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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 06:22:44 PM
Klyde- how is the music in Chroma Squad?  I'm aware RPGFan's reviewer thought it was forgettable, but I want to hear how others found it.  Like, I read all the bad reviews for the Megadeth album Supercollider but then I listened to it and I actually liked it a fair bit. 


And because it MUST be posted... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJFvkUCXPLQ GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!!!

"THEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYY know, to only ever use their weapons for defense!!!"

Ahhh what a fantastic tune, wrought with my favorite flavor of cheese.

The Chroma soundtrack, IMO is fantastic. Thing is, it isn't fantastic in an MMPR OST sort of way. When I first posted about the title I mentioned Earthbound coming to mind and the soundtrack, in a lot of ways, is the reason for that. It is Sentai inspired for certain but very Earthbound'ish in tone if that makes any sense to you.

A subjective matter to be certain but I found the chiptune arrangement therein excellent. I'm not going jogging to this like I would be to the Ys OST's or MMPR but I will happily make ring tones out of some of this material and let it play in the back of my skull in the shower!

Reviews of albums are hit and miss for me so I get where you are coming from with the Megadeath example. Gavin Rossdale's career is wrought with albums that were not exactly well recieved and oddly enough Bush's sixteen stone (while great) is actually one of my LEAST favorite. I adore "The Science of Things" and "Goldenstate" waaaaay more and then thereafter I felt like his band Institute's single album had some of his silliest/best lyrics and writing.

Hurray! For the record, green is my favorite color. :p

One thing I will say, I MUST exercise creative control with team colors. My sixth ranger likely won't be green on account of it looking waaaaay to close to the Teal Ranger (Dice). Plus a sixth ranger being green could ONLY be Tommy in my mind. He was my favorite ranger growing up and is just too iconic for me!! LoL
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 07:36:05 AM
Klyde, if you happen to get any additional ranger slots later on in the game, I'd like to put my name into the running for sixth ranger. :p

Since you my friend are the second to bring up the possibility of a sixth ranger, I'll divulge the evolution of my thoughts on the matter.

At first, it was gonna be Mesh. Quite simply every game I play has a Mesh just cause.

Then I secretly was gonna make Mickeymac the sixth because good ol' mickey was first to bring it up (surprise).

Finally after reflecting on it, I really felt like the sixth ranger should be a non-forum character. A) Didn't feel like I was playing favorites cause I could only pick one and B) not being part of the core ranger team it just felt appropriate.

But now you've thrown me a curve ball. How can I deny a brazen request to fill the parodied shoes of Tommy the Green Ranger? You've illustrated bravery in your willingness to volunteer good sir and that goes a distance with this ninja.

Only time will tell as the seasons roll on following halloween (we need to resume our regular scheduled program of Darkest Dungeon soon). This COULD of course all prove a mute point altogether considering I don't actually know there even will be a sixth ranger as I am not keen on spoilers. AND IF ANYONE KNOWS DON'T SPOIL IT

the cheery "we are all friends here!" grated on me.

The only thing I can't stand more than the "friends" schtick is romance/love/dating. Its a wonder I find any JRPGs to play at all ^_^
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 01:33:57 AM
The other thing that kinda sucks is when you feel like you need to learn to love yourself, except you don't want to because that would mean giving something between tacit approval and acceptance to the parts of yourself you hate.

Speaking of things I hate that, I went to this thai restaurant last night and got red curry which I'm pretty sure is supposed to be like, reddish orange and not pink n FrOtHy.

that was... yeagh.

I swear this city is giving me fewer and fewer reasons to go outdoors. I can just dump a spoonful of gochujang into a bowl of microwave rice and corn and it's more adequate.

I feel like learning to love myself is dangerous and compromising. That is, there are most certainly aspects of me that deserve no slack. Then again, I think to myself "damnit, entertaining the notion that this variable is even a part of me that warrants disdain is in of itself negative and defeatist".

Ultimately at the end of the day forgiveness is what is truly of utility to me. The older I get, my capacity for forgiving myself is virtually the only sign of maturation beyond ever worsening posture, poorer vision and crumbling back teeth.

