Monday, March 29, 2010

Bloody Monday....wow that title works well consideirng it's Monday :p

So hey what's up? Haven't updated since last weeks so first off I just finished reading the Bloody Monday manga this morning and just finished catching up on season 2. Not really sure if I like it or not, but I have nothing else to read right now so I ended up reading that. Have a new negative happy marriage chapter though which is awesome :D Probably will read that tomorrow.
Let's see over the weekend I beat Final Fantasy XIII finally. Next up is to get the max out each class trophies which I'll have with another 60,000 experience or so. Then I need to work on missions and leveling along with upgrading my weapons. Then final boss battle 5 star and I got the platinum trophy or so I hope. As long as it doesn't take me too long (Red Dead Redemption is the time limit) I am planning to get the platinum trophy in it. I also want to get it in Demon's Soul since I only have like 5 more trophies there.
Not much else to say really I haven't watched much anime lately since my roommate has been in the room most of the time lately :( Was planning to finish up Saki tonight, but that didn't happen. Ok end of post :p

~dinoman411

Thursday, March 25, 2010

When does True == False?

So how is it possible to get true to equal false? What if you believe it to be false, but it's really true thus your false belief is true :p Wait what did I just say lol, never mind that I just confused myself there. Anyway today has been a good day...mostly. For one I slept great, for 2 I finished up the battle item use system :D, and also started and I think finished the Guard system. Guard system didn't end up quite as I hopped, but I think the other way would have made it too good. Tomorrow I might work on getting the flee system made, but we will see. Then it's onto a lot of testing and finally summon system part 1, then it's finally onto A.I. programming for the summons and the enemies :D So can't wait though when I get there I'm sure it will be hell :p
Hm what else tonight planning to finish watching Kobato, and also maybe Saki or Book of Bantorra, depends on my mood/how much time I have. Finally got a fun chap of Bleach that wasn't totally WTF?! And Hitman is starting a new arc, was debating on if it would be ending or not. Oh and One Piece was AWESOME, so AWESOME!!! Finally Red-Haired Shanks has arrived :D Ok enough about that I think I'm done for this post now, I might post a new video tomorrow we'll see.

~dinoman411

Monday, March 22, 2010

So What is the scariest element? I vote H & O

Anyway title references qwaser, being a chem/bio major H as in Hydrogen not H as in H and O as in Oxygen are my choices for the most reactive/useful elements in a fight. I personally don't see why gold is that powerful, it's not that reactive, of course not a common element discussed in chem. classes so I could be missing something there. Anyway some fun treat today...
Fun video day, since I'm board and thought about it. Who doesn't love Horo I mean shes Horo shes just pure awesomeness. Enough fanboy-ness, so what else to say well first video:



Ok well battle item system is almost done in Anime Affection, should finish that up tomorrow or tonight. Also fixed a currently minor bug, and released a new version of Anime Affection on Friday. Almost have hit the big v0.2 mark possibly the v0.3 mark depending on when I finish the battle system, and how "finished" it really is.
So manga wise I have been reading Black God, I like the concept, however I feel that it isn't as well done as it should be and something is missing. It's by no means a bad manga, just seems to be lacking in certain areas, though slowly that is changing in the more recent chaps. Other then that I don't think I have started anything else, I really want to work on W Juliet, but I don't have time in a single weekend to read 21 volumes, and no way in heck am I bringing them to school (esp. since is a cross dressing manga), so I guess I need to suffer until end of the semester. Still have no idea where to put my manga collection it has finally over flowed, I have about 2 shelves over what I have room for :p
FFXIII wise I an 47 hrs or so into it, right before chapter 12, but I have been leveling and doing missions so far I have 22+ missions with a 5 star rating,a nd every character has 3 classes maxed (not actually maxed, but as far as I can currently go). Planning to possibly bet it this coming weekend we'll see I'm getting tired of leveling and it takes forever once you hit the upper areas of the grid. Ok enough with this post I'm done here.

Oh last note I have added quite a few anime/manga talks on my other blog check them out if you have time/want to links on the top of the page, any feedback would be nice.

~dinoman411

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What is Ef?

So I finished Ef - A Tale of Memories, and have just started Ef - A Tale of Melodies, what I want to know is what is Ef? Anyway that aside awesome show, melodies seems awesome too, planning to watch most/all of it by Friday. Oh and also finally got to read the end of A Record of a Fallen Vampire, love it figured that's how it would end, but kind of didn't want it too :\ . So yea... still really want to work on W Juliet, but I need to have time to read though since the online scanlations suck, still want to work on Boy's Over Flowers, but same deal there, I don't nor will I bring my manga up to college with me. That's about all there.
So had a test this morning, I know 3 things I kind of messed up a bit, but I think I should have done well on it otherwise. Now I just need to work on/finish up my seminar II presentation this week, I know what I'm doing, just haven't made the .ppt yet.
Website v7 I finally got my colors made I think, now I am just cleaning up the code and making sure all the pages look correctly, about half done with that. Then I just want to turn as much as I possibly can into css, but that really shouldn't affect anything visually, but the back end will be more up-to-date and what not. Eventually I do want to go to pure css, but not yet, still working on learning css. Probably not working on Anime Affection much if any until next week, but I should be able to finish up the battle item setup soon, but I still have a good bit to do in it.

