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5551  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: March 03, 2008, 02:04:26 PM

This was one of the most hysterical Iron Chef America moments I can recall.  Although nothing can top Mario Batali making that shrimp parfait dessert and that one judge taking a huge mouthful and wretching.
5552  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: March 02, 2008, 09:24:02 AM
This song has been stuck in my head for days, hence it's my song of the moment.  It's "Something Wonderful" by Saki Nakajima from the To Heart 2: Character Tracks soundtrack.  

'nuff said.
5553  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: March 01, 2008, 09:46:15 AM
Not again.  Is Nader flippin' serious?  The guy should go jump in a lake and give it up already.  He's tried twice and he's failed miserably twice.  He's like that pesky mosquito that won't go away.  

Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to see a good Green Party or Independent candidate in the White House, but not that laughingstock Nader.  

It really looks like it'll be Obama vs. McCain.  And given how a strong constituency of Republicans dislike McCain but like Obama, this is going to be a battle.  

If you really think about it, for the past 20 years America has been ruled by either a Bush or  a Clinton.  The current crop of college undergrads have lived their entire lives under a Bush or Clinton.  It's definitely time for change (to use some of Obama's rhetoric.)  I think that's one reason why the youth voter turnout has been higher than usual.  

I was a vehement Bill Richardson supporter until he dropped out.  I then backed (and still do) Hillary since I agree with her the 2nd most on the issues; I voted for her in the Primaries.  Obama's #3 for me, and he's a great candidate.  If he gets the nod, I'll vote for him.  It's about time the Democrats had really strong and charismatic candidates that people can rally behind.
5554  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 29, 2008, 11:49:08 PM
LaBrie= James LaBrie- lead singer of Dream Theater.  Personally, I'd take Russell Allen and his band, Symphony X, over Dream Theater any day.    

Absolute best beyond the grave metal lineup of monster zombies would be as follows:
Chuck Schuldiner- vocals, rhythm guitar
Dimebag Darrell- lead guitar
Cliff Burton- bass
Cozy Powell- drums.  

I guess I should post another fun fact about me since I'm in this thread.  If I had to choose between giving up gaming or giving up bass, I'd relinquish all my gaming stuff in a heartbeat.  I probably could buy an Xbox360 with my tax refund, but I won't.  I'm saving up for a custom bass made to my personal specs.  There doesn't exist a production bass that suits my needs and desires, so I wants me a custom.
5555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Your Opinion: The Spin-Offs on: February 28, 2008, 05:55:47 PM
Just about every Megami Tensei game is a spin off.  The only really bad ones were Ronde, the GBA Devil Children (DemiKids) games, and Last Bible 1 (Revelations: The Demon Slayer.)  I think Megami Tensei has found more widespread success with its spin offs than its main series.  

FFX-2 was awesome.  It was more fun and enjoyable than FFX to me.  The gameplay was exquisite, playing dress up with Rikku was fun, and the music was stellar.  The battle theme in particular was awesome.  LeBlanc was such a wacky over-the-top villain, I couldn't help but love her.  "Noojie-woojie"

And in looking at the various Atelier titles out there (Atelier Marie, Atelier Elie, Atelier Judie, etc.) the Atelier Iris trilogy was pretty good.  1 & 2 were stellar.  3 not so much, but it was still reasonably fun.  

One series that has way too main main installments, spin offs, spin offs of spin offs and is just completely supersaturating the market is Tales.  Even the worst Tales game is relatively fun, but it is getting stale.  That series needs a shake-up.  Maybe a sci-fi space opera or cyberpunk Tales instead of the trad fantasy.  And maybe someone other than Motoi Sakuraba's insipid music (and not Go Shiina or Takuya Yasuda- they both sucked.)
5556  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: February 27, 2008, 07:25:41 PM
Lately I've been taking to learning songs on bass for my own personal amusement.  Songs that I like but aren't super difficult because I'm not as confident in my skill as I should be and I'm a bit tired of doing drills.  

I have the Hal-Leonard bass transcription book for Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and I've been attempting to learn "Give it Away" for my own amusement.  The bassline to that song isn't difficult (even with all the ghost note hammer-ons), but getting the timing and syncopation right is the tricky part.  

Awesome song (Give It Away), awesome album, and one of the greatest bands to ever walk this Earth.  The Chilis have NEVER put out a bad album and their sound remains unique and truly their own.
5557  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: February 26, 2008, 06:37:00 PM
4/22's looking to be a good day.  I'll have to go preorder both FES and The World Ends With You.
5558  Media / The Soundroom / So, Iced Earth and/or Judas Priest fans.... on: February 26, 2008, 05:32:52 PM
I thought Ripper had his own band, Winter's Bane or something?  But, yeah, Yngwie Malmsteen albums have seen some good vocalists tank.  

