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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2015 - Unofficial Thread on: January 15, 2016, 04:48:23 PM
I always loved participating in GOTY, but I'm a little disheartened that I could not participate this year.  Why?  Because I didn't play anything in 2015 that was GOTY worthy, and I don't give sympathy awards for just showing up.  Displease me?  No soup for you!  The best game I played in 2015 was Chrono Cross and doing that playlog was a highlight of my gaming year.

I am participating in MOTY (Music of the Year) for the first time this year, and that should be fun.  
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 15, 2016, 03:53:06 PM
So, RPGamer made their Top 20 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2016.  Where was FFVII Remake in that list?  Nowhere, it was in Honorable Mentions.  Not only do they believe it will come out in 2016, but they don't even care that much that it will.    Meanwhile Fire Emblem Pokemon (which, lets face it, we will all be playing on release, including myself) was #1.  And apparently Cosmic Star Heroine is "More Anticipated" than Final Fantasy XV?

SMH, as the kids would say.

Truth be told, I have more anticipatory interest in Cosmic Star Heroine (among other games) than the FF7 remake.  I'm more interested in what's new then a rebuild of something I already know, even it's a really awesome rebuild.  Stock wheels are fine for your car and you don't need the mag wheels, but the mag wheels look really sharp and their lighter weight gives your car some performance benefits.  

And here's another Dincrest analogy going in line with what people are saying.  When Motley Crue let Vince Neil go and hired John "Crab" Corabi as their new frontman, they traded up given that Corabi was a far more talented musician and songwriter than Vince Neil.  They created one of the best albums in the band's discography as well.  But you know what?  That nearly destroyed the band's career because it wasn't the Motley Crue fans knew, loved, and were familiar with.  Had they named the band with Crab something else, it would have been praised as a fantastic piece of hard rock, but because it was Motley Crue, it was unfairly panned because it wasn't the fans' expectation of Motley Crue.  In much the same way, a lot of people dis Black Sabbath with Dio.  Heaven and Hell is one of my favorite Sabbath albums and I think Sabbath with Dio was a kickass band.  But to the fans, it simply wasn't Black Sabbath without Ozzy. 

On the other hand, it could be like Iron Maiden.  Let's face it, Iron Maiden as we know and love it is with Bruce Dickinson who was NOT the original singer, but the the third or fourth singer in the band's lineup and the guy who made the band as iconic and awesome as they are.  
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Old RPG games on: January 15, 2016, 03:00:20 PM
And considering that a lot of up-and-coming game designers and developers (particularly in the independent scene) are people our age who grew up with the games we consider to be our "golden age" of gaming, they want to recapture that "oh YEAH!" feeling from back when we were kids.  That's why we're seeing the start of a renaissance toward the kinds of RPGs we grew up with.  I liked the demo for Celestian Tales: Old North by Ekuator Games.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the demo for Indivisible by Lab Zero games.  I'm still interested in Cosmic Star Heroine by Zeboyd games.  The Meridian Shard by Victory Forge games piqued my interest a year or two ago and I still need to try out the demo.  Thanks to Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, GOG's indie marketplace, and even PSN, XBLA, and Nintendo's eShop, smaller, more independent developers actually have more marketplace presence. 

It's kinda like how the folks creating cartoons nowadays are people our age who grew up with 1980s and 1990s cartoons (I'm totally an 80s cartoon kid).  Later seasons of Adventure Time and Steven Universe are good.  And though it became an insufferable phenomenon, the new My Little Pony cartoons were surprisingly good. 

My favorite RPG Maker RPG is still Eternal Eden by Blossomsoft, and To The Moon by Freebird Games is my favorite RPG Maker game.  And I remember getting RPG Maker for Playstation and a DexDrive just so I could play that community's uploaded games.  My favorite was Remote Control by David Erwin/Alzar.  That game actually won a contest in EGM magazine and was a very original game.  So it's great that software like RPG Maker and Verge are out there for the fan community to create stuff.  Just like how independent musicians and studio engineers can create professional quality recordings in basement studios and release their music via bandcamp and such. 

I feel like anyone who says "everything sucks nowadays, it's not what it used to be," isn't looking deeply or hard enough.  It's like how people complain that music on the radio is shitty hip-hop and vapid pop and there is no good rock.  Well, there are plenty of fantastic rock bands out there playing heavy music with talent, soul, and conviction.  They're not high profile flavor of the month, but they are there and satisfying the audiences who want it.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2016, 07:52:31 AM
So....  Lightning got "interviewed" about her Louis Vuitton modelling.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/final-fantasy-character-lightning-on-starring-in-louis-vuitton-c/

Quote from: Lightning
One day, not so far in the future, I will be out there again, in a world of strife. But I wonít be the same person I was before. I will return to my origins, like a Mobius strip, but itíll be a new me, one who has evolved.

#LightninginMidgar

Please no.  I don't even hate Lightning, but please.... please... no....

And why not?  Lightning wears Cloud's outfit pretty well in that Lightning Returns unlockable.  She is so a model... who literally gets in Cloud's pants.   http://www.rpgfan.com/pics/Lightning_Returns_Final_Fantasy_XIII/art-017.jpg


But, again, flesh and blood models who starve themselves and do ridiculous amounts of cocaine to maintain that look will probably protest the use of a CG/virtual model and digital discrimination will become a new racism thing.    
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2016, 07:40:42 AM
We've all heard of the 27 club when a lot of rock stars died (e.g. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, etc.)

