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931  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Kill the Load times on: June 02, 2006, 12:13:13 PM
Quote from: "cosapi"
Is anyone else fed up with load times on console games?

Not really. The GameCube has hardly anything in the way of load times and the PS2 is a major improvement over the PS1. Like someone said above, Magna Carta is the only game I can think of that has longer load times, and even they aren't that bad. But still a valid argument you have thus far.

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Appropriate visuals, more often then not, compliment the gameplay. And they tend to have a uniqueness factor, instead of appearing generic.

Honestly, if the folks designing games can't so much as acknowledge there's a place for games with appropriate visuals and expensive visuals. Maybe the consumers should re-evaluate these developers positions to be making games.

Here is where your argument loses credibility. Who are you to say what the "appropriate" visuals for a game are? What the hell do you even mean by "appropriate?" And those examples you give in your following post are extremely poor. You mention the expensive 3D visuals and then don't even go into detail of how expensive they were to create, instead you talk about combat. Do you know how much they cost? And Cave Story is a freeware game, so you can't tell me the developers wouldn't have made the game look better if they had the funding to do so. Not to mention both examples given are largely based on your own flawed opinion. Flawed because you aren't detailing why the visuals are expensive OR[/b] appropriate.

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And speaking of companies. If you're so insistent on going that direction, since it is after all, related to the subject at hand... Why don't we talk a little about sony and square monopolizing the videogame industry by introducing in a new demographic they can continue to sell games to? A demographic who wouldn't give a game a second look unless it had expensive non-playable visuals? While killing off genres in the process.

Graphics are a major selling point for a game, and the two companies you've mentioned are, you know, companies. They have to make money to survive, and if graphics sell then it makes all the sense in the world to make games with expensive visuals. And you can't blame them really, it gives them a 1UP over the competition, and the video game industry is very competitive. You're also nailing one of the major innovators of storytelling, graphics, and gameplay in the industry for monopolizing while neglecting the fact that company has pretty much single-handedly carried the RPG genre on its shoulders since the days of the SNES. You talk about how they're killing genres (again you're argument is flawed because you don't even detail what genres they're killing) but I think it's safe to say if Square Enix were to suddenly evaporate and go out of business the RPG genre would largely die out and then you'd definitely be stuck with games that sacrifice storytelling for expensive visuals.

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And what position are you in to determine what direction technology should advance towards and what it shouldn't? Heck, the point of human society isn't to "advance technology as much as possible".

I think you should be telling yourself that. I give you props for being an idealist, but please don't be a whiner. Yes, all you're doing is whining since the only arguments you've offered are poor and you're not going to win anyone over to your cause with them.

Okay, I'm done aside from this:

I think Cave Story sucks.
932  The Rest / General Discussions / Harrison denies Wii influence, says PCs will be unnecessary. on: June 01, 2006, 01:07:54 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
Bullshit.

I couldn't have put it better myself.
933  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / XMen III, Spoilers ahoy! on: June 01, 2006, 01:25:55 AM
...I liked Rush Hour 2.

*Jimbo runs off to cry in the corner.*
934  Media / Brush and Quill / Story by Jimbo! on: May 29, 2006, 05:48:35 PM
Well, a few weeks ago Deg told me he wanted to read a story I've written. So here is part of one, I guess you could call it the first chapter of a much longer story I've been writing. Any criticism (Yes, I accept destructive criticism so feel free to tell me I fucking suck) would be appreciated. I hope you three or four people who read it enjoy it.

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The Patients


I woke up in my room as the lights were slowly brightening. Every morning I have to look around to get my bearings, I don’t know why really, but I do. To my left was a padded, white wall, same to my right, behind me, below me, and in front of me is a padded wall with a door in the center and a small window. Also in the corner of that wall was the camera that watched everything I did, which wasn’t a whole lot. The ceiling is the only place in my room that isn’t padded. The lights are almost all the way on now and I can make out the slatted hole in the ceiling where the warm air comes from. They’d be coming for me soon.

“Are you awake, Chuck?” came a voice from the walls.

“No, I’m just sitting here with my eyes open.”

“Do you really have to answer like that every morning?”

“Do you really have to ask like that every morning you Idiot?”

“Well I can see you’re in a good mood today, Chuck.”

“Of course I am; I’m always in a good mood.”

“Well get up and get dressed, it’s almost time for breakfast.”

“Can’t I just go to breakfast naked? It’s not like anyone would really care.”

“I would care, Chuck,” the voice said sternly, “Now get dressed or you won’t get any breakfast.”

“Yea, yea, fuck off, I’ll get dressed.”

“Chuck I’ve told you a million times not to use that language, I want you to stop.”

“And how many times have I kept using ‘that’ language? I’m not going to stop.”

