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5821  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 31, 2006, 12:38:22 PM
Time for silly melodrama: Oh fate, thou art a cruel mistress.  Why dost thou taunt and mock me so?  I couldn't go to E3 last year because I was still a newbie contrib on staff and only full fledged editors can go.  I couldn't go this year because of accursed final exams.  And now with this news, I may never get to go.  Heh, and thanks to being in a gigging band, I was (and still am) getting better at shameless self-promotion and PR stuff.  

Now I'll be logical:

On the other hand, scaling back is not something I'm surprised about in the least.  I mean, they did make attempts to scale back this year by trying to cut down on and even eliminate "booth babes" (because such models don't come cheap) just to name one example.

It almost sounds to me, especially with the premonitions abound in this thread, that they're aiming to streamline E3 into a more professional event like a conference (like maybe AERA or something) and less of a bombastic trade show spectacle (like NAMM or something.)  

Maybe as someone said, the new E3 may work like an academic conference in that media outlets that want in but weren't among the elite top invitees may have to submit a proposal or something outlining why said media outlet deserves to be there.  

Of course, that's not always fair because you never know who's on the committees to read and accept proposals into their conference.  I mean, to use an example from academia, you could have an amazing qualitative research study proposal for submission but if the committee reading it to judge your participation in the conference are all quantitative researchers, your chances of getting in are slim, despite your proposal's awesomeness.  

In other words, I think Ramza and Rico are right.  It will likely end up a "who you know," the connections you have, and the palms you've had to grease to get in rather than "what you know."

EDIT: Just so we're on the same page, I'm cool with downsizing.  You may not get to shake hands with as many people, but the people you do shake hands with will be more relevant for forging contacts.
5822  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 30, 2006, 02:50:12 PM
You know, there are bands that most people here would regard as utter crap that are crawling out of my idiosyncratic musical prejudices and surprising me.  Once I forget about labels, images, popularity, and just trust my ears, there is some great stuff out there, sonically speaking.  

One band I never quite thought would surprise me so pleasantly is Eighteen Visions.  They started off as a ho-hum California metalcore/screamo (possibly fashioncore) band (and when it comes to metalcore, nothing beats New Jersey metalcore i.e. Burnt By The Sun, Luddite Clone, God Forbid), but now on their new stuff, they seem to be embracing their California roots.  Like Avenged Sevenfold, these guys are adopting a sound that fills me with nostalgia.  It's like a fresh take on 1980s glam-tinged Sunset Strip hard rock.  I'm reminded of groups like Motley Crue, LA Guns, even a touch of Guns 'N Roses, when rock stars were rock stars with that whole Nikki Sixx image.  You know, that L.A. sound.

So my song of the moment is "Our Darkest Days" by Eighteen Visions, because the song is really freakin' good.  Loads of great sonic textures, layered vocals, soaring melodies.  "Victim" is a good nostalgic song harkening back to that era with a catchy hook that could serve as a battlecry/great audience singalong.  

5823  The Rest / General Discussions / Human Consciousness' existence on: July 29, 2006, 10:40:24 AM
Don't really have much to add/say here, but have any of you seen the film "Waking Life"?  If not, definitely check it out if you are into deep cerebral philosphical thought.  It's one of my favorite movies.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243017/
5824  The Rest / General Discussions / re: Your brains on: July 27, 2006, 08:06:15 AM
That's a good one.  This is my favorite WoW video that my friend Julie/Pyra did.  


I think the editing is really tight, especially with moustache green mowhawk guy's mouth movements to the words.
5825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: July 27, 2006, 08:03:49 AM
More than I expected to have finished.

RPGs: Aveyond

Digital Novels: Ai Yori Aoshi, Exodus Guilty vol.1, Hourglass of Summer, Tea Society of a Witch

And I got the full/true/totally freaking awesome ending in Ever 17.  I first beat the game in December 2005, but I've played it repeatedly since then.
5826  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 27, 2006, 07:53:19 AM
My song of the moment is "Hologram" by No Lindsay.  Fantastic song.  It has the kind of songwriting that the frontman in my band wishes he could do.  

