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5881  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 12, 2007, 09:37:15 AM
I'm about 10 hours into Soul Nomad.  Not the most revolutionary game, but holy hell it's fun.  I'm normally not an SRPG fan, and I love it.  The only thing I wish was that it operated like Bahamut Lagoon in that once two squads collide, you get to issue commands akin to a turn-based RPG rather than just watch battles play out.  This way I can always target who I want to.  

Gig still rules.
5882  The Rest / General Discussions / J.K. Rowling is a fucking bitch on: October 12, 2007, 08:55:52 AM
This is India.  Corruption, piracy, everything is the exception rather than the rule and Indians will never feel guilty about it.  I'm Indian and everything, but I support Rowling in wanting to protect her intellectual property.  If I were in her shoes, I'd do the same thing since Hogwarts is someone's IP and not public domain.  If you look at the amount of money Rowling's seeking, it's pocket change compared to her net worth.  This is a matter of principle more than money.  

And this is something of an embarassment.  I mean, Hinduism is full of some of the most amazing storytelling and mythology in the world and they're doing a "religious festival" around Harry Potter?  I like Harry Potter myself, but the storytelling is paper thin compared to something like Ramayana or Mahabharata.  Must be this modernization thing.  

I'm starting to sound like Lisa Silverman's dad in Persona 2: Innocent Sin.  He was disappointed that the school dance was like your regular old school dance and not a celebration of traditional Japanese dance like nichibu.  Then Yukino says that sometimes foreigners appreciate Japan's traditions more than the natives.
5883  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: October 11, 2007, 05:57:02 PM
Song of the moment is "Cashout" by Fugazi.  I've been on a bit of a Fugazi kick lately and this song off "The Argument" is really interesting.  I think that entire album is somewhat underrated.  I love Joe Lally's bassline in "The Kill."  It's not a complicated bassline, but it's so well crafted.  It just gives the song that extra mojo.  

It never ceases to amaze me not only how much the band has evolved musically but how much talent each of the musicians in that band possesses.  Not just musically, but in other areas too.
5884  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 11, 2007, 10:58:06 AM
I got caught in the hot spring.  All that happens is that the girls yell at the guys, Mitsuru verbally punishes them, Aigis says "you are unscrupulous," and the guys get the silent treatment for the rest of the trip.  Upon return to the dorm, the guys are really embarrassed by the whole thing and want to forget about the trip.  Junpei's often pretty sheepish, but tough guy Akihiko was easily the most embarrassed of them all.  Akihiko's reaction upon finding out that Ryoji hit on Mitsuru was priceless.

In other words, it seems you got the more amusing sketch.

As for me, still in the early goings of Soul Nomad.  About 5-6 hours in and not much has really happened yet aside from getting exposition from Endorph and Juno.
5885  Media / The Soundroom / Favorite Books on: October 11, 2007, 09:01:29 AM
My favorite book has to be Motley Crue's "The Dirt."  Most books I'll read once and be done with it, but this is a book I can find myself reading regularly (i.e. once every summer.)  The first chapter alone is awesome beyond words.  I've read quite a few books in my life for school and for fun (I was an English minor in college) and I do like to read, but The Dirt is definitely my favorite.

Series I like a lot: Harry Potter (except for book 7), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (all of them were good, but book 2 was my favorite), and some of the Shadowrun novels have been good (but others have been terrible.)  Dead Air by Jak Koke is my favorite Shadowrun novel.  I even modeled a PSO character after one of Dead Air's characters.  

EDIT: The Wayside series books by Louis Sachar are awesome.  Loved 'em as a kid, still love 'em now.  

  One book I definitely want to read is New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye: Bands, Dirty Basements, and the Search for Self by Ronen Kauffman because it's supposed to be a really well-written book about the New Brunswick music scene- a scene very near and dear to my heart.
5886  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 10, 2007, 10:16:40 PM
superflat, RPGfan has suffered many a board wipe.  

