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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 12:02:28 AM
This is one of the most epic posts by a new member ever.

Kudos to you for being thorough sir. Ironically Mana has been a topic over in the game journal as well. Maybe this all means something????

Either way Aesir, nice to see the Mana love buddy. Flawed as the series is in damn near every installment, the magic of it all cannot easily be denied. I count the franchise amongst my favorites.

2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 04:43:54 PM
Instead of mixing up my Xillia 2 post game time with starting Lost Odyssey just yet, I am thinking of squeezing in a little more halloween gaming. Even though I've completed 3 halloween games already and some seasonally appropriate DLC I've one more desire to entertain. X-Com Bureau declassified is now on the table.

I've played quite a bit of X-Com and just really want to putz around with this for a bit to quell my curiosity even if it sucks. The fact that its got grey aliens and a twilight zone-50's setting make it spook-tacular enough for the season for me. Something about "twilight zone" feeling stuff  reminds me of halloween even though it isn't REALLY appropriate. I think have already killed enough zombies for 2 seasons to be honest, my alien count pales in comparison.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 04:35:10 PM
Instead of tattooing tonite, I am doing "professional" face painting/make up for some girls who are going to a halloween party and want to be real done up. If I have the dexterity to tattoo, I should be able to manage this right??? LoL

This is going to be interesting.



I am thankful every day for finally leaving my parent's house, I visit on the weekends and that's it ever since I went to university, never again am I going to live there.. My father is the very definition of getting furious over the most inconsequential details of all fucking time all the time.

Your a better person than me, friend. The only way my family sees me is the come visit at my home which is a rarity. I just can't EVER go back to living with family, the thought paralyzes me to be honest. I've said it before whilst discussing fAmIly MaTtErs on here and I'll say it again, family is most easily loved and appreciated AT A DISTANCE.

Then again I am strangely set in my ways for being only 3 decades old. I can't imagine living with anyone to be honest. I don't play well with others.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 17, 2014, 06:19:43 PM


EDIT: I spoke too soon. Its only been a few hours and I'm already obsessing over Xillia 2 again. Looks like I can't get to lost odyssey with peace of mind just yet, as I'm fairly certain I'll be turning tales back on the second I'm through with work tonite. I'm gonna have to go to rehab for Xillia 2. The withdrawals when I finally get the last 2 endings and put this down are gonna be hard to suffer.

Hell I loved it too, a definite vast improvement and good way to make the characters feel more like "Tales characters" and less generally irritating like they were in Xill1.  I feel it's still tough to review given the amount of recycling, because it really is bad and the world of Elympios and Rieze Maxia aren't terribly fun to explore (at all), and the gameplay (while extremely concise and to the point and void of padding) only redeems so much.

Argh.  I don't know.  WHAT TO THINK>>>>??



Xillia 2 does have the uncanny ability to hook you with what it does soooooo freakin' right, only to punish you in its tedium and poor world design. Not like this bitter sweet flavor is unfamiliar in the land of the JRPG but Xillia 2 lays it on THICK. Worse yet is not the re-use of old environments (that sucked to begin with) but the demand on the player to return to each so many times.

And yet the cast, battle gameplay, intuitive U.I and charm of title keep me in love. The good outweighs the bad by a landslide for me. The only thing I cannot forgive really is the lack of new environments. Picking this up I had the appetite for some real Tales quality dungeons and puzzles. By my count there was only 1 single satisfying dungeon design in the whole game (mind you I didn't venture through the post game dungeon yet) and its ironically one of the only environments you never return to.

After a serious 2 sessions of post game shenanigans I think I'm gonna have to start Lost Odyssey while making Xillia 2 post game a weekend thing. I can see myself really burning out on it and hating it pretty fast at this point if I don't curb my enthusiasm to see it through to its final ends.



5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 17, 2014, 06:04:16 PM
First the window gets smashed, then the stereo gets ripped out, and now they just went ahead and took the whole truck. Fucking cocksockers.  I never drive it since I just ride my bike everywhere, but I really think I need to move to a better neighborhood. This shit is happening way too often.

Golly friend, that is just not something you should ever have to deal with. People never cease to amaze me with scummy behavior. This very same thing just happened to a friend of mine.

Ironically I had some vehicular haps myself. I was stuck in wal-mart parking lot last night for over 3 hours because my key got stuck in my ignition. 2 bottles of grease, 2 wicked finger blisters, innumerable amounts of swearing amidst bouts of sobbing whilst I jiggled, pushed and pulled and FINALLY the key came out. The night was a real bust as a result. Never even made it to work.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 17, 2014, 05:57:25 PM
Cyril, that info is golden my friend. Can't thank you enough. Difficulty is certainly cranked up in post game. Got my affinity up for Leia and Jude already, beat 7 or 8 elite EX bosses and figured its time to head into the dungeon.

