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5641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 04:43:47 PM
I'll break the rules again, since I've not played enough of Vagrant Story to judge, but Eusis mentioned Persona 1 a while back and no one did it.  

+Darkly twisted storyline with multiple endings
+Excellent music
+First Megami Tensei game in the US

-Dungeons could be obnoxiously long (especially the one you have to do twice)
-Severe dearth of save points
-US localization blew chunks (no Snow Queen Quest, characters unable to decide if they're in Japan or America, etc.)  

So next would be Vagrant Story since that came before me.
5642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 31, 2007, 11:40:19 AM
Re: some concerns.  I would assume your save file from regular Persona 3 can carry over to FES so you don't have to "start over" so to speak.  

Yay?  Nay?
5643  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Healthy Food Choices on: October 31, 2007, 07:48:57 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"


Anyway, the problem is that most people have a common conception that fat = unhealthy. This is not always true.


+1.  Your brain needs certain lipids (fats) in order to function properly, if I'm not mistaken.

And regarding pasta, whole wheat pasta is quite readily available these days, and though it takes longer to cook and as more finicky about getting al dente, that's something to consider in lieu of white pasta.  

As for spicy food and digestion, I believe it's the capsacin in chili peppers that does that (hard to believe, no?)  A cool macaroni dish is macaroni, tomato sauce, some cheddar cheese, and a chopped up chili pepper.  Simple yet awesome.

But, really, fresh ingredients and everything in moderation.  The second you get off the processed food, your body can tell the difference.  Mine certainly does and it rebels whenever I eat processed or fast food (which after watching Super Size Me, I'll never eat again.)
5644  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 30, 2007, 10:35:48 PM
FFX-2 is cheeseball as all get out.  But that's what makes it fun.  I mean, I would be goofing around and having fun if I didn't have to put a gun to my head to save the world or see legions of people dying in front of me on a daily basis.  

But, man, the mission based gameplay, branching pathway storylines, multiple endings- this is something I wished FF8 would have done.  Should've pursued the whole mercenary missions and political storylines instead of that lame-o witch hunt.  

Plus, how could I not enjoy playing dress up with Rikku?  Rikku was my favorite in FFX, and she's still good ol' Rikku in X-2, just without tension.  The whole interface with the dress spheres and "job" system was so much more streamlined and intuitive than the sphere grid.  I hated the sphere grid and FF12's license board.    

And as I said in the overrated/underrated thread in Console, I think the soundtrack is quite underrated.  I really like the music.
5645  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 10:05:40 PM
I'd be careful with some sports drinks.  Some of them, like Gatorade, are REALLY high in sodium (to make you keep drinking.)  If you need a drink with a kick like a sports drink but no (or minimal) sodium, I like VitaminWater.  And even stuff for babies like PediaLyte is great for adults.  Lots of electrolytes.  Great for keeping an adult hydrated and enervated during a bad bout of Montezuma's Revenge.  

Oh, and another thing to watch out for with healthy eating.  If you go from a crap diet to a healthy diet, you WILL get sick.  Why?  Because now that your body has had a taste of healthy stuff, it goes into detox mode to rid itself of bad stuff.  I remember when I got myself into healthier eating habits, eating more vegetables and fresh foods, my body went into major detox mode and I felt like I had the worst flu for a couple of days.  (I used to eat a really bad diet.)  

And anyone who's known me for a while knows I'm really into my Juiceman Juicer.  That's one appliance I use all the time.  Forces me to buy a ton more produce (some for eating, a lot for juicing.)  

Since others have mentioned... I used to weigh 220 in 2004.  I'm around 185 now.  My "fighting" weight is 165.

EDIT:  I don't believe in denying yourself food.  Psychological health is health too.  If you eat all healthy meals during the week, you need to allow yourself one or two 'cheat' meals a week.  If you love chocolate cake and cut it out of your diet completely, you will get irritable because you crave chocolate cake but you can't have it.   Just be sure to make your serving of chocolate cake about 1/4 the size they'd serve you in a diner.  And eat it slowly.  Savor your cheat meal.  

I'm a believer in portion control.  Whenever I eat out, I skip appetizers and only eat about half my entree; I take the rest home.  After all, American restaurants give you ginormous portions.

And a good habit to get into is to take a walk around the block a little after dinner.  This way, you work off some of your dinner and it's not sitting in your gut like a rock as you sleep.
5646  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 09:53:43 PM
If you're going to do pizza, do it healthy.  

Buy whole wheat pizza dough if you can.  Use a good quality sauce.  In terms of cheese, use less of it or try other kinds that don't get as oily when melted.  Maybe even cut out the cheese entirely (one slice of pizza from your local pizzeria probably has more cheese than should be in a proper daily serving.)  Fresh veggies for toppings and if you decide to use ham or something, thin slices of really lean ham.  You need your protein too.  

