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2626  The Rest / General Discussions / Send out for pizza, order takeou Chinese, have pot delivered on: November 08, 2006, 03:29:18 AM
I've never touched the stuff and never will, but this story is so depressing to me. I think it's terrible that the head of the quote "drug ring" is facing ten years in prison. When the hell will our country just get over the fact that lots of people choose to smoke marijuana and make the stuff legal?

2627  The Rest / General Discussions / Itagaki on trial for sexual harrassment on: November 07, 2006, 05:19:38 PM
Hahahaha! (I mean, not laughing at the poor woman, but at the DoA creator).

ending up with a similar run-in at a hotel during E3 last year.

Scandal in LA!

Seriously, it's no surprise. Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball --- sexual harrassment. Yeah, it's like 2 and 2.

Great story.

2628  The Rest / General Discussions / Japanese Gaming Sites on: November 04, 2006, 01:19:20 AM
Yeah, or just read through most of OUR news updates. The majority of our news updates come direct from Japanese sites, *not* from IGN and Gamespot. Famitsuu and Namae no Nai Heya (not sure if I spelled that right) are two big ones, and Game Watch is a biggie too.

2629  The Rest / General Discussions / E3 now "GamePro Expo" on: November 02, 2006, 02:30:18 AM

It lives on, but the big question is: will it still be cool?

Guess we'll find out in 2007!

2630  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.

2631  The Rest / General Discussions / Carniverous chocobo of ancient times... on: October 31, 2006, 01:59:39 PM

Coincidence? I think not!


Fun read anyway.

2632  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Commercial - "Mama" on: October 29, 2006, 10:21:17 PM
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. :(

2633  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stella Deus ~ Gates of Eternity on: October 28, 2006, 06:09:46 PM
Two things:


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. :)

2634  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:


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).

2635  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 25, 2006, 11:38:13 PM
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.

2636  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. :)

2637  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up feature: Curse of the Sequels on: October 25, 2006, 12:06:52 PM
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?

2638  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?

2639  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?

2640  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.

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