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661  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2013, 07:12:23 AM
Recently rewatched Gundam 00, liked it better the second time through. I'm not really sure what made the difference between my first viewing and the second one. I'm thinking I thought the tone was a little too dark the first time through, but found it less dark the second time since I knew how everything turned out already....I dunno.

As for Eureka Seven....I watched it once when it was on Adult Swim. My memories of it are fuzzy. What I do recall is that I hate Renton, jam girl made me feel uneasy....because jam, Renton is annoying, and I was meh on the series overall.
662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: June 19, 2013, 07:11:02 AM
Am I the only one who actually liked the Graces characters?  Well, with the notable exception of Pascal who I hate with a passion, much like how Ashtrot feels about Rita ;)  But seriously, though, I just found them more relatable than most Tales games (or most JRPGs for that matter).  Asbel is pretty far from the cool and confident type of protagonist and I understand how that can be annoying for people, but a lot of the problems he deals with (at least in the first half of the game, before super magical evil, etc.) are pretty down-to-earth.  Family problems (he actually has a real family, crazy I know!), trying to find he place in the world, etc.  Sure nothing about him is really super original (but it's a Tales game, come on) but I still don't think that he's archetypical simple because he felt more like a real person than a generic JRPG hero.  The conflict with his brother Hubert was actually believable.  I also really enjoyed Malik, who starts out seeming like a straight-laced military type but then as you play you find out he actually has an awesome sense of humor (I loved pretty much all Malik-Sophie interactions) and a pretty interesting backstory.  He's probably one of my favorite characters in any Tales game.

I'll admit that the female characters aren't as strong.  Pascal is an annoying pile of deus ex machina and Cheria is way too pure and innocent to be believable.  Sophie is extremely naive, of course, but at least she has a good reason for it so I can give her a pass.  And she probably gets the most character development of the bunch.  Still, I didn't hate Cheria and overall I think the cast had more solid characters than bad ones.

And of course the Graces f battle system is sweet.  I never got bored with it.

I don't know about "only", but I certainly do not care for the characters at all. Okay, actually I do like Pascal and Marik (and I suppose Hubert is mildly tolerable).....actually maybe I don't dislike the characters. Maybe my hatred for Cheria, Asbel, and their horrible forced romance just blinds me to the other characters when I think back to the game. I found Asbel constantly changing his "role in the world" to be infuriating.

Really when he decided to stop being a knight in order to take over for his father to just be mind boggling. He was good as a knight. He was completely unprepared for leading a region. Really his father screwed up the line of succession as Hubert clearly was the one better suited for taking his place. And I'm just going to drop this because I have limited time and I'd like to get into a Cheria rant before I run out of time.

So yeah....Cheria, horrible character. She's a person who is trapped in the past and refuses to move past when she what? 8? (I suppose Asbel has this issue as well) She just is stuck in the exact same place, and she never grows. I know that her aid work is suppose to be her growth or w/e, but she just is yearning for the past and I don't recall her ever getting past that.....in fact the world just decides to grant her wish because why the hell not. Her love for Asbel? Totally just a childhood crush that really only exists because it seems like it was "expected" or something. Her and Asbel have no chemistry and could probably barely stand being in the same room as each other if it wasn't for their "pure and perfect love". Frankly I see their marriage ending up being very passive aggressive, where both of them hate each other without realizing it and staying together just because they have convinced themselves that they are in love. And goddamn it, this relationship gets way too much attention. Arggh!!!!

So yeah, love Pascal and Marik. I don't care if Pascal is deus ex machine like. She is hilarious and entertaining in the inter party conversations. And Marik is just awesome. Unfortunatly those two are not enough to over power my hatred for Asbel and Cheria. >.>
663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 17, 2013, 06:53:26 AM
man....I am still trying to process how this all happened.  I wonder if Microsoft is scrambling to fix this shit show right now. I'm asumming that they are either frantically working to revamp the console right now or....something..

Surely they cant be thinking that this lame duck is favored right now.  Its gonna tank hard unless they do something. Fast.

