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2491  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 18, 2007, 10:37:13 AM
Not a work story, but the kid stories made me think of it.  I was playing in the backyard with my 3 year old nephew, who loves to dig (what little boy doesn't).  He said we were making dirt pies, and he had one of those flower pots with the holes in the bottom that he said was sugar (shake it, dirt comes out the holes - pretty creative, I thought).  All of a sudden, he turned to me and said "they're not real pies - they're just dirt.  We're not going to eat them."  Guess I was getting a bit too into it!
2492  The Rest / General Discussions / Stephen Colbert is running for President... on: October 17, 2007, 12:46:43 PM
I'm waiting for President Camacho.

(Don't get the joke? Rent Idiocracy.  You'll be glad you did.)
2493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest 9 and Vagrant Story to PSP? on: October 17, 2007, 11:30:33 AM
Dragon Quest 8 is one of the games I constantly see at the store and ALMOST buy.  I just don't have the time at home to play it.  I'd probably buy DQ9 on PSP, though.  I'd buy a port of DQ8, for that matter.  New stuff rather than ports is awesome, but I'm one of those people who's happy to see ports of games they never played.
2494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPG battle engines topic: companion character AI on: October 17, 2007, 09:18:49 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
i think the problem for someof you might be that games with AI sometimes require a degree of skill.

Oh, my heck - I just realized: the reason I prefer games where I control the entire party is because I suck!  That's probably why I prefer food like mac & cheese - I suck at eating.

Did this thread really need trolling?  The kind of games you like doesn't correlate to the amount of skill you have.  It is true that you'll probably be better at games you like than at games you don't like as much, but whether you're not as good because you don't like them or you don't like them because you're not as good at them is a "chicken or the egg" question.
2495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: October 17, 2007, 08:58:37 AM
Wow - it's so late in the year - I can't remember what I've played.  All I know for sure this year is Dungeons & Dragons Tactics and Disgaea.  Justice League Heroes was probably this year, too.

I also played Fate (a simple hack & slash on the PC), but since that's kind of an endless game, I didn't actually "finish" it.
2496  The Rest / General Discussions / J.K. Rowling is a fucking bitch on: October 16, 2007, 08:04:56 AM
Quote from: "Takezo"
Calvin and Hobbes. Other than the books, have you ever seen any authorized merchandise of his work? No, probably because there isn't any.

Those stupid Calvin peeing on things (or praying to things) stickers are mighty annoying just because, but the fact that the author didn't want any merchandise made actually ticks me off more.  (Seriously.  I might not feel this way if Calvin & Hobbes weren't so awesome, though.)
2497  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 15, 2007, 10:43:52 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
He then said: "Richard, I apologize for bringing you into this conversation."

That's either the greatest answer ever or the worst.
2498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI translated to LATIN (56k be warned) on: October 15, 2007, 09:19:09 AM
Reminds me of the nerdiest book ever (which I couldn't resist buying): Cattus Petasatus.  The Cat in the Hat in Latin.
2499  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 15, 2007, 09:16:12 AM
OK, D-Rider and Degolas' stories cracked me up.  I wish I had funny work stories, but it's more frequent that we will laugh at something you'd only get if you worked with one specific piece of software and then say "oh, we're such losers for laughing at that.  It's not even funny..."
2500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPG battle engines topic: companion character AI on: October 15, 2007, 09:08:54 AM
Quote from: "Shiguma"
I better use one of the three remaining Hi-Potions I have left in the inventory pool, even though we are right next to a save point where we can recover for free!

2501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPG battle engines topic: companion character AI on: October 14, 2007, 05:58:56 PM
I think you've just identified for me one of the reasons why I find myself playing more turn-based games these days.  I like controlling the whole party.

As you said, it can be done well.  I thought that was something Kingdom Hearts did well, except for the AI's use of items.  They used them more than I wanted no matter how I set things.  (I tend to be a hoarder, though...)

Freedom Force (the PC superhero game) struck a good balance.  If I didn't control my party, they did pretty well.  If I wanted more control, though, they were good at obeying orders.
2502  Media / Miscellaneous Games / God Hand on: October 14, 2007, 05:44:00 PM
I haven't played it yet, but it's been way up on my list of games to try for a while now.  I'd seen the same things in reviews and wondered.  Good to see someone who liked it.
2503  The Rest / General Discussions / CARMEN SAN DIEGO FOUND! on: October 13, 2007, 01:14:39 PM
Hahahaha!  OK, this thread has officially made my day better.
2504  The Rest / General Discussions / CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY on: October 13, 2007, 01:12:49 PM
Quote from: "Jimmy"
It does me good seeing Mitt Romney is at number ten. I can't stand the guy but everyone else in Utah (including my family!) seem to love him.

Speaking as a fellow Utahn, I'd say the two things that attract Utahns to him are the fact that he did a good job with the Olympics and the fact that he's mormon.

I like what he did with the Olympics, and don't care whether he's mormon or not (as far as I can tell, the fact that Kennedy was catholic didn't impact the job he did as president)... but I generally lean Democrat, so he wouldn't get my vote anyway.

Of course, when you live in Utah, it doesn't matter.  Whether you vote for the Republican, the Democrat, or not at all, the Republican candidate will win.  That's why they don't bother coming here to campaign.
2505  The Rest / General Discussions / EA to Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios on: October 13, 2007, 01:06:49 PM
I love the Burnout series.  I wasn't thrilled by the fact that EA bought them, but aside from the music (I totally agree, Blood), they haven't done too bad with it.

I also really liked KOTOR - 1 was better than 2, but they were both good.  Jade Empire had some elements in common (like the way dialogue worked and the whole two paths thing), but battling was pretty different.  It wasn't turn-based, for example.

I'm hoping they won't ruin Bioware's stuff, but it's definitely a good business move for EA, so I can see why they bought them.
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