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46  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Recommend Dincrest some music on: March 13, 2016, 01:42:52 AM
I'm already familiar with Screaming Trees and Dinosaur Jr.  I remember that Screaming Trees song from the Singles soundtrack and I like the song Alice Said.  Circa 2007 or 8, when I was chubby and my hair was long and shaggy, I was tabling for the Rutgers U Musicians' Guild and a student comes up to the table, points to me, and says, "J. MASCIS!!!!"  Apparently I looked like J. Mascis in his mind.  That was cool. 

As for the music suggestions, I really liked that Dead Astronauts song.  It felt like a modern version of New Order, Depeche Mode or One Second era Paradise Lost (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy3zsrEJZTc) when they were experimenting more with non-metal styles.  I do enjoy me some industrial (Ministry, KMFDM, ohGr).  This song is always stuck in my head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_fjoIU1ZWg&list=PL0722DFF5DD5CB001

And that Marazene song was cool too.  It was like a rawer, grittier Marilyn Manson or White Zombie with shrapnel tooth-gnashing. 

Long ago in a galaxy far far away when I was drug addled and homeless I tried to snag a free meal at a buffet for a movie being shot locally. I believe the title of the film was "The Trouble with Cali" or something like that by Paul Sorvino (sp?). I was approached there and asked to be an extra because the script called for a "Kurt Cobain" look-alike. I still don't know whether this was flattering or offensive to me being a huge Nirvana fan but all too aware of the circumstances...

And I'm really stoked you brought up Depeche Mode because I've been fickle with my tattooing--playlists lately and forgot my motivation to delve into their career and work. Thanks for the reminder. As for Dead Astronauts, I discovered them when I was looking for something similar to July Talk and they initially reminded me of Joy Division somehow.

As an aside, your sentiment about Marazene mirrors my own. I actually found them to be one of the only acts that sounded very "Manson-like" by my measure.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: March 13, 2016, 01:30:02 AM
A personal one.  I want to love swimming because it is a great form of exercise and has almost no impact on my joints, but I don't enjoy being submerged in water at all.  Something about being submerged just gives me the heebie-jeebies.  I don't like soaking in baths either.  Shower all the way!  I avoid any and all swimming-related activities as possible.  



Swimming. I want to love it but can't AT ALL. If I get any water in my ears whatsoever I always end up with mondo-sinus-issues often resulting in full blown infection. This is strange because I used to love swimming and this problem didn't begin plaguing me until I was about 25-26ish.

Other forms of exercise-- ALL WEIGHT TRAINING. I want to love it because I feel great after it. But I freakin' hate the actual performance of anaerobic workout routines altogether. Next up, any super high intensity cardio. I like the fact I can get my workout done faster if I crank the intensity but I hate how I feel the rest of the day.

I'll forever be a "slow burn" sort of dude when it comes to workouts. Nice long, low intensity, distance running/jogging or even walking is just fine :)
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 13, 2016, 01:20:33 AM
I want to get back into gaming. Are there any videogames about exploring beautiful and delightful cities/worlds where nobody dies and nothing bad ever happens?

The Witness?

Or just go on vacation

Walking sims are a thing now. Albeit, a thing I don't really get due to having some form of horrible ADD-like disposition with my games. That is, without an adversary to outsmart/fight/beat I find I become bored to tears. This may be a good/healthy thing considering in life I'm far too passive for my own good. I'm gonna stop now before I start thinking leagues too far into all this.

DISGAEA 5 -- Took the plunge and bought the season pass. I NEVER buy season passes for games and I've yet to explore all the DLC for any of the other Disgaea titles making this a double first for me. I like that I can do DLC at my leisure instead of having to wait til post game as this enables me to exact some silly routine like "1 DLC ep. every weekend"

BORDERLANDS 2 TPS -- Turned it on. Realized it wasn't Disgaea. Turned it off.

I need to be mindful of what is happening here. I am becoming Disgaea obsessed which can easily lead to JRPG obsessed which can easily lead to me forgetting other games exist for years (again). The virtue of balance is not strong with this ninja (working on it)

49  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Recommend Dincrest some music on: March 10, 2016, 10:48:19 PM
Never saw this thread. I feel like a fool.

MMMkay, here are my "NOT ROCK but still ROCKIN suggestions". If indie Alt. rock with a flair of the past dressed up with a contemporary finish doesn't sound appealing to you then skip em. Truth be told though, I freakin' love these though.

-July Talk https://youtu.be/iU5qp-cAtOU
-Metric https://youtu.be/ttqMGYHhFFA

Something old but new and still wearing flannel.

