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151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I Like to Spam on: July 11, 2016, 06:46:48 AM
Somebody get Wily Electrix on this.

I think he has Old Guard connections or was grandfathered in or something.

EDIT: Also, what i think is amazing is this guy registered with us in 2013!

That's 3 years of nothing and then BOOM, spam.
Could be someone hacked an unused account in order to spam? Kind of silly, but so are all the alternatives.
152  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 10, 2016, 09:09:48 PM
Summer 20. Think it had to do with performance over date though, since I also got my next Farmer Rank that same day.
Other way around. You get 10,000 farm degree points for unlocking a vendor. For comparison, using a tool gets you 1 point each time.

Farmer Degrees don't do anything. But it turns out I left off at the end of Spring, not Summer! So I still got a ways to go, and I don't remember what I was doing...
End of Spring actually isn't too bad as Summer 1 is the earliest you can unlock the second vendor. The specific requirements for the second vendor are at least Summer of year 1 and 100k shipped through the first vendor. Third vendor is likewise fall of year 1 and 200k shipped through the first two vendors. For reference the other vendors are shipping 500k after unlocking the third vendor, 1 mil after fourth, and last two....are significantly more complicated. You can worry about those two after you are through with year 2 (unless you are really motivated >.>).
153  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2016, 06:39:02 AM
I was feeling nostalgic for Nichijou and was thinking about rewatching it.  But what do I find...
  • It was taken down from Crunchyroll.
  • It doesn't seem to be available at any other (legal) streaming sites either.
  • The DVDs are out of print and have become very hard to find.

I hate piracy, but seriously what other option is there at this point...

I should add that I like the show and would be perfectly willing to pay for it, but I can't even find anywhere that would take my money for it.
Best I can find for you is that it looks like you can get subbed DVDs from Madman Entertainment in Australia. However they are region 4 DVDs...and shipped from Asutralia. Bright side is that Australian dollar conversion is favorable to the U.S. dollar. You could try ebay as well, but there is no guarantee that anything there is legit.
154  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2016, 07:07:35 AM
So just watched the Danganronpa 3 anime trailer that was posted on the news page. There wasn't much to comment on in the Future Arc portion of the trailer as I have no idea what anyone is saying and most of the characters were new. However, I did see a character in the Despair Arc portion of the trailer who...I was not expecting to see in the anime. Considering I know the overall plot of the Despair Arc, I now dread learning the fate of this character near the end of the Despair Arc...not that I was expecting the Despair Arc to be sunshine and rainbows. Despair Arc might be a hard sit depending on how quickly shit hits the fan. >.>
155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 06, 2016, 07:10:00 AM
Edit from Scott: I accidently deleted the rest of your message when I meant to hit quote instead of edit.  I am so sorry Ranadiel, I messed up.  If you remember what you wrote please put it back. - Scott
Well fuck, I don't even remember what I was responding to. I'm running late today too, so I'll have to see if I can remember some other time. >.>

And what makes you say there is a 0% chance? The series is popular, it has been getting stellar reviews, and the ending basically states that this isn't the end because an even bigger threat then radical 6 is out there.  I do think we have seen the last of q team,  but akane and junpei are on the move and you better belive d team won't just stand around and not help them.  Sigma and Phi are in to deep to just stop here.  And if they are going to help Diana will be there as well.

Basically everything points to a 4th game.

As already pointed out, the series isn't really that popular. My understanding is that sales in Japan were not good enough for ZTD to be made and it only got made because Askys footed part of the development bill (and even then the budget was comparably small which seems pretty evident in game).

Further, I don't think that the ending really leaves anything that needs to be resolved. We know all the couples get together. We know Carlos's sister gets better. All the important stuff is taken care of. I doubt that the unknown terrorist is going to decide to do a decision game, so there isn't that much material for a new game. Heck I would take the last decision game I the game (Kill Delta or not) as the game developer basically saying "Your role in this world is over, but their loves continue on."

Edit: Okay so I remembered one thing I was responding to. Don't delete it this time Scott. >.> Also found something from Dice to respond to while I was at it.