Best Yngwie vocalist IMO was Mike Vescera on 1994's The Seventh Sign album.
5559  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square-Enix on: February 26, 2008, 08:02:55 AM
The gaming business is just that, a business.  Others have said more about this more eloquently than I could.  

ASIDE: Despite the el gag me soundtrack (according to the samples and Ramza's review) The World Ends With You seems like a unique and interesting SE title.
5560  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: February 24, 2008, 09:27:54 AM
I agree that there may be a "glorification" of the genre in mystical lands outside of America, but the truth of the matter is that the genre is more visible and more viable in Europe than the US since, well, more of these kinds of games have come from European developers in recent years.  Pretty much everything published by The Adventure Company is European.  http://www.theadventurecompanygames.com (The Adventure Company is the graphic adventure division of Dreamcatcher Games.)  Earlier this month, The Adventure Company released The Experiment, a graphic adventure developed by a French company.  Even if the graphic adventure market in Europe is small, it's still larger than the US market.  

As for Hirameki, I'm pretty sure their best-seller was Ever17.  I was bummed when they closed their doors.  We at RPGfan had a good relationship with Hirameki.  

In any case, I really haven't seen/heard a peep out of Aksys or other gaming media outlets lately about Jake Hunter.

Shameless plug time: http://www.rpgfan.com/editorials/2007/12-15.html (My December 2007 editorial on the state of the graphic adventure genre.)
5561  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: February 23, 2008, 07:21:01 PM
My song of the moment for no particular reason is "Death Cab for Cutie" by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band. They perform the song in the Beatles movie Magical Mystery Tour. Great old time bluesy boogie song.  My old band didn't really do covers, but this is one we totally wanted to cover but never got around to.  "A Horse with No Name" by America was another intentioned cover.  I think the only song we ever covered at gigs was "Femme Fatale" by Velvet Underground.  

That night Cutie called a cab.
Baby, don't do it
She left her East Side room so drab.
Baby, don't do it
She went out on town
Knowing it would make her lover frown.
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

The cab was racing through the night.
Baby, don't do it
His eyes in the mirror keeping Cutie in sight.
Baby, don't do it
When he saw Cutie it gave him a thrill
Don't you know that baby curves can kill?
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

Cutie, don't you play with fate.
Don't you leave your lover alone.
If you go out on this date
His heart will turn to stone.

Bad girl Cutie, what have you done?
Baby, don't do it
Slipping, sliding down on Highway 31.
Baby, don't do it
The traffic lights change from green to red.
They tried to stop but they both wound up dead.
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.
Someone's going to make you pay your fare
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.
5562  The Rest / General Discussions / JT demands evidence of NIU shooter's gaming habits on: February 23, 2008, 06:59:43 PM
And people still take Jack Thompson seriously?  

But, man, the killer was 27.  Twenty freaking seven.  That's around my age.  Adult.  Old enough to know fiction from reality (unless he had a dissociative disorder or certain kinds of schizophrenia.)  Old enough to know not to recreate the scene from the movie "The Program" where the guy lay down on the double yellow lines in the middle of a highway.  

Even people who have a surface level, layman's, "pop" view of psychology know that it takes more than media to make a person kill themselves or others.  There's deep psychological trauma that does that.

And if that doesn't beat all, Jack Thompson does not seem to know the basics of law, particularly confidentiality laws with regard to students' records.  He can't just get them.  Schools will not give out students' records to just anybody, and usually not without consent if the student is over 18.
5563  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Any goold old school turn-base RPGs lately? on: February 23, 2008, 06:51:56 PM
I could not get into Magical Starsign.  It was cute, but I ultimately found it really slow and boring.  

And Tooker, these days I believe Naruto: Path of the Ninja is available pretty cheap.  With all the Naruto games out there including the Ninja Council games on DS, Path of the Ninja is easy to overlook.  Yeah, I was pretty surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it.  And I'm a crotchedy, jaded old man reviewer who doesn't seem to like anything these days (save Professor Layton.)
5564  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Any goold old school turn-base RPGs lately? on: February 23, 2008, 03:50:34 PM
Duh, I forgot the DS.  In that case, I think Naruto: Path of the Ninja is worth playing.  It's turn-based and all.  That was my pleasant surprise for 2007.  My review explains it all.  

But my main point is that regardless of "console generation" and what have you, there have been a healthy amount of turn-based JRPGs released in the last year and more still coming.
5565  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: February 23, 2008, 07:20:15 AM
So what if Vesperia is Xbox360 exclusive?  The Tales series is so prolific that there will likely be a whole truckload of them on the PS3 and Wii along with the DS and PSP.  The PS3, Wii, and DS will easily have more Tales games than the 360.  

And as much as I like the Tales games, they are pretty formulaic so missing out on one because it's on a system you may not own is not something to lose sleep over.
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