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5641  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: February 20, 2007, 08:43:34 PM
My song of the moment is Revolving Door by Jordan Rudess.  It's the last track off his "Feeding the Wheel" album and I adore it.  It's 10 minutes of bliss for me.  There's more in that one song than in many entire RPG soundtracks.  

Listening to Revolving Door can inspire magnificent stories and imaginative visuals.  

If you enjoy video game music, this song is a must hear in my opinion.
5642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / weird hand gestures on: February 19, 2007, 10:34:12 AM
Could someone post some pics of these gestures, so we can get a visual on what's being inquired here?  Or at least a better description of the action?  Because "weird hand gestures" is a bit vague as there are tons of hand gestures in the world.  

I have a little bit of familiarity with some hand gestures from all over the world, so perhaps I could weigh in with possible insight if I had a visual.

Many hand gestures have a history behind them and a meaning.  For example, in many parts of England, holding up both the pointer and middle finger is the "fuck you!" gesture.  This came about because during a historical French-English war, the English archers were kicking Frenchie ass so the French would capture the archers and cut off their two fingers so they couldn't draw a bowstring.  So when England completely annihilated Frenchie ass at the end of the war, they waved their two fingers up triumphantly in that whole "Yeah Frenchies!  We still have our fingers!  In your face!  How ya like me now!?!?"
5643  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 18, 2007, 09:46:27 PM
I did a fast-forward playthrough of Yo-Jin-Bo again.  Fun game.  I still want to try and get more good endings and figure out what the mystery unlockable is.
5644  The Rest / General Discussions / Joe Rogan humiliating Carlos Mencia on: February 18, 2007, 08:34:00 AM
I find Joe Rogan annoying as hell, but I have a shred of respect for him now for calling Mencia out.  Mencia is a talentless hack douchebag who's, well, not funny.
5645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions on if FFVII-IX were re-released. on: February 16, 2007, 05:29:53 PM
Yeah, fanboys/girls will piss and moan at everything no matter what but still buy it anyway.  The whole pissing and moaning of fanboys/girls is just a front so that they can appear cool by being anti, because being a fanboy/girl is considered the opposite of cool.  

Either way, a remake of FF7 with an updated localization that's smoothed out & doesn't read like a hack job and graphics akin to those in the PS3 demonstration video would sell like hotcakes.  Square-Enix would at least be able to break even in the sales vs. development costs.  

I'd buy it.  I'm sure most others would too.  It's a guaranteed million seller and may be a more lucrative business decision than some of the other stuff they've put out there.
5646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions on if FFVII-IX were re-released. on: February 16, 2007, 10:57:52 AM
If it means ending the life of an annoying little yappy dog like a pomeranian, then I'm all for it.  

If it means ending the life of a cool dog like a doberman or an alsatian, then I'd say "nay!"

As for remakes, an FF7 remake with the visuals seen in that PS3 demo video and a localization that does not read like a hack job would be sweet.
5647  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Someone dropped the ball on: February 14, 2007, 10:42:05 AM
Stare into a bright light for a little while, then look at our webpage.  Colorful, isn't it?  

Either that or have someone club you in the head with a blunt object a couple of times then look at the site.  Like the tweeting birds?
5648  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 13, 2007, 02:39:11 PM
http://www.oliversacks.com/ I think the Oliver Sacks website would give you more than I could.  

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Back on topic... still mostly reading academic material.  Mostly going through research articles on group counseling with middle-school students for a paper I need to write for my group counseling class.
5649  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2007, 10:09:23 PM
Uhhh, you *do* realize that the Oliver Sacks books *are* real accounts/ case histories of real people who have sought his expertise/treatment.  Dr. Sacks is a reknowned neurologist, so he knows his stuff.  

You read a book like Anthropologist on Mars and it'll blow your mind, because the stuff is real, yet unbelievable too.  The story "A Surgeon's Life" in "Anthropologist on Mars" really blew my mind.  Other case accounts in that book are more well known, such as that of Temple Grandin.

And the whole "crazy" and "insane" labels given to people like schizophrenics is indicative of US/Western culture.  In a more "primitive" (for lack of a better word) tribal society, a schizophrenic would probably be hailed as a shaman.  The delusions of a US/Western schizophrenic would be spiritual gifts from beyond the mortal realm in that tribal culture.
5650  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 12, 2007, 08:50:00 PM
Many importers are happy that this series stayed in Japan, because they feel that an English localization would absolutely butcher the script, which is heavily dependent on Japanese wordplay along with cultural stuff (i.e. there are words/phrases in Japanese that cannot be translated into English), and of course the inevitable dubbing of the voice acting *shudder.*  

Again, I think Piece of Wonder's the closest to Sakura Taisen that US gamers can get.
5651  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2007, 08:46:02 PM
Good point, Mauru.  

By the way, if you enjoy books chronicling the lives of people dealing with psychological and neurological difficulties, you may want to read "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  There is some amazing stuff in there.  

Sacks has also written "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" among others but I never read those.
5652  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 11, 2007, 04:33:01 PM
Mauru- I don't think it's so much that religious people are happier, it's that people who embrace spirituality are happier.  Believe me, the hardcore religious fundamentalists are just as high-strung, tense, angry, whatever as the hardcore fundamentalist atheists.  

Spirituality (and religion) can be great things, but in moderation.  Too much of a good thing can make you ill (be it physically or mentally.)  

Religion and spirituality are not necessarily enmeshed.  You don't need to subscribe to an organized religion to be spiritual.  The closest thing I can consider myself is a spiritual agnostic.  I'm not a fan of organized religion, but I do believe a higher power can exist, especially since there are aspects about the nature of life, the universe, and everything else that simply cannot be explained through the limited array of logic and science we possess.  There's a lot out there we don't know and probably don't have the capacity to know.

As for my reading, nothing beyond textbooks.  Mostly counseling psychology textbooks since, well, I'm in a grad program studying to be a school guidance counselor.
5653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 11, 2007, 04:22:55 PM
I think the closest thing US gamers will get to Sakura Taisen is a game called Piece of Wonder that Hirameki's localized.  Download version's available, package version should be coming later this month.  

http://www.hirameki-int.com/appc/products/piece/index.html

Visual novel with SRPG elements and the choices you make in the visual novel segments influence the ending you'll get with each heroine and possibly affect how they fight.  

I've played the demo.  I never got to play a battle, but I was highly amused by what I saw in the visual novel portion.
5654  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 11, 2007, 04:16:36 PM
I'm in chapter 6 in Hotel Dusk.  Everything just
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seems so coincidental and everything, but I like that Hyde too thinks all the coincidences are strange.
5655  Media / Brush and Quill / New art crap. on: February 10, 2007, 11:04:42 AM
My favorite is easily the Captain Ahab one right above me.  I love how his face is simplistic while his mind is complex.  To me, this is exactly how I and others feel.  When you read Moby Dick in high school and whatnot, Captain Ahab is presented as a one-dimensional megalomaniac by English teachers fairly often, but if you actually take the time to actually  *read* the book (and not the closed-minded forced reading that high school English teachers make you do), you will find that Ahab is one of the most complex and well-developed characters in literature.
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