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526  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 27, 2014, 12:46:37 AM
...but I cannot focus on artwork to save my life if I don't play games. This is an alarming reality given the fact that my career/livelihood is entirely based on my capability as an artist but I've been this way for years.

I'm sort of the same.  I'm somewhat useless in the daytime and I use that to play games or do errands.  I love seeing what else is out there too, I think games, film, media, nature, etc. are one of the things I need to constantly expose myself to in order to keep my 'on the ball' and cognitive enough for art.

Daytime is typically my game time to recharge the creative batteries too. I am indeed completely worthless during the day due to various health issues that have left me somewhat sensitive to the sun. I prefer not to tattoo or do much of anything until the sun goes down to be honest.

I fired up the ol' SNES and played some Chrono Trigger.  Still a killer classic.  Bringing Crono's friends home to meet his mom never gets old, especially Frog and Ayla.  Also occasionally playing some Chrono Cross- I'm at Fort Dragonia.  And trying to earn some achievements in School Idol Festival. 

But the game I'm most thinking about is the new round robin on this forum.  It ain't quite the " Taressa" one, but it's still loads of fun.

There is something between the Trigger and the Cross that probably is not kosher for me to speak about openly I have been dying to get to after I replayed Chrono Trigger last year and had an absolute blast.

Of all the retro-tastic titles I've replayed in my adult life, I feel pretty safe in saying Chrono aged far more gracefully than most from his day. I had forgotten how the soundtrack in particular was sooooo moving. I was laced with goosebumps during the Magus encounter at his castle and final boss battle. It is AMAZING how emotionally charged you can become by the right tune at the right time in an RPG. In fact, I credit the OST greatly for making the initial catastrophe at the millenial fair so memorable to me along with the atmosphere of the End of Time.

As a kid I used to leave the TV on at the end of time constantly just have the ambient tune play in the background while I tended to other stuff. Good times.
527  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 27, 2014, 12:22:04 AM
I think I dropped like a grand on a 360 + monitor + games + hotel fees in July.

Yesssssir mesh I hear ya. 4 figures goes way faster then ya think it would. Sort of why I'm telling on myself here.

I think I'm gonna live off fried seaweed and coffee creamer for awhile to balance my holiday spending. LoL

Wanna know the worst part? I still feel compelled to go out tomorrow night and buy an extra dualshock 4 since their on sale. I'm an idiot. A guilty idiot. A guilty idiot with toys.

I blame it on Link.

Tattooing this ^^^ next week by the way. I made the tunic too bright and need to readjust that a bit. LoL
528  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2014, 09:39:34 PM
Would it make you feel more fiscally responsible if I admitted to buying both the song and costume season passes for Project Diva F 2nd, bringing the amount of money I've spent on that one game to $140?

In a way, yes. It is always easier to be less frugal in the company of others who don't mind opening their wallet. I appreciate your putting a crack in the piggy bank along with me Klutz!!

Three cheers for spending like fools :)

Thing is, while these expenses may very well be simple and material they really do make me pretty freakin happy!! Live is too short to not play pretty games on pretty televisions with ALL THE DLC DAMMIT!!!
529  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 26, 2014, 09:32:08 PM

I haven't actually played any games in like, two weeks now?

... I think I might grab Re:Volver and Jade Penetrate Black Package from steam to try and shock myself out of my non-interest in gaming. I find that gaming actually DOES improve my mental state, so'p.

Here comes a big Klyde reveal!! Ya ready?? It is NOT something I care to admit to due to some weird internal insecurity but I cannot focus on artwork to save my life if I don't play games. This is an alarming reality given the fact that my career/livelihood is entirely based on my capability as an artist but I've been this way for years.

If I go even so much as a day without playing a few hours of games my capacity and attention span for art is shot. I don't know why this is and have never really been able to draw a correlation.

