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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:04:53 PM »
^ Canada's too cold for t-shirts.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:50:15 AM »
Recently recruited Higgins.

Awesome. He's apparently pretty good at combat.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:01:51 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6) Horizon Zero Dawn
7) Lego City: Undercover
8) DoA 5: Last Round

9) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Credits have rolled. Over 80 hours, and there's still lots of things to do (dragon fights; Deep Roads quests; etc.). I'm personally done with the game for now, though. It has taken up enough of my time, and there's lots of other games I want to play.
I enjoyed it. Good western-style RPG. Some areas were a bit too empty, but fast travel and steeds helped with that.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:07:29 AM »
As for haps, no major haps but I'm thinking about stuff.  Like does the nature of the person who made a craft affect how much you like the craft?  For example, do you like a band's music less if the people in the band are douchey?

Absolutely. For example: I won't listen to The Black Crows (as much as I like some of their songs), because Chris Robinson is a smug dick. I also enjoyed the early Lostprophets albums at one point. Then Ian Watkins attempted to do horrible things to babies, so no more listening to that, either.
I feel less so about actors, because they are showing you someone else. Music is more a personal expression.

People only have kids because they're searching for some shred of meaning in their existence.

I like how you said that so matter-of-factly, when it's really more complicated than that, in many cases. Most aspects of life look more simple from the outside, indeed.

I'm only married because my wife woke up one day and demanded it happen.  I've never wanted children, but I suspect if I ever do have a kid it'll be because of something similar. Her best friend just had a baby and she is all googlie eyed over it...

Offer to take care of the baby for a few days straight. I'd bet her mind would change so fast, you'd actually hear her brain shift. Getting through the first 6 months is a rite of passage in itself.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, @Arvis . It was as much fun to write as I am told it is to read. Sucks the pictures are gone, but that's what happens when no one looks at the thread for a long time...
I'm sorry it fell by the wayside. Other games came along that I wanted to play more, and then this year, I moved away from PC gaming (sold my graphics card already).
With the cooler autumn and winter months ahead (meaning more time indoors), perhaps I'll purchase a PS3 copy, and continue this bad boy. I would like to, honestly... I wouldn't be able to put up such accurate pictures as before, but I'm sure there will be plenty of nonsense to write about.

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:15:36 PM »
^ Consider me excited. SoR 2 is my favorite beat 'em up of all time. I still play through it, once in a while.
Here's hoping these guys don't take any stupid ideas from the disappointing 3rd entry*, or fuck it up in some other way...


Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia 1 and 2 are coming to the Switch
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:08:00 AM »
I also hope in the first Grandia they make the compass more useful (like in Grandia II), since I found it easy to get lost in dungeons at times,

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you got lost because there is barely enough room to slip a sheet of paper in between the camera and characters.  It's undoubtedly annoying to repeatedly lose the sense of where you are in a dungeon, simply because you can't see much around the party.
..but hey, at least the two or three enemy varieties present can see you from further away, which helps them consistently get the much-needed drop on you. That's pretty awesome. Also, the zoom out viewpoints that twist the camera (unless you stick to the default position at all times) while performing their function are extremely helpful.
Nothing quite like trying to disguise tedium as difficulty, Game Arts.

Yes, I have gripes with that game. To be fair, I enjoyed the characters, and the battle system is top notch. Never played the second, although it's waiting in my Steam library, because I like sales.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:40:34 PM »
DA: I - 65+ hours in, level 17-ish. Feels like this game goes on forever, if you keep exploring. That's pretty cool in itself, but I'm honestly starting to feel a bit worn out on it. Haven't decided whether I want to beeline for the end, or take a break and come back to it...

Tales of Berseria - Just got through the opening sequence. I've assumed command of sexy "Life is Pain" Velvet, and am bustin' out the slammer. The game lives up to the hype of being pretty dark for a Tales game, but Velvet's edgy persona feels a bit ...hammy, for lack of a better word. Still, I'm digging the story. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.
 I think I like the battle system. It's already better than Xillia, but I seem to fuckin up the timing of Combos often, or I don't quite understand how the blue diamond energy system works yet... In time I'm sure.

Been listening to a lot of progressive metal lately.

Earthside - Mob Mentality (featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, one of my favorite vocalists of all time.)

The Contortionist - Language I: Intuition Metal to relax to

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:33:23 AM »
I think Legaia was one of the few instances where an "anime-thing" visually aged up the characters rather than vice versa.  Normally, characters are drawn to look way younger than they really are.
It's bad in any case! All media needs to stop this shit! I mean for fucks sake, why do they make 30+ year olds play high school girls in movies and tv shows!?!? Just knock it off already!

I think that sentiment rang more true during the 1990s with Beverly Hills 90210 being the scapegoat for that. 

Obvious reference, but I had to do it anyway.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:49:48 AM »
I rented Legaia 1 back in the day, when it was new. Didn't keep it long enough to finish it. Haven't played it since.

I've always wanted to go back to it, and get 'er dun, because I remember enjoying it quite a bit.

However, given the time that's passed...Something tells me I'd be disappointed.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:39:13 AM »
I can't disagree about grandia's story (the original) but damn did the battle system click with me, maybe i'm in the minority with this?
Yeah. I fucked up and didn't give Grandia's battle system its due. Granted the games often err on the easy side, but beyond that they're amazingly solid for their gameplay. But, yeah. You are definitely not alone in this. Its the main reason why the series is still even remembered today.

RE: Grandia 1 - Great battle system... SHIT exploration. Seriously, the camera is so damn close, I'm surprised it never hit any of the characters in the face. I gave up before finishing, it was so aggravating...

^ Indeed. I'm sure everyone figured that is usually the case with me when I said I enjoyed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. A deliciously guilty pleasure, that one.
I loved how much Grim disliked that movie.

Wasn't the entire point of Ready Player One to beat nostalgic game references down your throat? 

I won't belabor it, but if that film wasn't aware of how ham fisted it was being it would have been entirely unbearable to watch (though the book was worse)

I suppose, but I didn't quite think of it that way. Nostalgia is the movie, but it didn't feel to me that it was being excessively forced. Greatly used and acknowledged, ...but not forced.
I guess I'm saying that we've all encountered plenty of modern media that tries to get through to consumers by pathetically implying "Hey, remember this?", and that's all there is to it. I felt as though it was done better here. There was at least a little bit more to it than that.
See? You've already got me thinking too much about a movie that doesn't require it. Dangit, Rucks.

EDIT: One key thing I forgot to mention, I was very high when watching it. ...Which probably more than explains my viewpoint.

Ready Player One - Such a fun movie. So much nostalgia, so many references. The Shining sequence was great. The Iron Giant's presence was especially awesome (I love that movie).
Plot and character development-wise, this movie is a bit empty, but that doesn't take away from the film, in my opinion. The characters are still enjoyable. Besides, one should presume going in that they are not about to see a compelling drama. It's just about having fun, and going on a bit of a wild ride. Plus, it has that Spielbergian feel on which most of us who are 30+ grew up.
Highly recommended for those who don't take their movies too seriously, and especially for those who love video games and nostalgic references (which thankfully are not shoved down your throat, simply because nostalgia. It's intelligently implemented by the man who at least had a small hand in creating most of said nostalgia).

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