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901  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: October 07, 2013, 03:46:13 PM
This is a game that is making me want to buy a Wii U. It's my favorite Zelda and it sounds like they totally improved the sailing.

Yes sir, it was this coupled with the prospect of playing another Xeno title that put me over the edge. Like I said a few posts earlier, Nintendo nailed it this time IMO as far as hardware is concerned. I really hope the library of the Wii U doesn't prove as largely disappointing to me as that of Nintendo's more recent home consoles.

Regardless though, if you don't have a Wii you can still look at Xenoblade, Last Story and a few other choice titles from the last gen as reason enough to spring for a Wii U now. I personally can't wait to give Last Story and Pandora's Tower a go in HD. I actually held off playing some of the Wii games in my collection on purpose so I can experience them for the first time via the Wii U.
902  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: October 06, 2013, 12:39:38 AM
Ya know what? I'm an idiot. Sometimes I forget that I am a bit older, and at a different time in my life, than probably most people on here. I think back just 10 years and I know I was spending a bit of money on things that I wouldn't even consider doing nowadays. I think back 15 years and MAN was I ever dropping cash on silly things, not even thinking about the future. Things like marriage, children, a home, medical bills, and a ton of other priorities, tend to make you re-think where the money goes. Spending $500 on a plumber to re-build your shower is a bit more important than buying video games and associated merchandise.
The point is that I apologize. I did it, too. I still do it on rare occasions, but it goes to my garden over games. Carry on.

I couldn't agree more actually.

I'm not exactly "old" yet, but by no means young either. The responsibilities of adulthood seem to creep in, whether we like it or not and supporting an exorbitant gaming habbit has to be a calculated move and priority the older you get it seems...

I am a home owner, in business for myself as a professional artist. I have a host of health problems that cost me a fortune as well. My house is well maintained, I make sure to continue to grow and expand my business and then I tend to my health. But once those bases are covered any extra I've got goes into gaming and j-pop culture. I have planned gaming into my life agenda so to speak. There was a point in time when I completely abandoned being a gaming and j-pop enthusiast in pursuit of companionship and other things I deemed important at the time. I eventually came to realize that I'm happier entertaining my sick gaming obsession and it proves far more condusive to being creative and allocating ample energy to my career than anything else.

In all honesty, beyond my career, home and health I couldn't imagine squeezing in anything else other than gaming. So I certainly see where you are coming from Grim... If I did choose to incorporate "family" and "garden" in my life, NISA's next limited edition lunch-box set and guide book would have to take a backseat.

Whats the moral of the story? I think it is completely irrational to spend what I do on gaming. Thing is I know what I like. And I am happy sacrificing other things to methodically plan the incorporation of my hobby. I venture to guess I am not the only adult who prioritizes there life in a similar fashion.

Case and point (to summarize). My shoes are 5 years old and the Sephiroth statue in my living room literally cost as much as the vehicle I drive. However, I did not buy that statue until my bills were paid and I was booked well in advance for tattoo work to keep me fed whilst maintaining the monthly bill I incur as a result of health. That way I can look happily at that statue every day without regret. This is where priorities come in.... and yes as an adult I know mine are screwed up.
903  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: October 05, 2013, 07:00:02 PM

Sorry, but if you bought a game that you've "already played the crap out of" just to get a silly Ganon figure then I just don't know what to say. That's just weird.

I enjoyed Wind Waker on the cube, but don't get into wasting money on remakes. Too many good games out there I have yet to play.

Some of my favorite "things" are stupid LE bonus items, art books and whatnot I've paid retarded amounts for. I'm just an enthusiast when it comes to those type of collectibles. As such, I completely understand anyone being upset they missed out on the WW LE with Ganon.

And I forgot to go through properly and address this earlier, but sometimes we just really like a game, or it's been so long it's as good as new.

I can't agree with this more...

This year I replayed both Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3, both of which I hadn't touch since childhood. I may have played them until the battery back-ups died when I was a kid but that was like 2 decades ago. While I remembered them like the back of my hand, I still enjoyed them way more then a lot of the new titles I played through this year that, in every measurable respect, are of a higher quality.

On the flip side of the coin, I'm also nickel and diming my way through suikoden.  I have almost zero recall of the first 2 and it is totally like playing a new yet familiar game. This is my favorite type of nostalgic gaming experience. That vague sense that your cozy comfortable and familiar with the game yet totally surprised and enthralled with every new plot twist and development. This experience is harder to come by but the pinnacle of gaming glory for me. Its the reward for those who have been gaming long enough to forget half the s**t they played!! LoL

The way I handle the abundance of new titles coupled with all the old ones I want to re-play is with simple routines. Right now I do all my retro gaming on the weekends and keep my current gen play localized to the weekdays. I find I enjoy both a great deal more this way, and by maintaining discipline with my routine, one game never takes precedence over the other.
904  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: October 04, 2013, 02:59:36 PM
Got the Wind Waker HD today. But golly gee, where's the Ganondorf action figure? You know, the only reason I bought this stupid thing? Oh, what's that, Gamestop? I had to preorder specifically the collector's edition the first day I could? And you didn't specify this when I asked about it weeks ago? And now I'm stuck with a $60 paperweight of a game I've already played the crap out of and have no intention of ever playing again? Well eff you then!

