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Video Games / Re: Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:32:58 PM »
2018: And Soon Red Dead Redemption 2

I appreciate the future prediction. I mean, that's a topic unto itself, but one's anticipation is halfway to appreciation, especially with games. I still haven't fired up Zero Dawn because, despite it looking and sounding good, I just don't have the compulsion to play yet. So instead I'm gaining completion % on Hollow Knight when I'm probably past the point of diminishing returns. Though last night was a lot of productive fun; doing the Hive, White Palace, maxing out the Nail and collecting notches which meant the Coliseum. Good, but way too late, times.

This may not necessarily be the most honest list though. With how much I played and enjoyed Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne in comparison to most everything else, they probably should ALL be on this list, but that would make things feel a tad repetitive. Games like Monster Hunter World, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Nier Automata could qualify, but they still need some time to sink in; they were great when I played them, but are they really great enough to qualify as games of the decade? Only time will tell. And I have mixed feelings about putting GTAV up on the list; I loved the game a lot, but I hate GTA Online and the effect it's since had on Rockstar and the rest of the industry. Well, when push comes to shove, I can always kick it to the curb in the event that I decide to incorporate the other games I have in consideration.

You bring up a lot of pertinent issues, starting with the the subjectivity, and honesty, of this, even to oneself. Should I just list the games I played, and presumably enjoyed, the most? One's that had the biggest impact, even, or perhaps especially, in a short amount of time? Should these be high brow prestige titles or any addictive guilty pleasure time sink? What about games that meant a lot to me at the time but I don't think much of now; do I elevate something I didn't care as much for then and don't have strong feelings about but now recognize to have aged better? I've been wrestling with all this and editing my list constantly, even going all the way back to the year of my birth! :ganishka:

I think I'm far from done too because I'm switching all the time (I pretty much elevated the Souls titles to the top of their years because those are the games I've been playing constantly the past few years, even if I don't have the same fervor for DeS I did for Infinite Space because I played DeS later just to appreciate it). Though the exercise has been revealing, otherwise. For instance, check out the mid-90s and particularly '97 and '98! Just crazy franchise-defining and starting classics one after another (I refuse to believe this is truly subjective and just because it was MY prime =). If I was holding to top three I could probably cut down '97, but for '98 its basically impossible for me to eliminate one of the top four that year, they all meant and mean so much to me. It's crazy Fallout 2 isn't #1 in its year because I feel like I lived in that game for a year, but it's up against Oof'nT. I'm tempted to put the original above FFVII too (Mario 3 vs Mega Man 2 is also nuts to me, yet I put Sam & Max above Doom no prob =).

On the other end of the spectrum, the early to mid-2000s were shit, at least for me. I looked at lists of every release those years to find the games I really liked and man was there a ton of mediocre shit out, horrible titles and cover artwork too. I had to reach on some of those just to get to three, and here I didn't want to turn it into simply a list of "games I've played" but ones you could really argue were best in their year.

And just for fun, I decided to do what Griffith did, and post my top 3 games for every year of the last decade.

It is fun, and like I said, I'm still adding, subtracting and moving games. Some games I wonder if I should even have as favorites or more like they were infamous to me, like ME2, MGS2 (maybe MGS4 for that matter), and Code Veronica. I did get a lot of entertainment out of them, even if some of it was for the wrong reasons. :guts:

I have Nioh, but haven't played it yet, so 2017 is liable to change. Monster Hunter World is the only game of 2018 I've actually played through, so that list will remain incomplete for quite some time.

Yeah, I half-jokingly put Dark Souls Remastered for 2018 because the only other game from this year I even started was Dead Cells and it's way too soon to tell.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:46:17 AM »
If I remember correctly RDD is a impossible port because the coding of the game is a mess.

The idea it was so bad it was "impossible" for them to optimize their own code for PC sounded a little suspect; as if no PC ported games had messy code, plus it was already on both PS3 and X-Box 360, so it's not like it was something singularly designed to only work on one specific platform. I tried looking for verification and came upon this thread on the subject:

https://www.reddit.com/r/reddeadredemption/comments/4fpam9/myth_or_fact_red_dead_redemption_code_is_a_mess/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=comment_list

So, seems like it's just a rumor to justify it not happening, though I did see a couple of weird glitches myself (like double Marstons in a cutscene =). Anyway, however messy the code was, I'm pretty sure it could have been done by Rockstar or somebody. Plus, it's not like Rockstar wouldn't just put out a crappy port if they really wanted to do it. =) That's actually my guess, that after the experience of GTA IV and them not optimizing RDR for PC in the first place they just didn't want to bother to deal with the inherent problems or fallout so they moved on.

I'm hoping they've reconsidered and planned for it this time, but like Aaz warned I'm not going to hold my breath waiting.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:28:29 PM »
Red Dead Redemption 1 still hasn't been released on PC, so... probably better not to wait.

You're telling me. :carcus: Such a shame since it's one of the best games I've ever played (even the zombie spinoff isn't bad). I can't even really blame them though when you look at some of the sales of games on PC versus the crazy numbers of their console counterparts. GTAV is obviously a wild outlier itself, but when you're selling 88.5 million copies of something on consoles and 1.5 million on PC the question becomes "why do PC?" not "why not?" I wish they were more desperate for money so those extra million sales actually meant more to them (most anybody would kill to move that total, and it's relatively inconsequential to them; though I bet it's worth it for the Online microtranactions =). Long story short, yeah, I'll probably get it at launch for PS4, and unless the game is all an allegory for how Donald Trump is a really sexy leader it'll supplant Dark Souls Remastered as my favorite, and only, game from 2018. :ganishka:

I wonder, actually. I never could get into GTAV and haven't cared for any recent Rockstar games, so I wonder if I'll be so enamored with them in the age of GTA Online and what I'm sure will be RDR Online. I'm quick to yell at clouds, even the Bloodborne online PS+ requirement grossed me out and kind of turned me off, or at least it affecting me correlated with my winding down with that game. Though that might even be worse, essentially putting basic gameplay features behind a third party paywall (why not just charge for high res or controller options in the menu, "Requires PlayStation Plus"? =).

