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6106  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 05, 2007, 09:27:40 PM
I just caught wind of a new metal band called Sanctity.  They're on Roadrunner records... but they're good.  They're not nu-metal at all.  In fact, they have that headbangable old school thrash sound that I grew up with.  No goofy-ass low tunings that sound clunky rather than heavy.  When nu-metal bands drop to low C or even low A, it sounds horrid.  Some of the heaviest metal I've heard isn't far from standard tuning- usually drop E-flat or drop-D.  One of the best thrash metal bands in my area tunes standard.  

Sounds like Sanctity tunes to drop E-flat or drop-D at the lowest.  

Song of the moment by Sanctity is "Beneath the Machine" and it's a great metal song.  It's headbangable, thrashy, and about getting tattoos.    

6107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: May 04, 2007, 10:14:37 PM
I was doing some spring cleaning at my apartment and at my folks' house and I wound up junking a whole bunch of my old and semi-old video game systems.  But one system I didn't junk was my SNES.  I only have one game for my SNES and that's Chrono Trigger.  

I hooked up the SNES to a TV in the basement and played from one of my old saves (a new game plus save; characters around level 90).  I realized how much I love the game.  As far as RPGs go, it's damn near perfect in my eyes in all areas.  The story is fun, the characters are endearing, the writing has charm & wit, the gameplay is fun, the visuals are great (it has better sprite motion detailing than some 2D RPGs in the 32-bit era and beyond), the music is stellar... I've played and replayed this RPG more than any other RPG ever.  

Damn fun and addictive game.  And so charming.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/chronotrigger/Chrono_Trigger-7.html this is an old reader review I did of Chrono Trigger.  

Chrono Trigger is easily a top 5 game for me.  (I wasn't a big fan of Chrono Cross.)
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: May 03, 2007, 07:06:20 PM
Eh, what the hey.  I'll shamelessly one up all of you with video footage of yours truly.  Some of you saw it in the YouTube thread on the music forum, my Livejournal, or the MySpace, but here's my pseudo-band Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs (it's me and my friend Richard).  



Date: March 23, 2007.  These days I'm a few pounds lighter and have better hair.
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 10:59:25 PM
Oh, I got confused when you said 2nd way through.  I thought you were referring to the Capcom path since I mentioned I was on the SNK path.  

Don't I feel dense not even thinking new game plus.  I guess I won't be playing new game plus then... but after 22 floors of card battling, I probably wouldn't want to.  

In any case, my Rimoruru card has gotten me out of more tight spots than I can count.  She's definitely my favorite card.  My Momoko card is my "bimbo" card.  Looks hot, but not the most useful.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 10:18:26 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Neal: Apparently there's some sort of game-stopping bug the second way through the tower.  I'm none too happy, either.

Well that really sucks.  I'm on the 9th floor doing the SNK path (I have no real interest in the Capcom cards.  SNK characters are more interesting.  I wish I could completely eradicate any Capcom card in my collection.) and no bug yet, thank goodness.
6111  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Release Date announced on: May 02, 2007, 09:59:26 PM
Do I really need to lock this thread?  

Knock it off, both of you (Ash and Lard).  Take the bickering to PM.  You're both acting like the petulant children and immature flametards that you both say you so despise.  And don't either of you whine "but he started it" because since both of you are finishing it (trying to get the last word), it doesn't matter who started it.  No one's innocent here.  

Bottom line: The US is getting Persona 3, we've been getting more MegaTen games lately than we ever have, we're not getting FES, whatever.  It is what is is.  You can scream, cry, throw temper tantrums, and take out your frustrations on internet message boards all you want, but it won't do a thing.  It will still be what it is.  

Atlus is a business and if it's prohibitively expensive for them to localize FES in that they may not break even on sales to recoup the cost of FES since MegaTen and most anything Atlus localizes is a niche title, so be it.  Atlus takes risks and they have to calculate those risks to make sure they gain or at least don't lose too much money on them.  

As a MegaTen fan, having been a MegaTen fan for a decade or so, I'm just so happy that we're getting a lot of MegaTen titles lately.  

'Sides, I'm sure some MegaTentist with the FES import and a shitload of free time will take the time out to give a script translation of it sometime on the intarwebnet.  Oracle of Maiya did the full script for Innocent Sin and I thank those ladies for it.
6112  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 03:02:06 PM
I'm mostly playing Capcom Vs. SNK Card Battle for DS.  Yeah, it's supremely monotonous, horribly repetitive, and generally a fairly lame game... but for a game that I can just play in short bursts sporadically every once in a while, it fits the bill.  Guilty pleasure again.  I actually have fun with this game even though it contains most of the elements that would make me want to smash it with a mallet.

...and the SNK female characters are still way hotter than the Capcom female characters.  Hence why I'm on the SNK path.  SNK characters are just cooler.
6113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IX battle system revealed on: May 01, 2007, 11:20:47 PM

I'm glad it's turn based also.  Various recent RPGs I've played that eschewed turn-based systems for more real-timey action oriented systems have been clunky and not fun for me to play.  For example, I'm not at all fond of battling in FF12 or Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army.  I'd have enjoyed those games more if they were turn based (in DS:RK, it'd have made demon captures easier and less twiddly.)  

I'm glad that Dragon Quest is remaining a last bastion for good ol' fashioned turn-based RPG gaming.  I prefer turn-based battling to realtime battling since my reflexes ain't what they used to be.    

