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Link and Hylia, The Legends of Zelda by Ilora24
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this is actually some halfway decent computer animation you have going here. Sure the graphics themselves look pretty gamecube, but tha...

-Behind the love, always love- Gift Nalu FT by Timagirl

this is some of the best animation I've seen on this site. The movement is crisp, the coloring superb, its short, sweet and to the poin...

perfection once more, shady! This fight was just awesome, the guns, the swords the choreography. All of it done to the letter, its good...

hello everybody, ETSS here for another editorial. that's right, people, it's an editorial that's NOT about T.V or anime!

*cheering crowd*

yeah, instead it's about....japanese RPG's...which are basically anime...but you get to play them.....

*slightly less enthusiastic cheering crowd*
Oh well, I'm gonna talk about it anyway, because this is something that needs to be talked about

Why do we love stories in RPG's, particularly JRPG's?

I mean think about it, in an industry that values gameplay over story so heavily that they deem a portly plumber jumping around polka dotted fly traps and hammer throwing turtles the PINNACLE of iconic world building, any JRPG that has a lackluster story or way of telling its story instantly gets its score cut down like wheat meeting the scythe. Doesn't this seem odd to anyone? What is the reason behind this sudden heel turn in mindset whenever this particular game genre is brought up in conversation?

I'm not gonna beat around the bush here and just give you the straight answer. We love good stories in JRPG's because WE WOULD NEVER PLAY THEM OTHERWISE!!!!!

let's look at what you have to look forward to in any given JRPG of decent quality

you have to

A. keep track of your character's stats, weapons, spells, health, potions to relieve that health should it drop too low, replacement weapons should the one you have break (if you're playing fire emblem), and sorting through all of it to see which should go in your inventory and which should just go into the convoy until you need it later

B. do all that with everyone in your party

C. choose which members of that party you wish to take with you, as in most RPG's you can only have 3 guys with you at one time

D. and then sort through a meticulous series of taking a punch and then throwing one right back at your attacker until he drops dead or you do


doesn't sound so much fun anymore does it? until, that is, you give them something for the audience to latch onto, something to motivate them into performing this endless busywork

like, say, marching to plegia to save exalt emmeryn in fire emblem awakening

or helping cloud find out who he really is and defeat sephiroth in FF7

or stopping kefka in FF6

or saving your mother in Ni no Kuni

and so on, so forth. Because of the way these games are made, the audience needs to feel like they'll be rewarded for their OCD, by being given the next part of the story.

That's why Spoony mostly ragged on the story of final fantasy 10 when he played it. He admitted that when you get down to brass tacks, the game is really well balanced and plays like a dream. But the story was so horrible to him, and the characters so unlikable, that he was taken out of the experience, and the game was a slog to get through for him. 

it's like watching a movie, all you're really doing is sitting in a dark room and looking at a wall, so you need to feel like you're getting something out of it otherwise you'll realize "hey, I'm just sitting in a dark room looking at a wall, I'm going to go do something productive with my life for once"

I'm not gonna go any further, because I think you get it by now. So I'll just leave it at this

fire emblem awakening>final fantasy 6......yeah, I said it

ETSS out
  • Listening to: tim rushlow
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: WTFIWWY
  • Playing: fire emblem awakening
  • Eating: french bread
  • Drinking: mountain dew


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John david Tibbetts
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hello everyone, ETSS here to bring you my analytic (if a bit amateur-ish) reviews of film and animation. here you will find my reviews of anime and movies, but also you will find my continuation series of full metal alchemist: brotherhood, called "full metal alchemist: eternity"!

enjoy at your leisure, my friends

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Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student
Hey ed I got some questions concerning the sonic archie comics

> Favorite Story Arc from the main sonic archie comics

> Favorite Story Arc from Sonic Universe

> Favorite issue number from the mainline comics

> favorite issue number from Sonic Universe

> rate the Sonic Boom comic so far out of 10
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
first off, it's JD., it's been years since I read any of those comics. See, I used a youtube channel to read them since I didn't (and still don't) live anywhere near a comic shop that sold them. I'll...try

- gonna go with doomsday (suspenseful, expertly paced, intense as all hell)

- the one where amy, cream and blaze team up to nab the sol emeralds (the back and forth between the three was great, and it really got me to like archie's version of amy)

- I know this is cheating, but I don't care. #122-123 (they're basically one issue split in two) it was fun, dramatic, and it was wonderful seeing sonic and sally finally fess up

- can't really name one, actually ^^;

- I haven't read any of them, so I can't judge
Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student
well kinda on the same boat as you (only the other way around in reading) plus i get scans of the issues off places like 4chan and reddit
le me 

-Post Genesis wave

-......... uhhhhh off panels?

-referrer to the top

- Ian whatshisname

- same as my opoin of the show (i love it)

btw what dose the JD stand fo-----i'm such a retard some times
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
looking good :)
Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student
Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student
i just realised that when i look at my top five female characters
they revolve around the color pink o_0
dose that make me sexist?
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
of course not
Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student
and being femmanly cute (not pictured is Dixie Kong and mable pines
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
not sure what you mean
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