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Vagabond / Re: Takehiko Inoue x Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) Interview
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:34:34 PM »
I feel like Toriyama had no problem showing his face until Oda decided not to.

Kind of weird

Yeah, it's not like nobody knows what he looks like or you can't find pictures of him happily posing for the camera, but considering how big Dragon Ball was and still is, and since he's no longer actively producing it, maybe he wants to keep a lower profile these days? But then... don't do interviews, or just accept the bump in awareness until it recedes again? You're right, it's weird, but there's a certain logic to it that the less people that recognize him at the newsstands or cafe, the better for his day to day life.

Counter theory: Ki blast to the face! :guts:


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Video Games / Re: Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 14, 2018, 02:24:09 PM »
I cut the list off at 10, but there's definitely a whole bunch of great games I had to cut.

Same for my top three every year, and some years or games that "won" the year are weird, or wouldn't make my top ten if I just ranked them all by preference because some years obviously have better games than others. 2008 is an interesting case, that was a real "dream" year for me as two games I'd always wanted up to that point, that weren't necessarially ever going to be a reality, was a first person 3D Fallout game and a classic Mega Man exactly like they used to make them and that year I got both. It was hard to decide which to rank first. I probably like Mega Man 9 more now, but played Fallout 3 more, like A LOT more, at the time, and Braid could be the most important of the bunch... but I don't think any of them would crack my top ten this decade. =)

This is pretty tough. The release years all bleed together after this much time. As a result, I leaned on "Best Of" curated lists, so the picks are probably missing a bunch of smaller games that I loved too.

Yeah, I had an even more rudimentary method, basically googling "best video games" and the year so then I had to think for the indies, but I usually ended up cutting those anyway because it's kind of hard comparing the experience of games you liked or even loved for a few hours to 20-30+ hour AAA titles that are, hopefully, pushing the envelope somehow themselves. Sometimes it was like comparing great poems or short stories to novels; unless the novel is bad, it's going to have a bigger impact by virtue of format. Some made the cut like Braid because it literally changed my perception of reality at the time (I began casually trying to rewind time before realizing I could only do that while playing the game; that's a good game). Limbo made it on there because I played it through a couple times and there wasn't anything else I was excited to include, like ME2. I guess it's possible for a favorite game to still be a disappointment to you, like DS2, which I've played 10 times as much as Shovel Knight (play time isn't everything of course, I didn't put Star Wars Angry Birds or 3DS Golf on there despite playing them way more than some on the list). Anyway, before I cut it down to three each year I had included smaller, shorter games like Don't Look Back, Crush the Castle, Gone Home, Tower of Heaven, Sword of Xolan, and Papers, Please (I probably only played them because of you and Aaz anyway =). Then there were games I thought of like Cave Story, RE4, MGS3, and SotC only to realize, "Damn, those games are 15 years old... Damn, I'm old." :ganishka: :daiba:

Update: Fuck it, I'm blowing my list out, no limits. And I'm going to go back further. :carcus:
 
2018: Dead Cells  :slan:

Well, I didn't know it was your favorite of the year so far. I'm going to have to jump into it now that I beat Hollow Knight (though only like 76% complete, so plenty more to do).

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Video Games / Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:24:01 PM »
I went top three by year for the last ten years, but have it your way with your selection(s). Some of these are toss ups, including some not listed here, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but for better or worse...

2018 Dark Souls Remastered
2017 Zelda: BotW, Hollow Knight, Resident Evil 7
2016 Dark Souls 3, Doom, Hyper Light Drifter
2015 Bloodborne, MGS5: The Phantom Pain, Batman: Arkham Knight
2014 Dark Souls II, Shovel Knight MGS5: Ground Zeroes
2013 Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2012 Diablo III, Mass Effect 3, Crimson Shroud
2011 Dark Souls, Mario 3D Land, Batman: Arkham City
2010 Red Dead Redemption, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2
2009 Demon's Souls, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Infinite Space
2008 Fallout 3, Mega Man 9, Braid

2007 Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, Bioshock
2006 Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mother 3, Jaws: Unleashed
2005 Resident Evil 4, Shadow of the Colossus, WarioWare: Twisted!
2004 MGS3: Snake Eater, GTA: San Andreas, Half-Life 2
2003 Zelda: The Wind Waker, WarioWare, Inc, Star Wars: KotOR,
2002 GTA: Vice City, Resident Evil Remake, Metroid Fusion
2001 GTAIII, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages
2000 Diablo II, Zelda: Majora's Mask, Resident Evil Code: Veronica
1999 Chrono Cross, Resident Evil 3, Super Smash Bros., Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
1998 Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Fallout 2, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Banjo Kazooie
1997 Final Fantasy VII, Fallout, Catslevania: SotN, FF Tactics, GoldenEye, Star Fox 64
1996 Super Mario 64, Diablo, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario RPG
1995 Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country 2, Yoshi's Island, Full Throttle
1994 Mother 2, Final Fantasy VI, Donkey Kong Country, Sonic 3
1993 Sam & Max Hit the Road, Doom, Day of the Tentacle, Mortal Kombat II, Gabriel Knight
1992 Super Mario Kart, Sonic 2, X-Men Arcade, Mortal Kombat, Mega Man 5
1991 Zelda III, Sonic, TMNT: Turtles In Time, The Simpsons Arcade Game, Mega Man 4
1990 Super Mario World, Mega Man 3, Wing Commander
1989 TMNT: The Arcade Game, Super Mario Land, Mother
1988 Mega Man 2, Mario 3, Ninja Gaiden
1987 Mega Man, Zelda II, Metal Gear
1986 The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania
1985 Super Mario Bros, Ghosts 'N Goblins, Gauntlet
1984 Tetris, Duck Hunt, Excite Bike

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:17:11 PM »
Kai Leng...