I'll never achieve perfect love for myself or for another, but forgiveness dips my toes in that pool.

Now PiNk frothy curry... that is just simply unforgivable.

Tonite marks the end of my first private self maintained studio/business. I just finished my last appointment to close the doors and tear down the place to move into the new establishment I'm setting up.

This is sort of surreal for me for a number of reasons both obvious and otherwise. I was a bit mixed up over how I felt but now I'm just anxious to get the labor over with. In fact I should be tackling that instead of typing but in truth KLYDE IS TIRED.

It is in instances like this I wish large doses of caffeine had some impact aside from just being numbing and front line defense against anxiety. Yes, for some reason post drinking black coffee since the age of 6, I now find the brew anxiolytic by nature oddly enough.

STUPID KLYDED FACT -- I can't fall asleep without two or three hot cups of black coffee directly before shutting my eyes. I sometimes like to chew nicotine gum while I drink them cause stimulating the nicotinic receptors in this fashion elicits primo-dream environs in my grey matter.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2016, 03:07:52 PM
I have depressing news. I've been put on an anti-depressant.

Those things scare the living daylights out of me.

I've been granted so many lovely "qualities" by professionals throughout my life.
-Clinically Depressed
-Obsessive Compulsive
-Ritualistic Obsessive Compulsive
-Over-Active Thinker
-Attention Deficit
-Avoidant Personality
And the list goes on.

Thing is, I wouldn't trade any of my "qualities" away even if I could. I feel like in some stupid way they work well for me professionally and I've come to terms with managing "me".

You are brave. I spent many years addicted to illicit substances and still won't/can't entertain the idea of anti-depressants. I never will. To those ends, I tip my hat to you for your willingness to "try".
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2016, 02:53:11 PM
Well, Chroma Squad is on my wishlist now.

You won't be disappointed. I feel like this game is one of a kind in all the right ways. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the only people who couldn't appreciate it on some level would be those who have a STRONG distaste for the following.

--Sentai/Power Rangers
-- Turn-Based gameplay
-- Retro-Graphics

Otherwise, this one is a win my friend.

Orange? Do I get a mecha?

(I love that one of the available colours is teal. That's so not primary!)

You being the Orange ranger was totally necessary for a few reasons. 1) The whole Tomara/Tomato thing you posted about in "the haps" (red looks too much like a cherry/berry in this palette). 2) I am the Purple ranger. Orange is the complimentary of Purple. We look good together and being an artist I can't help but take aesthetics into consideration. 3) This was dumb luck cause I didn't know it would pan out this way til the first season's end, but our Mecha comprise the right and left arms of the robot (making the complimentary colors all the more appropriate).

(Also, Klyde, I recommend checking out Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger for inspiration for your project here.)

That may very well be the coolest freakin' thing you ever told me about. Thank you.
21  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Selling PS4 on: September 16, 2016, 01:44:39 PM
That is a great question.

I was wondering that myself when I heard they were going for big bucks on e-bay. I mean, my train of thought is you need to forfeit your account essentially right? I always assumed that was why they were fetching thousands of dollars.

That is, your not just getting additional value for PT but your selling your PSN account and ALL digital content. Which then enters the realm of "strictly against sony's terms and conditions" hence this type of thing became a craigslist affair.

I am certain there is NO WAY to transfer ownership of digital property from one account to another so no matter what work around someone cleverly drafts up, you are still in violation and running a risk in the event that you can still keep your account.

In short, I wouldn't do it UNLESS I was completely comfy selling my account and even then it would have to be to someone trusted as I'm certain the potential for something fraudulent occurring thereafter exists far beyond what I know of/could predict.

Sony is quick with bans when it comes to funny business. I don't believe there is any way to do this without rule breaking being involved. Thus, I simply wouldn't do it. I'm sure that wasn't the answer you were looking :( Sorry.

22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 16, 2016, 12:46:57 PM
@Klyde The real question is...who is gonna play the brain-washed friend-turned-enemy that will eventually become an important ally?

