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6151  The Rest / General Discussions / Your Video Game Band Name on: August 21, 2007, 01:29:09 PM
For any kind of band name, I wouldn't even try for something "good."  All the good band names are taken, so I would go for something totally stupid and nonsensical like

Fei Fong Wong and the Gears of War.

Although a power metal band dedicated to Phantasy Star named Skyhaven would be kinda cool.

And for what it's worth, the guys in the power metal band DragonForce are video game nuts (guitarist Herman Li likes to do weird picking techniques to make his guitar sound like video game bleeps and bloops) and there was a classic game on Saturn called Dragon Force.
6152  The Rest / General Discussions / Growing out my hair; need advice on: August 20, 2007, 02:16:10 PM
No, we will NOT have a chorus singing George Thorogood's "Haircut" song.

Get a haircut and get a real job
Clean your act up and don't be a slob
Get it together like your big brother bob
Get a haircut and get a real job

Anyway, in addition to keeping your hair trimmed (cut off the split ends and allow the hair to grow healthy instead of straw-like), keeping it clean (unwashed hair can smell funky), and all that, be prepared for the "growing pain" stages.  Up till about 6 months, it's going to poke out all over the place and be an utter mess.  You'll never be able to get it to look tidy.  So if you want to grow your hair long, you have to be patient during that awkward hair stage.
6153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico II on: August 18, 2007, 05:16:07 PM
I could not get into Ar Tonelico at all.  And go figure huh, I've studied psychology intensively, am working on becoming a school guidance counselor, and am nuts about dating sims/love adventures.  I too thought the game was kinda blah and not enough was done with the intriguing setting.  

The soundtrack was exquisite, though.  Though I found Ar Tonelico to be a generally mediocre RPG, the music was definitely a cut above.
6154  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 18, 2007, 11:15:36 AM
Tatsuya Sudou and Tatsuya Suou can be the most confusing.  It makes more sense in the Japanese version because each of those two use different kanji to spell Tatsuya.  

Another part of the name confusion comes from the godawful English translation of Persona 1 where characters were given American names.
6155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tactics Ogre on: August 18, 2007, 11:09:27 AM
Tactics Ogre easily has one of the most intriguing stories ever presented in an RPG.  It's a surprisingly mature storyline, especially given the time when the game was created/released.  From what I understand, many elements of FF Tactics take influence from Tactics Ogre.

The worst part about Tactics Ogre is easily the level grinding.  

And Kachua rules.
6156  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 17, 2007, 03:10:28 PM
Quote from: "Dade"

So....are you a masochist first and a bassist second, Neal?

I dont think I've ever known someone to choke down that much Xeno in this short of a time frame.

If I WAS a masochist, I've have played Xenosaga II WITHOUT a Gameshark.  I Gamesharked my way through all the Playstation 2 installments, so I got through them relatively quick.  Xeno 1 took me about 35 hours, Xeno 2 and 3 were about 25 apiece.  

I've spent 110 or so hours on a single playthrough of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.  So my Xenosaga marathoning isn't *too* bad.  

Heh, if anything I was a Memories Off masochist this summer.  Not only did I play and review two of the games, I also previewed the latest one and reviewed a bunch of the soundtracks.  

Anyway, I'm putting Xenosaga DS aside in favor of an advance reviewable copy of a DS game I got from a beloved publisher.  I can't really say any more about it till I write up a preview for the site.
6157  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 16, 2007, 07:43:26 PM
I'm a couple hours into Xenosaga I-II for DS.  It's a Japanese import I snagged cheap.  Game's alright.  Music and sound effects are atrocious.
6158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 15, 2007, 09:59:13 PM
The one thing I liked about the Simpsons movie is that it didn't try too hard to be this epic larger than life spectacle.  It was, for all intents and purposes, an extended length episode.  Ralph could have had some better lines, though.  

We thank you Lord for this almighty penis
is still my favorite part.  

Anyway, I saw Potter 5 in the theater today.  Good film.  Obviously, it's a Cliff Notes version of the book but it was good.  Helena Bonham Carter was superb as Bellatrix.  Pity she wasn't used more.  And the girl they cast as Luna... Wow!  she nailed the part and looked good doing it too.  Umbridge was probably the most vile character in the Potter mythos and they cast her well too.  She was vile.  