Ah, say no more. I forgot a lot of the Cerberus stuff from that game, and mainly remembered I liked the Illusive Man's conclusion.

That being said, I very much enjoy ME3 outside of these strange Cerberus shenanigans. There were great moments on Tuchanka and Rannoch that I had been waiting for. Omega, Leviathan, and the Citadel are probably my favorite DLCs in the series as well. I do prefer 3 over 2 for sure. ME2's best parts were the character missions.

There were so many of those I couldn't do them all, and after getting so caught up in the story of ME1 part two couldn't help but feel like a deferment or step backward, but I probably wasn't appreciating what WAS good about it because I was looking for something else. ME3 was that something, and though it certainly wasn't perfect in its payoff of ME1's potential, from the very beginning it didn't shy away from it.

I finished the trilogy last night and attempted an Andromeda play through... It lasted about 90 minutes before I was completely bored and uninterested.

As I documented here, my experience with Andromeda lasted about 90 seconds from the time I tried starting and restarting the game to the time I gave up and got my refund. Good work, EA.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:37:02 PM »
Actually, on the contrary, I couldn't really care less about the individual God Hand or their backgrounds (and SK and Zodd are already pretty solidly established characters, we already know them well, specifics aside). They're cool and serve an important function in the story, but that's also the extent to which I care about them. If we get extensive, relevant backgrounds on them down the line, great, I'll enjoy that and care more, but I won't be disappointed if we don't and they just are what they are. I understand the curiosity about them, but not that sort of investment at the expense of much richer characters.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:45:29 PM »
Simon's Quest, obviously. :iva:

Of course. :ganishka: But I was actually looking for a short list of what you consider the class of the genre. This may already be on the board, but it's an vague thing to search 18,000 posts for, especially of a man that hates the term "metroidvania," so maybe I shouldn't even be asking (we could go with the SotN team's original sexy description, "2D exploration action game" or "zeldavania," which is just Zelda II; its ultimate vindication =).

BTW, I'm close now with Hollow Knight, pretty sure I can engage the final boss now, or at least start the end-game in earnest, but it was a bit of slog there for a while. That's the flaw of these games in general though; two thirds of the way through the exploration element invariably stagnates and your ability to progress can hinge on spotting what you need to do next on like a single pixel (or a wall you randomly need to crouch next to =), or some combination of items/abilities, in a game world that's map is now as big as every screen from Zelda at that point. That just stops the momentum of the game dead while you search for the MacGuffin you don't even know you're looking for. Thank god for that old man in town. Anyway, now I'm back to stalling and tooling around not wanting it to end incomplete. :carcus:

It's neat, love the callbacks to classic CV. That being said I haven't had the courage to go through the NG+ for now. I have high hopes for the main game, whenever it'll drop.

Looks very much if not exactly like classic CV, I actually like the look of it better than what I see of the main game.

Both the Shadow Broker and Citadel DLCs are quite enoyable. Mass Effect 3's DLCs really helped me from getting sick of the game due to the awful Cerberus plotline.

Yeah, those seem like the two "must play" story DLCs (and Leviathan looks good too), but do you mean ME2 for the Cerberus-centric plot or did you just hate that part of it in ME3 that much (I recall it being unmemorable but minimal)? I basically already wrote manifestos vigorously defending ME3, but ME2, despite maybe being the most well received in the series, is my least favorite, making my ranking 1, 3, 2. I wonder if that would change upon replaying and reconsidering them knowing the big picture.

Ugh, man, the sheer pricing for the DLC has been the major put-off for me playing these games.

You don't need them to enjoy the series, particularly ME1, which you can grab regularly for $5 and is totally worth it for the plot (it has a seminal gaming moment for me), though the graphics and gameplay are naturally a bit dated by this point, it's still the best game in the series and as far as pop sci-fi goes kind of supplanted Star Wars and Star Trek simultaneously for me the last decade. Pretty neat trick (and I never bought the two biggest DLC), too bad they couldn't keep it going with Andromeda.

They should just sell out the trilogy and bring back Shepard for "one last ride"... that may be another trilogy if it revives the franchise. =)

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:29:36 AM »
Who cares?

I know what you mean! Who IS supposed to care about this down the line? You never did, I still do (clearly =), but it's fickle and fleeting and doesn't extend far beyond the reach of the classic movies and, more importantly, characters. Do young people care about this more than any other young adult blockbuster franchise? Do kids? There's no defined story integrity or continuity to speak of to engender such feelings, they're just sort of flailing from one to the next. What seemed like at least a promising start, if nothing else, might have already been the peak of this endeavor. To put it in common terms, Star Wars, at least as a film series, could be well on its way to becoming like the Alien "franchise"; a couple of classic films from the 70s and 80s turned into a mixed bag of lesser sequels, prequels and pseudo-remakes that at best are mediocre tributes that dilute the power of the originals, and at worst are self-parodies that make you question that power in the first place.

