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 11 
 on: Today at 12:13:59 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Arvis
Watching DS9 from the beginning. I've seen this series about 4 times now and I love it more every time. Excellent writing and memorable characters. I remember it starting slow but from the onset I've changed my tune.

I'll be rewatching that from the beginning once The Mission Log reaches it.  If you don't know, The Mission Log is a podcast that is going through ALL of Star Trek, one episode/movie per week, and they release a podcast episode breaking down that episode/movie and having in-depth discussion about it.  Right now, they're about at the end of Season 4 of Next Gen.  Once they finish TNG, they'll of course move on to DS9 and then Voyager.  I really love it, I get so much more out of re-watching these episodes now.  You should check it out if you're a Trek fan.

 12 
 on: Today at 12:11:10 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Arvis
Season 2 finale of the flash...

Just...wow...like not ground breaking or emotionally painful (maybe a little), but fuck...next season is gonna be weird...

Caught up last night and... yeah... you're right.  I'm willing to bet it follow the model set by last season: end on cliffhanger with big problem, fix problem in season premier, deal with fallout from said problem throughout the season.

 13 
 on: Today at 12:04:11 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Arvis
Is that not just really good cosplay?

...............seriously, is that not a photo of real people?

 14 
 on: Today at 12:00:49 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Aeolus
They actuallt look like FF designs from across the ages. Golbez to Seymour to Type-0 to Squall...all smooshed into angsty teenagers.

Not to mention that you basically have FF2's protagonists (except that Gus is now the Black Knight instead of Leon). I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the 'Maria' is a sister to one of these dudes. Also loling at not-Firionel's Glowy Monado-esque Gunblade and not-Leon's Glowy not-Gunblade counterpart.

 15 
 on: Today at 11:59:17 AM 
Started by ultra7k - Last post by Arvis
1. Radiant Historia
2. Xenoblade Chronicles X

3. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
Really enjoyed this one!  Absolutely loved the re-worked game mechanics, so much so that I will have a very hard time going back to Awakening or any of the older games.  The way you unlock Skills and customize characters in this one was addictive as well, and finding OP skill combinations was unbelievably gratifying.  Unfortunately, there really isn't a lot for you do with those powerful characters once you've built them.  I completely and utterly slaughtered the final stage, and all of the story DLC doesn't allow you to use your own custom characters (and is, therefore, completely worthless).  Castle battles aren't a good recourse, either, because they're populated with cheaters.  So, now that I have my lovingly-crafted army of powerful units... I guess the game is over.  Although I enjoyed my time with the game (about 130 hours), I can't help but come away from it with a small sense of regret over spending all that time on it, since there wasn't much payoff.
4/5 though, for the battle and growth mechanics and likable characters.  I really fell in love with the cast here, they're all really great, even if there are a few that are a bit forgettable.

Incoming: Banished

 16 
 on: Today at 11:51:36 AM 
Started by Klyde Chroma - Last post by glassjawsh
Rig
Since we moved to our new house, I have the extra space for what is essentially my gaming room.  It has couches, our spare bed, a bunch of gaming related posters on the wall and an entertainment center that I modified so it can house all of my consoles.  The TV is enclosed at the top and I rigged an outlet with a surge protector directly into the (faux) wood behind it.  Then, in the 3 drawers underneath the TV I put all of my consoles (PS3/dreamcast/gamecube/wii/ps2/360) in with their respective games and drilled holes in the back panel so all of the cords can reach the TV from behind.  The only hitch I've run into from this set up is that my TV can only be connected to 4 systems at once (2 HD/1 component/1AV) so every so often I have to get behind the tv to unplug cables which is a pain.  The WORST though is when one of my idiot cats somehow manages to get herself stuck behind the television, FREAKS OUT and ends up ripping out cables and knocking over the TV in order to free herself.  Would love to find a solution to that that didn't involve throwing her into the street.

Co-Op
I tried co-op with WoW/Phantasy Star/Call of Dooty and it's just never been my thing.  The only MMOish game that I ever really got involved in was Gunbound and most of that is just chatting with your friends until it's your turn.

Alcohol
I don't smoke (anymore) and drinking always ends up making me sleepy.

Refreshments
I have to have water with me at all times even when I'm not playing games.  I don't like to eat though because then my hands end up getting messy.

Handhelds
I've actually come around on this.  I used to despise them.  But that was still when my only experience with a handheld was with a GameBoy with no backlighting.  Pretty much anything other than the perfect environment made playing that old monochrome device impossible.  So it was always just easier to turn on my console instead.  But since the Vita is essentially the 2nd coming of christ in video game form (aka if I'd had a hardware developer at gunpoint when I was 11 years old, the device I'd have forced him to produce would be the PS Vita with an ice cream sandwich maker expansion port) it has convinced me to try other things.  So now I own a DS too. 

 17 
 on: Today at 11:51:25 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Arvis
Fire Emblem Fates - Played the first bits of DLC. Chrom and co were surprised by my otherwordly tactics. Yes, Chrom, I did send an archer out to block the choke-point. I'm impressed you noticed. He's a dodgetank with like 30 def who's so used to beating himself up over everything, enemy attack look like nothing to him. The only thing lower than his mag stat is his selfesteem. Yes, I'm aware that mag stat is 0. And yes, I totally send out a cute healer girl to one-shot some guys. No, Chrom, I can't explain that str stat. It might be something in the water, I dunno. That frail dancer crit killing everything with a freakin' log? Eh, yeah, it's definitely water-related in her case. Don't worry about it. Oh, and, uh, just thinking of everyone's safety her, but could you get really close to another male character? I kinda forgot to bring some extra sausages, and Nina is better at shooting when thinking about slashing. It's uh, part of our 'make love not war' philosophy. It's really deep stuff. Okay, I think we're done. Everything is nice and dead. Now will you please, please, please promise me to never try any of this during that adventure you're starting as soon as we leave? Thanks.

Turns out that that DLC is the only story DLC worth doing.  What a waste of my money.

Oh, and I'm done with Fates!  I have beaten two games this year!  Wow!

 18 
 on: Today at 11:51:11 AM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Aeolus
I'm amused by the fact that Kingsglave actually has a token female member (and that she's a Mystical Ninja to boot, because of course she is). Meanwhile Lunalesca continues to bring the stylish.

 19 
 on: Today at 11:47:47 AM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Arvis
You guys just analyzed the crap out of those designs and nailed it.

And yet I still like it, for some reason.

 20 
 on: Today at 11:29:26 AM 
Started by Ninja Bear - Last post by Aeolus
I feel that it isn't a huge problem. Atelier has a solid foundation and an almost completely unchallenged niche to work off of so even if a dud comes along every so often, it isn't the end of the world.

At the very least it isn't either Final Fantasy, the Tales of Games or Legend of Zelda series where its either constantly trying to reinvent itself with cosmetic changes while being all too happy to throw out other core elements like throwing a baby out with the bathwater, so deeply rooted in its unchanging foundation that it really can't try anything new, or is just locked in a neverending development cycle that's only barely able to keep up with the changing times, respectfully.

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