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826  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 01, 2013, 05:18:31 PM
Hey guys thanks for caring enough to inquire about my injury! I feel loved :)

Anyhow, here is the grim tale of woe...

It all started a few months ago when I slipped on some ice and whacked my tailbone on concrete steps. It hurt. It hurt bad... But I dealt with it. Just kept on doing my thing (in pain) as though nothing happened. Now mind you "my thing" is distance running. Typically between 8-12 miles or better each day.

Well, I kept running. Pain seemed to subside briefly and then I developed what I thought to be a muscle strain in the back of my leg.

New pain.... a wee bit worse than the tailbone... ignored it, kept running.

Pain migrated and seemed to be effecting my hip and ability to walk... Again, new pain... kept running still... figured I just kept sustaining new injuries trying to compensate for others.

Finally a few weeks ago, the pain got extreme. I went running anyhow and suddenly had the intuition "uh-oh I can't move..." so I stopped..... I stayed stopped. I can't explain it, I just knew I couldn't take another step. Finally the realization that I had to eventually move set in. So I took one step and WOOOOOOOHH!!! it felt like electricity was being shot through my body (in other words, mega intense pain the likes of which I cannot even describe) and down I fell. I was stuck laying on the side of the road for awhile when finally someone saw me and stopped. They picked me up, hoisted me in there vehicle and off to the hospital I went.

Apparently I damaged my lower lumbar somewhere months ago when I fell on the steps (the extent of the damage is not yet known) and it just finally now became aggrivated enough to literally cripple me. Until more thorough scans and testing is done I won't know much else really. It is such an odd experience though... I mean there are times when there is no pain at all yet I simply cannot get my right leg to do what I tell it to. It just simply "won't" work right... Then there are other times when pain does not even begin to describe the discomfort. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to what makes it better or worse.

Next week I have appointments to find out more and (hopefully) begin some type of treatment/rehabilitation.

And as an aside, here is how screwed up I am... I still am hopping with my cane the same distances I used to run EVERY DAY!! (helps keep me sane)- LoL. Yes yes... I may be a compulsive and foolish little man but at least I am aware of it and have come to terms with the fact...
827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 01, 2013, 02:57:32 PM
wow! that is surely a "kick in the nuts" scenario for some poor gamers out there...

Imagine, re-buying a game you already trumped to get an expansion you thought would be a much cheaper download... coming to terms with that, maybe even mustering the courage for another run-through of the main game... only to have your motivation rewarded with a corruption of your saved data!

Maybe this is capcoms next strategy for DLC. Next week for 4.99 you can have your saved data back and a new sword :/
828  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2013, 05:07:12 PM
So you may have noticed my meaningless posts have been scarce lately.... ok so you probably didn't notice. But i have been relatively absent and there is a reason for that. What is this "reason" you inquire? Well I damn near broke my back and ended up in the hospital two weeks ago. As an avid distance runner, I have since become a depressed-distance-cane-hopper. Yes, I am 27-year old sporting a cane who still tries to engage long-distance cardio because laying around all day SUCKS!!! WITH A CAPITAL, "SUCK"!!!!!

Whats the point here? Well I've come to report being pseudo-crippled is a sad and pitiful state to find yourself in... just in case you thought otherwise...

The worst part of the scenario is the fact that I can't take a pain pill because of my past affinity for opiates. Well I could take one... but then I venture to guess I'd have a problem that persisted long after my back healed.

Ok, my weekly bitching to you guys is over. I feel better already :)
829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 30, 2013, 04:54:54 PM
Good God, I tried too hard to read the pro's and con's of a certain crucial character decision in P2 EP and totally spoiled something major on myself.... so bummed out over this I can't describe... Never again!!! The one time I check a faq and read a few wiki articles on a game I'm playing in like a year damnit! I haven't been this upset about a spoiler since the guy at Gamestop spoiled Tales of Graces F on me and I came here and whined about it.

On the bright side, I am really looking forward to seeing that which it was I spoiled unfold. And luckily I stopped reading before I saw that. So I suppose it wasn't a total negative.

Meanwhile in Soul Hackers land, my game froze during battle. I was in the cold storage warehouse at the time. It froze mid attack and I had to restart. Luckily I didn't lose much progress since I had saved about 10 minutes before.

Still, what's with all the freezing on the 3DS.

Oh the irony.  Play in warmer places and it won't freeze.

