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  1. Yeah, I remember playing Herzog Zwei at a friend's house when I was very young, young enough that I forgot its then-wacky German name. I spent years trying to find more about it, but because it sold so poorly and few rental chains carried it, it wasn't until the advent of the net and a tip from an older RTS gamer that I found it on Emux.

    This game is tragically underrated, especially considering the popularity of the RTS genre.

    Here's hoping AirMech can find a better fate.

  2. I always thought the Godzilla and Gamera episodes were some of the funniest, but part of that may be because I was so into kaiju as a kid.

    212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon

    213 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

    302 - Gamera

    304 - Gamera vs. Barugon

    308 - Gamera vs. Gaos

    312 - Gamera vs. Guiron

    316 - Gamera vs. Zigra

    I wish to concur with this suggestion, and add 909 - Gorgo.

    A couple friends and I get together every month or so to watch a few MST3K episodes. It's awesome to see just how long lasting of an impact Joel, Mike, and the Bots made on pop culture.

    And remember:

    Keep Circulating The Tapes!

  3. The shitty comments are a two-fold problem. Some of them have to be trolls with nothing better to do, but not all.

    I have grandparents who are very vocal in their dissatisfaction with my life over here. Sadly this is mainly because they were kids during World War II, and the propaganda the US used was excessive (but on par for the day). Essentially they grew up during their formative years hearing and believing that "The Nips" were inhuman evil bastards (as oppossed to the Nazis, who being European, were merely evil). That type of indoctrination doesn't go away easily, and can be passed on to future generations, such as the baby boomers in the auto industry who flamed a new wave of anti-Japanese hate in the 1980s. The trend continues, bolstered by other ignorant factors like ethnic misidentification (Chinese, Japanese, same difference) or the whole weeaboo/anti-weeaboo bit which only compound the problem.

    While my family avoided falling in with the former generation's grudge, I have cousins who did not. Sadly I can completely see one of them in particular making the types of statements we're seeing.

  4. This nuclear plant was constructed in a known seismic zone, so why didn't they build it with proper dampers similar to those used in skyscrapers in order to prevent exactly this scenario? I haven't found any evidence that it was built with dampers, so it seems that this entire issue right now is due to that oversight. But of course, the uninformed public won't see it that way...

    I've been told by some here that Japan requires all nuclear plants to be built on bedrock to provide as stable a foundation as possible. Japan is paranoid about quakes and have put a lot of time and research into minimizing damage. I'd think it's a safe bet to say more than any other country even. But as said before, preparation can only go so far. This quake was huge; enough so that even the numerous aftershocks were at devastating levels. Considering the drills and safety seminars I've sat through, none focused much on tsunami. They probably never considered them to be this threatening. Essentially, this country was just blindsided by a devastating one two punch, and even far from the affected areas like where I live people are really on edge.

    And even regions like mine on the southern tip of the main island are slowly being affected. I got an email earlier today from a friend saying that the power grids in the lower regions of Japan are going to start supporting the disaster zone up north in about an hour, and people are being told to ration their electric consumption.

  5. Yes, I'd prefer dozens (or likely hundreds) of albums with the ability to select by game as opposed to one album with 2000+ songs to sift through. If someone would not want a ton of albums on their player, they could just pick and choose what games to transfer over.

    It's just my two cents on their proposal. These new torrents are a lot of work for them regardless, so I'm still grateful that standardization is happening at all.

  6. This information looks awesome, so a big thank you to the higher ups at OC Remix.

    My only criticism is, unfortunately, about the album tag.

    Can't the album title be "http://ocremix.org - 'Name of Game'"? From what I've read by Liontamer, it seems you guys made the decision for solely "http://ocremix.org" based on ease of site recognition. Is that the only concern involved?

    While I can agree with simple marketing, having the game's name in there as well would make organization much, much easier. Not everyone has an iPod and organizing/sorting music on some MP3 players without album info is a pain, and if a simple web address was your only concern, would it hurt to have both in there, clearly marked?

    Still, this standardization is an amazing effort you guys are pulling off, so thanks again. I can't wait for these torrents.

  7. How could the series go from phenomenal to shit between 2 and 3&K? They weren't that different.

    Most major differences I can think of were definite improvements, like complete control over tails, level saves, better special stage system, branching levels, zone transitions, etc. There was a definite lack of focus on speed for most zones, but Sonic 2's later levels had the same issue.

    3D Blast was the beginning of the decline, says I.

  8. Sounds promising...

    Personally I'd rather take out all the world exploration elements in favor of a sailing simulator. And remove a third of the dungeons.

    And I bet both our ideas would do really well if we add an easily marketable throw away side character that no one could possibly like.

    Yes, Zelda can only get better after Ocarina of Time.

  9. I was looking forward to The Force Unleashed, but the level design, auto target, and boss mechanics are all absolutely awful.

    The game is there, but it feels like they rushed just about everything under the (correct) impression that it would sell anyways, simply on concept. It lacks any polish that LucasArts used to be known for, which was heart breaking.

    And as a nerd, putting creatures on planets where they don't belong for the sake of being cool causes no end of rage. But that's a Star Wars geek issue and forgivable in terms of game design.

  10. The games were mediocre, but I really enjoyed the mythos.

    Seeing a film concept completely ditching the supernatural aspects to be the bastard lovechild of Saw and Batman Begins is really disappointing. It's like if they made a New Gods movie, but made them all gangsters in rival cities with bare bones physical similarities for arguable recognition .

    There's re-imagining, and then there's just plain stealing names for instant marketability.

  11. Let's cross our fingers for something beyond classic turn-based battling though.
    Well, if you see how the Western people hack on J-RPG's these days, many saying they want the J-RPG genre dead etc.

    J-RPGs are anything but classic turn-based, which is one reason why the western market is losing interest. If this is classic RPG, I'll pick it up. If it's more of the pseudo-interactive movie bullshit, I will pass.

    I'm completely with Yahtzee in how Final Fantasy and J-RPGs used to be fun. The olden days are the way to go.

  12. Wow, nine years have come to an end. I read the epilogue and considered that I found the series shortly after it began when I was a freshman in high school, and now I'm a college grad living in the real world. Bizarre.

    I enjoyed the comic a lot over the years, and he'd always recover from slow points. But that epilogue was disappointingly serious and underwhelming. I think the joke ending he did a year or two ago was a much better way to end it.

  13. True, but they could have easily picked a neutral background for the two versions to share. I wonder if they figured people would pay more attention to the background color than the legendary's when making the purchase.

    There could be story/type reasons too...

    Don't get me wrong though, the box art for both of them looks awesome, it's just interesting that this time around the mascot's appearance is contrary to their version.

  14. You know, when I mentioned in the Coleman thread that I hoped this wasn't the start of another summer of dead celebrities, I didn't think Murphy would answer so quickly.

    Farewell you King of Dinosaurs, Lord of the Seas, Tycoon of the Dead...

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