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Penfold

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  1. I'm guessing he didn't constitute what "too short" meant, huh? chaos_deception or anybody else who beat this - what was your playtime? I'm guessing we have different concepts of what a good playtime might be (I'm in what I think is the final dungeon for FFIV after 34-ish hours, and I think the game is too long), but just curious. I haven't played any of the other Mario and Luigi games, but this one is sounding really awesome...deciding between this and Kingdom Hearts DS, and so far I'm leaning more towards Bowser's Inside Story.
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    Sony PSP

    That'd be pretty nice.
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    Nintendo Wii

    It looks like the only thing I would have wanted to have fixed in the first LostWinds is getting fixed in the sequel - they're adding a map! Edit: Also good to know there are release windows for LostWinds 2, Cave Story, Night Game, and the WiiWare Castlevania.
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    Nintendo Wii

    LostWinds sequel announced. Really anticipating this.
  5. I think the cel-shaded style works well on DS (I really liked Phantom Hourglass), so I think it'll look just fine. Looking forward to more details about controls etc.
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    Nintendo Wii

    That's a relief - thanks! Next time I get a chance to play it some more, definitely turning those off. I only got to play about 2 hours of it this weekend, and I know this is just pointing out the obvious, but I gotta comment on just how smooth the controls are! Set them to advanced, and it's just perfect.
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    Nintendo Wii

    Got a chance to play through some Metroid Prime Trilogy, just landing on Tallon IV. Maybe I'm alone on this, but I'm really not liking this whole "achievments" thing. It really takes me out of the game when whatever achievement pops up. Prime used to feel seemless, and this at least for me is an unwelcome change. At least control-wise it feels great, and the presentation looks better than I had remembered(aside from how blocky some of the textures are).
  8. I know what Sixto is saying. I started playing Shadow of the Colossus a while ago, and it was hard for me to get past how terrible it looks - jaggies everywhere. It's not a sleight on the art design, it's a comment on how lacking the hardware is. In the case of Shadow of the Colossus, it's still a solid and fun game despite those technical flaws (and ineffective camera). I'm not sure if I'm following what the point of this thread is - that some people can get into newer games more than older games? Ok, that's great.
  9. Wow, lots of albums recently. Preordered. Thanks for posting this!
  10. Really awesome stuff. Got it Friday, and have listened through about 5 times. Thanks again!
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    Sony PS3

    Don't stress too much over it, it's just personal choice as to how we'd prefer to play. No reason you need to understand or agree. If they actually did that, I'd be ok with it, since I'd prefer to have the games downloadable instead personally. I'm still suprised they don't have PS2 games on PSN.
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    Sony PS3

    Pretty much. Bluray and MGS4 were my reasons. Without a BD, the PS3 Slim would just be a stationary PSP. Like Schwaltzvald said, if they make the PS3 Slim backwards compatible I'm most likely gonna buy it and give my original PS3 to a friend (he's been wanting a bluray player for a long time, and can't get enough pixeljunk monsters whenever he comes by to play it).
  13. I understand what you mean, though really it doesn't take much to get out of the city/light pollution (with a car at least).
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    Nintendo Wii

    Did anybody try out the WiiWare game NyxQuest (formerly known as Ikarian)? I had been anticipating this game, but won't get a chance to dl/try it for another week or two, and was wondering if anyone had comments about it. IGN's review seemed pretty positive.
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    Nintendo Wii

    That'd be nice if it got released soon.
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    Nintendo Wii

    Haha, I dunno if I'm gonna get the hat or that Punch-Out!! downloadable game...probably the hat, given that I already own Punch-Out!! and all it seems to be is you fight Doc. EDIT: Unrelated, but, is it just me or do all of the WiiWare projects from Nicalis look amazing? Their Cave Story, Night Game, and Project G all look really great to me.
  17. Haha, nice, Gasworks Park really seems like a great place for parkour. I'd imagine the UW Parkour group must go there pretty often.
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    Nintendo Wii

