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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 26, 2016, 05:00:28 PM
The Sopranos, Oz, and Deadwood

Also shows I can't watch. :)

But as you say, also shows that are widely accepted as high-quality productions.

Same.  They're shows about horrible people doing horrible things.  Not my speed.

I'll repeat myself: for me, awful content invalidates the technical brilliance of a piece of entertainment.  It's just me.  I'm not saying the shows are "bad", just that I won't watch them and would discourage others from doing so if I know they care about content.
I'd challenge the idea that "people doing evil things" doesn't equate to "awful content" but clearly we have a difference in tastes and preferences here.  Nobody's going to change anyone's minds.  Bummer.  I'll just keep enjoying all of this spectacular "awful content."
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 26, 2016, 03:12:09 PM
I'm a little compelled to respond about Breaking Bad, as it's one of my favorite TV shows of the past 15-ish years.  I disagree with the notion that it's "is a show about horrible people doing horrible things, all of the time."  It's a show where a lot of horrible things happen, yes, but it's basically a slow burn about a person's slow descent into evil.  Walter White starts out as a cancer patient who sells drugs out of desperation and opportunity, and then ends up doing worse and worse things over the course of the show, and ends up as a drug lord.  It happens in a slow burn over 5 seasons broadcast over about 6.5 years.  Part of why it's so good is that it's hard to find a single moment where he "breaks bad" and it's hard to say if his circumstances forced him to do some of those things, or if he was a borderline psychopath at the start and descended completely into evil by season 5.  

...so yeah.  There is a lot of evil in Breaking Bad, but it's brilliantly written and produced, and showcases a fascinating character arc.  I think there is more evil shown more gratuitously in The Sopranos, Oz, and Deadwood, which are also good shows full of bad people doing bad things.  
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 23, 2016, 07:52:09 PM
I FINISHED BRAVELY SECOND AND NOW I AM EXPERIENCING AN EXCITED COMPLETION HIGH.  Whew.  Seriously, Bravely Second was great. 
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: April 23, 2016, 07:46:43 PM
I've been playing it obsessively since it came out, and I got the credits rolling an hour or two ago, heh.  Final runtime was 55-ish hours, as opposed to my Bravely Default run that was closer to 90. 

I fuckin' loved Bravely Second.  The class system is improved from Bravely Default (30 classes instead of 24, with 18 returning from Default).  The options and customization are a little better.  Magnolia and Yew are goofy-but-fun characters that I liked more than Agnes or Ringabel.  It doesn't totally abandon the play-multiple-times gimmick of Bravely Default, but it's WAY less obnoxious.  The endgame sequences remind me of Bravely Default's in some ways, but it's very clever and effective.  I'm really, really trying to avoid spoilers here, guys. 

Bravely Second is more Bravely Default, but it's a more streamlined experience.  The characters are adorable, the dialog is silly, the humor doesn't always land but sometimes it's pretty funny.  Jobs and combat are still excellent.  Whew.  It might not create new franchise converts, but I really, really liked this game.  Here's how my final party (for most of the last chapter) shook out:

Yew: Patissier / Performer.  Strictly for debuffing enemy stats and creating elemental weaknesses with cakes, and buffing allies with dances.  Very similar to my Performer build in Bravely Default.  I had him in the Patissier class because its native support skill is really good, while the Performer's isn't great.

Edea: Knight / Templar.  Super Charge build.  Dual shields.  Used the Templar's Brave-building skills to use Super Charge as much as possible.  Had my Patissier make enemies target her with Decoration.  I used a build very, very similar to this for the final boss of Bravely Default.

Magnolia: Hawkeye / Swordmaster. Mostly an auto-attacking build. Eagle Eye + Warhead for powerful attacks with the elemental Warheads matching whatever the Patissier threw at the enemy. Reliable 9999s with every attack and counter. Swordmaster was just for Eye for an Eye, which usually gave me one or two counter attacks per round at least.   

Tiz: Wizard / Bishop. I had Tiz switch between Bishop, Time Mage, and Astrologian skills quite often, but Wizard was my favorite native class for him because Spellcraft is so versatile. Most of the time he's setting up Mist spells to buff and heal the team, but also throws around Dart spells for emergencies.  Spellcraft is an amazing skillset. 
5  Media / General Games / Re: Ratchet and Clank 2016 on: April 14, 2016, 05:35:05 PM
Into the Nexus wasn't *terrible* but it's not at the level of the six main-series Ratchet games.  I adore Ratchet & Clank and even wrote a lengthy diatribe on the different games in the series here on the RPGFan forums.  If I owned a PS4 I would buy this game on day 1.  Ratchet & Clank is a fantastic platform-shooter series.  It was basically my Mega Man replacement in the 2000s and early 2010s. 
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: March 21, 2016, 06:22:20 PM
I can't speak to the "Greatest Ever" question, but it's also worth keeping mind that they're unlikely to choose games that they think suck. :)
...wait for April.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "So Bad It's Good" thread on: February 29, 2016, 01:11:29 AM
The Big Hit, starring Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Philips.  The whole movie tries really, really hard to make Wahlberg's look good; he plays Melvin Smiley, a badass hitman that is so eager-to-please that he can't refuse favors from his friends or women.  Philips plays one of Smiley's co-workers, Sisko, and the performance is so over-the-top ridiculous that I swear LDP is the only actor who realizes how silly the movie actually is and just rolled with it.  The love interest was played by a Chinese-American model named China Chow who I don't think was in any movie ever again.  It's awful and I love it.  I watch The Big Hit like twice a year. 
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2016, 02:59:30 AM
Calling it a night on FE:Fates tonight on account of Hana eating hot Berserker death despite having only a 7% chance of getting Hit (not Crit, Hit). In True Hit terms, she got nailed on a .49% chance (which is the equivalent of rolling 10 d20s at the same time and getting a 1 on all of them ). If this were any other run, she would have gotten permabenched for that.
That sucks.  My personal worst in this time was losing my Avatar to three magic hits, all of which were in the 30-50% range to hit.  Soured me on the game for a whole day.  Anyhow, I'm around chapter 13 in my Conquest run and chapter 11 of my Birthright run.  I think I'm gonna have my (lady) Avatar marry Silas, but I haven't made any final decision yet. 

