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Listened to this today. Gotta say, this was great. This had that old school Giant Bomb chemistry to it. Just some regular dudes who seem like they've been through the trenches together shootin the shit. Not just some casual coworkers doing their 9-5.

Brad needs to get his crap together because I'm tired of hearing about all this sweet stuff in this mythical parent's basement! It ain't doin no one any good down there! /shakefist Dig it up, make a vid, play with your stuff, feel like a kid again. That's why all this collecting stuff is fun!

Jeff should get a proper CRT (I think a 20" or 24" is just right for casual use. You can still move them around with relative ease and the screen is big enough. Get all up on that screen like the good'ol days of sitting in front of them on the floor! Whatever it is though, it needs RGB input. Whether you get a nice free CRT for someone to mod or get a PVM.

And in whichever case, do whatever it is that you find intriguing or fun about them. When I ended up getting a CRT some years back, it was because I found someone giving away (or was it dirt cheap?) the same model TV I had in '99-ish, a 20" Toshiba 20AF42, that I remember getting as a teen. I remember going to Best Buy with my Mom, not really knowing anything technical, but seeing them on display and thinking.. man that Toshiba looks good for some reason, even next to the Wegas. And it had component input which was like a big deal at the time for me. And so they checked in the back and it turns out they only had the display model, but it had a crack on the side plastic. I decided I still wanted it, they took a chunk ($100? I think it was a $300 TV normally) off the price and I got her home! I fell in love with that TV. I liked the design of it and the picture looked great. Eventually I upgraded and years later I passed it on to my friend who let his younger brother use it for years and of course it was destroyed from all sorts of burn in and mis-use. And over a decade later I still kinda fantasized about that little TV but it was long gone in the trash. Longer story short, I found that exact TV locally for $20, spent a ton of time and learning modding it to RGB with a SCART socket on the back. It was glorious. Later on, it turned out they made a 24" version of the TV with the exact same design.. so I scooped that one up. I did the mod again etc etc, skipping a bunch of fun details here, did a better job and recapped the whole board pretty much and it was from a newer version of the same TV so it had some more menu options.

Anyway, point is, because I'm particularly attached to this model CRT TV, even though it isn't quite as sharp or configurable as a PVM, I put all that work into it and learned all about it, it makes playing older games so much more enjoyable. It's hard to explain. I just replayed through all of Final Fantasy 7 on it, and I did it with my original PS1 copy. And I could listen to it proper old school through the TV speakers which is alright and feels legit, or hook up audio out to my receiver and get really nice audio while I play. I've got a Framemeister but that doesn't really get used since I got the CRT.

You dudes shouldn't feel so guilty or silly or whatever about your hobbies/collections. Vinny seems to have a good attitude about it. It's what keeps you sane and engaged. If you're not passionate about something in life, then what are you even doing.

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I feel like this was 4 Kingdom Hearts lovers who gush about how Kingdom Hearts FF7 Remake is and how much they loved the game. A dissenting opinion or at least someone who doesn't love Kingdom Hearts would of been a nice juxtaposition.

Agree. I made it about 30 mins in, but after seeing your comment, I think I'm good.

I really enjoyed the game for the most part. And yet I disagree with everything they've said so far. Would've liked someone from the other end of the spectrum here to help really dig into the game.

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Couple immediate thoughts but I only just started, forgive me if they cover it:

  • What is the internet connection like that they are running this on for the coverage? They should've covered that relatively early. I wanna see a live SpeedTest.com run lol If they've got some high-end business internet, it'd be worth comparing that to a mid-low range typical home internet speed.
  • The part that almost everyone has glossed over leading up to this launch (Jeff finally mentions it in this video) is bit-rate. Digital Foundry seemed to be the only people to talk about it back when Stadia was announced. I think your average joe gamer probably doesn't know what that is? So they see 4K/60FPS and think.. Wow this is better than consoles or PC stuff.. But those numbers aren't that important when the whole image looks rough.
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I put my order in after seeing the overall response. I'm a tiny bit excited to play it, because I have almost no expectations going in. I think if you see the footage, hear people describe the gameplay, and have experience with Metal Gear Solid games, and think.. actually this seems kinda cool.. Then you have to try it for yourself.

