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6106  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 04, 2006, 07:19:06 PM
The Germany/Italy game was an awesome way to spend 4th of July.  What an exciting game.  So much inspired football, some amazing plays, some exciting saves... but Buffon and Italy's defense proved superior.  Those last couple of minutes in the 2nd overtime and during stoppage were unbelievable.  What was also impressive was that it was a very clean game.  No excessive fouling or carding.  

The better team prevailed.  It's so going to be Italy/France in the final and I do think Italy will take it.  The French team has been playing amazingly (Zidane and Henry are on point) but Italy's offense is fierce and their defense is impenetrable.
6107  Media / The Soundroom / Atreyu's new CD on: July 04, 2006, 09:22:29 AM
Burnt By The Sun and Luddite Clone were short-lived metalcore bands from New Brunswick NJ and were excellent.  God Forbid, also from the Brunz, kick some serious ass as well.  Another Jersey band that kicks some serious ass is Dillinger Escape Plan.

And definitely check out Between the Buried and Me.  It's like metalcore with progressive touches, like jazz style guitar progressions.  

And I think anyone into heavy music should be required by law to listen to the albums "Reign in Blood" by Slayer and "The Codex Necro" by Anaal Nathrakh.  Those albums can make even the toughest metalhead cry for mommy.

Oh and how could I forget Nile?  One of the best metal acts to come out in a long time.  Brutal death metal with Egyptian themes.
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / All your snakes is belong to us on: July 02, 2006, 10:12:29 PM
Dove?  Nah.  I think Irish Spring would be funnier.  Don't know why, but I think it'd be funnier than Dove.

(Don't mind the Dincrest.  He's on vacation and has been drinking.)
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / All your snakes is belong to us on: July 02, 2006, 07:46:29 PM
... and that the acronym for Snakes On A Plane is SOAP.  That's funny.  Come on, laugh dammit!  Even you sophisticates can enjoy some plebian humor once in a while.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 01, 2006, 10:04:32 PM
Quote from: "Miho"

I wanted Brazil to lose so badly from the beginning of the World Cup, and I finally got my wish. My reasoning is this--frankly, I don't much care for Brazil's aggressive plays. By no means, do they suck....quite the contrary, but it's just a matter of preference. I don't enjoy watching them.

Miho, I'm with you on that one.  I mean, I do recognize Brazil's skill and dominance in the sport, but I'm not a fan of that team.  It's like back in the olden days when the Chicago Bulls NBA team had Jordan, Pippen, Phil Jackson, and all the rest.  I recognized the team as a dynamite powerhouse team, but I was never a Bulls fan (I'm a Knicks fan.)  

Time for change.  And who'd have thought France would be that agent of change?  

G1- I'm with you that the Portugal team has been dirty and cheap throughout the tourney.  I hope they choke against France.

Deg- perhaps if Beckham hadn't gotten himself injured in the 2nd half, he could've scored a penalty kick, since he is a damn good kicker.
6111  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 01, 2006, 09:58:25 PM
Sometimes a song comes on the radio that just grabs your ear and doesn't let go.  And you go "man, I've never heard that song on the radio before, what was it?"  Well, it was a classic rock station and they played this song called "Riding the Storm Out" which I later found out was by REO Speedwagon.  I don't know what it is about the song that gripped my ear, but it did.  Definitely a good one.  

Riding the storm out
Waiting for the fallout
On a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter
Wine bottle's low
Watching for the snow
I've been thinking about what I've been missing in the city

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

Lady beside me
She's there to guide me
She says that alone we've finally found home
The wind outside is frightening
But it's kinder that the lightning life of the city
It's a hard life to live but it gives back what you give

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

(guitar solo)

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

Riding, Riding, Riding the storm out
6112  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 01, 2006, 05:00:38 PM
Man, that France/Brazil game was super duper exciting (well, I only got to see the 2nd half).  Quite a nail-biter.  I couldn't believe how tight the French team was.  Henry was on fire.  What an upset!  If France continues to play like this, they could be in the finals.  What happened to Brazil?  Did they get cocky before the match and thus not take is as seriously?  Because they were all over the place not playing like champions while the French team was like a well-oiled machine.  They knew they were playing Brazil and they stepped it up big time.  France dominated in terms of posessions and steals, everything.  

So it's France/Portugal and Germany/Italy.

The England/Portugal match was an embarassment.  Both teams played very sloppily and seeing Beckham crying on the sidelines was rather demoralizing.  England has an amazing lineup featuring some of the best players in the world, yet they couldn't come together as a cohesive unit.  I blame the coach for that one.  

France had better beat Portugal, especially after that beautiful match against Brazil.  

I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of France, but their team was exciting to watch and they kicked ass.
6113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / do you have trouble .... on: June 30, 2006, 07:42:05 PM
I have no problem connecting, but sometimes I connect in different ways.  Like a female RPG character may remind me of a girl I know or once knew and I connect that way and not on the more visceral level of "oh, man this character is just like me!"  

