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Axem Rangers
QUOTE(MazriM TaiM @ Dec 13 2007, 11:18 AM) *
Good modern-day science fiction and/or fantasy authors always have to get sick apparently.

Hi Douglas Adams. sad.gif
Elixir
Hogfather is the greatest novel ever.

(Yes, I've read every single Discworld novel, and I also own both PC game editions.)
Axem Rangers
QUOTE(Elixir @ Dec 13 2007, 11:22 AM) *
Hogfather is the greatest novel ever.

Lolita and The 120 Days Of Sodom would like words with you.
Elixir
FFIV sequel confirmed:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=216571

For cellphones.
Mazrim
Fuck Square and their cellphone games. Oh well.
sir nabsalot
Yayyyy Geometry Wars! I just got a new 46" Sony Bravia TV and a 360 w/ Gold Membership, and so far my $2000+ investment has been 90% put toward playing a $5 old school-style shooter.

SUPER FUN Y'ALL
djplaeskool
QUOTE(Elixir @ Dec 13 2007, 10:45 AM) *
I'm sorry if we don't always see eye-to-eye, VJA.


To quote 2Pac, "I ain't mad at ya."
You have an interesting viewpoint. It's a shame your hyperbole (from time to time) is taken a little too seriously.

QUOTE(MazriM TaiM @ Dec 13 2007, 11:48 AM) *
Fuck Square and their cellphone games.


QFFT btns.gif
Spiritsnare
QUOTE(MazriM TaiM @ Dec 13 2007, 08:48 AM) *
Fuck companies and their cellphone games. Oh well.


Also, on the subject of literary works, I've been reading a bit of Haruki Murakami lately. Good stuff.
Moogy
QUOTE(Spiritsnare @ Dec 13 2007, 02:43 PM) *
Also, on the subject of literary works, I've been reading a bit of Haruki Murakami lately. Good stuff.

Yeah, I absolutely love Murakami's shit. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World and Kafka on the Shore are my favorites from him.

Now that I've beaten IWBTG, my gaming life is so empty. I don't know where to go from this point on. 8(
Deets
QUOTE(sir nabsalot @ Dec 13 2007, 10:04 AM) *
Yayyyy Geometry Wars! I just got a new 46" Sony Bravia TV and a 360 w/ Gold Membership, and so far my $2000+ investment has been 90% put toward playing a $5 old school-style shooter.

SUPER FUN Y'ALL

AW HELL YEAH

I started out really digging Murakami, but the more of his work that I read the more I had to conclude that he was kind of dreadfully boring and had no idea how to finish any of his novels, even if their english translations have a wonderfully readable quality about them. Read some Mishima, instead, if you can.

I'm uh, halfway through Gravity's Rainbow, too. God help me.
Moogy
Yeah, I have to admit, his endings always kind of suck.

Mishima, eh? I'll check him out.
Spiritsnare
QUOTE(JDM_Deets @ Dec 13 2007, 11:38 AM) *
I started out really digging Murakami, but the more of his work that I read the more I had to conclude that he was kind of dreadfully boring and had no idea how to finish any of his novels, even if their english translations have a wonderfully readable quality about them.[/url]


I can see where you're coming from. I got that a lot from Sputnik Sweetheart (e.g. HI HONEY I'M HOOOOME fin).

QUOTE(JDM_Deets @ Dec 13 2007, 11:38 AM) *
Read some Mishima, instead, if you can.


Full name, please? Or is it just "Mishima"?

edit so anyone wanna make like a novels thread, or is the conversation just going to die
Deets
Oh yeah, sorry. I'm referring to Yukio Mishima.
Elixir
Supposedly the Halo novel is really, really good. I haven't bought/read it though. The cover art is awesome:

kevin energy
man I bet it's just a bunch of mindless repetitive killing scenes while you do the same action over and over again (turning the page)
Eggman of the Strata
The Halo graphic novel is pretty bland, as is the new on-going series. Good art but nothing mindblowing at all. The actual Halo novels aren't all that great either. Little better than the Resident Evil books probably.

As for authors I love:

Cormac McCarthy (The Road, Sutree, No Country for Old Men)
Eiji Yoshikawa (Taiko, Musashi oh god the entirety of Musashi is fantastic)
Neil Gaiman (wrote with Pratchett for Good Omens and that is definitely fantastic)

and I'm currently reading Lolita. Pretty good so far.
security tubbs
QUOTE(Eggman @ Dec 13 2007, 05:58 PM) *
The Halo graphic novel is pretty bland, as is the new on-going series.

Seconding this, as the comic geek.

Uh.

