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Re: Final Fantasy MegaThread

 September 15, 2019, 12:50:10 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Final Fantasy MegaThread (Started by DatKofGuy December 20, 2012, 07:06:40 am
 Board: Gaming

Well, as far as putting up much of a fight goes, it's obviously subjective because level up and gameplay and all that, but I remember they hit a lot harder than all the other common enemies before. The design change with the sword and the different helmet also made me think back then that they were supposed to be a step up from everything before.

There's the Mako infusion that everyone in Soldier got, probably with different levels of response hence the entire class system, and then there's the big load of Jenova cells, only a few got those (successfully). The confusing part is that Cloud makes a point to say that Soldiers are specifically the guys who got Jenova cells on top of Mako (as opposed to other regular soldiers who also have Mako), but then everything else after that is in direct contradiction with that line. The way I understand it, first there was Sephiroth with both Mako and Jenova cells, then they tried with just Mako and that gave Soldier at various levels of compatibility (but no one getting close to Sephiroth), and then they tried again to add Jenova cells and they kept getting mostly failures. Angeal, Genesis etc. have Jenova cells and they decay because of it, but Zack doesn't get any Jenova cells, does he ? He's one of the guys who only get the Mako treatment, but he goes from second to first class. There definitely was a period where the Hojo gang made Sephiroth with both Mako and the cells, then a period where they tried without the cells and it was below their expectations, and then they tried again with the cells and it gave a whole bunch of failed clones (starting with the Nibelheim survivors).
The failed people with Jenova cells become the failed clones in black capes, and the Advent Children gang are some of those clones with Jenova cells who have the potential to be forcibly transformed into Sephiroth. All the black cape guys we meet in FF7 were like that - only we were told that they would have a "reunion" to become Jenova, but Advent Children shows us that the reunion gives a new Sephiroth, not Jenova. I don't remember if the game actually told you that straight up, but every time you "meet" Sephiroth, I'm pretty sure it's one of those failed clones who get turned into him, but only for a moment and then they die. You know, since the real Sephiroth's severed torso is in the crater/cave where Cloud gives him the Black Materia. I'm pretty sure this only became really explicit with the Advent Children gang, when Kadaj does exactly all that.

All of this was more or less already present, sitting around in the various episodes and murky, but it's definitely worth rephrasing and making it clear and explicit in the remake. So yeah, maybe that guy will be part of it.
Crisis Core made quite a mess with those G and S cells and projects. I never really understood what was what or when.

edit - https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/SOLDIER:1st uh, so first class are also common enemies. So only Sephiroth, Genesis, and Angeal had a notable amount of Jenova cells with the big G and S projects, and Cloud got his cells only after Nibelheim. And there's no particular rank difference between Sephiroth and the other nameless first class.
    

Re: Final Fantasy MegaThread

 September 15, 2019, 12:08:32 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Final Fantasy MegaThread (Started by DatKofGuy December 20, 2012, 07:06:40 am
 Board: Gaming

(Cloud didn't actually get into the Soldier program, but he did get the Mako treatment) I thought the actual Soldier enemies were noticeably stronger than the generic soldiers with the triple-eyed helmet and the scarf. They were nameless, but they were an actual threat in the Shinra tower. Then again, everyone in your party is supposed to be able to fight them off, and the other second and third class you meet in Crisis Core (Luxiere, Kunsel etc.) don't seem to have nearly the same level of superpower as the likes of Zack and everyone else. Looking it up a bit, it seems they did get Mako treatment, but I guess not anywhere close to Zack and the others ?
That guy has clear eyes but not glowing, I don't know if that's supposed to be Mako eyes ? Maybe it's the lesser level of Mako treatment, so probably second class, but then that doesn't make him any better than the other second class Soldiers you meet in Crisis Core, who don't do shit. Zack starts Crisis Core as a second class so maybe that's where this guy is.
    