The exception to that rule is Maya Amano of Persona 2.  I was able to connect with her on a more visceral level since I saw a lot of myself in her.  Definitely an interesting and dynamic character, especially if you've played both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.  

And as the others said, the characters have to be fleshed out, well-written, and interesting first before I can feel anything more than a tenuous connection of them merely as an avatar in a game.  A good character connects with me in a way that I really feel like I'm in that world.

When I was playing Hourglass of Summer, I shared little-to-nothing in common with protagonist Kotaro, but I connected with him in such a way that I was completely immersed in his world and his life and whenever I played that game, I was no longer me.  Same with Takeshi and Kid in Ever 17.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 30, 2006, 07:36:01 PM
So we have Italy and Germany in the first semfinal.  

Now it's England/Portugal and Brazil/France tomorrow.  

Team Ukraine should be very proud of themselves.  They came out of nowhere and made the quarter finals for the first time in their country's history.  And it's not like they lost to some chowder-ass team at the end.  Italy's got a fiendish offense.    

I'm with G1 that Germany's home court advantage could be pivotal in the Italy match.
6115  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 28, 2006, 02:25:58 PM
Yeah, it's that RPGfan thread that ups post counts while also displaying the ever-changing musical tastes of our members.  

My song of the moment is not a song I particularly like, but it's appropriate because it's a "venting" song.  Let's just say when it comes to the music game, Like everyone, trust no one.  

Hence, my song is "I Hate Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe.  I don't think I need to post the lyrics since, well, you get the idea.
6116  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 28, 2006, 02:17:39 PM
Time to start a new one.
6117  The Rest / General Discussions / Fucking Japan, I swear to God on: June 27, 2006, 12:44:11 PM
"Don't make fun of me" "Don't make fun of me" "Don't make fun of me."

It's too hard not to.  

"I'll make fun of you" "I'll make fun of you" "I'll make fun of you"

And the hasta la vista baby thing is priceless.  Then again, Japan has a sometimes odd choice when it comes to loanwords.  I mean, they use "futtobooru" to refer to American football and "sakaa" to refer to soccer/"real" football.  Go figure, huh?
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 26, 2006, 08:38:39 PM
Still Deg, England MAY end up getting its act together.  I mean, look at the Ukraine team.  They were godawful losing 4-0 in an early game, but they pulled it together and are now in the quarter finals.  Granted, they'll probably get their asses kicked by Italy, but still.  The Ukraine goalie was tight as hell during the penalty kick period while the Swiss goalie was all over the place.  

One game can make all the difference.  

Admittedly, I haven't been following World Cup super closely (due to real life and all that), so I'm mostly going with gut feeling in my predictions.
6119  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 26, 2006, 08:29:00 PM
My song of the moment is "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce.  It took a while, but that song is slowly starting to catch on.  It's been #1 on MusicChoice Metal for a bit.  There's even a video for the song, and it's awesome, especially the middle part where Herman and Sam do a duelling guitar thing.  I love the picture-in-picture thing where they show Herman and Sam's hands.  

DragonForce is mighty.  DragonForce is the epitome of awesome.  I pity those who don't see the sheer and utter awesomeness of DragonForce.  And now more people are recognizing their awesomeness, especially with their spots on US tours and such.  

Lyrics courtesy of DarkLyrics.com.  And I was too lazy to check for errors and such.  

On a cold winter morning, in the time before the light
In flames of death's eternal reign we ride towards the fight
And the darkness is falling down and the times are tough all right
The sound of evil laughter falls around the world tonight

Fighting high, fighting on for the steel
Through the wastelands evermore
The scattered souls will feel the hell that is wasted on the shores

On the blackest waves in history
We watch them as they go
Through fire, pain and once again we know

So now we fly ever free
We're free before the thunderstorm
On towards the wilderness our quest carries on
Far beyond the sundown, far beyond the moonlight
Deep inside our hearts and all our souls

So far away we wait for the day
For the lights are so wasted and gone
We feel the pain of a lifetime lost in a thousand days
Through the fire and the flames we carry on

As the red day is dawning
And the lightning cracks the sky
They raise their hands to the heavens above
As we send them to their lies
Running back through the mid-morning light
There's a burning in my heart
We're banished from the time in the fallen land
To a light beyond the stars

In the blackest dreams we do believe
Our destiny this time
And endlessly we'll all be free tonight

And on the wings of a dream
So far beyond reality
All alone in desperation
Now the time is gone

Lost inside you'll never find
Lost within my own mind
Day after day this misery must go on


Now here we stand with their blood on our hands
We've fought so hard now can we understand?
I'll break the seal of this curse if I possibly can
For freedom of every man

6120  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 26, 2006, 04:31:45 PM
So... what are peoples' predictions for the World Cup Final?

I think it's going to be Germany/England.  I had a rough time choosing between Brazil and England, but my gut feeling said England.  So I think either Germany/England or Germany/Brazil.  

And, yes, that Holland/Portugal game was a cracker for dubious world cup records.

EDIT: http://www.countyoursheep.com/d/20060623.html
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