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5941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Car Battler Joe on: March 21, 2007, 08:23:39 AM
I dug it, obviously.  I spent loads of time searching for "junk" so I could have it appraised for car parts.  I soon was getting all kinds of chassis, weapons, bodies, engines etc to make new cars.  Making cars was fun.  I also really liked as you gave raw materials to Joe's Mom, she would trick out the garage.  

Story is short but incomplete, interactive ending's fun, and if you can find a friend with the game, multiplayer battling should be a hoot.  

It's not going to be as deep as Sega GT or something like that in terms of car customization, but it was deep for a kiddie game.
5942  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 20, 2007, 09:59:35 PM
I first heard this song on the Schecter guitars website and I really liked it.  The way the vocals swirled together with the instrumentals was great.  I listened to other songs on this band's MySpace... but nothing was as good as that particular song.  This song I heard on the Schecter site, which is also on the band's MySpace, was something special.  Their other stuff just didn't compare.  

The song's "Bummer" by Scarling.  It's catchy, yet still dark and seductive.  


I loved this person who didn’t love me
I stuck around, hoping that they would see
Unwilling to lose -Reluctant to care
So confident in the substances we’d share

There was a ghost who haunted my head
Paid close attention to every word he said
Gave him perfection – Gave all I could give
But what he wanted -was for me not to live

Blank and so beautiful- beige and benign
You’re pulling ahead – left me falling behind
blank and so beautiful beige and benign
You’re pulling ahead left me falling behind
Blank and so beautiful- beige and benign
You pulled ahead – left me falling……

I threw a party
But nobody came
I threw a party and I was never the same
I threw a party
But nobody came
I threw a party and I was never the same
5943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i give up. on: March 20, 2007, 08:19:00 AM
Alisha- you *do* realize that RPGs where people not in the active party do not receive experience is the norm rather than the exception, right?  It's a sucky norm, but a norm nonetheless.  

That's why I was so tickled pink when everyone in Tales of Symphonia received the same amount of EXP regardless of whether they fought or not.  Kept things smooth, especially during the times when Sheena or Colette had to be in the battle party; I almost never used them in regular battles but their levels were always perfect when I had to fight one of "their" battles.  

But Symphonia's the exception rather than the rule.  

On the other hand, games like, well, pretty much all FF games, Star Ocean 2, and most others just to name but two examples have the "no fight no EXP rule."

Games like Suikoden do well in that when taking a level 10 lowbie out with a bunch of level 40s, the lowbie would hit level 41 around the same time as the others.
5944  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Yo anime people. I need your help. on: March 19, 2007, 07:31:52 PM
On a bass forum I frequent, there was a thread about basses depicted in cartoons/comics.  Anyway, this was one picture someone posted.  It's awesome and I made it my wallpaper, but who is it, what series is it from, and who's the artist?  (I asked the poster and he didn't know.)

The detail on that bass is impeccable.  This person really knew their stuff.  I ask you since, well, many of you are more anime fans than I.


(And, yes, Haru Haruka's Rickenbacker on Furi Kuri is wicked cool too.)
5945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i give up. on: March 19, 2007, 07:17:12 PM
Akanbe, if you felt the way you did in your coded spoiler thingie, that's part of the reason for FFXII- Revenant Wings.  It's purpose is to flesh out Vaan and Penelo (two largely neglected characters), and likely flesh out the neglected parts of the world, such as the Sky Continents (which I have no idea how much they figured into FFXII.)  

Anyway, FFXII is kinda like a radish.  It's a food with a strong flavor and thus an acquired taste.  Some people love it right away, some people learn to love it, and others can never like it no matter how much they try to.
5946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i give up. on: March 19, 2007, 10:07:36 AM
I wonder if these may be reasons why FF13 is going back to the ATB battle system and more classic FF interfaces among other things.  

