Stripe Progress Topic. Stripes taste good.
TWEETER911
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(12/29/05 8:19 pm)
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Got destroyed by Death twice in AoS2. He looks....spiffy. o_O




TWEETER911
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(12/30/05 12:20 am)
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Killed a crapload of Slogras and Gaibons and used some of their souls to make new, but kind of useless weapons. They are useless because my Great Axe has so much attack power right now I don't need to bother with making spears or katanas right now...

Also got other stuff, like Tanjelly and Mothman.

Death still stomps me. I think I need to learn to dodge his attacks ha...ha...ha.....
:O



I think I'll play some FF4 gba in a little while.





Rokujinshou battle music stills rocks. O_O




Bomberguy221
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(12/30/05 1:38 am)
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Animal Crossing: WW - Nook's expanding his store, and I joined Redd's "family" and purchased a painting. It was a forgery, so I couldn't donate it and it most likely lost a lot of shelf value with Nook.

Wind Waker (the game that doesn't belong) - Finally, finally, FINALLY got the figurine of the first boss and completed the gallery. I also managed to get a chart of Sea Chart locations for heart pieces. I think I got all of the ones shown, though. Next I'm going to work on getting Zunari's gold statue.

Mario Superstar Baseball - Unlocked Dixie Kong, working on Petey Pirahna. I also got a bunch of stars for characters and have every patch except the last 4 (Bowser, Baby Bowser, and the other two).

Trauma Center - I'm into Chapter 2, where I'm learning about the "Healing Touch." I've already passed the now-infamous 6-inch glass shard in a patient's heart. Now I'm starting to treat aneurisms (which aren't too easy to suture).




TWEETER911
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(12/30/05 3:31 pm)
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Killed Antlion (jobber) and got Rosa. Saved right in front of the mountain...uh...Koltz? Wait, I think that's in FF6... >_>




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(12/30/05 3:33 pm)
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Hobs?




TWEETER911
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(12/30/05 6:42 pm)
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Yeah, its Hobs.O_o
Got Yang, fought a few battles, and saved. I'm going to take forver to beat 4gba!
.........


AoS 2 Julius mode:
I've gotten Yoko, killed Flying Armor with said Yoko, skipped Balore (Ne need to fight him, J's whip breaks ice!), and lost to Dario a few times. I finally killed him using mostly J's Holy Water and lots of whipping when Dario wasn't using the Fire Pillars. Yoko's ice attack was too slow to use on him. Got Alucard. Messed around with Al for a bit. He only gets Hellfire and Bat Transform as special moves, but Hellfire is pretty powerful! His sprite is ripped sraight from SotN though!!! Killed Rahab using Yoko. It was pretty easy. Saved, went and got Little Ceaser's.




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I finished Batman Begins. That was torture. Morgan Freeman was okay, and that's the best I have to say about the whole movie. The first half was as dull as could be. The fight scenes were very difficult to follow, and so were annoying to watch... as has been mentioned before. Batman's voice even sounded stupid.

And there were just a ton of little things that annoyed me. Things like... could those bats really shatter a window?




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(12/31/05 1:07 am)
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Crawl and I watched Muppets From Space.

Meh.

I know there's been a running gag about not knowing what the heck Gonzo is supposed to be, but this was taking it much too far. It wasn't really necessary to explain what Gonzo is, and I don't think I can really accept this movie as "canon". For one thing, it's not even as though Gonzo is the only muppet that doesn't have a definite species. What, for example, is Sweetums supposed to be? Or Beauregard? Or Mildred?

Besides that, there were a ton of other problems.

1. Muppets is something that, like Transformers, eventually suffered "character overload". And that's really apparent in this movie. They were obviously trying their damndest to squeeze in a cameo from every existing Muppet character that was still in use. This includes all the characters that had been introduced in The Muppets Tonight show, like Clifford, Pepe the King Prawn, and Johnny Fiama. I'm guessing this movie was made around the time The Muppets Tonight was still being aired. If it was actually made later, than I would argue that Muppets Tonight was so short-lived that all characters that were introduced in that show should probably just be ignored. As it is the movie has characters you don't really know showing up in extraneous scenes. And then when you finally get to see a character you do know, he/she is only there for one line and that's it. Giving Muppets Tonight characters bigger roles than characters like Rolf (who was practically absent in this movie except for one quick scene in the beginning) and the members of the Electric Mayhem (sans Animal who did have a slightly larger role) is practically a crime.

2. Why are Waldorf and Statler living with the rest of the muppets? They were just members of the audience, not part of the troupe. I don't mind their cameo, but jeez...at least have it make sense.

3. The evil government subplot was lame.

4. There are Dawson Creek characters in this movie...why?

5. I have to confess that I'm not the world's biggest fan of Rizzo the Rat. He's okay in small doses, but large portions of this movie were devoted to him, and I just kept wanting it to move onto something else. He's more the main character of this movie than even Kermit.

6. Same goes for that giant talking bear character. It was funny at first when you saw that there was a bear working for the government for no explained reason and no one finds it the least bit strange. But then that joke is over and done with and the character lingers around for the rest of the movie, never saying or doing anything interesting or funny.

7. Miss Piggy was particularly ruthless and unlikable in this movie. I didn't like how she stole that reporter's job.

8. This movie's plot reminded me a lot of The Tigger Movie. I don't really know which came first, but I'm started to get convinced that this plot will never work.

9. Even ignoring all the problems, the movie just isn't funny enough. Nowhere near as good as the original Muppet Movie, and I even liked Muppets Christmas Carol and Muppets Treasure Island more. (Strangely enough, I can't remember much about Muppets Take Manhattan now, but I know I thought it was rather mediocre, too.)

The best part was seeing F. Murray Abraham (Salieri from Amadeus) as Moses in the beginning.




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(12/31/05 1:13 am)
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One thing people often reply with when you criticize a movie is, "Let's see you do better". Actually, I do have ideas (and rather simple ideas) for how this movie could have been better.

For some movies, it's a good idea to not show the aliens until late in the movie. But not for this kind of movie. If I had written it, I would have had the aliens show up in the beginning and have the entire movie be about them. In fact, that's what the ads for this movie made it seem like it was going to be like: All they showed was the aliens coming and then singing and dancing.

And then as a surprise twist, I'd have it turn out that Gonzo really wasn't an alien after all, but it was just coincidence that he looked similar to them. This could be proven in a scene where, maybe, some alien frogs that look like Kermit come to earth. The comedy potential here was lost.




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(12/31/05 1:34 am)
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I liked the Death fight in Dawn of Sorrow a lot. A great, pattern based boss. He was especially fun in Julius mode.

So earlier today I picked up the He-Man DVD set and the Christmas special with one of the numerous Beast Buy gift cards I got for X-mas, and I got home to find the PS2 was illiterate when it came to reading those discs. So I went downstairs to get a screwdriver so I could open the thing up and clean the lens again, and my mum surprised me with a late gift she forgot to give me on X-mas: Some scented candles, and more importantly, an electric screwdriver/drill set. It was like a deus ex machina moment, but in real life!




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(12/31/05 1:36 am)
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Yeah... it had problems.

After watching some Muppet Show episodes and that movie back to back, I'm tempted to say that I like the old Muppet models more. The older ones looked like they were made out of carpet, or clothing, or something you could get from scrounging around in the house (which in fact they probably were), which I think gives them a gritty charm. They almost look too clear and sterile in their new forms.

FO mentioned that the old Gonzo looked too small in the show, but I still didn't like the new one. His nose looked almost gross somehow -- like it was translucent and slimy.


I really hated the government subplot. It didn't make any sense whatsoever. The "alien" is shown on TV! How can it possibly be a big secret anymore? Just show the clip to the general! And what would be the point in kidnapping him and trying to suck his brain out? And wouldn't all his friends, not to mention all the people that saw him on TV, know he was missing? I guess we're supposed to assume the government is evil even when they have nothing to gain by being such.




I guess the thing about the Dawson Creek characters is that there were a lot of little references in the movie. The rats escape Shawshank Redemption style. The last scene with the general references Independence Day. Of course, Field of Dreams. The ending is like a cross between Star Trek in general, First Contact in particular, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There also were quite a few celebrity cameos (Ray Liotta, etc)




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(12/31/05 1:56 am)
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But my point about the Dawson's Creek characters is...WHY Dawson's Creek? It makes sense to have references to space movies in a movie about aliens (and the Shawshank reference made sense, too, in the context), but there's no reason to have Dawson's Creek characters other than as an obvious shameless promo for the show (especially since it's not a spoof like the other scenes, it's just there). And it's not just a cameo of the celebrities from the show, they're playing the actual characters.




TWEETER911
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(12/31/05 4:51 am)
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Played a shitload of Sengoku Musou. More than I normally play.
O_o'


Killed Dimitri, Ralphus, and Dio(Zephyr) in J-Mode. Noticed Dimitri's laugh is EXACTLY the same as Dario's laugh. How lazy! xD
I'm near Aguni, but I don't think I can take him right now....I tried fighting him and he killed me in like 3 hits...at full health. Yikes, I guess? '>_>


Gotten better at fighting Death with Soma, but his giant heads attack gets me nearly everytime. Did I mention Death looks pretty fucking badass in this game? He doesn't transform into a turtle or worm or skeletal penis or anything lame like that, either. Unless he has a third form. But IGAVANIAS never have bosses with more than 2 forms....




cuttersDCut
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(12/31/05 6:46 am)
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Played DQ8 and stopped in Argonia.




ShadOtterdan
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(12/31/05 3:55 pm)
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I beat Viewtiful Joe: Double trouble, the ending is a little stupid, and unlike the first game, you can't play through again with all of the items you bought.

In Dawn of Sorrow, I'm still running around getting 9 of every soul I can. The comment about how Dmitri and Dario have the same laugh reminded me of something, Celia's laugh sounds just like Naga's laugh from the anime Slayers.

In Animal Crossing:WW I've gotten some new fossils, and I'm thinking of looking up a guide to feng shuie (yeah, I don't think that's how its spelled)in that game so I can get rare items and fish more easily.




TWEETER911
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(12/31/05 6:21 pm)
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Beat Death. Twice. BUT the first time I did, his giant head attack was still going on after I sealed him...
X]




TWEETER911
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(12/31/05 6:47 pm)
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SLAUGHTERED Abadon. The first boss was harder than that, wtf oro?
Got a Blank Panther Soul and 2 Malcoda souls. Malcoda's soul is so stupid but powerful...
Grow a tail...of pink death...


Got stomped by the very unusal looking final boss?




TWEETER911
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(12/31/05 7:01 pm)
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Killed him this time...




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(12/31/05 11:53 pm)
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I played some more LandStalker.

I think this game kinda sucks. The control isn't that great and it suffers the same problem that Solstice does - because there are no shadows, you can't tell where objects are in 3D space with the isometric view. I completed the thieves dungeon outside Ryuma but I skipped a couple of optional parts. One part I don't even think is possible for me to do right now. I might need some special item.

Also, I haven't fought anything that resembles a boss yet. Just normal enemies and the occasional enemy that serves as the "boss" of an area, but is basically just a normal enemy that takes more hits than usual.

I also completed the tree sidequest which opened up the game's "warp zone" system.

BTW, I said before that it didn't make any sense why the people of Manaan forgave the people of Gumi so easily. Well, when I went to Gumi and talked to everyone, they said they only kidnapped Fara because they were under the Orc's control. Well, gee, you'd think at least one person in Manaan could've explained that.




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I had intended to watch Office Space tonight, but I couldn't stay awake. I rested from about 9PM to 11:30PM.

