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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 30, 2016, 08:27:27 PM
I am so confused by Star Ocean 5. I feel like I got a defective disk where half the dialogue isn't triggering in every cut scene. Everything is just so bare bones. >.> Like I have two party member who joined while I was being chased by enemies by saying they were being chased out of town as well. The party accepted it (for whatever reason) and now they are just there with no asking "Why are you still here? We have gone back and forth between two countries twice now. Don't you have your own stuff to take care of or something?"

I know why they are there, I just don't know why everyone in the party is accepting it. And I feel like everything in the story so far is just as bare bones. This isn't a bad story (so far) it just isn't fleshed out in the slightest. It is more of a story outline than an actual story.

Edit: And I just noticed that I'm only 10 hours in and my characters are level 39.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2016, 10:04:30 PM
@ RANADIEL - Congrats on the dedication to Trails there good sir. 3 play-throughs of a meaty RPG like that is respectable for sure! I tip my hat.
Not only was this my third playthrough, but I talked to EVERY NPC after every story event. I saw a fuck ton of text and discovered a few new minor things in the game that I had missed previously. There are only two or three conversations that I am aware of that I missed. All of which came from spending time with a party member causing dialogue with a tangentially related character to change when I was no where near a save. Really wish I could jump straight into Cold Steel 2 now....especially since Star Ocean 5 is living up to its reputation. x_x
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2016, 01:27:20 PM
Beat my third playthrough of Trails of Cold Steel just now. Love the ending so much. Still not completely sure which dance partner I am going to import into 2. I'm probably going to pair Rean up with Towa at the end of 2 as my canon clear...but the Fie conversation at the end of Cold Steel 1 is so much better than Towa's (brief) conversation. Ugh. Still have a week to decide I suppose. >.>

And for that week, I shall be playing...Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness? I guess? Need to play it at some point, and since I have no intention of 100% it, I think I can knock it out in a week from what I recall hearing regarding its length. And if not, I should have no qualms with shoving it aside for a month or two if it is as bad as I recall hearing it was. A shame Trails of Cold Steel 2 couldn't come out a week earlier though. I would love to be able to play it on Labor Day (one of like 10 days off I get in the year) rather than getting it the day after.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2016, 04:42:25 PM
Crossing the street in India is like playing a "heads I win, tales you lose" game of Frogger.  The only things that have immunity are bovines.  The only time you'll see motorists slow down, be careful, and give wide berth is if there's a cow on the road. 

No major haps, but more reflections:

1)  Am I the only one who doesn't like to take selfies, especially when traveling? I feel like if I'm at a cool place, I don't need to take a selfie to say, "Hey, look at me! I'm at this cool place!" I'd rather just take photos of that cool place and let the place speak for itself.

The solution seems obvious then, ride a bovine when you need to cross the street! :p

I hate getting pictures of myself being taken period. I have had discussions with family members before after returning from a trip where they were wondering where the photos of myself were (answer, there was maybe one because someone I was travelling with insisted I take one). I just don't get it.

you know that thing when you're flipping through pictures and you find one of yourself, and the only thing you can think is like
wait
who the heck is that?
Can't say I have ever had that experience. Other than hair thickness, I don't think I really look that different than I did when I was younger (hell most of my clothes I have owned for around a decade and they still fit the same). I have had the opposite experience though.

One time when my family was digging through photos, my sister showed me a photo. My first reaction to the photo was "Yeah it is a picture of me, okay? Why am I being shown this like it is a big deal?" About 20 seconds later my thought was, "Wait why is this picture of me black and white?" Shortly afterwards, "Wait why am I wearing a baseball uniform? I would remember if I played baseball....oh this is a picture of my dad when he was a kid. I was unaware of the fact that I looked just like him when he was younger."
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2016, 06:13:15 AM
I made it to Ho chi Minh despite Vietjet doing everything but crashing the plane to stop me. Complete wankers!

Crossing the street here is the most dangerous thing I've ever done!


Yeah crossing the street in foreign cities tends to be dangerous. Well maybe not every foreign city as I recall London and Tokyo not being too bad, but Paris and Beijing? I am amazed I made it out of both of those cities without any injuries. The motorists there just do not care about pedestrians in the slightest.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 06:25:59 PM

I should have said won fights against consequential characters. :p And I disagree with him winning his Soul Society fight. At the end of the fight one of the combatants was getting out scott free and one of them was about to die had it not been for the intervention of a third party. Uryu was not the one to get off scott free. At best you could call it a draw.

Hey, don't be so mean. It was not that bad. He did a lot more damage than Chad ever did (sorry, Chad) and he managed to keep Orihime save. 
Best you will get out of me is that Uryu got a draw since both him and the crazy scientist were out for the rest of the arc. And I will also admit that having a draw against a consequential opponent does give him one of the best records amongst Ichigo's friends (easily beating Chad, Orihime, and Ganju).Renji and Rukia both have at least one win (although I suppose one could argue about which if any of those were against consequential opponents).

Side note, I was thinking about it while I was working out today, and I felt like I should list off some good fights that had combatants that could only fight unarmed. So top fights would be Rock Lee vs. Gaara and Mighty Guy vs. Madara in Naruto. If you want to be technical they do use kicks (which Chad has never done as I recall), so for just punches I would say any Takeda fight from History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi...I would not recommend that series for anything but the fights, but the fights are good (despite the shameless fan service in the series) and most Takeda fights are pretty great (and there were far too few of them).
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 06:36:41 AM
Hey, I said it was difficult, not impossible! Well, difficult for Kubo anyway, I guess, since he relies on power-ups so much...

