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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 06:49:46 PM
Your mention of how the Wutai side quests involves various damsels who aren't love interests or whatever made me realize something.  As cool as the main ladies in FF7 are (Tifa, Yuffie, Aeris), the side-ladies are pretty cool in their own right as well.  We mentioned Jessie of AVALANCHE and Shera (Cid's wifey) before, but there's also Elena from the Turks.  Yeah, her inexperience is quite prevalent but she does take her job more seriously than Reno and Rude so she has the potential to be a total badass. 

Right up until you remember that she and Tifa got into a bitchslap fight on top of Juon's Massive Cannon as probably her last major contribution to the plot prior to the Raid on Midgar (which is somehow missable). Prior to that is her attempt at punking Cloud over Tsang's "Death" (admittedly it is kinda hard to get her to miss since she kinda fakes you out and you only have one shot at dodging her and its kind of an ambush that makes it even easier to fumble; still worth succeeding at once since its hilarious to watch her go tumbling ass over teakettle down the hill and causing her lackeys to panic).

Right up until I recall that it was Scarlet who gets into the catfight with Tifa as pretty much the only non-background thing she does in the entire game prior to the Raid on Midgar.

I wonder what that scene would look like today if Squeenix ever bothered to remake it (hey, they're totally remaking the Escape from Midgar Mountain Bike Chase minigame for Cloud, why not give Tifa the Return to Juon Cannon Bitchslap Catfight minigame game)?

I don't want to sound like a dick, because im genuinely curious if there is a FF title you don't actively hate on at every opportunity.

I don't think he is hating on the game though, just making a few jokes Aeolus style.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 09:34:43 AM
Cait Sith is underrated. As I said earlier, his Instant Death slot ability kills everything, including the Weapons.

As far as I can tell regarding Rocket Town, given the architecture and layout of the town, it wouldn't be all that unbelievable to think Shinra picked a random field (Thousands of miles away from Midgar because... well, because Shinra I guess) to start construction of the rocket, and the town was just developed by the engineers and scientists around the project for convenience's sake.

Summons being a waste of time is like a Final Fantasy staple.

I forget... does the game ever even try to explain where the Black Materia came from, and more importantly how the Cetra knew what it was capable of. It's one of the few loose ends the game doesn't tie to the rest of the plot. I mean, how did Jenova/Sephiroth know it even existed? Sure, he probably "heard" about it while in the Lifestream, but that only further asks if only the Cetra were capable of hearing the planet, what is Jenova?

And, with those criteria, it would be a fun thought exercise to turn the question on it's head and ask, where did the Cetra come from?[/yellow]
Eh..? EH...!?

From FF Wiki:
Long ago, the Cetra were given two gifts from the Planet: the Black Materia, which had the power to destroy, and the White Materia, which had the power to protect. Being peaceful people, the Cetra embraced the power of the White Materia and rejected the Black, sealing it away by transforming it into a complex, booby-trapped, labyrinthine temple that became known as the Temple of the Ancients. This means these materia were created just like regular ass Materia through Mako concentration. The Cetra had the ability to guide the flow of the Planet's spiritual energy, this being the means by which they were able to cultivate life on the Planet's surface. The Crisis Core Complete Guide states the Cetra are said to have opened up Lifestream veins in the land, working to make the Planet fertile(this is probably why the Planet offered the black and white materia to the Ancients as a thank you of sorts).
(Sephiroth found out about the Black Materia through the Lifestream, the Lifestream contains souls from Ancients who know about the whole White/Black Materia shenanigans and unlike common misconception, the Ancients were actually natives to the Planet but they were a nomad tribe hence why they would be able to hear the cries of the planet , the interstellar travellers were the folk from Spira some time later, the translation made it seem like Cetra were aliens but it actually meant that they travelled the planet like Nomads,  According to Sephiroth, regular humans were Cetra who forsook their migratory nature to form permanent settlements millennia ago. See http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Cetra for more info on the Cetra).