Yeah. That and uh ... Free the Soul / Brother. -- Delta talked about *six people* that died because of the snail blocking the right path. Best as I can tell, *one of those six* is the brother that "Brother" lost tragically that leads him to form his cult. And wait ... didn't they say that Delta had an "adopted" brother in the 1904 timeline? Who the hell was that, and maybe in another timeline Delta *is* Brother? Oooyyy...

The six people that died from the snail were Eric's mom, Akane's parents, the taxi driver (who is connected to no one in the game?), Sean's surgeon, and Sean himself. Delta's adopted brother was Left. And I'm not sure what you mean by in another timeline, Delta is Brother is all timelines that we are aware of.

> That said, my favourite post ending?  Mira, Eric, and Q.  They're totally going to kill each other.  Or kill others trying not to kill each other, intent aside.  I'm all for a fourth game starring them and ruining everything.  Forget Free the Soul, it'll be them. ...and like, how the fuck do they explain to other families at the playground "Our 'son' is fine without a head" "Like really, he doesn't mind it".  Or just keep the helmet on because he's "special".  Or ...I dunno, THIS is the WORST DANGLING THREAD IN THIS GAME AAAUUUUGGGH!!!! 

Sean won't be going back with them. I don't think the quantum computer is set up yet that far back in time. At the very least it isn't set up t host his mind yet, so he can't be sent that far back in time. So it would just be Mira and Eric...and that is actually probably the terrorist kills off all of humanity timeline since it would effectively be free of Akane's machinations which would have something of a ripple effect preventing all sorts of other events (probably including Sigma and the AB project).
156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 05, 2016, 06:48:28 AM
I would be disappointed if this was the conclusion but there is no way we don't get a 4th game now with how it ended.  There wasn't even an end file for D-Team.  We have no idea what happened to them.
I disagree. I think there is 0 chance that we get another game in the series.

Edit from Scott: I accidently deleted the rest of your message when I meant to hit quote instead of edit.  I am so sorry Ranadiel, I messed up.  If you remember what you wrote please put it back. - Scott
157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2016, 08:46:37 AM
So I finished the game last night, and frankly I loved it. D team was amazing, C team was pretty good, and Q team was...there. Mira and Eric were easily the weakest part of the game for me.

Really the thing I want to gush about is the whole Sigma/Diana relationship. I thought it was extremely well written, and enjoyed their scenes. It was pretty obvious that Diana was going to be revealed to be Phi's mom once I got the flashback scene of Diana hugging Phi, but it was still a great ride.

Phi was slightly shortchanged in that she was dead in the majority of her team's plot, but she excellent moments with feels between her and Diana.

I thought Carlos was a great addition to the cast with how well he took to SHIFTing once he learned about. Although I imagine this really was an instance of the writers being more comfortable with the concept. Overall I enjoyed his character.

I was not horribly annoyed by Junpei and Akane in this game. I thought they were serviceable. I mean we knew that Junpei was slightly jaded before he found Quark. It just happened a lot faster than we expected. Side note, I enjoyed how early on when Sigma was calling for Junpei he referred to him as Tenmyoji (sp) since that was the name that Sigma was used to calling him.

Sean had a good plot to him. He worked fine. Unfortunately he was saddled with the dead weight of the game...

Mira and Eric. They needed more time to develop which they did no get...actually I am not even sure if more time would have helped. The most interesting thing about them is that Mira is essentially to blame for everything. I mean she killed Eric's mom resulting in the deaths of Sean's surgeon and Akane's parents which result in Junpei being dragged into the nonary game. I suppose it is more indirect for D-team and Carlos, but it seems weird to me that there was really no resolution regarding Mira in the scenes themselves...although she is a boring character so I dunno if it would have helped.

As for Zero...he did his job fine. He was supposed to represent an uncaring world and he did it find. The whole terrorist motivation was odd, but I don't think you could create a satisfactory motivation for releasing Radical-6. Incidently, where the hell did he even get the radical-6 from? Oh well.

