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5881  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 13, 2006, 08:41:17 PM
Song of the moment is a damn good traditional metal song that's been stuck in my head for a long time.  The vocals soar, the guitars scream, the drums pound, and the bass is some of the growliest I've ever heard.  He really cuts through the mix.  

It's "Ghost of Xavior Holmes" by Icarus Witch.  

http://www.icaruswitch.com/ctmdisc.html (you can download the song here.  It's really good.)

As he sailed into the shadows of darkness
He prayed to once again see the light of day
{July, 1807}

In the vessel's log a dying man had written;
"I've lost my captain & crew to a darkened watery grave...

I'm so alone, trying to stay alive"

Xavior Holmes, fighting to survive
Heading out into the uncharted regions of the sea

"I'm so alone, eternally sailing into the night"

Xavior Holmes, now realizing that he had died
Never to find his resting place near the Inn By The Sea

Among the crew, brave mariners and friends
With the passengers, the captain's wife, and a bride to be
Why is he the only one left, drifting forever on?
It seems like it's been midnight since the time of the storm
...since that storm

In the vessel's log the long dead man had written;
"What should have been a routine trip has cost the lives of sixteen"

Just off the coast of Richmond's Island the craft tipped on to one side

Xavior Holmes, never made it to Portland that night
Yet the Schooner Charles still sails on and out of sight...
5882  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: October 11, 2006, 10:24:06 PM
Like I said in the Touch Detective thread, the DS is looking to be a really good platform for graphic adventures.  I mean with Trace Memory, Phoenix Wright (and another Phoenix Wright coming out next year), Touch Detective, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, this one from level 5... wow!

If such an early game like Trace Memory was able to utilize so many tricks of the DS console, I can only wonder what Level 5 can do.
5883  The Rest / The Bazaar / MEGATEN GAMES! DemiKids, Demon Slayer (almost free) on: October 11, 2006, 06:17:38 PM
Sold to uerar.
5884  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: October 11, 2006, 12:24:55 PM
Who's screaming my name?
5885  The Rest / The Bazaar / MEGATEN GAMES! DemiKids, Demon Slayer (almost free) on: October 11, 2006, 09:49:29 AM
More MegaTen giveaway madness here.  

DemiKids Light and Dark for GBA ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/demikids/index.html )

Revelations: The Demon Slayer for GBC ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/revelationsgbc/Revelations_GBC.html )

I'm including the instruction manuals too.  The GBA titles are in hard plastic sleeves and the GBC title is in a hard plastic flip case.  

The carts are in great shape and all play as they're supposed to.  

$3.00 total (and that's pretty much for US shipping.)  

I take PayPal (dincrest@lycos.com), check/MO.
5886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The "Defense" Command on: October 10, 2006, 08:29:44 PM
Shin Megami Tensei series.  

If you don't get friendly with the defense command at opportune times in battles, it can be life or death.  

That series is one of the few series of RPGs I've played where a good defense is MORE important than an all-out offense.
5887  The Rest / General Discussions / More copyright fun: Let's attack restaraunts! on: October 10, 2006, 08:28:08 PM
That's insane.  Then again, I live in NJ, which is cover band central and even my old dinky li'l 2 bit band would perform the occasional cover tune at a venue.  (Heh, in local music scenes, the only bands that make any money are cover bands.)

The restaurant owner should not be at fault.  I don't really think the band should be either.  They played original music but perhaps threw the occasional cover in the setlist because covers get the crowd going (since it's a song they know.)  I think the whole thing is ridiculous.
5888  The Rest / General Discussions / Words fail me on: October 10, 2006, 03:34:07 PM

Vil, where's your
baby cannon picture?
5889  Media / Single-Player RPGs / it happend to you that you stop play because you use faq? on: October 08, 2006, 03:32:27 PM
Nah.  I think it's more frustrating to be stuck, try everything short of using a sledgehammer, and have no recourse.  Besides, sometimes I simply don't have the time to be stuck in a spot in a game for weeks on end, so I see nothing wrong with getting some help.

There are games out there that I would have had a hellish time beating without the help of a FAQ or walkthrough.
5890  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 07, 2006, 09:27:16 PM
Song of the moment for me is "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.  I did an excerpt of that song singing in the voice of Sebastian and playing bits of it on bass during my act at last night's Rutgers Musicians' Guild show.  This was the first time I tried "Under the Sea" as part of my stage act.  

