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5941  Media / Brush and Quill / The Filth: A New Round Robin for people to participate in. on: November 16, 2007, 03:27:47 PM
Go figure, on this day last year I started the previous round robin.  So here's my annual round robin for 2007.  You know how it works, I start a story, someone adds to it, another person adds to it, etc.  

Here goes...

Her name was Eeyore.  

That's obviously not her real name, but the guys I shared a house with called her that because her long face, large front teeth, mousy hair, and distinctive laugh resembled a donkey to them.  The way her nostrils would flare up when she was angry and her frequent, often violent, temper tantrums when she didn't get her way only reaffirmed the whole donkey thing to them.  

I'm normally not into girls like Eeyore.  No guy in his right mind would be.  My housemates totally hated her, and I can't blame them.  But the truth is, I was gaga over this girl.  I thought she was the raddest thing alive because she could...
5942  The Rest / General Discussions / Spam. on: November 16, 2007, 02:34:08 PM
Spam's gross.  Smells like cat food to me.  However, there was a convenience store gourmet article in men's magazine years ago where Cat Cora (of Iron Chef fame) reportedly made spam taste good by larding it: wrapping a couple of strips of bacon around it and then cooking it.

5943  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: November 16, 2007, 09:07:39 AM

I'm not really sure why I found this as amusing as I did.  It's silly as anything, but heck, it got a chuckle out of me.
5944  The Rest / General Discussions / Finally, a marching band representing our little hobby. on: November 15, 2007, 07:31:17 PM
The 2nd song was that technofied Mortal Kombat song.
5945  The Rest / General Discussions / ARGHHHH!!!!! on: November 15, 2007, 07:12:02 PM
You did, Shig.  You were actually the one way back then who convinced me to be a Force rather than a droid.  My character was DezaMistique, a silver-haired FOmarl in the white dress.  I only ran with you once or twice on PSO, though.  Took me 350 hours to get Deza to level 100 and it was sweet.  What other RPGfanners did I occasionally run with?  Eusis, Nallo, Cyberman X/Hevener, Hevener's sister Lacia, Dios, Parn, beans, ZP, Jayde, and a bunch of other oldbies.  Anyone remember that muscle car obsessed dude Seifer (later Takumi)?  I ran with him once too.  

Good times on PSO.  That was the first and last time I've played an online RPG.  Must've put 500-600 hours into that puppy.  

Oh yeah, I've had Star Ocean 2 freeze up on me after I gained 10 levels for my main party and I hadn't saved during that time.

And DR, that's precisely the reason I never save a game in the first save slot.  I always use the 2nd or 3rd.  Even grown ups who share games can accidentally overwrite.
5946  The Rest / General Discussions / ARGHHHH!!!!! on: November 15, 2007, 11:51:06 AM
One time when I was playing PSO on Dreamcast, a server glitch caused me to lose everything: all my money, my equipped items, everything I had in storage, my MAG... basically, I was a level thirty-something FOmarl with starter equipment.  No matter, because I had many friends who donated weapons and money to me.  Shiggy even gave me a Nei Claw which was a really fun toy to play with.  

Other than that, I've had my fair share of incidents where I've gotten game over at a boss without having saved for 2-3 hours.
5947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 12, 2007, 02:35:57 PM
If some of you want to get into the whole construct of "objectivity" then I can counter that true objectivity is damn near impossible due to individual differences.  Where one person may say a story is "needlessly convoluted" someone else may say it's "delightfully complex."  One man's trash is another man's treasure and all that.  I mean, if I were to rate the DDS games, a minus point I would say is that I miss the demon chit-chat from prior MegaTen games.  Someone else would see that as a plus point in not having to bother with demon chit-chat.  (The DDS games are f'n awesome, by the way.)

And besides, the whole point the original poster had was for us to look at a game and give 3 positive and 3 negative points about it.  This way we can try and find redeeming qualities in a maligned game and/or find flaws in a game normally viewed with rose colored glasses.  That's part of the reason I challenged people in the thread with games like Grim Fandango, which some had genuine trouble finding negatives for.  

But again, individual differences.  Look at whether or not a game is easy.  Easy would be a plus point for me but a minus point for someone else.  

If "true objectivity" is an issue, then wouldn't most of this thread be invalidated?  

I played Chrono Cross once to completion and haven't really wanted to revisit it since.  I've played and replayed Chrono Trigger at least once every year since I snagged a copy of it in 2000.  So of course that's going to influence my pluses and minuses.  When looked at objectively, yes, both games have the right ingredients and good flavors.  But what makes me want to keep going back to X Italian restaurant vs. Y Italian restaurant when both create the same dishes with the same high quality ingredients?  