David Lynch said something simple yet insightful about Lucas and Star Wars, that it was completely his thing, but it just so happened to make ridiculous money and became what we know it as today. It wasn't created to be that though, and at some point was as much Lucas' weird creation as Lynch's works are his. And even Lucas, as much as he mass marketed and merchandised Star Wars as a product, remained fiercely stubborn and possessive of the films, for better or worse, and had the wisdom not to try having one put out every year, every other year, or God forbid six months apart, but when he felt like it, which he largely didn't, and eventually not at all, naturally. Contrast that with Disney's never ending committee commissioned reruns and suddenly Lucas and his purported gonzo sequels about the microbiotic world of Midiclorians and the Whills sounds more appealing. Even if they would have been horrible failures it might have been a preferable outcome, a better end just for ending, like if Alien had ended with 3, and perhaps even nobly for trying something different and unique. I might rather live in a universe where those weird failed creations exist instead of this inexorable march to nowhere.

Thanks for bringing this up. :griffnotevil:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 11, 2018, 07:35:12 AM »
Buying the games and DLC is easy enough, but not exactly cheap. Here are the three links you need:

https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/mass-effect/mass-effect-trilogy
https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/mass-effect/mass-effect-2/addon/mass-effect-2-dlc-bundle
https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/mass-effect/mass-effect-3/addon/mass-effect-3-dlc-bundle

Ah, well better than it used to be, and I already own the games so I'll check if the bundles ever go on sale since. Somehow I can get the latest Dues Ex for like 90% less than now relatively ancient ME dlc; thanks EA.

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Yeah. I finished it at what's probably 99.99% completion when it came out and it's a great game

I'm back at it exploring an area I found but passed on before. I have 700+ Essence and will get to 900 shortly, but I feel like the rewards are getting worse; it better give me something to bypass some obstructions next time. =) I'm also pissed I wasted a small key on the worthless surface guy that I could really use below now to enter a house (I kind of wondered if I'd regret it).

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but it doesn't reach the heights of those it looks up to.

For fun name your faves (mine: SotN & Metroid... FUSION! Wally will be sickened =), and what'd you think of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (assuming you played it)?

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:00:09 PM »
Replaying the Mass Effect Trilogy for the umpteenth time and having a blast doing so. I'll definitely be skipping Andromeda after I finish ME3 though.

I wanted to replay the whole trilogy at one point but sabotaged my experience from the start over-worrying about making the perfect Shepard and doing the best playthrough (invariably I make the best character and complete the most on my initial blind playthroughs =). Also, do you still need to buy all the DLC individually with crazy expensive EA/Bioware points or some shit? I think I figured out that it'd still cost hundreds of dollars to do it all and it's a shame that shit never got appropriately reduced in price or bundled in a final edition of the games or trilogy. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. I still haven't done the Shadow Broker or Citadel DLCs because of that. I could just buy those two, but I'm so far removed from it and if they don't want me to ever be able to actually afford the whole experience, fuck 'em, I'll move on.


Still playing Hollow Knight and getting deeper into the gameplay and collectibles and the size of the game is actually wearing on me because I feel like I'm reaching the end game but after 20 some hours it's feeling like more of the same and like I just passed the point of diminishing returns on new and exciting depths and features. Still enjoying it, and maybe I'm just tired from the heat, but I'm not firing it up now excited about last night's unfinished business left to explore, but more like, "Ok, what's next, I'm tired of searching the same corridors, how do I reach the next boss on the map." :ganishka: It might just be time to stop taking it as it comes and smelling the roses and hunker down with the earnest intent to get it done.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 10, 2018, 06:42:50 PM »
So, Doom Eternal will have twice as many enemies and is adding a Souls-like PvP where you can invade others' games as a demon and vice versa. To the former I wonder how a bunch of new monsters will mix with the revamped classics, and/or if they'll be adding in the Doom 3 varieties ala the Hell Knight. To the latter, that sounds cool, I've expressed my fondness for Souls multiplayer before so maybe this will be fun, particularly getting invaded by a player-level demon (it won't have the same stakes as, say, being invaded while out to retrieve your souls, but it could keep you on your toes). Speaking of which, where's Doomguy and Oscar of Astora or Solaire in Smash Ultimate!? You should have to play as Doomguy in first person and the DS characters using R1 and L1 to block and attack. =)

There's also a new video for Red Dead Redemption 2 that looks promising, but there hasn't been much else about it for a game so close to launch and I'm still not sure if I should grab it for PS4 or wait for a possible PC release, and would that still come to Steam or a Rockstar app, etc etc. I'll probably just grab it on PS4 for the ease and instant gratification rather than the longer upside of a PC version (got to make the same call with Sekiro, which we know is coming to PC).

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:41:34 PM »
As expected. I'm eager to see where the story will go.

Hopefully back to Guts and Casca, amirite!? :guts: I'll see myself out. :farnese:

Kidding aside, I am curious what Miura has in store for Griffith since I'm assuming this brief reintroduction to his side of things is going to jump-off into some more world and end game building. Actually, I'd love for Griffith to really take center stage for once. That might sound silly since it can feel like half the story is focused on his side of things, but it's usually from the perspective of those around him. We rarely, if ever, get Griffith's unvarnished thoughts, feelings, or point of view directly (though we can infer he wasn't pleased with Rickert =). He's very much kept at a distance from us in that regard, obviously with that distant feeling in mind, but it would be wonderful to see an exception to that before it pays off in the end, even for a little while or for something of relatively lesser consequence (Griffith conquering the beasts of the Fantastic frontier). Of course, that could still equate to volumes worth of trolls, ogres, giants, and whatnot, so I'm ready to be patient and enjoy the ride, permitting a few harmless jokes along the way.

