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1726  The Rest / General Discussions / Foreign languages. on: January 12, 2007, 01:42:46 PM
I guess I could say I have studied English for 9 years, but the truth is the level of the English classes I am forced to follow isn't exactly amazing. Many people in my class have difficulties constructing sentences and their vocabulary is very basic. I learned a lot more on forums like these and I am sure videogames have something to do with my level of fluency too.

Other than English (and Dutch, which is my native language) I can speak some German and French. Well, not speak exactly, I can never find the words I need. But I can read German just fine, I have read some German literature for my own enjoyment. On the other hand, my French is absolutely horrible, I don't understand how I managed to get a 73/100 in the end.
1727  The Rest / General Discussions / Swag thread on: December 25, 2006, 12:02:10 PM
Pink! PSP
Untold Legends

I really didn't expect the PSP. I thought the UMD-box shaped present was some kind of cruel joke...
1728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Need a short PS2 RPG, help me!! on: December 24, 2006, 06:04:11 AM
Most RPGs have tons of secrets and optional content to extend the gameplay by 10+ hours. Nothing is short if you are an obsessive player.

Growlansers 2 and 3 are both very short (under 20 hours), but you could play through them multiple times to get all the different endings and characters.

The Atelier Iris games are short (under 25 hours), unless you want to find and make all the items.

Drakengard can be finished in 10 hours, unless you're a freak and want to level up all the weapons and get all the endings.

Disgaea 2 could take you less than 25 hours to finish, but it has 60+ hours worth of extras.

To only two truely short RPGs that I can think of are Shadow Hearts and Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. I recommend both.
1729  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soulblazer. on: November 11, 2006, 06:59:48 AM
It's kinda hard to figure out were Quintet went to after Terranigma, but it's a fact it went downhill from there. They made two Saturn games and a arcade driving game for the PSone. I sometimes see the company pop up in the credits of random RPGs. Appearantly developers hire them to do the uninteresting work.
1730  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: November 01, 2006, 01:32:12 PM
Finished Xenosaga. The last part, including the ending, was four hours long. Yikes. But, I really enjoyed it. The ending was great, sad, fulfilling and unfulfilling at the same time.

Random spoilers ahead.

I'm glad Allen got his moment to shine and his VA did a good job.

Shion was very annoying the last few hours. How could she trample down everyone's feelings like that? How could she not see her friends and her brother really cared for her? How could she not see Allen loved her and was ready to go through hell and back for her? It felt good to beat some sense into her. Later she does admit she was the one pushing Jin away, but still...

But that is not really a complaint. I have two complaints. First, cutting out all the blood made several scenes pretty ridiculous, I had a hard time supressing a few giggles. Second, chaos barely got any screentime even though he was one of the key characters of the story. He actually doesn't appear in several scenes, even though he was there until the game switched to FMV. That is just cheap... If it weren't for the fact he was always in my active party I would only have seen him a couple of times thoughout the entire game.

BTW I had three Xenosaga related dreams this past week. Weird, I usually don't dream about games that much. They were interesting dreams though. I especially liked the lucid dream, it was crazy (Ziggy became a popstar...), but I was able to have interesting conversations with several of the characters. I was talking to chaos about how I sometimes destroyed my dreamworld if things got bad, but that I really liked this dream and that I wanted it to last for a long time. He said he understood what I meant. At that time I was only halfway through the game...

The other two dreams were pretty random and short. Wilhelm and choas were talking, but I couldn't hear what they were saying, because someone was quoting Marsman in the background. Marsman is a dead Dutch poet who called himself a 'kosmische expressionist' and 'vitalist', he was an admirer of Nietzsche. The poems quoted were from Paradise Regained. Fitting...
1731  The Rest / General Discussions / Halloween on: November 01, 2006, 01:03:41 PM
My mum told me about 'Allerzielen' today, a religious custom that has almost been forgotten in Holland. Supposedly it's a mix of christianity and pagan beliefs and one of the origins of Halloween. Allerzielen is the evening after Allerheiligen, so it's tomorrow. People would visit the graveyard and pray for save passage of souls of loved ones. They would also bake special cookies (which are actually pretty yummy, I tried them) called 'zielenkoekjes' (soulcookies). The point of these cookies? The more you eat, the more souls are saved. I think that's pretty awesome, why do people forget things like this?

Eating cookies to save souls > Halloween :P
1732  The Rest / General Discussions / Halloween on: October 31, 2006, 04:04:05 PM
Big companies are trying to force Halloween upon us, but it isn't eactly working. Children already have Sint Maarten to go around the neighbourhood and collect sweets. There are some scary movies on Dutch television, but that's it.
1733  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 29, 2006, 04:05:47 AM
Wow, I'm enjoying Xenosaga III much more than I thought I would! I just can't stop playing, because I just must know what will happen next. The gameplay is enjoyable too, I really didn't expect that.

