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5371  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Avatar, Title, and Sig Thread! on: September 10, 2008, 04:03:35 PM
Slight change with the board change. 

Board avatar's still Sly Boots from Anachronox,  and my staff one that accompanies my reviews and such is still my favorite skull from a Donnie paintjob on a guitar. 

My sig is something Yukari said to Junpei and what I imagine everyone's said to Sly. 

My title as RPGFan's Dumpster Diver is oddly appropriate.  I'm usually the guy who likes to scour the less explored corners of the intarwebnet in search of obscure and independently produced games that others likely wouldn't know about.  I'm also the guy with a morbid fascination with bad gaming and am usually the first on staff to take on shitty or seemingly shitty games to review that no one else would want to touch with a 10 foot pole.  In my "dumpster dives" I have found hidden treasure and I have found the foulest of rot.  It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it.  As a critic, I dumpster dive so the readers don't have to.   And sometimes reviewing bad games lets me soapbox.
5372  Media / General Games / Re: Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: September 09, 2008, 09:33:27 AM
I hear Mount & Blade was faaaaantastic. :D :D :D

I ought to smack you!  Blonde Bomb!
5373  Media / General Games / Re: Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: September 09, 2008, 08:37:30 AM
Speaking purely for myself, everything I've read, heard, and seen about the game leads me to think it's a projectile-based fighter like Power Stone.  Power Stone was good for what it was, but it wasn't my kind of fighter.  I prefer more in-your-face, non-projectile fighters like Tekken.  You can count me in as another one who's picky about fighting games. 

Dissidia could be an excellent Power Stone-esque projectile fighter.  However, it's not my kind of fighter.  It's like with RPGs.  X game could be an excellent sandbox RPG, but sandbox is not my cup of tea. 
5374  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Don LaFontaine dead. on: September 08, 2008, 09:25:28 PM
I was telling my mom about that.  Amazing how when we watch commercials there are these really distinct voices (like LaFontaine's movie trailers or that one lady who does the sultry voice for every chocolate commercial) we don't know who they are but we know the voice.  To me, LaFontaine will always be the voice of movie trailers. That deep husky voice was awesome.
5375  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: September 07, 2008, 10:42:56 AM
How else to describe a comic with an American narrative but a more Japanese style design?  "American Manga" is a succinct way to put it.  

I'll broken record again with Anachronox.  Is there any way to describe it other than "North American JRPG?"  It has Japanese style gameplay mechanics, but the story, setting and characters are very American.  After all, Ion Storm was an American developer.  

Interesting how the term JRPG can refer less to the game's country of origin but more toward a certain genre or subgenre style.  If you look at the upcoming Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for DS, it too is a North American JRPG.  Black Sigil's developer, Studio Archcraft, is Canadian.

And whether those contradictory terms break your brain or not, this kind of hybridization is occuring and at times it can actually be pretty good.  Just like fusion cuisine or fusion music, it's all about mixing flavors.  Heck, look at how the RPG genre has evolved incorporating tons of different gaming elements over the years and we still debate about what an RPG is and whether or not X, Y, or Z game is an RPG or not.    

Makes you wonder, will it be a North American developer who makes a North American JRPG as Royal would idealize, or will it be a Japanese developer making a Japanese WRPG as Royal would idealize?  It's interesting too how the North American Wizardry series found a pretty good place/niche/whatever in Japan; and how such unabashedly Japanese RPGs like Persona 3 and The World Ends With You (which I believe sold better in American than Japan) are finding a solid place/niche/whatever in the US.
5376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: September 07, 2008, 10:12:53 AM
I've said it once and I'll say it again, a lot of you should definitely try Anachronox.

I'd like to see more "North American JRPGs" where Japanese style gameplay is paired with North American style storytelling/narratives.  And we are seeing more "American manga" nowadays.  Dirk I. Tiede's Paradigm Shift is one American manga that I'm really digging.

