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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 23, 2015, 11:34:32 PM




In my defense, I was referencing these:

I want a NEW sequel to the following: VAY, LUFIA, PALADINS QUEST and ALBERT ODYSSEY.


Oops. Sorry I misundertsood. I have no rebuttle, those sequels aughta only exist in the bat shit crazy land of Klyde. Particularly Vay and Albert Odyssey. God, I want my Sega CD and Saturn back.

Here comes another UNPOPULAR one down the pipe!!

--- Sega CD and Sega Saturn with full libraries of all 1 dozen games should be ported via emulation as a virtual console downloadable via the PSN Store. I'm not entirely sure of the architecture and how it would work but even if it were a streaming deal like PS NOW I'd be stoked.


EDIT: Hot diggity doggettee dooo, that ^ is the best unpopular opinion I've come up with yet. I'm actually sort of wishing that could really happened now even though it can't :(
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 23, 2015, 08:47:39 PM


Klyde: On the topic of Paladin's Quest, have you checked out  Lennus 2? It takes a while to get going but it's pretty interesting. Those games are so weird and I adore them.

Nope never got a crack at it (amongst a few others) from the Super Famicom/Nintendo era, which is why I would LOVE to see them recirculated and more accessible to new audiences.


Honestly Klyde, a lot of those games/IPs belong in their graves. If Squeenix really wanted to take anything from them, they could just as easily create a brand new IP built around concepts and system mechanics from those old discarded IPs. Of course, they aren't exactly doing that either....

Have you *played* LIVEALIVE? Romancing SaGa 3? They're kind of amazing. Any game that starts from scratch but tries to take LIVEALIVE's "mechanic" of time-spanning meta-narrative that you can't even predict until it happens ... no, I've never played another game as daring as that and I doubt I ever will again. That game is genius. You could streamline the grid battles if you wanted to, but it's a fine system either way (Enchanted Arms used it, and it's not really as cumbersome as one might think at first glance).

And Romancing SaGa trilogy is the *best* that SaGa has ever gotten. Minstrel Song was a solid remake of RS1, and I desperately wish to see 2 and 3 localized in some kind of remake, anywhere, anyhow. I'll take it.

Bahamut Lagoon would need a really good, visionary kind of creative director to resurrect, with either a remake or a sequel. But even that, I'd argue, doesn't belong in a grave. I do feel that way about Alcahest, however. That might've just been because I had a really bad experience trying to play it and failing over and over when I was in college.

And now I must tastefully disagree with Aeolus and side with Ramza. There is no way some of these titles don't deserve to be remembered in the age of re-makes all things considered. Fleshed out with contemporary bells and whistles of current gen games I really feel all I listed could be something to write home about.

Romancing Saga 3, in particular, made more accessible would be a hell of production job to undertake but would fit nicely with the current popularity of open-worldee GaMeZZ. Live a Live could even be released episodically and fit a current DLC model nicely.

Ok. Maybe I'll admit VAY is simply my yearning to see some late 80's krull-quality sci fantasy because... ummm.. Yea, I got nothing. I just want it. End of story.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 23, 2015, 02:29:10 AM
-- Final Fantasy 7 should not be remade.

I will never understand this sentiment.

"I do not think a remake of FFVII will be enjoyable or surpass the original." Sure.

"I think Square Enix will lose money on an FFVII remake." You're probably wrong, but feel free to hold the opinion.

"FFVII SHOULD not be remade." -- okay, so, passive sentence structure first of all. By what standard are judgment can you possibly be using the almighty S-word "Should"? Square Enix should not do a remake ... why? When their remakes consistently get them money and introduce a new generation to games of old?

Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who is so curmudgeonly as to say that a remake of FFVII *ruins* the original in any way shape or form is living in an alternate universe. The original still exists. On like, every platform available. Go play it.

And since the "remake will ruin my love of FFVII" argument is made invalid, there's almost nothing left with which to use the word "should." I'd honestly argue the only argument left is the profit argument, and there, I think most people would agree, S-E is *going* to profit on an FFVII remake. Unless they throw some ungodly sum of money into the dev, which I don't think they will. They are building fresh off of FFXV, they'll have plenty of engine/system stuff worked out in advance, and I suspect they'll have artists that are aching to rebuild Midgar, Nibelheim, Northern Crater, etc. And if they choose to include all seven Weapons in the remake (through some retconning), enemy designers will have a field day with that.

