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5536  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: November 01, 2007, 06:20:21 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Nile - Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve It's Posessessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water

Man, that's a Bal Sagoth-worthy mouthful song title.

EDIT:  I guess if we're going for mouthful song titles, I'll go with

If You're Looking for Sympathy, You can find it in a Dictionary Somewhere Between Shit and Syphilis by Jordan Bates (my friend's hardcore band.)
5537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Something to consider(about Matsuno and the ogre battle saga on: November 01, 2007, 11:33:19 AM
Man, I've been hearing these same complaints from people since 1997.  It's getting old.  

I think S-E is doing what any smart business would.  Since FF7 back in 1997, they've been expanding and promoting RPGs to a gaming market that normally didn't play those kinds of games in the 80s and 90s.  Is that such a bad thing for a business to do?  Is it such a bad thing to want to introduce your product to as diverse and wide an audience as you possibly can?  What good is having a fantastic product if only 5 people use it?  Is it such a bad thing to want to recoup your development costs on a product and perhaps even pocket a little extra on it?  

The video game industry is a business and S-E is no exception.  Creative endeavors are hard to make money on since anyone who calls a painter or musician who tries to make a buck a capitalist sellout.  Hey, artists need to eat too.  And considering that video games have typically cost $50/game since the NES days and only now are starting to (fairly) raise the prices to $60 to cover more expensive development costs, that's some pretty low inflation.  

If you dislike what S-E is doing so much, whining on the internet won't do anything.  You need to speak through your wallets.  If you dislike what S-E is doing, don't buy their games.  If you love what another company is doing, buy their games.  For those who dislike the direction S-E is going with RPGs, there are plenty of other companies who have a product that can satisfy you.  

If you're going to go with the whole 2D rules 3D drools route, look at 2007.  2D RPG "old school" has enjoyed a mini-rennaissance.  Need I mention Odin Sphere, Grim Grimoire, Ar Tonelico, Atelier Iris 3, and Soul Nomad among others?  Yeah, who'd have thought that the most visually stunning RPG of 2007 was a 2D side scroller (Odin Sphere.)
5538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / S-E is the King of Games on: November 01, 2007, 11:04:40 AM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"
Square-Enix is like the Disney of videogames.

Is there a Kingdom Hearts joke in there somewhere?'

And, meh, do I need to give the lecture again about speaking through your wallet instead of an internet soapbox to make your dislike for a company's products meaningful?
5539  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: November 01, 2007, 10:19:19 AM
All fond and not so fond memories aside, Dade mentioned that the original impetus for his post was the Roundtable discussion.  I'm sure everyone on the staff who participated in it (Pat, Mark, Eric, Damian) and did the editing on it (JP) appreciate that folks checked it out and enjoyed it.  

The Roundtable recently concluded with Sunday's update.  

So now I ask: are these kinds of roundtable features something you would like to see more of?  Why or why not?  We did it and posted it because we felt it brought up points about the state of RPGs that readers could relate to and have talked about frequently both on the forums and I'm sure in real life with gaming buddies.
5540  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 31, 2007, 06:56:40 PM
FFX-2.  Chapter 2.  Beclem's an asshole.  Gunner's Gauntlet's cheap.  I did manage to FINALLY after many tries score 519 with 45 seconds left on the clock.  I spammed the hell out of this blindspot.
5541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 04:43:47 PM
I'll break the rules again, since I've not played enough of Vagrant Story to judge, but Eusis mentioned Persona 1 a while back and no one did it.  

+Darkly twisted storyline with multiple endings
+Excellent music
+First Megami Tensei game in the US

-Dungeons could be obnoxiously long (especially the one you have to do twice)
-Severe dearth of save points
-US localization blew chunks (no Snow Queen Quest, characters unable to decide if they're in Japan or America, etc.)  

So next would be Vagrant Story since that came before me.
5542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 31, 2007, 11:40:19 AM
Re: some concerns.  I would assume your save file from regular Persona 3 can carry over to FES so you don't have to "start over" so to speak.  

Yay?  Nay?
5543  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Healthy Food Choices on: October 31, 2007, 07:48:57 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"

Anyway, the problem is that most people have a common conception that fat = unhealthy. This is not always true.

+1.  Your brain needs certain lipids (fats) in order to function properly, if I'm not mistaken.

And regarding pasta, whole wheat pasta is quite readily available these days, and though it takes longer to cook and as more finicky about getting al dente, that's something to consider in lieu of white pasta.  

As for spicy food and digestion, I believe it's the capsacin in chili peppers that does that (hard to believe, no?)  A cool macaroni dish is macaroni, tomato sauce, some cheddar cheese, and a chopped up chili pepper.  Simple yet awesome.

