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Gaming Discussion / Re: Any Good Retro Turn-Based RPGs?
« on: February 15, 2015, 09:07:55 pm »
By turn-based I assume you mean basic RPGs, like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy 1?

Anyway, Dual Orb 2 - it's the basic RPG. Literally everything about the game aside from the battle-sprites is generic. That's not a bad thing, it hits all the right notes, and it's pretty much the benchmark by which I measure every other basic RPG. SNES game, with a translation patch found here.

Breath of Fire 1 and 2 - much like the game above they're standard RPGs. That said, many of the genre's cliches started here, and it's interesting to see them where they originated. I wouldn't call either game great on its merits, but they're good, and what they did for the genre was great at the time, alas it's a genre that hasn't expanded much (generally speaking) since the SNES days.

I'll always advocate people playing Shin Megami Tensei I and II.

Earthbound is about as retro as it gets from the battle standpoint, but the game's loved for its sense of humor. Never really cared for it personally, but it's worth looking into, and I understand why people enjoy it.

Phantasy Star II and IV - the series does get praised because it was an alternative to the Nintendo games of the times, but I'll still say that both of these games can stand on their own without issue. IV's a truly good game, by any standard, II hasn't aged very well, but it sets the table for IV.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy I 3DS remake
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:31:48 pm »
I assume it had more to do with the target demographic of the system than battery life. Outside of the few games that were purely products of their time (which the original FF1 was), the series has never been overly difficult anyway.

There are a handful of exceptions. II's a difficult game, but that has more to do with mechanics (and there are exploits). III's difficult no matter what, and so is its remake. XII has difficult side content. XIII is a relatively difficult game once one gets to the meat of the game.

My point is, the difficulty may have dropped, but it's not as though Ninja Gaiden, or Devil May Cry was neutered. Most of the games weren't difficult to begin with. That said, I understand the frustration of not being challenged by a game when one's looking for that element.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Persona 5
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:40:29 pm »
Cat name spoilers

Morgana is the cat apparently.

P.Studio is the name of Persona Studios, it's what R&D1 morphed into. R&D1 was Atlus' team that worked Persona, EP/IS, Nocturne, and Digital Devil Saga etc.

Katsura Hashino is, if not the head of the P.Studios team, then the one who directs most of their games. He's been director, producer, or both on: Persona 3, Persona 4, Catherine, as well as P4:Arena. This includes most of the remakes and revamps. He was also the game designer for Nocturne (SMT III), and Digital Devil Saga, so his track record is pretty much outstanding.

General Discussion / Re: romcast 1 and 2
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:02:47 pm »
Okay, I've sent the interview to Talbain to host, and once again, we'd like to extend a thank you to him for his efforts. We'd also like to thank our wonderful guests, and the people who listen and give feedback.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Persona 5
« on: February 05, 2015, 10:52:00 am »
I am hyped. That is all.

Igor's back, the Masquerade motif is brilliant, and they're using the Catherine engine. What else needs to be said?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Higan, the bane of my existence
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:18:54 pm »
I don't remember if it happened here, the BSNES boards, or the Dejap section of the ZSNES boards back in the day, but I once told Byuu that I, for the longest time, thought BSNES actually stood for BS NES. His retort was "Only the system requirements".

General Discussion / Re: Head-scratching quotes
« on: January 31, 2015, 07:27:27 pm »
I've asked some pretty dumb questions in my day so I'm not really one to talk, but I've also been on the receiving end of a few. I was once asked when the War of 1812 began. It's probably never best to assume a when something happened, or where it's located based purely on its name, but it usually gives a hint.

Gaming Discussion / Re: running Tactics Ogre on epsxe, graphics issue
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:30:29 pm »
What plug-ins are you using? There are some 2d specific graphics plug-ins that you may want to try first, just to see if it clears up the issue. I have no clue what the latest versions are at this stage.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:28:25 am »
The Saints deal was massive, right after the hurricane ravaged the city, a city, and state, and group of people that are very passionate about their sports in general. It was an amazing real-life storyline, and just about everyone was pulling for them to get that win. Sports sometimes offer stories that are more remarkable than fiction; sports can bring communities together, people together, and they can offer relief from the boredom of everyday life, they can offer excitement, or be nothing more than entertainment.

I love watching sports, for a lot of reasons, following statistics, for the competition aspect, or just to hang out with family and friends and unwind.

Ultimately I'm rooting for the Pats, but I'm very frustrated because of the cheating. Yes, it's always a part of pro sports, and yes they're worse for it than some (and less worse than others), but on a personal level, I'm all about fair competition and level playing fields. That doesn't lead to results, especially in ultra-competitive leagues like the NFL (National Football League, for non-sports fans), but I'd rather lose and not cheat than win and cheat. As someone that's coached before, it's a deeply held belief of mine.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:31:19 pm »
It's nice to see condescension hasn't gone out of style, even after 2,000 years.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 03:59:11 pm »

The line of logic you put forward does seem agreeable too. Mind you I do then have to read picking sportsball team then gets to be a function of laziness and some kind of localism (if that is even a term), though I am a great advocate for the former the latter always feels distasteful.

