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5401  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 01, 2007, 09:56:09 PM
Xenosaga.  Encephalon was a kickass dungeon.  Unlike other dungeons in the game, it actually held my interest for the entire duration.  

I'm not at the part where
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the Song of Nephilim has been played, the Gnosis have invaded the Kukai foundation, and Shion & company need to find the remaining survivors and help them evacuate.


Why do Shion's attacks have to be so puny?
5402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: July 01, 2007, 07:22:20 PM
If we're talking economics, and this is a total tangent, I'm still surprised that video games still cost around $50.  A brand new game cost that much in the NES days and with higher production values, more advanced technology, more people to pay (i.e. voice actors) and all those trappings of modern video games, I'm still amazed that video game prices haven't inflated even more.  Although with the price of admission for newer consoles like the PS3 and Xbox360, we're starting to see that some.  

As far as if it ain't broke don't fix it goes, Dragon Quest and Memories Off are two series that follow that credo to a T.  Fans of those series like it fine that way.  Conversely, other video game series do take risks and try to change things up from one game to another (like many modern FF games).  Viva la difference.  There's something for everyone.  People who take comfort in the familiar tried and true usuals can do that in some games.  People who crave the fresh, exotic, and exciting can do that in other games.  

In terms of another tangent, I'm thinking about how McDonald's is trying to market itself toward healthy eating (totally pushing the salads) whereas Burger King is marketing toward the "hard core" fast food eaters or whatever they were called in the film Supersize Me (pushing the BK stackers: meat, cheese, no veggies.)  Yet at their core, both McD's and BK are burger and fry joints.
5403  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 01, 2007, 01:16:00 PM
Still playing Xenosaga.  The storyline and settings are cool, but the game itself is starting to get a tad monotonous.  I love watching the story segments and cutscenes just fine.  It's the dungeons that can sometimes get tedious.  That Cathedral Ship dungeon was boring to get through.  

I'm at the part where the Kukai Foundation
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is being sequestered by the Federation, Jr and company are under arrest, and now everyone's racing through the Durandal to get to the encephalon so that UMN recordings of the Gnosis attack on the Woglinde can be extracted from KOS-MOS and the truth can be revealed.  
5404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / any modern rpgs/soundtracks like Parasite Eve etc.? on: July 01, 2007, 12:17:05 PM
In terms of RPGs set in moden times, the Persona series, definitely.  Other MegaTen games use post-modern or post-apocalyptic/modern, but games like Persona (especially the Persona 2 games) are cosmopolitan urban set.  The soundtracks reflect that too.  

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the Earthbound (Mother) series.  It's set in modern/contemporary times.
5405  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: June 29, 2007, 11:15:16 PM
Xenosaga- I'm exploring the Kukai Foundation.  

I still can't stand Shion; freaking annoying ass, childish, immature, petulant, often completely stupid, simpering weenie chick.  Alan's no better either; he's a tactless idiot.  I'm also not really digging chaos.  There are hints that he's a really deep character, but so little is revealed about him that he comes off as a rather shallow and one-dimensional character.  He's boring; not a compelling character at all.  Kos-Mos isn't that interesting either.  Just an android who just happens to be full of surprises.  

Ziggy, MOMO, and Jr are easily my favorite characters in the game.  Although there hasn't been much story surrounding Ziggy, I actually want to learn more about him.  MOMO's sense of childlike wonder and childlike questioning of things is great; oftentimes the simplest questions of a child are the toughest to answer.  And Jr rocks.  That guy actually has a strong personality.  He's a little firecracker.  He brings a little pizzazz to the cast.  In addition, I think Jr's voice actor is the absolute best in the game.  All of Jr's lines are delivered flawlessly without any emphases on the wrong words or syllables (something Shion's voice actor does all the freaking time.)  I can definitely tell that Jr's voice actor had a lot of fun with that role.

I like Xenosaga and all, but my biggest complaint is the skimping on the music.  I can live with no dungeon or town music (in fact, I kinda prefer it; really gives that emptiness of space feeling), but only having one battle theme, one that plays for both normal battles and bosses?  That's so fucking cheap!  Yasunori Mitsuda- if you were going to skimp on the dungeon music, would it have fucking killed you to create a boss battle theme instead of recycling the regular battle theme for boss battles?
5406  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: June 29, 2007, 08:12:06 PM
Not a CD purchase, but I got some new pickups for my bass.  Seymour Duncan Basslines STK-J2 Hot J-bass humcancelling stacks.  I'm having a luthier overhaul the electronics in my bass.  I hate active electronics, so I'm having these new Duncans put in and the bass rewired passive.
5407  The Rest / General Discussions / MMM, TASTY FETUS =^.^= on: June 29, 2007, 08:06:31 PM
Dude, anything that smells rotting and is in a tied up trash bag could be ANYthing.  It could be fruit, it could be a dead hamster.  Regardless of whether it's rotting fruit or rotting flesh, it's going to smell horrible and have flies and maggots all around it.  I don't think too many people are connoisseurs (sp?) for the smells of decay.  It all smells pretty fucking foul to us.  

