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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2016, 01:09:47 PM
^ I appreciate your appreciation of my avatar, sir. I love the warden and his madness. In my search for images to use, I had to go through a bunch of weird fan art (including some seriously left field Yaoi stuff). Surprised there was so much fan-created stuff.

I'd REALLY, REALLY love to take a crack at Mario 3D World (and some other Wii U Mario games), but I don't own a Wii U, and I'm not about to drop hundreds on what is pretty much a dying system... So, that might be a gameplay joy I'll never know... Unless of course, it's through a "virtual console" years from now.
I have to agree with you in that almost all Mario games I've played have been solid titles.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2016, 10:39:47 AM
Rayman Legends - Just moved onto 20,000 Lums Under the Sea. Rescued several of the warrior girls in the process. Trying my best to get all gold trophies and rescue as many Teensies as I can, but I'm not about to go all "completionist" on it. I absolutely love the level design and personality that this game has.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Picked this one up again after a few years (at least) of not playing. Currently in the early stages of the 3rd world. This is a very well made game. Mario at its finest. I like how the regular levels are rather easy (fun), but the extra levels and challenges can actually be a bit difficult. I was about to ragequit on this one challenge stage where you have to run around kicking all of the spikey shelled enemies within a certain time limit. Finally got it on the 7th try, with just one second to spare. Sweet victory at last.

Dead Space 2 - 'Tis the season! Time for scary games! I just started this one. I've played through the first DS twice, but never touched this one before. Immediately, I don't like that Isaac has a large speaking role. I really preferred him as a near-silent protagonist. It kind of made you almost feel like it was YOU who was trapped in a haunted space station in the first game. With him speaking regularly, the immersion is reduced a bit. Still, these are minor gripes in the end. This game is still DS-style excellence. As with the first DS, the atmosphere is top notch. This is a game that begs to played with headphones, or surround sound.
So far, I really like that Kinesis (my favorite power/weapon in the first game) is made available first and foremost. It makes you think and work a bit to get through the first few waves of enemies.

I'm going to start Deus Ex: Human Evolution soon as well. Never played it before. I love the first game in the series, but never actually finished it.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: September 24, 2016, 05:52:21 PM
Wild Arms
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Saint's Row IV
Chrono Cross
Remember Me
Lego Batman 2

Kingdoms of Amalur - After almost 60 hours of playtime, I finished the main storyline at character level 36. Had a blast the whole way. There are still a ton of areas to explore, and quests to take on, but I'm done for now. Maybe I'll come back to it later as a different character build...
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 05:16:35 PM
I bought a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans on a whim once... They were so damn good, I almost ate the whole bag in one sitting, and of course ended up crazy jacked. Not gonna do that anymore.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 02:22:36 PM
I'm sorry for your heartache brother... I know that there is a huge difference in someone living nearby and being a small road trip away, but it could be much worse. Imagine if he was moving to Montana, or out of the country. At least you can get there (or vice versa) in less time than it takes to watch most movies.
I guess I'm just saying in a real shitty and insensitive way that you gotta try to stay positive. I actually feel kind of bad for him, because TH is damn boring. ...Got a nifty donut shop, at least...?
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 21, 2016, 10:15:19 AM
Recently Saw The Nice Guys as well. Like others here, I enjoyed it. Feels much shorter than it's 2 hour(ish) run time. Terrific cast, and some nice twists. I've always liked seeing Gosling do comedic stuff. He's got more of a knack for it than he usually lets on. I'm with Dice in that I really liked how Holly became a central character, instead of the annoying helpless daughter type (I'm at looking at you, Dakota Fanning in WotW). I'm currently watching White Collar, so it was very interesting to see Matt Bomer in his role.  I don't know if Basinger has had work done, but I would not say that she has aged well. She looks like some sort of alien hiding in woman-skin (kinda like the first MiB). I would never have guessed that the kid who played Chet is Val Kilmer's son.
I have to admit though, that as far as Shane Black films go, I enjoyed KKBB more. I think that's mainly because Kilmer and Downey Jr have/had really good on-screen chemistry, and the dialogue seemed wittier.

I'm looking forward to watching Age of Ultron and Cap: CW this weekend, hopefully. Haven't seen either yet. I initially wasn't even going to bother with the prior, but apparently events in that film lead up to CW, so there ya go.

Still can't get used to Megan Fox being April O'Neil though.

She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She's just... terrible. I wonder if her jaw ever hurts from her... auditions.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2016, 04:44:44 PM
I presume fromunda is the most common flavor.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2016, 10:03:38 AM
I'm truly sorry for your loss, Dice... Keep your chin up. She certainly did. =)
Internet hugz, yo.

I'm glad I never bothered with college. I've seen and known too many people with 4+ year degrees, and have nothing to show for it, except for super awesome debt. They are doing the same shit as me for a living.
Before anyone here gets up my ass about that not being everyone's experience, and some crap about applying yourself, and blah blah blah... I know what I just said is not the standard. I'm only saying it has always seemed like a gamble to me personally, and I've never been the gambling type.
I was interested in online courses some years ago, but then I saw the tuition fees, and scrapped the idea. Can't tell me that 6 months of talking to a teacher and other classmates through a computer costs a school anywhere near that much.