I make a pizza with fresh dough and fresh ingredients once a weekend and it lasts me for four dinners.  Portion control, baby.  Prep time and cooking time aren't much.  

One pizza idea that tastes good and won't weigh you down like an anchor is one with buffalo sauce, grilled chicken pieces, and crumbled bleu cheese (don't cover the entire thing in bleu cheese; use judiciously to complement everything else.)  Try that with some celery sticks on the side and some soy milk.  The bread in the crust should help counteract the heat.  The one thing in pizza that weighs you down is the oily/greasy of melted mozzarella.  

In terms of portion controlling, realize that one serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.  Eating smaller portions of meat and larger portions of veggies are the way to go.  I tend to like spring mix because the mix of spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, arugula, and others offers more dynamic flavors than just lettuce or spinach alone.  In terms of dressing, balsamic vinagrette is a healthy way to go.  Don't douse your salad.  A capful should be enough to given an even coat of flavor when you toss.  

Another idea: If you buy a box of ready made chicken tenders, take a small to medium size tortilla, slice up a single chicken tender on it, pile on some spinach and tomatoes, a long thin slice of cheddar, oven for 8-10 minutes, roll, and enjoy.  This actually makes me feel as full as if I were to eat a plate of chicken tenders alone.  

Another thing to do is to eat slowly.  It takes 15 minutes after you eat for your body to feel full.  So if you eat slowly and don't scarf down mass quantities as quickly as possible, your body can digest more effectively and allow you to feel fuller on less food.  

Drinking lots of water is great too.  I'd say a couple of pints a day should be good; stagger it throughout the day, though.  Cleans out your body from the inside and helps keep your skin hydrated too.  Don't overdo the water, though, or you'll fuck up your kidneys.

If you tend to consume a lot of meat and dairy, a good fruit to have on hand is pineapple.  It has bromelain that helps your body more easily break down animal proteins.
5647  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 30, 2007, 06:35:34 PM
The Sacred Rings is the worst video game I've played this year.  This wins my "Crap of the Year" for 2007 award.  

I'm playing another crappy graphic adventure to review for the site.  

To maintain my sanity, I'm playing me some FFX-2 every now and then.  Man, that game's awesome.  It is so much fun to play and the music is sweet.  (I'm not being facetious here.  I honestly love the game.)

My PS2 backlog (besides FFX-2): Digital Devil Saga I and II, Okage: Shadow King.  Evil King Stan's pretty badass, but Gig has more pungent dialogue.  I do envision Stan with Gig's voice, though.
5648  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: October 30, 2007, 04:03:48 PM
Because yesterday I charged into all my classes in my oversized hooded black trench/raincoat wielding a scythe prop from a costume store and snarling Grim Reaper-isms about harvesting the souls that die of boredom in class tonight, my song of the moment is... wait for it...

Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult.  

One of my professors was a good sport about the reaper thing.  The other one got pissed off at me, to which I responded, "hey, lighten up.  What else do you expect a Grim Reaper say except for a joke about dying?"  This professor tries to go out of her way to make class un-boring (she fails miserably) so she was offended when I made my dying of boredom crack.  

My classmates either thought it was hysterical or a total "WTF is wrong with this guy?"  Hey, all I wanted to do was liven up some boring classes a bit and I believe I did so.  

They ain't gonna forget Neal the Reaper any time soon.
5649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: October 27, 2007, 09:02:55 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
for an example of a puzzle that doesn't make sense and doesn't have anything to do with the story, try that rubber duck innertube thing from the longest journey


That one was an oddball puzzle, but other than that one everything else in The Longest Journey was pretty smooth.  It's hard to find a graphic adventure that doesn't have at least one nonsensical and/or devoid-of-context puzzle.
5650  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 27, 2007, 08:39:58 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"


and if finding out a character is gay after the fact ruins a book series for you, you probably need to really deal with your own underlying sexual insecurities or just, in the words of Jeff Minter, "grow a pair."

Frankly, I think this doesn't have anything to do with "it's just a story!" As you keep saying. I think this is just making you uncomfortable because you're homophobic.


It's more the 'after the fact' part than the 'gay' part that's my issue.  Not the twist itself, but how she did it.  I've complained harshly about various Square-Enix games that spring some completely unnecessary, ancillary, WTF plot 'twist' out of thin air at the very end of the game that leaves a bad taste in my mouth after an otherwise generally enjoyable game.  

Recency effect- remembering the most recent thing over anything else.  Like when Zinedine Zidane capped off his career with his headbutt to that Italian player during the world cup.  Throughout his long and distinguished career, he was one of the best and most respectful, sportsmanlike players alive; a good role model.  But what's everyone going to remember about him?  The infamous headbutt and red card at the end of his career.  

