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706  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 10, 2013, 03:08:36 PM
Well that stinks. :/ Looks like I'm just missing out on these ones then.

Now, now, I would become a negative-nel over it (see what I did there... your name is nel...LoL) if I were you.

I personally think Kevadu is right about a ps3 price drop. Actually I think he is right in a huge way. If you look at the prices of ps3 games pre-owned now (not too expensive) and take into account how long the ps3 has been in production you can see that in the not so distant future, these systems and games are going to be hella-accessible pretty cheap. In other words, whereas in the past it took many years for games and systems to devalue and get mega price-cuts, I really don't think your going to be waiting that long to see the same relative drop in this gens hardware and software.

In fact I'll be so bold as to predict that shortly after the release of the PS4, if you watch ebay instead of retailers, you can get at least some model of the ps3 and a copy of graces F for under a 100 bucks. And  if that is not the case, I at least garuntee you'll be able to get the system for that.

I may sound nuts but I really believe with how long this gen has been around in high production there is gonna be more hardware floating around that people are trying to pawn off, come this time next year, than you can shake a stick at.
707  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 09, 2013, 08:05:09 PM
Is there a quick way to get satellite uplinks? That shit seems like it's taking forever

i can't stress enough how making uplinks before seeing a necessity for them will save you such head-aches in the long run... just make em as you have the resources/time to do so. By the time you see a nation in danger of leaving the council chances are slim your gonna be able to pull off uplink construction and launch a satelite before the months end.

in regard specifically to your question if there is a quicker way to  make them I'd love to have  known about it! sure would have made my play-through a wee bit easier...

Klyde - I get around the whole "what will I play next?" deal by organizing my backlog, planning which games to play months in advance, and then keeping an updated list in forum posts and my blog.  Sure, sometimes things come up and screw up my plans (hey there, Persona 4 second cycle!), but overall I'm really happy with it.  I haven't cut into my backlog this well in a decade. 

Sorry I forgot to respond to this.

Organizing a plan of attack and routine to tackle the backlog was what I initially did. It worked well. Got it down to Wild Arm ACF, Agarest 2 and Growlanser WoT.... Then I lost steam. My discipline waned.

I think I simply need to reinstate my gaming routine of week-day-new-stuff and week-end-backloggery until I polish off that list.... That was the strategy I employed to get through rorona, neptunia mk2, and most recently all the post-game ni no content.

Regardless, I thank you for your sound advice monsoon. I really appreciate anyone who entertains and helps me sort out the madness.
708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 09, 2013, 02:10:33 PM
I may be able to pull off a solid Symphonia run if I can get my hands on my Wii again. My sister's a bit of a grubby whore about it, always saying it's hers even though I paid for half of it, and bought EVERYTHING she has for it. I did graces F well enough that I don't need to go back anytime soon.

Personally, I think I oughta re-do my Abyss run, got to the last third of the game and just got sidetracked in life. Sucks, was enjoying it immensely.

Same thing happened to me with abyss!

I also never played vesperia because of it x-box exclusiveness. I got an x-box not too long ago with soul purpose of playing the title actually-LoL

 I really wanted to get to vesperia soon. It was my next intended venture so to speak. But I fear if I do a tales run now I may burn myself out a bit for xilia later this year. But seeing as how now its august as opposed to july maybe I'll reconsider...
709  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 08, 2013, 06:33:01 PM


Motherfucker, I may just have to have a talk with my Wii.  I'll get the brass knuckles.  Or go to the settings page and mess around until I can make it work.

Definately try the "power" button on the remote before beating the snot out of the wii... last time I checked that console doesn't put up much of a fight.

710  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 08, 2013, 06:28:24 PM
Booted up Tales of Graces f for like the first time since about 10 months..... i hane no idea what the fuck -- forgotten everything.  Anyone knowwhy I'm making gel seeds in my eleth mixer???  I remember saying it was a good idea at some point.

