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5881  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 23, 2006, 07:59:10 AM
For what it's worth, it seems there's some World Cup fever at Rutgers.  At least half the TVs in the Busch gym are tuned to World Cup channels and the Busch gym front desk has a widescreen tuned to World Cup.  And people either hang around the front desk or interrupt their workouts to watch some World Cup.  

And, heh, Rutgers was the birthplace of football.  Football was invented right here in li'l old New Jersey.
5882  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey....Bill Gates does it too! on: June 22, 2006, 02:39:21 PM
True Cauton, but not all musicians are giggers.  Many who are more sideman studio musicians are almost wholly dependent on CD sales.
5883  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey....Bill Gates does it too! on: June 22, 2006, 12:53:06 PM
Well Cauton, if you're a big name, big budget, big money corporation or label, then piracy won't affect you much.  That's chump change.  But if you are an independent DIY artist, then hell yeah it's going to be a noticeable loss for you financially, unless you grab the attention of a corporation or label.  

As for the anime thing, that's the beauty of the internet; using internet forums and such to feel out demographics, get an idea about trends, and invest money into them.  Video game companies often secretly browse our boards here to get a feel for demographics.
5884  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 22, 2006, 12:39:43 PM
One big factor about televised sports in America is corporate sponsorships.  When you go see a live baseball or American football game, they take what are called "commercial time-outs" so that they can run TV commercials.  

In soccer (I'll use this term so that people won't get confused between it and American football if I just say football), you can't do that.  Each half has to be played for 45 minutes straight without fail.  No commercial time-out or anything like that.  Therefore, it falls out of favor with the television industry because they can't air commercials during a soccer game.  

And if a sport isn't televised, it won't be popular in America because we're a country of television-whores.  And soccer will almost never be televised because the ad companies can't run oodles of commercials during a soccer game.  And a big draw for people spending money on upgraded cable TV packages is so they can watch (American) football or baseball without commercial interruption.  Heaven forbid the capitalist pigs give us a televised sport on a free network channel commercial free, which is what they'd have to do to air a soccer game on a mainstream channel.  

However, soccer is surprisingly popular among young kids.  I mean, we have the term "soccer mom."  Main reason it's popular is that a lot of adults don't know much about the sport and because of that, they don't get too involved as with little league and thus the kids actually get to have fun, without all the bullshit of parental egos and parental politics that scar the kids and take all the fun out of the game.  Although once adults start educating themselves about soccer, they'll strip all the fun out of that game for the kids and the kids'll find something else like LaCrosse or Jai Alai.  

I love yesterday's "Count Your Sheep" about the soccer/football thing.  http://www.countyoursheep.com/d/20060621.html

As for me, I find most any televised sport utterly boring.  I much prefer to go outside and play sports than watch them.  Even though I'm terrible at most sports, I just like to get out there, get sweaty, get the heart pumping, and have fun.  I don't really like being a spectator.
5885  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey....Bill Gates does it too! on: June 22, 2006, 10:03:33 AM
And don't forget, the ethics of piracy are quite different in various parts of the world.  In countries like India, movie piracy is the rule rather than the exception.  And I believe many folks in Brazil pirate video games because otherwise getting legit copies would cost them the equivalent of 400 US dollars per game.  Pirates are more affordable.  

Having grown up in the US, my ideals on piracy (I think it's wrong and that it denies money from the hard-working individuals who brought you the product) are definitely different from someone who grew up in a different culture/country.  

And with the advent of the internet and filesharing, the whole idea of "bootlegging" and "tape trading" is more open and more prolific to the point where people are paying attention.  When I was a teenager, I had a friend whose parents were really strict about the kinds of media he was exposed to and if it weren't for me recording, say, Nirvana albums on a blank tape, he'd never have been exposed to that music; music that really spoke to him.  I believe the band Phish thoroughly encourages its audience to tape their shows on the one condition that if someone wants a copy, the person has to provide it for free.  You know, by the fans for the fans.  

I were a pro musician, I wouldn't bank on CD sales for revenue.  I would bank more on live shows/touring bringing in the crowds and get revenue from that.  I figure if one person buys the CD, s/he will play it for 5-10 of his/her little friends and they'll go as a group to a show.  Hence, I'll be getting the revenue from those 5-10 peoples' tickets.  

Piracy is one of those things that's been around for decades, and people have been trying to compensate for it, such as by product placement in video games. movies, TV shows, etc for monetary endorsement.  Sometimes compensation is achieved by jacking up the prices elsewhere.  Like if piracy's taking money away from musicians, CD prices go up.  People think it's expensive so they pirate and it becomes a vicious cycle.

