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2491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 06, 2007, 10:30:50 PM
OK, no suggestion for a new one, so I'm doing what I want. :)

Diablo 2 (including the Lord of Destruction expansion)

+ Fun and accessible, with enough loot to keep you collecting for a long time
+ Expansion pack added a LOT of worthwhile stuff
+ 7 distinct classes (including expansion classes) that were all different and fun to play


- Patches you needed to fix bugs also made huge changes to gameplay that could take a character you had put many, many hours into developing and make them worthless
- Tons of items to collect and craft, but not much space to store them in, making collecting any rare sets very difficult
- Rampant cheating, item duping, and annoying kiddies online made multiplayer a lot less fun to play



And since I'm looking for more hacky-slashy here, I'm calling out Marvel Ultimate Alliance next.
2492  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 10:13:59 PM
"Odds bodkins, Wilbur!  There appears to be a bloody snake on our bloody airplane!"

"Wait a few seconds, Orville, and I'll pick it off when you land."


(Never realized how tough it'd be to figure out 1900s swear words!  And I still didn't get it right!)
2493  Media / Miscellaneous Games / The iPod has a killer app! on: November 06, 2007, 08:00:32 PM
That's at least 10 kinds of awesome.  For the first time, I want an iPod.
2494  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 01:27:30 PM
Here's some more info on war insurance.

It was news to me, but it looks like a sad necessity these days.  It appears to cover expenses to the airlines caused by sabotage, war, hijackings, etc.  So it's not specifically related to Mr. Bush's daddy issues.
2495  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: November 06, 2007, 12:03:37 PM
I agree - last night's episode was great.  I loved the fact that several story lines got wrapped up (or at least moved to the next chapter).

The way I understand things, they didn't actually accelerate the season - just reshot the 12/3 episode so it could be a season ending.  Unlike last season, where the whole season was one long story, "Volume 1," this season was planned to be two or three (I think two) shorter volumes, so if things don't get resolved with the writers' strike, they'll just end the season at the end of Volume 2 (the one we're in right now).  Sad but serendipitous (or insanely good planning).

Code:
Matt stopped his dad and rescued Molly, Peter got at least some of his memory back... Is that his mom's power?  It definitely seemed to come from her.  I always wanted her to not have a power, but several things that have been said this season lead me to think she does.  It was sad that Pete's girlfriend got trapped in the future, though. :(

Let's see... Hiro came home and the whole "is he Kensei or not" got resolved.  (For anyone who is reading this and didn't see it, the answer is basically yes.  He either did what Kensei in the legends did himself or was the only reason that the brit did them, so the girl said he was truly Kensei.)

Claire lost her boyfriend (yeah!), the virus got out, and we found out that Adam was the original Kensei, who's still alive after all this time.  Since there were at least rumors before the season began about a character who's been around for hundreds of years, I think most people saw him as an extremely likely candidate for that role, and also likely to be the killer, so it wasn't shocking (to me) when those turned out to be the case, but it was nice to have the whole question resolved.  Interesting to see that his perception of Hiro's actions way way back then was probably the motivation for his actions now...
2496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 05, 2007, 03:15:53 PM
Reference for anyone who (like me) is new to the term "Mary Sue-ism."  I was surprised I'd never heard it before, since it's been around for a while.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue
2497  The Rest / General Discussions / Jones Soda Halloween flavors on: November 04, 2007, 01:19:12 AM
I'm a sucker for new soda flavors.
Pepsi Blue?  Not so good.
Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper?  I was surprised, but became a fan.
Mountain Dew Baja Blast?  Yep, I tried that one too.  Didn't love it.
Not a soda, but I loved Orbitz.

Name a flavor of a soda, and I've probably tried it.  Actually, there are a couple of flavors of Jolt that I only saw once and didn't get to try, but those are about all I can think of.

The fine folks at Jones soda have always had some flavors that are out-of-the-ordinary, like Green Apple and Fufu Berry, but they tend to do some REALLY weird stuff for the holidays.  Stuff even I'm not gutsy enough to try.  Stuff like Turkey & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, and Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto.  Sickos.
(Want to find out more?  Look here for 2004, 2005, and 2006)

This Halloween season, I saw several flavors of Halloween Jones soda at the store, and they didn't look as horrible as the Thanksgiving flavors, so I decided to try them out if I got a chance.  You know, if they got really cheap.  Since Halloween's over, that has now happened, and Amy and I picked up the five flavors we could still find: Dread Licorice, Black Cat Licorice, Monster Mojito, Candy Corn, and Lemon Drop Dead.  I've tried them all now, and here's what I thought, in case you were dying to know.