And I'm glad to read that the janitor is doing his job, taking it seriously, and making sure to have the offending thing removed because a rotting anything is a breeding ground for contagion, especially in a school.  Schools themselves are such crowded environments that they're naturally breeding grounds for contagion, so this janitor's really doing his part to keep the school clean.  Things fermenting in lockers is gross.  

And I also say better to react to a fcry-wolf alse alarm than ignore a real one.
5408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Bioware to develop Sonic RPG for the DS - WHAT THE HELL on: June 29, 2007, 08:00:36 PM
Regardless of my feelings towards Sonic, I still have faith in Bioware.  Their track record has been damn good thus far and I don't think they'll do anything to fuck things up.  In fact, whatever the hell Bioware does to Sonic will surely be an improvement over what has been done to Sonic thus far.  

Just as long as it doesn't end up becoming that one clunker that does Bioware in, we're okay.  Remember that thread in General Discussions about shitty games by top-notch developers?  I couldn't believe Blizzard was responsible for that shitty Justice League fighting game.  

But I think we should be safe.  Bioware has a history of making good RPGs and actually using licenses properly.  The Star Wars: KOTOR games were awesome.  

Sega's pretty much fucked Sonic up.  There is no way in heaven or hell that Bioware can fuck it up even more.  

Bottom line from Dincrest: I may not have faith in Sonic, but I have plenty of faith in Bioware.  If there's anyone who is capable of spinning this straw into gold, it's Bioware.
5409  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: June 28, 2007, 07:51:24 PM
I finished the introductory 5 days of Grim Grimoire.  I really like the characters, but I'm still iffy about the RTS battle interface since I've never played an RTS before.  Good game, but definitely an acquired taste like Vanillaware's other offering, Odin Sphere.  Although, GG is an even more acquired taste.
5410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grim Grimoire on: June 28, 2007, 07:31:09 PM
This is my first RTS type game.  I'm still getting used to that interface, but I am digging the characters and voice acting.  The plot is nothing special.  The strength is in the over-the-top personalities of the site.  

It's weird that Grim Grimoire's battles are simultaneously overwhelming (with the realtime aspects) but sometimes hit boring lulls.  Not a game I can play for hours at a time, but then again, Odin Sphere is also a small doses game to me.  

I do not think I'll play another RTS game.  Not really my thing.  At least Grim Grimoire does not have any noticeable slowdown.

I definitely think Odin Sphere is the better game.  More accessible gameplay interface and far more beautiful.  Definitely one of the most beautiful games I've played in a long time.  Better voice acting too (Japanese VA is great and the English dub is one of the best I've heard in a long time.)
5411  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: June 28, 2007, 08:53:07 AM
...and no one's playing Duke Nukem Forever?  

Although admittedly, given the super slow development on Winterheart's Guild (the PC RPG starring the band Sonata Arctica), that seems to be shaping up to be the RPG counterpart of Duke Nukem forever.  Perhaps by the time the game comes out, the guitarist and keyboardist will be old, have severe arthritis and not be able to play as insanely fast as they do:P
5412  The Rest / General Discussions / This is both hysterical and pathetic. MySpace vs. Facebook! on: June 28, 2007, 08:46:53 AM
This lady's getting her PhD in information sciences, which is a legit field to get a PhD in (I was a former PhD student in Educational Psychology but last year decided to switch programs; now I'm going for my 2nd Masters, this time with certification in school counseling.)  

Regardless of the mechanics of Facebook, my biggest surprises of all this are that 1) a review board actually approved this study and 2) that this study ignores one of the basic tenets of introductory statistics, namely population and sampling distributions.  Facebook and MySpace have enough differences in their populations that no matter what, you will get non-comparable samples.  

If you're going to do research, which is what PhD is all about, you'd better be competent at statistics.  To me, a worthy PhD student will find the last panel of this comic hysterical.  http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=868
5413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grim Grimoire on: June 28, 2007, 08:35:38 AM
I'll be picking up my copy of Grim Grimoire today.  

Repetitive but still fun?  Sounds like Vanillaware fare to me.  I'm interested in GG because I love school settings, and the whole premise sounds like Harry Potter meets Groundhog Day (Groundhog Day is one of my all time favorite movies).  

Plus, I like what Vanillaware's doing, being that bastion of 2D and I want to support their efforts.  Vanillaware games have that intangible mojo that definitely tickles my fancy.  

As for Odin Sphere, it certainly won't beat Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as best 2D side-scrolling RPG (in my mind at least) but still a darn good game in its own right.
5414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: June 26, 2007, 10:10:43 PM
Sure they do.  They just have limited gameplay.  In much the same way, Choose Your Own Adventure books are GAMEbooks, even if their interface isn't as complex as other gamebooks like Fighting Fantasy.
5415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: June 26, 2007, 09:38:06 PM
You know, one genre that's really embodied the "if it ain't broken don't try to fix it" is the Japanese visual novel.  The graphic style (2D anime portraits over flat backdrops), the gameplay (read lots of text until it's time to make a choice), and the general interface have pretty much been the same from then until now.  I'm not sure I can foresee the format and interface of those games changing at all.  All 2D, never adopted polygons.
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