If you want a more "objective" negative, then I'll say that it doesn't have the same near-universal love that Chrono Trigger does.  It has a polarizing effect.  

I think Xenogears has been done already, but I'll do it

+ Quite possibly the most epic story ever told in an RPG (or at least a JRPG)

+ One of Yasunori Mitsuda's best soundtracks.  When I would play the game, I'd have non-gaming music students/musicians repeatedly comment that the music was killer.  

+ Human combat was fun.  The combo system with multiple button presses for different types of attacks kept combat fresh.  

- Slow text speed made an already deliberately paced story even slower.  

- Monitoring your fuel during gear battles was a needless annoyance

- The platform jumping segments were not fun (i.e. Tower of Babel.)  

Next, either Panzer Dragoon Saga or Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals
5948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 11, 2007, 08:46:38 PM
Chrono Cross

+ The development of the game's world from Trigger to Cross was cool

+ The soundtrack was generally good

+ The game has some serious replayability with the vast number of choices and New Game Plus

- The character designs were mostly dull and vacant

- The story was a convoluted mess, particularly 3/4 of the way into the game.  This is a common complaint for many modern (read: post-FF7) Square RPGs.  

- The game just didn't have that intangible "mojo," charm, or "soul" that Chrono Trigger did.  It's like with cooking.  All the best ingredients were there and the flavors were wonderful, but I just couldn't taste the love in the cooking like I did with Trigger.  I guess Chrono Cross is like gourmet and Chrono Trigger is like soul food.  I prefer soul food over gourmet any day.  

Next: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  If that one was done already, then Panzer Dragoon Saga.  If that one was done already, then Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals.  If any of those were done already, just pick one yourself.
5949  The Rest / General Discussions / A couple gets engaged through Halo 3 on: November 11, 2007, 04:57:21 PM
Honeymoon at Vana'Diel?
5950  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 10, 2007, 06:49:00 PM
I just came back from Bee Movie.  It was a fun flick.  Nothing incredible or awesome, but a fun flick with some funny Seinfeld-esque moments.  I thought the ending was extremely well done.  

One of the little kids in the theater was so into the movie, he was almost crying when it was over.  He didn't want it to end.  If that's not a good review for a kid flick, I don't know what is.
5951  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 09, 2007, 11:52:51 PM
Been fiddling some with my new PSP.  I got the Daxter bundle and picked up Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles as well.  I'm on stage 3 of Dracula X and at the construction site in Daxter.  If you have a PSP, you gotta get Dracula X Chronicles.  I don't need to explain why.  And Daxter's a really fun game so far too.  Camera's a tad sluggish sometimes, but it's no big deal.
5952  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Banning Question on: November 09, 2007, 11:44:10 AM
SPAMbots are spamming via PM now too?  Man that sucks.
5953  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 09, 2007, 11:23:41 AM
Heh, that's part of the reason I chose Grim Fandango.  I mean, in my mind the game is darn near perfect.  

As for Phantasy Star 3, I did like the game, but the sound quality on the music was so dissonant and most of the music was not that great (Skyhaven theme and the Wren airship theme were good).  The battle themes were horrid.  The other Phantasy Star games were superior in all areas, save story.  

I'll take Soul Nomad

+English voice acting was excellent (I preferred it over the original Japanese, especially Gig's voice.  Preferring English over Japanese voice acting is a rarity for me.)

+Gig is awesome.  He reminds me of many RPGfan hecklers with his attitude and dialogue ("No, your problem is you're a retard.  Your idiocy makes me want to punch kittens.")

+Fun to play (I'm normally not into SRPGs, but I had fun with Soul Nomad.)

-Some battles could be really cheap

-Some of the micromanagement could be asinine, but that's a common complaint against most, if not all, NIS SRPGs.

-Graphics were nothing special.  NIS really needs to step it up in that regard.  

Next: Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.  I can't remember if that one was done already.  Either way, I'm too lazy to wade through the thread.
5954  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Persona 3 anime! on: November 08, 2007, 07:19:06 PM
But this isn't the first time a MegaTen game spawned an anime.  Devil Children Red and Black books spawned an anime series.  And the anime snippets on the Eternal Punishment bonus disk were awesome.  

I'll wait and see on this one.
5955  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: November 08, 2007, 07:16:09 PM
A week or so ago, I bought the Tea Society of a Witch OST from Chudah's mega sale.  I had to be careful browsing her VGM sale or I'd have dropped some serious cash.
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