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1666  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 17, 2008, 12:40:13 PM
Wall-E doesn't come out till like, the 26th here too.

I'm probably gonna see it next week. I read a spoiler...which wasn't really a spoiler since it's something that was obviously going to happen anyway.
1667  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Terminator Salvation on: July 17, 2008, 12:38:29 PM
It's hard to follow up Terminator and Terminator 2 (Which I still think is one of the best films ever made), but I was surprised that I didn't hate Terminator 3. It was a lot better than I expected- it held my interest, had a few interesting twists along the way, and was overall a pretty fun time. I was disappointed by the lack of innovation, but it doesn't really hurt to watch it.

Trailer doesn't really show much so there's not anything to discuss at this point, really.
1668  The Rest / General Discussions / Flagship shuts down on: July 15, 2008, 01:55:02 AM
On a somewhat related note, I'm surprised Double Fine didn't shut down when Psychonauts failed the way it did.
1669  The Rest / General Discussions / Let's say you've been evicted. What do you do? on: July 14, 2008, 04:32:11 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I don't understand how he could completely cut his own head off. That should be medically impossible.


Quote from: "[url
www.bash.org[/url]"]<evilada>: Best suicide plan ever
<mcm310>: what is it?
<evilada>: you go up to the top of a roof
<evilada>: string piano wire tight across the front edge at neck level
<evilada>: tie a cord to your foot and the other end to the building so that you'll be above sidewalk level when its fully stretched
<evilada>: then you put super glue on your hands
<evilada>: and put your arms around the front of the wire and then back to touch your head
<evilada>: then you lean forward, so the piano wire cuts your neck but not your elbows
<evilada>: when the cord goes taut, youll be hanging upside down with no head....except your head will be in your outstretched arms thanks to gravity and the glue, staring at someone upside down and spewing blood everywhere.
<evilada>: And some poor bastard will be traumatized for LIFE.
<mcm310>: i dont think i can be your friend anymore
1670  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 03:35:36 PM
Frankly I think he's gotten his account hacked, and he confessed to a GM which probably means he'll lose his account even though he got it back. Pretty sure that's enough of a punishment for him. No need to troll him like this, Tony. =P

Edit: Aaaand now that Ramza has responded to you, I suppose it will now spiral into quite an epic thread which will end with a lock...which is kind of odd considering how with Journal threads you have to end up making another one after the last one gets locked.
1671  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 01:35:22 PM
I've not finished CoP, but I've read a few spoilers, and from what I understand,

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There are 5 protocrystals. Dem, Mea, Holla, Vazhl and Al Taieu. Years ago when the Zilart tried to enter the land of the gods through Tu'Lia (As described in RoZ), the Wyrmking Bahamut destroyed Al Taieu. I'm not completely aware to the exact details since I've only read bits and pieces. But at any rate, for some reason Al Taieu was sent to the bottom of the sea (Some say it's a different dimension altogether), and that's why you access it through the protocrystals, or the crags.

Also, promyvion, from what I know, is a manifestation of the "emptiness" found inside some Zilart. The Emptiness is formed from Promathia's desire to die...or something like that, this one I'm very unsure of.


As for THF...dunno, on Catoblepas my damage nearly double when they uyse Berserk, and that's a 25% reduction in defense if I'm not mistaken. Wish they gave better attack gear in this game, most attack gear is complete crap, giving like 4-5 attack which doesn't really merit it to be worn above other stats that get way more boosts.
1672  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 08:00:16 AM
1673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 10:51:43 PM
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Ultimately though? The single biggest reason PSU has been inferior to PSO is simply the time of release.


That's kind of my point, though. It's fine if you just think PSU sucks, I can understand that...but I will never understand why people would say PSU and then run back to play PSO which is inferior in almost all areas, unless you're cheap and want to play it for free

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1. The music and voice acting was awful.


Eh, music's alright. I actually like the opening song unlike most people, but yeah, the soundtrack is generally weaker, I'll agree with that.

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3. The awful episodic story is one of the worst ideas ever.


As opposed to complete absence of plot?

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3. The awful episodic story is one of the worst ideas ever.