Can't wait for Griffith vs. TRoLL LoRD!
:griffnotevil:=[==>:troll: <("Ouch, eye didn't see that coming!")

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:09:02 PM »
So who will fans complain about not being in Smash next?



4 ever

He's gotta be a lock by now, right? I mean, look at the chairs! :magni: Now that his value has been over-inflated they'll release him as DLC, standing equal alongside Goku and Sephiroth. =)

"Simon and Richter but no Axe Armor?!, no Flea Man!?" (actually with his bounciness, Flea Man would be perfect for Smash   :badbone:)

I already saw earnest rumblings about Alucard. Ya know, the main guy from that big Playstation game 20 years ago. Of course, when your fans are demanding that an evil twin Wario derivative of your already derivative palette-swapped Mario clone be included, this almost seems like a relatively reasonable and inspired request.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:42:31 PM »
Edit: OK after poking around my old save files, you were right, I guess it was just another case of a glitched cut scene that I experienced. Edit2: I have no idea what I was referring to anymore. World map loaded up just fine after leaving midgar. Curse my memories. But it was like 9 years ago so what do you expect lol

It was over 20 years ago for me. :daiba:

:judo:

Actually, that's not really true since I replayed Final Fantasy VII at least once after (saving every save location on a giant third party memory card so I could refer to any point in the game =), and made a few other aborted attempts; once I got as far as the Gold Saucer on my phone commuting on the bus. My last time playing it last was... this weekend! :ganishka: How could I not fire it up again after reading that engrossing oral history? I was struck by how much of a jump it was over FF6 and other such games of the time from a technical standpoint. Even some bullshit like when Jessie from AVALANCHE calls you over to check out the map on the train and the camera zooms in on the map monitor and shows you looking at it as well as the exterior of the train and the city as you discuss it; the game had fucking cinematic direction and the previous one was mostly side-scrolling sprites. That's a big jump, and feels way more like a modern game than a retro one, but occupies kind of a nostalgic middle ground. Like Mario 64 or OoT, this was one of the games that modernized classic games. Anyway, it was fun to play it for a bit with renewed appreciation, though I don't think I'll be going much farther.

What I am playing in earnest now is Hollow Knight, I managed to find what I was missing to move up vertical corridors and that opened up the map immensely, and I can even go through weak floors now too so I can re-explore all those areas that were previously inaccessible. I really appreciate the way the map indicates the areas you haven't fully explored yet by showing the absence of a wall or floor that means there's still a corridor to uncover. The game is just simple fun despite having plenty of mechanics to work with, and I think I completely changed my loadout from the last time I played to better compliment boss survival (that protective shell while you heal has to be the #1 optional power up and I wasn't even using it). I wish the Geo was more plentiful though, but then maybe I'm just spending it too fast (next up is getting the lantern so I can check all all the dark areas too).

I'm also still flirting with Bloodborne on BL4, I've beaten three bosses and started upgrading the axe just because its strong and I like it's moves (bet I'll regret that against the Shadows of Yharnam when my whip is useless, but maybe my axe won't be =).

Lastly, finally beat those special stages and got Super Sonic on my clear file in Sonic Mania; fun. :carcus:


I forgot, I fired up Okami for the first time and was not pleased by the incessant talk sounds that went on for like 20 minutes. I might not have the patience for this type of game anymore, especially at this late juncture.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:42:45 PM »
BB has ruined me, man. I looked at my DS3 save the other day and was like "why bother?"

At least, in a sense, the first mountain I climbed (BB) was the highest one accompanied with the best view.

Well, to perhaps answer your question and be fair to DS3, it does still contain some of the tallest peaks in the series, particularly because you don't have the advantage of movement, rally, or vials (and just because it, and DS1 for that matter, are slower and less immediately gratifying don't mean they're bad). The bosses, particularly Abyss Watchers, Pontiff Sulyvahn, Aldrich Devourer of Gods, Yhorm the Giant, Dancer of the Boreal Valley, Dragonslayer Armour, Champion Gundyr, Lorian & Lothric, the Soul of Cinder, Sister Friede, Demon Prince, Darkeater Midir, Slave Knight Gael, and of course the Nameless King, are up there with anything in BB for either fun or challenge and some are actually tougher. I think my favorite is actually the Demon Prince from the Ringed City DLC, or maybe Sister Friede (at least it was one of the most satisfying to master). So, that's why you might bother, I guess; I still think it would be worth it. I suppose that's unfair of me to say given I put 250 hours into DS3 and even I find it hard to return to after BB, but by the same token I did already play it to death so I should be tired of it. I mean, at least fight Sulyvahn, Gundyr and the Nameless King, and if they leave you wanting then you can definitively say you're unimpressed. =)

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:33:22 PM »
Finished that FF7 Oral History and it was very cool. Sakaguchi couldn't help but come off as somewhat of a tragic, Icarus-like figure for me as you see how all these other prominent people involved in FF7 went on to big things at Square or elsewhere, it made them, but he had to leave to do his own thing on a smaller scale because what made him and his style so great and effective no longer worked for him or his unique place in the company, or maybe any big company, and in fact it had become destructive in the form of The Spirits Within. The "King" exiled himself from the Kingdom he helped make an Empire. :SK:

Other than that, it was a lot of familiar information like Nintendo fucking up, but that all worked out for the best for Square and Final Fantasy because even if Nintendo had a CD machine to make the exact same game on, Square would have never gotten as good a deal or as much of a mass market push as they got with Sony. So, FF7 doesn't become like the Star Wars of video games at the time without everything coming together like it did into this perfect storm for FF7 to be THE GAME.