Reviews with scores on them seem almost entirely irrelevant for this game. I'm more interested in hearing different people's thoughts on specific aspects because it seems if you aren't the type of person to like the type of gameplay mechanics this offers, then obviously you aren't going to like it. Curious to see when the wider audience gets their hands on it, and potentially a large portion of gamers out there like these sort've experiences, what their thoughts will be. I'm eager to find my own opinion.

Kinda like how Minecraft is sort've incredible, particularly when you get into mods, but no one on staff seems to have experience with that stuff or feels strongly about it. It's just not their thing. Or a game like Spintires, where you drive slowly through rough terrain, carrying logs from one spot to another, repeatedly til you "win".. That is one of my favorite experiences in games I've ever had. Most people would think it's stupid.

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@knoxt: Eh I'd say level 30 is barely scratching the surface, which is probably why it's all free for the trial version. Even at launch, when the level cap was 50, level 30 is just where it started to pick up, at least in terms of combat. You get your "advanced job" with enough skills that it isn't completely dull and they start introducing actual mechanics to the dungeons so you aren't just standing there and punching in one spot. It wasn't until you hit 50 and had an actual array of skills that usually involved some sort of complex (or less complex depending on job) rotation.

Unfortunately, they designed the progression as if the person had never played any video game in their life it seems. If someone had prior experience with MMOs, the early game will seem extremely boring.

But people also need to understand that an MMO is about the long haul, and there is no rush. It shouldn't take a person too long to get to 50 assuming they are willing to invest the time. You can't play for only a couple hours a week and expect to get anywhere fast.

And I typically advise against the skip potions because the story is the main draw of the game, and if you're skipping it, then wtf are you even doing here. Not to mention you'll probably be overwhelmed with all the skills at lvl 50.

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Yo dog.. Lost Odyssey is pretty good. And some great music. And they stuck to the OG style turn-based party combat. FF13 would go on to ruin the series..

Edit: Also, I am actually playing FF11 right now while watching this lol And that weird tech demo teaser thing (believed to be concept footage for FF14 at the time), the design of that city is literally being implemented in the latest FF14 expansion coming out in July. Wild.

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It's incredible and overwhelming. I loved the LittleBigPlanet games but mostly just for playing through the campaign. I did at one point spend a ton of time making a thing and that was an engaging challenge but I didn't go beyond that. I hope MM puts together some series of.. levels/games/projects/pieces or whatever as some sort of structure for the gameplay.

And I knew something about this lady was familiar. The whole time I kept thinking like.. damn she seems so good at her job (him as well of course) and they work so well together and its so genuine etc etc. Then I see the comments saying shes been on GB before and its like oooooh right. You really know a quality employee when you see/hear one. I kept thinking about how much I loathe most of my coworkers because they're so incompetent and no one takes pride in anything they do.

Annnnnywaaaaay.. Great video.

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So does Days Gone have the zombie horde tech like this? Because that's the only thing I remember about the first Days Gone footage and it looked awesome.. and I have not seen any of it since it released.

I kinda want to play this just for the crazy enemy count and waves.

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"Classic" RPG is the only definition I will accept. I always thought it was that and it doesn't seem to make sense any other way. Classic would be referring to an RPG in the style of something like a Dungeon & Dragons kinda? Western fantasy. Like, designed around that real old school style of generic classes and stat points and such with a certain style and pace of gameplay. Often isometric back in those days.

JRPG would be Japanese because it's referring to a certain way that the Japanese design their gameplay that makes them unique and different vs western RPGs, IMO. Like Final Fantasy games pre-FF10 with the small team of people and turn based combat are an example. It does not necessarily mean it was made in Japan.

I think it makes for an interesting discussion. What defines a genre or term exactly.

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Ahh Gran Turismo 2 is excellent. Definitely playable without a wheel. Still fun to this day.