And your math's wrong - getting a 1 on 2 d20s is a .25% chance, and your scenario is around double that.  Getting a 1 on 10 d20s is (0.05)^10, which is around one in ten trillion. 
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2016 version - Save money for that NX on: February 25, 2016, 12:32:32 PM
A bunch of Atlus 3DS RPGs are on sale digitally for $10 each. I saw Etrian Odyssey IV, Devil Survivor Overclocked, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and a few others. Worth checking out.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 24, 2016, 08:33:19 PM
Briggs Meyers is total BS though...
Because it's actually Meyers-Briggs? Or because it's an over-simplification of personality types?
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: February 23, 2016, 11:47:40 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/02/ys-viii-has-dual-protagonists

Mysterious Mystery Girl with heavily implied ties to the grand scheme of the plot and setting spotted.

What's actually surprising is that she's playable, and we may even see a M&L:Dream Team style game here (or at least an FFVIII style "Play this doofus + buds for awhile for glorified backstory/character development reasons").
I'm very intrigued by this.  If they make Dana's segments different and fun it could be a positive influence.  Her blue hair and the series' preference for having a cast with differently-hued tresses make me sad for a probable lack of Dogi, though. 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 22, 2016, 03:43:00 AM
Suikoden.  I really want to like Suikoden, but every one I've tried (1, 3, and 5) didn't grab me at all.  Not more than three or four hours into each one, though.  I know 2 is supposedly the best in the series, and I probably will give it a chance eventually.  Just never had a good first impression.  

Final Fantasy VIII.  I was FF-obsessed for most of my teenage years, but never got into FF VIII.  I enjoyed playing every game in the entire series numbered III through X, except for VIII.  I put 35 hours into that thing and I wish I had them back.  

Banjo-Kazooie.  A boring 3D platformer that isn't a quarter as good as Mario 64, or even Ape Escape for the PS1.  Even worse, you had to use the N64's stupid dildo trident controller to play it.  I loved playing 3D platformers during their heyday (early 2000s), but for some reason I could never get into Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, or their cousin Donkey Kong 64.  Tooie was probably the best of those three. 

Guilty Gear.  I adore fighting games, and I'm a fan of a ton of different fighters made by Capcom, SNK, Namco, Tecmo, Netherrealm, and even some of the weird ones by 8ing and French Bread.  I've tried to get into Guilty Gear multiple times and I just can't.  The animations are always pretty and the music is often great, but I hate most of the systems in place and the character designs don't appeal to me at all.  I don't hate ASW in general, though.  BlazBlue (from what little I've played) seems better than Guilty Gear.  I really liked Persona 4 Arena.  

Mushrooms.  Mushrooms are ****ing gross.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is your favorite RPG in one of the first five you tried? on: February 15, 2016, 04:00:16 PM
Maybe?  My favorite RPG is Chrono Trigger, but I'm not totally sure what my first five RPGs were.  Here's some guesswork:

These are my first three RPGs:

Final Fantasy IV
The Legend of Zelda (if it counts)
Final Fantasy I

These next six might be among my first five:

Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Illusion of Gaia
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (if it counts)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (ditto)

I played all those SNES games at friends' houses before actually getting a SNES, and all of them were games I sought out once I had the system to play them on.  Not sure if Chrono Trigger was one of my first five RPGs, but it may have been.  
14  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: February 15, 2016, 01:31:49 AM
For me it definitely happened for Persona 3, Persona 4, Mass Effect 2, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.  I specifically remembering IMMEDIATELY starting up new games of those four within a day or two after beating them.  I even got a little misty-eyed during the end credits sequences for... I think all of them other than Mass Effect 2?  They're fantastic. 

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 06, 2016, 05:03:07 PM
My backlog is so terrifying that I'm never going to finish it if I play video games every day and live to be 99.  It's bad.  And most days I just play more Diablo III anyway. 

If I tried to make a list, it would be at least 150 games on Steam alone, with at least another 25 PS1 and PS2 games.  Less than 10 unbeaten games each for me PSP, DS, GBA, and GC libraries.  On 3DS and Vita I only own about 20 games, and have beaten about half.  PS3 I own something like 25-30 games, but have definitely beaten more than half.  Really it's that stupid Steam backlog with scattered games elsewhere.  Right now I just want to set aside time to beat Trails in the Sky SC and Trails of Cold Steel, but that's going really, reeeally slowly. 
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