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2401  Media / The Soundroom / The reunion to end all reunions. on: January 29, 2008, 08:45:56 AM
Quote from: "Degolas"
...I thought they all died of drugs and stuff :S


Haven't we all had that dream?  ;)
2402  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 26, 2008, 05:46:24 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Is the motel scene the bit with Trashcan Man and the psychopath or where Lloyd and that other guy go round "pokerising" people?...


The one with Trashcan Man.  Still gives me chills - guess I know what I'm phobic about!  Tell you what - I did not feel too bad when that guy got
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Also read all of I Am Legend. Its a bit more realistic than the movie, as i thought it was a bit implausible that Will Smith's character was a police marshal and a brilliant scientist - Neville is just an amateur in the book.


I felt the same way - just read that book, and I thought "well, I guess they had to leave that out for time."  The Vincent Price movie was similar - he was a research doctor trying to cure the disease before everyone died.  The book is great.

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Now i've started on Seventh Son, which is apparently "the most important american fantasy since the original Thomas Covenant trilogy". Um, shouldn't the most important american fantasy be Ursula le Guin, and shouldnt A Song of Ice and Fire be the most important one since then?


I couldn't say on Ursula le Guin, because although I have her books, I haven't read them yet, but Seventh Son was written before Song of Ice and Fire, so it's still fair to say that.  I love the Alvin Maker series (of which Seventh Son is the first book) - easily one of my top five fantasy series.
2403  The Rest / General Discussions / Build quality of current-gen consoles on: January 25, 2008, 02:28:23 PM
One Red Ring of Death here, and I got a few "dirty disk" errors from my old Xbox, but they weren't the "system's dead" kind. (Whew.)  No other problems with any other console ever.
2404  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heath Ledger Dead on: January 23, 2008, 10:27:57 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
o sexy.  I corrected her in saying was.  She was not impressed.  Then again, she was even less impressed when someone piped up behind me saying he'd make a lovely pile of compost.  :P


Dark.  I like it.


Degolas, your status reminds me of a bit from Family Guy - Stewie has a kid tied up in the basement and Lois comes down to do some laundry:

Lois: What's going on down here?
Stewie: Oh, we're playing house.
Lois: That boy's all tied up.
Stewie: Roman Polanski's house
2405  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: January 23, 2008, 10:21:27 PM
Quote from: "superflat"
If anyone wants an invite to the beta, PM me. I've got two.


I IM'd (in case anyone goes "I wonder if he still has two?").  I played Diablo 2 for something like 5 years on and off.


Gitaroo Man - I played the original on the PS2, because I love rhythm games, and it kicked my butt six ways from Sunday.  Can't remember how far I got, but I don't think it was very far.  Something in space?


As to actually playing something, I just beat a game called Warriors of the Lost Empire on the PSP tonight.  I'll be writing up a review for the site - one of only one or two reviews out there for this game, from what I can tell.

At home, I'm playing Rock Band and Half-Life 2 (I played Portal first thing when I got The Orange Box, and it was awesome).  Planning very soon on buying the new Pursuit Force for the PSP (I think it's still coming out next week) and maybe starting some other new RPG on the PSP, but I don't know which one yet.
2406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 05:29:24 PM
I tried playing Puzzle Quest as a few different classes and noticed big difference in how their skills affect the game.  Both versions do have bugs, but from what I can read, the DS version's bugs are more performance-based.  Weird numbers showing up, big lag time on certain events, that kind of thing.  Frankly, after seeing what the companion skills do, I didn't feel like missing them was that big a deal.  Also, from what I've read, the DS controls are more difficult because the gems are smaller (and therefore hard to hit with your stylus) and can be harder to distinguish from each other.

I really enjoyed Puzzle Quest - the battles are fun, and using your skills well can make a huge difference in your success.  There are several different gameplay modes that let you improve your character, and they're fun too.  As an "audition" for writing for RPG Fan, I actually wrote a review of the PSP version and gave it an 85%.
2407  The Rest / General Discussions / Crazy Cool Stuff with the Wiimote on: January 23, 2008, 05:05:41 PM
Gotta say - some of the crazy Wiimote stuff I've seen online makes me want to buy an extra just to connect to my computer and mess with...
2408  Media / Miscellaneous Games / No More Heroes on: January 23, 2008, 10:21:38 AM
Quote from: "superflat"
9.0 from GameSpot. Take that as you will.


