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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 08, 2016, 03:06:45 AM
And the funny thing is, I've played JRPG's that were more heavy handed about it than A New Beginning. Looking at you, Tales.

Wait, no, there's something funnier. A New Beginning is set in the early 80s, less than a decade after people got to notice for themselves that having alternatives to oil could be a very good idea. Or maybe that's an European thing again. Were we hit harder by the oil crisis of the 70s?

Eidt: Oh, and number 10 is LISA. I was wondering when someone was going to pick that one.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 07, 2016, 07:20:25 AM
A New Beginning - Final report
That was a pretty intense finale. Ecoterrorists! Bombs! Betrayal!

I paid: €0,99
I played: 8 hours
Worth the wait?: The reviews weren't stellar, but I really enjoyed this adventure game. It reminded me of the comics I used to read as a kid. Plus, it's nice to see female protagonists like Fay. She has a good head on her shoulders, works hard for what she believes in but isn't immume to doubt, and does all her adventuring wearing sensible clothes.

Hey, I'm halfway through the list and it's time to reveal another game. Who wants to pick a number?

Edit: I forgot to add a warning. Play A New Beginning in German is you can. The English translation is bad, the English voice acting is terrible. If you don't speak German, atleast switch the voice track to German. There are subtitles available.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2016, 03:03:07 PM
My laptop's is... 1366x768. Do I need to apologise?
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 06, 2016, 10:56:58 AM
A New Beginning - Report 2
I've just reached chapter 5, which means I should be about halfway through. I couldn't help being curious and looked at some reviews (wait, shouldn't I have done that before buying the game?). Three things commonly mentioned:
1. The game/puzzles feel a bit old-school when it comes to the logic used
2. It's very European

I can't argue with the first one, and I'm not entirely sure what they mean by the second (are European adventure games different enough from American ones to be called something like euro-adventures?), but the third one is funny as heck. To me, anyway. Maybe it has something to do with the whole European thing. Over here, climate change is (mostly) accepted as real and all the countries sitting at the cool kid table are experimenting with clean energy and renewable resources.

50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2016, 04:26:20 PM
Man, I've been a bad gamer lately. Life has compelled me in senses that have jeopardized my game time!!! After completing my personal and professional move recently there was just too much to journey about and explore (I travel everywhere on foot). I can't be certain but I know I ventured somewhere in the realm of a cumulative 80-95 miles in the last 4 days. That is a very modest estimate mind you, assuming I only ran/jogged a few hours of the distances traveled.

That's impressive. I like long walks, but I'm terrible at running. Like, I have this habit if walking from the hospital to the shopping streets after donating blood to get some ice cream and another treat - I usually end up walking 5 kilometers or so without any trouble. But if I try jogging or running, I'm like "that patch of grass looks like a nice place to faint..." after  5 minutes. Cycling goes a little better and I can keep a good pace for a decent time, but if I usually have to stop (like, in front of traffic lights), I suddenly feel faint. It's the main reason I don't enjoy going as fast as I used to go.

Edit: I was just looking at the new Mango stuff, and I think they might seriously be trying to sell payama pants as regular pants.

51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2016, 03:29:30 AM

But are they good pockets on those skirts? I think not. Incidentally, I am pretty sure that my wallet wouldn't fit in girl jeans because of how crappy those pockets are. >.>

Pretty good, actually. One of them has pockets so deep, I once put my wallet in there and my sleep deprived mind ended up thinking I lost it. That was kind of embarrassing.

As for bags: I can just grab my bag if I need to take my stuff with me. You have to put everything in your pockets again and run the risk of forgetting to take everything out when doing laundry.

Though... there is one scenario in which I must admit defeat. Several Dutch anime conventions used to have insanely strict bag policies, as in: no fucking bagsl, ever. Except for fanny packs, those were fine. Handbags were a NO, because there were people that seriously believed people would accidently strangle themselves during an evacuation or something. (These rules were very obviously made by male nerds in male nerd environments and changed when women became more common.) Cargo pants were a god send. At one point, I hoped to bring a small bag into the vendor area, but the steward was like: "No, you can't do that!" So I took everything out of my bag, stuffed everything into my pockets, including the bag, and they had to let me in. I still regret not asking if I should drop my pants.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2016, 05:17:28 PM
You know, I think clothing culture in much of the world has it wrong.  Why can't guys wear skirts?  Let's be honest fellas, when you're wearing underwear and pants, it bunches up, constricts the boys (sometimes doubly so), you're constantly adjusting yourself, being the minister of silly walks (from Monty Python) to get comfortable.  It's a right nuisance.  That's why I go commando and even then, I find myself squirming in my car seat when I'm driving because my pants are constricting my balls.  

