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5431  Media / The Soundroom / What kind of music do you listen to? on: May 08, 2008, 03:44:36 PM
I <3 Devin Townsend.  Guy's a musical mad scientist.  I swear if he and Mike Patton did and album together, the world would implode.  Ocean Machine: Biomech is my fave Devy album.  Vai's Sex and Religion album was mostly panned, but I loved it because the singer was amazing.  It was Devy's debut and he slayed.  

As for my musical tastes, I like a wide variety.  "From Disney to Death Metal" I like to say.  I enjoy jazz, classical, some opera, electronic (like trip hop, some techno), funk, rock, hip-hop, R&B, old Motown, Asian pop, ethnic music, reggae, many kinds... my favorite style of music is easily progressive metal, be it stuff like Symphony X or more avant-garde stuff like Dysrhythmia or Behold... The Arctopus.  I love going to punk and ska shows, I always have so much fun at those.  New Brunswick NJ has a killer music scene and I love going to local shows.  

Music I'm not fond of are: anything intolerant/hateful (i.e. white power/neo-nazi hate rock), emo, overly twangy country/bluegrass, nu-metal, teenybopper pop (i.e. 'NSYNC), two of the worst bands I can think of are Fall Out Boy and Creed- they suck!

I'm a bass player, so I like to experiment with a variety of styles since I never know when/if I'll be called on to play a certain style since there are far fewer bassists running around than guitarists.  I want to try playing more Latin music since salsa style can make funky basslines even funkier.  Most fun I ever had was me and a drummer playing while a hip-hop artist freestyled over our rhythms.  I'd love to form a live instrument hip-hop band int he vein of Savin Ill, Aquavibe, Ozomatli, Arrested Development, The Roots, or somesuch, but every musician in my area either wants to do punk or hardcore.  

http://www.myspace.com/sullendoor is a band I used to play with.  I played on "I Need Hope" and "Old Friends."
5432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So X Edge (& Chaos Wars & crossover RPGs in general) on: May 08, 2008, 07:26:21 AM
But as mentioned earlier, Chaos Wars has even MORE obscure crossover stuff that NA audiences would likely not be aware of and it's getting a US release.
5433  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So X Edge (& Chaos Wars & crossover RPGs in general) on: May 07, 2008, 08:28:18 PM
Quote from: "Ramza"


First of all, the key to a good crossover is setting up a new, original protagonist and somehow convincing the gamer to CARE about this person as you interact with the people from the other universes.


I could easily see Mary Sue-ism rearing its ugly head in the hands of less skilled crossover writers incorporating an original protagonist.
5434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So X Edge (& Chaos Wars & crossover RPGs in general) on: May 07, 2008, 06:31:44 PM
Do you think there is an effective way for a crossover to have a decent storyline while still maintaining its fanservice (which is the main selling point)?
5435  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So X Edge (& Chaos Wars & crossover RPGs in general) on: May 07, 2008, 06:18:45 PM
http://rpgfan.com/news/2008/1165.html

I don't know about anyone else, but Morrigan and Felicia in an RPG?  I'm sold.  

There's speculation all over the place as to a potential US release of X Edge.  Sure it seems highly unlikely, but considering Chaos Wars is getting a US release and features IPs less known in the US than the ones in X Edge (Spectral Souls, Ar Tonelico, Disgaea, Mana Khemia, and Darkstalkers got US releases), here's hoping.  Speaking of Chaos Wars, anyone anticipating it?

But on the other hand, crossovers can be hit or miss for me.  The Super Robot Taisen games are good, but Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology was weak.  

So yeah, talk about X Edge, Chaos Wars, and crossover RPGs here.  Maybe talk about what characters you'd like to see in a crossover RPG.  The thread can go anywhere.
5436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Most Anticipated RPG for the summer on: May 07, 2008, 02:38:01 PM
That snippet sounds like NP slammed Jake Hunter for basically being a visual novel.  Japanese visual novels like EVE: Burst Error aren't very interactive, but I loved them because they had f'n awesome stories.  