Well, I guess Kevin Van Ord isn't getting fired!
2409  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Heath Ledger Dead on: January 23, 2008, 10:15:48 AM
Quote from: "Dice"
...that sucks, pretty sudden too.

...glad they finished filming Dark Knight at least..


That's what I thought.  Both parts.  I felt guilty, too.
2410  The Rest / General Discussions / Physical copy or DL copy? on: January 23, 2008, 10:11:08 AM
I'm a physical kinda guy, I guess.  I have downloaded a few CD tracks (legally), but given the choice, I'll take the physical copy almost every time.  Price is really the differentiator for me.  That's just how I roll.
2411  Media / Miscellaneous Games / No More Heroes on: January 22, 2008, 04:41:41 PM
When I looked earlier today, its average on metacritic was 90 - pretty great, even though there were only 4 reviews.  I watched a video review and liked the way they made the whole lightsaber thing work (there's a cap on the end that extends out on a rod rather than just a beam of hard light that extends an arbitrary distance).  Oh, and the game looked pretty fun, too. :D
2412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 22, 2008, 04:36:50 PM
Quote from: "Wolfrider"
Astonisha Story is something you should probably steer clear of as well. It's not awful (then again my tolerance for bad RPGs is pretty high) but it's just so absolutely run of the mill.


Man, I got that game for just $10 and I was STILL a bit disappointed.  I got to the final boss and got my head handed to me on a plate, so I just quit playing.  Wasn't interested in going back and level grinding.


If you're looking for turn-based stuff, others have already given the recommendations I would give.  Disgaea, FFT, and I haven't played Jeanne, but always hear good stuff about it.  Given the other great stuff out there, I'd stay away from the just OK Dungeons & Dragons Tactics.

If you can bring yourself to try an action RPG, Marvel Ultimate Alliance was awesome.

I couldn't get into the Castlevania games either - guess not every game is for everybody, even if it's a great one.
2413  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 21, 2008, 09:37:23 AM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............


Is it the original version, or the longer "director's cut" version?  Because I've read both, and I think I prefer the original.  There's a scene in a motel with a pistol in the longer version that still gives me the jibblies when I think about it.
2414  The Rest / General Discussions / Opinions on the PSP on: January 17, 2008, 12:49:04 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"
I've stopped taking my PSP to work because it's too damn fragile and I hate the load times.

Do any of you have a Slim? The impression I've gotten is that it's a significant improvement in both of those respects.


Gotta agree with JP on the load times.  There seems to be a noticeable improvement in the slim.  On fragility?  I couldn't really say.  I have dropped my slim and it still works fine, but the way the door works now means it's a little more prone to the disk coming out if you do drop it.  If you're really worried about that, I'd just recommend a wrist strap - problem solved.


I forgot to mention other good upcoming stuff - soon you'll be able to use your PSP to make Skype calls, and a camera and GPS are reportedly on their way to the US this year.
2415  The Rest / General Discussions / Opinions on the PSP on: January 16, 2008, 10:36:48 PM
I've had both a DS and a PSP for a long time now, and I have a big old stack of games for each of them.  Like you, I only want it for playing games (although I have used it from time to time for movies & music).

I like RPGs but haven't played some of the old classics (like FFT and Disgaea), so some of the remakes/ports have been great for me.  I also really enjoy action-oriented RPGs like X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and I like playing those on my PSP.  Stuff like that, when they release a PSP version and a DS version, the PSP version tends to be pretty similar to the consoles (just not as pretty), with some really nice exclusives.  The DS, on the other hand, tends to get really crappy versions that aren't anything like the home consoles.

I also like non RPGs, and have played some really great (and exclusive) games on the PSP like Syphon Filter (the first one - second one's next on my list to buy).  I loved Pursuit Force too, even though it had its problems.  PSP's also getting God of War in March, and that's gonna be a whole bucket full of awesome.

I'm not knocking the DS here by any means - just saying there is some really great stuff to be had on the PSP.  If you're buying new, I'd definitely go with the Daxter pack - it's a pretty decent game, and you also get the memory stick, a disk of Family Guy episodes, and the silver one doesn't show fingerprints like the black one does.  Having TV out makes the UMD movies much more worth bothering with, too.
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