High production rate maybe? if memory serves I think I found it best to make sure the eleth mixer was cranking crap out as much as possible... I found myself either producing things out of either A) necessity or B) to increase the mixers level due to the production frequency. I would venture to guess that "b" is the answer to your question.

then again the eleth mixer in the scope of things was really an afterthought for me so my memory of its utility is foggy. the game was plenty easy enough without even needing to exploit the mixers' function.
711  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 08, 2013, 03:45:39 PM
I've been reading a lot lately so I haven't really gamed in a few months; I did find myself feeling like some Mario so I started up the Wii and have been working through Mario 3.  Going back to the Wii after getting used to PS3 is difficult.  Having to go over to the TV/console to turn on the Wii like some goddamn BARBARIAN rather than just pushing a button on the controller to turn it on... :(

In other news I watched the season six Mad Men premiere and loved the general vibe of the show so now I'm stuck 'acquiring' and watching seasons one to five uber-fast.  I'm also trying to watch and then 'can' shows quickly since downloading 26 seasons of the original Doctor Who is really doing some serious damage to the HD space on my laptop.  On a semi-related note the BBC show Sherlock is awesome.

Unless I have been abusing my uber-cool-telekinetic-tattoo-power without realizing it,  I swear the wii mote starts up the system...
712  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 08, 2013, 03:08:17 PM
Definitely do not play EP immediately after IS.

--edit---

Goddamn jade cocoon has an interesting aesthetic. It's like half things fall apart, half egypt, half korea, and half uh that indigenous tribe of bug people that live in brazil.

Thanks for the tip mesh! I hate picking my next game and always need the communities advice and believe me... I really appreciate it! I will heed your warning.

Even though I'm really feeling Ar Tonelico 3 I'm starting to lean toward Overclocked because I already started it. That and if I don't finish a 3ds game soon I will begin to feel defeated in some sense-LoL

I even have Radiant Historia for the DS sitting on the shelf since release and haven't played that yet either....  My ds and 3ds library needs some attention at this point to justify how much I spent collecting the damn things.

EDIT: I wish we had a sticky thread somewhere to address this issue for the indecisive gamer with too many titles on his or her shelf. Some system set up where the community voted on said players "next" game. I would have made the thread ages ago but something tells me most people don't turn it into quite so big a problem as I tend to-LoL

EDIT AGAIN: I just remembered soul hackers is also coming out next week.... and I get REAL excited to play new games while everyone here is doing the same.... oh god, the madness... klyde is so confused.... maybe I should just hold off on overclocked as well and walk for soul hackers? sorry for exposing all you fine folk to the chaos that ensues within my grey matter...
713  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 07, 2013, 07:31:38 PM
I arrived at Xibalba's front step via the silver river early saturday morning in persona 2 IS.... it is late sunday and I'm still there... geeeeeee golly...

And of course now I enter the most trying phase of my gaming routine. SELECTING THE NEXT TITLE TO PLAY!! i feel really compromised this time... there is a lot on my shelf really demanding my attention.

On deck and being decided on at the moment...

1. Finish Wild Arms Alter Code F (stopped at the fake ending or sorts)
2. Finish Agarest 2 (at the end of the 2nd gen, loved it, should have never put it down)
3. Finally play Ar Tonelico 3 (had the LE since release, steared clear as a result of what I knew of the title.... always bugged me I didn't complete the franchise... and to be honest I think after playing innocent sin this could prove "refreshing"... really leaning toward this one right now)
4. Move right into Eternal Punishment (crazy as it may seem, this seems to be the most logical way to enjoy the plot, although the gameplay..... i don't know how much more I could take)
5. Devil Summoner Overclocked (i am determined to finally conquer a DS title)
6. Lost Odyssey (I still have yet to play one X Box 360 exclusive and its driving my mad)

So I'm at a six way split here.... decsions, decisions...
714  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 07, 2013, 07:21:49 PM
my local gamestop has it listed for july

I triple checked and every gamestop still has it listed for july with not so much as a whisper of a delay abound... I'm hoping for july personally to put some distance between this and some of the stuff I'm looking forward to in the fall.
715  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lord British's Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues on: April 07, 2013, 07:19:29 PM
This is about as far from my personal taste as you can get. That said, the "Art Creation and Trade" feature sounds cool to me as does having different roles for your pets.

Certainly has some promising aspects going for it. I'm always shocked when I see something and gets me to scratch my head and go "hmmm, haven't seen it done quite like that..."

If this looked a wee-bit prettier and was on a home console and not pc I'd be more enticed.
716  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 07, 2013, 12:32:14 AM
Did tits ever a get a UMD release?

Yes, but don't count on it for the rest of the series (if they even come out on PSP...).

Agent D., Klyde was pointing out (correctly) that the PSP Go has bluetooth and can work with a normal PS3 controller which is kind of handy when you're playing it on the TV (though I don't know when else you would want to to that...).

