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Gaming Discussion / Re: Good 2D Fighting game probably lost in time
« on: December 01, 2016, 03:38:01 pm »
WeaponLord. Had the game as a kid and didn't like it from a gameplay standpoint, though I was interested in its story, art and the characters a bit. As I got older, and much better at fighters, I came to appreciate it for what it was. In a way it was the Street Fighter 3 of its era, with higher level play being the expectation.

Eternal Champions was interesting, but unlike WeaponLord I wouldn't exactly call it good. It was the epitome of mediocre, but it had an interesting cast, it looked solid, and and had a couple very interesting features.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Persona 5
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:27:44 pm »
Wow, forgot all about this after all these years. Very disappointed about the game not dropping on Valentine's day, but either way, from what I've seen of friends playing it -- which admittedly isn't a whole lot because I don't like to be spoiled -- and heard, it's everything's it's cracked up to be.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:52:59 pm »
The SNES cpu runs between about 2.4 and 3.5 mhz. Compare that to even notebook processors in 1989, which were running between 20 and 25. Desktops were up past ten times that in 1985, for example. Not the only criteria of course, but it should be noted, the SNES' cpu was built on tech from 1985.

As was said, the specs are pretty clear.

General Discussion / Re: Shigeru Miyamoto: Christian?
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:50:50 pm »

Furthermore, even if your silly supposition were true, it doesn't matter. Because when he was born, it was almost definitely confined to religious use.

Silly supposition, in this thread? Inconceivable.

If your whole point was to say you admire that he admires family then that's awesome, but this hardly needed a thread. To call someone out on leaps of logic, in a thread wholly dedicated to leaps of logic though, that's kinda hypocritical.

That said, I love alpacas. A friend of mine's family used to raise alpacas. Elegant, spitting, biting, fluffy creatures.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 08, 2015, 12:13:42 pm »
Don't be hating on Shadow Madness. That game had a small handful of awesome things associated with it.

General Discussion / Re: America: "Gay marriage is ok"
« on: July 06, 2015, 06:52:57 pm »
You did say, however, that we should look into ways to make sure marrying couples can produce children. That's a pretty big invasion of privacy.

Also, writing great works, fighting for equal rights of individuals, or doing good deeds can all lead to continuing one's legacy as well. Sometimes these things become the legacy as a whole, and the children of such individuals live in the shadows of their parents/grandparents etc.

Leaving a legacy doesn't necessarily require children. And there are far too many extenuating circumstances to determine who should or shouldn't be considered valid to be married, even if we use your "Straight couples intending children only" definition of who should be allowed to marry.

General Discussion / Re: America: "Gay marriage is ok"
« on: July 06, 2015, 01:23:54 pm »
So then, let me pose the larger question. Seeing as certain aspects of your life are dictated by your religion. Is your aversion to using the word marriage, or your ideas about only applying that word to families who have children through birth also dictated by your religion?

If the answer is yes, then it becomes a church and state issue, and it may give you some insight into why we don't pry into people's personal lives to find out whether a couple is fertile prior to them getting married.

General Discussion / Re: America: "Gay marriage is ok"
« on: July 06, 2015, 10:52:57 am »
Let's assume someone follows a doctrine that doesn't permit, or at least frowns upon, sex prior to marriage. Assuming that's the case, should straight couples who find out later in life that they can't have kids throw away their marriage because it's no longer going to be about reproduction at that point?

Should gay couples not be allowed to adopt?

Should elderly straight couples be allowed to marry, or re-marry in the case of widows and widowers, even if past child-bearing age?

Many people, gay and straight, like what marriage represents. The union of people in a monogamous relationship, the vows and ceremony, the pledge in front of family and friends. That aspect isn't confined to only religious people, straight people, or any other single group or ideology; it's a concept that crosses borders across country, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and many other facets of what makes up a person.

Also, it's not particularly fair to pick out the worst scenarios from each side. We'd be here all day if I said: "Let me direct you to some crazy shit Fox News once said". Even if I happened to agree with certain aspects of one news sources' political leanings, most are far too biased, or have personalities that are far too biased. That whole avenue should probably not be gone down.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Worst RPG Deserts?
« on: July 05, 2015, 09:49:01 am »
Tales has a long history with crappy deserts. The one in Eternia is a pain, for example. Vesperia's has the water gimmick, but it's not that bad, though probably the most annoying dungeon outside the last couple. Graces' desert isn't unlike any other dungeon in the game, except for that little side-tour you take in the middle of it. I actually rather like that whole section, as the battle system finally opens up around that point.

Breath of Fire 3 deserves special mention, just for its length, and the fact that the game actively gives you the wrong directions when you check to make sure you're going the right way.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Strategy games for SNES
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:15:36 am »
There's only two answers that matter if you've got Der Langrisser covered.

Front Mission, and FEDA.

FEDA is like Shining Force, it SF was three times more awesome. Play Moar Front Mission.

