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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Conversation defibrillators: pickup lines and dating advice on: May 23, 2010, 07:06:33 PM
My mom said the same thing to me, except the woman I marry should be Indian, which is funny since I'm half-white.

But anyway, I have very little experience in the dating world. I've been in one serious relationship with my best friend, so the whole dating thing is a mystery to me. Not that we didn't date. Of course, on our first date, I realized half-way to our destination that I didn't have any money. We had to find an ATM but I managed to acquire some, but if I were meeting a girl for the first time rather than asking out someone who had known me for two years, I probably would have tanked the whole thing. We did the split thing, which I think is a fair thing for the first date, but I'm coming around to the gentlemanly "pay for your date" thing. I know it's a double-standard, but it's comfortable, which most social constructs are, I suppose.

By the way, Pan's Labrynth, if you're dating the right girl is a surprisingly effective first date-movie. The bottle scene is the perfect way to get close to her, as it is pretty likely she will dive into you to shield her eyes from the violence. Of course, my experience could be the exception.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you've never seen in an RPG but want to. on: April 03, 2010, 03:02:14 PM
I understand that, but I think there's a point to be made that understanding the larger world includes understanding that there are various types of people out there, even if those differences in color or sexuality don't necessarily have anything to do with their contribution to their humanity. I think though that creating a character based solely on race or sexuality is exactly what I'm arguing against. If I wanted more characters like the Shadow Hearts biker merchants (who are blatant, harmful, dehumanizing stereotypes), then there really wouldn't be anything to change. I don't, though. I would like a character who, for instance, is gay but a well-developed character. This would help people like Alisha relate to the character better and would do a lot of good to eliminating harmful stereotypes in a medium which many people are exposed to.

I don't think it's sad to seek this in video games, just like I don't think it's sad to seek it in movies or books or television. While I'll let Alisha speak for whether she doesn't relate at all to characters who are not gay or a minority, or whether she meant to say something else, I will say that presenting a character with real motivations, real obstacles---a well-rounded, dynamic character, but one who is affected by social constructs like sexuality or race in a meaningful, realistic way.

This would also be a challenge for those who don't belong to the race or sexuality being presented and would help our understanding of people as individuals. Perhaps people who aren't a minority don't have to have characters who are exactly like them to relate, either. Right now, there's a discrepancy---gay or black characters, for instance, are commonly portrayed as stereotypes that can reinforce comical or negative perceptions of those minorities. These characters are crafted in such a way that their race or sexuality is what the player pays attention to the most, rather than the actual humanity of the character.

I just think it would be better to have a variety of different experiences in video games. I think it could make a lot of stories richer and help video games be seen as a more mature medium. 

As for what other things I would like to see in RPG's...

More grey area. There's plenty of room for the more simplistic good versus evil plotline, and it can be effective when telling a coming-of-age story like Grandia. However, I love it when the characters have to make difficult moral choices that obscure the purity of their intent. I would also like more villains that the player has some emotional connection to. I loved the way Shadow Hearts: Covenant revealed and developed its true villain in a way that the player understood the villain's feelings. There was this strange understanding between the characters that made it so that the choice to defeat the villain included some sort of moral dilemma.

Also, I think players can deal with nudity. I think we can deal with sex. I think we can deal with more complex romantic relationships and conflicts. These would obviously be more mature games for older players, but if tastefully dealt with, these things can really do wonders for the aging RPG fan base who might be tired of the "boy goes on adventure and saves world" thing.

I also really like the idea of changing clothes, especially given the fact that there's at least one ice dungeon in every game and the fact that these characters can stay warm is less and less believable as I get older. It's also nice for varying up what the player sees on the screen. It would be interesting to give the player more choice in how their characters look on a given day. Perhaps clothes that become dirty cannot be worn and must be washed, or they provide more obstacles in battle, like if the character's clothing is covered in water, they can catch a cold and be more sluggish in battle or they will damage themselves if using a lightning attack or they can be more easily frozen, but on the other hand, they will be less susceptible to fire attacks. This would be rather complex, but it would be really interesting to see how it would affect old gameplay mechanics like status effects and static battles.

3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you've never seen in an RPG but want to. on: April 02, 2010, 06:04:13 PM
I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting a realistic, non-stereotypical gay character in an RPG. You don't have to be gay to want an issue like that dealt with in a video game.

