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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:07:56 AM »
HZD - Level 20-ish. Recently arrived at Meridian. Currently helping Erend look for his sister.
I haven't bothered with the tripcaster, or sling, or the shotgun-style thingee much. The three different bows have proven to be all I need. Then again, I prefer to play this game super sneaky sniper style. Especially now that I have (what I believe to be one of) the best Sharpshot bow(s), and can shoot components off with ease (reminds me, I should take up some of the hunting quests now).

Minecraft - Finished building my glass sky house. Now trying to mine deeper then I have dared to before. Got lost on the last excursion. Didn't know if I was going to be able to dig back to the surface alive... Thankfully, I did. Brought back a lot of gold with me, too.
Good times.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 13, 2018, 04:18:41 PM »
I got Minecraft on PSN for my son because he had a great year in Kindergarten.

This morning was the first time I had ever played Minecraft myself, ever.

...I fear I may have a problem.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:20:08 AM »
Didn't mean to condescend, but I can definitely see how my post came off that way.  My bad.  Too much time on GFAQs, it would seem.

As a one-time experience it holds up despite the on-rails nature, because its setting and music are superlative and battles flow smoothly.  The characters are interesting enough at first, too.  It's just harder to go back to than its peers, is all.

I mean, this is all my own opinion, of course, but even on that level we're talking tiny tiny margins, here.  That's why I can look at SNES IV and see a "subpar" FF, and yet with the few tweaks to it in the CC version I'm looking at one of my favorites.  That said, The After Years is probably 51% of the reason Complete Collection is one of my favorite FFs.

Sever the ties to GFAQs, brother. Pripyat has a more hospitable atmosphere than that place.

I completely get what you are saying about the game. While VI is much more varied in its game play, and I initially played it only a few years after IV, I just find myself going back to IV more often. I'll openly admit it's mainly for the story and characters (same reason I love Sega CD Silver Star). I just haven't cared about characters in RPGs as much as I do those games.  Well, aside from Vesperia. I was blind sided with how interesting the characters and story are after playing the infinitely more shallow Graces f and Xillia.
...It's like re-reading a favorite book. You already know exactly what's going to happen, but it's just so well done in relaying it's story, you want to read and experience it again.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:01:19 AM »
IV is my favorite FF. I get that it's restrictive gameplay-wise, but that honestly never really bothered me as much as it does most people, it would seem. The rest of the package is indeed great, and no, I'm not looking at it through rose-tinted glasses. If that were the case, I'd claim that Adventure is the greatest console RPG of all time. I'd box your ears for your condescending attitude if I could, @Arvis . =P
I'd love the chance to play the "complete" version, but I haven't been interested in portable game systems since the original Game Boy...

The Soundroom / Re: Good musicians in meh bands
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:20:39 AM »
Oh, and I may have to put drummer Ray Luzier in there.  I became an instant fan of Luzier's complex and technically proficient drumming after hearing the Hideous Sun Demons: his jazz-fusion project with bassist James LoMenzo and guitarist Toshi Hiketa.  Luzier now plays for KoRn.  I stopped paying attention to KoRn after their third album and think their material since then hasn't been as inspired. 

Agreed on Luzier. I've been very impressed with his drumming on the KXM albums. Korn is a waste of such talent. I think it's hilarious that Ray dons emo eye makeup to play with them. Obviously not his regular look.
Hell, David Silveria was also too good for Korn (probably something he eventually figured out).

I also have to mention Chad Sexton, drummer of 311. One can tell dude can really whale on their early albums. One would never know these days.
The rest of the band is so meh. ...I guess P-nut is an alright bassist, though. I'm a sucker for slap bass (unless it's done poorly... looking at you again, Korn).

