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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: August 24, 2011, 08:34:09 AM
FFX is my favorite overall. I love the characters...even Tidus. I didn't mind him and there was a good story to tell with him. Loved the aeons. All the different locations you traveled to and I like how, at least to me, it felt like a merge of a fantasy style and sci-fi. All the technology. The music, man it was great. I bought that soundtrack. The only aspect I wasn't crazy about was the random encounter rate, but then again a lot of RPGs have that issue.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: August 24, 2011, 08:26:15 AM
Believe it or not. I still have not bought my first PS1 classic yet from PSN. Again, very little time for gaming but Arc The Lad I also wanted when I was younger. I saw that collection sitting in the store and wanted it just for the box and the extras it came with. Was that a Working Designs release? Anyhow, I still think I'll get it. It seems to have a charming look and design to it.
48  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: August 24, 2011, 08:19:11 AM
Apparently. Still, I'm glad I'm not the only one who had negative experiences with him.

Sorry the trade didn't work out. Nothing negative about it. I just couldn't make that trade. I'm completely open to trading just maybe a different item for the ones you'd like.


Also, I will be negotiable with offers. I am trying to part with all the items I have listed. I have recently been looking at amazon and do see that some prices I have listed were high. I have changed some of them. Others I still have listed at what I paid for them. Just trying to recoup what I spent. Please, I would gladly work with anyone on a sale or trade. Thanks.
49  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Suikodens_Star Oceans_Wild Arms_Grandia_others_LOWER PRICES! on: August 19, 2011, 08:00:47 AM
Trails In The Sky and Star Ocean 3 are both spoken for. Thanks.

Star Ocean 1 and 2 for PSP now $37!!!!
50  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: August 17, 2011, 09:19:21 AM
Serene Prophet is a great party to trade and purchase from. Purchase item from me, payment arrived very fast and great communication throughout. Thanks again!
51  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dragon Quest_Trails in the Sky_Grandia_others_LOWER PRICES! on: August 03, 2011, 01:35:25 PM
LOWER Prices on bundles...all four sealed Dragon Quest games for $100...Grandia Trilogy for $90.
52  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on: July 27, 2011, 09:30:00 PM
Been listening to (or trying to listen to) a bunch of DT lately. Call it studying for the new album. I actually find myself skip songs on a lot of their albums. I mean maybe my musical tastes are changing also, I don't know what it is but there music (especially over the last 3 albums) doesn't wow me anymore. It just seems so generic metal which is why I liked them so much nearly 20 yrs ago. They didn't seem like generic metal. Why I liked songs like "Another Day," "Space Dye Vest," and "Learning To Live" so much was due in part to them sounding fresh and not like every other band. The current stuff is just so irritating actually to listen to. I feel like each member is just trying to show off without playing cohesive songs. There are so many bizarre sounding guitar solos on Black Clouds that just are all over the map. Doesn't feel like they fit with the song. To this day "Learining To Live" still sounds amazing and James' voice and they way he sings is perfect. He isn't forcing the lyrics.
I do like the new song but again it still has that "Black Clouds" sound. "Wither" in my opinion is the best song from that album. Others had potential, "The Count of Tuscany" started off amazing but then it gets all fast and too fast. And the growl in there I can't stand. The song ends amazing too. It's just the fast middle I can't stand. And I like the chorus except for the growl.
I hope this new album restores my faith in the band I have followed for about 20 years. I think Mike leaving might be good for them. Seemed like he was taking over musically. He is though one of if not the best drummer around. I just don't like when he sings.
53  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What are your likes in Video Game and Anime Music? on: July 27, 2011, 09:10:36 PM
I'm a big fan of Gundam orchestra music. Love most Gundam shows and I think some of the background scores in Gundam 00 by Kenji Kawai (also composed Patlabor) and Zeta Gundam are extremely epic. Not a huge fan of the theme songs. Most are too much like club or dance music. Though they fit the show great.
54  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *July 25th, 2011* on: July 26, 2011, 08:21:11 AM
Hi. I don't have time for games at the moment but would you be interested in trading Metal Gear Solid, Chrono Cross and MGS Portable Ops? Please see my thread for items available. Thanks.
55  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG/ANIME Collection for sale or trade on: July 22, 2011, 09:05:10 PM
Added a few more items to the list.
56  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG & ANIME Collection _PRICES REMOVED_Please make offers on: July 16, 2011, 10:37:38 AM
I removed all the prices. Just make an offer and I'm sure we can work out deal. Thanks.
57  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG & ANIME Collection _lower prices_ALL NEGOTIABLE!!! on: July 15, 2011, 12:35:23 PM
I will now throw in the mint strategy guide for Star Ocean Till The End of Time FREE if you buy the Star Ocean bundle + I'll throw in Growlanser FREE!!!
58  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG & ANIME Collection _lower prices_ALL NEGOTIABLE!!! on: July 15, 2011, 11:52:51 AM


I will negotiate a price with someone on any of the listed items. I don't know what going prices are. I only know what I spent on them. If you see an item(s) you are interested in I'm sure we can work out a price. Thanks.
59  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG & ANIME Collection for sale or trade_FREE GAME w/Bundle Purchase on: July 14, 2011, 08:40:21 AM
Fullmetal Alchemist set (all episodes)! + movie now $40 for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!
60  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on: July 09, 2011, 02:51:56 PM
Been a DT fan since '92. Have to say I still think Images and Words is their best album. There are times I love James' singing...Another Day, Wait For Sleep, Wither. I guess I love his singing on slower tracks. His singing style is still very good on harder tracks, but many times it just sounds like he is screaming without carrying notes. It then hurts the instrumentation. Any other thoughts from anyone else on this? Lately, the last few albums in my opinion just sound like any other metal album. The reason I initially got in to DT was because they didn't really sound like metal...if that makes sense. They sounded like an "epic" progressive rock band.

The new track off this new album sounds promising. Maybe, my musical tastes are changing and I'm too picky, but I do hear sounds from the last album in this track. I like James' singing here though. No screaming. He doesn't have to scream...he has a great voice at times.

James is very hit and miss. He sounds better on slower tracks, no doubt about it. When he has to sing fast and high simultaneously it's a disaster live, take the time is a good example. His "metal voice" sounds forced, he just doesn't have that growl in his voice like Russel Allen or to use a better known example, James Hetfield. That obviously isn't his fault but the band's musical direction in the last decade has forced him to use that style of singing a lot. In his latest solo album he actually uses another singer (who also the drummer, he actually auditioned for DT) to the growls and screams.

The lyrical content seems to be very political which I think is bad news. I think Myung contributed to fill in for MP, let's see if he hasn't lost his touch.

I know what you mean about James' live voice...hurts my ears actually. I just don't understand why a band would write music that commands a vocal style that their lead singer just can't excel at? Why not write to James' strengths which are the slower tracks. In the more epic tracks try to write segments that don't demand screaming and trying to hit notes that just ultimately don't work. Or dare I say maybe their style of  writing requires a different lead singer. I'd rather see them write music more suited for James' voice strengths.
I recently stumbled across the band Seventh Wonder and I must say I was amazed. Musically amazing and the lead sing can really sing. Love is singing style.
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