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5401  Media / The Soundroom / Emotallica. on: August 22, 2008, 08:03:52 AM
I have nothing more to add that you guys didn't already say.  That song was bad though nowhere near as bad as St. Anger.  Metallica died with the '80s.  I think the only '80s era Bay Area thrash band that's still kicking ass and taking names is Testament.  

That Pyramaze song was f'n awesome, though.
5402  The Rest / General Discussions / Big Government vs. The Hopes and Dreams of Children on: August 22, 2008, 08:01:07 AM
I'm reminded of a story years ago when some old bag in Florida called the authorities on a girl with a lemonade stand.

EDIT: I'd rather the girls sell fruit and veggies at a roadside farm stand than sell cocaine or their bodies in some dark alley streetcorner.
5403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: August 21, 2008, 11:15:05 AM
I can't remember if this was mentioned earlier but since we're retreading familiar territory anyway (i.e. child protagonists), here's another one that I groan at more than bodyguarding.  

Fishing.  

I have never once found fishing mini-games fun.  I dislike doing them.  It totally showed in Mana Khemia where I actually failed Predictology class because I didn't give a hoot about fishing and put zero effort into the assignment.  I was more interested in exploring the area. collecting materials, and analyzing monsters.  

Even in non-RPGs, Big the Cat's storyline in Sonic Adventure was the least fun for me because it was all fishing.
5404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I'm I the only one exited for Inazuma Eleven? on: August 21, 2008, 09:19:17 AM
Inazuma Eleven did pique my interest since I love RPGs, I'm nuts about soccer, and Level 5's had some great video game offerings.  

I'm not holding my breath for a US release, though if I'm not mistaken The World Ends With You sold better in the US than in Japan so anything's possible.
5405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: August 20, 2008, 10:31:42 AM
Quote from: "CDFN"
Stealth sections. I mean, WTF? Why do they have to throw that in? Do they want to prove that they could have created MGS if they wanted to?


As crummy as stealth missions can be, I'll take a stealth mission over a bodyguard mission any day.  Those are the worst.  Why does every person I'm guarding have to be phenomenally stupid?  The only bodyguard mission I can recall where the guardee was competent was the Matha Graves mission in PSO.  She did like any good charge should do: she stuck to me like glue and didn't wander off.  But PSO, to not break tradition, had Mome and Shino who both were phenomenally stupid.  And though it's not an RPG, bodyguarding that stupid scientist in Syphon Filter made me want to smash things.
5406  The Rest / General Discussions / The naming thread on: August 18, 2008, 09:19:25 AM
But the silliness is fun sometimes.  I'm sure everyone chuckled at this little slice when they renamed Barret "Mr. T."  (And who didn't rename Barret Mr. T?)

Aeris: Thank you Mister Mr. T.
Barret: Don't call me Mister Mr. T.  That don't sound right.

And DP- yeah, some games have default names that just have to be changed.  In Revelations: The Demon Slayer for GBC, the main character is named El so I changed it to Elk.  Much better, I think.
5407  The Rest / General Discussions / The naming thread on: August 17, 2008, 09:19:06 PM
Since people are mentioning MMO naming and such, I played PSO back when I was "Blademaster Dezo" so it was almost a given that when I created my FOmarl, she'd be Deza something.  I did a ye olde RPGFan poll because I had a bunch of choices and DezaMistique won out.  

When naming female characters I often like compound names with two cool words put together, like Nightfeather, Orchid Mist, Sparkle Haze or something like that.  Maybe I like the idea that two beautiful words put together can mean something deadly, like Nightshade or Angel Dust.

Or if I'm stuck, I may look for a word in an ancient language like Sanskrit.  "Ascarya" means wondrous creation and it worked for my protagonist in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology since she was the savior created from Terresia's world tree.
5408  The Rest / General Discussions / The naming thread on: August 17, 2008, 06:20:19 PM
We all name characters whether in video game RPGs, tabletop RPGs, or what have you.  This is more about naming in video game RPGs.  

Do you usually keep the default name of a character or make up one of your own?  Do you give the character your name?  Do you give the character your name if there is no default name to be given?  Do you make up funny names in subsequent playthroughs to make silly dialogue?

I usually stick with the default name or if there isn't one, use one other than my own.  Part of the fantasy is being someone other than myself.  I hardly think the name "Neal Chandran" fits well in a high fantasy world or when in, say, a MegaTen game my avatar is a Japanese teenager.  If I'm going to name a character, I want to give him or her a funky name.  