-Screaming Trees https://youtu.be/PE5f561Y1x4
-Dinosaur Jr. https://youtu.be/FpsGcnLEZbk

Something... punkerly prog rock? I don't know man, I am bad with genres. (Heavier but clean vocals and catchy riffs)

-(acoustic, much heavier plugged in) Tides of Man https://youtu.be/LVnl-_I_5Xo **** Very Circa Survive' ish
- Circa Survive https://youtu.be/cOZlAunMb8o
- (More popular but their newest album is TOTALLY WORTH LISTENING TO) Dance Gavin Dance https://youtu.be/Qq_caFxzKqg (same singer as Tides of Man but faster and heavier)
- Picture Me Broken https://youtu.be/-_vF5NqgC7E (not the most inspiring writing but the female lead most certainly rocks)

Retro-Wave (sounds like contemporary darkwave or synth sort of. Not rock your socks off stuff but I like it.)

-Dead Astronaut https://youtu.be/AfZJansbHNY

I know you mentioned an appreciation for the rather obscure/lesser known and in truth I don't really know if any of these are mega-popular or not. I like what I like and sometimes I am totally oblivious to whether or not the music is in fact well known, so forgive me if some suggestions don't qualify.

EDIT: WARNING!! NOTHING SUGGESTED ABOVE IS METAL (albeit some heavier).

Here is my token Metal Suggestion for the day -- LoL

-Marazene https://youtu.be/3InJ7jDjteY
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 09, 2016, 12:13:37 AM
DISGAEA 5 -- Mmkay, Episode 4 was just ridiculous. The fact I could love this with a narrative that did that says something both about the game and myself that I'm not entirely comfortable with. That is, clearly, the game sports mondo-addictive qualities and I am, obviously, of a terrible addictive personality type. No other conclusion could be drawn.

Mechanics keeps ramping up the gameplay loop. This is a good thing. One other positive I realized about the mechanical additions to the title, that I love, is the actual relevance of making a ton of generic character types. Past entries in the franchise never came close to providing the incentive to recruit more troops that Disgaea 5 does. In fact, larger rosters seemed almost useless as a point in the past, whereas now there are plenty of roles to be played off the battlefield.

The drawback I'm beginning to see stems from the fact that there is so much to take advantage of it is easy to overlook some of it. In fact, I don't think the player is really intended to see the first good stretch of this game as anything but a tutorial. They sort of pulled off making the campaign a "warm up" for post game in the past but it truly feels as though they did it for real here.

BORDERLANDS (HJC) 2 The PRE-SEQUEL -- Either I've gotten much better at shooters since my time with Borderlands 2 or the Pre-Sequel is much easier. Not much to report. My brain hurts from Disgaea here and there so I'm turning this on to basically shoot, giggle and refresh myself. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying my time with it. I think that is precisely what Borderlands is for.

Biggest gripe so far is the fact that looting for the perfect gun is useless. I can use damn near any weapon to be effective and I got so many bonus golden key's from playing borderlands 2 that, should the need arise, I can have an arsenal of rare and overpowered weaponry with zero grind. I feel like I used game-genie for infinite lives and power ups but the thing is, I DIDN'T!!
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 04, 2016, 10:52:38 PM
Klyde, I was talking to a friend of mine about Disgaea the other day and realised that it took me 4 games to actually understand all the mechanics. So by the time 5 came out I knew what to do as soon as the game kicked off and boy did it make a difference! Unlocked stuff so much earlier. You're absolutely right about the steramlining though. Nothing is lost and so much is gained.

It truly is/was crafted a sequel with fans who've grinded through past installments in mind. I highly doubt its the last Disgaea and the blend/balance of mechanics in 5 begs the question "where can they go from here?". Makes me wonder if this isn't the zenith of Disgaea as we've come to know it.

One thing for sure though. I feel bad for anyone who hops in at 5, falls in love and goes back to experience earlier installments. After this, that type of experience would just be brutal! LoL
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 03, 2016, 10:52:23 PM
quote author=Klyde Chroma link=topic=13646.msg393847#msg393847 date=1456890648]
[SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD/ The music in the game rocks. Beating up ex boyfriends wouldn't be half as fun if I couldn't do it as a lesbian drummer to this soundtrack. Nuf said.

the entire soundtrack was done by Anamanaguchi.  Probably the most famous chiptune band/group out there right now.

My favorite song of theirs.  check it out if you please ------------------------------> https://youtu.be/_ezMsH4l8CM

The best song from that game: --------------------------------> https://youtu.be/pl2HFu8YkEM

Great for running.

Their album "Endless Fantasy" is also top shelf stuff.
[/quote]

Awesome info my friend. Thank you.



Kim Pine is not actually a lesbian.  Bi maybe, but that's it.

