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5821  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 15, 2007, 12:22:31 AM
5.5 hours into Xenosaga II, the MOMO encephalon dive.  The narrative and the pacing are so much more exciting than they were in the prequel.  Jr. and Ziggy are still awesome, chaos' cool factor's gone up, and I'm really liking Shion's voice in this installment.  This lady should have been the voice actor for Shion in all the Xenosaga games since she voices Shion without the shrill annoying whining of the first game (and I assume the 3rd since they brought back the original Shion.)  I still think Shion's a complete imbecile, but the revised voice makes her bearable, even during the arguments with Jin.
5822  Media / Single-Player RPGs / IGN Interview with Revenant Wings director. on: July 14, 2007, 10:31:06 AM
With the whole RTS thing, I'm now curious if the game will just be a series of battles/campaigns like in Grim Grimoire and other SRPGs, or will it have traditional console RPG exploration (meaning dungeons and towns that you walk around in) and only break out the RTS engine for battles.  I would assume the RTS engine in Revenant Wings is smaller scale since your battle party is only, what, a handful of people whereas other RTS games incorporate use of multiple squadrons of units on a battlefield.  

Still, given the DS stylus capabilities being the best way to mimic the rapid point-and-click action of a mouse thus making it ideal for graphic adventures and RTS games, I'd say putting Revenant Wings on the DS is definitely a smart choice.  Granted, Grim Grimoire did manage to make RTS work on a full sized console, which is a pretty amazing feat.  

I couldn't get into FF12 (hated the damn license board), but I am curious about Revenant Wings.  It's also nice to hear that they're adding a dungeon and actually upping the difficulty for the US version.  It's a far cry from the days when US versions had removed content and 'dumbed down' difficulty.
5823  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: July 14, 2007, 08:43:54 AM
My favorite YouTube video ever is of this 2 year old girl rocking out to Divinity Destroyed- one of my absolute favorite bands.  I hope my future progeny love metal like that.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=g17P81VD2vs

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rMZ-t4Fc85U This is a cool video by the late NYC pop punk band "The Nerve."  I bought their bassist Joe Nerve's Warwick, which can be seen in a couple of scenes in the video.  He now plays for Bumblefoot and has an endorsement deal with MusicMan.  I like this video because my bass has so much mojo that it's awesome to see the kind of life it had with its former owner.    

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TsoLb-E7oy8 And it wouldn't be a YouTube thread without 80s cheese.  This is "Wild Child" by WASP.  I laughed my ass off when he sang the words "naked heat machine."  

And since I'm a vain, egotistical, narcisisstic, self-aggrandizing little whore, here's Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HWiIJ4_9PeU (first half)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=KAvrnpoqqY0 (cover of Joseph Edward Cosgriff's "I Like Jersey Best."  

I've actually just about finished a script for "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode II: The Umpire Strikes Back" and am hashing out ideas for "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode III: The Race for the Holy Grail."  I dub that debut performance "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode I: There's No Hope."
5824  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 14, 2007, 08:11:58 AM
I definitely want to see Ratatouille.  I mean, it's Pixar and I've loved every Pixar movie that's come down the pike.  

I hear the Simpsons movie is coming out at the end of the month.  I still think The Simpsons is the greatest TV show to ever exist and its longetivity is proof of that.  That's one movie I definitely have to see.  

I do want to see Transformers as well.  Though I can't stand Michael Bay's directing (he spams the hell out of the "shaky camera" thing in action scenes), and I know I'll likely take issue with some things since the Transformers cartoon and toys were the absolute best part of my childhood (well, until Nintendo), but hopefully the giant robots presented there can be cool in their own right.  

I still think the best thing Michael Bay ever directed was that "I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)" video by Meat Loaf.
5825  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 13, 2007, 08:44:56 PM
I finally got to see the Spongebob movie in its entirety on TV.  Man, what an amazing movie.  It was epic and totally hysterical.  It was the creme de la creme of anything Spongebob.  I loved the ending.  How could I not love an ending where
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Spongebob in a wizard costume plays a righteous guitar solo harnessing the power of rock & roll
to save the town.  And I have to say,
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the Hasselhoff scenes
were hysterical.

