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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 24, 2016, 11:45:16 AM
i told you about the plates bro I TOLD YOU ABOUT THE PLATES

but uh, just be thorough in exploring and steal everything and you shouldn't get locked out of anything important. Second half of the game should have everything pretty opened up so you're kind of past the point of having the plot railroad you past something missible iirc.

Yes, you did. I have shit for short term memory.

I learned the beauty of the colored plates in battling Dark Serge. He kept taking out Steena, so I had her equip the black plate and proceeded to kick his ass. I didn't know (or remember, if someone actually told me) that a character donning those plates is actually healed when attacked with that element. I had assumed it just did less damage.

Anyway, as far as current progress: I took care of all of the dragons, and managed to steal all of the plates, except for the red one. Maybe it's because Pillage is of the opposite color than that particular dragon, but it didn't work 4 or 5 times in a row, so I eventually said "fuck it." Got tired of running away and restarting that battle.
I restored Serge's identity (glad to have Glenn back), and am now working through the Sea of Eden. I currently have Serge; Glenn; and Miki (Fargo instead of Glenn when fighting bosses) in my party. I would probably have Steena instead of Miki, but Steena's HP is/are too low for my taste (even with an HP-boosting earring equipped).

Not sure if I will even mess with NG+ when this play through is over.. maybe. I just have so many other games I want to get to. I'll probably come back to it later.


EDIT: Character name correction
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 07:20:57 PM
Makes perfect sense. Appreciate the information, gentlemen!
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 21, 2016, 01:00:55 PM
I love naivety. Always good for a laugh.

I had a 2600 back in the day. It was nothing at all like getting a hummer.

4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 10:16:34 AM
Chrono Cross - I actually re-started this one. I was at the point where Fargo and Viper's crew joined, and out of curiosity, I looked at a FAQ of the game before that point. I noticed I missed a WHOLE bunch of shit. So I figured, what the hell? Yeah, I know there's a New Game +, but that's different. So, in re-playing the first half with a guide, I noticed there are a lot of very specific things you need to do at specific times if you want certain things. I would have welcomed such guesswork back when this first came out..., when I didn't have much to do. Now, it seems a bit annoying. Along the way, I learned why many people think Miguel is one of the hardest fights in the game. I now know I lucked out the first time through. I had to redo the battle 4 or 5 times this time around, and I still barely won.
So anyway, I'm pretty much back to the point where I was before, so I'm ditching the FAQ for the rest of the game. I just did what I assume are some side quests... I also beat the black dragon, which was a much easier fight than I thought it was going to be. Stole the black plate, but the defense power is so low compared to stone equipment, I'm not that wowed by it.

Kingdoms of Amalur - This is one of those I've started a bunch of times, but never finished. I'm going to do it this time, dammit. What's cool this time around is that I'm playing it on the PC (I played it on the Xbox before). It's fucking gorgeous on PC, and the frame rate flows like water. Anyway, I'm still near the beginning at this point. Going to go for a mage/rogue combination.
I've probably done so before, but I have to give this game props for the controls. It uses some sort of an auto-target system that actually works. The fluidity of chaining together multiple/different attacks is fantastic.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2016, 09:54:22 AM
Tell your wife Trump is going to build a wall around your property.

That's pretty funny, actually. Good laugh.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2016, 10:30:57 AM
So as I was saying before the events of today loomed overhead (which defused much quicker than expected), I started a bit of a cheesy self-therapy tool for myself in the form of a journal. However, unlike a typical journal with typical "Dear Diary" type entries, I simply list at the end of the day things that made me feel depressed or angry, and also things that made me happy. Its a nice reminder that no matter how shitty things start to feel, there are always opportunities to find a reason to smile. As for the rest, it's a good way to keep stock of the elements in my life that I should work on improving, or even things about myself that need to change for my own sake.

Werd. Keeping a journal can really help one better process their thoughts. Helped me out when I was going through a rough time 10 years ago, or so.



EDIT:

So.. yesterday was a bit of a culture clash of a Father’s Day. My wife had been asking me what I wanted out of the day, and I told her just to spend some quality time with her and our son would be awesome enough for me. So, we came up with the idea late last week that we would just hang out by the backyard pool. Maybe cook some burgers on the grill and have some hard drinks, or whatever.
My wife is of pure Mexican ancestry, and the general attitude of Hispanics in regards to parties and cookouts and such is “the more the merrier”. On the flipside of that, I am like several other people on these boards (not a “people person” by any means), so that naturally clashes with me – big time. I’m very keen on keeping things personal and low key.

