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1216  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2012, 05:58:05 PM
I have a really affinity for halloween specials... well I never knew it existed, but I just watched "Halloween is Grinch Night" from 1977.... yes the Grinch, as in the Christmas Grinch....  in a halloween special.... Maybe this was common knowledge to everyone, but I was shocked at the discovery of this short little musical....I absolutely suggest it if you appreciate either Dr. Seus or old cartoons.....

Anyone else have any halloween specials they love?
1217  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Suikoden I + II + III on: October 16, 2012, 06:39:37 PM
What an awesome auction! I'd be all over that if I didn't already pay an arm and a leg for all these titles..... good luck, friend!
1218  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: October 15, 2012, 12:12:42 AM
The impressions you are all expressing are indeed disheartening...... more so due to the fact that I already picked it up and just have not got around to watching it yet....maybe I'll be alright.... I typically have a high tolerance for bad dubs-LoL
1219  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2012, 12:08:52 AM
This time last year when I was feeling a little "halloweenie" I picked up the "Soul Eater" series.... a few eps in I gave up..... At the suggestion of a client of mine I decided to give it another go.... Now 24 episodes in I feel so obligated to finish yet I gotta say... This series is really bugging me.... I've found a few characters to have some real personality which is a plus (I really get a kick out of Kid's symetry obsession as I suffer a similar complex with my artwork-LoL) but not redeeming enough for me to give this one a thumbs up.... maybe something cool will happen in the 2nd half of the series...? Like, the characters possibly stop narrating their battle strategies in between cheesy one-liners and special-move-battle-cries.... That would be freakin' awesome....

On the other hand I'm also watching Requiem from the Darkness. I usually don't dig the episodic stuff as much, but some of these are pretty twisted!! I really don't like the art direction though-big drawback for me.....

Last, and certainly least, I checked out Ghost Stories in my search for more seasonally appropriate viewing..... This was so bad I don't even know what to say...From what I understand there was a re-release called Ghost School (or something like that) with a far better dub.... As for Ghost Stories, I have nothing at all good to say about it.... period.
1220  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Klyde's Anime and DvD's *Latest Update: July 23rd* on: October 14, 2012, 08:21:32 PM
Fei you have been messaged my friend!

I'm going to do a limited time offer and see if anyone bites......

For the next 7 days I'm going to offer the whole Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection, The DBZ starter Collection and the Ghost in the Shell Collection I have listed for....... are you ready for this...... 100 US dollars plus 10 for shipping. That is 110 dollars total for a freakin' lot of anime at roughly 40-50% off the low price I was already asking.

I am offering this special from today the 14th until next sunday, the 21st.

EDIT: Please refrain from reminding me/stating what I payed total for all those new..... that could make me sad.... rejoice in the spendid offer and snatch it up before I do the math!!
1221  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 05, 2012, 06:04:55 PM
The first X-com was a freakin' staple of my early days as a gamer.... this is coolest thing happening in the western gaming realm this year for me :)
1222  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Classic single player RPG questions....? on: September 26, 2012, 06:10:37 PM
In any event my kick-off-classic-question is this... how long should I train with masters in Breath of Fire 3 before switching the character in question to a new master... is there an indication as to when I've reaped all the available benefits? Any additional "master system" guidance (spoiler free) would be appreciated actually..... I was going to simply check a faq out but I quickly realized dancing around any spoilers there is a fools errand with this title.... at least on gamefaqs.... so forgive me if this "master system" stuff is common knowledge, but I've been playing for quite a while now and just realized masters don't teach the same skill twice... so before I waste any more time/levels erroneously I figured it best to discern the "meat and potatos" of the situation, so to speak.

I don't think there's anyway to look at the master list without spoiling things, so I definitely wouldn't do that.  Here are some quick tips from Kixer's guide at gamefaqs:

-Check the Master List in the tent. If the Master has a star by his/her name, your character has learned all the skills that they have to teach.
-If you run out of room on any character's Skill list, just use a Skill Ink to unload some useless skills. You can get a Skill Ink from any of the Fishing Spot Manillos.
-If you are using a Master just to learn the skills, DO NOT stop training as this will cancel any levels you have built up under them and you'll have to start over.
-If you have any really low level characters, use them to learn the skills. Then all you have to do is Skill Ink them to the character you want to have the skill. You'll find it's much quicker than leveling up a level 50 Ryu.  Or use Monopolize (a master skill) to steal XP from mobs.

