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Bedtime Stories From the Final Frontier; or, ...

"Neelix, would you tell me another story?""Why, Naomi, I've already told you so many stories tonight. Don't you think it's time to sleep?""I can't sleep. I'm too scared. I want to see the stars again.""Well, Naomi, you're not alone. I think everyone ...

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about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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I didn't word that very well, admittedly; I didn't mean to suggest that they should've known that it was bad to exceed the DESIGNATED PARTY LIMIT, because as we, the players, know, that does, in fact,
cause the universe to fucking implode upon itself. My point of contention was that, yes, Robo felt like there was nothing left for him in that era, but they maybe should've at least paused to consider that a laser-blasting, rocket-wielding death machine from the post-Apocalypse might possibly have some negative effect on the overall timeline. Granted, it didn't, but they didn't think that maybe he could help the few surviving humans gather food or protect them from all of the horrific, tool-shed-sized super mutants running around; they just jumped the existentialist discussion, decided he was their best friend, and carried him along.

With the reptites, they were already at war, so I feel like their retaliation for something or another was more-or-less inevitable, and maybe I need to play it again, but I don't remember Chrono's pals ever mentioning that it was a result of their actions. Those other 2 are philosophical waxings for sure,
but not about their effects on the timeline. With Magus, it was just about how killing him wouldn't bring Chrono back, and the campfire scene was about how regrets bring back bad memories, rather than whether or not what they're doing might have any negative effects. And then, Lucca goes and changes the past without any negative effects.


And maybe I am being too hard on the story, because it seems like it's just trying to be fun, rather than a deep analysis of the ramifications of time travel. I often shit on Link's Awakening for dodging its own potential existentialist messages for the sake of the adventure. I just see something that points out the fuck-ups, and maybe I just can't go back. Like how touching Fuzzy in Yoshi's Island is just a goofy obstacle or a temporary status ailment before you know what LSD is. But once more, I must point out a flaw in your logic: they're really more like evil pinecones. Bonus points if you get that reference.
about 2 weeks ago

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Well, sure, every good story needs universality and individuality, and you can't sacrifice one for the other; you can't have a story about the Globenords on Planet Galaxacon and their never-ending quest to understand the mysteries of Bloobenshnort, because nobody would know what in the BLUE FUCK you're talking about. Okay, so Harry Potter did that, but you still have a story about young people coming of age and overcoming impossible odds to defeat an ancient evil; there's the universality. My issue is that when humans encounter a superior species in sci-fi, they don't ever acknowledge their superiority. I mean, what's more universal than meeting someone that's better than you are, even by your own values, and learning to overcome your childish arrogance, accept yourself as inferior, and coming to understand that that doesn't make you unworthy of existence? I mean, I've been playing Mega Man for almost 30 goddamn years, and I've met you, who I readily acknowlege knows more about the special weapons and their effects on non-boss enemies by miles. Do I have to sulk about it? Do I have to go kill myself? Do I have to outdo you? Do I have to find some other way in which I actually am superior, and just rail on that? Do I have to employ the most twisted fucking logic imaginable to assert that I am somehow superior to you, not in spite of my flaws, but because of them? No, and there's a world of unexplored philosophy in this that's routinely shoved aside in favor of a cheerleader's cop-out. Even my beloved Stargate is guilty of this.
about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
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Heh, cheers . Eggerland is one of my all time favourite series .
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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But the fact that Lucca does figure out what's happening in 600 AD proves that she has figured out that they are, in fact, in 600 AD, and that traveling through time can have serious consequences, intended or not. If they can't connect the dots that this one thing can cause other similar things to happen if we perform the cause to this effect again, then how does Chrono even tie his shoes? Okay, so he seems to sleep in his shoes, so maybe that mystery will never be solved, but you know what I mean. They don't have to be huge sci-fi fans and have watched shit with time travel to have figured this out. I mean, imagine running into a panther for the first time. You go up to try to pet the thing and it breaks your arm, because a cat is a cat, regardless of the size, and if it doesn't want to put up with your shit, it won't. Okay, you fucked up and it wasn't really your fault, but lesson learned, right? If you, for example, encounter a leopard - a very similar animal - for the first time, wouldn't you not pet the thing? When the slight change of existing in 600 AD caused Marle to blink out of existence, they should've at least shown some kind of caution in proceeding. I mean hell, Lucca repaired Robo and brought him through the time portal, causing the time-space continuum to have a motherfucking seizure because she thought he was neat.

And I think that's my problem with the story: they just do absolutely whatever the fuck they want,
and there are no repercussions; it's like a Road Runner cartoon, where the coyote dies 30 times over in any given 5-minute episode, but he's totally fine. There is no wisdom in this; it's just a blind, "But it's not RIGHT!" They're irresponsible because they never once have any moments of introspection about the possible consequences, and the writer just enables them, like a shitty parent. And that's the problem that I have with sci-fi: the irrevocable assertion that humanity is the greatest species and deserves praise above all others. A volcano can destroy an island, an in its wake, it brings new life;
what's to say that Lavos wouldn't do the same thing in 4000 years or so? Nobody's seen that far ahead or even tried. Rudra no Hihou hits on this, too.


