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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 16, 2014, 06:58:07 PM
I think I actually mentioned it earlier in this thread but my repede/vesperia love spawned my naming a beta fish "Repede". This was my second game inspired pet-dubbing. The first being Interceptor, a little terrier I had from the age of about 8 or 9 all the way up til I was 23. I got interceptor the summer I discovered Final Fantasy 3 (a new release at the local rental store at the time).

On the cosplay note, I would really love Alvin's Xillia 1 jacket. That would suit me nicely.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 12:52:26 AM
I figured ToX2 for some serious drama with BS "sci fi" dimension travelling that occupies its own rules and waves the "magical fiction wand" to tell whatever story it wants.

Precisely. That is what I like about it.

The more in depth a narrative gets with dimension-bending-time-warp-tastic-talk the less I care (or understand). Being a self-admitted Sci-Fantasy fan long before I am a Science Fiction dude, I have a much easier time accepting the "magic wand" approach in interest of setting the stage for drama.

I think the ultimate example of this for me is Xillia 2 vs. XIII-2. Neither makes any real sense of things but one title makes it much easier for me to focus on character interactions and events. Can you guess which narrative I favor for it's simplicity and cast-focus?? Tee-hee.

I feel like Sci-Trekky scenarios never really make sense to me though, so I largely chalk up problems with the narratives to "its me not the game".
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 15, 2014, 07:05:01 PM
I'm guessing it's deliberate that the very beginning of Xillia 2 makes no sense.

All I got from it is that I'm a failure and I have a fugly cat.

I actually had to rewatch some of the first 90 minutes or so on youtube to confirm that I didn't miss anything because I was sure I overlooked stuff based on how confused I was. I didn't miss anything. It really doesn't make much sense at all.  They slowly unravel the "mystery" for you though, don't sweat it.

What is unfortunate about Xillia 2's narrative is that, even upon explanation, you sort have to swallow things at face value in terms of the science-fictionee' premises. Don't expect very fleshed out or thought provoking sci-theory here. Although I will say it is LEAGUES more comprehensible than Xillia 1.

In a guilty pleasure sort of way I actually enjoy the shallow sci-fantasy of the Xillia/Xillia2 story. It reminds me of how certain games like chrono trigger had time travel without getting all star trek about it.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Narrative getting too good after the spooky town/sea events to put this down or think about anything else. Dream sequences seem to be mounting in their capacity to be tear-jerking at this point. Particular favorites thus far were "The Butcher" "Motto (I think) the bread-maker" and "The Shoemaker". <----- I screwed those dream titles up by the way.

Muramasa/ The gameplay in this game is amazing. I foresee this title truly competing for my personal favorite metroidvania ever. I only played it for two days in brief sessions and already caught myself wondering why other action platformers and beat em ups don't feel nearly as satisfying. The combat speed and variety is perfectly addictive without feeling muddling, confusing, or hyper.

My only complaint, and I am shamed to admit it, is the lack of a dub. I hate to be one of those gamers who complains about dub/no dub issues and typically it doesn't bother me. Can't quite explain why but that lack of a dub in this title is a bit jarring. This is peculiar if only for the fact that I have no qualms about playing through a full length JRPG with japanese audio and subtitles at all.

Minor gripes aside, I feel like I have a little slice of gaming bliss on my plate with these two ATM ^^

19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 14, 2014, 07:05:29 PM
I'm finally beginning to understand the necessity of variety when it comes to gaming. Playing awesome anime-tastic RPG's all the time makes them seem less awesome and anime-tastic as time goes on. Turn based combat seems boring or slow instead of relaxing and thought provoking if you plow through a 100 hour game like lost odyssey no matter how rewarding the dream sequences and narrative prove to be.

This brings me to MORTAL KOMBAT/ Ninja's and gameplay excluded I hate most everything about this game. I only ever beat it as the DLC freddy krueger because, well it was freddy krueger. I want to see story mode through now and am sort of forcing myself through the abysmal atmosphere of this game to do it. The pay off here is not some silly sense of completion or closure like I had initially thought but rather the distinct upgrade in enjoyment of Lost Odyssey, Muramasa and Borderlerands for me.