Thank you so much for extracting that info for me and thus sparing my eyes the peril of what I may have glanced.... seeing specific characters names listed in various categories via stategy guides and faqs have led to the worst spoilers of my gaming career..... good to know it was wise to evade the guides and this one... thanks again :)
1223  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Classic single player RPG questions....? on: September 25, 2012, 06:45:59 PM
So I thought about it.... and we are all well versed in classic titles... and we all (especially as of late) seem to have a lot of classic play-throughs going on... so I figured rather than un-earth an old Breath of Fire 3 thread, why not just have one nice, neat and orderly thread for us to toss around questions regarding whatever our current nostalgic flavor may be.... that is, let us use this thread to pose questions for any past generation titles we may currently be playing (not just breath of fire)

If the powers that be think this idea foolish, by all means let it just be a new Breath of Fire thread or remove it entirely....If it catches on though... maybe it could become a.... *gasp* sticky??? Time will tell I suppose....

In any event my kick-off-classic-question is this... how long should I train with masters in Breath of Fire 3 before switching the character in question to a new master... is there an indication as to when I've reaped all the available benefits? Any additional "master system" guidance (spoiler free) would be appreciated actually..... I was going to simply check a faq out but I quickly realized dancing around any spoilers there is a fools errand with this title.... at least on gamefaqs.... so forgive me if this "master system" stuff is common knowledge, but I've been playing for quite a while now and just realized masters don't teach the same skill twice... so before I waste any more time/levels erroneously I figured it best to discern the "meat and potatos" of the situation, so to speak.
1224  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea: Makai Collection announced on: September 25, 2012, 06:28:52 PM
if i wanted to play card games i'd play magic the gathering. i'm surprised it isn't just a port of the first disgaea it's on practically every other handheld.

Magic the Gathering (the actual card game) rocked when I was a kid.... it was to me what table-top RPG's were to others I imagine...

That is neither here nor there though.....

What matters is that this is growing list of IOS exclusive franchise titles is really beginning to get under my skin.... I want to play the franchises I fell in love with on consoles..... STILL ON CONSOLES!!!! These freakin' phone games ruined my chances at updated Secret of Mana, Vay, a new old-school Final Fantasy, and now a Disgaea installment (albeit a weak one from the sounds of it....)...

Does anyone know if it is possible to hook an IOS device to a television to play on the "big screen" (sort of like with the PSP cables)??
1225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 21, 2012, 05:58:49 PM
That is so weird... I had nearly the exact same "classic gaming to get to" list myself a little over a year ago..... mine looked something like this....

-Lunar Silver Star Story and Eternal Blue for the PS (though I already played through the sega cd version of both silver star and eternal blue)
-Breath of Fire 3
-Secret of Mana 3 (seiken densetsu 3/ super famicom)
-Wild Arms Series (never played, so the first was on the agenda)
-Earthbound
- The first Star Ocean
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-Dot Hack (like wild arms, never played so the first of the quadrilogy was on deck)

Of my list, thus far I got to or through all but Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, with my current playthrough being Breath of Fire 3.

I'll cut to the chase.... of everything on my list (and yours) I have been enjoying Breath of Fire 3 the most. I didn't jump right to it, because honestly I didn't expect I'd love it this much.... All my current gen playthroughs have been totally put on hold... I can't help it, I'm addicted.... And before this I was really enjoying Agarest 2, Growlanser WoT and Hyperdimension MK2....

With that said, I want to touch upon a few things....

Breath of Fire 3- Just cause I like it this much, it isn't my suggestion for you.... why??? Its freakin' reeeeal hard for an RPG of its type. I love it for it... its flaws however make me think that you may enjoy something else from your list a bit more.... I needn't say more since youve been reading the Daily Gaming Journal

Lunar- I liked both the PS remakes more so then the Sega CD originals... To be honest I can't really see how anyone (save for the sake of nostalgia) could argue the Sega CD titles are superior in any way. Of course that is a subjective matter...