Well, you're not wrong, and I did like the magic aspect of it a lot better than the "Roll the increasingly rigged against you set of dice to maybe hit harder" part, which isn't so much strategy as it is throwing shit to the wind.
about 1 month ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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Point well taken about the combat, but I did still like that magic could be used freely, and to be fair, the complaint that all you had to do was mash the button to win is hardly exclusive to Chrono Cross; I think the newest turn-based RPG that I had to do any kind of thinking in battle was Rudra no Hihou on the SNES, and before that, something on the NES. I think most of the rest of this is just a different strokes kind of thing, but it is good to hear a thoughtful counterpoint; most of what I hear can be boiled down to, "It's not Chrono Trigger 2," but yours is an opinion that I can respect.

Another thing that I liked was that the overall theme was very strong, and that was the story of a lost boy trying to find his way home. In the beginning, he stumbles upon a parallel world in which he's dead, and it turns out that the world is a much happier place. By the time he's more comfortably jumping between worlds, he loses his body to the antagonist. Everything is so foreign and alien to him throughout most of the game; it's not a positive theme, but it is a very strong one. Even the game's visual design uses familiar elements - coral is a big one - in such unusual ways that the world feels familiar, but foreign. It's the same sort of theme that sets the maligned Secret of Evermore apart from its sorta predecessor, Secret of Mana; same situation, actually, minus the time travel and railing Mana's protagonists for making a stupid mistake.
about 1 month ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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See, I don't think that's true. The initial damage was done when Marle's pendant fucked up the telepod and sent her back in time. Chrono goes in to save her, and it turns out she's impersonating Queen Lenee, because she's an irresponsible teen. Fair enough. She blinks out of existence, because it was stupid to lie about her identity, so no one's saving the real queen. Chrono and pals set that right,
and everything's back to normal. Next is the escape from the unjust execution, and they wind up in the future. Okay, I'm still with them. Now, you find about about Lavos, and decide that you're going to fuck with the timeline again. This is where things go downhill, and they repeatedly make stupid mistakes and/or pointless gestures.

In the original timeline, what would've happened was Frog tries to battle Magus without the Hero's Medal or the Masamune. His ass gets totally stomped. As a result, Magus would've summoned Lavos from 12000 BC (because that's when he's from), stopping the whole clusterfuck that happened in the Ocean Palace. Chrono and pals stop him, Lavos gets summoned by Zeal instead, and now, the Black Omen appears. This also leads to Chrono's death, which means that it was a bad decision, but I do give the game props for having the balls to kill of its protagonist; Aeris was nothing.

So, the party winds up in 65,000,000 BC (give or take a few zeroes) again, where they can do the most damage to the timeline. Instead of going home, they go fight the reptites to save humanity! Well,
except that that's when Lavos falls, destroying their stronghold, and ushering in a long ice age in which these reptile people would have died off, anyway. That's not to say that it wasn't awesome and fun to invade Tyranno Lair, but it wasn't something they ever really needed to do.

I wouldn't say that the opinion that their species is worth preserving is so much something they've learned; Marle's reaction was pretty much instantaneous. I will concede, however, that it could have been something that they stopped taking for granted. I am also of the opinion that their ability to preserve their species was something that they started taking for granted.


To be clear, I didn't dislike Chrono Trigger - it's a hell of a lot of fun to play - but I do think that its story and characters are mostly handled poorly, and that its message is a blind one, though I can point that latter finger at most works of science fiction.
about 1 month ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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I'll always take such recommendations, especially a Mega Man game from a fellow Mega Fan, especially one who appreciates the later NES games more than most; they're so overlooked! You reminded me, though, that I haven't played the first one yet, either, so I'm going to add that to the list. Let's look at some of the screensho- freefallinfuckballswut. Okay, I'm sold.

Also, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like Chrono Cross, but seeing you cite Chrono Trigger as your favorite game of all time, it's not surprising, because it is absolutely NOT Chrono Trigger 2. Well, 3, but not many people know/remember that Radical Dreamers is even a thing. As I do not cite Chrono Trigger as one of my favorite games or even one of my favorite RPGs of all time, I enjoyed it a lot more.

I think what I liked about it versus Trigger was this: Chrono Trigger is, in terms of story, a very irresponsible game. Maybe my video game history is a bit hazy, but aside from the Mother games,
it's the first RPG I can think of that started the whole "saving the world with the power of love and friendship" schtick, and the Mother games weren't very popular at the time. The kids accidentally traveled back in time at first, almost fucked up history to the point where one of them ceased to fucking BE, and they learned absolutely nothing from it. Escaping through the time portal to 2300 A.D. to escape the corrupt chancellor was one thing, but they didn't even give it a second thought after that. They discovered Lavos, and decided they were going to go gallivanting all over the space-time continuum with absolutely no regard for consequences, because, "This is a bad thing, you guys; we HAVE to stop this!" Did they save the world? Sure, but in Cross, you see all of the damage that it did:
The Dead Sea; the rift between two alternate realities, in which shit got pretty bad; the birth of another, even worse Lavos-like creature, that wanted not only to beat up the world, but devour all of time and existence. Maybe it's the cynical old bitch in me, but I liked the fact that it grabbed all these chaotic-good protagonists by the shoulders and shit in their mouths a little.
Of course, it was more than just that; I did enjoy the combat, the basically infinite magic, the music, the world, and most of the story (there was definitely a big lull in the middle), even if I did think Kid was an obnoxious, unlikeable little shit to the very end. To each their own.
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