Thursday, January 30, 2014

Podcast Update Jan-Feb 2014 - Playing the Catch Up Game

Well now that things have settled down I finally feel like talking again.  If you didn't know I pretty much hate the holiday season. It is absolutely the worst time to talk to me. But now that its over, I can move on.

Copyright Strike?!


I ended up getting one for a video from years ago. Apparently for the music content. But the entire video was blocked. It was basically a video of the Wild ARMs 5 Artbook scans. When I went to search for the company that was responsible I found they were a Japanese company. Apparently these guys are a group that's out to make sure copyright is enforced on Japanese media. I tried contacting them personally but recieved no response as of this date.  I doubt I'll get a response from them either.  Anyway the strike is stuck there for 6 months.  What YT took away is my privilege to make my videos unlisted. For those that don't know unlisted videos can be viewed as long as you have a link to them or they're already in a playlist. I was generally making use of this so for those that wanted to see more of that particular game could just view the entire playlist if he or she wished.  So I'll just have to deal with doing scheduled uploads again...

Lightning Returns - Insert Random Barbie Doll Joke 


I played the demo the other day. Honestly while I like the game, I also dislike it. I personally was never really fond of Lightning. The battle system does bug me a bit. The controls feel like something that should've been there since the first game.  Its a decent game from the looks of the demo. I already know the story bits from watching the Japanese version. Ppl will be surprised who the final boss is. Assuming they payed attention to the storyline.  I hate the costume bit you can barely color some of the outfits.  Its not really a job class setting its more like your equipment determines your stats and your attacks determine the other. I haven't decided on the version to pre-order yet. I'll check what's up before I do that.

Naruto is pretty much done.


Over last night I finished it. I pretty much stopped caring about rank and just finished Legend mode. I ended up discovering the secret fragment with Sasuke's story.  So that will soon be uploaded.  Just gotta pick the music. I didn't realize how much BS was the difficulty of the last 2 fights in Legend Mode.  I really hate the game's camera and hitboxes.  I guess what I'll do to finish things is the small fights of the Ninja World Timeline.  I don't really care much for the sidequest like that tournament mess.

Lair is Finished


Like I posted in my review of it. I had the most fun with that game thus far.  I doubt I'll play another good dragon game anytime soon. The game surprisingly doesn't have any trophies.  But oh well. I had fun with the game. Had the appropriate amount of difficulty to make me play harder. I enjoyed the game overall.

I'm Still Catching Up


Even with a couple of games done I still have the desired amount of games done and with February and March pretty much here. That's a lot of backlog.  Sigh.  The other issue is making sure its things ppl want to see. Which obviously I haven't been doing from the looks of things.  I just hope the next 2 months go better.

Ideas I want to try but just not sure


I've had a ton of ideas for youtube but never bothered to go through with it cause of the obvious popularity issue.  My own mind just projects all my ideas as failures since the audience on YT's interest lie elsewhere. Things like:

  • What If Saga:  Thoughts of what could happen if this or that was in the game. Or happened.
  • Story Telling Certain games I Like: Just adding story bits to more of my favorite games. Not like the funny stuff. But more on a serious note.
  • Funny story of other games: That old Megaman stuff I used to do. I still don't think of it as a LP.
  • Make Better: Ideas on how to make certain games better or really what could've made it better. 
I honestly want to but resources, time, and more importantly willpower to actually go through with it. Since I'm generally on my own doing this. Most people that support me just say do whatever but not much else. Anyway that's some of the ideas I've had. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Lair: Hardest game I've played in a LONG While



I will honestly say Lair is one of the reasons I bought a PS3 in the first place.  Yeah there's people out there that just read that first sentence and made awkward faces. Then probably say something like, "You're trolling me right?"
The answer is no.  Reason I wanted Lair so badly. How many games can you think of where your flying on dragons destroying everything?  I can't think of many. Anyway this game is rather amazing to me. Hard as hell but amazing. People say otherwise with only a few facts.

1. After this game was released Factor 5 went bankrupt and disbanded.
2. The controls (pre-patch) were wonky.

It took me quite awhile to get a Six-Axis controller to play this game.  I tried playing with my wired controller and noticed I couldn't move.  I went and bought a cheap 3rd party knockoff Six-Axis and found that one screws up instantly (not buying from Hong Kong in terms of controllers again).  So I had to find an actual Six-Axis controller from Sony.  I went and asked everywhere on forums and got replys in forms of no answer and "are you stupid."  Found one for cheap. And immediately jumped into this game.

Story

The story honestly is rather engaging. You get just enough cutscene to where you want to complete it to find out what happens.  While it does have the trope of a Super Pope dude says this and everyone jumps off a bridge for him except you. Its rather acceptable.  I'm near the end of the game now and the climax of the story felt like the movies.  While I can probably guess the ending. I still wanna see the end to this.

