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5446  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 03, 2007, 10:32:35 AM
I'm at the Omega Star Cluster in Xenosaga 2.  

You know, even though I still think Shion's a petulant weenie, she was more bearable this time around.  Some of the scenes with her were freaking hysterical.  I wonder if the creators intended to make her a parody of herself in those instances.  

I found it hysterical in Moby Dick's when she
cowered in a corner in fear of her brother.

I can dig Shion more than Allen, though.  That guy's the whiniest, complainiest, most insecure, embarassingly clingy, socially incompetent little wuss.  His position as Shion's lapdog is pretty pathetic.  She has his balls in a dixie cup and she doesn't even realize it.  

Still, as something of a foil Allen's not bad.  I mean, in the restricted area Shion puts on that fake "little miss tough girl" act with him, because she knows he's the only one who'll be intimidated by that.  She can't do the "little miss tough girl" act with anyone else because she's a transparent weenie who can barely intimidate a dust bunny.  She especially can't do that "little miss tough girl" act with her brother and KOS-MOS hardly listens to her anyway.  

When she did the "little miss tough girl" act with Allen, I laughed.

In any case, despite all my complaining about the series and tearing it apart at times, it's becoming one of my favorite RPG series.  It has that intangible mojo that keeps me coming back and is offering me a unique experience that I haven't gotten from the genre in a long time.
5447  The Rest / General Discussions / Best ethnic accent? on: August 03, 2007, 10:14:04 AM
Eastern European definitely.  Then again, that could be because some of the most gorgeous women I've met during my graduate studies were from countries like Romania and Belarus.  

I can dig Icelandic too, since it's not very common.  

And like most guys, I think Brazilian accents are really sexy.  

My least favorite has to be Indian accents for any gender.  I'm Indian and everything, but there is no way in heaven or hell that an Indian accent can sound even remotely cool.  No matter what, an Indian accent will always sound laughable to me.

I'm not a fan of French accents either.  To me they either sound frou-frou, fruity, snobbish, or arrogant.  French accents are not warm and inviting to me.  They're off putting.
5448  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Decent real-time rpgs? on: August 03, 2007, 10:02:13 AM
Quote from: "rpgseeker"
Thanks for the replies.  I will look into this MegaTen game.

Thing with that Devil Summoner game is this:  Everything else about the game is pretty good except the battle system.  The setting is excellent (incredible sense of time and period), the storyline's pretty good, the visuals are easy on the eyes and the music's easy on the ears.  

But the battles are limiting, get monotonous, can be frustrating/twiddly, and just generally isn't fun.  

So if you want to play a real-time RPG purely for the battle system, then Devil Summoner won't fit the bill, unless you can look past the battle engine and really enjoy the other really good aspects about the game.
5449  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 02, 2007, 08:15:10 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Man, you GameShark to get through the story painlessly but you're doing those quests anyway? Either you just used the GameShark to ease it up a bit and still need to do some of that stuff or you're just insane. :P

I took a visit to Second Miltia after wandering around the Kukai foundation and everyone and their great aunt Ida Mae roped me into one GS quest or another.  Still, those were fun.  It gave life to the characters in Second Miltia and made it seem like a living, breathing place where people actually live lives and aren't just mannequins that say the same things over and over.  

I didn't go out of my way to do any, they just sorta landed in my lap whilst I was hanging out in Second Miltia.  The only one I actually wanted to do was repay Captain Matthews' debt, because he's my favorite character in the series.  Infinite items really helped there.  

And I don't see what's so bad about me GameSharking Xenosaga 2.  You're the one who advises people to skip it and just see the database in 3.  I viewed the database in 3, but seeing the stuff for myself in 2 (and 1) has been great.  Plus, you know how I feel about the music.  

Progress- I'm in Labyrinthos now.
5450  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 02, 2007, 04:33:45 PM
My progress in Xenosaga 2- finished the Ormus Stronghold and am now doing a bunch of GS quests before going to Old Miltia.
5451  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: August 02, 2007, 04:31:56 PM
I saw a program on Food Network once all about pizza and they mentioned some pizza places that make flavored crusts.  I wonder why that was never thought of sooner.  The crust often gets tossed and is seen as nothing more than a handhold.
5452  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: August 02, 2007, 01:12:21 PM
This Trivium song interpretation is still the best one.  

5453  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: August 02, 2007, 11:27:31 AM
Well, I still think my pizza's better than the artery-clogging clusterfucks that started this thread:P  I was ready to puke when I saw those Pizza Hut offerings.  Too many ingredients can definitely spoil a dish, in my opinion.  As for the whole "best" thing, I'm just being silly in the thread since this is a rather silly/lighthearted "best pizza evar!" thread and not La Morte De Arthur.

