups have no influence at all. I'd never push them towards whatever I liked as kid, but it's great when you can point them towards an older game that's relevant to their interests. For instance, my youngest cousin loves New Super Mario Bros. Loves, loves, loves it. So I got her one of those Nintendo Point Cards and downloaded Super Mario World for her on her Wii. I explained that the game she loves was based on a game that was popular when I was her age. She thought that was fascinating. She used the leftover points to get another old title: Kirby's Adventure for the NES. She'll turn 10 this year and has developed a bit of an interest in older games. Of course she adores Minecraft, but she also has this Game Boy Micro she does't want to let go. I'm pretty sure she'll become a gamer and will start seeking out and playing through bits of game history on her own.

I think that's the trick, really: pointing them towards those older titles when they show interest. Of course those kids will be a minority, but it's not like every kid grows up to be a film buff, literature lover, fan of classic rock, and more. They'll find one of two things they're interested in.

Hm. Now I wonder if videogames are an important enough part of our culture to actually educate children about it. And if so, what titles should be part of that exclusive education worthy list?
 
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 06, 2014, 02:16:22 AM
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^I've said this before many times; Any company with long-running franchises reaches a point of saturation. How that saturation from that point on is handled by the company is their own business to take care of.

But here's the thing, when their way of handling it is (part) consumer blaming, consumers have every right to complain.

Triple A publishers love to play the 'we give fans what they want card' and while it's not completely without merit (fans are eager to buy something they are familiar with), in the end it's still impossible to know exactly what fans want. Square Enix only saw part of the picture for over a decade. If Nintendo hadn't taken care of Bravely Default, there's a good chance they'd still think pretty pictures and wellknown characters all people care about. And then it would still be the consumers' fault for not noticing whatever fancy title they put out next.

The way I see it, Square Enix wanted the world to be a place where they could impress gamers with shiny images and flashy FMVs over and over again. They wanted to be the company that made games that made our jaws drop. They had to believe that is what we wanted.

It's pretty delusional, but I think a lot of Japanese companies are that way. I feel like The Last Unicorn's Molly Grue whenever Hideo Baba shows up at an European convention. I waited to long! I'm old now. Where was the Tales serie when I was a teen and desperately wanted to play the newest installments? Where was Namco all those years?

Oh yeah, it was in Japan, telling themselves people outside of the country couldn't possibly understand or enjoy the games they were making.

Fuck that.

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A lot of gamers don't care to learn about the work and creative process of these projects, and in more than one case I end up looking at stuff like XIII in a different light because I bothered to learn about the game. But nope fuck that, I'm wrong because the game is linear and dumb as shit according to the keen-eyed wisdom of the gaming community. :p

It's good to delve deeper, but Final Fantasy XIII is what Square Enix sold us. That is what we got for our money and what was supposed to entertain us all on its own. While I enjoyed the game, I can imagine many were disappointed. Linearity doesn't have to be a bad thing and storywise it would be weird to give players a lot of freedom, but it's a good idea to make players forget they're following a set path for most of the game. Look at Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. You're also running from the government and thus following a set path, but that path has hidden areas and many different types of encounters. The game may be linear but there's still a lot to explore. What does Final Fantasy XIII do? Eh, it has some extremely basic puzzles (OMG, switches!) and lovely backgrounds, I guess?

And in all honestly, the bullshit that went on behind the scenes makes me wonder why Final Fantasy XIII didn't turn out worse. It's a miracle the game turned out to be so decent. But that doesn't make me appreciate the game more. It makes me a little angry. When your head is so far up your nicely rendered arse, you don't need a miracle that confirms your head is fine exactly where it is.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2014, 02:47:46 AM
Don't forget the period from hell see seems to be having.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 27, 2014, 05:37:26 AM
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
18. Picross e4 (it's Picross)
19. Crystal Warriors
20. To the Moon
21. The Banner Saga
22. Game Dev Tycoon
23. Gone Home
24. Bastion

New:
25. Breath of Death VII (Lita is, like, two references in one. Amazing!)
26. Cthulhu Saves the World (There's a lot to like, but I wouldn't mind having some shorter dungeons despite the random encounter limit.)
27. Ys Book I (I'm ashamed I didn't play this earlier)
28. Ys Book II (See, grinding against things doesn't have to be dirty! Well, it will still be dirty if you don't switch the blood off, but it's a different kind of dirty, you know?)
29. Tappingo (It's a cheap but fun little puzzle game. What's not to like?)
30. Millennium: A New Hope (Good start, aside from the missable items bullshit. Will probably buy one or two more episodes this year)
31. Penny Arcade Episode 3 (Perhaps I should have played the first two first, but those weren't on sale. Besides, I was in a mood for faux retro anyway)
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 25, 2014, 11:00:46 AM
Yes, six passangers were on their way to the National AIDS Conference. Among them was Joep Lange.

Most of the news here has been about the Dutch passengers and about the identification proces of all victims. It was weird seeing the coffins loaded up into trucks and planes, especially when they said one such coffin could contain the remains of more than just one person.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 25, 2014, 03:23:44 AM
The curls are really cute, but I'd have prefered it if they were a little les... anime.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 24, 2014, 03:13:10 AM
And here I thought Zombie Batman was weird... Is the Dark Knight the new Hello Kitty?
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 23, 2014, 05:18:15 PM
Crazy neighbour is screaming again. The door my my balcony is still open, but if I close it now, he'll see me.

Edit: from his ramblings I gathered this: he apparantly took a bet (some street game?) and the people he was playing against let him win the first few times (of course). Then he lost €20. So he called 112 (our 911), who did not appreciate being called for something like that. So he called again. Eleven times total. And now he's angry and the whole world needs to die.

I feel kinda bad for him. I mean, it's obvious he's not 100% functional and he's having a hard time. On the other hand, he scares the shit out of me!
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 08:16:30 AM
Finally was able to log in to Hearthstone and check out the new content!

The bosses were fun and I liked the rewards, but... It's not that much to it. I already cleared the first wing (including the extra challenges, if anyone wants deck suggestions, let me know). I had been planning on paying actual money for this, but I think I'll stick to saving up gold...
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