It's not great, but it's better than the 16-bit RPGs on SNES with their short turnarounds and limited space for English letters. The PC version cleaned up some of the rougher areas, but it's still not perfect.

Yeah, they addressed that a bit in there, how uncoordinated the localization efforts were at the time. Like it was just some technical IT department that the devs didn't pay much mind to, making for some awkward translations that don't necessarily translate well into the intended culture. On the other hand, it's also an interesting relic of those translations being more direct and less flowery despite the obvious fuck ups. They noted how they put real effort into making the FF8 translation come across to the target audience but I don't know that it necessarily made it better for me. I'd almost rather get something stilted where I can do the math to translate the feeling being expressed myself rather than read something that sounds like a bad night time soap opera.

Oh, yeah. Nowadays, it's annoying if someone refuses to play one console or the other. Today, it's about the games, man! :badbone:

Yeah, I still have to hear friends debate the X-Box One or PS4. It's so obnoxious because clearly the PS4 is the WINNER and the 360 is a low selling provincial loser machine for losers! SAD!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:37:14 PM »
Oh man FF7. I spent a great many hours on my PSX playing around in that game, i played disc one to the end of hell because i never knew i was supposed to put in disc 2 after i exited midgar.
I was like 12 at the time i think, so you have to understand how stupid i felt, not to mention that at one point i basically grinded for the 1st boss till i could one hit it with limit because of the disc being scratched up from extended use, and its scope move would freeze everything, later on i even discovered i could put in the other disc DURING the fight sequence to unglitch enemy moves.
I also had to do this for specific cutscenes too, i had quite the extensive experience with that game

I don't know what version of the game you were playing, but as Walter noted Disc 1 lasts quite a bit past Midgar unless you meant something else, and that other disc-changing stuff sounds wild.

I distinctly remember seeing a Junon Cannon billboard in Atlanta around 1998, and it was fucking surreal. For me, FF7 was just a cult kind of thing, and very special to me. Prior to its release, I can't remember ever being more invested in a single game. This hype was mostly because I was a huge fan of FF6 (still my favorite game), and the fact that Square was riding the crest of their career. Everything they sent stateside had been solid gold for years.

I had followed its release closer than any other game (to this day). In an age when game news sites didn't update every day, I would still check extremely frequently. Square would regularly release CG stills of environments, and also character info / designs in a trickle fashion up until the Japanese release (I remember Sephiroth was the last). I would print out pictures and tape them to my goddamned wall like some kind of serial killer.

Game news SITES in 1996? You were ahead of the curve (or around the bend judging by some of this stuff =) my friend, because game news for me back then was Nintendo Power, 300 page Electronic Gaming Monthlys or maybe GamePro. I bet 200 pages were just game ads but that was a FEATURE! Good times.

Sweet mother of god:

https://retrocdn.net/Category:Electronic_Gaming_Monthly_scans

Actually, back then I was mainly using the Internet to mine precious new information about Dragon Ball Z, but I do recall downloading all the cool Ocarina of Time official art you could find back then, like those bitchen' Lizalfos images and Link looking like a totally sassy, pro-active paradigm with his bow and arrow. I was going to keep those downloads FOREVER!

I ended up importing the game at the Japanese launch, and modifying my PS to play it a hardwired solution, not the disc swap. I played through most of the game blind at first, and then with a guide. I also ended up memorizing a few kanji and hiragana/katakana just to navigate the menus and spells. But by the time the US version hit, and the FULL scope of the story had settled into my teenage brain, it really didn't live up to my expectations. What possibly could? I had ruined my experience with the game by treating it like it was supposed to be a transcendental experience.

Damn, I know you've always regarded it with a tinge of cynicism or, like, skepticism, and though you've described your anticipation and disappointment coming off FF6 before I didn't realize the depth of the roots to your resentment of it. For me it was a simply transcendental experience! :griffnotevil: For you FF6 is FF7, and FF7 is what everything FF7-branded that came out after is to me. I'm sorry it went that way since the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but clearly the seeds and the scaffolding of your Berserk fandom were laid, so I'm giving FF7 some credit for you there!


BTW, the translation of that game always seemed weird and off. Is it bad? Would it just be much better if it wasn't so culturally confusing or can it not be helped because it was trying to deal with things probably too complex for them to do well and translate in a game ostensibly for teens anyway? Square should have just remastered and re-translated it rather than doing this protracted and inevitability doomed remake. I think this thing's been in production longer than Battlecruiser 3000 or Duke Nukem Forever and it's a remake!

For anyone who lived through that time, this is an incredible article on the game's creation and the people and personalities behind it: https://www.polygon.com/a/final-fantasy-7

Looks cool, I'll have to give that a read when I'm not writing articles on the game, and Star Wars, myself.

Disc 1 ends much, much later than Midgar, after a certain character's death.

Dude, spoilers! (this was actually fucking spoiled for me by a friend simultaneously playing the game; though, maybe it spared me years of aggrandizing that character =)

I watched them a few years ago, and they don't hold up that well in my opinion. I'd stay away if you want to maintain your memories of them.

That's what I figured. I didn't get the full ad blitz Wally did in Atlanta because I hadn't moved to the BIG CITY yet, but the commercials were unlike anything I'd seen for a game at the time.

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Part of me misses the console wars. Even today, when I see a Sega and Nintendo crossover, it feels weird to me. :ganishka:

Me too, yet I also find people that feel that strongly about their consoles today obnoxious. It's not the same as Nintendo/Sega!

https://www.somethingawful.com/hosted/firemancomics/consolewar.htm

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:22:13 PM »
Both Rogue One and Solo, I felt were better than movies VII and VIII. I wasn't thrilled to see Solo because there was just a lot of SW at the time but in retrospect, it was fun. Nothing great but decent-to-good I guess if that can be considered to be a metric. I'm glad they've put a halt to other spin-offs - Fett/ Kenobi - because Solo did averagely at the box office.

