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5671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / favorite hero and boss from any game on: January 07, 2008, 08:21:30 PM
I think to add more substance to the topic, I'd like to hear why certain characters are peoples' favorites.  Why do you like Issac so much, for example.  

My favorite main RPG protagonist has got to be Meis Triumph from Thousand Arms.  That guy is the horniest RPG protagonist ever created.  Where your typical J-RPG protagonist is brooding, sullen, misanthropic, and socially inept around girls, Meis is a very sociable and outgoing guy who's fearless when it comes to the ladies.  Where other RPG lotharios (i.e. Irvine of FF8, Edgar of FF6, etc.) talk a big game, Meis walks it by dating party members and having a girlfriend in almost every town.  The guy's a player and just too freakin' funny.  Whenever a "favorite RPG protagonist" question comes up, Meis is the first guy I think of.  

My favorite RPG villain is easily Albedo from Xenosaga.  That guy is absolutely and positively frightening.  He's intelligent, extremely complex, so utterly and disgustingly twisted, and also quite charismatic.  

But as much as I love (and love to hate) Albedo, the first villain that comes to mind when asked is Sephiroth.  He too is intelligent, complex, psychologically twisted, extremely charismatic, larger than life, but not as frightening as Albedo.  And Sephiroth wins points for "Birth of a God" and "One-Winged Angel" which are, in my opinion, two of the best boss music themes ever composed.  

There are plenty of RPGs out there with better heroes and villains than what I've mentioned, but these are the standouts to me among the RPGs I've played over the years, decades even.  These are the people who pop into my mind first.
5672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rom Hacks on: January 07, 2008, 12:18:28 PM
Here's the official rule according to the forum rules topic:  

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Piracy:

We here at RPGFan do not support piracy in the least. Please do not request or post ROMs, ISOs, etc, or information relating to anything of the sort. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted music, console and PC games, and feature films. While chatting about any of these things, and anime, is fine, don't talk about pirating them. Thanks.


Sorry, but I have to lock this thread.  I'll be honest, I've enjoyed fan translations of games that never hit US shores and never will leave Japan but rules are rules.
5673  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: January 06, 2008, 07:48:44 PM
Regardless, I don't think Huckabee will be the Republican nominee.  Sure he won Iowa, but that's not a guarantee for anything.  I think it'll be between Romney and McCain for the republicans.  Romney's already won Wyoming and New Hampshire has yet to be determined, though polls have McCain in the lead.  

McCain's a conundrum for me, though.  He supports amnesty (to an extent) for illegal immigrants, the other republicans hate that (most of them oppose any kind of amnesty for illegals), yet many republican voters like McCain.  McCain supports the continuance of the Iraq war, democrats hate that, yet many democrat voters like McCain.  Go figure, huh?  (This is according to CNN reports and polls.)  

As for the democrats, as much as I like Bill Richardson I really think it's between Obama and Clinton and among those two I'll back Clinton.  It's between Obama and Clinton in New Hampshire.  

It's funny, the New Jersey primaries are usually in June, but this time they're on super Tuesday.  And many political pundits say that candidates pretty much dismiss NJ as a lost cause since they think Clinton and Guiliani are the shoe-ins in NJ.  

And since this is a Ron Paul thread, I don't think Ron Paul has much of a shot of winning the Republican ticket.

EDIT: And JP- Kucinich is still in the race?  I haven't heard a peep out of him in forever and thought he just dropped out.  I know many folks on these forums love Kucinich, but realistically, the guy doesn't have a chance.
5674  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: January 05, 2008, 11:35:17 PM
So... who caught the New Hampshire debates?  

I found the republican debate more entertaining to watch than the democrat one.  It was mostly a pissing contest between McCain and Romney.  I'm not a fan of either (though I prefer Romney to McCain) but on the issue of immigration, I am dead against McCain's plan.  It's impractical and a needlessly expensive waste of tax dollars.  I prefer Romney's stance on immigration to McCain's.  

Thompson and Huckabee were fairly quiet and didn't impress me much, though I did like Huckabee's answer about health care and his acknowledgement of the Obama phenomenon.  Huckabee toned down his evangelical bit, but there was zero doubt about his nature there.  Guiliani had a few good responses but ultimately was nothing great.  

Although Ron Paul didn't say much, he came across to me as the voice of reason among the republican panel.  Everything he said made sense.  If I wasn't so dead against many of his policies (and many republican policies in general), I'd be more supportive of the guy.  

On the democrat side, I was not impressed by Obama at all.  To me he's mostly lip service about change with little to back it up (e.g. his lack of experience) and he was rather dull in the debate.  There's something about the guy and he has the youth of America enraptured, but young people generally don't vote, and it's largely NOT because of a lack of initiative or enthusiasm towards issues.  I believe college students are quite aware of issues, but priorities lie elsewhere.  Whether it's class, exams, college stuff or misunderstanding of where you can vote and absentee ballots (many college freshmen don't know that you can't vote in a campus polling place unless you're registered in that town or about absentee ballots) a lot of young people don't vote.  People over 50 are the largest constituency of reliable voters and the polls show that a large percentage of older voters aren't keen on Obama.  

