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6391  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Great news on: September 01, 2009, 11:19:31 AM
Okay I still have no idea who the fuck we're talking about. 'splain.
6392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 01:11:17 AM
That'd still be visible. Red XIII's a chick.
6393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 01:10:07 AM
Red XIII. The game calls him a he but man look at the model I don't see any dangly parts. Where are the dangly parts robotnik you said there'd be dangly parts!!!!!!
6394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: September 01, 2009, 01:07:31 AM
Mojo is a straw doll, and chi'tzu? It's Shih tzu (unless chi'tzu's some sort of stupid designer crossbreed). Fuck. LEARN WHAT WORDS ARE.
6395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 10:03:04 PM
Brazil.
6396  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How to make really random titles for video games... and get away with it. on: August 31, 2009, 05:15:07 PM
Man, what if Devil May Cry was called "Dante: Demon Slayer?"

Seriously though, even in literature, there's a strong tradition of titling your book after some kind of relevant phrase that maybe shows up once or some other arc word.

"To Kill a Mockingbird."
"The Sound and the Fury."
"Inherit the Wind."
"Dhalgren."
"House of Leaves."
"Pale Fire," arguably.
"Moskva-Petushki," in the sense that the story is actually about the author's life and Moskva-Petushki is just the railway it takes place on.
"Things Fall Apart," although this IS sort of plot relevant too. This is still sort of more marginally an example.
"Heart of Darkness," unless you WANT to construe this literally as referring to the "dark" interior of Africa, somehow.

And then you have things like "Gravity's Rainbow."

I could probably think of more but these are the only books I've read in the past like fifty years.
6397  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How to make really random titles for video games... and get away with it. on: August 31, 2009, 04:53:53 PM
I just read a plot summary for devil may cry.

Here this is a wikiquote:

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When Trish tries to apologize she begins to cry, and Dante tells her it means she has become human and not just a devil, because "devils never cry".

So in other words, "Devil May Cry" apparently relates to some theme about Trish's dual role as a human and a demon, and thus actually has story relevance.

Also I took No More Heroes title to refer to how it's sort of a deconstruction of the superhero genre, sort of?

Also most videogame titles seriously have shit all to do with anything? I mean Final Fantasy, as a title, is sort of just a cutesy little in-joke.

Why does it matter anyway? The most important thing about a title is probably recognizability anyway.
6398  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 03:09:21 PM
Actually I think I meant more like how Cloud could be see, as weird amalgamation of Steve McQueen, Rambo, and anyone who's ever tried out for American Idol.

Or these foxy sons of bitches: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic
6399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 02:31:42 PM
Only moderately related, but why do so many American RPGs get their worlds from the same fantasy background that Tolkien was drawing from? Tolkien was British, dammit. Why isn't there an American RPG that draws on Americana? Sort of like a Western SMT-equivalent? I mean the closest and best example I can think of is Earthbound, which was Japanese, and maybe the only WESTERN RPG that comes to mind is, uh, Morrowind (in the sense that it sort of draws from Southern Gothic)?
6400  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: August 31, 2009, 12:00:04 PM
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Then I got to Ikebukroisuryglro and then uh die din the Labyrinth of Amala. I knew that, our version being JP's Maniacs, Dante was a Maniacs addition, and so was the labyrinth? According to the guide.

I can't speak for the other two encounters with him, by the way, but the one mandatory fight with Dante is one of the easiest fights in the game.

BTW. If you're ever given the option to jump off a building... HEAL as soon as you land. Do NOT walk. Do NOT move. Do NOT do ANYTHING but heall

Anyway last night I got a sweet-ass midair grenade frag in Quake Live. It was beautiful. We both took the same jump pad, I was flying right next to him, then bam. Head on it with a grenade and he got all dead.
6401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 11:52:59 AM
El Nido'd be a pretty awesome place to live. It's all tropical and purdy.

Also, the world of 78641 would probably be amazingly entertaining to live in. (What's 78641? If I told you, that'd ruin the fun!)

I have to say, though, that I think I'd really tend towards strongly living in a MORE DEVELOPED setting. One that felt like it was alive. In most videogames you get such a static impression of the world that it's hard to see what it's really like and it's just like "Well great, I go here and it's like living in Yugoslavia circa 1999."

