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5506  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:18:19 PM
I still think our next president will be a democrat.  The republican lineup is largely unimpressive and, as mentioned before, a surprising amount of republican voters are defecting to the Obama camp.  And if you look at the polls, we're seeing a significantly higher percentage of democrat voters than republican voters in the primaries.  If this trend continues towards the November election, the democrats will be back in power again.  

I voted Clinton, as if that was any surprise given what I've been saying in this thread and my own political leanings (I'm undoubtedly a democrat.)  She did win the New Jersey primary for the dems.  It was McCain for the republicans.  Before Giuliani dropped out of the race, predictions for NJ were Clinton/Giuliani.
5507  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:06:08 PM
Regardless, despite the grassroots support Ron Paul's getting, he's such a distant 4th place that there's no way he'll get the Republican nod.  McCain's way ahead of the republican pack.  And the funny thing is, among many republicans I've spoken to, many who aren't fond of McCain are defecting to Obama rather than any of the other republican candidates.  Go figure huh?
5508  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: February 06, 2008, 07:22:41 AM
I voted this past Friday (Absentee Ballot.)
5509  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 05, 2008, 09:15:32 PM
I got past Gregorio III in Gitaroo Man Lives.  In Ontamarama, I almost finished the final stage in Normal mode.
5510  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: February 05, 2008, 05:35:42 PM
In any case, I have my copy preordered.  Hopefully it'll do well enough that the next two installments of the intended trilogy will hit US shores.  

Again, with Professor Layton, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles it's looking to be yet another good year for graphic adventure type games on the DS.
5511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: February 05, 2008, 04:50:15 PM
Library after school the week before exams is great, because there are no after-school activities during pre-exam time.
5512  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: February 05, 2008, 07:15:21 AM
Seifer was unfairly underdeveloped.  Forget Adel.  Forget Ultimecia.  The Squall/Rinoa story would have been stronger had Seifer had more development.  It's said that he dated Rinoa in the past, and then nothing else.  I wanted to know more about that.  

Seifer had potential as a solid antagonist.
5513  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Final Fanasy III Editor Review on: February 04, 2008, 07:39:18 PM

FF6 Advance review.
5514  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Atlus announces Arcana Heart, all-female 2D fighter for PS2 on: February 02, 2008, 11:07:06 PM
Lard- Japanese dating sims a'la Tokimeki Memorial haven't been released in the US.  Dating sims are highly stat oriented and are almost like RPGs in that regard.  For example, if you want to hook up with the girl on the track team, you need to "level grind" your athletics stat by doing lots of athletic stuff.    

On the other hand, love adventures, which are the choose your own adventure style visual novels, have seen a few releases in the US via the now defunct Hirameki.  Some of these include Ai Yori Aoshi, Tea Society of a Witch, and Hourglass of Summer (Natsuiro no Sunadokei).  Hourglass of Summer is, in my opinion, the epitome of the genre, and I've played my fair share of love adventures.  One need only look at my body of writing for RPGfan to see that I'm a big fan of KID's work (save for Ai Yori Aoshi, which was a lousy game.)  

Closest thing to a dating sim that the US has seen is the Thousand Arms RPG and that travesty of a game Sprung (which wasn't Japanese.)  

As for my opinion on Arcana Heart, same as Jimmy.  So long as the fighting engine is solid and not clunky like Rumble Roses, then why the heck not?  Sure Dead or Alive was a goofy fighter, but the engine was really good.

My favorite 2D fighter is still Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for Dreamcast.  Say what you will about that system, but it was the best I can think of for fighting games.
5515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: February 02, 2008, 10:58:55 PM
Jocks come in all forms.  There are the jocks that bully people and the jocks that are cool.  I was friends with some of the jocks in high school but was not friends with others.  But regardless, Tidus *is* a jock.  He's a star athlete and is used to being put on a pedestal in his Zanarkand.  And in modern society, high profile athletes are positioned as role models, like it or not.  I won't lie- the reason I wear a seatbelt is not because my mom and dad kept demanding that I wear one but because of a PSA by Hulk Hogan back when I was 7.
5516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: February 02, 2008, 06:49:29 PM
TANGENT: Re: emo.  I understand the emo label as it fits in modern day colloquia, but I don't quite understand it.  I mean, all music is emotional wither it expresses joy, sadness, anger, disillusionment, disgust, whatever.  

Either way, A lot of hate for Tidus in this thread.  That's fine and dandy since I can see how he wouldn't be the most likeable protagonist to everyone (he is a jock after all), but I liked him.  I liked his youthful exuberance.  It was with him and only with him that Yuna could let go and for a few fleeting moments just be a regular, fun-loving teenage girl and not this holy emissary with a herculean burden on her shoulders.  I loved the laughing scene.  I thought it was well acted.  Sure Tidus' laughter sounded fake because he WAS faking it.  Fake it till you make it.  Plus I liked that Tidus approached Yuna every moment he got, unlike your typical shy-boy JRPG protagonists who are too chicken to even make eye contact with a girl.  

Back to topic.  I've already said my pieces.
5517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: February 02, 2008, 07:47:13 AM
No, Fugazi = one of the greatest bands of all time.
5518  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: January 31, 2008, 08:12:00 PM
Here's adventuregamers.com's recent snippet on Jake Hunter http://www.adventuregamers.com/newsitem.php?id=1597

adventuregamers and justadventure are two of the best sites for graphic adventure coverage in my opinion, so...
5519  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: January 30, 2008, 07:08:33 PM

Professor Layton's coming out in February, I think.  Booya!  I can't tell if it's a graphic adventure or more of a series of mini-games embedded in a wraparound story.  Should be a worthwhile DS title, though.
5520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 30, 2008, 01:24:25 PM
LeBlanc's complete over the top loony-ness is what made her so great.  

But I thought the real villain in X-2 was Beclem.  That guy was the meanest son of a porcupine ever.  Hated him.

I thought the real star of X-2 was the music.  One of the most underrated soundtracks I can think of.

And since I think Tecmo: Secret of the Stars is one of the worst (if not the worst) RPG ever, by default the hero and villain are lousy.  Though it's amusing that the villain is named Mr.BadBad or something.  And one look at the US box art of Secret of the Stars affirms the lameness of the hero.
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