I'm honestly not sure that anyone at Microsoft really cares at the moment. Microsoft was clearly aiming for a specific demographic (for lack of a better term the bro demographic.....and the demographic of non-gamers who like to yell at their television), and they very well may believe that that demographic is not well represented in these polls. So in their minds, I could totally see them thinking "Everything is fine, these people (heathens) just don't understand the glory of our new system. However once the people the system is built for get ahold of it, then everyone will understand the glory."

The question at this point is how their core demographic really is taking all this news. The only person I know who is close to their desired demographics has indicated that he is leaning towards a PS4 at the moment. That is hardly definitive evidence, but it is all I've got at the moment. I really just don't get the logic behind the Xbone strategy, I feel like they are aiming for moderate success with minimal costs, but that they are messing that up and going to fail to get even that.....I really don't know. Only reason I am even paying attention to the Xbone at the moment is that I feel like this is going to be (already is?) one of those instances that will become a marketing text book example some day, and those are always interesting to watch in real time.
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Escha & Logy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: June 14, 2013, 06:29:25 AM

So Atelier Warriors may yet be a thing after all?

Sure, why not? Not the strangest thing to pitched as a ______ Warrior.
Really? I'm curious as to what you think is stranger. I mean Gundam and One Piece both make sense to me because crushing hordes of enemy soldiers is a common thing in both universes. Atelier just seems a weird fit to me because the Atelier game really aren't about fighting......I would probably buy it, but I don't think it would actually work.
665  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Are you ready to embrace a digital-content era? on: June 12, 2013, 06:39:53 AM
Nope, I love my physical games and collector's editions while I conceptually hate the concept of the cloud aka no guarantee that I'll have access to my purchases a decade from now. I'll be stubbornly purchasing physical copies for as long as they keep making them.
666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Make 3 completely wild E3 predictions on: June 09, 2013, 08:14:20 AM
1.  Microsoft says F it, Xbone isn't worth it and just drop development/production but give everyone high definition pictures of dogs as an apology
2.  Square announces FFXV will be exclusive to the droid marketplace
3.  Most talked about game of the show is a crossover game between Call of Duty/Assassin's Creed/Infamous/Halo

(bonus) 4.  Bioware announces Mass Effect 4 where you take the role of a Reaper agent hunting down organic life that rejects the glory of Synthesis. Entire squad consists of captured foes who you show glory of synthesis to.
667  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 09, 2013, 08:06:12 AM
Oh good I'm not the only one who is just now learning of Bandai's anime going kapoot. That makes me feel better (sadly does nothing to help my wallet).

G Gundam. OYW Gundam is only pretty good and you can get the movie compilation instead, plus it doesn't have Master Asia or Windmill Gundam.

Oops worded that poorly. I meant I need to decide if I want to get the original Gundam and whether I want to get G Gundam. I didn't intend that as an exclusive or proposition.

I'm not surprised that Gundam stuff is out of print considering how poorly Gundam was handled in the US in the 90s, specifically SEED and how they kept screwing with its time schedule, among other things. Gundam Wing and possibly G Gundam are the only ones that are known by a lot more people in the US.

Fukuda has outright stated that Shinn was the main character the whole time. He's not the writer exactly, but I think I'll take his word for it. Or not, since he's contradicted himself in interviews over and over. I don't think they had any clue what they were doing past the first couple dozen episodes. I don't really mind Shinn being unlikable because I've never really needed characters to be likable for me to find them interesting. I only find it distracting when characters are purposefully made irritating (See: Nina from Code Geass).

Oh geez, yeah I remember the SEED fiasco. At some point around the middle of the series it just sort of stopped. Some time later, I somehow discovered that it was being shown at midnight and started recording. I think I only missed a handful of episodes, but yeah totally mishandled.

I sort of felt like Shinn was intentionally made irritating. Shinn was certainly interesting.....as an antagonist. He worked really well for me when he was going border psychotic because I totally could see how he fell off the path. He just did not work for me though when he was supposed to be the second coming of Kira though. He just wasn't that likable.

