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5581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs and Homosexuality on: May 14, 2008, 09:25:29 PM
I still think Cloud from FF7 is among the most confused about his sexuality.  Throughout the game there are things that suggest he's hetero, things that suggest he's bi or bi-curious, and things that suggest that he's asexual.  I still remember Beans' old editorial about why he thought Cloud was a "flaming friend of Dorothy."  

Speaking of anime, anyone ever see Here is Greenwood?  Shun, despite looking like a pretty girl and initially teasing Kazuya with it, was actually the most well adjusted character.  I mean, that one dude was a little *too* obsessed with his motorcycle.
5582  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 14, 2008, 09:19:30 PM
Picked up a couple of fighting games for PSP on the cheap: Darkstalkers and Tekken Dark Resurrection.  Wow, finally fighting games that are not only awesome on handhelds, but just plain awesome period.  I already adore Darkstalkers and this PSP Tekken game is fan-freaking-tastic.
5583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs and Homosexuality on: May 14, 2008, 04:27:11 PM
This is tangential, but the complexities of relationships as a whole is something rarely seen in video games. Even Japanese dating sims and love adventures, which are harbored around relationships, often fall into predictability and cliches.  And whether it's homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality, sexuality as a whole is not something that's really been explored maturely in many video games.  Some H-games do (like Crescendo), but most just explore extreme fetishism to titillate.  

And if you look at most JRPGs, most are set in fantasy realms where the complexities of reality are not present.  Protagonists are naive and virginal, villains are sinister, and relationships are kindergarten crushes.  

If you want to talk about homosexuality and the media in general, there's the multicultural context.  Different cultures view it differently, especially when it comes to the ideals of machismo.  American media likes to draw attention to the "OMG HOMOGAY" aspects of movies, TV shows, etc. at the expense of everything else.  Many European countries have a laissez-faire attitude where "okay, so they're gay.  Just let them be."  In countries like India, it's denied and swept under the rug.  It's only recently that progressive Indian filmmakers in England and the US touched upon homosexuality in movies like Chutney Popcorn (I still have yet to see that.)
5584  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 14, 2008, 08:22:17 AM
I'm playing Onimusha 3 right now.  Hot damn this game is fun.  I'm at Notre Dame now.
5585  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: May 12, 2008, 05:48:15 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Trapeze - Medusa

Glenn Hughes is the most underrated singer I can think of.

He's even more underrated as a bass player.  Guy's good. <3 the SoulMover album.
5586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are old school RPGs still welcome? on: May 12, 2008, 09:11:29 AM
I liked the Aveyond games.  I do have a soft spot for good 2D visuals in RPGs.  The most beautiful RPG I played in 2007 was Odin Sphere.  I also prefer turn-based combat to realtime combat because at 30 years old, my twitch reflexes ain't what they used to be.  Do you know how hard it is these days to find a PC RPG that's turn-based?  

Of course, there are aspects I was patient about in years past that I'm not patient about now.  Namely level grinding.  

Basically, my stance is that so long as a game has old school charm with modern conveniences, I'm a happy camper.  Kinda like the new Ford Mustangs.  They have that sexy old school look but the benefits of modern automotive engineering.
5587  The Rest / General Discussions / There's only one thing worse than dying on the toilet. on: May 10, 2008, 07:34:58 PM
Why am I reminded of that scene in the movie Clerks?
5588  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: May 10, 2008, 10:12:22 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Quote from: "Parn"

I guess that some okay playing, but it pains me to see that somebody fucked up an Explorer with all those wapanese stickers.  God, I hope it's a copy and not the real deal. :P

The headstock didn't look like a Gibson headstock to me.  The one the kid was playing looked longer and more rounded at the end.  Methinks it was a Kramer headstock.

Still, it's not as bad as Flea obtaining a super rare, pre-CBS, 1960's Fender P-bass with a shell pink finish valued at $30K... and immediately slapping a sticker on it.  Bass Player magazine managed to snap some pics of the bass before it got to Flea so we could see it before Flea stickered it up.  I love Flea and I adore the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I don't like the way Flea stickers up his basses.  Stickered up guitars/basses just look cheap to me.  