So, even if you hate the remake or have no intention of buying it, the statement "it SHOULD not be remade" still makes *no* sense to me, at all, whatsoever.

First, let me tip my hat to you for successfully deconstructing my opinion based on my broad and murky verbage.

Secondly let me expand and re-structure my statement for accuracy.

My OPINION (unpopular, hence the thread) is that the remakes need to stop. I am at the point of hating the whole idea of re-experiencing something. Nostalgia holds little water with me. This is not to say I don't enjoy old games but I would rather play an english translation of something awesome from yesteryear that I never got a chance to behold than see FF-Anything from the umpteenth perspective.

I admittingly road the re-release/re-make wagon passionately for quite some time and I've decided to hop off. I just think any development efforts that go into these games could be better put to use on new material. No one can argue with me that the FF7 project is going to take an abundance of talent and resources that could be potentially working on something else. Now, what you can argue is profit margin. And for economic reasons I am well aware blockbusters like FF7 need to happen long before anything I would care to see but now we are dancing into a different debate entirely that really doesn't suit this thread.

I can't be wrong or right because it is my very own unpopular opinion.

To expand a wee bit further and touch on your point of introducing old concepts to new generations...

UNPOPULAR RE-MAKES (klyde would like to see happen and localized)

--BAHAMUT LAGOON

--ALCAHEST

--LIVE OF LIVE

-ROMANCING SAGA 3

-DRAGON FORCE 2

-VAY

Another incoming unpopular opinion.

I want a NEW sequel to the following: VAY, LUFIA, PALADINS QUEST and ALBERT ODYSSEY.

In Klyde's land of make believe all these re-makes and sequels have Tri-Ace quality actionee battle systems. I don't care if that changes the games entirely. This is my unpopular land of make believe!!!

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 22, 2015, 10:07:13 PM
Good thread here.

Alrightee here comes the list. I will be echoing a few already mentioned so forgive me.

-- Generally speaking, gameplay and art direction are more important to me than story/narrative. Additionally, characters themselves are the most important narrative element for me.

-- Love stories, Romance driven narratives, teenage protags and school settings are a HUGE turn off for me. These are very restricting bias for me to maintain and I wish I felt differently about them.

-- "Tales of Symphonia" is one of the more unremarkable and unappealing entries of the franchise for me.

-- I ADORED a great deal that was done with "Tales of Xillia 2". Particularly Luger as a character was very entertaining for me on various levels. I think his piss poor integration into the narrative as a silent protag is almost darkly comedic to me, albeit unintentionally so.

-- "Breath of Fire 2" was actually a great game and my favorite of the series. If nothing else, it at least sported my favorite BOF cast and Ryu incarnate.

-- "Persona 2" (both parts together as a whole) was marvelous and the departure in style for 3 and 4 WAS NOT an improvement.

-- "Secret of Mana" was the quintessential ARPG of my youth not "Zelda". In fact, as a child I looked at "Zelda" like a poor mans watered down "Mana". Even with the advent of "Ocarina of Time", I still felt underwhelmed and relatively unimpressed.

--The entire "Final Fantasy" series is wrought with let downs due to the alarmingly unreleastic expectations of what the series should be. This will never cease. I am of the opinion that each and every entry will incite riot-quality internet/forum mellowdrama full of right wing caliber opinions as to where the devs went either sinfully wrong or completely nailed it. Essentially, the name "Final Fantasy" is just become to polarizing for its own good.

-- Somewhere along the lines, industry devs got together and decided to secretly amend the shorthand of "RPG" to "FPS" and "TPS" and just didn't tell anyone. This secret, left to the crowds to discover for themselves, still eludes many to this day...

-- "Suikoden 2" for all it did correctly had such an unforgivably broken battle system/difficulty I found it difficult to get over even though I enjoyed my time with it.

-- Final Fantasy 7 should not be remade. Namely for some reasons stated already (see above). However, I also am of the persuasion that it was just fine AS IS.

-- It is great time to be a fan of RPGs and games in general. No one should ever find it difficult to stumble across something enticing to play.

