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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 23, 2013, 10:49:30 AM
I never said anything about relationships being rudimentary and crude. I said they follow a general path. The path can have many nuances and complications, and won't conform to any specific set of rules, but it is still a linear path.

How can something that can take many different turns be linear? Linearity can have many definitions depending on if you're talking about a mathematical line, which follows a determined path, or a philosophical standpoint such as predetermination and absence of will. 
Late to the party, but here's my two cent:
It might be all the years of working in a scientific context that colours my perception, but my mind immidiately goes with the mathematics definition of of linear.  i.e. in this case the model of bioware relationships would follow:
f(x) = ax+b
where x = "emotional currency"/"kindness coins" and f(x) being some measure the value of the relationship reaching a maximum value of SEX.
It wouldn't surprise me if he uses the same word interchangeably to refer to both definitions, though. The math one seems to make more sense with his subsequent point about friend zoning and such. The assumption that a relationship should yield a reward proportional to the amount of effort put in can definetly be problematic, but obviously more complex scenarios would require a lot more effort on the development side, so it is unsurprising that this is often the outcome.
I don't mind the inclusion of sex at all as they form an organic part of most relationships (though I could do with some less creppy puppet-show recreations of the act), but I wish that there would be oppourtunities for further development of the relationship "postcoitus".

my main issue with the video was the segue into his standard gender-based arguments (regardless of how true they may be). The friendzone as a concept in this context is just as applicable for both genders. It's not as if the romancing of the male characters have a higher degree of nuance and subtlety, so the jump to yelling at sexist men on the internet seemed a bit contrived
32  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I have a complaint on: October 10, 2013, 12:53:14 PM
Will a mix of blue and yellow be more to your satisfaction?

Dear god, no. The ikea/swedish colour-scheme is one of my least favorites.
I like the green :)
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 01:57:05 PM
My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014?

Dark Souls II, Bravely Default, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, inFamous: Second Son, The Evil Within and a bunch of others I don't remember or don't know anything about.

Yes, please, to all of the above. :D
Keep forgetting that there is no way FFX was coming out this year. Picking up a ps4 to play infamous would be the most costly investment, but that is the game that looks like it could sell me on the system. Bravely default launches in 2013 in Europe (not that it helps much). Guess the time to start saving up is now.

It's not a Squeenix store exclusive. Not digitally, anyway.

Good news. I will probably import then :9
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 12:20:12 PM

Who else is going broke next year?

Well, it's listed as $50 in their store, so it could be worse all things considered. My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014? 

So does this mean the squeenix webstore will be the only place to get this in the US?
Seems like it will be download-only for the European release, though. :/ Hopefully it's not 30GB or something, but I may just attempt to import the US version.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 09:25:53 AM
Finally official:

The bit about exclusive pre.ordering occuring at the Sqeenix website is a bit odd though.
Really excited for how this one will turn out. And the music... :D
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 07, 2013, 12:14:35 PM

Got a test today, I don't really know how to study or what to study. ... .... .... ... ... WISH ME LUCK.

THen I'm gonna come home and game all night
THen I'm gonna come home and stay ahead by getting an assignment done tonight.

Then I have 4 mid terms next week.
THen I'll be dead...

Bye everyone!

It is that time of year... I only have one midterm, which should be pretty manageable with minimal amounts of stress. My main problem is it lasts 4 hours, and I always end up ravenously hungry towards the middle of them regardless of how much I eat before going in.
Good luck! :D

I love the autumn. It's like the entire world takes on a fauvinist colour spectra.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 02, 2013, 10:37:04 AM
For an Asian guy I'm actually really wide. I can't wear pants made for Asians because Asians typically have very bony asses, whereas my ass is meaty for an Asian, so when I try I end up splitting the ass seams. It is incredibly frustrating.

Having an ass is still better than no ass though. ;)

We don't really have a size 0 over here, but the pants I need a are small enough that there's often not much to chose from. The childrens' section does have clothes in the right size but most are to wrong fit, since I have actual curves and shit.

S/M/L doesn't mean much anyway. I'm fairly short and not overweight, and I guess that makes me part of a minority when it comes to clothing sizes. I used to be S/M, but the new S/M is a bit taller and heavier than me, so now I'm XS/S. And twenty years from now, if I keep my figure, I might be XXS.