Also, Sahaj Ticotin from Ra. Damn, that guy has a voice. The rest of the band isn't (wasn't.. are they still a band?) necessarily meh, but Sahaj definitely stands out.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:59:55 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 - Roughly 15 hours. First R&C game I've ever played. Lots of fun. Great sense of humor. I can see the series' appeal.
However, I feel the game is a bit too short, and some of the many weapons were almost useless compared to others. I buzz-bladed my way through the last 3 boss fights alone. Pretty sure I'll be picking up R&C on PS4 soon.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:59:19 AM »
Guess my time in gigging bands (especially Pool of Thorns) left me jaded, but that is how I felt during gigs when I saw some of those "midlife crisis/dad bands" on stage trying to be cool/look cool and just coming off like a bunch of man-children still stuck in 1987.  Also, no one was there to see them (because everyone they know is adulting and can't come out to shows), people at the show didn't care to see them (since they were mostly folks in their 20s who wanted to see cool bands with people their age and not "dad bands"), and I don't know... it just felt like I was watching a plant wilting.  Perhaps, objectively speaking, that's "wrong" but that is how I gut-felt. 

As obvious as it is, I think a lot of it has to do with the music they are playing, and the energy involved.
I get the negative stigma you're describing. In my experience at music festivals and such, most middle-aged dad bands barely move around while playing that easy listening rock, and yes, that just adds to the whole old guy on stage persona. It is indeed draining.
Now, if they were to bust out something a little edgier, or funkier, or even just faster, that would be great. I've seen some bands with nearly-geriatric dudes who looked and sounded great, because they still had the drive, the energy.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:28:44 PM »
Could also be a case of being stuck with PC and portables for so long that console gaming now feels completely alien. My last console was the venerable PS2, which was basically put disc in -> play. With the PS4, I felt no joy like I did when I first turned my PS2 back in the day. Quite the contrary, was annoyed as hell I had to install the game, then wait for it to download updates, which took its sweet time since my connection is on the crappier side. I hate the "pc master race" meme but it unfortunately does have a point.

This is probably super old news to most of you but I had no idea things had changed so much and I'm not exactly sure if for the better. Oh, well. I feel like that image of the old man yelling at clouds, lol.

It's interesting how we change over time.

I feel you on missing the simple plug n' play operation of consoles past... It's just a sign of the times, what with this whole online/digital/whatever phase humanity is in. Consoles have to be jacks of all trades. So then of course, there are extensive setups; game installs; system and game updates; social crap for social people; so on, and so forth. I'm actually OK with the game installs. Especially in regards to larger, sandbox/open world games. I'd rather wait for an initial install, and have the game load less during play. Still, it sucks to have to wait any amount of time when you are excited to play.
Minor gripes overall, as far as I am concerned. The system plays games beautifully (once it's installed and set up), and that's what matters to me the most, personally.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
I think the important thing to take note of here with all this is that tomatoes are actually a huge pain to grow.

Indeed they are. I gave up after trying a few seasons. Much less stressful to simply go buy 'em.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:05:20 AM »
Not everything had to do with fame though, right Neal? It sounds a little judgemental to think those guys creating art and putting passion into their music and craft on stage are pathetic just because it's unlikely they are going to be famous.

Yeah, that honestly didn't sound like you, 'Crest.
Gotta do what you love and feel passionate about. Age and others' opinions be damned.
My wife will tell me stories about people in their 60s and 70s tearing up the dance floors at the night clubs she goes to with her girlfriends. I think that's just great.

Simply doing something helps me a lot.  I don't know if the coping techniques I learned from the psychologist are directly effective, but having something to do when my nerves start to take over at least makes me feel like I have some control over the situation.

Indeed. Roughly 10 years ago, when my anxieties were getting really bad, and I could feel panic attacks coming, I'd go outside and just run my ass off. Almost always helped.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:21:02 AM »
^ I'm not too far behind you, 'Crest. I'll be 38 in a few months, and my wife will be 40 next February. I'm already noticeably older than most of the staff at my son's school, and I feel way out of touch with what's popular these days (a lot of it seems to be vacuous dreck, anyway). Aging is bullshit.
While I can't answer your eternal question, I personally just keep trying to live in the moment, or at least day by day. I have to push out all the "I feel or wonder if I'm getting too old for -blank-" thoughts, as that exact mentality leads to quicker aging.

