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2266  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe stuff. on: September 13, 2006, 11:19:22 PM
The delay is based entirely on latency with regard to the servers hosted in Japan.  The delay is minimal on my end, so I see little to no character "bouncing", which I saw a lot of during the closed beta test months ago.
2267  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe stuff. on: September 13, 2006, 09:02:07 AM
Loot is like it was on PSO, with one difference... there are now loot options.  You have a choice between PSO's finder's keepers, even distribution (how the game determines what's even is unknown), and random distribution.

PvP is currently non-existant, and I hope it never rears its ugly head.

And death results in no loss of anything you currently have.  All combat takes place in missions, and death incurs a penalty to your ranking that's given at the end of a mission.  Rather than take away what you have, the game penalizes death by lessening the rewards.  You have character XP and job XP, character XP going up by simply killing monsters, but job XP is only gained through completing missions, and getting a lower rank at a mission's completion results in less awarded job XP and a smaller meseta bounty.
2268  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 13, 2006, 12:35:17 AM
Playing Phantasy Star Universe online every opportunity I get.  The US release on October 24th can't come soon enough, as I tire of moon language.
2269  The Rest / General Discussions / Whoa! Schools are becoming way too competitive! on: September 08, 2006, 09:03:13 AM
I love exercise.  I do it frequently so that I stay healthy, I look and feel awesome, and so on.  However, it is important for you to not overdo it.  When you exercise too much, you actually start to damage your muscles instead of strengthening them.

I apply this same line of thinking with... well, thinking.  It is important to learn, but it is also important to do it in moderation.  You reach a point where you aren't absorbing material, and things turn into repetition and temporary memorization, from my experience.
2270  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 delayed to March 2007 in Europe on: September 06, 2006, 07:27:04 AM
In the U.S., about 400,000 PlayStation 3 machines will be available when they go on sale Nov. 17. About 100,000 will be available on the Nov. 11 Japan launch date.
The production problem is causing about a one-month delay that will reduce the company's supply capacity by about a million machines from the original plan, he said.

2271  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Famitsu rated Phantasy Star Universe. on: August 30, 2006, 05:18:29 PM
They gave it a 9, 9, 8, and 9.  Basically 35/40.  Hopefully this will help combat some of the fears people have of the game being "just another Phantasy Star Online" since the offline story mode has a lot to it, and the online portion is treated seperately but still is a fully-fledged mode of its own.

My import copy has just shipped from NCS and will arrive tomorrow.  I'm ecstatic.  I will undoubtedly be sharing some media from the retail release... heh.
2272  Media / The Soundroom / Dreamfall Soundtrack! on: August 28, 2006, 09:20:33 PM
The samples are back, which means the situation has been resolved apparently.  That's cool.

Which means I'm going to go purchase the soundtrack on my next spending binge... going to wait for a certain two other CDs to release before I place any orders.
2273  Media / The Soundroom / Dreamfall Soundtrack! on: August 28, 2006, 07:27:07 PM
They got upset over the samples posted at RPGFan because of a negative review.  If Neal had blown sunshine up the composer's ass, suddenly everyone's shit would smell like roses and the samples would still be up.  It's blatantly apparent, just by the fact that their own game website has samples, alongside iTunes.

Edit: Listening to the samples from the website, I disagree with Neal's review and think the music's pretty decent.  However, I will not be buying the soundtrack because I'd be lining the pockets of a bully.
2274  Media / The Soundroom / Dreamfall Soundtrack! on: August 28, 2006, 07:11:03 PM
I was most surprised to discover that the samples have been removed from the review of this soundtrack!  The scathing remarks that Mr. Chandran gave made it sound like it was an audio atrocity, and he is most certainly entitled to give his opinion like everyone else on this planet, but it sure would have been nice to hear some samples myself and determine if I wanted to buy the soundtrack or not.  But here's the kicker:

Editor's Note: The composer and publisher of this soundtrack have requested we remove the samples for this soundtrack.

Translation: someone took great offense to the negative review and threatened legal action because he/she/it is a tremendous flowery pansy faggot.

