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5641  The Rest / General Discussions / EA CEO: "We're boring people to death" on: July 09, 2007, 10:42:36 PM
The same could be said for most any entertainment media.  It's the cookie cutter bands (both in look and sound) who get record deals and airplay on MTV and such while the more interesting bands are left struggling and ignored.  The movies that rake in the most box office bucks are the often vapid summer blockbusters rather than the more thoughtful art-house films.  TV shows that are/were actually good, such as Freaks and Geeks, didn't get enough viewership to stay on network television.  

It's not that there's no innovation or fresh content.  It exists.  It's out there.  It's just that a niche audience for any entertainment media is a limited one.  A niche buyer's esoteric tastes make earning a profit on a more art-house product a gamble.  In addition, the big studios, record companies, etc. who have the bankroll can do mega advertising for the "contrived and mediocre" product whereas niche stuff doesn't have the bankroll for massive ad campaigns so it's through word of mouth and fan forums like this one that gets the word out.  

Still, coming from EA, the hypocrisy of that whole statement is certainly not lost on any of us.  In any case, it's a nice ideal but seems to ignore business common sense.
5642  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Hotel Dusk 215 on: July 09, 2007, 10:24:41 AM
+1 from me too.  Definitely a good game.  Not as puzzle oriented as other graphic adventures but very dialogue oriented.
5643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: July 08, 2007, 10:30:29 PM
Damn, and I thought it was bad when Wild Arms 2 used smileys in its English language dialogue.  

Another great line, this one from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Baofu (to Urara/Ulala): You're too needy.  That's why men run away from you, you cross-dressing bitch!

[In the Japanese version, he calls her a "CD onna" or "cash-dispensing lady" (sugar mama in US vernacular) because of her shitty relationship history of always dating, and supporting, deadbeats. ]

Still, "cross-dressing bitch" is just that much funnier.
5644  The Rest / General Discussions / The villain discussion on: July 07, 2007, 12:10:37 PM
Quote from: "Sensei Phoenix"
Hah, glad that a discussion over a few beers can prompt a topic like this :)

Bro, I'm notorious for taking conversations I've had with family and friends and utilizing them as online discussion topics, entries for my weblog, and I'm even using some for a future Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs act.  I always figure, "you know what?  I would like to hear others chime in on this topic and see what they have to say."  

DR- I have to give the +1 to Moriarty.  He's legendary.  Even just by saying the name, just saying "Moriarty" just screams badass genius villain.    

And I think we have some common ground here in that a "good" villain is a charismatic one.  A charismatic villain has the ability to sway people onto his or her side.  The most memorable "villains" in world history were ones who certainly had the charisma to move people.
5645  The Rest / General Discussions / The villain discussion on: July 05, 2007, 09:46:48 AM
In many stories, be they in books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc., we all love a good villain.  So how about we use this thread to talk about what we like in a villain and who some of our favorite villains are and why.  

For me, a villain has to have charisma.  The villains I find most memorable are those who are not only just sick and twisted, but also very charismatic.  Who can deny Hannibal Lechter's charisma in Silence of the Lambs?  In Star Wars episodes 4-6, Darth Vader was the ultimate badass; so charismatic.  There are many cool villains in the various books I've read, that it's hard to pick standout ones.  I have a soft spot for Shakespearean villains like Iago in Othello.  

In terms of RPGs, we've seen a whole slew of great villains.  One of the most twisted I've encountered is Albedo in Xenosaga.  Although many veteran RPGers may think Sephiroth in FF7 is an overrated villain, he had charisma and badassitude.  He was a tragic villain trapped within his own delusions.  

So, yeah, what makes a villain compelling to you?  Who are some villains you find memorable and why?  Are there any villains you thought were terrible for whatever reason?  Perhaps they were badly portrayed or you just couldn't get into them for whatever reason?
5646  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 04, 2007, 10:57:42 PM
I just completed the Song of Nephilim dungeon in Xenosaga.  Albedo is one twisted villain.  And after all my whining, it was nice to
see Virgil again after so long.
5647  The Rest / General Discussions / The Pulse of the RPG Gaming Community (Wii / 360 / PS3) on: July 03, 2007, 08:19:36 PM
In case nobody read it, I think Eric Farand's (aka Rudo) editorial is appropo for this thread.  

Eric be big boss man of RPGfan.  

5648  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 03, 2007, 07:54:31 PM
Still working through the Song of Nephilim dungeon in Xenosaga.  And today I preordered my copy of Soul Nomad.
5649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / any modern rpgs/soundtracks like Parasite Eve etc.? on: July 02, 2007, 11:20:24 PM
One series worth mentioning is Shadow Hearts.  The setting is not contemporary modern, but rather 1920s or so.  I loved the soundtrack to the first Shadow Hearts game.  Yoshitaka Hirota, who's mainly a sound effects guy, took a very modern approach to many of his compositions in that game.  

