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1486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How to make really random titles for video games... and get away with it. on: September 03, 2009, 03:56:44 PM
I'd totally play a game called "The Secret Weapon of the Cooking Desperadoes"
1487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 02, 2009, 12:11:58 PM
i dont remember his name but there was totally this mage in suikoden tactics that totally looked like a hot chick to the point that i wondered if it was a translation error

Probably not as bad as some of Fire Emblem characters. Characters like Lucius and Etzel have hip-waist ratios women can be jealous of.
1488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 02, 2009, 02:26:25 AM
I don't even worry about the afterlife, I'm just glad I'm alive. Back when I was in (junior) high school there was a funeral nearly every year. Every student that died during that time was a classmate of mine. I'm older than they will ever be, they didn't even get the chance to finish high school. One of them passed away mere weeks before graduation. My mentor died as well, he was a really good person and he was the first one to encourage me to be my own person. He was close to retirement, but that wasn't the worst about his death. He taught Dutch, he loved our language and because of the brain tumor he lost the ability to understand it.

That really puts things in perspective. It helped me appreciate the small things in life and accept my life as it is.
1489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 01, 2009, 04:10:57 PM
My life is pretty good, actually. I know my life will never be what most people would discribe as ordinary, but I've accepted that. There are some medical problems, but those are all relatively minor. And hey, I've got health insurance, since not being insured is more or less illegal in the Netherlands.  Disability checks aren't exactly a goldmine, but atleast my financial situation is stable. I got a great parttime job, my family and friends are all in good health, I have plenty of hobbies and so on.

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My opinion on doctors has gone so downhill through all this.

Something I can relate to as well. I've gotten some very stupid, if not dangerous, advice from some of them. Like drinking over 4 liters of water every day (working kidneys are so overrated) and getting plenty of sunlight, while I was taking meds that made me overly sensitive to sunlight and other sourches of UV light.
1490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 11:00:46 AM
I think he was talking about Ion. Ion is male, but everything he does and says contradicts this.
1491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: September 01, 2009, 02:27:44 AM
Many of those are more annoying than useless. Besides, Mieu is pretty cute as long as you mute the TV whenever he opens his mouth.
1492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: j-srpgs one can play w.o. a translation on: August 31, 2009, 05:00:31 AM
I managed to play and finish a few old Fire Emblems without a translation. The only thing you need to recognize are the menus and the names of the characters.

Oh and I played a RPG called Tenshi no Uta in Japanese. It was fairly straightforward, but I had to check a guide a couple of times to find out how to advance the plot.
1493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am....ashamed..but admitting...! on: August 26, 2009, 04:43:25 PM
I usually move on to the next textbox as soon as I finish reading, unless I really like the voice acting. Well, the Suikoden Tierkreis protagonist managed to finish most of his lines, but that wasn't exactly a good thing.
1494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes on: August 20, 2009, 07:22:38 AM
Hey, it looks like that boss from Persona 4 :D
1495  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Failure rates on: August 19, 2009, 05:22:37 AM
I wonder what the failure rates of the PS2 are, seeing as the DRE thing was a big deal a few years ago. My PAL and NTSC U/C systems both "died" twice from that, but me and m dad fixed it everytime. The official Playstation forum actually banned me for a month for explaining the problem and possible solutions. One year later the members of the same forum voted me "most knowledgable/helpful member" and I got an nice PS2 bag filled with awesome goodies <3

Our Xbox 360 is still going strong, but that may be because we don't use it that much.
1496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most Annoying Heroine!! on: August 18, 2009, 12:29:06 PM
Seiken Densetsu had Chocobot, that alone makes it better than the remake.
1497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most Annoying Heroine!! on: August 17, 2009, 03:41:48 PM
You know, I can't really dislike Anise now I realized the things Meilin did to Ark and got away with.

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that Mary Sue from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. I don't remember her name, but I do recall loathing her so very, very much.

I remembered her name, it's Lilia. Her singing was very annoying.
1498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most Annoying Heroine!! on: August 17, 2009, 05:01:13 AM
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By the way, does Mei Lin from Terranigma count? She's not really a HEROINE per se -- not in the same way Elle is -- but she's still kind of annoying, especially during that clusterfuck called Dragoon's Castle.

I was more annoyed with the zombie town thing. It's not that I don't respect her necromantic arts, it's just that those zombies that threw their heads at you were really annoying. Of course, the jealousy and betrayal thing wasn't exactly cool either, but atleast Dragoon Castle had nice music.

Oh and I remember a heroine (more or less) that outdoes Shirley in every department: that Mary Sue from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. I don't remember her name, but I do recall loathing her so very, very much.

BTW speaking of Terranigma, holy f...
1499  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Any cool, local events? on: August 14, 2009, 03:34:22 AM
Not much. Our small town is typically described as "a hole in the ground filled with farmers" and because there is larger city with the same name, most people assume all news from our town is about the other Hengelo. Our town is older by the way, stupid city Hengelo stole our name and now we're known as "the other Hengelo" :(  

Hengelo is known for events related to horses and motorbikes. Two out of three statues in the town centre are related to these types of events. I guess we just like fast thing you can ride on? There is the Varsselring motorrace in June, which goes right through town. The one with the oldtimers attracts a lot of people as well. Other than that there is the now yearly re-enactment of The Battle of Achterhoek (good luck pronouning it if you don't speak Dutch :P ).

We have one museum filled with things from WWII. It's actually my former neighbour's collection. There used to be parts of a submarine in his front yard. Some people thought it was modern art.

Other things Hengelo is known for:
-Quick sportshoes. It was one of the big brands in the first half of the 20th century. The original company is gone, but the started it up again someplace else.
-Rockband "Normaal" sings about Hengelo in several songs of which "Oerend Hard" is the most famous.
-There is a small forest nearby, but for some reason it's called "'t Zand" (The Sand)

We're part of Bronkhorst, which is the smallest place city in the Netherlands. It's like a cute little RPG town and only 150 people live there, while Hengelo currently has 3500 citizens.

Now, if you want a really big event, one of the biggest events in the Netherlands, a 30-minute drive is enough to get there from Hengelo. De Zwarte Cross. It's started out as a small illegal motorrace, but now it's a huge event attracting over 100.000 visitors each year. It's all about races (often on very silly vehicles), beer and (hard)rock.
1500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best story in an RPG? (NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!) on: August 08, 2009, 03:13:23 AM
I vote for Okage: Shadow King. The whole devil king thing was a bit unclear in the beginning, but I liked how they pulled it all together. There was even some good foreshadowing, you know, the turtle story sidequest. It was all nice and subtle, compared to most other RPG's atleast.
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