But, really, fresh ingredients and everything in moderation.  The second you get off the processed food, your body can tell the difference.  Mine certainly does and it rebels whenever I eat processed or fast food (which after watching Super Size Me, I'll never eat again.)
5544  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 30, 2007, 10:35:48 PM
FFX-2 is cheeseball as all get out.  But that's what makes it fun.  I mean, I would be goofing around and having fun if I didn't have to put a gun to my head to save the world or see legions of people dying in front of me on a daily basis.  

But, man, the mission based gameplay, branching pathway storylines, multiple endings- this is something I wished FF8 would have done.  Should've pursued the whole mercenary missions and political storylines instead of that lame-o witch hunt.  

Plus, how could I not enjoy playing dress up with Rikku?  Rikku was my favorite in FFX, and she's still good ol' Rikku in X-2, just without tension.  The whole interface with the dress spheres and "job" system was so much more streamlined and intuitive than the sphere grid.  I hated the sphere grid and FF12's license board.    

And as I said in the overrated/underrated thread in Console, I think the soundtrack is quite underrated.  I really like the music.
5545  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 10:05:40 PM
I'd be careful with some sports drinks.  Some of them, like Gatorade, are REALLY high in sodium (to make you keep drinking.)  If you need a drink with a kick like a sports drink but no (or minimal) sodium, I like VitaminWater.  And even stuff for babies like PediaLyte is great for adults.  Lots of electrolytes.  Great for keeping an adult hydrated and enervated during a bad bout of Montezuma's Revenge.  

Oh, and another thing to watch out for with healthy eating.  If you go from a crap diet to a healthy diet, you WILL get sick.  Why?  Because now that your body has had a taste of healthy stuff, it goes into detox mode to rid itself of bad stuff.  I remember when I got myself into healthier eating habits, eating more vegetables and fresh foods, my body went into major detox mode and I felt like I had the worst flu for a couple of days.  (I used to eat a really bad diet.)  

And anyone who's known me for a while knows I'm really into my Juiceman Juicer.  That's one appliance I use all the time.  Forces me to buy a ton more produce (some for eating, a lot for juicing.)  

Since others have mentioned... I used to weigh 220 in 2004.  I'm around 185 now.  My "fighting" weight is 165.

EDIT:  I don't believe in denying yourself food.  Psychological health is health too.  If you eat all healthy meals during the week, you need to allow yourself one or two 'cheat' meals a week.  If you love chocolate cake and cut it out of your diet completely, you will get irritable because you crave chocolate cake but you can't have it.   Just be sure to make your serving of chocolate cake about 1/4 the size they'd serve you in a diner.  And eat it slowly.  Savor your cheat meal.  

I'm a believer in portion control.  Whenever I eat out, I skip appetizers and only eat about half my entree; I take the rest home.  After all, American restaurants give you ginormous portions.

And a good habit to get into is to take a walk around the block a little after dinner.  This way, you work off some of your dinner and it's not sitting in your gut like a rock as you sleep.
5546  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 09:53:43 PM
If you're going to do pizza, do it healthy.  

Buy whole wheat pizza dough if you can.  Use a good quality sauce.  In terms of cheese, use less of it or try other kinds that don't get as oily when melted.  Maybe even cut out the cheese entirely (one slice of pizza from your local pizzeria probably has more cheese than should be in a proper daily serving.)  Fresh veggies for toppings and if you decide to use ham or something, thin slices of really lean ham.  You need your protein too.  

I make a pizza with fresh dough and fresh ingredients once a weekend and it lasts me for four dinners.  Portion control, baby.  Prep time and cooking time aren't much.  

One pizza idea that tastes good and won't weigh you down like an anchor is one with buffalo sauce, grilled chicken pieces, and crumbled bleu cheese (don't cover the entire thing in bleu cheese; use judiciously to complement everything else.)  Try that with some celery sticks on the side and some soy milk.  The bread in the crust should help counteract the heat.  The one thing in pizza that weighs you down is the oily/greasy of melted mozzarella.  

In terms of portion controlling, realize that one serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.  Eating smaller portions of meat and larger portions of veggies are the way to go.  I tend to like spring mix because the mix of spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, arugula, and others offers more dynamic flavors than just lettuce or spinach alone.  In terms of dressing, balsamic vinagrette is a healthy way to go.  Don't douse your salad.  A capful should be enough to given an even coat of flavor when you toss.  

Another idea: If you buy a box of ready made chicken tenders, take a small to medium size tortilla, slice up a single chicken tender on it, pile on some spinach and tomatoes, a long thin slice of cheddar, oven for 8-10 minutes, roll, and enjoy.  This actually makes me feel as full as if I were to eat a plate of chicken tenders alone.  