“…Just get dressed.”

I stood up and put on my pajamas that were lying on the floor next to me. They are white, like everything else in this place, and usually they don’t smell very good, but they’re the only clothes they let me have so I’m stuck. It only took a few seconds to put them on, but as soon as I finished the door to my room opened and two Idiots walked in. The Idiots are big dudes, and they always have a dumb-ass expression on their face. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them smile, and they always only do what they’re told to do by the Docs. I don’t think they even have brains and can’t think on their own which is why I call them the Idiots. Anytime I left my room I had to have two Idiots with me all the time.

“It’s about fucking time you two got here, I gotta piss.” I told them as I marched toward the door. They grabbed my arms firmly and led me out of my room into the hall. The halls aren’t padded, but they’re still white, and they’re loaded with cameras. The Idiots took me to the bathroom and put me into a stall. I shut the door and sat down to do my business. I’ve learned to never look up in the bathrooms. Of all the cameras I’ve ever seen the bathroom cameras are the ones I hate the most. When you look up at them they stare right back at you, watching everything you do. I tried standing on the toilet once to see if I could rip one out. I jumped up to grab it and missed, but the worst part was slipping on the toilet seat as I fell back down and landing on the floor with a bloody nose. I looked up to see the camera after it happened and I could hear the damn thing laughing at me as the Idiots hauled me out of the bathroom and to the Doc who fixed bruises. Ever since that happened I haven’t looked up at the camera, because I still hear it laughing.

I finished and flushed and the Idiots led me to the sink where I washed my hands. The water was never warm and it always made my hands cold. I used to try not washing them after I had finished because I’d seen an Idiot not wash his hands once, but that time they took me back to my room and made me miss lunch. My hands were cold when we made it to the cafeteria where the patients, Idiots, Docs, and some dudes I didn’t know were sitting down to eat. I was usually one of the last people here and the food was almost always cold. I shrugged off the Idiots and walked to the counter to get my food.

“Hello there Chuck,” said the wrinkly girl-thing behind the glass, “How are you this morning?”

“As good as ever, what are we eating today?”

“Your favorite, pancakes and sausage.”

“Fucking awesome!” I yelled. I didn’t know they were my favorite, but it was breakfast and I was hungry, and when I’m hungry whatever food I can get my hands on is the best shit in the world.

“Chuck! Watch your language!” The wrinkly girl-thing said.

“I can’t watch what I can’t see dammit!” was my response and the Idiots came and took hold of my arms and hauled me to a table.

“Wait a damn minute, I didn’t get any orange juice you ‘tards!” I screamed, I wasn’t going to eat without my O.J. One of the Idiots walked over and grabbed it for me and then they both led me to a table where the set me down between themselves and I tore into my food. The Idiots just sat watching me like they wanted some.

“You want some of this?” I asked the one on my right as I held up a sausage with my spork.

“No t’anks.” He sniffled.

“Too bad dude, this is some good shit.”

I finished eating my food and looked at the clock. The little arrow was on the nine and the big arrow was almost to the three, which meant that some of the other patients would be showing up. And there they are, right on cue.

First to come in was Karl. Karl was my favorite of all the other patients, he always managed to piss off the Bishop, another patient, and my morning entertainment would ensue. Karl hardly made it through the door before he started going off.

“Hear me everyone,” he began, “this place is slowly spiraling downward to destruction because of the capitalist pigs that hold the power! Let us join together and overthrow this foul government and create a state where all people are equal and have a voice!”

Most of the patients didn’t really pay any attention to Karl. If he was lucky some of them would mumble and some others would get up and start screaming something in Jibberish or some other language like it that no one could understand. But Karl never seemed to notice this and always went on ranting.

Next through the door came Kitty-Man. He came running through the door on all fours and went right up to the counter where he stood up on his legs and meowed at the wrinkly girl-thing on the other side.

“Well good morning to you too,” she said cheerily and handed him his breakfast, “Don’t forget your milk now.”

He didn’t, Kitty never forgot his milk. He always took three of the little milk cartons and came running over to my table; he always sat across from me. Once he was situated he opened one of his milk cartons and poured it all over his pancakes and sausage. The same thing happened to the second milk carton, but he saved the third. He didn’t use a spork, he just dove in face-first and started eating.
“Good breakfast eh, Kitty?” I asked.

“Mrroooow!” he said as he looked up with milk dripping off his face.

The last to come in is always the Bishop who is the only other one who has to have Idiots with him everywhere he went. But he only had one leading him around; I was the only one who had two. I asked my Doc why I was the only one with two Idiots one day and he said, “Because you’re dangerous, to yourself as well as everyone around you.” He’s right. I’d cut my own fucking arm off, if I had the chance, just to see what it felt like.

