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Great episode, as always, guys!  The music selections are always so solid, achieving stellar a lot of the time.


- SWINGING!! was kind of all over the place, don't you think?  Felt... dissonant.  But somehow good.  It was a strange track.  I'm a big big fan of Nishiura's work on Dark Cloud 2, too.  I'm a fan of everything about Dark Cloud 2, though.

- The Dark Star was.... short?  Always hard to remember the first track in a group of three.

- The... "Delfindas" song?  No track list, so I have no idea what Stephen is saying, but that song was really really good.  I don't know what it is or what it was from, but it really made me wish I was exploring.

- Xenogears OST is so freaking good.  So freaking good.  *singing*Broken mirrrorrr a million shades of light!  The old echo fades away....*gets vegetables thrown at face*

- "The Big of Two Pieces" WOULD have been a really good title, actually, for this episode.

- The commercial airliner song from FFXII: This soundtrack is so wildly underrated it actually frustrates me.  This track is another example of how well Sakimoto does "mood", even if he was forced to "homogenize" somewhat on the XII OST (I have no evidence that he was, it just always seemed like it, to me, especially when comparing XII's OST to Valkyria Chronicles').  Basically every soundtrack Sakimoto does just screams "evocative".  Every track is tied to your heart on an atom-thick string and tugs only at one particular feeling or memory.  This track, for me, says "busy but happy."  A very specific feeling.  I must admit, though, that there are a few more tracks from this soundtrack that have a very similar mood.

- Skygate from Valkyrie Profile: Valkyrie Profile is a legendary game with a soundtrack that boasts a lot of really good tracks.  This one is kind of a slow burn, but when that synth-flute busts out that... sort of melodic breakdown about halfway through, it reaches greatness.  Generally, though, it's got that weird Tri-Ace thing going on where the music is.... too complex.  They go for way too many layers at once, rather than building on a simple melody.  It makes their soundtracks really distinct and likable, but also almost comical at times.  See Star Ocean 2's "sleeping in an inn" theme to hear what I am talking about.
Stephen, you don't think Sakuraba's work on Baten Kaitos is objectively of higher quality than his PS1 stuff?
You guys are spot on about the tone of VP, though.  Very serious.  Very... almost morbid?  The whole game just felt very dark and very somber right from the beginning.  "Somber", yeah.  That's the word that describes the tone of Valkyrie Profile.  Like a funeral in video game form.

- (Untitled Sailing Theme) from Golden Sun: This felt very similar to "Skygate", actually, to me, in it's first few moments.  But that is probably just a quirk of it's following right after it.  I admit, I have basically no familiarity with Golden Sun at all, but this track was solid enough.
Note: apparently Sakuraba did the OST for both VP and Golden Sun?  That would explain why the two tracks sounded similar to me.  :P

- Bird in the Sky from Wild Arms: I have only ever played Wild Arms 3 and hated it, but any time I hear music from the series, it makes me want to play the games.  This track is no exception.  It was insanely short, though. Sheesh.

- Don't Worry from Xenoblade Chronicles X: WHERE ARE MY FREAKING GLOW STICKS!?

- Voyage: Home World from Chrono Cross: Forget it.  Chrono Cross has the greatest soundtrack in the history of music and visual storytelling.  Death to any who disagree. DEATH!  But if this track doesn't make you want to get up and go on a journey, then you are probably already dead inside anyway.

- I could have done without you guys doing the "oh oh oh"s from Don't Worry. :P

- Also, regarding "killing characters from Trigger in Chrono Cross", keep in mind that those are alternate timeline versions of the characters.  Remember, they're from a timeline that the REAL Trigger characters ended.  It's an awesome twist that was wildly misinterpreted by Trigger fans.

- Editor's Choice, Airship from Penny Arcade Adventures 4: This was.... surprisingly solid.  I come into these kinds of tracks thinking "Western composer + joke game = bad music" but that isn't really the case here.  This was a really solid pump-up track.

Awesome stuff, guys.  On to the interview!

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:54:28 PM »
to be honest I probably WOULD read a datalog on FFVII lore LOL
WHAT!?    .........................yeah, so would I. *shame*

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread
« on: June 26, 2015, 11:58:11 AM »
You know what the Final Fantasy VII Remake really needs?  A DATALOG!  I don't know about you, but I LOVED reading walls and walls of jargon-y text every time I booted up XIII.  I think that will help make the VII Remake really good.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 26, 2015, 10:08:30 AM »
- OMG, I have always wondered why RPG characters never change clothes.  It's a good thing we can't SMELL the game.  Yikes.  This is something Resonance of Fate really got right., what an awesome Retro Encounter that would be, if you guys all played Resonance of Fate.  O___o

- Wakka is NOT stupid.  Just ignorant and emotional (a deadly combo).

Looking forward to the next episode, guys (even though I haven't finished Trails *sad*)!

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread
« on: June 26, 2015, 09:02:22 AM »
She was about to walk to her own death, you can be sure she didn't want to die a virgin.
(or so I'm inclined to believe)
And why, exactly, can I be sure of that?  It seems like if a person is raised without all of their peers and the media constantly teaching them that sex is the key to happiness, then the fact of their virginity probably wouldn't even cross their mind when facing death.