All I can say is that I know what you mean by the improvement of your mental/emotional state as a result of gaming. RPG's are nothing short of ADHD meds for me.
530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 06:47:20 PM
Yep Tifa was awesome, the woman stereotype I hate the most is the princess who is always running around in high heels being protected and never standing up for themselves. Most recent JRPGs are really bad about being sexist which is probably yet another reason why I have less games I enjoy. The Hyperdimension games are really bad a I mean your whole cast is basically women who transform into to their slut suits and run around. I didn't play conception 2 but just the definition made me say wtf it was like bang bunchs of girls and make star babies to fight with you ?!?! wth lol

I think I may be completely alone in this but I totally loved Hyperdimension for feeling like the whole enchilada was more of a sarcastic stab at exploiting Sailor-Slut-Suit-Transformation troupes rather than capitalizing on it. The games are self-aware to a sickening degree that really drove home that sarcasm in my eyes.

In other words, and I know I am probably totally off base here, I really appreciated Hyperdimension for more or less poking fun at sexist archetypes and low brow pervy humor. At face value it seems like just another niche' game with common "lets break the 4th wall" jargon until you realized it is sort of making fun of precisely those things.

The best part of Hyper though for me was some of the enjoyable gameplay elements. Above-average and clever humor coupled with total creative control over the transformation palette had me easily overlooking a lot of the rough edges.

Bare in mind I am huge Sailor Moon fan and probably overtly-enjoy anything that pays homage to the shallow magical girl concept.

On that note I still need to play Victory with Victory 2 on the horizon.

And now I wonder what would an opposite gender FF15 would be like.  Methinks it would be like a fantasy version of Thelma and Louise. 

I sort of wish that was the case now that you bring it up. It most cases, it has historically been the Final Fantasy females that have always proved more memorable to me. With the exception of a ninja or two and maybe a Paladin here or there the FF Chickee's win out in each title hands down for me.

531  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2014, 06:25:28 PM
Well I officially spoiled myself for the holiday. WAAAAAY more than I planned to or felt comfortable with. I am not even gonna get into what I bought myself this week cause I feel like a fool. I just need to tell on myself here to alleviate some guilt.

In defense of my foolish spending my grand total savings having capitilized on some rather stupid-good deals is roughly 500-550 US bucks altogether. Saving that amount of coin made justifying the new toys a bit easier.

Now I don't want to leave my house for ummmm... ever..??
532  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 26, 2014, 06:13:11 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/After blitzing my way to roughly 45 hours in on Lost Odyssey, I realized I was reaching that nervous anticipation of "gotta see the end" and decided to give it a breather. I HATE when I get so into completing a game cause I am enjoying seeing it through that I skip content. Clearly there is A LOT of content on Disc 4. Curbing my enthusiasm to move the plot forward, I spent 5 hours questin' around and whatnot.

Almost had my enthusiasm dashed with a boss fight cleverly placed a fair distance from my last save after a terribly time consuming puzzle. Way to coax me into blowing some choice items to ensure victory. Evil design choice-LoL

What I really love thus far about the optional content is the narrative reward. Rarely do I see the pay-off of eager exploration result in such mind-blowing story development. It almost seems like a gamble of a design choice to me, because some stuff I clearly could have missed would most certainly have left me feeling a lack of closure. In short, Lost Odyssey really makes the efforts of exploration feel worthwhile to a degree I don't often experience.

@ Mesh... I don't know if you are at/near/past the start of Disc 4 yet but for the love of god, take the time to search and revisit lots o places if you are not/haven't already.

MURAMASA REBIRTH/ Hated the difficulty settings at first. Legend = invincible and chaos = retarded handicap, or so it seemed. Now I am really seeing the brilliance in Chaos mode. The scaling enemies make the ideal approach to progression based on speed and NOT leveling or fighting unneeded battles. Once I got this the pace of the game became awesome. Can't say I've really ever liked the mechanic of scaling enemy levels but it works in spades with Muramasa to keep me moving pretty swift like, I must say.

Don't think you got bad based on your description of the final fight. Easiest way to tell would be to check your trophy collection as each of the endings has a different trophy.

Yeah it was the normal one. I did the true one since.

I LOVED the contrast in the endings. One solidified Lugar as one of my favorite protags ever thanks to the freedom they give you to have things play out as you saw fit (or at least I saw fit). Brilliant scripting. Alternatively, the other ending frames Luger as a complete failure by way of the overall underwhelming tone. Both gave me the distinct sense that my choice really had some weight.

