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346  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Who's coming with me to Cat Heaven Island? on: November 30, 2012, 01:00:31 PM
That island seems like a wonderful place.  I love cats. <3

I'm loving the giant Yoda face in my face right now.  I feel like I have to do some ridiculous photoshopping to it.

This reminds me of a story from a photography class I took in high school.  The teacher's ideas were usually solid but she occasionally had some disastrous ones like having groups of three work together by having one person function as the subject for a photo and the other two work as photographers/photo shop editors to enhance the photo.  One bright fellow allowed his friends to convince him that he should be the subject of a photo in which they did a close up of his face with his mouth wide open.

A fist fight nearly broke out after he wandered off for a few minutes and returned to find that his photo had been 'enhanced' with a drawing of a giant dick placed suspiciously close to his open mouth.  T'was a good day.
347  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 29, 2012, 04:40:05 PM
So anyways, on my gaming front I went a snagged a cheap copy of both Jade Empire and Panzer Dragoon Orta for my otherwise barren XBox library.

I'll finally have something to talk about in this thread beyond other peoples' games.

Both are great games.  I'd like to know what you think of Jade Empire.  I think it's Bioware's forgotten classic.
348  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: November 28, 2012, 10:42:00 PM
Pre-ordered.  Also, this will give me an excuse to get around to Etrian Odyssey III some time soon.
349  Media / General Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: November 28, 2012, 08:59:48 PM
What I am looking forward to the most is being able to name my soldiers after my friends, and then update them on their virtual fates. :D

A friend of mine in high school did this with our group of friends in The Sims.  A few weeks in I was scarred for life by the stories I heard. :(

Thread duty:  XCOM seems very interesting and is getting solid reviews.  I have a huge backlog to work on so I don't know when I'll play it, but I'll probably try to buy it within the next few months as a show of support.
350  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 28, 2012, 02:25:18 PM
Okami had a really neat final boss encounter and endgame, but oh man my final results were embarrassing. Zero deaths, lots of yen and enemies killed (all cherry tree rankings). Praise was a green tree ranking, but Demon Fangs was only a sapling :(. Might replay for trophies one day down the line; Okami was a great time.

There's a piss-attack you can buy (labeled as a taunt) that is totally worth the 100k you have to spend on it.  Simply press O near an enemy, Amaterasu takes a godly piss, and a demon fang pops.
351  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 28, 2012, 02:19:35 PM
There was a report on the news just now about thieves going out before Christmas and tailing mail trucks so they can go door-to-door and steal packages as they follow along.  Normally I'm against corporate welfare and other things that lead to excess taxation but I'd happily support government subsidization of rocket launchers mounted on the back of company trucks to fix this problem.  Fucking bastards.
352  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 27, 2012, 11:53:50 PM
I felt more safer with Marco than Aht.  Neither were damage sponges, but I can't stand characters who can barely take 2 hits. 

Same here.  I like the traps but I'll take a more extended/tedious battle over having to constantly worry about her health level.
353  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 27, 2012, 09:48:28 PM
Made my way most of the way through Jak and Daxter and then felt the very strong call of Arkham Asylum.  I don't feel too guilty about popping that disc in, J&D seems like an easy pick-up-and-play game for when I get back to it and finish the series.  I can't say much about Arkham Asylum yet but the opening is promising with the fluid combat and interesting atmosphere.  Also reminded me that The Joker is one hell of a villain.

RC also let's you just whack guys to unconscious if you don't wants to be fight at them.

that's another great feature.  Unfortunately they sometimes tend to move faster than my sword. :(
354  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 27, 2012, 02:23:20 PM
The Radiant Historia playthrough goes smoothly now.  I do find the combat system a bit tedious in certain battles, but I suppose that applies to most turn-based RPGs.

I find turn based *extermely* tedious; I respect Radiant and stuff like the Persona series that try to add a spin to it.

