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6151  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 10, 2006, 10:37:12 PM
Finals done.  Yay!  Did another accelerated playthrough of Ever 17 and got the good ending with You.  I've now gotten good endings with all four main paths, but only gotten epilogues for You and Sara.  So I need to replay the Sora and Tsugumi scenarios to get the epilogues and then I can open the
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Coco chapter
which was hinted at when I finished You's path today.
6152  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 09, 2006, 07:12:30 PM
In the middle of writing a paper, I decided to do another accelerated replay of Ever 17.  I got the good ending with Sora.  Now, I've gotten good endings with Sara, Tsugumi, and Sora.  Now I need to get a good ending with You and then I can
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open up the Coco scenario through the paths of Takeshi and Kid and try for her good endings
and then really figure out what the game's plot is truly all about.
6153  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dreamfall: The Longest Journey on: May 09, 2006, 07:42:29 AM
Damn, I've been so busy with life outside of RPGfan that I didn't know Dreamfall came out.  I just may have to pick that one up to review.
6154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First RPG? on: May 08, 2006, 03:33:24 PM
I had played various RPGs in the 8 and 16-but days like Dragon Warrior, Ultima: Exodus, Legacy of the Wizard, Ys 3, but I could never get into the genre.  As a little kid, I found them slow, boring, ponderous, and I just didn't "get" them.  Like I didn't get the whole idea of experience and nonlinear quests and all that.  I did dig Zelda back then, so though it's still debatable as to whether it's a 'tr00 rpg' or not, it was a quest adventure that did try to serve as a gateway/segue into the RPG-proper genre.  

But it was in '97 after seeing a friend play FF7 that I decided to give the genre another chance.  I tried Legacy of Kain for PC, but it wasn't for me.  I wanted something more Japanese/anime-ish.  So I dusted off the old Genesis and bought some preowned cartridges of Phantasy Star 2-4.  So, yeah, Phantasy Star 2 is the game I really call my first RPG; the one I cut my teeth on.  

Between the two eras was my mostly non-gaming era.  That was circa high school.  Yeah, that's a similar sentiment to Druff.    

P.S. Druff?  Izzat really you?  Damn, talk about a blast from the past.  I was dezo penguin/dezo/Blademaster Dezo back in ye olden days.
6155  The Rest / General Discussions / Soledad Cross ordered removed. on: May 05, 2006, 07:32:25 AM
I'm with Morwan.  This'll probably get overturned due to the Soledad Cross being a historically significant San Diego landmark.  I'm not Christian or anything, but I'd love to see it.  It's so beautiful.  Same way, I loved the architecture of churches in NYC that when I was living there, I would just walk around the streets to marvel at the corner churches.  

Are people that pessimistic that they need to find something to be offended about in everything and not take the time out to find something positive and/or aesthetically pleasing about things?  Sure X, Y, or Z [ insert random stimuli here ] may have things you may find distasteful, but I'm sure it will also have something that you'll dig as well.
6156  Media / The Soundroom / Mike Patton's solo venture, Peeping Tom on: May 05, 2006, 07:27:20 AM
I can only imagine what would happen if Mike Patton and Devin Townsend joined forces.  It'd either be world salvation or world destruction.  

And Merk, if you want to hear some Mike Patton in a more accessible form, I recommend the Faith No More albums "The Real Thing" (this is a classic album that belongs in every collection; it has "Epic" and "Falling to Pieces" on it) and "Angel Dust" which is just such an amazing album with a diverse array of sonic textures.  The general mood is pretty dark, even with the more humorous songs like "RV" and "Be Aggressive" with the cheerleaders in the chorus.  You get real mellow songs like "RV" up to full death metal flesh-tearing with "Malpractice" and "Jizzlobber."
6157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grandia (Original) on: May 04, 2006, 08:04:19 AM
Eh, I think the Grandia series is like the FF series in that there are similarities, like similar themes and the intangible "mojo" that you know it's a Grandia game, but each Grandia game is its own self-contained storyline in its own self-contained world.  

Granted, there was a game published by Hudson for Game Boy Color in Japan (and Japan only) called Grandia: Parallel Trippers that had Justin, Feena, and company in it, but other than that, all Grandia games have their own independent worlds, storylines, and characters.
6158  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: May 02, 2006, 08:26:48 PM
Not a CD purchase, but since I'm saving up some money to outfit my parents' basement to be a spot to host jam sessions and do some rudimentary recording, I decided to splurge some dough on some early birthday gifts for myself.  (My birthday is May 8.)  

I got a great deal on Ebay on a Tama Rockstar kit with bass drum, 2 mounted toms, and a floor tom.  

I also ordered me a set of AA Meinl MCS cymbals (hi-hats, crash, ride.)  Meinl= the best cymbals no one knows about.  Forget Zildjian, Sabian, or Paiste.  Meinl is where it's at!  I want a set of their Safari hi-hats.    

EDIT:  I also got a used Tama Swingstar snare drum; 7.25" deep, man.  That's almost 2 inches deeper than a standard snare and boy is it beefy.  I splurged some on the hardware too.    

Next up is to buy a PA system.  Then I need to save up for a keyboard and keyboard amp.

The most important purchases to me at this point were/are the drumkit and the PA system.
6159  The Rest / General Discussions / The newfound Judas Gospel on: April 30, 2006, 08:56:03 PM
Thing is, though Gnosticism currently is a splinter group.  I believe Gnosticism itself predates the Catholicism we all know today, and the article did say a decent amount about Gnosticism.  