Quest for Glory 2's main city is pretty distinct in this sense. It's built up in a way that it's not hard to see yourself actually LIVING there, with like, a job, and a family, and a house (especially in the VGA remake, where you can decorate your room).

I guess morrowind had a similar quality but it's also on a Plague Volcano of Dicks, so...
6402  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: August 31, 2009, 01:20:23 AM
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When my character block attacks, they're stunned for a few seconds.  When the AI blocks an attack, they can attack immediately.

That reminds me of how in Odin Sphere enemies aren't affected by knockback from getting attacked NEARLY as much as you are.
6403  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: August 31, 2009, 12:40:50 AM
Matador's actually not THAT hard. Also, you beat DDS2. One of the reasons Matador is hard for a lot of people is that WAY BACK THEN in 2004, nobody had a clue what the hell a megaten was or how to actually play them right. You'll figure it out~~~

Daisoujou, on the other hand, is evil. Daisoujou, on the other hand, is also probably the best fucking demon ever. Daisoujou, on the other hand, will creep you the hell out if you read that Megaten Wiki article on what he's based on.

Anyway, so I got to deck two on System Shock 1. It took me an hour because I'm a retard and couldn't figure out how to open the last bulkhead door. Mutants respawn. I have so many medkits now. I also found the magnum This game is hellish and I still like it more than System Shock 2 and Marathon really doesn't compare.

But it's almost fall. SS1 is not a game for fall. Unreal, Thief 2, and Outcast are games for fall. Let's wrap ourselves in leaves and eat pumpkin pie!!!!!!
6404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 12:38:31 AM
Sometimes it's funny when I think that the little worlds in RPGs are infinitely more real than this one. Sometimes it's just really sad when I think that.

It's kind of nice though. Nobody ages in videogames. I turn ToS on, it's 2004 again and it's summer and my grandpa's still alive and briefly I'm not living in a colorless dormitory on a campus they seem to be burying underground beneath blue skies and I don't know how many cornfields and my god, the moon's so bright sometimes...

(Somewhere in the back room Lautrec sits with eyes closed singing "Caroline No," while elsewhere strange machinery hums and rusts, and someone I barely knew loses a game of Russian Roulette.)

I guess I'd say Nocturne, since it's more home than home is now. It's the way the towns are all shopping malls. It's crazy how perfect it is. I bought Nocturne in a mall, putting in the pre-order the day after my grandfather died because I was there anyway, shopping for a suit for the funeral that I ended up buying at Value City (which is another empty storefront now).

What I notice about malls is the lights and the smells. I can't explain the lights, but our mall smells like Cinnabon and pretzels and perfume. Especially JC Penney, and Macy's nee Elder Beerman (which, in its own way, used to smell like the best goddamned bread pudding I've ever had in my life, though the restaurant that used to serve that closed in January).

So Lima's been falling apart for God-only-knows how many years, but it's reached an entirely new level of falling apart. The Lima Mall's far, far from dead, and has a very high occupancy, but even before the economy tanked, there was an increase in weird little violent incidents going on there, far fewer people going there than there used to be, and the people that DO go there now are teenagers with too little money and too much time, or old folks. Maybe that's how it always was.

But it feels empty now. I don't know if it really is any more empty than it used to be or if the soul just got sucked out of the place.

Nocturne's a nice little reminder of how it used to be. It feels like home. Its a game about potentials and energy and spending way to much time over Christmas break on Puzzle Boy.

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I returned to my city that I know like my tears,
Like my veins, like childhood's swollen glands  
You've come back here, so swallow at once
The cod liver oil of Leningrad's river lamps,
Recognize, right away, the brief December day,
Egg yolk commingled with ominous tar.
Petersburg! I'm not yet ready to die!
You've still got my telephone numbers.
Petersburg! I still have the addresses
Where I can call on the speech of the dead.
I live on a back staircase, and the clapper
Yanked out with flesh hits me in the temple,
And all night through I wait for precious guests,
Rattling like shackles the chains on the doors.
6405  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Great news on: August 30, 2009, 10:21:04 PM
No offense dawg but uh...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_al-Qasim_al-Zahrawi

You're like 1000 years late.
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