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496  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 09, 2014, 11:41:34 PM
sick as fuck the past few days. dragon age and MST3K marathons + nyquil

I abused nyquil almost 15 years ago and to even look at the bottle to this day is enough to turn my stomach. I would "lol" right now but neither your illness nor my drug abuse is actually funny.

I'm definitely the type to sit and let the bad feelings stew and slowly poison me, but it's nice to have an outlet if I did ever need one. :)

^^ This is me too.

I'm totally the type to not say a word about how I feel until I'm on my way to the bridge in a manner of speaking. This is bad on account of by the time I'm ready to breakdown in tears I can rarely even pinpoint what is precisely behind the meltdown for me.

Thing is, I don't keep stuff bottled because I feel odd expressing how I feel. I keep things to myself because I'm too lazy to bitch about things really. It seems as though it always feels unnecessary and difficult to whine so I just don't until I become an internal train wreck.
497  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 09, 2014, 11:28:06 PM
Beat Milla's side of Tales of Xillia and will write a review this evening, having finished Jude's side as well. Definitely impressed with the game aside from some parts with occasional vague direction on how to advance (I had to Google to find the "girl in red" in one of the towns, having spent between half and a full hour looking for her) and a frustrating fight on Milla's side.

I got stuck at the very same spot! LoL
498  Media / General Games / Re: Plants vs Zombies GW = Addiction on: December 09, 2014, 08:44:50 PM
It was only free this past saturday/sunday for the PS Experience thing. And I am really loving multi-player to be honest.

Strange as it may sound, I was really sort of afraid of it in some sense for awhile. The fact is, I never really played ANYTHING but JRPGs/RPGs until the last year. Online multi-player sort of intimidated me a bit just because I couldn't really wrap my mind around it or how communicating worked. I also sort of had some strange fear of pissing off people because I'm really not that great at games.

Now I'm coming to find online multi to be a whole different experience altogether. I'm enjoying getting better at playing with others and not sucking (as much) at being a human intellect in someone elses game and experience. After my time thus far I can clearly see there is a real value when playing with someone with some multi-player etiquette and I don't want to be ignorant to that.

In a way for me I suppose you can say it feels like I'm just discovering an aspect of gaming that eluded me altogether.

I will keep an eye out for any sales on it in the future and shoot you message if I see any. Shamed as I am to admit it, I watch PSN like a freaking hawk for flash sales and discounts and whatnot.
499  Media / General Games / Plants vs Zombies GW = Addiction on: December 08, 2014, 10:34:55 PM
So I saw Agent D and Eusis fired this up today and figured I would give it a whirl. This has got to be the most unpredictably addicting thing I've touched in some time. I am making this post for anyone else (like me) who didn't think there was a snowballs chance in hell this would be even remotely appealing.

It grabbed me immediately in a way that multiplayer games rarely do. I can honestly only remember feeling like this the first few times I played mario party with (eX) girlfriends, or goldeneye. Maybe something on the level of Mario Kart for snes when I was kid even.

I see me losing an RPG's worth of time to this game.

Thank you EA for offering this up as freebie this past weekend, otherwise I may not have ever tried it.
500  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 10:27:48 PM
I know what you mean, Klyde, but to me that's part of Disgaea's charm. I actually Disgaea OST on my iPod for while. I almost never put game music on my iPod...I did eventually take them out and deleted every trace of theme eventually, though. Can only listen to that type of stuff out of context for so long. -_-;

Completely agree.

Back a few years ago I used to go running for months to the Disgaea OST (can't recall which, may have been 4) and that was what effectively killed it for me. I also killed the Xenoblade OST the same way. Currently I run to Vocaloid, a Remixed Earthbound Soundtrack, Babymetal, Number Girl, Orange Range and Abingdon Boys.

My fav Jrock soundtracks to go running to are the Ys tunes and Megaman X Capcom remix.

Don't ask me why I've crossed game soundtracks and Jrock with exercise. It just fits for me.

And of course by "run" I mean "old man shuffle" complete with ample cigarette breaks.
501  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 08:18:24 PM
babymetal = superb blend of heavy metal esque tunes and J-pop. I imagine anyone into j-rock already knows about Babymetal, but its new to me and wow does it get caught in my head. this has nothing to do with anything really but I felt like inserting it while music was being talked about.

