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1411  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Time to get excited Berserk fans! New trailer!! on: November 01, 2011, 01:17:29 PM
Check out this freakin' awesome trailer for the first of 3 new Berserk films on the way.....

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/31-1/video-new-berserk-anime-film-trailer

I don't know about anyone else, but this is certainly something to look forward to for me!
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: November 01, 2011, 01:28:20 AM
I'VE DONE IT!!! In honor of Halloween I decided I was going to marathon to the end of Disgaea if it killed me.... It was tough to tear myself away from Xenoblade by the way...  I will code my exploits in case it contains any sensitive material that may spoil anything for anyone...
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I started this morning on chapter 8 truly believing I was at the end and just going to beat the game.... I figured beat the game, go to work, fairly uneventful Halloween.... that was until chapter 9 slapped me in my face!!!.... but by this point I was determined!... So I said screw work, its a holiday and I haven't taken time off in ages... I work 7 days a week sometimes up to 16 hours a day... anyhow.... nothing could have have prepared me for how grueling the 10th and final chapter was going to prove to be..... and on that note, I totally think chapter 9 should have been the end.. The whole Flonne cameo was just too cool!!... The "malice" scenario that followed was very anti-climactic in the wake of Flonnes super-angel robot....
And so now here I sit... 9 hours of gameplay completed in one day, credits rolled, save slot reads "post game" and I feel a little more complete as a human being..... I really feel, pathetic as it may sound, game experiences like this are evolutionary for me in some sense..... Maybe I've just lost my mind from viewing faaarrr too much SRPG-satirical madness in one 24 hour period..... Maybe I'm just proud... The fact remains I am done (at least with the main story, as I intend to come back and approach post game once all the DLC comes out)... The saddest part of all? Its 1:30 am, I am going grocery shopping and probably still going to play an hour or two of Xenoblade before I pass out..... Well what else are holidays for!? HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY :)
1413  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Xenosaga the Animation on: October 31, 2011, 05:00:16 PM
I've been super-wrapped up in Xenoblade at the moment and have been kicking around watching the Xenosaga animation.... Thing is I only played through Xenogears and Xenosaga Episode 1 and my question is will the animation fill me in on what I missed out on in XS Ep.2 and 3? Should I forego the animation entirely and just play th games?...... And here is the big question.... does it actually "finish" or is it another one of those "were only gonna make an anime out of one of the story arcs"...... Any spoiler free advice would be appreciated :)
1414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fate/Extra on: October 31, 2011, 04:55:17 PM
Just got the text from gamestop that Fate/Extra is available for pick-up tomarow.... Totally snuck up on me though with everything else I've been tending to..... Marathon-playing Disgaea 4 in honor of halloween today, highly enthralled with Xenoblade and I've also got a multi-player play through of Seiken Densetsu 3 going at the moment..... So I'll probably pick it up to snag the SE as I'm a sucker for artbooks and OST's but the real question is, is this title one to be excited about?

Although I am a huge anime fan I never watched anything in the Fate- universe and don't know much about this title. I read previews and whatnot and it looks somewhat promising in most respects aside from visuals (which I could really care less about anyhow...) but I trust this community over previews any day... So whats the concensus, anyone else grabbing this one?
1415  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Fantasy reading suggestions? on: October 30, 2011, 04:32:53 PM
They are not new.... nor do they match what you asked for... but I'm gonna suggest them anyways because, like you, they are completely outside the realm of the typical stuff I like and I have found them to be endlessly entertaining.... The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchet!

Maybe, as I said, this suggestion is useless, but I've been reading em' as of late because they slipped by me throughout the years and holy-heck are they great.
1416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Force Releases on: October 30, 2011, 02:37:56 PM
Anime & RPGl and  Do you have Shining the holy Ark or Shining  Wisdom for your Saturn? Both great titles if you can find them. Also, as mentioned by Zyco, the megadrive/genesis greatest hits has a couple of shining games. Sadly as stated, It was all downhill after the saturn.

I second that statement.... Ironically I was just kicking around the idea of picking these up myself.... Played through them both as a child and remember I adored them.......