I've said this before in the thread, but I'm sick of fantasy RPGs from developers anywhere, be it North America, Europe, or Japan.  I want more modern/contemporary settings or sci-fi settings (preferably cyberpunk over space opera.)
5377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What RPG world would you like to live in? on: September 07, 2008, 10:04:28 AM
Tales of Destiny's world.  In what other RPG world do all the houses have full working kitchens and bathrooms?  Oh and food stores where you can get everything you need.  That's pretty important.  Tales of Destiny's world fulfills all my basic needs and is the most livable world.

I ain't living in a world without toilets, showers, kitchens, and ready access to food from stores.  

Either that or Sumaru City in Persona 2.
5378  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Raimi and McGuire sign up for Spiderman 4 and 5 on: September 06, 2008, 10:47:21 PM
Most celebs are ugly without their hair and makeup.  I'm sure Cameron Diaz and Tyra Banks look a fright first thing in the morning before they put on their makeup.  

It's interesting how we look to celebs as paragons of beauty yet normal, average, everyday women can usually look far nicer au naturele.  

And maybe I'm just a weirdo, but I'd like Spiderman 5 to be a Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spiderham film.  That was a funny comic.
5379  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: September 06, 2008, 06:04:09 PM
Song of the moment is Milk Lizard by Dillinger Escape Plan.  I heard this song for the first time today on MusicChoice and it is one seriously awesome song.  I don't know how to classify it even, but that's the beauty of Dillinger Escape Plan's music.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMEYLlDThZU Awesome video.
5380  Media / General Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: September 04, 2008, 09:13:39 PM
I'll take another Einhander.  Einhander on the PSOne was awesome.  I still think Einhander and Rad Racer are the two best non-RPGs Square's done.
5381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New S-E trademark, Blood of Bahamut on: September 04, 2008, 08:51:19 PM
Bahamut Lagoon was awesome.  Sexy gameplay and a killer soundtrack by Noriko Matsueda.  Possibly one of her best works.
5382  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: September 04, 2008, 08:40:02 AM
Persona 2 isn't as grindy as you might think.  It's more about what personas you have than levels.  A good set of personas to create combo spells and have appropriate resistances will see you through.  Plus, NEVER use weapons.  They're useless.  I never used weapons; I just upgraded my armor.  Just keep using your personas for everything.  SP will recover as you walk and personas level up through use.  Plus, you can equip new personas up to 5 levels higher than your party's average.  Oh yeah, and forging contracts with monsters will net you insane amounts of cards.  

And I'll tell you, the group contacts for talking with demons only get better as the game progresses.  

I will say, though, that some of the dungeons in the Persona 2 games are quite obnoxious.  Thankfully, there's anywhere saving and warnings when a boss is coming up.

As for what I'm playing, mostly Guilty Gear X2 (PS2), Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP), and a couple of RPGs to review for the 'fan.
5383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sega announces Shining Force Feather for Nintendo DS on: September 03, 2008, 08:12:04 AM
SRPG movement with side-view encounters?  Sounds kinda like Bahamut Lagoon type play to me and I quite liked Bahamut Lagoon.
5384  Media / The Soundroom / What is hell? on: September 02, 2008, 10:25:17 PM
I can actually tolerate Miley Cyrus.  She's a reasonably down-to-earth kid and is unnervingly nice.  All celeb kids are screwed up, but Billy Ray raised her less screwed up than most.  

Celine Dion's a stuck up bitch with that "I'm God's gift to music" legend in her own mind attitude.  I have absolute zero tolerance for Celine Dion.  

I'll take 5 hours of Miley over 5 hours of Celine any day.  Lesser of two evils.
5385  The Rest / General Discussions / Kevin Pereira defends Too Human on: September 01, 2008, 09:41:08 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Everyone likes a game that has been bashed by the media. Kevin just so happens to like Too Human while no one else does.

Truth.  Yeah Pereira got ranty at times but he makes a point.  

For me, I thought Wild Arms XF was a very good SRPG (I gave it a very positive review) but every other critic slammed it.  I thought Naruto: Path of the Ninja was a pretty solid RPG that actually had good writing and character development, but most critics panned it.
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