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2296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are you overwhelmed by your backlog? on: January 29, 2009, 10:22:14 AM
Definitely.  I got too many games after Christmas (yay for sales on used games!), and I think I've already left one or two in the dust, never to be completed (including Burnout Paradise, which people claimed was amazing). 

I'm fighting to get myself to complete Crisis Core and Hot Shots 2 on my PSP before I start on my next DS project for the site... which will probably be next week. 

I never finished Kingdom Hearts 2 or Jeanne D'Arc, even though I really wanted to, because I quite enjoyed them. 

My copy of Dragon Quest VIII (which I purchased just last month) is still unopened, and I didn't get more than a couple of hours into Last Remnant, which I also wanted to complete. 

And on top of those games, I'm working on a review of Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the PS3 (filling in the old gaps in coverage) and trying to play enough Rock Band 2 to not lose all of the paltry drumming skills I've managed to pick up.

Wow - this is a time-consuming hobby!
2297  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Braid Creator working on 2D RPG on: January 27, 2009, 01:43:13 PM
I just think that it demeans the efforts of a lot of hard-working, creative people to say that video games can never be art, as some people do.  When they say that, they are (sometimes explicitly) saying to game makers "the thing you do is less worthy than the things other people do."  No one in their right mind would argue that Bejeweled is art, but how many hours of how many lives have been sucked away by it?  It's fun, and it doesn't need to be art.  The same is true of movies like Iron Man.  That movie's not art, but many people did find it entertaining (others didn't, but that doesn't matter for the purposes of this discussion).

On the other hand, look at games like Okami and Braid.  These were not only entertaining, but I believe contain a significant amount of artistic merit.  It is certainly possible to take things to the opposite extreme of Bejeweled, and make something with a computer that's so classically artistic that it can no longer be called a game.  Heck, I'm sure that a brief Google search would probably turn up some downloadable stuff that falls neatly into that category.
2298  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The best way to celebrate your sport team's major victory on: January 27, 2009, 01:42:15 PM
From what I heard about the story, the coach actually was cheering his team on as well as encouraging the crowd.  As has been said, it's definitely possible to slow down your game without quitting, and if you're up by a ton against an opponent who has no chance to come back, that's an appropriate time to do so.

I think good sportsmanship goes with the idea of "do unto others as you'd have them do unto you."  No one who plays sports likes to lose, and when you know you're going to lose, no one likes having their nose rubbed in it.

From what I'm reading now, the team that lost is actually not too upset about the whole thing - they know they're not very good, but they play because they love the game.  Firing the guy seems a bit harsh - I'd say a suspension of a game or two would be sufficient, and even that would just be based on his encouragement of poor sportsmanship.

If I remember right from hearing this story on the radio, Connecticut actually has a rule on the books that if a high school football team beats an opponent by more than 50 points, the coach gets an automatic one-game suspension.  That doesn't seem right, either.  There's only so much you can do in either basketball or football to limit your scoring if the opponent is horrible.
2299  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Braid Creator working on 2D RPG on: January 26, 2009, 04:21:14 PM
Do games really have to be art?

For the sake of the First Amendment, yes.

Beyond that though? Yes, I think they should be... but not all of them. There's plenty of room for both the artsy games and those that are simply entertainment.

Pretty much what I would say on the subject.  Not all paintings are really ART, and not all of them need to be.  Same with music, and same with video games.  However, I think that it's important that the general public understand that some games ARE art.
2300  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Braid Creator working on 2D RPG on: January 26, 2009, 10:44:50 AM
That'd be very cool.  Hope he finishes it.  He seems to be one of the developers who is working hard to convince people that a game can be art.
2301  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PSP questions on: January 26, 2009, 10:43:19 AM
If you want RPG recommendations, the folks here on the forums have already made a number of threads on that subject - check them out and I think you'll get all the answers you'd ever need and then some.