Anyway, the Bishop always walked around with his head slightly tilted upward. I don’t know why really, all I know is you could always see the boogers in his nose. His shoulders were always straight and erect like someone had shoved something up his ass – not that I would know. But the most important feature of the Bishop was the monstrous black book he always carried under his right arm. I saw the cover once one day when the Bishop tried to exorcise me of my demons. Just before he whacked me with it I managed to glimpse the words “The Holy Bible.” I don’t know what that shit means, but I had a huge fucking headache after he hit me with it. Another time, they took the Bishop’s book away from him, and that was the only time I ever saw the Bishop break down. He cried and screamed and kicked and yelled and all sorts of bullshit. They eventually gave it back to him and he sat hugging it and rocking back and forth whispering something. I’m not sure he even knows what is in his book though because I’ve never seen him open it, but I have seen him try to hit people with it quite a few times.

It didn’t take Karl long to notice the Bishop and vice versa because they hated each other.

“And your religions!” Karl yelled as he was always the first to start the fight that happened every morning. “They only serve the purpose of holding us back! We should depend on ourselves, not the clergy!”

“You treacherous heathen!” The bishop answered, “You shall burn in Hell for all eternity with these blasphemous remarks. God is the only way for salvation and whatever system is in place must be the right one because it only came into power through God’s will and only through him will anything change, not through your tirades!

I started to laugh. This was my favorite part of every morning and it never failed to happen. Usually the conversations were pretty much the same, no real arguments or anything, just yelling at each other. But it was fun to watch and I was the most enthusiastic about it. Ever since the Bishop hit me, though, I’ve always cheered for Karl.

“Yea, you tell him Karl! Tell him where he can stick that book!” I cheered as I stood up on my chair. The Idiots promptly grabbed me and sat me back down but my cheering was all Karl needed.

“You see you foolish priest! The people are on my side, not yours, go back to your church and pray for your own soul!”

“I will not go to pray for anyone’s soul but my own anyway! No one here is deserving of prayers and even if I were they would do you no good, you’ll all burn anyway!”

I laughed some more. Across from me, Kitty had finished his food and was licking his hands and then rubbing them against his head. He still hadn’t drank that third carton of milk, so before he or my Idiot escort could do anything I snatched it and chucked it at the Bishop. I’m a fucking pro, I nailed him right in the face. The carton blew open and before the bishop knew what had happened his face was covered with milk. The Idiots grabbed me, but I didn’t care.

“Idol worshipper!” the Bishop roared as he realized who threw the milk. “You shall be damned to eternal suffering for your wicked ways! I shall strike thee down for thy sins against God!”

His Idiot grabbed him as he began to rush me and was holding him around the waist. But every time the Bishop had his mind set on hitting someone or something with his book he seemed to turn into Super Bishop and his Idiot wasn’t enough to hold him. One of mine ran over to the wall and hit a button and more Idiots were on the scene within thirty seconds to get control of the Bishop. Karl was still ranting, Kitty was still oblivious to everything and was licking his stomach, and the other patients were now in an uproar. Some were rocking back and forth, others were standing up and screaming at the top of their lungs, and others were mumbling and hitting their tables, and a few of them started throwing their food around. It was good times, but I was waiting quietly like a good patient to make my next move.

After a couple of minutes of the Idiots trying to get control of the Bishop the Docs came in. Four of them went around running around to try and calm the other patients while two of them tried to help the Idiots handle the Bishop. Doc Mark, my Doc, was one of them, and he turned to my Idiots and yelled, “Get Chuck out of here!” They grabbed my arms and hauled me off, but to get out we would have to pass pretty close to the Bishop and the mass of Idiots. I had a huge grin on my face as I let the Idiots lead me toward the door, but as soon as we got close enough to the Bishop I wrenched my arms free and turned and kicked. Somehow my foot found its way through the legs of the Idiots and connected with the Bishop’s crotch. He whimpered as he collapsed on the floor and then I had four Idiots all over me hauling me to the door as Doc Mark swore and yelled at me. I was laughing as they picked me up and hauled me to Doc Mark’s office where they threw me onto the couch. I lay there smiling on my successful morning. The big hand hadn’t even made it to the six and the little hand was still on the nine on the Doc’s clock. I still had the whole fucking day ahead of me for more fun.

Or so I thought.
935  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / XMen III, Spoilers ahoy! on: May 27, 2006, 08:24:07 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
I think this was the end of the first saga, and that there will be more to come.

Yea, like Hollywood milking a movie franchise for all its worth until it is a joke.

