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5491  The Rest / General Discussions / DR's Feelgood Story of the Week on: February 13, 2008, 02:49:36 PM
Massive slip there.  Yeah, when an article is mostly "nail up penis" it's certainly not one I would want to read with any kind of depth.  But Indians are still masochists and our pal here probably didn't think much of having a nail stuck up his urethra for 3 days because how can that be any worse than wasp stings? :P  I just cannot help but be a jackasshole and poke fun at stories like this.  

I was totally thinking about some of those news stories of self imposed injury like the one where the guy fired a nailgun into his eye socket (and it stayed there for a few days), or the guy who padlocked his cock 'n balls for 2 weeks.  And there are plenty of guys who willingly get their cocks pierced.  So I wouldn't be surprised if some dude decided to try doing it himself.  

That's not even getting into various balcony stories, such as the girl who flew off while demonstrating a back handspring or this one Indian dude who was smoking a cigarette on a balcony, leaned a little too far back, and fell to his death.
5492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: February 13, 2008, 02:47:26 PM
The PS2 still has plenty of life left in it, so while the past looks excellent in terms of the RPG library, the future's looking better than expected.  In March, Mana Khemia comes out, for example.  And I believe it was reported that Atlus was planning to develop Persona 4 for the PS2 rather than a next-gen system.  The PS2 certainly has a strong userbase and with the new generation of systems' (PS3, 360) hardware and software prices being high, I sense more people hanging on to their older consoles.  I sure as day can't afford a 360.  

So whether you're looking to the past, present or immediate future, there are plenty of PS2 RPGs out there and at least a handful that will satisfy what you want and like.  Like any recommendation thread, you ask 20 people what the best RPG for the system is, you'll get 20 different responses.
5493  The Rest / General Discussions / DR's Feelgood Story of the Week on: February 13, 2008, 01:59:47 PM
Man, what's with Indians and masochism?  There is a chapter in the Kama Sutra that says in order to increase the size of your phallus you have to cover it in wasp stings, apply lots of ointment, and carve a hole in your mattress so you can sleep semi-comfortably because it'll be all swollen up.  We have yogis contorting themselves into positions that would logically pop the kneecaps off any normal person.  We have the ascetics who use anorexia as a form of spiritual enlightenment.  And now we have the guy who drove a nail up his penis.  

Ahhh, my people.  How you entertain me so.
5494  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: February 13, 2008, 12:25:58 PM
My copy came in today.  I'll probably play it this evening after class and everything.
5495  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 13, 2008, 07:37:53 AM
When it comes to self, it's one thing that psychologists, philosophers, spiritualists, and everyone else has been pondering since mankind discovered consciousness.  The discovery of self is an interesting thing.  

One thing that's contradictory is that part of "being" yourself is being able to accept, even embrace, alternatives without getting defensive.  Many of those alternatives are within you, but don't feel like you.  This could also be partially why so many people become resistant and reach impasses during therapy.  They're moving away from the "self" they've known for decades.  But it's not identity that's being dropped.  It's baggage that's being dropped and behind the baggage is aspects of yourself that you had in you the whole time but never realized it because it was under all that baggage.  Dropping the baggage is stressful and you want it back like a security blanket since that's what you know, but once you work through it and have that "a ha!" moment, it's quite liberating.  Given the nature of emotional baggage and how ingrained it is within us, that's why therapy can take years.  You can't solve a lifetime of issues in one hour.  That's why I think Dr. Phil is the biggest crock of shit out there and IMO gives real honest professional therapists and counselors a bad name.  

Psychological change is tough.  Just like there's pain before gain when working out your muscles, it's the same with working out your psychological being.

Guess I should stay on topic with another Nealy fact.  I'm still searching for that perfect bass string.  I've tried a ton and I'm still searching for "the one."
5496  Media / The Soundroom / King Diamond, Grammy winner? on: February 12, 2008, 08:13:37 PM
The only good one was Herbie Hancock winning the biggie album of the year.  Herbie Hancock is awesome.

