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Tue, Apr. 6th, 2010, 11:10 pm
You know, I don't actually hate J-RPGs.

You know what? I don't actually hate J-RPGs. I know I rag on them A LOT. I can complain bitterly about them for hours. And it's not like I haven't played a bunch of them. I'm not some little newbie come to complain about a few he ran into that sucked. No no my friend, for every game you see listed below, I've played dozens more.

Speaking of, here is a list of all the J-RPGs I actually think are totally awesome. If you missed any of these, do yourself a favour and get to it.

NES

Dragon Quest IV

SNES

Illusion of Gaia
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI (Woolsey's version)
Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals (specifically the US localization)
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2...ish.)
Dragon Quest V
Tales of Phantasia

(still haven't played Wonder Project yet.)

PSX/PS2

Atelier Iris 2 ( I despise most the rest)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Final Fantasy Tactics

DS / Other

Mother 3
Pokemon Gold/Silver (yeah yeah I know.)
SMT: Devil Survivor
FFT: A2

Indie PC

Last Scenario (fuck, it counts today.)

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Aw heck, it's not even a complete list. I'm a big Shin Megami Tensei guy nowadays. In general, I pay attention to anything Atlus. So don't tell me I'm not a fan of JRPGs. You know why I dislike FFXIII? BECAUSE I HAVE SOME FUCKING SELF-RESPECT.

Wed, Oct. 28th, 2009, 10:31 pm
This sucks.

My new website is at http://www.aquinhasa.com/

I'm still ironing stuff out.

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Throughout the whole ordeal, I was calm and collected. They kept at me in either an accusatory tone or a blank tone that could offer no help. They are done with me.

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2009, 02:14 am
The Beatles

I've been listening to this band as of late. I know, I'm late to the party. Well, I've never actually listened to them before.

Let me give you a rundown from my point of view as I listened to each album:

Please Please Me - This is unbelievably awful tripe. It's pure fluff with no musical value whatsoever. Are you trying to tell me this crap was POPULAR? Oh right, I forget what passes for popular. In its defense, I suppose it was a "brand new sound" for the times. It has aged terribly.

With The Beatles - More of the same. I'm beginning to have trouble imagining how this band is considered creatively inspired. It seems they can't break out of a rut they've already established with a single album.

Hard Day's Night - Okay, I'm liking the blues riffs and it's clear it's a bit more grown up. But it's still pretty damn in-one-ear-out-the-other. I am not impressed.

Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul - I couldn't even make it through these ones. Maybe one day.

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Forget it, the Beatles totally suck. Maybe they were popular once, but their music is simply of no value. Oh wait...hang on, let's listen to Revolver and the rest of them.

Wow. Holy crap. Damn, this is good! WHAT THE HELL HOW IS THIS THE SAME BAND???

Seriously, the divide between Revolver onwards and their early stuff is freakin' bizarre. It'd be like trying to explain to someone "yes yes, The Wall and Pipers at the Gates of Dawn are both Pink Floyd albums."

There is simply no comparison. I have NO idea what (obviously tremendous) event gave them a swift kick in their talented asses, but thank goodness. I'm actually quite fond of The Beatles... you know, after all that sophomoric nonsense. Seriously, it's like two different bands. It's messed up.

On that note, you should listen to Revolver. And Sgt. Pepper. And Abbey Road. And yaddah yaddah yaddah. It's really quite amazing (if you're into music anyway.)

Mon, Aug. 10th, 2009, 08:57 pm
Gerahd legal system

As you know, the country of Gerahd is under martial law. There is no difference between their police force and their militia. Their militia is divided into two sections; the one responsible for civility is Praetorian's Shadow.

These agents ensure that no harm nor death comes unexpectedly to any civilian. Punishment is deemed by the value of that citizen.

Basically, however much that citizen would have made in taxes is now owed to the government by YOU, if you are a murderer. If you cannot pay them off, they will put you to work for their own ends.

