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5581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Pseudo topic revival: Looking back at anticipated games on: April 04, 2007, 07:39:07 PM
Man, what *was* I looking forward to this year?  I know I was looking forward to Hotel Dusk, which turned out to be quite good.  

This year, I'm so happy that after KID declared bankruptcy in December, CyberFront bought them out and this means that Memories Off #5 and 12Riven are back in development.  

Since Infinity (the KID visual novel series that includes Never7, Ever17, and Remember11) is my favorite video game series, I'm happy to hear KID's back and even if Hirameki doesn't localize 12Riven, I'll still buy the import as a collector.  

So I'm looking forward to 12Riven.  And I believe at the end of this month, FF12: Revenant Wings comes out for DS in Japan.  I wonder if a US version will hit this year.  

Oh, and if Hirameki releases anything else this year, I'm by default anticipating that.  I'm such a Hirameki love slave it's not even funny.
5582  The Rest / General Discussions / Director of "A Christmas Story" dies in car crash on: April 04, 2007, 07:32:33 PM
How dare some drunk bastard kill the guy who brought us Porky's.  That was classic testosterone ape cinema.  Oh, and Christmas Story was good too.  

Normally lowbrow films make me cringe, but I have a soft spot for Porky's.
5583  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: April 03, 2007, 03:48:03 PM
I just played the demo version of Puzzle Quest for PC (yeah, slow day at work.)  I dig puzzle games like Bejeweled and I like RPGs, but I wasn't really feeling Puzzle Quest.  It's fun with great mechanics and some nice nonlinearity, but I didn't like that the AI is absolutely merciless.  Even on the introductory battles, the computer could pull off and chain combos like mad whereas I couldn't.  I felt the computer was cheap and often cheated.  

Were the computer AI less cheap, I'd have liked the game much better.
5584  The Rest / General Discussions / The creepiest shit you've seen in a long time, no doubt. on: April 02, 2007, 04:32:03 PM
This is creepy and pathetic all at the same time.  It's so dumb to become obsessed with a stripper.  They have a military-esque control over their emotions and can manipulate men's emotions like nobody else can.  Their ability to use psychology as such a deadly weapon frankly scares me.  Strippers are not freaking human, man.    

The whole Angela Harkness story (I read the "Bite of the Black Widow" article in an old issue of Maxim) is some scary shit, how she completely ruined so many peoples' lives.  Trail of destruction, pathological lies and all that.  

Either way, I'm not a fan of strippers or strip clubs.  Both give me the heebie jeebies.  I went to a strip club once with a few friends and I did not like it one bit.  On the other hand, I have friends who drop bills at clubs all the time.  

You're right Daniel.  I barely scratched the surface of that thing and I need a shower big time.
5585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A New FF game to be announced...? on: April 02, 2007, 08:16:04 AM
Oh dear God, I've created April Fool monsters.
5586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A New FF game to be announced...? on: April 01, 2007, 09:17:40 PM
Telenet didn't buy FF.  S-E just decided the series needed a major shakeup and what better shake up than things like the
interactive Cloud/Yuffie makeout scene in the gondola.  She does kiss him in the original version of FF7, but in Filthy FantASSy 69, you get to go further playing a Simon style mini game to make Cloud finger her off.
5587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A New FF game to be announced...? on: April 01, 2007, 08:41:30 PM
Y'all are crazy.  The new FF is going to be a hentai game since those are hot sellers in Japan EDIT: and the US is one of the largest consumers of porn in the world... yeah, it will be Filthy FantASSy 69.  FF69-2: Anal FantASSy will be the requisite spinoff.

And, of course, there have to be secrets so esoteric that they're only there to sell strategy guides... but the payoff will be good.  I hear that the many hours spent playing frustrating and often bANAL mini-games
such as undoing all of Lulu's belts in under 8 seconds
will unlock  
nude FMV cutscenes featuring Lulu and her busty pal Tifa in some baby oil, boobie slicking, clit-licking, hardcore, girl-on-girl action.

That is what the new FF is going to be.  The series has been pretty much whoring itself to a stupor lately, so this is the only way it can go from here.
5588  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 01, 2007, 06:44:04 PM
This past weekend I saw "Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure" a couple of times.  The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is one of my favorite cartoons these days (one of the absolute best on Cartoon Network) and Big Boogey Adventure was f'n terrific.  

