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2686  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 08, 2008, 02:50:10 PM
Perhaps you missed the "What do you do off line" thread? I think that pretty much covered it.
Then again, this thread could go a completely different way, so I'll participate.
I have a secret identity. It tends to manifest itself in the middle of the night, when most folks are sleeping. I fight the evil that falls from the sky. It is a largely thankless task, but somebody has to do it.
They call me Mr. Plow!
2687  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: February 08, 2008, 01:28:06 PM
Just posting to add some balance. I like most of the games the initial poster has played. Based on those types of games I would be cautious about recommending the  Shin Megami Tensei titles. I hated Persona 2 when I played it, and if the other games play like this one(Aren't the DDS games supposed to be a bit closer to traditional?) I would be careful about tossing them out there without an asterisk. They are definitely different than your average jrpg and that should be pointed out. For the record, I couldn't stand Shadow Hearts either.
2688  The Rest / General Discussions / So what do you do offline? on: January 28, 2008, 04:19:17 PM
I don't post in a whole lot of topics anymore, but I have been around for awhile, so I might as well contribute.
I may be the elder of the group nowadays at 33. Married for 9 years Feb. 27th with a son who will be 7 on Feb. 17th.
I have a degree in Horticulture and work in Landscape Sales.
My #1 hobby/everything is my Cottage Garden. When the weather is nice, I spend almost all my time out there. It is my art and my sanctuary.
Because of the gardening, I started getting into photography. I spend almost as much time taking and playing with pictures as I do tending the subjects. As my garden is quite lush, it attracts all sorts of cool insects and wildlife.  
If anyone is interested, here is a link to my photo album:

I play games very slowly, and only one at a time(minus the occasional race or puzzle game).
Nowadays , I play games purely for a fun distraction. I don't want hard or complicated. I like games that look nice, sound nice, and are easy to play.  Unfortunately, the gaming world seems to be going in the opposite direction.
I have yet to invest in a next gen console, but I'll probably at least pick up a Wii.

I have always had a passion for reading. I mostly read (GOOD)fantasy, but will give most anything a chance. Like games, I read very slowly. When I only get through a few pages a day, a 4-500 page book can take months to read. Something has to really take hold of me to get through it quicker.
2689  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: January 28, 2008, 03:28:50 PM
Phantom Hourglass -
for the benefit of  people just starting this game, I will put my comments in code. Only minor spoilers:

Finished up the ghost ship, visited the blacksmith, and now am supposed to go after the "lets make this game as long as we possibly can" items(aka the types of metal for the sword. But first I must go through the shithole known as the Temple of the Ocean King....again. to get another friggin sea chart. I made it to the halfway point and stopped. I tell ya, if this is really only the halfway point for this temple, I am tempted to give up on this game. I DON'T like being timed. Plus, it's just annoying having to go to the same place over and over again(maybe if it had some good tunes...).
Overall, I do like the game. But it is far from flawless. Didn't anyone else have problems with it? I feel like the only one complaining.
2690  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 28, 2008, 02:46:34 PM
Full Metal Jacket - Never saw this until Sat. night. Decent movie. Didn't really get to know much about the characters so the second half was kinda hard to get into. Or was that the whole point? Never know with Kubrick.

The Host - Korean monster movie. I wonder if this was supposed to be scary, because it most certainly was not. It WAS entertaining, though, despite numerous nonsensical moments.
2691  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: January 21, 2008, 01:34:39 PM
Wow, these journals don't normally go this long. I was hesitating to post in it figuring it was about to get reset.
I've been playing Phantom Hourglass. I'm generally impressed with the game, and am having some good fun, but I do have some (not so minor) complaints.
As seems to be the case with every game I play I am bothered by the music (or lack thereof) in this. Almost every dungeon has the same frickin theme! WHY do they do this? Memory constraints? If it must be done this way, at least make it damn good. ugh.
While I like the stylus play, I would still prefer the "normal" control scheme. Plus, my hand gets in the way all the time.
The graphics are well done, but every place looks the same. Some more variety would be nice.
As for my progress, I am now on the Ghost ship, which I though would offer something different musically and graphically, but I guess it's not to be.
Started up a game of Chrono Trigger. I've only played through it once, and that was a long time ago. I may or may not continue. At least with this I know I'm getting great graphics and music.
2692  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 21, 2008, 01:04:48 PM
Finally finished the first Covenant trilogy. In the end I liked it, despite Thomas being his prickish self. I'll probably read the second trilogy, but not any time soon.
I have a ton of books laying around waiting to be read.
I think I'm going to read some Sherlock Holmes(I got this giant compendium for Christmas) than read the Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
2693  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 21, 2008, 12:59:33 PM
I wanted to see Cloverfield, but Nan had no interest in that so we saw Sweeney Todd.
It was quite bizarre, but entertaining as well. Everyone was good in it, the setting was fantastic, and story was just dark and goofy all at the same time. Nan and I agreed that we couldn't recommend it to anyone we know, but did enjoy it.

