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556  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 13, 2014, 06:03:07 PM
Kinda looks like Sol-Falena.

It really does. xD

I always remember rolling my eyes a bit at Jansen's infatuation of Ming too.  She's like half-naked and I had trouble believing he liked her personality-at-first-sight. :P

My two biggest problems with the art direction are the female's outfits and general proportionate problems in terms of character models. It is like they took SD qualities in the all the opposite directions of super-cute. Instead of super big heads we get what? Inexcusably large thy muscles...? Really, who the hell thought that looked good.

I mean I know I'm being picky here, and it isn't near as bad as say Dragon's Crown but I still have to question the aesthetic sensibility of the designers at points.

EDIT: On a completely different note, I think I'm going to eject Puppeteer from my current gaming agenda and incorporate Muramasa based on the fact that I'm picking up a vita TV tonite and excited. Puppeteer seems a very entertaining game but I've been wanted to play Muramasa for a heck of a long time.

And in regards to the Vita Tv, I will keep calling it a Vita TV no matter what Sony calls it in the west. The lame effort to sidestep the vita stigma by effectively removing the word from the product is just plain silly. It plays Vita games on my TV. That is what is. That is what it does. And from what I understand, at present, that is truly about ALL it does. LoL
557  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 13, 2014, 02:19:20 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/ Polom and Porom sang the most lovely song yesterday in what I thought was a super creepy dungeon until I got to the next and realized that I was now in the super creepy dungeon. I think this game has a pretty cool/weird/scary/foreboding tone that harkens back to the shadow hearts influence here and there to some extent.

558  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 13, 2014, 02:12:57 PM
My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Best reply in 9 pages right here! Annubis gets +1 ninja points.

But @ Damacon, I just want you to know I enjoyed your thread. I didn't/don't see you as a bad guy. Best of all (for me) it proved a fine opportunity to re-evaluate my own position on contemporary gaming and RPGs a bit. You keep saying your goal was to spawn some meaningful banter to some extent and I think to those ends you succeeded buddy. Lots o' good shhhhhtufff has been said here albeit not quite in the avenue or direction you may have intended.

Thus I give you Damacon +1 ninja points as well.
559  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 13, 2014, 02:00:14 PM
Vita TV is my final "new" toy I will treat myself too specifically for Hearts R and Muramasa since Ys still quasi-doesn't work. I was gonna hold off as clearly the device will flop and drastically drop in price (psp go, all over again) but a gamestop manager I know got one via promo and hates it (wants to sell).

So it looks like I will finally stop crying on here (as much) about not being able to play vita exclusives. What is baffling about the Vita TV is how this made it to the market ahead of a DS/3DS upscaling device considering the Wii U tech seems way more reasonable to pull something like that off. I actually never really expected to see the "VitaTV" or anything like it once sony pulled the "audio/video out" plug from the initial design. Rather I imagined a vita model yet to come with the plug again in the vein of how the PSP did it.

560  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 11, 2014, 06:37:14 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/ Jansen is officially grade-A quality comedy to me at this point. Just saw Seth's dream. I am immersed. Have I mentioned I adore the cast??

Borderlands 2/ I did some sidequests and then got lost wandering for longer than I care to admit. That sure happens to me a lot in this game.

RaNdOm/ woke up early this morning with a strong compulsion to buy all the Mortal Kombat games on sale via PSN before the sale expired this afternoon. Why? Because I suck at fighting games and of all the fighting games I sucked at, Mortal Kombat had the coolest ninjas. There is something so fulfilling about playing games I am horrible at and finally getting somewhere with them. I used to be really turned off by games that resulted in my "epic failure" and endless stream of "game overs" but now I see them erroneously as some form of opportunity for personal growth.

^^^ I am applying far too much meaning to things here.
561  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 11, 2014, 06:26:18 PM
Well damn Tomara. Given your profession I hope you are proud because you TOTALLY just sold me hardcore on buying this. In fact, based purely on what you said I am going out and buying the physical copy right now without yet owning the Vita TV or a means to play it just because you got me that excited to hold the damn thing.