Re: Final Fantasy MegaThread

 September 14, 2019, 02:52:05 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Final Fantasy MegaThread (Started by DatKofGuy December 20, 2012, 07:06:40 am
 Board: Gaming


Battle gameplay against a Behemoth-looking boss named Apsu. Was there an enemy with that name in FF7 ?
edit- oh, of course, it was the sewer boss Aps. I hope they'll fix those bad translations and name it Apsu like it should.
Lots of videos on the reactor demo have finally been popping up, too.

Music sounds great.


This one has another run at the reactor mission, but at the 30 minute mark, you get the Honey Bee squat game. (and then the Apsu fight)
    

Re: Dragon Ball FighterZ (Xbone)(PS4)(PC)

 September 13, 2019, 06:21:51 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Dragon Ball FighterZ (Xbone)(PS4)(PC) (Started by Moon Girard June 09, 2017, 04:33:13 pm
 Board: Fighting Games

That pose with the arms stretched up for his lv3 is still way too stiff.
    

Re: Final Fantasy MegaThread

 September 11, 2019, 07:36:45 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Final Fantasy MegaThread (Started by DatKofGuy December 20, 2012, 07:06:40 am
 Board: Gaming

Advent Children-style bike chase yay

edit - I never played Dirge of Cerberus but the part where they're climbing up the staircase while being shot at is making me think of that cutscene from DoC. It does feel like they're trying to give everyone a taste of all the spin-off games.
    

Re: gaming news that don't deserve their own thread

 August 31, 2019, 07:38:57 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in gaming news that don't deserve their own thread (Started by Titiln October 30, 2011, 05:13:58 pm
 Board: Gaming

MMZ has a solid fandom core and it does have the occasional announcement here and there but it's still far from overhyped. It's barely hyped when there's a re-release - it's just working a bit better than X. Battle Network somehow got a lot of traction when it was around, but I haven't heard anything about it since it disappeared. I don't think it even got any sort of re-release.
    

Re: gaming news that don't deserve their own thread

 August 31, 2019, 01:54:23 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in gaming news that don't deserve their own thread (Started by Titiln October 30, 2011, 05:13:58 pm
 Board: Gaming

X is getting zero hype. The re-release of X games on various consoles are very rare, they make no noise at all, they get almost no advertising, while every single classic Megaman game builds up a ruckus on every news site.
And yes the earlier X games were great.
    

Re: Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out)

 August 30, 2019, 03:28:01 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out) (Started by Iced July 15, 2012, 03:54:44 am
 Board: Entertainment

The 50% thing is said to be false, and there have been other rumors that Disney actually asked for 25%, not 50%. In the end it sounds like nobody really knows what exactly everyone tried to pull and who really is to blame for being greedy and evil - if anyone really was.
And they definitely didn't "do almost nothing". In fact there are rumors that Keving Feige was much more deeply involved in Sony's affairs than people thought, even that he went over Venom in the end. I don't know where you got that from that they were "doing almost nothing". Everything since Civil War was pointing toward Marvel doing all the lifting and Sony just signing the checks and reaping the profits.

As for breaking a signed deal - the deal was for the movies up to Far From Home (that's five movies ! Civil War, 2 Avengers and 2 standalone). They didn't have a deal beyond that, everyone was hoping they'd keep the same deal up, we've known that since Civil War and there were even rumors after FFH that Sony wanted to hit a billion dollars before deciding to let Disney continue. But then the two simply didn't agree on renewing it, and we don't know who asked for too much. And obviously no one involved will tell you whose fault it is, so anyone who says they know is lying.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 28, 2019, 06:10:26 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

we don't take slurs and insults seriously like westerners do.
That's really only Americans. Scots and Irish and Brits and French (and I think Italians too and dunno about Spanish) can unload colorful insults at will all day long, and context tells you if it's serious or friendly. Aussies didn't invent the cunt.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 28, 2019, 03:40:30 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