I'm a gigantic Spongebob fan to begin with, when I do voice imitations my Spongebob is the most requested one, I even have a 5th grade student who calls me Spongebob (I don't think she even knows my real name.)  Spongebob rules!  Spongebob is the best cartoon character to come out in decades.  All hail Spongebob!
5826  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 13, 2007, 05:24:40 PM
My beef with Xenosaga's soundtrack was more or less the lack of effort in the whole thing.  Mitsuda's capable of brilliant compositions, but I find his body of work inconsistent.  We just forget about any crap he's written because his top of the line stuff (i.e. Chrono Trigger) is exquisite.    

As for Joan Hogg, it's purely taste.  Her voice doesn't agree with me at all.  When it comes to singers, be they male or female, I'm very picky in my preferences.  I just felt like Hogg's vocal was empty and soulless, though technically sound (i.e. no atonality, no singing off key/out of tune).  

Despite my ripping on the music, Shion (I still loathe that whiny ass simpering weenie chick; she's almost as pathetic as the "ugly cow" Rinoa), and Kos-Mos (one-dimensional robot bimbo) I actually did like Xenosaga.  If I didn't, I wouldn't have completed it.  The plot was really good, if paced somewhat poorly, and the other characters were awesome.  Ziggy, MOMO, and Jr. were great.   I grew to like chaos and Allen as well.  However, my favorites were definitely Captain Matthews and Tony.  Captain Matthews is teh awesome!
5827  The Rest / General Discussions / Other Message Boards? on: July 13, 2007, 08:36:17 AM
I like to frequent http://www.talkbass.com .  Talkbass is an online community for bass players (both electric and upright.)  Heh, if it weren't for Talkbass, I'd never have met Joe Nerve and purchased his old Warwick.  I'm Dincrest there also.  

I also occasionally post at the Warwick bass forums ( http://www.warwick.de/forum ) because I'm a proud owner/user of a Warwick bass.  I'm there as SullenDoorNeal.  Sullen Door is a band I used to play for.
5828  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 12, 2007, 10:08:32 PM
See, so far I'm really liking Xenosaga II's music.  So far, the music is more pleasing to me than anything in Xenosaga I.  In fact, I think Xenosaga II's music so far is awesome.  I obviously love Kajiura's stuff (<3 the Noir soundtrack), but Hosoe's stuff is great in its own right too.  The techno style fits the game really well.  

Then again, taste is subjective.  For example, I quite liked Breath of Fire III's unique jazz-fusiony soundtrack yet that soundtrack got slammed while Breath of Fire IV's more conventional soundtrack was highly praised and I thought it was pretty generic.  

It's funny.  People also praised the two vocal themes that capped off Xenosaga I.  I thought both of them were awful.  Cheeseball lyrics, uninspired music, and the singer's voice was pretty generic and "meh" too.  I was like "turn that shit off and just have the characters talking.  These vocal numbers are terrible."  I couldn't listen to that Joan Hogg shit without gagging.  

Either way, Prime Mover I share your disdain for synthesized vocals (I criticize those a lot in my soundtrack reviews; they were absolutely cringe-worthy in Soul Cradle/Soul Nomad's soundtrack).
5829  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 12, 2007, 08:33:18 PM
I just finished Xenosaga and started Xenosaga II.  I'm probably the only person out there who wasn't impressed by Xenosaga's music.  I thought the music was either forgettable, bland, or just plain awful (final dungeon's music was terrible.)  Mitsuda is very hit or miss with me and I thought the Xenosaga soundtrack was a complete miss.  The lack of battle themes was a major sore spot for me and the one time they changed it up for the final boss battle... that music was boring.  It wasn't battle music at all.  It was sleepytime music.  

I'm at the part in Xenosaga II where Shion and company just landed on Second Miltia.  So far, I'm really liking the music in this game.  It has an electronica/techno vibe that fits the futuristic settings.  And the fact that there's music in locations, there's variance in the battle themes, and all of said music so far is enjoyable, I'm liking it.  

As for the changed voices: I love chaos' new voice.  He's soft spoken and wise without sounding like a wimpy kid.  I didn't like chaos' wimpy voice in the first game.  I'm digging Shion's new voice too.  It doesn't sound any different from the first game and it's smoother without that shrill, annoying, whininess about it.  I'm not fond of Kos-Mos' new voice.  I preferred the deeper, huskier, more robotic voice from the first game.  

I haven't played enough of the game to judge the battle system, but I like the more extensive use of multi-button attacks, kinda like in Xenogears.
5830  The Rest / General Discussions / Timecube WTF?! on: July 12, 2007, 08:30:46 AM
Atheist fundamentalists frighten me.  Christian fundamentalists have the whole "I am right, you are wrong" thing going, but many Atheist fundamentalists like this guy have the whole "I am super smart and all of you are idiots" thing going which certainly does not endear people to consider that alternative point of view.  