I read more comics than novels at the moment due to them just being cheaper (and in a good period... Sinestro Corps? HELL YES)
Eggman of the Strata
I'm looking to pick up a trade of Sinestro. I talk with Pat Gleason every now and then and the whole thing looked epic.

Too bad nearly everything else DC's put out lately has sucked though.
Elixir


It's a dream paradox, guys.
Axem Rangers
It was a dream paradox on the original cover, too. :|
Elixir
Yes! And it's still a dream paradox. Damn, I want to play the version for Wii, which isn't a remake (like the above PS2 game will be), but a sequel. It's supposedly really good, and is MULTI5, which means it includes English, Spanish, Italian, etc. Still, I'm not sure whether it's worth shelling out the whole $65 bux.
security tubbs
QUOTE(Eggman @ Dec 13 2007, 10:50 PM) *
I'm looking to pick up a trade of Sinestro. I talk with Pat Gleason every now and then and the whole thing looked epic.

Too bad nearly everything else DC's put out lately has sucked though.

It's about 50/50, to be honest. A lot of people I know vouch for Blue Beetle (I can't stand it), I snag Booster Gold monthly, and the 52 spinoffs (NOT Countdown... Crime Bible, Four Horsemen, Infinity Inc.) are all of fine quality. GLC, as was mentioned, is excellent, and let's not forget Grant Morrison on Batman right now.

Hell, I think I'm buying more DC than Marvel, which is really... odd, I don't usually do that.
Axem Rangers
QUOTE(Elixir @ Dec 14 2007, 03:32 AM) *
Yes! And it's still a dream paradox. Damn, I want to play the version for Wii, which isn't a remake (like the above PS2 game will be), but a sequel. It's supposedly really good, and is MULTI5, which means it includes English, Spanish, Italian, etc. Still, I'm not sure whether it's worth shelling out the whole $65 bux.

Is this post as riddled with sarcasm as it reads?
Schlagwerk
QUOTE(Elixir @ Dec 14 2007, 03:36 AM) *
It's a dream paradox, guys.


Oh wow.. I was wondering if the PS2 remake was going to be under the Sega Ages 2500 series or not. Well now that we know it's not, those bastards better get crackin' on Fantasy Zone II and Phantasy Star I-II-III-IV. The Virtual On release was perfect.

(I'm also still hoping saves from Phantasy Star Generation:1 & 2 are compatible with I-II-III-IV because I bought and played through Generation:1 and would like to not have to do that again. Though maybe this time I would spend less time wandering around trying to find the one NPC I need to talk to to advance the story)
Mazrim
Hey Moogy, have you done your LP for IWBTG yet? I looked and didn't see it. If you've beaten the game then you definitely need to do it!
Moogy
QUOTE(MazriM TaiM @ Dec 14 2007, 01:53 PM) *
Hey Moogy, have you done your LP for IWBTG yet? I looked and didn't see it. If you've beaten the game then you definitely need to do it!

I'll either do it this weekend or over Christmas break (starts on the 20th for me). I was playing back through the game today to keep fresh; I beat it in 40 minutes.
DROP
What's an LP?
Is that like a speed run?
damn kids with your hip hop lingo and portable record players
Schlagwerk
QUOTE(Klonoa @ Dec 14 2007, 05:04 PM) *
What's an LP?
Is that like a super play?
damn kids with your hip hop lingo and portable record players

Mazrim
Let's Play, something on SA. One person plays a game and gets input on what do to from the people reading his thread. Usually with hilarious results. Nowadays it's become huge and people do all video LPs and stuff.
Deets
There is a multi-part let's play of Desert Bus, so you know it's really taken off!
Mazrim
QUOTE(JDM_Deets @ Dec 14 2007, 02:30 PM) *
There is a multi-part let's play of Desert Bus, so you know it's really taken off!

Wow, now I have a reason to check that forum. unsure.gif
Spiritsnare
So I started playing TF2 today and I suck.
Buffalo
QUOTE(Spiritsnare @ Dec 15 2007, 09:50 PM) *
So I started playing TF2 today and I suck.


http://tf2wiki.net/wiki/Main_Page

Read that if you need any help. TF2 is so fun.
rmz
I played Portal today if you couldn't tell

rofl
Kirby Kirby Kirby
Has anyone played any decent DS games recently? Might be looking for a last-minute game to pick up before leaving for NYC next week, preferably something inexpensive and with lots of replay value.
Mazrim
QUOTE(Kirby Kirby Kirby @ Dec 15 2007, 09:49 PM) *
Has anyone played any decent DS games recently? Might be looking for a last-minute game to pick up before leaving for NYC next week, preferably something inexpensive and with lots of replay value.