The problem, as you allude to it, is they all have a very fine professional polish because they're basically so high budget they're no budget productions: Rogue One and Solo were production disasters, one they salvaged at the box office and one that couldn't be saved, but they spared no expense, even if they had to reshoot the entire film, trying to make them as good as they could no matter the consequences (because cutting bait and tarnishing the brand as a throwaway was worse than doubling down on a turd). That makes them hard to judge as films because should we give these movies credit for looking good and being objectively well made, or just not shitty, when most of that is just bought production values while the actual storytelling ranges from derivative and uninspired to underwhelming, unnecessary or non-existent (well polished turds, basically)?

That's why everyone's mileage varies so much on these movies. You could make a case for or against any of them based on whatever metrics you want to use and come out with four different orders of quality. Hell, Episode VIII might have the best story elements yet everyone hates its plot! I still think TFA is the best of them because it had the most elements of the classic trilogy and the mandate and correct approach to REVIVE STAR WARS. Plus, Rey and Finn were somewhat revelations in those films you couldn't just buy, they were genuinely likable, well-written and acted characters (remember, Ep 7 was co-written by Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan). That did not carry over to TLJ and though it might be the most organically created story by an auteur, it might still be a turd! I don't know, it's hard for me to get past the "turd polishing" reshoot vibes of Rogue One and Solo where they're basically trying to make those movies up to par after the fact. It's the problem with the whole thing though, they're trying to manufacture new Star Wars without fresh inspiration, because that doesn't retrofit, by just taking shit from the original trilogy and extrapolating on it. They've already run into a wall doing it that way, so they better look elsewhere for viable material.

That's why I'm more interested in how JJ Abrams pulls off Ep 9 than the actual story or state of Star Wars after. He did a good job reviving it, can he now redeem that revival after they hand him back the keys to a car they just crashed, and make the sequel trilogy feel like it meant something more than commerce and missed opportunities, ultimately? He's also liable because he punted on Luke Skywalker, and getting the band back together, in the first place. We'll see how it turns out and if he can end it on a note at least as satisfying as he began with.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 01, 2018, 06:46:53 PM »
I'd rank the movies in this order - 1, 3, 4, 6, 5, 2.

I've only seen 1 and 2 but that looks about right. I've heard good things about 3 and that the rest are all solid after the disaster of MI2, which was somehow even involved in the infamous Napster controversy over the Metallica song I Disappear. Truly a movie bad on many levels!

Speaking of 3, best JJ Abrams movie he directed?

Once again, I've only seen 2 of them, but that certainly sounds plausible. I take it you weren't a fan of Star Trek 2009? I'd say it's TFA for the stakes and degree of difficulty, which is also what I'm most interested about in regards to Episode IX (more than, like, the actual content of the film at this point =).

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:28:07 PM »
Honestly not interested in this at all after the previous two movies (not even talking about the spin-offs, I doubt I'll ever watch Solo).

Though I haven't seen Solo either, I'm loosely planning to when it comes to my local $2 theater. I've heard interesting things; some like it the most out of these new movies, some say it's of the same kind, but it has Kasdan (and his son *nepotism alert*), so I'll be interested to see what sort of mess they made. On its face, making an unnecessary origin story/prequel like this for an already iconic character was a terrible idea, as Lucasfilm should have already well known. There was much lower hanging fruit, like doing more with the original cast before they die besides killing them, or that forever rumored Obi-Wan movie, which still seems like the most natural and appealing idea of all the contrived spinoff concepts tossed out there (how do they justify going forward with a Rian Johnson trilogy? =). Anyway, nobody was asking for The Young Han Solo Chronicles on the big screen, the risk was huge and the reward a longshot at best. They probably made it for the "right" reasons though, like Kasdan wanted to do it and so Kennedy said, "great" but they didn't think it all the way through, obviously.

It baffles me how quickly Disney shot itself on the foot with bad decision making for franchise. Which I think is probably the best thing that could happen, let it all burn and god forbid they'll have to start treating movies like a medium with any artistic substance.

The Lucasfilm Story Group is all about artistic substance, and integrity, and inclusion, and classic Star Wars, and taking Star Wars to new places for new fans, but still pleasing old fans, and the Skywalkers, and the extended universe, and all things to all people, and... ya know, they may just be trying to serve too many masters to try to make Star Wars some be all, end all thing for everybody, but it's not (just ask China, they don't care =), its galaxy has limitations like everything else and they'd be better off not worrying about that at all and just worrying about actual story (or even just continuity and congruity). Like when Rian Johnson bases major elements of his sequel on a scene of Han Solo's dice in The Force Awakens, maybe leave that scene in the goddamned movie!? Otherwise, what the hell else is a story group for other than to waste time? I guess they didn't have time to discuss it at committee (my God, they really made a committee).