You had me at "the 90's" and "sailor moon" but throwing in a "Lunar" really put me over the edge. LoL
562  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 11, 2014, 06:22:47 PM
Man you know honestly I don't have much interest in physical intimacy, period.

But honestly I'm not even that interested in like emotional intimacy either? I get lonely sometimes but that particular drive to like, go out and date or make friends with people is just not there for me. I've never dated anyone. I don't want to /start/ at any point. idk why.

This has no impact on my gaming habits though.

I began preferring "alone" to "intimate" in my mid-late 20's. It is a far easier existence that, while I could look at it as slightly disordered, REALLY helps keep me focused on what I truly care about. Not that there is anything wrong with liking women and dating but there was a point during which the femme fatale were an all consuming preoccupation for me somewhat akin to a chemical addiction.

Now, I'm not saying living like I do now is right. Outside of my professional life, this forum is the most social I become. I am however saying that with too much focus on others, it is easy to turn a blind eye to what you really value.

So in short Mesh, what I am getting at is this. Based on my experience it is not you who is missing out on anything by not dating or being a social animal but rather he who can not sit comfortably by himself who IS MISSING out on getting to know himself. From my perspective the ability to be comfortable by your lonesome speaks volumes about your strength, awareness and emotional health.

Definitely put me in the camp that if you can't enjoy gaming right now, this is probably not the entertainment medium for you - there is more selection and more tastes catered to than EVER before in its history.

Thank goodness someone else finally said it!!!!! Far more concisely than I did BTW. I have a knack for being long-winded I supposed. I truly swear the only way you can be unhappy as a modern gamer is if you just flat-out don't like gaming. And even if you claim to hate gaming, I still contend you just haven't stumbled upon your preferred tastes yet due to non-exposure.

Between phones, tablets, consoles, PC's, browser games, text based games, and God knows what else, everyone from my mother to my co-workers 6 year old kid likes some type of freakin' game.

I think the biggest let-down when exploring a hobby such as gaming is when you attempt to use it to suit other needs. In other words, I for one have a daily pre-requisite for expending creative energy on something. Be it tattooing, sculpting, drawing or writing I simply CANNOT enjoy much of anything until I get that nervous energy out. The inherent need for me to do something creative on a daily basis is like an itch that I have to scratch on a pretty consistent basis. I have at times tried to "take days off" and fill em with gaming/recreation and DAMN DO I FEEL ITCHY!!! (translation: dissatisfied with everything else I do)

I will admit to sometimes falling prey to liking gaming too much. That is, I begin to erroneously allow the hobby to suit certain needs that it simply should not. Case and point, my love of compelling characters has certainly filled the role of having living role models to an extent. I also tend to enjoy narrative through gaming so much so that it has all but totally replaced reading novels and watching tv/movies. I am aware this sort of fulfillment is slightly misplaced and I enjoy my hobby a wee bit more than I probably should but screw it, I chalk it up to knowing what I like and forgiving myself for over-indulging a bit.
563  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 10, 2014, 11:10:35 PM
I brought up the marriage bit in an effort to be slightly comedic but while we are on the subject of phones, women and marriage I'll be serious for a moment.

Screw texting man. I may be willing to accept the fact that having a phone at my side 24/7 is necessary evil of the modern world, and certainly a necessity when you are in business for yourself, but I can't stand the fact that we are in the "age of texting". Whats worse yet is it quite literally the only means through which some will communicate it seems.

The whole married thing has less to do with gaming and more to do with the fact that I just don't have the energy for that anymore. Getting rid of games would help free up some time but nothing will change the fact that my career totally costs me all me "people points" for the day. Tattooing puts me in a unique position where I end up intimate in a non-sexual way with people constantly, whilst also rendering me briefly but very emotionally committed to revolving people. In short, tattooing reminds of how real life is to a frightening extent and once I'm through with it for the day the only people and places I want to see are fantastic, fake and digital.