I will say this however, post game feels preeeeettttty grind-eeee! LoL

I actually don't think it unwise to start Lost Odyssey while tackling this on the side in the interest of my sanity.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 16, 2014, 09:42:55 PM
Well I've said it a number of times already but Xillia 2 really has a hold on me guys. Usually when I finish a game, I put it down for awhile. Rarely do I consider taking on post game challenges and usually put it off for some time.

Well I was gonna start Lost Odyssey and get to post game Xillia 2 at a later date. But I simply can't get it out of my head. For the first time, in a long time, I have moved swiftly into post game only a week or two after getting the good and normal endings. I can't even think of the last game that coaxed me into post game content immediately like this.

So on that note, what do you guys suggest I move towards first. The arena or paying off my debt? Additionally am I shooting myself in the foot here in terms of commitment? I want to get the last two endings but I don't want to sign off on another months worth of this game (amazing as it has proved to be for me).
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 06:03:06 PM
Ouch. Not being able to change text speed is a silly but BIG pet peeve of mine. That is like on the level of an FF6 character without sprint shoes for me.

Anyhow, I moved onto post game Xillia 2 after completing the bad ending, good ending and normal ending. No one can argue post game Xillia 2 lacks content thats for sure. I don't think however, at the time being I can undertake it all. I really dedicated myself to my Xillia time and I just need a break/something new.
I've been nickel and diming Borderlands 2 but I need to feed my JRPG appetite and while borderlands is all sorts of awesome as an alternative game to play, I'm moving onto Lost Odyssey for now.

With the suspicion that I will be buying a PS4 sooner rather than later I want to get to lost odyssey so I can comfortably retire the Xbox360. Not to mention I've wanted to give lost odyssey ago since like, early june-ish maybe??

EDIT: I spoke too soon. Its only been a few hours and I'm already obsessing over Xillia 2 again. Looks like I can't get to lost odyssey with peace of mind just yet, as I'm fairly certain I'll be turning tales back on the second I'm through with work tonite. I'm gonna have to go to rehab for Xillia 2. The withdrawals when I finally get the last 2 endings and put this down are gonna be hard to suffer.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 16, 2014, 04:25:44 PM
A)  I think this is a terrible sign for the viability of the vita and for sony's interest in handhelds as a whole.  They're all "well shit, no one is buying the vita, better figure out some other way to get them to buy it without actually buying it".

and 2) If someone owns a vita and a PS3 or PS4, shouldn't there already be a way to just magic the vita games onto the tv anyway? It would probably be super easy to just connect to wifi and get Zero Escape to appear up on the Big Screen (I mention Zero Escape specifically because of how terrible it plays without using the touchscreen, thus making playing it without an actual vita a bit ridiculous) I mean nintendo already did it with the GBA and the gamecube and that was like a bazillion (12) years ago.

Of course the whole thing is a gimmick to get consumers to spend more. But at least now I have the option to spend more and play the games the way I want. That aside, this TV option is actually the budget choice for me as I would never play hand-held anyhow (only on the TV) and Vita itself costs more.

However.......
Apparently they JUST removed a bunch of games from the compatibility list.

This^^^ is why I agree that a simple audio/video output function on the Vita itself would have been a better move in the first place. I would have bought a Vita full price ages ago if it had the functionality. So I totally have to agree with ya Glassjawsh, this seems like a somewhat illogical or overtly complex step technologically speaking.   

It is my hope that the little micro console does something independently cool or fancy to make the experience more suitable for play on the big screen in terms of audio/video. Then this whole new toy would begin to make a heck of a lot of sense to me.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 04:12:56 PM
Okami

Man, I played Okami to death. I know that DVDs and discs shouldn't really ever wear out, but I kind of think that my copy of Okami for PS2 had had it after a year. I was really happy when they released it for Wii, and again when they released the HD edition for download a couple of years ago.

I'm shamed to admit I never played Okami. Always really wanted to but just never got to it. That was released during a brief period in life when I was pretty much missing out on everything worth experiencing. I just missed a PSN sale on the HD release of it too :(
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 15, 2014, 06:57:31 PM
Come on Annubis, I am waiting for your official report on the new gadget!!!! Particularly curious how things look graphically upscaled from Vita to the big-screen.


I was gonna grab this myself yesterday upon release but decided to put more coin on the side for the PS4 for the time being.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2014, 06:29:06 PM
I've always played everything I wanted across the board regardless of platform. I must admit though, I see myself becoming more and more an exclusive sony whore as the years go on. There is just too much I want to play to ever realistically get to it all and with the majority of that being offered on sony consoles its just become the natural evolution for me.

Not saying I don't want to play the next Zelda and Xeno offerings but I think the present state of the gaming industry force most to pick and choose at this point.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 15, 2014, 06:22:25 PM
Finished Lollipop Chainsaw. Game was both terribly satisfying and unforgivably short equating to its biggest fault- IT NEEDS MORE STAGES!!! I could easily have been very happy if the game was double the length. I truly wish there was more reason to continue post game as some of the outfits that become unlocked are super cool but high scores and trophies just simply aren't enough to bait me into more hours. The main entertainment value was derived from the narrative itself which was incredibly well done in a trashy sort of way (strange as that may sound). I did however play enough after completion to acquire the deadman wonderland costume which is super freakin' cool.

