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5416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Let's have a visual novel thread! on: August 14, 2008, 08:54:26 PM
In terms of graphic adventures, Los, if you haven't played them already definitely check out the Gabriel Knight games.  They have fantastic stories that were even novelized.  

Visual novels to avoid:
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (DS)
Ai Yori Aoshi (PC)

I think my reviews say it all.  Those games were BAD!

If we're talking Japanese DS games, Sigma Harmonix looks to have visual novel elements and I believe Nanashi no Game was a horror graphic adventure.  Both were Square Enix games.  US releases are doubtful, though The World Ends With You actually sold better in the US than in Japan.
5417  Media / General Games / The fighting game thread on: August 14, 2008, 08:49:21 PM
Ultimecia's lame.  Now if the FF8 hero and villain reps had been Squall and SEIFER, that would create some depth, what with how Squall and Seifer both used different tactics and techniques in their gunblade fighting.  They even use different styles of gunblade.  

For me, a good FF fighting game would have the brawlers and martial artists like Sabin, Zell, and Tifa in it.  But with FF games having the kinds of casts that they have, picking and choosing characters is difficult.  

But whatever.  I never really thought Square Enix was any good at making fighting games.  Ehrgeiz was lousy, Tobal did nothing for me, and I wasn't a big Bushido Blade fan.  Capcom, SNK, Arc System Works, and Namco are where it's at for fighting games.  I mean with Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Marvel vs. Capcom, King of Fighters, Guilty Gear, Tekken, and Soul Calibur, RPG king Square Enix IMO doesn't have a prayer in the fighting arena.
5418  The Rest / General Discussions / Cultists starve a baby to death. on: August 14, 2008, 08:41:08 PM
First it's those Jehovah's Witness parents letting their terminally ill child die off and now this?  

And people wonder why I'm an atheist.
5419  Media / The Soundroom / The favorite video game music composers thread on: August 14, 2008, 08:35:33 PM
I figure since we're all gamers here and music is a huge part of the video game experience (some of the 8-bit MegaMan themes were awesome) why not have a thread where we talk about the VGM (video game music) composers that we like and why.  

I'd say my favorite VGM composer, at least right now, is Daisuke Ishiwatari.  He composed the music for the Guilty Gear games.  I first experienced his music with Guilty Gear X2.  Not only is that one of the best 2D fighters ever created, but holy hell is the music amazing.  This is the kind of music I'd always wanted in a fighting game and video games in general.  "Blue Water Blue Sky" from GGX2 is easily one of the best pieces of VGM I've ever heard in my life.  Killer stuff.  

And though the Ys games are generally not my cup of tea, Ryo Yonemitsu and the Falcom JDK band have created some of the best RPG music ever.  With all that smexy guitar work, especially in Ys 3, the Ys series has music that I can truly say flat out ROCKS!  

So who are some of your favorite VGM composers and why?
5420  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 14, 2008, 02:32:30 PM

More Olympic douchebaggery.  His own country even booed him.
5421  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Cowboy Bebop - The live action movie on: August 14, 2008, 02:15:35 PM
Not that this is saying much, but Keanu as Spike is at least a better casting choice than Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble in that live action Flintstones movie.  What were the casting directors thinking?  Betty is supposed to be a hot piece of ass.  Not Rosie fucking O'Donnell.
5422  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 13, 2008, 09:45:45 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"

To me it just shows how insular many countries cultures are.  Those folks not even realizing that such a gesture could possibly be offensive to Chinese?  Man, and people chide America and its people for insularity.

And another big story was that the little girl who sang in the opening ceremony was lip synching.  It was a big brouhaha in American media since our culture frowns upon that kind of thing.  Yet in many Asian countries, the ol' switcheroo is common in the culture.  Bollywood does it all the time in movies and I'm sure Japan does it with some of its idol singers.  China being as insular as it is didn't realize it would become such a big deal since in their minds it's something normal.  

G.W. Bush was certainly correct in his interview with Bob Kostas the other day (I was impressed with Bush in that interview; in the 11th hour of his presidency, he showed graceful insight and intelligence.  I'm a Democrat/liberal to the core but even I have to give props where props are due.)  The Olympics should be an opportunity to open up to various world views and become less insular.

