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5581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / which one to play first ? on: February 20, 2008, 07:14:01 PM
Xenogears is one of those games that benefits from a gameshark code to make the text speed faster.  Otherwise, the pacing was sometimes dreadfully slow.  Other than that and some of the platform jumping sequences (i.e. Tower of Babel) I dug the game.  

As far as the story goes, sure Xenogears can't compare to literary epics like War and Peace or Mahabharata but as far as RPG stories go, it's definitely one of the most intricate and involved in the genre.
5582  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 19, 2008, 06:20:38 PM
I finished Professor Layton this past weekend and am going back to find and solve the puzzles I never found, solved, or got to.  Great game.  I hope the next two installments come stateside.
5583  The Rest / General Discussions / Early Life Crisis! on: February 17, 2008, 10:11:19 AM
Or just go to community college for a couple of years to figure things out since it'll be less of a financial investment than mulling around at a 4-year institution.  Then when you're ready for a 4 year college, you'll have more direction.
5584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / SMT Persona 3 boring ? on: February 16, 2008, 07:55:29 PM
The dungeon crawling is easily the weakest and IMO most boring part of the game.  But I'm with the others in that if you can't get into the S-links and those storylines, the game won't be to your liking.  Sure the main storyline is terrific, but it was those S-link storylines that really made the game a complete experience for me.  Some S-links were lame (i.e. Star, Fortune), some were just plain weird (i.e. Moon), and some truly tugged at my heartstrings (i.e. Hanged Man, Sun.)  And to me it felt like life in that, yes, there are people there that I didn't like and didn't want to hang out with so I didn't.  So I built up my character more as me.  

Bottom line with Persona 3 is that though it is an excellent game (it was my pick for best of 2007) it's not quite for everyone.  Even among the mold-breaking Megami Tensei series as a whole, Persona 3 definitely does things further out of left field than, say, the DDS games did.  The DDS games had more traditional JRPG gameplay but took risks with the storyline.
5585  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 16, 2008, 10:03:42 AM
I'm 5 hours or so into Professor Layton.  It's funny how sometimes I can solve the 40 or 50 picarat puzzles fairly easily but get stumped on a 10 or 20 picarat one.  

Anyone who buys this game absolutely must make a pit stop at Staples or Office Max for a pad and pencils, because some of the puzzles need to have stuff written down to make sense.  Some remind me of the logic puzzles in the old GRE tests that are fun if you're not being timed.  Heh, I'll be doing puzzles like that in my daily life as a guidance counselor when I'm doing kids' schedules.  Kid A cannot be in the same class as Kid B, Teacher X can have Kids A and B in her classroom but not Kid C...

Great game.  I hope it does well enough to warrant the 2nd and 3rd Professor Layton installments to get localized.
5586  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: February 16, 2008, 09:52:32 AM
If Mike Patton and Devin Townsend got together to make an album, the world would implode.  

Or maybe not.  Ian McKaye (Fugazi) and Al Jourgenson (Ministry) did the Pailhead side project and the world is still in tact.  

Song of the moment is "Osaka Funk" by The Hideous Sun Demons.  I haven't listened to that CD in a while and it still remains possibly my favorite CD ever.  I would like to see James LoMenzo, Toshi Hiketa, and Ray Luzier make another Hideous Sun Demons album, but even if it doesn't happen, I'll still have this one and boy howdy is it a magical CD for me.
5587  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: February 14, 2008, 09:41:03 AM
In honor of Valentine's Day, my songs of the moment are the greatest love songs of all time:

"Fucked by a Knife" and "Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's Cunt" by Cannibal Corpse.
5588  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 13, 2008, 09:52:24 PM
16 minutes into Professor Layton.  The game is good.  I wonder when Jake Hunter comes out.  Me am want that too.
5589  The Rest / General Discussions / DR's Feelgood Story of the Week on: February 13, 2008, 02:49:36 PM
Massive slip there.  Yeah, when an article is mostly "nail up penis" it's certainly not one I would want to read with any kind of depth.  But Indians are still masochists and our pal here probably didn't think much of having a nail stuck up his urethra for 3 days because how can that be any worse than wasp stings? :P  I just cannot help but be a jackasshole and poke fun at stories like this.  

