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1906  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: (Article)Opinion: 2009 - The Last Days of the Japanese RPG? on: December 29, 2009, 04:01:04 PM
One of my favorite video games this year is inFAMOUS.  I think the game is fantastic.  Does it reinvent the wheel?  No.  But it is a beautifully crafted wheel.

inFamous was one of my favorites for the year too. I think it has the best sandbox world I've played. GTA can suck it.

Thirded.  That game was the reason I wanted a PS3, and it delivered.  Not sure if it was my absolute favorite game of the year - too hard to remember everything I played - but it's way up there.  Played through it twice, start to end, and I don't do that too often.
1907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware founder says JRPGs "lack evolution" on: December 28, 2009, 08:09:07 PM
I just finished DA:O last night... I can assure you, he shouldn't be talking.

Hahaha - I'm playing that right now.  You're right.  Of course, I don't think they were trying to evolve things - just do an outstanding job with the stuff that already existed.
1908  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: December 28, 2009, 08:03:54 PM
Dios - nice hat!  I'm a hat guy myself.  They're coming back.
1909  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Intel designs "Programmable Matter" on: December 28, 2009, 12:04:36 PM
Not to worry - they said things like "it's in the early developmental stages" and "we're on the edge of discovery."  So... we can't really do any of that stuff yet.
1910  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of the Princess (free Zelda inspired 2d RPG game) on: December 28, 2009, 12:02:13 PM
I think Fei meant that as a compliment to the game...
1911  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Steam Sale on: December 28, 2009, 12:01:31 PM
Too bad if you guys missed it but

Torchlight was on sale for $5 two days ago

This game is worth it though, its my first point and click dungeon crawler besides like.. space siege which sucked. 

Holy crap - I thought I got a good deal at $10!
1912  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Smoking makes you gay, study says on: December 28, 2009, 12:00:18 PM
EDIT: Pathetic story.  A few years back, a distant cousin of mine (or so I'm told) in India went out to a balcony to smoke a cigarette, leaned back against the balcony a little too far, and fell to his death.  He was in his mid-30s at the time and left behind a wife and a couple of young kids. 

Wow - you always hear things like "smoking kills," but somehow, I can't imagine that anyone thinks of possibilities like that when they say it.  You know, just seeing the smokers huddled outside the building when it was 10 below zero was enough to convince me that I'm never, ever interested in smoking.
1913  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What headphones do you use? on: December 28, 2009, 11:58:13 AM
I took a pro's advice and bought a pair of AKG K271s. They'll set you back about $250, but you'll never have to buy a pair of headphones ever again. They're physical construction is absolutely brilliant and impossible to damage. It's built like a fucking suspension bridge, nothing can damage it. The sound is perfect, they feel great, and for studio recording, they even have an ingenious little shutoff switch so that when you take them off your head, the sound stops.

I used to be a Senn man, loved the seclusion of my 280Pros, but they COMPLETELY fell apart. Senn is a great company for their acoustic work: both mics and headphones SOUND great. But they're physical build is like cheap children's toys. Within 8 months, the top bracket cracked, and before a year and a half, the electrical connections started breaking down. Terrible physical design, not very comfortable either.

I don't think there's any audio company besides Shure (which doesn't make headphones) with a better reputation than AKG. You'll pay for it though.

This is good to know - when I need a new set (hopefully a long time from now), I'll have to check out the AKGs.

Don't know if you're making a distinction, but although Shure doesn't make any headphones (over the ear), they do make earphones (inside the ear):
http://store.shure.com/store/shure/en_US/list/categoryID.12165500

My friends who have the Shures say they're outstanding.
1914  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 27, 2009, 06:12:42 PM
Also, the TV version was terrible. :D
1915  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What headphones do you use? on: December 26, 2009, 03:36:25 PM
For every day use, I just use a pair of SkullCandys that I picked up at FYE for $10. They've been great, and lasted much longer than other earbuds I've used in he past.

For plane rides, I switch to a pair of Klipsch earbuds that cost me about $250. They sound amazing, but if I eat anything, the seal gets broken whenever I chew, which kinda stinks. But I wanted earbuds so that I could sleep on the plane without taking off my headphones. I had a hard time spending that much on a headset, but finally decided that noise cancellation is important when you fly 150,000 miles a year. :D
1916  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Xmas swag thread. It's an RPGFan Xmas tradition! on: December 26, 2009, 03:24:13 PM
Wife and I kept it simple this year, because we had each bought some expensive stuff before the holidays - a 64 gig iPod Touch for me, and a spinning wheel for her (the spinning wheel being the far more expensive of he two). She said we weren't going to get each other anything, but I knew better. :D I got her My Sims Agents (which she wanted and is totally happy with) and she got me Dragon Age on the PS3. I know she loves me because she hates Bioware games - apparently they're way more fun to play than they are to watch.

Also got a little cash & screwed up my car a bit, which was not really much of a present, but I have no one to blame but myself.   
1917  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 24, 2009, 11:14:27 PM
Torchlight:  Fan-fucking-tastic. \m/  Simple though it may be, it's well on its way to becoming my favorite Diablo clone.

I'm with you - just realized I could teach my pet spells last night, which was awesome. Now I've got a zombie summoning, health leeching cat. :D
1918  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 24, 2009, 11:08:34 PM
Oh, I forgot to say I bought that and watched it!  I got the two Criterion Collection DVDs: "The Final Cut," which is apparently the Gilliam-approved version, and the "Love Conquers All" version, which is apparently the one that's been shown on TV.  Have only watched the Gilliam version so far.

Isn't there a Blu-Ray edition with a couple of different versions on it?

It's possible, but I didn't look for it after finding it really cheap on DVD.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the movie, and the PS3 does a good enough job of upscaling things for movies I'm unsure of.


I saw The Princess and the Frog today, and it was pretty good!  Not the greatest movie I've ever seen, but not bad either.
1919  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Steam Sale on: December 24, 2009, 11:02:00 PM
Picked up Torchlight - it's still $10, but it's irresistible to me at even that price.
1920  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 22, 2009, 10:59:26 PM
I tried starting Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the PSP and couldn't get into it.

I actually had a problem getting into it at the very start as well, but once I got farther in and was able to take better advantage of the free, instant respecs, I liked it a lot more. :)
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