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5506  Media / The Soundroom / The Cores on: November 23, 2007, 01:07:13 PM
My favorite "-core" band is easily New Jersey's own Burnt By The Sun.  I'm normally not into "-core" because of the lacking melody and tough-guy vocals, but I love BBTS.  Mike O's lyrics are awesome and the band has quite a bit of musical talent.  When Mike O does public speeches or interviews, he's quite eloquent and knowledgable.  

And I have to show some New Jersey pride for Dillinger Escape Plan and God Forbid too.  Luddite Clone was good too.  Too bad they were such a short-lived band.  Ain't no metalcore like New Jersey metalcore.

When someone says grind, I think of bands like Pig Destroyer or Cattle Decapitation.
5507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: November 22, 2007, 11:12:29 PM
That's just needless and pointless nitpicking.  Does that scenario even make much of a difference anyway?  If you and your friend both liked the same movie for different reasons, so what?  Are you going to argue over whether the scripting or acting was better, even if both were good?  That's completely asinine.  You both liked the movie.  There's no need to nitpick just for the sake of nitpicking.
5508  The Rest / General Discussions / Saudi Arabia punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes on: November 22, 2007, 11:10:02 PM
Just because something is the law or status quo somewhere does not automatically make it right.  Laws in other places are what they are, but the whole dehumanization and violation of (at least in my moral handbook) some basic human rights are what I take issue with.  I don't care who you are, torture is wrong.  I know history is filled to the brim with torture methods, torture devices, and all that, but just because it *is* does not make it okay.  

No, I do not think that US culture should try to superimpose its 200 year old mishmash culture onto a place with a 5000 year old culture.  That's like the rebellious teenager trying to tell an adult how the world works.  

If you need to punish a crime, fine.  I can condone using death penalties in cases warranting it, but I can never condone the use of torture as a punishment.
5509  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 22, 2007, 07:17:42 PM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
I'm currently reading Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries".  Very Good read.  I had no idea he was that far gone back then.  I'm amazed that they were able to release "Girls, Girls, Girls" at all.

Have you read Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at all?  If you liked Nikki's book, you should check out The Dirt.  The Mick Mars chapters are probably the best ones in the book.  And I gained a whole new respect for John Corabi after reading The Dirt.  

Nikki Sixx must have superhero-esque powers.  I mean, the guy went into the hospital for a heroin overdose, died, came back to life, went back home, shot up again, and is still alive, kicking and rocking today.

It's kinda funny how some rock star autobiographies start out with a whole "drugs are bad, don't do them... now let me tell you about the totally awesome and crazy life I had while fucked out of my mind on drugs!"
5510  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: November 22, 2007, 11:25:21 AM
And just remember kids, overhyped does not equal overrated.  

EDIT: I'm sure we can think of plenty of games that were hyped up to be the second coming of the genre but didn't deliver.  Daikatana anyone?  Overhyped, absolutely.  Overrated?  No, because press and player opinions were largely negative.

In much the same way, we can think of games that were criminally overlooked.  Does that make a games like Beyond Good and Evil or Panzer Dragoon Saga underrated?  No.  Though they could be considered "great games nobody played" they got positive ratings from the critics and players who played them.
5511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / about tales of abyss storyline (spoiler!) on: November 21, 2007, 02:50:04 PM
And just remember, there are lots of strategies to use when dealing with plot being spoiled for you.  It happens all the time.  I've had endings of movies and books spoiled for me quite a bit.  

So my cognitive strategy is that if a spoiler is revealed, I just take greater interest in the events that lead up to the revelation.  For example, I knew that Dumbledore died in Harry Potter 6 before I even read the book.  So I just took it as "I know WHAT is going to happen, but now I really want to know HOW it is going to happen."  

And if you look at most any JRPG, you pretty much know the heroes are going to save the world, but it's the journey that's ultimately more interesting than the destination.  

Plus, it's not such a stretch that main characters in JRPGs harbor secrets about themselves and their identities that they don't even know themselves.  Luke being a clone, Zidane being a science project, Tidus being a manifestation of a collective dream...
5512  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 20, 2007, 01:15:00 PM
How're you liking Trace Memory, dude?  It's no secret I loved that game.  Though insanely short, it was awesome throughout and I still think it's one of the best games for the DS.  Hotel Dusk is fantastic too; it's by the same developers as Trace Memory.  

As for my gaming, I'm tackling some PSP RPGs for the site.
5513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Help suggest Games like DQ8 on: November 18, 2007, 09:09:29 PM
If you want good ol' fashioned 2D turn-based RPGs for your Playstation 2, the Atelier Iris games and Ar Tonelico fit the bill.  

If you want 3D polygonal RPGs with turn based battling, the Digital Devil Saga duo are two of the best, but DDS1 can be difficult to get and you need both since they're two halves of a storyline.  Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne's a possibility too.  I loved that game.  The Xenosaga games have turn-based goodness, but Xenosaga II's hit or miss with some gamers.  Xenosaga III is par excellence.  