I really recommend getting a grip for the PSP.  I find the system incredibly uncomfortable without one.  But maybe that's just me.

Thats for clarifying my point kevadu!

Yes I have used all models capable of being hooked to the tv (2000, 3000 and go). The "go" has the nicest "tv setup" going for it due to the blue tooth deal but I personally use the 3000 because I own so many UMD's. The 3000 has a slightly better color vibrancy going for it on the tv compared to the 2000. However, NOT hooked up the tv I actually liked the 2000 more... but that is not how klyde plays his psp, no sir...

First a word about Trails in the Sky... hands down, without even thinking about it, absolute must buy/play. One of the best games I played in years. The only thing holding it back is the lack of localized sequels.

And now a word of warning on Star Ocean first departure... while looks may prove decieving,  it is NOT star ocean 2 quality by any stetch. I'm not saying its a terrible game... what I am saying though is that, while I love the PSP Star Ocean 2, in hinesight I actually appreciate the original super famicom star ocean in terms of the first.

Lastly...


 and felt pangs of FOREVER ALONE.


... I know those pangs all too well, my heavily-sugared comrad! But fear not!! If I have learned anything from anime and JRPG's it is that eventually everyone makes friends and discovers love! And if I don't well I figure I've seen enough of it in the aforementioned media to get the picture...
717  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2013, 10:25:47 PM
how the fuck much should a used PSP cost
First gen PSPs should run you more than the others, due to the more limited nature of them. 2000 and 3000s should be in the area of 100 bucks. Psp go isn't worth buying so don't bother.

I used to think the same thing, but I do feel now there exists one exception in regard to the "go" being the inferior model.

That is, if you only plan on getting digital copies of your games and only playing on the TV via the lovely audio out function (AKA the coolest feature ever sported on a handheld console) than the "go" is cool simply for the sake that you could use a ps3 controller with it and have it function purely as a home console at that point.

In every other respect the "go" is without a doubt, NOT the model to get.... Go for the 3000 or 2000 I say. There is a difference in graphic quality between the 2000 and 3000 but it is subjective really. I prefer the 3000 personally.

Last thing to note, if modding is a concern of yours, Mesh, then go for the 2000.


... you didn't hear that from me **wink**

 Pre-owned at Gamestop with a pro-membership you can nab one for 50-60 bucks.
718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2013, 10:04:43 PM
Former fast sweet addict here.... I had an unhealthy addition to 2 litres of Coke a day, could eat a bag of cookies when I was down, and lost control whenever someone brought donuts to work. When I decided to go cold turkey for sweet things, it was really hard to find replacements for all the things I liked to have. Water instead of Coke...? Bleah.

But after a month.... I actually CRAVED vegetables. Me, the picky eater who turned down morsels in vegatable form unless fried and salted first? I liked water. I felt strange if I didn't have food that wasn't "unhealthy".

Now I indulge in some sugar (although I avoid the chemical replacements), but I still enjoy healthy foods.

Maybe if you can avoid sugar for awhile, make an effort to eat "real food" for awhile, you might find you don't crave it AS much.




Funny thing is I don't have any refined sugar despite my sweet tooth. After cutting out artificial sweetener, the only thing I have been having is a fruit based sugar sweetener called lo-han. And my diet really only consists of green veggies and poultry (which I love, so long as I spray em down with lo han) (no bread, no grains, no starchy-anything).

Clyde, one thing my old roomate did is she decided the only sweet things she'll eat she HAS to cook them.

She'd still eat cake and stuff like that but:
- It was healthier than anything you could buy
- It was much cheaper, and
- It was enough of a bother to bake for her to cut down on it a lot.

That is essentially what I do now... I just spray that lo-han crap on and in everything...

Have you looked into truvia? It's a natural sweetener, not like aspartame, but not sugar either. Might be something to look into if you really gotta have that sugar rush.


I don't tolerate either stevia nor Erythitol (the two main ingredients in truvia) stevia will drop my blood pressure so low its scary and erythitol makes me so sick I feel like I'm using anti-freeze to sweeten things. My search for something that didn't spike my insulin nor upset my stomach led me to the lo-han (also known as monks fruit). It is also completely natural like stevia, but substantially less refined than most stevia products. It is actually just a matter of simmering the monks fruit in water and taking using the liquid that is leftover as a sweetener. Virtually calorie free, doesn't impact blood sugar and most importantly is doesn't hurt my tummy.

