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5821  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 12, 2006, 06:56:49 PM
Song of the moment is a song that has to have been everyone's song of the moment at some point in their lives.  If not, then what are you doing at RPG Fan?  

Instead of telling you what it is, I'll give you the notes and you have to play it.  

5822  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 12, 2006, 06:37:54 PM
I'm at El Dar Samnia in MS Saga.  I'm over 10 hours in and have been spending more time playing around with Mobile Suit customization than advancing the plot.
5823  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 09, 2006, 09:53:18 PM
I'm a couple or so hours into MS Saga ~A New Dawn~.  Review shall be forthcoming once I beat it.  It's a Gundam RPG.
5824  The Rest / General Discussions / Ze Picture Thread on: August 09, 2006, 09:00:36 AM
These pictures were taken in April 2006 at my band's first show.  My hair's gotten  longer and more untamed since then.  And, yes, a guitar or bass makes anyone's picture look cooler.  Seriously, take away the bass and I'd look like a super-geek.  

5825  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 08, 2006, 07:46:24 PM
The song "Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom" by Burnt By The Sun came up in a discussion with one of my friends.  Great song by a great band who are no more.  I always loved BBTS' lyrics.  

Consume. Defecate. Consume again.
Hollow and empty. Consume.
And this is where we're at.
Running in reverse.
I'll tell you what you need to be through what you own.
Through what controls your mind, your life.
Define yourself in my holy image.
The things you own end up owning you.
A seance of aesthetic brotherhood.
Fortitude not for the good for your soul
From IKEA nesting, to sound investing,
to temp jobs that define what we are.
A dime a dozen, hope is dead.
Work towards nothing.
Growth means nothing if it defines human life by what you can buy.
Give up your life.
Or what is left of your life.
Give up you life. Let go.
I'm losing it.
I'm pulling out my hair trying to figure out what couch defines me as a
This is madness. This is hopelss.
My perfect little habitat here and I still don't know myself.
Hope is sold in your head.
Residing in your head.
Existing only in your head.
Working for the economy.
But is this working for you?
You're running stride is just to keep the pace.
Burn you alive. Burn your life. Bury you life.
You are all my children now.
Consumption: identity.
Function: Consuming again
5826  The Rest / General Discussions / Mel Gibson Hates Jews on: August 05, 2006, 11:24:50 PM
...either way, it's more fuel for comedians, especially stand-up comedians.  They're having a field day with this.
5827  Media / The Soundroom / MTV Music Awards, namely the VG Score category. on: August 05, 2006, 10:37:50 PM
...too bad Dreamfall's soundtrack was utter shit. (Pat/Ramza had asked me to review various The Longest Journey and Dreamfall soundtracks so once those get put up, you'll read why I thought Dreamfall's soundtrack sucked rhino balls.)
5828  The Rest / General Discussions / Selling games on: August 04, 2006, 03:23:02 PM
I sold a whole bunch of my rarest video games (domestics and imports) on Ebay to buy a bass amp a few years back.  

I'm so happy I sold the games.  I was accumulating a backlog to the point where it felt like playing games was a chore and going through the backlog felt like work.  Games should never feel like work.  

Selling off a ton of my games a few years back was one of the best things I could have done.

EDIT: But I refuse to sell anything related to Ever 17 and/or related to KID's Infinity series.  That's my favorite series and Ever 17 is my favorite video game of all time.
5829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Summon Night - anyone else grab this? on: August 02, 2006, 11:43:34 AM
I only learned about this game recently too.  A Tales-esque dungeon crawler from what I understand.
5830  The Rest / General Discussions / Horrible game ads. on: August 02, 2006, 11:08:56 AM
Oh the abject horror!  My eyes burn from Gaiares boy's mullet.  And, man, is Tommy Tallarico for real?  I mean, first that stupid ad then his being really freaking annoying on TV.  Douchebag.
5831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sigma Star Saga - is it any good? on: July 31, 2006, 04:56:17 PM

Here's my review of Sigma Star Saga.  I trust you read it?  Keep in mind that of all the press reviews out there, mine was the most favorable for the game.  I love WayForward, Shantae was awesome, and I dug SSS.  

There are many aspects about the game that WILL try your patience.  

Though the gameplay is generally fun and easy to pick up, there are flaws. One flaw is with saving. The game uses a save point system, and sometimes save points can be scarce, though the good thing about them is that they heal you. Given that this game is on a handheld system and games on handhelds should be convenient for gaming on the go, a quick save feature that allows you to save any time you want would have been welcome. Another common complaint is that the random encounter rate is too high, and that there is no way to escape from battles. An escape option would have been nice for those times when you're low on health, desperately seeking a save point, and the land monsters aren't dropping health packs. Health packs during the boss stages would have been nice, especially since they run long and it's often very easy to make mistakes. Crashing into walls takes away a huge chunk of health. The game also has frequent fetch quests and a couple of timed sections, which I know can be showstoppers for many RPGers. In addition, random battles can sometimes get repetitive, but that's par for the course in any RPG.
5832  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 31, 2006, 01:51:52 PM
Quote from: "CluelessWonder"
Monster House -  It is a good film, but it is not a film for little kids.  Jokes will go over their heads and they will probably be scared (like the horrible crying kid sitting behind me in the theater).    

I saw a commercial for that movie where a boy and girl go into the house and the girl says "there's its tongue and that must be its uvula" then the boy says, "Oh, so that must mean it's a girl house" and I thought, "okay, that joke's not gonna fly in a kids' movie.  I'll bet all the grown-ups would laugh and the kids'll be all like 'what's so funny?  I don't get it.' "  

Man, I'm behind on movies.  I still have to see Cars, Monster House, and A Scanner Darkly (which my friend said was awesome.)
5833  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.
5834  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.  

5835  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/
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