Looks like we have a 69 club now: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Lemmy from Motorhead...

David Bowie's death is kinda hitting my mom because when she first married my late dad (still feels weird saying that) and moved to England, the first LP my dad played for her was David Bowie.  My mom marveled not only at the songs, but his whole Ziggy Stardust look. 
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2015 - Unofficial Thread on: January 13, 2016, 06:42:11 PM
How was 2015 a weak year for SRPGs? There may not have been many, but Disgaea 5, Devil Survivor 2, Summon Night 5, and Shadowrun Hong Kong were all good games. 

And, as always, I like reading the editors' picks.  Some cool stuff in there.
67  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 13, 2016, 05:59:13 PM
One class I'm assisting in is reading Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and since I have Oz: The Complete Collection on my Kindle, I'm reading along with them.  My students were surprised to learn that Oz is a 14 book series. 

So I'm shuffling between that and Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 
68  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 13, 2016, 05:55:16 PM
Pyramaze is still doing their thing? Nice.  I didn't like thr Melancholy Beast album, but I really liked Legend of the Bone Carver.

Natros- since we were talking Slipknot, what's your favorite Slipknot album? Mine is probably All Hope is Gone.  Gematria (The Killing Name) is my favorite song from there.  I used to be a metal elitist who was anti-Slipknot, but that song completely changed my mind.   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhKZaLAnVHg
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 11, 2016, 05:43:32 PM
So far, revisiting my vegetarian roots has been great. My body feels internally cleaner, I'm generally more lucid and energetic, and I'm pushing through plateaus in my workouts. Veggie power! 
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: January 11, 2016, 05:36:44 PM
Check and turn, the signal's to the right! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bip3hXS5zJE
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 11, 2016, 05:34:55 PM
That's what made it for me, that Gosling couldn't keep a straight face during the bit.  Always makes me wonder how many takes some of my favorite sitcom scenes must've taken, because I'd have been cracking up each time. 
72  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 10, 2016, 05:48:06 PM
RPGFan's MOTY (Music Of The Year) feature is in the works, so you'll soon see my RPGFan-related picks for favorite video game soundtracks for 2015. 
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 10, 2016, 01:53:52 PM
http://rare.us/story/this-snl-skit-was-so-funny-even-the-host-couldnt-hold-back-his-laughter/
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 10, 2016, 08:49:58 AM
Rey deadlifts 176lbs.  Your argument is invalid.  Even yours, Agent D!  

http://thenerdybird.com/watch-daisy-ridley-deadlift-176-pounds/

That just makes her a Space Warrior, not a Space Wizard (maybe an American Ninja).

Space shaolin monk then.  They are deadly fighters and spiritual scholars.  

EDIT: As for the new Star Wars, let's talk directors.  We have Lucas, Abrams, and the guys who directed Empire and Jedi (Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand).  Yeah the prequels were subpar because George Lucas is not a good director.  The fact that A New Hope was good under his direction is a fluke.  Hayden Christiansen's career was ruined by Star Wars (and he's actually a good actor- watch Shattered Glass for proof) and Natalie Portman's nearly tanked too- and she's a fantastic actress.  Both did their best to make chicken soup out of chicken shit, but...

Empire Strikes Back was directed by Irvin Kershner and is the overall fan favorite of the films.  The quieter parts of the film that became iconic required a skilled and subtle hand to direct, and Kershner did that.  Luke meeting Yoda, "I know," Lando greeting Han at Cloud City...

My favorite was Return of the Jedi and it was directed by Richard Marquand.  The overall pacing of the film was excellent and I liked the ewoks.  They could have been completely overdone, but they weren't.  I could see them being the indigenous people of Endor.  Being small and stocky, they look like creatures that could climb trees very well.

And, obviously, Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams, who I thought did a fine job.  A few scenes could have benefited from some added exposition, sometimes character names were said too softly or unclearly so I couldn't catch them the first time, and a few setups seemed too convenient, but all in all a great addition to the legacy.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 10, 2016, 08:30:09 AM
With Powerball fever happening lately, I find myself having the same conversation with everyone.  See, I have ZERO desire to win the lottery.  Everyone looks at me like I'm a two-headed alien for saying that, but it's true.  Don't get me wrong, a sizable chunk of change would be very helpful to me to pay off my debts (particularly my school loan debt) so I can live a frugal, debt free life.  But I do not want to win the lottery. 

I follow the old credo of "mo' money, mo' problems."

In my state, I can only claim anonymity for a year.  Then it goes public and I don't want the fame or everyone hounding me for a handout and all that.  Your face gets all over the media as a lottery winner, every criminal out there is gonna hack (be it computer or blade) you for the payout.  I had the smallest taste of rock star fame with Pool of Thorns, and I don't want that high profile recognizability.  I want to be able to just walk into my local diner for a meal and be able to eat in peace.  Even if I was a voice actor in a high profile cartoon, I could still walk into my local diner and be unrecognized.  I'd still have my privacy. 

Plus with taxes, everyone looking for a handout, having crazy family members crawling out of the woodwork thinking they have a right to a cut, some even crazier family members who'd put a hit out on you for the money, the sheer stress of managing and handling that kind of wealth (with great wealth comes great responsibility), and you know what?  I can't put a price on my sanity.  The most miserable people I see are money-rich and the happiest people I see are soul-rich.

So, yeah, I never want to win the lottery because mo' money= mo' problems.   
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