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5416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: February 09, 2008, 04:27:30 PM
If those sim aspects of Persona 3 were more 'realistic' then it'd be like Shen Mue which was hours and hours of hurry-up-and-wait.  Realism does not always equate to fun.  

Is it honestly so hard to accept a fantasy game world for what it is?  I don't hear complaints about RPGs where you can cast an all powerful meteor spell yet still have to find a key to open a door; or where you can survive a hit from an all powerful meteor spell yet be perma-killed by a stabbing.  So why should the idiosyncrasies of Persona 3's world be any different?  Even sim games and love adventures, though utilizing modern/realistic settings, are far removed from reality, like movies are.  It's a fantasy version of what people wish life could be.
5417  The Rest / General Discussions / 18-1 is alright, I suppose.... on: February 09, 2008, 09:04:27 AM
The game was good, the commercials sucked (except the FedEx one with the carrier pigeons and the Coca Cola one with the Macy's balloons), Go Giants!  I'm a Jets fan personally, but as a Jersey boy, I gotta give it up for the Giants.
5418  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 08, 2008, 03:52:55 PM
My username is a random figment of my imagination.  

I've gone by many nicknames in my life:
Nico, Nealy Boy, Mr. Neal, Old Jebediah, Rex (Rocker), Spongebob, Squidward, Neal is Real!, Dust Rag (this is my favorite one since there's a cute rock & roll story behind it.)
5419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: February 08, 2008, 02:34:44 PM
And is that a reason *not* to recommend something a little different?  As far as I'm concerned, DDS 1 & 2 (which Pat also recommended) have pretty traditional turn-based gameplay, but a unique and nontraditional storyline.  Even with Persona 3, the dungeon crawling is pretty traditional though the school-sim stuff is a fresh twist.  

After Nocturne, MegaTen games have gotten rid of the demon chit chat during battles.  I think anyone who's been put off by the esoteric nature of prior MegaTen games' gameplay could get into the DDS games.  The main caveat with the DDS games is that the first one can be hard to find and therefore expensive.  

As far as traditional gameplay goes, there is Final Fantasy X-2 with its classic FF ATB battles and job system but that game didn't go over well with gamers.  I liked it myself, personally, though.
5420  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 08, 2008, 11:36:45 AM
This goes back to individual philosophical views of life and death. Who deserves life? Who deserves death? Is death a punishment? Can death be viewed as something as precious as life? Can someone highly value life while also highly valuing death at the same time?

For some, an innocent child is more deserving of life than a sinful criminal on death row. It's back to the simplified views of children that good guys win and bad guys lose. But what defines good and bad? A schizophrenic looney condemned in the US would probably be a revered shaman in the Dinka tribe of Africa.

When it comes to issues regarding abortion, euthaniasia, and aspects of health care regarding the old and the terminal, we cannot discount our own views and morals regarding life and death. And there is no one size fits all way of pleasing everyone. That is why I think options should be made available and accessible for those who choose to exercise them.

Coat hanger abortions should not be happening in America. And even talking about patient care regarding abortions, terminally ill, etc., brings up the issue of how broken the US healthcare system really is.

It's a sad state of affairs when it's cheaper for an American to buy a plane ticket to India and have a surgery performed in the best private Indian hospitals money can buy (India has both government and private hospitals) than it is to have the same surgery done in the US. At least the success rate there is high since elite doctors in India are some of the best surgeons in the world and the best Indian hospitals adopt cutting edge technology before many US hospitals do. But what about those who elect for cheaper surgeries in central American countries where access to modern medical technology and techniques is almost nil and the people come back worse off because they couldn't afford it in the US? Penny wise pound foolish and all that.
5421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: February 08, 2008, 08:59:17 AM
I'll obviously throw my votes in for Megami Tensei titles as SMT: Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga I and II, and Persona 3 are, in my opinion, the finest JRPGs on the Playstation 2.  

I also thought the Atelier Iris games were good.  1 and 2 were excellent, but 3 was not as good.  With Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, what really made the game for me were the characters, particularly the shopkeepers with their complex storylines that you could follow.  And though I wasn't too keen on it, Ar Tonelico's gotten love around here.  RPG + therapist sim in one.

