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1546  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: xxxHolic's ending on: August 31, 2009, 03:57:42 AM
I think it's lucky if you get anime these days that have endings at all.

I've read a couple issues of the manga, and while I was interested at first, like most other anime, it goes on for way too fucking long without anything happening. Ultimately, I lost interest. Generally when I see shows or anime being all mysterious about something, it's the writer saying to me: "I don't know."

Given that the manga is still not over, I'd like to wager that the anime isn't going to take risks, like FMA did, and actually end the damn series. Not saying that FMA's ending was great or anything, but it was satisfying, and it concluded the show.
1547  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: OK... another teaser site... on: August 31, 2009, 03:50:20 AM
Why would any of you want a honest-to-god new Shining Force or Phantasy Star game? I take Dawn of Mana as a hard lesson that a company with many failures trying to go back to their roots end up screwing everything up anyway. =p
1548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: j-srpgs one can play w.o. a translation on: August 31, 2009, 03:21:18 AM
Shining Force games are all easy to play without a translation, and even if you get stuck, towns are small enough so that you can go around and talk to people without worrying too much.

All the Super Robots Taisen games are the easiest ones to do, really, because the gameplay is very simplistic, and you jump between mission to mission without needing to do any exploration yourself.
1549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend Japanese Playstation RPGs on: August 31, 2009, 03:19:48 AM
Exactly. Even with voice acting as horrendous as SO4 or something, I honestly can't tag the quality of the dub onto the VAs themselves, because I thought they did a decent job with the absolute shit-imbued dialogue they were given.
1550  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 03:10:33 AM
I'd go, and I'd go to the Pokemon world, where you leave your home at ten  years old to travel the world and meet friendly animals and people all over the place while thwarting the dumbest villains who have ever lived.
1551  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on: August 23, 2009, 04:37:18 PM
Cataclysm...of what? Of what, Blizzard? You're supposed to make every expansion at least three words; it's a tradition, duh. And preferably, the name has to be in the form "Something of the something".

The Ruins of Kunark
The Scars of Velious
The Shadows of Luclin
The Planes of Power
The Legacy of Ykesha
Lost Dungeons of Norrath
Gates of Discord
Omens of War
Dragons of Norrat
Depths of Darkhollow
Prophecy of Ro
Secrets of Faydwer

Rise of the Zilart
Chains of Promathia
Treasures of Aht Urhgan
Wings of the Goddess

Ambition of the Illuminus

Blizzard, this slipshod originality in your titles is going to end up making people actually interested in your product.

I'm a pretty light player of WoW so I don't know nearly as much as the rest of the people that play the game around here, but I'm impressed that they're going to bother to revamp old, obsolete content to the extent that they're going to, because it's not even content that you have to buy the expansion to experience. They could've been lazy and just like, put a portal into another time frame where the areas look exactly the same but the enemies are 20 levels higher and the gameplay content is boring as fuck (*cough* WoTG).
1552  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: some FF14 stuff on: August 07, 2009, 05:42:29 AM
Those environments look great...I'm officially a lot more excited just looking at those...just from those screens it feels like those areas will be huge. I hope exploration (Actual ADVENTURING) will have a stronger presence in this new game. I most definately want a seamless world, among other things.
1553  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: some FF14 stuff on: August 05, 2009, 01:44:27 AM
If they re-proportioned the heads on the Lallafels that would fix it up fast, otherwise they look fine. I really hope these designs arn't final.
1554  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 26, 2009, 08:37:49 PM
How are the new Ninja JAs? Useful? Strange? Situational? Broken? Hasso/Seigan quality of actually being good? My ninja was up around 64 before I vanished and I'd love to have some new toys to play with. I'd heard the crit rate bonus was past the borderline of being broken out the ass. True or false on that?

It's pretty broken, if you just look at the stat boosts themselves. Innin starts with Critical Hit Rate +30%, Ninjutsu Damage +30%, Enmity -10. It's not known exactly how much the accuracy bonus is but it starting at 30 accuracy wouldn't be unreasonable given that 30 seems to be a popular number in these. Of course the stat boosts decay over the duration, so I wouldn't really say it's broken overall. Not to mention the 5min duration/5min recast, along with a shared timer with Yonin, and the fact that the effect can be dispelled and you have to stand behind the enemy to get any of the bonuses, makes Innin just okay overall.

Yonin is pretty badass though. It has a decaying +30 enmity, -30 accuracy, which makes it an absolute must when you're tanking and you don't care for hitting the enemy (NIN/DRK). The enemy crit hit - is probably 30% decaying as well. The Ninja Tool Expertise Bonus is unknown at the moment, because SE once again completely screwed up and glitched the game ("Extensive testing" eh?), and now the NTE bonus on the JA is 100%, meaning a NIN with Yonin up is going to be able to spam as much ninjutsu as they want without using a single tool until they decide to fix it. Frankly, I think they should just leave it this way... =P

Also, Lady Lilith is hotter than fucking hell. I don't even know why demon horns, deviousness, devilishness, black wings and a lack of clothing is so fucking hot but it never fails. This more than makes up for Naja being a fucking dick-starved pain in the ass. Lion was boring and tripe, and whoever that PUP princess in aht urghan was is also a ponce.