I stand corrected as they do reference her past relationship with males/Scott (I think). Regardless, one of the coolest gals I was buddies with many moons ago was a bi-sexual drummer. We worked a porn shop together as clerks. Memories/Smiles.


DISGAEA 5/ Squad attacks are real game changers. Great gameplay addition here. At first it didn't seem noteworthy but the mechanic in conjuction with Squads in general is revealing itself to be a cornerstone of strategy/playstyle that I am really appreciating.

Finally realized what subclasses do. This is absolutely and entirely PROFOUND. To be able to level classes you don't wanna screw with to unlock others without actually having to make throw-away characters is great.

It is as though they thought real hard about everything that was a pain in the ass in previous installments and provide you optional mechanics to b-line you past it if your clever enough to take advantage. Thing is, I don't know how appreciable this would prove to a newcoming player to the franchise. I could easily see all the various "stuff" you can do/take advantage of as bewildering to someone who wasn't heavily experienced with Disgaea already.   
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 01, 2016, 10:50:48 PM
I just found out something about Dark Souls I completely overlooked: you can lock onto enemies and move sideways while doing so. I would have never realized this had I not watched a video for help with the boss fight against the gargoyles. Hell, I didn't know this when I played its spiritual predecessor Demon's Souls. This completely changes the gameplay for me. I am really, really sorry I was a complete dick about this game, but since PS3 games tend not to come with instructions, and I didn't see this mentioned anywhere in the game and its predecessor, I think that's a legitimate criticism. If I end up actually liking Dark Souls, I may have to rebuy and go through Demon's Souls again. Wow, just, wow.

Learning to circle enemies instead of frantically backstepping in panic is a game changer. Congrats.

Combine that with counting/studying attack patterns and you've got it licked my friend!

Each individual hostile difficulty comes to down to this ^^ and your given attack timing. Beyond that, drawing enemy attention so as never to fight groups.

DISGAEA 5/ Holy nuts folks!! On Chapter 3 and already can't believe how much is involved. The other day I said I was impressed with the inclusion of new features (and amendment of old ones) to make for a refreshing Disgaea experience but I didn't realize to what extent I was gonna emphatically mean that.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD/ The music in the game rocks. Beating up ex boyfriends wouldn't be half as fun if I couldn't do it as a lesbian drummer to this soundtrack. Nuf said.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 27, 2016, 08:46:59 PM
I've been meaning to watch FFU again. It's so '90s anime it hurts and yet I find it far too campy to not enjoy on some level.

I tried, like, at least 3 times to watch that series and just couldn't do it. I've taken the whole of Final Fantasy, the good AND the bad but that anime just never held my attention beyond a few eps. Don't know why, as it sure seemed like it would be something I'd dig but DUG klyde DID NOT.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 27, 2016, 08:31:48 PM


I remember back in the day when everyone on the forums was talking about how fantastic a movie Donnie Darko was.  I thought it was terrible.  

I want to like avocados, but they make me queasy so I don't eat them.  Too bad, because they're healthy.  


Donnie Darko never seemed exceptional in any sense aside for "style". Don't know how it became so popular. It was simply another "Time distortion/travel will never make any sense scenario" that became a cult-ee trend somehow. Never saw the appeal personally and after one viewing I knew I never wanted to hurt my head with that one again.

Avocados make me sick as sin. Bums me out too my friend. Love the texture and high fat fruits are tough to find/nonexistent but no way can my guts tolerate it.

The music point was one I didn't even explore. There are so many bands that qualify for my list its not even funny. The hard hitters for me in this respect are the ones I DID love or resonated with me that just don't anymore. This means damn near every post hardcore/punk/emo and alt. rock act I got into after the early/late nineties. Bands that really paved the way for my contemporary tastes that just don't reflect how I feel or what I like in any way anymore. Thursday and the Get up Kids were huge to me in my mid-late teens and I just can't appreciate them now (this really bums me out). In a different vein I always wanted to like Radiohead and Echo & the Bunnymen but every time I listen they bore me to tears.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 5 on: February 26, 2016, 07:35:52 PM
Sorry to revive this topic but I have to state something here.

I thought I was all done with the Disgaea franchise. I played all 5 main titles and was gonna sit out on D5. Something pushed me over the edge and I skeptically picked it up.

Now the reason I am reviving this thread is because I am blown away to an extent. Albeit the infancy of my playtime with the title, this game feels like the perfect evolution of everything done thus far with the series and I'm extremely impressed.

Right from the door, it is obvious they have upped the bar in terms of presentation. Even the soundtrack seems a cut above (ironically but a few days ago in another thread I was saying how I really didn't care for the past Disgaea OSTs). Mind you, they didn't do this by abandoning the styles you've come to expect but rather it just feels/looks/sounds perfected here.

