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5431  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 28, 2007, 08:51:59 AM
Bad voice acting can occur in any language.  English, Japanese, Swahili, whatever.  I've played some video games where the Japanese voice acting was horrendous, meaning they made the kinds of missteps that we dislike in bad English voice acting; such as sounding completely out to lunch, putting emphases on the wrong words and syllables so that it didn't sound like natural dialogue, and voices whose tone sounded more grating than nails on a chalkboard.  Ai Yori Aoshi managed to have all that and more.  

Yes people, Japanese voice acting can be horrific too.  

Of course, all cartoon/anime voice acting is its own realm.  It's slightly melodramatic and theatric for a reason.  Just like American people don't naturally talk like The Flintstones, Japanese people don't naturally talk like anime people.

If any of you have read any of my reviews, a big criteria I have for "good" voice acting is whether or not the actors sounded like they were having fun with their roles.  If they're having fun with their roles, it comes through and they then sound more convincing.  That's one reason I thoroughly enjoyed Thousand Arms' dub; everyone seemed to have shitloads of fun with their roles.  I was even able to forgive the annoying voices of Marion and Ratchet, because the sense of "I'm having more fun than a barrel of 5-assed monkeys with this role" I heard in their voices just made it for me.
5432  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Yo anime people. I need your help. on: March 27, 2007, 08:28:02 AM
Thanks Kiem.  But in terms of anime series about music with uber-art, Beck probably comes the closest; has tons of references to music gear as well.  And as mentioned earlier, Haru Haruka's Rickenbacker bass in Furi Kuri is drawn/rendered absolutely perfectly.
5433  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 26, 2007, 10:08:48 AM
I read chapter 1 of Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at a friend's house.  I'll definitely be borrowing it from him over the summer.  I don't care if you hate Motley Crue or think hair/glam metal is the absolute gayest form of music ever created, but the book is f'n hysterical.  It's so preposterous, but it's funny 'cuz it's true.  

How could I not dig a book whose first words are "We used to call her Bullwinkle."  My favorite line in the chapter is "...but we always bought our own booze.  It was a matter of pride."  They'd con, steal, swindle, etc. anything and everything else, but not booze.
5434  The Rest / General Discussions / The Thread of Laughter and Delight on: March 24, 2007, 05:14:33 PM
Re: dumb laws.  Yeah, many of the laws are from bygone eras, but they're still funny.  My fave PA one is that fire hydrants must be checked an hour before a fire.
5435  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 24, 2007, 11:05:02 AM

This is my song of the moment because it's awesome.  The best part is when it kicks into high gear at 0:55.

But, my song of the moment should probably be "I Like Jersey Best" by Joseph Edward Cosgriff because that was a crowd pleaser when Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs performed at a Rutgers show last night.  Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs= a musical comedy duo consisting of me and my friend Richard bring mass amounts of mirthful mayhem to the audience.  

Hopefully we'll have a video of Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs' performance up on the RUMG (Rutgers U Musicians' Guild) website soonly.
5436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is it just me or is SoA putting more effort into localizing? on: March 24, 2007, 10:41:23 AM
I preferred the Japanese intro song.  The instrumental was so good, especially when the whole thing kicks into high gear at 0:53.  My only caveat with the Japanese opening is that the vocals are mixed way too high in the song so they overpower the awesome instrumental.  The vocals are still good, though.    

I didn't like the US intro.  I liked that it was instrumental rather than a vocal number, but it was too So Cal happy-pop-punk for my tastes.  Best part was when the melody changed at 0:53.  That riff was more interesting.
5437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc bound for US PSPs. on: March 24, 2007, 10:33:01 AM
You know Ash, those are probably the reasons I'd like Jeanne D'Arc.  I'm not much of an SRPG fan, but I did like Piece of Wonder, which any SRPG fan would say was lacking in character customization and was easy as hell.  (Though, yes, I found some of the battles difficult.)

Lacking character customization?  Doesn't phase me.  I'd rather it wasn't a statfest like the Nippon Ichi games.  Intuitive interface for the win.  

