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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: Yesterday at 12:42:42 PM »
The truest Elder Scrolls experience is spending 10 hours researching all the best mods, 2 hours installing them, 100 hours debugging and figuring out the load order, then playing 5 minutes and getting bored.


I laughed, cuz that shit is too true.

Wild Arms 2 - Climbed Telepath Tower. Found the legendary Booty Call tool along the way. It has already been quite useful in helping me locate some bountiful booty.
Anyway, I then watched the rather morbid enemy broadcast to the world from the top of said tower. Next, I climbed over Mt. Chug-chug, and ultimately got back to HQ. Received the next mission: to deliver a letter to some place whose(?) name I've already forgotten.
*All In all, I think it's a solid JRPG for its time (I never got around to playing the series in its day). A good follow up to the original. Enhanced in all the right aways (except for the battle sprites - yuck) . There's a lot more 'style', compared to the first game.
The poor translation to English is hilarious. The music however, is excellent. So very late 90s, yet so very good. Also, using radar to find towns and dungeons on the world map is really dumb.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:01:35 PM »
tl;dr animals r dumb

This.
My wife and I wondered the same thing, Arvis. This is the only answer we could come up with.
Hammy could be an ignorant juvenile for all I know. Doesn't sound like a bigger squirrel. I guess I'll find out soon enough when I eventually go up there to bag the corpse (anybody want to do it for me?  $20).

At first I thought he was using our attic as a hangout/nut hoard space, but I'm almost certain he is trapped in there. All he does all day is go back and forth between the two windows up there. Now and then he'll try another corner of the attic.
As if some magical squirrel door is suddenly going to appear if he repeats a certain pattern enough.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:48:31 PM »
I think Hammy (my attic squirrel) is on the way out. He has gone from a full gait to some sort of lizard scamper over the last few days. I guess you can only live on spiders for so long. Probably doesn't help that it's been colder than a witch's teet the last few nights.
I feel bad for the little guy, but I'm not risking opening the attic door, and possibly having him escape into the living area of the house out of desperation. I helped an ex get some baby squirrels out of her house back in the day, and Christmas Vacation's depiction isn't too far off from how such an event can transpire.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:37:31 PM »
GoW III - I think I'm getting closer to the end..? Just getting out of the Labyrinth, it seems. Helping Pandora get around.
This game does not hide it's attempt at bro appeal. A sex QTE? Shiiiit. The gore is awesome, though. Kratos don't give a fuck. I like that the puzzles are just tricky enough. I got close to looking a few up, but managed to get 'em all done on my own (so far).
For the record, I never finished the first GoW. Couldn't beat the last boss. ...Never played Part deux.

Been messing around with Titan Quest also. It feels like a mix of Diablo and the first Divinity, with which I'm down. I like that you can pick up and use enemy equipment.

Tried to start Risen 3, but the frame rate stutters like it's going out of style. Currently don't have the time or patience to figure out why (it is NOT my hardware, which runs the Valley benchmark at a smooth 60 fps in Ultra/HD mode). I remember when I tried to play Gothic 3 a few years ago, that it stuttered like crazy also...


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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 04, 2017, 01:30:54 PM »
I have squirrels in my attic, too, but they're metaphorical.  Sometimes they tell me to do things.  Like buy chocolate covered almonds.

A wise and delicious investment, indeed. There is now no question that metaphorical squirrels are more helpful than dumb-ass real ones.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:49:02 PM »
There is a squirrel in my attic. I've named it Hammy, after the character from Over the Hedge. I think Hammy's stuck, because it sounds like all he has been doing the past 2 days is run back and forth from one window to the other. I dare not try and go up there myself. Those things are fast and unpredictable, and he'd also have the advantage of a higher position. I figure since I've only got 6 months left on the lease, I'll leave him be, as long as he doesn't try to gnaw into the living area of the house.
 If Hammy is indeed stuck and starves to death,.... Well, I'll deal with it if it happens. Here's hoping that's not the case.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:39:33 PM »
^ It's understandably easy to get caught up in modding. I've been thinking of re-starting and not finishing Skyrim again myself...