As for me, I like to get things legit so that in a tiny way, I'm rewarding the hard work and effort someone else put in to giving me a great product.  But that's my ethics.  The only time I download music is if it's a free sample off a band's website, MySpace, or PureVolume so I can check them out and decide for myself whether or not to buy the album.
5886  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 21, 2006, 07:13:51 PM
Well, I just finished Aveyond and the review is forthcoming.  I tell you, even at level 60, the final boss is supremely tough.  However, there is
an easy way out.  You can choose to join the final boss, avoid the battle entirely, and get a "bad" ending where you become the most feared demon of destruction in the world.  
5887  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 21, 2006, 10:21:15 AM
I'm getting ready to enter the final dungeon in Aveyond.  I'm now mostly just building levels and buying loads of supplies.
5888  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: June 19, 2006, 04:08:09 PM
My copy of "The Silvery Image" by Suspyre just came in today.  Amazing album.  Every track is an absolute winner.  This is prog/neo-classical metal at its finest.  I never thought New Jersey of all places would be a pocket for prog-metal.  I hope Suspyre decides to play a venue near me this summer.  

EDIT: Looks like Suspyre will be playing near me towards the end of August.  YESSSSS!  Oh, and my fave songs on the album are "Distant Skies" and "Waterburns."  

And, heh, it seems both Suspyre and Divinity Destroyed are actively seeking new keyboard players.
5889  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 18, 2006, 10:52:45 PM
Oh, song of the moment is "Question and Answer" by Jasun Tipton.  This is off his solo album "Seduction" and is an amazing song.  It's instrumental.  This young man is quite the up and coming talent on guitar, whether doing this jazz/fusiony solo stuff or with his prog metal band Zero Hour.  

The MP3 for this song is available on Zero Hour's site.  http://zerohourweb.com/pages/media/mp3.htm

It's on his MySpace too: http://www.myspace.com/seduction
5890  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 18, 2006, 08:03:17 PM
Sazabi- some good instrumetal:

Behold the Arctopus
Scale the Summit
Steve Bello
Liquid Tension Experiment (Dream Theater side project)

Some good Nintendo-core bands:
The Minibosses (I LOVE their 10 minute MegaMan 2 medley)

And if you haven't already, check out The Black Mages.  It's Uematsu's "band" and they do some ripper FF stuff.  Tsuyoshi Sekito plays guitar and that's a selling point for me, since he's quite an underrated composer.
5891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: June 16, 2006, 10:26:08 PM
I recommend downloading some of the goodies (i.e. the ones that start you off at around level 30).  Otherwise, the difficulty can get impatiently brutal even in the early going, requiring you to level grind like a fiend.
5892  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 15, 2006, 06:38:37 PM
About 5-6 hours into Aveyond with Ellini and Dameon in the party.  Dunno where to find a bottle to capture a fairy for the Mountain King.

UPDATE:  The witches are hysterical.
5893  The Rest / General Discussions / Uwe Boll: Director, Lover, Destroyer of Critics on: June 14, 2006, 10:53:43 AM
Nope.  According to IMDB, Corey Yuen's directing Dead or Alive.
5894  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: June 12, 2006, 08:29:41 PM
Well... if Iggy the dog in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure can summon a stand, then...

And, yeah, I think Personae are kinda like the stands in Jojo.
5895  Media / The Soundroom / Gigs! on: June 12, 2006, 08:07:08 PM
Aaaah, a concert thread!  

This past Saturday I saw my friends' band Le Adder Noir perform at Court Tavern in New Brunswick (NJ) along with some other bands (SydBarret, Beta Leg, Red All Over.)  Le Adder Noir were my favorite of the night.  Syd were good- they were like prog-metalcore (think Between the Buried and Me).  Beta Leg had talent but their music was boring as hell.  I found Red All Over pretty crap as well.  

Hopefully my band will get to play a show at the Court in the fall.  After all, it is *the* venue in New Brunswick for original rock acts.  

Speaking of my band, we're still getting the demo ready, so no shows for a while.  Though we may try to get some basement shows since New Brunswick has an extensive network of those.  

The prior weekend, I was at a backyard party where a bunch of bands in myriad genres played.  There was this emo band called Aiming for Angels.  A grindcore band called Doomsday Machine Schematic.  A ska band.  My friends' punk band Venereal Exchange who got the whole shindig shut down by the cops.  

I may try to catch Divinity Destroyed later this summer when they play in Jersey.  

If Suspyre plays Hamilton Stree cafe, I'll definitely go to that.  My friends in Asylum are trying to snag a slot with them for that show.  

I may even make the trek to Staten Island later this summer to catch Ripped ImPrints.  I haven't seen them play in a while and they rip shit up.
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