Anyway, to put a bow on this, I don't even think the movies are that bad, TFA and TLJ are fine, well made movies, TFA coming the closest to recapturing the old magic with the original cast/crew plus good contributions from the new guys, TLJ being more like a meta fan film that bucked all that (including the old crew, sadly), but they're not standout action/adventure movies by today's standards other than for Star Wars fans seeing the band get semi-back together (why couldn't they all get together again? This IS a movie, right? They didn't actually have galaxy-sized logistical hurdles, they just needed to write something fun and appropriate? =). In any case, I think they're actually better than most crap out there, and they're certainly better films than most Marvel movies for mega franchise blockbuster comparison, but they're certainly not as pleasing and they can't expect to restore Star Wars to the top of the action pecking order after 30 years of other movies ripping it off and improving the formula. In that regard they simply don't stand out and I don't see what they can do about that other than giving the franchise to some crazy visionary directors or really debasing themselves (Fast & Furious... In Space! =). But they've already proven too conservative for that. Again, they want it both, or all, ways and are having it none so it's an awkward mess. They really shouldn't have kept Solo's original date because it was too close to TLJ and it felt like they were strangling the golden goose. Now they're left with a real goose egg for a year and a half before Ep.9 can make it all better at the bank. I bet they're counting the days.


Now, now people, there's no need to be so pessimistic. Thanks to modern editing techniques, they can use existing footage to complete the movie and feature Leia without Carrie Fisher.

And they can just get someone to dub her voice to say whatever they want, just like CGI Cushing! #RIP #Respect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5ffaTv4ajg

While the current state of the Star Wars franchise is indeed lamentable, let's take a moment to consider Lucas' original vision for episodes VII - IX.   :ganishka:

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/george-lucas-episode-vii-episode-ix-1201974276/

Now that's what Star Wars is REALLY about! :troll: :magni:

Lucas' is such a bullshitter though that I don't know what to believe from him on what the next trilogy would have been, or how many parts were ultimately "conceived," etc. The story has just changed too much over the decades and the answer is it ultimately wasn't going to go anywhere under him, which is why he sold it. And from what I understand Disney has incorporated plenty of elements of his Ep. VII treatment into the new trilogy: Kira = Rey, Uber= Snoke, Sam/Skyler was split into Finn and Kylo, who was also combined with Talon, Solo's death was in there, as was a disillusioned Luke training Kira/Rey, etc. How much more to it was there, and how much did he have on subsequent episodic entries after all those years? Some pages and paragraphs on each? That Disney stretched that Ep. 7 material into two movies and threw the rest of it in the dust bin probably tells you all you need to know about what and how much was actually there. I don't think they tossed out a bunch of gold just to make up their own trite shit. This was the best they had, including the best George Lucas could give them, and was presented better than he was capable of on his own at this point.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:12:48 PM »
Right? I remember seeing commercials for it at the movie theater talking about how it was on three discs and no cartridge could handle such an experience.

The commercials for it were AWESOME. I don't even want to look them up because I'm sure they'd seem quaint and cheesy now but at the time they were most effective at making it seem like this amazing, otherworldly experience. I love the old console war propaganda mixed in there too, "Cartridges are for LOSERS!"

That's not a bad idea. I'll think about it. :serpico:

I'm delighted to hear you like my proposition; I'll only require a "Created By" credit and a small, small percentage. :carcus:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:01:31 PM »
It was, but I loved it. I first played it at my friend's house, since he owned a PSX and I owned an N64. I remember getting through Midgar and making it to the world map, with him telling me I'd barely made it into the first disc. I was pretty astounded.

Shit man, that brings back memories. I got super sucked in and pulled an all-nighter getting out of Midgar and by the time you do you're so used to the parameters of world of the game up until that point, and already had a game's worth of narrative, that I basically felt like that was the climax right there, to the point I didn't even know what I was looking at when I saw the World Map screen, like, "WUUUUT?" Yeah, that was a great aha moment.

Nice! I played all of those, aside from Mario RPG, a little later in life. (Mario RPG is on the list, though!)

Definitely play Mario RPG when you can, it's classic Square and Nintendo working directly together, and it lives up to those expectations.

I've heard nothing but good things about that game. I'm sure I'll get around to playing it in the next ten years or so. :ganishka:

I like how self-aware this endeaver has become. You should probably be doing a Youtube show on these first-time classic playthroughs. =)


So, I guess I'm going through with a BL4 run now that I got the Platinum Trophy in Bloodborne. I still have reservations about this, especially after Gascoigne gave me some trouble (mostly, it turned out, because I was trying to use the Music Box when he transformed and that fucker doesn't work half the time! :mozgus:) but once I stopped fucking around and just fought him straight up like I would Koss or something it was ok (lol). I took down the Cleric Beast no problem and got to Amelia last night but I'm probably going to load up on upgrade materials before I take her on. Pretty invigorating, and it's keeping me up again playing way too long!

I've messed around with all the starter weapons but so far only upgraded the Cleaver. I thought about the Spear for serration in both forms and the poke, but it's a bit weaker, slower and less versatile on the first strike. Am also considering if I want to upgrade the whip for AOE crowd control and range or the axe to replicate my Ludwig playstyle. I know the whip is useful and probably viable, but don't know about the axe, so it may come up short. I was pretty good with the axe, but I just don't know if it's going to hit hard and fast enough without scaling to make sense over the Cleaver's DPS and defensive advantages; like, am I just going to lay myself out there in situations where I literally can't get hit and for little return on offense (which won't matter if I'm dead =). What I'm saying is, despite liking the axe, I'm probably going with the Cleaver/Whip for utility. You really do have to consider all the mechanics of the game on BL4.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:18:52 PM »
Yeah, but can she beat him playing using bananas or a potatos!?

Anyway, kind of a feather out of my BL4 cap, though it's invigorating. On topic and on the contrary, I just can't get back into DS3 anymore. Tooooo slooooow. I was even trying to BB it up but it's just not the same because of the clunkier rolling and movement overall. Before I took a break from it to play BB I'd ripped through 3/4ths of the game easilly but I just can't get back into it to finish the job right now (too bad, the whole reason I was replaying it was to fight Midir and Gael again =).

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