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chillv last won the day on August 17 2017

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    Dragon Quest VIII (3DS)
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    DQ Builders (PS4)
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    Gaming, Language Learning, Academic Learning, Anime & Manga

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  1. I already got one. I mostly got it after hearing all the good news such as Super Mario Odyssey's trailer with Jump Up Superstar. I mostly held back due to shortages and also the fact that I almost never buy consoles at launch, because they tend to have dead game release schedules and also sometimes a small fraction of rushed, defective models. Unfortunately, I already have the PS4 versions of the DQ games, so I can't necessarily buy them on Switch without it being an absolute waste of money, so that sucks. If there is any DQ exclusive on the Switch, I definitely will buy it though.
  2. *When school is nearing and you haven't finished your self-studies* Oh lord, this is gonna be pure hell. I'm pretty much trying to finish up whatever much I can so I absolutely have the least amount of stuff to finish up during the school year (occasionally during my spare time after homework and such). Just the thought of doing any of it in general in conjuction with homework feels horrid. It isn't necesarily hard or anything to do so, but it's probably the easiest thing to p...

  3. I don't really read story books or comics very much. Like I said in my introduction though, I enjoy academics and language learning so I have books on that, so I guess I can speak on that. I currently have English (grammar and crap) and Japanese books and an some secondary reference books for Arabic and Chinese My English books are mostly all by the same company, Princeton Review, but I also have one Grammar book by Barron. They are as follows: Reading Smart, Word Smart, Grammar Smart & E-Z Grammar I've been through pretty much all of Reading Smart except for the extra reading exercises for more practice. It's just a book for learning different approaches for reading different texts effectively for work and school. It included a lot of neat stuff like science textbooks, humanities and even articles. It also had some consise writing exercises like summarizing and idea mapping. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to go through all of Word Smart, but it is a good book. It's a vocabulary learning book and contains a lot of more advanced vocabulary. I especially liked learning words like appotheosis, amorphous and bastion. I do have to get into it though, as I also have to buy the second book "More Word Smart" as well. The book also has themed vocabulary like science, economics, root words and foreign words. Grammar Smart is a good grammar book. It's lessons are a bit more concise than E-Z Grammar, but that's actually good, as I used it alongside for reinforcement and to add on with some unique things the book taught like redundancy, poor comparisons, absolute adjectives and idioms. E-Z Grammar is again more content heavy and goes into more nuances such as the nominative, possessive and objective cases of pronouns as well as all the classes of pronouns as well as emphasizing different types of phrases, clauses and sentences. As for my language books, I have Japanese from Zero books 1-3 as well as Chineasy, Chineasy Everyday and Essential Arabic Vocabulary I'm finished with Japanese from Zero 1, and it pretty much reviewed everything I learned from the first course I used (Mango Languages Japanese) to learn Japanese while further building my vocabulary and understanding, which was great. Japanese from Zero 2 is currently the one I'm on, and I find it just as good. It's just as it is supposed to be, just a continuiation of the first book, and going into more advanced stuff. The books have some pretty routine exercises with stuff like questions, conversations with their translations and reading comprehension, but they do mix things up a bit with other exercises and even try to teach you something new with their secondary learning reading passages. The grammar explanations are very good too. However, I have had to take matter into my own hands as well by reviewing vocabulary and grammar once and a while until it sticks. Chineasy and Chineasy Everyday I use for Kanji as well as the Chinese Hanzi (Chinese equivalent name of Kanji). I also just bought it because I love Chineasy and wanted to support the author Shao Lan (just as I also bought Japanese from Zero to support the author George Trombley as well). It's a very good book even if you don't want to learn Chinese. It just goes a lot into showing the beauty in the language and its Hanzi that is often overlooked by many. I especially like Chineasy Everyday as it emphasizes some of the logical character construction used for everyday things such as "cellphone" and "computer". Shao Lan also has announced about her new board game Essential Arabic Vocabulary is really just an Arabic vocabulary reference book, but it also has sections on things like learning goals, basic grammar and phrases etc. I dabble in it a bit, but I haven't be SUPER into Arabic like that, but I have been using it if I forget a word, want to learn new ones or something, but that's about it. One cool thing about the book is that words are exclusively in Arabic script with just diacritics for pronunciation assistance, which is kinda good and kinda bad. I mean, I know the script, but I see that being a turnoff for people who might just be starting out and not have any idea how to read anything in the book. I also have the Complete box set of Living Language Chinese. However, I am not yet using that and instead using another course to study Chinese first and then start using those text/workbooks. I have peaked into the books in the book set, and it doesn't go in depth on the meanings of words or anything like the current course I use. I'm probably going to start getting some science and math books as well as some more language books. However, school is coming up so I might have to lay off the self-study a bit, which is sad. I don't plan on stopping though. In fact, why would I? A vast majority of these studies are improving my grades!
  4. Well, considering they out of all games they localized Fortune Street Smart out of all games, I wouldn't be surprised if they did this one XD Okay in all seriousness though, it's a shame this game has failed to have much of a fanbase in the west. However, it makes sense considering it's just a monopoly-like virtual board game with way more rules such as districts and stock (unless you play on easy rules). In order to really appreciate it, you have to like the gameplay itself for what it is. It also doesn't help that there aren't many virtual board games in the west or video game industry as a whole making it all the more foreign. In addition, the only other booming/well known board game genre game is Mario Party. I think the fact that there was a Mario crossover in the Wii version made it seem like some Monopoly mario edition, which considering Mario Party 9 was already coming around pretty much hurt the series and gave confusion to people not familiar with Itadaki Street. I think that if they do localize it, they should do some remarketing of the franchise as a whole so it can strictly be seen for the board game, but still highlight the character appearances. Heck. they can even highlight the game's legacy in Japan so it can be known exactly what Fortune Street is.
  5. Relatable to my first time studying Japanese. You can reach out to me and I can help you and even push out some resources if you want. I do like to use textbooks for language study among other things, but their quality can vary immensely. This is mostly because some go way too fast over some material for some people or don't go into detail as they should about some things. So, please don't be too intimidated. It does take work and dedication, but it could be you might just need to pace yourself differently than how the book might be. Anyway, I've mostly have been self-studying English, Math and foreign languages (and a little bit of physics) over the summer. I have had some off days, procrastination and such but I have learned a lot as well as made progress and discoveries. It has been fun though within my time spent just enjoying my summer. I'm going to be getting ready for school by the beginning of next month and will be getting stuff like new school supplies and such.
  6. Although I may be biased since it is my first Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest 7's hero was the one I felt I had the most intimate connection to personally. Mostly because his story was not some "hero overnight" or "chosen one" story. Then again, not that many in DQ are I believe. However, DQ7 did it so well. The relationship they established with his parents and friends made it feel as if he really was just some ordinary kid with an imagination and dreams who got into a weird predicament that turned into an adventure. I have never played Dragon Quest 1 Here's to hoping the new remakes of the trilogy are released as I can't really get a hold of the mobile, NES or GB copies really but I have played Builders and I think because of the ambiguity of the story and the relationship you have with whom I guess is supposed to be The Almighty and the townsfolk are enough to make things feel personal while not having the character seem completely flat and lifeless I guess.
  7. *Dragon Quest Heroes 1+2 on Switch* Welp, not sure what to do since I have the PS4 version of 1 already.

