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1546  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 08, 2008, 08:03:37 PM
It seems to me this whole Fields of Valor thing is to encourage exploration of more areas as a party, and to make soloing more worthwhile- probably still won't beat a good grinding party though.

Kind of annoyed they nuked my main way of farming (Leech Saliva), but no biggie. I'll just find other crap to farm.

The small details are very nice, like <stpt> and dispel not affecting reraise.

Disappointed that they pulled their Moblin Mazes last second.

Overall a pretty meh update for me. I'll play around with Fields of Valor for a bit but I doubt there's much in it for level 75 players.
1547  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: WOW-like MMORPG but FREE Collection on: December 08, 2008, 05:45:09 PM
Holic.
Rappelz.
Flyff.
Grenada Espada.
There's a lot of freaking free MMOs out there- and a lot of them look really good, which makes me wonder why people play Maple Story.
1548  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Time's Top 10 Games of the Year on: December 08, 2008, 04:31:11 PM
I didn't know Time did video game lists.
1549  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next Metal Gear is green on: December 08, 2008, 04:26:38 PM
Because it's a lot more cost-effective if there's a bunch of a reasons to only own one of them. :P
1550  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Just when you think Japan can't surprise you anymore... on: December 08, 2008, 12:59:26 PM
I really don't think this is as strange as most of the stuff we read about weekly from Darkrider.
1551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs with City Building/development? on: December 08, 2008, 05:43:08 AM
Even though it's not an RPG, Actraiser immediately comes to mind.
1552  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The Dark Knight on: December 04, 2008, 11:58:26 PM
Looks like they want the film to go the distance and earn 1 billion, so they're re-releasing The Dark Knight.

Isn't this kinda cheating? :P

The only other film I can think of that they re-released is The Exorcist.
1553  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2008, 11:10:28 PM
It has character development, more than most other Bond films- it's just that it feels incredibly lazy.
1554  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2008, 11:52:57 PM
I thought 2007 blew this year away, but I think the past three years have been pretty good overall. From what I've seen, there's been a lot of progress in cinema recently.

Unfortunately, the existence of Jason Friedburg and Aaron Seltzer alone creates a quality black hole that negates any progress leaps in cinema.

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Something to mention: FUCK YOU ALICIA KEYS!! Casino Royale's opening song was awesome, special thanks to Chris Cornell. But you come along with your shitty music and make a mediocre opening song for Quantum of Solace. Sorry, but I just had to let that out.

I don't think it was a terrible song, but it was kind of dull. From what I understand though, Jack White wrote the song. I see it as a failed experiment- they were trying to blend some sort of weird sound out of electric guitars and piano, and it just didn't work here.

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People had warned me about Tropic Thunder

I think Tropic Thunder is one of the funniest movies this year (Unless you're someone who has to take everything seriously- the point of being offensive in Tropic Thunder is that they're pointing out the stupidity of being too politically correct in films, to the point of being racist or stereotypical).

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we turned to Wall E to give it a try and fell asleep

But I can't agree more with this statement. Wall-E has been one of those movies this year I can't understand why people liked so much- I still think it's good, but I felt like I was falling asleep while they did a bunch of cheap cute gags and have two robots dicking around for god knows how long before they went into a mallet plot.

Also, for those of you who can't get enough of The Dark Knight (Because I'm sure all of you are totally not sick of hearing about it), it's rumored they're planning on re-releasing the film in January. We'll see, I guess.
1555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Traditional Strategy & Action on: December 02, 2008, 03:49:05 AM
Fire Emblem is only "hard" if you're OCD about having to keep all your characters alive. I can count on one hand how many times I've actually had Game Over in Fire Emblem. Of course, I haven't played that many of them.
1556  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 28, 2008, 07:50:53 PM
You're kinda missing the context of that shot. We had a room full of Dahaks. I think Beacon did a lot better than I thought they would.

Thank god I'm just going for Therion Ichor items, because I earned 1080 or so off that run. Don't mind losing some xp, that's what the buffer is there for.
1557  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: And this is why I stay home on Black Friday. on: November 28, 2008, 06:21:15 PM
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That's pretty fucked up.

Yeah, couldn't really laugh at this one. :P

Needs moar people misusing their genitals.
1558  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2008, 10:42:51 AM
The problem with the action in Quantum of Solace though, I should point out, is that the direction is pretty bad for a lot of it. There's a few action scenes in that movie that are really on the mark, but a lot of them are either shot so damn close you can't see anything or is using that annoying shaky cam gimmick I thought filmmakers have grown out of already. Also, the Bond girl in this movie was just uninteresting. She had a backstory, but she had no personality. (Still better than most of the Bond Girls they chose for Brosnan though)

I never really minded the formulaic approach to Bond, since they were more often than not still fun and entertaining.

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Hancock was pretty good, overall a little heavy I think for it's target audience which would be people like my dad who liked the movie but didn't 100% get the whole concept behind it.

Hancock was great...until about the last half of the movie where a bunch of incoherent plot points are just randomly tossed into the story. Well, I suppose they make sense if you think about them, but I really thought they didn't need to explain half the things they did. I loved the first half where it was a strong character-driven plot.

Also either the director has no clue what he was doing or the cameraman had Parkinson's disease- it's especially noticeable if you were watching in the theaters. The camera constantly shakes and spins around on the worst scenes possible.
1559  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Traditional Strategy & Action on: November 28, 2008, 07:57:13 AM
Advance Wars: Day of Ruin (I think that's what it was called) is the only one of the series I really enjoyed. Love that game.

Generally with strategy RPGs I feel that simplicity often leads to deeper strategy- just look at Go. One of the simplest board games out there, but the strategy possibilities are near limitless. For this, I would recommend the GBA Fire Emblems to play on your DS- the difficulty level is quite high, but its nothing even a newcomer cant handle, I think.

The only DS SRPG I can remember off the top of my head is Rondo of Swords- never played that myself, though.
1560  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 28, 2008, 06:01:29 AM
Copycat is always a pretty good moneymaker. I earned about 100k myself the last time I did it, and that's because I got the worst drops possible.

I tend to like saving my KSs though.

And VKnight, I think only tebian is on Sylph. Rest of us are on Leviathan for the most part.

Few things that have happened. First off, I've been doing a bit of SAM leveling. Thinking about going to go camp Mee Deegi, but just thinking about him makes me discouraged. :P

Obviously my chocobo's been an adult for a while now.



We did the first half of Sacrarium a while back. Last few weeks we've been a bit busy so not much progress on CoP lately. Hopefully we'll start up again soon.



I learned swift blade and got a nice money item from sky.




Now I just need to get PLD to level 65 I suppose. Lastly, I did Einharjar the first time about 2 weeks ago. As you can imagine, that can only end in one way.

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