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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 04, 2014, 08:13:51 AM
Back in ye olden days, when some people were naughty but not to the point of needing to be banned outright, we put them in "restricted member" status temporarily till they shaped up.  Basically, restricted members couldn't start topics or enjoy some of the other privileges of full fledged members.  It was kinda like in-school-suspension back when you were in high school. 
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 03, 2014, 07:53:32 PM
My voiceover coach called me a vocal chameleon.  That was awesome. 
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 02, 2014, 05:01:58 PM
I'm playing a game and I am enjoying it.

The game of life?

Who enjoys that game?

No, I am playinggggg [removed].

RPGFan Community Quiz?

I can't play that by myself silly.

Okay, who are you playing "just the tip" with now?  *chortle*

Anyway, with all this talk about classic games and some of our idols wanting to return to form (e.g. Dice playing FF7 and reminding us why we love it and JRPGs in the first place, the news story of Uematsu wanting to do a 2D RPG like FF6, Legend of Legacy), I decided to revisit Chrono Cross on a whim.  Oh my goodness, I forgot how freaking cool that game was!  Especially the music!  I could listen to the second overworld theme for days.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leFTNSTt1MU  It and FF6 definitely had two of the best JRPG soundtracks ever and oddly enough, the only track I dislike in either soundtrack is the normal battle theme.  Go figure. 
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: November 02, 2014, 01:08:14 PM
I'm still surprised that it took as long as it did for us to get Legend of Dragoon on PSN. 
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: November 02, 2014, 11:52:23 AM
Can't talk about jiggle physics without talking about Dead or Alive.  Jiggle physics were its gimmick, which is too bad because the fighting games themselves are actually pretty good and don't really need the gimmick to compete with Tekken or Virtua Fighter.  Heck, at E3 2012 I had more fun with Dead or Alive 5 than with Tekken Tag 2.  

And I reiterate the silliness of fanservice on the "Stumpy McGunderthumps" (to borrow Mesh's term) polygon characters in Bravely Default and the upcoming Legend of Legacy.  Sorry, but no, there is nothing sexy about a grown woman that looks like a damn fetus.  (reference: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=14402.15 )  

As for Wild Arms 5, good game without any real flagrant fouls, but I don't remember a damn thing about it.  It's kinda like some bands I've seen- skillful musicians who play with flawless precision but I cannot remember any of their songs.  

My wishful thinking for PSN is still Thousand Arms.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: November 02, 2014, 08:49:11 AM
True.  Though that won't stop all the conspiracy theorists of our generation saying that the Illuminati or New World Order is somehow behind all these celebrity deaths.  I feel like that's going to be a constant too- high profile people pass away, conspiracy theorists pontificate.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: November 02, 2014, 07:34:09 AM
So apparently, Wayne Static of the band Static-X died yesterday and now everyone and their kid sister is a Static-X fan.  I never got into that band and thought the most interesting thing about them was Wayne's gravity-defying hairdo.  Still sucks that anyone dies before 50 these days, he probably has a family and stuff.

Still, celebs have been dropping like flies the last 4 years. 
68  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Let's talk horror movies, shall we? on: November 01, 2014, 09:28:07 AM
I know Halloween is over, but I know there are horror buffs here.  So what's your favorite type of scary movie?  Slashers like Texas Chainsaw Massacre?  Torture films like Saw?  Alfred Hitchcock style thrillers?  Monster movies?

For me, I dislike the torture films and could take or leave slashers, but I love me a good monster movie. 
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 31, 2014, 07:33:51 PM
A couple of my co-workers decided to make giving candy to trick-or-treaters a drinking game.  Down a shot if Elsa or Olaf (from Frozen) came to your door. 
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 30, 2014, 05:13:47 PM
How's this for midlife crisis?  While most guys in a midlife crisis want a sports car, I want one of these Japanese racing bicycles: http://www.anchor-bikes.com/ mostly for the name.  That way when people in the peloton are blustering on about their Pinarellos or Cervelos, or other assorted speed machines, I can say "I ride an Anchor!" and then blaze past them during uphill ascents. 
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 30, 2014, 05:09:35 PM
Tomorrow night, the band's playing a Halloween show, but we'll be in our usual stage outfits.  A couple weeks ago, we played a Halloween show in the Syracuse area and we all dressed up as Star Wars characters.  The drummer was the Emperor, the singer was slave Leia, guitarist was Chewbacca, and I was Lando Calrissian.  I even grew out a moustache for that night. 

Our singer never got to go Trick or Treating growing up, so one time the band took her out Trick or Treating.  The guys all wore masks and pretended to be costumed teenagers taking kid sister out trick or treating.  She wore a classic "bedsheet ghost" costume.  She's tiny and would say "trick or treat" in the cutest "little girl" voice, so no one suspected that the little girl in the ghost costume was, in fact, our singer. 
72  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 30, 2014, 04:55:43 PM
Even before I joined the staff, my favorite part of the GOTY features was reading editors' individual picks rather than the sitewide picks.  I can already tell that some of the stuff in my top 5 for 2014 will probably not be in anyone else's list.  And that's part of the fun. 
73  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 05:59:52 PM
1) Every reviewer grades a little differently, just like teachers in school.  You may submit the same exact essay to two different English teachers and Ms. Jones may give you an A for a litany of valid reasons, whereas Ms. Smith may give you a C+ for a litany of valid reasons.  We're human, we all have different tastes, so look to the reviewers whose tastes align with yours.  

We've had the grading system discussion on staff every year, sometimes multiple times per year.  Sure, the school grading system we use (100-90= A, 89-80= B, etc) may not be perfect, but I like the wiggle room a numerical system gives me (then again, I am an educator by trade.)  Plus, aggregate sites go by numbers more accurately than letters.  

2) The overall score is not necessarily an average of all the category scores.  Sure those play a part, but it's what I call the "reviewer's tilt."  Some reviewers may weigh one category more heavily than the others when coming up with an overall score.  Some may go with gut instinct for overall score.  
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 24, 2014, 07:10:33 PM
Happy Diwali to all my Indian brethren.
75  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Music Video Topic on: October 24, 2014, 05:54:37 PM
While I could mention classic 1980s videos like Michael Jackson "Thriller," Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer," or Genesis "Land of Confusion" as well as the 1990s videos Prodigy "Smack My Bitch Up," or the epic Guns 'n Roses videos for "Don't Cry," "November Rain," and "Estranged" but my all time favorite music video is still this 1994 gem:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE
(Beastie Boys "Sabotage")

EDIT: And, like Beavis, 20 years later and I'm still waiting for the "real" video to come out.  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-YsiTUxe4MI

And I want to make mention of this killer video for "Monarch Omega" by Abnormality.  They're one of my favorite bands and the lead vocalist is a friend of mine.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBf1kM0wBfg
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