The Xenosaga trilogy is fantastic, but if you pick up Xenosaga II, you'd best invest in a Gameshark because the gameplay is pretty broken in that installment.
5422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: February 07, 2008, 05:57:44 PM
But I'll bet the first time Tidus had to hold his breath underwater for prolonged periods of time during Blitzball training, his face did turn blue.
5423  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 07, 2008, 05:10:35 PM
Some people who go into abortion clinics think the way I said in my previous post.  Are those people inhumane for not wanting to bring an unborn child into a bad life?  Are those people inhumane for deciding to abort rather than put the child up for adoption because they're afraid of the foster care system and think that life in the system would be bad for the child as well?  I mean, for every good orphanage out there, there are at least two dive ones.  I think the girls and women who tie their babies in trash bags and toss them in the dumpster are the inhumane ones since that's torture.  I'm very averse to torture.  

As for my own stance on issues like abortion, assisted suicides for the elderly/terminal, etc. it's complex.  Everything needs to be taken on a case by case basis.  And, yes, I do believe that in some cases death is more humane than a prolonged and torturous life.  Terry Shiavo anyone?  

I intern at an inner city school myself.  I enjoy it a lot.  I see a lot of the negative elements of the environment that the children bring with them but I also see resilience and hope in many of the kids.  I honestly feel more heart for these kids than at any other school I've been at (and it's mostly been suburban schools in nice neighborhoods.)  

Back to politics.  I'm a Hillary Clinton supporter since after Bill Richardson, I agree with her stances on issues the second most.
5424  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 07, 2008, 04:35:44 PM
Re: abortion.  Abortion is something that should be kept within the medical system.  A woman who needs one should be able to get one in a sterile, clean hospital environment with proper patient care and technology.  If it's illegal, people will be going to filty places to get dangerous and illegal abortions.  Coat hanger abortions as some call it.  

But I agree that women who use abortion as their sole form of birth control are severely lacking in sex and contraceptive education... or are just plain stupid.  

I believe that there are circumstances where an abortion is the most humane thing to do.  Is it fair to an unborn child to have him/her live and be born a crack baby in a life of poverty where s/he cannot get proper nutrition, care, etc?  S/he'd be better off dead and unborn than be born into a cesspool life existence.  Death is often more humane than a prolonged life of agony.
5425  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: February 07, 2008, 04:22:41 PM
Let's not forget, Persona 3 was a life sim/RPG hybrid.  So though both elements may have been individually incomplete, but combined, they were great.  

A game like Tokimeki Memorial being a sim game has far more detailed sim aspects, where in order to, say, get further with the girl on the track team you need to do stuff to build up your athletics (among other) stats.  Or if you want to roll with the girl from art club, you'd better get your creativity stat up by doing various activities.  You get the idea.
5426  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 07, 2008, 07:34:35 AM
Gee, and I thought people were on Romney's back for expressing inconsistent views on the issues.  His website says one thing, but he's expressed differing (sometimes contrary) things during debates and rallies.  Regardless of his religious stances and all that, the guy is a flip-flopper to me.  As extreme as Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee may be and as much as I disagree with them, at least they're consistent in their views.  McCain's been pretty consistent as well, but I disagree with him on most issues as well.
5427  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 06, 2008, 09:12:58 PM
I'm on stage 10 of Gitaroo Man Lives!  Gitaroo Man is the spirit of rock & roll- the loser kid becomes a superstar object of womens' desire through the power of rock & roll.
5428  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:18:19 PM
I still think our next president will be a democrat.  The republican lineup is largely unimpressive and, as mentioned before, a surprising amount of republican voters are defecting to the Obama camp.  And if you look at the polls, we're seeing a significantly higher percentage of democrat voters than republican voters in the primaries.  If this trend continues towards the November election, the democrats will be back in power again.  

I voted Clinton, as if that was any surprise given what I've been saying in this thread and my own political leanings (I'm undoubtedly a democrat.)  She did win the New Jersey primary for the dems.  It was McCain for the republicans.  Before Giuliani dropped out of the race, predictions for NJ were Clinton/Giuliani.
5429  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:06:08 PM
Regardless, despite the grassroots support Ron Paul's getting, he's such a distant 4th place that there's no way he'll get the Republican nod.  McCain's way ahead of the republican pack.  And the funny thing is, among many republicans I've spoken to, many who aren't fond of McCain are defecting to Obama rather than any of the other republican candidates.  Go figure huh?
5430  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:22:41 AM
I voted this past Friday (Absentee Ballot.)
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