Wild Arms- Being anal about missing out on "the best way to play", I tried the first five hours or so of both Alter Code F and the Orginal... In contrast to popular opinion I enjoyed Alter Code F more and continued with it.... However my enjoyment of wild arms waned mid game... and it is looooooong let me tell you..... Not a bad game by any means... but I do feel you'd enjoy other stuff on your list alot more

Legend of Heroes- Totally one of my favorites on the PSP, but it doesn't beat Lunar or Breath of Fire in my eyes.... I did enjoy it way more than wild arms though......

Final Fantasy VI:  While it is my favorite final fantasy..... it is a final fantasy.... you know what to expect.... I wouldn't go this avenue if I were you because you already sampled it and it didn't beckon to you bad enough to get back to it yet. If I try one RPG and I'm still thinking about playing others, typically I enjoy one the "others" more...

Tales of Symphonia: Great freakin' tales installment here. But once again, it is a tales game. You know exactly what to expect.... especially since you already said you played through a bit of it... the long and the short of it though IMO is it can't hold a candle to Lunar, Breath of Fire 3 or FF6....

So ultimately I say go Lunar.... I don't think you can go wrong there....
1226  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 15, 2012, 07:45:34 PM
Ugh, I have so many great games in my backlog, but almost all of my systems are currently in storage(along with most of my games) ten states away. x_x Cannot wait till I can get things out of storage.

Till then I am stuck playing Leged of Heroes III as my last game with me that I have not beaten. I think this is my current record holder for the longest time between buying a game and actually playing it. Five and a half years. I really can't say that I am regretting not playing this game because I'm not interested in the story and the battle system is fairly bland. Oh well I guess it is marginally more interesting than replaying a game I have already beaten.

I remembered Breath of Fire 3 rocking.... I knew I loved it.... but these memories were all crafted and stocked up in me nah-gun upon the titles release many moons ago... But wow... I had no idea NO RECALL of just how much this rocked... talk about classic-gaming-greatness... between this and the .hack series right now I don't even care to check siliconera daily ATM-LoL
Weird, I recall finding Breath of Fire 3 to be my least liked of the four "proper" Breath of Fire games. It has been a while since I played it, so I don't really recall why I disliked it. So I'm curious, what exactly is it that you enjoy about the game?

Even though everyone else already more then satisfied a reply to this, I feel it would be rude of me not to acknowledge the question anyhow.....

I love BOF3 for a number of reasons that were already expressed... and, actually for a number of reasons that it is disliked it seems.... For one the cast and art style are my favorite amongst the franchise. I love Teepo... I've been itching for a new tattoo and its a toss up right now between something from the BOF franchise or the Madoka Magica anime series and if I go the BOF avnenue Teepo is totally in the running...

Moving on, the dungeon designs, mini games and difficulty all gel well enough to keep me never really feeling as though things are getting longwinded. I almost always feel at points in games that things become "routine" and/or patterned in such a way where I'm just going through the motions of predictable gameplay to see more narrative. I just don't feel that way here. Somehow they keep the experience feeling and looking nice and "fresh" for me.... This is also one of the few soundtracks I would call "charming" as well..... not incredible... but completely appropriate for the mood of the visual and narrative..... As you can tell thus far presentation means A LOT to me in games... and it is just all right on the money here for me.

I love the Master system as well... I can't believe this hasn't been ripped off more by other titles... So many play-mechanics get re-done and tweaked over and over again... and not that the master system is the most original in the world, but it is far easier to digest and more rewarding, IMO, than some of the micro-management of grids and numbers in more current gen RPGs.

And I gotta give credit to BOF3 for being unique in a very un-original sense.... now here me out before you write this off as non-sense. It evolved RPG's beyond the days of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo by, IMO, evolving what had been working and what fans loved about the predecessors... In other words, you had titles like FF7 (I'm not saying FF7 was bad BTW....) taking RPG's into somewhat uncharted territories in an effort to mainstream and commercialize things as much as humanely possible and move things in new and exciting directions... Then you had games like BOF3, which to me, stand as examples more of what became of the evolved 16-bit days, staying true to form as much as possible whilst making the transition to new hardware.... Despite some other stellar titles that did this (wild arms, suikoden, et cetera....) we clearly see today who won the battle in the long run..... JRPG's are not what they used to be and BOF3 marks one of the finest and final games of those major 16 bit franchises to stay true to form. It didn't do anything flashy but it sure satisfied the BOF itch for fans such as myself.