Lyrics copy-pasted from their myspace.  


And all these people
are not what they seem
Hes a run-of-the-mill and a bored one
So eager to please
And she pretends shes on TV
And shes cowered by whats under her bed
She calls daddy into her room
But hes just a hologram.
But hes just a hologram though

And now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame; its a dirty, dirty shame
that Im walking on my own

What happens when I go
Into the Pine Barrens
Looking for haunted houses (looking for haunted houses)
I came back to tell my story
And you respond yes exactly
the way I knew you would (the way I knew you would)
Exactly like they do. Exactly like they do on that show.

Now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame. Its a dirty, dirty shame
that Im walking on my own.

Now dont you ever wonder?
Dont you ever ask questions?
Youre an A+ student with a dingy mind.

Now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame. Its a dirty, dirty shame
That Im walking on my own.

Your world is just a hologram
Your love is just a hologram and it shows.
Your world is just a hologram
Your world is just a hologram though!
Now dont you ever wonder?
5827  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 27, 2006, 07:44:47 AM

Ahriman's Prophecy is really beginning to piss me off.  It's becoming so nonlinear that I have no idea where I'm supposed to be going or what I'm supposed to be doing.  The hint journal is no help.  So I went somewhere, then the game crashed on me for I *think* doing something out of order.

And did I mention that two of my characters have some kind of incurable status ailment that no item in my inventory or in the shops I've accessed can cure it?  And it's not a plot related ailment.  It's something odd.  

And, yes, I'm using the goodie that starts me off on a high level.  I wouldn't dare play the game without it.  

This game was fun and totally awesome at first, but now it's a total exercise in frustration and I have ZERO motivation to play it any more.
5828  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 26, 2006, 08:04:46 AM
Where's MY cupcake?  You must all hate me.  For all the work I do/have done for the site, the least you could do is give me a goddamned cupcake!  Or a cookie would suffice.  I like cookies. (LOL, I'm being a looney.)  

In all seriousness, I'm with Liz on this one.  In the history of RPGfan, there has never been a very good poll... and I've been posting on the site since 1999.  Even yours truly was responsible for some of the most idiotic polls.  

Polls would be littered with topics like "shud i pik [ insert name of game here ] or [ insert name of other game here ]" and of course the snarky among us would put in write-in votes for "carrots."  (Sorry, kind of an inside joke there.  TalkBass tends to have a lot of polls and one of the choices is always carrots).  In addition, polls would have a lot of 1 word responses or just "+1" posts, which we tend to frown upon.  

I say no polls.  I voted "I remembered but polls suck."
5829  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 25, 2006, 08:55:50 PM
Song of the moment is "Dvision" by Aquavibe.  Aquavibe are a NY based "mix-hop" group who blend hip-hop, jazz, funk, R&B, soul and other cool sonic textures into an amazing sound.  A great mix of turntablism and live instrumentation.  Dvision is an awesome song.  


Another similar group worth checking out is Boston based Savin Ill http://www.savinill.com They blend the hip-hop with jazz, funk, and R&B, but also incorporate the edginess of rock into some of their songs.  

As much of a metalhead as I am (and prog metal is my go-to genre whenever I want to listen to something) but THIS is the kind of music I most enjoy playing on my bass.