I was totally thinking about some of those news stories of self imposed injury like the one where the guy fired a nailgun into his eye socket (and it stayed there for a few days), or the guy who padlocked his cock 'n balls for 2 weeks.  And there are plenty of guys who willingly get their cocks pierced.  So I wouldn't be surprised if some dude decided to try doing it himself.  

That's not even getting into various balcony stories, such as the girl who flew off while demonstrating a back handspring or this one Indian dude who was smoking a cigarette on a balcony, leaned a little too far back, and fell to his death.
5590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: February 13, 2008, 02:47:26 PM
The PS2 still has plenty of life left in it, so while the past looks excellent in terms of the RPG library, the future's looking better than expected.  In March, Mana Khemia comes out, for example.  And I believe it was reported that Atlus was planning to develop Persona 4 for the PS2 rather than a next-gen system.  The PS2 certainly has a strong userbase and with the new generation of systems' (PS3, 360) hardware and software prices being high, I sense more people hanging on to their older consoles.  I sure as day can't afford a 360.  

So whether you're looking to the past, present or immediate future, there are plenty of PS2 RPGs out there and at least a handful that will satisfy what you want and like.  Like any recommendation thread, you ask 20 people what the best RPG for the system is, you'll get 20 different responses.
5591  The Rest / General Discussions / DR's Feelgood Story of the Week on: February 13, 2008, 01:59:47 PM
Man, what's with Indians and masochism?  There is a chapter in the Kama Sutra that says in order to increase the size of your phallus you have to cover it in wasp stings, apply lots of ointment, and carve a hole in your mattress so you can sleep semi-comfortably because it'll be all swollen up.  We have yogis contorting themselves into positions that would logically pop the kneecaps off any normal person.  We have the ascetics who use anorexia as a form of spiritual enlightenment.  And now we have the guy who drove a nail up his penis.  

Ahhh, my people.  How you entertain me so.
5592  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: February 13, 2008, 12:25:58 PM
My copy came in today.  I'll probably play it this evening after class and everything.
5593  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 13, 2008, 07:37:53 AM
When it comes to self, it's one thing that psychologists, philosophers, spiritualists, and everyone else has been pondering since mankind discovered consciousness.  The discovery of self is an interesting thing.  

One thing that's contradictory is that part of "being" yourself is being able to accept, even embrace, alternatives without getting defensive.  Many of those alternatives are within you, but don't feel like you.  This could also be partially why so many people become resistant and reach impasses during therapy.  They're moving away from the "self" they've known for decades.  But it's not identity that's being dropped.  It's baggage that's being dropped and behind the baggage is aspects of yourself that you had in you the whole time but never realized it because it was under all that baggage.  Dropping the baggage is stressful and you want it back like a security blanket since that's what you know, but once you work through it and have that "a ha!" moment, it's quite liberating.  Given the nature of emotional baggage and how ingrained it is within us, that's why therapy can take years.  You can't solve a lifetime of issues in one hour.  That's why I think Dr. Phil is the biggest crock of shit out there and IMO gives real honest professional therapists and counselors a bad name.  

Psychological change is tough.  Just like there's pain before gain when working out your muscles, it's the same with working out your psychological being.

Guess I should stay on topic with another Nealy fact.  I'm still searching for that perfect bass string.  I've tried a ton and I'm still searching for "the one."
5594  Media / The Soundroom / King Diamond, Grammy winner? on: February 12, 2008, 08:13:37 PM
The only good one was Herbie Hancock winning the biggie album of the year.  Herbie Hancock is awesome.

Award shows suck anyway.  It's just a bunch of corporate suits patting each other on the back.  Even the ones voted on by "the people" are totally rigged.
5595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / are we ever gonna see the US release of TOD and TOD2? on: February 12, 2008, 02:44:16 PM
But the Japanese Tales of Destiny 2 did introduce aerial combo attacks which have been incorporated into later Tales games.  

Worst Tales games I've played was Radiant Mythology.  The battles were fun, but the plot and other gameplay were dull, repetitive, and shallow.
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