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5401  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii Fit is a SHAM! on: May 17, 2008, 10:19:07 PM
Weight Gain 4000 TV spokesperson: Are you a 90 pound weakling?!?!?!

Cartman: I only weigh 90 pounds.
5402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs and Homosexuality on: May 17, 2008, 06:10:45 PM
The subject of character relatability has been brought up often in this thread.  So I must ask the question for the discussion: Does a character have to be just like you in order to relate to them?  Does a character have to be just like you in order to be compelling?  If a character is a lot like you, would you dislike him/her because s/he displays traits in yourself that you dislike?  Can a character be relatable because they harbor traits of people you have interpersonal relationships with (who often may not be like you at all.)  

And coming to how the homosexual constituent at RPGFan would perceive characters in media, what if you have a homosexual character whose personality and attitudes towards life are opposed to yours?  What if you have a heterosexual whose personality and attitudes towards life are very similar to yours?  Which one is more relatable?  

Sand, I believe you made this point earlier.  

Personality is more than one's ethnicity, sexual orientation, or whatever.  I mean, I'm not going to relate to every Indian character in the media just because I so happen to be Indian myself.
5403  Media / Brush and Quill / 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man's Library on: May 15, 2008, 08:51:51 PM
I've read about 17 or 18 on that list, and none were of my own volition.  I take pride in my illiteracy.
5404  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 15, 2008, 08:41:44 PM
Tekken Dark Resurrection for the PSP is awesome.  Even though Tekken is a "love to hate" series and often seen as overrated, I still think it's a fantastic series and each installment's been consistently good.  I hear so many people go on about how Tekken sucks and Soul Calibur's better but I feel like you can't really compare them.  I mean Tekken's a hand-to-hand fighter and Soul Calibur's a weapon based fighter.  And since I vastly prefer using female characters in video games, I have to give the nod to Tekken since it has far more females on the roster than Soul Calibur ever did, though Taki f'n owns.  (I will admit, though, that the Tekken anime sucked, Death by Degrees sucked, and I think the live action Tekken movie is going to suck.)  

Anyway, I'm doing story modes with some characters.  Anna and Nina are hysterical.  Anna's a slut, Nina's a bitch, and both fucking rule.  I'm learning how to effectively use Christie and her capoeira and though I can best many opponents with her unique style, Eddy remains a challenge because he's a capoeira fighter as well and he hits hard.  I'm getting better with Julie.  I still suck with Xiaoyu and Asuka.  I haven't tried Lili yet.
5405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Line - DS RPG on: May 15, 2008, 04:34:59 PM
We still need Tales of Infinity.

And Pat, you can't forget the Infinity series by KID, you know Infinity/Never7, Ever17, Remember11, 12Riven...

If an RPG comes out called Infinite Infinity then I will go ugh.
5406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Line - DS RPG on: May 15, 2008, 04:12:22 PM
Saw that on the front page of RPGFan this morning.  http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2008/1172.html

We need more sci-fi RPGs in outer space.  I like the idea of a customizable spaceship and amassing a crew.  Kinda like the castle in Suikoden.  Long as the exploration is deeper than Sigma Star Saga and there's more futuristic techy sci-fi stuff than a Star Ocean, sweet.
5407  The Rest / General Discussions / So let's say The Man clamps your car for a parking violation on: May 15, 2008, 02:00:38 PM
What a maroon.  I'm sorry, but any impound fees or anything will certainly cost less than another car.  Some points are worth proving, but not at the expense of mobility.  Guess I should cut off my legs after getting a ticket for loitering, huh?
5408  The Rest / General Discussions / Darth Vader attacks Jedi church in Wales on: May 15, 2008, 11:48:37 AM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
Hey! Yoda is NOT a dick!

..Blasphemy!



It's not blasphemy if you're a Sith, and I'm a Sith :P
5409  The Rest / General Discussions / Darth Vader attacks Jedi church in Wales on: May 14, 2008, 09:31:07 PM
Sith rules, Jedi drools.  And maybe I'm too much of a metalhead, but I initially read "metal crutch" as "metal church."  Metal Church being a decent, if cheeseball, metal band from back in the day.  

After Star Wars ep 3: Revenge of the Sith, I feel that the Sith have more integrity and honor than the Jedi do.  I mean
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Obi Wan just leaves Anakin to die, whereas Palpatine goes back for him.  Palpatine and the Sith never gave up on Anakin.  The Sith showed integrity and loyalty towards their own.  Plus, I always thought Yoda was a bit of a dick.  Obi Wan too.  
5410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs and Homosexuality on: May 14, 2008, 09:25:29 PM
I still think Cloud from FF7 is among the most confused about his sexuality.  Throughout the game there are things that suggest he's hetero, things that suggest he's bi or bi-curious, and things that suggest that he's asexual.  I still remember Beans' old editorial about why he thought Cloud was a "flaming friend of Dorothy."  

Speaking of anime, anyone ever see Here is Greenwood?  Shun, despite looking like a pretty girl and initially teasing Kazuya with it, was actually the most well adjusted character.  I mean, that one dude was a little *too* obsessed with his motorcycle.
5411  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 14, 2008, 09:19:30 PM
Picked up a couple of fighting games for PSP on the cheap: Darkstalkers and Tekken Dark Resurrection.  Wow, finally fighting games that are not only awesome on handhelds, but just plain awesome period.  I already adore Darkstalkers and this PSP Tekken game is fan-freaking-tastic.
5412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs and Homosexuality on: May 14, 2008, 04:27:11 PM
This is tangential, but the complexities of relationships as a whole is something rarely seen in video games. Even Japanese dating sims and love adventures, which are harbored around relationships, often fall into predictability and cliches.  And whether it's homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality, sexuality as a whole is not something that's really been explored maturely in many video games.  Some H-games do (like Crescendo), but most just explore extreme fetishism to titillate.  

And if you look at most JRPGs, most are set in fantasy realms where the complexities of reality are not present.  Protagonists are naive and virginal, villains are sinister, and relationships are kindergarten crushes.  

If you want to talk about homosexuality and the media in general, there's the multicultural context.  Different cultures view it differently, especially when it comes to the ideals of machismo.  American media likes to draw attention to the "OMG HOMOGAY" aspects of movies, TV shows, etc. at the expense of everything else.  Many European countries have a laissez-faire attitude where "okay, so they're gay.  Just let them be."  In countries like India, it's denied and swept under the rug.  It's only recently that progressive Indian filmmakers in England and the US touched upon homosexuality in movies like Chutney Popcorn (I still have yet to see that.)
5413  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 14, 2008, 08:22:17 AM
I'm playing Onimusha 3 right now.  Hot damn this game is fun.  I'm at Notre Dame now.
5414  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: May 12, 2008, 05:48:15 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Trapeze - Medusa

Glenn Hughes is the most underrated singer I can think of.


He's even more underrated as a bass player.  Guy's good. <3 the SoulMover album.
5415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are old school RPGs still welcome? on: May 12, 2008, 09:11:29 AM
I liked the Aveyond games.  I do have a soft spot for good 2D visuals in RPGs.  The most beautiful RPG I played in 2007 was Odin Sphere.  I also prefer turn-based combat to realtime combat because at 30 years old, my twitch reflexes ain't what they used to be.  Do you know how hard it is these days to find a PC RPG that's turn-based?  

Of course, there are aspects I was patient about in years past that I'm not patient about now.  Namely level grinding.  

Basically, my stance is that so long as a game has old school charm with modern conveniences, I'm a happy camper.  Kinda like the new Ford Mustangs.  They have that sexy old school look but the benefits of modern automotive engineering.
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