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 81 
 on: July 26, 2015, 12:39:45 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by Dincrest
We all grew up watching cartoons/animated programming.  That's a given.  And we all have opinions about what the best decade for cartoons was.  So let's talk about it!

Those of us who grew up in the 1980s will champion stuff like Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, others based on Hasbro toy lines.  And He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats, that stuff (even though He-Man was clearly done on a shoestring budget- the creators even admit as much.)  And most 1980s nostalgia stalwarts will not admit that, yes, 2002 He-Man and 2011 Thundercats were good- perhaps better than the originals.  I do, though I certainly have a soft-spot for the originals.  Hell, I was a 1980s kid, so I have a total soft spot for the cavalcade of 1980s cartoons, even if they were nothing more than half-hour commercials for toys with "in today's story" morals to appease parent groups who disliked the pandering. 

But I know many of you were 1990s kids.  That was a great cartoon decade as well, what with all the killer Disney series like Gummi Bears, Duck Tales, Gargoyles; Nicktoons like Rocko's Modern Life; Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, the 1990s was a good decade for launching a lot of comic-book based series.  I liked the updated Jonny Quest as well- Jessie was cool.  I'm thinking 1990s cartoons were really where there was a focus on continuity in storylines.  Like there's little to no continuity in 1980s He-Man, the writers pretty much wrote as they went along, and it was 2002 He-Man that tried to make sense out of all of it.  The 1990s also saw The Simpsons, which opened the floodgates for "adult/primetime" animated sitcoms.

Early 2000s wasn't too bad for cartoons either.  I liked Kim Possible, aforementioned He-Man 2002, early Spongebob, W.I.T.C.H. (which I thought was a good series), Avatar, and Cartoon Network stuff like Dexter, Powerpuff Girls, Cow & Chicken...

And now we come to the 2010s.  A lot of us say stuff like "cartoons suck nowadays, they were better when we were kids."  It's telling that one of the better series to emerge from the 2010s was the new My Little Pony.  It's generally good, to be sure, but a LOT of people argue that it was "the best of the worst" during a cartoon drought.  But we're seeing series like Adventure Time, Steven Universe and others seem to get their sea legs.  The later eps/seasons seem to be where they get good.  And I mentioned the criminally overlooked Thundercats 2011. 

So yeah, let's talk about the various decades of cartoons we grew up with, maybe those our younger relatives grew up with/are growing up with, and what was/is good. 

 82 
 on: July 26, 2015, 12:25:37 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Aeolus
Well, you probably want a chemist and a dark knight or two. That'll take care of almost anything. Some grinding with everyone as lady luck can also be a good idea especially on NG+. Overall it probably doesn't matter who is what, but it would likely be a good idea to have whoever goes first in the battle as a Gunner in the super dungeon.

Also thanks for the tips for VP2. This isn't the first time I'm playing it, though. I just never finished the last dungeon for some insane reason. I'm probably going to do the leveling stuff (possibly with the bonus dungeon in mind since I actually enjoy doing stuff in this game), but for einherjar I'll just take who comes by. I'm keeping Alicia and Rufus around with a heavy warrior and a mage for now.

Basically this. Dark Knight's Dark Wave does a boosted amount of defense ignoring damage to all enemies for a chunk of HP which an Alchemist can restore with Infinite Super Hi-Potions (as well as healing any other damage taken during battle generally speaking). Other than that, you can maybe take a secondary DS or two just to have something to change into/out of for Garment Grid bonuses. Berserker's a good choice since they have access to more damage boosting buffs and can again be easily maintained by an Alchemist. Gunners can get really fucking good in the non-International version due to that one accessory that boosts damage to 9999 per hit. For International version, I hear that Psychic is a fairly good one.


Also outside of Lezard, bench every mage. Alicia gets plenty of spells on her own and just having a secondary Light Swordfighter around (or a healthy stock of items) should be enough to power through the game's crap, plus combat spells are pretty lousy outside of very specific circumstances and are bad contributers to that combo mechanic to boot.

