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5371  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: June 20, 2007, 09:31:02 PM
I'm on a bit of a Dysrhythmia kick.  And the one song that I always get in my head whenever I even think of the band is "Bastard" off their Pretest album.  I've heard that song so many times, but I never get tired of it.  There's always a killer lick or riff that I think about and start jumping around the room with my bass.  

Love that band.  I think they have a new album in the works and a split CD with another band doing too.

Dysrhythmia is an instrumental band, so no lyrics for you.
5372  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things We Hate about Star Ocean 3... on: June 20, 2007, 06:36:47 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
What the hell, it's like Neal has revealed some dark truth that changes everything when really he just stated what many people I've seen thought.


Ha ha ha.  Dawg, you know I have a penchant for creating monsters by sometimes saying things that people are thinking but may not want to say.    

That interview was interesting.  I agree that it's silly that they say they like sci-fi and want to do it but with Star Ocean, they start out sci-fi then all of a sudden flip the script with a crash landing/accident/whatever and abandon the sci-fi altogether for the rest of the game.  

Losfer- thanks for the laugh.  

Tomara- I can only imagine the fandom for any game that involves mass coupling.  I shudder with fright at what could lurk in Memories Off or other love adventure fandom.  Still, the whole "OMG same species they should be a couple" is a bit ridiculous.  Just because two humans are the same species doesn't mean they'd be a good couple.  Look at Opera and Ernest in Star Ocean 2.  Both were Tetragenes and they were a couple, but man were they an incompatible couple.  I thought Ernest was better off with Chisato since they're both goal oriented explorers who dig for the truth/scoop.
5373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 anime? on: June 20, 2007, 02:05:52 PM
The only MegaTen series I know for sure spawned an anime series was the Devil Children subseries.  There was a Devil Children TV series in Japan.  I think there have been hints and desires for a Persona anime series (i.e. the anime stuff in the Eternal Punishment fan disk), but nothing materialized.

Maybe you're confused because the link refers to the Persona 3 game as an "anime adventure."
5374  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things We Hate about Star Ocean 3... on: June 20, 2007, 01:13:15 PM
Well, at least it isn't a "what don't you like about Final Fantasy" thread.  

And I must agree that the AI of the other characters during battles in any Star Ocean game leaves something to be desired.  Star Ocean 2 was really bad in that department.  I always thought the AI in any given Tales game was much more competent.    

Either way, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels the way I do about the Star Ocean games.  Perhaps if the next Star Ocean can do something like the gambits in FF12 for more customizable character AI and actually be a futuristic space traveling adventure instead of "dump you on a podunk planet for entire game" I may give it a look.

Oh yeah, question: Is Sophia really Fayt's cousin, or are their parents just really close family friends?  Because if they are blood related cousins, I have to say "eww" at Sophia's obsession with Fayt.  I don't know what it is about the Japanese and kissin' cousins/incest.  It was really bad in Elfen Lied when Yuka was totally hot for Kohta and I'm like "What the flying fuck you stupid girl?!?!?!  He's your fucking cousin for crying out loud!!!!!"

EDIT: And Eusis, that Farleen voice clip was like nails on a chalkboard.  Holy shit, dude.  I could never picture a Fayt and Nel ending.  Nel's pretty regimented and Fayt's really laid back.  It just wouldn't work.
5375  Media / Single-Player RPGs / My Favorite Part About Idiotic Fanboys. on: June 20, 2007, 12:59:57 PM
Looks like most, if not all, of us need to take a step back and take a good look in the mirror.  By arguing over stuff and using the "it's my opinion" defense that we chastise "fanboys/fangirls" about, aren't we being hypocrites?  

Remember, when you point a finger at someone, you're pointing three back at yourself.  

We all have the stupid fanboy/fangirl in all of us about something.

I'll leave the thread open for now, but if it gets really out of hand, I will lock it.
5376  Media / The Soundroom / Best Cover of The Trooper, bar none! on: June 20, 2007, 09:22:46 AM
My friend Richard (the other half of Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs) would get a kick out of this.  "The Trooper" is his favorite song.
5377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things We Hate about Star Ocean 3... on: June 20, 2007, 09:09:30 AM
One thing I've always disliked about Star Ocean games-

They give you the promise of sci-fi, space travel, technology, futuristic settings... yet for the entire game, they always drop you on some backwater traditional fantasy RPG type planet.  If it's "Star Ocean" where's the ocean of stars, outer space?  

Total tease.  

I'm playing the Xenosaga games for the first time (I'm 12 hours into Xenosaga 1) and I'm thinking "wow!  Why couldn't any Star Ocean games be like this?  Futuristic stuff, space travel, going to different kinds of planets, space stations, etc."  

The promise of sci-fi and space travel always lured me to Star Ocean and it's never delivered.

...and I can't stand Motoi Sakuraba's music.  I've already given my treatise on that.
5378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / My Favorite Part About Idiotic Fanboys. on: June 19, 2007, 10:04:18 PM
Game ranting aside and back to fanboys/fangirls...

I sometimes wonder... I'm just as guilty as all of you at pointing-and-laughing at/about and talking smack about "idiotic" or "obsessive" fanboys/girls but could I be just as guilty of "idiotic" or "obsessive" fanboyism about something and not quite realize it?  Could some of what I'm a "drooling" fanboy over not even be considered obsessive fanboyism and more "acceptable" for lack of a better word.

I can already name an "anti-fanboyism" I have that could really get me in trouble and make me sound like a ranting moron, but it's not one I'm willing to let go of because I've carefully formed such a vehement strong opinion about it.
5379  The Rest / General Discussions / GameFan and other game magazines on: June 19, 2007, 05:19:03 PM
Best thing about game magazines was ripping pictures of ads out of them so my old kindergarten class could make their own puzzles; I'd have them glue the ads to cardboard, cut it out into pieces, and voila, puzzle.  

