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General Games / Re: Fighting Games
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:31:39 AM »
^ Back when that game was new, I had this buddy who kept talking about how much better his Xbox was than my 'Cube. SC2 was one area where he got pretty damn jealous. Although, we agreed that Spawn was still a better deal than Heihachi's boring ass (in comparison).

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:41:44 PM »
^ VA likes the whole "employment-at-will" thing, so of course, there are no apparent legal issues with her termination.
It's just bogus because it seems the company did it out of fear of pissing off Agent Orange (or his lackeys), while trying to act like it was because she violated some "no negative shit on social media" clause (which apparently another male employee directly violated, and was allowed to keep his job).

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:37:49 PM »
Woman fired for flipping off Trump's Motorcade.

Love this lady.
Losing her job over it is bullshit.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:36:21 AM »
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 - Finished right around 35 hours in. Character levels were in the mid 60s (only grinded once, for a brief period).
Reviews couldn't have said it any better: This is a decent, competent RPG. It borrows heavily from several JRPG tropes, but it doesn't feel entirely unoriginal. Story is barely interesting enough. The characters are all OK by me, but there is no real character development, aside from Juto (the main character). There is a lot of back tracking, too. Can't tell you how many times the Mare sent me to the Undersea Tunnel. Unfortunately, fast travel isn't a thing until close to the end of the game. There were some side quests I could have finished up towards the end, but it would have required even more back tracking. No thanks.
What really saves the game is the battle system. It flows nicely, and pulling off high-damage chains is satisfying (although the animations for the strongest special attacks are WAY too long..). It's also pretty cool that each character has 2 fighting styles. I think if the battle system were crap, I wouldn't have bothered finishing the game. That being said, the game is rather easy overall. Only a handful of fights were truly challenging. Thankfully, it's not so easy that it gets boring.
Also, a lot of the music in the game is surprisingly good. Including the Abazet track I posted a while ago.

7) Modnation Racers - Finished the main game. The last race was surprisingly easy, compared to some that preceded it. I've unlocked the majority of goodies.
Overall, not a bad kart racer. Can't compete with the likes of MK, but it's decent. What really separates it is that you can make your own tracks. My son and I have a lot of fun with that.


My list is definitely smaller this year... I think it's because I played a lot of shorter games last year. I also didn't finish several games I'd started this year. I'm at least gonna try to finish Wild Arms 2 before this year is out.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:54:44 PM »
^ Perfect .gif for the occasion.

Don't worry about any continued awkwardness, guys. I'm out. Seriously.
It's been fun for the 4+ years I've been a member of this board, and most of you are really cool, but the joy of posting here has pretty much been removed at this point...

Adiós.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:20:12 PM »
The issue is that it's gross and that it's EVERYWHERE. Like Taco Bell.   

But this is a dog vs cats issue so Imma leave it alone before natros gets "ALL CAPS" about it and even more indignant than usual.

I at least own my indignation, Rucks/glass/Josh/whatever. You should own your condescending self-righteousness, or are you too busy feeling (comically unjustified) white guilt and making signs boycotting chain stores?

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:49:21 PM »
^ I know all about balancing the cash, my friend. Either way, I hope you figure it out soon.


@Rucks , you totally rock the counterculture lifestyle. You're so alternative, bro. Are you sure you don't live in Portland?
Seriously, I'm not going to deny myself something I truly enjoy, just because it carries the stigma of being over-popular with trendy sheeple. I'm not about to go buy pumpkin spice Pop Tarts, or a t-shirt proclaiming my love for it, or anything. However, those spices do work very well in coffee. For the record, I don't mess with cheap coffee.

Brushing right past your mean spirited snark, if I was in Portland, where everyone is whatever is it that you think that I am, then I wouldn't be "counter culture" would I?  I'd be just like everyone else.

When presented with that logic, one cannot argue. Perhaps it wasn't the clearest way of denoting how unique and complex you I think you are, after all.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:08:17 AM »
@Rucks , you totally rock the counterculture lifestyle. You're so alternative, bro. Are you sure you don't live in Portland?
Seriously, I'm not going to deny myself something I truly enjoy, just because it carries the stigma of being over-popular with trendy sheeple. I'm not about to go buy pumpkin spice Pop Tarts, or a t-shirt proclaiming my love for it, or anything. However, those spices do work very well in coffee. For the record, I don't mess with cheap coffee.


Sorry for your troubles, @Arvis . I hope you get that all figured out before too long, buddy. I can't remember, what has your doctor said about it?
You were kind of right on both guesses, with the Aeropress. It's somewhere in between a french press and espresso, but not really either. Think of it as a concentrated cup of coffee. To make it "Americano" (like it comes out of an auto-drip machine), you simply dilute it with some hot water after brewing it. Sometimes I like to drink it straight in it's concentrated form because it's absolutely delicious, but it's gone too soon. Like the Chemex, the idea with the Aeropress that you control every aspect of the brewing process.


