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61  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: January 20, 2014, 04:44:17 PM
new Smooth McGroove. "Into the Thick of It" from SoM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9A_FTgK4A0
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What would your ultimate RPG be on: January 12, 2014, 01:47:45 PM
1) Suikoden-style collect-a-thon for characters, with best/true ending requiring you nab 'em all.
2) super-insane HD 2D art, cel-shaded is an option if you wanna do 2D in a 3D environment.
3) soundtrack done in a "too many cooks spoil the broth" style, but without the spoiling ... just make it awesome and involve everyone awesome.
4) traditional combat system, anywhere from 4 to 6 people in a battle, balanced so that there are good, active roles for both physical and magical damage dealers.
5) decentralized but ultimately linear storyline, a la Romancing SaGa.
6) mini-games that don't suck (simple, but well-built ... slide puzzles, space invaders clones, tower defense, heck even snowboarding if you do it right!).
7) each character has one skill unique to them, otherwise characters fall into an array of job types (10-15) that unlock different skills/spells/etc as they level up.
8) save anywhere, AND inform players of where major points in the game are to suggest "hey save now" OR "make a separate save now" -- alternately, frequent auto-saves with a huge save history (a la Skyrim)
9) setting doesn't necessarily matter. Just make it good.
10) story ought to be compelling. Make me cry. Make me want the best possible outcome.
11) redeemable villain isn't a must, but it's nice (I love Suikoden II, but crazy unredeemables such as Luca Blight make me nauseous ... gimme Kuja over Sephiroth!)
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / 100 Turn Hero (sequel to half-minute) on: December 29, 2013, 07:06:00 PM
Breathe easy, take all the time you need. But plan carefully, you only have 100 turns!

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/12/27/half-minute-heros-director-gives-us-breather-100-turn-hero-instead/

Kinda psyched for this.
64  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Alundra Rap Video by The Legendary Zoltan on: December 20, 2013, 10:16:34 PM
why is this video down now?
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Classic Christmas Episodes on: December 15, 2013, 08:07:36 PM
I like the big holiday season finale episodes of Downton Abbey that air around Christmas. But they're not Christmas-themed per se. I just like Downton Abbey is all. :P
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys on: December 13, 2013, 04:39:47 PM
Being a "first post," I can't help but wonder if this is intentional trolling. Someone just wants our collective blood pressure to go up because "Y's" = "wise" and then HEAD ASPLODE... :P
67  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: December 13, 2013, 04:32:45 PM
Ys VI boss theme "Mighty Obstacle" just got SLAM'd

(Space Jam Quad City DJ etcetc)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF3Y6ejvrz0
68  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Wolverine Digital Copy Grab Spectacular. Happy Holidays You Wonderful Lot. Eat a on: December 06, 2013, 09:17:57 PM
my wife loves all things Marvel, good or bad.

Claimed it, thanks!
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 01, 2013, 11:19:03 PM
FWIW I thought XIII-2 was a great RPG, better than XIII in pretty much every way possible.

I don't think Lightning Returns will be able to top it. But that's probably because I fell in love with all the time travel (and the ability to *re-do* a time/place scenario to open alternate paths). Not sure how Lightning Returns will hold my interest. But we'll see!
70  Media / The Soundroom / My alltime favorite band reunited and put out a new CD (FIF) on: November 26, 2013, 03:08:25 PM
Five Iron Frenzy. Ska band from the 90s. Broke up in 2003. Had a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011.

On the 10 year anniversary of their "final concert" (before they toured again this past year), their new album "Engine of A Million Plots" came out.

And it. is. boss.

Please check it out on Spotify or iTunes or whatever y'all use. Here's their new music for "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYjmz19s-Lg

Featuring Wolverine-Lincoln and Jesus with a machine gun.
71  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Best Uematsu albums? on: November 25, 2013, 09:34:04 AM
Well, that "Guin Saga" anime had pretty good music, yes. But he's doing less composition these days and has taken on more of a supervisory role. There are whole soundtracks being credited to "The Earthbound Papas" now (I think the next Unchained Blades game EXXIV, as well as some Neptunia titles...). But in fact it's mostly Tsutomu Narita doing most of the music-writing, Uematsu just establishing some main themes. Uematsu also did this with a guy named Kevin Penkin on some Idea Factory visual novels (which reminds me, did NORN9 come out yet...?)

*checks*

http://vgmdb.net/album/38325

Yes, yes it did. I've been meaning to listen to this.
72  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Best Uematsu albums? on: November 23, 2013, 08:00:40 PM
Not sure if you count it as "FF" -- but Final Fantasy Legend, which is truly the first game in the SaGa series ... excellent Game Boy soundtrack.

Also good is his 50/50 split work with Mitsuda on the SNES game Front Mission: Gun Hazard.


http://vgmdb.net/album/2681
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 21, 2013, 04:09:44 PM
I wonder if Apollo Justice was chosen over 1-3 because 1-3 were GBA games ported to DS (making no use of DS functionality, save for yelling "objection" into the mic) and Apollo Justice in contrast used the touch screen in all the fun detective-y ways that we saw in the bonus mission of the first game. But then, other ports/remakes made the list (including FFIV, which is ... well, it was a significant change in gameplay, so I guess I can get with that).

But in terms of story and importance to the plot of the key characters, it's hands-down no-question, the end of Trials and Tribulations was phenomenal.

Were it my own personal list, TWEWY wouldn't be on it (as I didn't play it), Rhapsody would be in the top ten, 999 would be #1 without blinking an eye (holy crap 999 I love you so much forever!). I'm glad they also chose Clash of Heroes, which was a great game (that's also on Steam) ... they came to me for the writeup, and it made me feel special.

I will also say that I thought Magical Starsign was surprisingly good.
74  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Game selection help on: November 16, 2013, 12:37:51 AM
There are 4 Atelier games on PS3. Rorona is probably the weakest of them, and even that one I enjoyed. If you've never played an Atelier game, may want to just skip ahead to the 14th game (newest in the US): Atelier Ayesha.

It's turn-based RPG (3-character combat) with lots of item and synthesis stuff. And it has incredible art and music. So ... yeah, just do that.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Religion on: November 14, 2013, 08:28:57 PM
New song on the new Arcade Fire album starts out with the lyric "Afterlife ... Oh my god, what an awful word."

I was raised in protestant evangelical non-denominational Christian stuff. I loved my youth group, summer camp, and college experiences. Adult life re-colored a lot of my thoughts about the world and the universe and God.

But I still believe. But I think I'm not very good at the whole "faith" thing. Much better at "hope," which may be considered a lil weaker than faith.

But I'm a liberal-ish, universalist-ish kind of Christian who adores the work of Brian McLaren and Rob Bell. The kind of people who question things like *belief in eternal damnation for the unsaved* -- the sort of unsavory stuff that makes a lot of people run far away from anything Jesus-ish.

I'm also a fan of a writer named David Dark who wrote a book called "The Sacredness of Questioning Everything." He points out, quite rightly, that "agnostic" is the opposite of "gnostic" -- having secret knowledge. For every question that does not (yet, anyway) have an answer, the intellectually honest thing to do is declare oneself agnostic on the matter. So am I a Christian? Yes. Am I agnostic? About lots and lots of things? Yeeeees!

But I hope and try to believe in various things that I grew up with and still deem as generally good. For all the mental health issues I have, I don't really have "hang-ups" over my religious upbringing. At least, not as far as I (or the cavalcade of therapists and psychs I've seen, both religious and non-religious) can tell.
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