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5881  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 20, 2006, 10:51:12 AM
One of my friends was curious about Sonata Arctica because he always saw someone in his class with a Sonata Arctica shirt, so I sent him some links to check out.  

His quote: "If Neil Diamond had a metal band, they would be Sonata Arctica."  

Hence my song of the moment is, well, anything by Sonata Arctica.  I love that band (probably my favorite power metal band), but my friend's quote is spot on.
5882  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 19, 2006, 09:45:38 PM
Still, the point is that there are other companies doing what Working Designs did, doing it as good or better, and doing it in a more timely manner than WD ever did.
5883  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 19, 2006, 09:27:59 PM
I don't know... Atlus and NIS America aren't exactly big and they're able to bring more niche titles to the US and with excellent quality translations to boot... and much faster than WD ever could.

There was a time when WD was the only game in town for good translations, but they've been hopelessly outclassed for years.
5884  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 19, 2006, 07:49:35 PM
I'll be honest, I wasn't keen on Lunar 1 and 2 either, but I can see why they are held in high esteem as they are.  Good games.  

I still stand by my assessment that Bokosuka Wars and Tecmo: Secret of the Stars are the worst ever.  There is not a single redeeming quality about either of those games.  

I urge anyone to even try playing Secret of the Stars and that will forever change your mind on the badness of some of the games listed in this thread.
5885  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: November 19, 2006, 11:36:14 AM
I randomly saw a couple of anime on Adult Swim last night.  I saw an episode of Trinity Blood and though it looked like the kind of anime I'd be into, the episode I saw absolutely sucked.  The main character was a dumbass, the voice acting was monotone & wooden, the storyline & dialogue were boring and horribly derivative... not impressed at all.  The animation also looked bad, like everything was shrouded in a layer of fog.  No clarity whatsoever.  Real blurry.  

I also caught an episode of Bleach.  Again, the voice acting was generally very wooden save for some overacting in places.  And I felt like the anime couldn't decide what it wanted to be- a funny school-ties type anime or a more actiony type thing with faux-depth.  Again, not impressed.
5886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 19, 2006, 10:56:38 AM
MS Saga wasn't *that* bad.  It was mediocre.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/mssaga/index.html (my review)

Absolute worst in terms of bad everything: Tecmo: Secret of the Stars.  Bad graphics, bad music, bad gameplay, bad story, bad everything... that RPG had absolutely NO redeeming qualities.  

Try playing that one and all your choices in this thread will seem like gold in comparison.  Even Quest 64.  

There are many RPGs out there that were good games that I disliked for whatever reason, but this is me at my most objective in terms of bad-ness.  A game like Skies of Arcadia is a very good RPG that I didn't like at all for whatever reasons, but it would be stupid of me to list that in a "worst RPG" conversation because it's actually a good game.  

It's like food.  Broccoli is a wonderful food high in nutrients, but I absolutely can't stand the taste.  I've tried it in multiple forms, given it a fair chance, and I still don't like it.  But just because I don't like it doesn't make it bad.

But if we're going to talk about disappointments where we were really excited about a game and it didn't live up to expectations, my biggest disappointment for 2006 is Contact.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/contact/index.html (my review)
5887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:23:00 PM
I believe Working Designs folded a few years back.  Vic may have said he would form a new company, but, well, there's a reason WD is often referred to as "Working Delays."  

There are others more knowledgable about the situation than I, so I'll let them comment.  

The GBA Lunar Legend was released in the US by Ubi-Soft.  Ubi-Soft also published Lunar Dragon Song.  

GameArts develops the Lunar and Grandia series, but WD used to publish Lunar in the US while the Grandia series has been published in the US by SCEA (Grandia 1 for PSone), Ubi-Soft (Grandia 2), Enix (Grandia Xtreme), and now Square Enix (Grandia 3.)
5888  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 18, 2006, 08:41:39 PM
Paris Hilton!!!!!!!!!  The intrepid adventurers approached the skinny blonde with extreme caution because that anorexic frame houses a heinous and ultimately terrifying evil that would make the Grim Reaper quake in his boots.  