Between finishing that and costume quest, I'm plowing through the halloween game agenda.

I think for now I'm going to go back to explore post game Xillia 2. I've only gone roughly a week without the game after playing the hell out of it since release but already feel JRPG withdrawals coming on. I almost compulsively started Lost Odyssey today before remembering I still wanted to tend to quite a bit of content in Xillia 2 including the final 2 endings.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 02:51:23 PM

I believe that if it's going to last you the rest of your life (in most cases), and possibly be on display, it should be done right.

^^^^ A thousand times over, THIS!! You hit the nail on the head. Given that fact coupled with honor and responsibility that comes with having flesh as canvas, I've never really seen any other ethical way to approach the work without the priority of "quality first". I must admit though, I am NOT the artist for everyone. I've met more than once with enthusiasts and shop owners with a strong distaste for my approach. I stopped working in street shops entirely to do strictly custom work on private clients about 3 years ago as a direct result.

 I guess they just kept yelling 'we're awesome and totally like those guys on TV' so loud people started believing them.

(And maybe I don't get tattoo's, but it doesn't make sense to me to line up for it. I mean, getting a tattoo done seems like a big deal to me, so it'd make more sense to make an appointment and not treat it like, I dunno, buying ice cream.)

I am shamed to admit that this actually happens. I've bore witness to artists actually verbalizing how great they are to validate their exorbitant pricing when in reality they can't do anything outside of a text-book mediocre tattoo. It is disgusting, plain and simple. Only in the realm of tattoos will you ever meet an artist so f***ing warped that they think themselves a picasso in leather pants when in actuality they would be hard pressed to tell you what a "complimentary" color is (yes, tattoo artists are THAT uneducated).

Now, the other problem is enthusiasts who do believe it to be as simple as buying ice cream. These folks bother me just as much as the "rock stars".



 so I tend to be in an out a lot faster than most. (this also may have something to do with tattoos hurting like a mother fucker and anyone who says differently is a goddamn filthy whore liar) but I get what you're saying. 



I agree on this note as well. Tattoos do hurt. I rarely enjoy getting or healing them, but wearing them is a different story entirely and well worth the agony for me. And of everything that hurts, linework tends to be the worst of it for most people. Generally speaking the sensation of shading and coloring is quite different and far more tolerable.

Now that I have effectively spoken ill enough about my industry to quality as "bashing" I am done bitching for the time being. Do understand guys, there ARE a lot of real respectable and ethical artists doing amazing work out there. It is unfortunate that the guys and gals doing that type of work are the exception and not the norm is my main point.


15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 06:35:10 AM
I hate to admit it though, while I adore tattooing, the drawing and prep work for custom stuff (especially my gaming tattoos that are not exactly business as usual in terms of "tattoo friendly" art") really feels more like work than a labor of love. The pay off is getting to do the work on skin which is why I HATE when I have cancellations.

The last guy I went to here in Indianapolis (at a highly recommended shop) quoted me $100 for a palmed sized and colorless version of Kefka from FFVI.   It would have taken him 45 minutes.  Then, after swearing up and down that he had done "graphic work for video games" before, he ended up trying to pass the project off to someone else because he thought the line work would be too difficult.  Maybe I'm just old and jaded (I've been getting ink painfully scratched into my skin for almost 15 years) But only about 5 years ago I got a half sleeve that took about 8 hours that cost me 400 bucks and before that I got a giant tree on my ribs and hip that ran me about $250.  When did tattoo guys stop being the crazy biker guys (or tiny badass ladies with pneumatic tattoo guns and artwork over 90% of their body) of my youth and morph into the pile of overpriced pretension that I see so often today?


You've touched upon the biggest problem I have with artists in my industry. And to answer your inquiry, tattoo artists thinking they are rock stars sort of coincided with the commercialism that came with the "TATTOO TV-SHOW" invention.

On an unrelated note however, you've completely missed the breed of tattoo artists referred to as "art fags" amongst the "rock stars" and "biker guys". These peculiar types have spent their careers carefully applying tried and true art theory and technique to the once somewhat crude medium of tattooing that has since evolved tremendously. You don't get any half sleeves done in 8 hours when you go to a "fag" but you sure as shit get nice work. I fancy myself one amongst that particular breed. I will easily spend anywhere from 20-40 hours on half sleeves.

In all honesty I could care less how long I take to complete a piece and will usually end up working for quite a few free hours to render things on skin the way I think they should be. The name of the game is speed when you work in a street shop. When you are by appointment only, primarily doing custom work, quality alone becomes the primary concern (or at least it should).

NOTE: Please know I meant nothing derogatory by the term "Fag" here. As low-brow as the verbage sounds, it is sadly a term artists use loosely. I disagree with this by the way.
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