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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 09:46:14 AM
DARK SOULS 3/ Level 77 and counting! Changed up my character's loadout to feature the Curved Sword of Carthus as my main weapon. This seems stupid because I'm running a strength build but trust me when I say, with a heavy gem, this is anything but stupid. The STR scaling still is a step down from the Dark Sword so it is weaker in terms of raw damage but the moveset more then makes up for it without even thinking of/taking advantage of the bleed effect.

Between this sword, my Greataxe and the Demon Fist I am terribly surprised with how varied the gameplay feels whilst sticking stictly melee. Have yet to see an instance where not having a ranged advantage has hurt me too bad.

PERSONA 4 ARENA ULTIMAX/ I was just finishing the story mode for the sake of finishing it because it does essentially play itself and even THAT feels like a chore. The story itself is interesting enough but this execution is the very definition of long-winded by my measure. I'm starting to think the only things I like about this game are Akahiko, Elizabeth, Aigis and the soundtrack.

Hugo's Bizarre Adventure: Chapter Supplemental. Jobbed Zava and am about to finish off my Hugo Nightmare run.

About 5 hours into Radiant Historia and I think I'm going to enjoy it. Was a little hesitant becasue of the all the Chrono Trigger comparisons (I didn't really enjoy CT - granted I played it 15 years too late and on the PS1). Battle system is fun, story and characters seem interesting, the MC talks.  I also think the graphics hold up pretty well.

Honestly, aside from both involving time travel of some kind, there's almost no real connection or point of comparison between the two games (and the almost only really comes from the fact that you can have up to seven party members, your battle party max is three, characters equip a weapon, armor, and three accessories (which was more of a CC thing), you fight enemies, level up with Exp and gain gold to buy stuff with; hell, there isn't even any ATB to worry about).

At least with RH there is some logic to why folks draw comparison. I feel like, for years now, all a game need have is 16-bit'ish assets to foster "inspired by Chrono Trigger!" press.

This is terribly widespread when it comes to RPGMaker titles and kickstarter RPGs and it disgusts me. Every other game is a "loveletter to CT and FFVI <3". This is particularly irritating to me because it exemplifies how quickly people forgot what actually made CT stand out as a cut above. The game introduced some progression freedom, player choice (with consequence), replay value and a narrative that took itself hell-a serious in spite of aesthetics during a time where light RPGs (that's right, I called them LRPGs not JRPGs) didn't exactly have those qualities in spades.

All that being said, I don't feel like ANYTHING contemporary (current gen/up and coming) really resembles Chrono Trigger for the reasons I remember and appreciate it. **NOTE I have to look into Setsuna, so I state this without knowing a blessed thing about that title**
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 04, 2016, 09:25:49 AM
Well that is totally another 1 for my wishlist. I'm absolutely thilled with your selections Tomara, please don't stop this thread!!
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2016, 09:12:43 AM
Ys AoN -- First boss went swell. I didn't realize I could equip items. Fought boss 6 times until I could manage to beat him (couldn't get hit more then 2-3 times). Proceeded through some story and a dungeon area to the Canaan islands when I finally realized I could equip items to heal.

Menu/status function tied to right analog stick.... I feel like a fool :(
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2016, 09:04:35 AM
What in God's name did I just watch. Props for the Evangelion poster reference hanging in the background of the psychological breakdown ending.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 02, 2016, 06:34:26 AM

Back in the early 90s, my family got the sweetest rottweiler. I had just finished FFVI for SNES for the first time and I had tried my hardest to convince the family to name her "Interceptor," after Shadow's dog. We ended up going with "Bear." That's probably because the name was only one syllable. Easier to pronounce when disciplining.

In truth I know my pooch believed her name was "Sep (cep)" because when she was good I would sing her praise by "What a good Sep Sep!". It was enough to get her to realize just as well whom I was yelling at with a bold "Interceptor get over here right now!".

That dog was with me through so much of my life. So many residences, ordeals, high school, post high school, addiction, getting sober, et cetera.... (from when I was about 8-9 til 25 ish'). Once she passed I just didn't want another pet after that and now I could never afford a companion animal, such as a dog or cat, the attention it needs.
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 02, 2016, 06:21:32 AM
ADDING A SOMETHING J-TASTIC TO THE MIX -- Whelp I gave Tales of Phantasia another shot and then after getting somewhat bored by the time I made it to Morrison's mansion post the sewer escape I decided to give Ys Ark of Napishtam one more whirl. I am adding Ys to my agenda.

The combat in Ys is just too good to deny, the spritework and aesthetic (PC/Steam version) is gorgeous in a way that reminds me of the Sega Saturn/Dreamcast era (Working Designs) and then there is the soundtrack (absolutely stellar).

