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1  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: April 15, 2016, 07:34:33 PM
That's why I like the VA-11 HALL-A soundtrack(s), actually, because they work so well as mood-setters. :) I often just let it loop while I'm doing work - sometimes I've even had it going for the full eight hours.
2  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: March 08, 2016, 08:46:00 PM
That was the exact reaction I was hoping for with that last-minute addition. :)
3  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: February 15, 2016, 11:37:56 AM
Too late to be on the show, but we still appreciate you sharing! Based on your interests here, you're going to like what's coming in the next podcasts. :)

We didn't do a formal "listener's choice" this year; I kinda wanted to, but we had to reconfigure plans this time around, so we didn't get a chance. Hopefully next time! But it's always great to discuss and share music, so I encourage everyone to keep the spirit alive. :D
4  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: February 03, 2016, 12:10:28 PM
Hm, did we not have a Lunar track in a recent episode? I think it was on my shortlist for one of our themes, unless I'm confused and I'm thinking of an upcoming episode... ;) But I agree, both series have good music, so I'm sure they'll show up at some point! You should see what we go through to settle on our picks for each episode... lots of hard decisions are made. For our next regular episode, I'm still trying to decide how I'm going to cut down my 8 selections to 3 or 4!

But thanks for listening and for the comments! Welcome aboard! I'm impressed you could marathon the whole show that fast, especially considering the extreme length of our Music of the Year 2014 shows. But don't worry, we're not too far away from more Rhythm Encounter goodness, so just stay tuned~
5  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 21, 2016, 08:30:44 PM
- The End of the Beginning / Wild Arms 3
My experience with the Wild Arms series is sorely lacking.  However, I have heard a lot of music from the franchise, and it never fails to impress.  It's seriously good.  They often have what I call "whistling motifs" to get that Western feel.  I just love that synth whistling sound they often use.  This track uses it so well, too: the whole thing would be complete without it, but adding it on top of the already strong instrumentation gives it that Wild Arms Flavor.
*Wait.... that whistling isn't synthesized?  What!?
This song (and other WA tracks people have brought on the show) was what finally convinced me to check out WA3. I have it, now I just need to find time to play it. ;)

- Answers (Bahamut Prime Complete) / Final Fantasy XIV
...Can't believe this plays during a final boss.  It's gotta be just.... mind-bogglingly epic to experience that.
Good god, that lyric:
"Tell us why / given life / we are meant to die / hear us in our cry"  GAaaaaaaahhhhhhh, the goosebumps!
This is the battle, if you want to hear it on context. It's people strategizing, but they do have the music turned up. This is the best way to really understand how the song transitions during battle, and how awesome the final segment is (also, for the tanks, yes, that Akh Morn attacks hurts BAD).

- Battle for Freedom / Final Fantasy XII
And yes, you guys are very right: this music IS Ivalice.  Man, I want to spend more time in that world.... *sigh*
Me too. I hope there's more to come one day.
6  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 20, 2016, 08:43:27 PM
- Holy freakin crap!  DICE!  I can hear you!!  How did I miss the fact that you're on this podcast now??
She was great to have on there, even when we had to wark-out her Canadian expletives. :D We've talked about having her back, so feel free to join in on the nudging!

- Corridors of Time / To Far Away Times: Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Arrange
Been waiting for this........ *closes eyes*
The vocals won me over very quickly.  It's weird: I was EXPECTING to get goosebumps and tears, and when I expect it it doesn't happen.  But this time it happened anyways.  That's how gorgeous this was.
My feelings about this album were and are identical to you: Expectations were through the roof, but this album surpassed what I even hoped it would be.

- The loop on "Robo's Theme" is just too short, guys.
Aha, someone caught it! You're talking about the bit around 29m? When Stephen and Stephanie burst into song, I had to sneak in a little piece in the background. But! It's not Robo's Song, but Gato, as they sung Gato's Song. Specifically, it's "Joints of Metal" from the stellar - possibly overlooked - Chrono Cinematica album. I strongly urge people to check it out.

- Cid's Theme / Materia: Final Fantasy VII Remixed
I know it's heresy to claim any FFVII character theme is better than Tifa's, but... this is my favorite FFVII charactr theme.  So freaking heroic and epic.  And this remix does all kinds of justice to it.  Great justice, even.  I think if anyone listened to this not knowing anything about VII, they would HAVE to assume that Cid was the hero of the whole dang story.  And for me... he always was....
Tifa's Theme is probably my next-favorite character theme, but yeah, Cid's is my first choice, too. Stephen especially laid out Cid's heroically tragic past well in the episode, and even though I knew all that, it made me think about it and respect his theme (the original and this arrangement) even more.

