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826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games for the holidays possibly.... on: December 24, 2012, 11:24:58 AM
I say go with Xenoblade Chronicles.... The game is not going to become easier to come across with the wii stock being replaced by the wii u and it is arguably the best thing to happen as far as JRPG's are concerned in a loooong time. You can play it with a classic controller BTW.

As far as Zelda bundles go, I'm assuming you are referring to the skyward sword bundle with the gold wii remote and soundtrack.... good luck finding it in stores.... it is really area specific though.... I mean I'm sure there is a retailer somewhere with one lying around on a shelf since august... but none in my neck of the woods... I bet you could probably get one on e-bay pretty cheap post-christmas though (well, cheap in respect to what they are going for now) if you keep checking thoroughly and snipe-bid a few without reserves.

Screw the tires... who needs to go anywhere when you've got a couple good video games-LoL
827  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 23, 2012, 03:04:35 PM
Been working on my PSP/Vita backlog (I have backlogs for every system...).  Mostly been focusing on Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time lately.  I think I've mentioned this before but this is my first Growlanser game so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  Thus far I've found it both quite addictive and incredibly frustrating.  The addictiveness stems from the combat system, upgrade system, and occasionally the story (though sometimes it advances at such a breakneck pace I don't know what's what).  The frustration, on the other hand, stems from poorly explained bullshit mission objectives/parameters combined with a lack of goddamn save points.

Look, I don't mind a challenge.  In fact I like a challenge.  I just want to know what is going to make me fail a mission ahead of time instead of having to figure that out by trail and error.  And if I do fail because of that then I want the opportunity to retry a mission without having to go back and trek through a forest fighting minor battles for half an hour first.  I guess I could deal with the first problem if it wasn't for the second, but the combination of the two is a killer.  Withholding save points is unforgivable this day and age.  Or at least have a retry mission option or something.

Heck, there was one time when I was supposed to escort a merchant back to my little town to setup shop and immediately when the mission started I accidentally took a step back and went to the previous screen.  Instant game over.  For walking off a fucking screen (f you're going to give a game over for something like that why even let the player do it?).  Of course there was no save point before this mission, so I had to work my way back there and do it again.  Then somehow (don't ask me how...) I accidentally walked the screen a second time...I was about ready to chuck my Vita at a wall or something.

I completely sympathize with you on two accounts.... A. having such a large backlog that it could arguably warrant therapy..... and B. finding growlanser WoT to be a bittersweet experience..... It is one of my backlogs now as well..... I really didn't expect to put it down, seeing as how all the other growlanser titles proved to be SRPG favorites of mine and I LOVED this one when I started it.... fast forward 20 hours or so into the title and I needed a break due to precisely what you have described.....

As for my gaming excursions.... I BEAT X-COM TODAY...... I think this is the first game in a looooooong time I started and finished within a month.... not that it is long, but I typically juggle a few titles and am in no particular rush to finish.... This one just demanded all the attention I could give it from the door! Didn't get bored with it once... I think I'm gonna give it a break now though, before starting a new campaign to see the DLC package that came out this week.

Now its onto Mugen Souls!! Which is sooooo cool because I bought the LE, wrapped it, and placed it under a little charlie-brown christmas tree in my living room to gift to myself for christmas....gee golly I love synchronicity!
828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 23, 2012, 02:53:07 PM
Why would you want to skip out on them though? It adds play time, makes the game last longer. I mean, who wouldn't want to play VI for a longer period of time? It's fuckwin.

Agreed!

Meandering around the WOR looking for and doing optional stuff was the coolest part of VI IMO.... But to answer your initial question, I don't think it necessary to really "cross your T's and dot your i's" so to speak to beat it.... I would definately take the time to get a few choice members back in my party before attempting to polish it off.... Just taking the time to get get Terra, Cyan, Gogo and Sabin would be well worth it... none of which require major time-sinks... additionally I would get Shadow as well so long as you saved his hide in the WOB... why? Because shadow is the coolest character to grace a Final Fantasy (what other character, silent protagonists aside, in any RPG is as developed and dimensional as shadow without him ever speaking more then a handful of dialogue and not even being playable for a good half of the game.... genius I tell ya.... genius....)
829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: December 20, 2012, 03:51:21 PM
I don't know how I feel about this sister business....
830  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 20, 2012, 03:45:51 PM
upon realizing I was experiencing my last moments I'm quite certain I'd lament having not yet achieved a platinum trophy.... and I'd probably wish that I at least tried to have sex once in the last few years in spite of not having any labido to speak of (hormonal imbalance left me motivated to be about as sexually active as a plant.....).......

.....wait.... scrap all that....

