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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2015, 05:41:30 PM
Breath of Fire IV: HOLY BEJESUS!!

Cray just

KILLED ELINA! The woman he loved and the entire point of the game up until now.  It doesn't matter that Yuna had turned her into an Endless. That was Aerith level intense.  I am blown away.

Unless they wuss out at the end and make everything super happy smiles, the next time I make a top 10 list this game will probably be on it.

Loved that part. Actually, I really love the breath of fire series in general for having little whips of "brutal" bordering on "horrific" at points. It is like the perty' JRPG presentation (playful pastel palette and whimsical soundtracks) is just a smokescreen or falsehood for something more grim and dark in identity and tone when it comes to BOF.

Truly, I think you hit the nail on the head as to why I've always sung the series praise a bit louder than it may have deserved. Breath of Fire 2 was one of my first childhood JRPG experiences after Mana and Final Fantasy on the SNES and right at the opening, with less than 20 minutes of exposition, you immediately get the idea that the game is gonna provide you something a shade or two darker than what you may have been used to during that era.... I've been a fan ever since.

47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 17, 2015, 05:31:51 PM

This game was fan-freakin'-tastic in every regard. Since I'm sure I am the last gamer on Earth to experience this, I am not going to get into a lengthy and detailed review or summary of my experience. To sum it up, I felt more connected
emotionally to this game than I do real life. Like the golden gaming experiences of our childhoods that helped achieve complete escapism, the title has all the hallmarks of "AMAZING" in spades so far as I am concerned.

But there is more....


Started into this immediately upon finishing 2. If 2 dropped my jaw, the first few hours of 3 snapped it off and rebuilt my mandible with biotic technology.

Mind you, I state all of this having been the guy who said for years "I hate Sci- Fi if it isn't Serial Experiments Lain, The Twilight Zone or Star Ocean". This Klyde stands corrected. Paint me a Chroma in the stars.

NARRATIVE SPECIFIC NOTE: The ending sequence (final mission) in ME2 was brilliant in how it orchestrated player decision and outcome.
I am shamed to say one poor call as a leader cost me my favorite character, Jack. Really jarred me that my main crew could actually die... Surprised me even more when I learned (after completing it) that everyone could perish including Shepard. They did such a stand up job of incorporating all of this seamlessly into the static script that I can't help but tip my hat to the Devs for superb work here.

FINAL NOTE: Everyone can skip the obligatory "klyde your gonna hate the ending in 3". I've heard it enough and am enticed to just see what all the commotion was about at this point. Nothing could disapoint like the conclusions to some of my favorite JRPGs so I feel seasoned and ready!! LoL

THE LAST FINAL NOTE: I was inspired enough to do this horrible defacing of my ps3 controller. Thought I would share for the hell of it.

48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 15, 2015, 05:25:20 PM
At least you guys have friends :T

I don't. Not conventional friends at least. Everyone in my life is a client/work related and thats plenty o' socializing for me.

I think there is something to be said for being comfortable with solely your own company. I'm not saying I don't value people. Hell I adore some of my longer standing clients and would bend over backward for them, but no one can or will ever convince me that relationships compromise my capacity to dedicate myself to things I am passionate about.

Don't misread me. Not trying to sound like a cold or selfish prick here.  I am probably totally off base in terms of what is healthy and not thus no one should really even listen to me. The fact remains though, after serving in some relationships with potential life partners, playing in a band I practically lived with briefly, and having been a a social butterfly for a long time, I like "alone" way more and respect anyone who also makes that choice.

On a completely different note, my Philips SHP9500 headphones came today. These make for a WAY better gaming headphone than the Sennheiser Momemtum and have enlightened me to what "comfortable" means in terms of headphones. Pretty excited Klyde is. The price point for these headphones, in terms of their quality, seems unreasonably low now since they are apparently being discontinued for another model (just in case anyone was shopping around).
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 15, 2015, 05:08:13 PM
God those donuts look like something worth hurting myself with.