Edwards was fiery, but kept saying the same thing over and over again.  I get it, you stick up for the middle class.  No need to go broken record about it.  

Clinton impressed me the most tonight.  She spoke strongly without getting screechy, she spoke about a variety of issues, she had definitive responses, and she took jabs extremely well.  

Richardson is my favorite candidate and whenever he spoke, he spoke about a variety of issues (he was the only one to address education) and how he would go about implementing policies (his resume is impressive).  However, he doesn't have the draw or charisma that Clinton or Obama have, so I don't think he has a chance for the presidency.  I'll still vote for him in the primaries since I agree with his stance on almost every issue.  

I pretty much thought that Ron Paul and Bill Richardson were the voices of reason on their respective panels, but ultimately the voices of reason seem to get ignored.

I would have liked more discussion on the economy from both sides.  I think the average American could care less about this, that, or the other so long as their jobs, health care, education, and retirement (social security, pensions) are 100% guaranteed.
5675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs with multiple protagonists/points of view on: January 05, 2008, 08:22:37 AM
Quote from: "Rindu"

 I'm not at all familiar with RPGs on PC, but I might check that one out, Dincrest.  I'm always worried about whether my computer can run games though


I hear you on that one.  It seems the only games that can run on the everyman's PC nowadays are graphic adventures.  Speaking of which, I can't believe I forgot to mention two Japanese visual novels that utilize the dual protagonist system to excellent effect:  

EVE: Burst Error was terrific.  Gameplay was almost nil, but the story and cast of characters were really tight.  There were times when I hit a roadblock with one character and it only cleared once I completed a scene with the other one.  

Ever17.  I flippin' adored this game.  It has dual protagonists (each protagonist has multiple endings) and the storyline is extremely good.  This baby didn't get Editor's Choice for nothing.  

Stupid Invaders is a western style graphic adventure that uses multiple protagonists, but I didn't feel the game did enough with that (each protagonist had a unique personality but they all played the same) and wasn't that wonderful a game.  

As for Project Offset, that game's reportedly only coming out in '09 for PC and 360, so chances are you'll need a tricked out PC to run it.  I gave the example mostly because I was reading about it and it was fresh in my mind.
5676  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: January 04, 2008, 06:33:58 PM
The political process in America is disillusioning.  That is true.  It's dirty, corrupt, manipulative, and whatever else.  The electoral college system has its flaws.  Any of us could write a novel on that, regardless of whether we were political science majors or not.  

But where in the world is it not?  Many countries in the world, countries with democracies, have more broken political infrastructure than the US does.  India is possibly the largest democracy in the world and its political infrastructure is wacky to put it kindly.  

But that being said, I don't think it's really fair to take a dump on those of us who exercise our rights to vote in elections, be they school, town, state, nation, etc.  It's not fair to take a dump on those of us who take action to lobby for change instead of just sitting a complaining about the sad state of affairs.

EDIT: As for the Ru Paul joke, the whole idea of celebrities in public office is an interesting sidebar discussion.  We have Jesse the Body Ventura who did his thing in Minnesota, Arnold Schwarzenegger is governor of California, and we had an ex movie star as president (Ronald Reagan).
5677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Japanese games worth importing.. on: January 03, 2008, 09:32:56 PM
Okay... I think I'll lock this thing before it gets bad.  This is just a flamefest waiting to happen.  

Be wary of offensive vernacular.
5678  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: January 03, 2008, 09:23:07 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Hey Losfer, what kind of character did you create in Radiant Mythology?


I thought that everyone knew that if I get the chance, I always make a chick character.  :P


Err... can I blame too much eggnog over Xmas and New Year's for this d'oh moment?  I should've remembered that you're like me and always prefer to create a female character.  They're so much more fun to create and more interesting to portray.  Heh, when I roleplay I always want to portray a sexy tough-girl, but she always morphs into a silly quirk-nerd.  

And when it comes to Choose Your Own Adventure style games, I've played enough Japanese visual novels that are modeled after CYOA.  

And when it comes to voice selection in Radiant Mythology, the male voices all suck.  Female voice #3 is my favorite.
5679  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs with multiple protagonists/points of view on: January 03, 2008, 09:09:13 PM
Isn't the upcoming Last Remnant supposed to do that too, where you can choose to play as Conqueror or the swordsman kid?  

And though the progression is linear, Odin Sphere tells an epic storyline through the eyes of multiple protagonists with individual stories and crossing paths.  

Kartia comes to mind as well where Toxa and Lacryma have individual storylines, but their paths do cross on occasion.

I'm also pretty sure that Rue and Mint in Threads of Fate experience distinct storylines as well.

