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  1. I don't know why but its just getting harder for me to fall asleep that I've been losing sleep.

    I honestly don't know if I do sleep anymore. 😕

    1. SgtBloxx

      SgtBloxx

      Do you think it’s something serious? If so, you should probably see a doctor.

    2. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      I don't think so to be honest. At least I'd like to think personally.

  2. Finally I have the seven RINGS IN HAND!

    1. The Master

      The Master

      Left hand or right?

    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      But your a crow

       

      Shouldn't it be Seven Rings in Wing

    3. GrammyGram

      GrammyGram

      He could have using his feet

  3. Its been decades but...

    But finally we got rid of the whole Macross dispute in the West so both Macross and Robotech can be distributed in the West.

    This is a big thing because Macross was an influential mecha anime but due to so much legal disputes no one has been able to see any of the series. This is good timing because Macross Frontier is getting a new movie I believe and I want more people to experience it.

    1. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      That's really cool. I've always heard of the series but never seen any of it myself, and I had no idea of all this stuff going on in the background.

  4. I guess I'll mention a few. I'm a fan of narratives in video games and a good story really makes me love a story, usually. I mean at the end of the game its still a game but these are a few highlights. I might be repeating myself in previous threads but whatever. I'm humoring the topic. Odin Sphere used to be my favorite game of all time before Hades came into existence to challenge that but I digress. The reason why is because I kept thinking of its story for years ever since playing it only a few times back during the PS2's hayday and I feel like that's a good hallmark of a game. The story is loosely based on Norse mythology where characters are inspired by various Norse characters and there's an apocalypse looming over head but everyone is busy dealing with their personal issues to care, if they even believe in it. But what makes Odin Sphere work for me is that its a multiple perspective story told through various characters leaving you, the player, to piece things together. The first book is about a valkyrie Gwendolyn who's trying to gain her father's, Odin's, approval because she feels lesser due him ignoring her for other matters and people. Most of her story is her going out to try to win this approval but ends up taking a fall for Odin because of his past actions and has a sleep spell placed on her as punishment. Her story is about how self destructive it can be to win another's approval; Odin manipulates her into giving him whatever he wanted and Oswald, the black knight and Gwendolyn's fiancé, does his best to not do the same because he wants her to love him for who he is but due to Gwendolyn's short sightedness made him give up on living, leaving Gwendolyn to save him from the Underworld. Its then she realizes what's important and lives for herself, accepting Oswald's love and rejecting Odin's plans. However her story is just a small piece, one that helps world build a chunk of the setting. The next couple of stories clarify what happened outside of Gwendolyn's story. Cornelius is a prince from a neighboring country suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, transformed as a beast but ends up getting involved with bigger issues at hand like the corruption of his nation. Mercedes is the fairy princess who suddenly becomes queen due to her mother's death at Odin's hands and gets trapped into a power struggle on who should lead the fairies into war with Odin. Oswald's story is about his struggles as he's constantly being used as a tool to advance someone's agenda before finding feelings for another, becoming independent in the process. And Velvet's story is about trying to stop the end of the world as told through prophecy but she has a lot of personal issues to deal with first. Its all then tied together in the Book of Armageddon where the player is rewarded with an ending depending on how much they've been paying attention to the story but I think its needless to say what happens here as its in the title. The thing I just really like as I mentioned before is the multiple perspectives going on. For example Gwendolyn gets put to sleep for covering Odin's bastard children by killing his jackass general but in Oswald's story you find out what happens during that time, namely Onyx the Fire King was trying to wed her before Oswald's request happened and the two fight over her hand in marriage. But not only that but you'll get to see a different side to characters. Belial became one of my favorite characters because of this; When he first appears as the first boss in Gwendolyn's story he appeared as a big dumb dragon that the fairies sicced on her but in Cornelius' and Mercedes' stories he's actually intelligent and calm but is being mind controlled by 3 evil wizards to do their bidding. Because of Cornelius' strength and Mercedes' compassion he defies their orders and helps them out in some way after defeating him. Same thing with Mercedes who appeared in Gwendolyn's story as a major threat due to her position but is shown as a kid who needed to grow up fast in her own story. I just love trying to piece together the bigger story but its just artfully crafted that it kept me thinking for years and I absolutely love it, even if it fell off in recent years. Its what made me love Vanillaware so much and I'm glad they kept this level of story telling in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim but I digress. Phew. I love Odin Sphere so much I ended up talking a lot about it again. I guess I'll just mention a few more stories I liked. Yakuza 0 is the game that won me over with the series. Its a crime drama where a rookie Kiryu Kazama gets framed for a murder he didn't commit while Goro Majima is yakuza who took the fall for his brother and is forced to live a fake life of glamour to get back into the family. Like Odin Sphere there's 2 perspectives going on but you don't know when they're going to converge until it does. But I really ended up falling in love with the characters because they're passionate in what they do but while they do try the right thing they're constantly being questioned left and right by friend and foe alike. Personally though I love Majima's story. He's in a glided cage. trying to appease his boss in order to get back in his family but then is suddenly asked to assassinate a blind woman. This is where he starts questioning if this was worth killing an innocent person over. Majima does end up falling for her but it turns out the situation was bigger than he realized and he's constantly trying to protect her. I just love a good love story that turns around someone's life. At the end though... After all the karaoke and dance parties I really loved Yakuza 0's story a lot. It build its characters, setting, everything so well its just so fun both as a game and as a story. Its just so good. And finally Hades as I mentioned before might be my favorite game ever. Like Odin Sphere its based around mythology, this time its directly Greek myth. Its about a god named Zagreus who's tried of his father, Hades, being too overbearing and wants to see the outside world. But the Underworld is too cruel so everytime he tries to escape he either has to make it out alive or die trying literally and back to square one. I think this premise works so well because everyone is a god of sorts so death is just a bonk on the head at the end of the day. The story is pretty simple but at the end of the day its about how one person trying to fix a lot of personal issues. Orpheus can't get over his failure, Achilles blames himself for what happened in the Trojan War, and Hades himself while isn't presented to be evil for once has his own family issues to deal with. Its the kind of story you want to root the main character with basically. I am still processing it mind you but I think its a good, simple story that just works.
  5. Its the start of spring and it feels like summer already. What the hecc???

