I have an unhealthy love of cheeseburgers. Chances are I'm eating one now.
My earliest memory is of my brother and me opening a big golden package on Christmas, and to our complete and utter surprise, it was an NES. That pretty much frames my life, one of abject geekiness.
I tend to enjoy the solo experience of a video game more than the multiplayer(although I do love playing games with my friends), so I'm a huge fan of third person adventure games, and think that Ocarina of Time is the single greatest video game ever made.
Also, I love watching people play games, be they RPGs, FPSs, Action-Adventure, most anything other than sports games.
I sat out in the Maine winter on November 18th to get a Wii at launch, and cannot be happier about it.
So right now I'm writing this on my laptop with about half an hour of battery power left, because my power cord is literally sparking and I don't feel safe with it plugged in, so I'm gonna keep it short.
Today at the Good Will I might have made the greatest discovery ever:
Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis
Complete with everything, even the registration card, and Lucasarts' old game magazine, The Adventurer.
Okay, so this something my friends and I were kicking around the other day, and I thought was fitting for Dtoid. Granted, someone probably has already talked about this, but I think I'll ask anyways: If you could pick any 9 people, from fiction or non-fiction, for the ultimate JRPG, who would they be?
I'll set a few stipulations:
1. Only "good" characters, in the sense that you're playing a protagonist party.
2. You're playing a video game, so you're not in the party.
3. Nine characters that rotate out. You might only have 3 out at a time, but this is the group that saves the world.
It's Teddy Roosevelt people. The man got shot and went on to give a speech, with the bullet still in him, while bleeding. Basically, a tank up front.
(Also, when he died, the VP of the USA said "Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he'd been awake, there would have been a fight")
By the end of SG-1, he had more field combat experience than most any one, had the most finely tuned analytical mind ever, looked at a woman and they were seduced(even though he never made anything of it), and was smart in the way male characters rarely are: not math or science. Your all around character, possibly a primary protaganist.
Bear Grylls airdrops into situations on his show Man vs. Wild. Now I know people say Les Shroud is better because he's alone, but Les is a tool who was a music exec who got bored. Bear is a former SAS opperative who fell from a plane, broke his back, then went on to climb Everest. He's my ranger.
Apart from being one of the best Starfleet captains, the man was a religious figure, knew ancient techniques(baseball), and was pretty much an all around badass, but still was a nice guy, he was also damn good in a fight(He knocked Q on his ass, Picard never did that) The Paladin of my party.
The Tenth Doctor
Well, he is The Doctor, so that should say something. I could have chosen any of them, but I picked the Tenth for a few reasons. One, he admits he's a geek, and likes it. The man thinks with portals 24/7. Plus, he's a nice guy, and pretty much everyone else on this group is a hardass. Definetly my Caster/magic/buffs.
Okay, so you're probibly all wondering why I didn't pick Mace Windu, Kyle Katarn, or Yoda if I was gonna pick a Jedi. Okay, So those are all great choices, but they're all party killers. They don't work that well in a party situation. Fisto's Form 1 lightsaber technique is perfect for area affect attacks, and he can breath under water. He's a front liner, possibly a paladin.
Steven Colbert as Steven Colbert
Okay, This is Steven Colbert the character, not the actual person. Now that we've gotten that cleared up, SC as SC is pretty much the bard of the party. Inspire troops, force people into logical fallacies, the man has done it all. Almost purely support, particularly when he taps into his well of patriotism.
Now, first of, I refuse to call him Mario Mario. I'm of the belief that it Mario is his last name, but he has something glorious and Italian as his first. So I'm going with Giuseppe. So, Giuseppe is pretty much an out and out superhero in the series, and by SMG, has gained true superpowers, like sustained, effortless flight. Plus, he's pretty another one of the good guys, who uses his powers to help. Now, I'll admit, I've been partly swayed by certain articles written(here and here), but I do stand by my man Giuseppe as being one of the good guys. Anyways, he's your all around character, with some ranged attacks, decent melee, and decent hp. Switches between front line combat and ranged/magic.
Honestly, if you need me to explain why I'd have Batman in my party, I don't know if I want you reading this, or participating in my thought experiment.
Okay, so that's who I'd have with me. I hope this sparks some discussion amongst people, and I hope people post their own parties.
Well, once again I stand on my little soap box and say "HEY LISTEN!"
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Tonight's Topics: (Subject to change with ranting)
The Three G's(Games That Need Sequels, Games No One Played, and Why God Did I Play That?)
Shades of Doom Game Weapons/Items
Badass Boss Battles
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Okay, so this was something my friends and I were kicking around one day, after playing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and I hope it sparks a lot of discussion: What evolutionary event causes monsters in video games to turn out that way. The Metroid Prime series is a "prime" example of this(pun very much intended).
In the series, you travel to several different planets, each with their own unique ecosystems, each with their own unique life forms, but all having similar life forms.
I'll start with(and mostly focus on) Corruption, because this is the one that's still fresh in my mind.
Planet Bryyo has 3 creatures I'd like to focus on: The Reptilicus, The Reptilicus Hunter, and the Warp Hound.
The Reptilicus and R.Hunter are both from the same evolutionary starting point, but they differ in a key way: The regular Reptilicus can teleport, and the hunter can turn invisible. The Warp Hound does exactly what it sounds like, it can teleport.
Now, what makes this interesting is that the Warp Hound and the Reptilicus teleport in two unique ways. The Warp Hound blink out, then port back with an animation. The Reptilicus ports out with an animation, and ports back in with an animation. Two different methods of teleportation, for two different creatures. The Hunter is different. He render himself visible only to thermal imaging. Now, what could have possibly influenced this evolutionary change in these creatures?
Now, not to spark a religious debate, but Darwinism states that changes occur over time, and very minutely, with occasional mutations. What minute changes could work slowly enough to allow for teleportation? Specifically, two DIFFERENT kinds of teleportation, that clearly work in two different ways. Or, what random mutations would cause teleportation. I am of the thinking that the most likely form of teleportation is that of shunting to a smaller, parallel dimension, traveling a relatively short distance, and then shunting back, traveling a proportionally longer distance.
What possible event(s) trigger teleportation as a viable method of defense and evasion. While awesome, it doesn't seem, how shall we say, natural.
Alright, I'm done. At the very least, I hope this sparks some ideas. Sorry about the lack of pics, but I have terrible photoshop skills and all I could really would do would be something about the FSM probably.