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2461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Merry Xmass on: December 30, 2008, 06:58:48 PM
The wife and I were supposed to scale back this year. At least for each other. Well, it seems I did and she didn't. Oops.

Philips upconvert dvd player
$200 from my grandpa
Ipod shuffle
Digital picture frame from father in law(I would never buy one myself because I think they are a waste of money)
food dehydrator from my dad(nan's getting a kick out of this)
Mass Effect
2nd controller for the 360
couple pairs of jeans
nice, new fluffy robe
A garden book
subscription to a garden mag
bunch of gift cards(home depot, cheesecake factory, AMC theatres, gamestop, Fridays)

Benjamin got way too much stuff as always.
Overall, a fun time was had by all.
I am now enjoying my movie/gaming setup downstairs with my newly purchased Sony surround system (thanks for the help Gramps!) Pure Awesome.
Happy New Year Folks!

2462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: When do RPGs stop being fun? on: December 30, 2008, 06:40:03 PM
We've mentioned repetitive gameplay and even visual design contributing to burnout.  But can blah music do that as well?

YES! It very much can. Like, say, in every game nowadays. I can't remember the last time I heard really good music in an rpg(let alone any other game) Too much emphasis is put on "incidental" type sound now that the old-fashioned ST has disappeared. What is there pretty sucks.
The point IS...Good music can help a boring dungeon/town/cave/whatever be that much better. Hell, I think the music is what MADE some of the classic 16 rpgs so classic.

As for the initial question. Since when were rpgs fun? very few games fall under the "fun" category anymore.  Most are serious entertainment. I tend to qualify games the same way I qualify movies. I'd say  that most if not all of my favorite movies are serious epics. Lord of the Rings, etc. Nothing fun here, but definitely great entertainment. same with games. My favorite rpgs(Skies of Arcadia, Chrono Trigger, etc.) are great games, but hardly fun to play.
BTW, I always get that tired/burnt out feeling when playing any rpg. After 25/40/100 hours I just don't want to deal with it anymore.  This is why I never play rpgs back to back. I always play something more action-oriented in between.
2463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suggestions for American RPG's? on: December 17, 2008, 10:43:30 AM
I was in the same boat as you awhile ago. I had always played only jrpgs and had just received an X-Box so I wanted to try some American rpgs. I had heard KOTOR was this amazing game so I rushed out and bought it. I stopped playing a couple hours into it. It bored me silly. Too many options/customization + non-linearity = not for me. I hope it works out for you.
I tried Fable and actually kinda liked it, oddly enough. I'll definitely play the new one eventually.
I've heard good things about Mass Effect, but if it's anything like KOTOR I may have to pass on that as well.
2464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Time's Top 10 Games of the Year on: December 08, 2008, 04:29:11 PM
That list blows. How a game like Force Unleashed, with it's lackluster reviews across the board, gets on there over so many more worthy games, proves it.
Bad list or not, it's good to see Braid and Dead Space on there.
I haven't played GTAIV, but I still laugh at it's #1 spot. Can you BE more original please?
No MGSIV is odd.
2465  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 08, 2008, 02:20:37 PM
I'm still in Chapter 6 of Dead Space. Haven't progressed much since last time
I got my 20Gb hard drive through that promotional offer. Only problem is that there doesn't appear to be 20GB of space on it. It had a bunch of trial games and game saves on it already for some reason, but it only adds up to +/-15GB. I'm confused. I suppose I may have to call MS.
The hard drive came with the trial for Geometry Wars on it. I've been digging it and may have to pony up for the full version. Very fun old school arcade game.
2466  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 08, 2008, 01:31:22 PM
I finally saw Iron Man yesterday. I liked it a lot, outside of the cliche villain

My son has been talking about Star Wars a lot lately, but had only ever seen the first movie. Yesterday we watched Empire together. Good stuff.
2467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So a gun-toting intruder crashes your shindig. What do you do? on: December 03, 2008, 11:02:10 AM
Good wine and cheese works for me. I still find this very hard to believe. I wouldn't normally think that someone who is attempting to rob you would also enjoy some good wine. I'm thinking cheap beer and Kraft singles. Perhaps I'm just a bit of a snob.

2468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 03, 2008, 10:47:39 AM
I just got myself a 42" 1080p Sharp LCD. Dead Space looks freakin' amazing. I can't wait to see how a more colorful game(like the forthcoming Prince of Persia) will look. I am in Chapter 6.
Like Esper, I am happy that I can now read the damn text in this game. What a difference!

2469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: November 26, 2008, 09:50:45 AM
Dead Space - I am now in Chapter 5. After my whiny last post I tried a few more times to no avail.
I then finally decided to just shoot at the asteroids in the middle and ignore the ones outside the lines. I was able to do it after one try. As usual, my idiocy has no bounds. I am now being chased by some [i]thing[/i] that cannot die and trying to figure out how to get the damn door to unlock. I'm sure the solution is simple, but I keep getting mauled.
This game has scared me/caught me off guard on several occasions already. I really like to play in the dark with headphones on. You hear every single groan, creak and scamper. I can't turn the surround system up due to a sleeping wife and child.

2470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: November 25, 2008, 09:12:31 AM
Dead Space - Chapter 4. I am stuck at the
spot where you have to blast the asteroids/whatever that are flying at the ship. I've tried it something like 15 times and just can't do it. The stupid gun keeps overheating, and I suck at aiming at things without some type of lock on
I REALLY don't want to have to stop playing, as I am loving this game. This sucks.
2471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World on: November 18, 2008, 10:01:21 AM
I think we all care about graphics to a certain extent. Who wants a game to look like shit? Not me. I expect better, especially on next gen consoles.
This was one of the few Wii games I was looking forward to. Now it will be just another Wii game to ignore. Bummer.
2472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: November 10, 2008, 10:36:11 AM
I may take some flak for saying this, but I actually think the music is pretty atrocious. All I hear is bad 80s music.

!!! WHA?! WRONG.
I just listened to the entire Y's I & II soundtrack on Sat. and the music is still amazing. Is the music on the VC version the same as the OST? I wonder about the sound quality. Sure, a few tracks may sound a bit dated, but most of it is quality stuff.  I wish a single friggin game nowadays had music anywhere near as good as this.
Sorry, but I'm pretty sensitive about my game music.

As for what I'm playing. I'm in Chapter 2 of Dead Space. Cool game.

2473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: October 29, 2008, 03:37:54 PM
My amazing wife bought me a 360 and Dead Space for my Birthday!
I played a couple hours of dead space last night and am enjoying it so far.
Now I have to come up with a list of 360 games to get. Although I do want to play through Xeno III before getting into any rpgs.
2474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: October 27, 2008, 03:26:50 PM
Xenosaga III - probably best just to do it all in code:
I now have KOS-MOS. I highly doubt such a powerful "weapon" would just be tossed onto a junk pile, where it could bo so easily re-activated. You'd think they'd melt it down or something. Anyway...
I had a tough time with that Gnosis boss, but made it through with lots of healing. I am now in the process of rescuing the Elsa. I get to the robot thing now.
I'm very impressed with the database system. I also like the recap the game gives you when you start up. Good for people like me who don't play every day.
Very good game so far.
2475  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 27, 2008, 02:16:47 PM
I saw Religulous Sat. night. "preaching to the choir" as it was, I definitely enjoyed it. Very funny throughout. Unfortunately, the people who should see this are the ones who won't go near it. Not that it would change any minds or anything. The massive amounts of editing that obviously took place was geared more for entertainment than persuasion.
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