Early on, Tanaka contemplated on having the monster be gorilla-like or whale-like in design due to the name "Gojira" (a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla, gorira, and whale, kujira) but eventually settled on a dinosaur-like design.
Apparently they came up with that name first, then they tried to come up with a design that matched the name, but gave up and went for the lizard. I suppose they started with the name because of the gigantism and power both animals represented, or something.
edit - oh, that's exactly it.
The name Godzilla is a romanization of the original Japanese name Gojira—which is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ), "gorilla", and kujira (クジラ), "whale". The word alludes to the size, power and aquatic origin of Godzilla.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 28, 2019, 03:23:35 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

It's what the name came from. Godzilla = Gojira = gorira + kujira = gorilla + whale. Back during the first movie draft anyway, but they changed the design without changing the name.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 28, 2019, 02:15:36 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

Which is strange because he's supposed to be a mix of gorilla and whale.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 28, 2019, 12:49:11 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

Is this what is referred to as a Kansai accent? lol
The Kansai thing is a dialect more than just an accent, you have actual words and conjugations that change and sound weird the first time you hear it (and have no idea what word it is), but you get used to it. This particular one was more of a rural / mumbling accent.
Honestly trying it the cram session way has not been working for me, that feels forced.
Yeah, IMO there's just way too much to learn anyway, no amount of cramming will get you everything significant. It can work for specific subjects at a time, like, learning all the vocabulary related to the work place, learning everything about how to travel. Other than that, there are lessons that you just can't get by learning on the fly, like learning the different ways to count things - and learning that there are so many ways to count things. You can't pick that up in the street, it's way too confusing to recognize the cases, you need an actual lesson for that stuff.

It was always safer to stick in a group than be alone as my friend went out one night and had some really weird people approach him at a park alone.
Hah, when I was there visiting a friend, we went to Kabukicho during the day (the red light district), it was totally normal, but when the Sun started to set, my friend was pulling my sleeve and saying "hey, we need to go now, really, right now, it's getting dark, we really need to not be there at night".

I found people making some really funny faces to me when i ate some food while walking one time for example.
Yeah, that's something that a lot of countries really don't expect, no one thinks twice about eating a quick snack while walking, but it really doesn't look good to them. You won't find trash cans because there's no need for them, you are expected to keep the sidewalk clean and not need a place to throw a plastic wrap away... Except next to vending machines, you buy it, you either put it away or you consume it on the spot and you immediately throw the bottle / wrap away.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 27, 2019, 08:35:15 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

Dang, that's what I figured. I'm trying to do the same thing, but haven't been able to dedicate as much time to it. I postponed my trip to Japan as I wanted to learn a bit more of the language first. What specifically worked best for you?
For reading, first thing is obviously to really drill the basic kana (katakana / hiragana), it's still the most common thing you'll see. After that, learning to just recognize by sight a bunch of common kanjis is a great help - even if you don't know how to pronounce it (knowing all the kun-yomi and on-yomi in all situations is just way too much anyway, you'll never make it). Even in complex words, if you recognize the first or second kanji, you at least have an idea of what this is about. When you know a bunch of very common kanjis (station, bridge, shop/market...), you can navigate much more easily by sight.
After that, really understand the structure of a sentence with the particles. The big difficulty that Europeans / Americans have with Japanese is that the structure is the complete opposite of what they're used to, it looks so remote and foreign that people will often complain that it's too hard - and that baffles me because I find that Japanese is by a long shot the easiest language I know, writing excluded (not that I know a whole lot of languages). All it means is that it's very hard to come up with a sentence in English, then try to translate it in your head piece by piece, and figure out halfway through that you need to completely reverse it (or the other way around, if you try to translate the Japanese words in your head one by one and then you flip it all to build the English sentence in your head). Just get used to completely restarting your sentence from the middle and don't let it frustrate you. If you recognize which word is the verb, what's an adjective etc., and also recognize where each word stops even if there's no space between them, you can know what word is important in the sentence and what word you can skip because it's fluff / padding. Generally speaking, you'll see a lot of ads and signs in the street that use complete phrases, and it's great training to be able to read them as you pass them, or at least figure out what the sentence is about by sight.
For the vocabulary, it's all about getting used to it. You don't really need to learn thousands of kanjis by heart before doing anything, kanjis will just come to you as you keep seeing them in different phrases, you'll recognize them more often if you actually try to identify them (but always second guess yourself for that, since the slightest change in radical can make a completely different word). Just always keep in mind that there's no "this word in this language = that word in that language", that's just not how languages work. Context is everything, and it can change the meaning of a word you thought you knew from something else, because a word becoming popular in a certain context as the language evolves can be completely different from the English word you thought it translated to. Always second guess yourself with the help of context, and always take a step back multiple times to recognize the sentence structure rather than get upset because you're staring at a single word/adjective and you can't figure out how it's built.

