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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 20, 2006, 03:27:38 AM
Well, Redwall was fun, as I expected. A decade since I last read it certainly brought up a few "that seemed more gruesome when I first read it" and similarily themed moments but the story still enchants.

Afterwords I picked up The Eye of The Golem and Ptolemy's Gate, the next two in The Bartimaeus Trilogy and quickly read through them both. I tried to explain my reaction to its completion to my roommate(who doesn't really read) and the best I could come up with was: "I hated the ending at first, but that usually means I think about it forever and end up liking it". Ending aside, the whole journey was a joy, and I'd recommend it to just about anyone.... not my roommate.

Sooooo, after that, largely having to do with my snail's pace through False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I picked up a three book set of the Artemis Fowl series. Look, I like psychological thrillers at certain times, but I read through 200 pages of this first Artemis Fowl book faster than it took me to trod through 50 of this blooming mind-fuck Mr. Koontz wants to lay on me. I know I've heard this Fowl name before, whether on this board or elsewhere, and its starting off as fairly promising, though I'm a little weary of the "real life/magical world living together but seperate" trend.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 01, 2006, 01:31:19 AM
Lesse... lately I've been filling the time with spy novels and books by Dean Koontz, Micheal Connelly, occasionally interrupted by a children's fantasy story(Eragon, Eldest, then The Thief Lord). Nothing special to say about those; Mike, Dean, and authors such as Vince Flynn are often the conductors, the two children's fantasies were really read just to see what they were all about. I was seriously dissappointed by The Thief Lord.

The book I juuuuuusst finished and am really quite satisfied with is The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Probably also considered more a children's fantasy, I was lulled along by the somewhat different and more genesistical(huh?) avenue the story took. Plus, Bartimaeus, the namesake of The Bartimaeus Trilogy of which this is the first, constantly refers to ancient events/people(Atlantis/Ptolemy) with a wonderful mix of historical accuracy and character viewpoint. I'm definitely going to pick up the next two.

After finishing The Amulet of Samarkand and before starting on False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I discovered my roommate owns a copy of Redwall, by Brian Jacques(ya know, the mice, moles, badgers and shit? It's fucking great). Well.... last time I read that jewel was in middle school and I just couldn't resist.

edit: friggin lil tiny ass typos
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are Storylines Really So Important? on: March 27, 2006, 02:57:42 PM
I don't believe that very much attention is given to the story by most developers. When filmmakers were perfecting the art of film and then sound to accompany it, they were more focused on taking advantage of these new technologies than making sure the story they told, if one were present, was of high quality. There were good plotlines, sure, but it took a while before it went from the story tagging along for support to the picture and sound being only tools.

Let me change that a little. I don't wanna say I think game developers just kind of throw a story together, because there are several cases in which stories do seem well-thought out, cohesive, and immersive, but I do believe that the best example we have today will seem like Cat in the Hat in another decade.

An example from the first post, the differences between BoF and DW, was perfect in pointing out the greatest joy I get from RPGs, as well as what I believe is their greatest attribute: decision making, problem solving, and resource management.
......I saw a program on the history channel where clips from Tomb Raider were used to help describe the myth of the dangers in tomb-searching; they were talking about egyptian pyramids. More quickly, now, videogames are becoming a household tool in all types of media and more energy is going into making all aspects of it high-quality. As the demographic gets larger and expectations get more demanding as a result of the larger and more mature consumer base, we will see storylines that elicit the type of nation-wide OMFG that movies like The 6th Sense enjoyed.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / 2nd Grader Pulled for "Sexual Harassment". on: March 27, 2006, 11:55:26 AM
''It's our job to teach students at a young age that inappropriate behavior is unacceptable,'' Schnurr said. ''The student did something wrong, admitted he did something wrong and received the proper discipline.''

He added it is unfortunate that this discipline is not emphasized at the student's home.

Interesting play at the "parents should take more responsibility" angle, but this guy is a dick. Fuggen Emergency Removals.

I hope the parents do file a civil lawsuit. Real sexual harassment will happen 13 times in one day at the high school in this same district, but no student over the age of 12 would sign this bullshit without a parent present. Much easier to pull the young clueless ones and claim you're doing something for the community. Speculation, of course; could be 14 times.

