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871  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 08:08:18 PM
Even here, when I write about it here, I know most of you don't really give a damn, and I'm honestly just stroking my own ego, but I can't stop doing it anyway. I feel a need to talk about it, but know I shouldn't really. Basically, I'm sorry for always bragging about my feats, especially if it comes off as bragging. I'll try to cut back on it some...

Dude in terms of posting stuff that nobody cares about, you're never going to beat me :P
Well, I always pegged your ramblings as simply humorous anecdotes more or less, a joke about real events. Plus, you're random about what you write, so it always comes off as something new. My shit's getting tires, I feel.

There is abso-freakin'-lutely nothing wrong with posting meaningless crap or stroking our egos. Hell, if we don't do the stoking who will!??

On that note I love D's "log of strength"... I do my anaerobic training vicariously through his posts-LoL

And Mesh, you make me feel like "I'm not the only one" with a great deal of your "ramblings". Ramble on my friend.

And lastly here is my contribution to the meaningless and unimportant
This was really fun to get to do even though I am not a batman fan by any means.
872  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 04:34:46 PM
Ahhhhh you lucky folk (dice and kevadu) are making me jealous! I have to order (and wait) for everything after volume 2 of AoT!!! (manga availability in my area is pretty poor) and I'm already hooked...

In other (current) anime/manga related business I watched the first ep of Gargantia today and can safely say I'll be tuning into the rest of that. The pretty space battle that kicked stuff off was a wee bit too much sci-fi-flash for my taste (a subjective matter) but everything else seemed reeeeeal promising.

Good golly guys, I gotta say. After having suffered through all of Persona Trinity Souls, subs don't seem troublesome at all to me now. I actually wonder why I really had a problem with em in the first place...

Lastly.... THAT FREAKIN' DBZxTORIKOxONE PIECE crap totally made me crave DBZ! LoL! For the first time in like 15 years I decided to re-watch some. Nostalgia at its finest, rivaled only by sailor moon for me... I love it.
873  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 02:43:49 PM
I would wait until you play all the SMT's before you decide. The games are very symbol heavy and you may find a favorite later on.

More then likely the best advice ^^

I've got Devil Survivor (most of 1 and all of 2), Devil Summoner 2 and Digital Devil Saga (1 and 2) to go before I will have gotten through all the SMT stuff on my agenda (and of course everything that comes out between now and then).

On a completely unrelated note I am pleased as punch to report P2 EP is treating me just right! Really happy to see the difficulty was adjusted to provide (somewhat) of a challenge in combat in contrast to IS. I really can't believe these games were developed so close to one another, as EP is really striking me a step up.

EDIT: I never use guides or faqs... never even check em to see what I've missed after I'm done really.. having just looked up Mara from P3 because I had no recollection of such I am beginning to wonder just how much hidden or optional stuff I have missed out on. I am starting to feel like a second run through of some games may be necessary for me (waaaaay down the line).
874  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 01:36:56 PM
And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Magatama or the pressturn icon.  Something iconic definitely.  cj_iwakura would probably have good ideas.

I like the idea of the press turn icon to be honest. I'd get that. Or, there's lots of symbols everywhere, like in Digital Devil Saga - the Embryon etc. all have symbols.

I wish I could get Klyde to do tattooes for me. He'd totally understand when I ask for totally geeky ones like this. ;)

I think I am leaning pretty heavily toward the press turn icon, it would fit around my elbow nicely... the only problem is I can't tattoo my own elbow (obviously) and that means I gotta find another artist to do it... that means I gotta wait! Oh well, good things to come I suppose.

Well in that case, go minimalist, not something tacky looking like that One Piece thing.

Also, I recorded some of OG Soul Hackers the other day(as well as Devil Summoner 1/Raidou 2) if there's any interest.


I completely agree on the one piece tattoo and appreciate you for entertaining my question in spite of your personal feelings on the matter.

I love so many of the symbols from the games, but with details like they sport I would need to use a large area to render something like and make it look good. The symbol you have posted would require at least a full shoulder blade or better to look and age appropriately.

Cellular migration of pigment (tattoos spreading and looking nasty the older you get) is only a concern if you cram details too close togeather. Regardless I thank you again

And double- thank you for getting me a wee bit more excited for tuesday/monday midnight as well!! :)
875  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 13, 2013, 02:47:19 AM
Woo-hoo my pre-order is in! If I have a good week business wise I am totally grabbing a second one of these to keep sealed. Bamco is really knocking it out of the park with their LE's (ni no's was awesome, exclusiveness and availability aside).
876  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 02:38:56 AM
great suggestions guys!
And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

the pressturn icon.  Something iconic definitely.  cj_iwakura would probably have good ideas.

That is precisely the direction I am thinking. I just haven't arrived at "the one" yet...

And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Well, I'll steal this from another thread...

And suggest you do something similar, but with Mara.

