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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 19, 2014, 10:38:59 AM
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But even as a female gamer I have no problem with this.  I agree a game is wonderful when you can relate to a character; but I don't think it always have to be on basis of sex (I actually really related to Luke from Tales of the Abyss if I had to pick).

Me too. I'm all for diversity, but me being able to relate to a character or not has very little to do with their gender or even age. It's more their personality, personal situation, that kind of stuff.

Anyway, that trailer? It's from the first few hours at most, right? Wanna bet half of the dude bro boyband will only be there for the first stretch? They look too similar. Final Fantasy (and JRPGs in general) are all about having a good mix of characters. There will be a young or woman or two, the token kid, the token old man and maybe something furry, because JRPG.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 18, 2014, 04:22:29 AM
Six months is great! The sad part is that it took them so long to get back to that pace :)
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 18, 2014, 02:17:38 AM
Doesn't the current record belong to Tales of Destiny (9 months)? That's sad...

*checks*

Nope, it's Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology - 7 months. That's also sad...
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 17, 2014, 02:29:59 AM
Thought of another anime related one. So, like usual, Russia didn't get the message. In this case it was: "Don't dub anime songs!" Unlike usual, it was not a bad thing they didn't listen.

Spice & Wolf ending:
Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHTWdWvT52U
Engrish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_wVKQMSBc

(Also, I agree with Dice. If they make a stupid outfit a little less stupid, I consider that a good thing.)
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 16, 2014, 04:04:36 PM
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 16, 2014, 03:07:38 PM
Anyone here read the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service? It's like a super morbid Scooby Doo (with a sock puppet that claims he's an alien instead of a dog) and thanks to Carl Horn's awesome translation is also super funny. I can't really read Japanese myself, but friends that do all agree the English edition makes the Japanese original look like snorefest.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 15, 2014, 02:58:01 AM
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If it was also right after waking up you might have just fallen back to sleep.

Could be. Add some auditory hypnagogic hallucinations and you've got hearing but no sight.

As for coffee: not my cup of tea. Unless it's coffee candy. Kopiko Milko is kinda nice. But even if it's candy, I'd rather have green tea. Best candy is still ginger candy, though.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2014, 03:45:26 AM
Does that mean Canada's low aggression will roll over and they'll nuke the world? D:
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 11, 2014, 02:57:27 AM
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I hate that.  As much as I like Ludger, he's clearly the poster child of any party you'd make.  I remember loving Graces because just about *any* party member was a blast to play as.  But if fusions are powerful and Sore-eh is OP for it....well, shucks.

That's why I already miss Xillia: being able to switch members mid-battle made the whole team important. Turns out you're going to need more healing items in a tough boss battle? Just switch in Leia. Plus, I liked many of the battle styles.

I think I prefer Tales games with small parties. Six people and a (playable) mascot is perfect. It ensures there's enough time for everyone to interact with everyone. When there's 8-9 members, like in Symphonia and Xillia 2, interaction is spread too thin.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2014, 08:32:40 AM
They'd feel like I didn't care enough to help them out in times of need, because the way they see it their financial troubles are never their fault.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2014, 03:02:15 AM
What's the worst they could do if you don't help them?

I mean besides not giving you any weird dead grandma money.

Lose ties with those relatives/family members, I guess. Which would be bad, because I do like them as people and I'm fond of the little ones.

I don't have many friends who live nearby, so family is important. I don't want to be rejected. If I didn't lend them money once in a while, I could set of some sort of domino effect. The ones that had trouble with their bills? The wife is in charge of finances, but didn't keep a very close eye on them and she didn't have to, because her husband made enough. Then there was an accident, her husband lost the use of his legs and ended up in a wheelchair. He was in the hospital for months. The wife lost sight of the bills completely and one of afternoon, while I was watching the little ones, the phone rang. It was a very urgent 'request' to pay a very large electricity bill that had build up over many months. Turned out the wife had forgotten about it and didn't have the money, because traveling to and back from the hospital everyday is expensive. I lend her the money and she paid it back within a year. But by the time her husband came home the finances were a mess. She knew, he didn't and she didn't dare to tell. She got into bill trouble again and I lend her some more. She finally started paying it off in small monthly installments. Should be done early 2016. Husband knows nothing.

Maybe I shouldn't complain too hard. I gave her some advice to keep her keep her grocery spending to a minimum and she's following it. Their electricity and gas bills have also gone done after I pointed out what household items/habits were costing them lots of money on a yearly basis.

On the other hand, she did buy my sister's old tablet while that money should have been going toward that debt. Maybe I should have confiscated the tablet. Held it hostage until she'd pay off a decent amount.

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Argh.  I hated seeing parents buy consoles for really young kids; or worse (sorry) but when you buy the kids one each.  My brother and I shared till we 'did chores' to earn one of our own.  I was definitely not spoiled as a kid beyond minor doting; when the folks said "no" we usually had to grin and bear it.

I did have my own GameBoy at an early age, but that came at a heavy price: I had to chose between that fairly big birthday present and a birthday party. I didn't have many friends, so I chose the GameBoy. I have no regrets.

The console I got after that was a Super Nintendo, right at the end of that generation. I was ten and paid for it with my birthday money, allowance I had saved up over the year and money I made at the local fair on Queen Day. I think that's the way it should be. Now that I think about it, it wasn't until my late teens that my parents started spending more and more money (money they didn't always have) on gifts. We kids were more aware of the financial situation and I think they were trying to compensate somehow.

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I dunno, I think it's worth trying to talk about it too.  In a soft way that suggests "ideas" as solutions (instead of an outright "YOURE WRONG").

