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5551  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: December 19, 2007, 06:56:58 PM
Musical purchase?  Some Ken Smith Custom Balanced stainless steel strings for my bass gauged 44, 63, 80, 102.  I'm still trying to find the set that affords me the best tone.  When I had the stock pickups on my bass, it had some serious treble bite so I needed halfrounds.  Now that I have new pickups in it (Seymour Duncans baby!) the tone's done a bit of a 180 and now the lows are deep and bootylicious (yay!  my bass sounds like a BASS!) so I need some chimey stainless steel strings to balance it out.  Man, the strings sound great.  Through my PA, there's fret noise, but through my amp (A Gallien-Krueger) the tone is more aggressive than I had with the D'Addario XL nickels.  I need to get used to the stiffer feel of steels since I'm used to nickels being more flexible, but my bass already has low action and, man, the TONE!  Deep, growly, defined.  The slap tone isn't the greatest, but I don't slap much and the fingerstyle tone is the money and that's my bread and butter.

I've played Smith strings before.  Those Ken Smith Burners had long life.  I hope these follow suit.  Steels typically last longer than nickels and the Burners were nickels, so... I typically change my strings 2-3 times a year, so I need ones that last.
5552  The Rest / General Discussions / HELL HAS FROZEN OVER. on: December 19, 2007, 09:52:14 AM
Dear Santa,

I was kidding about Duke Nukem Forever in that holiday wish list thread, but I thank you so very kindly for this piece of evidence justifying your existence.

5553  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: December 18, 2007, 11:41:37 AM
What I did in Monad was to win one battle, exit, and save.  I gained mondo EXP that way.  I never even bothered to complete it.  I just used it to build levels.  

One cheap way to get through Monad is with
a maxxed out Lucifer and Satan.  That way, Armageddon kills everything and one of Lucifer's special skills restores all your SP after a battle
5554  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I need some good advice :) on: December 17, 2007, 12:59:54 PM
The only thing with DDS is that DDS 1 can be difficult and/or expensive to find.  Copies on Ebay could set you back at least $65-$70.  DDS2, on the other hand, is less difficult to find.  I found it at a semi-local Gamestop for 30 bucks.  And you cannot play one without the other.

And let me tell you, with some exceptions (Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou, SMT: Devil Children, Last Bible), Megami Tensei games last a LONG time.  I'm naturally a slow RPGer, and I've spent 60-110 hours on single playthroughs of Shin Megami Tensei 1, Persona 1, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  I haven't beaten the DDS games yet, but they're not short.
5555  The Rest / General Discussions / Holiday Wish List on: December 16, 2007, 06:32:25 PM
Dear Santa,

Here's what I want for Christmas:

1) Duke Nukem Forever

2) Resident Evil Creek

3) A sequel to Beyond Good & Evil

4) A remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga

5) A Devin Townsend and Mike Patton collaborative album (although I'm afraid that collective clashing of egos and genius would probably make the world explode)

6) A Ryan Martinie solo album

7) Namco to release Tales of Innocence (DS) and the Tales of Destiny remake (PS2) in the US with the Japanese opening vocal numbers in tact.  

8) Hirameki to localize some Memories Off games.  Or at least a sign that Hirameki's still around doing their thing.  

9) PC games (and some console games) to undergo more extensive QC processes so that they are released without any bugs or glitches and do not require patches later on down the road.  Wasn't there once a time when video games were released bug free?  

10) Educational reform in the US, particularly in pre-university curricula and making college education more affordable and accessible to Americans.  

11) A self-cleaning house, that cleans to my exacting and nitpicky standards.

12) A competent US president in 2008.  You know who I support.

and finally, 13) For healthy food to actually taste good and unhealthy food to taste bad.  The way it is now, it's a cruel joke.  Why does everything that's bad for me have to taste so good?  For example, if broccoli tasted like chocolate chip cookies, I'd eat it and be healthier for it.  

I know I may be asking for the near impossible, but you are the only one with the mystical magical powers to make it happen.

Truly yours,
5556  The Rest / General Discussions / Best booze advertisement ever, seriously. on: December 16, 2007, 02:46:29 PM
I'm not buying this product.
5557  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star...Ocean 4? on: December 15, 2007, 11:08:31 AM
Alisha, who said anything about 360 exclusivity for SO4?  Nobody did.
Granted, yes, tri-Ace is developing Infinite Undiscovery for the 360, but Star Ocean 4 going multiplatform is still a rumor.  If anything, it'll likely be a PS3 exclusive.