One name I always use in MegaTen games (Persona 2: IS, P2: EP, and DDS excepted) is Yuuya Narumi.  In one of the Persona 1 drama CDs, that's the name of the main character, but even Persona geeks don't really know or accept that, accepting the official manga name of Naoya Toumou.  The first time I played Persona 3, I named main Yuuya Narumi and it was funny seeing Yuuya, Fuuka, and Yukari all in the same room because of all the unintended alliteration.  The second time I played it, I named the guy Studmstr Studmstr because it was funny seeing Mitsuru, who called main by his last name, to say stuff like "hey Studmstr, you ready for battle?"  Stupid, dorky, and immature, yes, but funny as hell given Mitsuru's character.  

I've never been above that in FF.  First time Amarant introduced himself in FF9 as "The Flaming Amarant" I immediately went back to a prior save to name him F4G0T.  Stupid, dorky, and immature yes, but still funny, especially when Eiko said "F4G0T, are you being a bully again?"  My fave is still when Angelo renamed Griever to YourAss in FF8 so Ultimecia would say "I shall now junction myself unto YourAss."  

So what's your process on character naming?  Do you even have one?  Is silly naming something you do to liven up the experience?  Yeah, let's talk about naming characters.
5409  The Rest / General Discussions / We need skanks ASAP. on: August 17, 2008, 06:07:40 PM
I like how that one voice-of-reason dude said that this was a stupid incentive and the only thing that would bring women are job opportunities that paid more money than on the mainland.
5410  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell is Burger King thinking? on: August 16, 2008, 08:41:54 PM
Jimmy, I think pickles as cops is perfect.  People either love or hate pickles.  People either love or hate cops.  Makes sense to me.  

Now if it were a pork sandwich or a doughnut portraying a cop...
5411  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 16, 2008, 09:17:41 AM
Didja see Phelps' win last night?  That was one exciting race.  He only beat Cavic by 1/100th of a second.

Oh and that douchebag wrestler was stripped of his medal. http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/wrestling/news?slug=ap-wre-medalstripped&prov=ap&type=lgns
5412  The Rest / General Discussions / Cultists starve a baby to death. on: August 16, 2008, 07:50:02 AM
Pat, I think that was the story.  I recall it saying they were Jehovah's Witness.  Still, I remember that religious group in the article frowning upon medicine in the whole "God will heal/take care of" the child, much like in this article.  

I should know better than to bring up religion or politics 'round these parts but it's hard not to.  I mean, in both of those cases, the parents used "God" as an excuse/defense/crutch to maltreat their kids and absolve themselves from personal responsibility.  In their minds their intentions were good, but who cares about good intentions when a child has died due to negligent or outright abusive actions?  To say religion played no part in this cult article is to deny the words "RELIGIOUS cult" in the first sentence, some of the definitions of cult (below from dictionary.com) and to ignore the parents saying God would save/ressurect the child, who they thought was possessed by devil.  Need I mention cases like Andrea Yates?  Very similar, I'd say.

And whether you like it or not, my initial response was an honest, unadulterated, no kid gloves, gut reaction to the article.  The offhand comment is the kind I'd make when talking to my friends or something.  I could've been more tactful, but I'm not apologizing for my feelings.

We all agree the actions of the parents were deplorable.  They should be responsible and accountable.  But the deeper issues of why they weren't can be uncomfortable to talk about.  

I have not the patience or energy to get into any heated religious debate.  I'll just +1 Ramza's post and walk away.  Yes it may seem like a cop-out but I'm okay with that.

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cult   Audio Help   /kʌlt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kuhlt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.  
2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.  
3. the object of such devotion.  
4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.  
5. Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.  
6. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.  
7. the members of such a religion or sect.  
8. any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.  
–adjective 9. of or pertaining to a cult.  
10. of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees: a cult movie.  


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[Origin: 1610–20; < L cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship, equiv. to cul-, var. s. of colere to inhabit, till, worship + -tus suffix of v. action]
5413  The Rest / General Discussions / Teen Pregnancy: The more you know.... on: August 15, 2008, 11:35:13 AM
So THAT'S why Denmark is deemed the happiest country in the world.  It makes sense now.
5414  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: August 15, 2008, 09:19:38 AM
Malcolm Young of AC/DC is an underappreciated rhythm guitarist.  That mofo's riffs simply pound.  

My personal favorite AC/DC riff is Nervous Shakedown from the Flick of the Switch album.  I'll make that my song of the moment.  Great song and my favorite AC/DC song.  Album as a whole is fantastic too.  It rocks so hard!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvkuM_a1seA
5415  Media / The Soundroom / The favorite video game music composers thread on: August 15, 2008, 09:12:17 AM
Ooh, a lot of Shoji Meguro love.  Guy's a very versatile composer who always creates modern and unique sound textures compared to many other composers.  But I have to admit that some of his music is love/hate.  Persona 3's soundtrack anyone?  I loved it, but many hated it.
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