EDIT: Are you only asking about Japanese console RPGs that do this?  Or are American PC RPGs fair game too?  Though it's not an RPG (as far as I know), the upcoming Project Offset plans to do that.  The official site gives the example of you going to a town destroyed by goblins then you see a cinematic and play as the goblin exacting vengeance by destroying the town.
5680  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Nightmare of Druaga on: January 02, 2008, 09:38:21 PM
My only exposure with Druaga is the Tower of Druaga bonus dungeon in Tales of Destiny for Playstation.  It wasn't really my thing, but I still think that is one of the best RPG mini-games ever.  (Of course, I think Tales of Destiny generally had the best RPG mini-games but Druaga was impressive.)

I remember other puzzle dungeon games in the NES days like Solomon's Key and Adventures of Lolo.  I wasn't really into them as a kid, but I'd probably have more patience with them now.
5681  The Rest / General Discussions / My New Year's resolution is to die in a fire. on: January 02, 2008, 06:21:00 PM
Resolutions?  Continue working on the self-improvement issues I've been working on for months now: reduce my swearing, conduct myself in a manner that will allow me to be taken more seriously, and more consistently maintain healthier eating and exercise habits (school plus work have me falling off the wagon, especially during exam periods or when I have term papers due.)
5682  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: January 02, 2008, 06:14:10 PM
Hey Losfer, what kind of character did you create in Radiant Mythology?  My character was female and that led to some of the most unintentionally funny dialogue because everyone talked to my character as if she were a boy and I'd be thinking "my character's a girl, dammit!"  

The best was when Stahn wanted to fight me one on one and when Mormo asked about Rutee, Stahn said, "I can't hit a girl!" or something to that effect.  I'm like, "uhh, hello!?!?!  The person you're speaking to is a girl."  Maybe it's because I don't dress my character all slutty like Rutee that Stahn's clueless.  :P (hehehe)
5683  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 01, 2008, 11:46:03 PM
I finished New Brunswick New Jersey: Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman.  Awesome book.  I'm loaning it to a friend now.
5684  The Rest / General Discussions / POLITICS: I like Ron Paul on: December 31, 2007, 06:20:16 PM
As others said, Ron Paul is more independent/third-party than republican.  The only reason Ron Paul is not running on a 3rd party or independent ticket is that he'll get more votes by running in one of the big two parties.  He aims to subvert the system from the inside.  

It's not fair to judge one individual based on a biased/stereotyped view of a group and it's equally not fair to judge a group based on a biased/stereotyped view of an individual in it.  

Alisha, you say you know nothing about this candidate so instead of making a sweeping generalization about him based on his party affiliation, inform yourself better about him.  Nutshell: If there is something you don't know, find out.  How would you feel if I made a skewed generalization about you based on a limited understanding of blacks and gays?  You'd kick my ass from here to Calcutta, that's what.  How would I feel if someone made a skewed generalization about me based on a limited knowledge of Indians?  I'd be pissed that's for sure.  (Something like that even happened to me on RPGfan a while back.  Anyone want details?  PM me.)

You may agree or disagree with Ron Paul or any given candidate.  As I said before, I disagree with Ron Paul's stances on a whole bunch of issues; Bill Richardson's my candidate of choice.  But it's always good to keep yourself informed, especially in political races.  A lot of "red" states blindly vote republican, even if the candidate may not be that good.  In much the same way, many "blue" states blindly vote anti-republican even if that candidate may not be that good.  Heads in the sand, much?
5685  Media / The Soundroom / Concerts 07 on: December 30, 2007, 04:09:59 AM
I was at a punk show last night at the Jersey shore and the lineup was insane: Dead Tired, Killin' It, Lighten Up, Seasick, Sex Positions, The Degenerics, and The Ergs.  

The Degenerics are legendary in the NJ punk scene and it was like some kind of mystical awakening seeing/hearing them perform.  Super nice guys too and fantastic musicians; I think every punk fan should check out The Degenerics.  I was totally hyped to see them after reading Ronen Kauffman's book and they just left me in complete awe and shock.  This was the first time in a long time I enjoyed every band on the bill of a show, but seeing the Degenerics (especially after reading Ronen Kauffman's book) was THE exclamation point of my year.  

The Ergs were killer too; it was edgy punk with a pop sensibility. Their bassist is insanely good. Seasick and Sex Positions were intense punk/metal hybrid bands. I was upset that a fight broke out during SP's set and they had to cut it short (that was one of two fights this evening.) I was really digging their stuff. Dead Tired was some good '80s style hardcore. Lighten Up was a happy hardcore band.  I'm friends with a couple of the guys in Killin' It and though they're not the best band around, they have heart and it's good ol' slam happy punk rawk.

I got merch from almost all the bands. This was the first time in a long time I liked every band on the bill. I got a 7" Seasick LP for free for being one of the first 50 attendees. The guitarist of Sex Positions gave me a CD on the house, which was very nice of him. I bought a Degenerics CD and 7" LPs of Lighten Up, Killin' It, and The Ergs/Lemuria split LP. I didn't get anything from Dead Tired because their CD comes out in January.

I got merch, I got autographs, I moshed, I enjoyed good music and the company of friends. Definitely one of the best shows I've been to all year.
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