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736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 17, 2012, 01:16:20 PM
I can't stand Smash Bros. it's a party platformer masquerading as a fighting game and lacks in finesse, style, run factor, and overall satisfaction when you compare it to a fighter that's actually good. I would take 90% of the fighters produced by Capcom, Namco, Sega, or Arc System Works over Smash. They're awful.

And before someone replies with "I bet you hate them because you suck at them" or thereabouts, no. I placed third in a Brawl tournament at my university's game festival shortly after Brawl was released. not a good game. Or series.
737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 05:03:54 PM
Tales of Symphonia isn't bad, but it's not even in the top 5 games in the Tales series. 

TWEWY is garbage for hipsters and weeaboos. 

Fallout is boring.  All of them.  New Vegas is the least-boring, so that's something.  I used to feel similarly about Elder Scrolls, but Skyrim changed my mind a little. 

And I agree with whoever said that Skyward Sword is really bad.  Because it is. 

Anyone who believes that "Square was ruined when they merged with Enix" and that it's somehow Enix's fault or something, is full of shit.  Enix acquired Square based on share count, and Square only did it to save their own asses. 
738  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Star Ocean 2 questions on: May 16, 2012, 12:48:59 PM
I was going to start a new topic for this, but I guess this topic's title suits me just fine.  I've been playing Star Ocean 2 for the first time (using the PSP remake) and a have a few questions. 

I've been trying for a few hours to get the Green Upgrade that teaches me the skill Hyper Launcher.  I've been using Level 10 Orchestra and Opera has Level 10 Machinist, but zero luck (and plenty of Black and White Upgrades).  Is there any kind of equipment or stat bonus that will increase my chances?  Is the violin song that increases item luck better than Orchestra? 

I heard something about a Limiter that changes Gabriel / Indalecio's stats.  If I do the PA that activates this, will he become stronger or weaker?  The source I looked at wasn't clear.  Note: I *don't* want to fight the stronger version. 

I've been using Customization and Blacksmith for all of my weapons and armor needs.  Is there anything better in Fun City or the final few dungeons?  I'm not interested in trying the optional dungeon quite yet. 
739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: May 16, 2012, 12:01:06 PM
That's the way to do it. You either enjoy. Game enough to finish it or you don't. And I don't see the point of keeping games around that you don't finish.
I have no game backlog. I just have a current game and future games. I buy a game and beat it, then buy a new one.
I understand where you both are coming from, but that's not how every gamer thinks.  I'll sometimes buy games that I know I'll want to play, but then real life happens and gets in the way.  Or I'll buy a game that's on sale despite playing something else, or thinking more as a game collector instead of a game player, or any other reason that prevents me from playing a game.  I don't think I'm in a minority when I say that at least 30% of the games I own haven't been finished. 

Keeping a detailed backlog (which I've done since 2010, and have been blogging about since 2011) motivates me to finish games.  I'm less likely to put down a game indefinitely or switch up when something new comes out, because I'm writing about it and don't want to leave that door open.  It's helped me cut into my collection of unfinished games in a big way. 
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: May 16, 2012, 11:56:44 AM
Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.  It's a little sad when I think about how well I know these games....
741  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 14, 2012, 07:49:39 PM
Watching Kuroko's Basketball.  So far it's pretty good, although I wish the basketball was a little faster-paced.  Very faithful to the manga through the first six episodes.
742  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your game play log on: May 14, 2012, 07:13:53 PM
These are all estimates, but I know that my MHFU file is well over 400 and my PSP Disgaea 1+2 files are both over 200 (that's not including the PS2 or PS3 games...).  I don't even want to know how much time I've put into Pokemon over the years....  I'm pretty sure the only FF games that are in the 100 club are FF Tactics and FF IV - I've beaten FF IV more times and on more systems than I care to think about....