The attention to streamlining some of the more obtuse and agitating gameplay mechanics comes as a very welcome amendment. I am really excited to get more time in and see just how much of this has been done as I get deeper in the game.

In short, I'm just really stoked about this. As a fan that felt there was nothing more to be excited about, I have to report this has struck me as really worth my time.

BIGGEST CON SO FAR/ Writing and dialogue. Subjective matter as I've never really appreciated Disgaea for this.
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2016, 07:04:57 PM


Dark Souls - I seriously want to fucking shove atomic bombs up the fucking asses of the fucking Japs who produced this fucking overrated pile of horseshit. The dumbass who thought it'd be cute to have the game insult the player's intelligence when they die needs to have his fucking head chopped off. I'm fucking sick of fantards saying that pieces of shit like this are "rewarding" when they have virtually nonexistent awesome storyline that's actually a reward for triumphing over tough bosses, and it's not challenging in a good way, but a fucking cheap way, for instance, by making it fucking difficult to heal in the middle of battle. And no pause button? Whoever decided that needs to have their fucking game development degree fucking revoked. It fucking sickens me that fantards constantly gush over shit like this instead of actually helping those having a difficult time enjoying it actually appreciate it more. Talk about sucking phantom dick.


Yup, somebody lost some souls I'd venture to guess. For the record, paint me a fantard.

Storyline? It is not that it is absent so much as it optional. Look at it like you are taking part in an event/story/situation as a participant that can choose to look further into the "why" and "how" or just "go" if you so choose.  The other aspect that makes the storytelling unique is it proves more a matter of conclusion drawn from interpretation.  Now, I'm not saying I am fan of these type of storytelling conventions or not. All I'm saying is there is most certainly narrative present with its beauty being that your ability to play and enjoy is not handicapped if you choose to completely ignore it.

Different strokes as they say though. Souls is not for everyone and I know where you are coming from. Fallout 4 recently evoked the same response in me and I actually used the same phrasing you did ( that I felt "insulted" as a player ) so I totally feel your agitation.

DISGAEA 5/ I didn't think the universe of Disgaea would have any appeal left for me after wringing dry 5 titles already. I am ninja enough to admit when I am wrong... Disgaea 5 ROCKS and I am falling in love with this series all over again here. Biggest flaw so far is the terrible dialogue and writing but who plays Disgaea for that really?
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2016, 02:28:21 AM
Ok I'm not gonna lie. Been totally having gaming breakdown. Thus is the reason I have been trying out new games quite a bit. I am starting to think it may finally be time to get back to a JRPG. I haven't played one about a year now (maybe more) with the exception of questionably western-like albeit japan-made Bloodborne and Souls.

I really need some comfort food at this point but I think it best NOT a flavor I'm familiar with so this round will either be Rogue Galaxy or Disgaea 5. I am calling "Mulligan" on the rest of what I've got going on at the moment for one of these 2.

And as for the Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires report I'm afraid I can't give one. That title turned me off too quick to rightfully pass judgement although I CAN safely say it really didn't appeal to me personally.

FINAL NOTE: Really wish I wasn't bat-shit crazy sometimes when it comes to picking games! LoL

EDIT: Decision made to play Disgaea after impulse purchasing Rogue. What the hell is the matter with me?
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 24, 2016, 09:59:08 PM
Its got nothing to do with intro/extro anything for me.

It simply comes down to "I am not interested and have zero time and this will end with me looking like an ass hole".

I have a distinct trifecta in my life. Art, Health Videogames. I don't have room for anything else. Flirting with me is like sending me an invitation I have to deny regardless of whether I want to entertain it or not. In fact its JUST like Fallout for me.

FALLOUT and (what flirtation insinuates)= two things that entice me but neither of which I can successfully fit into my agenda! LoL

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Beyond flirting, into the introvert extrovert subject a bit further. I have to be an extrovert for survival and I wish I wanted to be but in truth I HATE IT. So I guess "Being an extrovert" can now officially be part of my list too.
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2016, 09:48:04 PM
If Dynasty Warriors ends up not being your cup of tea, you may want to try Samurai Warriors before completely giving up on the franchise. Dynasty Warriors missions are much less straightforward than SW, with objectives being fairly obtuse and often feeling impossible to complete because you're missing valuable information. I like the characters, weapons, and skills in SW more as well, and while there is still bullshit full-game expansion nonsense it's not nearly as prevalent as in DW.

For what it's worth, I can't stand Dynasty Warriors but I absolutely love Samurai Warriors. Basically, SW is a much more stylized and streamlined version of DW.

Was gonna go the SW route but I already own DW Empires 7. Got er' on sale awhile ago so I figured before making another investment I'd start there.
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