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#1 Posted by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

Clubs are where image-conscious people go to pose and try to look cool, and pay far too much to get drunk and have shallow interactions with people they want to have sex with. It's like middle school except everyone is wielding money, drugs, alcohol and self-absorption to a nauseating degree. House parties....better, wonderful vortexes for chaos, but honestly I prefer hanging out with a smaller group of cool people I know or want to get to know, so we can actually....get to know each other. Talk to each other. Hang out.

#2 Edited by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

So much good music in so many games. In terms of songs I have sitting on my mp3 player all the time though...Ar Tonelico. Holy crap. The game's world is centered around music, but even so - for such a low-budget, increasingly fan-servicey series, the music blows my mind. Especially in the first game. Some of the hymns and area music is incredible. EXEC_HARMONIUS still gives me chills whenever I listen to it.

#3 Posted by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

I'm so sorry, Jeff. My condolences to your family. Please take care of yourself and be good to yourself, that can be hard to do when the world gets turned upside down. As others have said here better than I could, you have given us so much, and helped a lot of us along when we were having bad days or downright bleak ones. We wish we could give you something back to help you, something equivalent to what you've given us! Hopefully this thread can brighten your day a bit.

#4 Edited by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

I was 18, a college freshman, it was my second week of school. Went into French class that morning and people were whispering about it. A couple kids were absent because they were from NYC and were trying to get a hold of their families. They'd set up big TVs in the university center and everyone just sat around staring at them. It was very quiet all day. I definitely had the feeling like, "HEY, welcome to adulthood, kid. It's just gonna get more fucked up from here." Also remember everyone being unable to fly as they grounded all the planes. My dad basically couldn't work for a couple weeks because no one was allowed to travel.

#5 Edited by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

Huh. I wonder why they chose to perform at this convention for their first U.S. concert? Happy for Mesa, but it is a weird choice. If they were going to pick only one place to perform in the U.S. I would have thought L.A., NYC, etc., to get the max amount of attendees possible.

Hmmm, school will be out in January, maaaaybe I could catch a flight down to Mesa... :)

#6 Posted by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

Famitsu came out with some new information on FF5 last week. I see some of it has been integrated into the wiki entry here, but I thought I'd post this for anyone who missed it so they can see all the original details and images.

We have 5 characters, and it looks like some of them have unique special abilities. Apparently you will be tasked with finding different people that have gone missing on the mountain. I get the impression each missing person will be its own "mission" and you will get to choose which one you want to focus on, and after completing a certain number of missions you will go on to the next chapter? If so, I like this idea. Giving the player 3 or 4 tasks to complete but allowing them to choose the order in which they do so, I think is a nice way to provide the illusion of a bigger world while keeping a cohesive and deep story.

Also the multiple locations is exciting. I like that the antique shop is a location. I assume it will be "home base" like Rei's apartment in FF3. I hope there is a cat.

#7 Edited by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

Wowza. This is so beautifully written. Reading about your gaming memories with friends is bringing up some of mine, sadly not enough with friends in the last 10 years, found it hard to find people that shared my interest. And I am so sorry for your loss, I can't comprehend losing a best friend, in whatever manner, at that age.

This hit weirdly close to home for me because when I was in 8th grade, my locker partner at school committed suicide in January, on Martin Luther King Day. She was 13 too. I didn't know her well, as she stopped being my locker partner after a week in favor of sharing one with her friend, but I was always wondering about her and worrying about her. She was nice but definitely disaffected from school, not even in it half the time, and when she was it was headphones on and drawing (she was a talented artist) rather than paying attention to the class. Getting in trouble for smoking and alcohol in her locker. It was obvious that whatever was going on in her life it was very difficult, and she was doing her best to tune out the bad stuff and put on a brave front. When she died I just felt so much rage. Because she was 13. Adults were aware of the problems in her life but could not or would not help her. Adults were probably the cause of the problems in her life, if rumors going around school were true. She slipped between the cracks. She was just a kid, and yet there was no one there to help her when she needed it. It just felt like....this should not happen to someone so young. The universe should have mechanisms in place to stop it. No one should feel that sad and alone. I myself was already struggling with depression, but compared to her I felt I had a lot of support. Luckily, to this day I have not lost anyone really close to me in that manner, but I've been close to people who had dear friends or family commit suicide and seen the fallout. Every time it's happened, however, it's affected me quite strongly, I think because I recognize those tendencies in myself and it is frightening, and i recognize the pain the other person was going through and feel grief and empathy for them. The only upside is that it solidifies my resolve to keep going not matter how bad I feel, and reminds me that no matter how insignificant, unhappy, or awful you feel you are, you are terribly important to someone...and if you leave for good you leave a wound in others' lives that won't ever completely go away. Because you can't really erase yourself from the world, even if you think you want to.

I'm glad you treasure those memories of your friend, and that you have good dreams about her. And thank you so much for writing this, it's really given me some things to think about. I thought I'd resolved for myself my reaction to what happened back then but I wonder if it isn't still affecting my view of the world even now. I'm also gonna nag my brother a bit more insistently to play some online games with me. :)

#8 Posted by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

Geez I just got a 3DS XL last Christmas. And that was replacing a normal 3DS. I can't be replacing the damn thing every year, Nintendo. arrrghh. I guess it's great they keep improving the model, but some of it just seems like poor planning....I mean, NOW the second analog stick? Are there going to be three different 3DS models floating around in the future? Will there be some (new) games that only run on the faster CPU model? So many questions.

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#10 Edited by pekoe212 (453 posts) -

We need to make a distinction between demo and teaser. This was not a slice of the game itself and never intended to be. It's so basic (walking around the same hallway over and over) that I don't see how people can be confused about this.