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5791  The Rest / General Discussions / Why people believe Americans are stupid. on: January 16, 2007, 11:42:12 AM
<snarky>Well, given that in the good ol' US of A we get everything we could ever want in the world and more (including cool stuff from other nations, such as ethnic food) then, yeah, the world begins and ends for us in this hallowed land.  

And even within the US, we have places like NYC where the world begins and ends there.  I know people in Manhattan who are deathly afraid of leaving Manhattan, even to take a 10 minute drive into NJ.  </snarky>

But I wonder... I'm sure in other parts of the world, the average populace is just as clueless, if not more so, about the world beyond their country.  Most foreigners are completely clueless about the US itself, and I'm sure are just as clueless about other major nations.  And even if they think they have a clue, it's based on a slanted textbook.  

Yeah, president Bush and most US citizens haven't a clue about foreign policy, but in XY or Z country out there, they're probably just as clueless, if not more so, about "foreign" policy as well.

Plus I get the feeling that they only picked the idiots JUST for the sake of TV, and to do that, they had to interview hundreds, even thousands of people who actually knew their stuff.  I call this slanted editing or editing with an agenda.  

(I know America bashing is in vogue these days and that being a self-hating American is cool and trendy, but I'm not into it.)
5792  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: January 15, 2007, 05:55:17 PM
Song of the moment is "Far Beyond the Sun" by Yngwie Malmsteen, simply because it is awesome and could be a really kickass RPG boss theme.
5793  The Rest / General Discussions / Sometimes...you just need to slap a bitch. on: January 15, 2007, 05:52:25 PM
I'm with DR in that it's just a bunch of badly-acted fake shit by youtubers trying to achieve intarwebnet fame, but I'm with logick and everluck in that such people as caricatured are all too real.
5794  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 15, 2007, 05:27:24 PM
I'm about 7 hours into FF12 and at a spot most of you probably hit in about 2-3 hours... but I loiter.  

I'm in the sewers where
Vaan, Balthier, and Fran have just met Amalia and wasted a few guards.

I already don't like Fran's voice.  Not only can't the voice actress decide whether to use an accent or not (this seems to be a trend in FF12), but she sounds like a little girl.  Little girl voice doesn't work well for Fran.  Given that she's a warrior and a grown woman, I'd have expected a stronger, huskier, more adult voice for her.

Oh well, Fran's still cool, though.  Balthier and Fran are almost as cool as Han and Chewbacca.
5795  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: January 14, 2007, 08:21:10 PM
Yeah, I know I'm resurrecting an old topic, but I was reading part of Hirameki's blog about this.  For now, they haven't gotten any word from KID as to their contract or anything, so they're still selling Ai Yori Aoshi and Ever17 while they still can.  But it looks like fan's dreams of seeing Hirameki localize the rest of the Infinity series have been put to rest.  

I'm looking to see what will happen with KID.  Will they and their intellectual properties be picked up by a larger development house, or will the KID staff splinter off into smaller groups (kinda like how some of Team Andromeda's members splintered off to form SmileBit.)

According to Hirameki's blog, KID had Memories #5 Encore," and "12RIVEN the Ψcliminal of integral," both under development when the bankruptcy was announced.
5796  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 14, 2007, 07:52:17 PM
I've been revisiting some of my old Dreamcast titles like Maken X, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Typing of the Dead, Crazy Taxi, and even did a little PSO.  Despite the age of the hardware and all that, those games still look pretty darn sexy to my eyes.  

I currently have more games for my Dreamcast than for any other console and have no plans of getting rid of them.  They're too darn good (though I did chuck PSO since offline is pointless and online is null.)  I'm still chasing secrets in MvC 2, reveling in the sheer absurdity of Typing of the Dead... and always loving my imports of Never 7 and Exodus Guilty Neos.
5797  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy fuck, Warner Brothers on: January 13, 2007, 08:13:05 PM
Gee, when were any old 1930s- 1940s Clampett/Tex Avery/Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies/etc. cartoons ever NOT derogatory?  It was a sign of cultural norms at the time, and a lot of those cartoons really weren't meant for kids.  I think it was when characters like Bugs, Daffy, and Porky were introduced that things became more kid-friendly, albeit still with copious violence.
5798  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 13, 2007, 08:01:54 PM
Glad to help, Nuri.  For me, the most annoying part was  
when I got the boat inside the slaughterhouse, trying to lure those mines to explode where I needed them to so I could progress.