"Many fans believe the Cetra are actually an alien race, which migrates from planet to planet, due to a line Sephiroth says during Cloud's flashback in the English version of the game: "This Planet originally belonged to the Cetra. Cetra was a itinerant race. They would migrate in, settle the Planet, then move on..." This line may be subject to translation issues and a failure to clarify the interchangeability between "land" and "planet".

Elsewhere, the game's script states through Aerith that the Cetra were born on the Planet of Final Fantasy VII: "The Cetra were born from the Planet, speak with the Planet, and unlock the Planet". The act of "returning to the Promised Land", Aerith also speaks of, is an allusion to the return to the Lifestream, it being the Promised Land of the Cetra. This concept is confirmed by the Hoshi wo Meguru Otome novella in the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega Guide. "
Jenova is a non sentient alien and parasitic organism not unlike Lavos that arrived through a meteor that gave origins to the Northern Crater.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 21, 2014, 09:10:53 AM
Eh...I've heard legends of how annoying Naruto filler are, but honestly it's not like the show has some great narrative that filler would be interrupting for the most part, so I'm not really against watching the filler in "principle" or whatever. The one problem I do remember though, is that some of the filler actually ends up making the show/characters worse, so I'm a bit torn as to whether to follow those filler avoidance lists.

Like that whole bit right after Naruto learns the Rasengan about the nuke-nin who became a runner. So you're telling me that some random guy beating Sasuke causes Sasuke to angst moreso than the fact that Itachi completely handed his ass to him? And after that filler Sasuke's back in his hospital bed again with little to no explanation. What?

I am a bit curious what the original creator thinks of all the filler, if he considered them "canon" or whatever.

Well I skip filler because it's usually shit(I did watch a whole lot of them back when I started watching the show(at that point they were in the Hidan arc and I marathoned the whole thing until I was updated, then I started following the weekly episodes and eventually some random filler arc killed my interest for the series for a good while(like few years)), not because it's "non canon" or impure or whatever, I don't even read manga.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 21, 2014, 09:07:26 AM
Things for sure pick up from bad to terrible, your characters somehow manage to get more annoying and the fights become even longer/more boring. Just burn the game along with your trust and love for Square like I did.

Damn son, you manage to be more melodramatic than FF XIII itself. Props, that takes some skill :)
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 06:34:56 AM
Vincent's last limit break sucks, as does Red XIII's(it only hits ONCE! when the previous Limit Break hits like 5 times and the difference in damage between each hit and that one big hit isn't even that great not to mention that once you reach the damage cap..well...). Cloud's Meteor Slash is a pretty good alternative if you don't want to bother getting OmniOPSlash.
Summons are pretty good very early on but quickly lose their use until you get some of the more powerful ones, I tend to use them because my childhood self is still pretty awestruck by the animations(It was some of my first memories, seeing FF7 and 8 summoning sequences, they are pretty engrained in my memory, oh and Breath of Fire 3 dragon transformations, I was like 2-3 years old I don't even know).


I never cared too much for Aeris, never used her as a party member and her relevance to the plot was all I took away from her character, her death didn't hit me that hard(I was a bit sad but well it was kind of a passing thing, I did feel for Cait Sith during that "suicide" scene believe it or not, it's been like 4-5 years since I last played(4-5 years might not seem like much but it's the difference between a 14-15 year old me to a 19 year old me, that's pretty colossal) so  who knows how my reactions will be to these events in a renewed playthrough as a much more developed human) and it wasn't this legendary moment like many people hype it to be, at least for me, I tended to make Tifa oriented choices without even noticing. I did get some serious feels with Red XIII's backstory and the tragedy of Cid/Shera because goddamn.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 18, 2014, 04:23:56 PM
Didn't know about that, I'm pretty excite. Retcon that stupid epilogue from 02, please.

Also I'll probably read all that stuff you wrote soon Mickeymac, I should really start watching G-Reco since I was looking forward to it for a long while.

