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5536  The Rest / General Discussions / Why do YOU game? on: July 20, 2008, 12:06:16 AM
It fulfills some of the senses that my other hobbies do not.  There's just a certain something that gaming does for me that playing bass and cycling do not.  Of course there are certain somethings that playing bass and cycling do for me that gaming does not.  

I've always grown up with gaming as a part of my life.  It's as natural to me as reading a book or watching a movie, just more interactive.  I come from a long line of gadget freaks in my dad's side of the family and video games fulfill that comparable "gadget" lust I have.  

With bass and bicycles, the latest technology does not totally excite me (I'd be perfectly happy with an old fashioned passive P-bass and a single speed cruiser bike) but with video games, the new tech and its possibilities excite me.
5537  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 19, 2008, 11:51:43 PM
Quote from: "everluck"
The thing that I'm most impressed by is that The Dark Knight really isn't Batman's story; it's Gotham's.

My mom was commenting that she loved how Gotham looked in this movie; that it looked like a more modern realistic city and not some dystopian cartoonish futuristic imagining like in the 1989 Batman movie.  It shows how long a way comic book movies have come.  They don't need to look cartoonish to capture the spirit of the comics.  It's often better if they don't since comics have often been pointed social commentaries on real and current issues.  

Speaking of comic book movies, is it me or has this summer been one of the best for them?  Iron Man, Dark Knight, Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II...
5538  The Rest / General Discussions / The sports thread on: July 19, 2008, 11:43:55 PM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"

Women's volleyball is the best spectator sport though.

Volleyball players are often insanely hot.  Back in undergrad I was friends with a girl on the volleyball team; she and the entire team were insanely hot.  Even in high school, the hottest girls were never the cheerleaders or the swim team, but the volleyball team.

Volleyball's certainly not my game, though.  I've been hit in the face way too many times with a volleyball and I'll gladly do without another forced nosebleed and/or another pair of broken glasses. (God I sound like such a nerd.)  Still love me some soccer, ultimate, basketball, and cycling.  Especially cycling.  I remember seeing women's mountain biking during the Atlanta Olympics and I thought that was the greatest thing ever.
5539  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 19, 2008, 07:20:20 PM
I just got back from Batman and...

What a complete and colossal disappointment.  That movie was the most overwrought, overrated, melodramatic piece of garbage I've seen in a long time.  I totally regret wasting my money on this tripe.  

Only kidding.  I fucking LOVED it!  Heath Ledger was so good as Joker (trumps Jack Nicholson's Joker any day), I was squirming in my seat every time he
asked people about his scars.
The writers did an absolutely stupendous job crafting his dialogue.  This movie did not live up to the hype.  It took the hype, pummeled it into submission, and made it its bitch.  

Hollywood is finally doing comic book movies correctly and the Christopher Nolan Batman films have been the best.

Two things I'm still unclear on, though.  
When and how did Rachel find out Bruce was Batman?  I don't recall him revealing his identity to her in Batman Begins
or is my memory just fuzzy?  And was there supposed to be
more with Scarecrow
that was left on the editing room floor?  It's like he was meant to be there, but was barely more than a fodder thug.  
Scarecrow was wicked in Batman Begins.  And reduced to some petty thug here?  Makes no sense.  Scarecrow got totally shafted.
I guess except for that, I loved the movie. [/quote]
5540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs you're embarassed to own. on: July 19, 2008, 11:28:01 AM
I'm sure somebody out there owns a hentai game or two but is too embarassed to admit to it, even in this thread:P
5541  The Rest / General Discussions / The sports thread on: July 19, 2008, 11:19:44 AM
With all the sporting events happening/have happened this summer such as Wimbledon, le Tour de France, British Open, and 2008 being an Olympic year, I figured I'd start a sports thread.  

So what are some peoples' favorite spectator sports and why?  What are some peoples' favorite sports to play and why?  What are some general attitudes you have about sports that you wish to express?  What are some sports you dislike and why?  

For me, I'm not a big fan of spectator sports since I prefer to get outside in the field, park, or backyard with a bunch of friends and actually run around and get sweaty playing them.  I like playing ultimate frisbee, badminton, soccer, basketball, and bowling.  I'm not really any good at those, but I'll gladly join a pick-up game of ultimate or soccer for fun.  If table tennis and bocce count, yeah I like playing those too.  I'm also getting into cycling in a big way and hope to eventually find a group to ride with.

However, when World Cup soccer or the Olympics are on, I'm glued to the TV.  I love World Cup soccer and the Olympics gives me a chance to see sports on TV that I would normally never get to see.  And despite the dumbass politics and that insufferable French attitude surrounding it, I do enjoy watching le Tour de France.  I mean, at its heart it's a totally awesome bike race through some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe.  