I'm certain at present I would just think about how I didn't stop the alien invasion in X-Com and probably wonder what the new sailor moon is going to be like (its been on my mind lately).
831  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPG (or otherwise interesting) shirts on: December 20, 2012, 03:39:44 PM
damn.... i haven't bought any new clothes in ages.... but I'm totally sold an a lot of the designs on this "woot".... some of these designs simply rock... I can't say I ever really felt like sporting gaming t-shirts before but some of these are just too cool, thanks for enlightening me.
832  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 20, 2012, 03:31:43 PM
What the fuck is going on?



man, i ask myself that all the time.... and i never seem to get an conclusive or straight answer....
833  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 20, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
Klyde, have you played Rayman Origins? It'll probably be on sale on Steam soon if you haven't.

If you like platformers, you should play Rayman Origins.

Advice heeded! Game is on the shelf and just begging to get its turn..... it does unfortunately have to wait in line until A Crack in Time and Nights HD is complete though.....

Speaking of Nights.... I just downloaded and played it for awhile last night.... I don't know what to make of it.... I loved it when I was a kid.... It proves addicting now... but these controls and courses leave a bit to be desired..... that, and if I play it too long I think I may vomit from motion sickness.... cool in a nostalgic way though
834  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 19, 2012, 11:44:48 AM
You went into Princess Tutu expecting Madoka Magica? WTF!?

I don't know where you got the impression that the two series were anything alike, but beyond the idea of subverting typical magical girl anime cliches they're nothing alike.

That's like going into Nanoha expecting a copy of either Madoka or Tutu instead of Super Magical Girls Wars, or going into DBZ expecting angsting teenaged ninja douchebags or an endless parade of "Now it is I who is behind you!" fighting of Naurto and Bleach respectfully instead of endlessly powering up and 'veet' fighting.

Its not my fault! I was taken with misleading user reviews like this.....


"Morwen

When Madoka Magica was first coming out, someone referred to it as the "next Princess Tutu." I scoffed a bit at the time--Tutu is my favorite anime and while I knew Madoka was good, I didn't think it'd be able to match up.

I was wrong! Both of these series take the typical Magical Girl formula that's been in place since Sailor Moon and create unique, often dark tales of fighting fate, and holding on to hope in the greatest depths of despair. They feature creative visuals and top-notch soundtracks to boot. While there's definitely some differences between the two--Madoka is a bit darker and violent than Tutu, and doesn't share Tutu's focus on classic fairytales, music and ballet--the overall feel of these series are very similar.

If you're a fan of either of these shows and haven't seen the other, go watch them right away. You'll love the other one. If you're a magical girl fan and haven't seen either, go see BOTH of these. I can't recommend these series enough.
" -Source: Anime Planet/ If you like suggestions...http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/princess-tutu

I'm striking out BAD most recently.... it seems like the only anime I've thoroughly enjoyed in quite some time are like 15 years old and just happen to be something I didn't catch yet (with the exception of a few)..... and the newest stuff I really enjoyed the most is all re-booted material (Berserk flik, hellsing OVA's most recently).... I know its me, not the anime.... I'm just making baaaad choices.....

Tutu happens to rank as the "2nd biggest media-mistake Klyde made in 2012"...... What warrants the number 1 spot you ask? Trying Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast for the the PS3 *shudder*
835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: December 18, 2012, 03:28:44 PM
It's on the Virtual Console on the Wii.

Vay???... or Ogre Battle?
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: December 18, 2012, 03:17:08 PM
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber on any current gen console, maybe even a handheld. It was my favorite game for n64 actually, curious to see how many people have played it.

I loved it actually!! I recall it being one of my favorite N64 titles... but I can't recall much of it seeing as how I think I was 11 when it came out.... Even if it doesn't get an HD make-over, I totally agree this title needs to see the light of day somewhere again... some network downloadable somewhere.... More pressing to me in terms of availability is Vay from the sega cd era... I will not play vay on my iphone, its just not right....
837  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 18, 2012, 01:15:45 PM
The Tutu Report

So I just watched the first season of Princess Tutu.... as I mentioned a few posts ago, I chose to indulge this one out of a love for the Magical girl stuff and because so many people compared it to Modaka Magica (which I loved).... The long and the short of it for me is this, strange and original while it may be, oddity does NOT equate to good or entertaining.... and a slightly more twisted that typical narrative certainly DOES NOT make this anything like Modaka IMO...

I am not going to get into plot specifics for anyone who wants to see it... I don't want to ruin anything... but I found the characters (with the exception of 1 good who goes bad and 1 bad who turns good... predictably mind you....) very flat and unforgettable... aside from the fact that there is not a large cast to remember anyhow.... That wouldn't be bad  but this series really makes you feel as though the Tutu-verse is a small one.... really freakin' small.... with little explained, and little really needing explanation. The humor in it is quirky at first... then when (literally) the same joke is repeated EVERY episode, it becomes pretty freakin' lame.... The main character, Duck, while charming does little to save this series from these faults.... Lastly battles (of sorts....) are performed via ballerina dancing and did not tickle my fancy (in truth though, there really is no battling or action to speak of).... once again, original concepts with extremely dull and boring execution paired with an equally dull cast= crap in klydes opinion

As for the Modaka comparison? I suppose if you stretch it and look hard enough you can see where the main characters motivation to do good in each series is actually detrimental to the cause... while it is way more epic in Modaka, it is present in tutu.... that aside, I saw nothing similar....