And among the Megami Tensei titles, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army takes place in 1930s urban Japan.  The game has a terrific setting with a killer sense of period, but the battle engine was really lacking.  

I will say that finding RPGs set in more contemporary times is not easy.  Usually it is traditional high fantasy (i.e. knights, castles, dragons).  I would venture that sci-fi oriented RPGs (like, say, Xenosaga), though not as easy to find, are easier to find than ones with more modern contemporary settings.  

If you're willing to look at genres outside of RPGs, such as graphic adventures, then games like the Broken Sword series take place in modern contemporary settings.  I've only played Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars and Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, but both were excellent adventure games.  George Stobbart is an awesome protagonist.

Among RPGs though, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment had my favorite urban sprawls.
5650  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Legaia (or an excuse!) on: July 02, 2007, 07:52:49 PM
LOL @ Sprung.  You know, despite my affinity for love adventures and dating sims, I have absolute zero intentions of playing Sprung.  That game's gotta be a shitpile.  Okay, if you offered me a free copy and a worthwhile amount of bribe money, I'd consider it:P

And I think the moral of the story in this thread is that there really is no accounting for taste.  It's already been established through conversations that I will not be recommending anime to Prime Mover any time soon since the series I find stellar are ones he either hated or couldn't get into.  

DR- I agree with you that it's not fair to expect the world out of every RPG that comes down the pike and that even a garden variety RPG can be good.  However, I found Legaia to be lacking on all counts.  It just didn't have any mojo and the experience felt like work rather than fun.  Games like Dragon Quest 8 or the Tales games are traditional RPGs that don't really break new ground, but they had much of that intangible mojo that help them rise above.
5651  The Rest / General Discussions / WoW + lonely Aussie women = teh jailz, yo on: July 02, 2007, 07:20:58 PM
You'd be surprised how many women in their "dirty thirties" and older seek out barely legal guys for boy toys.  "Cougars" those women are called, I believe.  It's not that uncommon for women in their 30s and 40s to want to snag an 18-21 year old boy and "teach them a thing or two."  

And don't forget that well known court case of that thirty-something teacher who had an affair with one of her middle school students and got pregnant with his kid.  That's some twisted May-December shit, I tell you what.

In any case, with the whole flying the woman in from Australia and have the cops lie in ambush, that had to be one supremely expensive set-up.  How in blue blazes did this family get that kind of bankroll to play with another person's life like that?
5652  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 02, 2007, 06:52:58 PM
SaGa Frontier is one of those games that I also liked more than most people. Although if I were to play it now, I'd totally gameshark it (Lute's quest especially.) My old age has stripped me of RPG patience, and SaGa games require a boatload of patience.:P

My favorite quest in SaGa Frontier was Red's. Emilia's was cool too. Many of my friends adored Asellus.

As for my playing, I must say that the infinite items GameShark code has been the best thing since sliced bread for Xenosaga.  

I'll be playing Xenosaga 2 with cheat codes as well, and I think the infinite items code will come in very handy in that game since there are no shops and money.  

Anyway, I just
rescued all the people in the Kukai foundation and killed a boss.  
 About 27 hours of playtime, everyone pretty much around level 24, save for Shion and Kos-Mos.  I believe I'm nearing the end of Xenosaga, and though it's been a decent ride so far, I felt like not that much happened and the game was mostly a drawn out introduction to something even more involving.  The developers could have easily shortened some of the more monotonous dungeons (i.e. Cathedral ship) and crammed in more story.

This also makes me very curious as to how the Xenosaga I+II for DS was pulled off.
5653  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / 300 recut for PG audiences on: July 02, 2007, 06:41:49 PM
Tonight, we dine in HECK!!!!
was my favorite part.
5654  The Rest / General Discussions / I hate people. on: July 02, 2007, 11:21:13 AM
I call bullshit on this.  I think the whole thing is just a publicity stunt.  And if this *is* for real, how do we know they won't pull a scam where they take all the money, abort the baby anyway, and say "ha ha SUCKERS!!!!!"  

Man, people will do anything to try and finagle money out of others.  And there's a sucker born every minute.  I do not laugh at the people running this thing; the fact they were able to sucker $13K out of gullible idiots with minimal effort is something many of us wish we could do.  I pity the fools who actually gave donations.  Perhaps they also believe that God kills kittens and domo-kuns every time they jerk off.
5655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grim Grimoire on: July 02, 2007, 11:11:59 AM
Forget Socrates the cat.  You KNOW it's all about Surely the Frog.  Were the translators sure that the frog's name was Surely and not Shirley?  Although, if it were Shirley, I'm not sure female frogs have that deep bullfrog voice that Surely had, though they surely would croak and ribbit somewhat deeply and surely not sound like Farleen in Star Ocean 3.  

...I'm surely a jackass, aren't I? :P
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