I know quite a few people had drastically different feelings about the endings but they really worked very well on different levels to me. That is, all EXCEPT the arena ending. I felt totally cheated given the time and effort it took me to get that one.

533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 23, 2014, 10:21:36 PM
I like how after 3 years of it, we're STILL arguing about final fantasy games and our own personal likes and dislikes regarding how they're approached. The best part of it all is at the end of the day every single one of us will be guaranteed to play XV regardless of how bittered we were or how engrossed and overjoyed by previous installments.

If you say otherwise I will call you a baldfaced liar.

Short and sweet truth here. Wise words sir.

I think its appropriate to note the hallmark of any worthy media is longstanding debate as to its value. Love it or hate it, D is right, it still has us talking now doesn't it? To explore the fact further, I also think there is great value in anything we love or hate enough to examine "why". Final Fantasy has certainly achieved that at the very least.

I think the ultimate truth in all of it for me is that, whether or I love FF or hate it, the franchise is valuable to me and worth experiencing as an enthusiast of the genre. The games are arguably cultural experiences at this point.
534  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 23, 2014, 08:16:52 PM
@ Damacon/ You sure know how to stir the pot buddy. I'm starting to get the idea that you just really hate games but are rather fond some choice memories you hold onto of a time when you enjoyed them.

If you look for fault/fallacy in RPG's you will find it. If you play through FFXIII condemning it and focusing on internet forum whining you will be hard pressed to even catch what it is you COULD potentially appreciate.

I'm gonna take a titan of a title, Suikoden 2 as my example. I can play through it whoring out and exploiting the most game breaking teams and unite attacks. I can ignore the game-length puzzle of 108 stars and utilizing my favorite characters/teams. Heck, I'm gonna go ahead and play it without playing the first, skipping over long winded dialogue and just blitz it cause its just another something I wish I loved like a game from my childhood. At the end of the day I'm gonna want to cry it had no redeeming gameplay, a lacluster story and all sorts of other problems.

Your not gonna see this ^^ often.  While it can certainly prove one gamers experience with the title, if you appreciate what the game offers, it likely won't happen. You almost naturally get swept up in searching every nook and cranny with a distinct sense of adventure and discovery in Suiko 2. Can you break the game and bitch about it? Of course. 9 out of 10 gamers are gonna be captivated by a sweeping narrative and OCD tendency to tying up loose ends and completion-ism via 108 stars of destiny that yields a massive amount of optional ways to tackle the game.

In short even the best games can be lacluster depending on how much of a critic you are and how you go about them. Play and appreciate games for what they go right and you'll have fun.

And if you stumble across a few games you REALLLY hate on every level, don't play them. The end.

I'm gonna be "that guy" that claims the distaste for games in the current gen stems more as problem with the "gamer" than the games.

Now i'm beginning to re-hash what I said in the other thread so I'm gonna stop there and go back to believing with all my heart that the PS4 will be the most amazing thing to happen to me in my adult life yet as a gamer.
535  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 22, 2014, 07:57:59 PM
Beckoning in the distance breaks down the barrier of solitude and slumber for the youth. Crestee, named appropriately after her late grandfather Dincrest (a hero of the great war), always found a great sanctity in resting well beyond the rising of the dawn. Today however, the young lass was more than ambitious to spring from bed. Her ears perked up at the sound of a distant hollar with excitement before her eyes could even begin to crack the gentle dew at the corners of their lids. The ambition that ran through her animating mind was vividly producing visions of song and dance in the hours to come. Of any all whom dwell in the realm, Crestee enjoyed the merriment of celebration as much if not more than most.

"Crestee!! GET DOWN HERE!! The sheep and livestock!! YOU FORGOT ABOUT THE SHEEP AND LIVESTOCK YESTERDAY!!!!" cried out her uncle in predictable agitation.

Crestee's inner joy at the thought of celebration was quickly snuffed out at the sound of her uncles call. Quickly she remembered that although her duties demanded she lock in the livestock the night prior, her anticipation of the festival effectively edged that responsibility from her mind. This was not the first time, nor did her uncle presume it to the last, that she would simply neglect to remember her chores in wake of something more enticing. Crestee also quickly recalled that of consequence, this generally meant hours of scouring the forest edge to round up farm animals binging on over-ripened fruit.