Another thing to do is to eat slowly.  It takes 15 minutes after you eat for your body to feel full.  So if you eat slowly and don't scarf down mass quantities as quickly as possible, your body can digest more effectively and allow you to feel fuller on less food.  

Drinking lots of water is great too.  I'd say a couple of pints a day should be good; stagger it throughout the day, though.  Cleans out your body from the inside and helps keep your skin hydrated too.  Don't overdo the water, though, or you'll fuck up your kidneys.

If you tend to consume a lot of meat and dairy, a good fruit to have on hand is pineapple.  It has bromelain that helps your body more easily break down animal proteins.
5547  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 30, 2007, 06:35:34 PM
The Sacred Rings is the worst video game I've played this year.  This wins my "Crap of the Year" for 2007 award.  

I'm playing another crappy graphic adventure to review for the site.  

To maintain my sanity, I'm playing me some FFX-2 every now and then.  Man, that game's awesome.  It is so much fun to play and the music is sweet.  (I'm not being facetious here.  I honestly love the game.)

My PS2 backlog (besides FFX-2): Digital Devil Saga I and II, Okage: Shadow King.  Evil King Stan's pretty badass, but Gig has more pungent dialogue.  I do envision Stan with Gig's voice, though.
5548  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: October 30, 2007, 04:03:48 PM
Because yesterday I charged into all my classes in my oversized hooded black trench/raincoat wielding a scythe prop from a costume store and snarling Grim Reaper-isms about harvesting the souls that die of boredom in class tonight, my song of the moment is... wait for it...

Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult.  

One of my professors was a good sport about the reaper thing.  The other one got pissed off at me, to which I responded, "hey, lighten up.  What else do you expect a Grim Reaper say except for a joke about dying?"  This professor tries to go out of her way to make class un-boring (she fails miserably) so she was offended when I made my dying of boredom crack.  

My classmates either thought it was hysterical or a total "WTF is wrong with this guy?"  Hey, all I wanted to do was liven up some boring classes a bit and I believe I did so.  

They ain't gonna forget Neal the Reaper any time soon.
5549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: October 27, 2007, 09:02:55 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
for an example of a puzzle that doesn't make sense and doesn't have anything to do with the story, try that rubber duck innertube thing from the longest journey

That one was an oddball puzzle, but other than that one everything else in The Longest Journey was pretty smooth.  It's hard to find a graphic adventure that doesn't have at least one nonsensical and/or devoid-of-context puzzle.
5550  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 27, 2007, 08:39:58 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"

and if finding out a character is gay after the fact ruins a book series for you, you probably need to really deal with your own underlying sexual insecurities or just, in the words of Jeff Minter, "grow a pair."

Frankly, I think this doesn't have anything to do with "it's just a story!" As you keep saying. I think this is just making you uncomfortable because you're homophobic.

It's more the 'after the fact' part than the 'gay' part that's my issue.  Not the twist itself, but how she did it.  I've complained harshly about various Square-Enix games that spring some completely unnecessary, ancillary, WTF plot 'twist' out of thin air at the very end of the game that leaves a bad taste in my mouth after an otherwise generally enjoyable game.  

Recency effect- remembering the most recent thing over anything else.  Like when Zinedine Zidane capped off his career with his headbutt to that Italian player during the world cup.  Throughout his long and distinguished career, he was one of the best and most respectful, sportsmanlike players alive; a good role model.  But what's everyone going to remember about him?  The infamous headbutt and red card at the end of his career.  

Nothing against Dumbledore.  He was a great wizard and the kind of headmaster people dream of at their schools.  Although I thought Richard Harris played him far better than Ian McKellen did in the movies.  Anyone who could put up with Harry's stubborn arrogance as patiently as he did is a saint.  The whole backstory with him and Snape was pretty interesting too.  I shudder to think how Snape would've turned out without Dumbledore being such an important guiding paternal figure in his life.  

My thing is more "fuck you" to the author.  It's like when you have a band whose music you really like then you find out one of the members said/did something you didn't like and that puts a bad taste in your mouth and you start to dislike the band afterward.  That happened with me and Rush.  I used to like and respect the band, till I found out that their drummer Neil Peart once referred to Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy as a "mere bar band drummer" in a not-very-publicized context.  To one person, that's not a big deal.  To me, that made me go from respecting Neil Peart and liking the band to having no respect for the man and not wanting to listen to that band any more.  

I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth and passing judgment on me when you don't know a damn thing about me beyond the RPGfan boards.  Any of my friends could tell you I'm the furthest thing from a homophobe.  To me, people are people.  But I am a fundiephobe, though.  Religious (and Atheist) fundies scare the living daylights out of me.  

Whatever.  I feel what I feel (silly and/or unpopular as it may be).  It is what it is.  Agree to disagree.  Sometimes the stew doesn't need that extra pinch of salt.  Etc.
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