Totally beats my patented (and super healthy) "lets make desert with baby food puree and almonds" recipe <------ -PICTURE NOT WORTH POSTING-
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 09, 2015, 04:50:12 PM

Black coffee and spinach are the basis of all my meals.

No, I don't cook.

Yes, I occasionally add almond milk and some source of protein.

This is good for my womanly figure.

NOTE: Stock google imagery used because of *lazy*
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 08, 2015, 10:47:28 PM
Not the most elaborate work I've ever done, but totally cool enough for me to want to share.

This really pays homage to growing up as 90's child in America.

I present you "Petunia" (with a contemporary spin on her)

EDIT: From the show "pete and Pete" if anyone is not familiar
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 05, 2015, 05:30:35 PM
Well I never thought it would happen, but I purposely bowed out of going to see the DBZ movie at the last minute. I realized, with how little free time I have lately, it was the perfect opportunity to get in more Mass Effect 2.

I feel like I cheated on Toriyama and gave my childhood a swift "fuck you" all at once. This makes me feel confused. Does this mean Shep has a higher media power level than Goku? God, what is happening to me!!??
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 04, 2015, 04:14:02 PM
Going to see Dragonball Z Ressurection F tomorroe in times square. Very excited.

I don't know whether to thank you for reminding me about this, or curse you for giving me just cause to totally altar and turn my day on it's head to accomodate making it to a theatre tonite. Predictable as it may be, I'll never get sick of seeing Goku kick ass. I only hope for a little more Vegeta this round.

Blows my mind that this a theatre thing when I think back to waking up at 7 AM on a sunday morning to catch a re-run of this obscure "Dragon Ball" show no one knew about when I was a kid. What a time to be alive.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2015, 05:55:26 PM
MASS EFFECT 2/ On my way to completing Lair of the Shadow broker. The DLC for this title adds some of the best and most varied gameplay contained in the whole offering. I feel like you would be drastically missing out on a huge leg of the mass effect experience if you didn't play with all the DLC. As terrible as that business model is (necessary DLC) at least they make it feel worth your hard earned coin.
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2015, 12:42:40 AM
@Kylde: What amp is this? I want one -- my laptop's sound output has always been questionable to me and I've heard the Kosses I'm using now amp well.

It comes stock with the Sony Silver Headset.


In all honesty it is a really shitty headset but, on sale now, for 22 bucks makes the purchase worth it for the USB to 3.5mm amp alone. Its nothing to write home about but the "fake" surround sound it produces in my Sennheiser Momemtums is splendid. Makes me wanna play shooters to just hear the shots! LoL

56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 03, 2015, 12:35:58 AM
Klyde, make people sign contracts when you tattoo them. In very fine print, make sure it says "In the event that you bitch at me about any work I have done after I explain full well the consequence of your choice in design, i retain the right to tattoo on your ass a dunce cap, making you an asshat".

Asshat is too kind a choice of words in this instance, I would have to insist on something more brutal like fucktard.

None the less, the suggestion is noted and in all honesty I think I should amend my release forms to clearly absolve myself of blame in instances of stupidity that I cannot rightfully claim as my own. I thought I covered all my bases with my paperwork but I've clearly overlooked some things.

All that aside, I HATE TATTOOING ASSES. It's difficult on some individuals, to say the least. While we are on the subject, it hurts like sin too (just in case anyone was curious). I had two girls sign their names on my ass (with the tattoo machine) and it hurt like hell for as minimalistic as the signatures are.

Yup, one cheek of mines sports "Marilyn" and the other "Abby". Both ladies chose to incorporate hearts as well. Some of my favorite tattoos actually on account of **RANDOM**

I also have "Alex Frekey" on my left arm (once again, sig done by the man himself). He was actually one of the contestants on that wrestling show "tough enough". Real cool dude who was awesome to know, work on, and eventually call my friend.