Best turn-based RPG I've played this year?  Persona 3.  

And if you don't mind a clunky turn-based battle system, some issues with pacing, and some issues with the camera Okage: Shadow King is amusing.

And there's always the option of rocking some PS1 games you may have missed on your PS2.  If you're cool with that, you open up your potential selection big time.

Like you, I prefer traditional turn-based over realtime and Final Fantasy active-time battle systems.  The one exception to that rule for me is the Tales series of games.  Fighting is so much fun in those.  <3 Tales of Symphonia.
5514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 18, 2007, 11:11:07 AM
Gast- thanks.

And regarding Spectral Souls (since that was also asked about), I recall there was a PSP port of a Spectral Souls game that did not get favorable reviews (average ratio 50% on GameRankings.com), so Spectral Souls 3 will have to make up for lost ground there.
5515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 17, 2007, 10:46:28 PM
With this news, I'm now wondering if Atlus will rock some next gen MegaTen on the 360.  I remember they had that online Shin Megami Tensei: NINE on Xbox back in '02 or so.
5516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 17, 2007, 05:33:30 PM
Ar Tonelico should be a fun one, especially since one point works as both a positive and a negative.  

+ Exquisite soundtrack (generally)

+ Beautifully cutscenes

+ Therapist sim (if you're into that sort of thing)

- Therapist sim (if you're not into that sort of thing.)

- The songs with hip-hop samples felt really out of place.  

- lackluster dungeons

Next: Septerra Core.
5517  The Rest / General Discussions / Saudi Arabia punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes on: November 17, 2007, 02:10:04 PM
As horrible as this is (the dehumanizing act of such vile rape makes me lose my lunch), it's not uncommon in many countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries where the rape victim is the one punished by stoning, lashing, etc.  In parts of India, shit like this happens as well where rape victims get severely punished in humiliating ways and perps get off either scot free or with a lightened "slap on the wrist."  

There are places in this world so damn corrupt that in a case like this, the fraggin' cops would probably participate in the gangbang too while beating up the woman in a humiliating manner.  

And to think, in all kinds of holy tomes, mythologies, and cultural philosophies, the woman is strong, highly revered, worshipped... yet in much of the world, laws and practices are present that go against those ideals and treat women like bags of feces.  Not cool.  Not cool at all.  

'Tis a very unpleasant status quo.  It's sickening that the legal and supposedly moral fabric created in societies that's supposed to protect people does anything but protect women.  And this is not even getting into the whole psychology of how cultural machismo gets sickeningly twisted into ways no one would expect.
5518  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 16, 2007, 08:05:21 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"

You know, when I saw that earlier in the day I was like "WTF?"  But now that I've had a few beers, I look at that and literally LOL.  

As far as gaming goes... some Daxter on PSP.  Oh, and in the past week I beat Naruto: Path of the Ninja for DS.  What?  I did it for RPGfan, Naruto's a guilty pleasure anime/manga of mine, and the game's actually better than I thought it'd be.  Expect a review in the near future.  So because of that, I've been neglecting FFX-2.  I think Yuna, Rikku, and Paine can live without the almighty Dincrest for a while.

And they'll have to, because...

EDIT:  I decided to try out DDS1, since I snagged copies of that series.  I'm only in the first dungeon.  The game does not have any sense of "fun" but it's oh so awesome.  So darkly twisted, even more so than other Shin Megami Tensei titles... and that's no small feat.  I can already predict that Argilla and Heat are going to butt heads later.  

I had taken an almost 2 year hiatus from MegaTen, but this year with Persona 3 and now the DDS games this MegaTentist is back on the wagon.
5519  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 16, 2007, 03:46:18 PM
Alundra is plenty RPG.  A decent one at that.  

+ Terrific story

+ One of WD's better (read: less goofy) localizations

+ Some of the boss battles were really epic

- Oversensitive control + platforming = a frustrated Dincrest

- Some of the most fiendish puzzles since Landstalker (the timing ones were particularly maddening.)  

- lackluster visuals, even for their time.  

Alundra is one of those games that should've come with an extra controller.  I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to smash my controller against a wall while playing that game.  

Next up:  Breath of Fire III
5520  Media / Brush and Quill / The Filth: A New Round Robin for people to participate in. on: November 16, 2007, 03:27:47 PM
Go figure, on this day last year I started the previous round robin.  So here's my annual round robin for 2007.  You know how it works, I start a story, someone adds to it, another person adds to it, etc.  

Here goes...

Her name was Eeyore.  

That's obviously not her real name, but the guys I shared a house with called her that because her long face, large front teeth, mousy hair, and distinctive laugh resembled a donkey to them.  The way her nostrils would flare up when she was angry and her frequent, often violent, temper tantrums when she didn't get her way only reaffirmed the whole donkey thing to them.  

I'm normally not into girls like Eeyore.  No guy in his right mind would be.  My housemates totally hated her, and I can't blame them.  But the truth is, I was gaga over this girl.  I thought she was the raddest thing alive because she could...
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