Video games, especially RPG's, have proven themselves to be a capable and effective story-telling medium. If they have not reached that point yet, they have at least shown some potential for this. I honestly don't think it's unreasonable to desire more complex story elements---sexuality being one of them.

For better or worse, society has made it so that being gay or another perceived "minority" presents greater challenges than following societal norms. There are plenty of dramatic consequences for this kind of deviance. Imagine how the drama of a love triangle would be heightened with the danger and impossibility of another type of sexuality being thrown into the mix. Imagine how racism or homophobia, if taken further in a story, could present more dangers and obstacles for the characters, within the party group or from others outside the group. These kinds of tensions are the stuff of rich storytelling. Regardless of an individual's views of homosexuality or race, many societies as they exist now contain conflict with these concepts. To tell Alisha that she only defines herself by one aspect of her persona feels like an oversimplification to me. Sexuality and race are major elements of many peoples' identities and tend to be seen that way by others in a society or culture.

Also, why shouldn't we relate to the characters in RPG's? What is so strange about that? How can anyone connect to the characters if they don't relate to them? Isn't that how you write a good story? Just because you don't travel across continents on a long journey to kill a celestial being summoned by your old war buddy in your daily life doesn't mean that there isn't something about the characters that you can relate to on a human level. I worry that saying this kind of relation and connection is impossible is self-defeating and detrimental to video games being seen as a legitimate medium---rather than a pointless diversion.
4  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 27, 2009, 01:14:52 AM
Everywhere I Go - The Black Keys

5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: In this thread, a guy bites his own dick off! on: April 26, 2009, 07:24:48 PM
big deal i bit off like 13 of my own dicks at least twenty different times each

I heard that guy bit off, like, thirtygoddamn dicks.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why did I not discover FunnyOrDie.com until today? on: April 18, 2009, 11:14:13 PM
But Will Ferrell is about as funny as colon cancer.

Agreed wholeheartedly.

Colon cancer is fucking hilarious.
7  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 03, 2009, 07:59:43 PM
At the Drive-In - Rolodex Propaganda

Fucking Iggy Pop on backing vocals. Hell yes.
8  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 13, 2009, 10:11:47 PM
Going through a weird break-up so I've been listening to a bunch of different songs that have so much more effect now that I'm in this mindset.

Peter, Bjorn, & John - Objects of My Affection
The entirety of The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds
Animal Collective - In the Flowers
The entirety of The Shout Out Loud's Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finally a bra for boys! on: February 12, 2009, 07:53:59 PM
Well played, sir.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's worse than being caught fondling a blow-up doll in public? on: February 07, 2009, 12:17:15 PM
I can't tell if this is hilarious, disturbing, or horribly depressing. Maybe all three.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Favorite Movie of 2008 on: February 07, 2009, 12:12:18 PM
2008 was the year of the Indian Films.

Slumdog Millionaire was great, but my favorite has to be Jodhaa Akbar. It's an amazing, epic story about the emperor of Hindustan Jalaludin Akbar, and his life as well as his love interest, who happens to be Hindi while he follows Islam.

edit: And I know this sounds kind of like a random movie but trust me, you should go watch it if you love Epic films. It's 3.5 hours long and enjoyable most of the way through.

LOVED Jodhaa Akbar. Absolutely stunning film and unashamedly epic. Glad that there's another person who got to see this one.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Former world leader mauled by his depressed poodle. on: February 01, 2009, 05:31:04 PM
How do dogs get depressed? I thought dogs are perfectly happy as long as you feed them on time and give them enough attention (work/play being more important than cuddling/making it wear little dresses). I don't like those toy breeds, they fail at being dogs. Though they look cute, they're often snappy, hyperactive, attention whores.

Probably the same way a human gets depressed. It's not like depression is only caused by not having basic needs met. There are biological factors as well as environmental.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What elements would you take from various RPG's... on: December 24, 2008, 11:29:54 PM
Correction: anybody who likes hip-hop in which they say "move your body...make sure you don't hurt nobody" has bad taste in music.

I'm ok with P3's music except for the shopping theme, but I just had to sort of defend hip-hop.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Austrian theater tries to get all Brandon Lee on us. on: December 23, 2008, 03:45:30 PM

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Would you name your kid Hitler? on: December 23, 2008, 03:44:50 PM
I believe it is "won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?"

Sorry, couldn't let that one slide.
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