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5671  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 07, 2007, 07:41:35 AM
Chapter 2 in FFX-2, I'm in chateau LeBlanc.  
The massage scene was hysterical.  LeBlanc's voice actor had a field day with that.  
 Now I'm in the hidden passage trying to find the security override.  

LeBlanc is such a "love to hate" villain.  She's so over-the-top, so smarmy, so "gag me with a spoon."  
LOL @ "noojie-woojie."

Is it me, or are many of the dress spheres and Garment Grids somewhat useless?  All I use are Warrior (with a healing Garment Grid), White Mage (with a black magic Garment Grid), and once in a while Black Mage.  And 3 Warriors or two Warriors & a Black Mage have been fine for all the boss battles.
5672  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: November 06, 2007, 02:37:00 PM
Quote from: "Lard"

Me too. It would be great if the "play novel" caught on.

There is the stuff Hirameki publishes for US audiences.  The market for Japanese visual novels in the US is still very niche, but it's nice that it's there.  Still, Hirameki has been extremely quiet since Piece of Wonder and their attendance of various summer anime conventions.  

But if you really think about it, the graphic adventure genre supposedly died in the mid 1990s, but I don't think it ever really died at all.  Sure, US developers haven't made one in ages, but they've been alive and well in Europe and Japan.  Although some North American graphic adventures are on the horizon such as Dark Star, Prominence, and A Vampyre Story.
5673  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 02:32:33 PM
I don't doubt that "war tax" can be found in flight costs of many countries' airlines.  I mean, it's not like hijacking and airplane terrorism is anything new.  Planes have probably been hijacked since they were first invented.  Regardless of whether there's a war going on and whether or not you believe in it or whatever, airplane hijackings will always have a chance of happening.  

And if it's something like 80 bucks, isn't that just a drop in the bucket when you're paying $1000 or more for an across-the-world flight?  If said war tax was $500 or something, then I'd say that's steep.
5674  The Rest / General Discussions / I know the CNet community can be retarded, but... on: November 06, 2007, 07:44:13 AM
I say good for L-block.  I mean Tetris is probably the most popular video game of all time, played by everyone from age 7 to age 70.  I've easily spent more hours playing Tetris than all my RPGs combined.  And considering I work for RPGfan, that's saying a lot.  

Whatever, it is what it is.  

Why not create some stories with character battles we'd find amusing.  At least then the thread can be somewhat imaginitive instead of a bitch-fest.  

In a flirt-off between Edgar (FF6), Irvine (FF8), Meis (Thousand Arms), Edge (FF4), Zidane (FF9), and Bart (Xenogears)... Meis wins because the others are all talk and Meis hits on everything in a skirt and actually dates party members and townie girls.  

Shion Futami (Memories Off) vs. Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga.)  I did not like either character.  Futami was boring and Uzuki was annoying.  But I guess Futami would win because she's actually a fan favorite whereas most people can't stand Uzuki.  Futami's also better looking too.  

Brother (FFX-2) vs. Sophia Esteed (Star Ocean 3) vs. Yuka (Elfen Lied anime) in a battle of who's more creepily obsessed with their cousin.  I think Yuka would win that creepy battle hands down.  (ASIDE: I still don't get the whole "lusting after your cousins" thing in various Japanese anime and video games.  I mean ewww, they're cousins, blood relatives, incest.  Is "cousin marriage" acceptable in Japan?)
5675  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: November 05, 2007, 10:26:03 PM
I must say, I'm liking this trend of graphic adventures and visual novels on the DS.  Count me in for this one.
5676  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 05, 2007, 11:33:13 AM
He got screamed at by the Norns (Urd, Skuld, Verdandi) and the Moirae Sisters (Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos) who spin, apportion, and snip mortals' life threads.  Apparently, Shooichi's stumbling through the threads led to a complete mix up in peoples' lives.  So now, instead of being lords of the Gods, Odin and Zeus became fry cooks at White Castle, Homer Simpson became God, Mother Teresa became an F1 race driver, and everyone else's lives became completely and utterly mixed up... except the Energizer bunny.  He kept going and going and going until...
5677  The Rest / General Discussions / Jones Soda Halloween flavors on: November 04, 2007, 10:49:22 AM
Black cat licorice sounds good.  I love black licorice.  Lemon Drop sounds interesting.  I love Warheads candy.  

In terms of strange soda flavors, how about Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray celery flavored soda.  I had that a few times and I actually kinda liked it.  I can't find it any more.  

Moxie is weird.  It's like a cross between root beer and Vicks Vapo-Rub.  I kinda liked it.  

And I remember someone mentioning cucumber flavored Pepsi in Japan.  Pepsi Cucumber Slice or something.  I like cucumbers, but cola + cuke does not sound appetizing.

I'm not a soda drinker (I tend to avoid caffeinated and/or overly sugared beverages) but once in a while I like a Jones.
5678  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 04, 2007, 06:37:37 AM
Tales of Phantasia

+That opening vocal number by Yukari Yoshida was quite a feat on a SNES cartridge, and it was a great song.