I loved the music in this installment.  The only think I found odd was
towards the end when everyone was flying on thestrals.  All the thestrals were visible.  Shouldn't Ron's, Hermione's, Ginny's, and Neville's thestrals been invisible since they couldn't see them?  Only people who've seen death can see thestrals.  
6159  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: August 15, 2007, 09:51:31 PM
I was browsing a used CD store whilst killing time before the Potter movie.  I ended up buying a couple of good punk CDs from the $1 clearance rack.  I got Andiamo by Authority Zero and an MxPx live bootleg.  I didn't know anything about Authority Zero but what did I have to lose for a buck?  It's a good CD.  It's punk the way I like it: energetic and socially conscious.  And MxPx is MxPx.  Amazing band.  "Chick Magnet" has a simple but oh so fucking awesome bassline.
6160  The Rest / General Discussions / WHAT THE HELL IGN? on: August 15, 2007, 03:44:33 PM
Well, at least he didn't have a life size plushie or love doll of her made.  That would have been even more disturbing, methinks.

EDIT: And at the very least, it's not a bobblehead.
6161  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 15, 2007, 12:29:30 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Man, when it comes to Xenosaga you have some odd preferences Neal. :P

Ain't that the truth.
6162  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 11:41:31 PM
did finally grow a pair at the very very end.  I was like "about freaking time."  I like that he admitted he was a weenie in front of everyone.  I still think he's a weenie, but I have more respect for him because he actually owned that.  

Regardless, Captain Matthews (and the Elsa crew: Hammer & Tony) and Jr. still remain my favorite Xenosaga characters.  But, of course, the greatest character to ever grace a Xeno RPG, or just any RPG period, is Citan Uzuki.
6163  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 11:31:06 PM
Beat Xenosaga III.  It was an epic end to an epic series.  However, the post-game stuff was more limited than in II.  

III was definitely the best game in the series.  The visuals were beautiful, the character models blended anime and realistic beautifully, the music was fantastic, the voice acting was the best of the lot, and the gameplay was the most fun of the three (especially ES battles.)  However, in terms of storyline, I enjoyed the plotline told in part II more than that of part III.  

And even though connections to Xenogears may have possibly been tenuous, it was fun seeing nods.  I mean
Fei and Elly strongly resemble Abel and Nephilim.  The original Miang with the long blue hair that emerged from the Eldridge crash in the Xenogears intro resembled KOS-MOS.  Since the original Miang was what gave birth to life on that world and KOS-MOS is the vessel for Mary Magdalene...  And perhaps the reborn Lost Jerusalem (aka Earth) is where Xenogears takes place.  Oh, and Xenogears has references to the Zohar.  I believe there was a "Zohar Modifier" in Xenogears.

Others are kinda ehh, like
I would think Ramsus is something of a descendent of chaos/Yeshua, but Ramsus seems to resemble Wilhelm more than chaos.  And with Citan Uzuki, Citan is a lot more like Jin than Shion.  However, Jin dies helping chaos and KOS-MOS assimilate the Gnosis, so does that mean Citan comes from Shion's side of the bloodline?  Then again, those family traits have to come from an established gene pool.  If Shion met Citan and his wife, she'd probably say, "ugh!  He's just like my brother!"  

At least with Xenosaga, thank goodness there was no annoying mascot creature like Chu-Chu.  Okay, there was the bunnie, but you didn't have to have anything to do with it.  Chu-Chu, you had to keep in your party and were required to use in some boss battles.

Oh, and re: Xenogears.  I tried firing it up in my Playstation 2, and is it me, or does the text flow a LOT faster when playing Xenogears in a PS2 than it does in a PSone.
6164  Media / The Soundroom / So...Deathly Hallows on: August 14, 2007, 07:36:22 PM
Grim- re: Snape.  I felt Snape was completely justified in all his actions throughout the books.  
On the one hand, he had a ruse to maintain.  If he let on that he actually cared for Potter, the jig would be up.  Plus, he had to keep his distance and be defensive because if he got too close to Potter, the jig would be up.  He kept his distance by using classic projection.  Projection is where you project traits of one person onto another.  Like if you have issues with your father and your therapist reminds you of your father in some way, you project by treating the therapist like you do your father.  Snape hated James Potter.  Snape hated James not only because he was a rival for Lily's affections, but because James was an arrogant asshole who mercilessly bullied Snape.  So of course when Snape sees James in Harry's general appearance and demeanor, he's going to treat him like he would James.  And because of that coldness, he made Harry hate him too thus making it easier to keep a distance from the boy who would so remind him of Lily too.  When Snape saw Harry, he thought of James.  If Harry looked more like Lily, it would have been much harder for Snape to maintain his ruse.
Snape is very conflicted regarding Harry.  He's Lily's son and he's James' son too.  He loves one and hates the other.  So this dichotomy was portrayed extremely well by Rowling.