But that's all speculation.  In any case, tri-Ace is interested in the 360 (Infinite Undiscovery) and Square Enix is showing some interest in multiplatform what with The Last Remnant being released on both the PS3 and 360.  

Those two elements may be reasons for the SO4 multiplatform rumor.
5558  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV The After on: December 14, 2007, 11:08:28 PM
As for PSP RPGs, avoid Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner.  That game sucked.  Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology has a brilliant battle system and great fanservice, but the game is quite repetitive.  

Best PSP game you can get is Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles.  Rondo of Blood is awesome.  And it has Symphony of the Night with redone English voice acting, redone dialogue, and the option to select Japanese voices.  Come on, two of the best Castlevania games ever on one UMD?  You can't go wrong here.  

I do agree with Tomara's sentiment on handheld RPGs without quicksave or save anywhere options.  I've made a stink about that on many of my handheld reviews.  Portable gaming should facilitate gaming on the go.  

As for mobile gaming, it's not like the cel phone market for games is absent in the US.  It's just that casual games on cel phones are more popular than RPGs in the US.  I've seen US TV commercials for cel phone game download services.  And Pat/Ramza did give the Doom cel phone RPG a favorable review.  

I'll tell you, cel phone games, PSP, DS, Game Boy, etc. have been a saving grace in doctor's waiting rooms.  And one of our contributing editors is a business traveller who's out and about 4 days a week, so he's good friends with his PSP and DS.

As for Square-Enix milking the bejeezus out of classic FF games... I'll let someone else go there.
5559  The Rest / General Discussions / Holiday Wish List on: December 14, 2007, 10:42:27 PM
If you get a PSP, you absolutely MUST MUST MUST get Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles.  Best game for the system IMO.  Rondo of Blood is awesome.  And the redone dialogue, redone English voice acting, and ability to choose the Japanese voices for Symphony of the Night are worth it.  

Two of the best Castlevania games for the price of one UMD?  Can't be beat.
5560  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 14, 2007, 11:23:56 AM
Oh I will be reviewing Aveyond II.  It just may take a while since I typically like to finish games before I review them (or at least get 2/3 of the way through them if I'm not enjoying them) but with final exams and work, Aveyond 2's been slow going.  Partially because I plan to review it, I'm not giving too much away here since, well, I actually want people to read my review:P
5561  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 13, 2007, 10:53:52 PM
For what it's worth, here's my Aveyond review  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/aveyond/index.html
Since then, Aveyond was upgraded and only Aveyond ver. 2 is available now.  The character portraits are different (more anime styled) and the balance has been improved so there's less need to grind.  And there's still plenty of goodies.

As for Aveyond 2, I'm really enjoying it.  I found Aveyond 1's story and characters more interesting, but 2 is a smoother playing experience.

I still think Rhen > Ean.
5562  The Rest / General Discussions / Holiday Wish List on: December 13, 2007, 10:45:43 PM
But if there's peace on Earth, we'll be left vulnerable to hostile alien invasions, just like that one Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.  

As for me, I pretty much know what I'm getting and it's all I need/want.  The one nice gift I'm getting, thanks to my Dad's Amex reward points, is a Garmin GPS.  Given the mess of papers in my car's center console of Mapquest directions to various places, a Garmin would definately be a useful gift for me.  Otherwise, I'm getting a book, some anime, and some cash.
5563  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Dreamcast boot disc on: December 13, 2007, 10:57:15 AM
Holy cow, my semantics were unclear in my post.  D'oh!  Anyway, I meant to say that it should work for you.  If I can use my boot disc to play imports, you should be able to as well.
5564  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star...Ocean 4? on: December 12, 2007, 06:14:44 PM
Wait a minute, is Square Enix publishing Star Ocean 4?  If so then there may be a good chance it hits both PS3 and 360.  I mean, SE's "The Last Remnant" is slated for release on both systems.
5565  The Rest / General Discussions / The things ya gotta do... on: December 12, 2007, 06:11:53 PM
Although it's "common" dealing with bureaucracy (or is that bureaucrazy?) is something we all have to do and it sucks.  I'm not above using underhanded means to push things through the bureaucracy.  It happened when I had to get the tutoring outreach program I coordinate started this semester.  Of course, luckily for me, the faculty advisor/supervisor whom I work with is also not above doing things "not by the book" and letting me use "my ways" to get things through bureaucracy.  

Sometimes you can't do things by the book or wait.  I'm the type of person who wants a million things done and everything done yesterday.  Though I can be satisfied if things get done "this week," once it's been a week I make some noise.  

Taking that initiative and being a pest is not a pleasant thing to do, but unless you're pesky, nothing ever gets done.
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