After posting and reflecting a bit on the situation, I realized this has not always been a problem yet the lo han and sweet affinity has always been there... so now I'm starting to wonder if I'm not missing something else...

I did reincorporate a bit of dairy back into my diet after not having it for like 5 years. I tend to wonder if maybe it wouldn't be wise to try cutting that back out first and just seeing if I could moderate my sweet tooth then (i never really had too much trouble in the past). From what I have been reading lots of other folks seem to have extreme cravings as a result of dairy yet I can't seem to find even 1 argument against lo han.... And I did notice that nearly the moment I decided I was gonna try and go without the "taste of sweet" my mind almost immediately jumped to "just put cheese on everything".

I tend to be a bit of an extremist you see... Something that never really works out for me... so somewhere in me I know intuitively the answer to this riddle is moderation of my lo han (not complete abstinence). I just need to figure out why I started going nuts with the stuff in the first place.

I sincerely thank you guys for your suggestions and paying mind to my complaints. I seriously NEEDED to bitch about this problem for a moment.
719  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2013, 05:26:49 PM
WARNING! WARNING! A BLATANT PLEA FOR MORAL SUPPORT IS ABOUT TO BE LET LOOSE!


Well guys, in the wake of my "lets quit sweet n' low" experiment I have determined that I must give up the "taste" of sweet. I have come to the conclusion that I am highly addicted to sweet tasting things and (strange or simple as it may seem) it is the root of great strife for me. This effort is irrelevant in regard to weight (as by anyone standards I don't think a full grown adult male of 125-130 lbs needs to lose) and is purely in the interest of better cognition and saving money.

I never really looked at how disrupting the "tasting of sweet things" is to my life (and wallet). Upon examination I came to some startling conclusions...

1.I spent well over 100 dollars on non-nutritional food items in the last 3 days (things I didn't need but just simply wanted because they were sweet).

2.I will literally not consume meat, vegetables or ANYTHING if I can't sweeten it somehow.

3. I will and am late for things because I can't stop drinking sweet coffee.

4. (Dumb as this may sound, it is the most disturbing point to me) I watch less anime then I have in the past and play less games to acomodate my sweet coffee habit.

5. I drink 1 gallon of almond milk a day or more. If I don't sweeten it, I don't even want a single glass.

6. I find myself distracted by the thought of sweet things at the most odd times, this is becoming too frequent to point of almost constant. While I am tattooing, playing games, running, drawing, driving... you name it.

I can go on but you get the idea. I am very distressed over this situation. While I am happy and hopeful at the prospect of making a positive change in my life... I FEEL FREAKIN' WEAK AT THE KNEES OVER IT!!!

I don't know why I am even posting this crap... I just feel like garbage over the whole thing and needed to vent I guess. As I have expressed in the past, this is my preferred social outlet and I have somehow come to identify you all as my friends... As such, you must put up with my ellipses and whining-LoL

But seriously, I feel so down about all this it isn't even funny. I could have paid my electric bill, paid off soul hacks and pandoras tower, probably watched a entire season of anime and easily have beaten persona 2 IS in the last 14 days if I wasn't "sweet" addicted.

The kicker? Because of my limited diet I can only have certain things that aren't always the easiest to find... the other night at 2 am I drove over 40 miles to buy one of my "sweet treats" because my local store was sold out... as I was counting change to fill my tank and drive back ( because I spent all the cash I had on me to stock up)  the thought occurred to me " Klyde... there is something wrong here..."

On the upside, it only took about 1 full day to stop seriously craving the sweet n' low so I can't imagine this being too bad...
720  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 05, 2013, 09:49:55 PM
I only found the Persona 2 fans -- specifically, the Innocent Sin fans -- to be really unbearably elitist. 

After playing IS this week I understand why this is... they got toward the end of something with a story they couldn't let go of, only to find in their anticipation of a climax they had to first meander their way through a string of dungeons that lasts the better part of 10 hours before seeing more (relevant) plot.

The whole enchilada proves to be so compelling yet torturous all at once the gamer in question can't help but develop a superiority complex if they do in fact make it through the aforementioned final stretch of title. LoL


Seriously though... I don't think I'll ever be able to see any reference to the scorpio zodiac sign for the rest of my days without experiencing some sort of dread. I hated that freakin' temple... it wouldn't have been so bad without other 3 but damn... I feel like I've been in dungeons since monday... oh wait... I have...
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