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5596  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 24, 2007, 11:05:49 AM
Thanks for reading, man.  I perused the Blossomsoft forum, and Mimic Book's already piqued my interest.  I'm always interested in games from smaller, independent development houses.  For 2008, I'm looking forward to A Vampyre Story and Prominence on the graphic adventure front.
5597  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Games of the Year on: December 23, 2007, 10:54:12 AM
Oh don't worry, we're doing our Game of the Year feature for 2007.  Man, 2007 has been an amazing year for gaming, hasn't it?  Not just in RPGs, but for gaming in general.
5598  The Rest / General Discussions / Generally Unhappy Fairy tales on: December 23, 2007, 10:04:20 AM
Well a lot of those fairy tales like those collected by the Brothers' Grimm were never kids' stories to begin with.  They were stories by and from adults.  And if you look at various kids' nursery rhymes, there's a lot of death and stuff in them.  Anyone remember the Garfield and Friends Saturday morning cartoon?  In one episode of US Acres, the network makes Orson and friends reenact nursery rhymes only to find objectionable content in all of them.  

Look at Goosey Goosey Gander:

Goosey goosey gander where do you wander
Upstairs downstairs in my lady's chamber
I once met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers
So I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs

EDIT: As for the Disney sanitizations and alterations, I thought that was fairly common knowledge for a while.
5599  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: December 22, 2007, 10:54:59 PM
On the one hand, yes Tales has become quite the prolific RPG series of late.  On the other hand, I don't think enough Tales games have hit US shores.  I'll be excited for any new Tales games once I hear news of releases outside of Japan.
5600  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: December 22, 2007, 10:15:41 PM
I'm about 5 chapters into "Better than Real" by Huw Lyan Thomas.  It's a sci-fi (post modern cyberpunk) book.  The writing is a tad choppy and the story is nothing original (it evokes aspects of various anime and comics I've liked), but the pacing is excellent and the characters are cool.  Part of me thinks that this book would actually work quite well as a movie, at least so far.
5601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV DS on: December 22, 2007, 06:38:18 PM
Geez, why does every FF thread have to turn into pissing?  All Ash intended was to share impressions of the FF4 remake for interested parties.  If you liked or disliked FF4 before for whatever reasons, this should be an informative thread for people to decide if it's worth another shot.  

Ash, thanks for the impressions and keeping the community updated with them as you play.  Regardless of the way some people are acting in this thread, I think they are very much appreciated by any interested parties.
5602  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: December 21, 2007, 11:32:49 PM
Ghost Opera is a great album.  

My SOTM is "Circulatory System Overhaul" by Dysrhythmia.  They're one of my favorite bands right now and I can never seem to get tired of them.  I don't know how many times I've listened to "Bastard" and it still remains good.  Anyway, "Circulatory System Overhaul" is from the No Interference album that I've been using as bedtime music for a while and the riff in that song sticks with me.  

And since Dysrhythmia is instrumentals only, no lyrics for you.
5603  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2007, 07:07:38 PM
I just saw Golden Compass.  I have very mixed feelings about it.  The visual design was great and the casting was splendid.  However, the editing was quite choppy and therein lies why the movie kinda fails.  Anyone who's read the books will be disappointed because of detail omissions and anyone who has not read the books will be completely lost for the same reasons.

I've read the books and since I had them, my mom read them (she's a voracious reader) so she wanted to see it too.  

Like the book, the movie is rather boring until Lyra meets Iorek the bear.

Best part was getting free sets of Golden Compass decks of cards at the theater.
5604  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 next year? on: December 21, 2007, 09:47:40 AM
This may be a tricky one.  I mean in the US, consoles have a shorter shelf life than they do in Japan.  The US gaming market more readily goes "out with the old, in with the new" whereas Japan was still developing some SNES games a statistically significant amount of time within the PSOne's life cycle.  

On the other hand, Playstation 2 still has such a strong userbase and with newer consoles like the 360 and PS3 still being prohibitively expensive for many people, maybe this is the time people will hang onto older consoles longer and the business side of things will have to realize that to make a profit.  

As a Persona and MegaTen fan, I'd love to see FES and 4 given US release as much, if not more than, any of you.  But it will be business and market trends in the US that give the yay or nay to Playstation 2 titles three years into the life cycle of the Playstation 3.
5605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I need some good advice :) on: December 20, 2007, 04:38:02 PM
Still, given how talked about a game like Chrono Cross is, even years from now, and how it gets such divergent love it/hate it opinions is reason enough to try it and see for yourself.  It's like with Final Fantasy 7.  People who love it rave over it.  People who hate it take a dump on it at any opportunity.  Any game that gets that kind of extreme response in both directions is one worth trying if you haven't already done so.
5606  The Rest / General Discussions / Man turns blue~ on: December 20, 2007, 04:30:00 PM
First thing I said was Papa Smurf.  Man, there has to be a way my friend RIchard and I can incorporate this into one of our Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs storylines.
5607  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: December 19, 2007, 06:56:58 PM
Musical purchase?  Some Ken Smith Custom Balanced stainless steel strings for my bass gauged 44, 63, 80, 102.  I'm still trying to find the set that affords me the best tone.  When I had the stock pickups on my bass, it had some serious treble bite so I needed halfrounds.  Now that I have new pickups in it (Seymour Duncans baby!) the tone's done a bit of a 180 and now the lows are deep and bootylicious (yay!  my bass sounds like a BASS!) so I need some chimey stainless steel strings to balance it out.  Man, the strings sound great.  Through my PA, there's fret noise, but through my amp (A Gallien-Krueger) the tone is more aggressive than I had with the D'Addario XL nickels.  I need to get used to the stiffer feel of steels since I'm used to nickels being more flexible, but my bass already has low action and, man, the TONE!  Deep, growly, defined.  The slap tone isn't the greatest, but I don't slap much and the fingerstyle tone is the money and that's my bread and butter.

I've played Smith strings before.  Those Ken Smith Burners had long life.  I hope these follow suit.  Steels typically last longer than nickels and the Burners were nickels, so... I typically change my strings 2-3 times a year, so I need ones that last.
5608  The Rest / General Discussions / HELL HAS FROZEN OVER. on: December 19, 2007, 09:52:14 AM
Dear Santa,

I was kidding about Duke Nukem Forever in that holiday wish list thread, but I thank you so very kindly for this piece of evidence justifying your existence.

5609  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: December 18, 2007, 11:41:37 AM
What I did in Monad was to win one battle, exit, and save.  I gained mondo EXP that way.  I never even bothered to complete it.  I just used it to build levels.  

One cheap way to get through Monad is with
a maxxed out Lucifer and Satan.  That way, Armageddon kills everything and one of Lucifer's special skills restores all your SP after a battle
5610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I need some good advice :) on: December 17, 2007, 12:59:54 PM
The only thing with DDS is that DDS 1 can be difficult and/or expensive to find.  Copies on Ebay could set you back at least $65-$70.  DDS2, on the other hand, is less difficult to find.  I found it at a semi-local Gamestop for 30 bucks.  And you cannot play one without the other.

And let me tell you, with some exceptions (Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou, SMT: Devil Children, Last Bible), Megami Tensei games last a LONG time.  I'm naturally a slow RPGer, and I've spent 60-110 hours on single playthroughs of Shin Megami Tensei 1, Persona 1, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  I haven't beaten the DDS games yet, but they're not short.
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