My least favorite sports are easily baseball, golf, and cricket, all of which I find insufferably boring both to watch and to play.  I don't find American football particularly engaging either.  

So, yeah, let's talk about sports.
5542  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: July 19, 2008, 08:54:26 AM
I love the Least I Could Do webcomic.  Here's Rayne singing about emo kids.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CjjC7B6v8Y
5543  The Rest / General Discussions / Ever get robbed? on: July 19, 2008, 07:31:55 AM
Worst for me was when I had my bicycle stolen when I was in the 5th grade.  It was a BMX style bike with a white frame and red tires...  Anyway, I was always careful to lock it properly on the bike racks but when I came out of the school building that Friday (it was a nice day too so I was gonna go on an extended bike ride) and saw that my bike was gone, I cried like a baby all the way home.  To some people it'd probably be just a bike, but because my parents both worked my bike was the only way I could get around town.  I practically lived on my bike.  And despite living in an upper middle class neighborhood, my folks weren't exactly rolling in dough.

The folks eventually got me a new bike (not quite as nice) and a year or two later, I got a call from the local police that they'd found my old bike.  When I got on to ride it, I realized I had grown a LOT since that bike was stolen.  I never knew who stole it.  The police said they just found it abandoned somewhere.  

I really felt then my sophomore year of college when one of my suitemates had his BMX bike stolen (it was a nice one with a $1200 frame) while it was locked outside the dorm.  One of my friends was over that night and asked to ride the bike a little and a few minutes later came back frantic saying "DUDE!!! YOUR BIKE'S BEEN STOLEN!!!!"
5544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unannounced NIS America Stuff on: July 18, 2008, 08:54:13 PM
I know A Witch's Tale is coming out later in the year.  NISA's site now says winter 2008 as opposed to October 2008.  That'll be the first action RPG NISA's released.
5545  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Vay was just remade and released. on: July 18, 2008, 08:26:35 PM
An exploding jellyfish would be even more awesome if Spongebob and Patrick were chasing it.  JELLYFISHING!!!!!!!
5546  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2008, 08:20:41 PM
I just finished watching the anime movie Paprika on TV.  It was subtitled too.  It was visually stunning but I have no idea what the hell happened over the 95 minute span of the movie.  

It's like an essay with loads of flowery prose that completely obscures and even misses any kind of point it's trying to make.  Total WTF movie.  Pretty but weird.
5547  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs as coming of age on: July 18, 2008, 04:53:19 PM
I'm an outlier too.  Watching a friend play FF7 back when I was 19 or so (after recently getting more into anime) made me want to play Japanese RPGs.  I then cut my teeth on Phantasy Star II since I only had a Genesis at the time.  But my favorite RPG is Chrono Trigger which I first played in 1999, when I was 20 or 21.  I'm 30 now.  

It was only in 1999 or 2000 that I got into graphic adventures and my favorite graphic adventure, Ever17: The Out of Infinity only got a US release in 2005.

I think the 20s are formative years in a person's life as well (you really find a freer sense of identity when you're not stifled by your parents), so in a way I did get into RPGs during a set of formative years.

EDIT: And in my 30s, I'm evolving some more and what satisfied me in my late teens and 20s isn't cutting the mustard any more.  Hence why my #2 favorite RPG is Anachronox.
5548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs you're embarassed to own. on: July 18, 2008, 04:49:18 PM
EDIT: I can't say I'm ashamed of any games I own, but I do have some guilty pleasure stuff.  Japanese love adventures are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.  

The last video game I really felt burned on was Jake Hunter.  I returned it a day after I bought it.  I wonder if I was too generous in my scoring of it.  6 hours of lame.  

It's funny that Trace Memory is also a 6 hour game, yet I did not feel ripped off at all with it.  That game was an amazing 6 hours.
5549  The Rest / General Discussions / Bitch gets her ass kicked by teenage Obama lovers. on: July 18, 2008, 04:36:56 PM
I thought grad students were supposed to be smart.  I mean paying $70 for a T-shirt you could easily make yourself for less than $20?  Even in today's economy, $70 can get you a very nice outfit that includes pants and a shirt.  I'll gladly point and laugh at her just for being a fiscally irresponsible lunkhead.

And you know what?  I kinda wish the government was my "slave."  They propgandize that they're in service of the people (that there democracy thing) but instead, government's making the people its bitches.
5550  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 17, 2008, 09:41:35 PM
Just for kicks, I started up a new game of Hourglass of Summer.  Yeah, I felt nostalgic.
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