+The PSOne remake showed how a remake should be done.  

+The story is one of the better ones in the Tales Universe

-The GBA port US gamers got was awful: bad English dub, dry English translation, no Yukari Yoshida opening song, shoddy porting (read my review.)

-The music could have been better

-Some battles could be cheap.

I suggest Okage: Shadow King is next in this little game.
5679  The Rest / General Discussions / Study: Men play casual games as much as women on: November 03, 2007, 06:44:20 PM
To me, a "casual" game is one my 60 year old aunt can easily pick up and play, play for a few minutes at a time, and be done with it.  Stuff like Windows Solitaire or Tetris.  

A casual game has a more universal quality than something like a Mario, Zelda, or FF.
5680  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 02, 2007, 01:31:52 PM
It was language and content that got Catcher in the Rye banned from a lot of high schools.  I read it in high school and I liked it... probably because it was one of the only books I read in middle and high school that didn't completely suck.  The book was fairly easy to read and back in high school, I liked that I was reading a book about a disillusioned somewhat modern day character close to my age rather than some stodgy adult in the distant past.  It seemed every book I had to read in the middle and high school canon felt old and stodgy.  Catcher in the Rye didn't.  

You'd probably have a different view if you read the book at age 15 than now.  I was a sophomore in high school when I read it, so I was probably 15 or 16.  Remember, I was in high school from 1992- 1996, the grunge era, so Holden seemed to resonate more with us back then.  

Animal Farm was probably the best book I read for school, pre-college.
5681  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 01, 2007, 07:30:18 PM
Still in chapter 2 of FFX-2.  I tell you, if having Yuna pull a complete 180 and go from pious acolyte "nice" girl to naughty, booty-shorts wearing "bad" girl means I don't have to do those damn Cloister Trials, I say viva la booty shorts!  

I did not enjoy those Cloister Trials in FFX.  It's funny, there are a lot of things I did not like about FFX, yet I came away from the game with positive feelings/memories.
5682  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: November 01, 2007, 06:20:21 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Nile - Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve It's Posessessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water

Man, that's a Bal Sagoth-worthy mouthful song title.

EDIT:  I guess if we're going for mouthful song titles, I'll go with

If You're Looking for Sympathy, You can find it in a Dictionary Somewhere Between Shit and Syphilis by Jordan Bates (my friend's hardcore band.)
5683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Something to consider(about Matsuno and the ogre battle saga on: November 01, 2007, 11:33:19 AM
Man, I've been hearing these same complaints from people since 1997.  It's getting old.  

I think S-E is doing what any smart business would.  Since FF7 back in 1997, they've been expanding and promoting RPGs to a gaming market that normally didn't play those kinds of games in the 80s and 90s.  Is that such a bad thing for a business to do?  Is it such a bad thing to want to introduce your product to as diverse and wide an audience as you possibly can?  What good is having a fantastic product if only 5 people use it?  Is it such a bad thing to want to recoup your development costs on a product and perhaps even pocket a little extra on it?  

The video game industry is a business and S-E is no exception.  Creative endeavors are hard to make money on since anyone who calls a painter or musician who tries to make a buck a capitalist sellout.  Hey, artists need to eat too.  And considering that video games have typically cost $50/game since the NES days and only now are starting to (fairly) raise the prices to $60 to cover more expensive development costs, that's some pretty low inflation.  

If you dislike what S-E is doing so much, whining on the internet won't do anything.  You need to speak through your wallets.  If you dislike what S-E is doing, don't buy their games.  If you love what another company is doing, buy their games.  For those who dislike the direction S-E is going with RPGs, there are plenty of other companies who have a product that can satisfy you.  

If you're going to go with the whole 2D rules 3D drools route, look at 2007.  2D RPG "old school" has enjoyed a mini-rennaissance.  Need I mention Odin Sphere, Grim Grimoire, Ar Tonelico, Atelier Iris 3, and Soul Nomad among others?  Yeah, who'd have thought that the most visually stunning RPG of 2007 was a 2D side scroller (Odin Sphere.)
5684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / S-E is the King of Games on: November 01, 2007, 11:04:40 AM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"
Square-Enix is like the Disney of videogames.

Is there a Kingdom Hearts joke in there somewhere?'

And, meh, do I need to give the lecture again about speaking through your wallet instead of an internet soapbox to make your dislike for a company's products meaningful?
5685  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: November 01, 2007, 10:19:19 AM
All fond and not so fond memories aside, Dade mentioned that the original impetus for his post was the Roundtable discussion.  I'm sure everyone on the staff who participated in it (Pat, Mark, Eric, Damian) and did the editing on it (JP) appreciate that folks checked it out and enjoyed it.  

The Roundtable recently concluded with Sunday's update.  

So now I ask: are these kinds of roundtable features something you would like to see more of?  Why or why not?  We did it and posted it because we felt it brought up points about the state of RPGs that readers could relate to and have talked about frequently both on the forums and I'm sure in real life with gaming buddies.
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