The whole size-label-business confuses me.
xxs is not something i have ever come across, though xs/34(EU)/6(UK) is easy to find. According to the labels though, that is supposed to correspond to US size 2-4, so unless the conversion is way off, I assume it would actually be easier to find smaller clothes there if size 0 is a standard size?

I'm skinny, but above-average height, so it usually becomes more of an issue of balancing a decent fit versus a hem-length I feel comfortable wearing in public. I can imagine being really short and really skinny must be rough. Unless you love kids' clothes. :/
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Halloweeny Stuff on: October 02, 2013, 09:50:18 AM
You really should give Higurashi a try, if you're okay with mindfucks.

I can't believe I forgot to put that on the list... I did watch the first season and absolutely loved it! I want to check out the second and third (i think there is 3) but haven't got around to it. I really like dubs.... turned off when I can only view something subbed, strange as that may be.

Your mileage may vary, but I hated the second season of that show.
Vague season 1 spoilers:
What attracted me about the show in the first place was the use of non-chronological and mutually contradicting narrative archs. I especially liked how the final arc of season 1 played up and against the kind of theories that the viewer might attempt to create to make sense of it all.
By contrast the second season attempts to patch it all together in a semi-coherent fashion, and I found the end result dull and dumb. Whether you enjoy it may depend a lot on to what extent you felt satisfied with the first seasons more ambiguous and open-ended nature. If you are not craving answers, then I would advice you to avoid the second season.

Not necessarily halloween-y per se, but some underrated horror-y movies I enjoyed:
-The Signal and Severance both combine black humor with horror in a great way
-Recycle and Kairo are both more surreal than scary, but I enjoyed how different they felt from most horror.
-Next door is an interesting scandinavian "erotic" thriller that is pretty disturbing. It has some strange sexual content, though.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2013, 04:47:25 PM

What sucks is that I wear an xs and they only had one shirt in my size for all the different styles.

I feel your pain. Whenever I want something that's actually new and full price, they rarely have my size. Some brands even rarely have anything smaller than M.

Stuff like that must really vary between locations. Where I've lived, finding clothes in size xs is generally quite straightforward, and topshop has its own "petite" line. The sales rack only has  humongous sizes, but there's usually only really fugly clothes there anyway, so no big loss.

I got back from uni-graduation ceremony and I must say the last few days pretty much encapsulated the last few years quite succintly. Nothing says tradition like a really long ceremony in latin, adorned in a giant polyester and fake-fur monstrosity. Didn't even get the actual diploma. *sigh*
Also managed to face-plant in the high-street, and received a slightly stalkery (but flattering, i suppose) confession of love from a total stranger.   
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 18, 2013, 03:07:16 PM
Thinking of buying a psp.  There are several games on it that I want to play.  For those of you wondering why not the vita:  gamefly.  It's more cost effective for me.  I probably shouldn't buy it since my queue is already full. Plus I have a ton of pc games I bought during sales that I haven't even downloaded.  I need an intervention. 

Well, there are also a few UMD-only psp games that are worth checking out (crisis core, valkyrie profile:lenneth (if you haven't played the original) and birth by sleep (if you are into kingdom hearts) off the top of my head). The psp has a pretty neat library by now, if you like jrpgs.

I managed to beat Dark Souls (took me long enough). :D
Now to tackle some of my backlog. Think I'm going to start with FFT: war of the lions, which should last me a good long while, I'm guessing.

41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 18, 2013, 02:57:41 PM
I love my vita, but map-centic dungeon crawlers just work so much better on a duel-screen device. Not just Etrian Odyssey, but strange journey, and I imagine devil summoner as well. The latter two could be done on single-screen set-ups, of course, but always having the map up is incredibly convenient.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sega buying Atlus on: September 18, 2013, 02:50:46 PM
Sega's focusing on PC games?  Since when?

The only recent PC game from Sega I can even name is PSO2, but that's a MMORPG and those are always kind of PC-centric.

I don't know when they said something like that, but if they decided to focus on pc, couldn't that possibly a good thing?
A lot of people are worried about localization possibilities, but if they are targeting pc as a platform, a western steam release sounds like something we would have a greater chance of getting, than a localized vita game. Unless pc is code for browser-based social-bullshit.

Change can always be scary, but Sega picking up atlus is still at least better than noone picking up atlus, so I'm going to hold off on the doom and gloom for now. Perhaps this will be a hange for the better?
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I play Persona 1 on PS1 or PSP? on: September 16, 2013, 02:09:17 AM
The battle system is slow and at times clunky, there is one dungeon that you need to run through 3 times in a row to beat and there is a really annoying and poorly balanced dungeon where you only have 2 party members

Wait I don't remember these. I mean I think there's some part where you just have the main character and Mary but I thought that was really short..?