And for the record Din, you are not the only one who has eclectic tastes which include JPop. I love the Vocaloid tunes personally and a lot of Jrock/pop (Orange Range whole discography along with the Abington Boys have been on my phone for ages). But across the board some of my favorite acts include Glassjaw, Alice in Chains, Thursday, Fiona Apple, Bush, Placebo, Nirvana and Madonna (certain albums). Certain dots are more easily connected than others with music in my case (as you could tell).

on the FF OST note, I think I'm just a sucker for Uematsu tracks. I realized this just playing Lost Odyssey. His tunes lend a lot more heavily to atmosphere then most scores do for me.

PET PEEVE OST/ Disgaea. I love the disgaea games. I can't stand the music for the most part. It fits. I just don't like it. Something about it is way too over the top for me in a way that reminds me of the circus or something.
502  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 07:51:16 PM

Isn't it the best when a game hits "all those needs"?  Shadow Hearts did it for me earlier this year, FF7 technically did as well (despite replay status), and Xenoblade before that... 

I also want to thank Jansen for answer thing age-old question we've all wondered if video game characters indeed shave or are just 'born that way'.

Also, can't think about Lost Odyssey without thinking (and now linking) White Rabbit

Its funny that you make mention of shadow hearts because that certainly met the mark for me having played it for the first time back in June. This year in particular was chalk full of RPGs that I thoroughly loved. Lost Odyssey, Shadow Hearts, Vesperia and Xillia 2 were all played for the first time for me this past year and none will soon be forgotten. Still looking forward to getting to Shadow Hearts Covenant in the not so distant future based on your praise for it here in the journal.

The thing is, I really think discovering games that hit a home run for me is something that sort of eluded me for awhile. Strange as it may seem I feel like I got a great deal better at both identifying games I will love, and playing them in an enjoyable fashion over time. Having a truly wonderful experience with a game is an art in and of itself (and a subject I have brought up on the boards time and again).

Games like Lost Odyssey and the others mentioned really help drive home what I value in an RPG. Writing, a certain degree of maturity and fun well blended, a unique atmosphere, a slightly harder than is typical difficulty and a strong cast seem more and more like the deciding factors for me. Aforementioned titles all had those points covered.

And as simple as this may seem, the biggest aspect of the whole enchilada which I was completely oblivious to was session length. In my whole adult life, up til this past year, my session length with games topped out at 60-90 minutes. Not for any other reason than that was what I could manage with my schedule. My 60 minute sessions are reserved for other genres now and when I sit down to play an RPG I'm into, 2-3 hours in a clip makes the experience FAR more enjoyable. This may sound dumb, but the level of intrigue and immersion is IMMENSELY higher when I'm playing these games for extended sits. I would go so far as to say, my time and enjoyment with some RPG's in hinesight may have been severely compromised by my inability to give em ample time in single sessions.

Whelp, I am starting to philosophize here. No need for that.

Today's events.

Plants Vs Zombies GW/ The free offering from EA over the weekend did not seem too enticing. Then I saw Agent D and Eusis playing it today and figured I would give it a go. This is a surprisingly charming game. Multiplayer was awesome fun if for no other reason than listening to some of the hilarious voice chat that ensued during matches. Customizing so many different plants/zombies is really neat and the bonus presents offered in the month of december will certainly get me to load up the title on a daily basis.

NOTE: PvsZGW gets extra points for getting to play as a dumb dead football zombie. Something about it is just hilarious to me.
503  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 07, 2014, 10:08:56 PM
ib4 Temple of Enlightment is some new game+/post game thing you weren't actually supposed to do.

Damn that explains a lot.

PREFACE: No spoilers in this post. Fret not folks.

In any event, LOST ODYSSEY IS DONE! After the temple nothing could touch me til the credits were rolling. Literally, I didn't even heal once during the final boss fight. I would bitch about the game being horribly unbalanced and broken at the end but based on what Mesh just said I suppose that would be my fault. Then again, they pop that temple up and sure make it seem like they meant for you to do it before you move onto the finale'.

The ending? Magnificent. My final assessment of Lost Odyssey is stellar. Easily one of my favorites of the last generation. I won't go into specifics too much as everyone else here is probably plenty familiar with it already but I thoroughly loved the title.

