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  • I should be able to make it. Arclayn
  • I can pitch in to the podcast. But I can't stay up late. Have work the next morning. :( Arclayn
  • Heeeelllloooo... Is there a Joshie home? Arclayn
  • Arclayn

    Hello, my name is Arclayn
    and I joined on 9th Jun 2009

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    Kil'jaeden Finds This Offering... Inadequate 12 Jul 2009 20:43:08
    Have you ever taken a hellhound out for a walk? 02 Jul 2009 03:21:39
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    An Art For All Ages 18 Jun 2009 01:22:41

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    Have you ever taken a hellhound out for a walk? 10 Jul 2009 04:26:35

    SMTIO also allows you to directly control your "demon", and it is necessary for a few certain actions. "Master and Servant" is a more accurate description, as players have a "friendship" rating with their demon servants that ranges from "Wishes death upon..." (it no like you at all!) to "Linked by fate with..." (it idolizes you!)

    Although, what is more Pokemon like is that your "servants" in SMTIO are acquired from the many hostile demons out in the field, kinda like catching pokemon with a pokeball. Except, you "negotiate a contract" to get a demon servant. There is no demon catching ball-device. You can do this by being nice and friendly... or by threatening doom upon it. Some demons like a friendly face, others respect a show of power with a threat. But most will try to kill you just for trying.

    I understand what you mean by a huge time commitment. Popular MMOs are populated by players who have a competitive mentality to race to the top as fast as possible, and those who can't keep up are often shunned. It's a social aspect of MMOs that I despise. That's why I try to play these games with friends or family. That way, we can ignore the MMO social elites and their stupid perceptions and put in only as much time as we really want to. Besides, there are single-player RPGs that require insane time to finish! FFXII!

    CB10: Virtuous Division, Round 1, Battle 8 19 Jun 2009 14:31:35

    "Be nice to a nerd, for you will probably end up working for one someday." - bumpersticker

    Go Otacon!

    Well I can't say I'm totally shocked. You'll bonk anything. 18 Jun 2009 00:32:05

    Being the "wizened old sage", as Brian puts it, I'm actually old enough to remember when Final Fantasy IV was a brand new game back in 1991.

    Nevermind it was called Final Fantasy II as Square (at the time) skipped porting the real FF2 and FF3 to the United States up until the Playsation re-releases. Nevermind that the Engrish was so thick... well, the script was pretty damned awful, which of course spawned that culturally famous line, "You spoony bard!" And yet, I loved the game.

    It was one of two games in 1991 that attempted a pseudo-orchestrated soundtrack (the other is Actraiser by Enix). Now that was quite a change from the NES's square and triangle wave blips and bleeps and the Genesis's weak attempt at Yamaha FM synth.

    FF4 was one of the first games to attempt an epic RPG story with characters made of more stuff than their swords and spells. Most previous RPGs focused on the hack-and-slash through innumerable dungeons with the party lead around by basic hints from clueless peasants found in various "towns" which really were no more than country hamlets.

    To anyone who began their Final Fantasy journey with Cloud and Barret, FF4 is a joke. But to those old enough to be there from the very first Final Fantasy, in all its 8-bit NES glory, Final Fantasy IV was an epic achievement for its day.

    Since Brian showed me the first hour-and-a-half of The After Years... I'm hooked. Just gotta get me some Wii points.


    He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? 14 Jun 2009 19:30:59

    I have been considering buying an Xbox360. I haven't been able to afford one for some time, but I hold hope that won't be the case forever.

    However, the whole RROD problem has me concerned. A year and a half is just too short a time for a console to live. I've had a Super NES and a Playstation fail on me, but those lasted four to five years and were easily replaced at under $100 each.

    I know that M$ did extend the warranty for RROD. It was practically necessary to save face, both for PR and legal reasons. On the other hand Tri-Ace, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and Cliff Bleszinski have all graced the Xbox 360 with their collective divine presence. :D


    He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? 13 Jun 2009 18:22:17

    I am curious. How old is your Xbox360, Joshie?

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    He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? 14 Jun 2009 23:35:13

    The one biggest thing putting me off from buying an Xbox360 is the economy. I bought a Wii console back when my significant other and I were earning a lot more money than we are today. Looking to buy any new console today... I can't do it.

    I participated in a Quake 2 - Capture the Flag online ladder tournament back in the late 90s. The team (aka "clan") I was enrolled with retired #2 on the ladder as the #1 team was undefeated, even by us. I have my suspicions as to why, but no proof. Anyways, I am quite used to playing most online games without paying additional access fees, so I must admit that Xbox live holds very little interest to me.

    But the games? Yeah, there are a few I would like to play. Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery, and Star Ocean 4. At least to name a few.

    No Halo 3 for me, though. When it comes to first-person shooters, I am spoiled rotten (and a force of nature) with my keyboard and mouse. Blame it on my ol' Quake 2 online gaming days a decade ago. :D


    He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? 14 Jun 2009 19:32:59

    And my bold typeface tags didn't work. :D