Uuugh. Guess I'll crack this thing open down the road. *grumble grumble*

I was pissed I couldn't get my hands on one either. They sold out in under a day in my area, via pre-order, once announced. The fact I couldn't get my hands on one of em sealed the deal on the bundle for me actually..
905  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: October 02, 2013, 07:39:22 PM
Finished all the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1.5. Love how 358/2 leads into Kingdom Hearts 2 opening (although it helps that 2 was made first). Running through all the scenes of 358/2 in a short period of time made it work better for me than playing the game itself did.

Congrats on your triumphs, friend!

Just got through Agrabah myself last night. I gotta say, in spite of my disney phobia, some of this is appealing enough to peak my curiosity. I may just go and watch some more of this disney stuff. Agrabah and the whole aladdin thing seems entertaining enough... well ok... I really just liked the genie... but still, I was pleasantly surprised and enthralled with that world albeit small as heck.
906  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Halloweeny Stuff on: October 01, 2013, 07:43:35 PM
You really should give Higurashi a try, if you're okay with mindfucks.

I can't believe I forgot to put that on the list... I did watch the first season and absolutely loved it! I want to check out the second and third (i think there is 3) but haven't got around to it. I really like dubs.... turned off when I can only view something subbed, strange as that may be.

If you don't mind subtitles, you should watch the Spanish horror REC.

I also love other Spanish movies such as The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth.

Not a horror but The Road is probably the most terrifying movie I watched. For very different reasons to horror movies though.
I loved Rec and Pan's Labyrinth. The Orphanage was by no means bad, but not nearly as memorable.

Totally unfamiliar with "The Road". I'll check it out post halloween.

The original Amityville Horror is one of my favorite scary movies. It would seem a lot of people don't like it, but I think it's pretty good.
I also recommend The Woman In Black (yes, the movie with Daniel Radcliffe). It does a great job of creeping you out and putting you on edge, and it does so throughout the whole film. Something a lot of modern horror flicks fail to do... It's definitely one to watch in the dark.

This time of year, I always watch The Simpsons Halloween specials in order. Well, up until season 11 or 12... However many I own.
I really liked Amityville as well as Amytyville 2. Been a long time though. Can't say my recollection is too clear. They may demand a re-watch.

You think I could enjoy the simpsons halloween specials if I never saw the simpsons? I know I know... I live under a rock... In truth, I just have managed to avoid a great deal of western-crafted media for a long time. Playing the Kingdom Hearts HD remake is actually the first time I've bore witness to any of the disney universe at all.-LoL
907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: October 01, 2013, 03:42:24 PM
First attempt at playing on proud, giving up shield, set out at night : Made it to Deep Jungle in about 16 hours....

Second  attempt, playing on normal (final mix), gave up sword, set out at dawn : Made it Agrabah in just under 10 hours. Not one game over as of yet.

The difference is astounding.
908  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The character naming thread on: September 30, 2013, 08:50:27 PM
At the risk of sounding and being completely unoriginal I always go with "Klyde" or "Chroma" for males. Alternatively I sometimes go with the name "Zak" or "Zekariah" because it is an alternative name I myself use in real life.

For females I go with "Trynn" based on some orginal character I drafted up ages ago. Alternatively I sometimes go with "Jeanne" based on Joan (Jeanne) of Ark (D' Arc) on account of having been fascinated by her for many many years.

Beyond those I have a few other names I use over and over again as well. I actually really love having the ability to rename characters in games personally.

909  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: September 30, 2013, 05:46:26 PM
While personally I am huge Disgaea fan, I'm really surprised to see this get such praise from IGN.


If I wasn't excited before I suuuuure am now!
910  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 29, 2013, 02:40:57 PM
Oh geez, I don't think I could ever stand taking Staff and giving up Sword. I always do the exact opposite. I just like the ability spread on Sword too much. I mean sure you end up with 2 extra MP, but I basically only use MP for cure so meh. Side note, if you have a hard time on Cerberus again just go to Deep Jungle, level up a bit and then come back. For some reason or another I had a hard time with him on my normal play through and had to do that in order to get past him. Actually I think him and Trickmaster might be the only bosses in the game that I had any real trouble with. Primarily because I didn't have all of my "staple" abilities.

Crushed cerb like he was an afterthought last night! Woo-Hoo!!!