I like FF12 for the story (I like tight political intrigue), characters (Balthier and Fran are kinda like Han and Chewie; Basch is cool too), and atmosphere (Rabanastre's become one of my favorite RPG towns of all time), but I'm not as compelled to drop everything and play it as I have been with other games.  Some of the gameplay choices are absurd in my book.  I feel the license board and the cumbersome means of earning money add needless complexity to a game that would be more fun and IMO work best with a more streamlined, intuitive, "normal" RPG interface.  I felt like the game was trying too hard to have complex, deep, innovative make-you-think-differently gameplay when it didn't really need it.  I'm a Megami Tensei fan so I can dig complex make-you-think-differently gameplay, but Megami Tensei's complexities feel more streamlined and MAKE SENSE within the context of the game's world; there's a method to the madness.  With FF12, I feel as if the license board system doesn't meld/jive well within the context of the game's world, is completely disconnected, and ultimately annoying.      

Battling in parties is fun, but battling solo reminds me of Contact (and I hated that game.  My review of it was kindly objective.)  And either way, it's about time FF stopped using random encounters.  I think that's a dated and archaic practice and having see-your-enemies-beforehand encounters was great.  

FF12 is a "GameShark" game for me.  It's a game where I'd want to use gameshark codes to max out everyone's stats and play the game purely for the story without having to worry about wasting time doing twiddly, absurd, un-fun gameplay stuff.  It would be more fun and less tedious for me that way.  

Still, the fact that FF12 like FF7 and others has such polarizing effects and garners so much argument between gamers is a good thing.  It has people talking about the game and thus thinking about/focusing on it.  Even now, a decade later, people are STILL arguing about FF7.  So even though FF12's been out for a while, people aren't quite ready to put "it" to bed yet.

I'm probably one of the few who really likes FF12's music.  Sure the music does not stand up well on its own and I wouldn't buy the soundtrack, but within the context of the game, it's great.  It adds the right amount of atmosphere without overpowering anything, like too much salt on french fries.  Again, I could spend all day in Rabanastre, because not only is it an awesome town visually, but that town's theme is killer.
5947  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 18, 2007, 06:53:52 PM
I don't know why this song is my song of the moment.  I've been listening to it a lot today and something about it strikes something in my fancy... but the song isn't that good.  Okay, the chorus is pretty good (catchy), the keyboards are good/tastefully done (esp. in the chorus), the bass is audible in places, and the vocals are solid sounding if lacking melodicism.  

But the guitar riffs are simple chugga-chugga nu-metal riffs, the lyrics are juvenile angsty nu-metal wangst, and the solos are unimpressive.  This is a disappointment since in this band's earlier days, they did some amazing neoclassical shreddery.

Basically, the only redeeming aspects of this song are the intro and the chorus- the only parts where there's keyboards.  That chorus is still stuck in my head and the sole reason the song doesn't outright suck.  

Okay, the song's "In Your Face" by Children of Bodom.  You can hear it on their MySpace http://www.myspace.com/childrenofbodom and the censored version can be heard on the ESP guitars website http://www.espguitars.com with better audio quality.
5948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Joystiq: Penny Arcade game footage exposed. on: March 17, 2007, 07:55:25 PM
I liked the in-game graphics.  Reminded me of a highly stylized 3D LucasArts style graphic adventure.  And, yes, the horny robot was hysterical.
5949  The Rest / General Discussions / The Thread of Laughter and Delight on: March 16, 2007, 10:41:42 PM
Oh, my virtuous image went out the window a few years back when I started that infamous masturbation thread.

EDIT:  And I'll just throw the "expert fishermen are master baiters" thing out there before anyone else putridly puns it off my post.

EDIT 2:  Oh, and here's something amusing (and not vulgar) that I found in the WordsOfWisdom section of bassist Victor Wooten's website.

Lipstick Kisses
According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington recently
was faced with a unique problem.

A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put
it on in the bathroom.

That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their
lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done.

She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the
maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a
major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night.

