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946  The Rest / General Discussions / Arrest Made in JonBenet Ramsey Case on: August 31, 2006, 11:49:46 PM
Yea, well, most Utahns think they live in their own self-contained world and don't know, or care, about what goes on outside of Utah.
947  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: August 30, 2006, 08:18:42 PM
I just finished DeathNote Vol. 7. It was pretty disappointing. I would have been able to forgive if I had at least seen L's real name, but not even that happened. I may check out the next volume, but I really wasn't very interested after L died. The whole "L times two" is just, well, stupid. I could even forgive that if it were an action or comedic series, but it is definitely a series driven through storyline and the whole "Piccolo<Vegeta<Freezer<Cell<Majin Buu" thing doesn't quite work as far as I'm concerned. I'd have been perfectly happy with the series ending with the death of L.

Ah well.
948  The Rest / General Discussions / Arrest Made in JonBenet Ramsey Case on: August 30, 2006, 06:05:35 PM
There is a fairly big debate on that issue, Dave. A lot of people have pointed out how child molestation/kidnappings/murders and such tend to only get big press if the child is from an upper-class, Caucasian family. I've seen these debates pretty directly myself over the past few years here in Utah. Unfortunately, the people who brought this issue up are usually correct. When was the last time you heard of a young, working-class Hispanic girl (or any ethnic minority for that matter) getting kidnapped? The press usually doesn't report it, so you don't hear anything.

But probably the most disturbing thing to me were the people who said, "It isn't news if it happens to a little black girl because it happens to them all the time."

Divide in social classes doesn't seem to be such a huge issue compared to the racial implications, but it also affects on whether or not the case becomes nationally covered or not. It was only a few months ago in Salt Lake City when a little five year old girl, whose parents could barely afford their house payment and had been homeless before, was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered. This little girl was Caucasian, but since her family wasn't worth a few million like JonBenet's and Elizabeth Smart's, she didn't even make it onto the local evening news as a top story/headline.
949  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Starfox Command on: August 29, 2006, 11:03:18 PM
After the fairly disappoing Starfox Assault I'm going to remain wary of the series. The new strategic elements don't interest me at all, so I won't be buying this one. Personally I think Starfox would be just fine if left as a 3D rail shooter. What really needs work with the series is storylines. Adventures was meh plotwise and Assault was complete garbage. I couldn't tell you how the original Starfox was as far as story went since the graphics were too hard on my eyes for me to get past the second level, but Starfox 64 at least had a solid plot. Shallow for the most part, but solid.
950  The Rest / General Discussions / Arrest Made in JonBenet Ramsey Case on: August 29, 2006, 11:56:38 AM
I don't know, it's possible he could have been with someone else at the time. I don't remember him ever saying he had killed JonBenet Ramsey, just that he was there when she died. Sounds to me like he was with someone else.
951  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 26, 2006, 11:26:09 AM
Just about finished with X8. I decided I would do a navigators only playthrough after I finished with X, Zero, and Axl. Should be finished with that today and then I'll start MMZ2 because I don't want to mess with the frustrating first MMZ. Don't know that I'll get MMZ2 finished before Okami though.
952  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FF:MQ -- Confession Time on: August 25, 2006, 11:30:46 PM
I was unimpressed. Sorry, but after coming off Final Fantasy II to something like MQ I had a hard time even getting anywhere in that game. In fact, all I remember is a terribly boring battle at the beginning of the game.
953  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo Wii: $170 on: August 24, 2006, 01:58:35 PM
Quote from: "Dade"
Quote from: "Galactic"
Heh, is Galactic the only one who's already cleared out a spot on his TV shelf for the Wii?  Doesn't matter if it's 150 or 200 or 250, it will be his on launch.


I'm there with you, man....it looks like the Wii will be my first 'Purcahsed at Launch' console.

Count me in this group as well.

I assume it will be $200.00 USD, but even if they were to up it to $250.00 I'll be getting one. Much more than that would be out of the question because I'm a broke college student -_-

And if it turns out to be $170.00, though I highly doubt it will, everyone wins :D
954  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Megaman ZX on: August 24, 2006, 11:42:19 AM
Miho, you can still find Zero 2-4 on Amazon. Hunting down the first MMZ could be a little more difficult, but hardly impossible. But if you do hunt down the first MMZ, be warned that it is much more unforgiving than its sequels and can be very frustrating.

And really, do I need to say anything about MMZX? I'll have it on release day :D
955  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 24, 2006, 11:07:41 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Heh. I would've skipped X8 and possibly X6 and headed straight to Zero, as that'll be more relevant to ZX.

Started playing some Zero 3. I'm getting my ass handed to me easily.

Yea, bu-but, they're all Megaman...and I have to play through the series in chronological order! Besides, Zero 4 is still pretty fresh in my mind from last December when I finished it, so I think I'm good to go even if I don't get to replay the Zero series.
956  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 23, 2006, 01:29:19 AM
X5 and X6 are both finished. I'm skipping X7 (duh!) and started a New Game+ in X8. I'll probably make it through X8 by next week but I doubt I'll make it through the Megaman Zero series before ZX is released because Okami is out next week.

Also fired up Fire Emblem 8 for a little while and continued my quest of making the best damn army ever. Six of my units have maxed stats all across the board and that includes constitution and movement (thanks to the infinite Swiftsole trick). They can basically clear entire maps in the ruins by themselves with the exception of the tenth floor. I've put seventy hours into that save file but I just keep going for some reason.
957  The Rest / General Discussions / A lesser of two evils thread: storylines on: August 22, 2006, 01:45:17 AM
I'm a firm believer in strong storylines throughout. Though if I'm given a preference I'd like the story to start off strongly so that it can catch my interest. If it can do that then generally I'll stay intrigued enough to want to know how it ends, but not always.

Video games are one exception as I can generally stand shitty stories if they have addictive gameplay. Megaman X6 is the best example I can think of as far as this goes. It has a decently conceived but very poorly executed story, yet the gameplay is enough to keep me entertained despite my distaste for the plot. As far as RPGs are concerned Grandia III is a pretty good example.

Games that supposedly have fantastic stories but poor gameplay won't hold my attention for long. I hear Xenosaga Episode I has a great story, but this game had two things going against it. First is the ten hours I played of the game weren't strong enough plotwise to interest me, and second is the boring and slow battles that were just painful for an action-oriented gamer like myself to endure.

Lastly, if I don't find the gameplay appalling or the plot a completely inane I have been known from time to time to play through a game because I enjoyed a character or two and wanted to know what happened to them. The best example I can think of for this was Final Fantasy X. Auron, Lulu, and Kimahri all caught my attention as having a lot of room for growth. Unfortunately Kimahri didn't develop at all and Lulu wasn't as well done as I thought she could have been. So in the end the only payoff I really had from the game was Auron. Good characters generally tend to make a story memorable for me no matter the quality or what format it is presented in..
958  The Rest / General Discussions / How To Kill A Mockingbird on: August 22, 2006, 12:58:29 AM
...I didn't find it amusing after the part where it introduces Dill as an actual dilled pickle. But this is probably just because all the stupid ADD humor is no longer very funny to me.
959  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 17, 2006, 11:58:01 AM
Megaman X4 is finished with Zero and I decided I'd go ahead and play it again with X. I forgot how easy Sigma was with Zero in this game. It's laughable. I seem to remember Sigma being harder with X, but I guess I'll find out in a little while.
960  The Rest / General Discussions / Arrest Made in JonBenet Ramsey Case on: August 16, 2006, 05:03:33 PM
Link to the story.

Quite a shocker to wake up from a nap only to find this on MSN.com.

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