~dinoman411

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

365 Days of Happyness

Well as you might or might not know I posted awhile ago saying that I finally won the 365 days of manga giveaway, after 156 tries... But how long it took doesn't matter all that matters is persistence payed off and I won in the end. So obviously I won some manga, in this case 5 senien manga! They are: Kaze no Hana volumes 1-3 (Complete), Black God Volume 6, and Those Who Hunt Elves Volume 3. None of which I actually have :O Black God I was thinking about starting so this worked out nicely. If you want to see all the other manga I have go here.
Enough about me, you probably don't care anyway you just want to know how you can win. So without further a due onto info about the contest. Well Jason Thompson, the author of King of RPG, is giving away 5 free manga everyday for a year! Awesome yes, and it's even simpler to win you just need to enter at www.suvudu.com/ and fill out the entry forum on the left side everyday until you win. Wait it gets even better too, if you win you can post a picture of yourself with the 5 manga you won, and Jason will send you another 5 free manga.
Oh if your wondering about his book (King of RPGs) it looks quite good, I haven't actually read it yet, but it sounds promising, and I'll probably be picking it up eventually. If you want to know more about his book go to www.kingofrpgs.com/. There is a preview video along with more about the plot, and some sample pages too I believe.
Well I think that's all I have to say for this post, it's time to go eat and continue working on FFXIII anyway so cya next post. Oh yea my picture (lol almost forgot):

365 Days of Manga: My Winnings
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Yep that's me, and my 5 new manga to add to my collection, with a piece (around 1/3rd) of my manga collection behind me. Oh yea, if you didn't check out the About Me section, my name's Zachary, but I go by dinoman411 on most sites/games.
If you like anime/manga and are interested I also have an anime/manga discussion blog that I do located at: http://dinoman411-am.blogspot.com/ where I do summaries/mini-reviews on various series, and also an anime based flash game website at: www.zaaf.tk/. Check them out if you want.

~dinoman411

Monday, March 15, 2010

Back to school...for 6 or 7 more weeks :(

Hey another update again, since I need to go to class soon, and don't want to start anything before then. So yea FFXIII was fun if you didn't get that from the previous post. Though I can't play it again till Friday night when I get back home from school :( Oh yea reminds me this weekend my friend from Egypt (the country) is coming to visit that should be fun. Other then that not much new to say there.
Programming wise the item system for the battle system is about halfway done, and I'm hopping to finish that this week. Though I have a test and a presentation to finish up, so may not happen. Also a new version of Anime Affection will be put up onto ZA&F probably Thursday, many changes making it a much more playable game, look forward to it. Also ZA&F v7 is going well I think I finally have a color/look I like though I need to get some other opinions 1st. Still planning to have that out during May sometime, though if I get a job (I'm hopping I do) that may also be delayed.
Hm manga wise I finished up reading Otome...something...something (only 8 chapters), It was fun I was expecting more of a high school debut thing, but it wasn't really. Still working on GTO Younger Days, kind of boring the plot has been the same since the beginning, no major developments really at least no so far. Oh yes the big thing is I started watching (Well actually almost finished with) Ef - A Tale of Memories. Love it! Cutesy romance, though I'm not sure where it's planning to go, I'm hopping it goes the more fantasy route, but I have no idea if it will. The other story in it I'm really not sure which girl I like better, I see a Shuffle! Asa/Kaede scene possibly coming up, though can't say for sure. Other then that much else new, I should be getting the 5 manga I won this week, can't wait to see what I get hopefully it's not something I have already (Quite Likely), but who knows. Expect a post with a pic of that up this weekend either on here or ZA&F or both. Well I need to head to class now so cya.

