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16  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.
17  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.
18  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"!!!
19  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
20  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
21  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.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 11, 2016, 12:02:21 PM
Thanks for the Machina coverage. Oddly enough this is yet another that was already in my steam library I'd forgotten about.

I must have collected more indie JRPG styled titles than I realized ^_^

Glad it wasn't a bust because that one definitely looked a cut above others in it's category. Also nice to know it isn't a MAJOR time sink. Sometimes the bite-sized portion of these RPGmaker games is just right!
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2016, 10:42:27 AM
You are correct sir, no one will argue Persona 4 is quality. Subjectively speaking however, I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it in the sense that it really abandons the darker nature of the franchise's prior installments.

I felt Persona 3 did a fantastic job of staying dark, while "brightening" the presentation. Simply put, they polished the hell out of "Persona" but still kept things macabre enough to satisfy me. I am also partial to P3's soundtrack.

That isn't to say P4 is void of the intelligence and maturity I've come to expect from SMT in general but they just took the "lets make a shonen anime" effort a few notches too far for my taste.

NOTE: It sounds like I am bashing P4 which probably has something to do with how much I couldn't stand Arena Ultimax most recently but I really did enjoy the game. I just grossly miss the Twilight Zone vibe I got from the earlier titles is all (P2 IS and EP especially nailed it)

On Kanji -- I really liked Kanji's character. He was amongst my favorites of the P4 cast hands down. But he also illustrates my subjective tastes in the sense that I adored Mitsuru, Akahiko and Aigis much more in P3. For that matter, the entirety of the P2 cast comes out a cut above for me personally. The rest of the P4 cast is quite literally "forgettable" to me which is the biggest offense of the title altogether in my mind.

On the flip side, I LOVED what P4 did in terms of the gameplay. While I sum that point up in one short sentence, it accounts for a grandiose amount of the favor I do hold for the game and what it accomplished.

TLDR -- P4 evolved presentation and the gameplay of the Persona franchise at the expense of everything else in my mind which is a bitter trade off for me.  
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 09, 2016, 09:43:39 AM
I'm gonna throw out another unpopular opinion that dawned on me after the ARPG talk yesterday.

Well, maybe it is popular. In truth I don't really know.

Dark Souls (thanks to the environments inherent design and sense of exploration and discovery) feels the most "Zelda" to me of anything really. To be honest, the reason I fell in love with Souls franchise was when it dawned on me how perfectly married great combat and exploration was.

In short, I've joked around since discovering my appreciation for the series by saying "Souls is like Zelda for gamers in their thirties who have had questionable childhoods." Upon seriously musing over it, I actually think I mean most of that statement.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 09:34:09 AM
Find a sport/physical activity that you enjoy doing.  That way, working out becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do

Still waiting for Dice to move 2000 miles closer to me so I have someone to play tennis with.

She is SUPPOSED to move closer to me so I can teach her how to tattoo.

However, I am a reasonable ninja thus propose a compromise.

Both you and I can just move closer to her then we can tattoo AND play tennis!! I'm sick of jogging anyhow!
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 08, 2016, 12:03:33 PM
Since I'm playing this now, I can't help but throw this out there!


Ys series wins it for me BTW.

I haven't played all of either franchise but my experience with Ys has left me wanting more Ys. Thing is, not much else can really scratch that itch. Plain and simple.

On the other hand, I can think of quite a few titles that do "Zelda" just as well if not better than "Zelda" for me.

EDIT: Let me re-phrase, nothing does "Zelda" better than "Zelda" per se' but Zelda itself re-does itself. Cripes, I don't even know if that made any sense but my point still stands that I'd rather get my Zelda fix elsewhere at this point.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 11:49:37 AM
3 years of gym abuse...I can lift a shitload, but the only thing I've got so show for it aesthtically is toned shoulders and triceps and some chest tone. I still weigh about the same and look pretty much the same for it.

I've studied/been involved in/ somewhat obsessed with/ sports science, sports nutrition and body modification for almost 20 years now. I've helped people (for a fee) go from slobs to looking like Michealangelo chiseled them from stone.