"Dvision" by Aquavibe lyrics (copy/pasted from Aquavibe's site)

Why suck me into you if
thereís already
Somebody in your heart which
you just refuse to part with
Iíve even said it to you :
That I canít make it if
things stay the same
Yet you refuse to change

Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way

So fuck it - you can take it
and stick it - just keep it
Ďcause I want it, but donít
need it
You wonít have me fuckiní
Ďcause Iíve had it - and
believe it,
If you can dish it, I can
break it
I donít want it, but I need
I canít take me crossing

Times have changed, still
you remain the same
   So hard to cover
your mistakes and itís
breakiní my soul, I can no
longer take it
I refuse to stay confused
   Take your sins and
all your fake excuses
   Ďcause I find your
love now to be completely

Truthís worth lookingí into,
if you ever plan to
Respect someone you're close
to, or is this to ask you
-íve now broken down a soul
Loved, respected and wanted
To give you anything

Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way



Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way


Now I find your love to be
completely useless
Now I find your love to be
completely useless
5830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Degredation of RPG Magic on: July 25, 2006, 10:18:22 AM
As someone mentioned, games like Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (and other MegaTen games) have it such that magic is very important, perhaps even more so than physical attacks.  In many console RPGs, defensive magic spells are all but useless, but in Nocturne a good defense could be the difference between winning and losing a battle.  In many console RPGs, the only magic I find even remotely useful are healing spells so that my tanks can bulldoze unabashedly, but in Nocturne I had to utilize every magical resource I had big time during battles.  

I believe there are/were PC adventure/RPGs where you could do things like you said.  For example, let's say there was a locked door you wanted to open.  You could either search for the key or blast it with a spell or whatever.
5831  Media / The Soundroom / Favorite Albums. on: July 23, 2006, 02:11:50 PM
Let me get this straight.  Nobody put Led Zeppelin 4 as one of the greatest albums of all time?  That's a grave oversight, people.  Every song on that album is a certifiable classic.  That's the album with Stairway to Heaven on it.  Anyone who doesn't think Stairway is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, song ever written is a useless waste of sperm and eggs and not worth my time whatsoever.  Unless you're deaf, then you have a legitimate excuse for not having heard Stairway.  

So my tops thus far are
Led Zeppelin 4 by Led Zeppelin
Be the Change by Prasanna
5832  The Rest / General Discussions / Bruce Dickinson is the fucking man. on: July 22, 2006, 10:58:16 AM
I don't think I need to say anything that hasn't already been said.  I just wanted to convey that I was cheering when I read about what Bruce Dickinson did.
5833  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / What did you watch? on: July 22, 2006, 10:53:21 AM
Ah yes Dave.  I too was an avid watcher of pro wrestling as a kid.  That was back with guys like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, Ricky the dragon Steamboat, Jake the Snake...

Heh, I used to hate wearing a seatbelt in the car as a kid because it was uncomfortable and my parents couldn't do anything to get me to wear one... but when I saw Hulk Hogan doing a spot saying you can only be a true Hulkamaniac if you wear your seatbelt, that was it for me and I've worn a seatbelt ever since.  After all, the biggest thing in the world back then was to be a Hulkamaniac.  

And I remember when Nickelodeon was good.  Though I like Spongebob and Fairly Oddparents (I love the writing on FO), those shows don't compare to classics like David the Gnome and their animated retellings of Grimm's fairy tales (which were always awesome.)  The animation was gorgeous on the latter two.  And live shows like Mr. Wizard, and Nick Arcade.  Boss!
5834  Media / The Soundroom / Gigs! on: July 21, 2006, 12:05:12 PM
Gigs?  Well my band's playing our first real gig tonight, at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ.  It's a show people actually have to pay to get into and if we bring a good head count, we may even get some cash out of it.    

I'm soooo looking forward to playing this show.  After spending loads of time in the dungeon/studio and at the end of it all deciding that the demo is not up to our standards, I'm so happy to finally be doing what I/the band do best: play live!  We're itching to play as many open mics, basements shows, etc. as we can to gain exposure.
5835  The Rest / General Discussions / The importance of gaming in a potential girl/boyfriend on: July 21, 2006, 11:57:53 AM
Dude, your wedding was the bomb.  Having the organist play Final Fantasy music had me goofily grinning from ear to ear... well that and Pat/Ramza making funny faces at me.  Gitaroo Man and Jet Grind Radio music at the reception was hot too.
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