I just played a little bit of FF4, and got Kain to level 50. He's the first. I fought two red dragons and got the Crystal Gloves for Cecil.

I've battled Ogopogo for the Murasame twice so far, but I can't beat it yet. Did better the second time, though.




Bomberguy221
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(1/1/06 4:30 am)
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Legend of Zelda: WW - Got the Light Arrows and Zunari's statue. It's nice to actually be low on rupees for once (yet another thing that's "wrong" with this game).

Nintendogs - Yuki's learned a few tricks, and I won 3rd in the obstacle course (along with 40 bucks and a few new items in the store). I also changed my icon and user name.

Animal Crossing: WW - I made a new flag, donated a few fish, got K.K. Love Song on my radio, and counted down to the new year. The Nook 'n Go still doesn't have a shovel, and it's starting to get problematic. I'm waiting to plant two new fruits, not to mention trying to get some fossils for the museum.

Mario Baseball - Unlocked Petey Pirahna.

I've been trying to figure out why this game is so frustrating. For starters, there's a lot going on that I don't have a whole lot of control over. It's the same reason I hate pinball so much: you only have a little say in what happens. In fact, baseball and pinball are nearly identical if you take out the base-running.

Another similarity may be more a personal problem than anything else. I'm not quite sure how to direct the ball. I'm aware hitting it in different ways makes it go where you want it to, but I somehow always manage to hit fly balls that are incredibly easy to catch (or, in pinball, hit the ball in such a way that it will drop right between the paddles).

I plan to unlock Monty Mole, but I have serious doubts that I'll unlock the final three characters.




TWEETER911
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(1/1/06 4:47 am)
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"In fact, baseball and pinball are nearly identical if you take out the base-running."


O_o




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Damn. It's too bad nobody updates Quote Corner anymore. That's an instant classic.




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(1/1/06 12:18 pm)
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I finished Garfield and Friends Vol.5. The show was really starting to limp. Some of the new recurring characters weren't that good, like that pig in US Acres that was always going "That not right!", and they were starting to reuse jokes from older episodes. For example, at the end of the one with the witch who shrunk Jon down and made him play baseball, Garfield turns all the monsters in mimes. He did that exact same thing back in that episodes where the gypsy put the werewolf curse on Garfield.

I also unlocked the Art Gallery in Gun.Smoke on Capcom Classics. I would have aimed for completing the game, but in the Pig Joe level, one time after I continued the music randomly died. After I finally let the Game Over timer run out and it saved my new high score (which is a "How in the hell did I do that?" 230,950) and that I had picked up a Yashichi, I went to Quit Game and it froze. Thankfully it didn't lose my score or Art Gallery.

I was honestly expecting it to be like Vulgus, and have an amazing two pieces of artwork, one of which was an ad, and the other was just the picture on the ad with no words. Actually, I was impressed. 25 pieces, all of them different. As with Bionic Commando, most of it seems to be from the NES game. There's pictures of the six bosses of the NES game, and they come in the order in which they appear in the game. There's also pictures of each area. As with the pictures of the enemies, they're arranged in the order that they appear in the game. And the final picture seems to be the level design for the NES Town of Hicksville.

One picture is rather disturbing; it seems to be Hicksville, and the dominant object in the picture is the rotted skeleton of some cowboy slumped against a wall. The one before it shows some settlers standing in front of several crosses, some of which have a cowboy hat on them, and some kids grapsing their parents' pants and crying. So, culturally diverse as they were, the Wingates were real bastards.

I also figured out a way to make Pig Joe a shitload easier. I Continued against him at least 10 times, when an idea came to mind. There's a set of five snipers in the arena who I always took out before Joe appeared. This time I left them alone and just hugged the right side of the screen. A thug I wasn't expecting came out and killed me, but I did notice the volume of enemies running around the screen was significantly less. The second time I came in, I shot the two snipers in the front (three more were in the back), and finally beat Joe without much trouble.

And lastly, my allergies are acting up. I took some cough syrup that had antihistamine in it, and I'm sorry if this post is a little incoherent.




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Quote: One picture is rather disturbing; it seems to be Hicksville, and the dominant object in the picture is the rotted skeleton of some cowboy slumped against a wall.


The Metal Slug games have some of the most disturbing art galleries I've seen. One picutre was of a guy who had the entire middle of his head blown away (so you could see through it).




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I played more LandStalker. I found some more Heart Containers. I did the whole routine with the castle in Mercator. And now I have to go into a crypt and solve riddles. Dark Savior is the only one of the Matrix/Climax games I've played that didn't have a section like this. It was Lars's Crypt in Alundra and the ocean cave in Alundra 2. This one has more quiz-type puzzles than either of those two games and it's the best thing I've seen in this game so far.

I've figured out all of them except for three. I don't get the Betty Ross, Dark Dirk, and the one with the boulder yet. The solution to the boulder one seems like it should be obvious, but the obvious doesn't work.

Oh, and one of these puzzles was exactly the same as one of those ocean cave puzzles in Alundra 2. Another one was reminiscent of the "Take wing and leave this hungry earth" puzzle from Alundra 2, but since you can't do in this game what you can do in Alundra 2 to solve that, you had to do something else.




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Quote: Oh, and one of these puzzles was exactly the same as one of those ocean cave puzzles in Alundra 2.


That's actually similar to something from Final Fantasy 5 (though I don't know whether that or Landstalker was published first).




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Final Fantasy IV- Average character level is 52. I think Rydia is the lowest at 49. I went back through the dungeon and got all the equipment I missed. This time, I was able to win the battle in the later part of the dungeon to get either the Masamune or Murasame (I forget which one it is now).

I then went back and fought Dark Bahamut to get Ragnarok. That battle took 3 tries, and some of it depends on your luck.

Watched Office Space tonight, it was pretty good.




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Quote: Damn. It's too bad nobody updates Quote Corner anymore. That's an instant classic.

Okay, I'll admit I was a little out of it when I wrote that, but I still say that the similarities in the lack of control between pinball and baseball are very noticeable. At least to me.

Animal Crossing: WW - Got a shovel ('bout fricking finally) and dug up a bunch of stuff. I also paid off my debt (thanks to my game mom's New Year's present), got a slingshot, and put a message in a bottle for a future connection.




Flying Omelette
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Just wanted to say one last thing about Muppets From Space because I thought of this after watching some more of The Muppet Show episodes:

Quote: 6. Same goes for that giant talking bear character. It was funny at first when you saw that there was a bear working for the government for no explained reason and no one finds it the least bit strange. But then that joke is over and done with and the character lingers around for the rest of the movie, never saying or doing anything interesting or funny.


Another problem with that bear character is that (no pun intended) he's barely articulated. The only thing that moves on him is his mouth, and it's really stiff. And he's a full-body costume! He doesn't compare at all to the full-body costumes on The Muppet Show, especially Sweetums, who even has realistic eyeball movement.

Anyway, I finished Mir's Tower in LandStalker. I guess I was wrong about Miro being Mir (although he was Mir's creation), but I did guess correctly that Duke Mercator is really the bad guy and not Mir. Of course, they made all the clues extremely obvious so they probably wanted you to figure it out.

That dungeon was the best so far and Mir even passes for a legitimate boss fight. I did have a slight problem figuring out how to get close enough to damage him, but once I found the trick, he was easy. I just hope the game gets better from here.

And what the hell ever happened to Zak? You were supposed to go Mir's Tower with Zak and another dude, but the other dude (whose name I can't remember now) got killed in the crypt. But the story seems to have forgotten Zak even existed in the first place...




CLOUDBOND007
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I just fought Zeromus for the first time. I have the traditional party, and the scene back at Mysida went the same as it always has. I have no idea what happens if you, for example, take Palom and Porom along.

I lost to Zeromus pretty badly. The first Big Bang attack killed Rydia and Edge. It was just a steady decline from there. I thought I might be able to survive for a while if I just had Cecil and Kain fighting, with Rosa healing. But then Zeromus used Bio on Cecil when his HP were low and that was about the end. Around level 52 now.




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Hey Doc, what if CB007 doesn't succeed in beating Zeromus?




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He MUST succeed!




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Finished the Mercator Castle dungeon in LandStalker and that explained what happened to Zak. I'm a little bit stuck right now. Arthur said to go through the locked door on the east side of the castle, but I can't figure out what to do in there.




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I'll have to get back to FF4 soon. I've just been doing other things.

I think level 50 is usually where I fight Zeromus.




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I just beat him, was around level 55 or 56 at the highest. Rydia and Edge were lower. Watching the credits now.

Whoa, WTF, the face thing on the moon just exploded and a new dungeon opened up. That explains why there wasn't anything for my regular characters to do at Mt. Ordeals.

Anyway, the battle was pretty easy. This time, Big Bang killed Rydia, but not Edge. I was able to do lots of damage with him. And eventually, during an ineffective round on the part of Zeromus, I had time to use Full Life on Rydia and get a few Bahamut attacks in. When I won, every character was still standing.

When I played the SNES hardtype, my levels were well into the 60's, I think.




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I finished the Greenmaze in LandStalker and got the Sun Stone. I almost forgot why I needed it, but then I remembered I have to take it back to Mercator to fix the lighthouse.

That's another one of the Game Glossary:

The Lighthouse Law - If there is a lighthouse in a game, then there will be a part where you have to get the lighthouse working. Also true of Windmills.




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Looks like there's still loads of stuff to do on FF4 if I feel like it. First of all, in order to actually do a character's trial in the Lunar Dungeon, you need to have them in the party when you beat Zeromus. So that means I'll be making more trips through the final dungeon with characters like Edward.

Then there's the Mt. Ordeals dungeon where you get the best weapons for Edward, Cid, Palom, Porom, and Yang.

Then there's the actual Lunar dungeon to work on, and based on the first floor, it won't be easy. I encountered a random battle with a Behemoth and a Wicked Mask together. But I can always be constantly using teleport to escape from them, though... just depends on how much leveling I need to do, I guess.




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I got the ultimate weapons for Yang and Palom. Yang's boss was some dragon that had a lot of HP but wasn't too strong. You have your whole party to fight with, not just the character being tested. That battle was no problem. I think these trials were meant to be done a little sooner, with lower levels.

Palom's boss was Master Flan, and four flans. You can't target Master Flan until you beat all the individual flans, which are only weak to magic. I basically used Meteor to do 9999 damage to everything. That destroyed the Flans and left Master Flan vulnerable for about 2 seconds, enough to get hits in with Kain and Cecil. He'd revive the Flans, then I'd repeat the process.

So, Palom and Porom know every black and white magic spell there is, including Meteo and Holy. Are these kids then destined to become the most powerful wizards in the history of the world?




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Nintendogs - I took a walk and found a couple of cool things. One was a rainbow collar that looked kinda ugly on Yuki. However, it might look really good on a darker dog, so I'll hang on to it. The other was a Mario hat, which looked ridiculous on Yuki not so much because it was obviously Mario's, but because it was twice the size of her head. I sold that for the tidy sum of $20.00 (in a game where most presents found cost around $5.00).

Trauma Center: Under The Knife - I attempted the aneurism surgery again, and failed. I can get up to the point where you use the Healing Touch, but I can only fix one vein before the others start bursting and the guy flatlines.

Mario Superstar Baseball - Started Mario's Challenge mode, and unlocked a few difficulty levels in the Minigames. I still say Barrel Batter is complete luck, but there might be a trick. I just have to get 2,000 points and then I'll be done.

Maybe this is why it's a bad thing to be a perfectionist.




