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6151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Turn Based Battle System Idea on: April 15, 2007, 05:11:32 PM
The whole one encounter consisting of a bunch of mini-battles sounds kinda like what Thousand Arms did, and boy was combat tedious and IMO awful in that game.
6152  Media / The Soundroom / Matt Barlow Returns To Metal on: April 15, 2007, 09:39:53 AM


if anyone's interested in hearing their stuff.
6153  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 15, 2007, 12:39:39 AM
I'm playing through Memories Off: Complete for Dreamcast.  I'm on 10/8 right now.  Good game and a classic love adventure, but nowhere near as good as Natsuiro no Sunadokei (Hourglass of Summer) in my opinion.
6154  The Rest / General Discussions / YOU ARE DAMNED on: April 14, 2007, 07:24:57 PM
That was kinda fun.  My biggest pet peeve is easily backseat drivers, so I damned them for being assholes while I'm driving.  Worst is when

they try to "help" by navigating me when I'm parallel parking.  Shut the fuck up.  I'm a pretty capable parallel parker so I can do it better when you shut up and let me concentrate.
6155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Taking the cue: Most Frustrating RPG on: April 14, 2007, 03:34:39 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
Any fucking obligatory sewer dungeon can lick a hairy ass.

Desert dungeons are just as bad, if not worse.  Lufia: Ruins of Lore easily had the worst sewer dungeon IMO.  Worst desert dungeon IMO was in Stupid Invaders.  There's no humanly way to get through it alive without a walkthrough.  

I'd personally take a sewer dungeon over a desert dungeon any day.  The absolute worst would be a randomized desert dungeon.  That'd make me want to lobotomize myself.  

But that's taking into account annoying elements rather than annoying games.  I've played many an RPG/adventure with crap-tastic desert dungeons but ultimately thought them good games.  

Either way, there are too many RPGs that combine elements of boring, clunky interface, cheap difficulty, lousy music, bad writing, and more into a crap-tastic game.  One of the first that pops into my head is Dragon Quest 7.  "Friendship is like a plant and must be returned to grow."  God, that game did EVERYthing wrong.  Not a single redeeming quality in that turd pile.  I swear that RPG must have been made to intentionally piss off the gamer at every single turn.
6156  Media / The Soundroom / Matt Barlow Returns To Metal on: April 14, 2007, 01:12:05 PM
Pyramaze is a solid band.  Their first album, Melancholy Beast, was technically good, but seemed to be missing something; but Legend of the Bone Carver was really freaking good. It's like the band's sound hit the gym for 2 years straight and gained 30 pounds of muscle.  

I think Barlow's deep voice will give Pyramaze the heft and power that was kinda lacking in Lance King's vocals.  Not to slight Lance King (he's a solid singer), but Barlow in Pyramaze would absolutely KILL!  

I can already imagine him singing songs like "The Birth" and "Ancient Words Within" it would make the already great songs multiple times awesomer.  And the thought of Barlow singing "Tears of Hate" is like "WHOA!!!"  Knock me over with a feather.  

As for Iced Earth, I think their best stuff was from Night of the Stormrider through Horror Show.  They've pretty much bit the big one since.  Burnt Offerings was their best album.
6157  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 14, 2007, 10:05:50 AM
On both, the extras are pretty meager (one of my friends has the shitty original DVD that he got dirt cheap.)  But I don't really care much for extras anyway, so I'm the wrong person to ask.
6158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: April 13, 2007, 11:27:50 PM
The Last Unicorn 25th anniversary DVD came out earlier this year.  I'd get that version over the older cheapie DVD version, because the 25th anniversary edition is letterboxed and has crisper picture quality.
6159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Taking the cue: Most Frustrating RPG on: April 13, 2007, 07:53:38 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"

uh sure some luck is involved but deck building is a skill.

I guess I could buy that, but man is fussing around with deck building ever tedious and boring.  I'll pass.  I find the whole card battling paragidm tedious, frustrating, and too dependent on luck for my tastes.  I find it like playing War with a standard deck of cards.
6160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Taking the cue: Most Frustrating RPG on: April 13, 2007, 12:25:34 AM
For me, I find the most frustration in puzzle RPGs like Landstalker and Alundra.  The jumping puzzles especially have made me want to smash controllers.  I'm still flabbergasted that I somehow managed to finish Light Crusader (which was a Landstalker clone.)  

Any RPG that utilizes a card battling system is frustrating for me as well.  I'd like to rely on skill rather than luck of the draw, thank you.

Oh, and games like Phantasy Star 3 that pool your experience, meaning that if your 5 character party gains 45 EXP, that means 9 EXP for each character and not 45 EXP per character.  Made level building a tedious chore.  The slow walking speed coupled with gigantic environments and the only place you could save was at an inn (and you had to pay to save too) and you have a recipe for tedium.  

For me what's frustrating is when games either screams "lack of effort" (whether it be bad music or inability to balance difficulty levels properly resulting in uber-cheap enemies/mechanics) or that are so overwrought and pretentious that they stops being fun.
6161  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 12, 2007, 11:31:54 PM
I dunno... Murdoc- by your logic, that's like telling a Jew to almost deny the Holocaust and just "get over it."  That's pretty insensitive.  That's something that population holds as part of their cultural identity, for better or worse.  And identity, no matter how twisted it may be, is something we as humans are always seeking and never quite let go of.  

There are certain historical and cultural traumas that folks really can't get over.  You can tell people all you want to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but a fat lot of good that's going to do when the white corporations running America keep pushing you down and even pitting races against each other (i.e. the whole Blacks vs. Koreans thing in parts of LA esp. during the riots in the mid 1990s).  

Murdoc- you REALLY need to watch "The Color of Fear."  It will probably explain Azrael and I better than we ourselves could.

But regarding Don Imus' "nappy headed ho's" comments and the couch label, the sucky part of it for me is not so much the content itself, but the fact that, as Ash said in the first post, the couch company and Imus are cowardly passing the buck, cowardly offering insincere apologies, and refusing to take responsibility and accountability for their words/actions.  It's the whole lack of responsibility and accountability among the perpatrators that truly irritates me.
6162  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 12, 2007, 08:55:41 PM
I don't know why, but "Cows With Guns" by Dana Lyons is stuck in my head.  The song's f'n awesome.  But it must be heard, it's funny.  Cows With Guns is awesome.

I like this flash animation that goes along with it. http://www.shagrat.net/Portfolio/cows.swf
6163  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 12, 2007, 09:01:00 AM
Since I have a feeling this topic is going to "go there" I would just recommend that if you fine folks can find a way to watch Lee Mun Wah's 1993 documentary "The Color of Fear" do it.  It's 8 men of different ethnicities having a group discussion on racism and deeper aspects of it like what it means to be white.  

There was a Color of Fear II and Walking Eachother Home, but the first Color of Fear is easily the most powerful.
6164  The Rest / General Discussions / Sofa Company Ships Racist Couch on: April 11, 2007, 07:47:38 PM
And with Don Imus calling the Rutgers womens' basketball team nappy ho's and jiggaboos then passing the buck and refusing to be responsible or accountable...

Yeah, not being accountable and blaming "rap music" or whooziwhats for X,Y, and Z and refusing to take accountability is the norm rather than the exception with racist shit.
6165  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamesradar: Top 7 Nintendo mistakes on: April 11, 2007, 10:49:19 AM
I'm with Pat in that the top 3 reasons are no-brainers.  It's "corporate" hubris and resting on the laurels that would do any company in.  I've seen hubris and laurel-resting turn some once lauded names in guitar/bass manufacturing into complete mockeries of themselves.
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