Crippled difficulty?  Again, SRPGs are naturally difficult for me, so an easier one is okay in my book.  Everyone and their brother talked about how Kartia was a super easy SRPG, yet I found it rather difficult.
5438  The Rest / General Discussions / Absolutely disgusting... on: March 24, 2007, 02:29:08 AM
What an inhumane asshole bus drive.  Why didn't he just press the button that immediately calls the police?  I know on many buses, if there is an issue, the bus driver can push a button and the police will come.  

That girl is so freaking lucky she wasn't brutally raped on top of the beating.  

Kudos to the guy who actually stood up from the crowd and rescued her.
5439  Media / Single-Player RPGs / a feature all future rpg's should have is..... on: March 24, 2007, 02:22:53 AM
Tales of Symphonia had alternate outfits you could find for each character.  They were amusing, but I hardly used them since the stat boosts were lacking.
5440  The Rest / General Discussions / The Thread of Laughter and Delight on: March 22, 2007, 09:39:11 AM
Anything Bollywood is fucking hysterical.  The level of cheese Indian films are capable of is stratospheric (save for films from Kerala which are the grittier social commentary and art-house films that win awards).

Anyway, here's a funny 'cuz it's true site:  http://www.dumblaws.com
5441  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Car Battler Joe on: March 22, 2007, 09:32:13 AM
Plot direction can be vague.  I mostly found myself going everywhere and talking to everyone (save the job huts) till something happened.
5442  The Rest / General Discussions / Carlos Mencia, part two. on: March 21, 2007, 07:35:04 PM
I just saw "Bill Cosby-Himself" over spring break and boy was it ever hysterical.  

Mencia?  Bad.  Hack.  FUcking dumbass douchebag who can't even do justice to the Cosby bit.  

No one can touch Cosby.  No one.  Chocolate Cake For Breakfast owns your fucking soul.

Cosby is God in the stand-up world.  Cosby must smite Mencia.
5443  Media / The Soundroom / Metalheads = smart lol on: March 21, 2007, 08:34:39 AM
"the only difference between classical music and metal is distortion."  -one of my friends

I think folks like us find themselves drawn to metal because it's 'challenging' as an art form.  And when we enjoy using our brains, we like to challenge ourselves.  Plus with all the subgenres of it (i.e. Pantera does not sound like Dream Theater and both are metal), it never gets stale.  And folks like us are always looking for something fresh and interesting.  We dislike complacency, especially in thought.  

I'm a nerdy/academic looking guy and the last person people would think would listen to metal, but there are a TON of us "nerdy metalheads" out that.
5444  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Car Battler Joe on: March 21, 2007, 08:23:39 AM
I dug it, obviously.  I spent loads of time searching for "junk" so I could have it appraised for car parts.  I soon was getting all kinds of chassis, weapons, bodies, engines etc to make new cars.  Making cars was fun.  I also really liked as you gave raw materials to Joe's Mom, she would trick out the garage.  

Story is short but incomplete, interactive ending's fun, and if you can find a friend with the game, multiplayer battling should be a hoot.  

It's not going to be as deep as Sega GT or something like that in terms of car customization, but it was deep for a kiddie game.
5445  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 20, 2007, 09:59:35 PM
I first heard this song on the Schecter guitars website and I really liked it.  The way the vocals swirled together with the instrumentals was great.  I listened to other songs on this band's MySpace... but nothing was as good as that particular song.  This song I heard on the Schecter site, which is also on the band's MySpace, was something special.  Their other stuff just didn't compare.  

The song's "Bummer" by Scarling.  It's catchy, yet still dark and seductive.  


I loved this person who didn’t love me
I stuck around, hoping that they would see
Unwilling to lose -Reluctant to care
So confident in the substances we’d share

There was a ghost who haunted my head
Paid close attention to every word he said
Gave him perfection – Gave all I could give
But what he wanted -was for me not to live

Blank and so beautiful- beige and benign
You’re pulling ahead – left me falling behind
blank and so beautiful beige and benign
You’re pulling ahead left me falling behind
Blank and so beautiful- beige and benign
You pulled ahead – left me falling……

I threw a party
But nobody came
I threw a party and I was never the same
I threw a party
But nobody came
I threw a party and I was never the same
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