-- 30-40 Hrs is the perfect length for an RPG for me. Any longer than that and it becomes increasingly less appealing for me.

-- Nall was the coolest dragon in the history of the JRPG.

-- I am Shadow was the best ninja in the history of the JRPG.

-- Lost Odyssey is the best Final Fantasy.

-- Nippon Ichi, IF and Compile Hearts will eventually shine and make fabulous games (by other folks standards).

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2015, 05:41:30 PM
Breath of Fire IV: HOLY BEJESUS!!

Cray just

Quote
KILLED ELINA! The woman he loved and the entire point of the game up until now.  It doesn't matter that Yuna had turned her into an Endless. That was Aerith level intense.  I am blown away.

Unless they wuss out at the end and make everything super happy smiles, the next time I make a top 10 list this game will probably be on it.

Loved that part. Actually, I really love the breath of fire series in general for having little whips of "brutal" bordering on "horrific" at points. It is like the perty' JRPG presentation (playful pastel palette and whimsical soundtracks) is just a smokescreen or falsehood for something more grim and dark in identity and tone when it comes to BOF.

Truly, I think you hit the nail on the head as to why I've always sung the series praise a bit louder than it may have deserved. Breath of Fire 2 was one of my first childhood JRPG experiences after Mana and Final Fantasy on the SNES and right at the opening, with less than 20 minutes of exposition, you immediately get the idea that the game is gonna provide you something a shade or two darker than what you may have been used to during that era.... I've been a fan ever since.

6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 17, 2015, 05:31:51 PM
MASS EFFECT 2
BEAT

This game was fan-freakin'-tastic in every regard. Since I'm sure I am the last gamer on Earth to experience this, I am not going to get into a lengthy and detailed review or summary of my experience. To sum it up, I felt more connected
emotionally to this game than I do real life. Like the golden gaming experiences of our childhoods that helped achieve complete escapism, the title has all the hallmarks of "AMAZING" in spades so far as I am concerned.

But there is more....

MASS EFFECT 3

Started into this immediately upon finishing 2. If 2 dropped my jaw, the first few hours of 3 snapped it off and rebuilt my mandible with biotic technology.

Mind you, I state all of this having been the guy who said for years "I hate Sci- Fi if it isn't Serial Experiments Lain, The Twilight Zone or Star Ocean". This Klyde stands corrected. Paint me a Chroma in the stars.

NARRATIVE SPECIFIC NOTE: The ending sequence (final mission) in ME2 was brilliant in how it orchestrated player decision and outcome.
Code:
I am shamed to say one poor call as a leader cost me my favorite character, Jack. Really jarred me that my main crew could actually die... Surprised me even more when I learned (after completing it) that everyone could perish including Shepard. They did such a stand up job of incorporating all of this seamlessly into the static script that I can't help but tip my hat to the Devs for superb work here.

FINAL NOTE: Everyone can skip the obligatory "klyde your gonna hate the ending in 3". I've heard it enough and am enticed to just see what all the commotion was about at this point. Nothing could disapoint like the conclusions to some of my favorite JRPGs so I feel seasoned and ready!! LoL


THE LAST FINAL NOTE: I was inspired enough to do this horrible defacing of my ps3 controller. Thought I would share for the hell of it.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 15, 2015, 05:25:20 PM
At least you guys have friends :T


I don't. Not conventional friends at least. Everyone in my life is a client/work related and thats plenty o' socializing for me.

I think there is something to be said for being comfortable with solely your own company. I'm not saying I don't value people. Hell I adore some of my longer standing clients and would bend over backward for them, but no one can or will ever convince me that relationships compromise my capacity to dedicate myself to things I am passionate about.

Don't misread me. Not trying to sound like a cold or selfish prick here.  I am probably totally off base in terms of what is healthy and not thus no one should really even listen to me. The fact remains though, after serving in some relationships with potential life partners, playing in a band I practically lived with briefly, and having been a a social butterfly for a long time, I like "alone" way more and respect anyone who also makes that choice.

