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 on: May 23, 2016, 06:49:57 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Aeolus
Then you should have married Azama, not poor lil' out-of-character Sakura, you meanie! :(

Azama and his absurdist tendencies are fun, though, I'll admit that. I just like to keep him far away from certain characters.

Who did I pair him with this playthrough... Oh, yeah, Felicia. She seems kind of immune to some of his bullshit, as in, it bounces right off. I'm not entirely sure that's a compliment (it probably isn't), but their supports are a lot of fun. S rank is pretty decent too. More of a 'let's spend more time together and find out if this works' rather than 'let's get married NOW'. Of course, this doesn't work all that well with Fates' breakneck 'meet-marry-make babies' pace, but good for them, acting like normal people and all that!

But but but.... I'm a dude!  A hetero one!

And besides, Sakura liked him the whole time anyways, why do you think she had such out-of-character reactions to him?  She was like "Rowr, he's a sweet piece of man candy" and then he was a total jerk and she was so disappointed and yet so attracted....

Maybe I am reading too much into all these support convos.  Also, their daughter has a massive crush on me, even though I'm married to a sexy ninja.  Girl's a bit messed up, but I guess I shouldn't have spent all that time studying poetry alone with an impressionable young woman.  Seriously, what the heck is wrong with my character?

I'm a straight guy as well (as far as you need to know/just take my word for it) and I rarely if ever play the male lead if I don't have to. Namely because if I had to choose between the secret part-dragon prince raised & trained by the greatest living swordsman in the world with a gender bonus to Strength, superior all-rounder Stats with Growths to match, exclusive access to the game's best Class and an awesome Legendary +1 Sword of Legendariness versus your typical action grrl who's off looking for her lover/father/brother and can't seem to end a mission without needing to be bailed out with a gender penalty to Strength and a bonus to the game's Dump Stat, frail spellcaster with lackluster Stats plus equally lackluster Growths and Class to match and weapons that can only hope to match the Hero's early game weapons in power with no auxiliary bonuses to speak of (or better yet a minor bonus to your Intelligence in a game with fixed spell damage), I'd pick the third option if available....But if it came down to it, I'd pick the female over the male in the hopes that A) the game designers are hacks and failed to realize just how powerful fighting at range with a magical gun is over getting clobbered in melee while locked to a pointy stick (or barring that, forgot to give the Hero free sword beams that target everybody for more damage than a regular attack) and B) that they actually bothered to do something different than just "Here's your unnamed silent milquetoast everyman protagonist who's only investment in the adventure is that people keep addressing him as 'Chosen One' and asking him to do some tedious bullshit for them (even a protagonist that's invested due to a razed hometown, a kidnapped literally anybody but a girlfriend/designated love interest or a quest for vengeance over a fallen family member has slightly more depth than your usual protagonist just because it meant that he actually had one of those things), and hell even if they didn't at least you'd get 100% more T&A than usual while getting the boring olde drivel about leading the Forces of Niceness over the literal Embodiment of Evil and the requisite Even Eviler Embodiments of Evil controlling that previous dingus (bonus points if your game has your PC form a harem of potential waifus as now you get to have one more waifu, and one with an actual accomplishment under their belt to boot).

Or in short, the reason why I play characters that aren't some kind of 18-34 y/old white male born from nobility and leading a blessed life is because I know that person isn't me. And also because it seems like a rule that to be a JRPG protagonist, you have to be dumber than bag of shit, and have zero initiative or personality.

 on: May 23, 2016, 06:24:47 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by MeshGearFox

re SunOfAGun,

He's a bit of a puzzle boss. Be mindful ow how much damage your quick attacks, medium attacks, and strong attacks do relative to eachother.

Also the most important bosses to steal from come into the picture when Fargo's your thief anyway.

WPJ - Robbed the shop after realizing that you can, in fact, train Pino to open doors properly. Messala is possibly being hinted at as being a gijin. About to join Lynx on a heist in the castle which I'm sure won't go wrong at all.

Anyway, I'm on a bit of an Artdink kick lately. Thinking about giving A-Train 9 another go. Probably gonna go spend some time with Aquanaut's Holiday tonight.

... I need more nonviolent exploration games. Preferably ones with furniture collecting. Maybe I'll just go play Jambo Safari and scrub down virtual leopards.

 on: May 23, 2016, 05:43:26 PM 
Started by missRPGirl - Last post by ScottC
Kinda pumped for Overwatch in an hour or so going to be a lot of fun.

 on: May 23, 2016, 05:11:21 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Arvis
My haps are I spent the weekend escorting my wife to a fancy company dinner, dressed up very nice, around many other exceedingly well-dressed people, ate filet mignon and lobster tail, and then spent the following morning by the rooftop pool eating room service breakfast.

Probably won't ever do anything like that ever again.

