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16  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: MS Surface Pro on: October 30, 2015, 04:14:17 PM
I did some digging, and it looks like if you want to game on it, you need to get the i7 version, and I ended up deciding that was way too expensive for my tastes.  Looks like the cheapest i7 model of the Surface Pro 3 is currently $1450 US, and the cheapest i7 Surface Pro 4 is $1600.
17  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Our Favorite Horror Games on: October 13, 2015, 03:08:24 PM
It wasn't universally liked, but I was a fan of a game called Shadow of Destiny (Shadow of Memories in Japan).  In it, you travel through time trying to prevent your own murder and find out who keeps trying to kill you.
18  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: MS Surface Pro on: October 10, 2015, 10:24:13 PM
I have actually been pondering this exact question, with the same considerations.  I use my work laptop for everything right now, and I don't like that.  I don't play games on it, and that holds me back from site stuff, because we've got some Steam games I'd be interested in playing... but not on my work laptop.

I have a friend who's a storyboard artist, and he uses a Surface Pro 2.  He has had pretty good luck with it, and in his particular line of work, he's heard some folks say they don't like the 3 as much as 2.  But that's all I know.  I'd love to get info from folks as well.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 5 on: October 09, 2015, 11:14:36 AM
Yeah, that was my thought about the other games as well.  I imagined D5 would make it to Vita somehow, based on those previous experiences.  I tell you what, I use my Vita mostly as a way to play my PS4 games, even though I've got a couple of fun Vita games waiting to be played.
20  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Dice's f-ART thread ('fine art') on: October 08, 2015, 02:08:52 PM
I wondered where his new avatar came from.  Very nicely done!
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 5 on: October 07, 2015, 04:18:02 PM
I actually got curious and looked up some of the JP VA work for Kilia. Like the review we also thought his voice performance seemed...lackluster.

Turns out the JP VA portrayal of Kilia actually is like the NA version. Seems he's intended to be soft, passionless, and indifferent to everything. Really in stark contrast to his design and past Disgaea protagonists.

Wonder if this is one those cases where they should've said 'screw the original' and did their own thing for the dub.

I criticized one of the characters for this in one game where I had a lot more interaction with people from the dev team than normal, and I said in my review that I imagined it to be the way she was directed to act, not a poor job on the actress' part.  And they said (not an actual quote) "Yeah, she was told to do the part the same way it was done in Japanese, and that really works in Japanese, but it just doesn't seem to translate into English."  I heard it again in Omega Quintet, and I bet it was the same deal there and in Disgaea 5.  I agree with your conclusion on what they should have done. :)
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 5 on: October 07, 2015, 02:08:07 PM
I haven't gotten to play it yet myself, but here's Robert's review!

23  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 06, 2015, 06:27:51 PM
I'm jealous, Jimmy.  I've got a hold on it at the library - I wasn't quick enough to get their ebook copy, but I was quick enough to be the first hold. :)
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 08:40:02 PM
But when I read Tooker's Criminal Girls review, I felt filthy.

That is 100% the appropriate reaction to that game.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 02:17:18 PM
As for me, while the characters in MS were also bad, they were at least interesting and internally consistent.  The OQ characters don't even have that going for them.  The are insanely boring, not really consistent, and so stupid.  Unbelievably stupid.

In OQ battles, because the characters' mana was so low, the cost was so high for using skills, and the enemies were so very, very plentiful, I ended up just spamming x.

I don't remember if Neal played the original MS before reviewing Z.  If he didn't, then he wouldn't have minded/noticed it being a rehash.  But I don't know.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 27, 2015, 11:33:58 PM
I've been in that boat a few times as well, where I liked a game that I felt was objectively bad.  Or maybe not BAD so much as I liked it despite recognizing it was pretty flawed.
27  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: September 25, 2015, 06:00:49 PM
Tooker, your pending review is another Idea Factory 'gem' right? I like the idea of you keeping a spreadsheet of your reviews, too. When I've got a few more under my belt, I might start doing that.

It sure is!  I'll send you a copy of mine if you like, so you can see what I've done.
28  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: September 25, 2015, 02:57:01 PM
Very interesting.  I keep a spreadsheet of my own reviews, and including the one that'll be posted tomorrow, I've reviewed 108 games, and my average score is 78.3 - right between the site average and the global average.

In terms of "stars," here's what I've got:

1   3
2   12
3   38
4   43
5   12

(Spoiler alert, my pending review is a "one star" review.)

Edit: I should mention that I did a similar exercise to this at the end of 2013, and at that time, Neal had written 135 reviews.  He may actually be over 150 now... He is the site's all-time champ in terms of number of reviews!
29  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 22, 2015, 06:39:27 PM
I was maybe remembering it wrong - I looked it up and I see that it mostly takes place at the same time as book 9.  846 pages long, and the entire plot is summarized on the WoT wiki in 190 words.  Except for the thing you mentioned in the last five pages, all of the items in the summary include the word "continues" - it's just crap that started in some other book and ends in some other book.

Edit: fortunately, as you said, it looks like you've survived the series' low point. Congrats!
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 21, 2015, 06:22:06 PM
Is 10 the one that actually ends just before it begins, chronologically?
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