Regular-sized bottles
Dread Licorice: pretty decent.  It reminds me quite a bit of red cream soda, although it has a bit of licorice flavor that makes a difference.
Black Cat Licorice: tastes very much like liquid black licorice.  If you like the sound of that, it'll probably be just what you were looking for.  I drank it with some pizza, and it didn't work quite as well as my traditional root beer, but it wasn't a bad combination, either.
Monster Mojito: I'm kind of at a disadvantage on this one, because I have no idea what a mojito should taste like.  I didn't really like this, but I finished the bottle without too much trouble.  Seems like it had a sort of citrusy flavor.

Half-sized cans
Candy Corn: very accurately reflected the taste of candy corn in a drinkable carbonated form.  I thought it was OK, Amy didn't.  She says it's probably because she's not used to sweet stuff (since she tends to stick to diet soda).
Lemon Drop Dead: let's put it this way.  13-year-old me would have loved this stuff.  Again, Jones did a good job of liquifying candy... but this time it was Sour Patch Kids.  The most acidic thing I've ever put in my mouth.  The list of ingredients begins with "carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, citric acid."  It was a struggle to finish a half-sized can of this stuff, and after I was done, I had to look in a mirror to see if my face had frozen all smushed up.  It hadn't, but when I burped, I got that nasty acidy taste in my mouth.  You know the one I mean.  Ew.
2498  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 03, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Wow - you guys are making me feel lame.  I just finished the third book in "The Edge Chronicles," a series targeted at probably early teens.  I read the first two a while ago after liking the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and had to read the third one to finish out the first trilogy.

I'm now reading the third book in David & Leigh Eddings' series "The Dreamers."  I was reminded fairly quickly that this series is kind of weak, even if you're a fan of their work, but oh well.  I have read pretty much everything he/they have ever written (he used to just put his name on everything, but later said "you know what?  My wife has really been a big part of writing these books" and started putting her name on all of them too.

Guess I'm in "finish old series" mode right now.
2499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: November 02, 2007, 10:04:00 PM
I picked up the box at the store today (but didn't buy yet), and it says there are six classes in the game, only two of which were available in the demo.  Frankly, it seems unlikely that I'd play as either of the demo classes.  As you might guess, I like summoning classes.
2500  The Rest / General Discussions / Atari creator: modern games are unadulterated trash on: October 31, 2007, 08:55:03 PM
Sounds like his opinion on GTA is that it glorifies such bad behavior that he doesn't care if it was innovative or not.
2501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 08:49:52 PM
Quote from: "RPGRocker"
As requested, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance instead:
...
-Laws are too limiting; battles are sluggish


This is one of the only games that have come up that I could have commented about... so I just wanted to say quickly that I disagree just a bit with this point.  I didn't feel like the laws were too limiting, but I DID feel like they weren't explained well enough.  Some of them left you in situations where you'd have to either test things out and get yellow/red carded or just not care if people got sent to jail.

Don't know if this post is really in line with the rules... but oh well.
2502  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 31, 2007, 01:21:21 PM
Just had to post a note on what folks have said concerning the fact that you don't feel full until 20 minutes after you actually are.

Ever notice how when you are eating, at some point, you kind of sigh?  I learned from someone else that a good rule of thumb is that when you sigh the first time, you're full.  I've found that to be pretty true for me.
2503  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 09:31:28 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Also fruit juices are good, namely stuff that's 100%.


Agreed - just keep in mind that you should limit the amount of juice you drink because it's pretty high in sugar, even if it's the straight stuff.  There's a reason why those little glasses are called juice glasses.

I've heard that suggestion about drinking a glass of water when you're feeling snacky before - it's a good one.
2504  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Hitman? Hitman! on: October 30, 2007, 09:26:45 PM
I just saw the trailer for the first time this morning or last night, and was embarrassed that I hadn't ever heard they were making a Hitman movie.
2505  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: October 30, 2007, 08:25:16 PM
Downloaded the demo last night and played both classes today.  Couldn't believe it plays on my piece o' crap laptop.  I had to turn the graphics down to "not the best," but nowhere near the bottom, either.

I thought it was fun, and it was definitely a different experience as a ranged character than as a swordsman.  The whole wooden leg thing made me chuckle, too.

To be a bit more specific, I liked the whole system of breaking down stuff to get parts to upgrade your current stuff, and I thought the way your guns got less accurate if you just blasted away was a good balancing tactic.

I felt like it was a bit too hard to tell whether new equipment was better than old, but as I played, I got more comfortable with that.

After playing the demo, I think it's fairly likely I'll get the game.  Probably won't play online, and definitely won't pay to play online.
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