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886  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Classic Christmas Episodes on: December 19, 2013, 04:29:39 PM
I can't believe I forgot to mention this when I saw this thread....

I only discovered it last year, so it holds no nostalgic value for me, but it became in an instant favorite by merit of its weirdness.

Thats right folks, I speak of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

If you have not entertained this... uh... "quality" christmas flick..*ahem*.... You are doing yourself a great disservice.

Also if someone already mentioned this I apologize, I forgot to check before posting this. However, even if it were mentioned, IT IS WORTH SAYING AGAIN!!!

EDIT: Strangely enough just about any Monty Python reminds me of christmas for some reason... I don't know why.
887  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 19, 2013, 04:15:21 PM
Yes, best wishes, even minor surgery terrifies me, one of my phobias I guess

I agree. I don't even like getting a tooth drilled, and if I can I will always opt to go without numbing agents.

@Dagger/ I believe today was/is your "day". I too, wish you only the best of luck and an uber-quick recovery. You are in my prayers, friend.

And now for something completely different....

Meet GOLDAR!!!!
(of no relation or association to the Goldar from the Power Rangers, this guy is MUCH tougher and intellectually far superior)

@ Dagger (again)/ Goldar also wishes you well! (He told me he'd cut my gizzard if I didn't relay the message)


Goldar and the Crystal Knight are buddies by the way.

888  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2013, 06:50:23 PM

That lasted for a while too

I hear ya my friend. That Exorcist phobia prevented me from being able to venture to the second floor of my house for like 4 years... Literally from about the age of 5 til roughly 9 or 10 I thought for sure Linda was upstairs just waiting for me.
889  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2013, 03:37:41 PM
Das ist sehr wunderbar, Klyde!
Amazing Klyde!  Love the soft colours and gold!

I just forced myself to sleep for 14 hours and I still haven't fought the bug.  I had a flurry of trippy "sick-induced dreams" though.
very, very nice!

Thank you guys (kindly). I have to say,  for the few years I've been making these things, I have always thought them rather ugly. I make them because other people like em. Not cause I do.... but these "knight" style dudes are cool to me. I don't wanna sell them!! Hahaha

@ Dice/ I HAAAATE fever dreams.... I still remember one baaaaad one I had since I was a kid. Terrible f'ing things.... You have my sympathy and well wishing.

EDIT: So after I posted that, I thought about it..... I think its rude to leave you guys on that note without disclosing the grim details of the fever dream which I am referring to. So here goes.

As a young child I saw the first exorcist flick when I was way too young for that type of thing (pre-school age). Totally screwed me up psychologically.

Anyhow, the dream... I was swimming in the ocean and linda blair kept trying to drown me. The Ultimate Warrior (from 80's pro wrestling fame) came to save me. Linda turned into her demon possessed form, killed the ultimate warrior and proceeded to eat his arms.
890  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2013, 06:20:52 PM
Say hello to Klyde's Crystal Knight!!! Muahahahaha!!!

891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 16, 2013, 08:40:58 PM
I'd be down for puzzles in dungeons as long as it's not like in Innocence R where you can get random encounters in the middle of a puzzle. That's just annoying.

You just hit the nail on the head sir.

I can think of very few gameplay mechanics that agitate me more than random encounters while solving puzzles.

Can you imagine if you had random encounters during the final light puzzle in Graces F (sand country underground ruin dungeon place). The exact location name escapes me but I KNOW you guys remember what I'm talking about.... if there were random encounters during that, I would have been stuck for days....
892  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 16, 2013, 06:16:29 PM

Oh, and please, please, please return the puzzles to dungeons.  I'm a huge sucker for dungeons with puzzles, which is probably why I enjoy Wild ARMs so much.

THIS!!! a thousand times, THIS
893  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 16, 2013, 04:03:57 PM
Just went and saw the Desolation of Smaug

Basically this...

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

In some ways I felt this was better than the first, in some ways I felt it was worse.

Ways it was better:
- Tauriel
- Action sequences were about half as silly as they were in AUJ and twice as badass. The action sequence as they were heading down the river is a particular delight with just the right balance of absurdity and spectacle.
- The soundtrack was leagues better than it was in the first. In the first it was moody Lonely Mountain theme, somber Lonely Mountain theme, ominous Lonely Mountain theme, action-y Lonely Mountain theme and a couple of tracks you might remember from the Lord of the Rings. Desolation of Smaug on the other hand has a slew of brand new tracks, my absolute favorite being the theme of Laketown.
- Tauriel~ <3
- Really nifty effects, it was nice to see Gandalf finally doing wizardy things other than the occasional weaksauce spell. One effect in particular in Don Guldur (you'll know the one) was absolutely fantastic despite just being thrown-in foreshadowing/fanservice.
- All in all, just a better flow with less moments that felt dragged out (though there still are quite a few)
- Did I mention Tauriel? She's pretty awesome. And quite lovely.

Ways it was worse:
- A lot more pointless *nudge, wink* cameos and references to Lord of the Rings.
- There was one thing in particularI wanted to point out and that was the way it ended, it left me feeling like nothing significant really happened and highlights the silliness of making The Hobbit into a trilogy.
Even though a trilogy is telling one long story, each entry in the trilogy should be telling it's own story. Anyone can tell you this, and all the good trilogies do it really well. Calling this 'the desolation of Smaug' and ending it before Smaug is properly dealt with just makes the whole movie feel like 3 hours of filler.

