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1  Media / The Soundroom / Album cover art thread- is this a dying art? on: Today at 02:49:11 PM
Those of us who grew up with LPs and CDs remember the days of really cool album cover art and liner notes.  I particularly liked White Zombie's Astro Creep 2000 liner notes with all of Rob Zombie's artwork.  And those of us who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s will remember the album cover controversies with stuff like Guns 'n Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" or Nirvana's "Nevermind."  With the advent of digital music, I feel like cover art is becoming a dying art.  So, let's talk about our favorite album covers.

My all time favorite album cover is easily that of "Gentlemen" by Afghan Whigs.  The boy's face... wow!  http://theafghanwhigs.com/music/gentlemen/ The album itself is great too.  

Another album cover that just screams cool to me is "The Black Halo" by Kamelot.  I can't put my finger on why I dig it, I just do.  I haven't heard that album yet, save for one song, but I'm sure it's just as good as its cover since Kamelot is a pretty consistent band: http://www.metal-archives.com/images/6/4/7/3/64735.jpg?1534  

And although it's vulgar and disgusting (much like the band's music), the cover art for "Sperm Tsunami" by a local punk band called Sparklefight is really well drawn.  http://sparklefight.bandcamp.com/album/sperm-tsunami

So, yeah, what are/were some of your favorite album covers?  
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: Today at 10:11:00 AM
I still find it amusing that the dog is female (referred to as "she" all the time) yet it has a boy's name "Angelo."  My second and third playthroughs, I changed the dog's name to Angela. 
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Melancholy Republic on: March 28, 2015, 11:09:20 AM
Interesting.  I spent hours exploring big towns/cities like Midgar, Rabanastre, Sumaru City... Heck, one reason I maxed out my game clock in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment was because I loitered around the city. 
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 28, 2015, 08:58:04 AM
This one's for glassjawsh, Tomara, and everyone else here who's an avid bicycle rider.  As if I didn't need MORE incentive to want to visit Japan. 

5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 27, 2015, 06:31:56 PM
And I've said this many times before, the Zell-library girl sidequest is my all time favorite sidequest.  It was just too darn cute.  

I also distinctly remember the first time I played FF8, I didn't complete the quest but during a flashback scene when Zell
promises to forge Rinoa a ring like Squall's, she asks what's up with him and the library girl and when he's taken aback, she's all like "everyone at school's talking about it."
 The third time I played FF8, I tried to recreate my actions to get that piece of dialogue again since no one else seems to have gotten it, but failed.  Too bad, because that was a great scene.  

In FF8, the "school ties" and "teen beat" stuff was wholly more interesting than the Blair Witch hunt.  And disk 1 was great, because it had a tight narrative focus and was more political.  One scene I felt was kinda glossed over was the one where Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer and I would have liked to know more about that (because it's not often that RPG heroines have a dating past; they're usually all innocent and virginal to a fault), but then Squall got stuck in his own mind, had a conniption fit, and made the moment all about him.  

And though I thought the endgame sequence felt tacked on and the ending was nothing short of wacky, it looked amazing.  It still has some of the most creative CG art direction I've seen. 
6  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 27, 2015, 06:27:24 PM
My song of the moment is "Let it Go"  ..............................................................................................by Glenn Hughes

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 27, 2015, 12:11:25 PM
Every good thing jumps the shark sometime, right? 

Rare is the phenomenon that becomes better with age like a fine wine. 

But what if there's a case where the early stuff is awful and it cements a negative reputation that you don't even touch the later stuff even if it's good?  I hate to do this, but take a look at the band Hanson.  Yeah, "Mmmbop" was an cringe-worthy infectious pop hit that made us want to stab our ears out like any pop hit these days, and we pointed and laughed as they faded into one-hit-wonder "boy band" obscurity.  But now that they're older/adults and have been making music for almost two decades, I daresay that their later material is actually good.  But they'll never shake off the "Mmmbop" reputation, even though they're adults now (they're in their late 20s/early 30s) and actually perform good adult-alternative music.   

Orson- I'm with you on In Flames and Sonata Arctica.  I did enjoy the Unia album, but anything after that I couldn't get into.  And I do wonder about the future of A Song of Ice and Fire since Martin is not getting any younger and his health is likely deteriorating.  What if he passes away before finishing the series and someone else has to take over, kinda like when Brandon Sanderson finished Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?  Who would be up to that task?
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 27, 2015, 06:50:51 AM
I've said it before, FF8 is my favorite FF game (beat it 3 times), but it is the one I complain the most about.  Everything that's wrong with the game, I've probably complained about.  The plot with more holes than Swiss cheese, iffy design choices for gameplay mechanics, Rinoa (though I don't dislike her as much as I used to), all valid reasons to dislike the game.  

