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421  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 11, 2010, 12:01:26 PM
Good to see a shout out for the Philadelphia Union and the MLS in general. Footie is my second favorite sport behind baseball (albeit everything is pretty distant behind baseball) so I was very excited when Philly finally got an MLS club. Hockey comes in third behind that.

MindCandy just a heads up - the Tri-City Valley Cats do play in Troy which is pretty darn close to Albany, right? They are the short season single A affiliate of the Houston Astros which means their season only lasts between June until mid-September but at least they are close.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t577

EDIT: Crap sorry MindCandy, just realized you said 45 minutes OUTSIDE of Albany. That would probably put you pretty far away. :-(
422  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 08, 2010, 10:29:37 AM
You could always visit the Staten Island Yankees. Single A affiliate of the MLB Yanks. Tickets are pretty cheap by NY standards - $14 gets you a seat at those games and there isn't a bad seat in the house.
423  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 08, 2010, 09:33:37 AM
The Jays looked pretty solid this year. Good reason for optimism in Toronto.

I remember the days when the Phillies were terrible (it really wasn't THAT long ago) and playing in the Vet and you could get into the ballpark for free if you brought a package of Hatfield Franks with you. This was choice entertainment when pinching pennies through school.

Now if I want cheap baseball I watch the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5 minutes from home, but I still make sure to get to the Phillies a dozen or so times a year. Just costs more than a package of hot dogs now, winning does that to ticket prices I suppose. :-)
424  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 08, 2010, 08:25:36 AM
I do kind of get that vibe from Texas, the vibe of a team that has gotten really hot at the right time, could become media darlings (Nolan Ryan! clubhouse antics! Texas! Josh Hamilton!), but really only has one good pitcher and tons of hitting.

But this has been a year for pitchers and it looks like the playoffs are shaping up the same way with Lincecum's gem last night. Sadly it is getting lost a little bit in some unfortunate umpiring, but that's baseball too of course.

Psyched about Oswalt tonight.
425  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 07, 2010, 01:25:53 PM
I'd love to see a Phils vs. Yanks rematch. Then again I'd be content with a Phils v. anybody World Series. :-)

As for hockey, I am also a big Flyers fan and am looking forward to their opener tonight. But baseball is #1 in my book.

Anybody who doesn't like baseball - I get it, I really do. It isn't the quickest of games. To the person who doesn't love it or enjoys faster sports, I can see why you'd prefer them. But it is to me the most poetic of the major sports, the most challenging, the one with the perfect cadence, the one that provides the truest metaphors. The journey begins when you leave home, and the challenge is making it back again.

Anyone who has never read Giamatti's short essay "Green Fields of the Mind" - do so. Even if you don't like baseball, it will probably make you understand why so many do.

http://mason.gmu.edu/~rmatz/giamatti.html
426  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Baseball anybody? on: October 07, 2010, 11:02:29 AM
So I may be the only Baseball nut here but holy crap! Did anybody watch the Phillie's no hitter last night?

This is looking to be one awesome post season!

I am a huge baseball fan. Also a huge Phillies fan. Also a very happy guy. :-)
427  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Men who play as female characters. on: September 22, 2010, 05:03:32 PM
It's all good. I'd be willing to bet that there are some pretty brutal generalizations out there regarding folks who frequent RPG forums.

Fortunately we are all more enlightened than that! :-)
428  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Men who play as female characters. on: September 22, 2010, 03:50:56 PM
I'm pretty sure you play as female characters because male models look awful right?
You don't have to talk to every female character to know that a man is playing it, especially in WoW. You seem to be taking this very seriously, I guess this thread hit a nerve.

In my WoW days my main was female. I really didn't think twice about it and I absolutely picked a female avatar cause I like looking at females.

I had never played an MMO before. I probably wouldn't do it again as a main just because it was a pain in the ass, but I really don't get what is so difficult to believe about the notion of using the criteria "what do I want to look at" when picking what you are going to look at for hours on end.

/shrug

Whatever, I really don't get what the big deal is anyway.
429  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Shadow Broker DLC on: September 21, 2010, 03:36:33 PM
Oh whoops! Clicking his name brings us to your editor profile. Must be a technical oversight :P

I am always willing to take credit for Ashton's work.
430  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Shadow Broker DLC on: September 21, 2010, 03:17:46 PM
I guess I can talk about this a bit since I beat it a while back. I read Dyeager's review and I was kind of surprised that he didn't like LOTSB as much as Overlord.

Just real quick - Ashton reviewed LOTSB and Overlord DLC. I did the Kasumi DLC review previously.

Credit where it is due!

- Max Thunderbrew has spoken
431  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 01:54:55 PM
My Issue with FF12 was how vapid the storyline and plot felt, and how slow it moved. They literally fed the player a few lines and then sent you into a dungeon that lasted hours. It was like spreading a tiny little sliver of butter over a piece of toast to the point where you couldn't taste it anymore.

Also those chests you weren't supposed to open? What the fuck.

Also, gameplay, really? More like set up a bunch of gambits and run around while watching Friends reruns.

The setting up gambits part was what I liked. I mean, that pretty much was the gameplay right? Setting up the gambits for whatever you were trying to accomplish at the time. I'm definitely not in the camp that needs to press "Fight" 100 times, I like the streamlining that the FF series are going for, even if the execution is pretty damn far from perfect. Your point about the watching Friends reruns while running around for example is well taken - if you're going to streamline the combat process with things like gambits (good idea), why do I still need to grind at all (bad idea). Pick a theme and stick with it.

But I thought the boss fights were very fun, trying to tweak your gambits correctly and maximize damage and such I actually did enjoy, especially trying to get things just right for some of the hidden bosses.

There is really nothing I can say to defend the plot - it's pretty silly. But again I'm definitely the gaming type that is more than willing to overlook a dumb plot if I'm enjoying the gameplay itself. There's exceptions that cut both ways on that obviously - a superb story + terrible gameplay, well, I'll suffer through the game if I simply must know what happens next.

But given the option I'll take superb gameplay with horrible plot every time.

-Max Thunderbrew
432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 01:01:44 PM
Put me in the loved FFXII camp - I loved the gameplay in that game personally.

After you finally get access to all of the options in FFXIII (which takes way, way too long, like 10-15 hours) the gameplay is actually pretty interesting in my opinion and the game gets more enjoyable.

But gameplay is always, ALWAYS, the #1 factor when I'm playing a game. A good plot is bonus, a horrible plot a minus, but gameplay has to be #1, especially if you're expected to spend so much time with a game like you are with RPGs in general.

I totally get why people don't like those games though. If you're looking for outstanding plot, you can certainly do better than this.
433  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere getting HD Ports on: September 16, 2010, 11:55:33 AM
Loved them both.

Though I must say I do feel a bit ripped off when I paid the full price for the originals.

I loved Odin Sphere right up until I couldn't get any further. Crap that game was hard. For me. I really wasn't that good at it.
434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So... Recettear. Anyone else try out the demo? on: September 16, 2010, 10:24:14 AM
This game is pure distilled gaming crack. I haven't been this completely caught up in the "just one more cycle" until sunrise since Torchlight. Just talking about it makes me want a fix.
435  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So... Recettear. Anyone else try out the demo? on: September 14, 2010, 08:38:10 AM
I made the mistake of starting this game last night around 9 PM - figured I'd get a couple hours to try it before bed.

I didn't sleep until after 3 AM. Argh. So awesome.
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