Oddly enough I've found going staff -sword has made sora way more capable for melee combat early game. Stun effect combo ender and ripple wave (in particular) have made my life all sorts of easy :)

I don't know if it was just the difficulty, or my choices at the beginning, but I have a whole different impression of this game now. What a joy it is to be able to survive more then two attacks. Literally in my other play-through 2 hits from a standard tiger enemy in the deep jungle resulted in GAME OVER.
911  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 29, 2013, 02:33:49 PM
Just made a tofu and spinach scramble.  I think it will be safe in the work fridge today.

Tofu's resilience as far as temperature goes is remarkable. I worked at a tattoo shop without a fridge for awhile and every day I would bring a tofu/spinach salad that sat in a sweltering car from noon until I ate it around 8. Never had a problem with the tofu although the spinach didn't hold up so well... never got sick or anything though.

EDIT: wait... you meant someone was screwing with your food in the past... oops... BLATANT MISINTERPRETATION ON KLYDES PART FOLKS....but the fact remains that tofu has some stellar shelf life :)
912  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 28, 2013, 06:19:15 PM
So after being a ps3 owner for 5-6 years now I just discovered custom themes on the internet.... http://www.ps3-themes.com/

I am at present, highly embarrassed as a result of the unnecessary amount of themes I have paid for and collected off PSN now. I think I may have to change my title back to idiot soon... between this and the fact that I unwittingly set kingdom hearts to proud, gave up shield, and then whined about how hard the game was without even realizing what I had done, well I am batting a thousand as of late in a manner of speaking.

seriously, I change the themes on my 2 ps3's like every month.... I could have paid off like half a ps4 by now :/

913  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Word Verification/Captcha help on: September 28, 2013, 04:40:28 PM
This problem has plagued me for ages and I feel it has finally become enough of a nuisance to try and solve it.

Word verification/audio verification and captcha thingies WILL NOT appear or load anywhere for me. This is not a site specific issue, nor a browser specific issue. I cannot complete any sign-up requiring it and have tried reloading the same page in multiple IE browsers and chrome browsers.

Additionally I tried lowering all security and privacy settings to their minimum to see if that solves the problem... it did not. I have basically tried screwing with every setting in the "tools" or "settings" tabs in my browsers with no luck so I don't believe the problem lies there....

Anyone have any ideas? In the past I have been using my Iphone to sign up for stuff as a work-around for the problem but I would love to fix it.
914  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 28, 2013, 02:46:59 PM
So I went the day route and picked staff/gave up sword.... started playing and go to myself "Gee golly this sure seems like its waaaaaaay easier than it did to me a few weeks ago".

So I check my other save file and discover why I got the impression this game was so difficult... Now, I know I unwittingly I gave up shield and picked sword for my original file and I set out in the dead of night...foolish as that was...  but what I was mistaken about was the difficulty... I erroneously selected proud, though I would have bet a testicle that I selected "final mix". As I stated a few posts ago I like my action-ee titles fun and mildly challenging, NOT HARD..... no wonder it took me over an hour dodge rolling to beat cerberus a few weeks ago.

Playing now the experience seems a whole lot easier to digest. I don't feel nearly as intimidated as I did. Last time I got my first few game over's in traverse town BEFORE I even hit the first boss-LoL

EDIT: @ Klutz, now that I sort of understand that scale of the difficulty you are contending with I really do tip my hat to you.... you are a sick ticket my friend! Sick enough to earn my respect.
915  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 27, 2013, 06:51:21 PM
thats it... I'm taking the plunge guys. love it or hate it, I gotta see it through. Just went out and picked this back up after a week of obsessing. I gotta get through it for my sanity.

So question... I think I started off on the wrong foot because I didn't know what I was doing. I picked the final mix difficulty and gave up shield, selected sword and I found the game to be a wee bit too hard for my taste..... ok I found it to be REAL hard.

So my question is, should I restart and change the settings? Will it make much of a difference?

BTW kudos to you Klutz for your efforts, I know I couldn't handle the challenge you've undertaken there. Not in a title like this at least... Now give me something like X-Com or a tactical game and I'm on board for an extremity in difficulty. Hard action-ee titles make me want to rage quit.

YMMV.  I think it's one of those "do what you're most comfortable with".
I took the shield myself, and gave up magic (because it's enough trouble to cast).  I'm sure others will say different things.

But the questions the FF kids ask you while you're floating around in dream-limbo at the start actually have some interesting consequences that has to do with how much EXP you get up until the lvl 40 (iirc).  It gives you more till 40, then less after, or vice versa (or no change at all with other options).

Ooooooohhhhh ok, I was wondering what impact those questions have!!! What do you suggest I aim for, the more til 40, less til 40 or balanced. I highly doubt I am going to be doing a completionist run of this game, so if leveling beyond 40 is more pertinent to optional bosses or post game stuff I don't really care.

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