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2671  The Rest / General Discussions / Human Consciousness' existence on: July 29, 2006, 12:05:41 AM
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We are just the sum total of the activity of neurons. We assume that we have free will and that we make decisions, but we don't. Neurons do.


If "we" don't, but "neurons" do...BUT I am the sum total of neuron activity, then aren't the neurons equivalent to me? And thus, I *do* have a will, I just don't understand how my own will is formulated.

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Some people believe we are something beyond neurons, but of course we are not.


Of course we aren't! It's so obvious. All that silliness about people having "souls" and whatnot, it's all silly blind religious stupidity.

Sorry, call it my defense mechanism, but without simply mocking these sorts of statements, I don't see why I don't just throw my life away in a senseless act of mass violence. It's called Nihilism. Yee-freakin'-ha.

Ramza
2672  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 26, 2006, 01:23:37 PM
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There is no point for polls when my opinion is always right.


For The Win.
2673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 24, 2006, 03:14:47 AM
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I really hate it when people talk first-person in their reviews.


Then leave.

And don't read reviews on the internet.

Or most magazines.

IMO John's review was excellent.

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make yourself look like a suckup.


Better than being a dick who waltzes into a forum simply to bash a person for using the pronoun "I".
2674  The Rest / General Discussions / Bruce Dickinson is the fucking man. on: July 24, 2006, 12:07:11 AM
This is sheer awesome. I'm sure plenty of celebrities have put lots of money towards lots of charities. But here's a guy who puts his own time (and life) into it.

Iron Maiden FTW. I don't even like the genre of music that much, but this is just about the coolest thing evar.

Ramza
2675  The Rest / General Discussions / The importance of gaming in a potential girl/boyfriend on: July 23, 2006, 09:23:47 PM
My wife is wildly supportive of everything I do, which is a nice ego boost. She is always saying "I'm gonna play an RPG one of these days" -- hasn't happened yet.

On the positive side, she just wrote a soundtrack review. And she might be playing Dark Cloud 2 soon.

Ramza
2676  The Rest / General Discussions / Valve's Portal on: July 23, 2006, 03:42:34 AM
Definitely watched this video over ten times now.

The second-to-last scene where he jumps, shoots two portals into the ground, flies up from his second portal, shoots a third portal into the wall, then falls and flies out of the wall...oh yeah. That's some hot shiznit.

Can't wait.

Ramza
2677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 21, 2006, 11:49:06 PM
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People complain about a lack of original titles on PlayStation Portable, and then if somebody finally ends up making an original RPG like in this case Level 5, it's not original enough :P.


Well said!

i just watched the trailer and loved it. Level5 developing a strat RPG looks to be a good match.

Also, for ppl who said "should be on DS..." why? What purpose would the touch screen and/or dual screen serve? Also, anime cutscenes <3. I'm glad PSP will be getting a *really* good RPG.

Ramza
2678  Media / The Soundroom / Fun acoustic white rap on: June 05, 2006, 03:12:20 AM
My little brother put together a recording studio and record label for local acts. My best friend's little brother has put a lot of work into a fairly humorous rap group called "Crunk Alms." You're pretty much guaranteed to like it. And I play piano on one of the songs.

http://www.myspace.com/crunkalms

Exposure exposure. You will enjoy.

Patrick
2679  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / FFXI "Q&A" on: May 12, 2006, 01:04:04 PM
If I had had a cassette tape to make an official transcript, we'd call it an "interview" and throw it in the features section. However, I was caught off guard and was only able to take notes. So, for the lot of you who are still going strong on FFXI, we've posted a Q&A as a news story. It's quite lengthy. Plz read. ^^

Ramza

PS - Tony, I was going to ask your questions, but we ran out of time before I could ask them. My "teleport" question was the last thing I had time to ask. Charisma and Treasure Hunter -- it's still a mystery.
2680  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of the Abyss confirmed for U.S. on: April 28, 2006, 03:32:36 AM
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Interesting fact; the OST seems to go out of their way to tell you which composer did which song (Sakuraba is back, with Tamura).
...IMO, Tamura shoulda been dropped, Sakuraba does great with this one, it sounds a lot like Baten Kaitos' work.