If you don't have Picross DS already, then it fits the bill perfectly.
DROP
If you're interested in Picross but are poor, this game is cool.
rmz
QUOTE(Kirby Kirby Kirby @ Dec 15 2007, 09:49 PM) *
Has anyone played any decent DS games recently? Might be looking for a last-minute game to pick up before leaving for NYC next week, preferably something inexpensive and with lots of replay value.

Picross DS and/or NYT Crosswords both have obviously huge amounts of replay value.
Yoman0chaos
I finished the original Gabriel Knight today and it was totally awesome.

How are the sequels? Better? Worse?
Elixir
I've been playing TF2 as well. I get around 160-90 ping on an American server so I can play with my friends. It is, surprisingly, very playable. My favourite and best class is definitely the Demoman.

In other news, I bought an American SNES and Lufia II. This would be omega exciting if I didn't already import one back in 2000 for Chrono Trigger, but that one's slightly faulty. All up the console and game (with manual and box) cost me $46 US, which I think is a pretty good deal. And I've never played Lufia II.
rmz
QUOTE(Yoman0chaos @ Dec 16 2007, 12:27 AM) *
I finished the original Gabriel Knight today and it was totally awesome.

How are the sequels? Better? Worse?

Worse but still worth playing once IMO
Schlagwerk
Two things I learned about Secret of Mana today:
-It was originally gonna be for the SNES CD add-on. After that failed, it was graphically neutered and about 40% of the game was cut out to get it on the SNES.
-Woosley stripped the plot down to bare bones in the US translation claiming due to the fixed width font of the game.

This has made me very curious of if any screenshots or plot details exist for the original version and what expanded story elements are in the Japanese version (I'm not literate enough to just be able to play an untranslated rom and understand the story).
rmz
QUOTE(Schlagwerk @ Dec 17 2007, 01:44 PM) *
-Woosley stripped the plot down to bare bones in the US translation claiming due to the fixed width font of the game.

Well no kidding, I believe this also happened to Chrono Trigger as well. You can't fit as much pure information into a single dialog box in English characters as you can in Japanese, so that's a natural consequence.
Axem Rangers
Wow I was not aware of that ish at all, Schlag.
Buffalo
QUOTE(Schlagwerk @ Dec 17 2007, 04:44 PM) *
Two things I learned about Secret of Mana today:
-It was originally gonna be for the SNES CD add-on. After that failed, it was graphically neutered and about 40% of the game was cut out to get it on the SNES.
-Woosley stripped the plot down to bare bones in the US translation claiming due to the fixed width font of the game.

This has made me very curious of if any screenshots or plot details exist for the original version and what expanded story elements are in the Japanese version (I'm not literate enough to just be able to play an untranslated rom and understand the story).


IIRC wasn't there rom hack for a re translation of SoM and CT?
Schlagwerk
QUOTE(Sess @ Dec 17 2007, 05:38 PM) *
IIRC wasn't there rom hack for a re translation of SoM and CT?


I don't recall ever seeing one for SoM, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is one. I mean they've retranslated Phantasy Star II, III, FFIV, VI, etc
Eggman of the Strata
Honestly, I've had a hard time taking fan translation projects seriously after the unbelievably laughable job that one group did for Tales of Phantasia.

In any case, Cybernator is the best game that used to be called Assault Suits Valken. I'll probably pick it up down the road when I buy points in bulk. I usually wait for 3 or 4 games.

This, along with my recent playing of Dynasty Warriors Gundam has somewhat resparked my interest in giant robots. I'm surprised by DW: Gundam as most of the reviews made it sound so bad but it feels a lot better than any of the recent normal DW games. I suppose I'm just biased since it lets me BURNING FINGERRRRRRRRRRRR
Moogy
QUOTE(Eggman @ Dec 17 2007, 05:54 PM) *
Honestly, I've had a hard time taking fan translation projects seriously after the unbelievably laughable job that one group did for Tales of Phantasia.

I hope you're not talking about Dejap's ToP translation... It's one of the most famous fan translations in history, right after the legendary Seiken Densetsu 3 patch. In fact, I was just looking at Dejap's old page... Those guys deserve all the respect you can give them. I kind of wish that there were some big-name SNES RPGs left to be translated, because those days were fun.

Here is the Secret of Mana Variable Width Font Hack with extended dialogue: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/18/

I was playing it on ZSNES netplay with a friend of mine not 30 minutes ago, in fact.
Schlagwerk
I was wondering which one he was referring to, as well. The only thing you can even attempt to say against DeJap is that they used the localized item names from Tales of Destiny.

Thanks for the link, getting it now
Deets
On a similar note, the mother 3 patch guys are makin' some progress, these days. They have a video of the game's prologue in english up on the youtube, if you haven't seen that yet. There are still quite a few hacking issues they have left to resolve that are evident in the video, but there you go.
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