For talking, just learn. the. pronunciation. of. each. syllable. Do that once, and it never. ever. changes. There's no diphthong, no case where a vowel is pronounced a different way from completely arbitrary reason depending on the consonants next to it. Do spelling exercises, read out loud the syllables one by one. Get used to it. Learn it by heart.
No excuse for a broken reading that tries to force the English way to put the EMphaSIze on a speCIfic SYllable halfway through the word. It's not a fucking roller coaster with the volume going up and down at random. Learn to read the word with a completely flat tone and each syllable lasts the exact same duration.The only exception ever is when you're singing. Or if you're a drunken Yakuza.
(well, that's not true at all, but you really shouldn't be learning it any other way early on).

I've learned the bulk of it over my school years, back when the Internet wasn't nearly as effective (before Google), and it took a very long time of building up my habit of recognizing the sentence at a glance. Hell, learning to recognize names was hard. But it was all with manga, pop songs and anime until I was out of school, so don't let people tell you this is lame or not realistic. It's completely okay to learn a language by watching TV, even if people don't talk as clearly in real life. Everything else is building up your vocabulary merely out of habit (just keep close to you whatever is your favorite tool to know how to pronounce a particular word, and use it all the time).

If you're a good tourist (don't be noisy, don't shout on your phone or put up loud music, don't throw trash on the ground and keep it on you because you will NOT find any trash can unless it's right next to the vending machine, don't eat/drink while walking, don't take up a lot of space spreading your shit or at least apologize about it), then people are often very nice. Being a good tourist is very important. The stereotype that Japanese people are racist is mostly if you're an awful shithead of a selfish tourist. Bonus points if you're good and then feel super ashamed when you return to your home country because it's dirty and people are assholes.
There never was a time when I remotely looked like I was looking for something, map in hands, and someone didn't offer to show me the way in (broken) English within a couple of minutes. The first time I was in a subway station, fresh off the train from the airport to Osaka and I couldn't figure out how a Japanese subway station worked (basically the opposite of a subway station in Paris), a sweeper came and explained to me how to find my way. Another time, a station manager completely explained and demonstrated to me how to use the ticket vending machine. If it's not too far off, people will even offer to walk you there. I've talked (in Japanese) to a couple of monks telling me about the history of their temple, a pharmacist and an office lady like that on a few occasions (but I was completely lost in a discussion with the driver in a taxi ride in Hiroshima, accent too hard). Other than that, in shops, cashiers will almost exclusively talk to you in short English (except if they're just telling you "it costs xxx yens" and nothing else) even if you're talking to them in Japanese, so there's that. You can order your McDonald's menu in Japanese and they'll tell you the menu options in English without batting an eye.

From a quick look at that method in your video, it looks nice. Songs are very easy to learn from.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 27, 2019, 07:13:34 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

So while you are here Byakko, could I ask you a question? That could lead to a discussion potentially? You know Japanese right? Were you self taught? School? How did you learn? Is this okay? I’ve seen you transcribe scans and the like.
Entirely self-taught, I started when I was like 11 y.o. when some guy in my town was selling his Japanese edition of the Dragon Ball manga. I wanted to read it, I learned it little by little over the years. All in all I took like one week of actual lessons. Since then I read a bunch of light novels and I've gone to Japan a couple times - but now it's been years since I've had real practice with actual Japanese people.

