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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2015, 03:42:19 AM
Back from yet another animeconvention.

This one had all sorts of food stalls on ground floor and outside. Too bad it was kinda expensive or I would have eaten festival food every meal like a giddy schoolgirl.

There was like a small army of nice German girls this year, most of them cosplayers or vendors. Usually we only get fat German Comic Book guys who stink up the dealerroom and ask way too much for their figures. It was a good change of pace.

Both my friend and I made a sport of going to the least popular events, which once again included the Dutch Manga Awards. For some reason it was held in a ballroom and the few people who did attend just sat on the floor. Some Attack on Titan yaoi won in the fancomic category. We do not have a lot of people who make fancomics. The person who won in the Short Story category was really good, though. She and her fellow artists deserve better than an unpopular award ceremony in a room with no seating arrangements.

For a while it looked like my friend would win: she attended a panel with only five people in the audience, but...

Saturday night I went to watch Short Peace, a collection of short animated movies made by some big names. I had the largest theathre auditorium in the Netherlands to myself:

This monster seats 2161, Short Peace attracted at most maybe 7 viewers - most left during the movie because it started 45 minutes late and they had other things to do. I may or may not have pretended I was a multibillionair and this was my home theatre. Two volunteers walked by to check if I wasn't some geeky hobo looking for a place to sleep.


47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: June 15, 2015, 02:29:29 AM

Good question seeing all the love EU's been getting lately.


Bandai Namco Europe has been really pushing their products. Hideo Baba nearly lives here during the summer what with all the events he goes to, they share releasedates in a very timely manner and so on. (Fun fact: I've heard some editors at publications say they're not quite sure what to do with BNE's... enthusiasm. Like, do these games actually sell? To an audience that also reads their magazine/website?)
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: June 12, 2015, 04:28:13 AM
1. Long Live the Queen
2. A Bird Story
3. Choice of the Deathless
4. Child of Light
5. The Sacred Tears TRUE
6. Reccetear
7. Fairune
8. Black Sigil
9. Summon Night: Twin Age
10. Time Hollow
11. Paper Mario
12. Touch Detective
13. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legend of the Titan
14. Atelier Shallie
15. Evoland
16. Adventure Bar Story
17. Mind Zero
18. Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman
19. Persona Q

20. Bravely Default
Why can't they just call a Final Fantasy 'Final Fantasy'? This was so much like a Final Fantasy. Stop cheating at new IPs, Square Enix! But, I got into it knowing that and wasn't disappointed. Well, aside from the second 'half' of the game. I like boss battles, but I do want a little more than just boss battles.

21. You Must Build a Boat
I built a boat and it was fun.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 11, 2015, 02:01:48 PM
Her pose is weird. Her hips want to go right but her boobs want to go left. Is her spine a noodle?

Also, those clothes are in no way functional. Damaged cape/coat? That's cool, I guess. Bandaged arm? I'm sure she got her reasons. Getting into a fight with a paper shredder? Bad idea.

The only way to make up for this is giving her a Captain Harlock costume. For free.

The setting better make up for this.
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 11, 2015, 02:51:50 AM
That looks... weird. Are his hips too small? His head too big? I don't know, it just looks like his proportions are off. It kinda looked like they shopped his pants on after finding out they were too tight to actually wear.

But that's what CW does? Make everything young and hot? Weird, I could have sworn that was an American thing.

The more I think about it, the funnier it is. Head science guy now looks like he is in his twenties and tried so hard to grow a beard but failed so hard. He looks way too young to run a research facility/hospital (department). Unless he doesn't do that anymore and is now just random attractive doctor who somehow gets involved. Or maybe they made him a genius to make up for the lack of experience. Which is kind of weird, because one of the points was that even experience doesn't prepare you for this sort of thing.

Oh well. The changes as a result of cultural differences are interesting, though.

Something else I noticed is that teen mom's parents aren't running a grocery store anymore but a bar or coffeeshop (and a fairly nice too). I wonder if this is because they don't have small grocery stores in Atlanta? In the original teen mom's parents are extremely ordinary people and so they run the most ordinary grocery store. It's kind of a plot point. 

