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1216  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 15, 2013, 01:43:06 AM

Yeah so the TV series was a huge disappointing end, but I thought the 1997(?) anime film was pretty stupendous. 
Hopefully the final Eva movie can uh...be better too.

After just getting through 3.33 you can not re-do I have to say they have there work cut out for them in the final flick... good luck pulling that one together.
1217  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 14, 2013, 03:09:35 PM
Story time!

Many years ago, my father left for his vacation with his new sweetheart. My father had a cat that needed taking care of while he was away. Back then, I was still in primary school (not sure which grade). Since it was summer and I had no school, the idea came up that I would basically live there for the week taking care of the cat and house. At this point, I'll point out that I lived with my mother after the divorce and would normally only see my dad one weekend out of two. Since it felt like one of those crazy movie plots, I accepted. As a kid, spending an ENTIRE week free from any adult was just too awesome to pass.

My father left enough food in the fridge and a lot of frozen meal he prepared. He also left me one hundred dollar on the table for an emergency if needed. After everything was taken care off and I had understood what my tasks were for the week, he left.

Back then, I had no idea what animes or mangas were like. In fact, I wasn't even really into RPGs back then either (I like to think I was stupid as a child). On the second day, I'm not too sure how, while surfing the Internet, I landed on images of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought these looked pretty cool.

From there I started looking around to see if I could find it. Remarkably, as a child, I somehow found a private website really well hidden on the Internet (actually, it STILL exists even as of today and I'm pretty sure only a handful currently know of its existence) with no login or password; just plain directly downloadable animes. Lucky enough, the episodes hosted there were all fansubbed. I then proceeded to download the first episode.

After hours of downloading, I finally watched it.
It was then that something awoke inside of me.
This thing was incredible!
It was so good!
I could hardly believe something could be this good!

Like a new drug addict, I needed more of this... I wanted to watch the whole thing.

Back then, the Internet was very slow. The videos were about 35 mb (huge), and I had a 3.5 k/s connection and the servers were also very prompt to drop the connection. The very long list of rules on the main page were very strict and the server would kick your IP out if you broke any. I carefully set up a download resumer and created a whole process for the downloads while making sure I would not break any of the downloading rules. As such, I was getting an episode about every 3-4 hours. I would literally stand in front of the computer looking at the progress bar only to watch the episode immediately when it finished downloading. Mornings were the best part because I would have two episodes to watch while eating breakfast (worth mentioning that I would wake up in the middle of the night to start the next one and then go back to sleep).

Henceforth started a crazy cycle of eating, quickly taking care of the cat and house, only to wait and watch. By the last day, I was dead tired and watched the last episode the last night before my dad came back the morning after.

The surge of freedom mixed with the discovery of something I truly became to love made that week one of the best moments of my life.

Now, guess what I'll answer you if you ask me "Do you like Evangelion?"

Evangelion with all its flaws as well as the multiple "bat shit crazy" attempts at trying to have a coherent ending land in the realm of "favorites" for me.

Oddly enough however, there is  no nostalgic value in it for me. I missed Eva as a kid and it was actually this and serial experiments lain that I discovered in 2008 that got me watching anime again as an adult. I liked both series so much, I sport tattoos of both (in fact half of my left arm is dedicated to lain)... the Eva one isn't finished I'm afraid... I'm doing it on myself (or I started it) and it is hard to tattoo yourself... as such I have to finish it-LoL
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix plans for the future, Doom and Gloom on: May 13, 2013, 04:37:14 PM
wow that is some grim news...

i've waited so many years (as many others have) to see ff6 reincarnated. now its damn near certain that if/when that happens its gonna be on a platform that completely ruins the freakin' experience for me.

bummer indeed.
1219  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 12, 2013, 04:37:03 PM
I watched Evangelion 3.33 you can not redo this week.... what the hell man...

In typical Evangelion fashion, it makes little to no sense. That is OK... I expected that... what I DID NOT expect was a near-complete abandoning/departure from the plots cliffhanger at the end the 2nd film. The third film neither picks up where the last left off nor does it do a good job of really filling in any blanks for you. Forget the preview they gave at the end of film 2 post the credits, the creators clearly abandoned that altogether.

This film also "feels" far different. It embraces a waaay more grim and mature tone for better or worse.

I'm not saying it is entirely bad or without merit though. Visually the film is freakin' gorgeous. And I do like the plot direction that I was able to comprehend and correlate in connection to what has been laid down thus far. What I am saying however is that the 3rd Eva flick could not have been further from what I was expecting (or hoping) to see... I feel like it would have worked better as the start of an entirely new Eva story arc or series.

Poor Evangelion.... forever destined to fall apart and unravel in its final stages... no matter how many times writers and creators do in fact attempt a "re-do"

1220  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest Wars 2..A thread about the game and NOT the fanservice this time.... on: May 03, 2013, 10:32:54 PM
Golly do I need to return to the world of Agarest 2.