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers, and then, there are educators...
5950  The Rest / General Discussions / The Thread of Laughter and Delight on: March 16, 2007, 10:27:34 PM
Filthy jokes from yours truly.  Coded since they're rather filthy.  All from various sources.  Here's the cleanest one:

What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a lightbulb?
You can unscrew a lightbulb
(extra points if you can tell me what movie that's from.)

The dirtier ones:  

What's the difference between pussy and apple pie?
You can eat your mom's apple pie

A lady walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "I'd like a beer, please."
Bartender asks, "sure, Anheuser Busch?"
Lady replies, "fine, and how's your cock?"

Why do Ethiopians give the best blowjobs?
You know they'll drink every last drop

So this guy's sinking in quicksand.  Some dude walks by and the guy yells "help help save me!"  The dude says, "sure I'll save you, but you have to suck my dick."  The guy's like, "ehhh, forget it."  He's still sinking in quicksand when some bloke walks by.  The guy yells "help help save me!"  The bloke says, "sure I'll save you, but you have to fuck me in the ass."  The guy's like, "ehhh, no way."  So this chap walks by and the guy yells, "help help save me!  I'll suck your dick!  I'll fuck you in the ass!"  And the chap says, "you can just die, you faggot!"  

And some Michael Jackson jokes for good measure:

What school did MJ attend?
Brigham Young

What is a McJackson?
35 year old meat between 10 year old buns.

Oh, and did any of you hear the one about the girl who gave up her virginity for lent?
5951  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: March 14, 2007, 10:20:25 AM
I saw Bill Cosby-Himself yesterday.  Man, those are still some of the funniest 2 hours ever.  I always laugh my ass off every time I see it.  Even though the thing was filmed in '83, it's still funny 24 years later.
5952  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy incest batman on: March 14, 2007, 10:02:12 AM
That's it.  I gotta post "I'm My Own Grandpa."  Totally appropo for this thread.  I gave my serious response before, and now it's time for the funny.  

5953  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 11, 2007, 09:26:07 PM
I just showed an 80s metal loving friend today the joy of X-Japan.  We have this dream of doing an 80s metal project with some select friends (though it likely will never happen) and since I neither have long hair or a shaved head, I'll wear a wig... and I'd want a bright pink wig.  

So my songs of the moment are "Rusty Nail," "Kurenai," and "Dahlia" by X-Japan.  

The only X-Japan CD I have is the double CD "Best of- Fans' Selection" so I definitely need to get some more X-Japan stuff.  I love the mix of heavy, power, and prog metal.  Their music sounds larger than life and their pioneering visual kei thing makes them look like larger than life anime heroes.  Hide's pink hair was awesome.  RIP.
5954  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy incest batman on: March 09, 2007, 08:54:23 PM
Look at history.  Back in the days of the Egyptian pharaohs and the various royalty of India, back when the caste system was super rigid, there was a LOT of incest.  Like the marrying of cousins so that outsiders wouldn't taint the bloodline, keeping it pure.  That's a reason why so many rulers were so damn deranged and twisted.  Inbreeding.  

This is the reason incest is disallowed.  We've seen what damage it can do in terms of bringing up recessive traits in descendents.  By combining two differing strands of DNA, there is less of a chance that recessive traits will crop up.  

If you look at purebred dogs, they often have more genetic abnormalities than common mutts, because there is often some inbreeding to keep pedigrees pure... though the puppies born with the most recessive traits (the runt of the litter) are eradicated.  Even in nature, the mother dog would reject the inferior specimen anyway and leave it for dead, so it's a mercy killing.  

Diversifying the gene pool keeps it healthy.  Like a balanced diet.
5955  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 09, 2007, 10:37:51 AM
Song of the moment is "Warriors" by Ascension Theory.  I love the intro.  It sounds like something that would come out of Xenogears or something.  In addition, one thing I like about Ascension Theory is that they're able to keep their songwriting relatively concise (read: most of their songs are under 6 minutes in length), yet their songs are still proggy enough to keep prog/space nerds coming back for more.    

You can listen to it and read the lyrics at their website below:

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