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1516  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hilarious "recut" trailers on: June 17, 2009, 12:00:01 AM
I've never even heard of that film. WTF?!? That trailer freaked me out. Is it a stupid movie, or is it worth watching?

It was supposed to be a horror film, and ended up being one of the most hilarious films I've ever seen in my life. What's supposed to be horrifying prompts laughter as Nicholas Cage loses his mind and brutally assaults women.
1517  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 16, 2009, 08:37:01 PM
Ratatouille is my personal favorite Pixar as well.

I'm in no way saying that Wall-E isn't a good movie, just that I was bored through a lot of it, because while they were doing their whole homage to old silent movies I felt they lost a focus on what their target audience is. You can judge the technical aspects of a movie but in the end, I feel that movies shouldn't exist in a vacuum- "I enjoyed it" is paramount to whether a movie is good to someone or not.

Though, maybe if I watch Wall-E on DVD it'll be different. I remember not finding the first Austin Powers movie very funny until I saw it in a completely different environment.
1518  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hilarious "recut" trailers on: June 16, 2009, 08:32:17 PM
Can't go wrong with making fun of The Wicker Man.
1519  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 16, 2009, 02:03:05 PM
Hm, can't imagine trying to solo that guy on 54 RDM, or any of the AF armor NMs on the job you want the AF for.

News post on POL confirms winter campaign, 2 new medals, AN Body pieces.

Winter campaign will have a new system that hands out Dynamis currency, but that will be hit or miss depending on how they implement it, because it involves a gigantic group.
1520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 14, 2009, 04:47:20 AM
The only situation I can see boring deaths working is if it fits with an overall theme of the game. Doing something for the sake of being different isn't a sign of quality.
1521  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 13, 2009, 02:23:47 PM
Nope, costs $30 or so, and there's a 3-month limitation between transfers. It's mostly to stop RMT stuff, to my knowledge. The only time they offer it for free is when the servers are overloaded with people (This was offered with Odin and Bahamut few weeks back), but I'm pretty sure those offers are over, even for those two servers.
1522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I met the Angry Videogame Nerd on: June 12, 2009, 06:22:31 PM
Personally, I think they've been going downhill since after his Dick Tracey one, but the last two Terminator AVGN videos... He literally sounded like he was reading it off a page. I can accept that in his Terminator movie reviews, but not when he has to be THE FUCKIN' NERD.

The Dick Tracy one was one of the few episodes I've enjoyed since then. It seems like he's moving more towards actually trying to review games rather than just make fun of them (which is what made the videos funny), and oftentimes his movie references are more there for the sake of being there rather than being used for comedic effect(Unlike the Rocky video, where he has a training montage of him trying to beat the game).

I do like that he's making videos with the Nostalgia Critic now that aren't just pretending to beat the crap out of each other, though.

The stupid 5-cent special effects are part of the reason I've found his AVGN videos getting worse. Oftentimes they're just there to pad out the episode. You can't laugh at cheesy special effects when they're cheesy on purpose.

This whole NC/AVGN feud thing is pretty stupid too, but probably mostly because the Nostalgia Critic only holds two types of humor, commonly: Saying "at least they're not doing this" and then showing a clip of them doing exactly that, and having manic flip-outs. Of course, when he's writing actual jokes NC is really funny.

I think Rolfe's stuff outside of AVGN these days is a lot better. His movie reviews are fun to listen to because you can feel the love he has for movies, and I think his recent Dragonstrike board game review is probably one of the funniest reviews he's done in years.
1523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I met the Angry Videogame Nerd on: June 12, 2009, 02:35:16 AM
I really feel his AVGN vids have taken a huge dive since the Dragon's Lair one (Though his movie reviews and such have improved a great deal), but his 2006/2007 vids are always hilarious.
1524  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Forgotten Old Square RPGs? on: June 09, 2009, 01:35:22 PM
Probably doesn't really count since it was only published, but I remember enjoying Treasure Hunter G a lot.
1525  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 09, 2009, 01:29:24 PM
Goddamn, this is one thing they need to fix in FFXIV. If you make it so people need to party, make it easier for them to hook up for chissake.

Personally I find Level Sync to be the best thing they ever added- it's not much easier to get a party than this. Really, you could just grab 2 friends you know and just FoV all the way to 75 if you really wanted to.

What's the best way to make money in this game? Selling stacks of crystals is rarely getting me any money. I'd be lucky to be able to sell them at 1000 gil per stack.

Save up any beastman seals you have, or turn them into the guy that holds them in Port Jeuno (Forgot the name, Shami or something), eventually you'll be able to use those to make money.

