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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 06, 2007, 05:50:53 AM
I've just gotten my copy of Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box -- I had to get it from the States, as it's not out here yet. I've barely cracked it open, but it looks like it's going to be a good one...
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 02, 2007, 09:37:43 AM
Quote from: "Evil Gately"
First off, hi Emily! Welcome to the 'Fan! It's always nice to see a fellow Brit around these parts, too!

I'm a fake Brit. I'm actually American, but I've been living in Britain for about 3 years now. ;-)
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 01, 2007, 08:12:44 AM
Thanks for the welcomes. :-)

The idea of going back through a game for the story is interesting -- I would have thought that doing so would be boring, because you'd know all the ins-and-outs and secrets, and all the mysteries would already be solved. But then I thought about it a bit more... and considered how often I re-read the same books over and over and over again, and never get tired of them. Of course a game's not going to be any different in that respect.

Although some of you have mentioned replaying more when you were younger, I don't think I would have had the patience to replay a story/text-heavy game when I was young (if I even had the patience to play it in the first place, that is)... Well, I would have by high school, but that was during my off years. I think I'd be much more likely to replay now than then. I've also found myself sometimes replaying much more slowly -- i.e., when I have just a short while to play, I don't want to let myself get too sucked in to something I won't have time to spend hours on, so I'll just have a few minutes at an old game,  where I know how it turns out, and I won't forget what I've been told to do next. (I do that... irritating, that is. And rather sad. ;-))
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 28, 2007, 06:16:33 PM
Wow... I'm really impressed at the range of books people here enjoy! I'm impressed with you folks. Smart people... ah, it's good to know you're out there somewhere!

I'm currently re-reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (I read it when it first came out... 6 or 7 years ago, I think). It's a great book, even if you don't have a whole lot of interest in comics or the comic book industry... though of course, that helps. I've been a comics geek most of my life, but really, trust me, you don't have to be. (Although the cool thing is that Chabon then allowed the protagonists' main character, the Escapist, to be turned into a real comic -- and that's excellent, too, if you're into that kind of thing.) I love the ambience of it; Chabon has captured perfectly a certain 'feel' to the proceedings, that mid-20th-century American optimism, which is darkly juxtaposed by the fact that the two main characters are Jewish, and one of them is a teenage escapee from pre-WWII Prague -- leaving his family behind, just before the Holocaust really gets going. Chabon also deals with the sadly-all-too-true-to-real-life screwing-over of many of the creators of some of the greatest characters in comics when it came to rights and royalties. (Something still going on to this day.) All in all, Chabon is one of those can't-put-it-down, makes-anything-interesting writers -- it might be a stretch, but I'd compare him to Tom Wolfe or Donna Tartt, just in terms of his use of language and storytelling. (And that's high praise from me -- I worship Donna Tartt.) It's pretty dense prose, but you'll be so pulled along you won't notice. Plus, it's about comics. And comics are always cool.

I'm also re-reading Battle Royale. (At some point, I really must buy something new...!) The original book, not the manga, although I've read that, too. Despite the often very dodgy translation, I love this book. It's dark, it's gruesome, it's often difficult to get through... but at its very core, it does have a lot of hope and lot of heart, which is why I love it. (That, and the fact that it's a page-turner extraordinaire, particularly towards the end.) It's one of those that I've got on my list of "Learn Japanese so you can read these in the original language" books. (Similar to my list of "Learn Japanese because the bastards won't release this in English" games...)
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: February 28, 2007, 04:32:22 PM
I've read most of the old posts on the board, and haven't seen this come up (at least not recently): How often do you revisit RPGs you've already finished? Are there certain aspects that might make you more likely to revisit particular old ones?

I'm curious because, for the first time, I've been playing some of the earlier FFs on the GBA (well, on the DS, but... yeah), as I was too young to play them the first time around. I've been gaming since 1988-ish, but at 4 years old, I wasn't exactly the audience those were aimed at... I was too busy sending Mario falling to his death. It seems like as soon as I finish a game with one set of jobs/classes, I immediately want to try again with a different set-up, a different group, and a different dynamic... just out of curiosity. And, of course, there's the added bonus of then having that much more gaming time, which is important when you're a poor 20-something.

And, um... hii'mnew. I'm Emily. Nice to meet you. I've only recently been pulled back into the world of gaming -- around last summer, when I got a DSLite -- after a hiatus of about 10 years (I always had a Gameboy of some sort, someone gave me a Gamecube, and I got a DS soon after they came out, but I've had nothing else since the N64). I was more an action/platformer/puzzle type as a kid, but I'm developing into an RPG-addict extraordinaire. And since I've only just gotten into them, I've got a wonderful wealth of back-catalogue to work through... and to feed my addiction, I've scraped and scrimped enough to get myself a PSP and a PS2 to go alongside my Nintendo fixation. I'm currently playing Tales of Eternia (love it, love it, love it), Kingdom Hearts (yes, the original -- but I'm already looking forward to 2) and FFXII (since that just got a release here in Europe). So I'm a newbie both here and to RPGs generally, but I'm an eager little beaver, so give me a chance. Or at least don't hurt me too much.
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