As for customizing the main character, I like that.  This way the character seems more immersive/me.  So long as the supporting cast have good dialogue and everything, I'm not worried.  I've played many awesome RPGs with "mute" protagonists and if I can make the protagonist's appearance in my own particular idiom, great.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: May 01, 2007, 02:19:17 PM
Oh, I just remembered another one of my guilty pleasures regarding gaming.  Bad gaming.  I seem to have a guilty pleasure about playing genuinely bad RPGs or adventures.  I look at 2006.  I played and reviewed a whole bunch of games that year, but a healthy portion of them were bad.  The really good ones I played were games released prior to 2006.  But in any case, I had a guilty pleasure out of playing such bad RPGs as MS Saga and Children of Mana.  Maybe I was masochistic or maybe I just was in a "love to hate" mode but there was something fun about playing a really bad game to completion and then trashing it in a review.  (I'm a very lenient grader as you know, so if anything gets below an 80% you know it's garbage.)
6115  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 30, 2007, 09:44:39 PM
The list is more a way for gamers to say stuff like "yeah, well at least I'm not as pathetic as that fucking dating sim fanboy!  I'm not a chump.  I play GTA, Halo, and Gears of War."

In any case, bad as that list may be, it could still work as a springboard to talk about why certain genres of game are/aren't guilty pleasures for us.  

I certainly have guilty pleasures in terms of music, literature, visual media, etc.  Even food.  Yeah, I totally have guilty pleasure food.  I enjoy these things and will continue to enjoy them but I may not profess my enjoyment of certain things to certain people.  

For many people, gaming in and of itself could be a guilty pleasure.  Many people still see gaming is something childish and immature.  I'm sure folks among us have dated girls (or guys) who were kinda digging you, thinking you're cool and mature... but the second you mentioned video games they immediately thought you were childish, immature, and not worthy of dating.

I think a genuine pleasure becomes a guilty pleasure depending on the company around you.  Certain people can and will try to make you feel guilty for enjoying something you genuinely do.  In addition, there are individual differences.  Some people may have more qualms than others about professing their enjoyments of certain things in certain company and/or may get more defensive when people cut down the things they find joy in.
6116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what kinds of character design appeal to you? on: April 30, 2007, 01:41:11 PM
My favorite type of character art is the hyper colorful (especially in the area of brightly colored hair), hyper-cutesy, big-eyed, anime loli girls who look like 8 year olds with basketball breasts that make fanboys go "waaaaaaai" and "OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!" at the same time.  That's what character art is all about...... booyaka ooga ooga wakka chikka wow wow chikka chikka wow wow ohhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhh!

Just kidding.  The above is almost everything I dislike.  H games are usually the worst offenders here (surprise surprise.)  

Among Japanese character artists/designers I also like the work of Ayami Kojima and Kazuma Kaneko.  Both do character designs that are highly stylized.  Their character art is aesthetically pleasing to me.  

I dig the character designs in the H game Crescendo.  To me, the character designs in this game beautifully capture subtle essences of both Ayami Kojima and Kazuma Kaneko.  I'm a bit ambivalent on their eyes, though.  I'm not sure if the saucer-eyed look works for these characters.

I feel as if character designs like the aforementioned are timeless.  I can dig originality in character designs (i.e. those in Touch Detective) but when the novelty value wears off...
6117  The Rest / General Discussions / GamePro: The 52 Most Important Video Games of All Time on: April 30, 2007, 10:52:51 AM
Man, what's with gaming sites and their fetishes for lists lately?  

I still think Mark (Hidoshi) had the best idea for a list of top 25 games you wouldn't play unless you had a viking helmet on your butt.
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 29, 2007, 01:42:52 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Top 25 games you'd never play unless you were wearing a viking helmet on your ass!"

Now that's a top list I'd actually WANT to see.  :P  Lost Vikings and Norse by Norsewest better be on that list.  Those games are fun, but they'd be hella more fun if I wore a viking helmet on my ass while playing them.
6119  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 29, 2007, 08:14:31 AM
I felt like the writer was really grasping for straws on a lot of things.  However, I agree with Hentai games being on the guilt list.  Seriously, even merely reading about some of the H games out there SHOULD make you feel icky enough that you want to immediately take a shower, brush your teeth, and gargle with an extra helping of Listerine.  

I'd probably put dating sims/love adventures in the guilty pleasure category too.  I don't feel guilty about it here in this gaming community as those and non-romantic visual novels are my niche on the site, but when the guys in the locker room are talking about Halo or Gears of War, I'm likely NOT going to mention my fascination with Memories Off.  

One interesting thing is that the guilt we feel regarding our guilty pleasures is fleeting.  I'll feel a shred of guilt for about 15 seconds when I think about how much I enjoy love adventures, but then I just shrug and play them.
6120  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: April 28, 2007, 01:55:24 PM
That's one thing I loved about Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army; the writing and dialogue fit the period (1920s- 1930s.)  Granted, the game took place in Japan, but for the English dialogue using terms like "dame" or "bird" to refer to a female made it feel like period dialogue.  Sure some of the demons used modern/contemporary dialogue, but that didn't bother me.  

It had an immersive setting... too bad the battle system was clunky.  

FF8 had an interesting setting.  I quite liked the game's world.  Too bad most of the events surrounding the dramatis personae were either silly, boring, or had more holes than Swiss cheese.
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