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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 11, 2015, 08:52:49 PM
@ Mesh -- Golly do I have fond memories of Sega Cd/ Saturn/ Dreamcast titles from a time long ago. The Holy Ark was a prime experience some odd two decades ago for me.

FALLOUT 4/ Holy crud did I just lose like 3 hours to my life just learning how to navigate, build and craft. Just a hunch but I think this game is massive. This title may demand a sick day or two's worth of investment on my end just to learn the ropes. That sounds arduous but I'm deeply involved/interested so far.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 11, 2015, 06:14:07 PM
Caved and bought this tonight (Being around Boston area gamers all day makes it pretty hard to just ignore.) Underestimated how long it would take to install and now work tomorrow is never going to end.

((Mind you it's not like I could actually afford the game, but my attitude towards money has reached the point of "Fuck it, whatever" status))

I had to adopt the same irresponsible stance on finances myself to make the purchase. Some LARGE costs earlier on monday with very little to spare thereafter left me feeling impulsive, a bit btiter, and broke. I fell prey to the "hype" around 1 Am as the next calendar date rolled in and I knew I could buy instantly thanks to the midnight release.

I've only put in a few hours but I can safely say this was a great irresponsible decision by my measure. Have no prior fallout experience, going in blind, this game is all sorts of amazing.

Best part, I gambled the 60 coins back into my pocket so now I can play guilt free **wipes sweat from brow**

The moral of the story?? TWO irresponsible decisions (buy game can't afford + gambling ) equates to one POSITIVE GUILT FREE RESULT (DISCLAIMER: I assume no responsibility for anyone who ever listens to the nonsense I spout, or worse yet follows suit.)

THE GAME As a first time Fallout player, the sense of discovery here is absolutely amazing. I can't help but feel both excited and at the same time overwhelmed. It feels as though every new direction I look yields something else to do. I've played 4 hours or so and done nothing aside from learn about how to play and still don't have a grasp of it really. Normally this would be a criticism and while I do feel they could have fleshed some things out with tutorials, nothing is so obtuse that I can't figure it out ---- thing is, figuring stuff out here makes me feel an element of survival that lends to the games atmosphere and experience perfectly.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 10, 2015, 07:49:59 PM
Only about 30 minutes in. I derped and didn't realize the last character you edit at start locks in the gender. XP More clarity would be nice.

Three impressions.

-Holy *horn* Radroaches are finally threatening.

-...where the hell are all the bobby pins?

-Oh *bark* me, that stupid computer password game is back. ~.~

I derped twice my friend, don't feel bad. I will echo my comment in the game journal now though and say, after 3 solid rounds with it, that character editor is top notch. This is BIG for me.

Slightly higher praise for the female model simply because, while both are easy enough to make aesthetic, I typically find it tougher to make female characters (personally) look the way I am aiming.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 10, 2015, 07:34:01 PM
FALLOUT 4 --- I can't say much yet because I just fired it up but I CAN say this. COOLEST CHARACTER CREATION EVER!! I will report back with more in the coming days.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tips for Lunar? on: November 08, 2015, 07:52:53 PM

The weird thing about Lunar is that it's p much the exact opposite of want I want in a JRPG except I /totally love me some lunar/.

This ^^^ could be another topic entirely as I can discuss the phenomenon at length.

Straightforward, non-tactically imperative combat. Love story. Cliche' archetype characters. Less than mature writing with very "tame"  themes we've seen done time and again. Not real hidden perks or noteworthy secrets. Yet it all gels in a magical sort of way with Lunar to stand as one of the best linear gaming experiences I've ever had with an RPG. Weird.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2015, 07:04:08 AM
I'm here to make a confession. I have a gambling problem. I am going to bed now. G'night gentle folk.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: First Time Long Time! on: November 08, 2015, 07:02:42 AM
I happen to feel like Magnesium. New dude gets bonus points for Lunar being the first game he brought up coupled with a Sega reference by way of his user name. Welcome good sir.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 06, 2015, 07:31:57 PM
Gonna break this discussion and say that working in a worldwide corp that re-organized your department to have people at the 4 corners of the world sucks because it forces everyone to work at stupid hours so that they can somewhat work together.
Fuck this.

RIP sleep.

I can accept work cutting into lots of thing. Even gaming. But when work costs me sleep I become I cranky Ninja. Big pet peeve here.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 06, 2015, 07:22:12 PM
Having beat Dark Souls 2 recently I went back ti DS1. I never made it far but i have a question. The humanity counter in the top left is at 6. What makes that go up? Ive never used any of the Humanity consumable and Ive only beaten one boss. Im sort of just exploring and getting a feel for the riposte and stuff. In fact i only have 5 of the humanity in my inventory

I have the same "Souls" history as you and am presently working on DS2 after Bloodeborne. Ok, so maybe I am STILL playing Bloodeborne as well but that isn't the point. I'm curious how it felt taking a step back from DS2 into DS1. Did you feel it was extremely aged in comparison? I ask because going from Bloodborne backwards hurt my feelings for a moment until I got used to it (DS2 runs drastically different) and started thinking of it as a different franchise altogether.

