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5431  The Rest / General Discussions / Nerd girls are sexy now, it seems. on: July 02, 2008, 08:49:49 PM
I don't know... if the picture thread is any indication, we @ RPGFan make geeknerdiness look fierce.  

5432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: July 02, 2008, 08:43:22 PM
I'm digging that bio-organic/bio-mechanical thing going in that one screenshot.  I hope we get to spend a decent chunk of time there.  I remember the teaser screens of Hyda IV in SO3 and not spending much time there in the actual game.  SO3 was still a fun game, though MP death was a pain in the neck and like many tri-Ace games, the story went to pieces halfway through.
5433  The Rest / General Discussions / George Carlin RIP on: July 02, 2008, 02:31:57 PM
Love him or hate him, George Carlin was a cultural icon.  We don't always get to choose our cultural icons.  I never thought Nirvana was all that great a band, but they were a cultural icon in the 1990s whether I like it or not.  History is what it is.  Of course, personally, I loved George Carlin.  He was my favorite stand up comedian, my other two favorites being Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart.  

Heh, during a conversation the other day, my mom started quoting part of his "fuck the children" schtick.  That was awesome, especially considering I have a cousin who actually works for Save the Children.
5434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 02, 2008, 01:28:40 PM
As long as there's no pointless stylus gimmickry simply for the sake of stylus gimmickry in this version, fine.  Hell, best if there's zero stylus gimmickry period.  Although, having gameplay on the top screen and the menu on the bottom screen where I can navigate it with a stylus is not a bad idea.  

Will I buy it?  No, I already have a SNES and a CT cart with a save with all characters but Magus at level 99.  I bought that cart on Ebay for $50 the day before 9/11 so it has some sentimental value to me.  But as a viable option for people who missed out on it?  Fine.  However, personally, I'm more interested in original content and remakes/ports of games we have not yet gotten outside of Japan, such as Star Ocean 1 or some of the SNES-era Dragon Quest titles.  I'm willing to just let remakes and ports be what they are.  It's good business sense to release them since I'm sure Chrono Trigger DS will make SE a bigger chunk of change than The World Ends With You did.  Though if I'm not mistaken, TWEWY didn't do so badly in the US, probably due to positive critical response.  Hell, I f'n loved the game.

Oh, and why is nobody singing "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
5435  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: July 01, 2008, 09:33:19 PM
My song of the moment is "Linus and Lucy" that very familiar theme from Charlie Brown/Peanuts.  My cousin tried to teach me some of the Stu Hamm tapped version, but I could barely get past a few bars.  I'll just learn the bassline and let other people do the melodies.  Though that fast "Brazil" section isn't easy.
5436  The Rest / General Discussions / Jews hate iPods. on: July 01, 2008, 09:26:19 PM
Anything can be evil if you tweak the context of it.  If you spin the rhetoric right, a single blade of grass can be evil.
5437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Upcoming DS RPGs: Witch's Tale & Black Sigil on: July 01, 2008, 07:47:40 AM
I was looking for more information about Black Sigil, and it seems RPGamer did an interview with a couple of the folks at Studio Archcraft.  


(Yes, I know RPGamer is a rival site that many people here make fun of, but they have something on the game that no other place on the web does, so...)
5438  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: June 30, 2008, 11:33:24 AM
Eh, the preview still makes it sound like Power Stone, and I never really liked Power Stone.
5439  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: June 29, 2008, 09:27:44 PM
Not interested.  Looks like it works in the vein of Power Stone, which I didn't like at all.  I prefer more in-your-face combat fighting games over projectile based ones.  Plus, when has Square-Enix ever put out a good fighting game?  Even their best ones can't compare to stuff like Virtua Fighter, Tekken, or Street Fighter.
5440  The Rest / General Discussions / Survey finds that Canadian men game naked, in the bathroom on: June 29, 2008, 01:06:20 PM
Eh, some people like to read magazines while sitting on the throne, others like to play DS.
5441  The Rest / General Discussions / Man, dildo technology has come a long way. (NSFW) on: June 29, 2008, 01:02:02 PM
Wasn't the band Steely Dan named after a steam-powered dildo from the book Naked Lunch?
5442  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Wall-E ...and Pixar; shifting their demographic? on: June 29, 2008, 12:54:32 PM
And let's not forget, Pixar was responsible for the PG rated "The Incredibles" which dealt with adult themes like midlife crises and identity.  And Cars had themes such as nostalgia and remembering who you are/were, which are definitely more adult themes since a child's not old enough to have the sense of nostalgia that adults have, since there isn't much life to reflect back on.  And the whole theme of toys as playthings versus collectibles was brilliant in Toy Story 2.  I mean, children buy toys to play with them, but adults buy them as investments.  Crazy, ain't it?  

I still have to see Wall-E.  I love Pixar.  Every film they've done has been awesome.  My personal favorite Pixar film is easily Monsters Inc. because the concept was so imaginative and the artists could go nuts with the character designs.

Pixar proves that you don't need to dumb down storylines to appeal to kids, nor do you need to have an ultra-serious vibe like Citizen Kane to appeal to adult sensibilities.  Pixar proves that a movie can be both smart and fun.
5443  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 29, 2008, 11:09:28 AM
Eus- very valid point about voice direction and direction in general.  I mean, heck, look at Hayden Christiansen in Star Wars versus Shattered Glass.  In the latter, he acted extremely well.  In the former, he was, well...

I was more or less just being a silly jackass in that post since a bunch of us were talking about how much we loathed Farleen's voice and what we disliked in the series.  And I will say that regardless of voice direction, I still can't stand helium voices.  I can't stand them in Japanese, I can't stand them in English, I can't stand them period.  

Still, I'm not a fan of the "run out of MP=die" since that just adds an extra annoyance to the game that takes away the fun.  I felt like that about fuel in Xenogears.  Gear battles would have been more fun if I didn't have to always watch my fuel tank.
5444  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 27, 2008, 02:46:46 PM
Apparently Rebecca Forstadt is a voice actress who specializes in those kinds of girly-girl voices.  So at least those of us who wish to seek revenge on Farleen will at least have the name of the human responsible for her wretched voice.  

List of things Star Ocean 4 likely could do wrong:

-Promise an interplanetary romp with plenty of sci-fi trappings and varied alien races, but stick us on a single podunk planet with humanoids for 90% of the game.  

-Keep the whole "run out of MP and you die" paradigm used in Star Ocean 3.  

-Re-hire Rebecca Forstadt to voice one of the heroines.
5445  Media / Miscellaneous Games / New Castlevania! on: June 27, 2008, 10:49:35 AM
Man, and I thought Star Wars: Masters of the Tera Kasi was a useless fighting game for a franchise that didn't need one.
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