One thing I greatly appreciate is when a turn-based RPG includes an auto-battle option so you can plough through the average goons more easily.  I'm very glad that Radiant Historia adds that option (in addition to the more obviously nice grid system).
355  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Videogames and depression on: November 27, 2012, 01:31:14 PM
Personally, video games serve as an excellent 'canary in the well' for me when it comes to increasing severity of depression.  If I'm depressed enough that I can't concentrate on a video game and give up it is time to get help and do so immediately.

As for video games addressing depression:

I don't think video games have a strict responsibility to address depression myself (I argue this from a 'do whatever the fuck you want' artistic freedom standpoint, so we're clear), and I agree in part with the idea that trying to develop a video game with the intent of treating depression could be problematic but not entirely so simply because any developers interested in delving into that area could easily hire psychiatric experts as consultants to work on the game with them so they would have someone with knowledge on hand.  That said, I do not see such a project being viable from a commercial standpoint so I don't think we're likely to need to worry about it.

On that note, I do think games can be therapeutic by providing something for sufferers of psychological disorders to identify with if that issue is addressed within the storyline and characters within the game.  Given that many games are set in the middle of wars or other trauma inducing events PTSD seems a prime candidate for this.  After all, some games that involve the use of alcohol have taken a look at the darker side -- even going so far as to show withdrawal symptoms -- and it seems that PTSD oriented hallucinations or hindrance of your character could be a logical next step in this direction.

Also, this interview with the creator of Papo & Yo seems relevant to the topic at hand.
356  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 27, 2012, 12:53:10 PM
The Radiant Historia playthrough goes smoothly now.  I do find the combat system a bit tedious in certain battles, but I suppose that applies to most turn-based RPGs.  With much reluctance I gave up on the Assassin's Creed series (for now) after I finished 2 and popped the Jak and Daxter collection into the PS3.  The game started a bit slowly and I was tempted to skip straight to 2 or 3, but I persevered and pretty quickly found myself having a lot of fun between the fascinating world designs and the way that the game is structured to benefit a compulsive item collector such as myself but not drive me insane with too much crap to collect.  I'm impressed with the seamless worlds, too, given the time the game out, and the way the game avoids too much repetitive game play.  Based on the percentage number on screen they decided to take a 'short and sweet' approach with this game, perhaps to help avoid repetition.
357  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2012, 07:58:14 PM
Damn 1up.com.  Every time I visit that site I seem to end up with 20 new tabs open and hours of reading ahead of me.

I'm currently trying to figure out how I can get internet in my new apartment as soon as I move in.

It be true.
358  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 25, 2012, 01:17:55 AM
After having put the game on hold for a ridiculously long time I've started on Radiant Historia again with the help of a YouTube guide to find a single fucking stick I managed to miss which held my game back for a couple of hours and caused me to put it down.  I managed to put a couple of hours in tonight and once I found that stick things picked up very quickly and started to become interesting again.  I'll make sure to put in some more hours tomorrow and try to refresh myself on the story up to this point.

I'm going to end up picking up a Vita at some point (likely next year after the price drop) and I have to admit that Persona 4 is a big factor in this.  Well, that and portable Metal Gear.  I've never played Persona 4 and I'm certainly looking forward to the experience when the time comes.
359  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Black Friday.. or "almost black" thursday? Game deals.... on: November 25, 2012, 12:56:51 AM
Amazon briefly had Red Dead Redemption GOTY listed at $15 but that disappeared pretty quickly.  I did, however, manage to snag the God of War Saga Collection from Amazon for $15.  (The offer is still up.)  It's listed as shipping in 2-4 weeks, but really, who cares?  I have plenty of games to work on until then.  Besides that, it gave me an excuse to order Fallout 3 GOTY to crank the order price up over the $25 mark.
360  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2012, 08:15:44 PM
I've just discovered the Rescue the Princess blog and it seems to be a lot of fun.  I think I'll be sinking several days into catching up on the backlog on this site.
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