Someday my body is gonna look like a year book.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 02, 2015, 05:18:22 PM
It is so odd how the mind works. Or more accurately, how the mind malfunctions in wake of excessive stress.

I have found myself VERY irritable and abnormally pessimistic in the last few days.

Even my musical selections have been very out of the norm.

So finally, reaching a boiling point yesterday, I assumed my protein intake had to be too high causing an excess of ammonia to build in my system. After carefully reconfiguring some dietary components and reading way more then I care to admit, it blindsided me that there may be other factors I over-looked.

The last few days looked a little something like the following:
Excessive work, piss poor sleep, butt heads with a client over doing a tattoo I really felt strongly about, NO GAME TIME, more work, still no sleep, finally gave in and did the tattoo I didn't want to (cause I knew they wouldn't like it), no sleep, NO GAME TIME, cat naps, more work, call from client about why her tattoo looks the way it does and she is not happy (surprise surprise)....


This is why, I make a better ninja than a thinking man.

As an aside, "The Cure" really produced some better music than I ever gave them credit for. THE END.

EDIT: The purpose of this post BTW, is simply to tell on myself for exercising broken "Chroma Logic" and letting that influence my decision making.  My intuitions serve me well in regard to art and games, outside of those things its clearly best for me to make educated conclusions based on objective fact and not think further into things where dots begin connecting that are not even in fact dots. I feel like I draw dots that don't exist sometimes, make the connection between self-realized "dots" and go "EUREKA!!! I FOUND THE PROBLEM"!!!
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 02, 2015, 05:05:51 PM
MASS EFFECT 2/ Tying up loose ends around the galaxy. I am just about at 100% exploration of every star system but I swear I am not a completionist

 now a word on headphones/headsets.

So I discovered using Sony's handy little USB amplifier that comes with their shitty budget silver headset makes my Sennheiser Momemtum headphones work and sound like unicorns having sex when I pair the two. This may seem like nothing but has seriously made my world a better place to live. ***Happy***
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2015, 05:56:50 PM
I'm bored as fuck with modern gaming at the moment, so I decided to buy Persona 2:  Innocent Sin on my Vita.  It's not bad so far, but it seems a little easier than I remember Eternal Punishment being.  I'm probably just remembering wrong.

Can't wait to fight Hitler.

Man, did I have a blast with Innocent Sin. Thing is, its freaking SADISTIC in how it tortures you through its various gameplay mechanics. That being the case, the story and writing is more than enough reason to endure the titles flaws IMO. An arduous journey for sure, and I can't say I'd EVER be willing to go through it again, but absolutely worth experiencing.

MASS EFFECT 2/ Omega  DLC felt like the devs wanted to take a stab at sci-fi horror for a moment. Not a huge departure from the main game, but enough so to be jarring a bit. I sort of wish more of the vanilla title sported the creepy tone of this DLC to be honest. Twas a download I do not regret.

Layer of the Shadow broker is up next. Time to rendevous with my alien love interest from ME1. Shep's palms are sweaty with anticipation :)
60  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Rocket League on: July 28, 2015, 06:33:26 PM
I've done nothing but play online and that's definitely the way to go. Most everybody is constantly overshooting the ball and accidentally scoring on their own goal. The chaos is real, and being a victim of that is not at all a sign of being bad at the game.

Trust me, play online and you'll feel a lot better about your level of talent. Just be sure to make sure your message privacy is set to "Friends Only" or you'll be spammed a LOT

Thank you for the tip and sorry I didn't respond sooner. I've been pretty absorbed with Mass Effect 2 the last few days.

I really mean it when I extend my thanks. My last two online endeavors were Mortal Kombat X and Skullgirls. Both of which quickly had me tucking my tail and running back to single player. I probably would not have thought to try online multi for rocket league til i was getting pretty efficient on pro difficulty (at the very least) had you not suggested otherwise.
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