    1. Harkofthewaa

      Harkofthewaa

      I know, right? This morning I just said screw it and popped in my AC. The last two nights were hot as balls and opening the windows only does so much.

    2. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Meanwhile it's freezing here.

    3. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Ok good, so I’m not the only one that feels this way lol.

      This summer is going to be hell.

    4. Piko

      Piko

      Meanwhile in Britain, it snowed yesterday.

    5. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I'll take it. I've gotten so sick of dark days and crappy weather.

      i mean its jumping between snow and sun over here, with rain inbetween, but we're making prgoress

  6. CLEVER STATUS FROM UR PAL CROW!

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      UNEXPECTED RESPONSE FROM YA BOI FAILIN

  7. I guess I'm probably odd duck in all of this. I'm not particularly annoyed by my current internet experience. Its mostly because I don't actually interact with people outside the few circles I'm in and nobody really cares about me so its mutual. I managed to put on a filter and ignore pretty much the world, well I guess the English speaking world if I'm being honest. I don't know what's trendy or what's a meme anymore but that's fine because I don't really care. I just like keeping to myself and everyone is giving me my space. Yeah I did ran into a few bad apples randomly but it wasn't anything serious. They just try to put me down and leave. At this point I'm just using social media to follow my interests and my friends that I made over the years. But that's just me. I can be a social butterfly at times which does contradict what I just said but I just don't really pay attention to whatever is going on in the world and I'm happier not knowing.
  8. OOPS! DIS IS DA WRONG REALITY! CROW SORRY ABOUT DAT! *closes door*

  9. So Platinum Games announced a new project

     

  10. Monster Hunter Rise is a lotta fun

  11. Where did everyone go? BINGO?

  12. Food for thought: Mario and Sonic can survive a nuclear blast as long as they have a power up and/or rings. I swear they survived a lot of crazy attacks in gameplay that its like "WAT!"

    But they can't survive being crushed. Huh?

    1. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      If they can survive fireballs and firewalls and even standard bombs with their powerups, they can survive being incinerated by a nuclear bomb. Unless the force of the bomb causes them to get crushed between two objects, then that'll do them in.

      Mario and Sonic also display no signs of being affected by radiation. Space is extremely radioactive, and neither have any health issues floating around in it. Thus, as long as they have their respective powerups, Mario and Sonic can survive such explosions with no future repercussions.

    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      I say Sonic has the edge over Mario as he can survive standing on lava. When he doesn't instantly die from it, contact with lava as Mario causes uncontrollable butthurt where he'll just repeatedly bounce off and rapidly deplete his health. Then again, Sonic would be unlikely to recover his rings in that given situation

    3. AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      He may survive that but he can't survive a giant hand slap of death.

  13. Whoa!

    Coco Kiryu got acknowledged by Sega due to her love for the Yakuza series. She really came a long way for her husbando.

