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7516  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Swiss pass laws on plant dignity. on: October 20, 2008, 10:31:28 PM
My take on this:

If you put a http://homebuilding.thefuntimesguide.com/images/blogs/angry-tree-face.jpg on my Dawn Redwood I'm going to fucking beat your ass with a hammer.

Are we clear?

None of you will be nailing a clay face to my redwood?

Good. Didn't think so.

(It dropped its leave in like, September, so it looks sad enough as is. Hopefully they leaf out fairly quickly come spring. Them crazy deciduous conifers.)
7517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How have RPG games influenced your life in the real world? on: October 19, 2008, 08:49:30 PM
Morrowind's banner duplication glitch has, on more than one occaision, led to me feeling a vague sense of dread when I see a banner attached to a pole in real life. I wish to god I was making that up.

There are some games I just found really moving. The chrono series, earthbound, ffl2* come to mind. Some of Maxis' old games.

One of the main ways I learned to read Japanese was by replaying RPG's I had already beaten using the Japanese version. I'd make vocab lists on my computer as I played and just naturally created all these mnemonics associating difficult words with games.

I want to try that with Russian :(

* In the hierarchy of Square games, for me, this one is near the top. I know I'm alone on this but FFL2 just blew my mind for some reason.
7518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Honourable Mentions on: October 19, 2008, 08:28:33 PM
There's nothing outright BAD about ACF. Just insanely derpy and easy to fix things. There's this overbearing feeling of half-assedness to it, I guess.
7519  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Little Big Planet on: October 18, 2008, 07:45:24 PM
Certain Arabic hardcore gaming forums are already discussing this

Certain Arabic hardcore gaming forums are already discussing this

Wait what.
7520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Honourable Mentions on: October 18, 2008, 07:37:42 PM
Since Wild Arms XF came up, I feel like clarifying my opinions on ACF.

Things I remember about Wild Arms ACF:

* Magic system had half of the spells cut out. Apparently this removed some redundant spells but from what I can tell they weren't THAT redundant.

* Broken text tables in some towns meant NPCs spouted gibberish.

* One of the things I thought seemed cool -- you can buy/find abilities to augment your charactesr with. Except this replaced equipable armor (which isn't too bad). Except like with WA2, most of the personal skills are either really boring or not useful for much.

* Bonus characters and a related combo system which was completely useless as you only got to use these extra characters in the last dungeon what the fuck?.

* Removed like most of the Force Powers.

* Took out about half of Jack's Fast Draws.

* Removal of various other things that made the first Wild ARMs field different from other games.
7521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Honourable Mentions on: October 16, 2008, 11:10:09 PM
I'm sure Sword of Mana's a lot better if you never played the original, but I mean, it felt like the WA remake to me: They added some really cool stuff but broke a lot in the process (ACF turned out worse IMHO though. Sword did some stupid stuff but I can honestly say content was not removed).
7522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Lord British IN SPACE! on: October 14, 2008, 12:28:03 AM
Wouldn't it be awesome if Derek Smart went into space (and stayed there)?
7523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Muslim children gassed in Ohio on: October 14, 2008, 12:26:29 AM
Anyway, I guess I should say something nice about Ohio.

From a gamer's standpoint, it's wonderful. I think it's the only place in America where, if someone were to ask you in the midst of gaming if there was anything better you could be doing, you could truthfully respond with a confident "Nope!"
7524  Media / Brush and Quill / Nanowrimo 08. on: October 11, 2008, 12:22:05 AM
Writing a thing in a month. Anyone doing it? I sure am.
7525  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Muslim children gassed in Ohio on: October 11, 2008, 12:01:29 AM
As another Ohioan, fuck.
7526  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Let's be honest, you'd get drunk and/or pop a lot of pills too... on: October 09, 2008, 01:00:15 PM
"You might be a redneck -- I said you MIGHT be a redneck -- if your... Uh..." at which point he just hung his head, shaking it slightly, and sighed, as a single man tear rolls down his left cheek. "I just can't do this anymore." His belief in humanity and his dignity were gone, and he knew it.