On a completely different note, my Philips SHP9500 headphones came today. These make for a WAY better gaming headphone than the Sennheiser Momemtum and have enlightened me to what "comfortable" means in terms of headphones. Pretty excited Klyde is. The price point for these headphones, in terms of their quality, seems unreasonably low now since they are apparently being discontinued for another model (just in case anyone was shopping around).
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 15, 2015, 05:08:13 PM
God those donuts look like something worth hurting myself with.

Totally beats my patented (and super healthy) "lets make desert with baby food puree and almonds" recipe <------ -PICTURE NOT WORTH POSTING-
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 09, 2015, 04:50:12 PM




Black coffee and spinach are the basis of all my meals.

No, I don't cook.

Yes, I occasionally add almond milk and some source of protein.

This is good for my womanly figure.

NOTE: Stock google imagery used because of *lazy*
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 08, 2015, 10:47:28 PM
Not the most elaborate work I've ever done, but totally cool enough for me to want to share.

This really pays homage to growing up as 90's child in America.

I present you "Petunia" (with a contemporary spin on her)


EDIT: From the show "pete and Pete" if anyone is not familiar
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 05, 2015, 05:30:35 PM
Well I never thought it would happen, but I purposely bowed out of going to see the DBZ movie at the last minute. I realized, with how little free time I have lately, it was the perfect opportunity to get in more Mass Effect 2.

I feel like I cheated on Toriyama and gave my childhood a swift "fuck you" all at once. This makes me feel confused. Does this mean Shep has a higher media power level than Goku? God, what is happening to me!!??
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 04, 2015, 04:14:02 PM
Going to see Dragonball Z Ressurection F tomorroe in times square. Very excited.

I don't know whether to thank you for reminding me about this, or curse you for giving me just cause to totally altar and turn my day on it's head to accomodate making it to a theatre tonite. Predictable as it may be, I'll never get sick of seeing Goku kick ass. I only hope for a little more Vegeta this round.

Blows my mind that this a theatre thing when I think back to waking up at 7 AM on a sunday morning to catch a re-run of this obscure "Dragon Ball" show no one knew about when I was a kid. What a time to be alive.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2015, 05:55:26 PM
MASS EFFECT 2/ On my way to completing Lair of the Shadow broker. The DLC for this title adds some of the best and most varied gameplay contained in the whole offering. I feel like you would be drastically missing out on a huge leg of the mass effect experience if you didn't play with all the DLC. As terrible as that business model is (necessary DLC) at least they make it feel worth your hard earned coin.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2015, 12:42:40 AM
@Kylde: What amp is this? I want one -- my laptop's sound output has always been questionable to me and I've heard the Kosses I'm using now amp well.



It comes stock with the Sony Silver Headset.

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Silver-Wired-Stereo-Headset-4/dp/B00NE5D4SS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438576728&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+silver+headset

In all honesty it is a really shitty headset but, on sale now, for 22 bucks makes the purchase worth it for the USB to 3.5mm amp alone. Its nothing to write home about but the "fake" surround sound it produces in my Sennheiser Momemtums is splendid. Makes me wanna play shooters to just hear the shots! LoL

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 03, 2015, 12:35:58 AM
Klyde, make people sign contracts when you tattoo them. In very fine print, make sure it says "In the event that you bitch at me about any work I have done after I explain full well the consequence of your choice in design, i retain the right to tattoo on your ass a dunce cap, making you an asshat".

Asshat is too kind a choice of words in this instance, I would have to insist on something more brutal like fucktard.

None the less, the suggestion is noted and in all honesty I think I should amend my release forms to clearly absolve myself of blame in instances of stupidity that I cannot rightfully claim as my own. I thought I covered all my bases with my paperwork but I've clearly overlooked some things.

All that aside, I HATE TATTOOING ASSES. It's difficult on some individuals, to say the least. While we are on the subject, it hurts like sin too (just in case anyone was curious). I had two girls sign their names on my ass (with the tattoo machine) and it hurt like hell for as minimalistic as the signatures are.


Yup, one cheek of mines sports "Marilyn" and the other "Abby". Both ladies chose to incorporate hearts as well. Some of my favorite tattoos actually on account of **RANDOM**

I also have "Alex Frekey" on my left arm (once again, sig done by the man himself). He was actually one of the contestants on that wrestling show "tough enough". Real cool dude who was awesome to know, work on, and eventually call my friend.

Someday my body is gonna look like a year book.
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