So, my wife was talking to her mother over the phone Saturday night, and briefly mentioned our idea of just throwing a couple of patties on the grill. Nothing even close to an invite. Without even asking us, her mother starts spreading the word to the whole family that my wife and I are having a BBQ, and they should all come over.
We got to hanging out in the pool yesterday, and people started showing up out of the blue. After we realized what was going on, I got upset, because I just wanted to spend a quiet Father’s Day with my wife and son. So I went inside, and started doing housework to work off my frustration. I’d rather have done that than be visibly upset with family. The wife eventually came in, and we fought about it a bit. Everyone seemed to get the vibe that something wasn’t right, and they all took off. I was relieved, but of course, I felt bad too. Everyone’s intentions were good, and that’s just how their culture is. I understood that.

It’s just that I was looking to spend the day a certain way. Entertaining guests, and making forced conversation was definitely not part of the plan. It felt like the day that was supposed to be for me was getting crashed. To me, inviting one’s self to anything without asking is incredibly rude and inconsiderate. No matter whom you are. “Open invitation” is not in my vocabulary.

Yeah so, a bit of a sticky situation. Day ended up nice, though.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 10:31:06 AM
<GRIPE>

I'm starting to understand Mesh's bitterness with his local post office.  Don't get me wrong, my neighborhood post office is fantastic, and the mail lady is awesome. The one that delivers to my office though...., is staffed by inept nitwits. I never should have gloated about getting 2 day shipments in one day, cuz that shit blew up in my face.
Two times now, they have failed to deliver a package from Amazon. Presumably because the carrier didn't feel like coming out here. Both times, the packages got as far as being marked as "out for delivery", but never showed up. No mail at all was delivered either time, which is why I believe it was simply because they just didn't feel like making the trip.
The first time, they ultimately marked the package as being undeliverable. Apparently due to an address issue (even though they had successfully delivered multiple packages to me at the same address before). It was returned to Amazon. This last time, it was not delivered on the day it was apparently "out for delivery", and there were no more status updates all evening. Out of the blue, it gets marked as delivered/in the mailbox in the middle of the afternoon on the following day. I checked the mailbox... nothing in there.
I called and yelled at some apathetic jerk off, and pretty much accused the carrier of stealing my shit. I was "assured" it would be sorted out.

Awesome.



EDIT: I've had a bigger beard for several years now. I've been hating how it had pretty become the mark of a hipster over the last few years. Almost to the point where I considered greatly reducing its size. Apparently the trend is on the "way out", which sounds like a relief, but I have yet to see this reduction in frequency... Hopefully soon, so I'll feel like less of an unintentional douche for having mine.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 04:46:17 PM
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@Tomara: This is my biggest problem. I DON'T have even a vague idea of what direction I want my life to take. I'm not really passionate about anything. Folks always say "well you're passionate about video games," except I play and talk about video games for the same reason some folks drink, because for a brief moment life doesn't feel like a hopeless void.

Hmmm...

If you want to keep videogames as a hobby, keep videogames as hobby. For some reason I turned nearly all my hobbies into sorta-work, and it's not all that great.

As for what you should do... I know there's this big push for individuality, making a difference and having a grand purpose, but personally, I think it's enough to have a job you don't mind and live a happy life surrounded by the people you care about. Having a job you love is a way to have a fulfilling life, sure, but I believe it's far from the only way.

This is sort of what I've settled on for now. I just want to find a job where I'm at a desk during typical work hours and can come home and eat dinner with my family and can take the weekend to do stuff I want to do. The problem is finding one WHILE suffering through this job and while also not losing my mind completely.

Maybe try a temp agency/company? They are not the most ideal route for obvious reasons, but they are usually good for getting your foot in the door of an office environment. Trick is making sure that there's a temp-to-hire possibility.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 02:08:46 PM
And its like this in all aspects of life. And I realize that its not just me, that the Universe continuously throws shit at everyone, but that just goes back to my question lately of why ANYONE puts up with it. I just want to ask everyone I encounter what drives them to continue pushing through the shitshow that is life when in the end its all meaningless?

