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316  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 10:50:13 AM
Interesting article with a...semi-interesting comment thread.

CapnCrumbles436 (I keep wanting to type CapnCrunch) is a real piece of work.

"Why would you hold the door for an elderly person? Isnt that condescending? No! Its a sign of respect for the experienced, wiser but weaker. You hold the door for a woman as a sign of respect to acknowledge her as the helpmeet for man. You dont like being identified as the weaker party take it up wiith God. He made you and his word identifies you as such. Time for a reality check! That doesnt mean youre less human. That youre without value. Quite the opposite. Why do I waste my breath? No one believes that you cannot open a door on your own it is a kind and loving gesture, lay down your inflatted pride and get over yourself."

"Right with you bro every woman (which by the way means of the man bc Eve was created of and for Adam) I have ever dated. I hold every door for, pull out a chair for, cherish and compliment. I take the lead and I take responsibilty. Every one of them has commented that I helped her understand healthy natural roles for men and women and that I helped her to see what it was to be a lady. I dont mess around I have no problem telling a girls who you are disrespectful, dramatic and/or rebellious get goin. Its far better to be alone than for a man to put himself in a situation like that. Its amazing and sad that most women dont understand that by being submissive gentle and respectful they free up their man to take charge, to love and cherish them (Assuming the guy is decent himself.)"

"Keep your talking snakes and childrens stories out of this. These issues cant be solved by thousand year old ideals."

Right on, brotha/sista.
317  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2012, 11:14:33 PM
Got my car back after the accident I must say I am very, very impressed with the work the body shop did, doesn't hurt that they are the only Volvo approved shop anywhere near me I guess! $7185 later my car looks, and drives as good as new!

Ouch.  I hope insurance covered that.
318  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on: December 16, 2012, 12:23:47 PM
Anyone else looking forward to this?



Two trailers are out (and one demo if you have the Ratchet & Clank box set) and it's looking great.
319  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: December 16, 2012, 12:17:41 PM
I'm not a big zombie fan but based on what I've seen in this thread I've pre-ordered the game.  You people cost me a lot of money.
320  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2012, 08:44:01 PM
I'll see how it goes over the rest of the weekend, but I'm thinking of taking a break from Fallout 3 to start on the Mass Effect Trilogy set when it comes in next week. (Hopefully this won't result in a killing spree on my part.)  It's just not grabbing me the way I expected.  That said, some of the missions have been fun and I haven't had the 'What the HELL did I get myself into...?' feeling as a result of a string of random side quests since Morrowind.
321  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: December 15, 2012, 08:31:00 PM
Christ, that is ridiculous.  I think it broke my stupidity meter, in fact.  It reminds me of a conversation I had with my (self-described) hippie uncle a few months ago:  He said that video games should be banned because they involve 'symbolic murder' and this encourages children to commit acts of real violence.  I held my tongue because I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to avoid yelling if we got into that subject, but given that he's made his career as an actor and singer I seriously considered suggesting that plays and operas should be banned since those involve a form of 'symbolic murder' that will seem more real to an individual than any 'murder' in a virtual world.

I honestly think that people that suggest that we should ban video games -- or what the hell ever -- because that will theoretically reduce violence don't understand what that means.  In the US, at least, bans are enforced by sending police to shoot up peoples' houses if they're suspected of possessing something banned.  (Say, marijjuana.)  I love the logic that says banning X *might* reduce violence, therefore we should order police to bring in anyone possessing it dead or alive thereby guaranteeing additional violence.

EDIT: On a lighter note, the term 'alleged analyst' is awesome.
322  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2012, 10:42:49 PM
I doubt I'm fifteen hours into Fallout and the freezes have already started.  Fuck.  On the other hand, I'm just hitting my stride at level 8 and learning to really appreciate the game, so I can tolerate it. 

EO 3 goes well.  I'm in level four of the first stratum and doing a bit of grinding to get ready for the first true boss I'll be facing.  Just being careful.  I was surprised that the infamous Furyhorn(s) didn't give me much trouble.  Did net me some nice armor, though. <3
323  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 14, 2012, 03:50:29 PM
I refuse excitement till a possible localization announcement.

This.
324  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 14, 2012, 08:15:44 AM
Well, at least we know a sequel is coming.  Here's hoping for localization!
325  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 12, 2012, 02:25:32 PM
Started Fallout 3 a couple of days ago.  It's taken it until now to really 'take', but this morning I completed the 'Bloodlines' side quest and I think I'm starting to get it.  Up until now the barren world has been a bit difficult to stomach -- I don't know why, I knew what I was getting into when I ordered it, although the last open world, first person game I played was Morrowind (a few months ago) -- and the game hasn't been as fun as, say, Jak II, but with the (peaceful) resolution of Bloodlines it felt like the world and the lore really began to open up to me, I felt a sense of both accomplishment and (pleasant) immersion.  I've also done a bit of the main quest and will note that this game isn't afraid to kick your ass. 