Fuggen bullshit. True love is something you have to work for, lil jonny... fuck the system, grab the girl, and run.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / fuck, damnit on: March 25, 2006, 01:26:35 PM
Guess the next logical step is teaching at a canine obedience school, eh?
Viva Caesar

Seriously though, shitty breaks, but at least you didn't lose a bunch of game saves. I lost a game save, once. So I played another game.

Even more seriously, I'da told the people criticizing your voice to stick it in their asses. This country needs as many good teachers as it can get; we have enough singers.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Heheh, read this... on: March 24, 2006, 12:09:59 PM
Quote from: "Shooichi"
This reads like a weak attempt to justify what is basically just a really good hobby. Claiming that video games gives one job skills is just blowing the whole thing out of proportion.

The FAA is real.
The guy who hired this WoW fellow for Yahoo said he got hired partially for his experience in a videogame.

I mean, that's it. It's not like their trying to convince us he's gonna be a senator in a few years. Fuck trying to look into the positive points, let's go back to claiming that video games gives kids gun skills in just blowing all the schools to kingdom come.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 20, 2006, 07:35:06 PM
I'm 23, male, and live in Austin, TX (Longhorns RULE, baby).

I work at a liquor store, which has got to be the easiest job in the world. Satisfying, too.

I enjoy reading, of nearly any kind of book. I soak up any historical information I can get my hands on, like a sponge. And I enjoy writing, as well as the occasional drawing. And, of course, I love videogames, RPGs for the most part, but I do kick serious ass in Madden, Virtua Fighter, SoCom... pretty much anything where shit-talking exists.

You often won't see me posting, because I don't much, unless there's something just too good to pass up. I sortta come in phases. This is my Fazz-less phase. Where's my Fazz, man? He looked so perfectly clueless.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / A discussion on localisations and censorship on: March 11, 2006, 12:05:02 PM
Thus the entire basis for the Church in FFT is evil disguised as good. I take serious issue with that.

Nobody's asking you to "stand behind" anything, to quote the phrase you used several posts earlier.  Refraining from raising your voice and saying, "I object to the false portrayal of christianity," does not mean you're, in fact, supporting it.

Smoking, in our world, has killed just as many people as any one christian ruler who slaughtered innocents in the name of God. Maybe not so false a portrayal.

I take serious issue with censorship... shame on anyone for whining about how the japanese portray our majority religion. We do it perfectly? Now I can be sure in my belief that all asians paint their face white and hop around singing chingchong chong chow

I dunno, i guess my main question is: where's the line?
Some don't like smoking, some don't like seeing christians without halos over their head, some don't like a penis. What else are we gonna not like in five years, swords? They staaaaaaab people.

Oh, I smoke and I'm christian. Censorship is wrong.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / debate about Square-Enix on: March 06, 2006, 07:05:15 PM
Sort of a sub-point here, but I don't agree with the sentiment that ff7 is being milked. The game is, what, a decade old, and when it came out it was "NEW". By that I mean nothing like it had ever been seen on such a scale. It would seem more sensible to get the milking done then, before all the wannabe games were made by other companies.

Of course, I don't have any explanation for why they're releasing all this now, other than the rather naive hope that they were just waiting for the chance; i.e. for better graphics, better hardware, more man-power; to take a world they loved so much and expand on it. Idealistic, sure, but companies can't be moneygrubbing, littlepeoplecrushing, oldladypushing bastards 100% of the time. Right?

On the actual topic, nothing they have realeased since the merger has elicited a wonderous response from me. Not actually a vote for "they shouldnt done it!", but I think near everyone was expecting more.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Video shows Bush was warned before Katrina struck. on: March 06, 2006, 06:37:12 PM
Yeah, but the "roarosaurus" part was so damn eloquent and witty.

You believe there are cultures where sarcasm doesn't exist? Can you imagine only being able to type or say things how you mean to say them? ... it'd cut the post count of bout 3/4ths of us in half, tellyathatmuch.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / New Names on: March 04, 2006, 07:06:56 PM
Crazy bastards, the whole lotofya

...and I'm Ruem, as always.
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