Not that I need to tell you, but that indeed is the difficult part. Finding the motivation..., the drive. I suppose as childish as it sounds, one just has to believe they will find their answer in life. I'm sure you will find yours, cuz as Star said, you're a fart smeller smart feller. ;)



Good news everyone! You don't have to read about me buying a house anymore and being annoyingly excited for it....

because I was just let go from my job because they reorganized my department.

I'm truly sorry for your situation, brother. Did they at least give you some sort of severance package, or something? Or, can you at least claim unemployment? Either way, you'll bounce back. Just keep the ol' noggin up. In the meantime, it's <insert drink of choice> Time.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 12:27:47 PM
I get you, Star.

I don't mean to come across as callous and uncaring, so I do apologize if I seemed that way, Klutz. All I can personally preach is what life has taught me, which is that nothing will change for the better unless internal strength can be mustered in some way. My parents are apathetic to a serious fault, so I know what it's like to have little or no support from family, and having to handle problems on my own. That's why I go the "suck it up" route... because that's the only way my own life improved.

Yeah, I know that's me, and not anyone else. I don't have friends, or associate with many people in life, so I tend to forget the infinitely broad spectrum that is humanity's mentality.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 11:33:51 AM
^ This.

Becoming a parent was the most difficult, trying thing I have ever done. No amount of literature of guidance truly prepares one for it. I would cry at times in the early days, thinking I couldn't handle it. Thinking I failed.. myself, my wife, and my son.. It seemed hopeless... But I kept fuckin' trying, regardless. I kept doing things the way I knew I had to, as difficult and daunting as they were. It paid off, and now my relationship with my son is amazing.
I know that's not really comparable to your situation, but IMO, it's a shining example of what perseverance can do for someone. Great things in history never would have been accomplished if people didn't fight with all they had for it.

Life is hard at times, and shit most definitely happens more often than it should. The only way it will get better is to suck it up, and stop being down on yourself. We all must persevere in life. I know it’s much, much easier said than done, but that’s just how it is. No one is going to hold our adult hands.

12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 15, 2016, 12:50:30 PM
Cold in July – An independent movie about a man named Richard (played by Michael C Hall), who kills a home invader in “self defense”. Things quickly spiral after that. The victim’s father starts harassing Richard’s family, but then Richard starts noticing some discrepancies, and shadiness on the part of the police in handling everything.  The man whom he shot may not be the man whom police said he was…
The movie shifts into a different mood/style after that. That in itself is what I appreciated the most about the movie. It starts as a thriller, but turns into a sort of manhunt/vengeance kind of film, and is effective at both. Some nice humor is peppered throughout the second half. Mainly thanks to Don Johnson’s role. Overall, it’s not the finest movie out there, but I enjoyed it.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2016, 10:29:23 AM
Haps: I'm lucky to work one town away from an Amazon warehouse. Most of the time, I get overnight shipping for the price of two (Prime membership). Me likey!


And it's not just me, everyone there can't wait for the store's real manager to get back from medical leave, because the assistant manager is an absolute arse. I like how one of my coworkers put it: He acts like he owns everyone.


When daddy's away, he puts the big boy pants on. Typical feeble-minded compensation by someone who wishes he was higher up the food chain.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2016, 04:17:03 PM
^ Don't know whatcha got 'til it's gone... Truth.



Haps on my end:

I learned how to replace a gas oven igniter (turns out it's pretty damn easy), saving myself a good chunk o' change.

A raccoon has taken to hanging out on my roof late almost every night. Sounds like a damn dog is running around up there. Been thinking of setting up a trap up there, but those things are smart, and apparently difficult to trap. It's not actually trying to claw into my house or anything, and it doesn't stay for very long. So, for now, it's live and let live...

Been butting heads with the billing department of/at my son's pediatrician. Bunch of unprofessional, inept twats. I really don't know why so many people in the world can't just do their fuckin' jobs. Taking him to a different doctor from now on.
15  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 14, 2016, 11:25:57 AM
I'm with those who pretty much said "meh" to most of these announcements. I just can't find it in myself to care about 4K gaming this, and sequel that... It's mostly repetitive, substance-lacking shit. Now shown in a higher definition.


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