Re: FF12.  I must say, the gambit system is awesome.  I was impressed by the really good AI in games like Tales of Destiny and Tales of Symphonia, but being able to customize the character AI to the extent that I can in FF12 is awesome.  

From what I understand, the gambit system will be adapted to Revenant Wings, although perhaps in a more simplified form; I'm not completely sure.
5799  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: January 13, 2007, 11:33:19 AM
I just started FF12 last night.  I'm not far into it at all.  I pretty much spent the first 3 hours just loitering around Rabanastre marvelling at its awesomeness before deciding to anything meaningful.  Now I finally decided to pay old Dalan a visit so I can crash a party.  I really don't want to leave Rabanastre because it's a desert out there and I loathe RPG deserts.  If other towns are as awesome as Rabanastre, I'll be in hog heaven.  Rabanastre's already trying to get a spot in my top 3 RPG towns/cities (which are currently Sumaru City, Solaris, and Esthar.)  

It's been years since I've played an FF game.  The last FF game I played to completion was FF9.  Yeah, that's how long it's been.  

So far my impressions are positive.  I love the music and voice acting.  Vaan was very well cast.  Penelo's actress delivers her lines flawlessly.  The only hiccup is that ethnic characters never really seem sure what accent they should be using.  I'm normally not a fan of Sakimoto's music, but the music is awesome in the game so far.  

The visuals are gorgeous.  I quite like the character designs; much softer than the Nomura stuff with far less goofball junk on the outfits.  Yeah, Vaan wears a tiny tank and all, but that's how I'd expect a kid in a desert town to dress.  

And the story?  I can definitely tell it's a Yasumi Matsuno tale.  It's like Tactics Ogre in that the pacing is quite deliberate and there's tons of layers and complexity.  The tight political intrigue surrounding the Archadian Empire, the conquering of Dalmasca, and what Lord Vayne's going to do next really has me hooked.  And I like that while others are willing to just accept life as it is, Vaan isn't satisfied and his actions are a vehicle to find out the hidden truth that nobody wants to tell.  

The battle system takes some getting used to, but fighting solo is not fun.  I can't wait till Vaan gets a party.  I'm glad S-E decided to go back to the ATB for FF13, because the battles here remind me of Contact's battle system and that was not the most intuitive battle system for me.  Though for MMORPGers or PC RPGers, it's probably more intuitive.  I do not know how some of you can play this game with battles in Active mode without dying every 3 seconds.  If it weren't for Wait mode, I'd be so overwhelmed.  

And one thing that others find annoying but I find interesting is that the interface forces me to think differently than I'm used to in an RPG.  The Shin Megami Tensei series has always found ways to defy convention and make me think differently in an RPG, so figuring out how to work this newfangled system in FF12 has me working the ol' grey matter.  

For example, given the scarcity of money and the structure of the license board, the standard practice of upgrading everything upon entering a new town is not prudent since you may not be able to equip it.  

Still, the game gives me the kind of warm fuzzies that Star Wars does.  I want to keep playing.
5800  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 12, 2007, 07:51:22 PM
I've been playing FF12 for about 3 hours and I've basically done nothing.  I'm having way too much fun just walking around marvelling at the awesomeness of Rabanastre.  Rabanastre is vying for a top 3 spot in my favorite RPG towns (#1 is Sumaru City in Persona 2, #2 is Solaris in Xenogears, andmy current #3 is Esthar in FF8.)  If the other towns in FF12 are as awesome as Rabanastre, I probably won't finish the game for years, because I'll just be loitering around the towns.  