This, and Wild Arms alter code f bother me more than anything else in my backlogs.

I stopped mid 2nd generation last year when Growlanser came out. Big mistake. Never finished Growlanser IV (nor do I really care to) but I also have yet to get back to Agarest 2 (which I was having a blast with). The game maybe grindy and unnervingly difficult at points but I really liked the mature nature of the cast and writing in contrast to the friendly inviting and bubbly nature of the visual and aesthetic of the game as a whole. They cleverly captured a unique "style" with this title that actually made it quite memorable.

Agarest 2 is leagues beyond 1 or 0. There is no comparison in my eyes. It is, IMO, compile heart's/iF's best effort this generation with one of the most rocking soundtracks I have heard in awhile.

The gameplay is nothing to scoff at either. I actually wish they would use a battle system like this with a more traditional RPG... that right there could prove a pretty successful recipe if you ask me.
1221  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 03, 2013, 10:20:31 PM
I would just like to say that the English voice acting for Ellen in P2 eternal punishment is quite possibly the most entertaining dub work my ears have ever heard.

Seriously the dub-work in this game is so bad its almost good... that is, I can't imagine the mood of things being nearly what it is without it. Almost makes me wonder if they made everyone sound so... well, however you would describe it... on purpose.

In other SMT news I was a baaaad soul hacks player this week. Eternal Punishment consumed me, and I am still just post the VR Haunted mansion is SH. I just couldn't put EP down right now if you paid me.
1222  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 01, 2013, 05:18:31 PM
Hey guys thanks for caring enough to inquire about my injury! I feel loved :)

Anyhow, here is the grim tale of woe...

It all started a few months ago when I slipped on some ice and whacked my tailbone on concrete steps. It hurt. It hurt bad... But I dealt with it. Just kept on doing my thing (in pain) as though nothing happened. Now mind you "my thing" is distance running. Typically between 8-12 miles or better each day.

Well, I kept running. Pain seemed to subside briefly and then I developed what I thought to be a muscle strain in the back of my leg.

New pain.... a wee bit worse than the tailbone... ignored it, kept running.

Pain migrated and seemed to be effecting my hip and ability to walk... Again, new pain... kept running still... figured I just kept sustaining new injuries trying to compensate for others.

Finally a few weeks ago, the pain got extreme. I went running anyhow and suddenly had the intuition "uh-oh I can't move..." so I stopped..... I stayed stopped. I can't explain it, I just knew I couldn't take another step. Finally the realization that I had to eventually move set in. So I took one step and WOOOOOOOHH!!! it felt like electricity was being shot through my body (in other words, mega intense pain the likes of which I cannot even describe) and down I fell. I was stuck laying on the side of the road for awhile when finally someone saw me and stopped. They picked me up, hoisted me in there vehicle and off to the hospital I went.

Apparently I damaged my lower lumbar somewhere months ago when I fell on the steps (the extent of the damage is not yet known) and it just finally now became aggrivated enough to literally cripple me. Until more thorough scans and testing is done I won't know much else really. It is such an odd experience though... I mean there are times when there is no pain at all yet I simply cannot get my right leg to do what I tell it to. It just simply "won't" work right... Then there are other times when pain does not even begin to describe the discomfort. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to what makes it better or worse.

Next week I have appointments to find out more and (hopefully) begin some type of treatment/rehabilitation.

And as an aside, here is how screwed up I am... I still am hopping with my cane the same distances I used to run EVERY DAY!! (helps keep me sane)- LoL. Yes yes... I may be a compulsive and foolish little man but at least I am aware of it and have come to terms with the fact...
1223  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 01, 2013, 02:57:32 PM
wow! that is surely a "kick in the nuts" scenario for some poor gamers out there...

Imagine, re-buying a game you already trumped to get an expansion you thought would be a much cheaper download... coming to terms with that, maybe even mustering the courage for another run-through of the main game... only to have your motivation rewarded with a corruption of your saved data!

Maybe this is capcoms next strategy for DLC. Next week for 4.99 you can have your saved data back and a new sword :/
1224  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2013, 05:07:12 PM
So you may have noticed my meaningless posts have been scarce lately.... ok so you probably didn't notice. But i have been relatively absent and there is a reason for that. What is this "reason" you inquire? Well I damn near broke my back and ended up in the hospital two weeks ago. As an avid distance runner, I have since become a depressed-distance-cane-hopper. Yes, I am 27-year old sporting a cane who still tries to engage long-distance cardio because laying around all day SUCKS!!! WITH A CAPITAL, "SUCK"!!!!!

Whats the point here? Well I've come to report being pseudo-crippled is a sad and pitiful state to find yourself in... just in case you thought otherwise...