I should honestly dislike the game.  Yet there's something about it that just resonates with me.  GFs be damned, I remember more about FF8 than I do about any other FF.  Especially the quieter moments of the plot, which were where the game showed potential before backpedaling into supercilious JRPG bombast.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2015, 06:37:48 AM
I also think people are scared to do interventions because the backlash is hard to deal with.  It's like when you try to get a substance addict to go to rehab- they fight you every step of the way, kicking and screaming tooth and nail.  Let's face it, most of us are not tough enough to deal with that fallout.  And that is a shame all around.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2015, 07:57:03 PM
Bianchis are dead sexy as far as bicycles go.  Even this simple Impulso looks like an Italian supermodel wearing basic jeans and a T-shirt.  http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/road/coast-to-coast/impulso-105-compact/ (That's definitely more my style, looks great but not overdone.) 

This video of a guy doing insane stuff on a Bianchi Impulso is pretty sick: https://vimeo.com/66151697

Something about Italian bicycles... Bianchi, Pinarello, Colnago, Wilier-Triestina, De Rosa... they got style. 
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2015, 06:33:38 PM
Now to save up for a road bicycle and some studio equipment for my future in voiceovers.

My newest purchase (the frame) http://allcitycycles.com/images/bikes/ThunderdomeMain.jpg

thunderdome! aluminum track frame.  But I'm modifying mine with an 8 speed internal hub (it shifts on the inside of the hub, so I don't have to mess with a derailleur) http://www.sussex.com.tw/images/hub%20inside-out.jpg  and added a downtube shifter http://biketouringnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/IMG_1386.jpg.  I got 25mm rims (as opposed to the 28's on my old hybrid setup and the 23's on most higher end road bikes) so I can still use it as a commuter if I want.

The hub is on back order, so it'll be a few weeks before I can test it out, but when it's done I'll essentially have a track bike that's specifically fitted for long treks on the road.  

Sweet rig!  The three bikes I'm looking to try out are a Specialized Secteur, Felt Z85, and Bianchi Impulso.  We'll see which one becomes my weapon for club and event rides.  I'm still planning to keep my hybrid as my "daily driver" and trainer.  I shed 70+ pounds on that hybrid, so I have history with that ol' girl. 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2015, 05:04:27 PM
I donated two of my basses to the music department of the high school I work at, and apparently the students heads exploded.  I also sold one of my basses to my cousin (who seems to enjoy it).  And I have two left in my arsenal to jam on when I feel like. 

Now to save up for a road bicycle and some studio equipment for my future in voiceovers.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 23, 2015, 06:47:58 PM
I recently saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 and it was fantastic.  It is easily one of the best sequels and in some ways surpasses the first film.  I like that the characters have matured and the film itself feels like it's grown up along with its core audience.  The visual style feels a little more mature too.  I like that it has some grit along with the fun.   Great movie, highly recommended. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: March 22, 2015, 03:31:11 PM
Chicago on St. Paddy's day is nothing compared to Boston, I'm sure. Boston folks are horrible 365 days of the year, and everyone here has to celebrate their "Irish pride" whether they're Irish or not.

I'm willing to bet it was extra bad this time around what with everyone also coming out to say a big "Fuck you!" to winter and its record snowfalls in your area. 

And given how much many of us complain about insufferable sports fans (I recall that here at RPGFan, there's a little bit of a pissing contest about who's worse: Boston or Philly), part of me wonders who has the LEAST insufferable fans.  Where it's actually pleasurable to go to a game.  Speaking of, things are going to get cray-cray once again as people bet money on NCAA college basketball.  I love sports as much as the next guy, but it's kinda sad that at the high school and collegiate level, student athletics are more valued than academics.  Schools will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for new turf on the football field while math teachers still have to use outdated textbooks that are falling apart. 
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 21, 2015, 08:26:42 PM
FF8's demo was the bee's knees.

I still think the fact the song was removed [likely] for its similarities to a popular 90s film is pretty damn funny

I'm glad for that, because the music in the actual game for that scene is so much better. 
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