Some of the dialogue is hysterical.
5589  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 01, 2007, 02:54:41 PM

Song of the moment is the very pretty "Water Month" from the game Suigetsu.
5590  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: April 01, 2007, 12:28:08 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
Man, Neal. It's a good thing Persona 3's coming out during the summer. :P

I'm not sure if I'll be picking that one up or not.  Money being tight and all that.  I was debating whether or not to use my upcoming tax refund for an Xbox 360 or new pickups for my bass... and I'm choosing new pickups.
5591  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: April 01, 2007, 08:05:29 AM
I do not know whether or not to call a particular person a friend or not.  See, this friend let me borrow Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, but hot darn this game is so much fun that I'm about to give it "grade killer" status.  Hence, I don't know if this friend is really a fiend for enabling me to kill my grades.  

I'm only a half hour into it, but it's great.  When I'm not playing it, I think about playing it.  Yeah, it's MegaTen lite and not as supercalafragilisticexpialadociously epic as FF12 or Rogue Galaxy, but the game is fun.  I haven't played an RPG in a while (I got about 8 hours into FF12, and though that game is good, it's not all that much fun to play.  It gets pretty boring at times.)  

It's kinda nice to be back in the Megami Tensei fold.  I've been out of that loop for a while.
5592  The Rest / General Discussions / Absolutely disgusting... on: March 30, 2007, 06:57:26 PM
Man, I know on the university buses where I am, there is a sign that says the bus driver has direct contact with the university police and that if there is trouble and a passenger requests it, s/he can call the police from the bus.  

I would think more public transport systems, such as city buses, would have direct contact with the police or at least a quick-press panic button to alert the police if such activity is occurring on a bus.
5593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sympathetic villains... on: March 30, 2007, 09:09:01 AM
That's one reason I like the Persona games [I've played Megami Ibunroku (Revelations) Persona, Innocent Sin, and Eternal Punishment.]  Sure there are external semi-archetypic megalomaniacal villains, but they are merely a foil for the true enemy in the game: the peoples' inner demons, delusions, fears, etc.  The games are more about the characters wrestling with their inner struggles and it's only when they can conquer their own personal enemies then they can feel they conquer anything... and the first "anything" happens to be the megalomaniacal villain(s) who manipulate people by using their delusions, fears, and inner struggles against them.  

The first Persona game does this really well.  If you make the decisions towards the bad ending, the game ends with you defeating Takahisa "Guido" Kandori, the head of the Sebec corporation.  If you make decisions towards the good ending, you find out that Kandori is NOT the true enemy; the true enemy is Maki (Mary) Sonomura herself & her inner struggles, and the game becomes saving one of your best friends from herself.  

I could sympathize with the Persona series characters.  We all have our own inner struggles and we are our own worst enemy.  It's easier to face others than it is to face ourselves.  So I can see the entire Persona cast as sympathetic heroes AND sympathetic villains simultaneously.  And with many of the external villains (i.e. the Kamen-To in Innocent Sin who pretty much consisted of
the main cast's family members
) I ended up pitying them more than anything else.  

And at the end of the day, what really changes?  After all, nobody is devoid of delusions, there are always those trying to manipulate our delusions for personal gain (especially family; mom's guilt trips anyone?), and we will always be our own worst enemies.  All we can do in terms of personal growth is to recognize and learn to own our delusions, and that's where the characters pretty much leave off in any given Persona game.
5594  The Rest / General Discussions / GameDaily feature: Top Five Most Overrated Industry People on: March 29, 2007, 12:39:32 PM
American McGee is one of the "honorable mentions" that follow the article.
5595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 28, 2007, 08:51:59 AM
Bad voice acting can occur in any language.  English, Japanese, Swahili, whatever.  I've played some video games where the Japanese voice acting was horrendous, meaning they made the kinds of missteps that we dislike in bad English voice acting; such as sounding completely out to lunch, putting emphases on the wrong words and syllables so that it didn't sound like natural dialogue, and voices whose tone sounded more grating than nails on a chalkboard.  Ai Yori Aoshi managed to have all that and more.  

Yes people, Japanese voice acting can be horrific too.  

Of course, all cartoon/anime voice acting is its own realm.  It's slightly melodramatic and theatric for a reason.  Just like American people don't naturally talk like The Flintstones, Japanese people don't naturally talk like anime people.

If any of you have read any of my reviews, a big criteria I have for "good" voice acting is whether or not the actors sounded like they were having fun with their roles.  If they're having fun with their roles, it comes through and they then sound more convincing.  That's one reason I thoroughly enjoyed Thousand Arms' dub; everyone seemed to have shitloads of fun with their roles.  I was even able to forgive the annoying voices of Marion and Ratchet, because the sense of "I'm having more fun than a barrel of 5-assed monkeys with this role" I heard in their voices just made it for me.
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