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5956  The Rest / General Discussions / Worst Price is Right Contestant Ever on: September 10, 2006, 02:29:07 AM
Idiot savant.  She unknowingly played the system and gave herself extra chances to win the prizes.  I still remember watching an ep of price is right as a kid and one contestant spun the big wheel backwards and another one in the same three didn't get it all the way around.
5957  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: September 09, 2006, 11:15:22 AM
Try youtubing Junior Brown.  Amazing guitarist.  He plays a doubleneck where the top is a telecaster and the bottom is a lap steel.  His neck runs are super clean and articulate.  His style is country, though.
5958  The Rest / General Discussions / The PSP is totally worth its price! (note: sarcasm) on: September 08, 2006, 08:13:09 PM
Still, regardless, consoles these days perhaps due to more delicate components/circuitry, aren't as durable as older ones.  I had a 6 oz. cup of cola spill on my 1st generation Sega Genesis and it still works fine (save for a nonworking reset button.)  I don't think my PS2, GCN, or DC could survive a cola spill.
5959  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Mystery Science Theater 3000 on: September 08, 2006, 12:01:42 AM
I'm a casual Mistie.  My favorite has to be Space Mutiny ("Big McLargeHuge!")  Manos- The Hands of Fate is classic as well.  

The ones I've seen have mostly been Mike era MST3K rather than Joel era.

My housemate's definitely a mistie.
5960  The Rest / General Discussions / Whoa! Schools are becoming way too competitive! on: September 07, 2006, 01:55:54 PM
In some places, recess, music, art and even social studies are being replaced by writing exercises and spelling quizzes.

This is worrying.  

Being competetive and displaying required competencies at checkpoints is all well and good, but the pile-on-more-work method isn't working.  The poor kids are working harder but not smarter.  

Even when I was in school, the gifted and talented programs were bunk because all they did was give the kids more homework in addition to their current homework load.  No wonder they hated the gifted and talented programs.  It was a chore.  

It sounds like the kids are constantly just given busywork, which makes school seem like an even duller, staler chore than it needs to be.  Homework and stuff is all well and good, but not when it's just busywork.
5961  The Rest / General Discussions / Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series on: September 06, 2006, 12:38:31 AM
Those were pretty amusing.  Especially since the eps themselves pretty much did the same schtick over and over again.  

I remember seeing some of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and I must say, it was rather violent.  Explosions, death, (i.e. the one where Yami Yugi plays air-hockey on an okonomiyaki grill using an ice block with a bomb in it and his win= the grill, the shed, and the rival kid all getting blown to smithereens.), and all that good stuff.  

The US version on kids WB was heavily edited and sanitized, and these YouTube videos satirized that nicely.
5962  The Rest / General Discussions / I hit that "point" in my life... on: September 04, 2006, 09:46:50 PM
Maybe you just have video game burnout.  Where games start to feel like an obligation, chore, or work rather than the fun diversion they should be.  Take a break from gaming, do something else (like exercise, cook, play an instrument, take a walk outside, whatever) and eventually you'll return to it with a renewed vigor.

Believe me, there have been times I've had multiple bouts of gaming burnout in a year.  These days my time for gaming is so limited due to real life and my other hobbies, so whenever I sit down to game it's like a treat.
5963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 03, 2006, 08:17:41 PM
Please take the flaming and heated religious discussion to PM please.  

If this topic goes any more downhill, it's getting locked.  

(It seems any time politics or religion enter an RPGfan discussion, threads go to hell in a handbasket.)
5964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 03, 2006, 11:26:53 AM
Quote from: "Spoony Mage"

Perhaps, but my statement still stands.  RPGs have run the gamut from fantasy-based teenfests to futuristic adult-themed warfare, whether or not they have made it over from Japan.  

...or were developed elsewhere.  

Have people forgotten adult-ish sci-fi themed US RPGs like System Shock 2, Dues Ex, Fallout, Anachronox, Septerra Core, and more?  

Then again, around these parts on RPGfan, Japanese RPGs tend to have preferable interfaces than many US PC RPGs (i.e. Icewind Dale, Arcanum, etc.)  I prefer JRPG interfaces myself over those of US PC RPGs.
5965  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 02, 2006, 10:53:02 AM

I subscribe to the theory that there are only a certain amount of plots since the human experience as a whole is limited and it's near impossible to truly make a story devoid of any cliches, because it's damn near impossible to write about things and concepts we don't know without at least trying to compare it to something we do.  We have awareness of concepts like infinity, but don't truly know "infinity-ness."  