- Unseen Abyss / Final Fantasy XIII-2
This started off blah and then turned into James Bond music and after that transitioned into a discordant mess of orchestra hits before finally coalescing into The Evening News From Space.  Then it looped back to blah.  Are you sure this is from a Final Fantasy game?
Aw, I'm sad you didn't care for this one. It's not like Uematsu's work, but I love the music in all three XIII titles. If you're unsure about this one, I'd recommend looking up Time's Master and Heart of Chaos. I like both a bit more, but they're pre-final boss fights, so I couldn't bring them here. :)

If you add more later, I'll look forward to it! But thanks for listening, for the kind words, and for the already-extensive commentary! This episode in particular was a TON of work. We... may have been sidetracked often between segments, so when I sat down to edit, I had a 5-hour Skype call to sort out. The extra music and extended commentary was also more than we usually do. So, it was a bit of an editing nightmare, but I'm really proud of everyone's efforts, and it felt fitting to close out our battle trilogy with a super-sized show.

So again, we appreciate that you all listen and have comments on our work, cause it makes it all worthwhile. :)
7  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: January 20, 2016, 01:12:10 AM
Thanks for the kind words! As much as I didn't want to reply with a shrug, I figure it's better than none - I don't use Groove (or well, have my Xbox hooked up), so I'm not sure. I'm surprised that Mitsuda and Uematsu are on there, though! That's pretty cool. And that's in North America? Hopefully there's more too - I know I tend to get surprised when I stumble across Japanese artists on the US iTunes Store. Square Enix and Sega actually have a lot of music on there, and not just from the likes of Uematsu - there's a great deal of their properties represented, even if the selection is seemingly random - such as the only Yoko Shimomura album being Live A Live, a game that didn't even release here!

So, there's my non-answer! :D But if you or anyone else has an interesting find on Groove or any other music service, be sure to let us know. You never know what you may find out there.

Speaking of final boss themes, I like this one even though it's a bit artsy as fuck.

That is so... bizarre and unsettling. It's just "off" enough that I imagine the battle itself is equally odd.
8  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Forums / Re: General "Gaming" Section? on: December 29, 2015, 11:26:57 AM
Maybe we could rename it? I think that forum is valuable to have, but "miscellaneous games" does feel somewhat secondary, if not dismissive. Maybe calling it "General Gaming" would make it feel more like a first-class forum citizen.
9  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: D&D Preview on: October 17, 2015, 06:00:20 PM
Fixed! Thanks for not overreacting. :)
10  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Extremely upset with latest podcast + idea on: October 11, 2015, 10:23:31 PM
*raises hand* Nobody panders to Stephen like Mike.
11  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Reviews: Typo and Fact check on: September 23, 2015, 07:39:56 PM
On a similar note, you have an article mentioning Danganronpa 3 is on PS3

Do not!

....well, now. I just fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out!
12  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Reviews: Typo and Fact check on: September 11, 2015, 07:30:41 PM
Weird, I can't even find a story that outright says the 360 release was cancelled, but it's also not really listed anywhere as having released. The best I saw in a quick search was a Reddit thread about the first game coming to Xbox One, and someone commenting that the 360 release never happened. Must have been a quiet cancellation. Given that it's not even listed on the developer's site though, it seems to me that you're correct here, so I removed it from the 360 page.

Fixed that Dead Island score too!

Don't worry, your comments aren't annoying. I'm just glad to know people are looking at the site THIS closely to even notice this kind of thing. Feel free to share if you spot anything else! We may have to make you an honorary QA checker if this keeps up.
13  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: The same review on multiple platforms (aka Josh being insufferable again) on: September 10, 2015, 04:37:10 PM
Well, *generally* when a game gets released on several platforms at once, you're getting the same game. When it comes to console vs. handheld vs. mobile, it varies a bit, for sure. Not usually as much as that Grandia II mess, of course, though I know the first time I played a Telltale game on my old iPad, the performance was subpar vs other platforms. (or my newer iPad)

The possible distinctions are why, under platforms on reviews, we added a "reviewed on" field, so at least you know what version we played. We feel it's still worth listing on each platform page, though, simply because the core game is going to be the same, and in most cases (say, PS3/360 releases, and usually PS4/XB1), performance will also be largely the same.

That said, were it feasible for us to review every possibly different release - at least to have general 'console,' 'PC,' and 'mobile' reviews - we likely would, but there's only so much time in the day, haha. So in the end, if we can't do that, we think it's best doing what we do, since we wouldn't want someone to visit one platform's page and assume we don't have a review at all for a game. Or force them to peck around each platform to check.

So that's my long-winded explanation. Hope that makes sense! We don't really explain this policy anywhere on the site, so this was a good question to bring up. Do let us know if you have any others. ^^
14  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Article: Fallout 4 Contending for RPG Throne on: September 01, 2015, 02:54:12 PM
Fixed it! Thanks for the heads-up. :)
15  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Andrew's editorial on: August 10, 2015, 11:59:54 AM
There's some content we post that is indeed written a fair bit before we post it. We generally don't do that with anything time-sensitive, and until this remake was announced, we considered this one "timeless," for lack of a better word. It's still about his first experience with the game, so the remake doesn't have a lot of bearing on this particular article.

If you DO want more remake talk, we posted another editorial shortly after E3 that's specific to the remake, inspired by many conversations we had during E3.
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