Being completely honest, I absolutely adore both those games. Front Mission has a very good story for the type of game it is, and I love the customization. FEDA just feels like the grown-up version of Shining Force. Like Shining Force is the middle school kid's version of political intrigue and SRPG, and FEDA is his hardworking, hard-drinking dad, who says whatever's on his mind because he's seen it all, and lost 2 fingers and a toe in the war back in the day. Yeah, I like FEDA that much.

Also, even though I don't consider them very good, or fun personally (sorry), Cyberknight may be something you like. It hasn't been mentioned yet. The graphics are dated, but if you're into science fiction then you may enjoy its aesthetics, and give it a fairer chance than I did.

General Discussion / Re: romcast 1 and 2
« on: June 25, 2015, 06:17:42 am »
So, my motherboard likely kicked the bucket (I keep everything backed up, no worries). It's just been a slog since everything's up and running again to actually get back in and edit stuff. I'm grinding it back out though.

Phone browsing is better than it used to be, but it feels so alien to me without a keyboard, and everything I'm used to.

General Discussion / Re: Dragon Ball Z: Clean Version?
« on: June 04, 2015, 12:29:02 am »
I'd like to add that a lot of people skipped over some very highly rated shows of the mid 80s that were clearly steeped in sex and violence.

Magnum PI.

I'll draw your attention especially to that last one. A show that portrayed suicide, protagonist murdering various people, domestic violence, all wrapped around a male sex symbol and quite a few shower scenes.

From an objective viewpoint, it's very, very hard to say that American TV hasn't gotten progressively better over the years. Outside of a few rough spots, the evolution from Variety shows, and simplistic formulaic fair of the 50s and 60s, into shows like M.A.S.H. in the 70's into those aforementioned shows of the 80s, into the 90s (with some tame and safe: Full House, Fresh Prince etc. and some less so).

It's pretty widely accepted that the U.S. is sitting pretty in a Golden Era of TV, with shows like The Wire being allowed to be made, and aired, which yes, isn't family friendly by any means, but its cultural impact or quality shouldn't be denied.

As for movies. Odds are, you're watching the wrong films. There are so many movies made, all over the world, don't like Hollywood? Then turn into places like England/GB, Germany, or Scandinavia, and look at their output, France, Italy, Asia, etc. There's something out there for everyone, and we have access to it nowadays. In addition, it's much easier to make, and edit films nowadays, meaning if you're looking for spectacle, even from non-U.S. sources, you can get it, just as easily as you can get access to art-house comedies or drama, with no oversight, just as the director and cast intended them to be portrayed.

All that said, there's standouts from the 30s and 40s. But there's standouts from every era. There was only one John Ford, and one Orson Welles, but there's also only one Christopher Nolan, and Terrence Malick (and yes, I chose those names on purpose).

Edit: Also, no the MPAA doesn't use X anymore. They switched to NC-17 in 1990. There's only a handful of notable X films in the 60s, and 70s before the rating got picked up by the porn industry. After that, most movies that were ultra-violent, or extremely sexually charged (or both) didn't get ratings, and therefor got limited release. It should be noted, the two biggest films of that type, were both released during those "wholesome" years we're discussing here.

We could also get into a discussion on the Hays Code, and how films made prior (late 20s to mid 30s) were way more violent and racy than they were for the next decade afterwards. Also, we could note how some films (Biblical deceptions on-screen) were able to undermine the code. If one wants to discuss movies, then a little bit of history is usually required, because sex and violence in movies isn't a straight line. It shifts with the societal norms of a country. What was Rated X in the 60s (Midnight Cowboy) wouldn't be now (and isn't, it's now officially R). Whereas Baby Face, from the early 30s wouldn't have seen a release for 20 years if it wasn't made when it was (it's about a prostitute who sleeps her way to the top, by the way).

General Discussion / Re: Your projects and Repro Carts
« on: June 03, 2015, 02:46:47 pm »
Plenty of flash carts exist to play on real hardware, and the limited quantity of games floating around in the wild don't have to be destroyed in order to achieve that goal.

I really don't get the appeal. Making a copy, or a couple copies for yourself, some friends, or those involved in the project is one thing. Taking someone's work, which can't be updated if something is broken, and destroying a cartridge to sell it to other people really irks me. Even if the game in question isn't great, but the hack is, it still irks me. It comes off as similar to destroying a painting, and then using the canvas to print a reproduction of a Blake, or Monet. Yes, the print is likely better than what occupied that space, but it's a subjective notion, and you had to destroy something else to put it there, not to mention, odds are, it's not William Blake doing the work, or receiving the credit.

That's before we even touch upon the legality issue. There's already enough stigma with the hobby, to the point there's whole areas on the internet where it can't, or shouldn't, be talked about. Bringing even more negative attention to it, and being seen as nothing but the greedy, scraping the bottom of the barrel, does absolutely no favors to most people involved, or interested.