    1. jay


      Funny thing about that. My brother's been trying to get me to buy a PS4, and I said I'd get it when Heroes2 hit states. But now that it's gonna be on Switch, as well as Disgaea 5, the two only two games I'd play are now on a system I'm gonna get anyway

    2. Bururian


      I'm buying it regardless. JP and NA

    3. winky55


      Already have the 1st game on PS4, and beat it and even did a YT walkthrough of it. So, I'm waiting for the 2nd one to get 5 DQX monsters and 1 DQMP monster and fight The Twin Palpatines

  8. Being an avid language learner, it was fun seeing the foreign language colloquialisms like "It is strictly verboten (forbidden)," "No te preocupes (Don't worry about it)," a character being called a "Dummkopf (Dimwit)" and using the term "oder (or)" to mean "Am I right?". Also names like "Al-Balad" and "L'Arca" were absolutely just awesome to see for me. Not to mention, it did give the feeling of exploring places around the world. I do wonder though how people feel about it. Did it ever make conversations hard to follow or confusing? I know one of them I found difficult because I believe they were in Dutch and Portuguese which I was absolutely unfamiliar with, so I had to use context and at times try to find Spanish and German cognates, since they are related and I know them to a better degree, to understand the statements. I will say however, understanding the statements did make exploring the different areas fun for me. They didn't seem to overdo it though, but I wouldn't know considering my personal perspective on it.
  9. I can't say much about it, as I still have a way to go with my Japanese. However, I can say that with the Japanese I already know and seeing videos of Japanese gameplay, that translation could be pain. Due to the nature of the Japanese language and some ways of expression, some stuff doesn't necessarily translate very well systematically into English. I haven't seen much dialogue of Dragon Quest, but I would assume that colloquialisms and informal or even grammatically incorrect but still understandable speech may be used in some cases, which could make for some sentences that would turn into absolute confusing or incomprehensible garbage from a translation program. I wouldn't know though. I've never actually played a game in Japanese myself. Perhaps if you have a good basic grasp of the language expression wise, it might help with translation. However, these particular things I mentioned are something to be aware of.
  10. Hi there, I'm chillv. I'm a recent fan of Dragon Quest and can't get enough of the series the minute I laid hands on it. I'm also into some ofSquare Enix's other franchises such as Kingdom Hearts, Theathrhythm and Fortune Street. I also like anime, manga as well as studying languages (and obviously one of them is Japanese) and academics such as math, science and the humanities. With my introduction out of the way, I want to tell my story about my entry into the series, as it is quite an interesting one, but it's also long one unfortunately, so this will be an essay. Growing up, I was never really introduced to RPGs and only had some experience from playing Pokemon Diamond once as a kid, and it didn't interest me very much. My first encounter with Square Enix came when I got Kingdom Hearts 2, in which I pretty much sucked at because I could not understand it's combat (I was a kid at this point so it was pretty foreign to me) but regardless I did like the game (even though I never even got past the introduction XD). For years, the RPG genre pretty much just didn't catch my attention, and I don't even remember seeing any ads for RPGs that interested me. One time, on some gaming channel though, I saw the hosts talking about Dragon Quest 9. The game's fantasy vibe won me over quite a lot as a kid, but never got around to getting it, most likely due to other games and also because I don't think I remembered the name of the game at all after seeing it. Skip over some years later, and I got my first RPG, which was... Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time. Unfortunately, it wasn't my best entry into the genre. I did like the gameplay, but I got stuck easily and often became confused about what I was supposed to do or what I was doing wrong when playing and failing multiple times. Let's just say, even though it was not a traditional RPG, it did leave a bad taste in my mouth for the genre as a whole, and I thought that the RPG genre was not for me, which made me very unwilling to try to get back in. Then, Earthbound happened. I heard a lot about the franchise, and decided to download in on the Wii U Virtual Console, and absolutely loved it. The very simple turn based RPG gameplay, with only a few differences to make it unique, made