There are no prisons in Gerahd, only taxes. Crimes are not automatically investigated (unless an agent is personally involved.) Instead, an affected victim must file a claim. So if a homeless person or tourist dies and nobody cares, there is no investigation. The investigation's expenses are covered by taxes.

If an agent finds you guilty, there must be a formal trial. The trial is not open to the public nor is it based on innocence. The agent shows the proof that deems the felon guilty. If the proof is accepted by a superior (normally this task is carried out by a Torah), sentencing is passed.

The sentence will always involve compensation to the government and never falls to punitive injury or prison. If the felon is young enough, he/she is usually trained as a Praetorian's Shadow operative. This is how they recruit.

The claim filed needs to fall under a section of Law. You can't just file a claim for any grievance. Stealing, murder, rape, injury, and the like are good candidates. If a crime is considered accidental or justified (killing in self-defense or killing another criminal or killing an adulterer, etc), the investigation is closed without trial. This is at the discretion of the agent and bribes are known to be accepted.

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One day I will get back to writing Sudhra. For now, I'm working on a video game.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009, 11:57 am
It's coming along...

I've lost 65 lbs. No, I still look just as fat.

It'll be a few more months, probably.

Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009, 10:16 pm
Blogs

My website, with various non-indie projects, can be found at:

http://www.dreamofwinds.com/

My blog, where I dredge up the past on obscure retro games, can be found at:

http://www.dreamofwinds.com/lonely/

And my indie devlog, where I talk about my projects and offer tutorials, can be found at:

http://www.dreamofwinds.com/aquin/

You can also find me on Twitter (@dreamofwinds), TIGS (Aquin), and Facebook. Whew!

Fri, Jun. 12th, 2009, 03:15 am
Wal-mart

I go and buy a cheap piece of junk from a store notorious for being full of crap.
I then act surprised when I get home and discover that my new 'product' doesn't function out of the box and needs to be returned.

I don't think I've *ever* bought something from Wal-mart and was actually satisfied with the purchase. Everyone I know thinks Wal-mart is shit. And yet we still all go there. Again and again.

What the fuck? Are we all retarded or something?

Thu, Jun. 11th, 2009, 11:09 am
Apparently I blog about political views now. Great.

Look, this whole Justice Sotomayor thing is getting ridiculous. The "Right" are all up in their own grill with the whole 'racist' comment. The "Left" are meekly backing down from their defense of the woman, after it became apparent she wasn't gonna apologize for it.

She shouldn't. Americans are so ridiculously sensitive about racism, that they can get really stupid sometimes. As a white man that has suffered no hardships (many of the judges fall into this category by the way), I can safely say that I trust her ability to judge. She has led a life of tough moral decisions and has been forced, out of circumstance, to carefully craft her judgments to have a successful personal life.

That's what she was trying to say. As a latina (who are generally poorer, which is what she really meant), she has 'lived' more than most white men (she meant priviliged, she just sucks at choosing the right words.) Is it racist? Stop caring about something so fucking trivial. "Do poor people know more about morality than rich people?" Is *that* CORRECT? Yes. Yes it is. Trust the woman as a judge and not as a poet, let's move on.

Hey, Hollywood, we're calling in a favor. Get Lindsey Lohan out of rehab and crash her car into the side of an LA bus. That'll distract the media long enough for this to blow over.

Tue, Jun. 9th, 2009, 01:10 pm
Drug Money

Apparently, the Taliban fund themselves using drug trafficking. Oh noes what do we do!?

The solution is *unbelievably* obvious. We simply devalue their crop. How is this done?

WE DO OUR *OWN* DRUG TRAFFICKING. A'duh. Look, if you give the Taliban heavy competition (offering a better product at a lower price at our expense if necessary), suddenly you own all their buyers.

Infiltrate the network, set up your own contacts, take it from them. If you run all the drug trafficking, they are OUT OF A JOB. Suddenly, they can't fund themselves and cause death.

