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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 02, 2015, 10:10:35 AM
Happy Birthday. Welcome to the dirty thirty club. I'm hitting 35 next month, and I know there are at least several older heads than me here. In other words, you're in good company, fella.
Turning 30 hit me a little hard, too. I also thought of it as an early mid life crisis, which it may have been... Anyway, just remember to follow the gospel of Aaliyah: Age ain't nothing but a number. Fer shizzle. It just comes down to the fact that you're only as old as you feel. That saying is thrown around a lot, but it's true. Kill the anxiety induced countdown that's in your head, and enjoy life as you see fit. Stop worryin, and start livin. <Additional inspirational sentence>.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: July 01, 2015, 03:44:22 PM
Man, I've forgotten so much about this game... Thanks for the extra details! It's cool how likeable and interesting the characters come out to be. This journal really makes me want to play it again.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 01, 2015, 03:38:14 PM
^^ It has a hefty 2% rating on RT. Must be quite the film. I went ahead and read the plot on Wikipedia and it sure does sound stupid as.. wait for it... HELL.

I wish Nic Cage would stop doing awful films, or characters not meant for him. Dude can seriously act when given certain roles, but because he can't stop spending his money, he keeps taking whatever anyone offers him. Too many hilariously bad movies under his belt.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2015, 01:08:42 PM
Watchdogs - Plugging away at the main story missions. I got a lot of the side missions and exploring out of the way early on, so now it's down to business.
~It would be nice if at least the majority of progression rewards were exclusive to progression. The fact that you can get most of those same "rewards" in other ways kind of kills the motivation in trying to achieve the progression goals. Yes, I'm done saying progression now.
~Also, the game has weird glitches from time to time. In one instance, I couldn't turn right while driving any car. I could get out and walk to the right no problem, so I knew it wasn't the controller. I'd get back into any car, and it still wouldn't turn right. Had to reload my last save in order to fix it. There was another notable glitch when this super cop (of sorts) wouldn't leave me alone. The police were done chasing me, but that dude kept following me anywhere and everywhere after the fact. He knew exactly where I was at all times. It was funny at first, but quickly got annoying. I finally took him out with some hacking trickery.
~It's very easy to build up a ton of funds early in this game. Just keep walking around, hacking various people's bank accounts. I'm already outfitted with some of the best guns in the game (including some special ones), and I'm not even a quarter of the way through the campaign.
Regardless, I'm having fun. The stealth aspect works well. It's fun to try and put down all of the enemies in an area without even being seen.

Skyrim (PC) - Stopped playing this for a while. Fired it up the other day and was reminded of how addicting it is. Played 3 hours straight without even realizing. My character is almost done with the thieves guild quest line. After that, I'm gonna go back to the magic college and finish those quests. Then, it's back down south to get the Dark Brotherhood quest line rolling. All the while continuing to work on thievery/magic skills. I want my character to ultimately be a shadow. Slip in, kill without mercy, slip out. Beautiful.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2015, 09:43:37 AM
Watchdogs - Havin' a good ol' time. Just unlocked the second tier of skill upgrades. A lot of people complained about the forced stealth aspect of this game, but I honestly don't know what else one could expect when it comes to an action game about hacking. Anyway, it's done well, so I'm enjoying it.
For a while, I didn't realize that online invasions were actually online invasions. I thought they were a scripted gimmick in the single player game. Admittedly, the idea is neat in itself, but I ended up turning that shit off. I don't need random jerks bothering me. The bonuses/upgrades one gets for being good at handling invasions aren't worth the annoyance, IMO.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 25, 2015, 01:27:46 PM
If you are willing to put in any extra effort on our (readers who haven't played in a long time) part, it would of course be very much appreciated. Do it up any way you see fit. It's your journal, and I wouldn't want you to mess with the flow you have going.

I should probably do the same for GS, cuz I know that game is about as old as this one, but GS is not exactly plot heavy. At least, so far for me it isn't.


I'm slowly deciding my next game (it won't be Final Fantasy).



LOL

7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun on: June 24, 2015, 06:06:10 PM
Thanks for commenting! Also, thanks for reminding me where I've seen the Camelot logo before.

I like the music in this game as well. I do feel that some of the tracks are recycled quite a bit more than necessary, though. I also agree about the mind reading/Psynergy aspect. They were definitely creative with it. It's just a little annoying that in order to use it on the map/in town, you  have to go through the menus each damn time. Being able to hot button it in some way would have been great (unless it is actually possible, and I'm too ignorant to figure it out).
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 24, 2015, 05:55:14 PM
Also agreed.
We come to this section for journals, not CliffsNotes. I haven't commented in this thread ('til now) because I haven't played this game in about 15 years, and barely remember any of it. Still a great read, though. Keep it up.

9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 24, 2015, 10:28:21 AM
All of Seinfeld is available on Hulu today. Fucking awesome.

