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5371  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Wall-E ...and Pixar; shifting their demographic? on: June 29, 2008, 12:54:32 PM
And let's not forget, Pixar was responsible for the PG rated "The Incredibles" which dealt with adult themes like midlife crises and identity.  And Cars had themes such as nostalgia and remembering who you are/were, which are definitely more adult themes since a child's not old enough to have the sense of nostalgia that adults have, since there isn't much life to reflect back on.  And the whole theme of toys as playthings versus collectibles was brilliant in Toy Story 2.  I mean, children buy toys to play with them, but adults buy them as investments.  Crazy, ain't it?  

I still have to see Wall-E.  I love Pixar.  Every film they've done has been awesome.  My personal favorite Pixar film is easily Monsters Inc. because the concept was so imaginative and the artists could go nuts with the character designs.

Pixar proves that you don't need to dumb down storylines to appeal to kids, nor do you need to have an ultra-serious vibe like Citizen Kane to appeal to adult sensibilities.  Pixar proves that a movie can be both smart and fun.
5372  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 29, 2008, 11:09:28 AM
Eus- very valid point about voice direction and direction in general.  I mean, heck, look at Hayden Christiansen in Star Wars versus Shattered Glass.  In the latter, he acted extremely well.  In the former, he was, well...

I was more or less just being a silly jackass in that post since a bunch of us were talking about how much we loathed Farleen's voice and what we disliked in the series.  And I will say that regardless of voice direction, I still can't stand helium voices.  I can't stand them in Japanese, I can't stand them in English, I can't stand them period.  

Still, I'm not a fan of the "run out of MP=die" since that just adds an extra annoyance to the game that takes away the fun.  I felt like that about fuel in Xenogears.  Gear battles would have been more fun if I didn't have to always watch my fuel tank.
5373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 27, 2008, 02:46:46 PM
Apparently Rebecca Forstadt is a voice actress who specializes in those kinds of girly-girl voices.  So at least those of us who wish to seek revenge on Farleen will at least have the name of the human responsible for her wretched voice.  

List of things Star Ocean 4 likely could do wrong:

-Promise an interplanetary romp with plenty of sci-fi trappings and varied alien races, but stick us on a single podunk planet with humanoids for 90% of the game.  

-Keep the whole "run out of MP and you die" paradigm used in Star Ocean 3.  

-Re-hire Rebecca Forstadt to voice one of the heroines.
5374  Media / Miscellaneous Games / New Castlevania! on: June 27, 2008, 10:49:35 AM
Man, and I thought Star Wars: Masters of the Tera Kasi was a useless fighting game for a franchise that didn't need one.
5375  The Rest / General Discussions / Brazil tells a fat supermodel to fuck off. on: June 26, 2008, 08:54:12 AM
Don't Brazil, and a handful of other countries, nowadays require skinny models to take blood tests before hitting the runways to make sure they're not malnourished, especially after that one model died of anorexia?

Models are freaks of nature.  Only a freak of nature can simultaneously be 5'11" tall and weigh 115 pounds.  I think it's conspiracy, because fabric's expensive but tall people look better on TV than short people, so designers probably prefer tall anorexics because they can use less fabric and the tall people can still look better on TV.  

Amazing how distorted the world looks through a camera lens.
5376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Searching OST RPG for PC on: June 25, 2008, 08:11:03 PM
Glad to help. I mean, with consoles being as expensive as they are, my PC not being a Crysis-spec one, and my love for console style RPGs I feel ya.

These days, it's near impossible to find a turn-based RPG on PC.  Japanese console RPG seem to be the one faction of RPGs that still use turn-based battling, and I tend to prefer turn-based to realtime battling.  

I would most definitely download Ahriman's Prophecy, AraFell, and Starlancer Six. They're all free so you really have nothing to lose.

If you decide to pick up Anachronox, be sure to download the various patches for it.
5377  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: June 25, 2008, 08:04:41 PM
I'm gonna be lynched for my SOTM, but I don't care.  Sure this type of top-40 music is normally not my cup of tea, but the song was catchy and as I deconstructed it to figure out/learn the bassline, I was pleasantly surprised.  The bassist understood space, let parts of the song breathe, never once doubled the guitar parts, had a simple but effective and punchy bassline, and even had a really fun bass breakdown during the bridge.  A mainstream pop-rock band that actually has me, an underground whore, interested in their music and has a competent bassist?  The end of the world is nigh.  