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:59:58 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Dincrest
Artimicia- No one said the random VGM in the Random VGM thread had to be something we liked :P.  To add some kind of discussion merit to my joking, I find that stuff I don't like sticks with me just as much because at least it made me feel some kind of strong emotion.  It's like the old saying goes: The opposite of love isn't hate, it's apathy.  Even when I review games, the most difficult for me to review are the ones I'm lukewarm toward.  

Darilon- Mana Khemia is one of those games I really wanted to like, and on paper it totally seems like something in my wheelhouse, but I found most everything about it completely disagreeable to me.  It's my overused dating analogy all over again.  

Anyway, some more VGM for the thread... This is "Focus" by ChipZel from the game Super Hexagon.  The game is unspeakably evil, but the music is quite good.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJc5xqu6IP0

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:56:36 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by EmeraldSword
The haps for me involved moving to a new home over the weekend. Internet provider was supposed to be out to the property and flaked three days in a row. Grrr!!!!! Thankfully there is enough unpacking to keep my mind preoccupied for a while. Meanwhile, 1GB of data on the mobile phone may pull the wool over my eyes until I get wifi access again, lol.

*edit* First house guest was a camel spider or a wind scorpion. Not sure which one to be exact, yet there was a whole lot of nope happening there.

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:47:11 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Lian_Kazairl
The game itself is dirt cheap(like 20 bucks for ARR and Heavensward together) and comes with a free month.  Every following month is 12 bucks, not that expensive.  Also the time commitment for 14 is so low to get though the story(which is the best part of the game and why most FF fans should play it) that is also not true.  Like Alisha said, people here MMO they thing huge time sink, complicated gameplay, and expensive.  Those are only true if you want to do end game stuff which isn't necessary to enjoy FF14.  There is a reason why the game is hugely successful on PS3 and PS4 and playable 100% with a controller becasue it's that easy to get into.

In that fre month you can blast though all of ARR story and in another month Heavesward.  Then you only sub when new story comes out every patch, so every 3 months.  NO worse then paying to play Episodic content in most games nowadays.

FF fans really really miss out by not playing FF14, it's a shame casue the game is a damn swansong nostologia trip to FF games of yesteryear and it's stand alone content and story puts every FF since 9 or 10 to shame.

Alright... you're maybe selling me on this...
But what if you can't find anyone to play with?

If you don't have friends to play with, the game will match you with others looking to run the same content. At this point, you can do this for almost everything in the game except the current high level raid content by just queuing for it in duty finder. There's also party finder, where you say what content you want to run and what roles you need and people will join you. Even if you have no one to play with when you start, I guarantee you'll make some friends just by running dungeons or joining an FC. I knew all of two people when I started playing, but I quickly met lots more, some of whom have become IRL buddies.

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:34:12 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by glassjawsh

I'd be hesitant to cite vgchartz. It's pretty much an open secret that their numbers are bunk.

Your point is certainly still valid though.

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:27:24 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Yggdrasil
FF fans really really miss out by not playing FF14, it's a shame casue the game is a damn swansong nostologia trip to FF games of yesteryear and it's stand alone content and story puts every FF since 9 or 10 to shame.

I would say IX. Is the last true FF in its most purest form; A solid (but somewhat slowed-paced) RPG that is unapologetically charming from the beginning to the very end. A tribute, as well as a swansong, to what FF was at its core with its original team.

XIV falls much in the same space to what IX is. Which is sort weird from a certain angle because is a genuine miracle that we got an FF that feels that would be something SquareSoft would do with the kindest of their heart. At the same time, is a bit of a double edge-sword that it is stuck being an MMO. Is as much of an strength as it can be seen as a weakness.

And I've seen a lot of discussion out there of what is it about the modern takes that FF has had (VII~X and XIII) that causes this division within the fans, casual players and the devs. Because usually the ones that goes after the iconic look and feel of FF, are comfy with them in the long run.

Japan is a dying console market. You look at some of the sales numbers of console games that are released ever since the PS3 was released and its pretty sad. Unless FF15 or Persona 5 does it, no home console game released in 2016 is going to reach 1M in sales.


Yeah. Around 2005 or '06 if I recall things rapidly got messy for the market as well as game development in Japan. They had made their advancements since then despite the West having a clear advantage. It hasn't been easy, but hey, there has been plenty of good stuff along the way.

This bubble with mobile gaming though is really chaotic because of how fickle and shallow most of it seems to work. And Asia is all over it as I understand.

 on: May 23, 2016, 03:23:31 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Arvis
Haruhi's Opening (Bouken no Deshou Deshou_ is, IMO, way better as a jazz tune than a happy J-pop tune.


We...agree? :D

EDIT: should posted a link

Yeah, Haruhi is probably only my favorite anime ever, so yes.

I honestly still dote on the idea of a third season.
I...like.... *never* do that for anime.

Yeah, I was so desperate for some Haruhi x Kyon catharsis by the time I was done with all of the anime, the movie, and then EVERY novel, that I wrote a Haruhi fanfic.  It's up online on fanfiction.net and everything.  Yeah.  Never done that before, probably won't ever do it again.  That's how tight of a hold that show had on me, about 2 years ago.

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