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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: Today at 10:45:01 AM
^ Ditto John Williams, to the letter. In his 80s and still doing his thing. One should never stop doing what they love. They should keep doing it until they literally can't anymore. Fer shizzle.

So nobody's going to comment on Trunk's sister being the hero this time around? Dude looks like a lady

Good call. I was trying to remember why that character looked so damned familiar.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: Today at 09:50:23 AM
Link with Footage
Who am I kidding, I don't have enough nostalgia to get bother versions. I'll probably just get the PS4 version, unless there's some major differences in content...

Looks gorgeous. Definitely the PS4 version for me. If it plays anything like VIII, I'm sold.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 27, 2015, 06:15:54 PM
Oldboy (OG version) - Wow. Crazy, and good. A few minor things didn't seem to make sense (maybe they weren't supposed to), but overall, an excellent film. Great acting, and lots of excellently devious twists and turns. It's insane how increasingly f-ed up everything gets before the movie ends. Very well done on all accounts.

I love the Vengeance Trilogy.

Now watch the Spike Lee version and weep over the carcass of what was once a great film making career.

I know better than that. Heh. 'Tis a shame, honestly. Between Lee; Brolin; and the excellent source material, you'd think it'd be halfway decent... Oh well.

I found out about the other two films in the trilogy after watching OB. Definitley going to check 'em both out.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 27, 2015, 10:21:44 AM
Started up Resonance of Fate. I'm now part of the way through chapter 1. Just got done at Lucia.

The characters are stereotypes, and the story is non-existent (at least as of yet). That aside, I am having a great time with it. I appreciate its uniqueness in traversing the world map and exploring dungeons. The battle system has a bit of a learning curve, but is fun as hell once you get used to it. The whole gun customization thing adds a nice little layer to the game. I'm looking forward to spending time on this one.

The story kinda stays that way, it delivers really small bits and pieces and you still sorta need to connect the dots for some parts of it by the end.  I don't mind, I kinda like that personally, as I hate spoon-fed plots (coincidentally, Kohei Tanaka would go on to provide another beautiful OST for 'Gravity Rush', which similarly has that 'less is a LOT more' storytelling style :P).  

Anyways, to get a lot more from the plot, stick around the for the introduction, and not JUST the one when you hit 'New Game'.  There are *two* 'wait at the title screen' videos, one takes places with Vashyron and Zephyr (a 'how they met' story) and another featuring two Chandelier people.   Another thing, *every*chapter* talk to as many NPCs as you can.  Their messages are short and brief, but often help add a LOT to the world building that is Basel and the world (and as repetitive as elements of it are, I still get floor by the graphics in the game, something Tri-Ace has always been a pretty strong player with despite their other shortcomings).

Then finally if you understood absolutely nothing from the plot: http://punctualdork.com/post/64482718702/resonance-of-fate-explained I think this guy does a decent job summing it all up. :P
It's not an easy game, but hope you enjoy some parts of it!:D

If the game is giving you trouble, keep an eye out for a quest with the 'travelling merchant' girl, there's a buy/sell exploit that'll net you unlimited money.

The info/tips is/are much appreciated!

Yeah, when it comes to story, I have next to no idea what the hell anyone is talking about. I do know that Zephyr is an emo douche, and I'm already tired of his self pity and wah-wahs. It'd make a lot more sense if they had just made him a goth. "Life is pain"
I'm going to give it more time for the story to come together. I do enjoy exploring the areas and talking to NPCs, which does help a bit, as you said. The backgrounds in some areas are practically works of art. Real nice to look at.
After playing so much Skyrim lately, I actually appreciate the no BS approach this game has to exploration and advancing the plot.

You're not kidding about the difficulty. Not the hardest game I've ever played by a long shot, but it's no walk in the park, either. What's cool though, is that it almost never feels like it's because the game is cheating. It's because the player is making the wrong choices in combat. Once you figure out how to get through a certain area/type of enemy, it becomes simpler. I call that a fair challenge. Traversing "dungeons" with multiple battles can really eat up some time.

Anyway, I'm at the end of Chapter 2 now. Plenty to go yet, I'm sure.


EDIT: Skyrim - Finished the Stormcloak revolution quest line. 'Twas much fun participating in battles in which I could spill tons of Imperial blood without a second thought. Now that it's over, it's time to get back to quieter, more sinister exploits ;)
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 27, 2015, 10:05:22 AM
I'm thoroughly enjoying several modern adult cartoons. Including AT, which is excellent at speaking to both chilluns and adults. I'd bet that the lot of us give the answer that now is a great time for 'toons because the people who are making them are the same age as us (20s-30s). We all like the same crap.

As predictable as the answer is, the 90s were a damn good decade for cartoons, IMO. I was a child in the 80s (IN the 80s, not OF the 80s), but I distinctly remember enjoying 90s cartoons more. Disney; Nickelodeon; and Cartoon Network (including early Adult Swim programming) all churned out some greats in that period, among other gems. Not that the 80s didn't have it's fair share of excellent 'toon programming...
Not going to name any specific programs. Plenty of ones I love have been named already.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 26, 2015, 09:34:16 AM
Started up Resonance of Fate. I'm now part of the way through chapter 1. Just got done at Lucia.

The characters are stereotypes, and the story is non-existent (at least as of yet). That aside, I am having a great time with it. I appreciate its uniqueness in traversing the world map and exploring dungeons. The battle system has a bit of a learning curve, but is fun as hell once you get used to it. The whole gun customization thing adds a nice little layer to the game. I'm looking forward to spending time on this one.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2015, 09:24:32 AM
1.  At home because I'm anti-social.

Same. Plus, gyms are gross. I do bodyweight exercises with resistance bands. What I really like about it is that it allows for a lot of creativity, and produces good results.