Prische was fuckin' sexy though... for an 1800 year old elvaan. ;x

Lilisette seems to be in many ways a clone of Prishe character-wise, though she does seem a lot more fallible than Prishe, probably due to the fact she's not two hundred years old or whatever. But she's certainly better than Lion and Aphmau, since Lion was just boring and Aphmau was completely useless.

And I can't believe I didn't see it until now, I was wondering wtf your avatar was and I just figured out it was Dunbine.

the first time i saw the elf corsair prince dude i thought she was hot then someone told me it was a guy >_>

I can understand mistaking Luzaf for a girl, but I'm not sure how you can say he's hot when he looks like he's Michael Jackson. :P

I hope they fix that broken counter thing soon, or else Salvage is going to be a pain in the ass.
1555  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 26, 2009, 04:51:49 AM
So after SIX FUCKING MONTHS of waiting, new missions have finally been added. I have succeeded in completing these 11 new mission in about two days. That's quality patch work.

I'll try to spoiler tag whatever I think actually qualifies as spoilers, because there's a lot of stuff that's been obvious from the start because it was part of the marketing in the damn trailer. We return to the missions with Lilisette running up asking me if I remember her, all the while in a very...compromising position. She seems to get into these positions quite often.

Here come the fanfics.

Cait Sith reappears, just as useless as he's ever been.

They set up some exposition about what has happened over the last 18 or whatever missions, because as we all know, it's been SIX FUCKING MONTHS since they last released any missions, so anybody who's actually bothered to do them hasn't remembered any of it because the story isn't good enough to warrant remembering any of it.

Now just pan the camera down a little bit...

Another purple-clad villain appears, because when I think of intimidating and threatening bad guys, I think of purple.

Oh, Lilisette. You're just asking for it, arn't you?

A bunch of demons appear, and the game forces the story branch into us winning. Frankly, it might be better if they killed me now so I don't have to suffer the pain of going through the rest of this expansion.

Unfortunately, IT'S A TRAP!

I just had to put this picture here.

Somewhere, a furry is touching himself very inappropriately.

Oh, now they're in handcuffs, things sure are getting kinky.

Portia realizes the terrible future that is to come- she must clean a bed where a stinky Elvaan had once slept.

A new character is introduced, wielding the legendary katana Amanomurakumo. Naturally, she is a completely vacuous and uninteresting character because we all know characters based around the most powerful great katana in the game should be uninteresting.

Marching north, Cait Sith uses a power that lets us be able to observe the enemy without any sort of detection, apparently. Of course that makes you wonder why he doesn't just use it to spy on the opposition all the time just to figure out exactly what they're up to. But then, that'd ruin the only attempt at a story this expansion is trying to make.

We find Portia and Lilisette. Much to my dismay, they are not making out.

Do I even need to make fun of this?

The return of the ten billion Cait Siths, because now that the story has bothered to begin focusing on just one or two of them, we're going to go back to confusing the hell out of the player.

Portia and Lilisette watch as the towering moist Cavernous Maw known as Atamos erects before them,
firm and strong sucking with all its mi-GET YOUR MIND OUTTA THE GUTTA

A big reveal is made- we are the Warriors of the Dawn, Lilisette and I! Awesome, we're using the exact same plot
point we've used in every single expansion up to this one! Good for them.

The maw sucks up the 5 remaining Cait Siths and spits back out the new and improved, in other words identical,
Cait Sith.

A fight that's actually a bit interesting.

Clearly, this is what the expansion needed more of in order not to suck.

I attempt to stare the villains to death.

Lady Lilith plays with some magic balls. I'm not taking that out of context by the way.

The Walk of Echoes, where Atomos plans on destroying the future. *Yawn* If you're going to do a time travel
story why don't you try at least doing something that hasn't been done to death? :P

Lilisette sits in Sandy crying only because
oh, she completely fucking failed at everything we set out to do.

Naturally the first reaction any player should give is to be an asshole.

Unfortunately the game does not allow heroes to be jerks, so this chapter of the story ends with a nice shot of the Cathedral.

Meanwhile, the Death Star slowly floats towards Castle-Zvahl.

But being serious, I think the mission quality this patch was pretty good. Something's finally happening in the story, something has actually been put up for stake, and many of the mysteries surrounding Lady Lilith and the Cait Sith have been revealed. There's still a lot more to find out, but at least they've released some information instead of this mysterious "we don't actually know what this story is about" stupidity that we've had up until this patch.

