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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Steam Sale - Crits Wallet for 4.99 Damage on: June 24, 2014, 07:25:19 AM
I don't really get or care about the card system either, but I guess I can understand some people like to collect them.

As for me, I stayed under €10 so far during this sale, so I'm pretty happy. Just bought Game Dev Tycoon and played it for a while. Nearly went bankrupt in the fourth year, but my epic sci-fi RPG Sea of Stars got excellent reviews (8-9) and its sequel Sea of Star II is considered a classic in my little universe. It got two 10s! :D
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 20, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
With Spain losing multiple matches this early being the biggest surprise (for me). They're considered one of Europe's strongest. I thought the Netherlands beating them by a margin that big was a fluke, but the Chile victory came out of nowhere. Possibly because I'm not a football nut, but still, I can't remember them playing a big part in other world cups. Oh well, good for Chile. Dark horses are fun. I might actually watch the match between them and the Dutch team now (despite both teams being through to the next round).
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2014, 04:48:33 PM
Your fellow 'Fanners are always hear to listen (or if you wanna keep it between gurrls for whatever reason or on certain matters you can always PM me).

Thanks :)

I'll vent for a bit here. That always makes me feel better.

The problem is, or atleast one of them anyway, that my brother is nearly the same to my mother and she comes up with excuses for that too. "It's just the way he is." "Work is stressful." "He doesn't mean it that way."

She let him get away with a lot. Still does. Turned him into an entitled dick.

What hurts most is that it wasn't always that bad. As teenagers we got along great. We'd play videogames (played through Xenogears and the Xenosaga trilogy together), go to the pool with friends, that kind of stuff. It started to change when I was 17-18 and started to have trouble keeping up with my peers. College was draining and it became obvious something was wrong. He started treating me differently. The last few years I lived at home I had a parttime job and took care of the house when our mum was at work. That wasn't good enough, I guess. He started acting like a slob to give me more work, like just throwing his dirty clothes on the floor, not putting anything away after making a sandwich and leaving all the lights and electronics on when going out. I had to clean up after him all the time and he said I deserved it, because I didn't have anything better to do anyway.

I did a lot for my sister as well back then, but she was always nice about it. Saying 'thank you' and offering to help me with chores when she wasn't busy with school/work/internships. You know, acting like a decent human being.

I have tried talking to him several times before, but he'd just turn it into a joke.

But I have to admit, sometimes I'm worried about him. He made some bad decisions before with our mum acting like an enabler. He used to be morbidly obese. He started out all twiglike like the rest of us, but mum spoiled him by getting him any snacks he wanted because he had asthma. By the time he was ten he was very chubby and it just went downhill from there. He'd eat whole pizzas as snacks ("Oh, it could be worse. Atleast it's not fries."- mum) and fry up fatty snacks and fries after school nearly every day ("Boys will be boys" - mum). When it was dinnertime he'd ring downstairs and mum or I would take his plate upstairs so he could eat it in his room. It was not a pretty sight. My theory has always been that the extra weight made him feel insecure and he was taking it out on me. Compared to our younger sister I was an easy target, so... yeah.

Fortunately he started working out and eating healthy two years ago. He has lost a lot of weight and it in much better shape now. He has a good job, just bought his first house and there's this girl he's dating (he won't let us meet her until he's certain it's serious). He has no need to be insecure, but I'm sure he still is, because he still takes it out on me. When I complimented him on a new shirt, he told me I should start working out because I'd turn fat otherwise. So... yeah.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2014, 01:52:13 PM
Finally confronted my mother about the verbal abuse my brother throws my way nearly everything I see him. Her response: Oh, that's just the way he is.

Like it's okay.

Like it's my fault it hurts when he call my job, my friends or me as a whole worthless. And I've tried to act normally toward him, but he rarely answers e-mails and when we meet in person, it's usually something about how I'm lazy, I should have a partner by now and how I'm failing at life. I have told him to stop, but he just starts again later. Or he just ignores me, that happens too.

According to my mother he just has a hard time with people who are disabled, have a different skin colour or are, you know, female. That's why he uses derogatory terms for pretty much everyone who isn't a white middle class male like he is. And apparantly that totally okay.

I'm so sick of it. You know, if I suddenly died in a car accident, I don't think I would care all that much right now.

50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 19, 2014, 03:17:04 PM
Started Black Sigil. I like the premise and I love the graphics, but that encounter rate is antrocious! After I finish it, I'm going to track down whoever programmed the game to be this way and kick him in the nuts for every random encounter. And if it was programmed by a woman I'm going to... I don't know... punch her in the boobs? Pull her hairs out one by one? This is tough...
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Harvest Drama: Story of Trademarks on: June 19, 2014, 07:31:29 AM
Isn't it already a RPG? I think it's called 'Tales of the Abyss'.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 18, 2014, 05:13:01 AM
I bought Skyward Sword for the gold Wiimote... I needed a new controller and I spotted a limited edition for €5 more than a regular Wiimote. So now I have a shiny controller and a game I have no strong feelings about whatsoever. 3D Dot Game Heroes is the best Zelda-game since Link's Awakening anyway.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 17, 2014, 06:19:27 AM
Not to mention the game industry. Youtube fodder is now a type of game.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: June 17, 2014, 05:57:28 AM
Sounds like it may just be a barebones update. And if that pans out it makes it all the more baffling that SE felt it was worth cutting Vita out of the loop... and PS3/360 for that matter.

