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6151  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 20, 2006, 05:21:10 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Prasanna - Pangaea Rising

I love that song.  Heck, that whole album is fucking awesome.
6152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 20, 2006, 05:18:59 PM

Anyway, I just got my copy of Contact and here are my impressions after an hour or so of playing.  

This game is like a goulash.  The graphics are a mixture of 8-bit style with a more 32-bit 2D style with really nice prerendered backdrops.  The music thus far is also quite good, with a blend of old school MIDI and PCM and more new-school orchestration (like in the title theme.)  The game definitely has a quirky vibe, which is nice.  It really reminds me of Earthbound in that supreme silliness is handled with deadpan delivery.  

The only thing that took some getting used to was the battling.  When you press the attack button while Terry is in fighting stance, he doesn't attack when you press the button.  He auto-attacks in intervals.  It was tough to get used to at first, but I'm used to it now.  Fighting with techniques is much easier than melee fighting.  

So, yeah, the fighting may definitely be a turnoff for some.  And since the game's barely begun, I've yet to get to the real meat of the plot.    

The battle engine is the weakest part of the game, but despite that, I still want to keep playing.  The game is fun.
6153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army on: October 19, 2006, 10:51:21 PM
In all the MegaTen games, Kerberos has a lion-esque look rather than as a 3-headed dog.  Why?  I dunno.
6154  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 19, 2006, 08:13:33 PM
"Cry For Eternity" by DragonForce simply for that little keyboard interlude at around 3:55 in the song.  I love it.  Sounds like something out of a video game.  And Herman Li did say in an interview that many parts of DragonForce songs will remind you of video games.  

DragonForce is so the epitome of complete and total awesomeness.  I mean, they're fucking DragonForce.
6155  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 08:08:56 PM
V-dawg: are you referring to the organic chemistry exam Morwan's friend posted where he basically went ape on it because he had just dropped the class?  I liked the part where the TA/professor corrected the guy's spelling of Louis Carroll to Lewis Carroll.
6156  The Rest / General Discussions / Most profound english paper evar (bitchez) on: October 19, 2006, 01:11:54 PM
And he still  
got a passing grage.  That paper netted him a D-.
6157  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 19, 2006, 12:15:32 PM
I don't know.  Even in that silly Cartoon Network cartoon "My Gym Partner's a Monkey" the principal's greatest phobia is lawsuits (though it's reasonably justified since the school he runs has a whole manner of animals from sharks and snakes to toucans and giraffes.)  So he does whatever he can to cover his ass and avoid lawsuits.  So school paranoia is valid.  

My thing is that parents feed the paranoia and thus paranoid parents influence paranoia in schools because the schools want to please the parents rather than vice versa (like in other countries where schools are more highly valued.)  

As for school boards protecting anyone... meh, I'm pretty disillusioned with school boards.  Corruption runs rampant in school boards (and that's the truth in many countries, not just the US.  School board corruption in New Zealand is pretty bad too.)
6158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: October 19, 2006, 11:59:04 AM
Either way, it's 10/19 so I'll be getting my copy of Contact fairly soon.
6159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Squeenix, going forward... on: October 18, 2006, 10:48:15 PM
I've known Logick for a while, and he's the real deal.  And remember, the video game business is just that- a business.  And if multi-platforming can put the game into more peoples' hands then that's more money the company can make.  And I don't know what SE's current financial numbers and profit margins are, but they're probably less/lower than we think.  

But, yes, the varying power of the consoles could be an issue.  After all, the Wii is much less powerful than the PS3.  But since SE does have a publishing deal with Nintendo as well as Sony, I wouldn't be surprised is some kind of FF games hits the Wii.
6160  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:41:46 PM
Quote from: "Alexander"

Edit: Guys, if this is something at just a couple of schools, should it really matter?

Domino effect.  Bandwagon effect.  Whatever you want to call it.  Sure it's only at a couple of school, but the way trends have been going in terms of the parent-school relationships all over the country, such things could happen more widely.  I mean, for whatever reasons, many schools in the US have eliminated recess.  Granted, much of the reason for that is to dedicate more time to all the high stakes testing that's been thrust into the school system, but risk of injury and risk of lawsuits is yet another fine reason for school systems to eliminate recess elsewhere.
6161  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:11:05 PM
Quote from: "Angelo"
This thread illustrates just why schools get away with murder.  They love that people blame the parents when they pull bullshit like this.  That they merely have to throw out a red herring to divert the blame is disheartening.

Tell that to the teacher who fairly gave a kid a D on a test who now has the parents threatening to take action about "bad teaching" if the teacher doesn't change the grade to an A.  