Man, performing last night was so much fun.  There's absolutely nothing in the world quite like playing live.  The only things that even come close are skydiving and sex.  Nothing else can match that.  Heck, if I had a gun to my head and had to choose between a free skydiving trip, amazing sex with an attractive woman, or an opportunity to take the stage, I would choose the stage in a heartbeat.  

Skydiving is purely a selfish rush.  Sex is a rush you only share with one other person.  But the stage provides a rush I can share with many people.
5891  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 04, 2006, 02:10:50 PM
It seems to me that Trivium is the band everyone loves to hate.  And why not?  They're young, successful, and have skill.  Anyway, I always thought Trivium were solid but was never a fan of the hardcore style vocals.  But when I saw the video for Entrance of the Conflagration and heard the new vocal style Matt adopted, I was like "whoa!  The vocals are improved."  Very reminiscent of Metallica or Testament, though I think Heafy's a better clean singer than Hetfield.  

Everyone rags on Trivium's latest as ripping off Metallica... but at least they're ripping off GOOD eras of Metallica.  I mean, if Metallica's going to pummel us with tripe like ReLoad and St. Anger, then I'll just get my fix of the Metallica I'd want from some other band.  

"Entrance of the Conflagration" sounds like something Metallica should've/could've/would've written, but aren't.  

A common woman
Lives by the bible
Wed-locked a prison
Of antiquation
Brings life to the earth
While losing her mind
Trying suicide
Hallucinating Satan

Forcing her own blood down
Beneath the waters to drown
Lying dead with eyes wide open

Spiraling downward
Refusing all help
Neglects the children
Dagger licks her neck
Desiring escape
Succumbing Satan
Robbed by the seventh deadly sin

Forcing her own blood down
Beneath the waters to drown
Lying dead with eyes wide open
Believing Satan was inside
Ordering to abide
To destroy her cursed children

Entrance of the conflagration

Conditions worsen
Searching for answers
In holy scriptures
Systematic plan
Water fills the tub
All of her children
Floating lifelessly
(and a couple of other lines that I can't quite decipher)
5892  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 01, 2006, 11:30:23 AM
I'm in chapter 3 of Trace Memory.  Wow, this game is awesome.  Short, but awesome.  It makes you use every last trick of the DS' capabilities to solve puzzles.  

Man, this really makes me excited with the DS being a bastion for the graphic adventure genre.  Trace Memory, Phoenix Wright, Touch Detective, Hotel Dusk...... Wowzers!

UPDATE:  I beat Trace Memory.  It took me a grand total of 5 and a half hours, but it was a damn good 5.5 hours.  Great story, cool (if easy) puzzles (save for the hummingbird slider puzzle), and sweet atmospherics and music.  

I think I got a good ending
I was able to get all of D's memories back and he crossed over.  
5893  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 30, 2006, 03:07:09 PM
Some games have what it takes to try the patience of even the most skilled, patient, even-keeled RPG fans.  I'm sure anyone who's played Alundra or Landstalker has abused a controller or two.  

If certain aspects of the game are giving you trouble, you can always use a Gameshark or something.  But with puzzles, no amount of cheating will help you there.  

I'm not a fan of breakable weapons either.  Sure it's realistic and all that, but realism does not always translate into fun.  EDIT:  Look at ShenMue.  It prided itself on its immersive realism, but the game was boring as fuck most of the time (at least for me; I'm not a fan of hurry-up-and-wait.)
5894  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 30, 2006, 10:14:05 AM
I'm playing Trace Memory.  And wouldn't you know it, I'm stuck on the hummingbird slider puzzle in the Butler's Room of chapter 2.  Man, I hate those tile sliding puzzles.  I'm so bad at them and it's not like hints or anything can help me out.  It's either you get it or you don't.  Here's hoping blind luck eventually sees me through.
5895  The Rest / General Discussions / Your Place of Employment on: September 30, 2006, 10:11:53 AM
No wonder you're so evil, Ark.  You're a city planner!  My former housemate (who left due to graduation) was a Masters student in planning and he was quite evil, despite having the facade of a nice guy.  :P
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