For a guy who blasts God fearers as "self-masturbating the mind" he's certainly masturbating his mind, stroking his ego, and loving himself for being "so smart."  

The guy may be on to something, but his attitude is very off putting.  And his website looks like the one from some guitar luthier who basically says that we musicians are all idiots for not using his "enlightened" guitar and bass strings.  He may be on to something, but his attitude is quite off putting.  http://www.zacharyguitars.com/Strings.htm

And Mythbusters already disproved the whole mystical powers of the pyramid thing, so why should a cube be any different?

As far as scientist mentality goes, this guy's wacky.  And I thought the scientist who thought he could use yoga to make sharks believe he was a fellow predator was a nutjob.  This footage of him doing his yoga then getting bitten by a bull shark is on "Anatomy of a Sharkbite."
5831  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 10, 2007, 10:10:00 PM
I'm working my way through Proto Merkabah in Xenosaga.  Wow, it's about freaking time a dungeon actually had music... too bad the music here is pretty blah.  

Yasunori Mitsuda is very hit or miss with me as far as his music goes, and this Xenosaga soundtrack did not impress me at all.  The music was pretty forgettable.  The final boss theme had better not be the same old battle theme.  I'm sick of that song.
5832  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: July 10, 2007, 10:06:56 PM
So Deggy, how you liking Pretest?  I personally think it's a fantastic album.  It's more accessible than other Dysrhythmia albums with tighter songwriting with some moments of stream of consciousness jamming.  

Catalog of Personal Faults is my favorite song on the album.  Bastard is another song that I can never get tired of.

EDIT: And DR, excellent choice.  I think Seymour Duncan makes the best pickups.  I dare Duncan to make a bad pickup.  Reasonably priced too.  Bartolinis are usually hit or miss with me and I can't stand EMGs (they make every instrument they're in sound exactly the same- sterile).

Lindy Fralin and Nordstrand pickups are said to be absolutely top notch, but those get expensive.
5833  Media / Miscellaneous Games / A Touch Detective sequel? on: July 10, 2007, 09:58:31 PM
For what it's worth, here's my review.  I'm pretty sure I gave it one of the higher scores among press reviewers.  

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/touchdetective/index.html

I never understood why critics were so peeved about the air pump on the landlady puzzle.  
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Cromwell gives you hints, so showing him the air pump made him say it belonged to the landlady so of course you'll give it to her.  


This puzzle was a bit annoying, though.  
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I thought the spiderweb on the butterfly net puzzle was silly, arbitrary, and it took me forever to find the web.
5834  Media / Miscellaneous Games / A Touch Detective sequel? on: July 10, 2007, 07:09:00 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2007/1217.html

I'll admit, I'm kinda surprised Atlus is choosing to publish a Touch Detective sequel.  I did like the first game, but in looking at all the various press reviews, everyone else pretty much slammed it.  I don't think it sold too well either.  Seems a bit of a risk to publish a sequel to a game that wasn't very well received.  

I guess as long as the sequel makes the puzzles less random (I spent a lot of time going around in circles), doesn't resort to minute pixel hunting, and expands the number of explorable areas it should be an improvement.
5835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I think I need new friends... on: July 09, 2007, 10:58:21 PM
I didn't like the Evolution games, but that may be because I don't really like Rogue-likes (randomized dungeon crawl RPGs) in the first place.  And let's not forget, the Dreamcast's RPG library was pretty meager.  Yeah, Skies of Arcadia and Grandia 2 were the marquee titles, Lodoss War was a good Diablo-esque action-RPG, and I played the bejeezus out of Phantasy Star Online.  Other than that, what else did the console have?  Evolution 1 & 2, Elemental Gimmick Gear (which I didn't think was that bad), Time Stalkers (again, I don't like Roguelikes) and I can't remember any others, domestically at least.  

I think Fadedsun gave the best advice.  A sincere "thanks but no thanks" in your own words to let them down easy.  Say, do your friends think that because you often loan them really good RPGs that they feel obligated to reciprocate with something, even if said reciprocation isn't very good?  (I recall that thread of yours about Legend of Legaia.)  

Or is it like "oh, you like metal, you should check out [ insert name of shitty metal band here ]."  And likely this person has a very superficial view of metal (in this example) and doesn't quite get the concept that just because you like X category doesn't mean you like everything within X category.
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