Anyway, I'm starting to realize why I like Soul Nomad so much.  Gig, the self-proclaimed "most hardcore asskicker to ever walk this planet" talks like folks akin to Tony, Dade, etc., while Danette is the phenomenally stupid punching bag who has to endure the vitriol.  At least Danette admits she's dumb in the beginning of the game, which is more than I can say for some of the past punching bags.    

Gig says stuff like "No, your problem is that you're a retard" or "God, I can't put up with such idiocy.  It makes me want to punch kittens."  Tony and company have said these, and similar, phrases often enough before.
5887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soul Nomad on: October 09, 2007, 07:13:34 PM
So... how soon till this turns into a "your favorite Gig quote" thread?  You just know it's going to happen because his dialogue is so awesome and IMO his English voice is a bazillion times more charismatic and better than that flat Japanese voice.  

I'm only a handful of hours in, but I like when he said Danette's stupidity made him want to punch kittens.
5888  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 09, 2007, 07:08:23 PM
I'm a handful of hours into Soul Nomad.  I'm nowhere plotwise, but Gig did say that Danette was so stupid that it made him want to punch kittens.  I'm still disappointed that I get penalized for wanting Gig's power, but whatever.  The game is still fun.

I find myself favoring the English dub over the Japanese VA, which is a rarity for me in games where I have the option to choose.  The English voice actor for Gig is a bazillion times better than the Japanese.  English Gig is actually charismatic.  With his Japanese voice, he's kinda blah.  Then again, with the Japanese voices I've heard in the game, all the voices seem rather flat.  The English voice actors actually emote.
5889  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 09, 2007, 01:56:40 PM
Oh my goodness, Vil.  Whatever happened to that guy?  He was one of the best comedians 'round these parts.  

Screw Days of our Lives... RPGfan's been the best soap opera ever.  I'm still amused whenever I think about how the more Sumire would flame a guy, the more obsessed and "in love" with her he'd become.
5890  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 09, 2007, 09:52:01 AM
I've been posting at the 'Fan since '99.  I was a whopping 21 years of age back then.  I know most folks remember me by names like dezo penguin, dezo, and Blademaster Dezo.  

Yeah, I remember most, if not all, of the people mentioned.  Who remembers Kadamose?  That guy was a trip and a half.  I also remember this one guy Oceanus who tried to peg me as a misogynist because of my ethnicity- he's probably the only person I've ever encountered at the 'Fan who actually pissed me off.  

I loved General Mortars.  That guy was awesome.  Another guy I was cool with was Drexle; he and I were the sole MegaTentists at RPGfan back in the day and now MegaTen has become so much more popular among RPG fans.  

And to think, a memory lane thread and no one's mentioned Nicole/Sumire?  For shame!  She was a memorable character.  Was there anyone who did not escape her wrath?  She's yelled at me a couple of times on the boards.  

And who remembers "sig test" threads?
5891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soul Nomad on: October 07, 2007, 11:28:01 AM
Soul Nomad's been getting mixed reviews from what I've seen, read, and heard.  Whatever.  I like it.  I'm not much of an SRPG fan, but I'm digging this game.  Gig's dialogue is awesome.  Dennis' review here at RPGfan pretty much echoes my sentiments.
5892  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soul Nomad on: October 06, 2007, 11:27:20 AM
The battle system isn't anything new or revolutionary.  It's squad based and kinda like Ogre Battle's battle system.  I like it fine, though.  Battles are fun.
5893  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The video game difficulty discussion on: October 05, 2007, 10:29:13 AM
Quote from: "Dade"
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Because of this, I've often been called a wuss, a no-talent gamer, a cheater or whatnot.

Neal, arent you the guy that enjoys the MegaTen series above most others?

I'd say for sure that you are in NO way a wuss in the difficulty regards because of that.

