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2461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Had to post this FFXIII gameplay video on: April 16, 2009, 09:57:21 AM
Holy shit, this game really does look amazing. Lightning is like a freaking female Dante. She is awesome. Not so sure about the dude with the bird. Why do japanese designers insist on including stupid stuff like that? Makes no sense.
What really gets me is the setting. I LOVE the futuristic look of it all. Very flashy, but totally cool.
I don't understand why they are going back to having a transition between the field and fighting. I like how XII had no transition. The fighting does look fast-paced, though.

2462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 16, 2009, 09:45:08 AM
Of course graphics are important. Anyone who says otherwise is fooling themselves, or trying to pose themselves as being "better" than everyone else because they are not so easily swayed by pretty things.
Heck, I have no interest whatsoever in CIV NY, but that girl sure is cute, so I'm clicking that link! --->
Point IS, I really like fancy graphics, but I will drop the game pretty quick if there is no substance behind them.
I just watched the first video in the FFXIII demo thread. Goddamn that game looks awesome. I mean more from a style/setting standpoint than a technical one, though.
Thing IS, I can still play stuff like late SNES/GEN games and have no problem whatsoever. Not so much with early PS1 polys.
So YES, I want my games(rpgs and all) to be pretty. Just make sure the graphics actually mean something. Artistry trumps technology.
2463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 14, 2009, 04:37:58 PM
No question it has its share of problems. Jap beetles love them, too.  But they add much needed height to the garden. Plus the dark color is awesome.
I've had no luck with Delphiniums, and very little luck with Foxgloves, despite trying numerous times.
We grew purple beans last year. I definitely prefer the traditional greens, flavor wise.
Purple carrots? I had no idea.
2464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 14, 2009, 11:04:14 AM
Mesh, you seem awfully knowledgeable about plants. Do have a Hort degree or something? Perhaps work in the industry?

This is my summer 2008 garden album, for anyone curious:
http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y258/GardenGuy/Summer%202008/

Tomara, as you will see if you choose to look at my album, I am quite partial to Sunflowers as well.

I think my fav plant outside of ornamental grasses is the Nigra Hollyhock:


I get paid to do it during the day, then I happily spend that pay to do it at home as well. I am a total plant hugger.


2465  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: April 13, 2009, 04:26:33 PM
whoa boy. Lets not get started on plants. One of my other main hobbies is nature photography, much of which comes from own garden. I have literally 1000's of plant pics(bugs and birds too!).
I AM wondering why your cherry tree is illegal, Tomara. Normally trees are banned from being planted due to being Uber messy, weak or invasive. hmmm.
2466  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Cake. on: April 13, 2009, 11:15:27 AM
Ice cream cakes just don't do it for me. Too damn cold.

Cheesecake is the best thing with the word "cake" in it, but I really don't think it should count as cake. It is its own glorious entity.

Give me some kind of triple chocolate layer cake with some type of cherry filling and I'm happy as........pie.
2467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Pie. on: April 13, 2009, 11:09:20 AM
Damn, I love me some pie. My wife makes this amazing Blueberry Cream pie that will rock your socks off.
Apple pie is good, but boring. Dutchify that thing and its much better.
Pumpkin is good, but also kinda boring. I guess I prefer my pies to be "flashy"

Cheesecake is where its REALLY at.

2468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Molyneux: Best story ever will come from a game on: April 08, 2009, 10:43:59 AM
Hidoshi beat me to it. I agree with what he said. But I also think that some people are taking the statement too literally.
This quote Has me thinking that he's referring to more than just a well-written story:
ďAnd I think that if I play the greatest story ever told in the same game as you play it, your greatest story is going to be different to my greatest story."

It's about choices. Freedom to change the direction of a story. Things only able to done with video games.
I imagine as the years go by, and game development continues to advance, that we will given more and more power over our gaming experiences. We will be creating our own personal "greatest story ever told".
At least that's how I see what he's saying.
2469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tim Schafer thinks fans 'worry too much' about sales numbers on: April 07, 2009, 09:37:18 AM
Of course I want games that I like to sell well. Don't we all want things that we like to succeed? Movies/games/musicians/etc? I don't understand the "As long as I play it and like it tha'ts all that matters" mindset. I like to see talent rewarded. I also might like a sequel to said game that's not selling well(see Beyond Good and Evil or Skies of Arcadia. I realize at least BG&E is getting a sequel, but it took a long time to come to fruition)
2470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Japan recently appointed some new ambassadors.... on: April 06, 2009, 10:33:26 AM
I'm with DC. These girls aren't working for me. I think the girl in dalucifers sig should be cute ambassador. Of course, the whole thing is odd anyway, so whatever.
2471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 06, 2009, 10:01:02 AM
The kid and I continue to rock Castle Crashers. This game just keeps going. I figured we would have finished it by now, but new areas keep popping up. I think we stopped in the undersea palace.

Gears - I think I'm nearing the end of Act 3. I wouldn't get anywhere in this game without the judicious use of checkpoints.
2472  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2009, 09:38:22 AM
Saw 2 movies over the weekend:
Let the Right One In - Too much geek community hype on this one. It was OK, but I was expecting better. I'll blame the subtitles.

Bolt - I actually kinda liked this. Disney CG has improved tremendously. Plus, none of the characters were stupidly annoying, like in most movies aimed at children. There was even a few unexpectedly "sweet" moments.

BTW, still watching Battlestar. I am on disc 3 of season 2.
2473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The favorite quotes thread on: April 03, 2009, 08:52:38 AM
"The very existence of flame throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."
-George Carlin

2474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 02, 2009, 11:13:49 AM
Gears of War - Somehow I have made it to Act 3. The graphics in this game are amazing, but the grey/brown/grey color scheme is getting to me. Just because everything is destroyed and the world is in chaos, doesn't mean there wouldn't be color in it. Mass Effect and Dead Space both had similar schemes. I need to play something more colorful before I fall into deep depression.
2475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG towns thread on: April 02, 2009, 11:02:02 AM
Like DC I have always been partial to the more techy or futuristic towns. Midgar, Esthar, Solaris, etc., with a few exceptions.
I agree with Kstar on the snow town in Symphonia. It just felt warm and inviting. Plus it was gorgeous.
I liked the towns in Skies quite a bit. That whole game just felt "right" The perspective really helped that.
Rabanastre from FFXII was incredible. I was quite overwhelmed at first, but came to appreciate it as feeling like a bustling city. Plus, the music fit perfectly.
Great music can make a mediocre town that much better. I remember the first time I played Suikoden, some of the town music just floored me(voices!).
In general I do not want to spend a lot of time in a town, and they rarely require it. But then you have places like The Citadel in Mass Effect that demand you spend gobs of time there. I gladly did. The conversations alone made it worth it. Throw in the fact that the game actually rewards you for said conversations, and I could spend hours wandering the place.

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