I have had some success with being nice, but the main problem is that they're not willing to make any big changes to their lifestyle. None of them want to stop smoking. My mom says it's about the only joy she has left. Might-lose-the-house-mom could go to work by bus, but she doesn't see that as an option because she never uses the bus. Using the bus simply isn't something she does not do. I don't know how to give them a reality check that big nicely.

Feels good to talk about this. I mean, I'm spilling some family secrets here, but it's not like they can read English :D As usual: thanks for listening.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2014, 06:10:54 AM
Venting time...

Half of the family thinks my youngest cousin (age 4) should have his own 3DS. His brother (age 5) has one, so he should have one too. Despite the fact that between the two of them they also own two DSs, a Wii, a PS2 and several children's gaming systems. If the parents or grandparents had the money to buy one, fine, spoil them, I don't care. But here's the thing: they don't. The parents have a debt so high they're this | | close to losing the house. The grandparents owe me money because they fucked up on their bills and I had so pay several big ones for them so they could continue to have nice things like hot water and working lights.

The family (mom's side, haven't seen most of dad's side in 15+ years) as a whole still owes me a bunch of money because I was the only one with enough savings to pay for my grandfather's funeral. Their plan to pay me back is to wait for my over-insured grandmother to die, bury/cremate her as cheaply as possible and give the leftover cash to me. Awesome...

Anyway, these people feel that my cute little cousin deserves a 3DS because his childhood would be terrible without one, or something. They asked me to look for a cheap one. Can't say I feel like cooperating.

Oh, and you know why I'm the one being able to lend everyone money despite having a low income? I'm frugal and save some money every month. I always think twice before I spend money on something I don't need, and I don't have any expensive vices such as smoking. My parents, aunts and uncles, and several of my older cousins are the polar opposite. Hence the red numbers on their bank accounts.

What hurts most is that they don't see what this does to the kids. Sure, having a new gaming system is nice. You know what's nicer? Feeling save in your own home, because you know the bank can't take it away from you. When my parents bought me a PSP for christmas back when they were still something like 250, I yelled at them because that PSP was hurting their chances of being able to pay bills next month. The year before that they hadn't been able to afford school books for my brothers (something to the tune of 700) and I bought them for him. Never got that money back. The next school year, they bought my sister a scooter (1000) for her sixteen birthday so she didn't have to cycle to school anymore. The borrowed money for that. That and more made that PSP the final drop...

And now, the parents of my little cousins are doing the same, only they managed to fuck it up completely long before their kids will even enter secondary school. It's a financial trainwreck and it hurts to watch, but I have to, because their family and I don't want the children to become victims of their parents' stupidity.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 08, 2014, 03:07:59 PM
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I like Elize's connection with Alvin --- I think it was based around both of them having a really sad and complicated past.  So they see each other more as a big brother and little sister.  I think the skits and win quotes work to this; he still sees her as an innocent kid (and I like how he comments a lot about her 'growing up' in X2).

It's cute how he is kinda like her verbal punching bag. Elize may be a young lady now, but she still has that starky side to her and there probably aren't many people she can show that to. That's Alvin being a good big bro.

I agree their pasts (have you read some of the background material? Poor Alvin!) play a big part in why the get along so well. I think that emotionally, Alvin is still a bit like a kid, what with having had to miss out on his childhood and all. He's terrible at building meaningful relationships because of the great losses he suffered, while Elize has never had any to begin with (well, she had her parents, but since she can't even remember them...). They're kinda on the same emotional level.

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And yeah, Jude will grow up alone with 20 spyrite animal pets; 6 of which are named Milla, 4 named Maxwell.

That is perfect :D

It's a good thing that guy can make a new friend in like 2 seconds flat and will never be truly lonely thanks to that, because he's totally going to end up a crazy spyrite cat person (and part-time train otaku).

74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 08, 2014, 05:43:53 AM
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I thought I was the only one who noticed that hat description... I ship 'em!  If it's legit then it'd probably be the best kept relationships in the Tales series since there really isn't *that* much overt in-game evidence (besides them being "dimension buddies" and a small line in the pre-Xillia 2 short story).  I think Leia still likes Jude sadly (cuz Jude dun give a f*ck), but Alvin's keen on her.

It's probably as close as we'll get to a legit ship, so hey, I'll take it. Despite their history I can see things working out between the two. It'll take time, but they have plenty.

As for Jude, I think Leia is still disappointed that didn't work out, but she's an optimist and she's moving forward. Meanwhile, Jude will miss Milla dearly for the rest of his life, drown himself in his research and get a cat. Or five. Sure, he's a dog person, but cat are better at taking care of themselves. No, wait. He won't have any normal pets, instead he'll keep a bunch of cute and cuddly experimental spyrites around. Yep. That should work.

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I also think Elize's tiny crush of Ludger is adorable and was surprised when the game actually pressed it, with Elize looking at Ludger's underwear in the laundry and the titles basically confirming it. 

If you ask me, Elize crushes on nearly every attractive male in the 15-35 age range. She mentions she considers Leia and Milla family, but that she sees Jude and Alvin differently. Eliza may look like a proper little lady, but she's totally boy crazy :D
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2014, 05:04:14 AM
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I wouldn't be so upset, but this happens waay too often where it's like "Hey, draw me this, you must have the time!!! RIGHT????"

Oh, let me guess, they also said "I can't pay you, but it will look good in your portfolio!" Not only do they think you should do it for free, they also think you should be happy they asked you to do it for free. You're the chosen one! Now draw, slave!

At animeconventions we're placed next to talented amateur artists all the time (they generally make great neighbours, so we're happy with such arrangements) and it's sad to see many don't make enough to cover the cost of their hotelrooms.
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