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2026  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: January 05, 2011, 04:52:11 PM
If I don't like an entire album by an artist, I don't consider them a good artist. I'm very strict about it and expect a lot from musicians. So, filler is unacceptable to me and I don't believe it is true of all albums. I have seen the movie and the soundtrack was okay, yep.

I just wouldn't hold it up on a pedestal that it is the sort of thing all music should be judged by :P
I completely agree! I rarely, if ever, say that I like any particular artist or album. I like songs, not albums. I can't think of a single album that I liked in it's entirety. This is why I will say I like One or Where the Streets Have No Name by U2, but not U2 as a whole. They have a lot of crap songs, too.
I give movie soundtracks a bit more leeway. If it worked for me while watching the movie, and made me notice enough to actually BUY it, then it must be good. You also have to consider that, unlike normal music, soundtracks are not written to be listened to outside of the movie.  They can't be judged the same way.

Well if you don't like metal (?) you will hate the shit out of Abnormality and i'm not sure why you bothered listening.

also i'm not a huge crystal castles fan but the thing they did with robert smith earlier this year was awesome
You see, here's where the real asshole part of me shows up. Doesn't music sound the same to all of us? How can one person find something appealing that another does not? Do you not realize how stupid and ridiculous the growling sounds? Even the music itself wasn't very good.
I KNOW it's insane to argue musical tastes, and I really don't want to. I just don't get people liking certain types of music.

An example outside of music: I think(know) that mustard is disgusting. It looks gross and tastes awful. I have zero clue how anyone could possibly like it. If you like mustard, you are wrong.

I wonder sometimes if people are hearing or tasting the same things as me.
2027  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "N" Word on: January 05, 2011, 03:56:41 PM
It IS kinda funny (odd?) that in a discussion about the word, we can't SAY the word we're discussing. We very will could be talking about nincompoops or ninnies.

2028  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: January 05, 2011, 03:52:52 PM
GrimReality's taste in music is not exactly inspiring me to agree with his opinion. :P

EDIT: Except his opinion that that song is horrendous. I can agree with that.

Have you seen How To Train Your Dragon? Great movie. I call the overall soundtrack great, but on the whole it's just like any other album from any artist. A few great songs, and a lot of filler. "Flight" is downright magical.
...
Or were you just messing with me?
2029  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: January 05, 2011, 03:04:09 PM
So far, everyone I've played Abnormality for has dug them. 
I just listened to a "song" called Visions on Youtube. IMHO, it was absolutely atrocious. How anyone can listen to this garbage is beyond me.

I will readily admit that I am a bit of an asshole when it comes to musical tastes. I don't fall into that whole "everyone has different tastes" nonsense. There's a small amount of good music out there that takes a bit of effort to find. There's a small amount of godawful crap that is hard to avoid. And then there's a whole lot of mediocrity shoved in our faces(ears?) every day from every angle trying to convince us it's really better than it is.

I can only think of a couple albums I bought in 2010:
How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack, which is wonderful.
Mass Effect 2 soundtrack, which is good, but not as effectual as the first
I just bought the Tron Legacy soundtrack, and I quite dig it.







2030  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Mass Effect and Borderlands worth it if you suck at FPS? on: January 05, 2011, 09:22:44 AM
I thought the same thing before playing Mass Effect. It took a little while to get used to it, but after awhile I was doing ok, despite sucking at most shooting-type games. ME2 improves this even more. I've since played all sorts of 3rd person shooters with similar mechanics with little trouble. I still wish some of these games had a "lock-on" option, though.
2031  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: January 05, 2011, 09:17:23 AM
inFamous is still underway.  Just fought my first real boss and moved on to a new part of the city.  I'm totally wishing I had gone the dick route because all the evil powers sound way more awesome. :P