I'm really hoping they have the banned Puerto Rican Day episode.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2015, 01:04:00 AM
Started up Watchdogs. Holy crap is this game fun. I haven't been big on Ubisoft's  tendency to rinse and repeat their big titles lately, but this game is good, IMO. Truthfully, the only thing that really sets it apart from other GTA clones is the hacking aspect. It could have gone so wrong, but thankfully, they did very well, IMO. I enjoy the hell out of it, actually.
The only thing I don't like about the game so far is how most cars handle like they are running on bald tires.  Chases (on either side) can be frustrating because of this. Motorcycles actually seem to rule this game. They handle very well. I'll abandon almost any car I happen to be driving right then and there if I run across a 2 wheeler.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun on: June 19, 2015, 11:28:49 AM
Also, look forward to collection more Djinni, as it's going to open up some cool stuff later on. Do your best to catch 'em all find them! ;)

Will do! I've been trying to be thorough with exploration, so hopefully I won't miss too many. ;)



Journal Update

Bilibin's music is depressing. I hope it's due to the cursed tree man's plight. If not, screw that place. I discovered the moving statue in the center of town. A ladder underneath took me to McCoy's Secret Warehouse. I don't even want to imagine what happens down there. I saw a Djinni just hanging out there, but couldn't get to it.

After looking around town, I decided to go grinding/exploring on the over world map to be able to afford a broadsword for Boner, which would greatly increase his attack power. Slaughtering rat enemies proved to be profitable, making the purchase easy. Weird how regular rats had better attack and defense than Rat Soldiers... I found the Bilibin Barricade while on the walk. Nothing to do there yet, of course.
 
Back in town, I met up with Lord McCoy, who apparently did not have much luck hiring warriors to handle the tree curse. McCoy had a reputation for being "difficult". He did seem quite the condescending douche at first, but perhaps that is due to the amount of failures of warriors hired before me. In the end, he seemed genuinely concerned for my party's well being, given that they are youngins, so I couldn't hate on him. The aforementioned barricade was his doing, and he wouldn't take it down until the tree curse was lifted. Thankfully, mind reading an unintentionally helpful guard helped me to discover a structural weakness in the barricade.
There were more tree people, stacked on top of each other like a totem pole, on the other side of the barricade... Weird shit. I've got to put an end to this!

Went into nearby Kolima Forest, and was immediately mind-raped while enjoying pretty sparkles on the ground! Turns out this was how people got turned into trees (and was later revealed to be referred to as "Tret's glamour" - ooookay). Thankfully, the party's Psynergy powers saved them. Astonished the party couldn't be fucked with, Tret the big magic tree and someone/thing else I believed to be his wife(?) started talking smack. Seems Tret was pissed about deforestation, and was exacting vengeance on the local populace. His wifey told me I need to try help him be kind again. Whatevs. This "dungeon" made me feel like I was playing one of those old school puzzle video games where you'd have to push and slide blocks around to get through them. Only here it's with logs. I eventually ran into the tree wife, and she was all like "Wahhhhh! Shit's fucked! I'm giving up, and so should you!" Adios, defeatist. Down the way from her was head honcho tree Tret, who's face looked like a mix between a troll and gorilla.



Sexy. Up we went on the vines, into Tret. Turned out his insides and outer branches conveniently resemble a wooden maze, of sorts. Pretty much a dungeon within a dungeon. Cool beans. I like how troll enemies here recovered HP every round. True to the nature of the beast. I ran into a Jupiter Djinni in the top branches. I wailed on it for a round, and... it ran?? I really hoped I didn't have to chase that f-er all over the tree... Finally got to Tret's angry soul face thing in his basement. I'd say it's up there on the list of creepy looking bosses.



A face only a mother could love. I felt like I was fighting The Lawnmower Man.




During the battle with Tret, I learned that sleep status in this game means outright coma. The fight was a little tough (McAss almost died), but it was quick. Tret obviously didn't have a lot of HP. His new found friendlier self tried to reverse the curse of Kolima, but he was too weak, and keeled over. Dang.
After this event, I went all the way back up the tree to fight the Jupier Djinni again... and it ran again. WTF?? Luckily, I saved it right before I fought it this second time. I kept reloading and fighting him until I won. Was this cheating? Nah. I mean, how else would you eventually beat this punk without having to exit and reenter repeatedly anyway? I just cut out the middle man. Interestingly, the Djinni's attacks were much more potent than Tret's.

Went to Kolima next. Stopped here for now.
 
Good times!



EDIT: Kept mixing past and present tense. Attempted to clean it up.

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 19, 2015, 08:47:28 AM
^Indeed. It reminds you how real things are, and how absolutely precious life is...

Thankfully, the SOB was apprehended without incident 200 miles away. A woman on her way to work spotted him and followed him for like 30 miles before the cops snagged him.
He is a pill popping racist, basically. F-ed up how he hung out and prayed with the victims for like an hour before mercilessly killing them. I've also noticed his dad, who gave him a gun for his birthday (as glass mentioned above), has been pretty quiet (AFAIK). Crazy...
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 18, 2015, 11:01:49 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/charleston-shooting-suspect-identified-fbi-dylann-roof-21/story?id=31851054

Is there a rule that bat shit crazy gunmen have to have stupid haircuts? Hopefully, they find this POS real soon.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 17, 2015, 05:08:13 PM
I think the only thing I can think of that would need changed to not offend people is Tifa calling people a retard when you climb the stairs to the Shinra Building. :P

Lol is retard offensive? I swear to God our current society is indistinguishable from a parody of itself.

You can't say retard, it's offensive to retards.

15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: June 17, 2015, 05:04:18 PM
No Legend of Legaia on anyone's list?

I am disappointed in all of you.

That game is among many, many titles in my undocumented back log. I had rented it back when it was new, but couldn't finish it before having to return it... I remember not hating it, so hopefully someday soon I'll come back to it.
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