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526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 10, 2014, 05:04:02 PM
So Tales of Hearts makes its debut on the vita in NA tomorrow. Surprised I have heard so little of it leading up to the big day. Normally I dodge info/discussion on upcoming titles I know I'm gonna play because I like being surprised but the thing is, I'm not so sure about this one.

The big  strike for me is the whole vita exclusive thing. Ultimately this means I need to bite the bullet and buy a vita TV. I'm sure there are a few other titles it would come in handy for but I still haven't even hooked up my PS4 and probably won't comfortably get to that for a few weeks yet.

I have a close friend who is manager at a gamestop and he sort of demanded that, whether I play it now or later, I pre-order. He claimed it was gonna become as hard/harder to find than Xenoblade and put 5 down on it, on my account and I just got the "pick up in the AM" notification. LoL

So I'm probably gonna grab it now and let hang out on my shelf til I (eventually) get a vita TV. I can't even consider jumping into playing ATM. I already played through two "Tales" titles pretty thoroughly for this calender year and am knee deep in Lost Odyssey for the time being.

Just sort of curious to hear the communities feelings on this one now that the date is upon us.
527  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 09, 2014, 10:13:06 PM
Golly, trying to compile the necessary games/data for backloggery is driving me batty.

I need to breathe and take this on in a reasonable "console or two" a day.

I started pretty early with mine. I'd be going mental if I tried to do it now.

And congrats Dincrest!

Yea I sort of went back on my word of doing it in reasonable clips. It took me about 6 hours this weekend to do it because I'm out of my freakin' mind and had to double check everything. After combing over and cataloging it all, what I thought was a fairly modest collection looks much bigger to me now. The most difficult part was remembering what I had collected and sold on earlier systems. Gamefaqs encyclopedic listings per console helped a ton.

EDIT: And to commemorate the glorious addition of the backloggery to my growing list of useless yet self-fulfilling efforts to find more meaning in gaming, I will dawn a (sort of) new'ish avatar. Is it some kind of sick that I took measure to load all my Shadow avatars onto my PS3's for my sign in name image???? Truth be told, I care not as it makes me smile :)
528  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 09, 2014, 08:07:20 PM
As several of you know, I'm taking voiceover classes because that's been my dream since I was a kid.  Well, a couple of small VO projects I auditioned for- I got!  Nothing glamorous, just a couple of short e-books (one's a travel guide and one's about sugar addiction) but it's a start. 

I say its never too late to shoot for your dreams so long as you are breathing buddy. We only fail and falter in life when we give up on em (the dreams). So I tip my hat to you and your ambitions this day good sir.

In my world, on a less meaningful note, I FINALLY FINISHED UPDATING/GETTING UP TO DATE MY BACKLOGGERY!!! This is huge for me. My tendency toward compulsively and perfectly compiling lists cripples my efforts with things like this. As soon as I realize things don't neatly fit in place and categorize perfectly or comprehensively I throw in the towel. That is why I never could pull off a Raptr signature and have numerous journals started but never filled.

Dumb as it sounds, I am really proud I followed through with this backloggery thing.  Now there is nothing left to do but live the life of a ninja with a contemporary signature. Yes indeed-ee, its a good day to be Klyde.
529  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 09, 2014, 03:18:11 PM
@ Dice (for your incredibly thorough response, which demands something in return for being so comprehensive!! LoL)

I actually tend to agree with you. I really believe they wanted you to get the impression Tifa and Cloud got it on. I was just being a jerk and poking fun at Cloud. Which in and of itself is silly because it is Cloud's lack of typical mA-cheeez-mo that made me appreciate him.  It was Cloud's thick shell when it came to affection that made him so easy for me to relate to him.  I never saw him as the "Emo-hero" he got so bashed for being amongst the fanbase. Rather, he struck me more as a typical "I'm f**ked up" sort of nineties child, complete with strong feminine alignment.

So essentially me saying "I prefer to think they cuddled" is really me saying, "I have no labido (sp?) to speak of, and I prefer to think that Cloud does not either".

In truth you are right though Ms. Dice. Whether I find it appropriate and in context or not, me thinks the writers wanted players to get the impression they truly did "bone".

Now that we are done talking about boning I am gonna head over to Mongoose' place where will play with stuffed toys and I will jealously watch as he consumes Nutella. Carry on.
530  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 10:37:01 PM
and stated playing FFXIII.


