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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Semi-lame/Semi-Funny innernet game: Name of your band, album, and cover art on: January 13, 2011, 08:10:06 PM
Wow. Mine is awesome.

Band:
Tychowo

Album:
to be cynical about it

Cover:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/luffarelli/5342937462/
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Rosetta Stone on: January 12, 2011, 09:55:50 PM
I liked it and thought it was useful.
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 12, 2011, 02:10:14 PM
Honestly, I think that Eye of the World is weaker than the next book in the series, The Great Hunt. Also, I think that some of the plot questions you might have seem to get answered moving forward in the book - not that it's a total excuse for leaving you with said questions.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 07, 2011, 08:05:36 PM
Spaced > Everything Else
35  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 07, 2011, 07:13:06 PM
So I ended up reading the entirety of "Eternals" over the last few hours and now I need something else to do this weekend. :P

I didn't love the art but I quite liked the story. It had its moments-- I've never read the original "Eternals" so I can't compare, but I do kinda wish that this hadn't been cancelled. I feel like it could have grown into something much better if given the chance. Oh well.... what ifs. Will need to take a trip down to the comic stories tomorrow...

For all the terrific work that Neil Gaiman has done has done in the comic world, I think that Eternals was his weakest. And honestly, I felt that the Kirby Eternals, for all their clever design and space-dots, never really resonated with me at all. No question he's a master storyteller, but the pieces of the cosmology didn't fit into place, didn't feel epic enough to me. But he did some nice work with the characters.
36  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 06, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
A friend lent me a graphic novel called the umbrella academy. Thoughts? Prayers?

I liked it quite a bit, and didn't expect to. If you like a little surreal in your superhero comic (ie. Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan) then you'll probably like this. And the art is pretty fun, the artist is one of the more talented working today. Definitely worth a read, though it doesn't really resonate with everyone.
37  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: the release dates section is updated on: January 05, 2011, 08:46:17 AM
I'm cutting VH DS and a couple of other nebulous titles for the moment. As for Ys, unfortunately we haven't seen anything from XSEED regarding a date other than February, including on the latest press release about some soundtrack stuff. I'll leave that as it is.

EDIT: For the time being, you can expect the release dates section to be updated every Tuesday. There may be rolling updates throughout the week - but generally speaking, I'll be trying to have a regular update on Tuesday of every week.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "N" Word on: January 04, 2011, 07:59:46 PM
I don't think too many people are going to disagree that the fact that this is being brought up as an issue is kind of silly. It's probably overly sensitive and I think it is generally a bad idea to mess with art because a lot of times art simply is not supposed to be safe anyway.

But faced with the very real prospect that Huck Finn won't make it back into a classroom because of a word that has accumulated decades of baggage that Twain could not possibly have anticipated, I'd prefer changing it for something else and seeing kids get a chance to read it in school as opposed to not.

There are more important themes that can be explored in Huck Finn aside from just why he uses a certain word, important themes about race, humanity, and relationships that it would be a shame to lose simply because people are unwilling to compromise. It sucks, but my personal opinion is it is a very small price to pay compared to what is lost otherwise.

EDIT: Not that it matters but my guess is Twain would find the entire situation equal parts amusing and depressing, since that's kind of how he regarded most things. :-)

This.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: January 04, 2011, 10:26:30 AM
If we're talking about story, meaning the why and the tone, the character journeys, I'd probably put 4 and 6 on the pedestal, with 13, 10, and 7 as the next tier.

FF4's story is relatively simple, being first about redemption of a tarnished soul, and then the attempt to bring about the redemption of others. And all of this is housed in a very simple fantasy setting, with many of the tropes of the genre. But I'd actually argue that no other FF game has such a strong undercurrent of meaning from start to finish. Final Fantasy IV is about saving your soul, and then saving the souls of others.

FF6, in my opinion, has the best PLOT of all the FF games. <Sorry, had to cut most of the content I'd originally posted here - I've found my next editorial!> At any rate, it doesn't have the true overall tone that some of the FF games had, but it had more characters, and more quality of storyline for each character, than many of the other games I've played. If you could even drag out the depth for these characters more, it would be even better - but what this game lacks in depth, it makes up for in breadth.

I still (firmly) believe that PS3-quality remakes of 4, 6, and 7, using the Crystal Tools engine, and slightly revised battle systems, would be among the greatest games ever built. I bet they'd sell well too.
40  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: January 02, 2011, 08:37:52 PM
Ra Ra Riot - "Boy"

Mmm. Indie rock.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Fund-Raising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society on: January 02, 2011, 02:56:47 PM
Hi there, everyone. Sorry to take up any of your time, but I'm really trying to raise a little bit of money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (a terrific organization that's working to cure blood cancers) by running in this year's New York City Half-Marathon with Team In Training. And while I know the holiday season is over, I'd like to ask if anyone would be able to make a small (literally ANYTHING will help) donation to the LLS, to help out in the fight against blood cancers.

I've set up a fund-raising page - My TNT Fundraising Page - and again, even if you could only spare a dollar or two, it would be a big help to raise money for a terrific cause. And if for any reason you'd like more information, please feel free to contact TeamInTraining.org, or even contact me directly via PM or at my email (which you can find on the staff page).

Thanks in advance for any of your support.
--Bryan
42  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Further Exploration - The New Feature on: January 02, 2011, 12:08:07 PM
I just wanted to post a thread to see if anyone wanted to offer any feedback on our new Further Exploration feature - where many of the staff members tackled the games they'd like to see rebooted, sequeled, or prequeled. It'd be great to see what our readers think of features like this - do you want to see more of this kind of content? Is there something that you wish we'd covered?

As always, thanks for reading.
43  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: the release dates section is updated on: January 02, 2011, 12:06:12 PM
If you haven't noticed - the release dates section has been updated again. This time, there's a load of new soundtracks, as well as all the information we can find on up-to-date releases.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Game of the Year-2010 on: January 01, 2011, 08:23:04 PM
Am I the only one who didn't think Last Rebellion was that bad?  It wasn't a good game by any means, but it wasn't terrible.  Now Mimana Iyar Chronicle and Grimoire Chronicle- those games were outright terrible. 

I've got it sitting on my shelf, and really want to get around to trying it. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised by it - and right now if it doesn't cause my PS3 to explode and kill my dog, it'd probably exceed expectations. It couldn't possibly be the worst game I've played in the last couple of years.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Question for anyone with an iPad on: January 01, 2011, 12:41:09 PM
While I like being the only reviewer with an iPad, I heartily recommend it. After playing with my new one for the last week, I've found that the # of games that are good on the device is smaller - and primarily ports of other iOS games, it's a terrific device for media and casual computing. My laptop is also work-owned, and I've liked being able to do my own casual computing on a non-work device. For me, the only major hiccup is that there's not much ease of use in file use, or typing. Though I do plan on getting the keyboard dock one day.

But yeah, as far as games go - since there are so few iPad exclusives, don't get it just as a gaming system. That seems like a waste of cash for versions of games that you'll already get for your touch. But if you could be using it for other things, it's definitely worth the investment. Oh, and the netflix investment is truly awesome if you'd be watching alone (like during travel) and are into tv shows that are available on instant queue.
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