I'm still getting it since I love Japanese visual novels/digital comics and want to see more of them in the US.  If the story's even half as good as those in Trace Memory or Hotel Dusk, I won't complain too much.
5437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 07, 2008, 08:15:57 AM
FWIW, the WEWY soundtrack is available on iTunes.  Sweet.
5438  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 06, 2008, 06:49:56 PM
I beat The World Ends With You.  Man, a few pin changes and a fresh strategy, and the final boss was utter cake.  

Good game.  I really liked it.  Review forthcoming.
5439  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 05, 2008, 09:36:57 PM
Final boss in The World Ends With You is kicking my sorry behind.
5440  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 05, 2008, 11:27:11 AM
Quote from: "ChevalierEagle"

I still see FFX-2 as just as a mere filler/fast cash in game, just like all those FF7 spin-offs, so i really don't care that much about it. If FF12 had turned out to be like that one, now that would be something to truly flame SE from here to eternity.


You realize that Motomu Toriyama, who directed X-2, also directed FF12: Revenant Wings.
5441  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 04, 2008, 07:02:16 PM
I'm about 2/3 into The World Ends With You.
5442  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: May 03, 2008, 11:41:04 AM
Since we the vain boys are showing off recent pics, I'll follow like a sheep and post some pics I took of me today.  

Me without glasses:

Me with glasses:
5443  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 03, 2008, 09:29:25 AM
When it comes to RPGs, Final Fantasy is a "love to hate" series since in many gaming communities it's trendy to scowl at anything Square Enix because they're a "mainstream" and "commercial" company and "true" RPG fans should be all about the niche, underground stuff like what Atlus brings out.  Among other Square Enix games, the Mana (Seiken Densetsu) is a favorite to "love to hate" because "the series has gone downhill and sucked donkey dick since the Super Famicom days.  Seiken Densetsu 3 was the last great Mana game."  

But there are games I love to whale on for their sheer ineptitude and fail at, well, everything.  I thoroughly enjoy bashing the tar out of Tecmo: Secret of the Stars and Granstream Saga for example, because in my mind those RPGs did absolutely everything wrong.
5444  The Rest / General Discussions / The webcomics thread. Which ones do you read? on: May 02, 2008, 05:02:27 PM
Every so often I like to see what webcomics folks around here read.  For me, the comics are the best part of a newspaper and with webcomics, I get the comics without the bulky newspaper.  I like threads like this since it may alert me to artists' work who I may not have known about otherwise.  

So, yeah, what webcomics do you read and why?  

The ones I read regularly:

http://www.countyoursheep.com Count Your Sheep is adorable.  It reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes a bit.  I'm still not sure what Adis is doing with http://www.noroomformagic.com No Room For Magic, because that strip has potential, but it's so sporadic.  

http://www.flipsidecomics.com Flipside is a cool fantasy comic.  Maytag's such an unflappable character, it's great.  

http://www.leasticoulddo.com I love Least I Could Do.  I think it's very funny.  The contrast of Rayne being a geeknerd and a womanizer is awesome.  He lives the dream.  

http://www.phdcomics.com If you are a grad student or are thinking about grad school, PhD gives an honest and hilarious look into the un-life of grad students.  For me, this is a "it's funny 'cause it's true" comic.  

http://www.candicomics.com I recently started reading Candi, and I don't know why I think this strip is awesome, but I just do.  Okay, perhaps the protagonist being a lovable hottie who's nuts about anime, video games and Food Network may have something to do with it.  Either that or the ferret.  

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Bassist Wanted and Sexy Losers are two I like a lot that don't get updated much, if at all, any more.  Heck, I hardly update my stripcreator comics, but whatever.  http://www.stripcreator.com/comics/nealch
5445  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Most Anticipated RPG for the summer on: May 02, 2008, 10:18:33 AM
Quote from: "Lard"
Quote from: "Dincrest"
I already preordered my copy of Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles from Amazon..


When is that out?


Last I checked, it's supposed to come out early to mid-June.  Any sources with firm release dates say June 8th, but release dates can always be kinda fuzzy.
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