I was fine with the visual style (and never noticed any frame drops).

Slightly annoying that they didn't resolve all the hanging mysteries from ZTD. There are three that I can think of which were not explicitly resolved. 1. ?, 2. K, and 3 Clover and Alice. While ? is never directly addressed, it seems pretty clear to me that ? was jumping between the team leaders (and at one point Akane or Junpei) as the team leaders have memories that there should be no way for them to have such as other teams being executed. While Zero is implied to mind hack some actions, ? has to be providing information like the latin phrase that Zero says to Junpei and Akane during the moon ending. K is just never addressed. I was positive he was going to be Sean or having some kind of symbiotic relationship with Sean once he started talking about Radical-6 being real, but I guess that was just knowledge he was provided by the computer. Maybe he was Gab. >.> And we can kind of guess that Clover and Alice are going to use the alien device since Akane was clearly aware of it in the VLR timeline.

So summation, game was worth it to me just for the Team-D story arc. I'd give it an 8/10.

It did bother me that
They just off-handedly changed how ESPers (SHIFTers) whatever interected in a group in regards to their powers. I remember distinctly in 999 and VLR the strongest ESPer in the area absorbs the power of those around it, not resonate to increase exponentially across multiple people. It just seems really weird to change that.
In ZTD they do use the term resonate, and it clearly is not limited to solely the single strongest esper as both Sigma and Phi are getting their powers boosted by the other espers present and there are points in the game where each of them could be seen as being stronger than the other (e.g., Ph is stronger in the Dio ending and Sigma is stronger most of the rest of the time.
158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: July 02, 2016, 08:22:52 AM
"Joining the Reapers" is nothing like what Star Kid is saying. The Reapers aren't the ultimate problem, they're simply a tool to "correct" the problem. They pretty much vanish or shut down, as they are deprived of their purpose. While Shepard does say he would never join with the Reapers (as he shouldn't), they're a specific enemy attacking all life... but that doesn't preclude him from considering the joining of organics and machines to sort out a much larger problem.

Secondly, Star Kid didn't create or control the Reapers, the Leviathans did. Star Kid is simply able to correct the problem in a different way than the repairs are. In fact, I don't think they really have much of anything to do with each other. To me, it seems like he's saying that organics would have wiped each other out long ago if the Reapers hadn't been there to do their culling. He's there to solve a bigger problem, one the Reapers are a part of, but nowhere near the whole.

Look, I hate the Star Kid/Catalyst twist too, it's way outside the scope of the rest of the series, and sloppy, and forces you to make a bunch of leaps. But, I'm not sure it's wrong for the exact reasons you're saying. You seem to be relying on the assumption that Star Kid and the Reapers are connected, which there's no evidence that they are, and therefor, I don't think the "faulty" point is particularly valid.
-A problem that doesn't exist unless you accept the concept of the technological singularity which I do not and nothing forced Shepard to do so until the last 5 min of the game.

-And Starbrat disagress with you regarding the Reapers:

"Shepard: I need to stop the Reapers, do you know how I can do that?

Catalyst: Perhaps. I control the Reapers. They are my solution."

He is totally connected to them. He is essentially their boss and he states as such. Sure he didn't physically create them since he is an A.I., but he is the one who gave them their purpose.
159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 01, 2016, 06:04:20 AM
Finally got the game yesterday. Enjoying it so far. Just did my first (random) fragment last night. Just happened to get the incinerator room.

After clearing it, I am much more inclined to believe...

The old theory that Sigma and Diana are Phi's parents. Will be interesting to find out how that works.

I notice the occasional awkward movement in the models, but I think it looks better than VLR did. *shrug* Time to get back to the game! I kind of want to burn through all of Team D's fragments first, but I should probably spread myself out and do a Team C and Team Q fragment so that I don't end up with all of Team Q's fragments at the end. >.>
160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: July 01, 2016, 05:59:58 AM
Biggest problem with synthesis ending is that Shepard rejected the idea back in ME1.
I keep hearing this, but I'm not sure what part of ME1 you're referring to. And even so, at the point of ME1, Shepard has no where near the knowledge to make an informed decision on the matter. The information learned during ME3 really could change a person's decision, even if they had previously thought otherwise.