The song's "Call 'n Return" by hellogoodbye.  I heard it at the end of Starlancer Six, a fanmade RPG Maker 2003 game.

...and that Patrick song's still stuck in my head.  I agree with Spongebob that it's a freaking awesome song.
5378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 25, 2008, 07:42:20 AM
Well, James' review mentions that the battle system in the PSP remakes has been upgraded and smoothed out, so that solves that.  

Maybe I'm not paying good attention, but what's the word on SO4's battle system?  I hope they nix the whole "run out of MP and you die" paradigm from SO3 that was arbitrary and ridiculous.

EDIT: According to IMDB, Rebecca Forstadt voiced Farleen and was not listed in the credits.
5379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unoriginal Topic: Favorite Battle System on: June 25, 2008, 07:34:57 AM
Regardless, ToS characters got more than half the EXP of main battlers, which is usually standard in many RPGs.
5380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 24, 2008, 06:24:49 PM
Just for the heck of it, I decided to try out a fan translation of Star Ocean 1.  So far, really good.  Enjoying it more than SO2 or 3, but I'll stop playing it since I'm now looking forward to that PSP remake in English.  I actually don't mind the podunk planetness of SO1 as I did in SO3.  Iria/Ilia is a cool character and the interactions between her and Ratix in Clato Village were great.  

The Star Ocean series did have some redeeming characters.  I quite liked Celine in SO2; Nel and Maria in SO3 were pretty cool too.  

Back to Anachronox.  I just got to a new planet and I'm itching to explore it.
5381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unoriginal Topic: Favorite Battle System on: June 24, 2008, 04:22:58 PM
Although not a battle system per se, there is one thing Suikoden did in its combat that I loved and wish more RPGs would do.  If you took a level 10 guy out adventuring with a bunch of level 44 guys, the level 10 guy'd reach level 45 around the same time as the 44's.  I wish more RPGs would do that; saves on the grinding.  

Tales of Symphonia made things super smooth were regardless of who was actually in the battle, everyone got full EXP so I didn't have to waste time grinding people I didn't use.  This was useful since I rarely used Sheena but had to for certain boss battles.
5382  The Rest / General Discussions / Nerd girls are sexy now, it seems. on: June 24, 2008, 04:08:41 PM
Wouldn't the number of female video game consumers over 30 be high anyway, since many of them would be moms buying games for their kids?  

How I love thy deceptive nature, statistics.  

The whole "nerdy-chic" thing is what I would analogize to "girlfriend metal."  I consider a band like Killswitch Engage "girlfriend metal" because it's heavy metal your girlfriend would listen to to try and be "metal-chic" but who does not have the consistency to sit through an entire Cannibal Corpse or Nile album.  I once had this beer called Black Fly Stout which was a rather watered-down stout that's a total "girlfriend stout" where your girlfriend would drink it for the "cool factor" of drinking stout but cannot handle a real stout like draft Guinness.  

Although with genres of music like emo being very popular on visual mediums like MTV, pale skinny boys with messy hair and plastic horn-rim glasses, basically 1950's nerds, are considered desirable in many circles.  So it's just the whole marketability of the "nerd-chic" look.
5383  The Rest / General Discussions / Suspected murderer kills himself in jail.... on: June 24, 2008, 03:59:26 PM
I've heard of kicking the bucket, but this is ridiculous.
5384  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: June 24, 2008, 07:17:05 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"

To be fair, it didn't start off too badly, but once it got all 80s synth poppy, I was ready to vomit.  

Then again, 99% of any Stairway to Heaven cover will suck compared to the original, but this one was pretty bad.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jAaw9KDlc3Y You've all seen this awful mess before.
5385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 23, 2008, 08:01:47 PM
Oh yes, Star Ocean 2's voice acting was *that* bad.  Claude sounded brain dead.  Rena was on helium.  Noel was out to lunch.  Chisato just cold-read.  Ernest sounded like William Shatner imitating a bad northern English accent.  Opera was alright till she screamed in pain.  Bowman sounded jittery like he needed to switch to decaf.  Precis was painful to listen to.  Celine, Ashton, Leon, and Dias were barely passable.  


Which begs the ultimate Star Ocean question: who's more painful to listen to?  Precis or Farleen?
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