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5536  The Rest / General Discussions / interesting article on american vs japanese games. on: January 20, 2007, 08:44:34 AM
I never quite thought of the save point and random encounters thing that way; that it's a way to build tension in the gameplay.  Still, I take the "western" viewpoint that save points and random encounters are a clunky, inconvenient, and archaic practice.

Still, one thing they got wrong was calling Touch Detective a "visual novel."  It's not.  Touch Detective is a western-styled graphic adventure with interactive environments, items, inventory, puzzles, etc.  Something like the games Hirameki publishes (i.e. Ever17, Hourglass of Summer) are visual novels.
5537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 19, 2007, 11:34:14 PM
Still, I would think there are some connections between FF12 and FFT:A because the bangaa and viera races introduced in FFT:A are present in FF12.
5538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dawn of Mana Impressions on: January 19, 2007, 10:13:24 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
Having to have completed the game is a rather lax policy and doesn't necessarily guarantee any sort of quality review :)

And what's lax about the policy?  Given the time needed to beat most RPGs, I'm less apt to trust a source who only played a 30-40 hour game for a mere 3-4 hours.  Besides, that policy's not the only reason I like RPGfan's reviews.  I like them because they have this writer nicknamed "Dincrest" who's really sexy.  

Either way, I'm not liking the sound of level/stat resets in Dawn of Mana.  I loathed that in Time Stalkers where your levels reset to 1 every time you exited a dungeon.  I want to keep what I earn.
5539  The Rest / General Discussions / Iraqi like to kill people apparently on: January 19, 2007, 08:22:23 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
I eat babies for breakfast.

Oh so do I.  I eat unborn baby chickens sometimes.  I once tried eating/drinking them raw and I can see why body builders often don't like doing that.  I like them scrambled.
5540  Media / Miscellaneous Games / A reminder for Phoenix Wright fans... on: January 19, 2007, 06:36:29 PM
Between real life (classes, 2 jobs) and occasionally spending time with FF12, I completely forgot all about Phoenix Wright.  I still have Hotel Dusk on preorder, so I'll be playing that one.
5541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dawn of Mana Impressions on: January 19, 2007, 06:29:22 PM
Remember, Japanese standards are different from US standards.  Famitsu would give middling scores to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater while US media ranks it high.  

Plus, like EGM and other magazines, the Famitsu reviewers only get to play each game for about 3-4 hours before reviewing it, so their reviews are only based on early impressions.  

The only reviews I DON'T take with a grain of salt are those here at RPGfan, because policy on reviews here is that the reviewer must have completed the game.
5542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 19, 2007, 06:26:36 PM
Sounds to me kinda like the whole Dante in SMT: Nocturne type thing.  He really doesn't fit into the mythos, but somehow the writers toggled with the Maniacs version of Nocturne to make him an integral, if awkward, part of one of the lengthy alternative routes (though a relative nonfactor in the main route.)  Given everything else, the scenario writers of Nocturne really did a great job.  

Ahh, the Ivalice Alliance... FF Tactics, FF Tactics: Advance, FF12, and FF12: Revenant Wings.  I'm looking forward to Revenant Wings.
5543  The Rest / General Discussions / Iraqi like to kill people apparently on: January 19, 2007, 07:58:18 AM
I think the two things we can all agree on are these:

It is surprisingly easy to sway the masses with and outright lie with statistics.  I think I've taken enough advanced statistics classes to discern many ways in which people manipulate statistics.  

And no matter where you get your facts from, there is always information withheld somewhere or even cleverly construed so that it's slanted.  Remember, two people "who were there" and saw the same thing will tell you different stories.
5544  Media / The Soundroom / Concerts 07 on: January 18, 2007, 08:46:49 PM
I don't go to that many major concerts, but I do like to go to local shows a decent amount.  I like to support my local music scenes.    

I went to a south Jersey metal show earlier this month.  