There's plenty of rare items, really, but like I said, the inferior art direction makes it less satisfying because they went for the more "realistic" approach (If that even makes sense for a game like this) and you don't have over-the-top weapons like PSO had.
1674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs Only You've Played. on: July 12, 2008, 09:13:06 PM
Quote from: "Ramza"
Well it's from the same developers as Lufia, but the "tie-ins" are on the level of cameos. It's like saying every FF happened in Ivalice since you can get those relic items and find relic areas in FF Tactics for FF1~7.

But Energy Breaker is a sweet freaking game nonetheless. ALSO great music. Man, gotta review those soundtracks...


Eh...it all takes place on one island under about the same technology level so it's not like the FF series where it wouldn't make sense for the games to coexist in the same world.

And yeah, the music fucking rocks.
1675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 09:09:33 PM
Quote from: "Blace"
So is it EXACTLY like PSU, or is there changes. If it's exactly like PSU I'm not touching it because that game sucks. PSO FTW.


I don't understand why so many PSO veterans hate PSU so much.

What exactly does PSO have that is superior (Gameplay-wise of course, because the story has been balls in the PS series for years now)? Slow and annoying targeting system? A pointless timed combo for attacks? PSU is just more of the same, but faster paced. There's absolutely not one thing I can think of that is inferior other than art direction.
1676  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 12:21:22 PM
I thought PSU was improved in every area compared to PSO...but there wern't enough improvements to justify it being such an overhyped new game.

And the plot sucks ass.
1677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs Only You've Played. on: July 12, 2008, 11:45:38 AM
Energy Breaker, an SRPG set inside the same world as Lufia. The ties are pretty loose, but I love the game regardless. This game need a remake on the DS or something. :/
1678  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2008, 11:55:14 AM
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And uh... Hitomi? Her voice grates on me in English.


I found Hitomi incredibly annoying regardless of who was voicing her. =P
1679  The Rest / General Discussions / McDonalds hates America. on: July 11, 2008, 11:40:02 AM
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This however, is a widely reported problem, as is the actual violence.


Violence against Tibetian terrorists that attacked and killed at least 10 innocent people maybe. And then it's called a peaceful protest in every English media outlet I've read...why? But they're not really lying...they usually say something like "People died in the protest", which is vague beyond all recognition. Who died? Who attacked who? Who killed whom?

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I'm not saying I'm giving huge credence to the treatment-of-athletes comment. It just makes me raise a brow, as this IS what the Soviet regime did with several of its athletes during the days of the USSR/CCCP.


I'm not doubting what the article describes, really. But it's pretty obvious that it's more than just a black-white "China's being inhumane" thing, which is what this person is trying to make it out to be.

You and I both know any well-educated person knows that Beijing 2008 is way beyond just peaceful, friendly competition...and you and I both know China alone isn't responsible for it becoming that.
1680  The Rest / General Discussions / McDonalds hates America. on: July 11, 2008, 09:52:27 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Agreed. I'm more disturbed by the footnote on athletic treatment.


The problem I have with that is twofold.

1. This is some randomguyx500 in a corner of the internet, so not only is his word not a credible source, but he also skews the information provided by the *single* source he provided. The article says that even Olympic champions have trouble with making ends meet after they retire at a visibly young age. Uh, no shit? Just because you won a gold medal doesn't really mean that you'll have anything else to contribute to society (Yang in the article admitted this himself, that he had neither the skills nor resources to pursue other things in life). It's true that China is pretty much forcing him to participate in Beijing, but it's pretty obvious from that article that he really has no other choice because he lacks education in any other area and his family is humble.

Mark Hamill made it big as Luke Skywalker, but he still had plenty of trouble coping with his acting career after that because he was unable to shake that role.

2. Source based in American newspapers and sources often skew information to demonize China. I'm not saying ROC is a good government...but the amount of bias involved in American media sources' portrayal of China is so exaggerated it's almost sickening for me to read/watch sometimes. In fact, it's not even simply bias, sometimes it's flat-out lies. Examples:



This is a picture from Nepal policeman in Katmandu visibly attacking a helpless victim. Yet obviously from the article it claims that it's a Chinese policeman attacking a helpless Tibetian. Um, okay?



Usage of stupid captions like "Heavy military presence" when those people are clearly moving someone into an ambulance. And look at their sleeves...they're not policemen or soldiers.



Self-explanatory.
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