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6151  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 11, 2007, 11:31:01 AM
I just heard "Constant Motion" off Dream Theater's Systematic Chaos.  I really like that song.  Killer riff.  I like that it's not meandering prog wankery, but tight, cohesive songwriting with enough complexity to make it interesting but not turn-offy.  It's like, I know Dream Theater's musicians can fucking play but with Constant Motion, it felt like they were more relaxed; like they don't have anything to prove and just wrote a killer fun song.  

If this song is any indication, I'll probably like this album.  I don't always like everything Dream Theater does, but I do appreciate their willingness to adventure musically.
6152  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 11, 2007, 10:21:19 AM
I've completed 4 scenarios in Memories Off: Complete for Dreamcast.  Now to complete the 5th scenario and unlock the Memories Off: Pure game.
6153  The Rest / General Discussions / This gets a big...holy shit on: May 11, 2007, 10:20:27 AM
Only in India.  Still, I know in some parts of India, snake handling is part of the culture and even at young ages, the children learn to properly handle venomous snakes.  Nowadays, scientists give these snake-handler villages mad loot for snake venom.  As snakes evolve, gotta evolve the antivenoms.  

Cobras are freaking awesome.  Such majestic snakes.  They have cobra festivals in India.  Where Pamplona has running of the bulls, this one city in India has slithering of the cobras and if a cobra enters your house, it's considered a divine message from Lord Shiva.  

And it's not so much that the baby is abnormally brave or anything.  It's still at an age where it doesn't quite know fear yet.  Babies that age don't know to be afraid of hot stoves or snakes and they will go to touch it.
6154  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: May 10, 2007, 10:15:57 PM

This is one of my favorite "love to hate" YouTube vids.  It's of Dream Theater and guests covering Pantera's Cemetary Gates.  

James LaBrie's vocals were wussy and whiny sounding and he couldn't harmonize AT ALL with any of the guest vocalists.  

Burton C. Bell's (of Fear Factory) vocal was atrocious.  

John Petrucci was pretty much on point... but he had to have Jordan Rudess do the pinch harmonic squeals on his synthesizer.  Weak.  Though John Petrucci is one of the best guitarists alive today, his not doing the pinch harmonic squeals proved that Dime was an absolute master Yoda-esque guitar guru.  Nobody could do pinch harmonics like Dime.  

Dave Mustaine absolutely butchered the solo.  That was a total trainwreck.  Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

The best part of the whole thing was Russell Allen's (of Symphony X) vocal bit.  He proved that among prog metal vocalists, he is in a league of his own.  He should've sung the whole thing instead of LaBrie.  I think Symph X would have done a much better job than Dream Theater did.

I have much love and respect for Dream Theater (they're one of my favorite bands), but they should think their covers through a bit more.  This was pretty bad.  Almost as bad, if not worse, than their Master of Puppets cover (LaBrie is a skilled singer, but his vocal style just isn't suited to traditional metal.)
6155  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 10, 2007, 03:09:26 PM

Song of the moment is "Swimming Pool" by The Nerve.  Joe Nerve is the guy I bought my Warwick bass from, and this song and video are awesome.  Fun and very funny.  There are even a few shots of him playing that Warwick.  It is definitely cool seeing a glimpse into my bass' wild past.
6156  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: May 10, 2007, 09:01:14 AM
OMG cluod vs sqaull fightfightfightfight!!!!!!!!!

A lot of the screens reminded me of Power Stone.
6157  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: May 09, 2007, 07:11:25 PM
Killy- having a lovely lady such as yourself refer to me as a "sexy...beast" totally validates that performance and video.   You rule!

And I must admit, we certainly have an attractive populace here at the Fan.
6158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: May 09, 2007, 05:37:04 PM
To address you Prime Mover, I refer to mature is what Fox said in the post above me.  

I agree there is a difference between Fear Effect 2 and BMX XXX, both of which had mature ratings but while the former was a truly artful title with thoughtful content and storytelling, the latter was just raunch for the sake of being raunchy.  