Unless you produce some hard, wide-ranging polls, then we really don't have sufficient info to determine why each of the like 200 million people watching the game roots for whichever team they root for, if they root at all, or are even fans of the teams, or football in general. Your train of thought only works in a vacuum, in the real world there are dozens, perhaps even hundreds of reasons someone roots for the team they do.

I root for Boston teams because my family would get together and listen to the Red Sox on the radio, or I'd sit with my grandfather in the den and watch games on an old tv. Some of my fondest memories are watching the Sox when they had losing seasons. As I grew older I could have easily picked another team to root for, but what should the criteria be? A team's logo, perhaps I enjoy a player on the team (this is actually why I pull AC Milan, because I'm a major fan of Honda). It's all arbitrary in the long run anyway, just as some would say rom hacking is, that doesn't mean it's any less enjoyable, or exciting to me.

I assume I get the same amount of pleasure out of sports that you get out of building things in the shed. I may see engineering as nothing more than a pure application of logic, whereas you may get emotionally invested in said projects. The reverse is true for me and sports.  Sports around here are more than just the games, they're about socializing, cheering with friends, being down after a loss, getting hyped, and amped up etc.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:31:44 pm »
Several of my family, nowadays including my old man, do live just north of Seattle, however supporting sports teams (or indeed much of anything) by a quirk of where you were born/raised seems very odd to me. Granted team sports in general seem odd to me, or more often just boring as you like to watch and play.

To a large portion of the population, spending one's time hacking roms, and working on games from nearly 3 decades ago seems odd. The door always swings both ways.

Choosing a sports team is generally done at a young age, especially if one's into sports. Naturally, the home team of a particular region will get more coverage, have more merchandise, be talked about more often etc.

That's just the logical conclusion as to why someone would be a fan based on where they lived, to say nothing of the fact that, not being a Sox fan around these parts is akin to treason.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 04:47:16 am »
I live in New England, I've always rooted for New England teams (as in, the Pats, and Bruins, Celtics, Revolution, Sox etc.).

That said, it's very hard to root for that Patriots with everything going on. Just a frustrating situation as a lifelong fan.

« on: January 26, 2015, 07:10:57 am »
I love me some corn flakes, but things like this, and Cocoa Puffs, and Kix, etc. These aren't things I eat for breakfast, these are things I eat later in the day, on a lazy Saturday for instance.

Is there anything more beautiful in this world than the color of milk after it's had Fruit Loops sitting in it?

Special K is definitely the best tasting cereal that's of some nutritional value.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Enix and the quality of their games
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:09:30 pm »
tri-Ace has also found work back with them on the FFXIII series. This comes after Resonance of Fate (End of Eternity) was published by Sega. I'll take that as meaning there's not too much in the way of hard feelings, seeing as they've been making use of the company's talents for battle systems at the very least.

tri-Ace isn't a bit company. They've got around a hundred employees or so, now they're not as niche as something like Front Mission in the NA region, but they're relatively small, and their games don't set the world on fire in terms of sales, plus they've been with Enix for a long time (96 or so). Yet the relationship seems to be a solid one. I'm sure someone else can give other examples, tri-Ace just happens to be a company I personally enjoy.

General Discussion / Re: Whatever happened to fan translations?
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:15:00 pm »
I think the real question here is, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

« on: January 13, 2015, 03:13:51 pm »
Always preferred cinnamon toast crunch personally. In addition to that, Booberry, and Count Chocula.

Definitely have to pick some up though, they're softer than the CTC, which is both a downside, and a good thing, depending on the day and texture I'm looking for.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Qustion about rpgs
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:50:13 am »
Have you tried the (Shin) Megami Tensei series as a whole?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:07:53 pm »
There are a couple people around here that have worked with Suikoden in the past. I know of at least one, FaustWolf has done some work on both 1 and 2 if memory serves.

I'm not sure if they're still around, or active, but if they are, then you may be able to ask them for assistance on where to begin, or perhaps they have some help they can offer.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gameboy ROMs on SNES Powerpak
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:00:57 am »
That's kinda what I figured. I guess I'll just stick to playing them on my laptop. I pretty much only play the Castlevania games (big surprise) and maybe just a few others like Link's Awakening. Not worth spending money on it since I only care about probably 10 games for the system.

If you were to decide to spend money on it, know that they're pretty cheap. A quick look at Amazon shows them selling for around $12 U.S.

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