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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 03, 2015, 05:20:54 PM
Did you watch a more recent episode or something from the first 2-3 seasons?

Weekly Cordon Report: intense!

Also, I think I might be seeing things that aren't there. Chubby teen looked like a Ness cosplayer in that striped shirt and those shorts. Too bad for him the bully was the one holding the bat. Tech girl had her action girl moment, dressed in her orangy-red workoveralls and wielding a classic weapon: a crowbar. Sadly this is not a game and what she did may haunt her for the rest of her life. A daring escape through the sewers ended in fatalities due to unexpectedly high water levels.

Either there were some gamers working behind the screens or perhaps the only gamer is me. I blame the PSP.

Meanwhile, government woman dropped a bomb of the figurative kind: "You do not want to know what I know." A literal bomb may be kind compared to the endgame she expects.

... I kinda want to play some Devil Survivor right now.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 30, 2015, 04:33:21 AM
Food cranks annoy me. I dig cold-pressed juices over heat pasteurized juices on the grounds that idk heating orange juice kind of makes it taste /really weird/. Likewise, cold pressed coconut water tastes better too, although it's like nowhere near as sensitive to heat as orange juice is. But it's like, I get the juice, and I'm looking at the bottle and it's covered in all this hippy blurk and I'm just omfg I just want nice tasting juice why am I being bombarded by this.

I feel your annoyance. There are some organic tea brands I like and there's all covered in stuff like "Balance your chakras" and "Feel one with the cosmos". I just want to drink some chai...
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2015, 01:29:25 PM
So, today, I got punched in the stomach by some 9-10 year old kid while waiting in line in a store. His mother was mortified. I was... surprised, I guess? Kid had a pretty weak punch, even for a boy his age. After his mom grabbed him by the arm and told him that wasn't acceptable behaviour, he fled out of the store. She explained he has behavioural problems and today had suddenly become one of those days were everything was too much for him. She hadn't expected him to do something like that, though. I feel bad for the mom and hope their day got a better after that little incident, but I wonder, what's the proper response in that kind of situation anyway? For the one on the recieving end of the punch, I mean.

After that I ruined some other parents' day by showing two little girls how the demo PS3 in the toy store worked. Videogames are way more fun than going to boring clothing stores with mommy and daddy :D
64  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2015, 05:36:20 PM
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I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days.  Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version

Yeah, there are shows out there that are really using those extra hours to build a full story with interesting characters. Modern blockbuster movies are so fast-paced, it feels like you're only getting the highlights (and you don't even have to watch the movie to see the actual highlights, since they put them all the in trailer!).

Cordon talk: even after the communication stop people are finding ways to get information out of the cordon. A cop uses a PSP to smuggle out security footage that may show the actual patient zero. Not in a product placement kind of way, it's just someone was clever enough to use a harmless looking toy with video features most people are unaware off. The show doesn't explain this, by the way, it's just one of those small details you can catch. The sweetest bit of smuggling, however, was a video message on a memory card send out of the cordon using a red helium balloon. What's on it? A video message from a little girl to her grandmother. It's the little girl's birthday she and her parents are all healthy and are celebrating with improvised cake.

Meanwhile the whodunnit part of the story is shifting into high gear, which is great, because that means there will be a full explanation for the origin of the virus (either that or they're going to hand the viewer a couple of very plausible scenarios and leave it at that, which is something I guess I could respect if done well). And with the introduction of a possible vaccine it looks like the whole thing will be wrapped up neatly within the 10 episodes IMDB says this series consists of.

65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 26, 2015, 04:21:50 PM
For me, getting out of bed was hard enough as a kid, let alone playing a video game, so...can't say I can relate. Everything is easier to me nowadays.

There were a bunch of games I got up early for so I could play them before school. Ocarina of Time, Vanguard Bandits, Pokémon Gold... I imagine my top 10 would look very different if 'getting out of bed early' was a criteria.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 26, 2015, 12:36:32 PM
I'd rather see the actual creators make spiritual successors than big publishers misuse beloved IPs for some easy cash from desperate fans.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 25, 2015, 04:07:47 AM
real question, that I am legitimately curious about: Let's assume for a second that you and your significant other both carry the recessive trait to a hereditary disease where there is a 25% chance that it will be passed on to your children. You find this out when your doctor tells you that your first (and only) child has the disorder and things don't look great. Do you continue having children in the hopes that the next one won't be afflicted or do you stop because of the fear of going through that kind of trauma again?

I just got banned from another forum for this discussion and want to know what cooler heads think about it.

