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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 09, 2015, 04:22:33 PM
Yeah so that one guy wasn't nearly as dead as I thought. Good for him!

Its funny how once I speak to people, so few are nearly as alive as they appeared to be.

Today's haps in the land of ChRoMatIk splendor, see Klyde learn how to make his own almond milk to reduce his embarrassingly high sodium intake then spit it out cause it sucks without substantial amounts of salt.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2015, 09:10:21 PM

(Actually on that note: why I prefer BoF2's Ryu over the others is due to the fact that he has far more pose-able and dynamic than the other Ryus, like a Kung-Fu fighter or a Gymnast who took up a broad sword and has merged his superior strength and speed with the weight of the sword to create a dynamic looking balancing act when he attacks. Compared to BoF1's Ryu who looks more like stalwart adventurer, 3's who eventually looks like a wandering Samurai, 4's farmer who picked up a sword and hasn't put it down since or DQ's "Ryu the Digger! Who the hell do you think he is!?".)

Totally in agreement with you on the Ryu note. Thank you for taking the time to explain the opinion on the art style as well. It is strange sometimes reviewing what we once thought of as appealing/ugly in terms of art. In the not so distant past I never appreciated the work of even some really prominent, if not legendary, artists such as Dahli or Giger both of whom I adore today. Speaking strictly about games, I thought polygon/digital-realism was disgusting for the longest time and now find myself mesmerized as I play Mass Effect.

I think what is important is we keep open-minded (or open eyed) as to what is inherently appealing about art and not discredit anything as totally ugly. In short, refining my eye is all about critically observing and identify what I like and don't like without black and white identification of good/bad or attractive/unattractive but that is venturing into another topic entirely.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2015, 03:48:41 PM

. Basically, I have more issues with the art style used in 3&4 than anything else, but Nina herself was not the problem.

As a working artist who adores the art of BoF 3 and 4 and finds it to be (arguably) the most appealing factor of those game TBH, your statement intrigues me. Knowing what people like/don't like about art in general sort of fascinates me to an extent but if you'd care to share I'd love to here this view of yours fleshed out more. For me personally, its not so much the design but the palettes that do it for me in both games.

I feel like the artists use of color to enchant me with the visuals in those games was nothing short of sorcery!!! LoL

SKULLGIRLS/ No time to play much yesterday, but I won Skullgirls 2nd encore for free based on my idiocy and felt obligated to give it a try. While we are on the subject of "pretty" in games, skullgirls does not fail to impress me to an extent. The character designs, art style and soundtrack all gel in a pleasant and stylish way. Since I utterly suck at fighting games, it is real difficult for me to objectively comment on the gameplay. One thing I will say specifically about the gameplay that I LOVE, is how they whore out the classic Hadoken input for specials with nearly every character.

In short, the game isn't groundbreaking but it certainly is way better in motion than I had anticipated based on the still shots and short video clips I saw beforehand.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2015, 04:21:26 PM
Well it is officially an awesome day by my estimate, made so for me by awesome devs (Lab Zero).

My abysmal effort to participate in their twitter contest resulted in a free code for Skullgirls 2nd encore. Not only that but I was personally messaged and communicated with. This type of of involvement is awesome as it truly does (in my mind) illustrate a passion and dedication to both their fanbase and product.

Today Klyde smiles a bit.

Just applied for a job I don't really want because it's the only way to get a(nother) job I really want in the future.  I'll probably get it and it will probably make me hate my life in the interim.  This SUCKS because I love where I'm at and what I do but I don't make enough to properly support myself and my girlfriend (she makes 10 dollars an hour as a montessori teacher).

I hear you my friend. I don't honestly know how anyone exists on a singular source of income. Life is just too expensive. I'd love to just tattoo, but if I didn't sculpt, illustrate and do some occasional graphic design I could never afford "life" and even then it isn't always comfy.

50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2015, 08:19:41 PM
Super Katt FTW

51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2015, 05:26:30 PM
For the record, I don't care how wonky it was/is, BoF2 rocked.

BoF2 was like a gateway drug of JRPG's for me. Not the best, nor my favorite per se, but it crudely introduced (to me specifically) some awesome concepts. The game wasn't groundbreaking but it paved the way for me personally discovering a lot of what I loved. Town building, character transformations, real time overworld character abilities, unforgiving difficulty, hidden/optional character and its still the only game with STEN!!!!! LoL

I still prefer the super sexy Nina of BoF2.

That is my vote for my fav Nina as well, followed closed by Nina from IV. Child Nina in 3 was my least favorite.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2015, 03:51:13 PM
Beat Bloodborne. This game is the Lovecraftian horror game of my dreams.