I do however want to echo the well orchestrated action sequences were done REALLY well IMO.

The only point I disagree with is the fact that I actually like how they are padding it out, including crap and stretching it into a somewhat unorthodox trilogy. While I certainly find most peoples complaints about the move justifiable, I have yet to really feel like anything that has contributed to the length of the trilogy to be irrelevant. That is, while they clearly are stretching things, they are doing so with quality material that adds to the films narrative.

Ok.... so MAYBE the dwarves introduction at the beginning of the first film felt longwinded.... but everything there-after felt like it fit JUST RIGHT for my taste.
894  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: December 16, 2013, 03:50:14 PM

FFX Squeenix CE.

Yea... what is that like, basically, 30-40 buck extra for an uber-fancy soundtrack? The force is weak with this one for me...

I feel like soundtracks should be a given inclusion for CE's. I want some extra goodies Square... Even your freakin' XIII-3 pocket watch tempts me more than this.
895  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Xenoblade Help on: December 16, 2013, 03:46:55 PM
I havn't played it since I reviewed it. It's all gone completely out of my head.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who experienced some difficulty with xeno-recall  whilst trying to tend to Dice's question... When I forget things about games I play I feel fearful that I'm "losing it" or something. Truly, it causes me anxiety. Its comforting to know, in some sense, I am not the only one who "forgets" a bit.
896  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2013, 03:42:41 PM
Snow smells like smoke to me but it makes me think of attack and midnight and the squealing crunch underfoot is the kind of bone-and-teeth vibration calling up distant ghosts and memories and the feel of sprayed-light banked off tinsel, flickering lights in rainbow swirling, and sitting in the backseat of the car when I was fine and never heard anything more melancholy that Silver Bells. They way a nursing home smells -- the way a church goes unhinged -- the reflection of pine trees on the lake and sunset and the house lights from the opposite bank. And highways. Christmas is the time of year when this world and the next briefly overlap and I just want to enclave myself out under the sofa till it passes.

That was perplexing Mesh.... and beautifully visual as well.... *I golf-clap for you*
897  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 16, 2013, 03:38:57 PM

Focus on Suki 2.

As long as you know that time crashes at the end of XIII-2, you'll be up to speed for XIII-3. Besides, Suki 2 is definitely the better game (even in spite of all the bugs).

Thank you kindly for the advice my friend! I guess I need someone who's intellect I respect to condone my inclination to "break routine" here. LoL

After thinking it over I'm gonna be flexible with myself and heed your advice here, focusing on Suikoden 2. My "rule" in this particular case will be to start moving through Final Fantasy around christmas next week.

That should allow me ample time to finish XIII-2 I think.
898  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2013, 06:19:59 PM
Having a REAL hard time pulling myself away from Suikoden 2.

The weekend is almost over, and while I intended to keep suikoden 2 my weekend game and start FF 13-2 as my weekday agenda, I am beginning to think that is not a smart move...

The story is Suiko 2 just grabs you and doesn't let go. Even in spite of the horrible spoiler I ran across (ruined a major ending event on myself) it is clear to me now there is GRAND amounts of plot to enjoy here. That single spoiler was minor in grand scheme of the narrative content (thank you to Aeolus again for reassuring me of that fact).

So how about some advice folks? I really want to start 13-2 so I could finish it by the time 13-3 comes out. Do I divide my efforts or focus on Suikoden 2? Normally dividing my attention between 2 games is easy... but in this case I find it hard to not think about Suikoden 2.... while I am driving, working, sleeping and eating at this point.... I feel like this is one particular case of a tale that is meant to be digested in a game-a-thon type fashion of 3-5 hour play periods without interruption but I don't want to burn myself out.
899  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Classic Christmas Episodes on: December 15, 2013, 03:33:05 PM
Tooker, that list is AWESOME!!! It will be playing in my house all this week in my efforts to "get in the spirit". I thank you.
900  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Xenoblade Help on: December 15, 2013, 03:23:43 PM
I responded to you over in the journal because even though I saw this last night, and I played through Xeno start to end, I am ill suited to answer your questions.

Truth be told, I LOVED XENOBLADE for the narrative and characters. But I'll be the first to admit that I never really "got" the meat and potatos of that game (in a manner of speaking.)

A technically sound player could answer your questions "correctly".

But if you want Klyde's simplistic and broken answers here they are...

1) I ignored the finer aspects of crafting and just combined to MAKE SURE I started with a percentage that damn near ensured I would create what I was aiming for. When it came to selecting my shooter and engineer I just picked characters with highest affinity. While the affinity rating doesn't impact the creation process as much as selecting characters based on their bonus and flame you will discover combinations that work better than others through trial and error via this method. This is all I did, and then I stuck with the winning creation-teams I discovered through trial and error.

2)If I recall that is mission specific. As in some you do, some you don't. I do not however recall it being difficult to differentiate between the two.

3)Here is how I handled visions. A) See a vision of death B) Run over to character and cue an action or command that cancelled the enemies, healed allies, or changed the enemies target (I remember using sleep inducing techs, attacks and spells as well as whatever the Xeno equivelant to taunt was).

4) Just avoid the high level enemies. You will be returning to locations throughout the game. Some of those enemies are still capable of dwarfing you even while you are tending to end-game quests.

XYZ) No advice on general battle tips. Its been a hair too long to remember precisely how I handled battle I'm afraid. Sorry.
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