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2596  The Rest / General Discussions / Is society becoming more or less overbearing? on: November 01, 2006, 09:22:20 PM
Tough call.

I'd explain it by saying that there are people who are fighting for society to be less overbearing, and they win this or that battle...but in general, most people *are* afraid of controversy so they'd rather play it safe.

For example, if you check my recent Baten Kaitos Origins review (shameless plug), look at the last screenshot with the review: main character on a metallic cross. Yeah, well I beat the game and never saw that in the US version. Why? Because Nintendo published it, and they *edited out* the graphic and instead had the main character hanging on some non-descript golden rectangular block. I kid you not. Who even takes the time to remove stuff like that anymore? I promise you, no ten-year-old kid with conservative parents is going to make it that far in a game like Baten Kaitos cuz 1) it's effing hard and 2) it already has ratings that would stop the parents from buying the game.

So yeah, ppl are making society more overbearing in general, with a few pockets of extremely liberal "do as you please" showing up here and there...which feeds more censorship backlashes.

Ramza
2597  The Rest / General Discussions / Carniverous chocobo of ancient times... on: October 31, 2006, 01:59:39 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/31/science/31bird.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Coincidence? I think not!

...

Fun read anyway.

Ramza
2598  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Commercial - "Mama" on: October 29, 2006, 10:21:17 PM
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Even if they managed to find creepier, I can't imagine a commercial that tops it. If someone has some youtube link or something, then by all means enlighten us.


There was a commercial for a horror game (may have been Resident Evil, even RE4) over in Europe (I think)...and it was a zombie-woman breastfeeding an infant. Not quite as creepy as this PS3 commercial, but definitely scary. Wish I had a link for it, but I don't. :(

Ramza
2599  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stella Deus ~ Gates of Eternity on: October 28, 2006, 06:09:46 PM
Two things:

1)

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The story's a little interesting. Taking a simple philosophy such as apathy towards the destruction of the world, and making it punishable by death? Damn, that's capital punishment for being emo! Those, of course, are the villains. The cute little emos are the good guys!


Yeah, I wouldn't call it an emo religion. Emo kids would cry about the end of the world. These people are ascetics and stoics...they wait for the end because they understand that's the way it's meant to be. Fatalist, yes. Emo? nah.

2) The coolest thing about the game is the ability to essentially get *everyone* on your team, even all the villains. The thing is, it's crazy hard to achieve, you have to do *everything* perfectly throughout the game with dialogues and cutscenes and stuff. There are walkthroughs for it.

There are "ultimate weapons" for each major character, and again, this includes the villains if you can get them on your team. It's totally excellent if you do this. :)

Ramza
2600  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 27, 2006, 02:02:36 AM
Thread resurrection!

First, Hidoshi, good points all around.

Second, I wanted to let the skeptics know that after posting my review, I've now received five *lengthy* emails from readers who all agree with what I had to say, especially in regards to the storyline.

Here's a little selection from one:

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I'm a gamer (into RPGs mostly) and I gotta say i was extremely happy about the review you wrote at RPGfan. The first review posted a month or two ago, which got an 89% - i wasnt really a fan of that, especially since the review mentioned that the story aint special. After beating the game myself, i must say that ive never found myself agreeing with a reviewer on almost every level of his/her review - especially when u mentioned the story. Dude, like you, i actually enjoyed episode II a good lot, and kept thinking about what Episode III would bring to the story before its release. Reading your review felt like reading my own thoughts for the game, and i too found the story to be one of the best ive ever heard, if not the best, in my life. Kudos to a wonderful review (best review ive read, definitely) and im really glad u liked it Patrick!


This confirms my suspicion that, even if the fanbase is small, the fanbase is definitely die-hard loving the conclusion to the Xenosaga series. As well they should. Now that are friend Bogatyr is banned (at least temporarily), he can't continue to tell me that I'm wrong to call a videogame "art." So I'll sit back and continue to argue that Xenosaga is a work of art that transcends traditional categories by blending the works of old and gracefully adding many new things, and I'll also continue to say it's the best RPG of 2006, lest something should change my mind (it's doubtful).