...I don't wanna say my guess outloud, so...actually, don't spoil it! I wanna see if I'm right!
What I can say, is if more characters enter the game (which in truth I don't know, because I look up nothing ahead of time, although given MMPR story it would make sense...) I may make them NoN-RPGFan cast members because that somehow seems appropriate to me. Not being part of the initial "core" cast and all that. I have a slew of characters that pop up in most my games. I like including a "Lein" in my games and even use that as an alt. name in real life when I have reason to. I also tend to always have a "Zak", "Aeric" and "Xerina" in most games where possible.

But only time will tell what is to come for the Chromateers!! As Season 1 draws to a close, this will be "to be continued" likely til post halloween for me. Halloween gaming is Mondo-Important to me and virtually everything I play/watch after this week will be in that vein.

This is also somewhat appropriate. I remember as a kid being taunted with a few eps of MMPR and then having to endure some terribly long scheduling hiccup and a rotating time slot for the rest of the season to be aired. Now with that said, the report.

CHROMA SQUAD -- SEASON 1 DONE -- I really couldn't put this down the last few days after deciding I just was gonna "sample it". I want to go over some highlights but I don't want to spoil the shenanigans for anyone who may pick this up in the future. So without being spoilerific...

--The game is actually VERY challenging right from the door. Don't let its playful guise fool you. This is a great "pro" for me but luckily, should it be a "con" for anyone, the difficulty is adjustable.
--Mecha battles truly ARE some of the coolest 8-bit graphic segments (with mega enhanced palette) I have ever seen. I mentioned yesterday being impressed but it is in these segments that I feel retro-style hits the highest note of contemporary caliber.
-- The game feels great being played with a mouse but AWESOME with the steam controller (for anyone who has taken the college level course to learn how to use the device).
-- Here comes the rarest point of all. The game actually made me chuckle a bit. Yea. I'm not a laugher. I have a hard time digesting comedy. This title scores major point for actually making me think to myself "that was funny" and smile.

Sweet, I'm Black!

Wait, what is this?  Is this a real thing and is it really called Chroma Squad?  Is it... named after YOU?

This is indeed a real thing my friend. Check it out on steam. It has been picked up for console port so I figure the royalties should come a' rollin in any time now! ^__^
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 15, 2016, 01:47:40 PM
I've been pretty stagnant in the game journal for a while, but I needed to pop in to unequivically state that Ys SEVEN on hard is harder than Oath in Felghana/Memories of Celceta on hard.

I've been housed at least once by every boss since that shitty one-on-one fight in the coliseum

Totally giving me things to look forward to right here ^^

CHROMA SQUAD -- Had to try this out. Maybe it is because it is fall and as a kid in the elementary school there was nothing more riveting then the new season of Power Rangers. Maybe it is because Tomara's thread about her steam backlog inspired me. Maybe the reason simply boils down to the fact that there was NO purple ranger in the first 3 seasons of MMPR and I always wanted one.

This game is spectacular. That is, if MMPR meets Earthbound with a dash of X-Com-bat sounds spectacular to you.

Here is comes folks. Meet the cast.

THE LEADER -- White Ranger -- Aeolus.
THE TECH SAVY -- Black Ranger -- Arvis
THE COMBATIVE -- Purple Ranger -- Klyde
THE ASSIST -- Orange Ranger -- Tomara
THE SUPPORT -- Teal Ranger -- Dice

The game allows you to customize the entire Rangers production naming your powers, transformations, et cetera. Even the Studio itself, which you run, is directly under your creative control. All in top notch 8-bit form. Seriously, this has to be some of the best retro-NES-presentation I've come across.

The gameplay itself adds some unique elements to the isometric grid based battles by way of trying to achieve audience/fans by meeting specific criteria each fight. Each battle is an episode and if you follow "directors orders" you get a better result. This is a brilliant way to lend a more strategic angle to the otherwise simple gameplay.

All in all, I'm mega-impressed and looking forward to seeing what elements the game throws into the mix as I progress.