Todays combat confirmed me that I do indeed suck at Mortal Kombat. It also confirmed for me that I find muscle-bound brutes who have no other purpose than to break each others bones hard to look past.

MURAMASA REBIRTH (first Vita TV experience)/ This game is all sorts of awesome. I expected no less, but was totally blown away. Really only sampled it to be honest but good golly am I excited about digging in to this one.

VITA TV/ I don't know why the net is ripe with people complaining about this device. I've played around with just about every hand-held upscaling toy, 3rd part or otherwise, ever released and this thing is freakin' great. Does exactly as advertised but the quality of the upscale is AMAZING!! Seriously, this is the first time I've ever seen handheld titles run this good on the big screen. (Only tried Muramasa and Tales of Hearts R so far so maybe I'm missing something)

EDIT: MORTAL KOMBAT (UPDATE)/ Well thats it. I'm officially done with this. As good as the gameplay feels I just hate it too much. In fact, I might go so far as to say this is the polar opposite of what I like to some extent in terms of atmosphere and art direction.

I still want to get my feet wet with more fighting games but good lord, NO MORTAL KOMBAT FOR KLYDE!!! LoL

At least it only took one afternoon to come to this conclusion and I didn't waste more time with this. Now the only mystery is why the the hell I even turned this on when I could have been playing Lost Odyssey or Muramasa.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 13, 2014, 06:23:46 PM
Haha thanks dude do I get a extra ninja point for this?


HAHAHA! Yea I'll totally doll out another +1 for that! Made me smile.

Shamed as I am to admit it though, I loved that game as a kid. NES games have escaped me in adulthood though. That is reaching back a little too far in the nostalgia closet for my taste. Not saying some titles haven't aged well but those palettes are crime to an artists eyes!!!

Now to hop drastically off topic for a moment. With the very recent release of the latest Turtles game, that brings the total of contemporary turtle games up to 3 and 1 (unavailable) re-boot that I am aware of. NONE OF WHICH I have played. There is something wrong with that. I think I need to be mindful to incorporate some Ninja Turtles in my life.

Last Turtles notation and then I'm done. In addition to being a fan of the abomination that is the NES title featured in that video, I am also a fan of the newest movie. Proving beyond all shadow of a doubt, that when it comes to certain things I am a sucker and far too easily pleased. This effectively de-values some of my earlier posts in this thread, further driving home the point that I may in fact love the things I love too much to be appropriately critical.

Good god, after this thread I realize I would never cut it as a game reviewer. All my reviews would turn in introverted self-examination of my own sensibility and capacity to be objective. I see all my reviews becoming incoherent journal-esque rants that typically end in "So I love it but you probably won't so don't take my word for it!!".
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 13, 2014, 06:09:17 PM
. Just keep beating the crap out of the enemy and good things will happen!

That is best and most concise way of summing up the grandeur of current gen Tales gameplay for me. You don't actually have to be good at anything and by the end of the game you look as though your something akin to one of those professional street fighter players. I swear, each and every tales game I play lures me closer and closer to believing I am actually skilled with real time combat mechanics. Then I turn on a fighting game and remember the harsh truth.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 13, 2014, 06:03:07 PM
Kinda looks like Sol-Falena.

It really does. xD

I always remember rolling my eyes a bit at Jansen's infatuation of Ming too.  She's like half-naked and I had trouble believing he liked her personality-at-first-sight. :P

My two biggest problems with the art direction are the female's outfits and general proportionate problems in terms of character models. It is like they took SD qualities in the all the opposite directions of super-cute. Instead of super big heads we get what? Inexcusably large thy muscles...? Really, who the hell thought that looked good.

I mean I know I'm being picky here, and it isn't near as bad as say Dragon's Crown but I still have to question the aesthetic sensibility of the designers at points.

EDIT: On a completely different note, I think I'm going to eject Puppeteer from my current gaming agenda and incorporate Muramasa based on the fact that I'm picking up a vita TV tonite and excited. Puppeteer seems a very entertaining game but I've been wanted to play Muramasa for a heck of a long time.