Also saw Black Sheep over the weekend. A horror movie about sheep gone nuts? Do I need to say any more? Along the lines of Peter Jacksons earlier work(Bad Taste, Dead Alive) but a little tamer. Bizarre fun.


Apparently, I really like the word bizarre.
2694  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Guilty pleasures (the movie/TV edition)... on: January 15, 2008, 05:10:19 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
When my 3 year old nephew was visiting and we were watching the Good Night Show on the Sprout channel, I was like "whoa, that Nina chick who hosts this programming block is hot!"  I've always liked PBS kids shows, but Nina gives me a guilty reason to watch that programming block.    

Man, you've got that right. That woman is gorgeous! My son has now grown beyond the Sprout channel, but I still flip over there every now and then just to see if she's on.

As for guilty pleasures:
In general, I don't find myself feeling guilty about liking anything. I like what I like, and thats that.
I'll watch crap like American Idol, wish I hadn't wasted my time, then continue to watch it every week. I suppose that counts.
Nan and I LOVE bad horror movies. Not guilty about it though. It's all in fun.
I still like the movie Titanic. Always have. I even own the soundtrack. Apparently, as a man I am not supposed to like it.
2695  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 08, 2008, 01:21:35 PM
Its been awhile since I've posted in this thread, and I can't remember everything I've seen. oh well.

Transformers - Not as bad as it could have been. I was actually entertained.  I see so much potential here that will never come to fruition. bummer.

Casshern - Now THIS was interesting. Like a live action anime. It's visually amazing with gobs of well-integrated CG. There are some truly great action scenes, and the movie even gets quite thought provoking by the end.

I've got Black Sheep and Nausicca and the Valley of Wind sitting at home.  I can't believe I've never seen Nausicca. Looking forward to it.
2696  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: December 30, 2007, 11:31:27 AM
Enjoying our new DS.
Played Mario Kart briefly, and it seemed just as fun as any previous MK. Nan is obsessed with it. She says it's actually a little harder than previous incarnations.
Planet Puzzle league is pretty cool.

I'm really diggin Phantom Hourglass. It was weird at first; doing everything with the touch screen, but now I'm used to it and having a lot of fun.
Graphics, sound, control, everything is great.

I'm actually really impressed with the DS so far. I'd never played one until now, and I am very impressed with the screens, colors, sound, etc. Nice little system.
Now to get MORE games for it.
2697  The Rest / General Discussions / So I just bought a DS... on: December 12, 2007, 03:35:33 PM
I picked up Phantom Hourglass for myself and Planet Puzzle League for Nan. I didn't get her a Graphic. Adv. yet because I picked up the Sam and Max set for the PC.
There are lots more I want to get, but I'm all about one at a time. Thanks for the help, guys.
2698  Media / Brush and Quill / What book....? on: December 10, 2007, 01:14:52 PM
Dade beat me to it in regards to ASOIAF. I wonder what the hell is up with the HBO series?

Guy Kavriel Kays Sarantium books.
Donaldsons Mordant's Need books.

I know two series I DON'T want to see made into movies: Robin Hobbs Assassin books, and the Thomas Covenant books. Total downers with lame heroes. The books are fine, but I don't think they would translate to the screen very well.
2699  Media / Miscellaneous Games / The Mario Galaxy Thread... on: December 04, 2007, 03:39:53 PM
Quote from: "Alucard von Elru"


Damnit I need a Wii. I keep reading and re-reading the Eurogamer review. You are all such teases.

Me and you both, brotha.
I gave up on trying to find one for now. I bought the Fam a DS instead. I'll pick up a Wii in a few months when they are back on the shelves.
2700  The Rest / General Discussions / So I just bought a DS... on: November 30, 2007, 04:46:38 PM
Thanks guys.
Rocket Slime does look like fun.
Yeah, I keep reading how hard Trauma Center is. I'll wait on that one. I will definitely get her Trace Memory and Hotel Dusk. Those both sound like her kind of game.
She freakin loved Parappa, so I may have to take a look at Elite Beat Agents.
The plot thickens...
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