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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 27, 2011, 02:52:50 AM
The game broke my heart.  I was lifted up by that Toews goal, only to drown in an OT loss by a bad turnover by Campoli! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 25, 2011, 03:58:09 PM

You see, I see Chicago as a beautiful "Chica" leading her players to victory.

Dice gets points for that! I'm so nervous about the game tomorrow, but stoked for it at the same time!   C'mon Chicago!  Continue the tradition of eliminating the Canucks from the playoffs!
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 24, 2011, 11:06:57 PM
I'm glad the Blackhawks didn't roll over and die!  Way to fight, boys!
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 24, 2011, 06:56:17 PM
After you're done with Red Dead Redemption Kstar make sure you play the Undead Nightmare! Such a great expansion to an already great game. :)

Oh yes, can you believe I owned both the expansion and RDR and just started playing now?  But, by how much I like RDR and have a love for zombie shooting, I think there's no way I'm missing out on Undead Nightmare!  Still, playing RDR and loving every minute of it! 

Also, restarted the first Mass Effect.  Let's get this party started. :-)
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 23, 2011, 05:59:52 PM
Started Red Dead Redemption.  I am addicted.  Bonnie is awesome.  The only thing I hate is herding cattle, but everything else has been such a rich experience that I regret not getting around to it until now. I'm totally swept up in the atmosphere.  
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 22, 2011, 02:24:42 PM
That picture is all kinds of awesome.  I agree, Crawford has been solid.  Somebody was arguing with me that they couldn't believe we'd play Crawford with no playoff experience.  What is the other option? Marty Turco?  You know, the goalie who just hasn't been putting up great numbers.  Crawford's season save percentage was damn good.  And last year, we won with depending on Niemi, another goaltender who had little experience.  I'd like to knock the Canucks out, I don't expect another cup, but there's this arrogance that surrounds the Canucks.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 22, 2011, 02:32:10 AM
The Blackhawks are finally playing to their full potential...it only took until now.  If they come back to win the series, I will be on happy girl.  I really know better than to get my hopes up, but it does feel like they're getting their confidence back.  Clearly, all they needed was Dave Bolland back and Duncan Keith finally playing to his full potential.  Not to mention, we've won the last two games without Seabrook!  So, yay, to our defense for making his absence not matter.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 21, 2011, 03:10:08 PM
Grim, wow, I have Fibromyalgia, too.  It's funny because I just blogged about this: http://kstarlet.blogspot.com/2011/04/gaming-as-my-way-of-dealing.html

It truly does take its toll on your quality of life, so I can totally relate to the hardships.  I hope one day they have more answers and solid medicine that actually works.  Being in chronic pain all the time can make you miserable, but in the end, it has made me appreciate all the little things in life that I took for granted before.  People really do take their health for granted.  All that can really help relief some of it is having a solid support of friends and family, also never losing your zest or passion for life.  I'm happy I have others that are awesome to get me through, including people here at the 'Fan.  Sounds like you do, too, Grim. :)
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 20, 2011, 03:40:06 AM
I finished Dragon Age II.  You know, for me, I got attached to the characters, I know some who played it might have not preferred them, but I thought they were solid.  They also weren't one-dimensional; they had layers, and I'll even confess to getting fed up with them on certain issues and points.  To me, that's realistic, though.  This game was very quest heavy, I noticed it not being such an issue once I got past Act I, but I could see where it would turn people off entering into the game.  I must say, I'm disappointed that Varric wasn't a romance option, he was total win in this game - my comic relief.  I also really dug the sister dynamic with Bethany; it's a shame she doesn't play a larger role in this game.  As for the ending, a bit anti-climatic, but not all journeys are going to be "epic."  You can't deny that lead in to the third game, though.  I think if BioWare can succeed in finding a better balance for the hardcore and casual player, they can make a solid third game.   
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: character development on: April 19, 2011, 02:41:00 AM
Something that I still enjoy about FFVI is the fact that many of the sidequests in that game do contribute to a character's development rather than just maybe resolving an NPC's issue like "What's for dinner?" or "Where's the beef?" or "Go slay this monster! Do not pass the point of no return and collect 200 local currencies from this particular chest."

I agree with this completely.  I always want sidequests to be more than just a fetch quest.  There should be some point to doing them whether that be more insight into the characters or story or better item bonuses.  Above all, though, I prefer if it does flesh out the characters more. 
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: character development on: April 18, 2011, 02:48:15 PM
I find that games are really unbalanced between the two: story and gameplay.  One always seems to take a back seat.  I'm more in the camp of give me great characters above all; I spend a great deal of time with them, they have to be striking and intriguing.  I like to see a character grow throughout a journey, however, it's okay with me if they don't.  If you take into account real life, how many people actually end up changing all that much throughout?  Sure, it happens, but I don't play my games looking for a character to have a certain epiphany and turn themselves around.  I want more realistic, well-rounded characters.  BioWare has managed to be quite successful in doing this.  There's characters I absolutely can't stand, but as the game goes on, you start to realize their are layers and reasoning for some of their behavior.  I think we're seeing too many one-dimensional characters as of late, and I really hope we can get away from that. 
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: April 18, 2011, 02:21:52 PM
There's always going to be games that appeal more to certain people than others.  I understand that.  Despite being a niche game, Ar tonelico has a very strong fanbase.  That's awesome.  As a reviewer, though, I can't reward games that don't do much particularly well.  For me, the story had its ups and downs, but the characters came forth to make the experience better.  The gameplay, however, was short by a long-shot of utilizing its full potential.  It did a lot of things quite generically without stepping up to be a solid system.  Out of all the games, I found the second one to be the best in terms of gameplay. although the first stands to be my favorite.  I appreciate that you're able to admit that you know the game was lacking on certain levels.  To be honest, I found the third game to be the one that just didn't measure up.  But in the end, if you're a fan, there's no ands, ifs, buts, you're going to give the third game a spin.

43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: April 17, 2011, 08:51:07 PM
There was a write-up at NeoGAF that explained the whole game away as being a fever dream.

I liked that explanation more.

I really think that's the only way they could save themselves from the disaster that they created with the story.  They dug themselves in a hole, and when I finished I immediately thought the only way to fix this would be to say it was all a dream.  And you know what?  I wouldn't be surprised if they tried that. haha.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: character development on: April 17, 2011, 08:45:36 PM
Let's get back on track here.  I am a big fan of a good story in a game, I will even put myself through some less than stellar gameplay, as long as I'm digging the narrative.  Yes, despite all that was wrong with XS II, I played through it.  That being said, I think what Eusis was commenting on is that the JRPGs just aren't packing strong stories these days, and if you're really looking for a standout story, maybe video games aren't the best medium.  There are some great JRPGs in the PS2 era that I have no doubt would be worth your time.  I really enjoyed the Suikoden games, because the story took me on such a great journey - I love being surprised and blindsided.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~ on: April 15, 2011, 11:42:38 PM
Yeah, I played the Wii version and the controls were such a hindrance.  :-(  So much dialogue, NISA did a great job with it!
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