Looking forward to that E3 episode, will be listening today!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates
« on: June 26, 2015, 08:56:09 AM »
only 9 speed at L1/1? Worst pegasus knight ever. Enjoy not having parents, loser!
I LOL'd. :P

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread
« on: June 22, 2015, 04:33:03 PM »
Thoughts on Episode 95 - The Witchering

- "I feel like I am in a 'Wiegraf-I-Played-As-A-Monk' Situation."  Well played, sir.  Right when that was said, I knew exactly what was trying to be communicated.  You speak the language of my heart on this podcast.

- "I love you Stephen, but can I ... finish?"  Aww.  So diplomatically done.  Being regularly interrupted is very annoying.  Not being able to freely express your enthusiasm for something is also annoying.  But being able to have a friendly discussion despite irritation is very nice.

- "Sex is too often treated as an endpoint to a relationship..."  Art imitates life?

- "Did Yuna and Tidus do it!?"  No.

Can't wait for the next episode to hear what you guys think of the E3 craziness. :)

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:52:46 PM »
but I think you're 100% spot-on --- the game themes definitely link extremely well and the lyrics beautifully match up.
Especially XIII's brilliant theme "My Hands", am I right??  :P

Jokes aside: I agree with this.  Although I sometimes think vocal themes are cheesy as well, I tend to fall in love with them over time (except "My Hands").  Susan Calloway's English rendition of "Suteki Da Ne" breathed a whole new life into that song, for me.  And when I was a teen, Faye Wong's "Eyes On Me" broke my heart so many times I lost count.  But even stuff like the uber-ultra-cheese-filled "Love Will Grow" are still enjoyable for me, for some reason, simply because of their connection to these classic games.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:36:45 AM »
Am I the only one who would welcome just a LITTLE more time between episodes?

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:35:43 AM »
Considering the state of the character, I think they have.

Taelus, thought you would appreciate this:

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:25:21 PM »
Yeah, I met Erpy over on another board and he said that one of the hosts never technically finished the game.  My first thought: "Sounds like Meyerink".  :P

Love you guys.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:17:17 PM »
I'm probably going to be spending the next two days playing either Suikoden 3, Wild Arms 2 or Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and hopefully finishing one of those up.
Wouldn't mind hearing about any of those three games.  Do chat about them here, if you will.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 01, 2015, 05:04:13 PM »
I would like to note though, I don't think anyone was rushing through text.  That's the part of the game we all really liked!
Well, that's good, but... I don't want to be a Negative Nancy but I don't see how anyone could have as much of a problem with the event flags as some of you did if you weren't rushing through the text.  I mean... one of the guys even read "Nial" as "Nail".  Easy mistake to make once or twice, but for the ENTIRE first two chapters?  Come on.

Also, my car died, so maybe that's why I am grumpy.

Further thoughts:

- I got the Black Notebook from the vacuum cleaner.... and I still have it.  What was I supposed to do with that??

- You guys are really hopeless with these names. Still haven't pronounced "Aidios" correctly even once.  :P

- Ok, you got me: the event flag for the airship investigation was wonky.  I investigated everything, but because I didn't walk out the correct door (of a choice of 3), the event flag didn't trigger.  That was dumb.  I'll give you that.

- The revelation of the Mayor being the villain happened because his own Steward was there with the two "Anti-Bracers" and they overheard him say everything.  Man, I really wish I wasn't so far behind now.

- Ha ha "Anti-Bracers" = "Boots" or "Greaves".  I got it.  I appreciated the pun, even though it went right past the other hosts.  It was pretty bad, though. :P

Really great stuff, guys, loved being a part of this, and I hope I'll get to hear the last episode sooner, rather than later.  Nice production on the episode again, also, with the music periodically playing.  Love that.  Keep up the good work!

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:35:00 PM »
I'm really surprised listening to this: I have had literally NONE of the issues you guys are talking about.  The game has had a very natural and easy flow for me.  I have looked up a guide ONCE on that Phantom Thief sidequest, and that's it.  Everything has been a very simple and natural progression from point A to point B.  Listening to this podcast is making me feel like I slipped into a parallel dimension.
However: since you guys are playing this game under obligation and with a heavy time restraint, I can't say I am surprised.  Skipping every optional battle is a symptom of that, and if you're also rushing through the dialogue then you're definitely going to get lost.

I can't believe you guys are done with the game, pretty much.  I have given up on doing anything else with my free time (outside of hanging out with the wife) and I am just barely into Chapter 3.  I even played this on my vacation.  I don't know how I got so far behind.

- This is bordering on the preposterous: "Nial" is a real name with a real pronunciation!  And it's isn't "Neal"!  Seriously, how do you even get that pronunciation from that spelling?  :P

- HOW DO YOU GET TO CHAPTER 2 WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING WHAT CRAFTS ARE?!  "Embarrassing" is definitely the right term.

- Definitely agree on the dialogue.  It's fantastic.  They don't rush through anything and they really build the world with it.  Glad you guys were able to slow down enough to appreciate some of it.  Did anyone catch the Monty Python reference during the play at the climax of Chapter 2?

More thoughts to come, I'm sure...

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