~dinoman411

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring Break is Over, but what a fun filled Final Fantasy it was

So as you probably know FFXIII came out last Tuesday! And of course being a good old Final Fantasy fan had to buy it Tuesday morning (for PS3). First comment I have is beautiful, graphically it is the best game I have played in awhile. The Video sequences vs. the cut scenes can sometimes be somewhat tricky to tell apart, and in game cut scenes are just great. Now lets get away from graphics we all knew it would be awesome in that department. Story wise it's fun, and mostly interesting, there is a lot of back story if you want to read about it, and the whole mythology they made for the game is interesting. Only issue story wise I have is you really don't know what the main story is until like 4+ hrs into the game, but you get bits and peaces before that. Haven't actually finished it yet (stuck on a boss), plan to next time I'm home (next weekend). Now the battle system my least favorite thing in it. It's pretty and has a nice flow to it with the combo attack thing, however it is very much just button mashing. You control only 1 character the others just go off an A.I. script based on their class, now for my first major complaint. In FFXII you know how you could sort of customize your character with if/then type statements (gambits), not in this one you have no control over the A.I. they will do what they want based on their class. This can lead to characters standing there and doing nothing sometime. Your healer has no one to heal? so she will just stand there, until there is someone to heal never thinks about attacking. A few other systems you have the A.I. doing unneeded things, biggest was Medic class though they didn't seem to want to heal anyone to 100% hp or bring people back from the dead often. Ok away from A.I. onto the stagger system, I like the stagger system however I feel it is over used. Half the enemies you can't do much if any damage too unless you stagger them. Why should my normal attacks be pointless and then suddenly I start doing 5k+ damage per attack, I just felt that the stagger system took away from the strategy, most battles you have to stagger which means you need to attack the enemy fast and consistently with magic attacks. Oh yea that's the other thing physical attacks do not really increase your stagger gauge much if any, only magic really increases it, even if they are vulnerable to physical attacks and resistant to magical attacks, that made no sense to me. Other then that I felt the battle system was decent, I kind of would have liked an older style system but that's me. Oh last note aboue the battle you would think teh A.I would move away from your defense character who is provoking the enemy so they don't get hit with attacks, but no they all crowd towards they, which is really really annoying at times. Other major thing is bosses seems a bit too much at times. Like the one boss I fought today I did 99,999 damage at least 5 times throughout the battle (most attacks were between 10,000-99,999) and it took me 11 minutes to defeat it, is that really necessary, I can never think of a Final fantasy boss (excluding side quest/optional bosses) that had that kind of HP, is it really necessary. Some other bosses also have little things like I don't know cast death on you, oh you would have killed the really hard boss but you weren't fast enough try again. Ok enough ranting this post is getting long all in all though it is a very good game and I would suggest it, but personally no where near my favorite Final fantasy game (VII and X were my favorites; X cause I like the romance stories :p VII cause it was just EPIC lol). Ok cya next update.

~dinoman411

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Final Fantasy XIII in < 5 days

Hey another update since I'm board!! So I am currently debating on buying Diablo II, any opinions on that? I think I'll really enjoy it, and it is only $20, but I just don't know... Final Fantasy XIII is in < 5 days, so I have that, though after that week I'll be back at school and not have it to play. At this point I think I will be getting it, but I just don't know. I have played the demo, and like it, though I wanted to try out a sorceress, not barbarian. I just don't know probably will be able to decide by tonight.
Aside form that dilemma, I finished the magic system in the battle system I think it seems to be functioning at the moment. So I have started up the item use system for in battle, which actually should go relatively smoothly...I hope. Anyway once that is done then I'll do guard and flee then summoning. Then everything is done. Then I need to make the A.I. for the enemies and the summons, which will be fun... lol. But that's about it then. I do still need to do animations and graphical work, but the battle system is actually getting closer and closer to completion!!
NOt much else to say started reading some new manga, and trying out Baka to Test anime in a few minutes, but other then that it's the same old stuff. Probably will update when I have FFXIII and let you know what I think, wait anxiously till then.

~dinoman411

Monday, March 1, 2010

Final Fantasy XIII in < 7 days

Hey need to keep that as the title, I just so cannot wait! So this morning was a great day, maybe/hopefully... or not. Well on the + side I got the new damage system integrated into the main battle system file, and it seems to be working properly though more tests are still needed. Now I just need to finish up the magic system variable getting for the rest of the people besides the player character, which I have started working on, but it will take awhile. Anyway other then that the new version of my website is also going smoothly, I've cleaned up the code and put the new theme look on all the pages, now I just need to do some mods with the colors, and some code changes and it is done.
So anyway FFXIII in less then 7 days so anxious, was actually looking for some more guides/info. today, but not much luck on that, though that's ok I guess. Hm what else oh yes, Itazura na Kiss I have finished up to ep 23, so 2 more episodes. Still love it, though I feel like some of the main romance stuff that existed around wedding/honeymoon has left and it's more about accomplishing there careers, though now it is starting to get a bit more romantic. Next ep is the actual planned ending to the manga, so we will see how that goes. If you didn't know the author of Itazura na Kiss died in an accident in 1999 (Rest in Peace) so the manga was never completed, and never will be, but the anime has an ending based on some notes that she had about the ending. Other then that not much else to says today, so I'll shut up now.

~dinoman411