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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2014, 06:51:26 PM
Have any of you read the original Little Mermaid story by Hans Christian Andersen?  I think as adults disillusioned by Little Mermaid, you'd appreciate it more now.  In the original Little Mermaid story ENDING SPOILER
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the mermaid does NOT get the guy.  The prince marries a human, and the mermaid commits suicide cum noble sacrifice.
 
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 06:41:49 PM
By any chance, is it this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_dick
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 05:39:34 PM
I'm reminded once again of that episode of The Simpsons where Marge gets Itchy and Scratchy off the air by making it kinder and gentler, but when the decency groups wanted her on board to prevent Michaelangelo's David from making a tour stop in Springfield, she declined, saying "everyone should see it."  Then there was the whole "you accept David, indecencies and all, yet not Itchy and Scratchy, indecencies and all?"  

I'm cool with fanservice.  It's a good gimmick, especially since it provides a lightning rod for discussions like these every time.  Conception II is certainly not hurting from this publicity.  My only issue is if you were to hypothetically strip away the gimmick, is the core game any good?  It's like, when KISS washed off the makeup in the 80s and just played as themselves, they sucked.  They were just like any other cookie-cutter band.  Think about it.  KISS is really a mediocre band in terms of musicianship or even songwriting.  But put the makeup, the costumes, the pyrotechnics, etc. back on, and they were cool again.  

On the other hand, if you were to take away all the funky stage props that Red Hot Chili Peppers use (e.g. lightbulb hats, Flea buck naked, colorful costumes, etc) and just have them perform in street clothes, they'd still be fantastic because, at their core, they are an excellent band with skillful musicianship and songwriting.  

EDIT: And, yes, while there are plenty of eroge that are nauseatingly degenerate, just plain stupid, or both, there are some that are excellent.  Crescendo still remains one of my favorite VNs.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 16, 2014, 05:22:43 PM
@Neal: Of course! It's the most epic of renamings.  "YourAss, make them bleed!"  Do you still play bass?  I'm way late to the party, but I've been learning guitar the last 2 years.  I forgot the sheer joy of performing music all these years, and now I'm once again afraid to perform in front of a crowd, but I'll get over it.  I'm not one of those crazies who buy ocarinas at conventions, but I want to get back to business with my other instruments as well.  I wonder if there are any 80s revival bands who need an alto sax in the area, or a crappy jazz band who needs a crappy clarinet player, or ...someone who doesn't know anything about music aptitude at all who thinks they need an F recorder player.  At any rate, good to hear from you!

(edit: ok, I see you still play bass, but I'll leave it in for posterity. I think it's awesome you still play!)


This is a performance from last summer.  (2:45- 3:06 is the best part).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ZRig11SR4

And I'm sure any ska band could use a sax player.  I mean, everyone and their dog plays guitar, but horn players are hard to find. 
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 09:48:41 PM
I never played the Shadow Hearts games, believe it or not.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 09:34:38 PM
Re: Fanservice

I love goofiness, fanservice, and goofy fanservice probably more than many of you.  Hell, I enjoyed Let's Meow Meow for crying out loud.  But sometimes, even I get annoyed by fanservice.  Like in Agarest War 2, some of it (e.g. the oil massage sequences) felt like a tacked on afterthought and the game would have been better without it.  That being said, I did find some of the optional event scenes really funny.  Some bordered on creepy, but whatever.

And then you have cases like the manga My Balls.  For the first couple of volumes, it's hilarious (if you enjoy lowbrow humor, obviously).  But then it seemed to get old fast and overstayed its welcome.  EDIT:  I never finished it, but I heard the ending was good despite the supposedly draggy middle, so I'll probably read it again online just to see.

And while I was able to figure out Baten Kaitos and Ar Tonelico from the intro, I'm still stumped on the RPG about a flamboyant vampire pro-wrestler who beats his enemies with telephone poles.  That sounds like a wild game.  
22  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow? on: April 13, 2014, 10:17:52 PM
http://unlikelyheroesstudios.com/

I was recently turned onto this indie comic publisher Unlikely Hero Studios and their debut comic Super!  I've read the first 3 issues and I'm enjoying it a lot.  It's top quality stuff; the writing, the art, the comic books themselves.  I hope this little dev house gets big, because so far, this stuff is good!
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2014, 09:58:15 PM
Haps:

My band, Pool of Thorns, had an invigorating day in the studio today.  We're pretty excited about the new recordings we're doing, updating the demo, eventually doing an album, hopefully getting one of our new 'n improved recordings on the radio...

That is SUPER exciting man! Congrats.

Be sure to PM me (if it isn't too much trouble) and let me know when/if I could procure any recordings you want in circulation to play routinely in the tattoo shop! Nothing better then tattooing to something rocking when you KNOW one of the artists responsible for the tunes!

I tip my hat to anyone who plugs away at a passion... you've been at the music for quite awhile sir, and as such have my respect.

Dude, I most certainly will. 
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 13, 2014, 09:56:02 PM

It looks like an SRPG, except that player and enemy turns happen simultaneously.  So it's like "active time SRPG."

Doesn't really look like an SRPG to me. Looks more like a rogue-like. "Tactical Action RPG" sounds like a nicer definition. Sounds like a mix of turn-based gameplay and Action RPG's.Which I would definitely love.

The Kickstarter page is a bit confusing though. It's not SNES styled, nor (in the trailer) is it 2D. Odd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niNYfnUU4hI From the dev's YouTube page.  It's a gameplay vid.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2014, 11:12:24 PM
Haps:

My band, Pool of Thorns, had an invigorating day in the studio today.  We're pretty excited about the new recordings we're doing, updating the demo, eventually doing an album, hopefully getting one of our new 'n improved recordings on the radio...
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 12, 2014, 11:44:51 AM
This guy!  How goes it?  For better or worse, I'm still around.  Hard to believe that this November will be my 10th year on staff and this October will be my 15th in the community.  Heh, whenever I bring up the topic of character renaming, I STILL use your example of renaming Griever to YourAss so Ultimecia will say "I shall now junction myself onto YourAss."

Life for me is pretty much work, gym, Pool of Thorns (the band I currently play bass in), RPGFan, and voice-over classes (yeah, I'm actually pursuing that dream.)
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 10, 2014, 09:35:16 PM
Echoes of Eternea started off as an RPGM game, but eventually graduated to its own engine (the battle engine is not RPGM stock.)  But, yeah, the square coastlines are definitely an RPGM trapping.  I dig the music in the battle video, though.

Aside:

If you click the red YouTube button on the Dragon Fin Soup page, the devs' YouTube channel shows a long video of battles.  

http://dragonfinsoup.com/gameinfo.html

It looks like an SRPG, except that player and enemy turns happen simultaneously.  So it's like "active time SRPG."
28  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 10, 2014, 04:20:54 PM
I'm about 20 chapters into Mistborn book 3.  What a great series. 

Make that about 30 chapters now.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 10, 2014, 04:12:34 PM
So basically, it'd be as if Squall were engaged to Quistis. 
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 07:02:28 PM
I know people who are nuts about prison break movies.  I feel like people into that genre of film would dig that game.  I can honestly say that I'm not big into prison break movies. 

And, at the very least, that pony ren'ai wasn't funded.  Page says "funding cancelled." 

Looks like Meridian Shard and Dragon Fin Soup were successfully funded.  Echoes of Eternea's piqued my interest as well (it was already funded.)  And it looks like Graywalkers Purgatory is relaunching its kickstarter later this month.  That game looked interesting. 

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