To add to the irony the other known factor for causing the freeze is both bufu and mabufu spell if I'm not mistaken. I get nervous every time I cast it....LoL
830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 07:32:32 PM
Meanwhile in Soul Hackers land, my game froze during battle. I was in the cold storage warehouse at the time. It froze mid attack and I had to restart. Luckily I didn't lose much progress since I had saved about 10 minutes before.

Still, what's with all the freezing on the 3DS.

My game froze mid-battle, same dungeon. That was  ONLY time it happened in about 20 hours of playtime though.
831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 03:08:21 PM
Major decision making time guys, I need P2 EP assistance ASAP!! Character spoiler below....

I can't decide who to choose to continue with, Ellen or Nate. Well more accurately I should say, I really want to go with Ellen. She seems waaaaaay cooler. Of course I read a wee bit about both and it seems people say Nate is the better choice but I'm still put off for some reason... so do I miss anything signifigant choosing ellen? will that choice make the game THAT much harder? WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!????

Please help soon my friends.... I must continue EP tonite and I can't make this decision without your help!... Well I guess I can but  I would really appreciate your input.
832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 04:42:03 PM

"Demon Fusion and conversation, etc. rewards the player with experience points."

I like the sound of that little tweak, minor as it may in fact be. I've totally felt demon convo shouldn't have to be at the expense of Xp.
833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 01:58:58 PM

You should be fine, it doesn't hurt that the game is easy as balls. P2 EP is also on the ps1 classics as well, so you can download that to play after.

I second this suggestion! That is what I just did (I'm currently 12 hours in on EP) and what a freakin' awesome way to experience the plot!! I am so wrapped up in the Persona 2-realm of the SMT-verse that I want to quit life and just play EP til if I finish it. I said it a few pages ago, but I really have not been this drawn into a narrative since playing games as a kid. I would go so far as to say, the p2 IS/EP experience has redefined what it is to me to enjoy a good JRPG story and play (in spite of gameplay fault or frustration fostered there of) purely to see it unravel.
834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Earthbound to be released this year on WiiU's virtual console. on: April 28, 2013, 01:51:08 PM
I honestly think most people look at Earthbound through rose-colored nostalgia glasses. The combat is reminiscent of early Dragon Quest games, and the story and direction just kind of gets lost after the first half of the game. The final battle was a truly unique experience, as was the rest of the game, it's just it wasn't really as good as people make it out to be.

I enjoyed it enough last year and I am 27. Nostalgia wasn't a factor for me, as all I recall from my childhood was a grim memory of not being able to get past the boss in the arcade of the first town-LoL

Playing it again later in life, I sort of went into it half hearted.... I was expecting anything incredible but was pleasantly surprised. It is the mood of the game, not so much the quality I applaud. Its fun and quirky enough with its own weirdness to enter a almost playful realm of disturbing at times.  It reminded of playing an adult cartoon made by some real creeps and censored for younger audiences. I can't really say I can think of any other game that has ever left me feeling similarly.

The music had a great deal to do with the aformentioned mood/atmosphere. I left my system on all day so as I did crap around my house I heard it going in the background. 

Combat drove me out of my mind (reeeeal dated gameplay that became as brutally unfair as I remembered from the brief blockbuster rental in my youth) but I sort of expected that. I think so long as people go into Earthbound without expecting to play Xenoblade Chronicles or Mass Effect they will find it pretty easy to digest despite its age and be happy with the experience.

Regardless, I think its in the same league as chrono trigger, ff4 and few other titans of yesteryear that have certainly become far more accessible than earthbound has. In that respect alone I'm happy to hear it having the potential to reach new audiences even if it doesn't really matter much to me at this point.
835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 28, 2013, 01:33:17 PM
I have a feeling that this will end in disappointment and tedium, but then again, what JRPG doesn't?).

I personally am a tales fan because some tales entries have proven an exception to that rule for me. Graces F being one of them.... truth be told, twas a barrel o' monkeys for me right to end. I clocked triple digit play-time and not once thought much about anything else on my shelf I wanted to get to. When I finished the game I went right into post game content without even considering a break.

Part of the tales magic to me is the uncanny ability ( without an uber-compelling narrative or cast IMO) to "stay well" if you will. As in, the titles rarely get stale to me mid way through. Even despite the numerous hours I clock, I still percieve them as short (oddly enough).

In contrast however, I must agree with your statement. Even some of my favorite games inherently contain segments or stretches that are a test of will and patience.