I mean, one can't help but make comparisons but BB and DS are different series IMO. DS 1 and 2 having had varied reception amongst the fanbase had me wondering if it would feel just as jarring to continue my backward experience with the games or if it would be easier to digest considering they are actually of the same series.

Beyond that line of questioning...

MAGICKA 2 (ps4) --- I honestly don't know where all the bad reviews stemmed from. This is some seriously engaging spell casting shenanigans right here. Brutal pace, difficulty, and cool customs for my little wizard all lend to a very enjoyable (albeit somewhat punishing) experience.

Metro 2033 -- Chapter 6. Finally ran out of Ammo on a segment and the game became infinitely scarier! LoL
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2015, 08:07:58 PM
I think 98% of chihuahua owners have no clue on how to properly socialize them and they utterly fail at being dogs.  I have met 3 chihuahuas who are chill, though, because their owners actually trained and socialized them properly.  These are Luna (who's Domino from Pool of Thorns' chi), Lupe (who's owned by some really good punk friends of mine), and Chico (owned by another friend who rehabilitates dogs). 

Having had many dogs and pets for the first two decades of my life I think this ^^ statement is applicable to most smaller dogs generally speaking (albeit not always the case).

That being said, for as much as I enjoyed the unconditional affection offered by pups and dogs I eventually became a "cat" guy. After my last cat I became a fish guy. After my last fish I became a "no pets ever again" guy.

In truth it was the cat that did me in. The untimely demise of my feline friend "Pip-pip-Hoo-ray" was the most difficult death I've ever dealt with in my time on this planet.  After getting over that I was somehow cold to the idea of another pet so I went without and soon realized the daily grind was easier to tend to by my lonesome.

So in the last two gym runs before today, I've worked myself to the point where I had to actually work to lift my left arm... not sure if it's injured or just overworked, but I'm glad today's leg day..

Course my last leg day ended up leaving my ankle with a bulging bump and a heap of pain...oh joy.

Your illogical dedication to working yourself to and through injury and suffering reminds me of myself. I like it. I know better than to work out to these extremes but I've been notorious for "over reaching" for quite some time and can't imagine that ever changing. Even as a cripple (requiring a cane for months) I forced myself to damn near hop my way through my jogging routines because it was honestly easier to manage than taking an extended break. This is actually a horrible compulsion I'm aware of and try to hide from people in my life-- LoL
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2015, 06:45:48 AM
I'm just glad I'm not in school anymore. Getting up in the dark, seeing the sun rise around 8:30 while sitting in a (cold) classroom, then head home when it's setting. Blah. And that's just the Netherlands. Can't imagine how bad it is higher up. Though I have to admit I prefer short days over long ones. Four or five hours of night sucks when you intend to sleep for eight.

Wait, I'm confused.  Are you saying that you spent more hours at school than you do at work?  Because I'm pretty sure for most people in the working world it's the other way around...

Forget about heading home when the sun is setting, in the winter it's already pitch black out by the time I head home from work...

Winters screw me because I work at night. All night. This leaves me waking up in the dark and going to sleep around sunrise. I've done this for years but I don't think I will ever get used to it.

Hahaha wow.

Had a package that was marked as delivered on Oct. 28. Didn't get it. It was marked as delivered again on Oct. 30. STILL didn't get it.

1. I tried calling my local post office. They're just outright not responding to calls, and the number they have listed online appears to be some mobile phone number.

2. Trying to contact USPS customer service but /no matter when I call them I'm being told there are no customer service representatives available/.

Who do I escalate this to :D

That happened to me once.

Best service I got was the result of waiting and finding a local post-man on route and throwing a hissy fit. Those dudes are not equipped to deal with public freak-out cases whilst en route and can easily both discern info you need about your package and get in touch with higher ups so they can get you off their back.

PLAN B. Go straight to post office and complain in person. They can't hang up OR put you on hold!!
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 04, 2015, 06:38:45 AM
I didn't really care much for Demon's Souls and am thus wary to try the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne, which kind of makes me wish the glowing reviews critics give them would do things such as give helpful gameplay hints instead of mindlessly gushing over the titles that they tend to do so that average gamers can enjoy them as much as they did.

Sorry I missed that. The most helpful tips I think anyone could offer as far as bloodborne is concerned come by way of starting out.

1. Run past enemies to get to first boss.

2. Die at first boss to legit START the game.

3. Either grind a bit to beat the second boss or summon a (reliable) buddy/ally to help beat the second boss.

^^ These 3 tips can turn your first experience into a smooth few hours. Ignore these and you could be easily looking at a very frustrating or downright grueling 6 or 7 hours that can totally turn you off to the title (it almost did me).
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 02, 2015, 07:03:04 PM
You know that thing where it's the day after daylight savings and your sleep schedule is fucked up and your eating schedule's ALSO fucked up so around 2PM you crash and people are talking to you but your mind just ain't processing language AT ALL?

