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1981  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 03, 2009, 11:31:18 PM
Across the Universe.  Trippy.
1982  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Infamous. on: July 03, 2009, 11:24:32 PM
OK, finished good, immediately started evil.  Then I opened up my good save to hunt down the last 20 or so blast shards.  Haven't finished that yet, but I've got a map to work from, so hopefully I will be able to.

But I came here to double post because I have one specific thing to compliment Sucker Punch on something: the game starting experience.  I've played a lot of games over the years, and as far as I know, no one has ever gotten this right before inFamous.  Start up the game, see a couple of title screens, and your last save game is immediately loaded.  No "press start to continue."  No having to change from the default of "new game" to "load game."  It just loads your game.  If by some chance you want to do something else, it's easy to hit start and do it.  This is how every single game in existence should work, and yet inFamous is the only one that does.

Kudos, Sucker Punch.
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on: July 03, 2009, 11:18:17 PM
I don't know how any other sites do it, but here on RPGFan, we have a thread in the staff forums where we discuss any game that we'd consider for coverage, but aren't sure if it qualifies or not.  We have discussed Monster Hunter a few times now - once for the previous PSP incarnation, once for this one, and maybe at some point before this that I don't know about.
1984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on: July 03, 2009, 12:25:37 PM
Sort of, but I much prefer the weapon selection in Phantasy Star.
1985  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 03, 2009, 12:24:49 PM
Finished inFamous as a nice guy.  Immediately started over as a bad guy. >:D
1986  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Blast podcasting. on: July 02, 2009, 08:38:41 AM
I do all of my podcast listening through iTunes (it's pretty much the only thing I use my iPod for), so no links.

Bleep Bloop: a goofy video game show from CollegeHumor.  Usually only about 10 minutes or so, but fun to watch.

Coverville: the music show that got me into podcasts.  It's all cover songs (where an artist plays a song someone else made famous), and it's pretty much always good stuff.  He's almost to episode 600, so that'll tell you how successful it is.

Flight of the Conchords: HBO doesn't send too much stuff out on this podcast, but I like it when they do.

Crosshairs: a video gaming news podcast from Gamespot's Australian corps.

The Hotspot: another from Gamespot - this one's just audio, but it's easily the longest thing I listen to.  Every episode's about 90 minutes long.  Good stuff for news, and pretty entertaining if you don't loathe Gamespot.

Start Select: might as well put this one down too.  It's a video gaming news podcast from Gamespot UK.  (Stupid iTunes making them all easy to get to from each other.)

History According to Bob: a daily 10-minute show from a history professor, covering a range of topics.  Basically, he picks a few things and then alternates shows until he's finished them - so one day is about the US Civil War, the next is about medieval Italian royalty, the next is about the Russo-Japanese war, then back to the Civil War.  I am not a huge history buff, but I like his style, and I like learning about this stuff a bit at a time.

Make Magazine: a podcast from the magazine.  Their updates are really random - one time it'll be an episode of their new PBS show, then maybe a PDF of some specs for how to make a crazy thing, then a video about just one crazy thing someone made.  The latest episode was about a potato gatling gun someone built.  (That's a gatling gun that shoots potatoes, not a gatling gun made out of a potato.  Although that'd be pretty impressive too.)

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me: a show that airs on NPR while I'm busy mowing my lawn on Saturdays.  I'm not a religious NPR listener, but this show is consistently entertaining to me.  It's sort of their version of The Daily Show.

Oracle Technology Network Techcast: if you can't guess from the name what it's about, you don't want to listen.  I just subscribed today on a colleague's recommendation, haven't listened to a single episode yet.

They Might Be Giants: they don't update very often either (looks like the last one was in March), but I like TMBG, so I keep it on my list.

Uncle Jay Explains the News: I like this one.  Another short video podcast - this one's about current events, and is made by a guy who has apparently been on the radio in Cincinnati for a long time (Jay Gilbert).  Funny stuff.

Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series: I used to watch the cartoon way too often for a guy in his 20s (at the time).  Never could figure out why it sucked me in, but this makes fun of it in a good way.  I hate that stupid Bakugan crap, though.

1987  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robogeisha! on: July 02, 2009, 08:07:54 AM
Hopefully, that will be far and away the craziest 3 minutes of my day. :)
1988  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 02, 2009, 07:58:12 AM
Watched Juno and Heathers for the first time this last weekend (yeah, Heathers is like 20 years old or something).  Both were good stuff.

Oh, and in case I didn't say so, Transformers last week - entertaining, but silly.  Even too silly for a movie about CGI robots at times.

And since we don't actually have a thread for this kind of thing, I saw The 39 Steps on Broadway yesterday night.  Really enjoyed it.  Funny show, the actors did a great job, and there were a lot of Hitchcock nods (some more subtle than others).
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on: July 02, 2009, 07:56:50 AM
Well, as I think I said in my review, Monster Hunter hates you.  It's like an abusive boyfriend you just keep going back to anyway.  I really really wanted to love it, but just couldn't put up with it in the end.  Maybe the addition of a kitty sidekick will have helped some of my issues...
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 02, 2009, 07:54:22 AM
Into the 2nd island on Infamous. I think I'm going to switch to the evil mode.

Don't do it, man.  Every good side mission you complete locks out an evil one, and you need all 15 good or evil missions to max out the power they grant.
1991  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Infamous. on: July 02, 2009, 07:53:26 AM
I'm having tons of fun with this game.  I'm onto the third island playing good - will go back and play evil when I'm done, which I don't do that often.  One of the few gripes I have is that while you can easily get bad points while trying to be a good guy (tie them down, then kill them anyway), it doesn't seem like you can accidentally get good points.  Well, maybe that's just life, so I shouldn't complain. ;)
1992  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Fantasy Sucks on: June 30, 2009, 09:37:25 AM
I recommended this somewhere else, I think, but as a fantasy reader, I have really enjoyed Ashok Banker's Ramayana series.  Plus, if you work with/know anyone from India, it seems to earn major brownie points with them that you've read it. :)
1993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout PC bundle on: June 30, 2009, 09:09:44 AM
Just found out that there's a site called Good Old Games where you can buy these and other old games, completely legally, but individually.  Fallout 1 and 2 are both $6, I believe.
1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 30, 2009, 08:21:58 AM
I finally beat Diablo 2 (and the expansion)! About 10 years too late.

It's never too late - now it's time to beat it again, with a different character. :D

FInished the 3D picross game on DS.  Not even sure what its name is at the moment.  It's from Japan...
1995  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 30, 2009, 08:09:06 AM
Finished the Ramayana last night at about 1:30.  Great stuff.  The same author (Ashok Banker) is tackling the Mahabharata next, but he says he's up to 18 volumes of 800 pages, and it sounds like he's not done yet.  That's a lot of reading, even for someone who loves books.
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