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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 02, 2014, 11:39:49 PM
I heartily approve of Dice's picks.

A quick scan through the memory banks makes me call up ... yes I'm serious ... New York City from Shadow Hearts 3 (From The New World). I really loved this game, and I thought it opened very nicely. You also return to NYC near the end for some big awesome story stuff.

They also go to a nearby Arkham. <3 Lovecraft, before it was Batman-adopted.
47  Media / The Soundroom / Tori Amos on: August 24, 2014, 12:35:47 PM
before I go nuts just to find out no one cares...

Anyone here dig Tori Amos?

(If yes, I'll talk more about the new album, and other stuff)

Unrepentant Geraldines up in this bizzzz
48  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Songs that sound weirdly like other songs on: August 20, 2014, 08:36:43 PM
Haunted Junction Opening (10 seconds in)

Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"

nah, Haunted Junction only has it going for the chorus section. Chrono Trigger's ROBO THEME has the Rick Astley connection for chorus AND verse!! (though its chorus ends far differently chord-progression wise)


It's a fairly well-recognized thing now --- people were "Robo-Rolling" a few years ago. Also, Mitsuda commented that he'd never heard NGGYU when he wrote Robo's Theme, so I suppose that absolves him. :P
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 06, 2014, 11:24:39 PM
For Japanese roguelikes, you can't go wrong with Shiren the Wanderer. The remake of the first game is on DS, and Shiren 3 (just titled "Shiren the Wanderer") is on the Wii. Perfect for that age range, and the Wii one includes an "easy" mode where permadeath ain't so permanent (you can keep either your levels or your equipment, I can't remember which).
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 05, 2014, 10:10:43 PM
The show is basically made for 'normal' people to laugh at niche hobby people / people who are more knowledgeable in a field of science.
It's seriously disgusting.

The character Sheldon basically is somewhere on the Autism spectrum disorder and they make jokes at his expense all the time. I too find it gross, and I also find the NBC drama "Parenthood" a decent remedy to this particular issue.

I'll echo Arrested Development: it is AMAZING not just for pop culture humor, but for very clever and subtle fourth-wall-breaking, and self-referential humor. The Ron Howard narration is a huge boon, though often overlooked even by fans.

I'll also recommend Louis CK's FX show "Louie" (3 seasons so far). Just ... watch it all. SO good. It's got dark moments but if you even remotely like this comedian (and you SHOULD, he's amazing) ... this show is an extension of his brilliance.
51  Media / The Soundroom / Walking Dead (Telltale) episode end credits on: July 26, 2014, 10:53:19 AM
I've enjoyed many of the end credits song for the different episodes of TWD, especially in season 2. But only with this last one did I take the time to write down what the song was. Here it is, originally released in 2006, "The Salty Seas" by Devics:


Never heard of 'em. Seems like an unknown group, but I think this song is about to garner a lot more attention.

What an absolutely beautiful song, capping off the episode very well.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI will be out 2016 on: June 16, 2014, 04:35:38 PM
I'm still waiting for DQ7 on 3DS. Would much rather play it there than on laggy PS1.
53  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 29, 2014, 03:31:46 PM
FF X-2 Opening Theme

This is probably my favourite piece in the entire game. I spend ages at the loading screen just listening to it play.

SO much love.

Piano collection version is also lovely.

54  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Shimomura's "memoria" will own your face on: April 24, 2014, 04:48:10 PM
I want a Parasite Eve piano collection after listening to A.Y.A.

I really REALLY like the HIDEAWAYS vocal tracks. Kiss of Jealousy ftw. :)
55  The Rest / The Bazaar / Free LR:FFXIII DLC (Xbox 360) -- test, JP only? on: April 22, 2014, 03:32:21 PM
I bought the first print of the Lightning Returns: FFXIII soundtrack from Japan. It came with a DLC card inside. I don't know what it's for -- prolly some costumes.

I'll be trying to use the PS3 code at some point. If anyone has the 360 version, feel free to try this code:


my fear is that it'll only work with the Japanese version of the game. I figured I'd let one of you guys, who owns LR on 360, find out.

So ... claim the code and let me know. Thanks!
56  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: JAST USA Licenses Steins;Gate Visual Novel in N. America on: April 22, 2014, 12:46:12 AM
There are really only two categories for VNs. Those that have porn, and ones that don't. Anything that doesn't get tossed into the all general ages bracket. I don't necessarily agree with it as some of these VNs deal with content that is definitely not "all ages" material. VNs get such a negative stigma for porn that the All Ages rating is flat out telling you there is none in it.

per Andrew's own explanation in the article, I'd say there are three categories.

1) nukige -- sex is front and center. It's the point of the game. It's the gaming equivalent of porn.
2) eroge -- sex happens. It can be seen as a "reward" of some kind, or just something that happens. It's the gaming equivalent of a Hollywood movie with a racy sex scene that includes nudity.
3) "all-ages" -- no nudity. Caveats noted elsewhere in the thread apply. :)
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I made a list quiz on JetPunk on: April 19, 2014, 03:37:06 PM
Tomara -- I'd forgotten about Villgust! Hmm ... on that note I suddenly remember a whole bunch of other Japanese RPGs I could probably get in there.

Monsoon -- Thanks for the tip. I'll look into Sporcle.

I'm thinking I might make one that's localized-only, and specific to the first generation of CD consoles (Sega CD / Saturn + PlayStation). That would be mucho fun.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / I made a list quiz on JetPunk on: April 18, 2014, 06:26:25 PM

This site, you just type in stuff and get answers right. It's a kind of addictive site. I was introduced to it with a map of the world, you have to name all 196 (current) sovereign nations, and you have 12 minutes. I took it 30 times until I learned them all, and now I can do it in like 6 minutes. Then I started taking other quizzes, and searching for quizzes. And I noticed a distinct lack of good RPG quizzes.

So the link up there? That's just a big (but non-exhaustive) list of RPGs on 16-bit consoles (SNES, Genesis, a few PCE/Turbografx). I give you the hint, you give the answer. I have the answers laid out in alphabetical order.

I might add more to it, or I might make more quizzes, such as game-specific quizzes where you have to name all playable characters or other trivia to the game. There are a bunch of pokemon quizzes, but I would be more interested in doing, say, a Xenosaga lore quiz. :P

Plz let me know what you think.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 18, 2014, 05:05:44 PM
CollegeHumor presents:

"If Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime"

This is super good.

60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 13, 2014, 01:30:47 PM
Life is good and nothing can bring down RPGFan. Sup Angelo. :)
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