    1. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Ya know, I'd honestly be down for Vtubers coming in to promote some of their games lol

  14. Wait a minute... I just realized with the Gen 4 remakes coming...

    People will be able to experience this meme all over again!

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      This is a meme?

    2. OnerousRiot

      OnerousRiot

      Yup. it's even lead to some really hilarious memes.

  15. Thanks Zelda! Now I feel like an idiot for not realizing rupees was an actual currency.

    Maybe video games were a mistake 🤔

  16. There's a lot of games I nearly missed because I hadn't been paying attention to the scene. I actually got into Monster Hunter through World and I am aware of the previous games so I won't pretend that there wasn't anything before hand. It took me a while to click with what the game was going for but I actually really like the idea of going through a big boss game and planning for everything. I really love these monster designs and the fact they have their unique behaviors to take note of during a hunt. I'm really excited for Rise's release because after playing the demo I had a lot of fun with the doge being able to Tokyo Drift everywhere and the Wirebugs providing so much free movement. Its just so much fun! I also really love the Yakuza series. I heard from a friend about it once and I dismissed it as a GTA clone which I'm not a fan of in general. But then I heard from word of mouth that it was sillier than it lead on to be. After trying 0 I saw the light. It was one half a serious crime drama and other half just silly fun, sometimes both mixing with each other that its one of the most over the top experiences I've ever had. I really love the world building in this series and the fact there's a lot of things to do to the point where several minigames are very fleshed out. Also Kiryu is a very noble character that he's constantly saving people on a daily basis and he can never hurt an innocent which I feel like helps with the narrative. I don't like open world games since I don't know what to do in them but I really loved how fleshed out they make the cities in the series, making this series the exception for me. I just love how its a story about a man going through life and its tribe and tribulations. In a way this series help me get over getting old because Kiryu becomes an honorary grandfather by the end of the series but he remains the same guy through and through. Its just so good. And while its been years since I got into it I think its an interesting story. I almost missed out on the Disgaea series. I remember one of my friends mentioning it once during lunchtime one day but later on during my high school years I got depressed and was pretty bad. If my friend would had never mentioned it I would had completely miss it during its heyday, though its more well known now. I'm glad he recommended it to me because I ended up being a more cheerful person because of it. I am glad the series has been successful since then but I'm happy I didn't miss out on it.
  17. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser is a Furry

  18. Watching a certain dragon play Super Mario is a good time. Good thing I wasn't planning on sleeping soon!

  19. POKEMON LEGENDS: HONCHKROW IS REAL!

    GUUD NITE~!

  20. I'm really tired rn GF so show me the money so I can sleep on it

  21. Now that's punk!

    1. Ryannumber1gamer
    2. Cuz

      Cuz

      but is it daft?

      ...

      too soon?

  22. Snoop Dog as usual I see!

  23. Someone explain to me why the Persona series gets a free pass from Western audiences when its literally everything people hate in a JRPG.

    Its a waifu simulator but the girls are either barely legal and in high school or there are adult women that you can date but people also find weird because the player character is also a high schooler. The characters are anime stereotypes and have bland designs at times. The games are a social commentary on Japan but it flies over the West's head at times. The modern setting isn't anything new nor does it do anything interesting with it. And the story is about edgy teens going against society in different ways.

    The game is turn based which is another thing the West dislikes. The time management does make it interesting and somewhat unique (the Atelier series did it first among the genre) but it can come off as an inconvenience. It does have that mons appeal because of how the Persona system works but its not universal appeal either nor do I hear anyone being excited about the Personas either.

    So all it has really is style but that's kiiind of shallow. I honestly don't how this series really appealed to those who never liked the genre at all. I don't get why people bash everything else for using these tropes when Persona is literally those tropes in the first place. What kind of double standards are these???

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      Yeah I'm probably starting World War 3 or some shit but I'm just genuinely baffled

    2. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      It’s because it’s art style is more appealing to them. It’s something I noticed a lot of Nintendo tubers who straight up don’t like JRPGs say all the time. 

      I honestly don’t get it either it is a double standard when you get down to it. 

    3. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      I like it because it's a modern day urban fantasy JRPG, with cool designs and characters, and a fun battle system with the Personas.
      All it is, my sister got the game, I thought it looked fun, I played the game, I like the game.

      Hell, I like Dragon Quest, which is the default template of all JRPGs. I like it because the game is fun.

      Maybe people should try expanding their interests.