Ramza
2601  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 25, 2006, 11:38:13 PM
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Or it could be because you don't hear the words "thousands dead" in regards to almost any religion on Earth besides those three.


Hinduism's led to some recent killings, but I suspect it's more social/political than actually religious.

Ramza
2602  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / MOMO in Xenosaga 3 reviews. on: October 25, 2006, 11:24:44 PM
you're right. imdb confirms it. :(

I took my info on the VA thing from what the earlier editor says. I feel ashamed, but I am glad you caught this. I'll go make edits in both reviews now. :)

Ramza
2603  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up feature: Curse of the Sequels on: October 25, 2006, 12:06:52 PM
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Another shitty sequel is Alundra 2. Do I even need to explain this one?


Now THERE's a bad sequel. Good Lord, why was Alundra 2 even made?

Ramza
2604  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone playing Baten Kaitos Origins? on: October 25, 2006, 01:31:47 AM
Anyone playing Baten Kaitos Origins?

...I am. I'm loving it, and I'm hitting myself on the head for not playing the first one.

I just wish the subtitle hadn't been taken away. They released the first one with the lengthy subtitle "Eternal Wings and the Endless Ocean", so I would've liked to see the "First Wings and the Heirs of God" subtitle stick with this game as well.

Anyway, the card battle system is apparently quite different from the first. It's still challenging, and still meaning LONG battles. But yeah...I think it's fantastic. Expect a review from me shortly.

Anyone else giving it a try?

Ramza
2605  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 25, 2006, 01:28:33 AM
I have little to say in reply that wouldn't start a flame war...

So I'll just say this.

Anyone on the board agree with Mr. Dawkins?

Ramza
2606  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up feature: Curse of the Sequels on: October 24, 2006, 04:15:54 PM
The only games on the list that belonged there were:

PoP: Warrior Within
Deus Ex: Invisible War (maybe...I didn't like the first much either)

That's about it.

The logic behind the arguments is backwards. It wasn't the first game plus some add-ons, but rather a new deal...whoops!

And how "FFVIII" is even a direct sequel to FFVII is beyond me. Here's something that SHOULD have been on the list: Dirge of Cerberus. :P

Finally, IMO, MGS2 killed MGS1, especially in terms of story. Crazy crazy crap.

Ramza
2607  The Rest / General Discussions / Confusion on: October 20, 2006, 11:30:20 PM
What John says is true. For your source:

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2006/1238.html

They were very up-front with us in saying they had no intention of bringing it to the U.S.

And if THEY don't plan on bringing it, I doubt anyone else will. I doubt they'd be allowed to if they wanted to anyway.

I'm told it's a mediocre game anyway, so just be glad we're getting GU (which looks MUCH better).

Ramza
2608  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 09:02:07 PM
Last citation was tubgirl.

This guy hated the greeks. Anal sex this, anal lube that.

I wonder if it is 4chan'ed or real...

Ramza
2609  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii pre-orders start tomorrow! on: October 13, 2006, 03:06:47 PM
My little bro and his friends ran all around the suburbs of Philadelphia today trying to preorder two Wiis. They finally got two at the King of Prussia mall...the last place they expected copies to still be around.

Yeah, preorders are fun!

Ramza
2610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 13, 2006, 02:13:44 PM
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It would all be so simple, if we just could agree that Xenosaga Episode III is a game, nothing more, nothing less. I did not bother to read the last few pages of this thread in their entity, but I'm wondering, why you just can't let Pat (Ramza) enjoy the game.


Well I think the biggest problem may be that I've gone and called the game "art"...that it is more than "just a game," because it's *that* good and very different from what I'm used to in a game.

So...I think that's why people are arguing with me. It's possible that I'm in the wrong, but so far I still think I could have a valid point here. :)

Ramza

PS - sorry for the word "twat"...I usually don't get that upset...it's just that I think it's very important that we don't think other people can't "get" us because they're different. I think, in their writing, it's what they choose to display as what gets us. They do it to be interesting, and the fact that they generally don't allow God to be a *good* sentient being...I dunno...but I guess that's a good point (though Romancing SaGa has God as good and sentient! Great conversation you can have with him at the end of the game!).
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