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5791  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: November 03, 2006, 11:52:01 AM
I just got "Of Whales and Woe" by Les Claypool.  I freaking love Les Claypool.  The music on this album is wacky and esoteric, but catchy as freaking hell too.  "Iowan Gal" with Les playing his banjo bass is like bluegrass music on LSD.  "Nothin' Ventured," "Rumble of the Diesel," and "Filipino Ray" are all excellent songs too.  

Fantastic album, even if a few of the songs aren't that good.  Still, Les Claypool is very much a love it/hate it artist, even among bassists.  His stuff is truly original and unconventional, but sometimes the unconventional becomes conventional when he's involved.  

I dig the sitar and theremin work of Gabby LaLa and Skerik's sax work.  

I generally like the more minimalist approach on this album than the band collaboration on 2004's Col. Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, whose "The Big Eyeball in the Sky" is also an excellent album.
5792  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: November 02, 2006, 11:51:37 PM
I was too lazy to check through all 10 pages, but I neglected to comment on this news snippet from October 25: http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2006/1511.html

I wonder if this DS FFXII will see the light of day on western shores.  That would be pretty sweet.    

(sidenote: http://www.rpgfan.com/pics/xenosagads/index.html Xenosaga I/II DS seems intriguing too.)
5793  The Rest / General Discussions / Halloween on: October 31, 2006, 09:22:29 PM
A lot of schools are banning Halloween for many reasons.  Many parents are suddenly hyper-religious and refuse to promote this satanic demonic holiday.  So no costumes, no candy.  The school I used to tutor at would have Halloween festivities (costume parade, candy, games) but many kids came from very religious families who wouldn't let the kids come to school on Halloween day.  

I loved Halloween because I got to play dress up and have some candy.  I also think there's a damper on Halloween in schools because of young girls wearing really risque, slutty costumes.  (although these days, it's not uncommon in some US high schools to see kids having sex in the stairwells.)  

And since there is paranoia about not knowing who will be opening the door when your kids ring the bell, trick-or-treating typically only happens from 3pm-5pm after school, and that's not much fun since many people aren't home from work yet, so kids these days aren't getting the kind of candy hauls we used to get when I trick-or-treated as a kid.  Most Halloween celebrations involve an organized party at a house with parental supervision.  My parents live in a very nice and very safe residential neighborhood that you would think would get a lot of trick-or-treaters, but they don't.  

For my class today, the professor had us all bring in candy and soda and have something of a Halloween party.  I brought home ridiculous amounts of peoples' leftover candy for my housemates.

My most memorable Halloween was back in 2003 when the YMCA I worked at put on an elaborate Haunted House for the neighboring towns.  I couldn't believe how incredible the Y looked that night.  Some rooms I couldn't even recognize... and I used to frequent those rooms a lot with my class.  I was a blob rattling cages and screeching like Dani Filth in the Frankenstein and Igor room... and when someone would say "hello person" I'd say "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!" and they'd all laugh.
5794  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 29, 2006, 10:16:11 PM
I just started episode 3 of Touch Detective.
5795  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: October 29, 2006, 08:32:41 PM
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on this past weekend and as with any Charlie Brown film, it's good.  The best part is when Lucy says, "It's hard being on a campaign.  You do all the work and the candidate gets all the credit.  You spend all this time making signs, making posters, building up the candidate's character... and then he goes and says something stupid."
5796  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 28, 2006, 09:22:16 PM
Well, TurnBasedDude lent a strategy to defeating the 2nd boss in Contact and it worked.  

I'm still in the 2nd chapter of Touch Detective trying to trigger stuff to happen.
5797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 28, 2006, 09:19:08 PM
I think the music in Contact is awesome. The DS isn't exactly known for having the greatest sound chip, but the score makes the most out of it. Yeah there's some 8 and 16 bit music, but there is music (like the title theme) that suggests 32 bit and the digitized voices during the "play with Mochi" song are clear.

And some of the best video game music came from the 16 bit era.