Graphics

480p or 1080p the game looks great.  My issue is the in-game camera at times.  Doing certain moves like tossing the enemy miles away into mountains or oceans the camera will decide to focus on the enemy flying away like a rag doll. Or if I try to circle strafe a building and there's a wall in the way, instead of the game doing a transparent see through wall. I'll just see the wall. I do wish the graphics didn't have to look so realistic in terms of targeting enemies. I'll get into that later. Overall while graphics isn't something I look for they are pretty great.  More importantly the dragons look great.

Controls

Apparently long before I got this game. Around when this was first released. There was no patch to edit the controls.  So I have no idea what that was like.  For me I will say the controls are a bit confusing and easily forgettable.  Its not that every button does something different. Its more that sometimes your mind and the game go on auto-pilot and end up doing 2 different things.  There's times where I just want to circle strafe a target and the game will instead target something much weaker for a different attack.  While certain targets get automatically attacked (certain ground units). You still need to first target them and that can get rather unreliable at times.  You may target something completely different or be forced to turn your attention elsewhere due to being attacked or your troops are dying.  The game also has combos but you're only told the combo input once you unlock it. There's no where to look these up except maybe an official guide.

 Making rather full use of the Six-Axis is how I turn or fly it can be rather disorienting at times since I have to make sure I'm holding the controller in the right position so not to fly in some off beat direction.  What's awkward about this is that you can use the left stick to turn not only the camera but yourself as well.  Even more awkward and unneeded is to do a 180 turn you shake your Controller like you would the reigns of a horse but that has also been mapped to the d-pad button.  There are times where you need to turn your controller to dodge attacks but you won't really need it till late game.  I will say that the worse of it is the QTEs. While random buttons, and stick motions are fine there's times where you need to shake the controller a certain way or die.  Shaking it up and down like I would do Sonic & and the Secret Rings on the Wii Mote. Shaking it sideways (left to right) is problematic.  Especially with the time given to complete the action.  I can really do without these RE style QTEs for this game. Controls still need work but the patch apparently eliminated more problems than what there was.

I can adjust to the controls just gotta remember to play more often so I don't forget them.

Gameplay

The Controls do hinder the gameplay a bit.  But the difficulty spikes quite drastically even in the same level.  My main issue is distinguishing friend and foe.  The only 2 things I have to go on is if my Crosshair goes red or if the enemy starts shooting.  You can quickly go from victory to defeat in a heartbeat due to objectives. Protect missions being the worse.  You find that your allies are completely helpless without you.  Also if you don't complete certain objectives quickly you may find that your army is wiped out and lose. The ranking system is also harsh as well. Dying once, taking even a second too long, not killing enough enemies, You're not getting a medal for that stage.  Thankfully the patch that was released also came with 2 extra dragons to play with that have more power, defense, or speed.  That made things a little easier.  Still the game is rather unforgiving and can get frustrating if you don't move it.

End

Overall I'm glad I got to play this game.  I haven't played much that has me flying on dragons since Drakengard.  I know this game received a lot of bad reviews but I feel this game did alright.  There's things that need to be worked on but shame there won't be many more games like it in the making.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Update Don't Feel like talking



Ok now that I actually have a new capture Card and TV I can try and finish some of these unfinished playthroughs.  What that means for some of these. Still shame saving up for things is not going anywhere.

Unfinished Games Plan

Disgaea 4 - Lets attempt to finish this INSANELY LONG GAME!!!
Naruto UNS3 - Doing Legend Mode now.  The extra chapter that comes with Full Boost DLC will be next month...maybe....
SCII HD Online - Finishing up after Naruto Legend mode finishes
Mischief Makers - Taking awhile will soon be back on the weekend lineup.
Lair - Gonna take on the weekend lineup.
Skylanders SWAP Force - Take the weekend lineup as well.
SD Gundam GGeneration Overworld - Special days. The parts are long and very few ppl care about it.
Spectrobes Origins - After Mischief Makers. I'm sick of grinding.
Gundam Breaker - Post Game stuff Still working on it. May just say I'm done with it.

Sidenote: these are recorded in actual HD now so the upscale or downscaling won't be harsh.

Other Stuff

Sonic Adventure 2 - At some point in my life when I feel like it
FFX & X-2 HD - If I decide to buy it haven't truly gave thought about it
FF13-3 - Same as X and X-2 HD
DBZ Battle of Z - Wait awhile.
Blazblue CP - Will get when released likely download.
Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost - Likely in the summer or late spring
Other games - Haven't thought of it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Thoughts on What ppl call Collusion in VG Tournament

This is generally referring to a video I came across in the past week or so. It talked about how a Tournament Operator (if that's the proper term for it) stood up when 2 players in the grand finals of a Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma match stood up and said he's not having it. Forced the players to switch their characters and took their pot bonus from them handing it to the 3rd place winner instead.  I have tons of mixed feelings about this. The way this was handled I feel is right and wrong at the same time.