Heh, since I was the only teacher at that school into anime and video games, I knew which magazines to snag for cool ads so the kids could do stuff like that.
5380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / My Favorite Part About Idiotic Fanboys. on: June 19, 2007, 04:39:28 PM
A response I've used that really pisses people off after they tout their right to an opinion: "You may have a right to your opinion, but I have an equal right to challenge it."  

A quote by Hubert H. Humphrey, and one of my all time favorite quotes: "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."  

Yeah, none of what I said is in direct response to anything in this thread, but I think it's appropo.
5381  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: June 18, 2007, 10:28:26 PM
Been playing Xenosaga with some Gameshark codes.  I'm at the part where Jr. is introduced.

Ziggy and MOMO are cool.
5382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Nippon Ichi sux the big one. and i dont mean the xbox on: June 18, 2007, 01:48:11 PM
Bottom line:

If you don't like what one company puts out, then don't buy it.  If other people like it, viva la difference.  It's like with food.  Some people love broccoli.  Others don't.  It doesn't make it a "bad" or "crappy" food.  

Different game developers/publishers create/release lots of unique content.  A NIS RPG is different from a Square-Enix RPG which is a different flavor from a Namco-Bandai RPG.  I say viva la difference.  

I like having lots of restaurants with lots of unique cuisine to choose from rather than just one restaurant with one kind of cuisine.  

This topic is pure flamebait, trolling, and as such violates forum policy.  The initial post was clearly flaming NIS fans, and people took the bait and flamed back.

Not a productive topic.  Topic locked.  Don't feed the trolls.  Have a stupendous day.
5383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFT PSP slowdown "not that bad," says S-E on: June 14, 2007, 09:43:12 PM
Eus- good point.  Yeah, slowdown or not there's no denying Odin Sphere as a quality product regardless.  

Still with porting, I would think that with today's technology one could port a game to a equally or more powerful platform without slowdown, glitching, and all that.  

Eh, I too see S-E as becoming kinda like Gibson and Fender who are becoming more about grabbing money through past glories than creating a quality product (like they did in the good old vintage days.)  They put out a fuckton of often not-so-well made copies of past designs that made them successful and people still buy them because it's the brand they're familiar with.  Not only cheap copies, but highly priced ones too with poor quality.  (You should see the shitty fretwork on some $3000 Les Pauls.)
5384  The Rest / General Discussions / AMA may label 'Video Game Addiction' as disorder on: June 14, 2007, 09:22:23 PM
That's the real issue with the article.  The criteria they're mulling over to determing if X is an addiction or not are misguided and likely not very well researched.  I wonder what they're comparing it to to get that arbitrary 2 hour per night number.  I mean, watching TV for 2 hours a night isn't a big deal.  Reading a book for 2 hours a night isn't a big deal.  But shooting heroin or snorting zombie dust for 2 hours straight every night is a whole 'nother story.

And the idea of pharmaceuticals is that certain neurotransmitters and other neural entities are unbalanced in a true addict's brain.  Like an addict needs to get lots of a fix to keep his/her seratonin levels (for example) in balance like a "normally adjusted" person who's just fine through normal living.  Hence, the pharmaceuticals are mainly to properly balance the neural chemistry.  

I don't know much about neuropsychology or neuroscience, but the bottom line is that the drugs are there to treat chemical imbalances in the brain and an addict does have chemical/neurotransmitter imbalances.  Drugs obviously have their downsides.  With methadone, for example, heroin junkies are basically trading one addiction for another.  

Of course, drugs alone are useless.  Drugs + Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is ideal.  Of course, many people don't even need the drugs and the CBT alone is sufficient.  Not all addictions stem from neural imbalances.  Many addictions stem from sociobehavioral circumstances initially maybe as a coping habit then eventually become a more unconscious habit then addiction.  

I don't think it's a bad thing to research and set up criteria to define addiction with regards to new stimuli that more modern/advanced living brings to us, but the article as a whole is really really really flawed and I seriously have to question those flaws.
5385  The Rest / General Discussions / AMA may label 'Video Game Addiction' as disorder on: June 14, 2007, 09:01:39 PM
Ahhh, but playing video games CAN become an addiction if done to extremes that fuck up normal healthy living big time.  

ANYthing can become an addiction if it fucks up normal living to certain extents, whether it be via physical, social, and/or psychological health.  It's possible to become addicted to water, for example.  And a water drinking addiction can really fuck up your health (i.e. overtaxing your kidneys, diluting your blood.)  

Look at the difference between a social drinker and an alcoholic.  In much the same way, look at the difference between a normal gamer and guys like that Korean dude who died playing Counterstrike because he didn't eat for, what, 72 hours straight?  That's addiction, and it's a pretty ugly thing.  

Of course, that's extremes and degrees of addiction run across a spectrum.  

Personally, I think addiction comes when the stimulus controls you rather than you controlling the stimulus.    

I do agree that using pharmaceuticals to treat every little thing is overboard.  I think cognitive behavioral therapy is much more effective to help people get over addictions.

Addiction is a VERY complicated thing.  I've studied addiction theory extensively in undergratuate and graduate level abnormal psychology classes, dealt with addictions among my own family and friends, and done some delving in the DSM-IV.  And to say I'm still baffled is an understatement.  

I still think the article and the people being quoted in it are oversimplifying things.  Addiction cannot and should not be oversimplified as that's a disservice to practitioners' and clients/patients' understanding.
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