Also, best of luck @ironmage . Hope things continue to improve.
I also have my own share of anxieties, coupled with sensory issues. Isn't the human brain fun?

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:00:38 AM »
^ Maybe you borrowed a bad unit? I just bought a PS4 Pro a week or so ago, and haven't noticed any "sluggishness" in any area. Games boot up quickly, they look great, and controls respond just fine. I was initially alarmed at how hot the system gets, but there have been zero performance issues over hours of play, so I don't consider that a con.

Anyway, I just passed "The Proving" part of HZD. Crazy plot bombs dropped. I'm enjoying the shit out of the game, honestly. It's refreshing to see a non-supermodel heroine in the spotlight.

I watched my son finish the first 3 or so missions of Lego City: Undercover. Good ol' Lego goodness.

I'm almost done with Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time. First R&C I've ever played. Fun game. Too short, though. Also, fuck the second tier of the arena battles.
After I finish this, I'm going to play Uncharted 2 and BoF IV, and then I believe it will be time to retire the ol' PS3.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:44:34 PM »
I've decided I'm going to sell my PC and get a PS4. I thought I wanted to be a PC guy, but it turns out, I don't.... For the record, I've never cared about PC vs. console fanboy bullshit nonsense. I simply enjoy playing good video games. I grew up playing games on Commodore and Apple computers, so it was a close-to-home kind of decision at the time.
...I'm just tired of the variation in performance from one game to another, regardless of how good the PC's hardware may be. A newer game with apparently high requirements flows like water. A 5+ year old game with comparatively low requirements stutters like Porky Pig because of some irritatingly dumb issue with various hardware. Having to fruitlessly follow specific guides on tweaking annoyingly hidden settings to try to get games to run at an acceptable level takes time away from what I'm trying to do: play some galdurn vidya games. I've honestly been finding myself playing my PS3 much more often lately, even though I've already beaten almost all of the games I have for it.
I'm not knocking PC gaming. I see the appeal. I've had some seriously great times. I'm just saying it doesn't work for me at this point in my life. If I were single and not a parent (had abundant free time), I probably wouldn't care about this too much. However, my gaming sessions are erratic; and can vary greatly in length. I just want to be able to sit down and play some damn games.
I'll miss modding, but honestly, it's never made any game awesome enough for me to care for more than a few hours at the most. Plus, it can be time consuming to get that shit working right... IF it ends up working right.

Anyway, gonna start with Horizon Zero Dawn and Lego City Undercover (the latter for my little buddy ........and me, too).

tl;dr - Selling my PC and getting a PS4. No hate for PCs. Just not currently working out for me.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:47:27 PM »
What are you playing on, Frosty?  I played on PSP and it was just so darn tiny I could barely appreciate the beautiful sprites and animation work.

On my trusty PS3, same as when I played Suikoden 2. Both games look great, given their age, and the platform they are on.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:59:45 PM »
Breath of Fire IV - My exposure to this series is minimal, at best. I can say this is my second time playing a BoF game. The first one I played was II, but only brielfy, as a rental back when it was new. I barely remember it...
Anyway, I just started IV today. I'm now arriving at the sandflier valley.  I like the game so far. I'm very impressed with the character/monster sprites and animation. Battles flow nicely (but I am sorely missing the 'Auto' command, coming off of Suikoden II), but enemy variety in this game is almost nonexistent thus far. That's a bit of a drawback. I hope it increases as the game goes. The overworld/"World Map" is... interesting. Not sure if I'm into it yet. Haven't gotten far enough to judge characters and their development, but a few of them are already intriguing. I know that I don't like Ryu's silence, though.

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