On a different note, given that the last game I played like this was Morrowind I keep expecting to see an option to press the white button to remove a carcass from the game once you've searched it.



My adventure in EO3 continues:  I took my level fourteen team and went through Stratum 1, level two and cleared out four F.O.E.'s in a row, opening up most of the second level to me.  I mapped out everything barring a door that is inaccessible at this time in the same run and picked up a couple of new side quests on the way back.  I felt like a badass.  I love this game.  Etrian Odyssey IV has honestly became my most anticipated game of 2013.  I thought that only getting one point at a time when leveling would drive me crazy but it's actually a lot of fun to strategize for what I'll need in the future and analyze my characters as I progress to see what area needs the most immediate attention and try to work on that.  Onto level 3!
326  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 11, 2012, 09:23:06 PM
Boyfriend and I went to Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds Symphony -- I was happy to hear he liked it plenty enough even without prior exposure or context from the games, that made me really happy.  Uematsu was there too -- I think the hardcore FF-nerd besides may have creamed himself a bit, he was so excited (but I'm glad he was happy??).  Uematsu was great, he came on to the stage for the encore to get the audience to participate in the final number.  He looked like one happy video game composer.  But hey, who would have thought that writing 8-bit "bleeps" and "bloops" for a videogame 25 years ago would lead to doing an orchestrated world-tour -- it may show a humble side to a fella who didn't expect the "world fame".

That sounds like a lot of fun.  By the way, 1up did an interview with Uematsu yesterday.
327  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 10, 2012, 04:07:11 PM
I've been hammering through Jak II over the past few days to complete it so that I can start Fallout 3 now that it's arrived.  Jak II is hard, brutally difficult at times, but I wouldn't mind if there were reasonably placed checkpoints.  Unfortunately they're often not there during missions which can mean playing ten + minute sequences, most of which you've already mastered, over and over and OVER again.  It definitely mars an otherwise great game.

Speaking of great games, I started working on Etrian Odyssey III again.  This game is extremely addictive.  There's always that temptation to see what's around the next corner or down the next path.  I beat my first F.O.E. today with my level 12 team and I am very proud.  He handed my ass to me the first time during our accidental clash, but the second time I came prepared with an alchemist with nearly full TP and nailed him to a wall.  Once again, I am extremely glad that I decided to add lightning to my alchemist's repertoire.  After that I thoroughly searched that area to map it out and find what goodies I could and then reluctantly dragged my tired team home for some well-deserved rest when I realized that my Monk was out of TP.
328  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 10, 2012, 10:34:26 AM
Omg guys, RPGfan has its winter theme on.

Christmas confirmed 2012.

Quoting this for happiness.  This is my favorite time of year. :)

Personally I love the entire time of year from Halloween to Christmas.  Chilly weather (IN THEORY, it's still been 85 + degrees most of the time in this part of the world :( ) and fun holidays.

Speaking of Christmas, I had some extra money (for once) so I decided to gift myself a few things through the wonders of the internet and cheap stuff:  Lord of the Rings trilogy on blu-ray - fifteen disc edition with all the behind the scenes crap that I love; Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray; Devil Survivor: Overclocked; and Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year.  Tis a happy, happy time of year.... :D

EDIT:  Add Star Ocean: First Departure to that list as a result of the discussion in this thread.  I should be faux-bitchy about that, but I can't complain too much about being prompted to spend eight bucks.
329  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 08, 2012, 11:35:32 AM
Playing Etrian Odyssey 3 now.  I made it to floor 2 and nearly got my ass handed to me by a giant duck (or rather, a string of them).  I'll just say that I was very, very glad that I randomly decided to add lightning to my alchemist's fire repertoire.  I'll be exploring the second floor again soon but will be listening to the advice from the guy in the bar to try to avoid the second floor during the day.  At least until my party gets more grinding in.  I'm not even attempting any of the F.O.E.'s until I've done some serious grinding.  Speaking of grinding, I <3 the auto-pilot system.  Use it to set your team up on a continuous loop and use auto-battle and you seriously reduced the tedium that goes along with grinding.  It feels like the designers said "Well, we're going to make this game difficult and require you to grind, so we're going to help make it easier."  I really appreciate it.

By the way, I picked this game up used a while back (along with the pre-order art book <3) and when I first started playing a few days ago I decided to load up the existing save file just for the hell of it.  I discovered that I was a member of the Balls Guild with a team posssessing names like Farts1 and Farts2.  Damn if THAT didn't bring back memories of renting video games back in the day....
330  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: December 08, 2012, 05:58:11 AM

I remember picking up that game for X-Box but don't remember why I picked it up.  May have been on a whim because it was cheap.  Either way I'm glad to have it.

Thread duty:

DAY ONE.  Also, that will push me to finish Demon's Souls and start Dark Souls. >.>

I wouldn't worry too much. They only changed the name from Demon's to Dark because of rights issues.

Not to mention, based on what I've seen around the internet Dark Souls actually picked up some decent recognition that extended far beyond what Demon's Souls ever knew.  I can't blame them for sticking a name that people know.
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