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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 11:09:33 PM
Well for starters they probably should have just called it "Final Fantasy VII" instead of "Final Fantasy VII Returns" (that's literally what they're calling it).  Who the heck gives a straight port a new title?

Mind you I'm also in the camp that they shouldn't remake it.

I feel the title is part of the "slap" and a strong component of what makes it so funny. Seriously, I really think someone at Squeenix is kicking back laughing about this. One would have had to be completely ignorant of the fanbase to not know for a certain fact that the whole enchilada would not only piss people off but damn near insult the demands of fans.

Now clearly they WERE NOT ignorant to what people wanted, having had already addressed the issue officially in the not so distant past. This being the case, I can't see this as anything other than a joke of sorts.

A clever joke mind you. I mean how much more appropriate, or abundantly obvious, could they make shooting down the pleas for a remake whilst providing a "consolation" of sorts?

The funniest part? No matter how much everyone bitches, I would bet anything it still ends up one the "top downloads" on the PS4 Network Store and moves steadily on to PS4 consoles like a digital hot-cake.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 06, 2014, 08:52:53 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/I would really like to see a show of hands as to how many people really managed to get through the temple of enlightenment AND OUT without the use of a guide or faq. I did it alright.... BUT IT TOOK ME SOMEWHERE IN THE REALM OF 6-7 HOURS!!!!!!

The good news? I moved on to the end-game stuff so over-leveled the final bosses are not even capable of inflicting damage thus far. I should (hopefully) beat this one tonight!!

I will rant and rave about it later when my seething "frustration of enlightenment" ceases to be a factor, trying my patience.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 08:48:04 PM
The news today of the FF7 PC Port coming to the Playstation 4 and NOT a NEW HD remaster like everyone has cried about for years is positively hilarious. Its like a deeply dark sarcastic way of saying "we will not give you people what you want, we will give you what we want" followed by a prudent *SlAp*

I find this funny because I have always been of the camp that 7 should not be remade.

But golly does anyone realize the amount of crying that will ensue in wake of this?

If this isn't the quintessential evidence that it is time for people to stop holding their breathe, I don't know what is. They came out and said the 7 re-make was not happening and yet this still surprises folks. It is baffling.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 05, 2014, 07:58:56 PM
Cripes, I think if you have the patience to get through the Temple of Enlightenment in Lost Odyssey your turn-based JRPG-Fu is a the master level. The degree of patience required for this dungeon is obscene. Seriously on par with the likes of completely optional bonus content that is only for die-hards in most games. 3-4 hours in and I'm finally getting somewhere.

LOST ODYSSEY/ ^^^ This and then I'm done with all end-game stuff.

MURAMASA/ Judging from the swords I could craft I think I'm getting near the end of Kisuke's scenario. This is proving to be vanilla's finest offering in my eyes. The challenge on Chaos Mode is just perfectly on point.

20  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 04, 2014, 09:48:57 PM
Thanks for the sound advice D!

Think I got the hang of not being a totally weak link by the end of my session. And your right, I nabbed a legendary item, 15 levels and a new PSN buddy to boot. I will however say, I can see myself playing a great deal of my first run-through single player to soak in the narrative a bit.

Its funny because I was "that guy" in dragons crown. It was the only thing I played multiplayer and to level I would blitz stages to go on boss killing sprees only to get bitched at by other players for moving too quick.

If I can't pull off social success in real life I will at least pull it off in digital fantasy land, dammit! LoL
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 05:43:05 AM


I've seen that happen to more than a few people... But all of them are earning money with their art now or well on their way of doing so. It's like Klyde says: grab every job you can. Heck, I know people who take commissions (no naughty stuff) on deviant art to supplement their income. (Actually saw a few get more professional jobs through there as well.)

Well, actually, a few of them failed, but those were headed towards failure the moment they had convinced themselves they'd become big overnight because they're special little snowflakes. As long as you're not like that and willing to put in the work needed, your chances of making a living doing illustrations or designs actually aren't that terrible.

Damn I'm too wordy. Tomara did a wonderful job of surmising exactly what I was saying. Thanks (Tomara).

Additionally I gotta totally agree with everything else Tomara just expressed with the exception of the "naughty stuff". Quite the opposite in fact. Pervs will pay top dollar for professional "naughty" fan art.

To expand on the last point, I don't think any artists who expect overnight success or "fame" as a result of their work ever make it anywhere. Oddly enough, I didn't even end up making a living with tattooing on purpose. I hated tattoos to be honest. I wanted to do more fine art or possibly illustration. Instead, portrait work ended up being my bread and butter and that lead into tattooing as unlikely as it may seem. So many people I've met throughout the course of my career claim "getting there" and being a professional working artist to be their "dream" but the truth of it is the people who get anywhere just keep/kept doing art and still doing the same thing.