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Played some Dragon Quest VIII tonight. This is my first day off from work in 6 days, so I'm getting a lot of gaming in while I can.

I'm about 45 minutes into the game and nothing too exciting has happened yet. Just exploring the first town and learning a few things about the game's world. I know that the first quest is to get a crystal ball from a cave to give to a fortune teller, so that he can help the party find Dhoulmagus. I'm free to wander around and fight monsters now, and I gained a level. Yeah, the classic level up sound effect is still around, along with pretty much all the others.

Far, far too early to say how DQ8 will be in terms of gameplay or story, but the graphics are amazing. This is the best use of cel shaded graphics I've seen, and the way the characters move really does make it feel like watching a cartoon sometimes. I know that's said all the time about cel shaded games, but I usually don't agree.

The British voice actors are an interesting change of pace. I wouldn't say I love the voice acting yet, but I'm looking forward to hearing more.

The loading when moving from overworld to town, and from town to inside buildings is a little annoying. I don't think they're any worse than normal for a disc based system... I guess I'm just used to the instant transitions of FF4.




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Quote: I know there's been a running gag about not knowing what the heck Gonzo is supposed to be, but this was taking it much too far. It wasn't really necessary to explain what Gonzo is, and I don't think I can really accept this movie as "canon". For one thing, it's not even as though Gonzo is the only muppet that doesn't have a definite species. What, for example, is Sweetums supposed to be? Or Beauregard? Or Mildred?


I guess the only thing I can sum up for an excuse is that Gonzo is the only one of the really popular/well-known muppets that isn't any kind of specific animal and is definitely not a person, either. The average person might know who Gonzo is, but I doubt they'd know who Beauregard, Sweetums, or Mildred are. In fact, I don't even think I know who they are.




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http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/b6/4b/Jim_Henson_s_Muppets_Beauregard_Action_Figure.jpg
Beauregard is the character who eventually replaced George the Janitor on the original Muppet Show.


http://www.cam.cornell.edu/~mblais/Sweetums.jpg
Sweetums is the full-body costume monster with the really big mouth and nose and moving eyeballs.

http://www.flyingomelette.com/ezboard/pap2/lenahorne.jpg
Mildred is the purple lady with the glasses directly behind Lena Horne in this screencap. (Incidentally, that's George the Janitor just to the right of Mildred with his head over the back of the piano.)

But I still don't think it was necessary to explain what Gonzo is. It ruins the mystique of the character, which is part of what makes him who he is.




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I was going through the Lunar Dungeon in FF4. The main part of it is just randomly generated areas with challenging random battles. But then you have the character trials which seem pretty cool. Cecil's involved proving that you're a true Paladin by being pure and good.

...and then getting massacred by "Lunar Odin" and getting a Game Over. I somehow think I'm not a strong enough Paladin yet.




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I was going to put my last KOTOR post in the other topic, but it's already been archived. Not that I care enough about the game to want all the posts in the same topic....

I killed Bastilla. I don't know if that was "supposed" to happen, but I kept trying to change her and she kept attacking me. So I slaughtered her repeatedly.

Malak was weak, too. After I beat him I looked at a FAQ out of curiosity. I found that you can release the jedi before he uses them to power up. I thought you might be able to do that, but I didn't do the right thing to release them.

Thus, I had to fight Malak like 8 times. Not that it mattered. He went down just as easily the last time as the first. I had to heal some, and used lots of stimulants and such, but still.

The ending was stupid. Well, Nevermind. It could have had 20 minutes worth of inane dialog to go along with people getting their medals.




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If you do want to add it in there, it's fine. I'm not done uploading it yet.




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Did you keep the difficulty at default, or did you increase it?




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Played a little more LandStalker.

I got turned into a dog by a witch. I had to do some puzzles to get changed back.

I fixed the lighthouse and went to the next part of the island. But just as I got there, I finally figured out what the bell does. It's the same as a certain item in Lufia 2 - it rings if there's an unopened treasure chest on the screen you walk into. So, I found a Warp Tree that takes me back to Mercator. I might go over the first area of the island to make sure I've gotten everything I can possibly get at this point.

I also opened up a variety shop in Mercator. I don't know if that was better than asking that guy to open a Drugstore. So far, it seems the items he sells are useless...




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I just watched Sin City. It was really good.




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Mario Superstar Baseball - Unlocked Monty Mole, along with Star difficulty. This game is starting to become more frustrating than fun, so aside from versus play with my dad, I'm going to step away from it for a while.

...My comma key is breaking.

Nintendogs - Got up to Expert Class in Agility, winning $100. I also found a new frisbee, a purple pearl-studded bow, and a record of sleeping music on multiple walks.

Trauma Center: Under The Knife - I'm up to the two different mobile tumors. The story's starting to get a little more complicated, but it's interesting.

Animal Crossing: WW - Bought a few things, reogranized my room a bit, and got a couple of fossils. Gracie visited, and I got a couple of designs from her.




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If you didn't like KOTOR 1, then you might as well skip the sequel. I just finished it and although I liked the first one a lot, I thought KOTOR 2 totally bought the farm.




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Quote: The contents of his dungeon are a sort of murder mystery that takes place in Baron, which seemed like an interesting idea (I was expecting maybe some Pheonix Wright style puzzle solving), but in the end turned out to basically be just a really long story sequence.


That's a quote from the previous topic. I played that part last night. The story part wasn't great, but not bad. I like seeing any new stuff with those characters at least a little. Problem is that it took quite a while to get through it (maybe 15 minutes). And you don't get to save before fighting Lunar Bahamut. I lost and would now have to do all that over again to reach Bahamut. I think I should probably get everyone to level 70 or so before attempting more of these trials.




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Disc 3 of He-Man is down.

It's not a bad show. Corny at times, and those morals at the end still baffle me, but I've only run into one episode that really made me sick (that Time Corridor one where all the fighting moved at a fucking snail's pace, and involved two people staring each other down for twenty seconds, then one of them finally made a move while the other just continued to sit there. A few others were kind of lame, like the one where Skeletor randomly pulls a He-Man clone out of his ass, but they didn't make me want to vomit).

And I now declare that for every cartoon there is always one episode with a really bratty kid who messes with stuff and causes damage, gets mad when he/she gets yelled at by the parents, then when his/her actions threaten the world he/she suddenly feels guilty, saves the day, and vows to change his/her ways only to never be seen on the show again.




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I'm down to two episodes of The Muppet Show plus the pilot left to watch. I already watched the Gag Reel and the Pitch Reel. The Pitch Reel was hilarious.

One thing I've noticed about this show is that the humor in the last few episodes has tapered off somewhat in favor of more singing. I think it's probably because the last few guest stars are most known for being singers. I don't mind the singing if the songs are good or funny, but not too many of them lately have been good or funny. When I rewatch these shows, I'll probably end up skipping past the songs I don't really care for.

Another thing I've noticed is that a well-known guest star doesn't always equal a better episode. Although the Candice Bergen episode was one of the best, I didn't really care much for the Vincent Price episode.

And on the subject of not knowing what "species" certain muppets are supposed to be - They've already changed the models for Janice and Sam the Eagle. If I hadn't known what Janice looked like later on in the series, then judging from her first model, I would have thought she was some kind of worm. And the new Sam is definitely better than the old one. The new Sam's eyes can actually move.

I hope Season 2 of this show comes out on DVD soon.


I also went back to working on that massive group picture of Image Arcane characters. One thing that was really bothering me about that picture was Sesa. I felt there was too much empty space in front of him and I didn't like the way his face looked. I fixed his face and drew him holding Harken in his arms. That puts something in front of him to fill out that area a little more. I already added Honen Calzoun into the picture. I want to add in Talon Kyradius, but I wish I had planned things a little better because I can't really put him where I would have preferred to.

I'm trying to decide who else I want in the picture. Since Harken is already in there, Kin-Liu is a given. I also would like to get Stefan in there. After that, I'm just not sure.

Right now, I can't really continue working on it because I need a smaller eraser.




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Watched Crash tonight. A few too many coincidences in the story, but not bad. Been meaning to see more movies and I'm finally managing to do so. I'd like to go into more detail about some of them, but I always feel stupid when discussing non-gaming activitites.




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Mario Superstar Baseball - Unlocked a couple of difficulty levels in the minigames (including Special in that horrid Barrel Batter task).

Wind Waker - Got a couple of treasure charts out of the way. Still have 10 to go.

Nintendogs - I'm up to the Expert class in the Agility contest after a 1st-place tie with my competitor, and back up to Open Class after a 1st-place tie with my competitor. Complete coincidence that they happened consecutively like that. I am remodeling my house with the award money. Yuki found a pair of shades that she's wearing now.

Animal Crossing: WW - Donated an octopus to the museum along with a pill bug (my first insect) and a few fossils.




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I'm at the end of Prince of Persia 3 on the PS2. I really wish the new PoP series treated combat like the original games did, in that it was a rare occurance, and most of the challenge just came from the platforming... Well, the platforming and the shitty controls, but thankfully the latter isn't present in the new games.

I dread getting into fights in this game. They're long winded, monotonous, and not particularly difficult. I'm glad I skipped the second game, Warrior Within, because I heard it was the most combat heavy game of the series (Plus, it's lame Nu-Metal theme was a pretty big turn off, albeit not really a legitimate reason to write it off). If they could've found a way to make the battles shorter, more intense, and had them flow as well as the platforming does, they could've had a truly excellent series of games on their hands.




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Quote: And you don't get to save before fighting Lunar Bahamut. I lost and would now have to do all that over again to reach Bahamut. I think I should probably get everyone to level 70 or so before attempting more of these trials.


The best way to beat Lunar Bahamut (If you want a hint, that is. If not, just don't highlight the following) is to make sure you have a Lunar Curtain (Or was it a light curtain? Whatever, some item that casts reflect) or two in your inventory when you face him. I don't know if there's really any other way to defeat him, actually. Kain can jump to avoid flare, but if I remember correctly, Bahamut will attack physically to counter each jump, so you'll eventually have to use one of your turns for healing rather than jumping, which means you're defenseless when he casts flare next.

P.S: Don't let Kain kill Cecil when you get to the end of the trail expecting to see some cool alternate story sequence. There is a different scene that follows, but it's not worth it.




pOrn Sigma
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I tried playing Arcade Gun.Smoke again, but got so fed up with Wolf Chief's stage. It's about three times as long as it should be.

My major complaint with the Gun.Smoke games is that I wish they had put more effort into fleshing out the bosses instead of seeing how many thugs they could squeeze into the screen. I always feel like I'm back in Commando, and the boss fights are swarms of common enemies instead of the guy on the Wanted Poster.

By the way, that Art piece I said I thought was the NES level design for Town of Hicksville? It's Fort Wingate. I took a closer look at it, noticed it looked more like Wingate and was littered in tombstones, and I also finally realized that the Katakana at the top said "Stage 6"




Brigade Delbrack
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(1/5/06 12:10 pm)
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I'm playing God of War. I beat the first boss. It's awesome!!




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I'm still working on the bonus dungeon stuff in FFIV Advance. Other than that, I watched some movies I rented that I didn't see in theaters last year. I haven't seen anything so far that was all that great.




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Thanks, Hobbes. I actually thought of the Lunar Curtain thing and I was all ready to fight him again. I mashed the A button to get through the endless story scenes for the second time. But I kept on mashing that button and to my horror, I selected the attack Cecil option without noticing and completely wasted all that time.




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The Muppet Show = Complete.

That sketch with the dancing slinkies was hilarious!