And therein lies the exception to my "rule."  That series has the mojo where I don't mind the occasional, repeated ass-kicking.  In Nocturne, I must've fought Baal Avatar at least 8-10 times before I finally won.  Then again, I've been playing that series for a decade or so now, so I know how to work the system.  I've never used a cheat device with a MegaTen game.  The only one I might consider using one is Kuzunoha Raidou vs. The Soulless Army because capturing demons in that game is more twiddly than it really should be.  

If I were to ask the same question leading this thread 10 years ago, I'd probably answer differently.  At 29, my perceptions and everything regarding gaming and what gives me the "optimal" gaming experience are different from when I was 19.
5894  The Rest / General Discussions / The video game difficulty discussion on: October 04, 2007, 09:31:13 PM
Whenever I talk to any of my gamer friends, they always seem to play games that allow you to choose your difficulty level at the most brutally hard difficulty level.  However, I do not.  I always choose the Easy level or use a Gameshark if the going gets too hard (i.e. I don't think I'd have had as much fun with the Xenosaga games had I played them normally.)  Because of this, I've often been called a wuss, a no-talent gamer, a cheater or whatnot.  

So I ask, is there something wrong with wanting an easy ride through a game?  Is it so weird that if a game kicks my ass repeatedly and brutally it makes me not want to play it any more?  I prefer to have a sense of completion and accomplishment than a game that kicks my ass over and over.  Maybe it's my lack of patience and/or large chunks of gaming time that makes me feel this way.  Maybe it's my lack of video game skill.  Some have offered the defense that games are easier because we've been playing them for a long time, but games like Guardian Legend kick my ass just as hard, if not harder, now than they did back when I was a wee lad.  Maybe I think more like a "casual" gamer than a "hardcore" gamer, whatever the hell those constructs mean.  

Playing Persona 3 on Easy difficulty was fun.  Puzzle Quest was kicking my ass and frustrating me till I switched the difficulty level to Easy.  Elite Beat Agents was fun on Easy, but some of the songs are just absurd on Normal.  I have zero regrets about playing the Xenosaga trilogy with a Gameshark.  All my characters in Chrono Trigger have level 99 ('cept for Magus who's level 85) and I still do New Game + and I find it more fun than if I played it starting from level 1 scratch.  I like the free ride.  It's fun for me.  That's one issue I had with Odin Sphere.  Easy difficulty was anything but easy.  If I select Easy difficulty it means I want an easy ride through the game.  I can only imagine how the game would be on Normal or Hard.  

And what of games where Easy difficulty only gives you the first couple of levels?  Why should I be penalized for wanting an easy ride?  Although I think Soul Nomad is a great game, I was disappointed that after an hour of play I got the bad ending; The game penalized me for wanting an easy ride.  For me, a game should be fun and my idea of fun is NOT getting my ass smacked with a paddle repeatedly.  

Some people say that gaming sucks nowadays because games are too easy.  I say gaming's awesome because games are easier and/or more balanced nowadays than they were in the NES and Master System days.  I'd rather a game be too easy than too hard.  I'll want to play it more and play it again and again.  Even when I was a ten year old playing NES, I never liked overly difficult games.  For me, I use game time as recreation time to unwind after a hard day of work & class, and when I'm not at work or class, I don't want to "think" as much so I prefer an easy ride in my games.  

How about all of you?  Does anyone else feel as I do that a game is more fun if it's easier than if it's brutally difficult?  Do people agree with some of my gamer friends that I'm a talentless wuss for wanting, preferring, and using underhanded means to get an easy ride from a game?  Either way, I thought the issue of desired difficulty in games would be an interesting topic.
5895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soul Nomad on: October 04, 2007, 09:08:13 PM
Game's good.  I enjoy it and have fun with it.  Wasn't too fond of getting the bad ending an hour into play (felt like I was being penalized for wanting an easy ride) but I'll go back and play it the proper way.  

Gig is such a great character.  His English voice actor was incredible.  He must have had so much fun with that role.  

Danette is so dumb, she doesn't even know how dumb she is.  Useless girl.
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