If you want non-RPG recommendations, drop me a line.  I love my PSP, and would be happy to point you toward some of the great stuff that's out there.
2302  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PSP questions on: January 25, 2009, 11:45:16 AM
I've bought three PSPs now - one for my wife, one for me, and then a new one for me when the slims came out (I sold my old one - thanks again, Losfer - hope you've enjoyed it!).  Every time, I bought a bundle and been happy I did.  The price is usually very worth it if you're even kind of interested in the game, and the 1 gig memory stick is nice, too.  It lets you carry around demos or even full games (you can buy those from the PSN store now), or music, or videos, or whatever.  You don't absolutely have to have it if you don't plan to do any of that, but it's handy.

As far as the cables go, there are two kinds, both sold separately, and the distinction is important.  As you may know, the PSP has gone through three hardware iterations now, known as the PSP 1000, 2000, and 3000.  The 3000 just came to the US recently.  I assume any PSP you buy now is that one, but check before you buy, especially if this cable stuff is important to you!

On the PSP 2000:
The composite cables (that's yellow, white, red) will only play videos.
The component cables (that's red, blue, green, white, red) will play both videos and games.

On the PSP 3000:
Both cables will play everything.

Oh, and Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters is a great game.  Played it just recently and loved it.
2303  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 24, 2009, 11:19:40 AM
Went to Inkheart yesterday and thought it was pretty good. Haven't read the book yet, but my wife had, and she thought it was pretty good as well.  Said it followed the major events from the book, but tended to arrive at them in different ways than the book did.
2304  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Game franchise on: January 24, 2009, 11:14:40 AM
A&D reminded me greatly of Monty Python.

Though I only played the game because of the humor, the gameplay was horrid repetitive and unfair at times.

Hahah - cool - another person who played that game!  I think I felt about the same way as you.  Any game that has a shark gun comes out of the starting gate with a pretty good score from me, but the crazy guns and humor were the high points to balance out some of the frustrating gameplay bits.
2305  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 24, 2009, 11:08:36 AM
Picked up Hot Shots Golf 2 on the PSP this week at the Virgin Megastore on Times Square because I read that they're closing in a few months.  It was marked $30, but only cost $10... so if you're in the area, you might want to check it out and see if there's something you want that's on secret clearance.  Been playing that way too much.

Also still playing Crisis Core on PSP and Marvel Ultimate Alliance on PS3.  And a little bit of Animal Crossing in my wife's town on Wii.
2306  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The irony is raping me on: January 21, 2009, 04:03:05 PM
You'd think it'd be too cold for you to be in the mood for rape.

In my experience, it's never too cold for rape.

Nothing warms the blood like forcing your penis into a hole...

It's jokes like these that remind me how I lost my faith in humanity.

And my question from the other "lolz @ rape" thread stands.  I'm with Dincrest, by the way - if somebody did that to your kid, the only way you'd forgive them is if you were a saint (the too good to be true kind) or... well, I can't imagine another circumstance.
2307  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyrie Profile DS score (maybe old) on: January 20, 2009, 03:28:52 PM
No one was expecing "Alvin and the Chipmonks" to be good game...

Hee hee hee - I actually have a friend who was a developer on the game of the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie.  Poor sap.

Also, I'm starting to really think we need a board called The Drama Club.  Have I just been missing out on all of this before, or has the place gotten a lot more... confrontational lately?
2308  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 20, 2009, 12:20:14 PM
Oh, forgot to say that Liev Schreiber (spelling?  too lazy to find out right now) did a really good job.  Looking forward to his Sabertooth.
2309  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 20, 2009, 09:07:36 AM
Watched Defiance last night.  Thought it was pretty good.  I was surprised that the theater was totally full on a Monday night two weeks after the film came out.  Some folks seemed a little more enthusiastic about it than it really deserved, but mostly it was nice being in a responsive audience.
2310  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Irony Is Raping Me II on: January 20, 2009, 09:02:44 AM
So here's my question: when did rape change from being one of the worst things you can do to someone to something that we casually joke about?
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