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2491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 12:48:42 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"

2492  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 12, 2008, 12:48:03 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Guitar Hero and Rock Band are fun as hell, but I do have issues with the people who play those game for 3-4 hours a day.  I mean, if you have 3-4 hours daily to dick around with Guitar Hero, why not practice playing a real guitar for 3-4 hours a day?  You could get good at a decent pace and play any song you want rather than the 20 or so in the game.

Super true.  If I had the kind of time it takes to be one of those guys who competes at either game, I'd be better off putting it into learning guitar.  I do feel like drumming in Rock Band has given me some knowledge of how to play actual drums, but I still wouldn't be able to read drum sheet music or anything, and I don't know how hard to hit the drums - I just know better how to get my hands and my foot to all do different things in time when I want them to.

Admittedly, though, it's probably easier getting a bunch of people together to play Rock Band than it is getting your lazy ass guitarist, dopey drummer, prima donna singer, pretentious keyboardist, and hungover bassist together for a band practice.

And if your buddies come over for some Rock Band, they're not all going to have different ideas about the direction the band should be going in, and what songs would be hits and crap like that. Having been in music groups, that's an element I'm very glad is not in these video games.

Playing Song Summoner, Guitar Hero On Tour, and Mass Effect (finally).  Will be adding FFTA2 soon and losing Guitar Hero On Tour, because I'm almost done with all difficulty levels of the paltry 25 songs.
2493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Square Enix just released an iPod RPG. on: July 10, 2008, 11:58:17 PM
Just got back from a few days without internet and found out about this game.  Promptly bought it.  It'd have to suck pretty freaking bad for it to feel like a waste of $5.  I felt that way about Pulse, too (a Harmonix rhythm game on the iPod that uses your music), and it turned out to be probably the best $5 I ever spent on a game.  It's not the greatest game ever, but I've gotten way more than $5 worth of enjoyment out of it, and although it's not perfect, it does a really good job of making levels out of your songs.
2494  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 10, 2008, 11:45:11 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Quote from: "Nad"
Aside from that, random Guitar Hero and Rock Band.


I may have missed something, but why :( ?
2495  The Rest / General Discussions / Man wants to be zombie - gets tattoos. on: July 03, 2008, 05:58:27 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
...If anybody deserves to catch hepatitis from a tattoo needle, it's this fuckwit.

I don't like to wish people ill, but in this case... Seconded.

There are some truly messed up people in this world.
2496  The Rest / General Discussions / Ever get robbed? on: July 03, 2008, 05:55:27 PM
I did some missionary work in El Salvador back in the 90s - lived there for two years.  If you count the times my house was robbed and the number of times I got robbed on the street, I seem to remember the grand total was seven times.

The first time was my very first night in the country.  I was walking down the street with the guy I was working with, about 1/2 a block from being home for the night, and three or four guys came up to us, at least one of whom had a machete.  Being my first night there, my Spanish was still pretty crappy, but it was pretty clear what was going on.  I just held my hands up and stood there, and they took my shiny new backpack full of books.  The guy I was with took off running down the street, and one of them went after him.  My buddy tripped and fell and (we found out later that night) broke a bone in his wrist, and the guy helped him up and walked him back over to where I was with his arm over my buddy's shoulders.  So that sucked, because it's not like I had much, and they took a good portion of what I had.  Still, the mission hooked me up with replacement stuff, so other than just being a sucky experience, I wasn't out much.

Another time, quite a while later, I was on a bus talking to someone, and the guy I was working with then was talking to someone who was with the guy I was talking to, and all of a sudden, that guy pulled a knife and robbed my friend - just his cash.  I don't remember for sure if they took anything from me, but I don't think so, which always struck me as weird.  I was obviously not from around there...

Another time, I was walking down the train tracks when a guy came out and robbed me and the guy I was working with at gunpoint.  It was a homemade gun - I think they called it a "trabuco" - and we just gave him our cash and he left.

The times my house got robbed, they pretty much just took any cash, cameras, and alarm clocks we had.  Guess that's what you get when you rob missionaries - we didn't even have a TV or radio or anything they could have taken.  I went through more alarm clocks during those two years than any other time in my life.  Oh, well - I ended up with a pretty sweet one that has an alarm like a rooster crowing and a button that you push and it tells you the time out loud in Spanish.

Don't remember for sure if I've ever been robbed here in the states.  Anyway, it sucks, and I'm sorry to hear it.  If it's any help, I have a DS I'd be willing to sell you pretty cheap.  It's the old-school kind, not a Lite, but PM me if you're interested.
2497  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: July 01, 2008, 12:58:29 PM
Picked up "Message in a Box" this weekend - it's everything The Police ever recorded.  Cool stuff.
2498  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 01, 2008, 12:57:16 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Being Canada Day, I have a forced day off of work...  So I'm playing Diablo II...

If the bosses weren't around all the time today, I'd be SO tempted to join you.
2499  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 01, 2008, 09:47:02 AM
Went crazy this weekend and bought a bunch of stuff - mostly used.
Mass Effect: started playing it, trying to be a nice guy.  Only about an hour in.  I like some things about it, hate others.
Guitar Hero On Tour: probably about halfway through on Medium (there are only 25 songs).  I generally play Hard on the home consoles, but the screen strumming was throwing me off, so I had to back down.
(Bought other stuff, but didn't start it yet.)

Finished Alien Syndrome on PSP (review will be posted soon), and will be starting FFTA2 soon (although my review will be a "second opinion").
2500  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 29, 2008, 10:16:56 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
by the time the game's released, you could probably make a computer that'd meet the suggested requirements for a couple hundred bucks tops.

My problem is that I'm on the road all the time, and my computer is a laptop that my company issued me.  I can't upgrade its hardware, and I'm totally not willing to cart around two laptops.  It's an "occupational hazard." :)
2501  The Rest / General Discussions / Survey finds that Canadian men game naked, in the bathroom on: June 29, 2008, 10:13:43 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
...stomp a Goomba.

Oh - is that what the kids are calling it these days? ;)
2502  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 28, 2008, 11:28:04 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Fuck me, those screens look nice...too nice.  "Need to buy a new computer to run it" nice. :P

That's what I'm scared of too.  Seems like Blizzard has always been kind on the hardware requirements front - I hope they will be this time as well.
2503  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 26, 2008, 01:45:57 PM
I was just reading earlier today about something that people thought was an ARG, but turned out to be one of the biggest rickrolls ever.  We may be trying to decide soon whether getting "powned" or rickrolled is worse.

("Powned" isn't the normal spelling for that, is it?  I've always just seen pwned... which admittedly doesn't have six letters.)
2504  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 26, 2008, 11:06:25 AM
Quote from: "Serene Prophet"
Maybe its some cross over game, Diablo vs Starcraft vs Warcaft: Blizzard Bloodbath.

Starry World of Diablocraft?
2505  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 25, 2008, 11:13:10 AM
Oh, MAN.  I (as you may guess) was a HUGE fan of Diablo II.  Played it off and on for like 2 years.  I have it installed on a 2 gig USB drive right now (with a no-cd patch, I could plug it into any PC and just play it).

I think at this point, they've borrowed enough elements of Diablo for Warcraft that even if they thought making a WoD game was a good idea, it'd probably be just too samey.

No matter what, you guys either just made or ruined my day, depending on whether this interpretation of events turns out to be correct or not. :)
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