And in all that experience my friend, it comes down one simple fact no one likes to hear nor believe. Aesthetics in terms of your physique and re-shaping your body is marginally MORE a result of your diet than your fitness. You can workout like a mad-man, be strong as an ox with lung capacity to match but poor decisions in the kitchen will still ruin the physique.

Plain and simple DIET>EXERCISE in regard to impacting your physical appearance. That being said, exercise can be an extraordinary boon to assist in the process by changing things metabolically and hormonally in your favor but at the end of the day no amount of working out can essentially "undue" dietetic damage.

In short here is the grandiose fallacy in practice. "I ate pizza and drank beer, no worries, I'll work out an extra hour at the gym tomorrow". Now when the next day comes people somehow believe their body kept those specific "beer and pizza" calories on deck just to be used for the workout. Not the case. That is not science or biology, that is false hope.

I'm not saying all this to sound negative or harsh. I'm saying it all because it is truly something an alarming number of folks don't realize. Much worse, the volume of misinformation in terms of nutrition generally leaves most who are at least aware still totally oblivious to what comprises a good diet in regard to their specific goals.

But if we want to talk goal specific dieting than we should start our own "Health and Fitness Journal" thread cause that can become.... involving.

@TOMARA -- Stoked to hear your computer is in good shape again. I feared for ongoing "steam game" thread you got going!! It's somewhat of a highlight for me. LoL
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 07, 2016, 10:13:53 AM
Between giveaway's, gifts, trades, bundles, sales and freebie offers it is SO easy to accumulate a large steam library for pocket change. I have 132 games on steam and maybe actually spent 40-50 bucks total. So many of the RPGMaker games I had on my wishlist eventually hit a 50 cent pricepoint and at that how the hell can you say no?

Anyhow, my next numbers/picks are 7 followed by 20. 7 is a good number for *reasons*
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2016, 09:33:54 AM
Wowee, awesome mentions since yesterday. That is, both Last Dream AND Reccettear being brought up. Both sitting on my computer demanding my attention **some day**

. This is probably the best game I've played that I absolutely hated!! LoL



-- Everything here is quality in terms of the presentation. And not just "decent" but "exceptional". The caliber of the art direction, music (albeit recycled), animations and everything even down to the menu's are dazzling.

--Everything is tight and responsive in terms of gameplay. It feels much "smoother" than a lot of 2d fighters I've picked up with a ton of unique qualities that certainly give the title it's own identity as a fighter. The tacked on golden arena single player mode is nice bonus and reason to pick up the controller as well. However, the potential depth of this gameplay is drastically compromised by a large CON which I will get to soon enough.


-- Terribly non-interactive story mode with padded dialogue of no consequence, in volumes that rival Ar Tonelico 2. AT2 at least gave me some game to play in between silly-longwinded-boring-stabs at trying to be "entertaining" if I remember correctly.

-- It seems pretty much "Persona 4" but in my opinion destroys the value of characters that I once appreciated. The cast is all very much "themselves" but sport nothing other than their cliche' lather rinse repeat gimmicks. This is sort of the OBVIOUS result of not having anything more they can do with these characters after umpteenth games but it really de-values some of them for me. Yu in particular gets hit hard in my mind.

--New villain Sho could have been a plot device for something interesting and instead turns out to be a plot device for a bratty one dimensional enemy. No matter how many personality this guy gets, he will not be remembered as anything other than annoying to me.

--Battles play themselves. As long as you can pull off a Ryu Hadoken you've mastered the title well enough to see all it has to offer via single player. (OBVIOUSLY THIS DOESN'T APPLY TO ONLINE). And just in case you can't do a Ryu Hadoken, you can LITERALLY set the game to play the battle for you. This undermines the gameplay to me, hardcore. As a player, I felt zero motivation to play this knowing full well there was virtually nothing to accomplish or actually get good at.

I am done with this. I am done with the Persona 4 universe. I loved P3 and P4 when I first experienced them but this reminded me why I just don't care to return to that fiction. After having consumed enough p3/p4 to vomit I think this world and it's characters are something better left "fondly remembered" for me personally.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 06, 2016, 09:49:46 AM
Great CQ coverage. As I predicted the other day, it is officially going on the ol' wishlist. If no one else picks numbers I'll happily double dip with another digit or 2 to keep this going, just say the word.
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