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5821  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 21, 2006, 03:46:57 PM
I'd love to TBD, but I'm having issues with the Nintendo USB thingy.  I bought my DS used w/o a manual or anything, so I have no clue how to set up the wifi stuff.  WEP, SSID, all that is heiroglyphics to me.  There's a MAC address in the system info but no Connection ID.  

Hopefully I'll get all that stuff figured out so I can do wifi stuff with Contact.
5822  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 21, 2006, 01:52:00 AM
the gamestop I got it from only got a shipment of 3 copies...all preorder.  (Sorry if my grammar sucks.  I'm pretty drunk right now)

edit" I preordered touch detective while I was there.... methinkx that'll be a short chipment too.
5823  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 20, 2006, 05:25:59 PM
I just started playing Contact for the DS.  I like it, personally, but I can definitely see why it has the mixed reviews that it does (especially regarding the battle system.)

See the Contact thread in Console RPGs for my initial impressions.
5824  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 20, 2006, 05:21:10 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Prasanna - Pangaea Rising

I love that song.  Heck, that whole album is fucking awesome.
5825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 20, 2006, 05:18:59 PM

Anyway, I just got my copy of Contact and here are my impressions after an hour or so of playing.  

This game is like a goulash.  The graphics are a mixture of 8-bit style with a more 32-bit 2D style with really nice prerendered backdrops.  The music thus far is also quite good, with a blend of old school MIDI and PCM and more new-school orchestration (like in the title theme.)  The game definitely has a quirky vibe, which is nice.  It really reminds me of Earthbound in that supreme silliness is handled with deadpan delivery.  

The only thing that took some getting used to was the battling.  When you press the attack button while Terry is in fighting stance, he doesn't attack when you press the button.  He auto-attacks in intervals.  It was tough to get used to at first, but I'm used to it now.  Fighting with techniques is much easier than melee fighting.  

So, yeah, the fighting may definitely be a turnoff for some.  And since the game's barely begun, I've yet to get to the real meat of the plot.    

The battle engine is the weakest part of the game, but despite that, I still want to keep playing.  The game is fun.
5826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army on: October 19, 2006, 10:51:21 PM
In all the MegaTen games, Kerberos has a lion-esque look rather than as a 3-headed dog.  Why?  I dunno.
5827  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 19, 2006, 08:13:33 PM
"Cry For Eternity" by DragonForce simply for that little keyboard interlude at around 3:55 in the song.  I love it.  Sounds like something out of a video game.  And Herman Li did say in an interview that many parts of DragonForce songs will remind you of video games.  

DragonForce is so the epitome of complete and total awesomeness.  I mean, they're fucking DragonForce.
5828  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 08:08:56 PM
V-dawg: are you referring to the organic chemistry exam Morwan's friend posted where he basically went ape on it because he had just dropped the class?  I liked the part where the TA/professor corrected the guy's spelling of Louis Carroll to Lewis Carroll.
5829  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 01:11:54 PM
And he still  
got a passing grage.  That paper netted him a D-.
5830  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 19, 2006, 12:15:32 PM
I don't know.  Even in that silly Cartoon Network cartoon "My Gym Partner's a Monkey" the principal's greatest phobia is lawsuits (though it's reasonably justified since the school he runs has a whole manner of animals from sharks and snakes to toucans and giraffes.)  So he does whatever he can to cover his ass and avoid lawsuits.  So school paranoia is valid.  

My thing is that parents feed the paranoia and thus paranoid parents influence paranoia in schools because the schools want to please the parents rather than vice versa (like in other countries where schools are more highly valued.)  

As for school boards protecting anyone... meh, I'm pretty disillusioned with school boards.  Corruption runs rampant in school boards (and that's the truth in many countries, not just the US.  School board corruption in New Zealand is pretty bad too.)
5831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 19, 2006, 11:59:04 AM
Either way, it's 10/19 so I'll be getting my copy of Contact fairly soon.
5832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Squeenix, going forward... on: October 18, 2006, 10:48:15 PM
I've known Logick for a while, and he's the real deal.  And remember, the video game business is just that- a business.  And if multi-platforming can put the game into more peoples' hands then that's more money the company can make.  And I don't know what SE's current financial numbers and profit margins are, but they're probably less/lower than we think.  

But, yes, the varying power of the consoles could be an issue.  After all, the Wii is much less powerful than the PS3.  But since SE does have a publishing deal with Nintendo as well as Sony, I wouldn't be surprised is some kind of FF games hits the Wii.
5833  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:41:46 PM
Quote from: "Alexander"

Edit: Guys, if this is something at just a couple of schools, should it really matter?

Domino effect.  Bandwagon effect.  Whatever you want to call it.  Sure it's only at a couple of school, but the way trends have been going in terms of the parent-school relationships all over the country, such things could happen more widely.  I mean, for whatever reasons, many schools in the US have eliminated recess.  Granted, much of the reason for that is to dedicate more time to all the high stakes testing that's been thrust into the school system, but risk of injury and risk of lawsuits is yet another fine reason for school systems to eliminate recess elsewhere.
5834  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:11:05 PM
Quote from: "Angelo"
This thread illustrates just why schools get away with murder.  They love that people blame the parents when they pull bullshit like this.  That they merely have to throw out a red herring to divert the blame is disheartening.

Tell that to the teacher who fairly gave a kid a D on a test who now has the parents threatening to take action about "bad teaching" if the teacher doesn't change the grade to an A.  

Schools don't get away with anything.  Teachers don't have power in the classroom any more.  And even good principals are at the mercy of school boards, most of whose members have never been in a classroom, some probably don't even have college degrees, and yet these idiots are making decisions about our schools, our kids.  

The one good thing that the NCLB thing has done is make the schools accountable for this, that, and which.  Great idea in concept, but currently it's not being executed well at all.  

Bottom line: US educational systems are fucked up.  

And Miho- when I was assistant teaching pre-K and kindergarten, we used to let the kids play with jumpropes, explaining to them that if they are for jumping only and not for tying people up with (because if a jump rope loops around a kid's neck, that's a serious medical injury waiting to happen) but after the kids repeatedly kept tying their classmates up with the jumpropes, we had to not let them play with jumpropes at recess any more because we didn't want a kid getting strangled by a jumprope during a game of cowboys & indians.  Of course, there were plenty of other cool toys for them to play with, so no worries.  We gave them a chance with the jumpropes, but they didn't follow directions so we took them away.
5835  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 05:31:13 PM
"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid."

I like this person.  

I'm almost disgusted by the way parents almost want to put force fields on their kids.  Let 'em get a few scrapes here and there.  That's part of being a kid.  If you fall, you learn to pick yourself up.  I think by the time all of us have kids, this nonsense will be over.  All of us are so disillusioned by the wacko parenting some parents do that I foresee a change back to more conservative parenting values and techniques instead of this bedwetting pansy liberal neo-hippie parenting crap.  

There's a reason God made kids "out of rubber."  They're physically and psychologically more resilient than adults.  If a kid breaks a leg, it will heal quick.  If an adult breaks a bone, it will take forever to heal.  

I'm also saddened by how much parents strong arm teachers to do their bidding to the point where teachers have ZERO power in the classroom.  It's becoming to the point where if the kid does something wrong and the teacher punishes him/her, mommy and daddy will fight the teacher and save junior's sorry little ass.  How are kids going to fucking learn accountability for their actions with mommy and daddy constantly strong-arming the teacher to turn that F into an A?  

Although if it was a ban on Tag body spray, I'd be all for that because no teacher or school employee should be wearing perfumes because in an environment with that many kids/people, someone will be allergic to perfume fumes.
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