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:10:41 PM »
1) Lego Marvel Super Heroes
2) Tales o Graces f
3) Tales o' Xillia
4) Infamous 2
5) Tales o' Vesperia
6) Magna Carta 2
7) Modnation Racers

8) Singularity - A decent FPS. Takes and mixes ideas from Resident Evil; Bioshock; and Call of Booty. The shooting mechanics are fantastic, honestly. What separates the game a bit is that you gain a Time Manipulation Device (TMD), which can do some pretty neat things. ...Although, a lot of its use outside of combat feels too staged.
The story plays out in a 'meh' way, but the concept behind it is actually interesting: Back in the 50s, Russia finds a new and extremely rare metal, that basically allows a lot of crazy shit to happen (including time manipulation), with terrible plot-enhancing side effects, of course.
The difficulty actually decreases as you progress. About 2/3 of the way through, the game decides to make it rain, and starts offering you TONS of upgrade currency. Said upgrades are over-powered, in my opinion. You basically become a super soldier, even with only level 2 (out of 3) upgrades. Coupled with a late game TMD upgrade that allows unlimited use, and pretty much nothing can stand in your way.
All in all, not bad. I had fun.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:46:50 AM »
too scantily clad for a fighting game.

No such thing.

This. I'm wondering if MonCapitan has actually looked at any fighting games from the last 20+ years.
;)


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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:14:13 AM »
Everything definitely looks larger here now. It's weird .. I'm using Firefox on a desktop, as I have been.

Anyway, been playing Singularity a lot. Basically, it's as if Call of Duty; Bioshock; and Resident Evil had a baby. Nothing fantastic, but it's a nice, solid shooter. There's honestly a larger horror element than I had originally anticipated.

Also, still literally making tracks in Modnation Racers. The building system is much deeper than it initially seems.

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^ Thanks for turning me onto that. I love ambient/instrumental stuff.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:49:55 AM »
9. Borderlands (way too long) - Stupid game with a stupid end that I stupidly stayed up all night once last week to finish.  Good Riddance.

Did you play online with a friend at all? Much more fun than single player.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 19, 2017, 01:27:16 PM »
Haps: Feeling like a bit of a doofus. I'd been on the same internet package for years, and had ignored Comcast's attempts to upsell me over that time. Came to find out yesterday that the package I was on isn't even offered these days, and I could get speeds over twice as fast for the same monthly rate. I'd been over-paying for who knows how long. Upgrading was a no-brainer. Explains why they had been trying to call me so frequently over the summer.. Can't help but laugh at myself.

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The Soundroom / Favorite Albums of 2017
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:29:25 AM »
That's right, I'm starting this one early. I feel that Brendan Small's Galaktikon II: Become the Storm is just fantastic stuff, and it is definitely one of my albums of the year. It basically combines the Dethklok sound with Brendan's solo space-rock sound from the first Galaktikon album, and I think it's very well done. It took a few listens for me to really appreciate the album, but now I play it at least a few times a week. You can tell some skilled musicians are behind it (Bryan Beller; Gene Hoglan: Brendan himself).
The only thing I don't like is how low the vocals are in the mix. It's honestly a damn crime, because the music is so good. Previous Dethklok albums (same producer) were mixed much better than this... Anyway, I eventually got used to it, and can appreciate it better, now that I know what he says at certain parts. Thus, it is easily a top pick for me.

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^ "Oasis" is a song where I'll replay the opening a few times over before listening to the rest of the song. It's so fantastic.

Check out their '95 self-titled debut. If you like Fundamental, I'm sure you will appreciate it. It's also dynamic, but a bit heavier. More thrashy-style at some points. The production is a bit more raw, though.
You can stream it free on Amazon if you have a Prime account. I actually downloaded the album from Amazon a few years ago, because it's tough to find a physical copy for cheap.
https://www.amazon.com/Puya/dp/B002R549FS/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1510931099&sr=8-8&keywords=puya+music


I just can't get into "Union", though. They changed their style on that album, and I can't appreciate as much as the previous two albums. The "Areyto" EP that came later is pretty good, though.
Now that I think about it, they released a crowd-funded live album a few years ago (if I remember correctly) that's actually pretty damn good, as far as live albums go.


EDIT: Ever listen to Ankla? It was Ramon Ortiz's (Puya's lead guitarist) short-lived side project from about 10 years ago. Sounds kind of like Puya, but less dynamic, and much heavier. They only released one album: "Steep Trails". I wouldn't say it's a great album, but it does have some stand out tracks. Especially "Intro/Sinking", and "Deceit" (who's gonna hate blast beats on top of Spanish-style guitar?).

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