Maybe SE's just lost it entirely at this point.

My guess is this is sort of like a test-run for FFXV. See what they can do with the hardware, get more experience. That'd make some sense.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Capcom declared themselves 'up for purchase' on: June 17, 2014, 03:22:32 AM
I wonder who it's going to be... I can kinda see Nintendo swooping in and aquiring a major share. They have both money and motive.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2014, 02:27:27 AM
idk which PS3 games are essential or nice to have at least? Consensus I'm getting around here is that Tales of Graces and Xilia weren't really as well received, Witch and the Hundred Knights didn't review all that well, uh, what's the deal with airline food? how are Uncharted and Infamous?

Some games I recommend:
-3D Game Dot Heroes (before From Software conquered the world with Dark Souls, they made this awesome homage to and parody of 2D Zelda games with really, really silly weapons and the option to build your own hero out of voxels)
-Ni no Kuni (it's a lovely classic JRPG adventure)
-Folklore (gameplay isn't that special, but the atmosphere is great and the story is something you don't see in every JRPG. Reminded me of Shadow Hearts at times)
-Heavy Rain / Beyond: Two Souls (interesting experiments in interactive storytelling at the very least)
-The Guided Fate Paradox (sure, it has angels in maid outfits, but this roguelike is a ton of fun!)
-Atelier-series (I love these games. Doesn't hurt to try atleast one of them. Preferably Totori or Ayesha)
-The Last of Us (great story and characters, but it's totally okay if you don't like the cliche setting)
-LittleBigPlanet (cute and fun platforming action. It's Sony's excellent rebuttal to Nintendo's platform games)

There are also so small but amazing gems to be found on PSN. Journey is a no-brainer, but I'd also recommend Rain and Tokyo Jungle. Or hey, play a modern Wizardry game because, why not?

Xillia and Graces both have their flaws, but they're enjoyable games. You won't love them, but you will like them.

Uncharted and Infamous: wouldn't hurt to play atleast one game from both series. Older installments very cheap and very easy to find anyway. Uncharteds are very polished action adventures and they're so much fun, you'd probably won't notice the flaws (like re-used enemies or repetitive fights) until after finishing it. It's Tomb Raider without boobs and that's not a bad thing. The Infamous games have some great ideas but drop the ball when it comes to the moral choice system and stuff. Still a blast though.

Valkyria Chronicles seems to be the big one, but... again, PSP sequel which I've largely heard was just as good, and I sort of want a PSP anyway, especially since XSeed's taking their sweet time TitSing Steam.

I love my PSP. Lots of its games are available on PSN for Vita, though, so if you're not dead set on owning physical copies it might be best to buy a Vita instead. It's more expensive, but a lovely, versatile piece of hardware.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2014, 02:08:57 AM
Back from a big animecon. Things I learned:

-Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a Doctor Who cosplayer and a douchebag hipster who lost his fedora.

-Some organisations feel the need to hold long meetings about cookies. Innocent little cookies. Because crumbs might fall on the already old and ugly tile floor.

-Gettings another chair or getting the names and organisations of your volunteers and guests right is hard when there are cookie risks to be analysed.

-With the right badge, you could probably get away with murder. (There should be a biscuit badge so nice girls can get away with baking cookies.)

-Asians have trouble telling blonde haired white girls apart. Either that or the whole 'let your hair down and wear a different colour' actually works. Okay, and I switched off 'happy fangirl mode' in favor of 'happy professional gamejournalist mode', so there's that too... Maybe it's a good thing he didn't recognise me.

-Even the super professional employees of World Forum will take a break for some goldfish scooping (with bouncy balls instead of gold fish).

-If I can overcome my insecurities, I will finally be a living clock.

-That arcade game Point Blank is a lot of fun AND I'M GOOD AT IT :D Held a Duck Hunt high score for a while as well. I love shooting fake things with fake guns :D

58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: June 12, 2014, 01:05:18 PM
I don't know if they're trying too hard to be awesome or they simply are awesome.

Lincoln sending out steampunk soldiers to fight Lovecraftian creations Valkyria Chronicles style is... is... I don't know. It's great, I think? Possibly? Probably? My opinion has some trouble taking shape. I'll try again later.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: June 12, 2014, 07:35:02 AM
If you ever get bored, you can count their pores.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 11, 2014, 07:27:52 AM
Some developers do seem to be treating it as a master key to success, yes, but the ones that actually do it right are a minority. Making a game that offers seemingly endless freedom in an engaging way is very difficult. More often than not they just end up with a bunch of missions that are handed to the player one at a time or in small batches. The open world ends up being not much more than a rather boring sanbox the player can play around in between following the bread crumb trails.

Nintendo seems to have a decent idea of what they want an open Zelda world to be like, so I'm curious what they'll make this time.
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