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  • The Nintendo Switch

    Abyss Master - - General Gaming

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    I moved the posts related to Octopath Traveler to the appropriate thread.

  • Quote from MVS: “Skull kid acted like a wimp because he was a wimp. It would be one thing if Skull kid was a compelling villain to begin with (like Zant or Ghirahim), but he wasn't. Just an annoying imp. ” The Skull Kid is easily as compelling of a villain as either of those two, given how he enters the story and how he remains relevant throughout. He may start off as an annoying imp, but the whole point of Majora's Mask's intro and the building menace of Skull Kid and his mask is that he's beco…

  • Hello ZU. Adding to the recent trend of threads that complain about certain story aspects in Zelda games, I'm here to talk to you about something that grieves me about Majora's Mask. I touched upon this briefly in a separate discussion elsewhere on the forum, and it got me into thinking about what my problem actually was and how I should best articulate it. So here goes. --------- For those who either haven't played the game (what are you doing here) or haven't played it in a long while, let me …

  • It's 2:50 AM right now and I can't fuggin' sleep. I'm gonna start a new replay of Breath of the Wild.

  • My favorite game of 2018 is undoubtedly Smash Bros. I mean, come on. It's Smash Bros. But there's been a fair share of other games this year. I'll talk about them briefly, as I really can't be bothered getting into long dissertations on each one. Anyway, here we go! - Octopath Traveler: I really enjoyed this one. Put lots of hours into it and had a great time playing. The individual stories were of varying quality but all on the good side, with some being merely pretty good and others being real…

  • Putting this in spoilers, cuz there's a lot; (Hidden Content)

  • You're making assumptions based solely on precedent. "The one time they've used this tactic" is not really an argument against reincarnation, because it being done in that manner once is no guarantee that it will be done in the exact same manner again. If you'd been applying this logic back in the early 2000s, you would never have seen Wind Waker's Ganondorf coming. You would have expected the developers to do the exact same thing they did in Ocarina of Time, because at that point it was "the on…

  • Quote from Setras: “Quote from Abyss Master: “I disagree strongly about retiring Ganondorf. While I do think his best iteration remains Ocarina of Time, I don't think we've seen the full extent of what can be done with him as a character or as an antagonist in the series, and Wind Waker is hardly the peak in terms of what can be done with regards to motivation or agency. ” But there's the rub- in WW, Ganondorf is dead, and hasn't appeared since, with PH and ST bringing new antagonists in to repl…

  • I disagree strongly about retiring Ganondorf. While I do think his best iteration remains Ocarina of Time, I don't think we've seen the full extent of what can be done with him as a character or as an antagonist in the series, and Wind Waker is hardly the peak in terms of what can be done with regards to motivation or agency. What I do agree with is how you describe the nature of Calamity Ganon and the role it plays in BotW. From the very start, as soon as you lay eyes on the castle and see the …

  • Mod note: Let's get back on topic, namely what games we're currently playing. Thanks. EDIT: I'm playing Civilization 6 on the Switch. Yes, really.

  • The Stand-Up Comedy Thread

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    If you're someone who likes comedy of the crude and offensive kind, you can't do wrong with Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle. He doesn't seem to have any official Youtube channel with clips to use, but he does have a website where you can listen to three different volumes of his stand-up. frankieboyle.com Here's a review of the first volume, from the Guardian. theguardian.com/stage/2017/aug…review-edinburgh-festival

  • The whole idea of letting you go straight to Hyrule Castle to fight Calamity Ganon is that it's supposed to be something you actually can do, just not easily. The boss gauntlet is an effective way of doing that; it may not be your idea of fun, but it very easily demonstrates the advantage of defeating the Divine Beasts, beyond just cutting down Calamity Ganon's health before the fight against him begins. I think the game would have suffered for it if it felt more like the Divine Beasts were a do…

  • Played some four-player FFAs today online. Loads of fun, even with the occasional lag. When it hit, it hit hard. Got an arena up and going. If you got me added, you can join it.

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

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    Xenoblade games have a sort of rhythm to the combat that you eventually come to understand as you proceed through the game. Xenoblade 2 in particular is easy to get into as it takes its time with letting you get a feel for all the different aspects of combat, starting out with just using plain arts and then eventually graduating to fighting alongside other characters, and then onwards to using Blade and Driver Combos. And honestly, past that point there's not much more to learn. You have a lot o…

  • Quote from Mirren: “There's another perfect example within the series, itself -- Ocarina of Time. The Hyrule of 7 years later isn't harrowing because Castle Town is destroyed, Zora's Domain is frozen over, Kokiri Forest is overrun with monsters, etc. It's harrowing because we, as the player, experienced those areas when they were enjoying peace and prosperity. We walked through those very parts of Hyrule before they went to hell. That jarring shift in atmosphere is far more dismaying than the si…

  • Let me put it this way; I had to watch the Norwegian dub and I still loved it to hell and back.

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

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    I can agree that at least FFXIII didn't require you to watch a movie to understand certain aspects of the story, but I still think FFXV has it beat in terms of having a coherent narrative, because at least in FFXV you won't be completely lost in terms of knowing who's who, what's what or where's where within the first fifteen minutes. Even without watching Kingsglaive, you can still get the general gist of what FFXV's story is about. With FFXIII, you have to read entire pages of datalogs just to…

  • Speaking of still being alive, I'm glad to see familiar faces around here. Gosh, it must have been quite a while since I last participated in roleplaying. I remember having a concept in mind back then, but I never got so far that I managed to really get it going.