We also watched the pilot. It was very strange. It looked VERY low-budget. I had already read somewhere that Nigel (the orchestra conductor on the Muppet Show) was the host instead of Kermit, and indeed he was. For some reason Jim Henson thought he should create a whole new character to host the Muppet Show, but his friends convinced him to use Kermit instead. I don't mind Nigel in the role he ended up with, but I think it was an extremely wise choice to make Kermit the host instead.

I wonder at what point characters got their catchphrases? Fozzie never once said "Wokka Wokka" in any Season 1 episode, and Kermit never said, "Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here!"

By the end of the season it seemed that Frank Oz had finally completely taken over Miss Piggy from Richard Hunt. If anyone actually downloaded that Temptation mp3 I posted, that was Richard Hunt playing the voice of Miss Piggy in the end solo. That's why she sounded so weird (although I still thought it was hilarious because it was so obviously a man trying to sound like a woman.)

I think maybe I'll go back to watching Garfield & Friends next, but I have to figure out what episode I left off on.

If I had to make a list of the Top 5 Cartoons I'd Like to See on DVD, they'd be:

1. Real Ghostbusters (I could live with just the first season of the Saturday morning show and the syndicated series.)

2. Samurai Pizza Cats

3. Spider-Man: The Animated Series (this was the first of two different Spider-Man cartoons that aired on FOX several years ago. I've pretty much given up all hope of it being released on DVD since it seems all the ones that have made the grade are from the second series, which I didn't think was anywhere near as good from what I saw of it.)

4. Freakazoid! (Especially since I don't get Cartoon Network anymore)

5. Beetlejuice (I sometimes think I'm the only person in the world who liked this cartoon much more than the movie.)




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I don't think Freakazoid is even on Cartoon Network anymore. I haven't seen that show in years.




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Nintendogs - I'm in the championship for the agility contest (even though I had an error due to that seesaw) and in the open for the disc competition. I'm considering buying a pug, because Yuki's being so disobedient. I might get another breed, though.

Animal Crossing:WW - Got another forged painting, but also made several donations, including a couple of insects (which are arguably more difficult).




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Watched Vanilla Sky tonight. Everybody says the original version of the film is so much better, and I'll have to find out someday, but I had a great time watching this one.




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I got DH the Muppet Show DVD for Christmas and we've already watched all of them, too. (Sam the Eagle is one of her favorite characters.) I only had very vague memories of the show before now, but I don't know if I saw any of those particular episodes before. I really liked the one where Kaye Ballard did what was essentially the Muppet Show version of a nonsense post.

I didn't like The Muppets Tonight show at all. Who in the world makes a Muppet show and then doesn't even have Kermit be the host, but some new muppet no one's heard of before or cares about? The old series seemed like it was made specifically to be a new form of entertainment. Muppets Tonight felt like an obvious toy commercial.

I also finally saw Jarhead. You know, I'm really beginning to hate that actor that played Jarhead/Donnie Darko. There's not a moment his face is onscreen that I don't want to punch it out.




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Jake Gyllenhaal.

I made Michael Jordan in NBA 2K6. They actually had everything for him like the announcing voice over said his name and the commentators used his name during a game.




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Quote: I really liked the one where Kaye Ballard did what was essentially the Muppet Show version of a nonsense post.


I immediately thought of you when I saw that.

I'm thinking of buying The Muppet Movie this weekend. It's too bad that Media Play didn't have it. I almost bought Muppets Treasure Island from there, but they only had the fullscreen edition. I'd rather wait and get it in widescreen.




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LJ:

My sister and I went to see Muppets Treasure Island in the theater together.

Some weeks, or months, later, we went with someone else to see Sense and Sensibility. I believe this is the movie with Alan Rickman that Josh Becker always brings up as a superior movie when someone talks about Die Hard.

Afterwards, we went out to eat and discussed the movie. My sister said, "It was okay. It's good, but not, you know, life changing, unlike, say.... Muppets Treasure Island."




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I'd kill fo SWAT Kats to be released on DVD. I never saw the Mad Kat episode, and nobody shows it anymore.

Earthworm Jim also needs to be put on DVD. People on eBay are selling homemade ones, but I mean officially.




Magnus CROWE
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Quote: Beetlejuice (I sometimes think I'm the only person in the world who liked this cartoon much more than the movie.)


Well, at least the cartoon mostly centered around Beetlejuice. The problem I had with the movie is that he's hardly in it. It mostly focuses on Geena Davis and her husband, who aren't very interesting characters. And then that subplot about how he wanted to marry Wynona Ryder was just stupid.




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Quote: I didn't like The Muppets Tonight show at all. Who in the world makes a Muppet show and then doesn't even have Kermit be the host, but some new muppet no one's heard of before or cares about?


I completely forgot that Clifford was the host of Muppets Tonight and not Kermit. That explains why he seemed very familiar to me in Muppets From Space.


Quote: The old series seemed like it was made specifically to be a new form of entertainment. Muppets Tonight felt like an obvious toy commercial.


Crawl and I just got done watching The Great Muppet Caper. I didn't like it as much as the original Muppet Movie (Some parts of it really drag. There's way too much focus on Miss Piggy and there are too many "song-and-dance" numbers...in fact, the whole entire Act 2 is problematic, but Acts 1 and 3, which don't suffer from those problems, are pretty good.) But it still kicked the crap outta Muppets From Space. The old cast is so much superior to the Muppets Tonight cast. Even characters that didn't appear in The Muppet Show Season 1 but were introduced in later seasons, like Pops and Beauregard, are more fun to watch than Pepe the King Prawn or that bear that looked like a giant pile of shit.

And Beauregard pulls a "Nucleo McRaven" on Charles Grodin near the end! I expect that type of thing from Animal, but Beau is supposed to be the really gentle one.

Incidentally, this is the Muppet movie that had that hotel scene where Sam the Eagle comes out the door and yells, "You're all weirdos!" that DH was talking about several years ago on her board.




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Something was messed up with Waldorf's model in that movie.

It's a good thing we saw that after watching the series. It made some cameos (like Peter Ustinov) easier to appreciate.


I saw that movie in theaters, but that was probably over 20 years ago, so I hadn't remembered too much. I had the Burger King glass, so I remembered the crazy bus. I remembered the scene where the picture was ruined (probably because I didn't understand it, and had to have what happened explained to me). I remembered the "if I want to live on a beach and walk around naked" line (though I was hazy on which movie that was from... same deal with the comments on the opening credits). Most of the rest was forgotten, though.


I thought the beginning of the movie was pretty good (one of my favorite gags was Kermit's and Fozzie's father), but, yeah, once attention starts being taken away from Fozzie, Kermit, and Gonzo, it starts to drag.

And very little of the plot actually has to do with the caper.




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I watched The Game tonight, but I've seen it once before. I remember thinking it was pretty good, but I didn't like it as much this time. I love movies that are unpredictable and/or have twist endings. But the very end of this one just seemed goofy and unrealistic.

The next movies we'll watch are Memento and The Last Samurai.




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Quote: Something was messed up with Waldorf's model in that movie.


It almost looked to me like what they did was use really small models for Waldorf and Statler but blew up the images so they'd look bigger. That's probably not what was really happening, but it sure looked like it. They should have just used the models from the show.

I also liked the show model of Zoot better, too. Although I've seen at least three different models of Zoot on the show (a blue one, a light green one, and a dark green one), one thing they all had in common was the way his mouth would open over on the left side of his face. In the movie, he had a more "normal" mouth in the center of his face like the other muppets. And also his hat was smaller in the movie so it fit more snugly on his head. I like the larger hat from the show that would obscure the top part of his face if the camera angle was on him a certain way.

One scene that kind of bothered me, too, was the part where the Electric Mayhem performs on the top of the bus. The problem is that they're situated in such a way that Dr. Teeth, who is the lead vocalist, is behind everyone else with his back to the camera, so if you didn't know it was him singing, you wouldn't be able to tell. The least they could've done was have the camera give a few closeups of his face like they always did when they'd perform on the show. (I have a feeling the reason they didn't do this is because they just reused footage of the bus driving around with the band on top from earlier in the movie.)

The joke about Fozzie and Kermit being twins was pretty damn funny, especially when Kermit's sitting on a park bench and there's an exchange of dialogue that goes something like:

Girl: Look, father. A bear.
Father: No, dear. That's a frog. Bears wear hats.

I also liked this exchange near the end:

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew: I suggest we jump.
Fozzie: Are you crazy? It must be 100 feet.
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew: I didn't say it was a good suggestion.
***long pause***
Beauregard: Maybe we can jump halfway.




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I was just reading a page about The Muppets Wizard of Oz and it looks like another Muppets Tonight-palooza.

Actually, though, from reading the article I realized that there's probably a good explanation for why they introduced so many new characters in that show and then decided to keep them around in the recent movies - Most of the old muppet performers are either dead or retired. Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Zoot, the guy whose face was visible in that screencap of the Muppet Glee Club) is the only one of the original performers who was even in Muppets Wizard of Oz. I guess instead of re-casting the old characters, the people now involved in making Muppet movies and shows opted to create their own characters...which I suppose is understandable. The problem I have is that I just don't like any of them.

But I also think there's a reason the older characters were better, too. One thing I remember about writing Image Arcane and The R.A.U. is that I was very brutal about casting. If I generally didn't like a character, but thought that he/she could work if I changed some things about him/her, I'd change it. Sometimes completely, sometimes there'd only be minor tweaking. If I grew to absolutely hate a character I'd drop them from the series one way or another (either be actively written out in a story, or just have them never appear in any more episodes.) The Muppet Show was pretty much the same way. They'd introduce tons of characters, but gradually weed out ones that either weren't working or that they'd run out of ideas for. Or in some cases when they wanted to salvage a character that wasn't working, like Fozzie in the early episodes, they'd work on improving his/her role and personality.

Muppets Tonight never really did that, and I get the distinct feeling that they never planned to. It seems they had the new characters thought up and were going to use them no matter what.




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I was reading the IMDB message board for Vanilla Sky and it's pretty depressing in a way.

There are so many people who are just not understanding what happens in the movie without multiple viewings, being totally confused about the most obvious events, actually begging (and not always coherently) for people to, "Explain the whole movie beginning to end because I just don't get it". I don't think I'm an incredibly intelligent person, but these posts make me feel like a genius. Do most people not even try to figure things out for themselves, just sit mindlessly through a movie or plow through a book and hope for someone smarter to fill them in afterwards?

BTW, I uploaded another progress topic to the site archive.




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Animal Crossing - Made a few donations and bought a few things for my house (including my first piece of modern furniture), but that's about it.

Static, a grumpy squirrel who lives north of the museum, has been very sick recently. I've bought him around 3 or 4 packages of medicine, but he's still sick. I'm hoping this helps our friendship enough for me to get a picture; he's one of my favorite villagers (along with Rolf). Brewster is starting to get comfortable with me, too. I really like the idea of a "bartender" character.

Oh, and one other thing happened. I believe I mentioned a long time ago in one of these threads that in the GCN game, there was a particular villager (Queenie the ostrich) that I wished would move. Two of my favorite villagers moved before her, though. While she finally moved out of my GCN game, she just moved into my DS game in a cruel, cruel twist of fate. I could probably surround her door with pitfall seeds, except that she would get out of the holes. *sigh*

Princess Mononoke / Spirited Away - While these aren't games, I finally saw them after years of hearing otaku praise them. Both were enjoyable, but while Princess Mononoke made a bold statement (albeit a statement made by Final Fantasy 7) concerning industry vs. environment, Spirited away was mostly just a "this happened and she learned from it" movie. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what exactly she learned.