And while we are off topic, don't feel bad about losing a chick'ee over the phone my friend. The last girl I was seeing made the critical error of prioritizing physical intimacy over couch co-op seiken densetsu 3 and I called it quits. Gotta keep our priorities straight my man! LoL

I'm done dancing off topic. Any more talk like this I may begin to negatively reflect on my personal life.
564  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 10, 2014, 08:21:47 PM
Actually, in spite of gaming like its been my secondary career for roughly 3/4 of my time breathing, I STILL don't feel even remotely close to being a "contemporary" gamer. There is just so much to freakin' play!! LoL

I have yet to really invest time into even a single MMO, after doing my backloggery I clearly see a need to explore the WRPG realm far more extensively than I have, and I know there is some sci-fi out there for a Ninja like me I have just yet to uncover. And that is just the RPG we are talking about, thus I am not even commenting on the inherent desire to dabble in other genres.

I play anywhere from about 2-5 hours a day on average and am quite certain I will never run out of new games to discover/get excited about. Truly its far easier for me to slip into the counter pitfall of noticing on weekly basis all the crap I wish I had time to experience. Maybe I'm weird but the novelty of the gaming industry having gone from a quasi-niche hobby for geeks (when I was a kid) to a massive industry that is pretty constantly expanding and trying new things technologically (adulthood) has not worn off for me. In fact, that novelty hasn't even worn thin.

The way I see it, if ever I begin to grow bored of console gaming I can just start exploring PC gaming and get retarded-excited for another few decades exploring that.

This post made me realize I may never get married :(
565  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 10, 2014, 07:40:43 PM
I still fall prey to the false sense of security that physical merchandise provides me. Something comforting about having something tangible to hold and get excited about. I sort of hate that about me! LoL

At least I finally stopped ordering each and every NIS exclusive CE. I guess I'm getting better to some extent.

Thank you for the quick reply Kev. In fact that was like a damn near instant reply. Your forum-fu is indeed impressive grasshopper.
566  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 10, 2014, 07:35:54 PM
I personally rarely want to play games like yesteryear's classics. They were awesome, but I've already played them. I want new types of experiences that try interesting new things, not more polished versions of games I've already played. I find there are just as many awesome games now as there ever were. The only difference is that I have way less time to play them.

Unless they're Kingdom Hearts HD remasters. I also want those.

Its funny this topic is on the table ATM as I was just reflecting on this a bit having very recently compiled my backloggery.

I started gaming again in my adult life around 2007-2008 ish after having put down the controller since about 1999-2000. For a few years I really tried to play catch up and see what I missed out on. Collecting numerous games and trying desperately to blitz them only to feel like I was consequently missing out on the current gen as a result.

The thing I felt I was missing out on in the current gen was quite simply the "new" experience. For better or worse no one can argue the fact that the ps360 era has some very different offerings in terms of this genre. And whether or not different means better or worse doesn't change the fact that "new" excites me.

The really cool part of being an RPGfan at present is, if you prefer something classic there are still titles coming out that cater to that taste. I really find it harder and harder to get excited about yesteryears games as time goes on and I become more aware of the variety available nowadays.

I still do however get excited to try old 16bit era imports that I missed out on when I was a kid and the occasional hand drawn-sprite-tastic ps1 title here and there but for the most part I am over getting hung up on what I didn't play or want to re-experience.

I said it before and I'll say it again, this is (at least IMO) the coolest time ever to be a gamer and fan of RPG's. Things are happening in the realm of gaming and within this genre that were pure fantasy to me when I was a kid (no pun intended).
567  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 10, 2014, 07:18:07 PM
All retail Vita games are also available digitally.  That's Sony's policy.  So yeah, I wouldn't worry about not being able to find it in the future unless you absolutely have to have a physical copy.

That didn't even occur to me when my buddy was strong arming me into this purchase. Well that changes things up for me a bit. Any advantage of having a physical copy in regards to use with the vita tv I should be aware of?
568  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.
569  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 :)
570  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.
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