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6076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: September 18, 2006, 04:10:06 PM
I generally dislike minigames because they sort of take you out of the flow of the game, especially action based ones. Especially action based ones with bad control. Like FFVII.

I make a few exceptions.

Minigames are okay if.

A) It's Space Harrier.
B) They're something more turn-basedy, like a card game. Might and Magic 7 had the most amazing card minigame.
C) They're actually being displayed as a game within the game, and aren't some jarring complete change in gameplay. IE, not FFVII's motorocycle bit, but puzzle boy from SMT:N or the casinos from Persona are cool. IE games you could see your CHARACTER playing.
D) If they're inobtrusive or inconsequential if you feel like ignoring them. Namely the hunts from DDS, or the Amala Diver bits in SMT:N.
E) If it's a more actiony minigame, but it's more frequently and more well implemented. IE if the bike bit in FFVII had better control and WASN'T a once-off affair.
6077  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 11, 2006, 12:14:41 PM
Philip K. Dick?
6078  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: April 30, 2006, 01:43:49 AM
Just watched the final episode of Eva again. I liked the series a lot more this time around. I guess because the first time I watched it was via crapped RealMovie files I got off of DirectConnect which didn't have any sound and only subs :P

Spoilers, obviously.

Anyway, I like the TV ending better than EoE. Eps 25 and 26 are really expiremntal, sort of reminiscient of Koyaanistqatsi, and, realistically, relate more to the underlying *theme* of the series. EoE simply directly continues the plot without paying any real attention to the psychological aspects. I mean, in eps 25 and 26, Shinji learns to, erm... at least deal with his psychological issues. And it's a lot more hopeful, really, and the possibility that it pops up for... well, the normal world being the real one and the Eva world being some sort of schizophrenic hallucination is fascinating. EoE just... has... a lot of confused religious imagery and Shinji strangling Asuka on a beach.
6079  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: April 21, 2006, 07:41:48 PM
Reading two right now, actually.

Samuel R. Delany - Dhalgren. I've  been reading this since last summer (August, 2005 :P). Barring MAYBE Catch-22, it's my favorite book evar. It's more like a large sculpture that you can read than a story, I guess. It's sort of something that eludes description.

Also gravity's rainbow.
6080  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: March 14, 2006, 10:21:57 PM
Hugo was, like, the only white Karayan.

On that note, I can't bear actual bears. I fucking HATE those goddamn shagbeasts.
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