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5641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: April 10, 2007, 09:23:43 PM
I mostly muddled my way through Innocent Sin.  I can read hiragana and katakana, but my kanji isn't that great.  I also knew a lot of the personae and their spells and menu commands from having played EP.  

Plus, after I beat the game, a group of translators called Oracle of Maiya did an entire translation of the game's dialogue.  I loved Innocent Sin, but reading this made it that much more awesomer.  

5642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: April 10, 2007, 09:07:05 PM
Although it's not an RPG, but I reviewed it for RPGfan, my all time favorite visual novel (and game in general) is easily Ever17.  The story, the characters, the visuals, the music... everything about that game is so amazing, so poignant, so engrossing.  


It's only one of two games I've given Editor's Choice to, the other being Hourglass of Summer ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/hourglassofsummer/index.html ) which is my favorite love adventure.  

But in terms of more traditional RPGs, I'd have to go with Persona 2: Innocent Sin.  Sure, one could argue that objectively Persona 1 and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment were better, but the story and characters in Innocent Sin gripped me like no other RPG plot ever has.  The gameplay was deep and really fun too.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/persona2is/index.html Yep, these are some of the highest scores I've ever given a video game.  I'd have given this one Editor's Choice, but my review went up even before RPGfan started doing Editor's Choice.
5643  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:36:54 PM
Oh poo.  I wanna talk to demons, dammit.
5644  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 09, 2007, 08:25:12 PM
I've been on a major Gorillaz kick lately.  And though I originally disliked the "Demon Days" album, it's growing on me.  But still, my songs of the moment are "Clint Eastwood" and "19-2000" which are my two favorite songs off the first Gorillaz album.
5645  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:18:44 PM
I've been playing Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou Vs. The Soulless Army every once in a while.  It's a good game, but I dunno.  I'm not really digging the battles.  They're fun, but capturing demons is a pain and you can't talk to them.  The plot also seems to be sillier than your average MegaTen game and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  

That's always been my favorite part of Megami Tensei: being able to have conversations with the demons you're up against.  It seems MegaTen's moving away from that.  Nocturne had limited demon chit chat (fantastic game, though.)  DDS didn't let you talk to demons at all (still fantastic games, though.)  And the demon interactions in Devil Children were an absolute joke (and the games weren't that great either.)  

Someone please tell me that Persona 3 will allow me to have decent conversations with demons.  

I don't know.  I'm probably some head-up-the-ass nostalgia douchebag, but to me, it just ain't quite MegaTen if I can't converse with demons.
5646  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 09, 2007, 06:37:03 PM
I caught "The Last Unicorn" this past weekend.  Still such a beautiful film.

EDIT: My favorite line:

Molly: But what if there isn't a happy ending?
Schmendrick: There are no happy endings, because nothing ever ends.
5647  The Rest / General Discussions / Korea is fucked too. on: April 09, 2007, 01:06:03 PM
That video was a bad acid trip.  Total WTF.  There was no point, no cohesion, no concept, nothing; just a whole bunch of fluff with no rhyme, reason, or transition.  

Bad.  Just bad.  Even some wet-behind-the-ears kid with a camera and some computer software could create a better music video in his/her basement than this low budget crap.
5648  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grandia III review... on: April 07, 2007, 04:25:58 PM
That just happened to be Lee's opinion.  If you look at John's review of the game, he gave it much lower scores, pretty much saying the same thing: game starts off well, but then becomes disappointing towards the end.  It's the human factor.  No person can truly be objective in his/her writing.  I mean, I absolutely gushed over Hourglass of Summer (even gave it Editor's Choice) but people who aren't into Japanese love adventures would think it was a turdpile.  

And in terms of the grading, it's like teachers in school.  What would be considered a C+ paper in Ms. Jones English class would be an A paper in Ms. Greenwood's English class.  Speaking purely for myself, I generally tend to be more generous with scores than other people (benefit of the doubt and all that).

I would say if you're disagreeable with a review, take it up with the reviewer him/herself rather than air the dirty laundry on the public forums.
5649  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: April 05, 2007, 05:25:24 PM

Anyway, here's performance my friend and I did at Rutgers.  We called ourselves Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs and we just found a hot-chick-without-a-'tude drummer and a death metal psycho guitarist/multi-instrumentalist who want to do Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs with us.  

This will either be the most awesome thing you ever saw or the most pathetic.  Either way, it features MEEEEEEE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWiIJ4_9PeU (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvrnpoqqY0 (part 2)
5650  The Rest / General Discussions / HAY GUYZ on: April 05, 2007, 04:48:49 PM
My brain starts to crack when I see people who signed the petition just to say "im not synig dis u ppl r stooooooopid! hur hur hur."
5651  The Rest / General Discussions / Twisted news story of the day on: April 05, 2007, 09:05:25 AM

Far be it for me to moralize and all that, but damn.  I mean, I've heard of playing doctor, but this is... fuck! (no pun intended.)  

It was disturbing to a couple of us after-school aides one day when we confiscated a love note from a 5th grade girl saying she wanted to have some guy's babies.  What does it say about society that 11 year olds are *that* sexual?  Are these kids getting this at least in part from the media, like hip-hop videos and stuff?
5652  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 05, 2007, 07:52:38 AM
I've been listening to "Went Away" by KOTOKO a LOT lately.  It's the song that plays during the intro of the game Hourglass of Summer.  I was quite giddy when that song was on a bonus disk with one of my Hirameki games.  

The song is absolutely gorgeous... but it's short.  2:40 is not enough.  I believe there is a longer "full" version out there but it's rare and hard to find.  I will find it.  

I loved Hourglass of Summer.  It's only one of two games I gave an Editor's Choice to.
5653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Any word on Dragon Shadow Spell being picked up for the US? on: April 04, 2007, 10:39:24 PM

Here's a reader review of it.  It was developed by Flight-Plan.
5654  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.
5655  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.
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