Before then though, I'd recommend bees. The bees on Zegham Hill of North Gustaberg are a pretty good place to farm (Along with goblins and bats). Beehive chips sell for 3000 a stack, honey for maybe 3-4000. If you're not from bastok, Crawlers in Windurst drop silk threads which are rare drops but sell for about 10k a stack, and they drop crawler calculus which can be turned in 3 at a time for 600 gil + some fame. I'm not sure about Sandy though. Unless you have a security token (And thus have effectively 60 slots of inventory with the satchel), space can be a bit of an issue if you don't manage your equipment well, so you might want to save some gil and get a bigger bag sometime soon.

And for people who haven't seen it yet, the POL site just announced another update is coming in late July (Which probably means like the 30th or something I'll bet), and it shows a picture of winter lands, so I think expecting Glacier (S) and Xarcabard (S) wouldn't be unreasonable.
1526  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 07, 2009, 11:50:16 PM
Wouldn't recommend leveling Ninja just for the sneak/invis magic spells (Which are quite expensive on the auction house), I think you can jump into PLD right away comfortably if that's what you want to play as your mainjob. If you want to solo the quest, you can use silent oils/prism powders, which are somewhat expensive but you only need so many of them. And you can just take a level 1 job so you can commit suicide to get back to home point when you're done checking whatever ??? you needed to do.
1527  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FF XIV!!! on: June 06, 2009, 06:02:23 PM
growth is not based on experience and that it will work on a different system entirely.

Really. This sounds interesting...

The team let slip to us that choosing weapons for specific tasks one day versus another could affect how your character develops.

Sounds like Grandia-type stuff to me. I like what I am hearing.

But the fact that YOU, the player, are the character, that makes it hard to give the characters any back story or anything.

To be fair, there's FF games where the main character really isn't that interesting (Or might as not be there at all), and the other characters are a lot more interesting through their interactions with one another, because in many cases they want you to be in the role of the main character. I'd like to see an MMO where you have lasting choices within the game based on how you interact with the characters- think Mass Effect. That would be pretty cool.

What I said. Even if it's 10 years, the game is still destined to die off when people stop playing it, and the company loses the money to maintain the servers for the game; they have to keep innovating the damn thing to keep it alive, but even then, people are going to lose interest eventually. MMOs are CONSTANTLY on life support.

While I can see your point here, how often are you going to pull out the original NES Final Fantasy and play it again (Talking the NES version, not remakes)? I think having private servers is something comparable.

How much outrage do you think there'd be if Chocobo's Dungeon had been a numbered installment of the main FF series? Or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles? Decent games, I guess, but they're so much different from the main installments of the series, as is Final Fantasy XI. It just seems like they're trying to get up to FFXXX as quick as they can.

I just find it to be a bit silly to be complaining about the title of the game of all things (Besides, if you bought the box of the game without reading any reviews/the damn box itself, you kinda deserve to get screwed :P), but it still comes back to the question of what a main series FF games is "supposed" to have. FFXI certainly has story and characters, it just takes too long to get head above water regarding those parts, which is something it sounds like they're fixing in FFXIV.
1528  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 05, 2009, 11:25:40 PM
I don't think it's better than Wall-E, but I still liked it.

I think as a children's film, most kids might like Wall-E better (though I guess it depends entirely on what age group we're talking about), but I found this film's story to have a lot more heart to it than Wall-E. If there's only one thing I didn't like about this film, it was the villain, who I felt kinda just came out of nowhere.

I do think Wall-E is good and all, but I just felt bored during so much of that film- I understand that people appreciated the silent film throwback, but I found it to be just one cute joke after another that went on for far too long, and when the film got around to trying to deliver a message...well, it felt like a sledgehammer to me.
1529  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FF XIV!!! on: June 05, 2009, 10:57:13 PM
The only "canon" I can imagine the FF series having are chocobos, certain summons and weapons, and crystals, which are all present in FFXI. A lot of the recent FFs don't even have the same gameplay, so to me it just sounds like grasping at straws to complain about something.

Bern just sounds like the typical gaming doomsayer of "Games these days suck compared to back when they were filled with indiscernible blobs that might be people" in a shiny new wrapper.

One thing I do understand is his complaint that MMOs have limited lifespan though, in the sense that you can only play them as long as servers are still up, given that nobody makes any private ones, which often happens anyway so I find it to be meaningless, especially when something's as popular as FFXI.
1530  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Up on: June 05, 2009, 02:29:48 AM
I'm surprised that there's no thread for this movie yet.

To put it succinctly - New Pixar. It's amazing. Go see it. Much better than WALL-E in my opinion, but then I was one of the few people that was bored by WALL-E.

For me, this was a real treat since this summer season's been pretty disappointing, at least to me.
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