NOTE: No one feel bad that Aeolus got the lead in my game. I vaguely remember him astounding me at some point in the past with his knowledge of the Super Sentai somewhere on the boards here and thus it only seemed right.

24  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 15, 2016, 12:57:03 PM

*Various Final Fantasies, Tales of Phantasia and Destiny, Lunar, Grandia, Terranigma, Star Ocean - all the cool kids has either an important character or an entire town turned to stone (well, okay, or crystal, in the case of Terranigma). I do understand why it's was popular: it's like death, but you can fix it (well, usually anyway). It's the perfect level of drama for games aimed at young players.

Brilliant point. I never really thought about it that way.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 14, 2016, 01:12:18 PM
Can't believe they didn't include the simple function of speed-up. It was my understanding that was partly why the PS2 collection versions were so favored.

This is epic. I'm also one of the few who never experienced PS which makes your take on this all the more interesting to me, Tomara.

ON NAMING CONVENTIONS -- I hate obtuse naming of spells and potions and whatnot. At the very least you'd think having some intuitive sense about it would be logical. As in, Heal becomes Soothing Echo or something to that effect. When games change **Heal** into **Glickugloo** I just don't understand "why".

I mean I suppose it is in effort to add identity, character, and "world building" to a title. But in truth it really complicates things.

Certainly a minor gripe but a design choice I've never really understood.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 13, 2016, 11:50:21 AM
But Chromo Squad isn't even on the list! D: Actually, it's on my wishlist, so if I ever do a sequel to this, it might be on that list.

What I'm playing isn't colourful and funny at all.  It's one of those games I should never ever play before bed (but probably be will because I'm an idiot):

It starts with suicide and an offer - from Death? The Devil? something else entirely? - that could not be refused.

I can't say much about the story thusfar, but yikes, this game is getting the horror part right. The visuals are an eclectic collage of 90's style pixel art, photos, CG backgrounds and who knows what else is in there. There don't seem to be any jumpscares, just an atmosphere that presses down on the player. It does get bloody sometimes, and when it does it's absolutely gruesome due to not just the heavy contrast between the red blood and the bleak environments, but also due to the wounds the blood flows from.

I know Chroma Squad hasn't been brought up but you're thread/you have motivated me to be more pro-active about at least finding the time to sample all the stuff I REALLY want to instead of waiting years to "get to it". The discussions and coverage herein has nudged my mind toward the Chroma Squad. Can't help it!!

That is what I mean by it being a fine time to be a gamer though. Who amongst us in our thirties here, didn't grow up wishing they could have total creative control over the power rangers in a video game? WE CAN DO IT NOW!!! I am obligated in the strongest way to make "Klyde" the "purple" ranger and "Tomara" the "orange" ranger. This is just a dream I never thought could be realized. **AMAZING**

The Cat Lady looks scary as sin BTW. I would be all over that if it wasn't a point and click adventure type title. That being said, I couldn't imagine the narrative delivery being so appropriately creepy by way of another genre. Point and click is just **sigh** something I have yet to discover as enjoyable, albeit the titles ALWAYS look tempting.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 11:31:45 AM
While looking for a guild in Twin Saga, I met some of the anime fans that Tomara was talking about trying to avoid at conventions. Completely agree, those kids have a really loose and obnoxious grasp on reality.

What is it with this ^^ ??

I've got some screws loose for sure. No argument there. And I think it is PERFECTLY fine to not fall into conformity and orthodox ways of living. Once again, I am quite a weirdo myself.

However I mean it when I, seriously, state that 9 out of 10 anime fans I meet are so socially inept whilst sporting disturbed and/or perverse like a lime green shirt with pink checkers that it baffles me.

I always thought growing up it was geographical. That is, I liked to believe that elsewhere quasi-normal harmless folk liked anime as well. This belief proved fallacy in the end (at least up and down the east coast of the US so far as I've visited or lived).

