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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 08, 2016, 03:21:00 PM
With my laptop working better than ever (which doesn't mean much, because it's always been an insult to PC gaming), it's time for an introduction:

Machina of the Planet Tree ~Planet Ruler~ - Report 1

(Yet) another RPG Maker RPG, but this one is a bit different from the last two as it's a doujin game from Japan translated by Sekai Project. Publishers don't pick up just any doujin game for localisation, and it shows. Machina has a ton of custom stuff: character portraits, backgrounds, music, battle system, sprites - there's even a bit of voice acting in there.

The character designs are super anime and I have this feeling I've seen variations of them before, but the sprites are pretty neat and compliment the battle system nicely. You see, Machina works with a combos-system, sort of like a much faster version of Xenogears' or Legend of Legaia's. By chaining a variety of attacks you do more damage and that combo bonus builds up quickly. However, if you keep repeating the same attacks, your damage multiplier goes down. This makes for fast, fun battles and by the time I reached the first boss, I was a bit overleveled just because I enjoyed fighting.

As for the story, it appears to be a pretty basic 'advanced civilization was destroyed and the cause becomes a threat once again (free mysterious girl included)' type of story, but we'll see where it goes.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 11:28:32 AM
Hey, there might have been some universal translator device in there somewhere, I dunno.

What really surprised me is that, as soon as he noticed I had atleast some interest in the insides of my laptop, he give me some pointers so I'd be better prepared to tackle something like this myself in the future. Like holy shit, people in this business don't usually assume their customers have working brains! (Which is, I guess, not totally unfair, but still...)
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 11:13:25 AM
No, I suspect the door may be a portal to another dimension and that the guy behind the counter is not actually human. All the other PC repair shops I know of are extremely expensive, provide shitty service or both.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 10:48:41 AM
Oh, wow, I actually had a good experience at a computer repair shop!

So, I was nearly shitting bricks because my hard disk was gasping for breath despite diagnostic programs telling me that everything was awesome. I kind of wanted to upgrade to a SSD anyway, so the time was right to go hardware shopping. However, going through my PC stuff it became painfully obvious I was unprepared for a DIY install. Couldn't even find the right screwdriver in my little toolbox. Plus, I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to computer hardware. So, yeah, I decided to take a chance and ask a professional. I went to this store I remembered visiting a decade ago with my dad and not having a terrible time, and:

1. The guy behind the counter actually listened to my diagnosis, checked for himself and confirmed that my hard disk should be coffin shopping.
2. He also listened to what I wanted: a 250GB SSD. Instead of trying to upsell me a 500GB one instead, he complimented my choice (free confidence boost, yay!).
3. The SSD was reasonably priced. He put it in for free the very the same day. Buying a SSD elsewhere, getting the tools and cables needed to install it myself and put my stuff on there would have been more expensive, not to mention stressful.
4. I ran some errands and ate ice cream in the meantime (hey, it was a forced day off - might as well make the most of it!)
5. He wasn't able to clone my old drive (my first choice and his recommendation) and did a squeeky clean Windows 7 install instead, which is almost just as good (and he made sure my files were save and put them back in their old spot).
6. He asked if I wanted to add the finishing touches (downloading the latest drivers, reinstalling software) myself, which I did, because that is something I can confidently do myself.

It's so nice to not be treated like mentally handicapped living wallet!

The service was so amazing, I decided to buy a new external hard disk on the spot. I kinda needed a new one anyway, but hadn't done any price comparing online yet. I though that, even if it was more expensive than elsewhere, I'd be totally okay with it - stores like this need to make money afterall. Turns out it as extremely reasonably priced. I might not have been able to get it/something similar cheaper online.

I wonder how this guy makes any money like this. Well, obviously he's actually getting customers (unlike that store near the river that's run by sexist scumbags), but still, it'd be very reasonable to ask a small service fee for stuff like this. Sure, he did this job inbetween other store stuff, but he did put in the work. He used parts from good brands as well, no crappy cheap stuff.

Not to mention his professionalism. I might have a had a good idea of what was wrong and what I wanted, but while I was there another customer came in with a PC and couldn't give any information beyond 'there are too many blue screens after doing things with my photos'. I'd get extremely frustrated if I had to deal with that every day, but the guy remained friendly and professional.

Anyway, I love how fast my laptop is now! I'm looking forward to installing and playing my Steam backlog! ^_^
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 07, 2016, 10:59:37 AM
So that's Her Story and after that Time Gentleman, Please!. Yep, those are good numbers :)

Meanwhile, I'd love to post my first impressions of Machina of the Planet Tree, but my harddisk seems to be sort of slowly dying... Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up a replacement tomorrow (maybe a nice SSD, 250GB is more than enough for me anyway).
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2016, 03:36:08 PM
Why do I suddenly want to play 90s style point & click adventure games?
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Vestaria Saga on: September 06, 2016, 03:32:21 PM
Cool. It's been awhile since I played a (not!)Fire Emblem in Japanese. I'm going to be so terrible at this.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 03:22:08 PM
The thing about Final Fantasy is that it's kinda of terrible at being the Final Fantasy many grew up with. If you want your Final Fantasy IV or Final Fantasy VII fix, you're not getting it by playing Final Fantasy XIII or something. You're better off with Bravely Default or Lost Odyssey.

