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2671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Trusty Bell & Blue Dragon Trailers on: September 22, 2006, 10:49:18 PM
Yeah, re: the gameplay trailer for Blue Dragon (which I found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQYirGIg-c here, but someone already posted a link)...

It's pure awesome in a saucepan.

I think this game is giving Uematsu and Sakaguchi a chance to rekindle what they had going with the Nintendo generation of FFs. But, to start, they had to do a fun and silly game. The music, IMO, sounds fantastic. I loved the battle themes.

After Blue Dragon, hopefully "Lost Odyssey" and future games will attempt a much more sophisticated/mature feel. But, it's never a bad idea to start with a fun and interesting game.

Toriyama in 3D worked out pretty nicely too.

2672  The Rest / General Discussions / A more "Mature" Mario on: September 21, 2006, 10:38:25 PM
....I mean no offense when I say it feels like Gay Pride Parade costuming.

yeah, the more astute otaku would note that a number of the designs look very similar to Masaya's "Cho Aniki."

At least, that's what I thought.

2673  The Rest / General Discussions / No wonder you have less than 500 members... on: September 20, 2006, 04:17:12 PM
how did I miss out on this thread? It's so wonderfully awesome!

Someone is a sore loser. He broke the rules, got a smackdown, and couldn't handle it.

Everything from there on out is just a showing of how awesome our forums can be. Good work lads and ladies!

2674  The Rest / General Discussions / So, who knows about the coup in Thailand? on: September 20, 2006, 04:07:00 PM
I heard about it on NPR. Not sure it's a very big change for the average Thai citizen though.

2675  Media / The Soundroom / New Weird Al video on: September 18, 2006, 12:42:08 PM
umm...I just watched the video again...and I'm pretty sure Seth Green shows up for a few seconds in the first half of the video.


2676  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Tri-Ace RPG, Infinite Undiscovery on: September 18, 2006, 12:39:12 PM
I'm ashamed to see all the people disappointed in this being an X360 title. Healthy competition among the consoles usually leads to higher quality games for us (not to mention a possible reduction in prices...though that's less likely now...). Last time around, Sony was DOMINATING the RPG market (check our reviews section for proof). A fair balance of RPGs on PS3 and Xbox 360 could be a really good thing, though it would mean owning both consoles if you're fans of all these games...

As for me, I'm nearly finished Enchanted Arms, and regardless of all the bad press it received, I really enjoyed it. Certainly not a flawless game, but it's plenty of good wholesome turn-based fun.

2677  The Rest / General Discussions / Pope's Comments on Islam and the Reaction on: September 18, 2006, 12:35:19 PM
His discourse Tuesday sought to delineate what he sees as a fundamental difference between Christianity's view that God is intrinsically linked to reason (the Greek concept of logos) and Islamīs view that "God is absolutely transcendent." Benedict said that Islam teaches that God's "will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality." The risk he sees implicit in this concept of the divine is that the irrationality of violence can potentially be justified if someone believes it is God's will. "As far as understanding of God and thus the concrete practice of religion is concerned, we find ourselves faced with a dilemma which nowadays challenges us directly. Is the conviction that acting unreasonably contradicts God's nature merely a Greek idea, or is it always and intrinsically true?"

That was my favorite paragraph.

Whether he's "adding fuel to the fire" or not, the new Pope is clearly as intelligent as the last one, and he's not afraid to point out the flaws of the terrorists. Personally, I don't think he has a responsibility to stay "politically correct" so as not to offend Muslims. Beyond that, what the terrorists do is of their OWN volition, and will be their OWN responsibility. In other words, should Islam be the true religion, their actions will not fall under the blanket of Jihad but will rather be counted as *very* bad deeds. So, literally, to hell with them.

2678  Media / The Soundroom / New Weird Al video on: September 18, 2006, 12:14:39 AM
"White and Nerdy" from "Ridin' Dirty."


The lyrics in the verses are white I like most.

btw, I AM the king of minesweeper.

2679  The Rest / General Discussions / Worst Price is Right Contestant Ever on: September 10, 2006, 09:24:40 AM
ok, did the audio go out of sync at the end, or did the people running the audio put a delay on his mic to make sure curse words weren't coming out?

He was SO upset at her at the end, I almost died laughing. I'm sure he just wanted to punch her in the jaw.

2680  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New FFIII review. on: September 08, 2006, 09:28:22 PM
You could produce N64-quality on the GBA? I never knew! :P

Yeah I didn't think of that. I just meant, they could put it on the GBA cartridge, which you can stick in a DS system.

You're right.

2681  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New FFIII review. on: September 08, 2006, 09:06:59 PM
The reviewer certainly has his own personal tastes, including a love for the job/ability system. He called FFIII the "second-best", with FFV being the "first best." So yeah...the man clearly likes gameplay more than story.

However, the fact that the story has been re-worked to include (GASP) real character development...yeah that's a big plus to me.

Also, having fiddled around with the Famicom version, it sounds like there are a LOT of improvements.

The one thing that bothers me is that, like so many DS RPGs, this simply could have been a GBA game. The second screen is barely used, and the touchpad is an optional element for movement and and menu selection.

None of my complaints, however, will stop me from preordering the game.

2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Castlevania FAQ mistaken for murder plot?!?! on: September 06, 2006, 06:43:30 PM
That is fan-freaking-tastic. Brainwashed by the media, these moms are.

2683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Enchanted Arms on: September 06, 2006, 12:15:41 PM
I wasn't big into From Software until I discovered THEY made that game with US president in a mecha.

2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Enchanted Arms on: September 06, 2006, 10:46:58 AM
A real RPG review can only be given by a person who has played and finished the game. In my opinion!

Agreed. That's my standard for reviewing RPGs. Hence, why I haven't reviewed the Aht Urhgan FFXI expansion: the storyline isn't completed yet.

Anyway, I've gone ahead and rented this title, seeing if I can clear through it in a rental and review it. Personally, based on what I saw at E3, I'm excited about it. I'm glad that Ubisoft is releasing otherwise-not-going-to-be-released RPGs in the US and Europe.

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / I hit that "point" in my life... on: September 04, 2006, 10:07:36 PM
I've been through about four RPG burnout phases in my life (Burnout: Cycle is a game!! I was about to say it but I used "phases" instead).

They usually happen to me around console generation changes, though one happened right in the middle of the PS1 era because of personal reasons.

So, I should be hitting a burnout soon. Considering my next RPG on the plate is Enchanted Arms...yeah, it might be about time. :P

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