I love replaying games I haven't played in, like, 15 odd years or something like that..... However long its been, it evokes such interesting emotion.
1417  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: October 30, 2011, 02:32:57 PM
The fact that some people actually do all the sidequests blows my mind. I can see the total playtime easily going to 120 hours or more, it gets really repetitive after a while.

I wanted to ask, but didn't want to poke around the net for fear of spoilers, will I be missing out on much if I don't complete every material and monster quest??.... Because as you stated its a little over the top.... well over a dozen sidequests available in the first city, within the first hour of gameplay is just madness.... utter madness I say.... If the sidequest volume stays high like that throughout even I, despite my neurotic nature, may have to forego a few...
1418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: October 29, 2011, 01:28:36 PM
After waiting a good three weeks for shipping, I finally got Xenoblade today! Now to make my wii love every region and not be such a tightass :o

I love how you phrased that....

And on a completely different note....  holy heck are there side-quests! Just fully exploring and trying to complete as many quests as possible in the first city without advancing the story took hours... I think this game could prove dangerous for someone as obsessive-compulsive as myself....

And while I never thought I'd say it... the end of disgaea 4 is gonna have to wait a moment.... I'm way too into this....

....ok I will try to curb my non-contributing rant of how much I am appreciating this title now.... I just can't help it though, I haven't felt so excited by a title since the days of Snes and Ps1.
1419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: October 28, 2011, 02:33:43 PM
I finally started playing this title and lemme just say.... wow no one was kidding when they said it was the best JRPG be released in some time.... I'm totally astounded actually and am posting this for the sole purpose of saying for anyone stateside, such as myself, who has been considering foregoing taking measure to play the Euro version to stop procrastinating and do it! It is totally worth it... I'm not one to usually go through such trouble to play a single title when so many others are available, some of which I'm still occupied with, but this case is an exception.... It is absolutely worth the hassle of finding a way to play, especially if you are a xeno-fan.

Now that aside the only problem is to figure out how to manage my time an acomodate finishing disgaea 4.... then again disgaea is never really finished now is it?
1420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 15, 2011, 01:51:59 PM
Check this out!

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/09/14-1/video-the-legend-of-heroes-trails-in-the-sky-ova-trailer

LOH as an anime.... I'm not sure whether to be excited at the prospect, or discouraged by some of the "game to anime" adaptation blunders in the not so distant past... Interesting regardless though.
1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anime to game adaptations we may never see... on: October 15, 2011, 01:48:15 PM
While I sure hope these titles someday see the light of day stateside, I wouldn't hold my breathe... But none the less it appears that "A Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives" is going to become an "adventure game" of sorts for the PSP......

 http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/11-1/a-dark-rabbit-has-seven-lives-game-scheduled-for-psp

Additionally, thought I am not as excited about it because the anime was sort of a let down for me, a "Blue Exorcist" title is also in production.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/10-1/blue-exorcist-adventure-rpg-headed-to-psp

Just thought I'd share the bittersweet news for any other anime fans out there as I didn't notice anything about it yet on RPGFan..... if I mistaken though please forgive me..... The point of it all is really to express my sadness over the fact that the PSP fanbase is all but dead in the US and costing us titles left and right.....
1422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: September 30, 2011, 01:07:58 PM
Well it hit retail stores in my area yesterday.... did anyone else get there mits on this one yet and take it for a spin? I'm so overwhelmed with games at the moment, aside from the demands of my personal life, I just don't know if I should entertain this or not yet..... I'm still playing disgaea 4 and I had intended on WKC2 once I'm through with that, but this looks awfully tempting..... Sad part is I still have the first Atelier R. for the PS3 on the shelf which I haven't got to.... ohhh the madness.......