And since people asked, Tactics Ogre was originally released on Super Famicom in 1995, Japanese Playstation in 1997, and US Playstation in 1998.  I still think it had a darn well written storyline.
6159  The Rest / General Discussions / Why Mario is "cool" and Sonic is not... on: May 09, 2007, 03:34:44 PM
What about the monkey? How could you forget the monkey? You can't have Super Ross Kart without the monkey.  

Oh, and you gotta use Rachel's hair as the ultimate power up.  Back in the day, every woman and her great aunt Ida Mae was getting "the Rachel" at hair salons.  

As for Mario vs. Sonic... I still say neither and remain loyal to Alex Kidd.
6160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: May 09, 2007, 03:27:38 PM
Modern pop culture references in video games are really a love it/hate it thing.  I'm normally not fond of them in high fantasy settings, but am okay with them in more modern settings.  Modern pop culture references fit better in a game like ShenMue than in Lunar to me.  

But go figure, I really liked Yo-Jin-Bo.  That game mostly takes place in feudal Japan has the princess talking about being a Pokemon master and her vassal doing impersonations of Mickey Mouse.  I really should have disliked that game since I usually cringe at pop culture references and modern "hip" dialogue  in historical or high fantasy settings, but I really enjoyed that game.  

Another game (or games) I reviewed that together had one of the best video game stories I'd ever experienced but near non-existent gameplay was the Exodus Guilty saga.  Truly epic in scope, yet with tight character-driven plotlines.
6161  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: May 09, 2007, 08:01:47 AM
MeshGearFox- To clarify, I meant with regards to console gaming.  As you said, PC gaming's had mature games with mature storylines well before consoles did.
6162  The Rest / General Discussions / Miyamoto: Don't blame me for Star Fox's decline, bitch. on: May 08, 2007, 06:14:12 PM
Eh, Miyamoto comes off in that article as being a bit too full of himself.  Who is he to say that Bungie didn't create something the way they wanted to with Halo?  That was rather condescending.  

Wasn't there a thread recently discussing Nintendo's general smugness over the years?

At the very least, the Capcom developed Zelda games Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages games were good.  EDIT: Minish Cap was good too.
6163  The Rest / General Discussions / VAGINA POWER on: May 08, 2007, 12:39:10 PM
Why does "Vagina Power!" sound like a wacky-ass battle cry that would occur during a hentai anime that parodies Sailor Moon or some other magical girl type thing?  Yeah. buncha hentai girls in skimpy fukus screaming "VAGINA POWER!!!" as they destroy an evil penis monster that rapes little girls.

I wonder if that would be a battle cry during a Project A-Ko hentai parody.  After all, since A-Ko is the child of Superman and Wonder Woman her vagina muscles are probably strong enough to crush steel.  That's vagina power.    

And as I was listening to this, the first thing that popped into my mind was this picture on the band Clamfight's myspace.  I think the band sucks, but hte drawing is awesome (not worksafe, though.)  


Sorry, but though there is seriousness in the videos and the lady's assertions (some of which I can't necessarily disagree with), this was just BEGGING me to be a snarky jackass.
6164  The Rest / General Discussions / Why Mario is "cool" and Sonic is not... on: May 07, 2007, 06:05:52 PM
Mario Orgy and Mario Does Dallas starring Ron Jeremy you say?  Dude, that'd be fucking great.  

In any case, screw the fat plumber and the Urkel hedgehog.  Alex Kidd is where it's at... or where it *was* at.  Alex Kidd for the win!  Alex Kidd was cooler than Mario and Sonic combined.  Even the shitty Alex Kidd games were not *too* bad.  

I'm still a petulant 8 (I turn 9 tomorrow) year old who'll keep throwing useless temper tantrums until Sega brings back Alex Kidd and does a remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga.
6165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: May 07, 2007, 09:44:56 AM
Though I'm not much of an SRPG fan, I just realized that the Tactics Ogre games are always ambitious about their writing.  I remember playing the first Tactics Ogre and being impressed by the maturity of the writing, and this was a time when "mature" gaming with "mature" writing/storylines was still near nonexistent.

It also did the branching storyline thing really well.  

Difficulty was merciless though, so I GameSharked that thing.
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