This game is turning me in a totally irresponsable student. I don't think I will be able to finish my Management & Organisation project before Wednesday. Not that it really matters, I would still pass the subject if I turned in ten blank pages. And besides, a M&O named Marx should not assign us projects like "design a profitable businessplan".

Eh anyway, I just finished the first disc, things are getting very exiting. My only complaint is that chaos should get more screentime. Right now, there is just too much Shion, but I have to admit, she is more likable than in the last two games.
1734  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 27, 2006, 09:53:55 AM
Started Xenosaga III a few days I ago, but I couldn't continue playing, I had a lot of work to do and I promised my brother I would wait for him to catch up. He finished Episode II today (thank god, I was getting sick of him constantly restarting, he is such a perfectionist!) and just started Episode III. I'm really looking forward to this game. I want answers!
1735  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note on: October 26, 2006, 10:21:55 AM
I watch it every week. I used to read the scanlations rather obsessively and now I'm collecting the manga. Though the story of the anime is nothing new, the whole presentation has style. I love the last few minutes of the first episode.
1736  The Rest / General Discussions / Lik-Sang Out of Business Due to Sony Lawsuits on: October 24, 2006, 01:31:21 PM
It is abuse if the prices of products are raised artificially. This is not tolerated within the EU and Nintendo was fined 169,7 million euros when they did similar things within the EU between 1991 and 1997. The law may somewhat support Sony for now, but I doubt it is going to stay that way.
1737  The Rest / General Discussions / Lik-Sang Out of Business Due to Sony Lawsuits on: October 24, 2006, 01:09:55 PM
But isn't grey importing a product of a healthy marketmechanism? There are barely any laws obstructing grey importing in the case of consoles and games. More and more systems don't have regionlocks, systems have multiple language options and the TV standard isn't a problem anymore either. With the market wide open, price differences should fade away, in theory anyway. The only ones profiting from the higher prices in several parts of the worlds are the companies themselves. Abuse of corporate power is illegal according to EU law and I think this reasoning is going to spread with the economy becoming more global and all.
1738  The Rest / General Discussions / Lik-Sang Out of Business Due to Sony Lawsuits on: October 24, 2006, 12:28:21 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
Quote from: "Cauton"
Okay, that's fucking bullshit. I read the news about the lawsuit over on Gamespot earlier, and Sony's reason for suing Lik-Sang and similar sites was
that they "want to protect the customers from buying hardware that won't function with software from their region". As if people who import aren't already aware of that.

This logic is especially retarded due to the fact that the PSP and PS3 are completely region free.

And, this is a lesser known fact, even PAL PS2s running PAL games transmit a pure NTSC signal when the players chooses 60-Hz mode. Many European TVs do not support 60Hz. The problem can often be solved by purchasing a RGB-cable, but the official RGB-cables cost 5 times as much as the cables of a lesser brand. I doubt anyone could lable that as protection...
1739  The Rest / General Discussions / The most pointless research ever on: October 22, 2006, 09:51:00 AM
That looks kinda cute.
1740  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 20, 2006, 03:20:27 AM
The guy should compare American schools to schools in other countries. I doubt American education is that harsh. I mean, I can't take the bus to school, we don't have such a system in the Netherlands, I ride my bicycle to school, 10 miles to school and 10 miles back. Every week several days are pretty long, I'll be at school from 8.10AM to 4.05PM. Some subjects have a very tight schedule, so I'll be doing some homework too. We don't have 10 minutes between classes, we get 2-3 minutes. And foreign students are often suprised at how soft and lenient our school is.

From my perspective, homework is neccesary to complete the tasks given to us before the deadline. If we don't do our assignments, it's likely we will fail tests, because we haven't practiced enough.

Of course, there are students in our schools who don't do homework, but they do poorly at exams and tests. If we get bad grades, our teachers take a look at our assignments and if they are done poorly, he/she will know what caused the bad grade.

Some teachers say we shouldn't be given this much work and be expected to take responsibility for it. In their classes students rarely do their homework, because they know the teacher will give them extra time during classes, even though we can handle the homework for other subjects just fine. Just yesterday, one of my classmates was talking to a teacher after she had recieved a bad grade. She claimed it wasn't her fault, she wasn't responsible enough yet to do that much work without supervision, she was still a kid, the teacher said she had a point. And the funny thing is, that girl is going to university next year.

You know, I think responsibility has a lot to do with these issues. If parents and teachers don't believe kids can't be responsible (responsible enough to not hurt other kids while playing tag or responsible enough to do homework) kids are likely to take advantage of that. The resulting behaviour alarms the adults and they put the kids on even shorter leashes. Like Dincrest said, if you never let them play with the skipping rope, how are you going to know they can handle it or not?
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