Deciding which game to play next is becoming the hardest part of being a gamer for me as of late! I traded in WKC for WKC2 and didn't even play through the first yet-LoL! Damn my neurotic compulsion to buy and try games at release.....and if its a limited edition forget it, i just can't resist......
1423  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Any new action anime out? on: September 24, 2011, 01:34:02 PM
I thought everything in the "Blood" series was mediocre aside from the initial "Blood the Last Vampire" animated film.... I just posted about it, but none the less if your into the Vamp fair, Dance in the Vampire Bund just kept me hooked for 12 episodes.... best vamp stuff I've seen in awhile.
1424  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Dance in the Vampire Bund on: September 24, 2011, 01:31:14 PM
I don't know if anyone else out there has had a bad taste left in their mouth by the slew of terribly cliche Vampire anime that has surfaced over the last few years but I must report..... Dance in the Vampire Bund is freakin' great!!!

Maybe my standards for the Vamp' fair have lowered a bit...... or maybe I just REALLY wanted to see something "blood sucking" I could get into as of late.... heck maybe a bit of both.... but the fact remains I just polished off all twelve episodes of this series and enjoyed every one of em'.

While I understand its not accurate to the manga, I can't hold it against this series in light of the fact that everything is paced so well... The story unfolds just right to keep you hooked from start to finish, episode to episode.... And in regard to the series specifically, it really does a good job of incorporating some very non-vamp and human thematics into its adult themed yet brightly youthful and aesthetic fantasy.

Don't be fooled by plot summaries that make this sound like "just another vampire series" chalk full of fan service involving an M.C with amnesia like I was.... I put off seeing it for a bit for that very reason.... But I am here to report that I stand corrected.... While those cliche elements do exist, I feel they are completely able to be overlooked in their execution here... Good stuff, good stuff.....
1425  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs as Therapy on: September 24, 2011, 12:55:55 PM
What a great topic!!... Real quick, before I reference my personal experience on the matter, in regard to escapism vs. therapy.... It most certainly is escapism before it is therapy however escapism (given the circumstances) can also certainly have therapudic, and problem solving, value.... To deny that fact would be like saying Vicodin doesn't assist in recovery from dental surgery. The medicine may only cover the immediate problem, but doing so can help solve it... in other words, without the Vicodin a man can't go to work and pay the pricey oral surgeon..... Ok, so that was a poor paralel to draw but you get the idea....

Anyhoo, in my own experience RPG's have proved life saving. I won't bore anyone with the gory details but lets leave it at growing up in my house was rough.... it was a volatile environment and if it not for liberating so many kingdoms from tyrannical empires, saving worlds from demons, and all with enough time to visit an alien planet in turmoil before bed I would have probably been all but completely consumed in the chaos around me.... Bottom line is, I was way more concerned with leveling up then I was the negativity that sat beside me through those years.... At that point games were more of a survival mechanism or coping strategy than simply just therapy or escapism.

Fast forward to adulthood. While not proud of the fact by any means, in adulthood I eventually found myself drug addled and highly addicted to some very demanding substances..... By demanding, I mean they DEMANDED all of my money, time, effort, thought, spirit and will eventually..... Once again, to make a long story short, I know when I made the decision to get sober and apply myself to not being a complete waste of space my whole life I returned to the fantasy realms that I found oh so comfortable as a child. The first 6-8 months of sobriety were like living a literal hell when I wasn't playing RPGs..... In all honesty I don't believe I could have gotten sober in the fashion I did without games (that is, without relapsing. without sublimating or substitution et cetera.....)

Fast forward now to present day. I am tattoo artist. As such my job carries with it a high degree of liability in a number of respects.... it is not all simple and fun as portrayed on TV, sorry to break the news..... and if I couldn't come home and escape the high level of liability I surely would not be able to return to work the next day inspired and ready to do it again.... While I love art, being simultaneously responsible for multiple deadlines at once, matters of permenance on clients bodies, and above all else the health and safety of the afforementioned involved, leaves one very drained eventually..... Quite honestly if it were not for video games I could easily see how I would seek out other forms of escapism under the level of stress I feel most days and potentially end up back at square one of trying to change how I feel through chemicals in some respect.

I can go on and on to illustrate my point and cite examples from my life but the point is RPG's and video games can and are useful in a number of respects beyond entertainment depending on the circumstances.
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