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AuthorRe: Xenoblade Chronicles
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3,276. Posted:

G4L wrote:

Anyone who finds it distasteful, is most likely being an immature person.

you can find the excess of cleavage distasteful without being immature. aside from the sleek/mist/whatever sets, which strip each and every character to a bathing suit equally, why do half the sets of armor in the game cover the men fully and leave the womenfolk half naked? it's not hard to see the disparity there; if they stripped down the men equally, we probably wouldn't be having this discussion. yes, there's past precedent for the battle-thong, but that doesn't make it right, nor does it make people who dislike that sort of thing 'immature' and in need of 'grow[ing] up'.

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3,277. Posted:

i tend to fall asleep while playing video games, there have been plenty of times when i've been in the middle of a battle and i just conk the hell out. definitely no bueno :(

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3,278. Posted:

i prefer the fragrance of barbecued turtle, myself >:3

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AuthorRe: Xenoblade Chronicles
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3,279. Posted:

I would say the fact that the party draws the line at killing people puts this game on a maturity level above that of a 14-year-old. later in the game they actually wrestle with the idea of killing a person or a machine quite a bit, actually. it does take a while for this game to get to the common anime 'why do we fight' argument and start truly questioning their revenge, but everything is explained as you continue through the story. cleavage or no cleavage, there's definitely something here for everyone :3

I would also say that this is perhaps the most original and engrossing story for a game or anime I've come across in a long, long time. i just got to the part where Shulk wakes up, if that means anything to you guys who've also gotten that far. frickin' amazing~ :3

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AuthorRe: Nintendo Games You Dislike
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3,280. Posted:

@Waltz: If you see that happening, please report it — I can't take care of it if I don't know it's going on, but I do knock that sort of thing out when I see it :(

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3,281. Posted:

PikminMonster wrote:

For every reason metioned by everybody on this thread so far, and so much more, thank you. How can we repay you?

cash would be great, but i can take a card if that's all you've got >:3

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3,282. Posted:

Actually, finding them in the stores running this promotion is what we'd prefer — this should explain the situation for you, Chaoslink1. Thank you!

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AuthorRe: Xenoblade Chronicles
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3,283. Posted:

Thank you for your blessing to play the game however I like, TysonQ7! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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3,284. Posted:

@tech101: naah, once you've got a nice supply of high-level gems, the low-level stuff is only good for selling — obviously you don't want to start getting rid of all your level II stuff when you pick up a handful of unrefined level III crystals/cylinders, but when you've got your party well equipped you can go ahead and get rid of the low-level stuff without a problem IMO. selling low-level gems and gemcrafting materials makes for some pretty good trips to the store when you're going around and picking up Arts manuals :3

@TysonQ7: good for you? i want my party outfitted the best i can possibly get them, though, and gemcrafting is the way to go if you need specific gems. if you do every single quest in the game you pick up some good stuff (and that's probably why you haven't needed to craft anything, i'd bet), but if you're not a completionist and don't care, you'll need to supplement your inventory a tad.

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AuthorRe: Xenoblade Chronicles
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3,285. Posted:

@Tech101: About gem crafting, there's a pretty good guide up on the GameFAQs Xenoblade forum... basically, the idea when you go in to craft gems is first to refine the traits you want into cylinders as close to 100% as you can possibly get without going over (100% or more yields a gem, of course), and then combine those high-percentage cylinders to gain more powerful gems. by 'refining', I mean to use a set of characters with attributes geared toward cylinder creation (in order to separate out multiple traits from crystals with more than one attribute) — Sharla as the shooter has a bonus where the Cylinder Gauge fills up more with a Gentle flame, and Shulk has a 'Good' chance of giving you a Gentle flame, so early on (while you're messing around) you can practice with those two for separating out the qualities into cylinders. You can't really strategize with their character bonuses until you've got more people in your party, so don't stress over it early on.

Once you've got the cylinders separated out, you can start putting everything together. There's two ways of going about it, the first of which is to take individual cylinders and raise their qualities via Medium flame bonuses. this becomes easier later on in the game, since you gain a character with a bonus that gives you three cylinders right off the bat — you can pair them with a character that has a better chance of giving you Medium flame so that you wind up raising three separate qualities with little effort.

Early on, though, it's easiest to just collect a lot of cylinders and add them all together. I try to aim for a combned total of 160% or above (150% if I'm in a hurry and want to risk it), and then use Shulk and Reyn together to create the gem. Shulk is more likely to go into Fever mode, Reyn is the most likely character to give you Strong Flame and not Medium or Gentle, and both of them should have pretty strong affinity for one another no matter how far along you are compared to the rest of your characters, so you'll get more turns with them.

The goal you're reaching for is to get into Heat mode, which is when your characters manage to raise the percentage of any one quality to 200% or more — at that point, instead of a gem at the same level as the materials you've put into it, you'll get a gem the next level up (level III materials would yield a level IV gem, for example). If you manage to raise that one quality to 300% or more, you'll go into Mega-Heat mode, where you'll receive two gems for your effort, both one level over the materials you've put into them (two level IV gems with your level III materials). This is why you want to refine out individual qualities; if they're focused on only one thing, the percentage of that one thing will be much higher than if their turns were bounced between two separate quality percentages equally.

The whole process is a bit tricky to get the hang of, and it takes a bit of trial and error to figure out the best team with who you've got at the moment for refinement. Shulk/Reyn is the best for actual crafting with the refined cylinders, hands-down IMO.