Frankly, I don't think I'd be able to handle it. I would feel guilty towards the first child and unless there's anything to prevent it, it would remain a gamble and I don't think you should gamble with lives. I don't think it would be fair towards future children (it'd feel like breeding in hopes of popping out one that isn't 'defective', and even if the child is healthy it may still carry the disease and pass it on, possibly making them go through the same hell as their parents) or myself and my partner. If I really wanted children, I'd probably look into alternatives such as adoption.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: why does first shift feel like a prison? on: May 21, 2015, 04:32:36 PM
I don't work in shifts so I have no clear preference there, but I'm a morning person. I'm at the top of my game somewhere between 10 AM and 2 PM. Back in high school I'd get super sleepy somewhere around 3 PM and just kinda almost-sleep through my last period. Teacher would tell me to go to bed ealier and I'd tell them that was exactly what I was doing. Fortunately, my grades were good enough to keep me out of trouble.

Right now it's kinda crunchtime at a magazine and I'm staying up past midnight to get things done, but I'm somewhat worried I might miss some mistakes (our job right now is fixing other people's fuck-ups right before the deadline and I already spotted three big ones). (Don't worry, I have time to post this. Can't really do anything other than hanging out online and drinking tea before I get my next page.)

... Blah. I'm yawning.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 21, 2015, 03:11:32 AM
Yeah, they need to split up again. Ever since Xillia they wanted to put everything into every single Tales games. It was a neat idea for Xillia, but they've never actually managed to combine it all due to time restraints.

As for Hideo Baba, I think he has some good ideas but he never seems to make them a reality. Bit too ambitious, maybe. That said, I really appreciate his effort to connect with European (and American?) fans. The events are fun, we get some exclusive tidbits, there's plenty of time for Q&A, and he plays rock-paper-scissors with the audience. And it's not just regular PR, I get the idea that he does actually listen to what fans have to say.

(Oh, but you know what Baba-san is terrible at? Remembering faces. Last year I talked to him/sat right in front of his face multiple times before sitting down for an interview on Sunday. He did not seem to remember me. Granted, I did wear a different shirt/tunic each day (first green, then purple and finally something with red and orange) and I had my hair in a ponytail once, but I'm still forced to conclude that the whole traitor thing you see in half of the games must be very realistic in his eyes.

On the other hand, he did remember by Asian coworker a year later, so... I dunno.)
70  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 20, 2015, 05:27:11 PM
Oh shit, just watched episode 5 of Cordon and a main character just died. Did not expect that one to go first. The series didn't give me much time to process it either, just like the person who watched them die. There was no big scene -- just a struggle, a gunshot and that was it. Shit, this series is more ruthless than Game of Thrones. Fortunately, the sweet old people are still alive, but I'm getting serious When the Wind Blows flashbacks here.

Is it me, or do modern television series just love to depress the hell out of the viewers?
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 20, 2015, 09:26:42 AM
The feather duster temporarily boosts defence by removing corrosive dirt, making the butler an essential companion for that meat shield you're going to dump after chapter 10 because he's a stupid Jagen and you'll have better units to waste your exp on by then.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 09:22:45 AM
...I don't know who that guy is...I really want to, though...
The only cool character in star ocean 4.

Why is it that everytime I see a cool redhead (who's totally way more awesome than the main character will ever be), the game is all like: "Oh, you'd like to have him in your party, wouldn't you? That's too bad! Guest party member is all you're going to get, if you're lucky!"
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 20, 2015, 03:30:32 AM
Maid and butler classes? 0_o

It makes some sense with the concealed weapons and all, but I have no idea why you would bring a maid/butler to the battlefield. So they can pour their lord some lovely tea between turns? There's no good reason to bring and that makes them highly suspicious, which removes all the sense the class could have made.

...

Now I kind of want them to serve tea. Make the tea have similar effects to dances/songs! I really like the idea of having my paladin rush back after hitting the enemy, drink a refreshing cup of lemon tea, and then rush back for a second attack with his regained energy. Intelligent Systems, make it happen!

(For a moment I wanted to shorten Intelligent Systems to IS, but that doesn't work anymore, does it?)
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 07:26:17 AM
That said, my top 10 for the OP's site would be:

Time and Eternity
From the Abyss
White Knight Chronicles (1 & 2)
Beyond the Beyond
The Granstream Saga
Criminal Girls
Lunar: Dragon Song
Lufia: Ruins of Lore
and two Idea Factory/Compile Heart games of your choice.

How about Chaos Wars and the first Mugen Souls?
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 03:34:29 AM
You mean flat and weak like the avarage loli girl? I don't want them to moe up my games even further :(
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