*ahem* sounds like SOMEONE should do a reader review of the soundtrack...

Yeah I've heard some samples of the OST...it does sound like Sakuraba's BK stuff, which is great since too many of his other OSTs sound EXACTLY THE SAME. The BK style is new and refreshing, and I don't mind if he milks it until I want the Star Ocean / Valkyrie Profile sound back. ^^

Ramza
2681  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: April 26, 2006, 01:06:45 AM
Alright, where am I at now...

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny
Kingdom Hearts II
Shadow Hearts: From The New World
Stella Deus

...and, if it counts, I hit rank 6 in Final Fantasy XI, which in my mind means I completed the generic plotline for the original XI missions. Now on to all the expansions (including the new one, Aht Urhgan).

I'd really like to hit up some of the other PS2 titles of the last few months (Tales of Legendia, Grandia III, etc.), but between full-time job, RPGFan, and my new addiction to FFXI, I doubt it'll happen.

Word.

Ramza
2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Zelda in 25:29 on: April 17, 2006, 07:40:42 PM
for real, tool-assisted is a joke. Real impressive, right? I can quicksave and quickload a lot to keep my time down!!

The only time I ever attempted to make a speedrun of my own was with Super Metroid. I was trying to clear it with 100% items with a record time. The current record time (according to the in-game clock, not the video length) was like 57 minutes. My best was an hour and 41 minutes. Ah well. I was still pleased with how freaking good I am at the game. ^^

Suede, it's good to see you here, and your posts on this thread really got me fired up about tool-assisted BS. Keep up the good stuff!

Ramza
2683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are Storylines Really So Important? on: March 26, 2006, 02:28:46 AM
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The beauty of an RPG is that even if the storyline is bleh, it has other legs to stand on. Like if a dog gets hit by a car and has to have a leg amputated, it can still run around, be active, be happy, remain balanced while standing and running, and be a great dog even with only 3 legs.


What about that one-legged dog from homestarrunner.com? Y'know, Li'l Brudder? How's he fit into this analogy? :P

Anyway, I didn't read the thread because I'm feelin' lazy tonight. I'll just put it like this. You get what you want out of a game.

If a game has terrible gameplay, that's fine with me, so long as I'm not stuck with an inordinate amount of terrible gameplay. i.e., Xenosaga can't be bad, because even if you don't like the gameplay, it's 1/2 cutscenes ANYWAY.

Seriously, I'm a sucker for a decent plot with well-done character development. Unless a game is hyped for some factor OTHER than story, I tend to rank story as one of the highest factors in any game, w/ gameplay being 2nd. That's just me. That's how I feel about the games I play.

But, even if a game is light on plot, fun gameplay CAN make the difference. See Romancing SaGa. (yeah that's right, a FUN SaGa game. Eat it.)

I like you, Mr. new-to-the-boards. It was a fine question to pose, and digging up that old editorial was appreciated too. I liked that one, especially for its lashing out against trendy non-conformists (the ultimate paradox of our time).

Ramza
2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 14, 2006, 12:27:10 PM
Deep and thought-provoking................

Chrono Cross and Vagrant Story are definitely my highest suggestions. Chris W. hit it right with those. FFT is also good.

Another one to consider, although it only has a few brief moments of "depth" and "thought-provocation" going for it, is Star Ocean: The Second Story. There were some things about its plot that really hit me hard. Give it a look-see.

Man, the more I think about it, the more I realize that PS2 is lacking in the "deep RPG" department. Especially in terms of obligatory religious references. Xenosaga and SMT are about all you have...and you already played those!

I have some hope for Ar Tonelico being deep, but it won't be out for another 6 months at the earliest.

Ramza
2685  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: March 12, 2006, 07:12:18 PM
Shadow Hearts: From The New World
Stella Deus

More to come soon. :P

Ramza
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