And regarding Draco Malfoy, he was the son of Death Eaters, so in order to be in Voldemort's good books, Snape had to favor Draco visibly.  Plus, a school student becomes soft if unbullied:P  Remember, Snape was Voldy's #1 lieutenant over Bellatrix Lestrange.  The Potter saga would have ended much much differently were Bellatrix in Snape's esteemed position.  If Snape fucked up even in the slightest, Bellatrix would have taken his place and everyone would be fucked... no, they'd be ass raped with hot pokers while swallowing elephant grass before being fucked because Bellatrix was a brutal sadist.  

I finished the book a few days ago. What a colossal disappointment. This was not only the worst Potter book in the series, but it was a lousy book period. The book was a total mess. It was poorly written (the herky jerky schizophrenic writing style felt rushed), there were tons of tiny plot holes that were never explained properly (if at all), it was boring as hell (even the climactic battles felt very "been there done that"), and the book was really predictable. Rowling can do better and has done better.

The only redeeming aspects for me were the Dudley chapter, the Snape chapter and any chapter with Neville Longbottom (is, was, and will always be my favorite Potter character.)

I'm glad to be done with this book. It's nice to know what happened to Harry and everything, but the book still blew chunks.

EDIT:  My mom recently finished the book.  She liked it, but felt there were tons of little holes.  One thing I have to agree with her on is that Fleur was a huge disappointment.  I mean, she was a skilled sorceress who competed in the Triwizard Cup and yet she's relegated to
being Bill's hausfrau.  All she's doing in the book is chopping meat for Bill.  I mean, what the fuck?  A talented, exotic, glamorous sorceress like Fleur being a mere hausfrau and not doing something that makes use of her skills?  What a step backwards for womankind.  

And with the epilogue
Why did Harry have to name his kid Albus Severus?  That's a doomed name.  Worse than Han and Leia naming one of their kids Anakin.  Why couldn't he have been named after a Weasley?  The Weasley clan is of great heritage.  Why couldn't Ginny have stepped up and said that she wanted the kid named after Fred, who died valiantly whilst fighting and always had a smile on his face and a joke in his heart.  

And why did Ron and Hermione have to name their kid Rose?  Rose is an old lady name.  And any old lady with the name of a flower is usually the most crabby bitch on the block.  

At least Draco gave his kid a cool name.  Scorpius Malfoy's alright.  

And I definitely think Jimmy Potter and Teddy Tonks will be the hellions of the school.  I can see Jimmy using the Room of Requirement to hide and jump out at people to play pranks.  I can see Teddy using it to hook up with girls.  I peg Teddy Tonks with his punk rock hair as the ladies man and Jimmy Potter as the class clown.

But the part of the epilogue that bothered me the most was
why no mention of Luna?  Luna was a big part of the gang.  She fought bravely in book 5, and in book 7, she was the one who kept everyone's spirits up whilst they were imprisoned in Malfoy manor.  Ollivander himself said that Luna was the reason he never lost hope, faith, or his will to live.  I loved Luna.  I wanted to know what happened to her.  I believe she and Neville became a couple at the end of book 6 so my guess is that she's married to Professor Longbottom, is head of the Quibbler, and that she and Neville have a couple of normal, well-adjusted kids.  If anyone deserves a happy family, it's Neville.  And considering his integrity and level-headedness, and her positive attitude and always unabashedly being herself and never letting others get the better of her, their kids are probably the best off.  
6165  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 05:26:26 PM
Well listen Grand Master, Louie was a slacker 'cept when he was tending bar.  The only reason the hotel was never dusty was because ol' Rosa would keep everything spotless.  

I'm in the final dungeon of Xenosaga III so I should finish it tonight.
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