I'm supposed to meet Delvan or whatever his name is down in Lowtown to figure out how to crash the royal banquet, but I'm delaying that in favor of doing a hunt... which is kinda making me build some levels and try and get money for more antidotes.  I'll eventually see the guy, but I just want to fight a lot and get really used to the engine.  
5801  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: January 12, 2007, 05:02:51 PM
I attended a local south Jersey metal/hardcore show the other weekend to celebrate a local grindcore band's CD release and tour kickoff.  The band is Doomsday Machine Schematic and though I don't really like their music, they're really nice guys.  Anyway, the first band who played (Mayfair) sucked donkey dick.  The next band, Total Ruination, was 100% hardcore, and I don't like hardcore.  I prefer metal.  Next up was this band Sheeron that some of my friends were hyping like crazy.  Those guys had talent, but I found the Cattle Decapitation style vocals rather generic and monotone.  Didn't live up to the hype for me.

The next band up was this band called Adder who have a more old school thrash sound.  They have been compared to Pantera (their bassist is definitely influenced by Rex.)  I was totally digging this band.  I was up in front headbanging for them, and I can't really say the same for the other bands.  I wanted to stay for the rest of their set, but my friends wanted to leave because some people they knew were getting into parking lot fights and they didn't want to be around if the cops showed up; they've already been threatening to shut down this particular venue.  

So anyway, my song of the moment is "Wear the Mark" by Adder.  Kickass song.  This is no frills, no gimmicks metal.  This is bang your head, pump your fist, fight the system metal.  This is rootsy thrash.  Their myspace is http://www.myspace.com/addermusic and while the sound quality of their stuff isn't great, they kick some serious ass live.  

We are the passion victims, Sewn up inside the system
There are no opinions, Just fiction and non-fiction
Accept fate - This is not in good faith, This is hate
Don't resist - Press your face against it, Raise your fist
Accept fate - This is not in good faith, This is hate
Don't resist - Press your face against it, Raise your fist

Life - inside a shell
We welcome - the abandonment for life
But we are not alone

We are a marching army of living, breathing, screaming grenades

The damned be driven by the dream, Symptoms say the want is the need
There's no means of controlling the hunger that makes us refuse to bleed
Accept fate - This is not in good faith, This is hate
Don't resist - Press your face against it, Raise your fist
Accept fate - This is not in good faith, This is hate
Don't resist - Press your face against it, Raise your fist

Life - will be reborn
Through nothing - but the absence of life
But we are not alone

We are an army of living, breathing, screaming grenades

Life - inside a shell
We welcome - the abandonment for life
But we are not alone

We are an army of living, breathing, screaming grenades

I will - Spare no one
The more you fight it - The stronger it will get

Life - will be reborn
Though nothing - but the absence of life

We wear the mark until death
We wear the mark until death
Fuck the rest
We wear the mark until death
Fuck the rest
We wear the mark until death

I worship the only gods that I know
From axe to pulse until uplifting sorrow
If when my heart speaks my soul were to bleed
I'd give my life for immortality

Calling out to the eyes, That are searching for mine
You will consume my reign
As you're under my sky
We were the mark until death
5802  The Rest / General Discussions / Sega threatens to shut down YTMND on: January 12, 2007, 04:37:21 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
The YTMD that prompted this, if you're lazy:


I think it'd be hilarious if that little attempt at humor is the thing that finally brings that website down. :P

Well... at least Tails got some tail before the shit hit the fan.  

(Oh come on!  Can I not feel juvenile every once in a while?)
5803  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 12, 2007, 08:31:40 AM
Just remember, Nuri
During the race, hug the left wall like your life depends on it, because that's where the secret entrance to the slaughterhouse is.  I must have raced a billion times before finding it the first time.  I had loads of fun with the races (I love racing games after all) but eventually I was like "so... when can I continue with the plot?"  
5804  The Rest / General Discussions / The writing/scripting topic. on: January 11, 2007, 03:19:26 PM
I wonder if a game would be a better medium for a fantasy playwright than a fantasy novelist.  I think in many ways, the games seem to function more like plays than novels in various ways.
5805  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: January 09, 2007, 09:03:40 PM
Well, for what it's worth, here's the official Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings site.  


And from what I gather from it, some RPGfan news snippets, and an RPGfan interview

it seems Vaan, Penelo, and others who didn't get big roles in FFXII may get some spotlight in Revenant Wings.
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