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There was one line in the middle of TGMC I liked, though.

Charles Grodin has planted false evidence on Miss Piggy, and as she's being led away by the police, she yells something like, "You're bad! You're a crook! And you can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed!"

Right before that, there was a big musical number (in Piggy's imagination) and it has Kermit and Grodin singing to her, Grodin opera-style, and I was thinking to myself, "Hmmm, I wonder if he's really singing or if he's being dubbed there."


In Ebert's review, he says that Miss Piggy looks thinner than usual. However, when she's on a bike, and seen from a distance, she's noticibly larger. A person in a costume? FO pointed out that in those scenes, her head was moving jerkily, which led her to suggest it was stop motion. I think another possibility is that the head was motorized (because the puppeteer riding the bike wouldn't also be able to move the head), and they didn't quite get it right. But I don't really know (and might not want to; it was pretty freaky at the end of the pilot when the puppeteers were revealed).




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Quote: There are so many people who are just not understanding what happens in the movie without multiple viewings, being totally confused about the most obvious events, actually begging (and not always coherently) for people to, "Explain the whole movie beginning to end because I just don't get it". I don't think I'm an incredibly intelligent person, but these posts make me feel like a genius. Do most people not even try to figure things out for themselves, just sit mindlessly through a movie or plow through a book and hope for someone smarter to fill them in afterwards?

Maybe some of them pull a me and try to watch a movie with a cold/allergies. I decided to hold off on any and all movies after I somehow managed to miss the bed scene in Rocky.




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Quote: While these aren't games, I finally saw them after years of hearing otaku praise them. Both were enjoyable, but while Princess Mononoke made a bold statement (albeit a statement made by Final Fantasy 7) concerning industry vs. environment,


I could have gotten Princess Mononoke from Media Play today, but I passed it up because, in all honesty, I think it's overrated. Miyazaki also made that same "bold statement" in Castle in the Sky, but the problem I have with it in both movies is that neither offers an alternative. Okay, technology is bad. What's the alternative?




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I tried out that Pong/Asteorids/Yars Revenge GBA game. I was curious to know if Yars was the 2600 version or the GBC version.

Well, it's closer in look and layout to the 2600 version. Everything is on the entire screen and the graphics are pretty much the same. However, the Yar moves really slowly. It throws off the entire feel of the game. I'm afraid that if you want to play the best version of Yars Revenge, the 2600 version is the only way to go.

Asteroids, on the other hand, is awesome! The control is great, the mock-vector graphics are convincing, and it seems arcade-accurate. The best thing about the control is that it feels really natural with the Gamecube analog control stick.

Pong is basically just...Pong.




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I watched Memento tonight. It was pretty different from what I was expecting, but I thought it was really entertaining. It starts at the very end, and goes backward from there, a little farther with each scene. Kind of like that Seinfeld episode. And only once you reach the "beginning" do you fully understand the "end" you saw 2 hours ago.




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he David Bowie song on the end of Memento ("There's Something in the Air") is one from Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

Quote: The best thing about the control is that it feels really natural with the Gamecube analog control stick.


I should have pointed out that although it's a GBA game, I was using my Gameboy Player to play it on my Gamecube. Just in case that confused anyone. It really is amazing how well it works with the analog stick, though, especially since the game wasn't really made for it, it was made with the GBA controls in mind.




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I got the urge to play an RPG on GBA, so I decided to play some of Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls before I get into the two Golden Sun games. I've played about 7 hours and 45 minutes into FF I, and I just lit the earth crystal.




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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - The entire party is leaving the fort to escort the princess.

While I'm not complaining that I haven't lost anyone yet, I think some of my characters are grossly overpowered. Titania and the armored knight are way too strong. I'm sure that will change after we leave "tutorial" territory, but right now it's a little odd. It makes me a little paranoid that something in the storyline will take them away. Oh, and I think I missed my chance at getting a pegasi knight. :(

Animal Crossing: WW - I bought some insurance from Lyle this morning, along with making some donations and getting a song from KK an hour or so ago.

Nintendogs - Yuki won 2nd place in the Agility championship, but failed at the disc competition. I have enough for another dog, but I don't know if I want one quite yet. I would like to unlock some things first.




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Quote: I wonder at what point characters got their catchphrases? Fozzie never once said "Wokka Wokka" in any Season 1 episode, and Kermit never said, "Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here!"


Another thing I've noticed is that Robin has already appeared in a number of episodes, and he even had a solo where he sang a song about sitting halfway down the staircase. However, it's not once been mentioned yet that he's Kermit's nephew. It almost seems like he wasn't really intended to be his nephew at first. Just the smallest/youngest out of all the extra frogs in the cast. For that matter, I don't even think his name's been said yet.

Actually, I know for a fact that being Kermit's nephew was not the original reason for his creation. He was created for a TV special called "The Frog Prince", but like a lot of puppets from that special, he ended up on The Muppet Show. It's actually kind of funny how a lot of characters came to be on the Muppet Show. Many were created just for the show, but some came from other sources. Aside from The Frog Prince, Rowlf was from The Jimmy Dean Show and the smaller dog, Baskerville, came from Purina Dog Chow commercials. And, of course, some things were borrowed or carried over from Sesame Street.

Edit: I also have to wonder if Fozzie's name is a portmantu of his performer, Frank Oz.

I'm gonna try to get back into playing LandStalker today.




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Quote: Edit: I also have to wonder if Fozzie's name is a portmantu of his performer, Frank Oz.


Maybe, but it also sounds like "fuzzy". I guess it could be a combination of both things.




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I did get back into LandStalker. I got the missing treasure chests from the Thieves Hideout. I skipped them earlier because I didn't think it was possible to get them back then. But I wanted to try one more time before moving on, and this time I was able to get them. Unfortunately, it was just a Gaia's Statue (which can be useful) and an herb, when I was hoping to get a Life Stock (aka Heart Container).

I cleared out the Versla Mine. Every time I cleared a path of it, I left to restock my herbs, heal, and save. This game's control is so unintuitive with the isometric view that it's almost impossible to keep from taking hits. In the rooms with giant spiked balls, I can never tell where they are relative to me or anything else because of the lack of shadows. So I usually just plow through them, take the hits, and then rush through during the period of invincibility after taking a hit.

I'm at the dwarf village now. It said that Duke Mercator was going to the shrine for the last of King Nole's treasures. Geez, the game can't be that close to the ending already, can it? I've only got about 10 hours on the clock. (Though it certainly feels like I've been playing it longer...)




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Fire Emblem: PoR - I did the first "Escape" mission.

Animal Crossing: WW - I bought some white turnips from Joan and some red turnip seeds. Otherwise, average day.




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I haven't played any more of Dragon Quest VIII yet, but I wanted to mention how amazing the overworld is. You leave town and it's just beautiful looking wide open territory to explore. You aren't restricted to following a path, although they do exist to help you find your way. After so many games with point and click overworlds or those with horrendous visuals, this seems wonderful. It also helps to keep you engrossed in the game world.

I decided to try ordering some digital prints with the pictures I took on the new camera. I got them back yesterday and they looked amazing, I'm very happy.

Edit: Well, I'm not sure if you'd call this progress, but I explored the Waterfall Cave in DQ8. Got some treasure chests and fought monsters, and reached level 5. The dungeon only seemed to be two or three floors in length, but I was afraid to proceed without saving so I walked back to town. Next time I go back will be to complete the area.




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I most recently finished Lunar Legend and Metroid Zero Mission both for GBA. Wasn't overly impressed with either of them, but then again, I can't remember the last time I was.




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LandStalker also reminded me of another possible Game Glossary Term:

The Law of Lost MacGuffins - In any RPG or adventure game since Final Fantasy IV in which the goal is to collect all of a certain object, there will be a point in the game where the villains will steal all of them from you.

See: Final Fantasy IV, Skies of Arcadia Legends, Breath of Fire, LandStalker, Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits, Super Ninja Boy.




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I got a little bit back into FF4A. I just got the Earth Crystal. My beastiary is over 25% full. It just occurred to me that I'll have to go back to that dungeon to kill a mind flayer, since I ran from the one that attacked us.




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ENCOUNTER@KIRA-OMAHA!!!!!!!!

I'm about to start a new game of KESSEN 3. I haven't touched FF4 GBA in a while now....


Anyways....THE ENEMY IS RABBLE!
Crispen Freeman is one of the best US Voice Actors.




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Quote: See: Final Fantasy IV, Skies of Arcadia Legends, Breath of Fire, LandStalker, Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits, Super Ninja Boy.

And Final Fantasy Legend 2.

I've been filling in my Pokedex in Ruby.




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I finished the Tower of Zot.

The enemies there were still (despite any port issues) rather aggressive. Meaning, they'd take off 1/5 of a character's life in a hit. I didn't get a game over, of course, but I did once lose Cecil and Tellah in the same battle and had to run.

I remember the first time I beat this game, I had a heck of a time against the Magus sisters (though I never did again). I have no idea why. It's possible I really screwed up the order I attacked them (I believe some of them can revive the others) but I don't think that's all there was to it.




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Another thing I hate about LandStalker is that if you're too close to a tree, wall, or other solid object when you swing your sword, it hits the object and the attack is nullified. The same thing happens in Eternal Darkness if you're too close to a wall, but it seems even worse in this game. For one thing, you could aim your weapon in a certain way to sometimes overcome that in ED. For another, it didn't happen as often. LandStalker's screens are usually cluttered with objects that make it easy for this to happen.

I tried playing a bit of the dungeon below the Dwarves' village, but gave up for the night because I was having trouble just a few rooms into it. I can't tell where the platforms are in 3D space. I can't believe the WD critic complained about this in Dark Savior, but not in LandStalker. It's far worse in this game.

Instead, I backed out and beat up some enemies on the overworld to earn enough money to buy the heart container from the Dwarf town shop. I also found another one in a chest that I had missed along the way.




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Worked on Mario Kart DS in 50cc. I've gone back and forth between the new tracks and the retro ones. The retro mode has tracks from all previous MK titles all mixed together. I've also worked on the mission mode which has you doing all kinds of things... getting coins, destroying enemies, doing drift boosts, etc. within a time limit. If you clear all the missions, you get a boss battle, and then get to go to another set of missions. I cleared the first set. The boss was that giant bomb guy and you had to get the Star powerup and ram him off the platform you both are on.

I've never been a serious MK player before, so I can't really compare this one to the others with any detail. And I'm also not at the point where I can say whether or not those 9's and 10's are justified. But I can say that it's a heck of a lot more entertaining than MK: Double Dash.




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Fire Emblem: PoR - The castle got raided, and I unfortunately lost my favorite character, Rhys the priest. I saved because I lost him in the last turn of a very brutal and nearly catastrophic battle (along with a story-heavy section). I have no idea how I'll get along without him, but I obviously have no choice.




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I just finished the Waterfall Cave in DQ8. There was a slime who said that one tunnel was a dead end and asked if I believed him. I said no. He said he felt hurt. I went ahead, and it wasn't a dead end... got a copper sword. Tricky slimes.

There was one enemy that was guarding a passageway. He asked if I was ready to fight, and I said yes. He got nervous and let me pass. Then I talked to him and we got to fight anyway.

The boss of this place was an aquatic creature. The game said that he "drew near", something you don't see with every battle. It was fairly hard. You have about 40-50HP at this point, and he could do over 20 with one attack. He also had a spell that could hit both of your characters for moderate damage, and he could curse one or both and make them temporarily unusable. I decided to sacrifice some turns and psyched my characters up a lot to do some extreme damage and won the battle.

