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976  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: October 09, 2013, 04:53:45 PM
ohhhhhh boy.... My collectors edition just came in the mail and I'm still not through with Kingdom Hearts. I am loving Kingdom Hearts ATM (currently at hollow bastion) but Disgaea is my FAVORITE franchise.

This is reeeeealllly gonna require some discipline folks...

And no. There is no playing both at once. If I pop Disgaea in I will never see Kingdom Hearts again. The real tragedy would be that I would enjoy Disgaea far less with KH weighing on my mind.

The only way out is through...
977  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: October 08, 2013, 07:58:10 PM
This got a pretty negative review here but I'm enjoying it just fine :D

I got more laughs out of the first chapter than the entirety of Disgaea 4.  So glad to have the original trio back.  New apprentice system is great.  "Mounting" doesn't seem terribly useful but there's no turn limit like magicchange so that's cool.  The first mounted prinny skill is the best

I am DYING to play this!!!.... but I have to polish off kingdom hearts first in order to devote myself to it properly.

Without even playing it though, I can see where a disgaea game can either leave a stellar impression or a pitiful one. Nippon Ichi clearly caters to the same crowd time and again with Disgaea (or at least they try to). That is giving some fans exactly what they want, while leaving others... well.. wanting. And they certainly have not been too concerned with widening the appeal of the franchise to a broader demographic. I love seeing progressive and inventive measures being taken with games but when it comes to disgaea I will gladly take more of the same.

978  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The favorite Disney TV cartoons thread on: October 08, 2013, 04:45:20 PM

Grim- I think we ALL had that "weeaboo/wapanese" phase of "everything Japanese is superior/ I wish I was Japanese" and all that nonsense.  I'm glad I grew out of that nonsense. 

I am almost thirty years old and just growing out of that phase... or at least I am entertaining the idea of growing out of that phase as a result of playing kingdom hearts...
979  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Halloweeny Stuff on: October 08, 2013, 04:40:39 PM
This thread has proved really informative to me. I have Future Diary and Ghost Stories on deck now. I actually already had both and for some reason was going to begrudgingly watch "Is this a Zombie?" even though I really wasn't too enticed by it... completely forgot about Future Diary and Ghost Stories...

But the real reason I'm posting is the simpsons. Very entertaining. I have not watched any regular eps yet but I am totally enjoying the Treehouse of Horror Specials.

not "Halloweeny" but definately horror, I love John Carpenters The Thing

Your like the 19th individual to bring that movie up to me this week.... i think that is a sign....

For anime there are

100 Stories aka Requiem for the Darkness (It's only 13 episodes and I really liked it)
Devil Man
Demon City Shinjuku
Vampire Hunter D (two movies)
Wicked City

For movies, I always like more monstery stuff

Event Horizon
The Fly
The Fog
The Mist
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

If you've never seen it, you could check out the old Masters of Horror series that was done with different famous horror directors. As I recall, some episodes were very good.

Never saw Demon City, Dagon or Re-Animator. Thanks for the tips. While I think my viewing budget for the season is well spent at this point, those suggestions are totally going in my back pocket for the future!!
980  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.
981  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.
982  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.
983  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..
984  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.
985  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
986  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.
987  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.

988  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!
989  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.
990  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 :)
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