Also, the UPS digital sign info is a golden nugget of wisdom buddy. I can't thank you enough for making me privy to this. Its astounding the modern conveniences that elude me in light of my technological ignorance. I need to work on that.

Glad to be of service. You can do the same thing with USPS packages. I wouldn't doubt that Fed Ex does something similar as well.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: July 24, 2015, 02:14:54 PM
Except for a few instances, I am not brand loyal. Some brands do well in some areas, and poorly in others. So on and so forth. For that reason, I don't think anyone should ever be completely blind to alternatives, as there is no perfect brand (nor will there ever be).

Now, as a head shaver, I'll admit I'm loyal to Dorco razors. Inexpensive and of good quality. It's unbelievable what the bigger names charge for blades/cartridges.

Also, I wouldn't exactly say I'm "loyal" to them, but I do prefer Sony and Samsung electronics. Both have served me well. Actually, I guess it could be said I'm loyal to Samsung when it comes to mobile devices. Both my wife's and my own phone, as well as my tablet and music player, are all Samsung. All are excellent.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2015 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: July 24, 2015, 10:26:47 AM
Best Buy is having a Black Friday in July sale. Good prices on some things.
I wanted to point out one specific thing about the sale: To anyone interested in a Wii U, bundles are going for $300 that include either Mario 3d World AND Nintendo Land, OR just Splatoon + A Wii U Pro Controller + "Power Essentials Kit". Free shipping.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 24, 2015, 10:00:28 AM
^Can't beat a set of good speakers. Makes music really come alive. You hear layers that weren't there with cheaper sets/phones. After upgrading the audio system in my car last year, I've spend plenty of time just sitting in there, letting a song finish, well after getting to my destination.


Dear UPS,

You can seriously just leave the cheapass Koss headphones I got with Work Funbux at my door without me signing nobody is going to steal them okay.

With Love AHAHA JUST KIDDING,
This Guy

Set up an account at UPS (you'll be using My UPS). Register your address, and then you can "digitally sign" for any packages en route to that address. Meaning the UPS dude will then leave them there. Make sure you sign for it before it's actually out for delivery. It's usually too late at that point.


As for my irrelevant haps, I've converted to a vertical mouse at work. Never used one before. Had to try it, cuz years of click click click click click click click with regular mice has taken its toll on my wrists. This vertical one is fuggin awesome. Totally takes the strain off. Feels natural as hell once you get used it.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 23, 2015, 11:40:11 AM
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Almost didn't bother with this one, as I didn't enjoy Rise very much. I mean, Rise is OK. It's just that I wasn't that enthused for a sequel.
Well, I'm glad I checked this one out. Shot by a different (I'm also going to say "better") director, Dawn is miles above Rise. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good story; effective suspense; and a lot of heart (without being too cheesy). I'm looking forward to the next one: War.
Also, a note to computer-based special effects companies out there: This is how you do it.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2015, 10:45:01 AM
Finished Watchdogs. Overall, not bad. Not as good or fun as Saint's Row or GTA, but I like it. As I had said before, it started feeling pretty repetitive towards the end. Most of the late game main story missions consisted of hacking and/or gun play at various enemy facilities. The fact that both were done well helped to keep the game interesting. The story is also decent, as well. I always love tales of vengeance (which is probably a large reason why I enjoyed Oldboy so much).
I understand the game takes place in Chicago and the infrastructure of the city is important to the idea of the game... but still, a bigger, or at least more varied map would have been much more fun.
Money pretty much takes a back seat for the later 2/3 of the game. Once you start running into people with larger bank accounts, there are no more worries. By the time I was done, I could have bought every gun and car in the game and still have plenty left over.
Anyway, it's worth checking out at a lower price (or borrowed, as I did). Definitely wouldn't spend newer game prices on it.

* Bought Resonance of Fate for $5 on the weekend PSN sale.

Good man!!  Never finished it myself but I REALLY liked that game.

Cool beans. Now that I'm done with Watchdogs, I'm gonna start it next.


EDIT: Skyrim - Uninstalled the modded female forms. The game's frame rate would skip each time it loaded up chickee-poos. Got annoying. Smooth as butter again now.
I've started conquering cities with the Stormcloaks. Feels really, really good to mercilessly shed Imperial blood. You know, since they were willing to execute me over nothing in the very beginning. It's the only reason I'm helping the Stormcloaks. My character laughs at the Stormcloak notions of brotherhood. I've already slit plenty of their throats too (even on their home base). Discreetly, of course.  :D
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 20, 2015, 02:02:14 PM
Watchdogs - Made decent progress. I'm a few missions into Act III at this point. Since I did all of the exploring and stuff early on in the game, I'm kind of ready for the whole thing to be over. The missions are starting to feel a bit repetitive. Good thing the game play is solid, and the story is decent.
It's still great fun to "head shot" everybody with spec ops weapons, and never be caught.

Skyrim - Couldn't really get into it the way I did last weekend. I think I might have burned myself out on it a bit. I finished helping Meridia with her whole temple business (not innuendo). Then did the first few quests for the Stormcloaks, and called it a day.


* Bought Resonance of Fate for $5 on the weekend PSN sale. I've been wanting to play it. I've got so many damn games I've bought and never touched.... Sad.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 17, 2015, 03:08:10 PM
Skyrim - Installed a few extra mods: More realistic bodies for the ladies

Rrrriiiiiiight.... "more realistic."   >____>

I'm sure you know the saying: Real women have curves, yo. The whole Sarah, Plain and Tall thing isn't for me.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2015, 11:57:43 AM
I'm assuming this is an organized event. No one would just bike across goat country themselves, right...?
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