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6886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 19, 2009, 02:52:22 AM
Wiping all Out sounds a lot like hedonistic super-gay dance music that you'd hear in malls during the 90s. Sort of like Hercules and Love Affair. I dunno if I like that or the highlife flavor of Mass Destruction.
6887  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: November 18, 2009, 11:52:08 PM
Lots of REM lately. It's pretty nostalgic. As a whole though I think they sort of dissapointed me, as a band? Like, Automatic People is easily one of my favorite albums of all time, and Murmur's really high up there too, but I thought Reckoning was kind of inconsistent--maybe I need to give it another listen. That was a weird yeah.

Wow. It's been a long time.

I'm glad I', not as pretentious as I was back then. I guess... things.
6888  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: December is language learning month. on: November 18, 2009, 11:33:07 PM
Hindi might be easier. You speak Spanish and English, and from what I understand Hindi's pretty bog standard for Indo-European languages, sooo...
6889  Media / General Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 18, 2009, 01:02:15 PM
I really enjoyed Metal Saga a lot, even if I never got that far in it because of my cripplingly short attention span. I mean it lacked polish and I think I would've preferred a more serious plot because I'm an incredibly unfun person that doesn't like humor (and I think the game had an inherent creepiness to it that might've worked better with a serious story, or maybe not). Also I guess it was unbalanced. However, it was big and had lots of room to just dick around and find tanks. Basically, that, Steambot Chronicles, and Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song were all games that I'd Oblivion had been like, because they provided realer choice in a sense, as well as, uh... well MS and RS had a sense of *spontaneity* in the sense you could trigger some quests with little minimal interaction/they happened randomly, and MS has a lot of mystery and isn't really fully documented.

Everything about it though was like this huge throwback to DOS-era RPGs, like Ultima and Wasteland, too.
6890  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I can make games? Journal on: November 18, 2009, 01:19:42 AM
I decided to get off my ass, learn SDL, and try to make a seven day roguelike, which will probably take longer than seven days and it's Boolean RPG, which isn't really a roguelike.

So far I have movement and sprites working. Not happy with the movement code though.
6891  Media / General Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 17, 2009, 09:37:07 PM
Just since I've been playing it, Ragnarok. Actually, it's not so much underrated as it is... well, unknown. The reviews for it are pretty good. It's just nobody's played it. the only real disappointment for me is that I'm not sure you can wield the rubber chicken ala Nethack, and potions can't be tossed and weaponized. DISREGARDING the fact that it doesn't have Nethack's insane amount of interactivity, it does so much unique stuff for with the roguelike genre that I haven't really seen since. Additionally the setting is cool. There are different areas. Large areas. And they're actually different so it's not a ZAngband-style endless sprawling wilderness filled with identical dungeons.

And since I'm playing roguelikes right now, one of the things I really liked about Unlimited Saga was that it gave me the rather roguelike-ish option of bashing the hell out of a chest I couldn't otherwise open. Options I enjoy!!
6892  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: December is language learning month. on: November 17, 2009, 09:35:34 PM
Oh, hey, I tried doing Finnish for the first thing. It's fun! Ymmarra Suomea is a good resource.


Specific difficulties I had with Finnish were consonant gradation as it wasn't entirely regular. Additionally, synthetic languages with heavy sandhi make it sometimes difficult to un-conjugate a word. What I did though was basically go through YS with a dictionary and various case charts, translating it, and checking my translation with people on HowToLearnAnyLanguage. I don't remember any of it but you might want to give it a try!

FSI made Finnish language tapes and that FSI archive site has them though I don't think the book was converted to PDF format.
6893  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 16, 2009, 10:16:47 PM
Ragnarok. Making very limited progress in the dungeon. I'm mostly armored although I don't have enough carrying capacity left to get a helmet which I sort of need because I keep finding falling rock traps. The notion that permasaves make roguelikes easy is a flawed one, I'd say. Also gained blacksmithing from a scroll of knowledge though I only have, uh, tongs right now. So no smithing for me.

It does follow some standard roguelike tropes. Eating a wraith is an instant level up. Vampires drain levels. Pale mosses make you forget item memory and there were tons so i genocided the fucks. I'm not sure if I can use paralyze/blind/hallucination potations as weapons.

Also random teleportation + ring of locus mastery has proven VERY useful, constantly.
6894  Media / General Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 07:23:03 PM
If Mario was in Dante's inferno it wouldn't have been such shit. See, instead of getting Dante emo-ing around in hell for three million pages, Mario'd be like "Fuck this shit," eat a mushroom, save all the tortured souls, and stomp satan's ass.

Actually, I mean, the last part of inferno IS Dante crawling around on Satan's ass, but I mean, that's not weird gay subtext or anything. I think.

Is three Dante's Inferno's lemons..?

That reminds me, all nobody else besides me who's played Devil Children, but were you getting some Dante/Virgil vibes from Setsuna and Kuul? And I KNOW there's Devil Children slash out there.
6895  Media / General Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 04:09:33 PM
Dios it's not like you said ALL 35 year olds had down syndrome.

Besides, I think Mr. Nails might be in his 70s. He dropped a few "my friends" in there and I think he might be a certain somebody whose name rhymes with Mohn JcCain.
6896  Media / General Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 12:30:06 PM
Hmmm. I don't recall learning about Dante in school, let alone ever reading anything by him. I just learned a few bits and pieces from the ole interwebnet.

Well yes, but you use real words and capitalization and have generally shown not to be completely insane in other contexts, so in your case I'd just assume your highschool had enough good taste not to ram the mildly schizophrenic rantings of some dead, pissy Italian down your throat.

6897  Media / General Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 16, 2009, 12:22:31 PM
Haunting Ground reminds me of all those weird Haunted House dreams I had when I was younger, only get to to play with a dog while you're at it. I never got very far in that game, but I really should.

Also it doesn't use RE style movement so it immediately gets a million bonus points in MY book.
6898  Media / General Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 08:01:16 PM
mr. nails, even ignoring the possibility that you went to a really horrible highschool with a completely sub par curriculum, Dante's Inferno is so heavily ingrained into human culture, in a very international sense, that if you don't know what it is I'd have to question whether or not you've ever left your house. The other option is that you're twelve.

So given the choice between assuming that you're a forty-year-old basement dweller that hasn't seen the light of day in decades, or a twelve-year-old that just doesn't *know* what Dante's Infero is *yet*, I'm going to assume that latter, because that's the nicer of the two options, and I'm just a real nice guy like that.
6899  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 15, 2009, 02:51:22 PM
One of my all-time favorite games, "E.V.O. The search for Evolution" on SNES is a great example. It still took a lot of liberties, but a good bit of what it taught was actually rather accurate. Plus, it was just a kewl game.

6900  Media / General Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 02:49:58 PM
hrm.  all right.  did not know this.  learn something new everyday.

How old are you O_o
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