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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on September 10, 2018, 10:51:30 AM »
@Arvis - No, it was actually stemmed from a discussion I was having with some studio musicians I was working with the weekend before.  I was more thinking about this:;topicseen#msg374566 (tl;dr- I liked a band when I was younger, I met the frontman at a festival, he was a complete tool, now I can't listen to his music any more without gagging.) 

I was also thinking about Jaco Pastorius from Weather Report, since our recording engineer is also an accomplished bassist and Jaco came up in our discussion.  Jaco is a god among bassists.  Bassists to this day are still trying to cop his licks and failing miserably.  Jaco was a revolutionary and I probably wouldn't be a bass player if Jaco hadn't revolutionized bass guitar playing. However, he was a raging asshole narcissist.  Sure "it ain't bragging if you can back it up" and he always backed it up, but I can't hero-worship a musician who's a dickhead.  Before Jaco played bass in Weather Report, their bassist was Alphonso Johnson.  Not only is Alphonso one of the finest bass players alive right now, but he is a warm and humble person despite being such an accomplished innovator himself.  My bass teacher introduced me to him when I was 15 and just barely starting out.  That Alphonso was willing to take the time out to chat with a wet-behind-the-ears kid like me about life and music inspired me to both be a better musician and be a better person.  I swore from that day on that if I ever got to his kind of level, I would want to make any kid who met me feel the same way he made me feel.  I'll never forget this one night after a Kryovax show when a kid came up to me all excited and said, "You were awesome!  I always wanted to learn guitar and start a band, but after seeing you, I want to play bass!" 

Regarding Sugiyama specifically, while I do think he's the worst kind of Old Man (being a war crime denying right-wingnut history revisionist and all) I never liked his music in the first place.  Ergo, I don't feel that emotionally shattering "my idol's fall from grace" type thing at all regarding him.  Sugiyama is like those bands I've seen or played shows with who are incredibly skilled at their instruments, play complex patterns effortlessly, and perform with studio level tightness... but I can't remember any of their songs.  In terms of music alone, I do think Sugiyama is overrated but I don't think he's a hack the way I think Motoi Sakuraba is nor an overrated hack the way I think Hitoshi Sakimoto is. 

Truth be told, I've never gotten on with the Dragon Quest series, period.  Dragon Quest is a series I should theoretically adore, but try as I might I could never get into it.  I've played a handful of games including the famed VIII, and though I agree that VIII is one of the finest JRPGs out there, I simply did not vibe with it at all.  It was like being on a date with a great girl but the chemistry wasn't there.  The only Dragon Quest game I enjoyed was Rocket Slime.  That game was super fun!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Arvis on September 10, 2018, 10:32:12 AM »
Nice.  Are you playing this on PS 4 Arvis?

Yes, I am. :)

35 hours in and where has the time gone? I haven't enjoyed a game this much this since XenobladeX.
Ha ha!  It's funny, that game keeps coming to mind when I play this, even though they're completely different.  I think it's the joy of exploring a richly detailed and handcrafted world.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Arvis on September 10, 2018, 10:26:37 AM »
As for haps, no major haps but I'm thinking about stuff.  Like does the nature of the person who made a craft affect how much you like the craft?  For example, do you like a band's music less if the people in the band are douchey?

Is this about Koichi Sugiyama?
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Tomara on September 10, 2018, 03:02:40 AM »
No thank you.

More busy weekend stuff: a small casual and sorta 3D archery event at a local farm. I helped set stuff up and tried to make myself useful. I also competed, but didn't rank high because of nerves and there being more than a few distances and targets I'm unfamiliar with.

One of the targets wasn't even for our regular bows, but for this monstrous crossbow. That thing makes me so nervous. It's so heavy, keeping it steady is a real ordeal and I'm not a fan of things with triggers in general. During lunch, I heard some of the experienced target shooters and crossbow archers complaining someone should take a look at the thing because it clearly deviated to the left. Keeping that in mind, I was able to hit the bullseye once in the second round. Yay for me!

I won't ever be a fan of crossbows, though. They're scary.

The event was for the archers of the local guild, a friendly club form a nearby village, and their family. That meant interacting with a bunch of new people and I managed to confuse most of them.

