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601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: January 29, 2014, 06:34:22 PM

I've always found the fact that the target demographic being males (given the content) with a lot of games is strange when you consider the feminine quality in tone and visual to most JRPGs. Regardless, niche JRPG's are something I certainly adore so I'm not complaining. Just stating that I observe it as a poor business model is all.

To clarify, I feel like they target a specific gender to sell games to but then go and shoot themselves in the foot by simultaneously targeting a minority proportion or small percentage of that gender.

Quite simply, most niche JRPG's have all the makings of a "girly" game if you strip away the fan service and boob-age and whatnot. So why not be rid of the fan service crap and make it WAY more comfortable for female audiences to enjoy? In many cases you would have the same product (game or anime) without panty shots and all the junk that, IMO, really compromises the integrity of a title. Add in some female MC's here and there and I could totally see a more widely accepted product in the end.

But I'm just philosophizing here based on my own narrow and skewed perspective.... maybe fan service tailored to a male audience REALLY IS a major selling point and I am simply unaware. Additionally I'm floating way off topic here because I'm not really speaking about the AR franchise and just the gaming/gender bias issue. So let me get grounded again and just say that....
So considering quite a few Gust titles get localized, what do you guys feel are chances are of seeing Ar Nosurge in the west?

99.99%

.... those are GOOD odds and it makes me happy :)



602  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: January 28, 2014, 05:59:09 PM
So considering quite a few Gust titles get localized, what do you guys feel are chances are of seeing Ar Nosurge in the west?
603  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 28, 2014, 05:22:01 PM
Klyde, I wanted that damn sculpt!!!!! BUt I am also very happy with the links about Joan of Arc, honestly been fascinated since I finished the game

Fret not Bytor ol' buddy! I will another contest soon. Probably by the end of next week or the following so keep your eyes peeled.
604  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 28, 2014, 04:19:16 PM
the final bosses' final forms were never given any context.



Forget limiting examples to a few Final Fantasies... I think this tends to be a JRPG thing in general.. In fact, I think you would have a far shorter list of end game bosses that did not turn out to be or morph into some creature/demon things that was otherwise up til that point unknown.


Another thing I hate is how people who criticize Squall's character in FF8 for being a douchebag many times act like douchebags themselves not to mention that the character has the right psychological background to be the way he is and that he grows into a great character by the end of the game

Different characters click with different people. Some people dislike characters like Squall and love characters like Laguna.




One of the primary appeals of ff8 to me was Squall. He REALLY clicked with me. I felt like his douchebag behavior made  him vulnerable and far more human than most do-gooder MC's and as such (for me) much easier to relate to. Then again maybe I just saw a bit of myself in Squall because I know at heart I can be a overtly whiny and depressive guy myself if I'm not mindful.

Back on topic though...

Upon thinking on it after posting last night, I realized a character flaw of mine I touched on that invades EVERY facet of my life (not just gaming). Quite simply I can follow through with easily, but never trust in, my decisions.

In other words, with gaming it goes a little something like this. I want to play X and Y. Both seem good, both I will enjoy. I play X... but constantly believe I would be enjoying my time with Y more. This I sort of touched upon in my initial post. What I did NOT realize until last night is that I do this WITH EVERYTHING!!!!

Every time I eat I think another viable option would taste better. When working on art, I always think other color and tonal choices would have been a better move. If I wear a f**king black t-shirt for the day I SWEAR the quality of said day could have been exponentially greater if only I had chosen the long sleeve!!!!! If I'm smoking Marlboro Menthols I'm damn-near certain with every puff I would enjoy my longstanding favorite Camel Turkish Silvers!!!!!!!

Sadly those ^^ examples are not exagerations. Reinforcing the articles point that the magical ability to enjoy lies within ones own self and not so much the media or stimuli under criticism.

For the record BTW... I always have both menthols and non on hand... I have like a closet full of exactly the same jeans and shirts so I don't have to put much thought or decisive energy into my attire and I select my foods based solely on what is objectively the healthiest options.

605  The Rest / General Discussions / Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 27, 2014, 09:31:49 PM
I simply want to say that editorial that was recently posted on the art of enjoying games was superb and insightful.

I myself have known for quite some time that I can suck the fun out of a circus if I let myself.

Particularly when it comes to my gaming I have a myriad of traps and pitfalls I must avoid to enjoy them properly. The biggest hurdles for me personally include but are not limited to:

-New release hype the "I must play everything mentalitiy": This is the biggest one for me. Even if I have already established I don't in fact like a game I feel I NEED to experience and play them based on the fact that I see news on siliconera pop up every other day. In fact I will, and have, purposely delayed playing things I know I love for a day 1 purchase of something I know I will in fact dislike based on hype alone. I hate this about myself.