B) Star Kid "being full of hot air" really isn't a concern. Either he's all out lying, or he's correct. From what he claims, he's been around long enough to make a very knowledgable assessment of the situation. Either, he has a totally ulterior motive and is lying to you to make you do something, or he's telling the truth and probably is far more informed to make a judgement call than you are. Given that the choice you are given has three extremely different outcomes, it's hard to imagine how any ulterior motive would survive in all three situations, so given that, I think the chances are, he's telling the truth, and probably should be taken at his word.

I'm not saying that it was by any means a great plot twist or story telling, but from an internal perspective, given the information we have, I can understand the choices we're given.

1. Saren's whole thing in ME1 was about working with the reapers to ensure our survival because we can't win. I can't immediately find a quote stating that this would result in organic technological hybrids, but I know that was my impression considering that he gets implanted with fancy reaper tech for his service (which turns him into the final boss). And he drones on about "I'm forging an alliance between us and the Reapers, between organics and machines..."

2. I don't care how long he has been around. He is wrong, and ME3 reinforces that he is wrong prior to him showing up. And no matter which of his choices you choose, you are still trusting a malfunctioning A.I. (killing is saving!) that what he says is true. Shepard has no way of knowing whether the starbrat is telling the truth, and it is the enemy commander, so it isn't like there is any real reason to trust him.
161  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 26, 2016, 05:34:13 AM
Anyone know a good place to buy digital downloads of anime OPs? Looking for one of "Daydream Cafe" from ITOAR
I know I bought a bit of Japanese music via the Japanese iTunes store a year or two ago. It is kind of a hassle to do though (have to create a Japanese iTunes account and buy a giftcard from Japan and use that to pay). So you could always check there for it. Only other place I can immediately think of is Amazon.co.jp, but I don't remember if there is a way to buy digital music from them if you are outside of Japan.

Plus anime music sometimes take forever to be released. I remember that I wanted some songs from Star Driver (anime has a horrible ending, but it does have some good music), but for a year or two the only way to get the music I wanted was via CDs that came with the (overpriced) special edition DVDs. Thankfully they eventually released a collection CD. >.>
162  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 25, 2016, 05:31:28 AM
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.

Damn. I pegged Linkle's new weapon to be a Boomerang and that Ravio would end up with Boots.

Also, only the Sea Lily Bell (et all)? Couldn't work in the Organ of Evening Calm or the Coral Triangle?
Just found a trailer released by NoE, and doesn't look like Marin has any of the other instruments. She does summon the wind fish (who is smaller than I would expect) with some attacks though.

163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: June 24, 2016, 05:58:15 AM
This time I tried it with the merge ending, which I never really hear about. To my surprise, it's the "happy ending" I think everyone wanted, and makes the most amount of sense. I hear people complain that "Shepard would never allow humanity to merge with synthetics", but I just don't buy that at all. The entire series has been about bringing civilizations together, both organic and synthetic. When faced with this "ultimate problem" that organics and synthetics will always annihilate each other (as ridiculous as that sounds), in their game universe, if you really face that as the reality, the merge option makes a lot of sense.
Biggest problem with synthesis ending is that Shepard rejected the idea back in ME1. Well or maybe the biggest problem is that Shepard is just unilaterally deciding what's best for everyone in the galaxy. That random primitive tribe that has never even thought of technology beyond a bow and arrow on some undiscovered planet? They now have to live with techno organic parts. Although I know for other people the problem is the whole space magic aspect of it. Also for synthesis to make any sense, you have to accept Starbrat's claims that he is right. If you believe him to be full of hot air then synthesis is the solution to a non-existent problem. >.>
164  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 24, 2016, 05:51:45 AM
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.
165  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 05:49:08 AM
My top five are:
-Spike Chunsoft

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