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5446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: April 27, 2008, 10:16:56 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"

4. GBA Tales of Phantasia
The way I see it, haters of the gba hate it because it's an inferior remake of a remake, not because it's a bad game.


And why is that a bad thing?  I think that's a justifiable reason.  My review of the GBA ToP port is basically that.  I think ToP is one of the best JRPGs ever created, but this ported GBA version US gamers finally got was very poorly done.  The SNES original was killer and the PSOne remake was exquisite.  This GBA version was like a bad cook's poor attempt at an amazing recipe.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/top-gba/index.html

As for the love-to-hate RPGs, I always thought that since FF7, the trendy thing to do was to hate on Square Enix for being "too commercial" or "selling out."
5447  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: April 27, 2008, 10:11:26 PM
Song of the moment?  Try album of the moment.  For the past couple of weeks, I've been on a serious Weezer blue album kick.  I love that album.  Every song is a winner with great lyrics and killer riffs.  Blue and Pinkerton are easily Weezer's best albums and I'm willing to call Blue one of the best rock albums of all time.  That's one CD I'm never parting with.

If I have to pick a song off of it for SOTM, then I'll pick Surf Wax America because I love lyrics like The sea is foaming like a bottle of beer

and

You'll take your car to work
I'll take my board
And when you're out of fuel
I'm still afloat
5448  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 26, 2008, 07:31:42 PM
A handful of hours in The World Ends With You.  Fun game, but I think the critics are way too impressed with it.  

FES is good, though I can't stand Metis.  She's annoying and her voice is ear-gratingly squeaky.  At least T-elos was totally badass (and Kos-Mos was too.)

Junpei's still the best.
5449  The Rest / General Discussions / Wizards are stealing dicks in Africa. on: April 26, 2008, 05:52:35 PM
Quote from: "Vilnius"

Just because I buy dicks off the black market doesn't give you the right to judge me.


You buy dicks on Ebay?
5450  The Rest / General Discussions / Thinks you hate/hated about your college campus. on: April 26, 2008, 12:20:08 PM
The thing with university professors is this.  At many Research-One universities, they don't give a shit about a professor's ability to teach.  All they care about is how much s/he has published in professional journals.  That is why you see professors who are excellent researchers and brilliant minds, but are really insular, can't teach for squat and don't care a whit for their students.  You see that in TA's too.  Some actually want to make a difference and care for the students while others cannot be bothered.  

I have seen excellent professors who taught well and genuinely cared for their students let go because they didn't meet their published research quota one year.  That's downright ridiculous.  

That's why I think for undergraduate education, teaching colleges are better because even though those professors may not be on the cutting edge of research, they can actually *gasp* teach!

So there's something that sucks at many educational institutions: bullshit educational policy.
5451  Media / Brush and Quill / Bowser and Cap Falcon on: April 25, 2008, 08:33:52 PM
To me, that ASCII anime girl looks like she's eating corn on the cob freshly plucked off the vine with the husk still on it.  

I should probably insert some kind of Cornholio joke since Beavis and Butt-Head was the first time I heard the song Detachable Penis.  I must thank them for White Zombie too.  Their bassist Sean Yseult was hot.  Heck, she's still hot.
5452  The Rest / General Discussions / Wizards are stealing dicks in Africa. on: April 25, 2008, 08:26:10 PM
DR, where the hell do you find this stuff?  Do you actively seek out wonko news stories like this?  

Still, body part theft is no joke.  One need only look at the extortion used in places like rural India or rural China to obtain peoples' organs to sell.  And I'll give you one guess which country is the biggest buyer of these "black market" organs.  It's kinda scary that the absurd spine theft in GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita is closer to reality than I would've thought.
5453  The Rest / General Discussions / Thinks you hate/hated about your college campus. on: April 25, 2008, 08:12:45 PM
The thing I disliked most about my undergrad campus was the fact that it was built like a wind tunnel.  This wouldn't be so bad if it were University of Arizona (as it was intended to be), but this is/was University of Albany in the farking SNOW BELT!  Oh, and the campus dining hall food was terrible.  It always ranks in the top 5 for worst college food in the nation.  NYU's dining hall food was decent, though I'd have thought for a private university costing as much as it does, the food'd be better.  The Busch campus dining hall at Rutgers had surprisingly good food.  Still, it was as a grad student I taught myself to cook for myself and I've developed into a decent cook.
5454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 24, 2008, 05:18:11 PM
Pete Wentz is the crap-tastic bass player for Fall Out Boy and IMO a total douchebag.  And, yes, I think Fall Out Boy is one of the worst bands ever.

I got my copy today.  I shall be joining the TWEWY ranks now.
5455  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 22, 2008, 08:55:37 PM
My FES is coming in tomorrow afternoon.  No word on The World Ends With You yet.
5456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 20, 2008, 05:23:47 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/subarashiki/index.html

Yeah, we're talking Persona 3 music gone horribly wrong.  

The whole idea of the stylus plus D-pad controlling two characters reminds me a bit of how things happened in Ontamarama.

I have this one and FES preordered.  I've been quite jaded on JRPGs of late and this one seems fresh.
5457  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: April 20, 2008, 01:11:30 PM
I was at a ska/punk show last night and nabbed CDs from local bands The Last Martyrs of a Lost Cause and The Bad Scene.  I really liked The Bad Scene.  And I definitely liked that they were the two out of the four bands with bassists rocking Warwicks.
5458  The Rest / General Discussions / GamesRadar: Top 15 videogame stories on: April 19, 2008, 09:13:49 AM
Eh, if we ask 50 people to make a list of the best video game stories ever, we'll have 50 different lists.  I actually thought it was good that non-Japanese games were highlighted.  I also liked that many non-RPGs were highlighted since nowadays games in any genre can hold a strong narrative.  I'm seeing games outside the RPG and graphic adventure genres with more interesting stories than ever.

EDIT:  And this is not even getting into the individual differences as to what makes a story "good."  Everyone has different ideas as to what a good story is.
5459  The Rest / General Discussions / GamesRadar: Top 15 videogame stories on: April 18, 2008, 09:11:41 PM
Either way when you really look at it, video game storytelling has come a long way.  Back in the earlier days of gaming, the only types of games that even incorporated storytelling were text adventures like Zork and then graphic adventures and later on RPGs.  Look at how storytelling in RPGs has evolved from Dragon Quest 1 to now.  And nowadays, action platformers are incorporating exciting stories, and they were traditionally never story-centric genres.  Great storylines in video games are not just relegated to RPGs and graphics adventures, though I still think those two genres present the best storylines in video games.  

But for me, mission accomplished on that article, because it makes me want to try Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
5460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: April 18, 2008, 05:00:22 PM
I'm digging the screens and the pipe smoking dog is amusing.  Still, I'd love to see a Tales game set in something other than trad fantasy.
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