And by the way, TBD, I used your strategy on the 2nd boss and managed to defeat him.  I used all 8 of my potions, though, but it was worth it.
5798  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 28, 2006, 12:11:44 AM
I'm enjoying it. It's quirky and fun (with loads of video game references), but battles can definitely be challenging. Boss battles are tough and enemies you run from can follow you into the next screen.

The 2nd boss is still kicking my ass because he and the 1st boss both had unavoidable area attacks.  You need to level grind big time in the game just to survive major battles.  

I like that if an NPC blocks the doorway, you can push them out of the way.

Contact is a good game, if frustrating in spots, but I would not call it a must have.  

Oh yeah, the music in the game is really freaking good.  Some of the best music I've heard in a DS title.  The DS isn't known for having the greatest sound chip, but Contact's audio milks it for all its worth.
5799  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 28, 2006, 12:05:16 AM
I'm on the 2nd half of the first case in Touch Detective.  I don't know what the reviewers are whining about- this game is awesome.  Some of the puzzles are zany, but not difficult to figure out and do make sense within the context of the game's world.  

I'll be shelving Contact for a while to play this one.  Touch Detective is way more fun for me.  The 2nd boss in Contact is still kicking my sorry ass and I absolutely loathe level grinding.  Contact is the kind of game that makes me want a Gameshark so I don't have to waste time level grinding.
5800  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Touch Detective on: October 28, 2006, 12:01:27 AM
It's funny... when I get stuck in Touch Detective, it doesn't bother me.  It's like I know the answers are there, I just need to hunt for them.  On the other hand, being stuck in Contact sucks because level grinding isn't fun, and grinding's what you need to do to get unstuck.  The 2nd boss still kicks my sorry ass.  

I'll be shelving Contact for a while, because Touch Detective is way more fun for me.
5801  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Touch Detective on: October 27, 2006, 06:18:35 PM
CLueless- I'm with you on this one.  I'm halfway through the first case and I fail to see what the reviewers are whining about.  In fact, I've played critically acclaimed adventure games with puzzles that defied the boundaries of illogic, complexity, or both (some of the puzzles in Grim Fandango and the Monkey Island games come to mind).  

Touch Detective is a great game.  And if I hit a snag, I just retrace my steps, talk to people again, click everything to find something, and find an "a ha!" moment.  

I'm enjoying this game a lot more than Contact.  Contact is fun, but the amount of grinding needed to kill cheap-ass bosses with unavoidable area attacks is making want a GameShark.
5802  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Console RPGs with MMO style mixed in on: October 27, 2006, 10:55:40 AM
But episodic console games have had a shaky history too.  Look at Shen Mue and El Dorado Gate- episodic adventure/RPG series that suffered due to the demise of the Dreamcast hardware.  Or look at Xenosaga.  That should've been 6 games, but various constraints only allowed 3.  

Basically, episodic console games seem cool, but more often than not, behind the scenes stuff (i.e. development costs, phasing out of old hardware) are a hinderance, while PC's are more modular thus allowing a better platform for episodic content.

We can agree to disagree Haven, but I don't think expansion packs and the whole episodic content is a good thing for console gaming.  Cost is prohibitive, you never know the lifespan of the hardware, and console gamers in the US at least want to have the full game all perfect when they plop down the $50 for it; In Japan, yeah, console gamers are more willing to pay for the upgrades and stuff for console games but not US console gamers.
5803  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 27, 2006, 12:17:53 AM
The thread where you share with the board populace what music you're listening to at the moment.  

For me, I just got wind of this awesome song called "Miles Deep" by Ray DeTone.  Great song.  Instrumental (no lyrics) and it has a really nice modern retro vibe to it.  

http://www.myspace.com/raydetone

Seriously, you guys gotta hear "Miles Deep."  It's really freaking good.
5804  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 27, 2006, 12:16:19 AM
31 pages?  Time to lock and load.
5805  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Console RPGs with MMO style mixed in on: October 26, 2006, 11:31:47 PM
Didn't .hack try to do that?  And we all know how those games turned out...
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