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5821  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: March 06, 2007, 09:15:54 AM
I recently beat Piece of Wonder (review forthcoming).  

And I've been chasing more endings in Yo-Jin-Bo.  I still need to get Jin's good ending, and both of Muneshige's endings (good and bad) and I'll have gotten all of them and hopefully unlocked the secret extra.  

So far in Yo-Jin-Bo, my favorite endings are
the good ending with Yo.  It's hysterical with all the mind/body switcheroos.  Seeing Hatsuhime's voice coming out of Mon-Mon is too funny.
the band ending with Mon-Mon.  It seemed the most plausible.  I thought it was cute when Sayori was visiting with Hanwa's descendent and shared a big-sis moment with a little boy who was named after Monzan and whose friends called him Mon-Mon.
 The good ending with Ittosai has some hysterical moments as well.  

My least favorite ending so far is
the good ending with Bo.  The game usually did a good job of making sure every body had a soul, but in this ending, Sayori gets warped back to the future, but then gets her future body/self warped back to be with Bo.  It felt like a cop-out ending, and uncharacteristic since Bo enjoys metaphysical science and this just wasn't plausible, even within the context of the game's world.
5822  The Rest / General Discussions / Washington State: growing pussy athletes since 2007. on: March 05, 2007, 09:29:58 PM
Okay fine, I won't boo... but I will yodel "Groowa la la awooogie googie mweh!" and make funny faces instead.  

What can they do?  I didn't utter a single "boo."

Always remember, whenever a change is made to the system, there also comes at least a handful ways to work your way around that change.

In this case, if people can't say "boo" then they'll just say and do something else.
5823  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Favorite Anime on: March 05, 2007, 07:12:09 PM
I don't watch as much anime is many of you, but my all time favorite series is easily Boogiepop Phantom.  It's dark, twisted, complex, but not as brain-breakingly hard to follow/keep track of as, say, Serial Experiments: Lain, which almost got lost in its own complexity.  I still liked Lain, though.
5824  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 02, 2007, 04:46:56 PM
I too must admit, Sleepwalker is a darn good song.  One of Megadeth's best in a long time.  Gears of War was good too.  

I'm a huge James Lomenzo fan and snagging him was the best decision Dave Mustaine/Megadeth has ever made.  The guy's a monster musician (and a pretty good visual artist too.)  

Funny how great a band can sound/become once you drop the douchebag bassist (I dislike Dave Ellefson; good bassist, but a first rate douchebag) and replace him with an even better bassist who's also a really nice guy with a very professional attitude.
5825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 02, 2007, 04:42:02 PM
Re: what Raze said.

Some genres of games like dating sims are totally like that in terms of forks in both.  Dating sims are very stat driven and not only do choices made in the plot determine which girl's storyline you'll follow, so will how you build your character.  Meaning, if you want to go after the artsy girl, best do what you can to build your stats in artistic ability and creativity.  Want to woo the girl on the track team or swim team?  Can't unless you do gameplay stuff that ups your athleticism stat.  

Love adventures are different in that it's all plot and there are multiple endings solely based on the choices you make in the story (like Choose Your Own Adventure.)  Pre-set characters and all that.  

In terms of RPGs, look at something like Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  There are a whole slew of ways to customize your main character as well as many choices/forks in the storyline that determine your path and ending.  However, that game is so long that I would not want to replay it.  75 hours on one playthrough is enough for me, even if I didn't do half the side stuff.  

For me, I find that visual novels and dating sims are more replayable than RPGs, but that's just personal taste on my part.
5826  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 01, 2007, 07:27:12 PM
I kinda like Radiohead too.  OK Computer and Kid A are great albums.  Radiohead is like the Pink Floyd of the modern generation.  Paranoid Android is such a fantastic song, and the video's great too.  And if you ever see live footage of Radiohead, those motherfuckers can play.  Colin Greenwood is a fan-fucking-tastic bassist.  

And if you ever saw the Scott Tenorman Must Die episode of South Park, you will know that Radiohead hates crybabies... even if they're crying over
having been hoodwinked into eating their parents.

Anyway, my song of the moment is the 5 Part Epic by Roman Numeral 10.  RN10 are a local prog rock band at Rutgers who played a Musicians' Guild showcase last Friday and a benefit show last Thursday.  Fantastic band.
5827  The Rest / General Discussions / Points for being Emo on: March 01, 2007, 07:22:13 PM
The news is misguided as always, but things like self mutilation and attempted suicide (which is a concern among all people of all walks of life, not just emos) are surprisingly prevalent.  

Oddly enough, I don't really see a lot of that kind of cutting style self-destructiveness at the school I work at.  Then again, it's an inner-city school with a mostly Hispanic and Black population who, culturally speaking, express their anger and confusion much differently than whites.
5828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: February 28, 2007, 09:58:51 PM
In terms of replaying, it all depends on the game.  If the game is relatively short and has a new game plus feature where I can do a more rapid playthrough to get alternate endings, then yeah I'll replay it.  