The forest was a foreboding place. Inviting to none save the farm animals whom couldn't see the trees past the berries in a manner of speaking. Venturing in, as you can imagine, was not an endeavor Crestee enjoyed.

"The animals got out! CRESTEE GET DOWN HERE!!" her uncle projected again.

.... @ Dincrest/ This is all sorts of cool buddy. Nice post. I'm happy to play along here :)

536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 22, 2014, 07:32:01 PM
I recently started writing for another website and they have this thing were they try to predict the hundred best games of the next year. Writers and editors award points to one hundred games (from a list of 200+ titles) they are looking forward too and the editor-in-chief turns everything into a big list using math and some common sense.

This was my first time contributing and picking one hundred games you're looking forward to is HARD. I managed to mark 40 or so titles before I had to start researching (we're encouraged to look up all sorts of indie titles anyway). Where am I going with this? Well, I saw something really awesome:

Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame

I'm not the type of gamer who gets very excited about games that aren't out yet, but I really want to play this. I'm not even sure my laptop will run this all that well (the PC I bought my parents should be able to handle it, so worst case scenario I'll play it there), but I'm going to buy it anyway because it's going to be like €15 and the soundtrack will be included.

The downside is that I feel kind of insecure about being enthousiastic thanks to all that bullshitty GG objective of eliminating the human element from game reviews. Blah. I just wanna enjoy games and be happy about the good ones... So, hey, I case I sounded too promotion-y: nobody bought by feelings. This is just me being happy about stuff I like, and I hope some of you may like this stuff as well.

Well if nothing else seems like it will worth it for the OST if that trailer music is any indication (epic).
537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 22, 2014, 07:21:20 PM
@ Kevadu

I was gonna cite Agarest 2 amongst a few others as my "examples of CH's capacity for improvement" argument but Dincrest beat me to it.

Fact is, I don't think Compile Hearts/Idea Factory are going to break the bank making the games that will make my prediction a reality. My bold prediction is more or less on the grounds that the fanbase for RPGs is going to flourish this generation and meet the budget titles halfway. CH/IF have already proven their potential to learn and make better games with limited resources. If said games develop a greater following and profit there of its only a matter of time before teams behind titles like Fairy Fencer can exercise a bit more ambition.

A ComPilE fActOrEE epic is on the way, I can feeeeeeeel it!!

3. The support and focus on indie devs coupled with the aforementioned fact will result in more Retro-Love-Letter RPG's in the years to come than you can shake a stick at (or play before the PS5 comes out a decade from now).

That's kind of already happening in Kickstarter-land.  Though it remains to been seen how many of those games will actually be good.

See its happening already! I knew it! The seeds have been planted. LoL

Truly though, its not like good things have not come from indie devs. The big hurtle is exposure. PSN on the PS4 is just the vehicle to start opening peoples eyes to what is out there whom would otherwise never look in the given direction. Case and point is Dust an Elysian tale. I've already seen quite a few people ranting and raving about the awesome "new" metroidvania offered to PSplus members last month. And that was already nearly half a decade old on the XBLA. Imagine how much potential exposure could be in store for lesser known quality titles.

5. Somewhere along the line, PS4 users will be able to finally change their PSN names.

Now that's bold ;)

Ok, I'll take that one on the chin. Maybe I'm just being plain silly now.
538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 22, 2014, 06:08:24 PM
After not really being into anything Square related for awhile I hopped on the PS4 recently with sights set on Squeenix offerings. The way I see it, the games square have released in recent years just don't happen to be aligned with what I would care to see. This by no means makes them bad games. It is simply dumb (cruddy) luck for someone such as myself.

Plainly, KH, the FF XIII and FF X brands are really the only Square-made RPGs I really didn't have a taste for. Now, with the definitive version of FF XIV on the PS4, Type-0, and XV finally on the horizon I feel like my return to enjoying the hell out of a square game is just about here. I suppose I never really saw Square as having dropped the ball in terms of pumping out quality titles so much as having just shifted their focus briefly to things that lie far outside the realm of what I personally would hope to see.