Nothing against Dumbledore.  He was a great wizard and the kind of headmaster people dream of at their schools.  Although I thought Richard Harris played him far better than Ian McKellen did in the movies.  Anyone who could put up with Harry's stubborn arrogance as patiently as he did is a saint.  The whole backstory with him and Snape was pretty interesting too.  I shudder to think how Snape would've turned out without Dumbledore being such an important guiding paternal figure in his life.  

My thing is more "fuck you" to the author.  It's like when you have a band whose music you really like then you find out one of the members said/did something you didn't like and that puts a bad taste in your mouth and you start to dislike the band afterward.  That happened with me and Rush.  I used to like and respect the band, till I found out that their drummer Neil Peart once referred to Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy as a "mere bar band drummer" in a not-very-publicized context.  To one person, that's not a big deal.  To me, that made me go from respecting Neil Peart and liking the band to having no respect for the man and not wanting to listen to that band any more.  

I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth and passing judgment on me when you don't know a damn thing about me beyond the RPGfan boards.  Any of my friends could tell you I'm the furthest thing from a homophobe.  To me, people are people.  But I am a fundiephobe, though.  Religious (and Atheist) fundies scare the living daylights out of me.  

Whatever.  I feel what I feel (silly and/or unpopular as it may be).  It is what it is.  Agree to disagree.  Sometimes the stew doesn't need that extra pinch of salt.  Etc.
5651  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 26, 2007, 11:24:49 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"
I kinda think that if she wanted to address this subject in the book series, then it might have been better to address it IN THE BOOK SERIES. I know that if someone pulled a stunt like this in a book series that I am a fan of it would feel kinda awkward.


That's more what I was trying to get at.  The "oh by the way..." outside of the book was a lame move.

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Fuck you guys for making yourselves the soul deciders of what gets put into young-adult litterature.


What?  I'm just expressing my opinion/feeling.  The world/society can do whatever the hell it wants in literature for all I care.  Doesn't mean I have to like it.  And just because some youth literature is social commentary doesn't mean it all has to be.  Does every piece of literature have to push an agenda and be social commentary?   No it doesn't.  It can just be a story.  And I don't think Harry Potter was the right place to throw in some last minute thing like this.  To me, Harry Potter was just meant to be a story.  Not a means to push an agenda.

Plus, there's quite a bit of subversive social commentary in youth literature that I don't like.  For example, some youth novels that push some religious ideals and demonize others.  I don't like that.  Prime Mover- thank you so much for putting words in my mouth.  I really appreciate that (sarcasm.)  

If Rowling wants to tout her treatise on homosexuality and relationships, she can do it in another book.  Leave well enough alone with regards to Harry Potter.  

Some young adult literature is a great platform for social commentary and is made/written as such.  I don't think Harry Potter ever really was nor was it meant to be.  It wasn't a social commentary story like, say, Are You There God, It's me Margaret.  

Bottom line, I do not like this last minute revelation, I don't like the way it was "surprise revealed," and it ruined the series for me.  We can all agree to disagree, but I'm not going to apologize for or deny my god honest feelings and god honest reactions.
5652  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: October 26, 2007, 11:15:50 PM
+1 Eusis.  Just because a game is considered overrated doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad game.  Again, I think Myst is an overrated piece of junk, yet it was one of the best selling PC games of all time; meaning that there are PLENTY of people out there who think the game is godly and that people like me just don't "get" it.  

And remember, there is a thing called individual difference.  The very things I loathe about Myst are the very things series fans think are the best parts and the whole "point" of the game.  To a Myst fan, a hater like me just doesn't "get" it.  But then I say, do I want to and do I even care?

What can I say?  I like what I like.  

But again, I still believe that it's expectations that fuel whether or not one thinks a game is overrated or not.
5653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / S-E is the King of Games on: October 26, 2007, 11:02:44 PM
Tooker- Dade actually does like MegaTen.  

As for Quest, they're responsible for the Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre SRPGs.
5654  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 26, 2007, 02:30:30 PM
Quote from: "Fei"
A children's book is not the place to push an agenda.  


Fei's sentiment quoted above is my mom's opinion on the whole thing.  I can't disagree.  Let Harry Potter be a straightforward and imaginitive children's book series and nothing else beyond that.  Harry Potter doesn't need to be any kind of social commentary.  Save that for your next book.  Dumbledore's being gay is pointless, unnecessary, and completely ancillary within the context of the Potter universe.  

This boneheaded publicity stunt move has left a bad taste in my mouth regarding the series.  Ruined it for me.

This has been on daytime news shows, like Today, quite a bit of late.
5655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Something to consider(about Matsuno and the ogre battle saga on: October 26, 2007, 11:30:56 AM
I can see how this is a pointless soapbox thread that doesn't encourage any sort of discussion, but please don't encourage me to go lock happy on it.  If things get out of control, I will.
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