If it's a 60 hour game, it's rare that I do.  Granted, back in ye olden days, I did replay Persona 1 multiple times (150 hours total) and enjoyed it every time, but I don't have that kind of time any more, which is one reason why I tend to go more for adventures and digital novels because they're fairly short and often have loads of replay value.  I'm lucky I even have time to beat those 20 hour or less digital novels (which I love so dearly.)  

I've gotten all but 3 or 4 endings in Yo-Jin-Bo and thanks to the fast forward feature, playthroughs are quick now.  

I like if a game has replay value (i.e. Chrono Trigger) but I'm more compelled to replay if it's 20 hours for one playthrough than 60.

If I have a GameShark, that's a different story.  I've often Gamesharked my way through the Midgar segments of FF7 multiple times (and to the Golden Saucer many times too) because Midgar and Golden Saucer are my favorite parts of the game.
5829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Granstream Saga. on: February 28, 2007, 12:59:05 PM
I rented that pile and hated it.  The voice acting was simply atrocious (especially that damned bird.  I wished Korky would put a kork in it), the story, graphics, and gameplay were mediocre at best, and the two heroines were both unattractive and annoying.  

I refuse to believe Granstream Saga was part of the Blazer series.  The series ended with Terranigma as far as I'm concerned.
5830  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: February 28, 2007, 10:53:34 AM
I'll drink to that Silverwolf.  I'll drink to that.
5831  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: February 25, 2007, 09:06:08 AM

My song of the moment is "Poem" by Randy Coven.  I just found out about him today and I wonder why I haven't heard about him before.  Fantastic bassist.  He shreds like no one's business, but grooves like a motherfucker too.  

I can't stop listening to this song.
5832  Media / The Soundroom / Question to any musicians (to meet my one a year post quota) on: February 23, 2007, 08:07:33 AM
Nallo, you have opened the floodgates.  I can talk about bass all freaking day.  

Either that, or you could completely annihilate your brain at the TalkBass forums too.  I post on TalkBass.  

Anyway, my take:

What's your budget?  What styles of music are you playing?  4 or 5 string? What kind of amp are you playing through?  Would you consider something else other than Fender if your budget allowed?  I ask the last question, because QC at Fender is a tad spotty (even some US ones play like dogs) and you'd have to play through a shitload of Fender basses to find a really good one, especially if you go for a MIM (Made in Mexico) one.  

I think the absolute best Fenders for the price available right now are the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, the Jaguar Bass, and the Aerodyne (all of which are CIJ- crafted in Japan.)  The Geddy Lee has a slimmer neck than a standard Jazz, though (but it's nowere near as skinny as, say, that of an Ibanez Soundgear.)  The Jazz Bass 24's rather nice too.  

(When you go to the Fender website and click on the basses, if the model number starts with 013, it's made in Mexico.  If it starts with 025 it's Japan.  019 is US.  015 is Custom Shop.  026 is Korea.)

I'm not really a Fender guy (I play a Warwick), but I think the Lakland Skyline basses are the best Fender style basses available at the affordable price point.  Their quality control is super consistent.  My personal favorite is the Donald Duck Dunn sig model (P-bass with a J neck.  The Lindy Fralin pickup used in that one and other sig models are sexy as hell.)  In addition, Lakland's customer service is top notch; you may even get Dan Lakin himself when you call.    


Lakland's 5-strings are great too.  IMO, Fender's 5-strings are terrible.  Never played a Fender with a solid low B.

EDIT:  And I'll punt this into the music forums.
5833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Future of Shadow Hearts on: February 23, 2007, 08:03:56 AM
Now, of course, I'm curious what actually will/did happen to Nautilus.  Will the staff go their separate ways?  Will another parent company scoop them up?  Will Aruze still hold Nautilus' intellectual properties?  In a perfect world, what plans would Nautilus have for Shadow Hearts?  

Oh wait, hold on.  I'm still a little foggy on something.  Koudelka and Shadow Hearts one were developed by Sacnoth (a bunch of ex-Square employees), right?  But then Sacnoth folded, and did a bunch of their team form Nautilus?
5834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mazes Of Fate for the GBA. on: February 20, 2007, 09:53:16 PM
For anyone curious, here's the official site: http://www.mazesoffate.com/

COnsider my curiosity piqued.  I've dug some RPGs with first person dungeons like Shin Megami Tensei, the original Phantasy Star.
5835  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: February 20, 2007, 08:43:34 PM
My song of the moment is Revolving Door by Jordan Rudess.  It's the last track off his "Feeding the Wheel" album and I adore it.  It's 10 minutes of bliss for me.  There's more in that one song than in many entire RPG soundtracks.  

Listening to Revolving Door can inspire magnificent stories and imaginative visuals.  

If you enjoy video game music, this song is a must hear in my opinion.
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