*Points at the Superman III-V and Batman & Robin.*

Gotta love it.
936  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 26, 2006, 08:24:16 PM
Thanks Nemmet, but I got it. Anyway, I'm stopping at thirteen. It was fun while it lasted but I'm tired of looking for clues and trying to figure these out. Apparently there are at least forty and I don't want to take the time trying to get that far when I was having trouble already.

If anyone manages to complete it, I'd like them to mention it so I can congratulate them for having more stamina than I have.
937  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / XMen III, Spoilers ahoy! on: May 26, 2006, 08:10:52 PM
I thought the movie was decent enough. It wasn't the other two X-Men movies, that's for sure, but it was alright.

I agree on the lack of characterization in this film.

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Scott never had much in the first two and instead of giving him some in this movie they just kill him off.

But aside from Scott, I had trouble believing they could have developed the other returning characters much more. I do think they could have fleshed out the new supporting characters though, like Archangel as mentioned above, but I won't complain much.

I could have done without the stupid one-liners from the President during some of the action scenes.

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The deaths of Jean and Xavier were fantastic, IMO. But they had to undercut Xavier's with that stupid "secret" scene after the credits. I have trouble believing he could have completely removed his conscience from his old body to that other one. That and I don't see why a character just can't stay dead. I understand this is a comic book movie and comic book characters have been known to come back to life or be found alive and what not, but I think it would have been just fine if he had died.

One other note on Xavier's death: Magneto and Xavier always had a rocky relationship (to put it nicely), but they were friends and Magneto went from screaming "Charles!" one second to walking right up to Jean and being all friendly. Sure he did act affected later on but I didn't think it was enough to show how deep their friendship ran. Though I was glad at the end when he asks himself what he's done when Jean got  pissed.

I don't think another sequel is necessary. This movie tied everything together fairly well and offered resolution. I don't think it would have hurt it to have been twenty or thirty more minutes long to develop plot and characters more thoroughly, but I guess that's what happens when big wigs at the top cut a movie's production and funding by a significant amount.

So yea, good, but not as good as the previous two were.
938  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 26, 2006, 10:52:24 AM
Quote from: "Dios GX"
Whatever. change the .xxx to .ttf. It's a font.


...Not working on my computer, all I get is jibberish. I've tried opening it in Word, Notepad, and OpenOffice, and all I get is jibberish. Teh sigh.

EDIT: Nevermind, I got it. But I have no clue about solving number eleven. Maybe I'll jump into IRC later today.
939  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 26, 2006, 01:45:30 AM
Ah, dang I didn't even think of
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palindromes
Nice one Tony. Thanks to that I was able to make it to number ten no sweat. But I am stuck again. I have the silk bag from Veros woods, but I can't figure out what the right extension/decryption tool is for that file.

Anyway, I think I've had enough for tonight.
940  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 26, 2006, 12:10:39 AM
Don't pay any attention to the clue in the source, that didn't help at all. Just think about the words in the image. Believe me, once you figure it out you'll wonder how the hell you weren't able to right off the bat.

But I'll post the answer anyway for anyone who wants it:

Code:
shadow.htm


Anywhoo, yea, I found the imaginary image and that was the one I was referring to, but I can't figure out what to do with the complex numbers in that image.
941  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 25, 2006, 11:44:12 AM
Ah, dang, I thought it had something to do with the message in the bag on #2. And Tony, that was the first thing I found on that page :P

Three was easy enough for any Greek mythology buff like me. I'm now trying to figure out four.

EDIT: Okay, yea, four was simple.

EDIT 2: I'm still stuck on five, but in case anyone didn't notice, at the bottom of the picture it says "Multiples are weak" so faint it is easy to miss.

EDIt 3: ZOMG! Five was easy too! But six has me stumped. I found the next image but I don't have any clue of where to go from here.
942  The Rest / General Discussions / *The* gamer-oriented question... on: May 25, 2006, 12:48:20 AM
I'll stop playing when nothing interests me anymore. I had a feeling it was going to happen after the current generation of consoles died out, and it likely would have if it hadn't been for the Revolution/Wii which has definitely gotten my attention.
943  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 25, 2006, 12:25:20 AM
The first page is easy DR. The source code says something to the extent of "each number has a succeeding one except 26." 26 referring to the last letter of the alphabet, so each number in the image corresponds to that letter in the alphabet.

I'm still stuck on two though.
944  The Rest / General Discussions / Dracula's Riddle on: May 24, 2006, 06:32:47 PM
Heh, I'm in the same boat Cauton. The first was simple enough but two has me stumped.
945  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: May 24, 2006, 05:49:59 PM
I just got back from Mission Impossible III. It was a lot of fun, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is the bes t MI movie. I still enjoy the first one much more. MI-III also had some interesting social commentary in it as well. Not enough to hurt the film at all, but enough to people think...at least it made me think.

X-Men III on Friday, ZOMG!
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