  • Hi ZU. I don't think I've ever shown you my dog, but she got herself a new plushie for Christmas and instead of trying to rip it to shreds with her teeth like the other ones, she's just been cuddling it while laying in her favorite chair. (Hidden Content)

  • ZU's Game of the Year 2018

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    [vote] Pokemon: Let’s Go Dragon Ball FighterZ Pillars of Eternity II Octopath Traveller Far Cry 5 [/vote]

  • Quote from Ruki: “Define alive. ” Sure. Do you feel anything when listening to this? youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

  • Hello? tenor.gif It's been so long since I poked my head into this part of the forums. Who's still alive?

  • The Stand-Up Comedy Thread

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    I'm actually a little bummed that I forgot to mention Bill Hicks in the opening post. He really is up there with Carlin as one of the great comics of the past, who has inspired his fair share of other comedians. Someone else I wanna highlight today is Bert Kreischer, who is most famously known for his story about how he got involved with the Russian mafia (warning - language): youtu.be/paG1-lPtIXA

  • Mod note: I moved the Danganronpa discussion to a thread that was more appropriate for it. Danganronpa Thread: High School Shenanigans EDIT: As for what games I've been playing... Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: I mean, come on. Of course. Spider-Man (PS4): Already played through the story of the third DLC chapter, now working on enemy bases. Kingdom Hearts: I bought the All-in-One package for KH3, as I figured that I really should give the series another shot. I only ever played a bit of the first …

  • It's not really feasible for me to set up matches during the morning on work days. Though of course, others can still join in.

  • Alright, let's see if we can get some battles going. I'll be available to play online for the next two hours, so anyone who wants to throw down can reply in this thread and we'll make a battle arena. Friend codes not needed.

  • The Stand-Up Comedy Thread

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    Well, that didn't take long. Less than a day and already I've got several names that I need to check out. One guy I didn't mention in my previous post is Gabriel Iglesias. He's a crazy talented performer who can tell stories like no-one else can. He's also really good at using his voice for comedic effect, something he's very known for. Posting a clip to show what I mean: youtube.com/watch?v=5QQzusr4IH0

  • Yeah, there's no requirement for voice chat. If we can get some folks together, I'd like to try setting up a battle arena later today.

  • The Stand-Up Comedy Thread

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    This isn't something I tend to bring up in idle conversation, but I am a huge fan of stand-up comedy. So much so that I decided to make a thread here to have a place to discuss and share my thoughts on different stand-up specials and comedians. What drove me to actually want to make the thread was a piece by the late and great George Carlin. You'll find few lists of the best stand-up comedians through the ages that fail to mention him, and for good reason; even having seen so many different rout…

  • Using autopick all the time can be very tempting, but it's hardly the optimal way of using spirits. I've had much more fun with World of Light (and the Spirit Board) when I've manually selected the spirits myself, and saved them for later use. I tend to use autopick when there's a special hazard or condition that needs to be countered.

  • I've done a bit of digging and it certainly seems to be legit. As such, I want to reiterate that we have a strict policy for spoilers in the General Gaming board. If you do feel the need to share them, make sure they are appropriately marked with spoiler tags. If you are ever in doubt, err on the side of caution. Give Kingdom Hearts fans the opportunity to read, watch and listen to spoilers at their own discretion.

  • Let's have a winner.

  • Oh right, that does make a lot more sense. I'm sorry, I got confused there. Although I do still think that Lucina being an echo of Marth and Chrom being an echo of Roy is still a pretty reasonable way of doing it. You retain the similarities between Lucina and Chrom while allowing for the latter to have a moveset that seems more in line with how he fights in Awakening, while the former retains her similarity to Marth (a reference to her initial role in the game). But alas, the one who was wrong …

  • I can see how Roy (and by extention Chrom) could arguably be called clones of Marth, as they still have a similar moveset despite having significant changes made since Roy first debuted in Melee, but it's just flat out wrong to say that Lucina and Chrom are echoes of each other, and it's equally wrong to say that they don't have their own playstyles. In a game like Smash, if you change even something as minor as whether the tip of the sword deals more damage or not, you've already completely alt…

  • I unlocked all the characters over the weekend, which is frankly less time than I spent back in the day unlocking every character in Smash 64 and Melee. So while I can see the frustration with someone who wants to play as a specific character right out of the gate, in practice I don't see much of a problem with having to play the game to unlock the content you really want to play, given how quickly you can unlock the different characters. That's on top of the adventure mode, which lets you unloc…

  • Quote from gamtos: “ Quote from Canyarion: “when you defeat your first opponent, the level reloads and the second opponent appears. And your health/damage gets reset. ” Aw what? That sucks ass. That's just regular Smash Bros except you pick characters for a few matches in advance. Barf. ” Khao already touched on this: Quote from Khao: “Quote from Canyarion: “Did anyone else expect Smash Strike to function differently? You both pick 3 or 5 different characters, which is a great idea. Now it works…

  • Alright, well, turns out the arena will shut down on its own if no battles occur within a set time limit. Probably a good idea to agree in advance before setting up a room in that case, but also putting up the ID tag/password (if there is one) so that other people can join in if they feel like it. At least, that's what I'm gonna do when creating an arena.

  • I have an arena up and going. If you'd like to join it, you can do so by using the ID tag. EDIT: Arena shut down I'll keep the room open for a while. I'll update this post if I end up shutting it down.

  • Quote from Canyarion: “My code is: 2587 and then 5919 followed by 7087 (I don't like machines being able to google my code in the regular format...) I have a LAN adapter, so my connection should be pretty good. I haven't tried online yet, because I'm having too much fun offline. Edit: should we mention what region we live in? So we can form matchups between people who are close to each other? I'm in (Western) Europe. ” I added you. Already have Mirren added. Mentioning the region we live in is p…