Particular aspects I loved include:

-Jansen, best comic relief in a JRPG award goes to this man.
-Heart Wrenching. Few games touched me emotionally as much as the dream sequences and ending did here. Top notch writing on a level well beyond what I have come to expect from a game.
-Soundtrack. Sure it was another Nobou OST. Sure he ripped off his own scores from other games. But it sure worked in a grand way. The final boss music in particular was no less epic than the likes of "One Winged Angel" and other classics.
-Seth my very well be my favorite leading lady.
-Kaim was such a "JRPG of yesteryear" type hero I couldn't help but adore him. Oddly enough he somehow reminded me of a cross between Squall (FF8) and Goku (Dragon ball z). Please don't ask me to explain that.
-Not often I care to speak on graphics but I'd be lying if I said they weren't unreal here. (Tee hee, see what I did there)

I can go on, but those were the main points I wanted to touch upon.
504  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 11:09:33 PM
Well for starters they probably should have just called it "Final Fantasy VII" instead of "Final Fantasy VII Returns" (that's literally what they're calling it).  Who the heck gives a straight port a new title?

Mind you I'm also in the camp that they shouldn't remake it.

I feel the title is part of the "slap" and a strong component of what makes it so funny. Seriously, I really think someone at Squeenix is kicking back laughing about this. One would have had to be completely ignorant of the fanbase to not know for a certain fact that the whole enchilada would not only piss people off but damn near insult the demands of fans.

Now clearly they WERE NOT ignorant to what people wanted, having had already addressed the issue officially in the not so distant past. This being the case, I can't see this as anything other than a joke of sorts.

A clever joke mind you. I mean how much more appropriate, or abundantly obvious, could they make shooting down the pleas for a remake whilst providing a "consolation" of sorts?

The funniest part? No matter how much everyone bitches, I would bet anything it still ends up one the "top downloads" on the PS4 Network Store and moves steadily on to PS4 consoles like a digital hot-cake.
505  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 06, 2014, 08:52:53 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/I would really like to see a show of hands as to how many people really managed to get through the temple of enlightenment AND OUT without the use of a guide or faq. I did it alright.... BUT IT TOOK ME SOMEWHERE IN THE REALM OF 6-7 HOURS!!!!!!

The good news? I moved on to the end-game stuff so over-leveled the final bosses are not even capable of inflicting damage thus far. I should (hopefully) beat this one tonight!!

I will rant and rave about it later when my seething "frustration of enlightenment" ceases to be a factor, trying my patience.
506  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 08:48:04 PM
The news today of the FF7 PC Port coming to the Playstation 4 and NOT a NEW HD remaster like everyone has cried about for years is positively hilarious. Its like a deeply dark sarcastic way of saying "we will not give you people what you want, we will give you what we want" followed by a prudent *SlAp*

I find this funny because I have always been of the camp that 7 should not be remade.

But golly does anyone realize the amount of crying that will ensue in wake of this?

If this isn't the quintessential evidence that it is time for people to stop holding their breathe, I don't know what is. They came out and said the 7 re-make was not happening and yet this still surprises folks. It is baffling.
507  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 05, 2014, 07:58:56 PM
Cripes, I think if you have the patience to get through the Temple of Enlightenment in Lost Odyssey your turn-based JRPG-Fu is a the master level. The degree of patience required for this dungeon is obscene. Seriously on par with the likes of completely optional bonus content that is only for die-hards in most games. 3-4 hours in and I'm finally getting somewhere.

LOST ODYSSEY/ ^^^ This and then I'm done with all end-game stuff.

MURAMASA/ Judging from the swords I could craft I think I'm getting near the end of Kisuke's scenario. This is proving to be vanilla's finest offering in my eyes. The challenge on Chaos Mode is just perfectly on point.

508  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 04, 2014, 09:48:57 PM
Thanks for the sound advice D!

Think I got the hang of not being a totally weak link by the end of my session. And your right, I nabbed a legendary item, 15 levels and a new PSN buddy to boot. I will however say, I can see myself playing a great deal of my first run-through single player to soak in the narrative a bit.

Its funny because I was "that guy" in dragons crown. It was the only thing I played multiplayer and to level I would blitz stages to go on boss killing sprees only to get bitched at by other players for moving too quick.

If I can't pull off social success in real life I will at least pull it off in digital fantasy land, dammit! LoL
509  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2014, 05:43:05 AM

I've seen that happen to more than a few people... But all of them are earning money with their art now or well on their way of doing so. It's like Klyde says: grab every job you can. Heck, I know people who take commissions (no naughty stuff) on deviant art to supplement their income. (Actually saw a few get more professional jobs through there as well.)