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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:23:40 AM »
...Perhaps there is something to Star's Artimicia/Mesh theory? :/


Haps, not much. Finally got some money freed up, now that my son is in public school. Day care was costing us over $1K a month. Can't put a price on quality care for your children, of course. Seeing as how we are not rich, I had no choice but to become competent at budgeting. Got pretty tight on funds at times, but I kept us afloat, so I'm proud of that shit. Now I can save up for a down payment, and get a new car for my wife. Her '01 Civic is approaching 200K miles, and it's showing its age through all of the suspension clunks and engine chugs.
Been trying to get back on brewing coffee with the Aeropress. It's totally worth the extra time and steps. Especially now that pumpkin spice coffees (read: the shit) are in season. Automatic brewers just can't match the hands-on approach. I thought about buying/trying a Chemex, but decided the Aeropress does a pretty good job as it is. Don't need 3 different coffee makers.


The exciting life I lead...

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:37:40 AM »
Forgive my shitty recollection as well... I haven't played Suikoden 1 since it was new-ish, like 20-some years ago.
But I remember the seemingly unwinnable duel between some guy on your side with a bandanna, and some important bad guy. I thought bandanna dude was supposed to die the first time I played. Then I found out on a very young interwebs (remember d*b*u*h*r*.com, porn fans?) that it was actually winnable. BARELY beat him the second time I played.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:14:15 AM »
Fatal Frame 2 - Just started Chapter 5. The (seemingly possessed) twin sister has been captured for a second time. It'll be nice to have clear shots at the enemy again.
The only thing that I definitely don't like about the game so far is that some progress triggers have vague requirements. Not fun brain exercise vague. Just unclear vague.

Magna Carta 2 - Finished up business in Navyblue Marsh and Cota Mara. Now heading into the Undersea Tunnel again, to get back to Azabet. Celestine has joined the party. Enter annoyingly high-pitched English dub voice. Ugh... I do like her in battle, though. She has a cool status/support/buff thing going on. Zephie is more of a straight up power healer.
All in all, the game is enjoyable. It has started to pick up in pace, and has become a bit more interesting, after a rather dull start. Fighting is fun, but more enemy variety would be nice. The game seems pretty easy overall. A few boss fights got hairy once or twice, but mostly, I've been carving a path straight through enemies. I don't know if there is a difficulty setting. I may increase it, if it's possible. The music is still pretty good, in most areas.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:22:45 AM »
Snapple in plastic is a strange concept. I rarely drink the stuff, but it's difficult to think of it being in anything other than glass.


"Mexi-Coke."

Soda from Mexico is awesome. Squirt from there is fantastic, especially. Makes the local stuff seem crappy by comparison, which it is.


So if you only needed two removed...what happened to the other two?
Only had 2 wisdom teeth, other 2 didn't grow in apparently. Small miracles, huh?

Apparently, some people get different amounts of wisdom teeth. My brother in law never got any. Lucky bastard. I had my fantastic four taken out at one time, so they knocked me out for it.

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:39:24 PM »
If a kid threw a water bottle out the bus window and it hit his car, the guy certainly has a right to be pissed but this is overreacting on the level of using a blowtorch to kill a housefly. 

No kidding. Impulsive, much?
No matter the reason, trying to assault a bus full of kids is not going to work out well for you.

In our day, we would throw refrigerator magnets. ;)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:29:00 AM »
Fatal Frame 2 - Just started chapter 4. Not the scariest game I've ever played, but it definitely has its moments. It's more of a slow burn/keep you on edge kind of thing. The atmosphere is consistently top notch. Rarely have I felt a lull. I remember reading a review in which the reviewer wrote that the town is a character in itself. I couldn't agree more. As for actual apparitions, the broken neck lady creeped me out the most so far.
The camera mechanic is pretty cool. I like that it forces you to get close to things from which you would normally run. What's dumb though is that by default, character movement switches to the right stick when you go into camera mode. Thank the gods that can be changed. I didn't realize that until close to the end of chapter 2 though, so until then, I was running around like a headless ding dong while trying to take pictures of stuff that was trying to kill me. I dig the whole passive ghosts that quickly pop out for bonus pictures aspect, but the damn twin sister photo bombs my shots half the time. I like her company in the game, but I also like that I have clear shots when she is missing.

Magna Carta 2 - Just took out the boss behind the Wailing Gate in Oldfox Canyon. Super easy fight, but it is among the first boss fights in the game, so I suppose that's understandable. I've been keeping Juto; Zephie; and Argo as the party. Crocell is a douche.
I can see what reviews mean when they say this is just a decent RPG. It's not great, but it's definitely not bad. Fighting is fun. Although, more enemy variety would be nice. The crafting and customization side of the game works well, and has decent variety, without feeling tedious. Side quests are generally run-of-the-mill, but they aren't as pointless and annoying as those in Xenoblade, and they can provide good rewards.
I do have to point out that a lot of the music in the game is quite good, as I mentioned in the Random VGM thread. Some songs are uninspired, but others stand out nicely. Props to the composer(s).

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The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:59:57 AM »
Magna Carta 2. Azabet city music. Love it.

https://youtu.be/OdA96FhfepI

That game has a very underrated soundtrack...practically unknown

'Tis a shame, really. Some of it really stands out.

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