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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 27, 2015, 02:16:08 PM
I decided to fire up Torchlight 1. It seems this game is considerably less polished than the second one, much more than I expected. I want to play ranged for a change, but it seems it's not going to be very fun unless I get some mods, due to the terrible hold-shift-to-stay-still system. Seriously, all clickfests of today should allow extensive button remapping and most importantly, a free run option. Having left click as both attack and move is EXTREMELY DUMB when it effectively stops your glass cannon in their tracks when you're just trying to move. Auto attacking enemies= DUMB, period. Playing Outlander in Torchlight II was immensely satisfying when I had a dedicated run button (though the game does not naturally give you this). Also seems dual pistols don't quite work as they should in the first game either, which is something I kind of want to do.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 27, 2015, 01:22:40 AM
I recall there was a character named Balzac in Tekkaman Blade, who cause uncalled hilarity in otherwise dramatic moments.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 26, 2015, 07:08:06 AM
I don't think my perception of time is ever going to return as it was in the days of my youth. I used to think that time flies when you're having fun, but it's actually the opposite. When you have absolutely nothing worth to remember as the days go by, then you will literally have no memory of living it. It would be no exaggeration to say that I'm practically alive for only one or two months a year. The rest never happened.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 25, 2015, 12:04:28 PM
I've been playing some Child of Light, since I couldn't really think of anything else to spend my PSN credit on. It is a beauty for sure, but maybe not really as charming as I hoped. There's a lot of empty in it. I realized I've just been killing monsters for exp and despite being in chapter 7, I have yet to use a single item I found (other than stat boosting ones). The simplicity does keep me going, but I always think there is something wrong when I don't have things like shops or gear options in my RPGs.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: January 23, 2015, 07:03:10 AM
So, are you going to get Excalibur II do the side quest that was lost for 14 years?
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 23, 2015, 06:44:50 AM
Titan Quest + Immortal Throne is over at 49 hours. Hades only took two tries, the first I don't even know what killed me due to lag and the second was just bashing at him. My level 39 character had grown much more formidable at melee somewhere along midway during the last act. In case someone is thinking like I did and is looking for a quick change of pace playing a loot based click fest, then beware since Titan Quest really is that long. It'd be impressive if it wasn't so boring. Thankfully it was dirt cheap in steam sales, otherwise I would not have bothered.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 19, 2015, 05:54:43 AM
Okay, I gave up on the idea of a toaster and exchanged my gift card for 50e worht of PSN credit instead. I kind of feel like there was something pointless in this act.

There were some exquisite toasters though, but these days I've been cutting out bread a bit. I don't intend to quit, but I've basically stopped buying sliced bread in plastic bags. Not really a health issue, but I got sick of it and there is better bread to eat.

Also the sky was finally clear so I took a long walk, through some area I haven't walked through before. It's interesting, but I always end up thinking that the place I live in is shittier than the ones I see, despite the area looking like a trailer park. I live in a safe an quiet place, but lately it has felt like I live like some kind of prisoner. Maybe I should just move back to the countryside and kill moose or something, not like there's any jobs here anyway.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 18, 2015, 01:32:08 PM
The Running Man

More Arnold goodness. Actually I didn't know what this movie was about at all before watching it. Certainly by now these dystopian death games are not a new concept, but the 80s cinema style suits the concept well, I think. Not too "psychological" or edge, which is just my kind of thing. Also it has Shinra Inc theme in it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYdsNeRoShA

And this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy8rT8oHCbI

I HOPE YOU HAVE ROOM FOR MY FIST BECAUSE I'M GOING TO RAM IT IN YOUR STOMACH/10
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 18, 2015, 08:55:15 AM
I made it to Hades in Titan Quest. Both Warfare and Defense trees are now fully unlocked so I can finally spend my skill points on actually upgrading the skills themselves. It seems the build is going to end up rather boring in the end, though Colossus is hilarious. I wonder if I can finish this game in under 50 hours.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2015, 03:41:56 AM
I'm mostly hating the latitude I live in. My mood is not the best these days and when I think I could take a walk outside, there is hardly any daylight. Just vast grayness, for months. "Going outside" to cheer up my ass.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 16, 2015, 09:17:53 AM
I think it's one of the better PS2 RPGs actually. Good pace and remarkably functional battle/job system. I like battle themes too and I wish the streamlined alchemy system was in Escha & Logy. One of the finest examples of a game series refining systems and then just not doing it again as good for some reason. Certainly had more fun with it than something like FF X-2 or XII.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 15, 2015, 11:14:37 PM
Decided to stop grinding Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn for plat for now and went back to playing Escha & Logy. I think I'm identifying some problems I have with this game more. First, the alchemy system, while greatly enchanced with elements, slows down synth a lot too, which slows the game down even more than the extended time limit. Second, talking about paperwork. It is not moe, it does not make the characters more symphatetic, nor is it funny. It's just boring. I prefer stories with no plots, but they certainly don't all hit the right notes. Anyway, I'm at assignment five and making bursts of progress.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 15, 2015, 09:28:35 PM
Red Sonja

My kind of movie. It's no Conan, but has moments of brilliant acting and some decent arnold quotes. "I CAN'T KILL IT, IT'S A MACHINE"/10
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2015, 03:16:31 PM
I decided to do some backlog cleaning and finished reading Basara. Took around 18 months or more to finish. I'm not actually particularly annoyed by anything in it, on the contrary it seems like a fantastic story for the type it is. Tends to have some DORAMA moments, but overall it's vast, good paced and complete. Just that for a long time these type of fighting kingdom type stories have not been my thing ever since I got spoiled by LoGH and later with RoTK. I never could get as much into games like Suikoden or FFT either. I did come to appreciate the art though, not sure if it actually improved as it went on.

I guess I'm going to finish Aishiteruze Baby while I'm on the groove and then focus on my longer projects. So far it seems that the anime might actually be better, since this isn't long enough for any drastically interesting developments to happen. Marimite has been going slowly, since it's at the part I think is the most boring, featuring not one, but TWO school festival arcs in a row. Why'd the author think people want to read about boy's school in an exclusively girl friendship series? After this should be one of my favorites, the classtrip to Italy, so I'll just push through slowly. I probably have to take another long break after 8 books since the translation goes slow (though at least it's active, which is good).

For anime, I think I'm pretty set with just watching Cinderella Girls. I think I can wait for KanColle and JoJo's Egypt arc to be out in BDs. Not making any promises with KanColle, but if it is at least Strike Witches tier, then I'll likely stick with it. Other than that, I'm mainly watching Ojamajo Doremi Sharp. There's some really heartwarming stuff in this series, certainly much more explorative about family/community than something like Shugo Chara (which seemed more preteen romance oriented). Some pretty mature subjects are tacled too, like divorce and suicide. I like this second season well enough, but one thing that I miss is the zanity of the transformations since apparently they get switched every season.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 13, 2015, 03:30:15 PM
EDIT: Nah I can't complain when I only work part time. I just gotta better utilize my off time...

I don't work at all, but I still can't manage my off time. Man if I could actually use all this time to playing games, I'd play 50 RPGs a year. Instead I use it to destroy my spirit, thinking about things I can't do anything about.
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