One thing that's handy to keep in mind is that you can start the crafting process even though you don't have any traits at 100%; you can hit 'confirm' at any time so long as you've chosen two or more materials to craft with. it looks all sad when you don't manage to create a gem, but that refinement is a vital part of the process if you're wanting to outfit your characters with the best possible gems. well-placed high-level gems can mean the difference between life and death in battle :3

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3,286. Posted:

We have a thread here where you're more than welcome to share your community FC, matgr, and if you're wanting to add 3DS Friends, this one here is the one you want. Thank you! :3

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3,287. Posted:

WindWaker all the way. eff TP :3

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AuthorRe: Third Place Vote - Best ANIME Tournament - ONE PIECE WINS!!!
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3,288. Posted:

ChocoGoldfish wrote:

Ok, I'll give you that. I've never tried watching a Ghibli (or any foreign film) as background noise.

i do a lot of stuff IRL where i just need something going on in the background, whether music or a movie playing — drawing, painting, cleaning things, etc. and so forth. if it's a movie I've seen a bazillion times over, I can deal with listening to the original Japanese audio, but sometimes i like to listen to what they're saying in plain old English, y'know? :3

as for the current question, YYH all the way. Kuwabara is mah boi~

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3,289. Posted:

Mickeymac wrote:

I said it was obtuse and frustrating - the limited lives, having to restart the world every time I fail one lousy jump, and most importantly on every world there was something that I didn't know how to do, and had to look up online. What if it was 1992 and I didn't have the internet? What, was I supposed to get the Guide book if I wanted to have any hope of finishing this game?!

You have the option now, and that's what separates your current experience from what your experience would've been back then. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to look anything up online or splurge for a Prima guide; you're just giving in to temptation. Own your weakness.

If you need extra lives, Super Mario World uses the same 1-up mechanics from the original Super Mario Bros. game (collect 100 coins, kill 8+ enemies with one shell/jump on 8+ enemies without touching the ground) plus more (carry an item past the finish line, win them in special areas, etc.) and actually makes it all easier for you to exploit with the 're-enter a level, get 1-ups, press start and select to exit, wipe hands, repeat' process. If I remember correctly, this was all explained in the instruction manual for the game when it originally came out, so there's no excuse for not having known these things, whether now (with the help of Dr. Internet) or back in the day.

Once you've got enough lives, exploring the levels is a piece of cake — Super Mario World even goes out of its way to make it easier for you with the saved powerup at the top of the screen, mid-level checkpoints, the red-marked levels denoting multiple exits, and the ability to re-enter beaten levels to pick up powerups and/or a Yoshi if necessary before entering a particularly difficult level. You not taking the time to explore the levels to their fullest is not the fault of the developers, nor does it make the level design 'bad' in and of itself.

If you're truly that bad at 2D Mario games, one tip I always like to pass on is 'just run'. If you're quick enough, you can run (or fly) through just about every level (aside from the underwater ones and the ones that automatically scroll, and in terms of flying there's a couple levels that have pipes that go all the way up and cut the level in half). After that, practice makes perfect. If you'd get into the right frame of mnd as opposed to trying to slog through it, hating every step, you'd probably get a lot farther.

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3,290. Posted:

^ there's something to be said for being able to turn a movie on as background noise and being able to understand what's going on without having to constantly look at the screen. under normal circumstances i prefer subtitles, but if the dub is well done (as has been the case with the more recent Studio Ghibli films to be brought westward), i don't see why it's inherently a stupid idea to have done so.

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3,291. Posted:

Reala wrote:

The Tale of Madness production is not affiliated with nintendolife or its staff, all characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

that works :3

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3,292. Posted:

Please feel free to use this thread here to discuss any and all E3 2012 predictions, matgr. Thank you! :3

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3,293. Posted:

Morpheel wrote:

This

This.
no, really... if i'm in a lazy mood, my responses also become lazy :3

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3,294. Posted:

Adam wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

this has been the only Kickstarter project I've ever been interested in. sucks for everyone who missed out, it's gonna be frickin' epic :3

What the heck. Why didn't you call me?

Actually, I'm not crazy about how the game looks. The good doctor is awesome though.

idk, it looked interesting enough to me. and hey, McNinja <333

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3,295. Posted:

Gamesake wrote:

TysonQ7 wrote:

Gamesake wrote:

I'm stuck in the lava cave! I'll try equipping some better blaze protection, but if that doesn't help I guess I'm Xenoboned.

...don't step in the lava?
I though that is the only way you take damage there...

That's not the only way to take damage there. I fear to go into those caves. The nopon delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in, the darkness of the lava cave? Shadow and flame.

And it's guarding a magical hot rock that I need in order to set up camp and progress the story (ah, the sweet smell of RPG filler).

(a) lol
(b) you should be able to warp out, grind, and then come back in if that battle is bothering you. i'm pretty sure it took me about four tries before i finally beat it; sometimes these boss battles are up to the luck of the 'being able to get the B-button jump on 'em and then bring the pain' draw, it seems. :3

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3,296. Posted:

Dan is correct; if you have a US DSi, you'll need to either purchase a North American DSi Points card or use a credit card that has a US address to buy your points through the DSi Shop. There are usually places online to purchase points cards for any region, though. :3

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3,297. Posted:

^ knock it off, you guys — this is the name, no sense arguing it anymore with anyone other than Nintendo.

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3,298. Posted:

just so everyone knows, i've been putting this information into the Helpful Tips for Formatting Messages thread as it happens — I posted about the lack of tildes back in January, in fact (post #139).
still miss the tildes, but i'll deal :3

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3,299. Posted:

Swiket wrote:

DudeSean wrote:

So I wonder, is there any solution to this dilemma?

Cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it?

listen to this man, DudeSean, for he is wise and his words are truth. it happened. there's nothing that can be done.

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3,300. Posted:

Please feel free to use this existing thread to discuss which Zelda game(s) are your favorite and/or why. Thank you! :3

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