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2491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: May 11, 2008, 02:23:08 AM
So what if someone had never played the Phantasy Star games and probably wouldn't play this game WITH anyone?  Think this would be worth looking into?
2492  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 07, 2008, 11:19:34 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Diablo II - Started up a new Druid, pumping everything so far into Werewolf and Lycanthropy.  Things die.  Even when I have the difficulty set to eight players and it's just me playing.  :P


Werewolf Druid = fun.  I got mine up to level 78 or so before I stopped playing.  I also had a hardcore Werebear Druid... who died. :(
2493  The Rest / General Discussions / The webcomics thread. Which ones do you read? on: May 03, 2008, 10:35:40 AM
Here's my huge list.  It used to be far longer, and I finally pruned it a few years ago.  Still, it's big enough that I have my bookmarks divided into the days of the week that the comics are updated.  Not all are technically web "comics," but I think of them that way anyway.

This is an animated sci-fi series they put on YouTube.  Each episode is only 3 minutes long.  Really a good series, and it's over/between seasons right now.  Something happens and all non-battery-operated tech stops working, and like 90% of people disappear.  The show is the story of a guy trying to get from NYC back home to Seattle.  Guess it resonates with me as a business traveler:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AfterworldTV

Not always good, but good just barely often enough I keep going back. :)
http://www.basketcasecomix.com/

Definitely means more if you've played through Half-Life 2, but Concerned is a comic I think every gamer should read.  Generally hilarious, and it explains why there are so many of those freaking exploding barrels.  It's completely over, but the whole thing's still up:
http://www.hlcomic.com/

I know Losfer's not the only one who hates this one, but I don't care:
http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/

Any site that sells a "What Would Batman Do?" t-shirt has to be awesome:
http://drmcninja.com/

Not sure now long I'm gonna keep reading this one, but I've been reading forever.  It's one of those comics you really have to have followed for a while - tough to just pick up and read:
http://www.gpf-comics.com/

Yeah, one of the million gaming comics:
http://www.gucomics.com/comic/

Joe Loves Crappy Movies.  Because I love crappy movies, too:
http://www.digitalpimponline.com/strips.php?start=0&title=movie

This one occasionally gets too preachy for its own good, but it's usually good:
http://www.kevinandkell.com/

LICD is awesome, for exactly the reasons Dincrest said:
http://www.leasticoulddo.com/

Picked this up just recently, but have really liked the surreal humor:
http://www.gocomics.com/lio/

Duh:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic

I've always been a fan of this one.  I think it's well-written, and I like the humor:
http://www.reallifecomics.com/

British and really strange:
http://www.scarygoround.com/

One of the best comics around... except for the fact that you really have to have read it forever to get it.  Bought my wife a stuffed Bun-Bun one yeah for her birthday:
http://www.sluggy.com/

Yeah, there's still someone out there who watches Strong Bad:
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail.html

A great comic about movies:
http://www.theaterhopper.com/index.php

Thingpart is bizarre, and I love it for that:
http://www.jsayers.com/thingpart/thingpart.html

Yep, VG Cats.  This one's actually sometimes too edgy for my tastes, but I keep reading anyway:
http://www.vgcats.com/comics/

OK - I know Zero Punctuation is kinda trendy right now, but he cracks me up, so I watch it anyway:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/view/Yahtzee%20Croshaw

I like XKCD and PBF as well, but don't check them.  I used to read Count Your Sheep, but the author quit making them.  Glad to know it's back, because that is a great comic.  I'm checking out Flipside now, too.  Looks like good stuff!
2494  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Iron Man on: May 03, 2008, 09:58:19 AM
Quote from: "Daggerstrike"
She Hulk would make a horrible movie, no one would care. I still say Deadpool would be awesome. I am glad he is in the Wolverine movie coming out. Maybe that will spark some interest in him...


People would only care how hot she is or isn't.

As for Deadpool being in the Wolverine movie, you just made my day. :)
2495  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: May 02, 2008, 01:18:12 PM
Because I'm a huge nerd, I read The Rivan Codex by David Eddings.  It's mostly the background notes that he wrote up so he could write the Belgariad and Malloreon series. *sigh* I am a nerd.
2496  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Iron Man on: May 02, 2008, 01:13:55 PM
Quote from: "Lard"
Blade 2 only got 56%?

X-Men 3 actually *got* 56%?


Well, if I understand correctly, their only criteria is "did the reviewer rate this as above half or below half?"  So a movie that gets 2.5 out of 4 stars, while it might not be very good, still counts as a positive review.
2497  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Need a new MP3 player. on: May 01, 2008, 08:33:22 AM
Yeah - I'm not a fan of the "one thing to rule them all" method either.  With something like that, if my phone breaks, I'm without my camera, mp3 player, toothbrush...

If my mp3 player breaks, I'm just without an mp3 player.  OK, if my mp3 player breaks, I'm just down to two mp3 players (and a minidisc player).  But the principle holds. ;)
2498  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Fatass murder suspect claims he's being starved to death on: April 29, 2008, 06:39:21 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
He lost a quarter of his total weight in eight months.