One of my motivations in recently buying the PS4 was honestly to tackle a few titles before Type 0 comes out so I can comfortably focus on that. In short 2013-2014 were just bad "Square" years for me personally that I am happy to see over.

Now maybe I am just too optimistic but I truly feel that, outside the realm of Square, the PS4 is really going to prove to be a great console for RPGs. Without making a list here and getting longwinded it seems pretty safe to say that there are some very interesting and promising titles from various devs in the works for 2015/2016. At present, as an RPGFan I really can't imagine counting the purchase of PS4 as a mistake at this point. It would seem a pretty safe bet that you can comfortably count on having something awesome running on the system from this month forward.

I had actually just been reflecting on how surprised I am that the PS4 already has a library developing that excites me. I sort of assumed it would have taken a wee bit longer than one year to coax me into feeling the purchase tempting enough to jump on but lo and behold, they got me.

Now that I have said all I cared to on that, I want to make some bold statements/predictions on the PS4 front.

BOLD PREDICTION 1. Both NIS and Compile Hearts will be responsible for grade A RPG's this gen, on the PS4 that successfully break the barrier of "niche". Yep I did say CH is gonna make an awesome game by most peoples standards. Remember, I am being bold!!

2. The FF brand will reclaim some glory but ultimately have a large hand in mainstreaming interest in JRPGs once again this gen. As a result no one will be able to continue to pose questions like "Are JrpG's deAd???" for quite some time.

3. The support and focus on indie devs coupled with the aforementioned fact will result in more Retro-Love-Letter RPG's in the years to come than you can shake a stick at (or play before the PS5 comes out a decade from now).

4. After years of whining we will see some dead/dormant franchises whored out once again for profit that everyone will complain "isn't as good as the classics". In short, RPG players will get what they have been crying about for ages only to cry some more.

5. Somewhere along the line, PS4 users will be able to finally change their PSN names.

Alrighty I will let my dreamy idealism rest now. The end.
539  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 21, 2014, 10:26:35 PM
Honestly, I feel like if I get ten solid hours out of a game I got my moneys worth. ... As I said, I'm bad at finishing games, though.

@ Klyde, I want to mention this as like a... sort-of complaint against LO but it's not really a complaint because I dig it but it's sort of wonky.

I noticed a few points where the game has some pronounced leaps of logic. Which admittedly aren't worse than any other JRPG but like... That scene in Numara on Disc 1 where Kaim and Seth are like 'Gongara stole our memories CLEARLY HE WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD' seemed kind of abrupt to me.

Exceeeeeeeeeeeept I'm wondering if that's actually intentional. The abruptness and leaps. Because there's a huge theme of /dreams/ in the game and those kind of free associative jumps are typical of dream logic. The way cutscenes are framed, the way the story sometimes bounces around between different places, etc. It all feels really dream-like. It's surreal in a way I've not been able to pin down beyond that.

idk i haven't gamed prpoerly in day.s

You make an excellent point Mesh. Actually, until you pointed it out, I don't think I even realized precisely why I have found the plot and writing so appropriate.

That is, the plot mechanic of immortals whom have lost their memory is a damn near perfect fail-safe for the writers to reach into left field and make it believable. I think that was why it was  so easy for me to suspend any disbelief and easily digest things early on. They sort of make it clear the characters "know" more than they even they themselves are aware of.

As the game has progressed now and revealed more about their pasts I have found pretty much everything that had me raising an eye-brow to be very appropriate. I don't know if the writers were actually this clever or if it was just dumb luck but in short I find the brand of this fiction manages to make the narrative very believable. At the very least I find it far more believable and realistic than most JRPG's in recent memory.
540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Members: PS3 IDs / 360 Gamertags / Wii Friend Codes / Steam IDs on: November 21, 2014, 07:37:13 PM
I'm looking for people to play hard mode on destiny and Diablo on ps4

Syz9000 psn

Hey buddy! I'm not grabbing diablo for the ps4 until I finish Lost Odyssey (another week or two I imagine) but I'll add you none the less and hope you are still looking in a few weeks. Likewise, contemplating Destiny when the need arises for another shooter in my life.

EDIT: Yoda aside I think I need to browse back some pages and add some of you fine folks on PSN.
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