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721  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 20, 2014, 10:33:27 PM
Thread of the year right here. Calling it now.

I see myself returning to this thread quite a bit as I've a lot to share and say on the subject. But to begin...

I don't really care as much (or as hard) for Megaman as most do, and I suck at the titles I have played.  But I love the artists who work at Capcom,

I must comment in agreement here. In fact EVERY time I've found myself attracted to playing the X franchise it is purely due to the art. It usually only takes a few stages for me to remember I don't care for mega man, robots, or anything (with the exception of zero). I know I will perpetually search to connect my love of the art with actually PLAYING the games. I've even fallen victim to occasionally indulging Street Fighter titles for this very same reason.

And on that note, the ultimate example of my love of art NOT coinciding with my love of the gaming experience has to be Agarest Wars.

Both the concept art, and in game styling is top notch. The gaming experience itself is anything but... I tried so hard to love this series for the art but it just didn't happen.

Now when my love of art and style is in line with my love the game itself it equates to gaming perfection for me. With that in mind, here is one of my favorite Mana illustrations.

The beauty of the Mana art to me is the result of uber-dynamic color palettes in everything from NPC's to environments coupled with an almost DarkCrystal/Hensen meets anime "mood" to the whole package.

There is a TON more I want to share and express on this subject but I'm pressed for time right now. I will return later/tomorrow and probably the next day to give this thread proper attention.
722  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2014, 06:22:53 PM

Terranigma is a great choice if you are in need of a break. Good game and not too long (15 hours or so). There are some bosses that require some grinding (or a bucket full of magic rings), but that's the worst of it. Oh yeah, enjoy the awesome music! :D

I did decide to go with Terranigma for my weekend-retro title. And I must say.... I FREAKIN' LOVE IT! Proving to me once again, that it isn't purely the nostalgia factor that makes SNES era Rpgs/ARpgs so enjoyable for me. I never once laid eyes on Terranigma during my childhood. This is my first experience with it.

I really appreciate how much the first hour of the game reminds me of the movie Legend.

Gameplay feels extremely solid for a game of its era. Certainly trumps the Mana games, which have not aged so well in terms of gameplay and controls, even though they are probably my favorites from the generation.

I was sort of fearful this was going to feel rough because I was playing Bastion on the Xbox earlier this week but that just is not the case. Gaming really hit a prime or pinnacle in the 16-bit days. As simplistic as the games were, and for as limited as the devs were at that time by hardware, some of these titles just feel great to play to this day. Plain and simple.

Maybe I'm being overtly optimistic here, but I feel like Terranigma may prove as enjoyable to me as some of all time retro-golden-age-favorites.

723  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 10:40:42 PM

Man I wouldnt make a habit of that. It wont be much longer before that technique becomes obsolete and you could potentially be inflicting very serious injuries to your body.

If I was a betting man, I'd wager you are indeed correct. In fact, I would go so far as to say, rather than potentially suffering injury it may be more like "inevitably" suffering injury should I continue.

I don't agree with or condone my behavior as of late. It is more or less a compulsive thing. A very disordered behavior certainly. I suppose you could say I am, in a sense, "telling on myself" here.

For the record though, I don't intend on keeping it up. My body hurts today. I think I out-ran myself or something...
724  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 07:34:51 PM
I am terrible with keeping current with music... At present though I have been routinely listening to some semi-old Vendetta Red on a daily basis and running to the new Babymetal album. Jpop/Jrock interest comes and goes for me, but that Babymetal album kicks ass.

In other news, my dietary excursion a few weeks ago set into motion a destructive pattern as of late. I discovered I can eat foods I am intolerant and/or allergic to so long as I run insane amounts of miles directly after and burn it out of my system at warp speed.... Yesterday was 21 miles post some peanut butter and chocolate. The good news, I had NO allergic reaction save a tummy ache. The bad news...?? I think this qualifies as an eating disorder of some nature. That is, eating foods one is allergic/intolerant of and then purging via exercise.
725  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 18, 2014, 07:20:51 PM
Bastion/ Xbox controller on the fritz... halting progress.

Atelier Escha and Logy/ Life on the fritz... halting progress... slag graveyard was cool though.

Getting back to my RETRO GAMING WEEKEND!!! Yes, indeed. It needed to happen. Without scheduled time to enjoy the titles of yesteryear, I clearly can't seem to incorporate them in my gaming routine. And so I will reinstate, my highly regimented routine of playing nothing but retro games on the weekend.

