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5641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends With You on: April 04, 2008, 06:30:03 PM
In listening to the samples in Ramza's soundtrack review, those are not very appealing, though perhaps they'll be better within the context of the game.  I do like the track that plays on the official website, though, especially that quieter interlude bit.  http://www.theworldendswithyou.com
5642  The Rest / General Discussions / A pregnant man? on: April 04, 2008, 06:18:24 PM
Ladies: So what are you going to name the child?
Arnold Schwarzenegger: If is a boy, Junior.  If is a girl... Junior.

You all remember that movie, right?
5643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends With You on: April 04, 2008, 04:27:16 PM
Given my real life obligations, a 15 hour game can easily last me a long time.  25 hours is the most I can handle these days.  40 is just too long.  No matter.  Many full price action games are under 25 hours and they're worth the price of admission.  

I have my copy preordered.  It seems fresh and sexy.  It sounds like a stew with elements of Jet Grind Radio (visuals), Ontamarama (gameplay), Persona 3 (music), and a classic escape story.

And in looking at the character designs, it's nice to see Nomura branching out a little bit.  No bishie looking guys with ridiculously accessorized outfits.  Okay, the folks in TWEWY have exaggerated street clothes, but it's "normal" for Nomura.  Yeah, I'm digging his art style here.
5644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what is your addition to the console rpg formula? on: April 04, 2008, 07:39:28 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"

And what did Tales of Symphonia have?

any auto-journal. A journal that automatically updates with quest goals and information and logs bits of storyline, for future reference.

this is useful if you're like me and don't have an attention span.

Or if you have a busy schedule and can't play daily.  If, say, you can't play a game for two weeks, the log allows you to not forget where you left off.

EDIT:  And it seems to me as if western PC RPGs and graphic adventures have the elements we would most like to see in JRPGs.  

You know, despite only being a 3 hour game, Remote Control (designed by David Irwin on the PSOne RPG Maker) is probably one of the absolutely best designed Japanese style RPGs I've ever played.  http://www.rpgmpavilion.com/index.php?page=rm1full
5645  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 01, 2008, 10:33:43 PM
I had a chance to try out the demo of Aquaria some.  Aquaria is an independently developed game by bit blot http://www.bit-blot.com with its own proprietary engine and everything.  

Not a bad game.  It's a 2D side-scroller with some beautiful background art.  It's kinda like Symphony of the Night meets The Little Mermaid.  I like the premise of the story about a simple "feral" creature who discovers her own consciousness and sense of self.  Gameplay's a little slippery, but still good.  Bug ugh, why save points in a PC game?  Lame.  

It's fantastic to see independent developers doing such cool stuff.
5646  The Rest / General Discussions / April Fool's history lesson on: April 01, 2008, 10:21:17 PM
All things considered, it is pretty interesting the stories behind holidays.  I mean, I find Valentine's Day as it currently stands an absolutely sickening commercial holiday, but the story behind it about St. Valentine is a tragic one, and IMO good story.  The basic gist of it was that St. Valentine was martyred in Rome for marrying Christians and back then, aiding Christians was a punishable offense.  He was imprisoned and I *think* he was then sentenced to death when he tried to preach Christianity to the emperor.  There are obviously more details, though I'd be interested to know what the dialogues were between St. Valentine and the people whose lives he impacted.
5647  The Rest / General Discussions / April Fool's history lesson on: April 01, 2008, 04:28:05 PM
When the principal did the morning announcements today at the school I intern at, she gave the history of April Fool's Day and I was like "whoa, I didn't know that."

Anyway, back in the 16th or 17th century, the coming of the new year was celebrated on March 25th and the ribaldry continued for 8 days until the herald of the new year on April 1st.  Of course, that all changed when the Gregorian (I think) calender was first adopted, but those who still celebrated the new year on April 1st were called the April Fools.
5648  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 01, 2008, 07:27:58 AM
Sigma Star Saga also had a decent story.  

And everluck, yeah by me it is.
5649  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 31, 2008, 03:03:29 PM
Hence why I went by the stage name "Neal Nerdypants" during that show.  http://rumg.rutgers.edu/~rumg/photos/12_1_06/index.html

I don't wear those pants often, only when I'm playing live and want to be the center of attention.  They're bright orange and I love them.  I get asked about them a lot, though.  I got them from Polo/Ralph Lauren online and it was the last pair in stock.
5650  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 31, 2008, 02:50:13 PM
Pat, +1 on what the others said about your kid.  He does not want to clean up his mess and will be stubborn and willful about it.  

Deg, if my friends Skunk and Rock Star Phil were to have a baby, it would probably look like you.  They're two of the coolest guys I know.  