I wonder why they removed/changed chubby kid. Is it because he's obese but not in any way there for laughs? That's too bad. His storyline is about him being bullied and still coming out on top by being a good person. Like teen mom and teacher he's one of the moral centers of the show, refusing to get the quickly rotting reality get to him.

Also, it seemed like people were rioting in the American version. In the Flemish verison, people try to stay off the streets as much as possible. The people who are out on the street are either out there to get food. Sure, there are people out there to cause trouble, but that's just small groups hanging out in specific spots. It makes the streets look deserted. (But this might be because the Flemish version couldn't afford enough extras for a proper riot.)

What else... Oh, yeah, guns. When a civilian pulls out a fire arm in the original, it's a big fucking deal. For instance, in the beginning of the series, some guy steals food from the grocery store in broad daylight. He walks in, fills up his baskets and just walks out. Sure, the owner tried to stop him, but the dude spit into his hand and threatened to touch the owner or his family. With the virus being a death sentence, that worked. When the guy comes back and the owner fetches this really old hunting rifle that probably doesn't even work, it's both a big deal and not much of a threat at all.

also I spotted a black guy in the dutch version!

He's only there for one scene, but in that short amount of time he gets to wear a labcoat and speak both French and Dutch, so hey, it could be worse. Oh, and I just remembered, one of the primary school kids is a black girl, she the daughter of the (white) bus driver (who later goes through great lengths to save his presumably adopted daughter). As rare as the black characters are, it's kind of easy to forget their skin colour because it's in no way important to the storyline.

Speaking of black people, it looks like they made the grandpa black in the American version, meaning they now got an old interracial couple. That's pretty cool.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 10, 2015, 05:41:24 PM
Cordon - Oh. Fuck. Axe through door? Woman screaming? Nice reference, but that's the last door I wanted to see an axe go through! Why are you doing this to me, Cordon?! But, you do get points for making teen mom one of the characters with the biggest balls.

I also did some reason up (finally?) and according to Wikipedia there will be a next season soon, so not neat conclusion within 10 episodes. A neat conclusion within 20 or so will be fine to. And hey, it's not like the Walking Dead where they can keep introducing new survivors, here they gotta make do with what they have and the numbers are slowly going down.

Also watched the trailer for the American adaptation and it's weird seeing characters look so... different. Most are younger and more handsome/beautiful. In the Flemish version the teenagers are played by actual teenagers, here they look slightly older. (And I didn't even see chubby kid! Can't find a character like him or his sister on IMDB either. Did they cut him out?) Some of the older characters were aged down by 20+ years. The most reasonable change is that they made outside cop and tech girl black. Good. That makes sense. They're important characters and Atlanta probably has a much bigger black population than Antwerp, so it'd be weird to have a completely white cast. It's kinda funny how the American cast is more diverse when it comes to skin colour, but when you look at ages and body types, the original one runs circles around it.

Other changes:
-virus was a variation of a known one (a type of bird flu), now it's fully unknown
-more guns (cuz Murrica)
-teen mom's boyfriend is going to play an actual role?
-much higher production values

In case anyone wants to compare, here are two short trailers for the original:


And you can find the trailer for 'Containment' here:

52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy on: June 09, 2015, 02:19:06 AM
Playing it as well and am I few hours in. I chose the 'modern' version, the one that provides you with a balanced party right at the start (instead of you haveng to create one yourself) and the battles have all been pretty easy thus far. Fortunately, my magic users became a lot more useful after gaining a few levels (and MP) so they can actually participate. Except for the acedemic, who seems to be more for exploring and boss battles. In regular battles he throws items sometimes.... yeah.

What's been giving me trouble is the overly complicated UI. There are so many options and over half of them have names you don't usually see in RPGs. Fortunetely there's a manual build into the game, but it will be a while before I get used to all these menus.

Also, pet peeve: met my first wanted variant and it was called a Siren. Captain girl explained the name was an obvious one, because the creature has wings. Thought that was weird, because, you know, sirens are those mermaidlike creatures that lure ships to their doom with their enchanted singing. No wings needed. Then I actually saw it and it turned out to be more like a fancy harpy. Get your mythology straight, Operation Abyss!