Schools don't get away with anything.  Teachers don't have power in the classroom any more.  And even good principals are at the mercy of school boards, most of whose members have never been in a classroom, some probably don't even have college degrees, and yet these idiots are making decisions about our schools, our kids.  

The one good thing that the NCLB thing has done is make the schools accountable for this, that, and which.  Great idea in concept, but currently it's not being executed well at all.  

Bottom line: US educational systems are fucked up.  

And Miho- when I was assistant teaching pre-K and kindergarten, we used to let the kids play with jumpropes, explaining to them that if they are for jumping only and not for tying people up with (because if a jump rope loops around a kid's neck, that's a serious medical injury waiting to happen) but after the kids repeatedly kept tying their classmates up with the jumpropes, we had to not let them play with jumpropes at recess any more because we didn't want a kid getting strangled by a jumprope during a game of cowboys & indians.  Of course, there were plenty of other cool toys for them to play with, so no worries.  We gave them a chance with the jumpropes, but they didn't follow directions so we took them away.
6162  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 05:31:13 PM
"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid."

I like this person.  

I'm almost disgusted by the way parents almost want to put force fields on their kids.  Let 'em get a few scrapes here and there.  That's part of being a kid.  If you fall, you learn to pick yourself up.  I think by the time all of us have kids, this nonsense will be over.  All of us are so disillusioned by the wacko parenting some parents do that I foresee a change back to more conservative parenting values and techniques instead of this bedwetting pansy liberal neo-hippie parenting crap.  

There's a reason God made kids "out of rubber."  They're physically and psychologically more resilient than adults.  If a kid breaks a leg, it will heal quick.  If an adult breaks a bone, it will take forever to heal.  

I'm also saddened by how much parents strong arm teachers to do their bidding to the point where teachers have ZERO power in the classroom.  It's becoming to the point where if the kid does something wrong and the teacher punishes him/her, mommy and daddy will fight the teacher and save junior's sorry little ass.  How are kids going to fucking learn accountability for their actions with mommy and daddy constantly strong-arming the teacher to turn that F into an A?  

Although if it was a ban on Tag body spray, I'd be all for that because no teacher or school employee should be wearing perfumes because in an environment with that many kids/people, someone will be allergic to perfume fumes.
6163  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 18, 2006, 05:22:00 PM
Dysrhythmia's new album "Barriers and Passages" is a grower.  Granted, all Dysrhythmia albums are growers, but this one seems more so than No Interference, Contradiction, or Pretest.  Still, this album is awesome.  It's pure Dysrhythmia with some blistering bass work by Colin Marston (who also blazes with Behold... The Arctopus.)  

Anyway, my favorite song on the album is "Seal/Breaker/Void" which can be heard on their myspace http://www.myspace.com/dysrhythmiaband

Dysrhythmia's a completely instrumental band so no lyrics.  I fucking love Dysrhythmia.  I think they're one of the most unique and interesting rock/metal bands on the scene today.
6164  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: October 18, 2006, 09:52:24 AM

Dysrhythmia (one of my favorite bands) put this on a MySpace bulletin and I'm very glad I checked it out.  This instrumental band (called Dif Juz) and video from the mid 80s is awesome.  These guys were really ahead of their time.  

Cheers to Dysrhythmia for pointing this out to us.
6165  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 14, 2006, 08:33:04 PM
I'm still on an Icarus Witch kick.  I freakin' love that band; one of the best traditional metal bands to emerge lately, and from America to boot.  They certainly wear their 80s trad-metal influences on their sleeves, but have a sound that's distinctly their own too.  No one can say Icarus Witch are copycats.  I also like that, particularly in their Capture the Magic album, the bassist is very up-front in the mix.  Traditional metal usually doesn't have bass so up-front unless it's Steve Harris in Iron Maiden.  

Anyway, song of the moment is the title track from Icarus Witch's "Roses on White Lace" EP.  Great song, great album.  This title track and "Curse of the Ice Maiden" are my favorite songs on the EP.  

I saw you in your wedding gown
The prettiest dress
I came into the room that night
And made such a mess
In my own way, I lovingly kiss the bride
With your ring in your hand
Your eyes and your mouth open wide

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
So dead upon the bed

You hurt me in the deepest way
I'm crippled inside
I took your evil skin away
It's all cut and dried
I saw you tonight and carefully took your hand
With some smears on my cheeks
I knew that you would understand

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
So dead upon the bed, still searching for your head

They're never gonna find your face
It's hidden away
I found a very special place where you used to play
In my own way, I lovingly kiss the bride
With your ring in your hand
Your eyes and your mouth open wide

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
Crimson and sweet, stained on the sheet
Roses on white lace, pretty in red, dripping and wet
Roses on white lace, spilled on the walls, dark in the hall
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