the game very fun to play, and I absolutely adored the story. I even went on to play Earthbound Beginnings, and loved it despite it's rather outdated design that turned many Earthbound fans away from the game. I finally found an RPG that I could enjoy all the way to the end. I won't say I didn't have difficulty, but I found the strategy and battle system simplistic enough to get into. This softened up my feelings for RPGs, but I was still skeptical for some reason even after enjoying Earthbound. I for some reason felt that Earthbound was maybe just "easier" and "an exception". However, not too long ago, I heard about Dragon Quest 7 being localized. I didn't think much of it, until I saw the promotions on Nintendo's YouTube channel about the game and the game's official website. I also found a video about the game where someone told their story about playing the game. Nonetheless, this whole "classic-style RPG" thing I heard intrigued me quite a bit. I also knew that Earthbound was inspired by Dragon Quest, which caught my attention even more. With all of that being said, dismissed all of skepticism from past RPGs I've played, and decided to try out Dragon Quest for the first time. "After all, Dragon Quest 9 caught my attention" I thought. Keep in mind, at the time, I couldn't find many modern games that I liked, not even remakes. Everything was ranging from absolute trash to mediocre, and on rare occasions permissible for me (and only a few or so actually left an impact on me) so I was kind of taking a leap of faith going into it. When I switched the game on and went through the file creation prompts though, I was in for big surprise. I can conclusively say that Dragon Quest 7 was unlike anything I ever played in such a long time. It brought me nostalgia even though I was just beginning the game and playing it for the first time. "Why" and "how" you might ask. Well, it's because it brought me back to the feelings I had when playing games as a kid. From the story to the gameplay, in it's entire design, it encourages curiosity and adventure. It isn't trying to be straight and to the point, or hardcore, It tells a story with characters and events you can personally relate to. The game isn't trying to be so super serious, complex and action based, you're not some chosen one with some really ridiculous excursion you suddenly get caught up in. Your entire situation in every scenario in the game is believable, and the game isn't afraid to make something seem completely dire or even hopeless, and it'll even show through it's difficulty, but when you do, you actually feel like you've made an accomplishment and overriden whatever giant came you way in your quest. The game also knows how to keep things simple and only ask of you to focus on your pure wit and preparation rather than some complex, convoluted strategic features in gameplay. Beyond that, throughout the game, some of the tasks that some gamers may perceive as mundane, slow and pace/flow-breaking or even unnecessary, but to me it felt as a way of the game knowing when to slow down for you to just relax and focus on the good before something else pops up or you must proceed onward. You're able to take in the benefits of your accomplishments before challenging another feat. All of that makes for an RPG game that was immersive, felt like you were going on an actual adventure and actually (as the genre name suggest) made me feel like I was actually playing the role of the protagonist and his story. And to this day, few RPGs yet alone games in general have left that impact on me. And quite honestly, it brought me back, as that was what intrigued me about video games as a kid, but I have had yet to see many modern games or current franchises that gave me feeling, but Dragon Quest, especially 7 happened to not fly into that category. But most of all it gave me a better light of what RPGs can be and definitely what Dragon Quest is. As of now, I bought a PS4 to play Heroes and Builders (as well as other games) and eventually Heroes II, and despite being spinoffs, they gave me the very similar feelings that I got from 7, but maybe in a different way (Heroes isn't very immersive as you play as a protagonist that talks, but it has the same feel in terms of story and a lot of Dragon Quest fanservice, which is enough for me). And I definitely plan on getting my hands on Dragon Quest 8 Journey of the Cursed King when it releases. My feelings about the impact that Dragon Quest 7 gave on me for the series and RPGs as a whole is kind of hard to explain, but I hope my story better describes the reason behind my instant love for this franchise. And with that, I will take my leave and start to join the discussion. *Chillv used Zoom*
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