Edit: Update - 7 hours in - is it me or is this game rather easy? Battles, even boss battles aren't giving me much trouble. Even enemies several levels stronger than my party members do very little damage, if they hit me at all that is. I'm getting the hang of crafting and such, but I can't imagine that makes much of a difference at this point. I am enjoying the dungeons. They're varied and there seems to be a little puzzle (often of the 'find and hit switch' design, but there's some teleporting and damage floors as well) in every sector, so I'm having a fairly good time exploring. Etrian Odyssey (and Persona Q) spoiled me rotten, though, and compared to those games it feels rather based. But, it's much better than Mind Zero. ... I have been playing a lot of dungeon crawlers lately, haven't I?
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 07, 2015, 03:31:37 PM
Wait, I heard magic is like easy mode in Dark Souls 2, is that right?
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 07, 2015, 12:18:59 PM

And as for the "Ber" motif, the desert town needs to have Berber people in it.  And if we're staying in Africa, Velvet can battle Somalian pirates. 

And instead of Yggrasil or some other super important flora they should have a berberis shrubs. They can be, like, really big or something. Epic.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 07, 2015, 09:24:57 AM
So...this image from the RPGFan story.

Am I the only one who's first thought on seeing the screenshot on the right was, "Oh hey that looks like Jude in a long haired wig,"? Because I cannot unsee it at this point. >.>

Despite Jude going through puberty and his adult body gaining some control over the hormones that were partly responsible with his obsession with Milla in the first place, his second final goodbye weighs heavy on his mind. After much consideration, he sees only one course of action: if he can't be with Milla, he will become Milla!

(I like ruining things for others :D )

56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 07, 2015, 03:10:44 AM
I'll help!

Final Fantasy XIII - Magic got elemental damage (ravager), status effects and damage (saboteur) and the Ruin stuff (commando) is magic too, right?

Any Fire Emblem - Not putting any mages in your party is a bad idea.

Ar Tonelico, Ar nosurge - You're nothing without a magical popidol in the back!

Shin Megami Tensei, Persona - Extra turns are a good thing and in most games (with press turn battlesystems) you'll depend on magic to get them. Unless it's Persona Q, that one game where you get half a dozen physical attackers with elemental physical skills.

Bravely Default - I always had a mage to help me deal damage as many enemies, including the final bosses, have an elemental weakness. Okay, I guess the Spellblade is more like a happy marraige between the two, but still...
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 07, 2015, 02:58:58 AM
I wish Velvet's name was actually Berbett to keep the whole Ber- naming convention going.

I'll apologise advance for what I'm about to say (Sorry!): Then let's hope Berbett doesn't develop beriberi in jail.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 06, 2015, 03:55:15 PM
Don't like the outfit. Reminds me of that J-rock stuff screaming teenage girls wore during the 00's but even less wearable.

I like the premise, though. A female pirate who is not a loli? Cool.

Oh, but they give this one a proper overworld, because piraties means ships and ships means seas!
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: June 04, 2015, 04:12:47 AM
You got 68% correct
(Average Score: 28%)

I'm not good at guessing PC/western games.

Got stuff like Planescape Torment and Morrowind right, forgot all about Baldur's Gate ~_~

The only Japanese games I didn't get were:

-Nocturne (I kept typing Shin Megami Tensei first!)
-Skies of Arcadia (Thought this was one of the first games I entered, but I guess my brain farted)
-A Link to the Past (kinda assumed Zelda didn't count after Ocarina of Time not sticking)
-Symphony of the Night (Oh yeah, this one counts as a RPG, right?)
-Nier (Honestly did not expect that one)
-Mother 3 (I wasn't thinking that Japanese)
-Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (That one came out of nowhere)
-Mother 3 (Again, wasn't thinking too Japanese)
-Dark Souls (Keep forgetting is is sorta a RPG)

60  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 03, 2015, 05:58:39 PM
Yeah, it's been going downhill since season 4. Cast members left, jokes are either poorly written or so old we ought to be digging graves. The show is on lifesupport and nobody wants to pull the plug. In fact, the actually reviewed it as webseries after a cancellation. "Six seasons and a movie"... I'm not sure I want that anymore. Aside from that, Community is not very friendly to newcomers. It's one of those shows has all sorts of inside-jokes, running jokes, stuff happening in the background (seriously - a whole lovestory)... You're kinda expecting the start at the beginning.
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