I've got a handful of anime fans in my life who seem to be human and intelligible, but I swear they are outnumbered by the "others"!!!
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 12, 2016, 11:58:23 AM
Phantasy Star 4 amongst a handful of imports from that era have been on my to-do list for quite some time. I get to maybe one or two of these a year anymore, appreciate the experience, and come running back to the contemporary titles pretty fast.

That said, it doesn't sadden me in least that some of my favorite games feel old and lackluster. Moreover I'm getting to the point where I doubt I'll ever take the time to check out what I could have played if I was a japanese kid growing up playing a super famicom. This is only evidence that, as I always say, its an AMAZING time for us as gamer's and RPG enthusiasts/addicts to have the hobby we do.

I mean, really. The VARIETY we have at our fingertips now is proof-positive that the Hindu/Eastern spiritualists are correct... NIRVANA IS NOW ON THE THIS EARTH!! No RPGFan should fall prey to desire or want. We have everything we dreamed of as kids playing games! And its cheap!!

Aaaaaaaand with all that I think I definitely NEED to go try out Chroma Squad now. This thread pushed me over the edge with feeling like it's time to try that one out! LOL
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 11, 2016, 01:22:12 PM
That's what I like about them as well. The better ones tend to be fast-paced, which is great, because for some reason retro RPGs from 'proper' developers are often a bit on the slow side, as if they feel the need to stuff the game with filler (random encounters, long and boring dungeons, endless talking) to justify a 20+ price tag.

God, I can't agree more with this ^^.

Thing is, to expand, I get the same longwinded feeling from playing the actual retro-titles themselves made by proper developers. Some things are just better left fondly remembered.

EXAMPLE: What I mean is this. I suddenly get an urge to play Breath of Fire 2. What I really want is something that feels BoF-ish without it becoming an exercise in patience and tolerance. Truth is, so many of those classics were great because of when they came out and what was available. Charming as BoF2 may have been, I don't in fact want to endure that volume of random encounters, grinding, wonky difficulty spikes et cetera.

When I wanted to play Lufia this past year, the best move I made was picking up Eternal Eden. Scratching the itch just enough without making me bleed! LoL
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 11, 2016, 12:17:07 PM

Anyway, decided to break down and buy a certain game about visiting new planets and cataloguing alien fauna.

That's right, it's Map Quest's PSX city builder, Neo Planet! (Which is actually for sale on the US PSN, albeit not in English). Some initial observations about how the game seems to play:

Made me "LoL" **THANKS**

On the topic of atmosphere of Persona 3 versus Persona 4, I personally greatly prefer Persona 4. I originally was not interested in getting Persona 3 because the impression I had of it (although I don't remember why) was that it was too dark for my tastes. My best friend convinced me to try it though when I was really bored one day. Upon playing it, I found that it wasn't really dark so much as "cartoony dark" (coffins of blood!, rivers of blood!) and thus it was entirely playable because it was impossible to take its atmosphere seriously. Hell the most disturbing aspect (evokers being guns you point at yourself) loses all impact an hour in because you see it so much. Persona 4 on the other hand didn't try too hard on that front which I felt worked better for me. A case of less is more I guess.

I forgot how much I appreciated the stupid evoker/gun gimmick. I swear, that had me chuckling right til the credits rolled. Striking some dark note of cheese, emo-attempt-at-shock-value and macabre poor taste I just couldn't help but get a kick out it.

Persona 3 had a spot on atmosphere and story but was a TAD too shonen for my taste.  So of course Persona 4 was ENTIRELY too shonen for me.

What I spent too many words trying to say in the first place ^^

YS AoN --LVL 21 Got me a Flame Sa'wwwwoooord!! And uhm, there isn't much else to report. I had some awesome mash-tastic battles and a great boss fight.

One note however. I don't know if it's just cause I'm early on in the game, or if it is inherent stylistically throughout the whole title but I feel like everything bad has an "insect" vibe to it. That is of course barring the majority of enemies that are in fact legit insects. I'm not saying its a pro or con per se' just simply stating an observation.

I do hate bugs though, so slaughtering them at break-neck speeds is satisfying.
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