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5506  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 13, 2007, 11:27:50 PM
The Last Unicorn 25th anniversary DVD came out earlier this year.  I'd get that version over the older cheapie DVD version, because the 25th anniversary edition is letterboxed and has crisper picture quality.
5507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Taking the cue: Most Frustrating RPG on: April 13, 2007, 07:53:38 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"

uh sure some luck is involved but deck building is a skill.

I guess I could buy that, but man is fussing around with deck building ever tedious and boring.  I'll pass.  I find the whole card battling paragidm tedious, frustrating, and too dependent on luck for my tastes.  I find it like playing War with a standard deck of cards.
5508  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Taking the cue: Most Frustrating RPG on: April 13, 2007, 12:25:34 AM
For me, I find the most frustration in puzzle RPGs like Landstalker and Alundra.  The jumping puzzles especially have made me want to smash controllers.  I'm still flabbergasted that I somehow managed to finish Light Crusader (which was a Landstalker clone.)  

Any RPG that utilizes a card battling system is frustrating for me as well.  I'd like to rely on skill rather than luck of the draw, thank you.

Oh, and games like Phantasy Star 3 that pool your experience, meaning that if your 5 character party gains 45 EXP, that means 9 EXP for each character and not 45 EXP per character.  Made level building a tedious chore.  The slow walking speed coupled with gigantic environments and the only place you could save was at an inn (and you had to pay to save too) and you have a recipe for tedium.  

For me what's frustrating is when games either screams "lack of effort" (whether it be bad music or inability to balance difficulty levels properly resulting in uber-cheap enemies/mechanics) or that are so overwrought and pretentious that they stops being fun.
5509  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 12, 2007, 11:31:54 PM
I dunno... Murdoc- by your logic, that's like telling a Jew to almost deny the Holocaust and just "get over it."  That's pretty insensitive.  That's something that population holds as part of their cultural identity, for better or worse.  And identity, no matter how twisted it may be, is something we as humans are always seeking and never quite let go of.  

There are certain historical and cultural traumas that folks really can't get over.  You can tell people all you want to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but a fat lot of good that's going to do when the white corporations running America keep pushing you down and even pitting races against each other (i.e. the whole Blacks vs. Koreans thing in parts of LA esp. during the riots in the mid 1990s).  

Murdoc- you REALLY need to watch "The Color of Fear."  It will probably explain Azrael and I better than we ourselves could.

But regarding Don Imus' "nappy headed ho's" comments and the couch label, the sucky part of it for me is not so much the content itself, but the fact that, as Ash said in the first post, the couch company and Imus are cowardly passing the buck, cowardly offering insincere apologies, and refusing to take responsibility and accountability for their words/actions.  It's the whole lack of responsibility and accountability among the perpatrators that truly irritates me.
5510  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 12, 2007, 08:55:41 PM
I don't know why, but "Cows With Guns" by Dana Lyons is stuck in my head.  The song's f'n awesome.  But it must be heard, it's funny.  Cows With Guns is awesome.

I like this flash animation that goes along with it. http://www.shagrat.net/Portfolio/cows.swf
5511  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 12, 2007, 09:01:00 AM
Since I have a feeling this topic is going to "go there" I would just recommend that if you fine folks can find a way to watch Lee Mun Wah's 1993 documentary "The Color of Fear" do it.  It's 8 men of different ethnicities having a group discussion on racism and deeper aspects of it like what it means to be white.  

There was a Color of Fear II and Walking Eachother Home, but the first Color of Fear is easily the most powerful.
5512  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 11, 2007, 07:47:38 PM
And with Don Imus calling the Rutgers womens' basketball team nappy ho's and jiggaboos then passing the buck and refusing to be responsible or accountable...

Yeah, not being accountable and blaming "rap music" or whooziwhats for X,Y, and Z and refusing to take accountability is the norm rather than the exception with racist shit.
5513  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamesradar: Top 7 Nintendo mistakes on: April 11, 2007, 10:49:19 AM
I'm with Pat in that the top 3 reasons are no-brainers.  It's "corporate" hubris and resting on the laurels that would do any company in.  I've seen hubris and laurel-resting turn some once lauded names in guitar/bass manufacturing into complete mockeries of themselves.
5514  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 10, 2007, 10:36:24 PM
I gotta see Le Adder Noir play again sometime.  Fantastic band and great guys; always were supportive of my old band Sullen Door ( http://www.myspace.com/sullendoor ;we played some shows with Le Adder Noir) and they're supportive of my current musical project as well (Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs http://www.myspace.com/godzillasmurfparade)

My favorite song by Le Adder Noir is "Lost Creatures" which you can hear on their site http://www.leaddernoir.com/ (their myspace http://www.myspace.com/leaddernoir) has different songs.)  

I adore the lyrics in "Lost Creatures."  Listen to the song to hear the lyrics.  

Stylistically, I'd call the band indie/alternative rock.
5515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: April 10, 2007, 09:23:43 PM
I mostly muddled my way through Innocent Sin.  I can read hiragana and katakana, but my kanji isn't that great.  I also knew a lot of the personae and their spells and menu commands from having played EP.  

Plus, after I beat the game, a group of translators called Oracle of Maiya did an entire translation of the game's dialogue.  I loved Innocent Sin, but reading this made it that much more awesomer.  

5516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: April 10, 2007, 09:07:05 PM
Although it's not an RPG, but I reviewed it for RPGfan, my all time favorite visual novel (and game in general) is easily Ever17.  The story, the characters, the visuals, the music... everything about that game is so amazing, so poignant, so engrossing.  


It's only one of two games I've given Editor's Choice to, the other being Hourglass of Summer ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/hourglassofsummer/index.html ) which is my favorite love adventure.  

But in terms of more traditional RPGs, I'd have to go with Persona 2: Innocent Sin.  Sure, one could argue that objectively Persona 1 and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment were better, but the story and characters in Innocent Sin gripped me like no other RPG plot ever has.  The gameplay was deep and really fun too.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/persona2is/index.html Yep, these are some of the highest scores I've ever given a video game.  I'd have given this one Editor's Choice, but my review went up even before RPGfan started doing Editor's Choice.
5517  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:36:54 PM
Oh poo.  I wanna talk to demons, dammit.
5518  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 09, 2007, 08:25:12 PM
I've been on a major Gorillaz kick lately.  And though I originally disliked the "Demon Days" album, it's growing on me.  But still, my songs of the moment are "Clint Eastwood" and "19-2000" which are my two favorite songs off the first Gorillaz album.
5519  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:18:44 PM
I've been playing Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou Vs. The Soulless Army every once in a while.  It's a good game, but I dunno.  I'm not really digging the battles.  They're fun, but capturing demons is a pain and you can't talk to them.  The plot also seems to be sillier than your average MegaTen game and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  

That's always been my favorite part of Megami Tensei: being able to have conversations with the demons you're up against.  It seems MegaTen's moving away from that.  Nocturne had limited demon chit chat (fantastic game, though.)  DDS didn't let you talk to demons at all (still fantastic games, though.)  And the demon interactions in Devil Children were an absolute joke (and the games weren't that great either.)  

Someone please tell me that Persona 3 will allow me to have decent conversations with demons.  

I don't know.  I'm probably some head-up-the-ass nostalgia douchebag, but to me, it just ain't quite MegaTen if I can't converse with demons.
5520  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 09, 2007, 06:37:03 PM
I caught "The Last Unicorn" this past weekend.  Still such a beautiful film.

EDIT: My favorite line:

Molly: But what if there isn't a happy ending?
Schmendrick: There are no happy endings, because nothing ever ends.
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