Lastly, @ Dice.... In my prior post, I didn't mean art career success= giving up EVERYTHING else. I worded it wrong. I meant it means giving up other things professionally. I truly attribute a lot of my success and that of other artists to having painted themselves in a corner so to speak. Essentially I had no support or experience doing much else but I REALLY got art. It eventually became abundantly clear to me that if I didn't start really pouring it on in terms of art I was doomed to spend 8-12 hours a day that I could be creating, working mindlessly for hourly wage.

The mechanics of this ^^^ are as follows. Ambitious kid likes art. Ambitious kid gets good paying job he can live off of. Ambitious kid gets comfy while still plugging away at art a bit. Next thing ambitious kid knows hes a married homeowner that barely manages an hour or two a day with art and is no longer so ambitious after a decade or two of it being "hobby" with meager results.

 I certainly didn't have the foresight to know what I was doing. I was just too lazy to care about trying to making a substantial living doing anything other than art. My words now are wisdom bore from hinesight. Poor living was a true reality for quite some time. And by poor, I mean dirt freakin' poor. I didn't have heat where I lived for awhile. I don't think anyone should take it to that extreme but I do think prioritizing making a living off of art need to come before making a comfortable wage to live as harsh as that may sound.

Finally (and then I'm done), as cold as it may sound, screw anyone who says you can't make it with art. They are not moving your pencil. The beautiful thing about visual art is that your success is completely based on your efforts. And if your efforts are on point it is a SURE thing. Its one of the few things in life I can think of that truly and precisely rewards you for how much of yourself you give to your trade and that is the only pre-requisite in my eyes. No matter who tells you "no" there is not a single individual who can retard your potential but you. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, professors, teachers ad infinitum... Not one amongst them can stop you from growing adept enough until your talents cannot be denied monetary compensation. The end.

NOTE: Forgive any typos. I typed this all very quick post work (5:30 am) and am too tired to proof-read.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 09:46:06 PM
my brother has an art degree and now he does tech support for a living because he cant afford to relocate to somewhere the jobs in his field are at.

Saw this ^^ happen a to soooooo many people trying to make a living with art.

I might be a fool of ninja who doesn't know much about too many things. I do however know what it takes to live off your art. It is simple. It is complete unwillingness to do anything else but art coupled with a TOTAL willingness to do just about anything that pays and could potentially further expand your reputation and credentials. Ultimately this  typically leads to some rough financial patches in life on the road to steady income (at least in my experience).

Art is NOT a super dependable field by any measure but it is a broad one. That is, there are sooooo many different avenues one can pursue which generate income that I think a great deal depends on motivation. A degree is an AWESOME credential to have because that alone places the artist in a position to essentially say "hey hire me, I'm better than the next guy with a brush". Even if said credential has nothing to do with a "brush" or "camera" or "pencil" et cetera....

What is the point of my banter? The artist who lives off of art is gonna be the artist who is willing to paint, draw, sculpt, illustrate, make greeting cards, do portraits, teach classes on origami, and is just as creative in generating work as they are with rendering it. All of this of course, when your legitimate qualifications (degree) has absolutely nothing to do with aforementioned.

On the note of the degree itself. After paying my bills for 10+ years with art, I can honestly say that the degree (regardless of what its for) damn near ensures a higher pay-rate, just not a position. Getting the position is totally dependent on the individual.

But in truth, I've really done everything ass backwards in life and have no real grip on anything so don't listen to me.
23  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 03, 2014, 07:07:04 PM
Played some multiplayer with some random guy who really knew his way around. I get the impression your experience can vary drastically with a title depending on who you play with. He certainly revealed to me that I play SLOW.

I imagine I am probably a pain in the ass as I found myself really more or less following the other dude to the fight without so much as a moment to even switch my skills.

Me thinks, being paired with more patient gamers will prove more suitable than this first experience with multi.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 03, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
For those who didn't catch word about the 20th anniversary sony theme on the PSN, I got it on the PS4 but the PS3 and PSVita has incarnations as well (I think). There is something really neat about booting up the PS4 and hearing that classic PS1 boot-tune play. Oooooo Soneestlagia at its finest I say.

The theme was a clever way to serve up something to the staggering amount of people who just bought a PS4 on black friday only to announce the CE System a week later. LoL

EDIT: For anyone who read before my edit, I misreported having it on the VITATV. Doesn't seem to be the case. Worse yet I worded it wrong made claim to have gotten it. Forgive me for (erroneously) coming across as a fibber if ya caught that.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 06:53:36 PM


You may need to relocate to where there are museums hiring, but that's one place where art history is valued.