At first I felt the same way. Now I feel like it may in fact be more FF IV-2 or dare I say even FF VI-2!!!

And then there is the music.


- THIS MUSIC IS DOING IT FOR ME.


I may have already gushed over this a bit but I will take this opportunity to gush yet again. This soundtrack is simply epic.

Now hopefully you won't die at the first two bosses like I did, foolishly assuming they were gonna be like any other first bosses. That is, they actually require slight amounts of t-h-i-n-k-i-n-g. I was very surprised.
531  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2014, 07:24:56 PM
Golly, trying to compile the necessary games/data for backloggery is driving me batty. I am only trying to compile all my current games/gaming shtuff from adulthood and this is still a longwinded effort.

At least this is possible, whereas trying to get my raptr account up-to-date was merely a pipe dream. I hate making lists and compiling data. Nothing fits neatly enough in place!! (OCD RAGING INSIDE)

I need to breathe and take this on in a reasonable "console or two" a day.
532  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 08, 2014, 06:12:01 PM
Klyde you MIGHT like http://www.warsow.net/

Mesh your damn near encyclopedic knowledge of left field awesome titles never ceases to amaze me. And yes, you hit the nail on the head in terms of the type of aesthetic that appeals to me. Although models and environments look a bit bland, considering it IS a freebie the offering is quite impressive IMO.

The trailer presented with Techno-tastic audio made me feel like I was viewing a gem from the dreamcast-era for some strange reason. That is good thing. Thanks for the heads up.

533  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 05:55:47 PM
I really wish I had the means to play Lost Odyssey.

That was the case with me. I kept hoping against hope to find the means to justify buying an Xbox 360 for the grand total of 2 (possibly 3) exclusives I really wanted to play. Lo and behold eventually someone who owed me coin for tattoo work payed me by way of a 250GB slim. Considering holidays are around the bend though I'm certain you can manage to get both console and game for under 3 figures if you couldn't borrow one for the play-through.

And on the Lost Odyssey note...

DISC 1 COMPLETE

Wow. That was, uhm. EmOtIoNAl to say the very least. Between the onslaught of tear-jerking dreams recovered in the final stretch and the "Ghost Town" events that followed I think I need to go play borderlands for a few hours because I feel soul-hurt. Been a long time since I found any narrative as moving as this and I haven't even hit the 15 hour mark yet.

Cooke and Mack are the coolest contemporary Polom and Poroms ever BTW. Yesterday I complimented the fact that Seth was an awesome lead chick'ee but today I need to tip my hat to the two youngsters for being amongst the few RPG adolescents who, like Seth, both strike me as genuine and not annoying in the least. Best of all, they made no attempt to utilize the youths as comic relief.
534  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 08, 2014, 05:38:46 PM
Kudos to you Dice, your attention to detail is noteworthy.

I can't believe I never noticed the color relevance and possible materia inclusion in the logo. I guess I just took it at face value without giving it much thought.

But really, how do we know Cloud and Tifa "boned" per se'. I'd venture to guess Cloud would have preferred some cuddling and not given a thought to how hot and bothered it would leave poor Tifa.
535  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 07, 2014, 09:47:29 PM
Outside of BioShock, I couldn't get into First-person shooters this past generation at all for many, many reasons. But Overwatch might be FPS I've been waiting for. I've really enjoyed what Blizz has shown and I'm looking forward to it.

After falling in love with Borderlands, I remain fairly certain that was pretty much the ONLY flavor of shooter for me last gen. Thing of it is, inherently the atmosphere and mood FPS titles never really fits the bill for me.

This Overwatch looks promising though. If for no other reason than appearing more "cartoon" than "military" the aesthetic is somewhat appealing to me.
536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 07:30:28 PM
You can come play legos with me and my stuff toys Klyde :D

Hold on I gotta call Mama Klyde and get permission to cross the ocean first.

I'll bring my stuffed Griffith from berserk for play-time. This is gonna kick ass :)

I secretly always wished I had a reason to buy dolls as a kid. I secretly wish I had a reason to buy dolls now. Action figures and dolls have no entertainment value nor purpose in my life and yet I can't help but peruse toy aisles in awe to this day. Lego play-sets also tempt/fascinate me.