Side note, the one time Shinn did not work for me as an antagonist was during the invasion of ORB. That should have been one of the high points for him, but it fell so freaking flat for me. Because Shinn was getting pissy at ORB for having taken a side during the conflict despite the fact that he was getting pissy and high and mighty at them earlier in the series for the fact that they didn't just roll over to the Earth Federation during the previous war. In the end he becomes the exact same thing that killed his parents (probably in the exact same spot), but he just doesn't have enough self awareness to realize that is happening. So what could have been an extremely interesting self reflection of his role in the world and what he has become instead was instead just him getting angry and whining. And thus I hated him more.
668  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 08, 2013, 08:46:51 AM
I have a fun tale to regale you all with. I've been playing Dynasty Warrior Gundam 3 recently and just like Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 it made me want to watch Zeta Gundam. So I finally decided to get the DVDs.....only to discover the DVDs are extremely expensive. Confused as they were not that old, I checked other Gundam series only to discover that other than 00 they were all expensive. And then after a couple of days of occasional searching, I discovered that Bandai stopped making DVDs so everything they licensed is now out of print. How am I only learning about this now?! >.> So many series to pick up before their prices get even more ridiculous. Luckily I have a few of them all ready. But yeah, I'm going to be having a lot of Bandai licensed anime to watch very soon. Still need to decide if I want G Gundam or the original Gundam series though.

Shinn was a bad main character because of bad planning. It's no-one's fault but the writer's that he basically became
Durandal's barking dog
by the end of the show. The first half of the show or so was going pretty good but it was pretty obvious by the end they were turning in scripts late and such given how much time they were wasting with pointless episodes and numerous clip shows right before the climax.

They basically just made Kira the main character again because he was popular in polls. I wouldn't have minded that much if he didn't remain completely static throughout the show because he was so powerful he doesn't really have to struggle with anything.
I don't know, I found Shinn to be all kinds of annoying from the get go of Destiny. He started to get slightly more tolerable at the mid point, but it really just did not last for too long. I realize that the writers were originally probably going for a jerk who becomes more likable as time goes on, but they went too slowly on his character growth so it was just unbearable at some points to watch him. Kira becoming the main character was a mercy as far as I am concerned.

Shinn really worked much better when he was clearly the antagonist. Frankly I'm not completely convinced that this wasn't the writer's intention originally.
669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: June 08, 2013, 08:16:00 AM
OK, we can stop panicking.  Both the CE and LE have the DLC costumes and the music CD is the same.  The only differences with the CE are the figure and art book.

That is good to know, but I will continue my panicking!
670  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 02, 2013, 07:42:48 AM
Dang, I really loved Matt Smith as the Doctor and I was hoping we could get another 3+ years out of him. Oh well. I'll just have to hope that the next Doctor is a good choice.
671  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 01, 2013, 07:46:47 AM
What if microsoft decides to challenge that when their used game activation fee is inevitably circumvented though?
Then they are morons because the proper route for that is to go after the DMCA claim because circumventing the game activation is almost certainly a DMCA violation while there is absolutely no chance of them managing to overturn the first sale doctrine of copyright.....wait we are talking about the company that developed the Xbone. Hmm, I might have a an entertaining Supreme Court case on this subject to look forward to in four to five years.
672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: bought ar tonelico 3 from gamefly used for 20$ and they sent me this on: June 01, 2013, 07:28:48 AM
At least everyone agrees that 2 is the best by far.

O_o Everyone does? Crap, I missed that memo. 2 is actually my least favorite of the three.
673  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 31, 2013, 06:52:01 AM
I wonder.

Let's say you buy a used XBox One game and download some patch to bypass the reactivation fee. Is that considered piracy?
I don't know about "piracy", but I will bet you would be in violation of the DMCA provision regarding circumventing electronic DRM.

Extrapolate: If you buy and play ANY used game without money going back to the original publisher, can that be considered piracy?
Nope, at least in terms of copyright that is perfectly kosher.
674  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 29, 2013, 07:02:21 AM
Been rewatching Code Geass myself. Watching the dub this time since I might as well mix it up. Been a few years but I still have the same problems I've had with the show as the first time I watched it. When it's good, it's really good, and when it's bad, it's really fucking bad.

I'm sort of curious, what are the parts that people consider to be "good" and the parts that people consider to be "bad". I've watched the series several times and I can't recall any parts that I particularly disliked beyond stuff like the giant pizza party episode. Perhaps I'm just too forgiving on series.
675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 27, 2013, 08:15:50 AM
Let's pronounced the X in Xbone the same way they pronounce the X in Xblade in Kingdom Hearts.


Lmao, this, a million times this.
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