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5941  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Luanch Titles on: October 22, 2006, 11:44:19 AM
Okay, we're getting silly here.  

And it's no secret launch titles usually are subpar because the developers haven't gotten used to the hardware yet.  It's usually at the tail end of a system's lifespan when all the really cool stuff comes out, because by then the developers are really used to the hardware and can wring out all the possibilities.
5942  The Rest / General Discussions / Habeas corpus is for the gays and terrorists. on: October 22, 2006, 11:36:19 AM
...and once again, political threads and the intarwebnet don't mix.  

From political discussion to heated political discussion to personal insults and flaming... yeah, slippery slope.  

If you all want to argue, take it to PM now.  

Topic locked.  Have a nice day.
5943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 21, 2006, 03:46:57 PM
I'd love to TBD, but I'm having issues with the Nintendo USB thingy.  I bought my DS used w/o a manual or anything, so I have no clue how to set up the wifi stuff.  WEP, SSID, all that is heiroglyphics to me.  There's a MAC address in the system info but no Connection ID.  

Hopefully I'll get all that stuff figured out so I can do wifi stuff with Contact.
5944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 21, 2006, 01:52:00 AM
the gamestop I got it from only got a shipment of 3 copies...all preorder.  (Sorry if my grammar sucks.  I'm pretty drunk right now)

edit" I preordered touch detective while I was there.... methinkx that'll be a short chipment too.
5945  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 20, 2006, 05:25:59 PM
I just started playing Contact for the DS.  I like it, personally, but I can definitely see why it has the mixed reviews that it does (especially regarding the battle system.)

See the Contact thread in Console RPGs for my initial impressions.
5946  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 20, 2006, 05:21:10 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Prasanna - Pangaea Rising

I love that song.  Heck, that whole album is fucking awesome.
5947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 20, 2006, 05:18:59 PM

Anyway, I just got my copy of Contact and here are my impressions after an hour or so of playing.  

This game is like a goulash.  The graphics are a mixture of 8-bit style with a more 32-bit 2D style with really nice prerendered backdrops.  The music thus far is also quite good, with a blend of old school MIDI and PCM and more new-school orchestration (like in the title theme.)  The game definitely has a quirky vibe, which is nice.  It really reminds me of Earthbound in that supreme silliness is handled with deadpan delivery.  

The only thing that took some getting used to was the battling.  When you press the attack button while Terry is in fighting stance, he doesn't attack when you press the button.  He auto-attacks in intervals.  It was tough to get used to at first, but I'm used to it now.  Fighting with techniques is much easier than melee fighting.  

So, yeah, the fighting may definitely be a turnoff for some.  And since the game's barely begun, I've yet to get to the real meat of the plot.    

The battle engine is the weakest part of the game, but despite that, I still want to keep playing.  The game is fun.
5948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army on: October 19, 2006, 10:51:21 PM
In all the MegaTen games, Kerberos has a lion-esque look rather than as a 3-headed dog.  Why?  I dunno.
5949  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 19, 2006, 08:13:33 PM
"Cry For Eternity" by DragonForce simply for that little keyboard interlude at around 3:55 in the song.  I love it.  Sounds like something out of a video game.  And Herman Li did say in an interview that many parts of DragonForce songs will remind you of video games.  

DragonForce is so the epitome of complete and total awesomeness.  I mean, they're fucking DragonForce.
5950  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 08:08:56 PM
V-dawg: are you referring to the organic chemistry exam Morwan's friend posted where he basically went ape on it because he had just dropped the class?  I liked the part where the TA/professor corrected the guy's spelling of Louis Carroll to Lewis Carroll.
5951  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 01:11:54 PM
And he still  
got a passing grage.  That paper netted him a D-.
5952  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 19, 2006, 12:15:32 PM
I don't know.  Even in that silly Cartoon Network cartoon "My Gym Partner's a Monkey" the principal's greatest phobia is lawsuits (though it's reasonably justified since the school he runs has a whole manner of animals from sharks and snakes to toucans and giraffes.)  So he does whatever he can to cover his ass and avoid lawsuits.  So school paranoia is valid.  

My thing is that parents feed the paranoia and thus paranoid parents influence paranoia in schools because the schools want to please the parents rather than vice versa (like in other countries where schools are more highly valued.)  

As for school boards protecting anyone... meh, I'm pretty disillusioned with school boards.  Corruption runs rampant in school boards (and that's the truth in many countries, not just the US.  School board corruption in New Zealand is pretty bad too.)
5953  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 19, 2006, 11:59:04 AM
Either way, it's 10/19 so I'll be getting my copy of Contact fairly soon.
5954  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Squeenix, going forward... on: October 18, 2006, 10:48:15 PM
I've known Logick for a while, and he's the real deal.  And remember, the video game business is just that- a business.  And if multi-platforming can put the game into more peoples' hands then that's more money the company can make.  And I don't know what SE's current financial numbers and profit margins are, but they're probably less/lower than we think.  

But, yes, the varying power of the consoles could be an issue.  After all, the Wii is much less powerful than the PS3.  But since SE does have a publishing deal with Nintendo as well as Sony, I wouldn't be surprised is some kind of FF games hits the Wii.
5955  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:41:46 PM
Quote from: "Alexander"

Edit: Guys, if this is something at just a couple of schools, should it really matter?

Domino effect.  Bandwagon effect.  Whatever you want to call it.  Sure it's only at a couple of school, but the way trends have been going in terms of the parent-school relationships all over the country, such things could happen more widely.  I mean, for whatever reasons, many schools in the US have eliminated recess.  Granted, much of the reason for that is to dedicate more time to all the high stakes testing that's been thrust into the school system, but risk of injury and risk of lawsuits is yet another fine reason for school systems to eliminate recess elsewhere.
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