Completely agree with this.

I beat it a month ago myself after nickel and diming it and couldn't help moving right into a second cycle on NG+. I NEVER EVER HAD DONE THIS!!!

I beat a game, get an ending, it goes back on the shelf. Bloodborne is quite literally the only title I can think of that coaxed me into starting up again immediately upon completion.

MASS EFFECT/ Selected Assault Rifle for my adept Shep's advanced weapons training. Sort of bummed I didn't just do shotgun or something with a little more "Pow!!" to it. The shooting mechanic in ME2 is probably the only thing I don't like. It feels like I'm always firing pellet guns instead of actual firearms.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 04, 2015, 07:55:19 PM
Happy 4th.

I was not a good american like Dincrest. I didn't watch sports. I tattooed some native plant life on a lovely chickee and watched Occulus. Occulus was a pretty decent horror flick BTW, as far as contemporary horror is concerned.

@ Dincrest/ Late to the party, as I typically am, I didn't notice your title man. I just want to say I am a fan of your music analogies in particular. I love when you explain your stance on games by referencing bands/albums.

don't take this the wrong way but you do NOT look 30. He said maybe early 20s, but no way 30. I told him the secret is to act like a kid as much as possible.

And play tons of video games :)

I know I wear my age very obviously. I don't act it, but I sure as hell look it. Scars and wrinkles provide a preview of Klyde as a little old man already :(
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2015, 03:14:32 PM
MASS EFFECT 2/ I love Jack's character. Just did her optional loyalty quest and love her more now. I have a digital crush and am now cheating on Rei Ayaname.

You spelled her name wrong.
Do you even know her birthday?


For some reason, I just don't feel anything for anyone in Mass Effects.
I mean, as Shepard, I'd rather focus on the Universe not dying than wasting precious time getting some coitus.
I guess my crew probably nicknames me Buzzkill Shepard behind my back =(

(Yes, there's a long list of books/movies/games I hate about characters setting everything aside while in a dire situation just to get their funk on)

Oops. I didn't even realize I made an error.

Anyhow, yea my Shep isn't exactly a people person and not really concerned with hanky panky. He did find time for blue alien sex in the first game, but my renegade playthrough here reveals a cold dickhead more concerned with his mission than anything else. I didnt intentionally go renegade, but my natural selection in options has yielded a very renegade dominate dude. The coolest part about this, and why I bring it up, is we get to see Shep act in ways more accurate to how we might if our charge was saving the galaxy. i know having an "evil" route in games isn't a new or fresh invention, but I would be remiss in not admitting that I feel it comes across as way less "evil" and yields a far greater (relatable) human aspect to the Mass Effect MC that knocks immersion out of the park for me.

To those ends, it is the multi-dimensional characters and well fleshed out detail of everyone down to even unimportant alien races and NPCs that continues to feed my suspicion that this game has some of best writing I've come across in a long time. Immersion via Shep is great, but its having my shepherd in a legit believable universe full of attention given to damn near everything both sentient and non that makes it easy to care, if not both adore and loathe, to some extent.

MMMMMkay done singing ME praise for the day.

Other news.

BLOODBORNE/ Depth 4 cursed chalice had me game over'ed more than I'd care to admit but not before this hunter made out with some uber gems and loot. Not much to report but at level 124, after beating the game waaay over-leveled, the amount of challenge left here is pretty astounding. Additionally, after killing every NPC I came across in my first play, I am trying to make sure I proceed with and complete all the quests this time around and I concluded that is far more difficult than simply killing everyone and then buying the gear.

NEWS FLASH: Bloodborne is hard
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 03, 2015, 03:48:47 PM
75 and a half hours later, tactics ogre is finally in the can.  Great game, but by no means as good as Final Fantasy Tactics (which is like, top 3-5 good).  The end of both games are bit ridiculous tbh, but at least FFT gives you a bunch of clues about what is going to happen. TO (save for being a japanese game) give you no traces at all about that chaos gate stuff until right at the end.  They MIGHT have dropped small clue in the warren report at some point but I don't really remember. 

I think I'm going to borrow my friend's DS and play 999 (legally this time!) and then immediately transition into Virtues Last Reward right after.

I might even do a game journal about it since they're not really that long.

Congrats on Tactics Ogre, man. By my measure you should get some tangible real life reward for completing that. Not that is difficult per se' but a true testament to the necessity of patience IMO.