Collusion:
A deceitful agreement or compact between two or more persons, for the one party to bring an action against the other for some evil purpose, as to defraud a third party of his right Cowell. A secret arrangement between two or more persons, whose interests are apparently conflicting, to make use of the forms and proceedings of law in order to defraud a third person, or to obtain that which justice would not give them, by deceiving a court or it officers. Baldwin v. New York, 45 Barb. (N. Y.) 359; Belt v. Blackburn, 28 Md. 235; Railroad Co. v. Gay. 8G Tex. 571, 26 S. W. 599, 25 L. R. A. 52; Balch v. Beach, 119 Wis. 77, 95 N. W. 132. In divorce proceedings, collusion is an agreement between husband and wife that C0LLYJ3ISTA 217 COLOR OF TITLE one of them shall commit, or appear to have committed, or be represented in court as having committed, acts constituting a cause of divorce, for the purpose of enabling the other to obtain a divorce. Civil Code Cal.

Law Dictionary: http://thelawdictionary.org/collusion/#ixzz2q8QN2FB2

Where he was correct.

I feel this guy was correct and taking action once it was spotted. It proves that these guys aren't lazy or showing favoritism. That's generally where it ends however.  

Where he was wrong and why.

First off looking at it this is honestly not collusion in the definition. The 2 players agreed to split there winnings under the assumption that they would win. This is not cheating or gaining anything through illegal means. Not even defrauding anyone. The 2 players made it all the way to grand finals on there own merit. If for example they paid someone to lose a match, "pay off the referee", and the like. Then that's Collusion.  What these 2 did was pot splitting which is not the same as the former term. 

The 2nd is how the situation was handled in terms of judgement. While this will generally reflect my views of tournaments hear me out. Calling the 2 players out for everyone to see on an apparent first offense of the act. Embarrasses those players. You can pull them to the side and tell them no instead of making a scene in that situation you can even wait till the match is over and take action. But embarrassing them in front of everyone certainly isn't the way to go unless this was the 2nd time that same day or this was written down somewhere stating not to do this. Also I don't recall a rule specifically against pot-splitting or saying always play your best for the audience (more on the 2nd later).  I say warning first and let those 2 deal with it as they wish. If they want to make a scene then they can go ahead and embarrass themselves. If they wish to keep quiet about that's even better. Now only those that need to know will know. 

Playing Your Best In A Tournament????

To many people if you asked that question they'll say of course you should.  However there are some people that still hold back or joke around regardless of the venue (Yes even in grand finals). I view tournament matches the same as I do online matches, casual matches, etc. Not everyone is going to play there best for whatever given reason. Whether the player chooses to or not is not up to me. It shouldn't be up to someone else either. I know some people that enter tournaments just to pass the time. There are some that also just want to look for a worthy rival. Others just fool around cause they can. My viewpoint is that I'm just a spectator or a scout.   As much as I would want to I don't expect them to give me their best.
As a person that used to compete in tournaments and when it was my turn I'm not thinking about those that watch me. I'm thinking about the game, myself, and my opponent. I'm not worried about how the audience views things or what they say. Nothing else matters but whatever goal I set at that time.  If I find myself starting to complain about what someone does I'll voice my concern but at the end of the day I remember I'm just a spectator. I'm here to watch not demand I be entertained by who's out there.

I'll quote someone else that said this to me recently, "Why don't you do that yourself! They're not here to entertain you!" I can't remember who said it but it makes sense.

Do I find anything wrong with pot splitting? I do not. Personally I see this situation as 2 friends that worked hard towards a goal of prize money for whatever purpose and decided to split the money they earned. If these 2 didn't even place in top 3 then I have a feeling that no one would even look twice at them for doing that. However if there was more to it than that like conspiring to make other players lose through unfair means like paying them off or sabotage. Then yes I'm against cause that's against the law.  Expecting people to play their best for me??? No I don't expect that. I can scream and shout at a guy demanding that they hold nothing back but that won't cause them to play any better. Grand Finals does not make the situation any different in my book. Aside from that you can't really blow the whistle on the players cause no one knows what happens to money after its won.

These are just my opinions on the matter.  I have many thoughts of how I would handle the situation from any point of view. This situation honestly isn't a black and white one either. But nothing is really being done about it. This situation did make me take a long look at what this FGC is really all about and I don't like it. Players say things like this happen to "protect the spirit of the FGC". What spirit? I'll save that for another time and place.  Maybe if a rulebook is made and shown to everyone entering before it starts as well as a review that would do better. I think these tournament holders, organizers, whatever should think that over before holding another one.