Got the crystal ball back and now I know where I'm supposed to go next. Oh, I saw Drakees in there. Drakees!




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Quote: And I now declare that for every cartoon there is always one episode with a really bratty kid who messes with stuff and causes damage, gets mad when he/she gets yelled at by the parents, then when his/her actions threaten the world he/she suddenly feels guilty, saves the day, and vows to change his/her ways only to never be seen on the show again.


BTW, if that episode of He-Man is the one I think it is, then that character does appear again later in the series.

When Crawl was watching Rescue Rangers about a week ago, it reminded me of another 80's cartoon cliche:

There is always an episode where one of the characters gets to meet his favorite TV show "hero", but it turns out that the "hero" can't really do anything heroic because on TV it's all acting and/or he uses stunt doubles. The character who worships the "hero" is let down and disappointed. But by the end of the episode, the "hero" saves the day and proves himself.




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I bought the Gamecube version of Skies of Arcadia and I've been playing through it. Funny, but I don't remember there being a Wanted List before. And I thought that little kid in the second town had something to do with the plot, but I can't remember what. It also seems like the boss battles are much easier so far. The encounter rate is pretty much the same from what I remember, though, which is that it's still too high.




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Quote: Funny, but I don't remember there being a Wanted List before.


That's how you learn about the optional bosses, nitwit. Or did you just have to find them randomly on the Dreamcast version?




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Another game that has the "Law of Lost MacGuffins" is Riki's quest in SaGa Frontier.

LandStalker progress - I finally made it past that room I couldn't figure out last night. Something I've noticed about this game - whenever I can't figure out something, once I find the solution, it's usually a lot easier to do than anything I had previously been trying. So, I cleared the tunnel, made it to the other side and promptly got lost. I found a store selling another heart container, so I bought that. But after that, I kept reaching a dead end. I went back looking for clues and found the Mars Ring, which I had seen earlier but passed because I couldn't figure out how to get up to the ledge where it was (once again, the answer wasn't immediately obvious, but was simple once I found it.) I couldn't find any more clues, so I determined that whatever I had to do, it had to be done in this room at the dead end that had a tile that said something like, "For movers and shakers, find the Goddess and wake her". There is a goddess statue in that room, but all it seemed to do was heal me.

Earlier, I mentioned that one of the puzzles in the crypt had to be solved by bringing in an item from outside the dungeon. This puzzle was solved the same exact way, only at first, it didn't look like anything had happened. But when I left the room, a new path had opened up outside. This led to the Lake Shrine (funny...the final area of Alundra is a Lake Shrine, and it looks similar on the outside...the inside is completely different, though.)

I've completed a good part of this dungeon already, but I seem to have gone in a big circle inside of it...




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In Dragon Quest VIII, I reached the town of Alexandria. It was a fairly long walk there from the town I was in earlier, and I encountered a few difficult random battles. Trying to flee, I ended up with a game over and decided to lose half my gold rather than reset to save time and avoid losing the experience points I got.

The second time, I made it to town safely. There's a lot of really good weapons and armor here, and it's a safe spot to do some leveling and earn gold. Cause I have to buy all the best stuff, I just have to! Really brings me back to the days of DW1 and other games where you had to work hard to afford the most powerful equipment.

This game has a bestiary too, but it's better than the one in FF4 because it has interesting little descriptions of each enemy.




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Fire Emblem: PoR - Soren fell, but I did get a few others (including someone who can heal).

Nintendogs - I entered a few competitions, but nothing of major consequence happened.

Animal Crossing: WW - Pay dirt! Not only did I donate an authentic painting and get 200 Bells in insurance money due to two accidents the day before (still hasn't covered the 3,000 cost of the insurance itself), but I got a hammock that I now use to save my game. I also managed to get some furniture for my expansions and paid off a little more of my loan.

Trauma Center: Under the Knife - I thought this game was crazy with moving tumors. My current surgery is, I kid you not, disarming a bomb. Of course, failing this surgery results in more than a walk down the street in a trench coat. I also have to use that idiotic magnification tool multiple times.




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I played some FF4A last night.

I gallivanted about the overworld, visiting Silveria (now called Mythril) and Elban castle (where Edge is from; I believe it's a totally optional area). I got a few new pieces of equipment from them. Kain now has some sort of blood sword, which I don't remember having in previous versions, but it's ridiculously useful: However much damage is inflicted on an enemy, Kain is healed by. This means that he can be healed by over 800 hp per round, which also means you probably never need to specificially heal him. I guess that could compensate for him missing a round of healing when he has jumped.


After that, I went to the underworld. I'm somewhat sure that if you defeat the back row of dolls first, they won't form the giant doll. However, I had done that in the past a lot, so this time I attacked the front row. Then, of course, I defeated Golbez.

While the Golbez fight is not particularly difficult (possibly in any version of the game) it did remind me of how many cool little ideas for boss fights this game has. That fight, of course, is the one where you start with almost all of your party dead, and have to heal them as you fight (well, you could also try to concentrate your moves on offense and leave the dead characters lie... which is where some strategy could arise).

I left off after exiting the cave that leads to the Tower of Babel.




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(1/11/06 12:13 pm)
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Crawl asked if the Lake Shrine in LandStalker is the final area, but I can't see how it possibly could be. I still haven't found anything that lets me remove the blue trees that block off some passageways here and there on the overworld. I wonder if you find whatever you need for that from this dungeon?




Liontamer
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(1/11/06 5:14 pm)
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I lit up the Fire Crystal in my game of Final Fantasy I last night.




pOrn Sigma
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(1/11/06 7:39 pm)
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I beat X1 on X Collection. I decided to see how many of them I could beat with just the X Buster. I actually did everyone except Spark Mandrill, Armored Armadillo, the three Sigma Stage bosses, and the two Sigmas. Truth is, I could have done the first Sigma with just the X Buster, but it was so much faster to use the Spark Cannon (plus, it's the same strategy, only with a weapon that does two or three damage a hit, depending on if I charge it instead of one after charging for five seconds). In the Sigma stages, I electrocuted Armadillo then tore him apart with the X Buster, and after icing him once I decided to try Mandrill again, and actually didn't do half bad.

Some sounds aren't emulated properly. Sting Chameleon's cloaking is supposed to make a noise like a critter grackling, but here it just makes a low rumble. And Velguader's flamethrower didn't sound right.

I guess you have to unlock the sound remixes, because I can't find out how you turn them on. On one hand, I want to hear what they sound like, but on the other hand the Mega Man Anniversary Collection remixes were noisy.

X says "Damn" in the beginning after Zero saves him. I don't remember that being there (I know he says "Damn" at the end of X3). I wonder if X6 is actually in English.




Greedo Tracks
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(1/11/06 8:38 pm)
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I think the Sting Chameleon's rattling sounds were based on that of the Predator in the first Predator movie (I don't know if they do that in the later movies because I've only seen the first one). I'm sure that's also where they got the idea for his cloaking from, too.

I'm about 1/4 of the way through an Eternal Darkness review. Right now, I'm going off my notes and memory, but I'm going to replay one path of the game this weekend to refresh my memory (from scratch, too, I won't use any cheat codes that I unlocked.)




TWEETER911
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(1/11/06 9:12 pm)
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X6 has no Japanese audio, and X4 still has the bad dubbing.




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(1/11/06 11:47 pm)
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I finished the Lake Shrine in LandStalker and no, it wasn't the final area. I can finally cut down the blue trees. I did that in the first town, which gave me access to a cave that eventually lead to the Fireproof Boots. I also found the Moon Ring in the area beyond Greenmaze and Mercator, which is where I have to go after the Duke. I beat Zak in a very easy boss fight.

I'd like this game a lot more if 90% of its challenge didn't come from the fact that you can't tell where anything that's hovering in 3D space actually is in relation to you and surrounding objects. That, and the combat and boss fights are rather lame.

I haven't had to look at a FAQ for anything yet, but I broke down because my bell rings every time I step into the first town (Massan) and no matter what, I cannot find any more heart containers there. I looked at a FAQ to find out where I'm missing one, but it didn't mention any others in that town. Is that a glitch? The bell still signals that one is there.

Edit - I looked at a second FAQ and that one explains that there is indeed a hidden chest in that town, but finding it is almost as cheap as that one in Super Mario RPG where you have to bounce off of Toad's hat in the Mushroom Kingdom Castle. At least you don't get only one chance in LandStalker. (I'll have to do that later because I don't feel like running all the way back right now.)




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Quote: Kain now has some sort of blood sword, which I don't remember having in previous versions, but it's ridiculously useful: However much damage is inflicted on an enemy, Kain is healed by.

I think I remember this being in the SNES version. It might have been called a Drain Sword or Drain Lance. I seem to remember that if you attacked an undead enemy with it, it would have the opposite effect, and you'd lose HP while the enemy would be restored.




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(1/12/06 12:56 am)
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Fire Emblem: PoR - I'm in the port town, getting three new members of my party (but not getting the cool monk... yet). Oscar's a paladin now, which makes him just as powerful as Titania (which I needed badly).

Trauma Center: UtK - Well, I passed the bomb only to have to perform surgery on an airplane. This game is getting weirder by the second. I'm to another strain of the GUILT.

Animal Crossing: WW - I didn't get a lot done today, but Big Top is moving.

...You know, a lot of games have subtitles.




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DQVIII... I bought the Stone Axe for Yangus. I had been putting points into axe skills for him, but haven't had the opportunity to buy an axe until now. He gets an attack bonus just for using one, and now he can use a couple of axe-specific special attacks in battle. I got some new armor for him, too. The hero now has Scale Mail. I can't remember if there's anything else I need to buy, I'll have to check tomorrow.

I've found out what I have to do next... go to some tower east of Alexandria and rescue Jessica, who will no doubt join the party afterwards.

I've been playing for 4 hours and I feel like I haven't really done anything yet.




Kairobi King
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(1/12/06 12:16 pm)
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I played a little of Destiny of an Emperor. I beat the first boss and accepted the position as Emperor, but I was a little surprised that my whole party changed after that. The last time I remember seeing something like that happen was in Lufia 1.




pOrn Sigma
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(1/12/06 1:00 pm)
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Quote: X6 has no Japanese audio

What I actually meant by X6 being in English was the text ("I wonder what are those Sigma's robots" or something)

Although in X2 I noticed the X-Hunters still had some typos in their dialogue (Serges says something like "You have merely delayed, the inevitable", and one of Violen's sentences doesn't start with a capital, something like "NO! it cannot be!")

Anyways, I beat X2. I also found that Bubble Crab and Crystal Snail aren't that bad with just the X-Buster.

A few more improperly emulated sounds. At the end of Overdrive Ostrich's stage, when X destroys that missile, it's supposed to sound like a barrage of regular shots (like what it is). Here, it makes an obnoxious grinding noise. Strangely, that same noise is made when you use the Storm Tornado on Flame Mammoth. After the initial hit, the Storm Tornado continues to strike him while he's flashing, and it makes that grinding noise.




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I've begun what I believe might be the final area of LandStalker. I was told I had to beat 3 bosses before I could reach the (what I think is) the final boss, but I worked my way through a good deal of the maze and haven't come across even one boss yet. This could take awhile. I've gotten quite a few more heart containers and the shop in the last town keeps restocking them every time I buy one. I wonder how many he'll continue to offer?