And don't feel bad Aeolus.... they got me for 2 of the CE's just based on that figure! LoL
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 25, 2013, 07:56:14 PM
Both of them are awesome. Superstar Saga is shorter.

Bowser's Inside Story uses the stylus for minigames, if I recall, but not much else.
Mario is one of the best RPG series of all time.  I say this without irony.  SMRPG, the three PM games (four if you count SPM, but that's basically a platformer), and the three M&L games.  All excellent.  No duds in the bunch except... maybe Sticker Star?  But even then I'm not sure. 

But anyhow, Klyde, Thousand-Year Door is on the meaty side (~30 hours) and Superstar Saga is a little lighter (~20 hours).  Both are excellent, but I would say that TTYD is heavier in dialog and world-building while SSS is heavier on crazy platforming trickiness.  Both games are excellent in their own right, so I guess in the long run I'd recommend them both. 

BTW, when I plan out what games I want to play and would like to know how long or short a game is, this is a pretty good resource: http://www.howlongtobeat.com/.  I'm weird and I plan out my backlog in advance.  HLTB helps. 

Thanks for the quick and helpful responses guys! I really needed something to break up the SMT grind I've been having and based I your responses I know mario is the right move and it sounds as though SSS is exactly what I'm looking for!... I have plenty o' backlogs to tend to but they are all "heavy" in their own rights and mario seems a good "light-hearted" fit right now.

As for howlongtobeat.... that site LIES!! LoL* Thanks for the tip none-the-less though.
837  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 25, 2013, 03:56:45 PM
I haven't played a mario game since MarioRPG on the snes. However, given my last few months of pure SMT-play i need something to brighten the mood... I think mario fits the bill quite nicely...

I have both Paper Mario: The Thousand year old door and Super Star Saga both on the shelf. Which of the two is shorter/less of a time sink or would you guys suggest to break up the ever-so-serious nature of playing nothing but shin megami tensei related crap for quite awhile now?

And lastly, Bowsers inside story... how much do I need to use the stylus? can i relax and play this thing kicking back in the evening or is it one of those "touch screen" heavy titles I gotta sit up for?
838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 24, 2013, 03:09:14 PM
How easy is it in Soul Hackers to screw yourself over with stat gains?

The main character gets no magic correct, so should everything go into Str, Agi, En?

That is what I have been doing... if Ma and Int are of importance to the MC's growth I'm screwed. 18 hours in I have not put one point toward magic for em'.
839  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 23, 2013, 02:32:07 PM
My first post pages ago about SH (the night soul hackers came out) was about a lack of tutorials.... a newb, such as I am, can certainly feel intimidated!

Anyhow, all I have to say about the title right now is that, while not greatest, it is very refreshing to play something that is actually challenging like this is. Seriously twice now this game thoroughly kicked my ass and I had to spend a good hour grinding, fusing and re-attempting to move forward. That hasn't happened to me in a new RPG in a loooooong time (not that this is really "new" per se). They did a real good job of keeping resources tight as well. I can't remember the last game that really forced me to be so mindful of how I use currency.

One thing I don't like is that demons randomly waltz off and leave the party. Has me compulsively saving my game like crazy. That and the palette they used throughout the course of this game (too dark, always night time...) are my only real complaints.

EDIT: One other thing I have to note I don't like.... although you don't see him in game much at all, I hate the way the MC looks for some reason. I have the arranged soundtrack proudly on display on my SMT Shelf/Shrine and every time I see him he strikes me as a real jerk-LoL

As you can see my gripes are minor. While this one isn't exactly winning any awards in my book, it is a great title in the scheme of things. Not holding a candle to my recently enjoyed P2 IS or current run of P2 EP though.
840  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 21, 2013, 03:02:19 PM
It was actually the Ds library that sold me on a 3ds really. I figured with the few 3ds titles I wanted now plus the bunch that would be coming out in the future I would be kicking myself in the ass had I just cheaped out and went with the ds. I'm happy I made the move I did. I am slowly (particularly with soul hackers) breaking my aversion to hand-helds. 2 decades of gaming and I could NEVER stomach playing on a hand-held console until the 3ds XL.

I'm really looking forward to completely getting comfortable with the hand-held experience and diving into some Dragon Quest and Radiant Historia down the road.

And I am certainly amongst the many who are looking forward to Bravely Default.
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