Well, actually, a few of them failed, but those were headed towards failure the moment they had convinced themselves they'd become big overnight because they're special little snowflakes. As long as you're not like that and willing to put in the work needed, your chances of making a living doing illustrations or designs actually aren't that terrible.

Damn I'm too wordy. Tomara did a wonderful job of surmising exactly what I was saying. Thanks (Tomara).

Additionally I gotta totally agree with everything else Tomara just expressed with the exception of the "naughty stuff". Quite the opposite in fact. Pervs will pay top dollar for professional "naughty" fan art.

To expand on the last point, I don't think any artists who expect overnight success or "fame" as a result of their work ever make it anywhere. Oddly enough, I didn't even end up making a living with tattooing on purpose. I hated tattoos to be honest. I wanted to do more fine art or possibly illustration. Instead, portrait work ended up being my bread and butter and that lead into tattooing as unlikely as it may seem. So many people I've met throughout the course of my career claim "getting there" and being a professional working artist to be their "dream" but the truth of it is the people who get anywhere just keep/kept doing art and still doing the same thing.

Lastly, @ Dice.... In my prior post, I didn't mean art career success= giving up EVERYTHING else. I worded it wrong. I meant it means giving up other things professionally. I truly attribute a lot of my success and that of other artists to having painted themselves in a corner so to speak. Essentially I had no support or experience doing much else but I REALLY got art. It eventually became abundantly clear to me that if I didn't start really pouring it on in terms of art I was doomed to spend 8-12 hours a day that I could be creating, working mindlessly for hourly wage.

The mechanics of this ^^^ are as follows. Ambitious kid likes art. Ambitious kid gets good paying job he can live off of. Ambitious kid gets comfy while still plugging away at art a bit. Next thing ambitious kid knows hes a married homeowner that barely manages an hour or two a day with art and is no longer so ambitious after a decade or two of it being "hobby" with meager results.

 I certainly didn't have the foresight to know what I was doing. I was just too lazy to care about trying to making a substantial living doing anything other than art. My words now are wisdom bore from hinesight. Poor living was a true reality for quite some time. And by poor, I mean dirt freakin' poor. I didn't have heat where I lived for awhile. I don't think anyone should take it to that extreme but I do think prioritizing making a living off of art need to come before making a comfortable wage to live as harsh as that may sound.

Finally (and then I'm done), as cold as it may sound, screw anyone who says you can't make it with art. They are not moving your pencil. The beautiful thing about visual art is that your success is completely based on your efforts. And if your efforts are on point it is a SURE thing. Its one of the few things in life I can think of that truly and precisely rewards you for how much of yourself you give to your trade and that is the only pre-requisite in my eyes. No matter who tells you "no" there is not a single individual who can retard your potential but you. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, professors, teachers ad infinitum... Not one amongst them can stop you from growing adept enough until your talents cannot be denied monetary compensation. The end.

NOTE: Forgive any typos. I typed this all very quick post work (5:30 am) and am too tired to proof-read.
510  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 09:46:06 PM
my brother has an art degree and now he does tech support for a living because he cant afford to relocate to somewhere the jobs in his field are at.

Saw this ^^ happen a to soooooo many people trying to make a living with art.

I might be a fool of ninja who doesn't know much about too many things. I do however know what it takes to live off your art. It is simple. It is complete unwillingness to do anything else but art coupled with a TOTAL willingness to do just about anything that pays and could potentially further expand your reputation and credentials. Ultimately this  typically leads to some rough financial patches in life on the road to steady income (at least in my experience).

Art is NOT a super dependable field by any measure but it is a broad one. That is, there are sooooo many different avenues one can pursue which generate income that I think a great deal depends on motivation. A degree is an AWESOME credential to have because that alone places the artist in a position to essentially say "hey hire me, I'm better than the next guy with a brush". Even if said credential has nothing to do with a "brush" or "camera" or "pencil" et cetera....

What is the point of my banter? The artist who lives off of art is gonna be the artist who is willing to paint, draw, sculpt, illustrate, make greeting cards, do portraits, teach classes on origami, and is just as creative in generating work as they are with rendering it. All of this of course, when your legitimate qualifications (degree) has absolutely nothing to do with aforementioned.

On the note of the degree itself. After paying my bills for 10+ years with art, I can honestly say that the degree (regardless of what its for) damn near ensures a higher pay-rate, just not a position. Getting the position is totally dependent on the individual.

But in truth, I've really done everything ass backwards in life and have no real grip on anything so don't listen to me.
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