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5551  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.
5552  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.
5553  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.
5554  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.
5555  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.
5556  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.
5557  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.)
5558  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.
5559  The Rest / General Discussions / Sometimes...you just need to slap a bitch. on: January 15, 2007, 05:52:25 PM
I'm with DR in that it's just a bunch of badly-acted fake shit by youtubers trying to achieve intarwebnet fame, but I'm with logick and everluck in that such people as caricatured are all too real.
5560  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 15, 2007, 05:27:24 PM
I'm about 7 hours into FF12 and at a spot most of you probably hit in about 2-3 hours... but I loiter.  

I'm in the sewers where
Vaan, Balthier, and Fran have just met Amalia and wasted a few guards.

I already don't like Fran's voice.  Not only can't the voice actress decide whether to use an accent or not (this seems to be a trend in FF12), but she sounds like a little girl.  Little girl voice doesn't work well for Fran.  Given that she's a warrior and a grown woman, I'd have expected a stronger, huskier, more adult voice for her.

Oh well, Fran's still cool, though.  Balthier and Fran are almost as cool as Han and Chewbacca.
5561  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: January 14, 2007, 08:21:10 PM
Yeah, I know I'm resurrecting an old topic, but I was reading part of Hirameki's blog about this.  For now, they haven't gotten any word from KID as to their contract or anything, so they're still selling Ai Yori Aoshi and Ever17 while they still can.  But it looks like fan's dreams of seeing Hirameki localize the rest of the Infinity series have been put to rest.  

I'm looking to see what will happen with KID.  Will they and their intellectual properties be picked up by a larger development house, or will the KID staff splinter off into smaller groups (kinda like how some of Team Andromeda's members splintered off to form SmileBit.)

According to Hirameki's blog, KID had Memories #5 Encore," and "12RIVEN the Ψcliminal of integral," both under development when the bankruptcy was announced.
5562  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 14, 2007, 07:52:17 PM
I've been revisiting some of my old Dreamcast titles like Maken X, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Typing of the Dead, Crazy Taxi, and even did a little PSO.  Despite the age of the hardware and all that, those games still look pretty darn sexy to my eyes.  

I currently have more games for my Dreamcast than for any other console and have no plans of getting rid of them.  They're too darn good (though I did chuck PSO since offline is pointless and online is null.)  I'm still chasing secrets in MvC 2, reveling in the sheer absurdity of Typing of the Dead... and always loving my imports of Never 7 and Exodus Guilty Neos.
5563  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy fuck, Warner Brothers on: January 13, 2007, 08:13:05 PM
Gee, when were any old 1930s- 1940s Clampett/Tex Avery/Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies/etc. cartoons ever NOT derogatory?  It was a sign of cultural norms at the time, and a lot of those cartoons really weren't meant for kids.  I think it was when characters like Bugs, Daffy, and Porky were introduced that things became more kid-friendly, albeit still with copious violence.
5564  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 13, 2007, 08:01:54 PM
Glad to help, Nuri.  For me, the most annoying part was  
when I got the boat inside the slaughterhouse, trying to lure those mines to explode where I needed them to so I could progress.

Re: FF12.  I must say, the gambit system is awesome.  I was impressed by the really good AI in games like Tales of Destiny and Tales of Symphonia, but being able to customize the character AI to the extent that I can in FF12 is awesome.  

From what I understand, the gambit system will be adapted to Revenant Wings, although perhaps in a more simplified form; I'm not completely sure.
5565  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: January 13, 2007, 11:33:19 AM
I just started FF12 last night.  I'm not far into it at all.  I pretty much spent the first 3 hours just loitering around Rabanastre marvelling at its awesomeness before deciding to anything meaningful.  Now I finally decided to pay old Dalan a visit so I can crash a party.  I really don't want to leave Rabanastre because it's a desert out there and I loathe RPG deserts.  If other towns are as awesome as Rabanastre, I'll be in hog heaven.  Rabanastre's already trying to get a spot in my top 3 RPG towns/cities (which are currently Sumaru City, Solaris, and Esthar.)  

It's been years since I've played an FF game.  The last FF game I played to completion was FF9.  Yeah, that's how long it's been.  

So far my impressions are positive.  I love the music and voice acting.  Vaan was very well cast.  Penelo's actress delivers her lines flawlessly.  The only hiccup is that ethnic characters never really seem sure what accent they should be using.  I'm normally not a fan of Sakimoto's music, but the music is awesome in the game so far.  

The visuals are gorgeous.  I quite like the character designs; much softer than the Nomura stuff with far less goofball junk on the outfits.  Yeah, Vaan wears a tiny tank and all, but that's how I'd expect a kid in a desert town to dress.  

And the story?  I can definitely tell it's a Yasumi Matsuno tale.  It's like Tactics Ogre in that the pacing is quite deliberate and there's tons of layers and complexity.  The tight political intrigue surrounding the Archadian Empire, the conquering of Dalmasca, and what Lord Vayne's going to do next really has me hooked.  And I like that while others are willing to just accept life as it is, Vaan isn't satisfied and his actions are a vehicle to find out the hidden truth that nobody wants to tell.  

The battle system takes some getting used to, but fighting solo is not fun.  I can't wait till Vaan gets a party.  I'm glad S-E decided to go back to the ATB for FF13, because the battles here remind me of Contact's battle system and that was not the most intuitive battle system for me.  Though for MMORPGers or PC RPGers, it's probably more intuitive.  I do not know how some of you can play this game with battles in Active mode without dying every 3 seconds.  If it weren't for Wait mode, I'd be so overwhelmed.  

And one thing that others find annoying but I find interesting is that the interface forces me to think differently than I'm used to in an RPG.  The Shin Megami Tensei series has always found ways to defy convention and make me think differently in an RPG, so figuring out how to work this newfangled system in FF12 has me working the ol' grey matter.  

For example, given the scarcity of money and the structure of the license board, the standard practice of upgrading everything upon entering a new town is not prudent since you may not be able to equip it.  

Still, the game gives me the kind of warm fuzzies that Star Wars does.  I want to keep playing.
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