2275  The Rest / General Discussions / Penn and Teller: Bullshit! on Abstinence on: August 25, 2006, 02:49:16 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Alright, true enough. But honestly, the reason I didn't warny about it was because it was a small segment of the show, and I didn't even consider it when I posted. It wasn't really the point of the show, or of my post, and so it slipped my mind.

I'll concede on that note.

Quote from: "Cauton"
I did restate it because Ramza attacked the show and made it sound like Penn and Teller were to hard on the abstinence movement. I agreed with this, but said that even so that does not diminish the stupidity of their misinformation.

He did no such thing.  He said that he felt they went beyond just villainizing the abstinence movement.  He agreed with the show's core point.

Quote from: "Cauton"
Besides, neither I nor P&T are saying that marriage in itself is an arbitrary line.   Just that it's arbitrary to chose marriage as the point when sex magically becomse good, wholesome and morally correct.

This sounds like a case of (mis)intepretation, due to multiple definitions of the word "arbitrary".  For example, my interpretation of the word usage based on the show's jabs at religion throughout the column, made me think of synonyms such as "unreasonable", rather than "an individual's whim or judgement".  Perhaps you meant the latter, but Penn and Teller made me think of the former.
2276  The Rest / General Discussions / Penn and Teller: Bullshit! on Abstinence on: August 25, 2006, 02:23:32 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Besides, I didn't think to warn about it because, frankly, I fail to see why it would be offensive. Not like it was hardcore porn or anything.

Don't play dumb Cauton.  You're most certainly aware of American culture and how things of this nature are generally censored on public television here.  As if a nearly naked woman masturbating is something appropriate for all viewing ages.  Come on now.  And I'm not defending Dade's linking either.

Quote from: "Cauton"
However, that doesn't change the fact that the abstinence movement is spreading misinformation and trying to scare teenages into abstinence.

Ramza already acknowledged the whole misinformation deal.  He's in agreement on that issue, so why you felt the need to remind everyone of it makes one scratch his/her head.

Quote from: "Cauton"
And they called marriage an "arbitrary line" in regards to when one should stop being abstinent. And it *IS* an arbitrary line. How does sex magically become a good thing after marriage, and when it is not before it?

It's an arbitrary line for you perhaps, but believe it or not, there are people on this planet who might actually disagree with this position!  Some people practice this crazy thing on Earth called "religion", and often times they take those things that they're taught to heart.

It is entirely possible to agree with the notion of this abstinence-only program being harmful due to it leaving students completely ignorant of contraceptives, but yet still believe that marriage is important.  For example, I think marriage is important and not some arbitrary line.  This isn't a black-and-white scenario, and it is feasible to agree with some of, but not all of an opinion piece.
2277  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Annual Expansion Releases? on: August 25, 2006, 01:23:21 PM
Except that they wouldn't make as much money if they went about it the way you're wanting them to go.  That's entirely the point of their new direction, and one can't really blame them for wanting to go this route, especially since they've got everyone hooked.
2278  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe stuff. on: August 22, 2006, 02:10:02 PM
Pff, the voice acting is of the same caliber as Xenosaga Episode I, Star Ocean 3, Tales of Symphonia, or any of the other more recent RPG releases.  Sega didn't blow anything off.

Also, the Sonic Team commentary doesn't apply given that the team functions much like Square does, and there are multiple groups of programmers and designers that work on their own respective projects.  PSU's had dedicated development for 3+ years under Takao Miyoshi's lead and has been delayed for over a year purely for the sake of squashing bugs.  That's not the sign of a half-assed project, and what they've put together is pretty damned amazing given the resources that were at their disposal.
2279  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW - Home to over 50% of all MMORPG playing dorks like us on: August 15, 2006, 09:33:14 AM
It is.  Another chart to look at is this one.
2280  The Rest / General Discussions / Ze Picture Thread on: August 10, 2006, 05:52:47 PM

That's me on the top of the antenna of an airport surveillance radar being assembled.

Side view... guy taking the picture asked me to pose in some fashion and that's what he got.

....and me working on an ECU next to a shelter.  I recall grabbing one of the 2' x 3' duct brackets and flinging it about 20 feet in some random direction a few minutes before this picture was taken, hence my fairly disgruntled expression.  My co-workers always enjoy it when I'm pissed.
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