Now, if I could go commando in a long, flowy skirt every day, I would be the most comfortable guy on Earth.

Scotland got it right with kilts.
Bah I say. Bah! :p

I never have problems with clothing bunching up. I would never be interested in wearing a kilt or skirt either. I have massive hands, and I value having pockets of sufficient depth to fit my hands. Pockets of that depth do not work on flowing clothes like a skirt or a dress. For context the pants I wear that have pockets of perfect size can fit a 1 L container of Listerine in each pocket. Ah those pants are amazingly perfect....also if I wore a skirt or kilt I would be flashing every person to walk by, probably without noticing. >.>

On the topic of housewear, I tend to wear gym shorts as they are nice and light. I also sleep I them, so I guess they count as PJs?

Actually, it's pretty easy to hide pockets in the more poofy skirts and dresses. I have skirts that have better pockets than my jeans. (Of course, this is partly because women's jeans tend to have shitty pockets to begin with, but still...)

And hey, once you're wearing a skirt, you might as well start carrying a bag. Even a good pair of pants will start too look off when you fill those pockets too much, but a bag can hold your average point & click adventure inventory. Do you need tissues? Cough drops? A charger for your phone? Aspirin? Some water? A snack? Tiny flashlight? Something to read? Hairbrush? 3DS? Sewing kit? Hair ties? Pen and paper? Archer tab? Tape? It's all in my bag!
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 03, 2016, 03:52:28 PM
Don't give me too much credit. I think I might have heard it somewhere else.

Anyway, I'm back on track!

It's one of Daedalic Entertainment's early point & click adventure games and since Daedalic is a German game studio, I decided to play the game in German. Makes me feel like an elitist bastard, but the voice acting is good. Plus, the English used in the game doesn't feel quite natural, so playing it in German (which does sound natural) makes it more immersive or something.

In any case, more time travel! This time it's not about stopping a badly drawn Hitler and his Jurassic army, but about saving the environment. Fay is a girl from the future in which the world counting down to the end. She's part of a team that, in a desperate final attempt, tries to save humanity by going back in time and making sure humans don't fuck up the planet. Of course, this is easier said than done. Fay is trying to get help from Bent, a retired scientist, who might hold the key to a green energy source that could save the world, but since people don't usually get visitors from the future, you can probably imagine how well this is going...

One of the cool things about this game is the presentation: cutscenes are basically motion comics.

54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2016, 12:48:05 PM
Track pants are sweet too.  I would live my whole life in workout gear if I could.

According to TV, all you need to do is join the Russian Mafia.

Or become Dutch white trash!

In any case, pajama pants are great, no one can argue that. That said, I do make a point of wearing actual clothes every day, even when I'm not leaving the house. I just feel more productive when wearing something (semi-)nice. The skirts and dresses I own a pretty comfortable, and I've got these fleece lined tights that are great when it's colder. I wear that stuff a lot. Heck, a little while ago I was talking to this other girl over at the guild and we both agreed that's it's perfectly fine to wear a dress to archery practice as long as it doesn't get in the way.
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2016, 09:59:30 AM

Up to Chapter 18 now. Short rant over the story so far:

I'm pretty disappointed how black/white the two sides seem so far, but that might be because of the whole split games thing. I have heard that the story in Conquest is a lot better so I'm looking forward to getting around to that, but I hear the overarching plot is as straightforward as it appears. Seems like a wasted opportunity to me.

Flora killing herself after Chapter 17 was ridiculous. It was less tragedy and more just idiocy. The whole self-immolation aspect in particular is such a cheap dramatization effort since she specifically has...well, ice powers.

The game has some sort of explanation for that: those ice powers work by drawing out the heat from whatever they want to chill, storing it into the user. Of course, it doesn't make the scene much better if you do know that, so... yeah.

