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General Discussion / Re: So what's the dorkiest thing you've ever done?
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:11:32 pm »
I have a small collection of toys on an old school desk that my grandfather used to have. They're mostly gifts and good memories, but two are worth mentioning. Lightning Farron action figure and a small Sailor Moon doll--the very same one that I'm posing with gape-mouthed in the self-picture thread.

Also, I'm getting the larger Sailor Moon doll from a friend and I plan to play with that like I'm 7 years old. Happy magical girl fun times! :crazy:

Oh, and everything is on top of my tiny collection of books (Nerdy stuff like The Wicked Years series and Haruhi Suzumiya) and manga. :p

Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy VII NES Project
« on: August 25, 2012, 12:35:00 pm »
What happened to Aeris' white skirt?
Initially it looked like a palette issue to me, and that Aerith couldn't have a white skirt or else she'd have to sacrifice the peach color, but looking at Lugia2009's palettes...

Peach, yellow, and blue.
Peach, white, and red.
Orange, green, and brown.
Peach, red, and brown.

It looks like it wouldn't conflict with anything... The brown of her hair is in the top two parts of her sprite in pretty much all of these, and there isn't any brown showing on the last row.

Maybe it was changed because peach is closer to pink, and her ribbon and skirt are supposed to match?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Graphics and Gameplay Discussion
« on: August 24, 2012, 06:16:43 pm »
I'm 16.
Wow, I'm not the youngest anymore! :D

As for 19-year-old me, my life as a gamer been jumping onto the bandwagon of a system at the end of its life. I think my parents' NES and SNES were the only exceptions, but the NES was gotten before I was born. Um, at any rate, I didn't get a PS1 until the PS2 had been out for a few years, so I was raised on Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, Final Fantasy "III", and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I didn't care that the N64 and PS1's graphics were better, I just was happy to play these games.

I finally got my own PS1, as I said, at the end of its life. And again I was playing things like Beyond the Beyond, Final Fantasy VII, Legend of Legaia--old-looking stuff. I mean I did get to try the better-looking PlayStation games, but graphics-wise my philosophy was, "If I can tell what it's supposed to be, I don't care about graphics."

That motto's stayed with me through the PS2, the GBA, the DS, and the PSP--all gotten as they were dead or dying systems, of course.

I was blown away when I first rented FFXIII to be played on my friend's PS3, and I still am! Heck, more so now that their TV actually displays 1080p. Everything's so fluid... Oh, but I digress.

The point is, I always figured you can appreciate beauty in all video games, or at least stand the graphics. I mean, my friend's little brothers played Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, and the Streets of Rage games with me.

Then again, perhaps they were only happy to have played co-op. I can't speak for them, nor can I speak for others who claim dislike of 2D graphics.



And in keeping true to my age, here's an extremely unprofessional webcam photo I took of myself with a doll to contrast to all your amazing photos.

Now you know what true horror is.

...A 19-year-old boy geeking out over a 12-year-old mint-in-box doll, and he just had to take a picture on his mother's web camera at 2:30 AM.

Come to think of it, I don't think I have photos that are of the caliber of you guys'. Most are either too outdated or joke pictures friends took.

Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy VII NES Project
« on: August 17, 2012, 01:10:48 pm »
You could shorten it to five battles. I mean, it's not like you're getting limit break items or ultimate weapons as a reward; it's just gil.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Most frustrating gaming experiences?
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:05:46 pm »
I laughed.

Lufia: The Ruins of Lore is considered the weakest point of the entire series. It wasn't even made by Neverland, it was made by Taito, the people who publish the series. They as well as fans across the world found out real quick that good publisher =/= good developer.

The combat is closest to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom's, except you see your enemies on the field map ala Lufia II and The Legend Returns, and there's a Dragon Quest VI-style class system.

In short: There's a reason why "The Ruins of Lore" abbreviates to TRoL. The GBA Lufia was a troll indeed.

Apparently, Aerith is still "Aeris" in the rerelease.
They didn't even change that? How lazy! ::)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Most frustrating gaming experiences?
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:29:31 pm »
Lufia II was unforgettable! Okay, granted, I like Curse of the Sinistrals more, but that's because I tend to prefer action RPGs. :p

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:40:30 am »
Not entirely true. Apprentice him to the right masters, Peco is completely broken.
I'm in agreement with you, Azkadellia. I think the general strategy for Peco is to not use him at all until the team grows up, then put him under Fahl and keep him there for pretty much the rest of the game. He becomes a friggin tank.

In a different vein, Nina and Garr are pretty much useless, at least according to GFAQs. I think there were some preferred setups for the characters that they used... I need to find those.

I will admit a fault, however. While I like the idea of the apprentice system, I do not at all care for how you have to walk back and forth across the world to access them. No random encounters on the map, sure, but it'd be more convenient if you could do it from a list in camp ala BoFIV.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:02:26 am »
I'm now dabbling in Lufia: The Legend Returns when I should really be finishing Dragon Warrior VII. Seena and Wain have just reached the bottom of Slani Cave.

I think I'm going to try and finish Dragon Warrior VII though. Come September I won't have this much free time.