My advice is a second playthrough in evil mode. I also went with the good guy route the first time but had more fun playing as a villain the second time, there are enough differences to keep it interesting but I guess it depends on how much you like the game because it's pretty long.
Yeah, I also played as a good guy. I only made it through the first of the three main areas before getting bored. I got tired of fighting the same boring enemies over and over again. Amazing sharpshooting enemies that can shoot you from several buildings over no problem.
I was playing on "easy" mode and found it to be anything but. Kinda like how Uncharteds "easy" mode was not at all easy either. Developers need to realize that I pick that option for a reason.
Anyway, enjoy your game.
2032  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awards Lists are amusing on: January 04, 2011, 08:44:10 PM
I like it best when games I wouldn't have paid attention to otherwise are highlighted. As nice as it may be to see a personal favorite win it's even better if I end up discovering a new favorite instead (or have a game I was ignoring be pointed out as worth paying attention to afterall). It doubles as probably the only way these awards can actually be useful.
Of course! What you say goes without saying, really. I've been looking for Limbo, Nier, and Lords of Shadow to appear. All of which count to ME as under the radar games. Yes, even Castlevania. When popular FPS's can sell upwards of 8 million copies in a week, it's sad to see other quality games struggle to sell so much less.
Limbo actually has gotten some awards.
Thing is, though...
With my limited gaming time, I have to focus on what I KNOW is good. More often than not, this results in me playing a more "known" game that's getting good reviews, as opposed to the unknowns. I squeezed in Limbo because it was only 5 hours long. I squeezed in Nier due to all the (mostly earned) hype around here. But this pushes back all those great games that I truly want to play.
It's tough being a gamer with nowhere near enough time to play all the games that deserve to be played. I'm not alone in this, I now.

http://bestof.ign.com/
there's the ridiculous 360 and Wii original soundtrack award winners. WTF?!

Obviously my favorite on 360 would be Nier, and on Wii it would be a toss-up between Shiren the Wanderer, Kirby's Epic Yarn (srsly), and DKC Returns (Kenji Yamamoto arranging David Wise? That's like heaven!)

B-B-B-BUT! I think DJ Hero 2 is a worthy taker of the award.

HEAR ME OUT! Keep in mind, I AM the nerdy Japanophile soundtracks whore, so if I'm willing to say something positive about DJ Hero 2, give it a chance!

I've argued for years that major sites like gamespot/IGN ought to be handing out TWO music awards: one for best licensed soundtrack, and another for best *actually* ORIGINAL soundtrack. But here's the thing about the DJ Hero games. Even though it is a ton of licensed music, it's a ton of remixed/mashed-up licensed music.

The tutorial track for the first DJ Hero was Queen vs Daft Punk. That is frigging awesome. And seriously the remix was more than just "competent." It was good.

I haven't played much of DJ Hero 2 (yet), but I think it's a fair pick. The big websites will almost never give a sound-specific award to a Japanese title, because there are major special interests in Western VGM that expect awards. I don't think they even consider soundtracks to Japanese titles around those parts...
Actually, Pat, I recall several sites doing the original/licensed thing in the past. I was surprised not to see it this year.
Doesn't matter to me if it's remixed. It's not an original score. Heck, IMHO, it's not even a real game. Give the award to a REAL game with a REAL score. No, I'm not joking.
Kirby's music IS good. I've been watching(listening?) my wife play it. fantastic game.
BTW:
Daft Punk = cool
Queen = suck
; - )

2033  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awards Lists are amusing on: January 04, 2011, 06:00:05 PM
For me, it's very simple. I just like to see the things I like be recognized.
I also like to see people who do a good job get some props, even if it's just a post on a game site. It's got nothing to do with how blockbuster(or non) the game is.
2034  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: January 04, 2011, 04:22:13 PM
Sandsea? Still having fun with it?

Give it a few hours :(

I don't think my sense of joy will diminish in this game, but probably because it's been maybe 3 years since I have actually been able to play a console RPG.  It feels pretty amazing.  And it's great because there are so many PS2 RPGs I never played but can get really cheap.  I've got Tales of the Abyss as well as the whole Xenosaga trilogy (never got beyond halfway through ep 2) to play as well.  I also think that more than anything th atmosphere of FFXII is really amazing.  The music is fantastic, and overall the place looks quite beautiful.  It's beautiful enough that I'm okay trekking through the Sandsea for like 2 hours.

