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James Dowd

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  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 12 days ago

    @Kat.Bailey Gotta watch out, those Men in Blazers will infect you.

    Also I am super happy that my favorite gaming story of all time got read on the podcast by some of my favorite podcasters of all time!

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Witcher 3, Secret of Evermore, and the Final Fantasy IX Report Wrap-up

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 12 days ago

    Herb with a pronounced H? Bog standard? Kat, how long were you in England?? lol

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Witcher 3, Secret of Evermore, and the Final Fantasy IX Report Wrap-up

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 28 days ago

    I think Caty might be my favorite editor now?

    Posted in My First PUBG Game Ended With My Own Features Editor Shooting Me in the Head

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 29 days ago

    It's interesting to see how everyone (myself included) tries to categorize who loved and hated the Last Jedi. I've seen people put categories such as "hardcore Star Wars fans," "people who liked Rogue One more than Force Awakens," "people who thought Force Awakens was a ripoff of A New Hope," and more on both sides of the debate. As someone who loved Force Awakens (but didn't think it was too much like A New Hope) and also loved The Last Jedi (though I acknowledge it has a ton of problems), I kind of contradict Mike's generalization here.

    From reading internet comments, it seems two factors correlate most highly to hating The Last Jedi: 1.) having strong preconceptions about the answers to mysteries presented in The Force Awakens or 2.) people who think Rey is a Mary Sue.

    Posted in 2017 Was the Year Graphics Became Less Important Than Ever

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    I've never played a Monster Hunter game, but I don't think any game should be referred to as "short" when it's 40-50 hours.

    Posted in Monster Hunter World is Kind of "Short" With Its 40 to 50 Hour Story Mode

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    I like FF9 a lot, but Necron's appearance is super lame. That said, it did lead to one of the sillier RPG stories I have, which I will now tell!

    I had finished FF9 and loved the ending (it's still one of my favorites), and that night a bunch of friends were at my house doing something that didn't involve the TV (playing Magic? Who knows!) I figured that I'd put on the ending of FF9, because I was young and stupid and thought people might care about an ending that was good because of the emotional investment of playing the game.

    My party was a bit underleveled and lacking in top-tier abilities, but I had a lot of auto-regen, which is seriously broken in FF9. I fought Necron for a bit, until he ended up killing everyone in my party except Garnet, who was Berserk and Mini and just repeatedly attacking with some crappy racket for 3 damage. However, due to Auto-Regen, Necron couldn't actually finish her off, so instead of resetting I just kind of let the game run in the background and my friends and I laughed about how silly it all was.

    Suddenly, Garnet Tranced, which healed Berserk and Mini, so I grabbed the controller, got the party back up, and resumed the fight... only to have everyone but Garnet die again, except this time she was only Berserk, not Mini. But she still seemed to be basically invulnerable, so I left her attacking for a few hundred damage at a time. I figured she'd Trance again eventually, but she actually ended up killing him with normal attacks. It was amazing, and I will never forget it.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Kat Tackles More of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Nadia Gives Kuja a Beating in Final Fantasy IX

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    @CK20XX It's not an exaggeration. The problem isn't that the charge shot is overpowered, it's that it changes the balance of the entire game. There's basically no reason to use any other weapon in any Mega Man game with the charge shot, and enemies take so many normal hits that not using it is not an option. Even if it were, the game design is different because it exists. Enemies take more shots to kill, and boss weapons become impossible to balance: make them as powerful as a charge shot and they are grossly overpowered because you can fire them without charging; make them weaker and they are useless in comparison.

    The series started going downhill at Mega Man 4 for this exact reason. And Mega Man 9 is my favorite, and easily has the best set of boss weapons in the entire series. That wouldn't have happened with the charge shot in place.

    Posted in Mega Man 11 Coming to Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    Very disappointed they're bringing back the charge shot. In no uncertain terms, it is one of the worst things about the original Mega Man games it is in. I hope they pull off a good game despite that (I mean, it works fine in the X series, it's possible).

    Posted in Mega Man 11 Coming to Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    When this feature was added, Square Enix pleaded for people not to do covers, and indicated they'd remove the feature if people did so. So I kinda don't think we should be celebrating this. From the patch notes:

    'When using the performance actions, you are strictly prohibited from performing the music of any third parties. You may record and upload your performance and hereby agree to license such recordings to us for use by Square Enix or others in accordance with the terms of the “FINAL FANTASY XIV Material Usage License.”'

    Posted in Final Fantasy XIV Bards are Already Covering Hit Songs Thanks to the New Update

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 2 months ago

    I remember when Garnet lost her voice and I assumed that meant she was just permanently Silenced and stopped using her. Eventually I realized that wasn't the case, though as I recall she does occasionally lose spells without warning when in this state. This was a very memorable part of the game.

    Also I find it interesting how you guys never, ever refer to Garnet as Dagger. I know you renamed her, but still.

    Posted in The Written Final Fantasy IX Report Part 4: Alexander and the Epic, Noble, Super-Cool, Real Good Day