This is probably my favorite picture of me on the intarwebnet.  It's from December 2006.  I have much shorter hair now.  http://rumg.rutgers.edu/~rumg/photos/12_1_06/neal3.jpg
5651  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 31, 2008, 02:27:02 PM
Quote from: "Tooker"
as well as a DS game called Contact.

That's a good find since that game's tough to get these days.  Still, I hope you like the game better than I did.  I couldn't get into it much at all and my review reflects that.
5652  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what is your addition to the console rpg formula? on: March 30, 2008, 09:26:39 PM
Xenosaga I*II for DS allows anywhere/anytime saving, but scattered throughout locations are gold EVS points that offer free healing to the party.  These EVS points are where you'd expect to find save points.  So that's a game where you can eat your cake and have it too.
5653  The Rest / General Discussions / DICE NEEDS HELP- advertising class questionnaire! on: March 30, 2008, 09:25:13 AM
Okay I'll bite.

1. Do you smoke cigarettes?
No.  I quit smoking almost 10 years ago.

12. If you do not smoke, why not?
I quit because the habit got expensive and it made my clothes and hair smell bad.  

13. What brand of cigarettes first comes to mind?

14. Name some other cigarette brands/companies you have heard of.
Camel, Marlboro, Pall Mall, Salem, Kent, Merit, State Express 555, Newport, Kool, Planet Lights, American Spirit, Nat Sherman, Winston, Drum and other hand-rolling tobaccos; various Indonesian kretek/clove cigarettes like Krakatoa Kretek, Djarum, Jakarta, (Yeah, during some of my college years, I hung around the local smoke shop quite often).

15. Have you noticed any recent against smoking advertisements?
Yes.  Those "truth" advertisements are really annoying.

16. Have you seen/heard of the series of Stupid.ca advertisements?

21. What’s your opinion of cigarettes?
Not fond of them, but there's a lot of things in this world I'm not fond of.  I do wish more American cigarette companies didn't put additives in their cigarettes.  

22. What’s your opinion of cigarette products?
Do you mean like promotional products like T-shirts and stuff?  If so, not my thing.  I'm not really into alcohol or cigarette clothing.  I'd rather not be a walking billboard... except for my favorite bands.  

23. What’s your opinion of cigarette companies?
They're a big business.  Like all big business, be it tobacco, fast food, confectionary, etc, they engage in shady practices and manipulate consumers.  


24. What is your gender?

25. What is your age?

26. What is your current occupation?

27. Approx. Annual Income:
[Under $4,999] (at least until I graduate)
5654  The Rest / General Discussions / Watershed Games on: March 29, 2008, 09:00:58 PM
Tetris.  That was a watershed puzzle game.  I cannot think of a video game that's more universally loved and played by people from 6-60 all over the world.  If Tetris is not a watershed game, I don't know what is.  Tetris ushered in an era of puzzle games.  Games like Puyo Puyo employ Tetris-esque mechanics.  Tetris was revolutionary and still remains awesome.  Greatest video game ever in my book.

Eusis mentions the important Sierra and LucasArts adventure titles, but if you're going to go to the OG, then you have to mention Zork.  That's the game that started the genre.  Sure the original Zork was a text adventure, but at the time there was really nothing else like it with an involved storyline with conundrums to figure out.

I'd probably say The Sims is a watershed title as well.  It definitely revolutionized computer gaming and hooked millions of people who otherwise wouldn't even play video games.

As far as JRPGs go, FF7 definitely.  There's the JRPG era before FF7 and the JRPG era after FF7.  FF7 opened the floodgates and took the genre from niche to a force to be reckoned with.  I certainly wouldn't be an RPG fan were it not for FF7.
5655  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: March 29, 2008, 08:46:04 PM
I bought music.  Last month I bought "Tales from Mianus" by Fallen Hero.  They're a pop-punk band led by a buddy of mine and they're hysterical live.  

And on iTunes I just bought "Regeneration" by Ascension Theory.  This is an album I had intended on buying for years but never got around to.  

I also bought "Skullgrid" by Behold... The Arctopus.  What a fantastic album.  It's a beautiful amorphous mess.  This is one crazy band.  It's like Arctopus, Dysrhythmia (who share a bassist with Arctopus), and Direwolf (a solo project of Arctopus guitarist Mike Lerner) are a triumvirate of instrumetal (spelling intended) that just puts your brain in a blender.

I really want to see Dysrhythmia and Arctopus live.

EDIT:  I also splurged on The Machinations Of Dementia by Blotted Science.  They're an instrumental metal project with guitarist Ron Jarzombek (who's f'n awesome), bassist Alex Webster (IMO the best metal bassist out there; amazing jazz fusion funk slapper guy too.  Is there anything he can't do?), and drummer Charlie Zeleny of Behold... The Arctopus.  The album is a brain-melting amorphous mess that is like a heavier version of Dysrhythmia.
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