And speaking of that shop, here's another possible videogame glossary term:

The Lonely Shopkeeper - In every RPG and adventure game that has shops, there is always one shopkeeper, usually located in a very out-of-the-way area, that says, "Wow! It's been a long time since I've had a customer!"




Crawl and 1OOO
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Speaking of that, I've just seen a character say something like that in one of the towns in the underworld in FF4A.

Anyway, from when I last posted I did quite a lot. I entered the Tower of Babil and beat Dr. Lugae (sp?). The first time I played this game, I had some trouble with him. I still haven't gotten a game over in this version (I'm tempted to get one on purpose, to see if the game over screen is different. I sometimes do that when I go a long way in an RPG without getting a game over. That's how I found out FF9 uses the Prelude for its game over), but the battle at least let me believe that I could have at one point. It's a longer fight than anything that came before (he goes through three phases, though for the most part it's only the last that puts up a struggle), and he has a lot of status change attacks (though eventually he will cast healing spells on your party).


Then I left the tower of Babil, returned to the overworld, got the hovercraft, entered the cave, met Edge, and entered the Tower of Babil again.

Not only are the boss fights getting longer, but the dungeons are, too. I noticed I was going over a half hour between saves, and that's with the sped-up walking speed.

Then I fought Rubicant (spelled with a terminal e in this version). It's tricky to time the ice attacks against him so they hurt him rather than heal. I think I healed him twice with Shiva, and maybe once with Flood. But I hit every other time with Flood, and maybe hit him three times with Shiva, the final of which did over 4,000 damage, and killed him.

I've left off saved in front of the sealed cave.



One problem that I have with this game is that it makes me a packrat. I don't want to sell anything in fear that it will become useful later, so I keep giving things to the Big Chocobo. Do I ever take anything out? Almost never, in all the times I played the game. I think that maybe once I gave him a lot of weapons, and used the whistle to get them back at the end of the final dungeon. Then I had Edge throw them all at Zeromus.




Bomberguy221
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(1/13/06 2:02 am)
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Trauma Center: UtK - Completed Chapter 4. Yeah, this game is still crazy.

Animal Crossing: WW - Made purchases, but nothing remarkable otherwise. Oh, but I did learn how to make new flowers. Two colors have to intersect at a point to get the desired effect. At least, I think that's how it works. I'm testing it with some roses. If I figure out how it works, I might be able to start a garden of rare flowers.

Nintendogs - I bought a remodel for my house. The good news is that the remodels are free after you buy them once. The bad news is that my next remodel (Tatami Room) is $5,000.

Fire Emblem: PoR - I finished Chapter 13, but I'm beginning to think I needed to be more forward-thinking in my choices for support conversations. Then again, I have yet to see a support conversation benefit me. Hmm...




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Finished The Last Samurai tonight. Actually started it last night, but didn't have time to finish. Had a problem with the disc this time, which slowed everything down. It looked pretty scratched up and wouldn't play past a certain part on my new DVD player. I had to bring out and hook up a different player, and was kind of annoyed by the whole thing.

The movie itself was pretty good most of the time, although you can't take most of it too seriously. So yeah, pretty good, except for the ending, which I thought was horrendous.

I've also re-read the first 100 8-bit theater comics so far. Having a really fun time doing that. I'm also noticing that the newer ones are making me laugh a little more often than they have in a while.

Next movie will be Road to Perdition, then The Aviator.




bjstrykes
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(1/13/06 12:13 pm)
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I'm on the final boss of Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, but I'm having a really difficult time beating him. Sethra insists there's a trick mentioned in the manual that'll make him really easy, but I want to at least try to figure out a strategy of my own. One thing that kind of annoys me about these robot battles is that the crosshair control is the opposite of what I'm used to.




pOrn Sigma
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I beat X3 on Collection.

Um, this isn't the SNES version. I guess it's the PSX version, which I don't think was ever released in America (Europe probably got it, like they did Battle and Chase). Yes, the actual game is identical, and I still think it's the weakest of the SNES trilogy. But what's different is it has anime cutscenes ala X4, only there's no talking (whether that's a good or a bad thing is your call). It has a nonsensical movie in place of the background story at the beginning. Though aside from the cutscenes, it's graphically identical to the SNES version. It's also the first game on the collection that had remixed music (and judging by X4, the only game), but it's probably because it's a based on a version that already had remixed sound. And the sound effects are all different.

I started X4, beat five Mavericks, got the leg and head upgrades, and some other stuff (Unlike the first three, I don't remember where anything is in this game), then I had to fork my PS2 over to my brother. Well, there goes X Collection for a while.




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(1/13/06 4:38 pm)
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I finished Symphony of the Night with Richter and ate a can of Chef Boyardee Cheese Ravioli. I also changed the lightbulb in the bedroom.




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I just beat the demon wall in the sealed cave in FF4A.

CB007 is right; he was much easier this time. He didn't use "crush" on me once!!

I also beat at least three trap doors before they were able to use their instant death move. I'm not 100% sure if I've ever done that before.

The experience from beating the wall leveled up Rosa, and I was surprised when I saw that that caused Rosa to learn Float. I think you need Float for at least one if not both of the extra caves in the underworld, and I remembered needing to level up enough to have that spell being a bit of an impediment to entering them.

My characters are around levels 33-35, by the way, which seems high. (I said before that on the SNES, I used to make it to the final save point of the game around level 40, as I recall) I haven't done any dedicated level building on this play through, ever. I even have been running from some fights.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Oh, and I think I just went over 11 hours.




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Quote: CB007 is right


Whoa, seriously?! That's totally awesome!




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(1/14/06 3:59 am)
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Nintendogs - Won another contest, got some money, and that's about it. I'm going to wait until some other breeds are available. I'd like a Corgi.

Fire Emblem: PoR - (Yay! I didn't type Breath of Fire first.) I am up to Chapter 15. Astrid joined my party, yet Gatrie did not. *sigh* He was a good armored knight, too.

Animal Crossing: WW - Found some dino droppings, along with getting an industrial wall from Saharah. I got my debt for the first expansion down to 100,000.




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Played some Dragon Quest VIII tonight. During a severe thunderstorm and tornado watch!

So I had to go to this tower to find Jessica. It was a pretty simple dungeon. There were some new enemies in there, but I had all the best equipment and high levels, so it was no problem reaching the end. And there was no boss fight, surprisingly.

Also surprising me was that Jessica didn't join immediately once I found her or when I got back to town.

After a story scene, I found out where I have to go next. Following Jessica again to some far away town or something. Maybe I'll try reaching it tomorrow.




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I delved a bit more into LandStalker's final dungeon. I still haven't found any bosses, but I did get the Gaia Sword and the Iron Boots. I'll need the Iron Boots to cross some icy areas that won't let me walk on them otherwise, but once I got the boots, I decided to back out of the dungeon and make a save. This area does have some good puzzles, but a lot of it's just walking around. One of the best puzzles was optional and one wasn't. The optional one involved stacking a bunch of switches in such a way to make a chest with a heart container appear. The non-optional one was the one for getting the Iron Boots. I actually had been in that room the night before, but I didn't know what to do at first, so I backed out and looked elsewhere. Unfortunately, further progress was blocked by the ice floors which I needed the iron boots to get past, so I had to backtrack for them.

The spiked balls are almost completely pointless at this phase of the game. I've mentioned before that since it's almost impossible to tell where they are in 3D space, I just "rambo" through them and don't worry about taking hits. Well, once you've got the Shell Armor, you barely take any damage from them anyway, and then if you're wearing the healing boots, you'll gain back those hit points right away.




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Okayyyyy...the Iron Boots don't let me cross the icy floors...their only purpose, it seems, is to let me cross spiked floors without taking damage.

I deduced that I might need some Ice Boots to walk on the ice floors. I confess that I looked at a FAQ to determine if the boots were indeed in this dungeon, or if I'd have to back out and search for them elsewhere. (This seemed plausible, as the Fireproof Boots were found in a completely optional area near the first town, and I had already found one pair of boots in this dungeon already.) The FAQ confirmed that the Ice Boots (or Snow Spikes) are in the final dungeon, but I didn't look at the specific directions for how to find them. I just didn't want to have to comb over the entire game world unnecessarily.

I did find a switch in one of the rooms that I had somehow missed before. Hitting that opened up a new passage. I didn't find the Snow Spikes yet, but I did find a junction room with three branching paths. One of the paths took me to the first of those three bosses I was told about earlier. It was a fire boss and I found a safe spot in the room. It's one of those types of bosses that has a bunch of pits in the floor of its chamber, and it rises out of one of them to attack, and then switches to another (this seems like it could be another glossary term). All I had to do was wait by one of the pits and every attack he'd throw at me from the other pits would miss. Then as soon as he appeared in the pit in front of me, I'd swing my sword and hit him several times before he could attack.

After that, the game slightly pissed me off. Once you beat that boss, you can't return to the junction room because you had to fall down a series of pits to get to the boss's room (and you can't just float back up the pits). So a warp appeared after beating the boss, but instead of warping me back to the junction room, it took me ALL THE WAY OUT OF THE DUNGEON TO THE TOWN!!! I can imagine that being a nice option because you can save and heal and restock your items after the boss fight, but now I have to walk all the way through the whole dungeon again to get back to the junction room, and I don't even remember how I got there!! It would have been nicer if they gave you a choice of warps after beating the boss - One that takes you to the town and one that returns you to the junction room.

Here's a question I hope the game answers eventually - what exactly are the Flameproof boots for?? So far I've only seen one room in this game that had lava on the ground, but there's no need to walk on it because there's nothing there.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I tested the Sylvan cave and the route to the Land of Summoned Monsters in FF4A.

For the Sylvan cave, I barely survived my first encounter, and then warped out.

For the Summoned Monsters cave, it seemed like I was doing better at first. However, I eventually got in a fight that it seemed like I would lose. I believe it was against two mini Satans, and two knights. I had killed two of the knights, as I recall, but Cecil and Edge were killed, and Rydia was confused, and I was having a heck of a time healing characters after they were revived (I don't have Life 2 yet). I expect I would have gotten a game over, but I ran, and then warped out.

Maybe I'll try the moon, and see if I'm more prepared for that, and if I should return to the underworld later.




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Watched Road to Perdition tonight. I like almost everything Tom Hanks is in, but this was barely able to hold my interest for some reason.

Might start The Aviator tomorrow if I'm not too tired. Even if I feel like watching it, this'll most likely be split into two sessions because of the near 3 hour length.




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I played quite a bit of R-Type Final while in CA. I failed again to get the one-life note. The closest I came is beating the stage 5 boss on my first life, but I accidentally destroyed the red tab which took me through F-C. (I didn't even notice that I destroyed it until I saw stage 6.2 appear.)

On a later playthrough--one which I had died early in the game but continued to play--I again accidentally destoryed the red tab, but beat F-C! I was using a custom ship with the mega wave cannon, Standard force DX, and Psy Bit II.

I did get the "101 ships launched" note, however.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I went to the moon. Yeah, the "mars face" and the other face are still there.

I entered Bahamut's cave. I fought a few random battles, the hardest being against a pair of giant robots. They self destructed and killed two of my party members (one self destruct did 9,999 damage to Edge). The survivors got a lot of experience, though (over 15,000, IIRC).

I also beat the first two behemoths. I thought I was sure to game over against the first, but then I changed my strategy towards being much more defensive. I would have Rosa cast Cure 3 (I didn't yet have Cure 4) every round, virtually without exception. And other characters would assist with potions. (I think the behemoth could wipe out Edge with a single attack). Because the Behemoth doesn't have (or at least never used) an attack that would damage the whole party, I was able to keep most of my party alive at any given instant. When both killing blows were dealt, however, I think one character was dead.