Upon Paris Hilton's opening utterance of "that's hot," ...
5889  Media / The Soundroom / Best Indian (Tamil) Song in awhile... on: November 18, 2006, 09:38:19 AM
This is a pretty typical indi-pop "filmi" song.  Indian movies, typically those produced in Bollywood and Chennai.  Catchy, colorful, filled with loads of dancing in beautiful mountainous locations.... oh yeah!  It's formulaic, but why mess with a good thing?  People eat that stuff up.  

See, the thing with Bollywood movies is that they're all about escapism.  Who cares if it makes no sense, as long as there's lots of colorful song-and-dance numbers, pretty people, fight scenes, boy and girl running around a tree...  Let's face it, real life in India isn't pretty.  There's filth, corruption, hardship, all that, so the people go to the movies for that ultimate escapist fantasy.

Pat- you have to see the movie Bollywood Calling.  Excellent movie about an American actor who gets a part in a Bollywood film.  

(However, in Kerala- a Malayalam speaking state in southern India, their filmmakers specialize in the dark, gritty, award-winning films that talk about the filth, corruption, hardship, and the dark side of Indian life that people don't want to see/be reminded of.)
5890  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: November 18, 2006, 12:39:40 AM
I freaking love Joanna Newsom.  My bandmates saw her play a basement show in New Brunswick earlier this year and played me one of her CDs.  It was really freaking good.

I'm so glad to see that her talent has spread, since you and Nemmet are listening to her.

If you like Joanna Newsom, give Regina Spektor a listen.  She does a kitschy anti-folk songwriting that's really original.
5891  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 17, 2006, 04:54:00 PM
crabcake!  Yes, the sludge congealed into a gigantic raging crabcake, which Dincrest took a flying leap into since he loves crabcakes!  However, Dincrest's magical leap was cut short by...
5892  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 17, 2006, 08:46:08 AM
...Dincrest, whose bus filled with RPGfan metalheads just transformed into the giant robot lined with an array of massive 15" woofers looming over everything.  Dincrest stands atop the robot's shoulder wielding a mid-1990s Warwick Fortress MasterMan bass with a transparent French violet finish.  

He slaps a low E and the reverberations shake everything around, including the chipmunk's tree.  Chipmunk's little eardrums burst and he falls down with a resounding "splat!"  

The occupants of the bus have all somehow turned into flying monkeys and flew out the bus-stack's door.  

The scene is utter chaos what with the dead animals, bewildered people, and crazy musicians cranking their amps up to 11.  

And who should appear but...
5893  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: November 16, 2006, 11:02:00 PM
Clueless- Def Leppard was my first concert.  It was back in '92, I was 14, and Ugly Kid Joe (who sang that "I hate everything about you") song opened for them.  Both bands put on a heck of a show.  I'd totally go see Lep again because I know they totally bring it when they hit the stage.  

Anyway, I just purchased "The Black Circus Part 1~ Letters" by Manticora from iTunes.  Dark, sinister, delightfully dark power prog metal.  Totally up my alley and totally awesome.  I can't wait for part 2.  

2006 has been an incredible year for metal, what with really good albums by DragonForce, Dysrhythmia, Iron Maiden, and more.  I'd have to put this Manticora album up there with those elite 2006 releases.
5894  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 16, 2006, 08:43:45 PM
Nemmet- Joanna Newsom is awesome.  My old bandmates saw her play a basement show in our area and her CD was very impressive.  

Song of the moment is "Forever Carousel" by Manticora.  I was browsing some metal sites and this album cover caught my eye.  It had gotten a lot of good reviews so I checked out their website.  I must say, this new stuff of theirs is really really good.  The website allows you to listen to a bunch of their new stuff and some of their older stuff.  Their older stuff is excellent, but this newer stuff just blows it away.  It's darker, more sinister, and has a more addicting atmosphere (more Lovecraftian.)  

Band's Manticora, album's "The Black Circus vol. 1~ Letters.  Check them out: http://www.manticora.dk
5895  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 16, 2006, 08:37:30 PM
So one fine day, Dincrest was driving a bus filled with RPGfan's metal heads, blasting the new Manticora ( http://www.manticora.dk ) album "The Black Circus Part 1~ Letters" and headbanging as he was driving.  During a frenzied bout of headbanging to the song "Forever Carousel," his hair got in his face, he diverted his attention to the road and hastily swerved to avoid hitting...
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