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6106  Media / The Soundroom / MTV Music Awards, namely the VG Score category. on: August 05, 2006, 10:37:50 PM
...too bad Dreamfall's soundtrack was utter shit. (Pat/Ramza had asked me to review various The Longest Journey and Dreamfall soundtracks so once those get put up, you'll read why I thought Dreamfall's soundtrack sucked rhino balls.)
6107  The Rest / General Discussions / Selling games on: August 04, 2006, 03:23:02 PM
I sold a whole bunch of my rarest video games (domestics and imports) on Ebay to buy a bass amp a few years back.  

I'm so happy I sold the games.  I was accumulating a backlog to the point where it felt like playing games was a chore and going through the backlog felt like work.  Games should never feel like work.  

Selling off a ton of my games a few years back was one of the best things I could have done.

EDIT: But I refuse to sell anything related to Ever 17 and/or related to KID's Infinity series.  That's my favorite series and Ever 17 is my favorite video game of all time.
6108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Summon Night - anyone else grab this? on: August 02, 2006, 11:43:34 AM
I only learned about this game recently too.  A Tales-esque dungeon crawler from what I understand.
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / Horrible game ads. on: August 02, 2006, 11:08:56 AM
Oh the abject horror!  My eyes burn from Gaiares boy's mullet.  And, man, is Tommy Tallarico for real?  I mean, first that stupid ad then his being really freaking annoying on TV.  Douchebag.
6110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sigma Star Saga - is it any good? on: July 31, 2006, 04:56:17 PM

Here's my review of Sigma Star Saga.  I trust you read it?  Keep in mind that of all the press reviews out there, mine was the most favorable for the game.  I love WayForward, Shantae was awesome, and I dug SSS.  

There are many aspects about the game that WILL try your patience.  

Though the gameplay is generally fun and easy to pick up, there are flaws. One flaw is with saving. The game uses a save point system, and sometimes save points can be scarce, though the good thing about them is that they heal you. Given that this game is on a handheld system and games on handhelds should be convenient for gaming on the go, a quick save feature that allows you to save any time you want would have been welcome. Another common complaint is that the random encounter rate is too high, and that there is no way to escape from battles. An escape option would have been nice for those times when you're low on health, desperately seeking a save point, and the land monsters aren't dropping health packs. Health packs during the boss stages would have been nice, especially since they run long and it's often very easy to make mistakes. Crashing into walls takes away a huge chunk of health. The game also has frequent fetch quests and a couple of timed sections, which I know can be showstoppers for many RPGers. In addition, random battles can sometimes get repetitive, but that's par for the course in any RPG.
6111  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 31, 2006, 01:51:52 PM
Quote from: "CluelessWonder"
Monster House -  It is a good film, but it is not a film for little kids.  Jokes will go over their heads and they will probably be scared (like the horrible crying kid sitting behind me in the theater).    

I saw a commercial for that movie where a boy and girl go into the house and the girl says "there's its tongue and that must be its uvula" then the boy says, "Oh, so that must mean it's a girl house" and I thought, "okay, that joke's not gonna fly in a kids' movie.  I'll bet all the grown-ups would laugh and the kids'll be all like 'what's so funny?  I don't get it.' "  

Man, I'm behind on movies.  I still have to see Cars, Monster House, and A Scanner Darkly (which my friend said was awesome.)
6112  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 31, 2006, 12:38:22 PM
Time for silly melodrama: Oh fate, thou art a cruel mistress.  Why dost thou taunt and mock me so?  I couldn't go to E3 last year because I was still a newbie contrib on staff and only full fledged editors can go.  I couldn't go this year because of accursed final exams.  And now with this news, I may never get to go.  Heh, and thanks to being in a gigging band, I was (and still am) getting better at shameless self-promotion and PR stuff.  

Now I'll be logical:

On the other hand, scaling back is not something I'm surprised about in the least.  I mean, they did make attempts to scale back this year by trying to cut down on and even eliminate "booth babes" (because such models don't come cheap) just to name one example.

