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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).

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:23:11 AM »
6 hours in and I have no opinions about Skies of Arcadia that aren't glaringly obvious, but I still want @Frostillicus to be aware of it

When I tried to play this back in the day, it was so hideously ugly to look at and clunky to play that I gave up after 1 hour.  So feel free to share these obvious opinions so I know what I missed.

LOL It can be a slog at times, and no, it isn't the prettiest, but I still personally enjoyed it. It gets better, or at least a bit more interesting, as it goes. People spoiled on the fluidity of more modern RPGs/games may dislike it's archaic feel, but I think it's worth it.
At the least @Rucks , if you end up hating it, you'll be able to sell it for a pretty penny.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:07:57 PM »
Also, why even play JRPGs? I mean, I personally tend to avoid things that set me off.

I thought this is what this thread is all about ? things that you can't bear in JRPGs anymore, besides just because you love something doesn't mean you shouldn't see the faults in it, it's because you love it so much that you want it to improve and become even better, turning a blind to a genres fault is the reason a lot of classic genres fell out of favor and some even disappeared entirely.

While JRPGs didn't disappear like those other genres, I think everyone can agree it's not as popular as it used to be, not even half of that, but fortunately for us with the explosion of the indie scene and the PC being treated finally as a suitable console for JRPGs, the genre is slowly getting climbing back, and hopefully someday it will go back to garner the same popularity it had back in the day.

Whoops. For some reason, I was thinking this thread was about RPGs in general. Guess that should be considered a serious title read fail on my part. Also, as a father, I completely get your (valid) point in regards to recognizing flaws in the things/people you love. No argument there.

As for the lengthy posts, I personally don't mind. I'm a bit of a fast reader, and you seem to write well. I know several people here would appreciate tl;dr addendums, though.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:19:09 AM »
I know I've said this before, but since we are talking about this game again:

I REALLY wanted to like it, but that first area got tedious so very quick. Maze, because maze? No thanks. That, coupled with unclear objectives... I just wasn't feeling it. I suppose I could have shown more patience, but I wasn't getting the vibe that it was worth it, despite the hype surrounding it. My free time is so very precious these days. I have to be selective about where said free times goes. Maybe some day in the future...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:23:54 AM »
this is 2014 people.


Also, why even play JRPGs? I mean, I personally tend to avoid things that set me off.

Everyone here is a bunch of idiots.  Why is the reaction to this news to talk about Alf?  LOL

Because not all of us are into boring space operas, guy. Settle down. ...Acting like Picard is yo' daddy, or something.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:07:33 PM »
At least it's still a technical marvel, very beautiful to look at. I can see why it's considered a classic, that's for sure.

I'm always finding myself impressed with the fluidity of the animation, whenever I watch it. Disney's animated movies from around the same time were similarly impressive. Seems to be a near-lost art these days...

The Alf remake is more shocking.

Oh, hell no. I was not aware of this.
Why...? That show was so 80s, and honestly not all that funny. How could it translate to today? I can already hear the terrible Twitter jokes, at which the laugh track will go nuts, of course.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:54:02 AM »
gave up on Fire Emblem on account of not really liking Fire Emblem (I kept falling asleep within 15 minutes of firing it up) so now I think I'll finally for real this time play Skies of Arcadia.

@Frostillicus will be thrilled

I look forward to your journal updates, sir. BTW, the game has a rather slow start, but picks up after you start sailing your own ship around. Oh, and don't skimp on ship upgrades. You'll need them.

The Soundroom / Re: Good musicians in meh bands
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:52:26 AM »

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:24:08 AM »
^ That is indeed true, and I couldn't be more satisfied with the results.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 31, 2018, 01:02:46 PM »
I'm totally sold on SSDs. I recently put one in my PS4, which greatly decreased startup; loading; and install times. I also put one in an old laptop that seemed to be working slower and slower over the last year (booting into Windows 10 would literally take 5-ish minutes). Now it's like new again. Boots into Linux Mint in less than 30 seconds.

Spinny hard drives are teh suck.
(...They're still good for storage, I know).

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