The worst part of the scenario is the fact that I can't take a pain pill because of my past affinity for opiates. Well I could take one... but then I venture to guess I'd have a problem that persisted long after my back healed.

Ok, my weekly bitching to you guys is over. I feel better already :)
1225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 30, 2013, 04:54:54 PM
Good God, I tried too hard to read the pro's and con's of a certain crucial character decision in P2 EP and totally spoiled something major on myself.... so bummed out over this I can't describe... Never again!!! The one time I check a faq and read a few wiki articles on a game I'm playing in like a year damnit! I haven't been this upset about a spoiler since the guy at Gamestop spoiled Tales of Graces F on me and I came here and whined about it.

On the bright side, I am really looking forward to seeing that which it was I spoiled unfold. And luckily I stopped reading before I saw that. So I suppose it wasn't a total negative.

Meanwhile in Soul Hackers land, my game froze during battle. I was in the cold storage warehouse at the time. It froze mid attack and I had to restart. Luckily I didn't lose much progress since I had saved about 10 minutes before.

Still, what's with all the freezing on the 3DS.

Oh the irony.  Play in warmer places and it won't freeze.

To add to the irony the other known factor for causing the freeze is both bufu and mabufu spell if I'm not mistaken. I get nervous every time I cast it....LoL
1226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 07:32:32 PM
Meanwhile in Soul Hackers land, my game froze during battle. I was in the cold storage warehouse at the time. It froze mid attack and I had to restart. Luckily I didn't lose much progress since I had saved about 10 minutes before.

Still, what's with all the freezing on the 3DS.

My game froze mid-battle, same dungeon. That was  ONLY time it happened in about 20 hours of playtime though.
1227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 03:08:21 PM
Major decision making time guys, I need P2 EP assistance ASAP!! Character spoiler below....

I can't decide who to choose to continue with, Ellen or Nate. Well more accurately I should say, I really want to go with Ellen. She seems waaaaaay cooler. Of course I read a wee bit about both and it seems people say Nate is the better choice but I'm still put off for some reason... so do I miss anything signifigant choosing ellen? will that choice make the game THAT much harder? WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!????

Please help soon my friends.... I must continue EP tonite and I can't make this decision without your help!... Well I guess I can but  I would really appreciate your input.
1228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 04:42:03 PM

"Demon Fusion and conversation, etc. rewards the player with experience points."

I like the sound of that little tweak, minor as it may in fact be. I've totally felt demon convo shouldn't have to be at the expense of Xp.
1229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 01:58:58 PM

You should be fine, it doesn't hurt that the game is easy as balls. P2 EP is also on the ps1 classics as well, so you can download that to play after.

I second this suggestion! That is what I just did (I'm currently 12 hours in on EP) and what a freakin' awesome way to experience the plot!! I am so wrapped up in the Persona 2-realm of the SMT-verse that I want to quit life and just play EP til if I finish it. I said it a few pages ago, but I really have not been this drawn into a narrative since playing games as a kid. I would go so far as to say, the p2 IS/EP experience has redefined what it is to me to enjoy a good JRPG story and play (in spite of gameplay fault or frustration fostered there of) purely to see it unravel.
1230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Earthbound to be released this year on WiiU's virtual console. on: April 28, 2013, 01:51:08 PM
I honestly think most people look at Earthbound through rose-colored nostalgia glasses. The combat is reminiscent of early Dragon Quest games, and the story and direction just kind of gets lost after the first half of the game. The final battle was a truly unique experience, as was the rest of the game, it's just it wasn't really as good as people make it out to be.

I enjoyed it enough last year and I am 27. Nostalgia wasn't a factor for me, as all I recall from my childhood was a grim memory of not being able to get past the boss in the arcade of the first town-LoL

Playing it again later in life, I sort of went into it half hearted.... I was expecting anything incredible but was pleasantly surprised. It is the mood of the game, not so much the quality I applaud. Its fun and quirky enough with its own weirdness to enter a almost playful realm of disturbing at times.  It reminded of playing an adult cartoon made by some real creeps and censored for younger audiences. I can't really say I can think of any other game that has ever left me feeling similarly.

The music had a great deal to do with the aformentioned mood/atmosphere. I left my system on all day so as I did crap around my house I heard it going in the background. 

Combat drove me out of my mind (reeeeal dated gameplay that became as brutally unfair as I remembered from the brief blockbuster rental in my youth) but I sort of expected that. I think so long as people go into Earthbound without expecting to play Xenoblade Chronicles or Mass Effect they will find it pretty easy to digest despite its age and be happy with the experience.

Regardless, I think its in the same league as chrono trigger, ff4 and few other titans of yesteryear that have certainly become far more accessible than earthbound has. In that respect alone I'm happy to hear it having the potential to reach new audiences even if it doesn't really matter much to me at this point.
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