He walked off stage with an irregular stride and got to his car, and drove erratically to the city limits and then into the woods surrounding the town. There, he removed a shotgun from his trunk and placed the muzzle in his mouth, prepairing to fire. But then a voice came from behind him.


In a fit of rage, Jeff turned around and fire upon the man, but saw that the bullets had no affect on him. Wide eyed, he asked, "Who ARE you? WHAT are you?"

"You might say I'm youre guardian angel," the man replied. He stepped forward. Jeff could see that he was a man in his early forties, with spectacles on his nose and autumn in his heart.

"Why... did you come here?" Jeff sniffled back a sob.

"Because you still have a purpose, Mr. Foxworthy!"

The angel led Foxworthy back into town, curbstomping several ducks along the way. Back in town, the angel pointed to the top story of the tallest building.

"The manager of this building is a demon. He plans on dropping a bomb upon this city -- a bomb filled with hyenas. If he's not stopped, the hyenas will kill everything." The angel placed the shotgun in Jeff's hands, although now, it was amazing. "This gun fires pure Hokuto no Ken. You know what you need to do."

During their walk, Jeff had grown a beard and several Kevlar vests along various parts of his body. He took a long drag from a cigarette that he'd found somewhere, propped the amazing martial arts shotgun upon his shoulder, nodded his head, and flicked the cigarette down onto the ground.

"You MIGHT be a redneck -- I said you MIGHT be a redneck -- but we'll never know, Mr. Building, because I'm going to kill you."
7527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Name your favorite rpg. You can only choose one on: October 06, 2008, 08:53:11 PM
hrrrrrrrrrrng ULTIMA 7

Except if it has to be a console RPG, the SNES... demake of Ultima 7 is the retardedest thing EVER, therefor, I'll say S Megami Tensei: N.
7528  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: October 05, 2008, 12:10:23 AM
Got to some part in HalfLife where I had to drag a barney somewhere to open the door. At this point the game glitched out, he refused to open the door, and then ran off shortly afterwards to get himself killed by soldiers.

Half-Life will now be deleted.
7529  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Well, OJ's in jail. on: October 04, 2008, 07:31:25 PM
Well, Oj DID, at least for 15 year, do what Nintendidn't.

If we pretend that Nintendo is Hans Reiser, I mean.
7530  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: October 04, 2008, 04:02:19 AM
Played Half-Life for a bit. I'm in that Surface Tension bit.

This is horrible. Short list of things you shouldn't do when making a game:

* Block pushing puzzles.
* Block pushing puzzles in a game where the physics doesn't make a lot of sense and everything's apparently coated in grease.
* Block pushing puzzles, where you then have to jump on the blocks to get over things that will kill you instantly. Also accidentally pushing things into the things that will kill you instantly while trying to jump onto the blocks.
* Jumping puzzles in games where everything's apparently coated in grease and the physics doesn't make any sense.
* Situations you can't expect to survive unless you get to them, die, and reload a couple of times.
* Snipers that can kill you instantly that you can't really see.
* Snipers that can kill you instantly when it looks like an NPC is trying to talk to you so you run up to them to see what's going on and then you get shot, and so you have to reload and remember that next time you shouldn't talk to them.
* Human-type enemies that can kill you in a couple of shots, while they themselves can absorb a clip or two of bullets before going down.
* The above, only you're getting flanked by like, three of them at once, and whether or not you can kill them is largely a factor of luck (because grenades don't help because the physics doesn't make any sense).
* Things that fly around and kill you instantly that you can't kill in return.
* Things that can kill you instantly and easily in general are bad ideas in an FPS.
* Tanks that can't be destroyed with remotely detonated bombs (even though the FIRST tank could be blown up).
* Little traps that are meant to demonstrate how clever the level designer was more than anything else.

Goddammit it was awesome UP to that point.
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