And in regards to the Vita Tv, I will keep calling it a Vita TV no matter what Sony calls it in the west. The lame effort to sidestep the vita stigma by effectively removing the word from the product is just plain silly. It plays Vita games on my TV. That is what is. That is what it does. And from what I understand, at present, that is truly about ALL it does. LoL
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 13, 2014, 02:19:20 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/ Polom and Porom sang the most lovely song yesterday in what I thought was a super creepy dungeon until I got to the next and realized that I was now in the super creepy dungeon. I think this game has a pretty cool/weird/scary/foreboding tone that harkens back to the shadow hearts influence here and there to some extent.

24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 13, 2014, 02:12:57 PM
My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Best reply in 9 pages right here! Annubis gets +1 ninja points.

But @ Damacon, I just want you to know I enjoyed your thread. I didn't/don't see you as a bad guy. Best of all (for me) it proved a fine opportunity to re-evaluate my own position on contemporary gaming and RPGs a bit. You keep saying your goal was to spawn some meaningful banter to some extent and I think to those ends you succeeded buddy. Lots o' good shhhhhtufff has been said here albeit not quite in the avenue or direction you may have intended.

Thus I give you Damacon +1 ninja points as well.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 13, 2014, 02:00:14 PM
Vita TV is my final "new" toy I will treat myself too specifically for Hearts R and Muramasa since Ys still quasi-doesn't work. I was gonna hold off as clearly the device will flop and drastically drop in price (psp go, all over again) but a gamestop manager I know got one via promo and hates it (wants to sell).

So it looks like I will finally stop crying on here (as much) about not being able to play vita exclusives. What is baffling about the Vita TV is how this made it to the market ahead of a DS/3DS upscaling device considering the Wii U tech seems way more reasonable to pull something like that off. I actually never really expected to see the "VitaTV" or anything like it once sony pulled the "audio/video out" plug from the initial design. Rather I imagined a vita model yet to come with the plug again in the vein of how the PSP did it.

26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 11, 2014, 06:37:14 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/ Jansen is officially grade-A quality comedy to me at this point. Just saw Seth's dream. I am immersed. Have I mentioned I adore the cast??

Borderlands 2/ I did some sidequests and then got lost wandering for longer than I care to admit. That sure happens to me a lot in this game.

RaNdOm/ woke up early this morning with a strong compulsion to buy all the Mortal Kombat games on sale via PSN before the sale expired this afternoon. Why? Because I suck at fighting games and of all the fighting games I sucked at, Mortal Kombat had the coolest ninjas. There is something so fulfilling about playing games I am horrible at and finally getting somewhere with them. I used to be really turned off by games that resulted in my "epic failure" and endless stream of "game overs" but now I see them erroneously as some form of opportunity for personal growth.

^^^ I am applying far too much meaning to things here.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 11, 2014, 06:26:18 PM
Well damn Tomara. Given your profession I hope you are proud because you TOTALLY just sold me hardcore on buying this. In fact, based purely on what you said I am going out and buying the physical copy right now without yet owning the Vita TV or a means to play it just because you got me that excited to hold the damn thing.

You had me at "the 90's" and "sailor moon" but throwing in a "Lunar" really put me over the edge. LoL
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 11, 2014, 06:22:47 PM
Man you know honestly I don't have much interest in physical intimacy, period.

But honestly I'm not even that interested in like emotional intimacy either? I get lonely sometimes but that particular drive to like, go out and date or make friends with people is just not there for me. I've never dated anyone. I don't want to /start/ at any point. idk why.

This has no impact on my gaming habits though.

I began preferring "alone" to "intimate" in my mid-late 20's. It is a far easier existence that, while I could look at it as slightly disordered, REALLY helps keep me focused on what I truly care about. Not that there is anything wrong with liking women and dating but there was a point during which the femme fatale were an all consuming preoccupation for me somewhat akin to a chemical addiction.

Now, I'm not saying living like I do now is right. Outside of my professional life, this forum is the most social I become. I am however saying that with too much focus on others, it is easy to turn a blind eye to what you really value.

So in short Mesh, what I am getting at is this. Based on my experience it is not you who is missing out on anything by not dating or being a social animal but rather he who can not sit comfortably by himself who IS MISSING out on getting to know himself. From my perspective the ability to be comfortable by your lonesome speaks volumes about your strength, awareness and emotional health.