Anyway, this video is one reason why I love the Screaming Headless Torsos so much.  Every musician in that band is an absolute beast and that drummer man... whoa! http://youtube.com/watch?v=fYgPU-WnmnA
5589  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 10, 2008, 09:09:27 AM
I'm stumbling around in the beginning segments of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.  Gabriel's an awesome protagonist.
5590  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: May 09, 2008, 04:45:30 PM

Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten all on the same stage.  This is the ultimate orgasm for bassists.
5591  The Rest / General Discussions / A Brazilian woman is now in the record books.... on: May 09, 2008, 03:51:29 PM
I never quite understood the whole obsession with Guinness World Record breaking.  Some records are just not meant to be broken or toyed with.

Whatever.  If Miss Thing wants 15 minutes of fame in exchange for a lifetime of spinal injuries and back problems requiring serious coin for medical expenses, then I reserve the right to point and laugh.

It saddening the things people will do to themselves in the name of self-esteem, whether it's degrading themselves with hoochie clothing, buying a set of fake ta-tas (it's not uncommon for peoples' immune systems to attack the implants and make people really ill), or compromising their health with extreme diets.  You can't buy self-esteem.  It's one thing to improve yourself because you love yourself, but "improving" yourself because you hate yourself can lead to damaging consequences.
5592  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS3 - Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi on: May 09, 2008, 07:15:31 AM
Quote from: "Marshmallow"

I know you don't speak Japanese, but if it's of any consolation, you can always play the Japanese versions on your North America PS3.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa, stop the presses here.  You mean to tell me that there's no region lockout on North American PS3's?  That blows my mind right there.  I thought only handhelds didn't have region lockouts.
5593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS3 - Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi on: May 08, 2008, 07:08:44 PM
ASIDE:  Eh, if you want eroge in English, there's plenty courtesy of Peach Princess.  But from what I understand, many games that are/were eroge on PCs get non-H console releases.
5594  Media / The Soundroom / What kind of music do you listen to? on: May 08, 2008, 03:44:36 PM
I <3 Devin Townsend.  Guy's a musical mad scientist.  I swear if he and Mike Patton did and album together, the world would implode.  Ocean Machine: Biomech is my fave Devy album.  Vai's Sex and Religion album was mostly panned, but I loved it because the singer was amazing.  It was Devy's debut and he slayed.  

As for my musical tastes, I like a wide variety.  "From Disney to Death Metal" I like to say.  I enjoy jazz, classical, some opera, electronic (like trip hop, some techno), funk, rock, hip-hop, R&B, old Motown, Asian pop, ethnic music, reggae, many kinds... my favorite style of music is easily progressive metal, be it stuff like Symphony X or more avant-garde stuff like Dysrhythmia or Behold... The Arctopus.  I love going to punk and ska shows, I always have so much fun at those.  New Brunswick NJ has a killer music scene and I love going to local shows.  

Music I'm not fond of are: anything intolerant/hateful (i.e. white power/neo-nazi hate rock), emo, overly twangy country/bluegrass, nu-metal, teenybopper pop (i.e. 'NSYNC), two of the worst bands I can think of are Fall Out Boy and Creed- they suck!

I'm a bass player, so I like to experiment with a variety of styles since I never know when/if I'll be called on to play a certain style since there are far fewer bassists running around than guitarists.  I want to try playing more Latin music since salsa style can make funky basslines even funkier.  Most fun I ever had was me and a drummer playing while a hip-hop artist freestyled over our rhythms.  I'd love to form a live instrument hip-hop band int he vein of Savin Ill, Aquavibe, Ozomatli, Arrested Development, The Roots, or somesuch, but every musician in my area either wants to do punk or hardcore.  

http://www.myspace.com/sullendoor is a band I used to play with.  I played on "I Need Hope" and "Old Friends."
5595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So X Edge (& Chaos Wars & crossover RPGs in general) on: May 08, 2008, 07:26:21 AM
But as mentioned earlier, Chaos Wars has even MORE obscure crossover stuff that NA audiences would likely not be aware of and it's getting a US release.
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