From a purely practical standpoint, flash carts offer a couple advantages too. They can, or some can, emulate the higher end chips, meaning rare treasures don't have to be destroyed in order to push systems to their limits. Also, if a hack gets updated, even years later, adding that update is relatively simple.

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 28, 2015, 04:57:30 am »
In other news, RPGs are easy, and Baby's First RPG is even easier than that.

As a side note, just about every FF game from that time period all the way to 12, with a handful of exceptions for spinoffs (most easy in their own genre), were also a joke in terms of difficulty.

If you're looking for difficult RPGs then you're looking towards the wrong series or, at the very least, you're looking towards series 15-20 years too early.

I Still take issue with FFVI being so easy, and VII, and VIII... and the list goes on.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:16:30 pm »
Since we've listed every other BW RPG (except Jade Empire), it should be noted, if you can play 'em  (and they're relatively new, so it may not be likely), I also can't recommend Mass Effect enough.

There's not much in gaming, especially nowadays, that simulates the experience of carrying a character, and their choices, over for 100+ hours of gameplay. Yes, much of it is window dressing when you really examine every slight difference in dialogue, but for a casual run of the series (or even two) it's an astounding experience that I can't say has ever been executed so well (better than classic Wizardry even).

First game's still cliche BW. Second game is one of the single most polished, and perfectly paced games I have ever played, the third game can ruin the thrill of two, but what it lacks in many areas, it makes up for by being a damned good third-person shooter, and very fun.

My reflexes have gotten progressively better over the years.

I'm not at my peak anymore (I had a very high rank in Tekken 6) and stuff like that, but I'm sure I could pick it back up if I was as dedicated to the series as I used to be.

That said, other than Tekken, I've never been great at a fighting game, solid-to-good at most, but not great. Tekken was merely the way the series evolved (being built on the same core) and me playing a lot of the games over the years.

There's a million people out there better than I, but that means there's likely 3-4 million that aren't quite as good.

In terms of single-player games. Nope, I'm still sharp, thank goodness. It will go eventually, as everything does. When that day comes, I suppose I'll switch to visual novels or something. Kind of upset that I played all these turn-based RPGs over the years, should have saved them for when I wasn't good enough to play Devil May Cry.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Expound on your favorite 8 NES games. ;D
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:17:18 am »
Shocked to see Zelda 2 get so much love, definitely my favorite in the series.

In order:

Ninja Gaiden - This is the epitome of the NES era in my eyes. Great graphics for when it was released, tough as nails, and still a game I find myself playing from time to time. Heck, it's still in my favorites list to this day, and I rarely touch anything older than SNES/Genesis stuff at this point in life.

Darkwing Duck - Game's a bit iffy with some minor technical issues, but it's very pretty, and plays very well for what it is. My answer to MegaMan I suppose.

Punch Out - I played this more than I played NG. Still have a tough time with it, even though I can beat Super Punch Out in like 20 minutes at this point in my life.

Startropics - It was an epic game.

Kirby's Adventure - This is the reason I adore HAL. I played the hell out of some Kirby.

Contra - Contra is the shooting version of Ninja Gaiden, that's all that needs to be said on the topic.

Castlevania 3 - My favorite classic vania, and definitely the most overlooked game in the series. Branching paths, and alternate player mechanics.

Metal Gear - There's an extensive article about why it's the inferior version, and it is. That said, it also started my admiration of a series that lasted for about 20 years.

General Discussion / Re: romcast 1 and 2
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:30:47 am »
Holy cow, we literally have 4+ hours of audio here. I've got the first section trimmed down, but the latter part is almost 3 hours by itself.

I also make one of the single dumbest comments I've ever made in my life, and make a complete fool out of myself, just something for everyone to look forward to.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:39:03 am »
Can't ever go wrong with the Black Isle, and BioWare classics.

Planescape: Torment is more visual novel than RPG, but it likely had the best story of any game up to the point of its released. Supplanted perhaps, nowadays, by games like Shadow of the Colossus, which is more a poem, to Torment's novel-style storytelling.

Knights of the Old Republic is classic BW. Cliche in every regard, but so well presented, perfectly paced, and containing just the right amount of personal drama, and humor that you'll end up hanging on every word just to hear what comes next.

Both those games are also easily playable on most hardware, and both are on GoG, KOTOR goes on sale for $5 U.S. every month or so it seems. If you're a fan, or even have a passing interest in Star Wars I can't recommend KotOR enough, one of the best all around games ever, even if its systems don't quite stack up to what came after it.

If you're more into action, System Shock 1/2 and Deus Ex would also be good placed to start. These 4 games (perhaps Baldur's Gate II in place of KotOR if you're more into fantasy) are pretty much the backbone of turn of the century PC RPGs, and probably the best place to get your feet wet, without requiring updated hardware.

If approximately 3% of population isn't large enough to have an effect on the economic model, then I'm curious what one guy out of three hundred and twenty million qualifies as.

One guy with a mediocre diagram ranting on the internet, also not very important.

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