Definitely put me in the camp that if you can't enjoy gaming right now, this is probably not the entertainment medium for you - there is more selection and more tastes catered to than EVER before in its history.

Thank goodness someone else finally said it!!!!! Far more concisely than I did BTW. I have a knack for being long-winded I supposed. I truly swear the only way you can be unhappy as a modern gamer is if you just flat-out don't like gaming. And even if you claim to hate gaming, I still contend you just haven't stumbled upon your preferred tastes yet due to non-exposure.

Between phones, tablets, consoles, PC's, browser games, text based games, and God knows what else, everyone from my mother to my co-workers 6 year old kid likes some type of freakin' game.

I think the biggest let-down when exploring a hobby such as gaming is when you attempt to use it to suit other needs. In other words, I for one have a daily pre-requisite for expending creative energy on something. Be it tattooing, sculpting, drawing or writing I simply CANNOT enjoy much of anything until I get that nervous energy out. The inherent need for me to do something creative on a daily basis is like an itch that I have to scratch on a pretty consistent basis. I have at times tried to "take days off" and fill em with gaming/recreation and DAMN DO I FEEL ITCHY!!! (translation: dissatisfied with everything else I do)

I will admit to sometimes falling prey to liking gaming too much. That is, I begin to erroneously allow the hobby to suit certain needs that it simply should not. Case and point, my love of compelling characters has certainly filled the role of having living role models to an extent. I also tend to enjoy narrative through gaming so much so that it has all but totally replaced reading novels and watching tv/movies. I am aware this sort of fulfillment is slightly misplaced and I enjoy my hobby a wee bit more than I probably should but screw it, I chalk it up to knowing what I like and forgiving myself for over-indulging a bit.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 10, 2014, 11:10:35 PM
I brought up the marriage bit in an effort to be slightly comedic but while we are on the subject of phones, women and marriage I'll be serious for a moment.

Screw texting man. I may be willing to accept the fact that having a phone at my side 24/7 is necessary evil of the modern world, and certainly a necessity when you are in business for yourself, but I can't stand the fact that we are in the "age of texting". Whats worse yet is it quite literally the only means through which some will communicate it seems.

The whole married thing has less to do with gaming and more to do with the fact that I just don't have the energy for that anymore. Getting rid of games would help free up some time but nothing will change the fact that my career totally costs me all me "people points" for the day. Tattooing puts me in a unique position where I end up intimate in a non-sexual way with people constantly, whilst also rendering me briefly but very emotionally committed to revolving people. In short, tattooing reminds of how real life is to a frightening extent and once I'm through with it for the day the only people and places I want to see are fantastic, fake and digital.

And while we are off topic, don't feel bad about losing a chick'ee over the phone my friend. The last girl I was seeing made the critical error of prioritizing physical intimacy over couch co-op seiken densetsu 3 and I called it quits. Gotta keep our priorities straight my man! LoL

I'm done dancing off topic. Any more talk like this I may begin to negatively reflect on my personal life.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 10, 2014, 08:21:47 PM
Actually, in spite of gaming like its been my secondary career for roughly 3/4 of my time breathing, I STILL don't feel even remotely close to being a "contemporary" gamer. There is just so much to freakin' play!! LoL

I have yet to really invest time into even a single MMO, after doing my backloggery I clearly see a need to explore the WRPG realm far more extensively than I have, and I know there is some sci-fi out there for a Ninja like me I have just yet to uncover. And that is just the RPG we are talking about, thus I am not even commenting on the inherent desire to dabble in other genres.

I play anywhere from about 2-5 hours a day on average and am quite certain I will never run out of new games to discover/get excited about. Truly its far easier for me to slip into the counter pitfall of noticing on weekly basis all the crap I wish I had time to experience. Maybe I'm weird but the novelty of the gaming industry having gone from a quasi-niche hobby for geeks (when I was a kid) to a massive industry that is pretty constantly expanding and trying new things technologically (adulthood) has not worn off for me. In fact, that novelty hasn't even worn thin.

The way I see it, if ever I begin to grow bored of console gaming I can just start exploring PC gaming and get retarded-excited for another few decades exploring that.

This post made me realize I may never get married :(
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