Mayfair was a shitty metalcore band

Total Ruination was good, but they were hardcore and I don't like hardcore.  The tough guy drill sergeant barking vocals aren't my thing, and this vocalist was barking like a tough guy drill sergeant.

Sheeron was a heavily hyped death metal band, and they were definitely talented.  However, the super guttural cookie monster vocals (think Cattle Decapitation) were not to my taste.  

Adder was fucking awesome.  They were a no frills, no gimmicks, rootsy, ass kicking metal band in the vein of Pantera.  They were easily my favorite band of the evening.  While all my friends were going ga-ga over Sheeron, I was nuts over Adder.  

The headlining band was Doomsday Machine Schematic.  They're really nice guys, but their music is grindcore and I'm not into grindcore.  It's just noise to me.
5545  Media / The Soundroom / Who's been hanging around with Rhapsody (of Fire!) too much? on: January 18, 2007, 07:20:44 PM
Christopher Lee's the fucking man.  Scariest Dracula ever.
5546  The Rest / General Discussions / Why people believe Americans are stupid. on: January 17, 2007, 07:33:48 AM
Doomed from the start.

Things were pretty civil for a while and there was even some great discussion on how common peoples' in other nations are just as clueless about the world outside their own borders.  

Parn, Dios- I like you guys and have respect for you, but you're acting like a couple of jackasses right now.
5547  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Which monsters do you enjoy to see the most in a RPG? on: January 16, 2007, 09:34:36 PM
Even the most simple RPG monsters can be cool if they're drawn or designed with a certain style/flair.  As others have said, there's just something so adorable about the Dragon Quest Slimes.  If you like slimes, you owe it to yourself to play Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime.  

In terms of mythology based creatures, I always enjoyed Kazuma Kaneko's highly stylized renditions of mythological figures in the Megami Tensei games.  

My favorite RPG normal-encounter monster is easily the ToiletKid in Persona 1.  It's a demonic posessed toilet... and it's a damn tough monster to kill if you can't exploit its weakness.
5548  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: January 16, 2007, 04:23:12 PM
Due to a seeing a friend of mine with a *gasp* haircut, I immediately sang this song in his face: "Get a Haircut" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The chorus is all you really need.  

Get a haircut and get a real job
Clean your act up and don't be a slob
Get it together like your big brother bob
Why don't you get a haircut and get a real job

What a great band.  I love their straightforward, uncompromising, no bullshit, no gimmicks, devil-may-care, rootsy, all American rock & roll.
5549  The Rest / General Discussions / Why people believe Americans are stupid. on: January 16, 2007, 11:42:12 AM
<snarky>Well, given that in the good ol' US of A we get everything we could ever want in the world and more (including cool stuff from other nations, such as ethnic food) then, yeah, the world begins and ends for us in this hallowed land.  

And even within the US, we have places like NYC where the world begins and ends there.  I know people in Manhattan who are deathly afraid of leaving Manhattan, even to take a 10 minute drive into NJ.  </snarky>

But I wonder... I'm sure in other parts of the world, the average populace is just as clueless, if not more so, about the world beyond their country.  Most foreigners are completely clueless about the US itself, and I'm sure are just as clueless about other major nations.  And even if they think they have a clue, it's based on a slanted textbook.  

Yeah, president Bush and most US citizens haven't a clue about foreign policy, but in XY or Z country out there, they're probably just as clueless, if not more so, about "foreign" policy as well.

Plus I get the feeling that they only picked the idiots JUST for the sake of TV, and to do that, they had to interview hundreds, even thousands of people who actually knew their stuff.  I call this slanted editing or editing with an agenda.  

(I know America bashing is in vogue these days and that being a self-hating American is cool and trendy, but I'm not into it.)
5550  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: January 15, 2007, 05:55:17 PM
Song of the moment is "Far Beyond the Sun" by Yngwie Malmsteen, simply because it is awesome and could be a really kickass RPG boss theme.
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