I don't have the arm space left for that-LoL

And Mara....? Seriously?? Isn't/wasn't mara the blob-like thing in Nocturne?.... That would be a tattoo I would love to do and throw in my portfolio but I don't think I would want to wear that one...LoL

I'm not fond of tattoos, so I'm the wrong person to ask. Obviousness of the permanency aside, it also puts ink into your bloodstream. That doesn't sit well with me.

Unless someone is tattooing waaaaaay wrong no ink gets in your blood. You would have to go sub-dermal for that to happen. The pigment is left in the third to fifth layers of the skin. Now the liquid which remains does leave your body via plasma and blood but is comprised of safer substances in regard to your body than crap most people eat on a daily basis. Mind you that is taking for granted you are getting tattooed by a responsible artist. There are PLENTY of risks involved if proper practices are not adhered to, equipment or ink is of poor quality, or plain and simple (the scariest scenario of all) the artist is just an idiot and working somewhere without regulation.

As for the permanence, well I actually hear you on that note... Although I'm a tattoo artist, for years I didn't have many tattoos at all. Now after doing it for nearly a decade I just see things differently. There is nothing I can't cover-up and removal is such an accessible option they don't even really seem permanent to me any longer.

Tattoos have just become a matter of fun for me. I don't take them seriously unless they are on my clients-LoL

Soooooo, with that said, lets forget I'm asking about tattoos here and let me just ask you what you feel is some of the most iconic imagery from the SMT franchise.....
877  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2013, 05:30:19 PM
Double post because "One Piece x Toriko x Dragon Ball Z Crossover" is as awesome and weird as it could be.
But seriously... we all agree that even Krillin could kill everyone in the two other shows, right?

I just watched the 2 crossover eps myself... while nothing spectacular I enjoyed it, although I wish supporting cast members got a little more screen time... That made me want to see the new DBZ movie-LoL
878  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 12, 2013, 05:22:33 PM
Well I couldn't take wondering any more and had to get EP and give it a shot last night to at least see how it started. Man CJ, gotta hand it to you, you hit the nail on the head when you said they flow togeather nicely. Actually I think that was an understatement. Thanks for the advice.

My initial impression of EP is that this will prove a to be far less trying on my patience  than IS. If for no other reason than aesthetic and tone. The game simply looks much prettier and has a completely different mood to it.

I am still going to juggle soul hackers and persona 4 arena as well... I thought after watching P4 the animation, trinity souls and playing P2 IS I would have had a sufficient SMT fill and be able to return to some other backlogs and whatnot but I just can't get enough at the moment... I don't see me managing to escape the SMT universe for a little while. I've never been so swallowed by a franchise before. I'm to the point where I think I am gonna get an SMT tattoo-LoL

The thing with IS's final dungeon is that based on a dialogue choice halfway through, the remainder of the dungeon will either be short, medium, or long.  I played the import and overthought it, so I ended up picking the longest and most tiresome path. 

The thought of that dungeon being any longer than what I experienced is frightening... I lucked out and picked the shortest route (being ever the the optimist that I am). I had no idea that dialogue choice actually impacts the dungeon length though... very cool stuff :)

And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
879  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 11, 2013, 07:52:34 PM
Go right into it. You'll see why immediately. They flow beautifully together, and EP is twice as good.

Woooooh boy... now that sounds mighty convincing (not that I need much convincing at this point).

What to do... I've got 1 yay and 1 nay... anyone care to tip the scale?
880  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 11, 2013, 03:48:38 PM
That tattoo rocks! Not exactly the prettiest this I have ever seen as far as shading and execution but the placement and design totally make it freakin' awesome!!! **jealous**

On another note I finally got to reading the first volume of attack on titan. My impression? Best suggested reading in some time!! I went out and immediately got volume 2. I haven't been this excited about reading a manga since berserk.

In anime news I think I have really finally gotten over my problem with subs! I am actually pretty stoked about tuning into some of the newly airing series. There are so many that look tempting to me right now...
881  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 11, 2013, 03:24:04 PM
Sorry to double post but I feel today, I have earned it-LOL

I've done it! I beat P2 IS!! I now believe Xibalba was created as some type of twisted joke or test of patience... there is no freakin' way designers could not have realized how longwinded that place became! In all honesty I really can't think of one other dungeon in my 20 odd years of gaming that tried my patience in the same way xibalba did.

Without getting into spoilers the ending was great. While I wouldn't go so far as to say stellar, I really felt a sense of closure and completion. It makes me reeeeaaaaaal curious as to how things go in eternal punishment all things considered.

So curious I now feel even more tempted to move right into Eternal Punishment without skipping a beat.... Meshgear advised against this over in the gaming journal and I think I am going to listen to his advice, as any time I don't listen to the wisdom of the board here I regret it... Probably gonna make soul hackers my next SMT venture next week and play P4 Arena in the meantime to get my fix.

Though I am still curious how anyone else feels about IS and EP as a whole? I know EP is a direct sequel but how much so? Does anyone else see a benefit or detriment to moving right into it?
882  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 11, 2013, 03:03:33 PM
That LE looks mighty fine to me! They got my hundred bucks :)
883  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.
884  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.
885  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...
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