    4. Wraith

      Wraith

      there is definetly a double standard surrounding persona 5 that highlighted just how shallow the discourse around these games is for me.

      most people who complain about JRPGs(or most games really) don't play them. persona has an appealing artstyle so it skates past when the pot shots come out. in something like xenoblade chronicles 2, the anime tropes are more overt and cutesy artstyles always get mocked here in america. it gets shit despite xenoblade as a series having a more compelling narrative and more in-depth gameplay systems than persona usually does. 

       

      nothing these games actually do matters. it's all about what they can gleam from trailers/smash bros. it doesn't matter how 'anime' something actually is, just what it seems like. 

    5. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Cause it lacking in that "samey" anime look of other games? Because modern settings that're "nothing new" are still better than fantasy settings that're nothing new? Because the fanservice found in Persona is less excessive vs other JRPGs??? Because the series openly spelling out that it takes place in Japan automatically makes Western viewers more comfortable with it showing Japanese themes and politics versus had they'd show them in a fantasy world? Because being a anime gunsman in Smash beats being an anime swordsman?

    6. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      Adding onto what Wraith said, much of the western audience expects things to cater to their interests of culture. JRPGs, and many Japanese games, are made with a Japanese audience in mind. Even those catering to worldwide audiences are still made with a Japanese mindset, Sonic included. The differences in culture are unheard of for many western audiences, and so they react with confusion at seeing a culture so similar to their own yet different.

      Lest we forget that the team behind Persona 5 were surprised by the worldwide success, considering that they figured it was a very Japanese game that overseas audiences wouldn't understand.

    7. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      But Supah Berry there's this scene...

      But wow I wasn't really expecting these kinds of responses to be honest.

    8. Soniman

      Soniman

      Does it have random encounters? 

      No?

      Then the west will praise it

    9. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      This is incredibly ironic given that Persona has just as many of those dreaded Anime tropes, and its writing is arguably worse than other JRPG's.

      Yea, its a weird ass double standard. Most of the people who love Persona 5 but hate JRPG's have probably never touched another JRPG in their life.

      Its incredibly aggravating as a JRPG fan myself.

    10. Sega DogTagz

      Sega DogTagz

      The style points are a massive band-aid. It covers up a lot of the surface level JRPG cracks that would prevent a lot of people from even touching it.

      I think one of the strengths of Persona in this context is its relate-ability. While most JRPGs focus on epic quests, heroes and princesses,  All the personas at their core represent a struggle between the SuperEgo and the Id. That's something we all deal with every day. Watching the characters struggle with the face that they show society while they reckoning with what they believe themselves to be is something that is easy for any viewer to grasp. Even when Persona is framing characters as a princess in a castle or a God commanding the common folk, they don't loose that relate-ability and they remain easy to become invested in. 

       

      I think that's the biggest reason Persona was able to latch on in the west. The problems that characters face are mortal and present in everyday life. The cultural barrier gets shattered when your watching a girl understand that she is being objectified by her looks, or a guy who gets cast aside and labeled by the world because of one mistake. That stuff jumps boarders.

       

      and while the writing sometimes isn't the best, the persona narrative arc from start to finish are almost always some of the best in any game. PS5R is a masterclass in designing a satisfying ending.

    11. JezMM

      JezMM

      As someone who doesn't really have the time to play every long JRPG release to find out which ones might appeal to me, if I'm gonna play one, it'll be the one with the really cool art and music and high production values.

      Everything in that Nintendo Direct, as an example, looked like generic fantasy settings, nostalgic throwbacks (that I have no nostalgia for coz I didn't grow up with those kinds of RPG games) or like a less cool version of Persona 5 (the art style of At World's End didn't really appeal to me).

      But yeah, I think Persona also has a really big strength in also being a sort of slice-of-life game where you get to see the characters also just trying to live their normal lives between all the heroism, and the two sides of the story stay linked in both narrative and gameplay.  That's the sort of thing that elevates a JRPG from feeling generic to being investable to someone like myself who doesn't consider themselves a fan of JPRGs.

       

      I find it weird that OP refers to it as a waifu simulator too... I've only played P5, but as far as I can tell each game usually has like, one character who has a fanservice look and the rest are usually fairly modest.  The only reason they get sexualised en masse is because they're female anime girls and that's what fanbases do.  And even the "sexy" characters always felt somewhat grounded to be honest (a far cry from say Xenoblade 2 where, much as I love her design, when I learned that Pyra's character designer was also a known hentai artist I was like "ah yeah that adds up" lol). The age issue is legit in places though, I really wouldn't have minded if they had localised out the ability to romance Futaba, squick.

    12. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Psssssst.

       

      Trails of does that better, you should play them. Falcom got your back.

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