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16  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.
17  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?
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: February 23, 2016, 11:47:40 PM

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. 
19  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.
20  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.  
21  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. 

22  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. 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 01, 2016, 07:43:14 PM
I've been sick since Friday, so I've mostly been playing Diablo III and watching weird Japanese children's television for the past several days.  It's... not really making me feel better. 
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 04:27:14 PM
So who's bright idea was it to make the year's Games of the Year discussion into a bunch of Podcasts!?

I don't have time for that. I just want to open a link, see which Bioware/Persona title swept the competition, and move on to debating the hell out of that, then realize just how badly the year sucked in terms of RPG releases beyond the initial months.
Read the actual post:
The fun will continue for a total of four days, with our editors' individual Top Five lists tomorrow, a GotY episode of Random Encounter on Sunday, and ending with the site's official awards (including the Reader's Choice winners) on Monday. Make sure to check back each day for all the awardy goodness!
The full written awards should come out on the 11th. 
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 12:01:01 PM
It was a variety of issues.  Whenever I opened a crate/chest or changed targets in combat, my character couldn't move or perform actions that required re-targeting.  I could solve it by saving and resetting, but that was REALLY annoying to do multiple times each combat and with every loot.  I tried to resolve it using VSynch and a few other things recommended on the Steam forums, but never got it working.  Ended up giving up. 
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 12:17:56 AM
Kotor and Kotor 2 are available on steam. They were on sale for ~ $3.5 earlier because of the movies but they're normally around 10.99. Obviously, since they are on steam they will auto-synch to your computer and run fine. I was playing it until my house was broken into and my laptop broken.
I think I mentioned this earlier in the thread, but there are a lot of problems with the Steam version of KOTOR 1.  My computer can't play it because it has a 2011-era video card. 
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 05, 2016, 12:26:48 AM
Is the cast going to do anything special for pokemon? Are any of you familiar with Nuzlocke challenges?
I've done a Nuzlocke before, but it was stressful and time-consuming.  I'm going to be playing Pokemon just to re-experience it and have it as a fresh in my brain as possible for when we discuss it.  No special playthrough. 
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 04, 2016, 12:08:45 AM
Here's my final list:
1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
2. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
3. Fire Emblem: Awakening
4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (NG+)
6. Persona 4 Golden
7. Ys: Memories of Celceta
8. Her Story
9. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
10. Persona 4 Golden (Platinum)
11. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
12. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
13. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
14. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
15. Mega Man V
16. Far Cry 3
17. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
18. Kirby Triple Deluxe
19. Undertale
20. Gone Home
21. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
22. Paper Mario

I played some pretty good shit this year, even if the number was a little on the low side compared to past years for me.  Also played DISGUSTING amounts of Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm, which cut into my game time significantly. 
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 26, 2015, 01:49:31 PM
I agree the plot and characters are butt. Even 14 year old me was rolling his eyes at the orphanage amnesia plot
 But... those cities!
Persona 2 did the childhood-trauma-shared-amnesia-now-reunited plot twist better. 
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 26, 2015, 12:24:52 PM
I too am surprised you thought you were in the minority, Mike. FF8 was one of the most divisive entries in the series pre-Fabula Nova Crystalis. I always thought I was in the minority for feeling the same way Neal does about it. In fact, it's possibly my favorite 32-bit FF title. Its systems are clunky to learn and need to be kept on top of, but it's satisfying to use them to break the game. Some of its characters and plot beats can be very frustrating, but I loved the 20th Century Europe-style cities. Dollet, Galbadia and Timber all look really fantastic.
It's weird, in the kinda-elitist fan circles I used to run in, FF VIII was disliked and I definitely wasn't in the minority there.  It did have a good critical reception when it launched, and it's allegedly the 3rd-bestselling game in the series (but you could easily attribute that to being the follow-up to FF VII).  More recently, I've seen an outpouring of love for FF VIII that puzzled me a bit.  My perception is that it has the reputation of being an undeservingly-maligned game instead of a disappointing one. 

...but I don't agree.  I still don't like the GF-Junction system and feel that its plot is bonkers. Squall is an extremely unlikable main character, and Rinoa is one of the weakest female leads in the modern era of the series.  Probably won't change my mind about FF VIII anytime soon. 
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