(I'm currently an instructional assistant who went to school for guidance and counseling, so this is my inner guidance counselor coming out.)  

Dice will be fine because if she can't get a job in her field I'm gonna relocate to Canada (cause I've been where I am for too long), then I'm gonna teach her how to tattoo and weeeeee beeeeeeee RICH RICH RICH!
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 02, 2014, 07:13:53 PM
Whhhhhelp after having my ass handed to me in the Temple of Enlightenment is LOST ODYSSEY, I decided I need to unwind and try out Diablo 3 today for the PS4.

For a guy who really has a tough time getting into darker western fantasy this game had me hooked in under an hour. Smooth as butter, immediately intuitive controls and interface, superb atmosphere and best of all (for me) the Wizard was clearly modeled directly after me making my first character selection an easy pick!

I will be writing Blizzard to inquire as to when my royalty check for use of my face will be arriving. Then I will write a secondary letter of complaint because I believe my model was supposed to be used for the demon hunter. Then again, I may just be too busy playing to bother with the letters at all.
27  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 02, 2014, 07:05:10 PM
klyde, let's fuckin' play and chat.


Alrightee I threw in the towel and decided to fire this up before finishing lost odyssey. Just got my feet wet with a Wizard on hard. I will be playing tonight after work as much as possible so I can join you and D.

Remember, I have never done multiplayer/chat before, and this my first Diablo experience since 2! LoL

In other words, I will probably be a pain in the ass til I get the hang of things.

Eastern US time zone, I almost always am on at 3-4am (thats typically when I get done with work) but can easily play around with my afternoon/pm routine to accomodate playtime as well. Let me know when you fine folk typically play.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2014, 10:58:08 PM
Wow Dice, mega congrats!!!


Finishing things feeelz good.
29  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 01, 2014, 10:55:17 PM
The game is pretty easy and multiplayer is hop in hop out.

Agent D and I started new characters on Expert difficulty and we didn't have any trouble after playing for a few hours. He said it gets harder though later.

I'm pretty sure you can change the difficulty on the fly
Difficulties are more based on your gear than a linear progression. If you're finding things too hard, you can bump it down. If they're too easy, bump it up. The higher difficulties offer more XP, gold, and better loot, so you always want to play on the highest you can manage. I'd say at least start on hard, because it isn't really very :)

I'd recommend beating the story mode once, and then switching to adventure mode (unlocked at completion), which is where the real awesomeness is at, post-storyline.



Thanks for the advice guys.

I love getting to switch difficulty as it suits me and not being "locked" to one selection at the start of a title.

30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 08:22:25 PM
I was trying to express that I believe Tales of Symphonia is an okay RPG that was REALLY overrated because of the GameCube's situation in 2004 and because of how dedicated the system's fans were.  The fact that I didn't play it until 2006 and it wasn't my first Tales game probably had something to do with my disdain for it.  I frequented the GameFAQs forums around that time, and I was shocked and annoyed at how widely worshipped that game was on the site.  Basically I'm a bitter Tales hipster and probably should avoid talking about Symphonia in general. 

I was really biting my tongue on this one but I can't help it now.

You have summed up my feelings in regard to how overrated Symphonia is too well, to not express my agreement. I loved the PS1 Tales as a kid. I played symphonia back on the gamecube upon release or soon thereafter and while it was fun to play multi-player with my girlfriend at the time, I really didn't find it memorable at all. Fast forward to my next experience with it, Symphonia Chronicles re-release this last year and all I can say is I find it to be one of those games from the "AwKwARRRRD" era of gaming.

The "AwkWaaaRRd" era being that uncomfortable point when dev's starting screwing around with 3d next gen stuff but couldn't quite nail it. I actually find it FAR easier to go back and play a 16 bit classic than to try some of these early-3d offerings. Symphonia, for all it does right, cannot escape this for me. Everything about it feels now/felt then to be a step backwards to me.

I'm not saying it is a bad game. Far from it. I am however saying I have a far stronger affinity for most other entries in the franchise and will surely replay Eternia, Destiny and Phantasia long before I consider touching Symphonia again.

In other news...

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND LOSING/ I have prepared my PS4, now loaded with titles for play. I really don't think I can stick to my "not gonna play it before finishing something else" rule. My interest in borderlands has totally fallen flat ATM and I'm really considering swapping it out of my gaming agenda for the time being to hop into Diablo 3.

LOST ODYSSEY/ this is the real reason I haven't played the PS4 yet. I have spent 15 hours in the last 3 days doing optional stuff on Disc 4 and am obsessed. This is turning out to be one of those games that I truly enjoy everything about, including the end game stuff that typically demands quite a bit of patience/discipline.
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