But in any case, it's even tougher for an RPG plot to be truly devoid of cliches because the chief component in the RPG package is combat.  Without combat, there's no RPG.  And you can only have so many stories based around combat.

You have genres like digital novels, love adventures, graphic adventures that lend themselves well to perhaps more dynamic and interesting plotlines because combat is not a key aspect to their packages.
5966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey on: September 01, 2006, 06:03:48 PM
that, and forest dungeons feel a lot less claustrophobic than ruins and worse, sewers.  And trees are more interesting to look at than sand (I loathe desert dungeons.)
5967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey on: September 01, 2006, 05:33:34 PM
Yuzo Koshiro has me interested.  Streets of Rage has awesome music.  

And I am digging the more outdoorsy foresty dungeons.  I'm not a fan of dank corridors.  Even in PSO, my favorite dungeon to crawl/explore was the forest.
5968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: August 31, 2006, 03:44:16 PM
...There's always Revelations: Persona (Megami Ibunroku Persona) where you're not saving the world but rather saving people from themselves.

I don't know if these annoyances have been mentioned yet and I'm too lazy to read the whole thread, but it's definitely annoying when there are random encounters in puzzle rooms.  When I'm trying to solve a puzzle and get into an encounter, it just destroys my concentration.  

I'm also not fond of when there are puzzles without any hints to go along with them.  Wild Arms 1 comes to mind where I remember this one puzzle.  No hints in the dungeon as to how to solve it and no hints in the puzzle room itself either.  So out of sheer frustration I just had Rudy (or was it Jack?) drop bombs all over the place so I could see things go boom.  Lo and behold, the puzzle was solved!  

At least RPG puzzles (usually) don't have the pinpoint pixel hunting and ridiculous leaps of logic that graphic adventure puzzles tend to have.
5969  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 30, 2006, 09:29:41 PM
Well, I've officially left my band Sullen Door (due both to school and having a personality conflict with the lead guitarist.  The singer and drummer are awesome classy guys who I love to death.)  

Hence, my song of the moment is a Sullen Door song called "Old Friends."  Subsequently, it's the only song on the band's myspace profile right now that has me playing on it.  

The song is kinda appropo too.  It's basically about how you forge friendships over a long span of time (like say during high school or college) and then the time comes when you and your group of friends have to part ways.  It's a bittersweet moment when you don't know what to say but you really don't need to say anything.  Just a hug from a good friend during this moment says a lot.  

Take me
And throw me in your arms and hold me
'Cuz we're not the same without each other
And I know that soon you will be
Leaving me

You know I don't know how to say I'm gonna miss you
And all the times we had in this life

So hold me in your arms
Tell me that you want
Us to be together
Yeah hold me in your arms
Tell me that you want
Us to be together

Save me
Pretty darling won't you save me
From all this sadness and confusion
You know this lonely will be
Losing you

You know I don't know how to say I'm gonna miss you
And all the times we had in this life

So hold me in your arms
Tell me that you want
Us to be together
Yeah hold me in your arms
Tell me that you want
Us to be together
5970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: August 30, 2006, 10:14:36 AM
In most any genre, romance is really tough to write and direct well.  Even in the love adventure genre, you have games like Hourglass of Summer and Never 7 that do romance extremely well and you also have games like Ai Yori Aoshi that are godawful.  

Even in movies, the romantic scenes in Star Wars Ep. 2: Clones could, and should, have been the strongest scenes in the movie but they were horrid due to the cracker-thin dialogue and the fact that George Lucas' directorial skills are horribly lacking.  

And even among romance novels, I'm sure there are those that are written well and others that are cheesier than a stinky brie.

EDIT: And Spoony Mage- that's one reason I liked Veola so much.  Whenever Lita had one of her annoying episodes, Veola's dry wit always put Lita in her place.

And +1 for those who mentioned that Tales of Symphonia's female characters are mostly melee characters.  Genis and Raine are the only mages, but that's due to their species rather than gender.  Sheena, Colette, and Presea are all melee characters.
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