And either way, I can't stand Pizza Hut or Domino's.  I like local, independently owned, non-chain "mom & pop" pizzerias.  My favorite pizzerias are The Pizzeria on MacDougal Street in NYC and La Familia in New Brunswick, NJ.
5454  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: August 01, 2007, 08:44:26 PM
I still think the pizza I make is the best.  I've brought it to multiple potlucks and everyone always raves at how good it is.

Salsa Pizza

pizza dough
peach mango salsa (I use bottled stuff)
Mexican cheeses (I use the shredded Sargento 4 cheese Mexican blend)

Roll out your pizza dough, generously spread out your salsa on it, put your cheese on it (I typically don't use more than 8 oz.  I use just enough to have an even layer over the salsa), cook in 350 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes (or until cheese bubbles up), let cool, eat and enjoy.
5455  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: August 01, 2007, 08:14:13 AM
Quote from: "Shiguma"
Mark Rothko also committed suicide by simultaneously slitting his arms open with a razor blade and overdosing on anti-depressants.  Perhaps because at age 66, he finally realized that his "art" was a steaming load of horse shit?

Edit:  His wife left him, too.  He must have been a real winner.

OMG Mark Rothko was emo!  

And somewhere in my addled brain is something about chess, battle strategies, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, and how the word "art" is such a complex word.  Dictionary.com lists 16 or so definitions.
5456  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 10:07:31 PM
So I WAS right!  You all HAVE been watching too much Shark Week on Discovery Channel!  

Not that I blame you, since it *is* an entire week of programming dedicated to sharks, and sharks are awesome.
5457  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 08:58:57 PM
Re: the art in martial arts.  I was thinking of movies like Hero or House of Flying Daggers (two of my all time faves.)  But to me, creative usage of knowledge and intuition to take advantage of a dire situation is something I can relate to.  Like an aikido artist defensively flowing with an opponent, an expert counselor flows with a client.  It becomes like a dance or a game of chess.  The expert counselor needs to know when to dance and when to play chess, like if a client is defensive.  

Art speaks to me if it contains something I can relate to.  For example, I prefer the painting The Old Man with a Guitar over Mondrian paintings.  The former speaks to me whereas the latter is just a bunch of squares to me.
5458  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: July 31, 2007, 04:58:37 PM
...and I thought the Fat Sandwiches at the Rutgers grease trucks were insane.
5459  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 01:51:31 PM
Come on people, let's behave.  Do I honestly need to lock this thread because some people are acting like jerks?  

Man, is it the August summer heat and the lack of anything to do when school's out that's making everyone cranky?  

And what's with the sudden feeding frenzy on Prime Mover?  Been watching too much Shark Week on Discovery channel?  I find it incongruent that the verbosity and over-intellectualization you accuse him of is something that I'm probably just as guilty of on these forums and have been guilty of for years.  So why is it that I got commended and he gets condemned?    

In terms of chess, it's a battle strategy game and people like Kasparov make it seem like an art when they play.  The deft skill involved... some people say he has it "down to a science" and others say he has it "down to an art."  go figure, huh?

I definitely think fighting can be an art.  I mean, karate, jiu jitsu, muay tai, and all are called martial ARTS.  Gally's/Alita's fighting style in GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita is called Panzer Kunst (battle arts).  And even if you know every textbook fighting technique, you have to be creative when an enemy does things that throw you for a loop, hence an art.  For me, I always associate creativity with art.  

In a similar way, counseling can be seen as an art, like when a client throws the counselor a curveball and the counselor successfully manipulates that curveball in service of the client.  Many therapist refer to the counselor/client interaction as a "dance."  

I think that whether or not something is democratically viewed as "art" there is often an underlying art analogy in there.  Elements of art can be found in many things.

EDIT 2:  I'm reminded of a commercial I saw when I was a kid for some Milton Bradley or Parker Brothers product where two cartoon characters are taking turns using it and one goes "it's a game!"  the other goes "it's art!" and they keep trading it back and forth, doing different things with it, and arguing with each other "see, it's a game!"  "No look, it's art!"

EDIT:  And I'll admit, I avoided the Ebert thread.  Why?  My own biases.  I think Roger Ebert is a tub o' lard jackasshole douchebag toolbox, so I have zero interest in anything he has to say and would  most likely react to it as "what the fuck does that dumbass porker know?" simply because it's Ebert.  And that wouldn't be very productive, now would it?
5460  The Rest / General Discussions / Is 'Checkers' a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 01:43:05 PM
Useless waste of a thread.  It's an invitation for flaming, trolling, baiting, and other nefarious nasties the admins don't like.  

Topic locked, have a nice day.
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