First of all, despite having lived within the same 5km radius my whole life, people think I'm an outsider because I don't speak with an accent. That's fair enough, I guess. My dad's an outsider and while he does understand the dialect now, he didn't back when he and my mom got married. As a result, we always spoke standard Dutch at home. My dad is also the reason why I have a very sea-related family name despite there not being a drop of saltwater nearby. Nowadays, that's nothing unusual, but it's still a novelty to the older generations and that other archery club is pretty elderly. They're from an dying village and their youngest members are in their fifties.

Speaking of age, there was of course the age thing. Again. We don't have any shirts in my size, so I just wear the smallest they have and rock that tunic look. The downside: oversized clothing make me look smaller and younger. One of the little kids asked me: "Are you a kid like me or are you a grown-up?" Damnit, kid. You're supposed to be at that age where you think everyone older than you has one foot in the grave...

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Der Jermeister on September 09, 2018, 10:25:51 PM »
Okay, then.

Still waiting for the next story missions in Kingdom Hearts Union X.

Finished exploring the dinosaur caves in Romancing SaGa, and have the dinosaur egg. It has a hefty price but I'm not sure I want to part with it yet in case it's necessary for some quest.

Still in Chapter 3 of Toukiden: Kiwami, progressing slowly but surely.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on September 09, 2018, 07:45:55 PM »
I sort of have interest in The Banner Saga, but I've been too disappointed by several critically-acclaimed games to commit to playing those particular titles. I do like some tactical RPGs such as the Disgaea and Valkyria Chronicles series, though.

I think the trilogy is only $40. Trust me its worth every penny. If you like SRPGs it has the IMO best SRPG grid combat system, no permadeath but players get wounded where they are out for a few days/battles.  Lots of varied classes. Art is incredible, Wintory did the soundtrack.  Not sure why (to my knowledge) why there has never been a SRPG/Oregon Trail-like mashup because it really works.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Limlight on September 09, 2018, 02:25:13 PM »
35 hours in and where has the time gone? I haven't enjoyed a game this much this since XenobladeX.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back
« Last post by Dincrest on September 08, 2018, 05:54:35 PM »
I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today.  I enjoyed it as a popcorn flick.  I was more interested in seeing it, because I want to see the sequel Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindenwold.  I think Jude Law is pretty cool and I want to see his portrayal as young Dumbledore.   

Anyway, the plot of Where to Find Them  was pretty cliche and progression felt patchy at times, but the visual design was creative (particularly
Spoiler: show
Newt's pocket dimension
).  It stoked my imagination the way the Harry Potter films do and I liked that it was more about adult wizards on an adventure rather than kid wizards.  However, some of the "romantic" interactions came off as adults acting like awkward teens.  I also think that some thematic elements that were barely a blip on the radar and heavily glossed over could be expanded upon to create more grown-up lore for J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.  For example, in examining the way Arthur Weasley and Queenie view muggles/no-majs... both are clearly fascinated by them/us, but how much of their muggle/no-maj enthusiasm is fetishism?

Speaking of expanding J.K. Rowling's world, I hope that Rowling realizes that America is a BIG country (at least 10 states are bigger than the UK) and every region is wildly unique. I hope that the America based magical school Queenie briefly mentions in the film is not the only school of its kind in America.  America is vast and a veritable mosaic of cultures, so it would make sense to me that there would/should be more than just one magical school in this country. 

If you look at Native American mysticism, different tribes have their own unique views, lore, practices, mythologies, traditions, etc. because of their varied and widespread geography.  We typically associate peyote and going on "vision quests" after taking it as something Native American tribes did, but that's limited to tribes who lived in the more southwestern desert regions where peyote grows, since peyote is a cactus.  And then when looking at the influences brought over from abroad, you get unique regional mysticisms like Louisiana voodoo that's an amalgamation of several traditions from the African diaspora.  Leaving the mainland, there are the Inuit traditions in Alaska and the Polynesian ones in Hawaii.  There's also magical creatures.  Folks who grew up in New Jersey would probably be familiar with the Jersey Devil and the Red Lion.  However, those who grew up in the southwest or Puerto Rico would be more familiar with chupacabras. 
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia 1 and 2 are coming to the Switch
« Last post by Lard on September 08, 2018, 01:37:24 PM »
I actually would prefer them to leave the voices the way they are.

I'm so used to them at this point, it would seem weird having new ones.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Lard on September 08, 2018, 01:36:03 PM »
It took me three bloody weeks to get an English copy of Shenmue in Hong Kong.

I'm hoping it doesn't take that long for this.
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