Award shows suck anyway.  It's just a bunch of corporate suits patting each other on the back.  Even the ones voted on by "the people" are totally rigged.
5497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / are we ever gonna see the US release of TOD and TOD2? on: February 12, 2008, 02:44:16 PM
But the Japanese Tales of Destiny 2 did introduce aerial combo attacks which have been incorporated into later Tales games.  

Worst Tales games I've played was Radiant Mythology.  The battles were fun, but the plot and other gameplay were dull, repetitive, and shallow.
5498  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 12, 2008, 08:16:02 AM
$1200 for Chrono Trigger?  I got a bridge in Brooklyn I could sell that guy.

 My Chrono Trigger cart is one thing I'd have a tough time parting with.  I snagged it for $50 on Ebay on September 10, 2001, while I was living in Manhattan.  Then 9/11 hit and because of that, my check never reached the seller.  Thankfully he was forgiving and allowed me to resend payment.  I got my Chrono Trigger.  Yay.  Greatest JRPG of all time and that cart has sentimental value for me too.  

As for gaming, nothing new to report.  I haven't played a video game since Thursday when I got to stage 10 or 11 in Gitaroo Man PSP.  I'm waiting for my copy of Professor Layton to come in.  I've been using my free time to learn 80s metal songs on bass for my own amusement (and the amusement of my friends who like to jam on that stuff.)
5499  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: February 12, 2008, 08:08:06 AM
The art style totally reminds me of The Adventures of Tin Tin, which was an amazing comic and cartoon series.
5500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / are we ever gonna see the US release of TOD and TOD2? on: February 12, 2008, 08:05:46 AM
But the Tales of Destiny remake for Playstation 2 (and the directors cut) are 3D remakes with the Abyss battle system, new mechanics, and some new storyline content.  

I liked Tales of Destiny on PSone quite a bit and would like to see the remake in the US, but I'm not sure it would mean sales for Namco.  Tales of Destiny didn't do so hot (not in the wake of FF7 at least).  

And regardless, we've seen a healthy amount of Tales games in the US:
Tales of Phantasia (GBA)
Tales of Destiny (PSone)
Tales of Eternia renamed Tales of Destiny II (PSone)
Tales of Symphonia (GCN)
Tales of Legendia (PS2)
Tales of the Abyss (PS2)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology (PSP)

And I believe it was mentioned that Symphonia 2 may be US bound.  Am I forgetting any?  

The Tales series is prolific beyond belief in Japan and gets pretty good representation in the US.  I'd like to see Tales of Innocence for DS in the US, but what will happen will happen.  

And petitions don't work... unless there's a $50 bill attached to each signature.  Companies listen to the cha-ching of money, not the whining of dorks like us on the internet.  If we want X, Y or Z games we have to make our voices heard with our wallets.  If we want Tales games, we need to buy up new copies of the recent US releases of Tales games in healthy amounts.  The only reason, say, the Phoenix Wright series is a viable entity in the US is because more people than Capcom expected bought the software.
5501  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: February 10, 2008, 10:05:09 PM
Nope, not yet.  I'll probably get it in the next 2-3 days.
5502  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 10, 2008, 09:32:15 PM
Willy, you can check out more of Ronzo's work here: http://www.ronscire.com/artwork-Ronzo.php

I met Ron very briefly in 2004.  The drummer in a band I was playing with at the time knew him.  Nice guy.  I also like the pictures he did of bassist PJ and guitarist Steve of 40 Foot Ringo.  I would love an action shot of me playing bass turned into a cool piece of artwork like that.
5503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: February 10, 2008, 09:38:15 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
Neal, tradition is like a turkey sandwich. You can put some lettuce and tomatoes and onions on it and stuff but it's always gonna be a turkey sandwich. Eventually some people get tired of it.

Innovation is the buffet of the video game industry.

If you're going to go with food analogies, I'll address this one with you since I'm the maharaj of food analogies around here:P  Not all turkey sandwiches are created equal.  The ingredients make a big difference.  A turkey sandwich made with better ingredients and put together better WILL taste different (usually better) than a slapdash one with mediocre ingredients.  So the flavor is not a constant even though they're both turkey sandwiches.  And I'm willing to bet that when you're tired of turkey sandwiches, one bite of a really bad one just may have you craving a good one again.  And there are some consumables I never get tired of, such as good beer.  And should that ever happen, one sip of garbage like Natty Ice will have me re-craving Belgian microbrews again in a heartbeat.  