What would you rather have? A legitimate drug trade or the continued deaths of thousands of innocents?

But NoooooOOo. We're so afraid of drugs in our culture (and honestly, the fears are legitimate), we don't want to use them to win a war. England had the balls to take Hong Kong in this manner, what the hell is wrong with North America doing it too?

Goddamn wimps.

And I know I've mentioned "taliban" often enough in this post to get it flagged by the CIA or FBI or whatever. How about you guys take this idea under consideration?

Sat, Jun. 6th, 2009, 12:07 pm
The Sims 3

This game seems to be much more 'impersonal' than the last one. I don't think that's a good move. I'm wondering if I should just pick up Sims 2 instead. Yeah, I'll probably do that.

It's hard keeping up with games when I don't really care about them anymore. It seems once you start making your own (as I've done in full force), you lose interest in oter time-eating activities.

EDIT: Sorry, there's a bug with the lj-cut.

Here's what I missed that *does* kinda bother me:

Art Style: PiCTOBITS

I would love to play this game, but I need to get a DSi. That probably won't happen until the end of the year. I think I'll wait anyway; I'm interested to see where DSi-ware goes first.

Punch Out! - Wii

I'm buying this the second I find a copy. It seems Wal-mart has safely slipped back into it's old habits, much to the chagrin of many local gamers. We've been closed almost a year, and they STILL talk about us. The fools. :P

Henry Hatsworth - DS

Again, I would LOVE to buy it. It's not here. Thanks Wal-mart. *MY* store would have it.


iPhone games

Man, there are a ton of interesting ones. I think they're compatible with the iPod Touch, so perhaps I'll pick up one of those instead.



Here's what I really don't care about:

inFamous
Velvet Assassin
Bionic Commando (I played it with Frank... it's not bad, but I can't bring myself to care.)


And here's what was at E3 that I'm *totally* gonna buy:


Professor Layton & the Demon Box

Look, let's get this out of the way right now. Professor Layton is my hero. That man has a sexy brain. There will eventually be six of these. I will be purchasing them all.

Scribblenauts

This is a game where you can write any word (apparently it recognizes *thousands*) to conjure objects and generally change the structure of any level. It's made by the guys that did Drawn to Life and Lock, which were both reasonable failures of potential. Third time looks to be the charm.

Metroid: Other M

Despite the terrible name, I can't deny the PA glee. Metroid + Ninja Gaiden? Just saying those words is like sex.

Last Guardian

A follow-up to Shadows of the Colossus. Will it suck? I dunno, it doesn't look great. But I can't deny the powerful effect of the last two games.

Heavy Rain

Eh, it looks interesting. I may or may not buy it. I'll certainly keep an eye on it.

Monkey Island

A new Monkey Island made by the ORIGINAL DUDES (Telltale's founders are them dudes.) With the extreme success of their Sam & Max, I expect excellent things.

Here's what was at E3 that strangely didn't interest me:

Mario... either game.
God of War 3 - I'll wait and hear what it's like later.
L4D2 - Where the crap is Episode 3? Valve, that's all I care about. I'll buy L4D *later*.
New Legend of Zelda can stuff it.

Project Natal - Hey look, the 'giant' consoles have finally figured out that Nintendo has been kicking their ass for the last few years. It's too little, too late guys. Motion controls and special accessories are no longer a selling point. You'll have to jump back in with a new console a few years down the road. It's the only way to get back into the market.

PSP Go - Go away.

Final Fantasy XIII - It's been years and they're STILL pushing it back? Congratz Square, you just took the mantle from Duke Nukem.

Beatles Rock Band - Yeah, the Beatles are well known for their jamming guitar solos. As if.

Indiecade - Ouch. It's true though. E3 is a place for the big boys to show off the penis. In a deluge of E3 coverage, no indie stands a chance. You get more attention AND more respect at GDC or PAX or... god, anywhere else. Just get out of the way of this ridiculous circus.

Hmm...that's an odd bug.

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