To kick it off I was torn. I have wanted to play-through both Terranigma and Romancing Saga 3 for years. I think I am going to move into Terranigma first because I am really feeling something a wee-bit more action oriented.

In other news, upon joining the Raptr community due to being jealous of Blace's awesome cross-platform consolidated sig, I have been trying to get my profile up to date. I made mention of this a few days ago in the haps thread. Well, to my dismay, updating hours on Raptr happens in real time.... to add insult to injury, it seems to cap manually tracked hours for the day and disregard whatever you log beyond that. Why does this suck?? BECAUSE I SPENT MORE TIME THEN ANY MAN IN THE RIGHT MIND WOULD ADDING SIX HOUR INCREMENTS TO ALL THE GAMES IN MY LIBRARY AND IT WAS ALL FOR SQUAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I give up. Sometimes a mans gotta know when to say enough enough. I don't care if my Raptr profile accurately reflects my hours. Its enough to have a cool sig with consolidated achievements I suppose.
726  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 16, 2014, 06:26:35 PM
What a beautiful day!


...Welcome, spring...welcome.

^^^ This...

So I noticed a fellow community members signature was a "Raptr" sig. I got curious and checked into this "Raptr".

I love how it consolidates your gaming status from across multiple platform and profiles. I DO NOT love how I have becoming obsessive about getting my profile up to speed by having to manually add games and hours to my library/profile.

I have spent far more time then I am willing to admit in the last two days getting my Raptr account to somewhat accurately reflect my gaming to date.

This is pointless. This is stupid. This is time consuming. I cannot stop. Help....

I do however want to publicly send my thanks to Blace for inadvertently turning me on to Raptr. I suddenly feel like my achievements are something to be proud of instead some arbitrary measure of some useless agenda that in fact has no real impact on anything.. I do not of course include PSN trophies in that statement, for as we all know PSN trophies are in fact an accurate measure of your self worth after all, but until now I sort of felt it was pointless to get achievements on other consoles/profiles. I now feel my gaming has a great meaning.

Expect my signature to change to the Raptr sig sometime in the year 2020 when I get it up to date.
727  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2014, 09:13:08 PM

I never win anything by chance. If I do win something, it is generally the result of an overt amount of effort/trickery/manipulation to tip the odds in my favor...

Lately I've had a good streak though!! I won enough at the casino to pay two bills a few weeks back and now today it turns out I won a random drawing from Siliconera for Half-Minute Hero 2 on steam.

Jupiter must be in the right house in relation to sun on my astrological birth chart of something... this crap typically doesn't happen to me. I am grateful.

So I guess I am gonna FINALLY use steam. Though I know nothing of it. Is there anything in terms of steam usage I should know or be aware of??? This is exciting. I feel like I'm buying a new console...
728  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2014, 06:26:20 PM
toothpicks and glue...well.. with some time on your hands...

or lose the glue (and your sanity) with something microscopically mesmerizing...

That is ACTUALLY CARVED out of a single toothpick! Astounding I say!!!
729  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2014, 05:28:06 PM

My band, Pool of Thorns, had an invigorating day in the studio today.  We're pretty excited about the new recordings we're doing, updating the demo, eventually doing an album, hopefully getting one of our new 'n improved recordings on the radio...

That is SUPER exciting man! Congrats.

Be sure to PM me (if it isn't too much trouble) and let me know when/if I could procure any recordings you want in circulation to play routinely in the tattoo shop! Nothing better then tattooing to something rocking when you KNOW one of the artists responsible for the tunes!

I tip my hat to anyone who plugs away at a passion... you've been at the music for quite awhile sir, and as such have my respect.
730  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 07:09:57 PM
For the record I love retro game hunting, playing, buying, selling and (in my case) decorating.

Finding a cool retro game I want to physically own, put on my shelf and relish having in my possession gives rise to an excitement in my heart and gut akin to that which I experienced on christmas eve as a child. It is the only way to I know how to access that feeling.

I never feel bad buying a retro game because its like money in the bank. The re-sale via ebay is quick and nearly certain, albeit sometimes a hassle (e-bay's present day policies make selling agrivating for me).

When it comes to playing retro RPG's I have found each era offers a unique experience. That is, while other genre's have changed as games evolved, I don't feel ANY genre has changed generation to generation so much as the RPG. The 16-bit JRPG experience is a completely different animal than that of the present day JRPG to me. I can easily get my fix in other genres without having to go retro, but when I want Secret of Mana or Suikoden II simply cannot accept any substitutes.