-I wonder what else is out there: Even if I am thoroughly enjoying the game I am playing, I can easily become lost in thought/obsessed with the next thing I am gonna play and rush the hell out of something I could savor. Another tendency I am trying to work on.

I wish I had more time now to elaborate more. But I simply had to express my appreciation for the editorial. Really hit home.
606  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 27, 2014, 09:21:17 PM
I can't remember if it was Vesperia or Abyss, but in one of the serving mini-games I was struggling even using pen & paper, and then found out you didn't really have to perform that well to get the outfits and felt like a complete tool.

I'd venture to guess it was Vesperia as the same thing just happened to me!! LoL

I was so happy to finally get another outfit for Estelle. I like her character enough but her outfit bugged me.
607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 27, 2014, 06:55:58 PM
Man, all I gotta say is that is ANYONE was able to pull off the waiter/waitress mini game in Tales of Vesperia with Raven without using a pen and pad you deserve a medal.

That was tedious even with a pen and pad in hand.

I can happily report I have now acquired everyone's resturaunt service outfits. I feel a wee bit more complete as a person now...
608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 27, 2014, 04:53:52 PM
My guts can't handle fruit or berries any more but when I was kid I LOVED fresh dark purple grapes right off the vine....

There was also this strange hybrid tree on my property growing up. It was amidst pear and apple trees and it produced the most unique fruit. Gee golly what I'd do to have and be able to eat a pear-apple, pain free, once again.
609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 26, 2014, 07:24:32 PM

Extremely accurate visual portrayal of how my mind feels lately, Mesh.
610  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 07:22:26 PM
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0975265628?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0975265628&adid=0KCQ6QHZ97JJZXEWA5FJ&
Maid of Heaven: The Story of Saint Joan of Arc
by Ben D. Kennedy

Extremely well-regarded amongst fans of Joan in spite of the fact that its expressed via poem. I must admit recalling being a bit thrown by the simplistic poem structure of the writing myself at first. Not by any means a bad read though.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0812812603?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0812812603&adid=07N994V47X8SWFQQS1DZ&
Joan of Arc: By Herself and Her Witnesses
by Régine Pernoud

Cool because its an almost entirely factual and objective read. Comprised of translated historical documents and facts.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/0898702682?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0898702682&adid=1S5ZCZPSN874NY2WCEDY&
Joan of Arc Paperback
by Mark Twain

Fictionalized account of Joan but extremely accurate historically. This is considered by many to be the go to book about Joan. Twain supposedly spent 12 years researching her to write this.

Beyond those there are some REALLY neat books that examine the whole faith and spirituality aspect, long before they concern themselves with historical fact. But those reads would probably prove a wee bit more interesting after familiarizing yourself with Joan's story.

There are also great films about the lovely lady.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EU1OXI?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B000EU1OXI&adid=1753Y4CDBG992ZVP54PX&
Joan of Arc - Child of War, Soldier of God

Not the most incredible cinema but it does a decent job as a good overview of Saint Joan's story.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001UZWMU?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B0001UZWMU&adid=18A0S915EGW1089T0BY8&
Joan of Arc (1948)

^^ just discovered this one recently actually and haven't got to watch it yet, but it came highly suggested to me.
611  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 04:20:51 PM
I enjoyed just watching this. :)

I'm not sure if your model was based on something, but it feels like it should be a Persona enemy to me.

Nope not based on anything. Though I totally agree. Maybe playing SMT titles for a cumulative 150-200 hours last year influenced me creatively without my realizing it-LoL

Score!  I can't believe it wasn't Itzpapalotl, though... ;)  It's a cool little sculpture, glad I won.

Did you ever play the PSP game Jean D'Arc?  I'd be curious to hear what you thought as a fan of the real lady.

I played through most of the game before losing my data/losing my SD card. I am actually torn on my opinion of it. As a SRPG I loved it. As a fan of Joan though I must say the game missed the mark for me. The core legend/tale of Joan is there and the fairy-tale-take on it is cool, it is just Joan as a character that I felt was a little (or a lot) off.

But to be perfectly honest, when it comes to Joan of Arc I don't feel any representation could really do her justice in my mind. It is hard to recount the tale of the lady without portraying her in a way that paints the picture of a crazy or war-driven character. While no one knows for certain, I really don't feel that was the case.