So ultimately my reasons for loving this are really very subjective... that is, I am not gonna sit and argue that this game does anything "better" than any others... because in all honesty it doesn't.... but it does the BOF series, and fans, complete justice.

And just to touch upon something else.... I totally loved the fact that Blue was a hidden character in BOF2. In fact, I love a great deal about breath of fire 2.... However, on the note of blue, she was not only a really freakin' cool throwback to the first title but, if I recall, she made the last leg of that game much easier.
1227  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 11:00:54 PM
Screw you Nintendo!!! You sucked quite a few bills out of me this year in handheld-crap!! If I don't see some primo-3rd party support for this console its gonna be a loooooong time before a bid adieu to my Wii and upgrade..... And those controllers are ugly as sin BTW.....
1228  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2012, 10:57:05 PM
I just have no idea how to relate or talk with Americans. Sorry, I just don't.

Don't feel bad.... I have lived in America all 27 years of my natural born life and I feel the same way... I'm so mal-adjusted I don't go out until well after most things close, I work at night (doing tattoos I have the advantage of crafting my own schedule) and the only interaction I have with people is either with my clients or on this message board... So you got a leg up on me socially :)

"Why so isolated Klyde...?" You may be asking yourself.... well I've discovered I can avoid 90% of what frustrates me about society and remain blissfully ignorant operating when most others sleep... the trade off is the cost of a social life.... a cost I'm willing pay ATM....

1229  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 10:40:17 PM
Yay, another convert. Madoka Magica is good.

Converted indeed... "Good" is putting it mildly... I'm like totally inspired... I wanna do a Madoka tattoo right now!! LoL.... the chances of me ever finding someone to wear that one are like slim to none though... hell it took me about 4 years to find someone willing to wear a sizable Chrono piece...
Okay watched episode 47 of Gundam AGE.....and thankfully there are only 49 episodes according to wikipedia. Just two more to suffer through. Almost done.

You could always talk about anime you like, I guess, since you're new and all.
Okay that sounds like a good idea. Three anime come to mind immediatly.

First one to come to mind is Gundam Wing because it was the anime that got me into anime. I don't think I'll ever be able to really guage its quality properly because I'll always be looking at it through the eyes of nostalgia where I'm a preteen who is seeing giant mecha fight for the first time and it is amazing. I really should rewatch it to see how it compares in my mind now to more recent mecha shows I have enjoyed such as Gundam Seed or the next show...

Code Geass! I'd probably consider this to be my favorite anime at the moment. I really love just about everything about this show from the characters, to the fights, to the mecha design, etc. I think it is a very well put together show, and I love it for that......honestly can't think of anything else to say on it.

The third anime that came to mind is a more recent one, [C] Control(I forget the rest of the title). It was an enjoyable little show from last year where people fought pretty much by using money as a weapon. It is a really interesting concept and I enjoyed the scope of the series where the characters were effectively betting their futures in battles to get ahead. OveraI can only think of three real complaints about the show. The first is that it is too short, it could have easily been twice the length and still just as interesting. The second is that the battles could of used a bit of an extension as some of them don't even occur on screen. The last one is that......I would have liked more explanation for the ending. The ending is fine, but the scale of the impact of the main character's final action is unclear. Still a good series. Looking forward to rewatching it once it gets an official US release in a few months.

I really wish I could get into some Mecha stuff.... I mean there is soooo much of it, I'm sure boat loads of it would really do it for me but all the ones I have seen I can't stand.... Code Geas and Gundam both fall into that category (though admitingly I've only seen a pinch of Gundam)... I loved Evangelion though... do you have any suggestions in that respect (meaning, more psychological and story driven and less "tech-ee" stuff)??
1230  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 05:47:22 PM
So I figured I would give Madoka Magica another shot, after Kevadu's last post about it, real quick before moving onto Kiba and Gokudo in the search for some satisfying fantasy.....

Kevadu, your two for two with me my man... Madoka Magica is freakin' brilliant... I can't believe I only watched the first two eps of this before and wrote it off.... how foolish of me.... I'm hoppin on the bandwagon with this one.... Madoka Magica is, without a doubt IMO, a cut above other Magical Girl stuff for precisely the reasons you expressed... I still don't like the wonky-pop-art scenes though...
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