It almost sounds to me, especially with the premonitions abound in this thread, that they're aiming to streamline E3 into a more professional event like a conference (like maybe AERA or something) and less of a bombastic trade show spectacle (like NAMM or something.)  

Maybe as someone said, the new E3 may work like an academic conference in that media outlets that want in but weren't among the elite top invitees may have to submit a proposal or something outlining why said media outlet deserves to be there.  

Of course, that's not always fair because you never know who's on the committees to read and accept proposals into their conference.  I mean, to use an example from academia, you could have an amazing qualitative research study proposal for submission but if the committee reading it to judge your participation in the conference are all quantitative researchers, your chances of getting in are slim, despite your proposal's awesomeness.  

In other words, I think Ramza and Rico are right.  It will likely end up a "who you know," the connections you have, and the palms you've had to grease to get in rather than "what you know."

EDIT: Just so we're on the same page, I'm cool with downsizing.  You may not get to shake hands with as many people, but the people you do shake hands with will be more relevant for forging contacts.
6113  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 30, 2006, 02:50:12 PM
You know, there are bands that most people here would regard as utter crap that are crawling out of my idiosyncratic musical prejudices and surprising me.  Once I forget about labels, images, popularity, and just trust my ears, there is some great stuff out there, sonically speaking.  

One band I never quite thought would surprise me so pleasantly is Eighteen Visions.  They started off as a ho-hum California metalcore/screamo (possibly fashioncore) band (and when it comes to metalcore, nothing beats New Jersey metalcore i.e. Burnt By The Sun, Luddite Clone, God Forbid), but now on their new stuff, they seem to be embracing their California roots.  Like Avenged Sevenfold, these guys are adopting a sound that fills me with nostalgia.  It's like a fresh take on 1980s glam-tinged Sunset Strip hard rock.  I'm reminded of groups like Motley Crue, LA Guns, even a touch of Guns 'N Roses, when rock stars were rock stars with that whole Nikki Sixx image.  You know, that L.A. sound.

So my song of the moment is "Our Darkest Days" by Eighteen Visions, because the song is really freakin' good.  Loads of great sonic textures, layered vocals, soaring melodies.  "Victim" is a good nostalgic song harkening back to that era with a catchy hook that could serve as a battlecry/great audience singalong.  

6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Human Consciousness' existence on: July 29, 2006, 10:40:24 AM
Don't really have much to add/say here, but have any of you seen the film "Waking Life"?  If not, definitely check it out if you are into deep cerebral philosphical thought.  It's one of my favorite movies.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243017/
6115  The Rest / General Discussions / re: Your brains on: July 27, 2006, 08:06:15 AM
That's a good one.  This is my favorite WoW video that my friend Julie/Pyra did.  


I think the editing is really tight, especially with moustache green mowhawk guy's mouth movements to the words.
6116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: July 27, 2006, 08:03:49 AM
More than I expected to have finished.

RPGs: Aveyond

Digital Novels: Ai Yori Aoshi, Exodus Guilty vol.1, Hourglass of Summer, Tea Society of a Witch

And I got the full/true/totally freaking awesome ending in Ever 17.  I first beat the game in December 2005, but I've played it repeatedly since then.
6117  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 27, 2006, 07:53:19 AM
My song of the moment is "Hologram" by No Lindsay.  Fantastic song.  It has the kind of songwriting that the frontman in my band wishes he could do.  

Lyrics copy-pasted from their myspace.  


And all these people
are not what they seem
Hes a run-of-the-mill and a bored one
So eager to please
And she pretends shes on TV
And shes cowered by whats under her bed
She calls daddy into her room
But hes just a hologram.
But hes just a hologram though

And now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame; its a dirty, dirty shame
that Im walking on my own

What happens when I go
Into the Pine Barrens
Looking for haunted houses (looking for haunted houses)
I came back to tell my story
And you respond yes exactly
the way I knew you would (the way I knew you would)
Exactly like they do. Exactly like they do on that show.