So within the realm of tradition, it's not yay/nay.  There's a spectrum.  Some examples of games that keep with tradition ARE very stale, like a cardboardy frozen pizza.  But there are others that keep with tradition but are fantastic, like a lovingly handmade pizza with dough, sauce, and cheese made from scratch.  We can all name examples of games that felt like that to us.    

Innovation is a wonderful thing.  Fresh ideas, no matter how right or wrong, are at least a step in a different direction and learning from mistakes leads to progress.  I love progressive thought and some of my favorite things in this world are the result of innovation.  For example, if Leo Fender hadn't created the electric bass guitar as we know it in 1951, then where would I be?  

And with innovation, there's the innovation of different aspects.  It'd be silly to deviate from grandma's super ultra incredibly awesome recipe for sweet potato pie, but innovations in cooking technology allow this amazing traditional recipe to be recreated with greater ease than in grandma's time.  Of course if grandma couldn't cook to save her life, then you'll totally want to alter that recipe or just come up with one of your own.  

But the point I really want to make is that innovation and tradition are not black and white concepts.  In addition, something does not necessarily need to be innovative to be good.  And in looking at Mistwalker's track record with Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, they don't seem to be out to reinvent the wheel like other developers may be.  And to me, that's okay.
5504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: February 09, 2008, 08:48:48 PM
Sometimes I wonder... when was tradition a "bad" thing?  Innovation is wonderful and some of my favorite RPGs have been innovative, but does a game need to be innovative to be great?  One of the games I reviewed that was Editor's Choice, Hourglass of Summer, wasn't innovative but rather the most exemplary example of a genre (in this case a love adventure.)  I've yet to play a better one and I've played many.  

Even when I scoured information and did my preview on Lost Odyssey, my impression was "polished traditional JRPG."  I can dig that.  

In looking at Mistwalker's track record, I don't really think they're out to reinvent the wheel.  I think they're just out to make fun RPGs with time tested, tried and true aspects.
5505  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: February 09, 2008, 06:18:41 PM
My song of the moment is "Wild Child" by WASP.  That's such a fun song.  Sure the bassline's pretty wack if practically nonexistent, but it's fun to jump around the room, do 80s glam metal style poses and faces while singing the words, all that.  

I remember being at a party and one of my friends brought a mix CD with some 80s metal stuff.  He, I and another friend were getting into it and he said, "Neal, you like this stuff?"  I said, "yeah bro, I loved this stuff as a kid."  He replies, "I always pegged you as more of a prog guy.  Well anyway, if you learn to play this kind of music you'll get tons of ladies."  I smiled and nodded while thinking, "back in 1987 maybe, but not these days.  Girls these days like emo boys who cry on stage."  Later on, the three of us started doing karaoke to "Wild Child" when it came on.  I picked up a broom and pretended it was a bass.  The dude I was talking to played air guitar, and our other friend sang.  

Sure this is "classic" WASP and not the awesomeness that is The Crimson Idol (which really is an excellent album) but hot darn if it isn't pure unadulterated 80s metal fun.  And even nowadays, Blackie Lawless and Frankie Banali are awesome.  Those guys should have their own talk show.

I ride, I ride the winds that bring the rain
A creature of love and I can't be tamed
I want you, cause I'm gonna take your love from him
And I'll touch your face and hot burning skin
No, he'll never ever touch you like I do
So look in my eyes and burn alive the truth

I'm a wild child, come and love me I want you
My heart's in exile I need you to touch me
Cause I want what you do... I want you

Tell me, tell me the lies you're telling him
When you run away cause I wanna know
Cause I, I'm sure it's killing him to find
That you run to me when he lets you go
Cause I'm burning, burning, burning up with fire
So come turn me on and turn the flames up higher

I'm a wild child, come and love me I want you
My heart's in exile I need you to touch me
Cause I want what you do... I want you

A naked heat machine, I want your love
When the moons arise we'll feel just what it does

I'm a wild child, come and love me I want you
My heart's in exile I need you to touch me
Cause I want what you do I want you
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