    Got Wii Sports Resort yesterday and played a bitof the sword, basketball, golf, and frisbee. I was a little worried at first, given how much I had heard about callibration issues and whatnot, but generally it has you recalibrating so often anyway (when you point to the dog in frisbee, when you taking your stance in golf, and just before the beginning of the match for sword and basketball) I didn't experience any problems in my playtime. I was also worried the constant recalibrations would take you out of the experience; I started my playtime with sword, and was a little worried about it when after taking a stance just before the match as it instructed, it then instructing to essentially break my stance to point at the screen and press A. Since it never asked me to do that mid-play or anything, though, it wasn't quite so bad. I would say in frisbee or golf, the calibration actually somehow adds to the experience given how it was disguised. I really started having fun with in my second time playing that slicing game with the sword, when I realized all I needed to do was slice as I would in the direction indicated and not have to wait for my Mii to necessarily take the same angle before the cut. Out of the 4 games I played, in terms of fun I'd personally rank them as sword, golf, basketball, and frisbee, but all of them were enjoyable. Looking forward to having a bit more time to play with the game and with WiiMotionPlus (which, incidentally, I would rather they just release another controller with it built in than releasing "controller expansions"), but I have to say so far I'm pretty impressed.
  19. No OneUps this year huh? That's too bad, I wasn't able to go last year and was planning to go if they were playing this time. Not sure whether I'm going or not this year.
  20. Local Seattle band (a little rock, a little funk, a lot of soul) - Maktub. Latest album free download, though it represents a definite style change for them (for better or worse). The singer (Reggie Watts) is amazing, with a collection of youtube videos showing off his beatboxing/comedy/general vocal talents in addition to what he does with the band.
  21. It was awesome! First half was good, though second half seemed to have a little more character. The big band chocobo theme was especially fun I thought. During the intermission, I was talking with my girlfriend (who doesn't really play videogames), and referring to the FF11 section she called it "the one where the mice destroy the cat city"...I appreciated that.
  22. Flexibility is absolutely important, it being one of the 10 attributes of fitness (according to Greg Glassman). At the risk of sounding argumentative, though, I do take some exceptions to your post. First, if doing power lifting and/or Olympic lifting, you're not going to see a reduction in flexibility, in fact the opposite is true. Getting comfortable with rack position, overhead squatting/snatching, deadlifting, or even an ordinary squat will elicit an increase in flexibility. This assumes, of course, that proper form is used, and range of motion is a component of that. Anyway, my main point is that flexibility will generally increase by training functional movements. Second, to echo Geoffrey Taucer's post above, I'd argue that maximum flexibility is unattainable in 1-2 months. Take an ordinary joe, and get him flexible enough to do an overhead squat, using any training methods you wish, and I'm certain it'll take him more than 1-2 months. My example might be disputable on the basis that beyond only flexibility other factors are involved (balance, coordination), but what's the point of flexibility without application? Third, why do you say flexibility is detrimental to sprinting? I'm not seeing the connection. Finally, I'd suggest being careful with comparisons. In the example you provided I'd be inclined to agree, the inferrence that numbers like that on an isolated movement are likely at a cost to his general fitness...but I wouldn't recommend using a planche hold as your counter-example - given the relative difficulty of the movment, it might infer specific training at a cost to the general fitness of the individual (I might have chosen how many pullups can he do, or can he do a handstand/handstand pushup). The liklihood in the case of the planche is less (I know Crossfitters who can hold a planche, but none who aren't football players/foobtall player-sized who could even maybe bench in the mid- to upper-200s), but when general fitness is the concern, I'd still be compelled to ask questions like what does he run a 800m at, how long does it take him to do 30 135lb clean and jerks, or what is his max deadlift. To be clear, I personally hold bodyweight movements in a high regard, and I don't want to come off sounding like being sport-specialized is a bad thing, but this comparison read to me as talking about well-rounded or general fitness rather than specialization.
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