Maybe the second season is better than the first.... I don't think I will find out for awhile because I'm putting tutu back on the shelf for the time being....
838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2012, 12:55:51 PM
Klyde, the first one with the contrast in lighting better shows off the detail IMO...but I do have to ask, WTF is the tattoo about?

First off, before I answer, let me just say I'm happy to hear your well my friend.... I was just reading back a page or two and saw the news about your accident.... Happy to hear you made it through unscaved.... The world needs more "bytors".... not less

As for your question, this won't become a tattoo actually... This was a commissioned piece by one of my clients illustrating the 3 most important placements in his girlfriends natal birth chart.... a tricky project because I only had a limited knowledge of birth charts and horroscopes before.... but that is often the fun of it for me! As I get weird projects I learn a ton about stuff I would otherwise never care to look into otherwise.... Any-hoo the female represents virgo (her sun sign and chart ruler) and is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female (so the visual choice for me was obvious)..... next we have the fish for pisces (her rising sign) and I chose to go with marigolds for leo (one of the more commonly associated flowers with the sign)...

I did the this strange juxtaposed arrangement of the graphic elements to give it a poster-display or cover-art type feel whilst trying my best to avoid anything that would make it read "tacky and cliche zodiac poster from the mall" (in other words, I didn't want to cheese-out and use suns and moons and stars and whatnot). The result IMO.... strange.... The client loves it..... that is all that matters :)

Now as for tattoos I did one pretty cool foot piece this week.... But I wanted to tie up some "loose-ends" in one more session before I tossed er' up on the board here.... but the thing about that is, there is never any telling when your gonna get someone back in the chair for such things as people tend to disappear once they feel their piece is done in spite of my wishes-LoL...... so here it is anyhow.... A little yoshi for ya!!



This girl had the tiniest foot ever BTW.... I had to reduce the size of my initial drawing by like 40%, cut out some coin blocks and now I think I require stronger prescription eye-ware after this piece-LoL
839  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 04:15:53 PM
Need some advice quick folks..... it is driving me nuts... I took two different pictures of a piece I did that was too big to capture via scan.... I'm not happy with either....

Which of these two look better (not that either look particularly good.... sorry to be a debbie downer but I get pissed when I don't get decent portfolio shots...)  .... One has less clarity but better lighting (obviously)...




or..........




Thank you, by the way, to anyone who helps resolve this decision for me.... it bothers me something FIERCE!!!.... 
840  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 17, 2012, 04:09:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago I asked for some guidance as far as some non-RPG's to indulge.....here I sit a few weeks later totally dwarfed by the amount of games I sampled and "had to have"-LoL.... I made so many trips to the gamestore, buying, trying and returning I think I need some form of treatment...

Here is what I learned about myself....
A. I suck at fighting games and they are no fun for me.... Also I learned that they haven't made a good Dragon Ball Z fighter in a loooong time... On that note anyone remember a little oddball-import-treasure known as DBZ Legends from the PS1/Saturn Era??? 10 points to whomever does....
B. I hate guns, modern day or futuristic warfare and heavy artillery... even good games with this type of thematic and setting aggrivate me.... I have yet to try borderlands though, so that may change...
C. Platformers..... PLATFORMERS ROCK!!! I am still loving Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time
D.Beat em ups are cool.... not as cool as platformers though.... Asuras Wrath and Bayonetta are total keepers... Beat em up+ RPG elements=good time..... Sleeping Dogs= Super cool with the exception of a setting I couldn't stand... sleeping dogs ended up as a return BTW
E. Lego Games are a great time..... I never would have guessed.... especially since I haven't indulged any of the western media they are based on with the exception of the Lord of the Rings.... Lord of the Rings is a total keeper...
F. I don't know much about puzzle games.... but I know Katamari is interesting enough to add to my library for 15 bucks.... Katamari is a keeper
G. I haven't played a mario title or a zelda title since the days of N64.... though Zelda and Paper Mario are RPGs in many respects and by many peoples standards (mine included) these demanded my attention.... Twilight Princess and Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door added to the gaming library...

So now that I've got enough outside the realm of my typical tastes to keep me busy for quite awhile.... onto today's gaming

...... in spite of all of these new titles I've been trying I still can't tear myself away from X-Com...... this is by far the best strategy game I've played in ages.... I want to quit everything else in life until I see this one through-LoL... it is THAT addicting..... took down a cloaked craft today and recovered a very interesting device... gee golly, I never though western sci-fi could prove so absorbing for me
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