I don't think it's a bad thing the series tries to innovate, even if it's hit and miss, but if you're looking for certain types of familiar game experiences, it's a bad place to start. Not to mention the nostalgia cash grabs Square Enix has been throwing around...
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 02:57:24 PM

I'll have to check Last Dream out, despite the name being a terrible and uncreative riff on "Final Fantasy".

Personally, I think it's a step up from Last Story. ... But not by much.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 01:04:43 PM
IIRC, a big portion of the soundtrack is public domain stuff as well. All the custom stuff is in the code.

But, yeah, it's one of those RPG Maker games that's actually well-designed. Gameplay ideas fit together nicely and the scale of the world is pretty impressive as well. I'd pick Last Dream over something like, I dunno, Black Sigil any day. Sure, Black Sigil looks better, but it's incredibly flawed when it comes to game design. That random encounter rate nearly ruined the whole experience for me...
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 12:18:04 PM
But yeah, never trust anything that bills itself as "Inspired by _______" because they usually have no clue as to why _______ was actually liked (another issue is the fact that a lot of old skool RPGs have a bunch of archaic/draconian mechanics/design choices that wouldn't and don't hold up today and a lot of 'retro' games tend to ensure that those get copied first, as they were easy to do then and are much easier to do now).

I wonder what's worse, that or games that do everything right but don't realise they did. Like... Last Dream for instance. Pretty awesome RPG Maker games that uses old-school Final Fantasy-style parties of four and gives the player a ton of freedom. The game is great fun because there's just so much to see and do - to explore! There's even a bunch of optional puzzles to scratch that Lufia itch.

These are the dumb vague words the developer used to describe the game: "Last Dream incorporates the best features of classic RPGs: replayability and complete immersion into a vast world, rich with detail."

42  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 06, 2016, 10:16:37 AM
Go for it. There are plenty of games left and I want to know what I can look forward to :) I wonder if it'll be another RPG Maker game... I think there's about four left of those?

Oh, and I've calculated how long it should/could take me to finish the remaining games on the list: 130-140 hours. If I stick to my current pace, I should be able to (easily) clear the list before the end of the year.

Edit: some other stats. My playtime thusfar is ~34 hours.

In total, I paid €29,30 for the twenty games on the list. The most expensive one was €3,59, the cheapest €0,08. Yeah, seriously. 8 cents. I think that one even has Steam cards, meaning I'll probably make a tiny profit playing that game. Anyway, the average price paid is €1,47.
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 10:09:09 AM
I know of one good 'loveletter' to Chrono Trigger and that's Evoland 2. It succeeds because it doesn't try to be Chrono Trigger. Sure, the storyline has a lot of little nods to the game, and it even has a dungeon the style of Chrono Trigger, but in the end Evoland 2 is very much its own thing: a journey trough time that celebrates videogames.

Meanwhile, Setsuna is all like: "Hey, hey? Do you remember Chrono Trigger? Chrono Trigger sure was a cool game, wasn't it? Hey, listen, did you see this dual tech? It sure feels like Chrono Trigger, doesn't it? Ah, Chrono Trigger... I love Chrono Trigger... Oh, and here's some snow."
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 06, 2016, 06:17:42 AM
Cubicle Quest - Final report
I played a game. It was meta.

I paid: 0,99
I played: 16 hours
Worth the wait?: That was a lot of content for 99 cents. My playtime includes all post-game content/optional bosses, by the way. The main character's mum and dad would be proud of my spending habits. As for the quality of the content... Cubicle Quest has strong themes and the jokes make the most of it. It's self-aware without being pretentious. What I liked a little less where some of the dungeons. All dungeons within the game are short but some do have an annoying mechanic, like teleporters or invicible mazes. Also, expect to die a lot. The game gives you a lot of freedom after the introduction, but that does mean running into enemies that are too strong every now and then. Fortunately, you can save pretty much everywhere. Save often and you'll escape a lot of frustration.

Anyway, only one known game left on the list. I could use a few numbers.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 04, 2016, 02:28:09 PM
Cubicle Quest - Report 2
I'm sort of stumbling through life and not doing all too bad, if I do say so myself. Some lifehacks have made my (young) life much easier. For instance: crafting five sandwiches costs 20, but if you sell all of them you get 50. It's an easy way to pay off a credit card or two. Plus, sandwiches are a great way to restore HP early game. Oh, and save scumming is a thing and the game sort of encourages it.

I've also gathered what my goals in life will be: pay off my debts (working on my student loans now), buy a house (or rent forever by defeating a super difficult boss?), marry the girl of my dreams (I want the neurosurgeon, but the librarian isn't so bad either), and then kick looming depression in the ass.
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