Now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame. Its a dirty, dirty shame
that Im walking on my own.

Now dont you ever wonder?
Dont you ever ask questions?
Youre an A+ student with a dingy mind.

Now you have something to talk about
Now you have a song
And its a shame. Its a dirty, dirty shame
That Im walking on my own.

Your world is just a hologram
Your love is just a hologram and it shows.
Your world is just a hologram
Your world is just a hologram though!
Now dont you ever wonder?
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 27, 2006, 07:44:47 AM

Ahriman's Prophecy is really beginning to piss me off.  It's becoming so nonlinear that I have no idea where I'm supposed to be going or what I'm supposed to be doing.  The hint journal is no help.  So I went somewhere, then the game crashed on me for I *think* doing something out of order.

And did I mention that two of my characters have some kind of incurable status ailment that no item in my inventory or in the shops I've accessed can cure it?  And it's not a plot related ailment.  It's something odd.  

And, yes, I'm using the goodie that starts me off on a high level.  I wouldn't dare play the game without it.  

This game was fun and totally awesome at first, but now it's a total exercise in frustration and I have ZERO motivation to play it any more.
6119  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 26, 2006, 08:04:46 AM
Where's MY cupcake?  You must all hate me.  For all the work I do/have done for the site, the least you could do is give me a goddamned cupcake!  Or a cookie would suffice.  I like cookies. (LOL, I'm being a looney.)  

In all seriousness, I'm with Liz on this one.  In the history of RPGfan, there has never been a very good poll... and I've been posting on the site since 1999.  Even yours truly was responsible for some of the most idiotic polls.  

Polls would be littered with topics like "shud i pik [ insert name of game here ] or [ insert name of other game here ]" and of course the snarky among us would put in write-in votes for "carrots."  (Sorry, kind of an inside joke there.  TalkBass tends to have a lot of polls and one of the choices is always carrots).  In addition, polls would have a lot of 1 word responses or just "+1" posts, which we tend to frown upon.  

I say no polls.  I voted "I remembered but polls suck."
6120  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 25, 2006, 08:55:50 PM
Song of the moment is "Dvision" by Aquavibe.  Aquavibe are a NY based "mix-hop" group who blend hip-hop, jazz, funk, R&B, soul and other cool sonic textures into an amazing sound.  A great mix of turntablism and live instrumentation.  Dvision is an awesome song.  


Another similar group worth checking out is Boston based Savin Ill http://www.savinill.com They blend the hip-hop with jazz, funk, and R&B, but also incorporate the edginess of rock into some of their songs.  

As much of a metalhead as I am (and prog metal is my go-to genre whenever I want to listen to something) but THIS is the kind of music I most enjoy playing on my bass.

"Dvision" by Aquavibe lyrics (copy/pasted from Aquavibe's site)

Why suck me into you if
thereís already
Somebody in your heart which
you just refuse to part with
Iíve even said it to you :
That I canít make it if
things stay the same
Yet you refuse to change

Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way

So fuck it - you can take it
and stick it - just keep it
Ďcause I want it, but donít
need it
You wonít have me fuckiní
Ďcause Iíve had it - and
believe it,
If you can dish it, I can
break it
I donít want it, but I need
I canít take me crossing

Times have changed, still
you remain the same
   So hard to cover
your mistakes and itís
breakiní my soul, I can no
longer take it
I refuse to stay confused
   Take your sins and
all your fake excuses
   Ďcause I find your
love now to be completely

Truthís worth lookingí into,
if you ever plan to
Respect someone you're close
to, or is this to ask you
-íve now broken down a soul
Loved, respected and wanted
To give you anything

Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way



Thatís why every time you
bring it to me,
I find myself pushiní away
And I know that I want it
But you just donít seem to
have it my way


Now I find your love to be
completely useless
Now I find your love to be
completely useless
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