And the thing is, what I found interesting about the article was the canon itself.  That what was canon was merely what the Christian groups, who were quite poor at the time, could actually publish, so they ended up picking and choosing texts to publish.  So what ended up being canon may not be the whole story.  

I find that notion fascinating, you know that there are holes in what we think we know and they're slowly being filled up.
6160  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: April 30, 2006, 08:36:51 PM
You didn't have a :P emoticon or anything so how could I read sarcasm?  I can't read sarcasm using just words on a screen like I can read sarcasm from a live person's speech inflections.

'sides, I don't even know who you are in the RPGfan community so I can't tell sarcasm like I can from guys like Vil, Dade, or Daggerstrike.  

"Colors Fading" by Anavana is still song of the moment.
6161  The Rest / General Discussions / The newfound Judas Gospel on: April 30, 2006, 05:55:00 PM
But still, no one finds this intriguing?  Fascinating?  Really really interesting?  Are you all really that jaded?  

And maybe it's just me, but when I read that article in National Geographic, I couldn't put it down.  I was so fascinated by the whole thing.
6162  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: April 30, 2006, 05:52:31 PM
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because it blends genres and has a mass appeal.


If blending genres and having mass appeal or signs of good music, then sweet Jesus, Linkin Park is better than Dvorak.


What the hell are you saying?  Are you putting words in my mouth?  I'm talking about two aspects of a song that I think makes the song good.  The song seamless blends the disparate genres of R&B and rock.  The song has a mass appeal beacause it has a great hook, is something everyone can bob their head to, and is neither too loud nor too soft to turn people off regardless of what style of music they listen to.  Damn good song.  I'm really passionate about music and like to share music with people that I think is really good, and I think a lot of people would really dig this song.  

I fail to see where this Linkin Park/Dvorak comparison is coming in.  And who's to say classical is one single genre?  There are many subgenres of it.  Schubert sounds different from Tchaikovsky who sounds different from Brahms.  Back in ye olden days, classical composers were blending genres all the time, to the point where a lot of people thought it was pure noise and now, people think they're genius compositions.  Dvorak's New World Symphony has a LOT going on in it.  

Throughout history, music has always been about fusion in many ways.  Jazz fusion in particular has always been huge what with ethnic blends like Indo-jazz (blending Indian music with jazz) or Afro-beat (blending jazz with African style drums) and all that.  Fusions of flavors make things interesting.  And the most enduring music of the ages usually is the stuff that breaks boundaries and fuses flavors in ways that excite and delight.  And in the olden days of classical music, there was tons of genre bending and genre blending going on.  Many composers defied conventions and at the time they were thought of as crappy-ass noise and now we think of their stuff as genius.  I'm not saying a band line Linkin Park will reach that status, but all I'm saying is that pushing the sonic envelope of genres and mixing genres has been around since music's first been played.    

And are you saying I know nothing about music and/or have idiotic mainstream taste?  Then you, sir, are mistaken.  I know a lot about music.  I've studied some music theory, I can read both bass and treble clef, and I happen to be a decent bass player (I was jazz trained when I took lessons.)  I listen to a wide variety of music from ethnic, classical, children's music, all the way to brutal death metal.  I honestly do listen to everything, so long as it's good.  I look for independent artists and support local/independent music scenes.  How many people do you know that have even heard of Anavana?  My favorite genre happens to be progressive metal which happens to have a lot of neoclassical touches and some amazing musicianship.  

And, yes, "Colors Fading" is a terrific song by a terrific band.  Give it a listen and then judge accordingly.  

And so fucking what if some kid prefers the music of Linkin Park to Dvorak?  Different strokes for different folks.  I can't stand broccoli, my housemate devours is like candy.  In addition, I know some extremely intelligent and well-educated people who don't exactly have sophisticated tastes in music.  It's all about what music tickles your mojo.
6163  The Rest / General Discussions / The newfound Judas Gospel on: April 29, 2006, 02:51:43 PM
True, a lot of people may end up being nonplussed by this either citing this is a false gospel or ignoring it because "gnostic texts have no bearing on the reality of Christianity" (which IMO is B.S. because to deny gnosticism is like denying one's birth or childhood) but I think this is a different case than the gospel of Mary, because of the role Judas played.  

Judas sold Jesus out.  He's a traitor.  Yet this newfound text paints a part of the story that Judas did Jesus' bidding by selling him out and having him killed.  Judas was thus forever cursed and is one of the most universally hated figures worldwide, yet this text posits that he wasn't the evil, rotten traitor everyone thinks he is, but rather the most ardent and devoted disciple.  

If this gospel turns out to be true, it could possibly signify the rewriting of history.
6164  The Rest / General Discussions / The newfound Judas Gospel on: April 29, 2006, 10:06:50 AM
http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/gospel/index.html

This is big.  EDIT:  Maybe not as big as I initially, thought, but it did make me go "whoa!"

After reading that article, I did have a few a-ha moments where things I sometimes questioned seemed to make sense.  

Discuss.
6165  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: April 29, 2006, 07:52:00 AM
My song of the moment is called "Colors Fading" by AnaVana (with tildes over the n's.)  They're a fusion group that classify themselves as reggae/rock, but on this song they blend Brand New Heavies style neo-soul with a rock edge using tastefully distorted guitars and some rocking piano.  

Definitely a fantastic song and one I think music listeners should check out, because it blends genres and has a mass appeal.  I love the chorus.  

http://www.anavana.com
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