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6106  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2007, 08:46:02 PM
Good point, Mauru.  

By the way, if you enjoy books chronicling the lives of people dealing with psychological and neurological difficulties, you may want to read "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  There is some amazing stuff in there.  

Sacks has also written "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" among others but I never read those.
6107  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 11, 2007, 04:33:01 PM
Mauru- I don't think it's so much that religious people are happier, it's that people who embrace spirituality are happier.  Believe me, the hardcore religious fundamentalists are just as high-strung, tense, angry, whatever as the hardcore fundamentalist atheists.  

Spirituality (and religion) can be great things, but in moderation.  Too much of a good thing can make you ill (be it physically or mentally.)  

Religion and spirituality are not necessarily enmeshed.  You don't need to subscribe to an organized religion to be spiritual.  The closest thing I can consider myself is a spiritual agnostic.  I'm not a fan of organized religion, but I do believe a higher power can exist, especially since there are aspects about the nature of life, the universe, and everything else that simply cannot be explained through the limited array of logic and science we possess.  There's a lot out there we don't know and probably don't have the capacity to know.

As for my reading, nothing beyond textbooks.  Mostly counseling psychology textbooks since, well, I'm in a grad program studying to be a school guidance counselor.
6108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 11, 2007, 04:22:55 PM
I think the closest thing US gamers will get to Sakura Taisen is a game called Piece of Wonder that Hirameki's localized.  Download version's available, package version should be coming later this month.  


Visual novel with SRPG elements and the choices you make in the visual novel segments influence the ending you'll get with each heroine and possibly affect how they fight.  

I've played the demo.  I never got to play a battle, but I was highly amused by what I saw in the visual novel portion.
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 11, 2007, 04:16:36 PM
I'm in chapter 6 in Hotel Dusk.  Everything just
seems so coincidental and everything, but I like that Hyde too thinks all the coincidences are strange.
6110  Media / Brush and Quill / New art crap. on: February 10, 2007, 11:04:42 AM
My favorite is easily the Captain Ahab one right above me.  I love how his face is simplistic while his mind is complex.  To me, this is exactly how I and others feel.  When you read Moby Dick in high school and whatnot, Captain Ahab is presented as a one-dimensional megalomaniac by English teachers fairly often, but if you actually take the time to actually  *read* the book (and not the closed-minded forced reading that high school English teachers make you do), you will find that Ahab is one of the most complex and well-developed characters in literature.
6111  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Thanx 4 nothing!!! on: February 09, 2007, 05:27:36 PM
Pointless bump of a useless thread that went nowhere fast.  I'm locking it.
6112  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: February 09, 2007, 10:52:12 AM
I just bought a couple of Jordan Rudess albums from iTunes.  I got "Feeding the Wheel" which I thoroughly enjoy.  I also got "Rhythm of Time" which has gotten mixed reviews, but I really like.  I think it's a great complement to "Feeding the Wheel" in that it's a good deal darker.

I get the feeling Losfer would really like these albums.  At least he should listen to "Revolving Door" off "Feeding the Wheel."  If he doesn't like it, then, well he can re-enact a Cannibal Corpse song on me.
6113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / How many PC RPG Fans are there? on: February 09, 2007, 10:48:13 AM
But Alisha- the whole "women in skimpy outfits" is an issue not only in US PC RPGs but in Japanese console RPGs, video games in other genres, and pretty much any visual media regardless of culture.  Yeah, it pretty much sucks in terms of the social commentary of "sex sells" and it is absurdly silly to see warrior women in 'metal underwear' prancing around in snowy areas of RPGs.  

When it comes to art direction/ character design in US RPGs, I quite liked Septerra Core.  Maya wore full armor/clothing that actually made sense.  Heh, even the prostitutes in Septerra Core actually wore full length dresses.  

And I don't know why, but I find this picture of a female Templar Knight from Hellgate London amusing.  The armor is really cool, but the lady's proportions under it look really weird.  http://www.rpgfan.com/pics/hellgate-london/ss-057.jpg
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / LOL i was supposed to be arrested or something? on: February 09, 2007, 07:40:36 AM
I know I should say something more constructive about this whole situation, since anything that involves the police is nothing to be fucked around with.  

But all I can think of are "Internet is serious business" and "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
6115  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Joss Whedon being sought for Sailor Moon on: February 07, 2007, 07:23:50 PM
What ew?  I would not mind seeing Mischa Barton and all those other hotties in those little Sailor Fukus.  

As long as there's plenty of T, A, upskirt panty shots, tons of explosions, and loads of chop socky fighting, I will be happily entertained for a couple of hours.
6116  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: February 07, 2007, 12:50:40 PM
"Screaming Head" by Jordan Rudess off the Rhythm of Time album.  It's my song of the moment simply because the middle of the song from 2:51- 3:31 is 40 seconds of pure awesome.  

Jordan IS the wizard.

You can hear the song at the Jordan Rudess tribute MySpace page.

6117  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 05, 2007, 09:58:50 PM
I'm partway through chapter 3 in Hotel Dusk.  

Do I need to say anything that hasn't already been said regarding the game?
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / Non-RPG interest. on: February 05, 2007, 07:21:36 PM
Aside from RPGs, visual novels, and graphic adventures...

I love fighting games.  That's the reason I still keep my Dreamcast and all my games.  IMO, that has been the best console in recent years for fighting games.  I *heart* Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Soul Calibur, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and a whole slew of other fighting games I have.  

I dig driving games too, though I haven't played one in a while.  Gran Turismo series, Sega GT, even more arcadey driving games like Crazy Taxi.  

Puzzle games rock.  I've spent more hours playing Tetris than all my other games combined.  

And I'm starting to get cravings for first-person shooters again.  I loved Doom, Heretic, and all those back in the olden days.  System Shock 2 is still awesome and scary as all get out.  I played some Gears of War at a friend's house and boy is that game killer.  I have high hopes for games like Hellgate: London and The Precursors.  

It's funny though that most people would think I'd be nuts about games like DDR or Guitar Hero, but I'm really not.  I'm more of a "if I can do the real thing, I don't really want to do it in a video game."  I'd rather go to a dance club or thump on my bass than play DDR or Guitar Hero at the arcade.  That's also part of the reason why I'm slightly on the fence about Ar tonelico.  I'm studying to be a school guidance counselor so I'm not sure if I want to be a counselor in a video game when I'll be spending my actual life doing counseling.  

Ironically, I dig love adventures, but more because they're so Japanese and it's a glimpse into the love/dating life of a different country/culture.  Though I would not want to play a love adventure starring people my age.  I date and interact with grown-ups all the time.  The whole school-ties aspect of high school set love adventures is appealing because I love stories set in schools.
6119  The Rest / General Discussions / Name A Forum, 2007 Edition on: February 05, 2007, 06:52:03 PM
The imagination sanctuary- where art and soul collide.
6120  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 03, 2007, 10:34:23 PM
I just finished playing the 45 minute demo of Hirameki's latest Piece of Wonder.  http://hirameki-int.com/appc/products/piece/index.html

I didn't get to play any of the battle segments so I don't know how the SRPG battle engine works, but the digital novels segments are fun, amusing, and give loads of choices.  It's reportedly like Sakura Taisen in that your relationship with one of the three main heroines can not only determine which ending you'll get, but possibly how well they'll perform in battle.  

I'm digging the story.  It's cutesy but it has depth too.  The opening segment was pretty weird, but it got me into it.  

I don't think Hirameki's going to let me down with this one.  I'm digging it.  So far, the only Hirameki game I've played that was a letdown was Ai Yori Aoshi.
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