200+ hours
Diablo II + Lord of Destruction
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness + Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories + Dark Hero Days
Final Fantasy Tactics
Pokemon (various)
Monster Hunter Freedom 2+Unite

100+ hours
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Warrior VII
Final Fantasy IV
Tales of Phantasia

50+ hours
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
Chrono Trigger
Dragon Age: Origins
Civilization III
Torchlight

These are only the first few that come to mind, and many of them (esp. Chrono Trigger and the FF games) come from multiple playthroughs.  Surprise realization: I've played my PSP *WAY* more than any other system the past 6 or 7 years; it's not even close.  At least five games that crossed over 100 hours. 
743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: May 14, 2012, 06:12:27 PM
On another forum I've been taking part in a thread similar to this one, writing a new review in a blog every time I complete a new game and keeping a running total of completed games vs. purchases.  Here's the backlog half of how it breaks down:

Current Backlog
Mass Effect
Grandia II
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Red Dead Redemption
Star Ocean: Second Evolution
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3D Dot Game Heroes
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Darksiders
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
Demon's Souls
Final Fantasy XII
Okami
Persona 3: FES
Rogue Galaxy
Valkyria Chronicles
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Early in the year I picked 16 games from my backlog (which probably numbers at least 30 in total) and pledged to conquer them.  Every time I finish one, I write a new review in my blog.  I've only completed 3 games, so I'm a little behind (I blame Mass Effect 2+3)
744  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 04, 2012, 05:30:36 PM
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu's rugby episode is probably the funniest episode of an anime I've ever seen, outside of Azumanga Daioh. All of Fumoffu is great, but OMG that rugby episode killed me.
All of this. I'be watched the rugby episode and the plague episode of Fumoffu multiple times.

My other favorite comedy anime are sorta-generic shounen that feature comedy occasionally, like One Piece or Beelzebub (probably not what you're looking for).
745  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 28, 2012, 05:43:23 PM
Fuckin Caps can't get it in.... everything just bounces off.

My fandoms are mostly the Ravens, Warriors, and Caps. Currently between baseball teams.
746  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 26, 2012, 07:14:27 PM
Awwww, Philly isn't so bad. Some of us are quite nice. :-)
I want to believe you, I really do, but my known sample is taken from Phillies and Eagles games.  And it's not promising. 

Also, the picture in the post above is hysterical. 
747  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 25, 2012, 08:12:00 PM
Go Caps and fuck all the Boston teams.  I've never encountered a fanbase with so much elitism and pessimism amidst so much money and success.  I'd be happy if the Patriots, Celtics, or Red Sox (especially the Patriots) never win a championship again.  They barely edge out Philthydelphia to be my least-favorite sports city. 

I'm basically in a region of DC sports fans since I live in Virginia, but I don't care for any DC teams except for the Caps and the olden days of D.C. United.  The Nationals are arright, though, and I'm this close to jumping on that bandwagon since the Orioles have sucked so hard for so long.  I wasn't really a hockey fan prior to graduating college, when I was the only hockey-apathetic one of my group of drinking/sports buddies.  They've been molding me into a Caps fan for the past couple of years, and I was in attendance in Game 6 (cost each person in my group $120 for nosebleeds).  CRUSH THEM.
748  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games That Focus On Exploration on: April 25, 2012, 08:05:08 PM
I think that many gamers prefer completing objectives in games, and others prefer exploring spaces.  I've encountered people who get bored with rich, vast game landscapes and just want to get to the next fight or plot point, and others who will play a game for tens of hours and prefer dicking around and interacting with everything they can find and could care less about reaching an endgame.  There are games out there for both people. 

And anyhow, my favorite world map of all time is that of Skies of Arcadia, because there are a ton of hidden things to find (mostly Discoveries) and sailing in such a beautiful sky is fun, sometimes exhilarating.  But that's not really what this topic is about, is it? 

My favorite spaces to explore are in Red Dead Redemption and Shadow of the Colossus.  Must be something about riding a horse around empty, arid expanses. 
749  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 22, 2012, 10:05:19 PM
I'm pretty sure it started out as a play, and the 1950s one was Sidney Lumet's debut as a director (he went on to do a bunch of awesome crime films like Serpico and The Verdict).  I saw the newer one sometime during college when I was browsing the media library and figured why the hell not.  It makes several changes, but is definitely respectful and a few of the newer subplots are interesting.  I still prefer the older one, though.
750  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 22, 2012, 09:34:26 PM
Crossed Wind Waker off my list.  Pretty good final showdown - it highlighted part of the new tricks to swordplay compared to Ocarina or Majora.  Very good Zelda game overall, but ALttP is still my favorite. 

Next I want to start up another console game I've owned for some time.  Leaning towards Valkyria Chronicles or Red Dead Redemption. 
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