Random Salvage Stuff.

Went on some more Bhaflau Boss runs because I just want to finish the Usukane Set already. But apparently the 25 pieces for Usukane legs is even rarer than some 35 pieces out there.

Hey, I ain't complaining.
1556  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 20, 2009, 06:59:03 PM

What a pathetic update. Summer Updates are usually reasonably big, but this one is so...meh.

At least the AN Bodies are good.

Iron Ram Hauberk
DEF:50 HP+32 Enmity+6
"Magic Def. Bonus"+5
Set: Increases all elemental resistances

Fourth Brunne
DEF:45 STR+8 Evasion+9
"Subtle Blow"+7
Set: Increases Attack

Cobra Harness
DEF:42 Accuracy+11
"Store TP"+6
Set: Enhances "Counter"effect

Cobra Robe
DEF:39 HP+32 MP+32
"Magic Atk. Bonus"+4
"Conserve MP"+3
Set: Increases Magic Accuracy

Well, except the Bastok one obviously. That one sucks ass.
1557  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince on: July 16, 2009, 06:49:05 PM
Snape killing Dumbledore



you bitch...
1558  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: why do so many mmo's focus on pvp? on: July 15, 2009, 12:51:54 AM
If I'm not mistaken, EvE online took the worst of people over the internet- stealing items, lying to other players, and then created a game that ENCOURAGES that very concept, where basically everyone is an outlaw and nobody is safe, and alliances are all very fragile between players. Sounds interesting, but I've never checked it out myself.
1559  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 14, 2009, 06:16:17 PM
The exact reason to prevent the Han Chinese people over there from taking revenge was to deploy all this military force, which some people have deemed as excessive. It can't be both ways- is the Chinese government cracking down too harshly or are they letting Han Chinese run too freely killing Uighurs in revenge, because I definately would prefer the former over the latter.

Do you honestly think that Uighur men, women and children haven't been killed?

My point was that from all reports shown, and from people describing things at ground zero (Unlike certain advocates living in other countries that enjoy fudging false numbers), the Han violence was almost completely in response to a sudden unexplained Uighur riot. The riots on July 5th were completely unprecedented, and by the time the Han Chinese decided to strike back, police were already out trying to stop any more killing. I suppose at this point you could say there's probably plenty of Chinese doing their killing despite this, but it's just as likely there's still a bunch of Uighurs still running around killing Chinese people.

It's not like the PRC has actually said, there's 0 dead Uighurs.

Also, you can say what you like about freedom being a loaded word, but so is terrorism.

It's loaded when you start using it with no explanations attached- the Uighurs want their freedom- from what? Oh, from the Chinese oppression? So what have they done to you? Oh, no job opportunities? Is there something wrong with the current affirmative action system? Nothing apparently, so are they actually asking the government to go backwards into a more communist state and delegate jobs out to people based on race prevalence?

When I speak of terrorism, I don't mean the Uighur ethnic group (Because obviously there was plenty of non-combatant Uighurs), I mean these people who marched through the streets in the hundreds burning cars, chopping heads off and bashing heads open in the name of "freedom". When this word, freedom, reaches the ears of Western civilization, we assume things like African American slaves, the American revolution, etc.

So what's the similarity there? Nothing apparently, because unlike those, there's no obvious way the Uighurs are being treated unfairly from a government policy standpoint (Not allowing to vote, over-taxation, etc). Arguing about racism is a completely different thing, because we sure haven't solved that problem in the Western world, either.

The question is, why did this happen? Why are the Uighurs so angry? And if they don't have any people come out to explain, it probably means there isn't one, and they decided to come out and kill a bunch of innocent people just because they wanted to demonstrate that they can.
1560  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 13, 2009, 05:55:13 PM
I do however think the numbers are about equal. The Han people are being no less vicious in this time of crisis.

Where the hell do you get off saying something like this? The numbers have been produced by both the Eastern and the Western media, and keep in mind that while the Chinese government usually doesn't allow the media to swarm in so fast, this time apparently it caught them off guard enough that they were there fast.

As a note, the Taiwanese media (Which is still Chinese, of course, but usually has surprisingly big discrepancies with PRC) noted that they saw unrest flare up in parts of the town simultaneously. If this was a building riot that just happened, then there wouldn't have been more Han people killed than Uighur since their numbers are about equal.

Of course the Han are being violent- THEY'VE HAD THEIR MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN KILLED. This is compounded by the fact that the Han Chinese are mostly locked under a single-child policy while the Uighur arn't.

This whole argument for the Uighur centers around this loaded word- "freedom". Fight for a cause where everyone has the same belief and arn't willing to go into depth about justifying it and take violent actions against innocent people- this is starting to sound like a terrorist movement, isn't it?
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