I think my big issue with Persona 3 was that the SLinks were the central game mechanic, but I don't think they were ever interesting or well developed enough to carry the game.

Also I kept hitting parts where I'd finish a given block of tartarus well before the month's end, and I'd have nothing to do except... grind, or pass time raising SLinks.

Heh. That's because I was remembering it wrong and apparently you only have to go through it twice. ;)
I was refering to the Kama palace/
dungeon in the mall. I didn't really enjoy the design of that dungeon so the backtracking stood out in my mind as annoying.  Story-wise, it was the most interesting dungeon in the game, though.
I can't say with certainty that the Mary and MC was super-long (it's been some years since I played it), but I remember it being longer than I would have liked it to be. Only having 2 people meant way less options for personas with the kinds of elemental attacks/strengths you want.

I did like the social links in Persona 3/4, but I can see why you might prefer persona 1 if you didn't. The dungeon crawling aspects of those games are really bare-bones; the dungeon(s) do not have interesting mechanics or design. Also no demon recruiting (though persona 1 doesn't have my favourite conversation system).
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I play Persona 1 on PS1 or PSP? on: September 15, 2013, 05:27:29 PM
I wanna go back and play P1 PSP again one of these days. Probably should give P2's twin games a go too. P1 particularly though because back when I owned the UMD the Snow Queen quest kicked my rear. Badly enough that I lost interest in the game as a whole. Very much want to defeat that challenge.

Some advice for anyone who does decide to tackle the snow queen quest:
There is this bullshit mechanic that if you want to get everyone's ultimate persona you need to do the dungeons in the reverse difficulty order (i.e. you must do Thanatos, the most grueling dungeon first.  In this dungeon, if a character dies in battle, their persona get sealed away, and you need to backtrack quite bit to reclaim it, wasting potentially precious time.). Unless you have absurdly completionist tendencies, I would not advice attempting that. It means you need to hours of grinding and messing with the casino as preparation at the beginning of the game, and it completely breaks the balance of the rest of the game. If you do the dungeons in the "normal" order, the Snow Queen quest is not that hard, though the fact that you cannot save for long stretches at a time and you are under a time-limit can make it rather frustrating and unenjoyable.
The Lilim persona that can be fused early in the game is completely broken, and makes the final boss a total joke.

Over-all the game really hasn't aged well, and if people are looking for something like persona 3/4, they really ought to look elsewhere. Not just because of the lack of social links, but the gameplay really doesn't have that much in common.
The battle system is slow and at times clunky, there is one dungeon that you need to run through 3 times in a row to beat and there is a really annoying and poorly balanced dungeon where you only have 2 party members, which doesn't work well with the way battles play out. The story and characters are also pretty unmemorable and I hated the ending.
However, the dungeon crawling is well-done, battle system does have some enjoyable and interesting quirks, and code breaker (a sudoku-like mini-game) is REALLY addictive.

So  in conclusion:
The links to persona 2 aren't really substantial enough to make playing persona 1 necessary for its enjoyment. If you are itching for a somewhat old-fashioned dungeon crawler, you may still be satisfied with the game, but otherwise skipping it shouldn't be a problem. Though if you are looking for that sort of thing, I personally think strange journey is a better game.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 15, 2013, 04:35:10 PM
I don't think it's specifically Japanese, though. It's kind of a universal taboo. It sort of goes against one of the basic principals of romanticism: that love is eternal and lasts through everything. Most games try to depict some outcome of "emotional purity," even in the face of extreme turmoil or evil. Having the main characters do anything that goes against emotional purity is very uncommon. We've seen some instances of excuses: coercion, naiveté, characters that start off not so pure and become more so later, etc. But for a game to end with a romance that drifts apart is virtually unheard of, as far as I can see.

Well, not an RPG, but Catherine is the closest I can think of when it comes to dealing with those type of issues. Real-life aspects of relationships is not really something that is covered by video-games as they tend to focus on more fantastical issues. That being said, a few of the social links in Persona 3 were dealing tangentally with issues of divorce, so perhaps that counts?

I doubt that Serah and Snow are going to break up, though. :P
Hopefully the wedding dress is fabulous. They are focusing heavily on fashion in this game, so I can't see why it shouldn't be.
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