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2671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Etrain Odyssey trailer on: January 06, 2007, 03:18:17 AM
ah yes, from "Project Yggdrasil." This is the game that was tentatively entitled "Yggdrasil Labyrinth" ... which would have been a headache since the games "Yggdra Union" and "Deep Labyrinth" have also been recently released. Glad they gave it the name "Etrian Odyssey."

The gameplay doesn't look that great (as stated, it's Wizardry-like FPoV dungeon crawling), but the character design, story, and !YUZO KOSHIRO! music will probably win me over.

2672  The Rest / General Discussions / NES seiken densetsu, ff7 with 3 characters, saturn shenmue on: January 05, 2007, 01:29:35 AM
the info about the origin of the Seiken Densetsu series is very interesting. It's funny that "Seiken Densetsu" is now known in the US and Japanese as the "Mana" series, though "Seiken Densetsu" translates to "Holy Sword (Excalibur) Legend" -- word up.

2673  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Games of 2006 on: January 01, 2007, 09:06:29 PM

Although "complex" and "convoluted" essentially mean the same thing, most people use the word "convoluted" as though it were a bad thing: the word has a negative connotation, much like "stagnant" and "permanent" mean about the same thing, but one has a stronger negative emphasis.


PS - Yeah...I don't understand the whole "Zelda is an RPG" thing, but I know that since the beginning of time people told me it was one, so I went with it.
2674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rogue Galaxy. on: January 01, 2007, 01:49:03 PM
It's definitely not March. They've had the game *completed* in English since mid-December, and they've been giving out those demos for a month now. Jan 30 would be correct.

And yes, the game is going to Pwn your world.

2675  The Rest / General Discussions / Happy New Year, RPGFan on: January 01, 2007, 05:03:09 AM
I'm going to disappear for a day to recover from my lack of partying. Boooring new years for me (and it was my anniversary too!). I basically just played GBA games and hung out with my newborn.

But I hope you all rock 2007 harder than any previous year. I know I'm gonna try.

2676  The Rest / General Discussions / Saddam Hussein Executed in Iraq on: December 31, 2006, 02:17:03 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Also: What does it matter if he was a Muslim? I can hardly consider a man like that a real Muslim. Then again, I subscribe to Kirkegaarde's sentiment that faith in God is something you earn through your experiences in life, not something you are just given by the clergy.

Thank goodness for Kierkegaard. However, as you said, not everyone will share Kierkegaard's sentiments, and it looks like Sunnis have already begun to use Saddam's death as a reason for outrage and violence, and according to a recent BBC report, Saddam's death will probably be a new tactic for terrorist recruits that think "the West killed a Muslim man...it's Jihad time!"

I wish Mohammed would just come riding down on some sweet @$$ chariot and be like "sup b*tches, you're not defending the faith by acting like pansies. Grow some balls and get over it." That would be nice.

2677  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Article Idea & Rss on: December 30, 2006, 02:36:56 PM

We've never done a "most anticipated" column before, likely because the games we most anticipate are games that may or may not make it to the US before the end of the year. I didn't even click the link, but I would expect Blue Dragon to be on the list for the US '07 release.

As for RSS feeds with our news updater: it is being looked into, but it's currently a lower priority compared to some other projects we have, including a little bit of "site cleanup" (you may have noticed some sections magically disappearing: they are now listed as "discontinued" under Features).

2678  Media / The Soundroom / Favourite Albums of 2006 on: December 30, 2006, 03:46:26 AM
Nemmet -- Joanna Newsom's "Ys" was guaranteed to be a hit. I mean, look at the name!!! In all seriousness, the album is fantastic.

My tastes vary a good bit from a lot of people on this board, but here are my (non-VGM) 2006 picks, in no particular order:

Anathallo - Floating World - an indie band with lots of members doing unique things released their first FULL ALBUM (after being together for about 6 years) in the form of a "concept album." It's all based on a short story (and some poems) that come from various Japanese folk tales/legends. The packaging for the album is superb, and the entire story (Hanakasajijii) is put in the album for you to read. If you aren't in some state of awe by the end of your first listen, you probably weren't paying attention.

DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage - Neal also mentioned this one. It's a fantasy metal band, and if you haven't heard of them, you're way out of the loop. Personally, I liked 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" a little more, but this album is also great.

Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat - The band's third full album was just released in November, and while it has virtually no resemblance to their first two albums (other than the sweet, smooth vocals), it has quickly become a favorite listen of mine. The lyrics are easily the worst thing about the album: contrived, cheap, and "softcore emo" (sort of like "emo lite") to be sure. But the music is darn sweet.

mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister - Another band's third full album, this one came in September. Vocalist/lyricist Aaron Weiss is probably one of the best lyricists alive (to my knowledge anyway). I'm not sure if this album is my favorite of the three (the second, "Catch For Us The Foxes," was solid gold from beginning to end) ... whatever it is, it certainly beat the pants off of most other albums this year.

Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas - This five disc box set contains EPs that Sufjan recorded personally each Christmas since '01 for friends and family. This year, he decided to release them all together in one box: and for $18, it's an excellent deal. The split of new, original, Sufjan-written songs and classic, overdone, unoriginal Christmas songs is about 50/50. And Sufjan spices the old songs up pretty nicely too. The album also comes with a 50 page book including some excellent essays and commentaries on the commercialization of the holiday season, as well as some short stories from Sufjan that help give a feel for why he actually dreads late December and struggles to reconcile his personal feelings about the holiday with all the cheap plastic mirth he finds around him. It was probably the perfect gift for the intellectual in your life, but you'd be a tad late giving it now! :P

Danielson - Ships - If I'm not mistaken, this puppy marked the 8th full album release from Danielson (if you count "Familie," "Brother," and "Tri-" as all the same "Danielson" entity). I've listened to most of those albums, and I own a few of them, but this was really something special. Pitchfork Media gave the album rave reviews, which is what sparked my interest. If you know nothing about the Danielson phenomenon, go here: http://www.danielsonmovie.com/ and read up.

That's it from me. If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be a toss-up with Anathallo and mewithoutYou. But I just love their styles in general...

2679  The Rest / General Discussions / Saddam Hussein Executed in Iraq on: December 30, 2006, 03:29:25 AM
As wildly pacifist as I tend to be, this is a little hard for me. But no one can deny that this b*tch had it coming to him.

I guess the big problem for me is that, by the time he was to be punished, we had already rendered him harmless.

I'd rather just say "what's done is done" than actually celebrate. But, I won't discourage celebration if ppl are feelin' it. :)

2680  The Rest / General Discussions / The best gift that could possibly be given... on: December 27, 2006, 05:29:12 AM
It's easy to do, just follow these steps:
1. Cut a hole in a box
2. Put your junk in that box
3. Make her open the box
And that's the way you do it!

I'm tempted to inscribe these words on my tombstone.

2681  The Rest / General Discussions / These shoes cost 300 dollars on: December 27, 2006, 04:04:41 AM

Sorry for two YouTube posts in a row. It needed to be done though.

2682  The Rest / General Discussions / The best gift that could possibly be given... on: December 27, 2006, 03:58:11 AM

Oh dear mother of God. Andy Samberg + Justin Timberlake (and Mya Rudolph) = pure comedic gold.

The three steps are classic.

2683  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 27, 2006, 03:56:23 AM
it's happened with the SNES/Genesis, the NES/SMS (though most people didn't know the latter even existed until it was long dead, or at least I didn't).

In terms of sales, the SMS meant absolutely nothing. The real competition in Japan was NES vs. NEC's PC Engine. In the US, Nintendo was the standard, with no real competition to speak of.

Just wanted to point that out.

2684  The Rest / General Discussions / Forbes: Gaming's Last Hurrah (As We Know It) on: December 23, 2006, 02:51:12 AM
Quote from the article)

Will there be a PS4? Perhaps, but not a PS5.

Yeah, maybe because the name will get unoriginal. However, if there IS a PS5, I would LOVE to have the contact info for this article's author in ten years and just shove it in his face.

This article is just filled with presumption and analyzing "market trends" that, at the end of the day, will mean next to nothing.

Terrible article.

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / Nazis reclaiming control in Germany on: December 15, 2006, 02:33:33 PM
That's a really scary story. I just watched the film "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days", and I thought "at least Germany doesn't resort to those sorts of tactics anymore." Oh wait...

at least they're not being executed. ^^

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