I haven't posted regularly in the journal for some time because all I do is play bloodborne like I'm stuck in some time loop.  My interest obsession shows no sign of ending, so I forced myself to really put in some dedicated time on Mass Effect 2 this week.

MASS EFFECT 2/ I love Jack's character. Just did her optional loyalty quest and love her more now. I have a digital crush and am now cheating on Rei Ayaname.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 03, 2015, 03:41:42 PM
I have been traveling everywhere on foot as of late because I got the bright notion that my car was a luxury I no longer wanted (kept it, just refuse to use it on account of "crazy")

Northeast PA has seen freak 10-30 minute monsoon weather spuratically this week. I suspect some higher intelligence has synchronized these weather patterns with my walking but I don't have proof yet.

I think I'm having a pre-mid life crisis. I turn 30 today, and for the first time in years I feel comfortable financially and physically (somewhat). It's making me antsy, like I want something to happen to mess up this comfort and get me back to nonchalant worrying. Worse yet, I feel like I missed out on so much now and that if I did it now or soon, i'd just be doing it for the sake of having done it and not because I want to.

I just wanna sit back down, play some video games, work when I can, work out when I can't, and meet a girl who just wants to hang around and watch funny crap like rick and morty or super troopers. If I can throw some chill time in with my buddies, that'd be swell. I don't think that's too much, is it?

I just turned 30 last month too!! **HIGH FIVE*** (for growing younger!) Happy B-Day buddy.

On that note, I've been reflecting on how I clearly have not aged appropriately. At 30 I have the same interests and values I had when I was 12- Make pretty pictures and play the coolest video games as much as possible whilst blitzing through the rest of existence at warp 9 to get back to the pretty pictures and games. These values work for me because A) I get to make the pretty pictures on skin and B) The games got WaaaaaaaY better.

It is my fear that someday I may develop a labido again and compromise all this ^^ with females and bad decisions like I did my late teens and twenties. I feel like I squeezed enough "crisis" and "drama" in THOSE years to have met my quota.

57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 25, 2015, 02:23:25 PM
God I really love how I somehow get a substantially stronger "P3" vibe from this than anything else. I may be wrong, though I hope I'm not, when I pick up on a distinctly darker and more stylish approach than we saw with Persona 4.

I know expectations can prove nasty things to hold onto but this really looks super-on-point with what I'd like to see happen with this series. 4 was good but sort of scared me in the sense that Persona was becoming a wee-bit more "playful" in nature as it grew up.

This is totally one of those franchises that I hope remains popular catering to the fan base and NOT by way of mainstreaming and bleeding the hell out of it.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 20, 2015, 03:35:17 PM
Ask Agent about this. It's his job.

I love a good pair of headsets, though. I have an old turtlebeach model made for ps3/360 but still works on ps4. but there's a ton of wires.

Personally, I am currently blown away by the sound quality of the Sony Gold Wireless for the cost. They are built cheap as hell, but for 67.00 (common sale price on Amazon and Newegg) they sound better than 3 other sets I tried (a cheapo razor, comparable turtlebeach wried, and a 300 buck sennheiser on ear). And by better, I mean MARGINALLY better. Plus the downloadable audio profiles via the app that lets you customize bass, mids and treble is freakin' coooooool. Highly suggest them for an affordable wireless option.

GOLD wireless + Destiny Audio profile + borderlands + female fronted metal playlist on spotify = MIND BLOWN
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 19, 2015, 07:53:36 PM
The miniature XBox 360 controller has been the greatest PC controller I've ever had.

I'm with ya on that one as well. While on the subject of controllers, though on a different note entirely, anyone remember this epic fail from back in the day??
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 19, 2015, 03:49:18 PM
I have had a really evolving experience recently. A hardware I am shamed to admit I have been completely ignorant to in the past has proven, in recent weeks, to be a cornerstone of immersion I cannot game without.

I speak of high quality gaming audio and headsets folks.

I always thought the notion of playing games whilst looking like I was a ground to air navigation technician with those crazy headsets was silly. Not just silly, but completely unnecessary and over the top unless your big into multi-player and chat.

I stand corrected now as I could NOT have been more wrong. 7.1 surround (even if virtual and not legitimate) by way of the Sony Gold headset has made the experience of playing a completely different animal for me. The biggest perk is how it helps enhance the escapism/immersion of the whole experience of gaming in ways I can't appropriately describe or even comprehend.

And so I ask the community now, what hardware has proven a "game changer" for you folks? With so many awesome accessories available to enhance your gaming experience available today, I am curious to hear what other people have found appreciation for. From chairs, to controllers, be them wireless or otherwise, lets discuss!
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