I really feel like a loser saying it because I am NOT suggesting classic Tales titles haven't aged well but I'm just a much larger fan of contemporary Tales games. The long and the short of it is, while older Tales games are great they immediately feel like something I've already experienced 101 times (even though I haven't). I felt this way when I briefly picked up Destiny and Eternia as well. There will be a time this is exactly what I want and am in the mood for, but that time just is not right ATM.

37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 01, 2016, 05:21:10 PM
Sometimes, if I'm in a REALLY shitty mood (as I've been lately) I will fire up the Europa Barbarorum 2 mod of Medieval 2: Total War and just sorta lose myself in the monotony of empire building. It's a slooooooow grind to conquer everything (And renowned for its historical accuracy). I've probably dumped more than 4 or 500 hours into this game.  Would highly recommend. 

The only trend I recognize inherent with myself when I am pissy is identifying things/games (Tales) I want and then denying myself them (self punishing because I am bat shit crazy).

Typing that makes me almost feel like I should force myself to play Tales in the interest of "healthy". If that in fact proves means to justify finally playing it, seeing as how I've wanted to get around to the title for about 3 years now, you have my sincere thanks.

If nothing else I can totally relate to Cless being forced out of his hometown as a result of disaster/death/invader and into the world. The move I'm making with my residence and studio that I mentioned over in yonder "the haps" is the result of my landlord dying and the property being sold out from under my ass. A loose parallel but its enough for me to connect the dots and get in the characters shoes ATM. Certainly a stronger connection than "I can play as him!! We have the same color hair!!"

As for empire building, Endless Legends of the summer sort of burnt me out a bit on that. However I will totally be keeping the advice in my backpocket good sir, thanks for the suggestion.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 01, 2016, 06:10:18 AM
@ Klyde: I think I mentioned this but:

1. ToP PSX has some major slow spot arooooound the time you're doing the elemental dungeons early on, where the enemy AI just like, turns off for four dungeons. It picks up again after that.
2. The older translation kind of falls apart as it goes on.

It's funny but of the games I sampled, even though I found Tales the most charming and I've wanted to play it for FOREVER, I just don't "feel" it right now. Games are like music to me in the sense that they need to suit my mood to some extent. That aside, if I pick up Tales now and get really into it I can imagine me never touching Dark Souls at all.

BERSERK THE GAME 3 -- Made it to smouldering lake. First off what a fantastically hidden area that I totally skipped over.  Secondly, the location is totally BRIMMING with secrets and passages. This maybe my favorite area in terms of design thus far (not that any have really disappointed).

PERSONA 4 Arena Ultimax -- The P4 fighter part 2. What can I say about this. For starters I don't feel like I really play this at all. I more or less just "watch" it. Seriously, the game is like 85% graphic novel/anime and 15% gameplay. The novelty of modes that actually require button pressing wore thin pretty quick.

I am however choosing to see the story through because it is extremely well done and the only leg of P4 narrative I've yet to see.

Bottom line is I wish they just made this a 12-episode anime. Would have been MUCH more enjoyable.

DARKEST DUNGEON -- I don't wanna burn myself out on this right now (cause its a PERFECT October game) and the title is not exactly short. That being the case, it is TO BE CONTINUED until we get closer to halloween/october.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 01, 2016, 05:58:13 AM
The Pet Rock was the best pet.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Rock

This ^^ is about where I stand on pets nowa'days.

After my last dog (Interceptor) and cat (Pip) died I just couldn't handle the responsibility of a pet properly anymore.

I did had a beta fish (Repede) since then a few years back and even that felt like a commitment.

And yaa, everyone read that correctly for those who didn't already know (talked about it in another thread awhile back) I DID have a dog named Interceptor from childhood on through my teens and early 20's.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 30, 2016, 04:54:28 PM

You still get to make your own hours and don't have to report to an idiot boss.  It still sounds like a net positive to me.

side note: how much does a reasonable tattoo artist charge for a palm sized black outline of a sprite (e.g. dig dug or shy guy)?  I haven't gotten a new tattoo in close to 10 years and it seems like prices have absolutely skyrocketed.

Believe me when I tell you, truly, my boss is an idiot.

Hours are determined by my clients when it comes to tattooing and that was how I ended up on nightshift in the first place believe it or not (it did become my preference over time). Now as for the rest of my day, which is sculpting, drawing, some graphics jobs and occasional illustration THAT stuff I full control over so yea, I do have reasonable freedom to an extent with my workday.

Now the REAL perk of it is being in control of how I work and what I charge. Its been my experience that working in a shop can prove highly restricting in regard to these points. I get to do mondo cool large scale stuff that very few would ever be able to finance if I had a more conventional position within a public studio. That aside, I also get to maintain a much higher standard of sterility whilst operating like I do (important for me cause I am a germ freak).

As for your piece and pricing it could range. Truth be told, it should not cost more then 50 bucks but the sad fact is 150 dollar hourly rates are becoming more and more common. Some artists won't pick up a machine for less than 100 because at best that means they are taking home 50. This "range" can go on up to 400 buck hourly rates in some areas if the artist is extremely reputable.