I also got a couple of new pieces of (Genji) equipment for Cecil.

At that point, I was running low on "phoenix downs" (the game uses the Japanese terminology), so I went back to earth. I almost called it a night... but I figured there was no reason I should be able to make some progress in Bahamut's cave without being able to survive in the route to the Land Summoned Monsters. So, I went back there. The dungeon is actually very short. One treasure chest requires beating 5 knights, but it wasn't a big deal.

Then I beat Asura and Leviathan.

I think Leviathan was actually easier on this version. By this time, Rosa did have Cure 4 (Curaja?), and I had to cast it every round against Asura. And Asura would often wipe out Edge (and sometimes Rydia) in a single hit.

On the other hand, Leviathan's tidal wave move would only do about 500 damage to each party member, and could be healed with merely cure 3. And many times Rosa's turn would come up and only one character needed a little bit of healing, so I'd only use cure 2.

I'm a bit shy of 13 hours in. I really like the pacing of this game. It's not too short and not too long.


I'm leaving off for the night. I guess tomorrow I'll go back to the Slyph cave, and then return to the moon!




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Animal Crossing: WW - Refused Lyle's services this time around (6,000 Bells isn't going to happen, pal). I also used Vesta's town tune for La-Di-Day.

Something really strange happened, though. I was walking by Queenie (grr...) and I saw one of the snowballs for the snowmen lying on the ground. It was moving. By itself. Upon closer inspection, I saw that there was a dung beetle rolling the thing. I caught it and donated it. Now it's rolling a large dung ball in the museum. Yet, I don't know where it got that stuff.

...

Nintendogs - Switched my house back to the condo style, and won 2nd in the agility championship. I found another Mario hat, but I'm going to hang onto this one for completionist's sake.

Fire Emblem - Lost Jill, but got a few others. There was one mounted guy (with pink hair) I wanted to get, but he attacked Mordechai in his animal form and that was the end of that.




Crawl and 1OOO
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This version of the game must have been made easier.

The first thing I tried today was to fight Odin. I have never previously beaten Odin the first time it was possible to fight him. I didn't expect to win; I fought him partially as a lark, partially so I could finally see this version's game over screen. But this time I did win! I didn't even have lightning 3 yet! And I could have gotten Excalibur, but I hadn't done that yet, either.

Afterwards, I did get Excalibur. Right now, I made a quick save in the Slyvan Cave.




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I GOT the Snow Spikes!! It was a little tricky to do. There is an area with a bunch of pits and giant hand statues. Falling down the pits causes you to repeatedly fall down the same few screens over and over again. The trick is to try to land on one of the giant hand statues. One of them had a chest with a heart container. Another one farther off to the left had the Snow Spikes.

Then, I encountered my first serious glitch in this game. I talked to the dwarf who told me I needed a raft to proceed. I went back to the dwarf who was guarding a tree and he said that since I spoke to his father, I could cut the tree down for logs to make a raft. But when the Dwarf moved out of my way so I could get to the tree, he overlapped Nigel and Nigel got stuck "inside" of him. I couldn't get out, so I had to reset and get the Snow Spikes all over again.

I beat the other two bosses. One was a little guy wearing a metal costume that looked like it had been stolen from Armored Armadillo. The third boss was a rematch with Miro, the Nigel clone. After I beat him, I got the best armor in the game. I also went back and found the best ring, which I had skipped earlier because I couldn't figure out how to get to it. (Had I gone back for it after beating the fire boss, I wouldn't have gotten warped out of the dungeon.)

Later, I found a room where you can take out a bunch of Mimics with one shot from the Gaia Blade's stone spell. Since they all drop money bags upon defeat, I kept beating them over and over again to earn lots of cash. By the time I finished, I had enough to buy four more heart containers and restock my herbs, so I backed out of the dungeon and returned to town to do that.




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In Mario & Luigi Partners in Time, I made it to Hollijolli Village. This game's tutorials are ridiculous. Spent what seemed like a full minute teaching you how to open the menu and use a healig item.




pOrn Sigma
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I got through the Rock Cave in Pokemon Fire Red. I found out there's a guy in there who teaches a Pokemon Rock Slide, something I need to remember for when I'm able to trade with Ruby and Sapphire.

I wanted to watch a movie, but shortly after giving me back my Playstation, my brother asked for it again.




Flying Omelette
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(1/15/06 10:53 pm)
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I beat LandStalker.

Um...okay...WTF. Granted, this game's boss fights haven't been much of anything throughout, but this took the cake. There were four bosses I had to fight at the end of the final dungeon. The first two bosses were rehashes, which brings me to another glossary term:

The Earthquake Boss - A boss that leaps into the air and slams the floor, which causes it to shake and stun your character.

This game had the most pointless example of the Earthquake Boss I've ever seen. When he shakes the floor, not only does Nigel freeze, but the boss freezes, too!! So there's absolutely NO REASON for him to do this! It gives you the feeling that someone here just didn't quite understand the concept of how this is supposed to work.

The second boss was that Armored Armadillo guy again. The third was King Nole, but he was pretty easy, so I figured there'd be something after him. Well, there was...a giant dragon that is almost entirely off the screen so you can't even see most of it. I didn't seem to be able to hit his head directly with the sword, so what I did was stay out of the way of his fireballs until my sword charged up. Then I unleashed the Gaia Sword's falling rocks on him and that damaged his head. I kept doing that until he was dead.

Then I got a craptacular ending, but I wasn't really expecting much of one since the story wasn't good anyway. The worst part is that there wasn't a save point anywhere close to the ending, so if I wanted to beat the game again, I'd have to redo the entire final part of the dungeon.

One thing I did find interesting is that this game actually had the Alundra 2 puzzle where you make a statue move and then you have to run between two pillars so that it slides over your head, and repeat that several times until the statue reaches a switch.

But overall, I'd probably not recommend this game. It's like Parallel 1 of Dark Savior - it has some good parts, but most of the time it leaves you thinking "WTF"?




Crawl and 1OOO
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(1/15/06 11:49 pm)
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It looked to me like the ending of that game was anticlimactic and just plain sucked.


Anyway, I went to the Sylph cave and reached Yang. I forgot that you had to do that cave twice: First, you have to find Yang, then return to his wife to inform her that he's still alive. Then you have to find him again to wake him. That was just as well, though, because I missed half of the treasure chests my first time through. That dungeon probably isn't very large, but it's somewhat confusing considering its size, and its high encounter rate. And you have to "walk through walls" to get many of the treasures.


Then of course I went back to the moon and fought Bahamut. He was noticibly different this time. It used to seem that he gave you more time between his Mega Flares. So, you could cast Wall on almost everyone. However, his mega flare could break through and damage at least a couple of walled characters. Also, the megaflare would damage the other walls so you'd have to cast it again.

This time, he Mega Flare'd after only two of my characters had Reflect. But both of those characters survived, and in fact retained their reflect status. I revived the other two characters...

Digression. You have the option of fighting Bahamut with or without FoSuYa. I generally don't use him, because I'm greedy and want to keep the experience for the characters that will be with me at the end of the game. That might not be much of an issue with this version of the game, but I neverthless stuck to my habit.

...after I revived those characters, I cast reflect on them, too. Then on the next Megaflare, all four characters survived, and the reflected attack killed Bahamut.

As I recall, the library in the Land of Summoned Monsters hints that you should reflect Bahamut's attack back at him. I don't recall the other versions being so explicit.

Also, the characters in Bahamut's cave don't refer to Rydia as a halfling.

Then I went to the Lunar palace and got FoSuYa. I almost could have sworn that you had to defeat some enemies to access the hp and mp restorers there, but perhaps my memory is faulty. In any case, you don't need to do that in this version.

Then it was back to earth for the showdown against the giant of Babel. FoSuYa comes right out and tells you to attack the healing portion of the CPU first. Again, I don't remember the other versions being that blunt.


Edge seems less sarcastic and arrogant in this version than in others. When he said "I hope you don't betray us again" in the SNES version, it was sarcastic, but in this version he seemed to state it simply (I don't recall the difference in the actual phrasing, but I imagine the SNES version at least had an exclaimation point at the end of the sentence).

After Rydia and Rosa rejoin your party after returning to the moon, something different happens: A Hummingway boards the Big Whale and tells you (the player) that you can return to Mysidia to change your party.

I haven't tried that yet. In fact, I suppose I'm leaving off for the night.

I'm toying with the idea of playing FF4 on Chronicles after this version (after I beat this version, or do the optional stuff? I haven't decided) to compare their difficulty levels directly.




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(1/16/06 12:59 am)
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In Dragon Quest VIII, I reached the town of Port Prospect, where you find out about a sea monster disrupting everything. There was some new equipment to buy, but the stat increases were pretty minimal, and they weren't the kinds of weapons my characters are skilled in, so I passed on them.

When I first started fighting the sea monster, I thought it was hopeless. He used a fire attack that took about half the HP from both characters. Fortunately, that's his very best. He can also do regular attacks for minor damage, and an attack that does minor damage to both characters. It wasn't too hard to stay healed. He had far less HP than I was expecting, maybe because it was intimidating looking, taking up most of the screen.

And apparently, only with bosses does the game use the phrase "____ draws near".

So now I have to take a boat to some other town to continue the search for Dhoulmagus.




TWEETER911
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(1/16/06 1:22 am)
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.... HEXAGONS ARE GOOD. Ues. Ues. ........

Beat a boss that had a big chainsaw who hit for 9999 damage in Wild ARMS 4. Strategy serves me well...I'm sure Shingen would be proud!
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I'm several hours in, and I must say, I enjoy this game quite alot for such a random purchase. Cam Clarke's vampire character was easy to beat though. :( His (very freaky) girlfriend was mildy annoying though. :|

Oh, and my healer type character is 5 levels higher than everyone else. Yay for me.




Bomberguy221
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(1/16/06 3:29 am)
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Trauma Center: UtK - Beat that second Triti ordeal. That surgery is such a pain the first time. I'm not looking forward to doing it in any future patients. Now I'm at a new GUILT strain, and once again a significant character is the operatee.

Nintendogs - Found a yellow baseball cap, an orange collar, and a red checkered bow. Just for the record, the bows all look ridiculous on Yuki.

Animal Crossing - I hate Queenie so much right now. Not only did she manage to catch a lunker in the Fishing Tourney, but she started talking to me (about a shirt which I already had in my catalog) right after I activated the "magic rock" that pours out money. I lost over 3,000 Bells because of that idiot ostrich. She must move ASAP.

Oh, and I saw Lyle at the Roost. No business, but still a very... interesting character. I'm wondering if there's any way I could get his picture.




Lord Vyce
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(1/16/06 12:04 pm)
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Quote: That's how you learn about the optional bosses, nitwit. Or did you just have to find them randomly on the Dreamcast version?


I don't remember these bosses being in the Dreamcast version at all. But the bosses I do remember are now a helluva lot easier. I haven't even had to use any of my normal techniques to beat them.




Flying Omelette
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(1/16/06 5:48 pm)
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Quote: It looked to me like the ending of that game was anticlimactic and just plain sucked


I seriously hope LandStalker is not the best example of a Zelda-style game that the Genesis has to offer...




Bomberguy221
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(1/17/06 2:26 am)
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Trauma Center: UtK - I'm up to Savato, which could probably be considered the final boss because the music is completely different and it's a lot more dramatic and story-driven at the end.

Animal Crossing - Caught a football fish.