I’m interested in transcribing some neo-geo CDs, KOF stuff. Specifically talking about transcription though.

Like these. Also the special edition of 94 Rebout, how it has that retelling of the plot. Anyone ever seen these?
It's not particularly difficult but the problem is that those things take an extremely long time. Scans and short lists are very easy because it only takes a few minutes, but this here is a full time thing, it really doesn't work if you try to translate a couple minutes worth of text at a time in the evening. Worse, if you try to do a bunch of those like that, it becomes more and more tedious and you get really fed up after a while, like overeating to the point of bursting your stomach. A while back, I tried a long video of interviews where people talked a lot, it took me months to get halfway through it minute by minute, and then I just gave up because I lost interest in what they were talking about and I felt it was going nowhere.
Even this video here seems easy because it's just the same list of "name / birthday / country / likes / dislikes" for everyone, but then there's a back and forth for little thing you don't get on the spot and have to look up over and again (for Iori's "important thing", I have no idea what the hell is a ガボール, so I have to look it up and it's some kind of necklace jewelry). One video is fine, but if you have a list of things like that, it'll be a pain.
That's exactly why no one does it...
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 27, 2019, 06:25:09 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

No, actual discussions that don't already fit in other existing topics. Not random insanity.
    

Re: Random Topic V10

 August 27, 2019, 12:53:07 am View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Random Topic V10 (Started by Orochi Gill July 09, 2016, 05:00:44 am
 Board: All That's Left

and generally, we've found that the best bet for this kind of thing is if the two parties try working it out over PMs. Often times that doesn't fix the issue, but it can sometimes lead to a detente.
Yeah, I've never seen that work. And you know I have mileage. The only thing it does is spare everyone else from seeing it, but shit still goes on.
    

Re: Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out)

 August 26, 2019, 04:01:04 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out) (Started by Iced July 15, 2012, 03:54:44 am
 Board: Entertainment

I was checking out the announcement on Marvel's Youtube and Feige mentions on Miss Marvel that she'll show up in the movies. Big change from the Netflix series, makes me wonder why they never managed to do it for the Defenders (especially after someone said "everyone who has a name in the MCU will show up in IW/Endgame" which was a lie, no Defenders). A movie with Spider Man, the Defenders and Miss Marvel (far down the line) would have worked fine.
As for She Hulk... how is that working out with Universal ?? Can it bypass the "no solo Hulk movie" rule just by not being Hulk and not being a movie ? Was it okay for everyone that's not Hulk ?
"Moon Knight, a very famous character" *snort* yeah right.
    

Re: Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out)

 August 25, 2019, 06:19:44 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out) (Started by Iced July 15, 2012, 03:54:44 am
 Board: Entertainment

- The first is obviously Peter's life before meeting Tony Stark. Make a origin story (because we all love those, rite...rite?), show Spidey in his first makeshift costume doing vigilante stuff, have him fight some relatively low-level super villian.
Yeah, we didn't get Uncle Ben's death for this version !
More seriously, the plan was to make 3 years of high school, and then why not 3 years of university. They probably made those plans regardless of whether the MCU deal would work out.
    

Re: Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out)

 August 25, 2019, 04:03:56 pm View in topic context
avatar  Posted by Byakko  in Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out) (Started by Iced July 15, 2012, 03:54:44 am
 Board: Entertainment

I'm thinking he'll shelve EDITH because why would Peter Parker ever use it, and the suit can be a design thing. Like I said before, he never really used any big tech from it beside talking AI and electric shock. Everything else, like the special web, they can just imply that he can do it himself - or even just have him do it and not say anything. It's been two movies of him learning all that, we can skip it for the third and have him use it naturally. And then they can make a story where he doesn't call for the Avengers' help, it's not like everyone else isn't having a solo movie where they don't ask the Avengers anything. Ant-Man and the Wasp did fine, Black Panther stayed home, even Iron Man 3 kept it down.