And double post for very amateurly taken pics of my Green Lantern ring.  Just links because they're big photos.  It's a little scratched and dinged from years of wearing.  I should take it in and have it cleaned up some.  The stone's a tourmaline - not valuable, just the right color.  I wear it on my middle finger, which hopefully gives you an idea of scale.

Front of the ring.

From the side.
I certainly had fun with this too.  And it's interesting all the intellectual responses we got, like I actually learned something.  

Klyde- if you ever do the Griever ring on one of your fingers, ya'd better share pics.  

That lantern ring is AWESOME! Waaay more classy than I imagined it looking. Very nice.

And as for the griever, there is strong possibility of that happening and you guys will certainly see it if it does.

Now, as for Joan/Jeanne and me and why I chose to commemorate her in such a permanent fashion...

Its as simple as this. Jeanne D' Arc is the absolute zenith/pinnacle illustration of the utility of faith to the human condition in my mind.

I grew up with no religious background.

I didn't "find God" in a conventional christian sense.

I did however eventually discover the story of a lady who's profound faith enabled her to far exceed the capabilities and ambitions of those around her. The aspects of her life that cannot be denied as anything other than entirely factual make it difficult to deny the strength one can foster when they are doing what they believe is their purpose. Doing the right thing, for the right reasons.... This is essentially what Jeanne means to me.

- At the age of 16 she was able to take up a sword with no combat training and proceeded to conquer one of the strongest known armies in the world to free her people at what she believed was God's behest.

That fact alone, amongst the many other remarkable aspects of her tale, illustrated to me the importance of faith itself. All of the sudden God and faith became something more important to me than a fleeting intellectual curiosity and something I really cared to understand and include in my life.

I went on to read/watch just about everything I could about Jeanne and now find her story to be one of the most compelling historical events in human history. A story that goes overlooked and under-appreciated by my measure.

I could expand on all of this but you get the point.
612  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 03:56:18 AM
How about a bow, related to Diana/Artemis, or a fleur de lis, which is associated with Joan of Arc.

Or thanks to randomly hunting through Wikipedia, maybe a deer or a bird for Itzpapalotl, Aztec warrior goddess.

AND TOOK WINS IT!!!!

The correct answer is the Fleur De Lis!! It is real late.... I just got done tattooing for a long time and need some Vesperia in my life before I call it a day. Come tomorrow I will elaborate more on why I adore Joan/Jeanne, the Maid of Orleans, as much as I do. Forgive what will presumably be a double post but I was far too eager to wait to announce that we have our WINNER!!!!!

Congratulations again Sir Tooker. PM me wherever it is you want me to send your prize.

This was fun for me. I think after my next batch of sculpts I may do it again if no one is opposed to the notion.
613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 08:32:30 PM
I actually used your PSN handle "Triscal Goddess" along with your other hints to make my guess. 

Very clever!

Is it one of Boudicca's Celtic things?  That lady was a true bad-ass. 

Nope, excellent shot though.
614  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 06:30:18 PM
The triskelion triple goddess symbol. There are so many, like the legs, the spiral, the crescents... I can't decide WHICH triskelion to go with.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triskelion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_spiral
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Three-Crescents-Diane-Poitiers.png


holy crud dincrest.... well i don't know what to say...that is not the tattoo on my right ring finger. Although IT IS the tattoo on my right pointer finger!! LoL

I'll tell you what. I don't have the time/resources to get to it immediately but in the coming weeks I will make you a sculpt for this ridiculously dead on guess.

I never expected someone to have figured out one of my other finger tattoos... How surprising. Congrats.

You are still welcome to try and win this particular sculpt as well Din. If you do in fact win this one as well, I will still make you an additional one in the not so distant future for this remarkable shot in the dark.

I'll PM you when your sculpt is ready to find out where you want it sent.

SO THE CONTEST IS STILL ON GUYS!!!

Hint Number 4: The FEMALE with whom this symbol is associated (and why it is signifigant to me) is more often then not depicted and viewed as a warrior or sorts.

Now we are really narrowing it down! The next hint will probably give it away if no one gets it with this one. So get guessing!

EDIT: Fair is fair and all.... I have a third finger tattoo in addition to the symbol in question and the triskelion. If anyone happens to stumble upon what that one is they will also win a sculpt.

615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 04:38:47 PM
no Jesus fish either I'm afraid... don't be discouraged though! Keep guessing and a few more hints in someone will get it for sure :)
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