So I think in The Legend Returns I'm just gonna go get my second companion, then switch back. :D

Personal Projects / Re: The Final Fantasy Legend Proper-caser
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:51:16 am »
Oh, it was easy! :) I just took the table file, which is included with the .ZIP file, and opened it in Windhex32. After that, I loaded up The Final Fantasy Legend's ROM--mine was in .GB format--and ran a search for one of the pieces of all caps text. After that, I decided to peek through the dialogue a little.

See, the dialogue is in dual-tile encoding (DTE), and what that means is that the text is capable of printing two letters at a time, but only taking up one byte. It just so happened that I could work a little text magic with the DTE and fix some of the more problematic pieces, like Mireille's name being spelled Mileille, and the "He don't leave" message when you try to swap a still-living character out.

Sorry if you knew this stuff already, I like explaining what meager information I know! ;D Have a nice day, shadow501, and thanks for asking! If I got my information wrong, someone please feel free to correct me.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Comparing game localizations
« on: August 12, 2012, 06:28:53 am »
From what I heard, the bug fixed in FFII US' version 1.1 was the fact that in version 1.0, if a battle drags on too long, casting spells will apparently freeze the game. I may be wrong, though.

The specific example I heard is using Rydia to cast Stop and Edge to steal Artemis Arrows from Karys (AKA MoonGuards, Selene Guardians, or Moonmaidens.) for Rosa, and then at some point, after you command Rydia to cast Stop and the casting duration is over, the summoner walks forward, raises her arms, and the game hangs. The music purportedly still plays, but the animation for Stop never comes.

Final Fantasy IV: The Spell that Never Came!!!


As far as I know, this bug was fixed in all ports and remakes.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 12, 2012, 02:46:36 am »
But... but I like all of the Breath of Fire series... :'(

*starts flame war over Breath of Fire V with this post*

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: August 11, 2012, 12:43:29 pm »
I finally finished Parasite Eve II. This was my second playthrough, and while I was waiting to own it I just couldn't resist a replay! I did a lot better this time, killing most of the enemies in the game. I only missed one set the entire game, I think.

Anyway, I think PEII leads into the 3rd Birthday better than I thought before, so it was worth a second run.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: Zelda3 Parallel Remodel
« on: August 09, 2012, 06:44:06 pm »
I was just stopping by to say "the grammar oh noes" but it appears that that's been spoken about multiple times already.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Recommended hacks/translations?
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:55:40 pm »
Not to derail the thread, but there's something better out there by Artemis64--the Lufia-Patches. One of the projects, Frue Lufia, has even more bugs fixed than Reli's old Fixxxer, and it features an updated script to boot. For some reason Artemis64 hasn't been too receptive to my ideas of uploading this collection here on RHDN, but it definitely deserves to be more widely known, especially with how much work has gone into it.

There are difficulty hacks and super bosses and other things in here too, but Frue Lufia is the one of interest in my opinion.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:01:08 pm »
I sure hope you've played Vagrant Story in hi-res ePSXe then.  That game has lots of fan service, but it's not directed towards the usual demographic.
Oh, you know it! ;D Ashley? Mo' like Dat Assley!

...Okay, yeah, bad pun. Regardless, my only regret is that I can't transfer my .MCR file to my actual memory card when I buy Vagrant Story for reals—as in the disc.

I liked it, but I still prefer the first.
Oh naturally! Parasite Eve is my #4 favorite game of all time.

It gets boring pretty quickly anyway. I mean, she doesn't even have anything to salivate after anyhow.
The only thing I noticed about Aya's body is how she sways her hips in the exact same manner Basch of FFXII does. That and she has amazing skin, but hey, she's fictional.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:44:23 pm »
But but... what about the Neo Ark?

Parasite Eve 2 I thought was a fun survival horror game with great graphics, but I was disappointed it changed so much from the original game.

If you have the means Vivify93, definitely check out The 3rd Birthday in PSP.  Sarge and I both enjoyed that one at least.  I thought it was highly underrated.
I was trying to avoid talking about Neo Ark. :P Also, I've played and beaten the 3rd Birthday and it captivated me. The only thing that bothered me was that I felt I missed out on the fanservice since I'm not of that persuasion. On the second mission I realized I was likely playing the 3rd Birthday wrong when I was staring at the soldiers' asses and not Aya's. :laugh:

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:38:27 am »
Took a break from Dragon Warrior VII (Over 52 hours!) to replay Parasite Eve II. The first time I played it, I didn't know the entire game was basically Dryfield and the shelter. I kept using things like the pouches that raise armor capacity up because I didn't want to leave them in Dryfield for when I went the "next town." Boy, did I get a surprise at the end of the game... ::)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:13:56 pm »
Dragon Warrior VII has sucked me in. I finally surpassed the parts that my sister and I never did as children and I. Can't. Stop. There've been some grindy moments but all in all things are going smoothly. I have 27 hours sunk into this game and we've just reached the land of Dune.

EDIT: ...I have 27 hours sunk in and I've only been playing this for three days. I have no life, people. :'(

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