9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 19, 2016, 03:59:49 PM
Amalur Ė Currently character level 35. I decided to switch back to the finesse/magic build, because I ended up missing it. Just wasn't feeling the might/magic build nearly as muchÖ Anyway, I finished up the House of Sorrows storyline, which ended up having some fights that were actually kind of tough. I actually died during one of them, and yes, it was mostly due to carelessness. Has to be the first death in a long while Ė lol.
Now Iím working my way through the final region: Alabastra. Iím taking on maybe 1 out of every 3 side quests along the way, and thatís only if they donít take me too far off of the main path. Iím mostly interested in finishing up the main storyline at this point. Iíve clocked 50+ hours of playtime, and Iím ready to move onto some other games (scary ones Ė Ďtis the season!).

For some reason, I've really been into Nonstop Knight on my tablet lately. I think it's due to the fact that with my busy schedule, it's nice to have something that pretty much plays itself.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 14, 2016, 03:36:16 PM
ON NAMING CONVENTIONS -- I hate obtuse naming of spells and potions and whatnot. At the very least you'd think having some intuitive sense about it would be logical. As in, Heal becomes Soothing Echo or something to that effect. When games change **Heal** into **Glickugloo** I just don't understand "why".

I mean I suppose it is in effort to add identity, character, and "world building" to a title. But in truth it really complicates things.

Certainly a minor gripe but a design choice I've never really understood.

I did it to myself when I played Wild Arms for the first time, earlier this year. I kept trying to name spells all kinds of cool and stupid shit, and I would forget what their function was.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 04:17:23 PM
As a metal-head, I have to admit, I dig Babymetal more than I thought I would (which was not at all). Their material is better than the ridiculous balancing act I was expecting. I've never been into J-idol stuff, but for some reason, this fusion with metal seems to work somehow. I think it's the combination of good melody and kick-ass riffs.
Since I'm a weak, shameful person, I'll probably never blast it in my car. However, it'll be welcome in my headphones now and then.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 13, 2016, 04:06:39 PM
^ Admittedly, my experience with PSII is limited. I remember renting it, and like you with IV, just not being able to get into it. I remember enjoying IV a lot more. I know II has received a lot of praise, so perhaps I'll revisit it in the near future...
I and III though, I'll never bother with again.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 13, 2016, 12:15:49 PM
^ There are of course some really good episodes in the last 2 seasons. Especially a rather important story arc that happens in the latter half of season 7... If you have Netflix streaming, now is the time to binge-finish the series, because they are removing the show on the 1st of next month. We watched the entirety of season 8 in the span of a week and a half, just to make sure we finished in time. I'm sure some years down the line, we will re-watch them all as well.

On that note, I'd like to watch Monk from beginning to end. We love the series, but missed a whole bunch of episodes throughout its run. Admittedly, I don't enjoy the first 2 seasons that much, simply because I can't stand how mean his first assistant (mah-mah-mah-My Sharona) is to him. What a bitch.

14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 13, 2016, 10:46:23 AM
Recently wrapped up Psych. Loved all 8 seasons. The finale was a great finish.

Yeah, it's a silly and somewhat stupid show, but what separates it is that it knows it's silly and stupid. It runs with its ridiculousness. What also really helps is that the two main actors, Roday and Hill, have excellent on screen chemistry. Really helps to make their characters' lifelong friendship feel more believable. Roday had an effective way of making Shawn just annoying enough at times. Just when you are about to get irritated with his silliness and immaturity, it gets dialed back at the right time. All of the main characters are lovable in their own way, and in a way, I'll miss them.
Gotta give props to the writers, who managed to keep the show fresh throughout its run. Naturally, some episodes failed to live up to the standard (to be expected when there are over 100 of them), but overall, the series stayed strong. Good stuff.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 13, 2016, 10:19:49 AM
Amalur Ė Iím about 45 hours in, character level 32 (of 40). I finished the Teeth of Naros questline. I then took care of a few small side quests in the area, and then left for the Dead Kel questline/expansion. Right away, I could tell it was a MUCH better add-on than ToN. Itís more in depth, has a more interesting area/map, and a plot thatís kinda sorta worth a shit. Naros is pretty much just a bunch of whiney; pretentious; helpless giants running around. 
Anyway, Iíve already gotten to the point of exterminating Dead Kel. Now, Iím just doing a few local side quests, while building up the pimp manor and "training" monsters. Next, Iím going to go back to the eastern continent, and finish the House of Sorrows questline. Then I'm gonna get back on the main game questline to start wrapping things up. Iím starting to feel like Iíve gotten my fill of the game..., yet there is still so much that could be done. There are entire areas I havenít even explored yet. I might even come back to the game later, after finishing it.
I was actually getting to the point where I was starting to get bored. Thankfully, I remembered the aforementioned character reset. So, I switched over to a Might/Magic type class, and it has definitely helped to breathe new life into the game. Late game armor (even the stuff you can simply buy) is crazy strong. A small amount of enemies can still give me a run for my money, but most are like a fart in the wind. As others have said, the game ends up being easy, but it somehow still retains its fun factor.

I think this autumn, when the weather starts cooling off, and we start staying in more, Iím gonna take a look at the olí Might and Magic series. Just for the hell of it. I feel like playing something retro, and I've never played any of those games before. Iíll start with the first one, and see how far I get before I possibly ragequit, presumably because of its age. I bought the series on GOG.com at a crazy low price a while back. ...Gonna have to find my graph paper (if I even have any).

It's also the time of year to start playing scary games. I have Fatal Frame 2 and Dead Space 2 lined up first. Among the Sleep and Alan Wake are waiting in the wings. I've never played any of those before.
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