Seriously though, heed my words, price does not necessarily equate to quality. Make sure whomever you go to has done work you can verify as decent post healing before you commit to an artist. A lot of folks put together impressive portfolios because it is easy to get a nice shot of a fresh tattoo that could potentially end up healing like shit. Find someone who doesn't overcharge and try to see something on flesh that has been there for a minute.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 30, 2016, 03:47:48 AM
Switching myself from nightshift to dayshit to take care of stuff I need to during daylight hours. I do this periodically and can't say I'll ever get used to it.

The stuff I gotta "take care of" is finalizing and doing the labor to move both my residence AND private studio for tattooing. Had to make moves and found the necessary properties available (blessing) and now I gotta wrap my mind around the labor involved (arduous).

The real light at the end of the tunnel here is it is a mondo-upgrade in terms of both my living conditions and work environment but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't a little intimidated by the whole ordeal.

NOTE IN REGARDS TO BEING A PRIVATE SELF EMPLOYED TATTOO ARTIST - Moving sucks hard because you need to find two seperate properties instead of just one.  ^__^
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 30, 2016, 03:37:34 AM
Tried "sampling" a few games to add a 3rd into my rotation. Not really sure which I'm gonna choose. All were in the interest of having something a little "brighter" in the mix. After trying TALES OF PHANTASIA (PSX version gorgeous spritework), YS AoN (Steam version, also gorgeous spritework) and PERSONA 4 AU (again) I can safely say all of em fit the bill. Persona actually proved enjoyable this time around for me which is surprising since its a fighter. I think with my current commitments I'm leaning Persona but not quite sure just yet.

Its like I feel somewhat "lost" when I don't have JRPG going. TALES OF PHANTASIA was something I wanted to play for a long time and I love what I see (just as predicted) but I guess I fear the commitment/clash with Dark Souls and life (life is rough going at the moment).

DARKEST DUNGEON/ DEE led a group of MESH, DICE and STAR through the Cove. Great loot, no fatalities. MESH and DEE are officially powerhouses and DICE is now my highest leveled survivorcharacter.

From the stagecoach we now have MARIUS the crusader along with both ANNUBIS and TOOKER the occultists joining the fray.

43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2016, 08:51:55 PM
@ RANADIEL - Congrats on the dedication to Trails there good sir. 3 play-throughs of a meaty RPG like that is respectable for sure! I tip my hat.

@ MESH - (Suikoden) Ohhhhhh boy, your about to get my favorite elf in all of gaming!! **EXCITED FOR YOU**

DARK SOULS 3/ I had two nights of mondo-slaughter-fests in a row. Hopped me up to level 72 and progressed through Irythil of Boreal Valley. Then I did it again co-op with a client/friend just to kill everything all over again. Yipee.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 28, 2016, 08:40:43 PM
@ Artim and Mesh in regard to LIQUID DIETS

I totally get this. My screwed up guts has had me living off of unsweetened almond milk and a rotating protein source for years.  In fact for well over one year I ate the same meal daily and survived just fine-- ALMOND MILK+broccoli+red peppers+tomatos+garlic+brown rice protein+garlic+GARLIC+nutritional yeast blended into a soup, store in tupperware, live happily.

 I have way too many plushies as it is.

Not possible.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2016, 08:45:19 PM
I am about to bitch (briefly) in effort to deflate things in my own mind a bit. Feel free to totally ignore this.

I am depressed. I do not use this term often/lightly. I speak in a biological/hormonal sense.

The long and short of it is life stressed me out. Big fish to fry in a manner of speaking involving property, business and career crapola'.

This came coupled with some additional dietary issues which has forced me to live off a diet of strictly chicken breast and almond milk (unsweetened) and coffee for the last 2 months or so. Great for my womanly figure, terrible for my mood. Mind you, prior to this I had an entirely plant based diet. Eating meat makes me feel like shit, plain and simple.

Now I've handled this stuff just fine and coped the way I always cope, which is exercising myself silly. Without getting into the gory details, I've successfully overtrained myself now to a point where physical pain is entirely secondary to mental/emotional troubles. I am well aware this is a result of me retarding myself metabolically on a hormonal level (I've done this before). Hence why I stated "depression" as my status and not just "bad mood" or "feeling down".

When I screw myself up like this, it feels like winning the lottery would barely get me to crack a smile. I hate this, in no small part due to my awareness that it is completely my own doing.

Thank goodness games like Dark Souls exist or I don't know what I'd play when I feel like this.

I'm done now. Stopping my whining to go for a jog because that is all I feel like I know how to do lately.

EDIT: I re-read my post and like to state that I am aware of the hypocritical nature of the line "I've handled this stuff just fine". Cause clearly, I HAVE NOT!
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