 83 
 on: July 26, 2015, 12:00:39 PM 
Started by D-Rider - Last post by Dincrest
"Father and Son" by Cat Stevens has one of my favorite lines in it:
"From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMPuMeTxzY

 84 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:59:38 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Annubis
Ditch the mage... seriously...
Ditch every mage.

 85 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:54:51 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by mecharobot
Well, you probably want a chemist and a dark knight or two. That'll take care of almost anything. Some grinding with everyone as lady luck can also be a good idea especially on NG+. Overall it probably doesn't matter who is what, but it would likely be a good idea to have whoever goes first in the battle as a Gunner in the super dungeon.

Also thanks for the tips for VP2. This isn't the first time I'm playing it, though. I just never finished the last dungeon for some insane reason. I'm probably going to do the leveling stuff (possibly with the bonus dungeon in mind since I actually enjoy doing stuff in this game), but for einherjar I'll just take who comes by. I'm keeping Alicia and Rufus around with a heavy warrior and a mage for now.

 86 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:43:15 AM 
Started by Tomara - Last post by Hathen
1. Mass Effect 3
2. TES III: Morrowind + Tribunal/Bloodmoon

Went and played another character, went through the expansions this time. Combat was a lot less annoying this playthrough since I use swords instead of maces, and those actually let you move while attacking which doesn't make everything feel stiff as hell.

3. TES IV: Oblivion + Shivering Isles
4. Cave Story (PC)
5. Planescape: Torment
6. Shovel Knight
7. .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth
8. .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce
9. .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption

10. Deus Ex

Another one of those "games I should've played before but haven't" off the list. I enjoyed this one a lot and I'm sure I'll play it again using a different build. Probably helps I'm not really an avid FPS player so I probably didn't even notice, let alone mind, a lot of the clunkiness the game has with the shooting.

11. Bastion

Went into this one only knowing it got some glowing reviews and not much else. I liked it, but I didn't really think it was anything special. I did love the flavor text on a lot of the items though- whoever wrote all of it was good at being concise.

 87 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:39:59 AM 
Started by Jahmis - Last post by Annubis
Nice project you got there.

Just a little FYI: platform buttons become like 2400 pixel height after clicking one (on Firefox at least)

 88 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:35:23 AM 
Started by Jahmis - Last post by Dice
Woah!  Great job Jahmis!  This is a great idea and I wish more games were listed like this, it'd be way easier to find titles to scratch a particular itch.

 89 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:24:33 AM 
Started by Jahmis - Last post by Jahmis
I've been lurking and listening to the podcasts for a while, but thought I'd finally jump in to let everyone here know about a personal project I've been working on that you all might be interested in.  It's a searchable listing of all computer and console RPG's that I can find on the internets.  It's still a work in progress and I'm slowly updating it as I get time.  Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

And before anyone rages about why X is rated higher than Y, what the hell am I thinking, and why Blah doesn't have the Shiny Pony tag, I'm just pulling data from multiple other sources and displaying it.  I don't have any control over what tags a game has or what it's rating is.  I can work on messaging the data to make it make more sense though if you find anything that seems totally out of line.  Just let me know.

http://www.rpgdatabase.net/

 90 
 on: July 26, 2015, 11:03:57 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Annubis
Actually, while I'm here.  I've fired up FFX-2.... is there any benefit to levelling job classes for all girls or is it better to, say, stick Paine with attack-based jobs, and Yuna with magic ones, and Rikku with... I dunno, whatever she excels in (speed?).

There are some "multi-class" dress-sphere that you'll want to level up each dress-sphere included within those dress-sphere.
Yuna = Warrior + Dark Knight
Rikku = White mage + Berserker
Pain = Samurai + Black Mage

Was there a bonus for maxing them all? I don't remember.

Also, if you didn't notice, check Yuna's sword when you put her in Warrior ;)

That is quite the interesting pathing map. So what do the blue versus black dots represent?

I'm actually not sure myself.

Fun fact, the Nice Boat ending was not an ending in the original release of the game. It was a unique ending to the anime that was added (along with a couple of other endings?) to the HQ release.

That's pretty cool. I wonder if I'd get that one should I try and follow what the anime did.
If I don't stumble on that ending, maybe I'll try that.

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