In other news, Takumi is broken as hell. Or I guess to be more accurate, the Fujin Yumi is broken as hell. Almost nothing he can't take out in a single turn for me.

Well, even without he's a solid unit. Low res, I guess, sure, but there's a bow that fixes that if you do want him to shoot some mages.

Fates is actually a really good place for Fire Emblem archers to be, as there's a great variety of classes that can use a bow, the traditional bow classes are better than usual, and there's a huge variety of bows to chose from, several of which are broken in the best ways. For instance the Shining Bow is awesome in this game, because many potential bow users actually have decent (or good!) magic stats. Sure, you can't use skills, but you do get 1-2 range.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: October 01, 2016, 02:14:50 PM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil
7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
9. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
10. Stranger of Sword City
11. Atelier Sophie
12. Zelda Picross
13. 10000000
14. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
15. Quell Reflect
16. Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden
17. Beyond Eyes
18a-d. Space Pilgrim Episode I-IV
19. I am Setsuna
20. An Octave Higher
21. Ben There, Dan That!
22. Please don't touch anything
23. Legend of Mysteria
24. Over the Hills and Far Away

First, some stuff from my Steam backlog:

25. Postmortum: One Must Die
26. This Starry Midnight We Make
27. Sins of the Demon
28. Cubicle Quest
29. Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-
30. Her Story
31. Time Gentemen, Please!
32. The Cat lady
33. Phantasy Star IV

And then there was this interruption:

34. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
I was afraid the new main characters would turn out to be Mary Sues, but I was pleasantly surprised on that front. The antagonist however...

As unoriginal as it is, I don't mind the whole 'AI running amok thing',
but this one was like the shota child of Baymax and HAL 9000.
Not impressed.

The cases leading up to the 'big event' were good though. I especially liked (is that the right word? these cases never end well...) the second one.

I also liked that there was a good variety of choices and many impacted the events in subtle ways instead of just creating a new branch. For instance, you can decide to manage your 'hue' (an representation of your mental health the System uses to judge you) or not, and this affects dialogue and (eventually) helps lead to different endings.

However, some of these changes were so small or subtle, they're hard to notice and the game only lets you fastforward through scenes you've seen in their entirety. It won't let you skip to the bits of dialogue that were changed. This makes replays very tedious.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2016, 01:46:50 PM
68 degrees Fahrenheit is 20 degrees Celsius, right? I usually don't turn my heat on unless it drops below 18 degrees Celsius...

I get cold anyway, so I figure I might as well save myself some money and just wear bunch of layers. Plus, I like heavy blankets as well, so I only turn on the heating in the bedroom when it's so could the pipes could be damaged if I don't. So, uh, maybe try stacking some layers and see if it helps?

To be frank, I'm glad it's getting colder. Many of my favourite clothes are best for autumn and winter, and I'm just happy I get to wear my favourite sweaters, that awesome skirt I bought a little while back, retro boots, my vintage coat that gets all the compliments, not to mention that poncho/sweater/thing with the fluffy hood, my knitted cape...

Summer is boring in comparison, because it's just too hot to be creative and comfortable at the same time. I just end up wearing a summer dress or something.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 29, 2016, 03:57:31 AM
I'm curious, though.  What is foreign opinion of Clinton in general?

The Dutch generally prefer the Democrat candidates, as the country as whole tends to lean to the left (even most of our right wing parties could be considered a little leftisch by outsiders). However, these elections are different from usual: whenever I flip through Dutch newspapers I read about people being worried, worried that Trump will be voted into office. Clinton, while not perfect, is an experienced politician who understands her actions have consequences. She's less likely to make big mistakes and if she does, the damage will probably be limited. Meanwhile, Trump is just spouting whatever he thinks will make him more popular, regardless of how his decisions could change the international political and economical landscape. The thought that he might gain actual power scares people.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 01:14:47 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if that is true. (And that's coming from someone from a country that still has a bit of a monarchy in place and produced Geert Wilders.)
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 25, 2016, 01:11:29 PM
For what it's worth, this project is slowing down now because I have some adulting to do. Which somehow involves watching anime and playing other games. And being paid shit. Mostly being paid shit, really. What you do is way more impressive. I don't have a business worthy of moving or anything like that.
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