This happens every year how am I not used to it.

Also it's really hot in my apartment, because November.

It is SO strange here in Pennsyl'tucky the armpit of America. It was 30 degrees on Halloween and today it nearly hit 70.

I feel old cause I have nothing to report aside from "interesting weather" and as we know once the weather becomes interesting, you MAY in fact be getting old :)

In other news, I have been eating a completely plant based diet now and wondering how long I can continue to exist off of hemp. I swear it accounts for like 3/4 of all my nutrient intake for the last few months and I JUST CAN'T STOP. Ongoing guts problems of mine have been the least problematic they have been in nearly half a decade and I'm scared to eat anything else-- LoL
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 01, 2015, 06:54:36 PM
Borrowed Bloodborne from a friend to give it a try. I honestly don't know how I feel about this one. The short version is that I finally "get" the appeal of these games, but I don't know if it's the game for me. I spent my first three hours with it unable to get anywhere beyond the first lamp. Then when I finally made it back around to the first lamp, I spent another two hours getting lost. I finally found my way to the Cleric Beast and after another hour finally managed to kill the thing. The entire experience was extremely frustrating, and parts of it made me want to quit gaming forever. However, when I did finally kill the Cleric Beast I kind of felt like the whole ordeal was worth it for sheer pride. So yeah, I do finally understand the appeal everyone always argues about, but I do also feel like there are many more productive ways to spend the amount of stress and energy the game requires.

EDIT: Nope. Fuck these games. Finally made it to Father Whatsit, made it to him about 6 times out of 20 tries and hit him a grand total of twice out of all those attempts. Pretty serious about what I said in the above paragraph too. Game kind of highlights what a waste of time games in general can be and now I don't feel like playing anything for a while.

For what its worth, should the "urge" ever rise in you to entertain it again, know that progression past the point of the good father is much smoother. In fact, the difficulty falls away drastically once you hit your stride in terms of weapon selection/gameplay and leveling.

I know EXACTLY what you mean though. I tried Demon souls and swore to myself "never again". I tried Dark Souls 1 and swore to myself "NEVER AGAIN, FOR REEEEALLLLS!!!". I tried Dark Souls 2 and well, you get the idea. Then wtih Bloodborne I finally reached a point where I saw consistent progress without constant death and something clicked. Now I am playing Dark Souls 2 again as well and in all honesty I've a hard even entertaining the idea of playing anything else.

I feel like the Souls series is an acquired taste in the same vein as drinking booze. First few bouts of it leave you sick and puking with no desire to ever open another bottle. Drink it enough though, find the flavor you like, and it becomes a novelty with potential for withdrawal symptoms.-- LoL
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 31, 2015, 08:56:44 PM
I have made an important life decision.  

After greeting trick-or-treaters today in my Gambit costume, I have decided that for Free Comic Book Day 2016, I will go to a bunch of comic shops dressed as Gambit.  FCBD is the first Saturday in May.  My birthday is May 8.  An uncle I was fairly tight with passed away on May 8.  So I like to celebrate my birthday on FCBD.  

I can't wait to do FCBD as Gambit.  You don't see too many people out there in Gambit costumes, and today seeing kids excitedly proclaim "YOU'RE GAMBIT!!!!" was too freaking cool.  

I get a LOT of trick-or-treaters in my development and I've damn near run out of candy.  

So what costumes did you like this year?

The coolest costume I saw today was this girl with a homemade golden robot costume made with a cardboard box with plunger arms, plastic cup antennae, and all kinds of cool stuff.  Kinda like a dalek from Dr. Who.

A lot of the kids at the high school I work at went all out for Halloween and I saw some neat costumes, like this one girl totally decked out as Flo from the Progressive ads or this one boy rocking a Timmy Turner (Fairly Oddparents) costume. There was even a boy dressed up as a French maid wearing high-heels and everything. Boys dressing up as girls is always a hoot on Halloween, but wearing the high heels too- that's commitment.

The most popular costume I saw among trick-or-treaters this year was "Ghostface" from the Scream movies and at work, I saw more Minnie Mouse costumes than anything else.

And normally you see the older "pillowcase kids" with no costumes, but this year everyone who came to the door had a costume, old, young, even several parents chaperoning kids had costumes.

It is almost 9pm and not one Trick or Treater have I seen. Consequently  not one costume either. I feel like the local temp being like 30 degrees with wind a'blowin may have something to do with that. In any event its a bummer.

As an adult who feels as though I haven't got my fill of Halloween yet I think I'm gonna celebrate each holiday as another halloween for 1 year. I mean, I am 30, live by myself, and am my own boss so I figure at this stage in my life I feel I've earned the right to swap out a years worth of holidays for some extra halloweens.

So HAPPY HALLOWEEN RPGFANs.... and in a month when Thanks-o-ween rolls in and I wish you all a happy ghouls day yet again you'll all know why. There is just TOO MUCH good media for halloween to only celebrate this once a year.
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