So with the news it's going to end sometime soon I decided to watch some Naruto Shippuden from the first episode since that's pretty much where I left off in the Manga like 10 years ago. Why is animation so terrible in this show? It keeps cutting back to clips from the original Naruto series and those actually look better.

Use this -> http://www.narutohq.com/naruto-shippuden-fillers.php !
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 10:18:49 AM
Just once I'd like to make it through a week without living in the same building as someone furious at nothing worth being furious over.

"You catch more flies with honey than vinegar" is not an expression my family has ever heard.

I am thankful every day for finally leaving my parent's house, I visit on the weekends and that's it ever since I went to university, never again am I going to live there.. My father is the very definition of getting furious over the most inconsequential details of all fucking time all the time.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 13, 2014, 05:05:37 AM
Finished Bleach. The first half of the Fullbringer Arc was painfully boring but I started enjoying it when things picked up through episode 356-366. Thought it had some interesting details regarding the overall lore and it did a good enough job at betraying certain expectations in a good way. It feels more like a "side-story" then anything though, I hope they eventually animate the last arc in the manga.

The animation in the new FSN is awesome, I hope it gets to the part where the story becomes different from the 2006 anime soon enough, it's weird to have 50 min episodes though.

Psycho Pass 2 started out with a very cool yet kind of "re introduction, re treading" episode but since the season will only have 11 episodes, I'm sure things will escalate pretty quickly in the following episodes.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 12, 2014, 06:42:58 AM
Your impressions are awesome, really makes me want to replay the game. Must resist those urges though, whenever I touch FF7 again I want to see the whole compilation through to the end(even with it's disasters, I do like Crisis Core and enjoy AC on a superficial level).
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2014, 09:20:12 AM
I seem to have a touch for getting people out of depression or at least motivate them/enable them to get out of it or do something/take action. Thing is that nobody seems to be able to do the same for me and sometimes I feel lonely because I either "fight back" on my own or I'm fucked.

I wish I had someone who was able to reach out to me when I'm down. Not blaming anyone.. I'm super shy, quiet and reserved around strangers and have trouble having conversations with them(thus making new friends) or even be able to do small talk but I hate small talk and think it's pointless(For example, if my parents ask me "how was your day" I answer with "it was normal", "how are you?" - "I'm fine", essentially I only get really verbose and "socially" adequate when I talk about things that I find interesting or like or aren't banal/trivial/"not empty/meaningless") and with my friends I almost never show my personal/emotional side, I always try to be "cool" and "composed" because that way I'm able to better help them, I wish someone broke through my barriers(or saw through them).

I can get this melodramatic on the internet but try as I might, I can't seem to shake off the persona of "I have my shit together" IRL.

If you'll be there for me when my blues hit, I'd be more than happy to hear anything you have to say (well, not even making a "deal" out of it, I'm here regardless!)

Because, in a sense, I feel pretty similar.  Rather I bottle it up because I feel others don't want to hear, but I think to a semi-stranger might be a good fit (ie; I don't know anyone in your circle, you know nobody from mine, but we're still "similar" in interests and having this site and gaming).


Sounds like a good plan.
Whenever either of us is feeling like crap, we can just PM our woes away.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 09, 2014, 06:37:40 AM
Are you Portuguese? I see a Portuguese video on your channel.

I'm PT too :)
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 03:37:00 PM
she has kind of a pancake face.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 01:15:43 PM
I only just finished the Arrancar arc so I don't know what comes next, I guess it's the fullbringers thing then.. It's short at least.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:51:25 PM
Oh and this video is also really great, it doesn't go very indepth about certain aspects as much as I would have liked but otherwise it's a great description of various elements in Chrono Cross.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:46:40 PM
One thing I liked about CT is that it took a complex idea and executed to simple perfection.

Yeah that's very true, have to agree with that.
Chrono Cross has very different pacing in comparison to CT but it's also deliberate, it serves the purpose of slowly acclimating you to the world but also to create certain expectations only to play with them later.

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