Thats all I have to say about retro games/retro rpgs. In short, my life and gaming world would be far less enthralling without them. Maybe that is sad and pathetic but it is, none the less, how I feel.

This discussion and post made me want to re-animate my retro-gaming-weekend routine... I tried changing it up to a "Non-RPG-Weekend" routine, and it just isn't as satisfying. I don't make enough room for 16-bit goodness without scheduling it damnit!! LoL

In other news.....

Escha and Logy: I'm off to some ruins to investigate some slag activity. Riveting to say the least..... I am considering the wilbell dlc that came out this week but I don't know if I care enough.

Bastion: Sampled it, loved it, never got to it because Ni No Kuni came out and effectively ended my interest in everything else at the time. Well I decided to finally get back to it this weekend instead of going for the DmC Virgil DLC. This game is all sorts of good. The narration is stellar.

@ Mesh.... your really making jealous with your Suiko 3 playthrough. I remember really loving Chris and Geddoe when I played it many moons ago.

EDIT: there were like, 7 posts while I typed this. Sorry if anything I posted now is out of context as a result.
731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: April 12, 2014, 05:35:55 PM
I was gonna do the pre-order deal but I still can't decide what console to go for. I just am yet unaware of any differences and thus have nothing to go on yet. Day 1 for sure for me here though.
732  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys fans- I need your help on: April 11, 2014, 04:51:49 PM
Epic Ys summary ^^^ Nice post Reta, thanks. Though I may not be the OP of this thread, I only played Ys 1 and 2 and was a bit shaky in terms of my knowledge of what came thereafter. That was one hell of thorough breakdown!
733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 09:12:19 PM
I know people who are nuts about prison break movies.  I feel like people into that genre of film would dig that game.  I can honestly say that I'm not big into prison break movies. 

That is sort of what I was getting at. I acknowledge a demographic exists that enjoys an adrenaline filled script within a jail house setting. I just feel that demographic and fans of 16bit retro JRPGs (which the kickstarter mentioned the game was visually influenced by) are opposite ends of the spectrum.

Then again I must admit my bias here. I was quite the delinquent when I was younger. I spent time in jail. It was the absolute worst experience of my life. I won't watch a prison movie. I don't even like driving by a jail. I think the whole event traumatized me in some sense to be honest.
734  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2014, 07:04:01 PM
Finished DmC reboot. Good stuff. I don't care what anyone says, this game was all sorts of fun. I hate Devil May Cry. I always hated Dante. There is ton about the tone, style and utter degree of "slick" in this game that was stomach turning to me. But the gameplay and combat was addicting enough to outweigh all of it. It was a good enough time, that I may in the future consider dropping 9 bucks on the Virgil DLC.

Getting back to Atelier after about a week long hiatus to polish off DmC and tend to some real life deadlines. Happy to see the difficulty turned up a notch by the middle of the 2nd year... or maybe I'm just playing worse? LoL

Escha and Logy is another case where the gameplay is far outweighing most everything else for me. Its quite fun for the OCD completionist personality in me to meet deadlines and constantly see 100% pop up every time I do something. However, the writing is just not grabbing me. Its not endearing at all. The game is not terribly humorous, nor is it all the charming. As expected, it is not epic or very serious in tone. Thus far, I am feeling a little disapointed in the plot department.

As I play Escha and Logy, I can't help but romance the idea of playing Lost Odyssey now.... I'm starting to wonder if I should be more relaxed about dropping games that don't grab me. Part of me just keeps wondering if it will get better (Escha and Logy that is). While another part of me says "its atelier you know what to expect you freakin' idget!!"
735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 06:41:21 PM

Prisonscape - an RPG / adventure game where you take on the role of a new inmate in prison. 

I don't know what even say about this. For me personally, RPG's are really about immersing myself in a story/role I WANT to be involved in. Sometimes it is because I want to be the hero, sometimes the villain, occasionally an angsty teen with cool hair who gets to simultaneously save the world while looking all the cooler slaying everything from aliens to monsters.... heck, occasionally I may even want to get my hands dirty with some political matters and overthrow an empire or two while I'm at. Other days, I want to frolic through an enchanted forest with a fairy or two. Though seldom in my case, I have been known to fancy hopping in a giant robot or ship doing some interplanetary exploration when the mood strikes.

Never can I say, have I relished the idea of assuming the role of an inmate. I'm not saying this game doesn't have potential. I will certainly give it points for trying something I have not quite seen before.... But this is the type of thing I could see working as an action title or some AAA Rockstar game. As a retro 16bit styled RPG I think this would just make me feel real depressed.
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