...heh, I guess insularity may be why I don't get to see kayaking or judo or other unique events on TV.  Probably because it airs when I'm asleep and it's not part of the American hype machine.  Didn't one of the US women claim bronze in judo?  I think one of the US women claimed a gold in cycling as well.
5423  The Rest / General Discussions / Teen Pregnancy: The more you know.... on: August 13, 2008, 09:42:24 PM
Reminds me of the headlines Jay Leno does on the Tonight Show.  My favorite one is still "Dead Man Found in Cemetery."
5424  Media / General Games / The fighting game thread on: August 13, 2008, 02:36:45 PM
Thanks for the impressions, Marshmallow.  Glad to hear that Street Fighter 4 is both staying true to its roots while also modernizing.  Methinks it remains one of the last bastions of 2D fighting.  

And Miz, agreed.  In an FF fighting game it would be silly not to have dedicated brawlers like Sabin or Zell in it.  With their special attacks being done by pressing button combos, they're made for fighting games.
5425  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 13, 2008, 11:04:45 AM
As I mentioned before, one thing I really like about the Olympics is that it gives me an opportunity to see televised sports that usually don't get televised.  I caught a brief glimpse of women's kayaking and that was cool since you hardly see kayaking on TV.  Gymnastics, basketball, and swimming get the most coverage since the most hyped/recognized Olympians are in those sports.  And Michael Phelps is flippin' awesome.

But though there are cool sports in there (I loved mountain biking when it was first introduced in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) there are some events that despite the level of skill, athleticism, and even artistry involved that just look kinda silly to me.  I'm sure everyone has some events that they deem silly or even goofy.  Dresage riding, rhythmic gymnastics, syncronized swimming, and syncronized diving are events that I laugh it.  They're doofy to me, but that's just taste I guess.
5426  The Rest / General Discussions / 8 year old guitar prodigy can't play bars any more on: August 13, 2008, 07:52:47 AM

I thought this was a fun little news story.  For me the best part is that the adults are bickering like children, making a big deal out of it even sending death threats to each other, yet the boy in question is being the most mature about it basically shrugging his shoulders and saying, "oh well, if I can't play at X venue, I'll just find other venues to play at."  

 Props to Tallan "T-man" Lutz for being da man.  I wish some of the 22-28 year old musicians I've jammed with in recent years displayed his kind of maturity.
5427  The Rest / General Discussions / Dating people younger than yourself on: August 12, 2008, 06:13:52 PM
Life station is just as important as age.  A 25 year old corporate careerperson is in a wholly different life station than a 25 year old who's working on a Masters or PhD in grad school.  Even that nebulous concept of maturity is played out differently in these scenarios.  A mature student is different from a mature careerperson.  

And if you're 19 and in college dating someone who's 17 and still in high school, though it's only a 2 year age gap the difference in life station can be a big deal.  And that's not even taking into account long distance.

As for the 7 year age gap, if you're talking 14 vs. 21 it's pedo creepy.  But if you're talking 31 vs. 38 the gap there is pretty much meaningless.
5428  The Rest / General Discussions / Crazy bitch is crazy on: August 12, 2008, 10:33:49 AM
And I'll bet when the neighbors were interviewed they said things like "she was such a nice, pleasant, normal woman.  I didn't think she would be capable of something like this."  

Regardless, swapping psycho ex-girlfriend stories with friends is always fun.

And despite the idiocy with some of the comments, equivalency and fairness of gender rights is, and always will be, a hot topic.  I still go by the credo that equal treatment is not always fair and fair treatment is not always equal.
5429  The Rest / General Discussions / Isaac Hayes dead on: August 12, 2008, 10:25:59 AM
Isaac Hayes' legacy is amazing.  Throughout his entire career he was a cultural icon.  His influence on R&B and soul music is undeniable.  And as Chef on South Park, he was a different kind of cultural icon.  

I guess with both Barry White and Isaac Hayes gone, fewer people will be making sweet love...
5430  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 11, 2008, 10:13:20 AM
Jason Lezak sure shut those arrogant Frenchie's mouths in the men's 400 meter relay (swimming) last night.  That was exciting.

That makes two golds for Mike Phelps.  Will he meet or beat Mark Spitz's gold medal record?  That's the nail-biter of the Olympics right there for me
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