Sadly, he is not the biggest loser.  If only he'd chosen Jillian instead of that darned Bob...
2499  The Rest / General Discussions / Amazon Kindle on: April 29, 2008, 06:37:24 PM
I <3 gadgets a lot, but I <3 books even more.  I'll just keep on reading my paperbacks, thanks.  I get most of them for 75 cents at a local second-hand store (good thing I like romance novels!  HAHA!  Seriously, I don't read romance novels), and I just like the feel of a book in my hand.  Plus, I read them on planes while I'm waiting to take off, when you're not supposed to have electronic devices on.  Double plus, a paperback is a lot less likely to break down than an electronic device. :)
2500  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Need a new MP3 player. on: April 29, 2008, 10:04:32 AM
What's wrong with that PSP I sold you?  You could just use it! Grab a nice big memory stick, and you're all set! ;)

Seriously, I had some of the same criteria as you, and the player I picked up was a MobiBlu cube.  It's a 1 inch cube with an internal rechargeable battery.  It acts like a USB drive, and although you probably wouldn't use them (I don't), it has an FM radio and a tiny microphone.  You can record the radio or what the mike hears to mp3 format... which is a nifty little gimmick.

Basically, it's tiny, and it's simple, but it still does a nice job.  Mine holds 1 gig, my wife's holds 2.  They don't actually offer the exact item I had before - they've upgraded it and are releasing a new version on May 1st.  However, they do have some other awesome stuff.  They have one 2 gig player for $40 and a different one with other features for $50.

They're at:
http://web.mac.com/mobiblu/Site/MobiBLU.html

(I don't know why their address has "mac" in it, but they're definitely not a subsidiary of Apple.)

I also own an Archos 504, which is sweet, but I don't think meets your criteria because of price.  Mine's a 40 gig player, and it costs about the same as a 40 gig iPod, but you can get them clear up to 160 gig for more dough.  You can dock them and DVR shows onto them, output stuff onto your TV, they have touch screen versions, wifi versions, even a GPS version.  Seriously awesome stuff, and it works like a USB drive when you plug it in, without any stupid software.  They also have a MUCH bigger screen than an iPod, and I wanted to be able to watch movies without squinting.

http://www.archos.com/?country=global&lang=en
2501  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 29, 2008, 09:50:49 AM
Quote from: "Azrael"
I feel like there is this need to make "literature" inaccessible.


Amen, brother.  I don't think I would call the authors I mentioned "literature," because I know there is supposed to be a distinction between that and "just a book," but I've read some of the truly great literature and felt like it was very accessible, and my thought has always been "why don't people realize you can write literature like this?"

Of course, maybe that's part of why it's great - because not everyone CAN write literature like that.

The other literary criteria I'm not a fan of is the celebrity factor.  This is purely a guess, but I'd guess that if you asked many people in the USA, they'd qualify just about any book from the Oprah Book Club as literature.
2502  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN's GTA IV Review on: April 29, 2008, 09:16:16 AM
Quote from: "Lyonaz"
Been playing some multiplayer and shooting another guy, who's chasing you with a gunship helicopter, down with a rocket launcher makes this game worth a PERFECT 10!


That does sound pretty fun...
2503  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 28, 2008, 02:06:10 PM
Yeah, Nix is fantasy (right?).

Quote from: "everluck"
Tooker (why the name change, and:) McCarthy wrote No Country for Old Men.


I don't understand the parenthesis part of that quote. :(

I just watched that movie last Thursday on my plane ride home.  I can easily see how it would have come out of a book written as you describe it.  I guess I misunderstood part of your original question.  You're saying that some authors put the emphasis on the writing style rather than the substance, and asking if that's a good thing, right?  (That's the way I'm reading it now.)

While I do enjoy a good "form," I have always felt that it can't get in the way of the "function."  To cite another fantasy example (sorry, best one I can think of right now), Piers Anthony's Xanth series is one I have a love-hate relationship with.  He seems to be obsessed with puns (and panties, but that's another story), and some of his books are so riddled with puns that they get in the way of the story.  I like the stories, and to some extent, I even like the puns, but when you have to analyze everything that's going on to decide "is this a pun I'm supposed to be chuckling at," the form is blocking the function.

On the other hand, David Eddings is a guy with very simple form.  If you've read one of his fantasy series (or even the standalone Redemption of Althalus), you've read them all.  I'm reading a book he put out called "The Rivan Codex," which is about how he and his wife wrote two of their series (The Belgariad and The Malloreon), and he actually set down the formula pretty early on.  Despite that simple form, I've read all of his series at least once, and I've read most more than once.  (I believe I've read the five-book Belgariad series three or four times over the almost 20 years since I first started it.)

So I guess for me, the choice is function.  I want a good story.  If you can make it fancy too, more power to you, but when the fancy stops me from enjoying the story, I'm putting the book down and moving on to something else.
2504  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 28, 2008, 07:56:47 AM
Have heard of Garth Nix, but haven't read his stuff... because I have books 2 & 3 of a series, but not 1.
2505  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN's GTA IV Review on: April 27, 2008, 10:50:18 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Okay folks, let's dial it back a little.  If we get violent over GTA4, Jack Thompson wins. :P


Haha - post of the day!
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