At times I feel like physically I am aged well beyond 30. Mentally, I can't deny the toll the years and self-abuse has taken on me. Emotionally however, and at heart, I don't think I have yet to even hit puberty and I doubt I ever will.

Toys rock. The end. 

I secretly imagine that's why parents don't mind play time with kids.... a chance to play again brings the inner kid out in all of us (my brother and his wifey are expecting and he can't wait to be buying Lego again in a few years).



I have honestly thought about the window back into childhood accessed via parenting as the greatest appeal of procreating IMO. When I someday adopt (no intention of having kids of my own) I fully intend to ensure my children live in the next best thing to toys R' us. This is of course a selfish act as much as it is a measure for the kids and I have no problem admitting that.

And to those ends I will need both a boy AND a girl so I can have a well-rounded toy land with ample excuse to finally break into the pink aisle. Until then I will just have to continue to make effort to spoil my co-workers kids at holidays. LoL
537  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 07, 2014, 06:18:24 PM
Golly gee I wonder why there have not been more offerings in the vein of Lost Odyssey last gen. This game is all sorts of beautiful. Best of all, I actually died a few times already and had to think to win a few boss encounters.

I think every time I post about this game here I'm going to feel compelled to say it sports some of the most beautiful music I've heard in a long time.

This game really is what I always expected Final Fantasy to turn into. I never bought that when I heard and read it but now, a good leg into the journey. I can't deny it.

I also need to now second Dice's expressed appreciation of Seth. The lead female character in typical JRPGs is almost always the one that gets on my nerves the most for slipping into tried and true cliche'ness. So far so good with Seth as she has cleverly evaded seeming cliche' or typical to me. She has the lead gal persona down pat but has a "tough girl-loner" sort of feel behind it. Standing clearly on her own as a well rounded character who doesn't rely on her interactions with Keim to solidify her personality she gets  "two thumbs up" from me.

I'm still early on but my only gripe at this point is the fact that everything feels a bit slow. That is, there is almost TOO MUCH to look at, listen to, and enjoy to move along at a reasonable pace.  Case and point, yesterday I spent over an hour exploring Numara and doing the events (and dreams) available to me in the free ocean city before moving the narrative along.

All in all this game feels like the perfect swan song for last gen RPGs before I fire up a new gen console. Not that I am going to stop playing my last gen games as there are a ton I have yet to get to, but by all measures Lost Odyssey really feels pretty close to "the game I've been waiting to play" the whole last generation. I can't believe I put this one off as long as I have.
538  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 05:47:21 PM
I secretly always wished I had a reason to buy dolls as a kid. I secretly wish I had a reason to buy dolls now. Action figures and dolls have no entertainment value nor purpose in my life and yet I can't help but peruse toy aisles in awe to this day. Lego play-sets also tempt/fascinate me.

At times I feel like physically I am aged well beyond 30. Mentally, I can't deny the toll the years and self-abuse has taken on me. Emotionally however, and at heart, I don't think I have yet to even hit puberty and I doubt I ever will.

Toys rock. The end. 
539  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 05:51:20 PM
going to vote for the next governor of Illinois to be put in jail

I wasn't sure what you meant so I googled it. Certainly is a peculiar streak/trend they've got going on there.
540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 04:05:22 PM
YESTERDAY

Went out with no intention of buying anything and ended up with a PS4 I refuse to hook up until I can retire my Xbox 360 (must play lost odyssey first). I had an opportunity to grab one brand new for about 185 buck less than current retail with a credit of an additional 60 something in change. In short, acting fast got me a PS4 for less than 200 buck.

It was a good shopping venture to say the least. I feel really good about waiting on buying one until I saw a deal I could take advantage of.

I am however having a hard time curbing my enthusiasm. I have a strong desire to screw up my current gaming agenda, hook this up and play the hell out of it. I will not give into the temptation. I love what I am playing now and don't want screw with media-harmony I've presently got going on.

Later, after some madness and shenanigans consumed the better part of my day I became consumed with creating custom audio-everything for my phone. Dissected songs, sound samples, and played with effects for more time than I care to admit. My phone sure sounds coooooool now. LoL

TODAY

I feel overtly excited post yesterday in conjunction with my daily two pots o' black coffee. Finally discovered "backloggery" and it triggered my OCD hardcore. I see now why so many sport the backloggery signatures as it quite the nifty tracker tool if I do say so.
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