In any case, I am in the Tomb of Raithwell.  I just beat the Demon Walls and decided to try my luck with the Demonsbane.  Got 2 of them.

I'm happy to see you enjoying the game so much. I think I clocked in 112 hours or so, and loved it pretty much the whole time. I spent a lot of time wandering, and doing side quests, and never got bored.
I also liked the music quite a bit. It wasn't very memorable outside of the game, but in game it gave off this "vibe" that's hard to explain. Especially Rabanastres track.

As for me...
Got the last piece of the key to get into
Code:
the shadowlords castle
I still have several side quests to do, but I'm anxious to see how this plays out, so I'll probably just head there next time I play. Better be cool.
2035  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awards Lists are amusing on: January 04, 2011, 02:54:07 PM
Heavy Rain, with it's "child in peril" story, and adventure game like style, looks like something I would really get into. Few things horrify a parent more than losing their child. The dang thing refuses to go down in price, though.

I don't care how good RDR may be, I just can't do the western thing for that long. I'll make an exception for a 2 hour movie like True Grit or something, but not a video game.

I was looking at Giant Bombs site, but could only find days 3-6. Seemed really random anyway, so whatever.

The guys of GiantBomb said that Darksiders is pretty much a mature Zelda game, so yeah.
*drools*
2036  The Rest / General Discussions / Awards Lists are amusing on: January 04, 2011, 12:11:31 PM
OK, so I have a thing for Top Ten(5, 25, 100, etc) lists and End of Year awards and all that.
I've been perusing some lists and thought we could talk about them, as well as discuss our own NON-rpg favorites of the past year.
a Few links:
http://www.gamespot.com/best-of/
They seem to have a sick obsession with Red Dead Redemption. I think it's silly that they have platform awards but give the same game the award! There should be some kind of platform exclusive award as well.

http://bestof.ign.com/
I don't like how they seem to lack the cajones to give an overall Game Of the Year Award. It's all by system. Then there's the ridiculous 360 and Wii original soundtrack award winners. WTF?!

http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=0&cId=3182823
I like their simple, more personal approach. Kinda like the Fans.

http://www.gamespy.com/articles/114/1141516p1.html
I like theirs probably the best. It's less convoluted, and the awards are spread out over a number of worthy games.

Thoughts after reading all this stuff:
I need to play Heavy Rain
I still have no interest in Red Dead Redemption
Nier was shafted in the soundtrack categories
Hell, did anyone even PLAY Nier?
Forgot about Darksiders. Yet another game I still want to play.

My favorite non-rpgs of the year:
Limbo
God of War III
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


Discuss...


2037  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: January 03, 2011, 02:10:21 PM
Nier - I'm still enjoying it, but starting to understand why some people might have had a problem with the game. The world is too small! You just go back and forth to the same 5 or 6 areas over and over again.
 Perhaps the game will suddenly open up soon, but I doubt it. It feels like I'm getting pretty close to the end. I'm anxious to see how the story plays out. It really IS the #1 reason to play this.
2038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Game of the Year-2010 on: January 01, 2011, 08:44:14 PM
If it's not Mass Effect 2, there's something wrong. I understand some people might have some misplaced grudge against it because it's popular, and western, and a sure thing to win all sorts of awards. Thing is, it damn well deserves everything it gets. A great game is a great game whether it sells 10 copies or 3 million.
After playing it for 30 hours I feel Nier deserves a spot in the top 5 at least. Great game.
2039  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movie Trends that NEED to Stop on: January 01, 2011, 04:18:28 PM
You should watch it for the plant life and fucked-up insects.
Bingo!
The world itself is quite realized and worth a viewing. Too bad they went and stuck people in it. People who spout out every cliche line in the book.
Still, I dig the movie as a step forward in general.
2040  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Top Film of 2010? on: December 31, 2010, 09:53:17 PM
Anyone not included How To Train Your Dragon in your top 2010 movies either hasn't seen it or doesn't like good movies.
Anyway...
1. HTTYD
2. Inception - Not what they promised, but exceptional regardless.
3. Toy Story 3 - This only for a few select "moments" more than the whole movie.

Far too many I have yet to see.
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