Anyway, just like Chad, Uryu won fights against grunts, and he technically won his big fight in the Soul Society arc. Technically.

He's usually one of those characters that's nearly killed to show things are getting serious (and we should totally root for this other character that just stepped in to save the day).
I should have said won fights against consequential characters. :p And I disagree with him winning his Soul Society fight. At the end of the fight one of the combatants was getting out scott free and one of them was about to die had it not been for the intervention of a third party. Uryu was not the one to get off scott free. At best you could call it a draw.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 25, 2016, 06:32:49 AM
Just started the field study for chapter 6 of Trails of Cold Steel. I should finish the whole third replay up this weekend. Then a week to waste until Trails of Cold Steel 2 comes out!...I really do need to decide which dance partner I am going to import into 2. Choices are between Fie or Towa. Hmmm...
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 24, 2016, 06:23:00 PM
I guess Chad's problem is that all he could ever do is punch stuff (and launch Rukia like a rocket). It's difficult to build a good fight around that without giving him constant power-ups. ... And even that wouldn't have been great, as the constant power-up thing is what Ichigo does and him hoarding powers got boring pretty fast. (That's why I like Uryu, his fights are more varied. He's not allergic to thinking and coming up with plans to take down his opponents. Okay, Kubo rarely lets him actually win, but still...)
I disagree, you can do some very interesting fights with punching. Kubo just isn't creative enough to pull it off. :p

And did Uryu ever win a fight? I know Chad constantly losing is the joke, but I don't think any of Ichigo's friends ever won fights unless we include his Soul Reaper friends...who won somewhat consistently unlike his human friends.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 09:17:12 PM
I love whole milk I drink a ton myself.

Everything else though makes you sound so responsible though Rana D! I'm guilty of non-cheffing a lot of my food.
Hahaha, you can only make that statement because you have no idea of what I had for breakfast this morning (and pretty much every morning for the past few years). >.>

I miss milk...well, I miss having 3-square meals involving dairy products, at least. Damn lactose intolerance...
If I ever developed lactose intolerance...I have no idea what I would do. Milk is the cornerstone of my diet. Without that, I don't know how I would survive. My sympathies to you my friend.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 07:57:45 PM
Ah food...my eating habits are so freaking weird. I go through something like 2.5 gallons of whole milk a week, and I am pretty sure that is the only reason that the rest of my diet has yet to kill me. I pretty much make everything I eat except for the food for lunch during the work week (as I go out for food with a coworker)...does not mean I eat healthy though. >.> It is delicious though!
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 08:15:46 PM
@RANADIEL - Your Marius incarnation will join soon as the "right" class presents itself my friend. If you wanna look em up and pick one yourself I'd be happy to oblige.
Hmm my first choice would probably be Crusader assuming that works for you.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 05:18:24 PM
Who says it was my idea to place the torch? The group decided, we decided wrong and I fought as hard as I could, but in the end, it didn't matter, nothing mattered. We all failed... ;_;
Hey, I am familiar with the Tomb of Horrors. My proxy was fully aware that doing anything in this situation was the wrong choice. He clearly voted against this group decision to try and disarm a trap. Don't try and pin any of the blame for the TPK on him when you guys out voted him! :p
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 09:32:54 PM
I only read the English edition so I'm half a dozen volumes behind, but I'm sad to stay I'm not surprised he piled on some more bullshit. Kubo is zo preoccupied with revealing twists and introducing new characters, he tends to forget about important stuff he's already written. Like, Chad was supposed to be a central character in the Fullbringer arc? I literally can't remember him doing anything important aside from existing, which is, now that I think about it, pretty significant, as Kubo often forgets he exists, so... yeah.
Well Chad did introduce Ichigo to the Fullbringers and then fought Ichigo for a chapter before being immobilized by the secondary villain by having his memories messed with to the point of his mind nearly collapsing....so he did something. Oh right he also gave Ichigo a clue that awakened Ichigo to his stupid looking Fullbringer form that was used for half of a fight!

To be (somewhat?) fair, the Fullbringer arc seemed to be very poorly received so based off of pacing it is highly likely that Kubo was forced to rush through it to get to the final arc. So a shitty arc was made even shittier!

Gotta say, I'm surprised so many of you still follow Bleach despite ragging on it so much.  Like many I enjoyed it at first (really, the soul society story arc is still decent even today if you can consider it without all the baggage that followed...), but I haven't touched it in at least 8 years...
Eh it is included in Shonen Jump and takes like 2 min to read, so I have been reading it for laughs. If you go in expecting crap then you can get some B-Movie entertainment from the last arcs.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2016, 09:26:26 PM
4 seriously critical character deaths. I am totally bummed about this as all 4 were extremely helpful party members. Since certain forum members get "two lives/characters" (thanks to my talks with Star a page of two back) I think it is only fair to extend the "2nd life" opportunity to all participants. Thus if Dincrest, Ranadiel and Tomara read this, feel free to respond with whatever you would like your second incarnations to be named.
:( Poor alternate reality me dying. I tend to use Marius as my last name, so I guess go with that
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