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23
Mar
08

Fractal Wrongness is a bogus term.

Fractal

One entry found.

fractal
Main Entry:
frac·tal Listen to the pronunciation of fractal
Pronunciation:
\ˈfrak-təl\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French fractale, from Latin fractus broken, uneven (past participle of frangere to break) + French -ale -al (noun suffix)
Date:
1975
: any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size.
So Fractal Wrongness is bogus because the term they use it in describes a geometric shape. Q.E.D.
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20
Oct
07

Memories of the Laughter

Yesterday I had found out my grandfather died of a massive heart attack.  A man of eighty-two he in no means a spring chicken, but he was still my grandfather.  So the laughing have died for me so I can focus on reflecting on my grandfather.

I remember a lot of great things that have happened with my grandfather present, like how he would always poke fun at the ‘smith boys’ (We have a large family that lived in the same time for a long time, and so the family would separate itself by last name) by calling us each others names.  Billy was Damien, Damien was Billy, Christian was Daniel and I was Christian, Demian, and Billy.  He loved to egg people on. 

He was a smart man, and the sole person that kept the family from starting a war.  He was always irrelevant, a wonderfully witty old man.  

My dad told me a story of how my Granddad, a WWII vet, survived parachuting into a Nazi camp.   The Nazi soldiers were so hungry that they forgot about my grandfather and just took his pack of supplies.  My grandfather ran, knowing if he stayed he would have been killed.

I love you grandpa and I will always cherish the memories you have provided me.

17
Oct
07

The Phantasy Star Retrospective: Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star II, a traditional turn-based rpg, whose beauty lies in the story, art, and music. The gameplay itself is more or less like every other Turn-Based RPG, but there are alot of differences.

Phantasy Star II started as a sequel to Phantasy Star, involving the great grandson of the Queen Alis Landale, who was able to defeat the evil in the universe. As a young man whose past is unknown to him, he struggles nightly with the dreams of a girl fighting and failing against some demon. The dreams have disturbed you nightly as you awake once again to go to work. You are an agent of the Motavian government, and recently, you have been given the task of heading to climatrol and figuring out why Mother Brain is creating the bio-monsters; feral creatures who kill anything on site.

No; not the Mother Brain from Metroid, Mother Brain in this game is a computer whose job it is to take care of the climates of the planets of this galaxy. Armed with your guns, tools and weapons, you and Nei, (a young Numan of about 3 or 4 years old, who looks like a fully grown adult) head out to the bio-systems to find out what is going on. Along the way you meet Rudo, a Bio-monster hunter whose loved ones were brutally murdered.

However, it quickly becomes apparent that there is more to the world than meets the eye, and your task increasingly becomes more and more difficult, as you find out that it is Earthmen who came to Algol that are causing many of the events in this story, the story continues on from there but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

It’s a deep, delicious entree’ into a world of generic fantasy titles, where everyone is killing generic villian 80. There is so much to this story, so much so, that SEGA including a Guidebook in the manual, over 80 pages of information for you to use in the game and a massive map to help guide your way in ALL THREE worlds.

This is by no means easy, speed runs consist of over 24 hours of game play, it was not a short game.

The Dungeons were over head unlike Phantasy Star I, and included a foreground above your characters to make it feel more real. And the battles, while hard…made you feel like your character: Under powered versus an innumerable odds. The twists in this game are dark, and yet beautiful, and I would suggest this as the first or second game you play in the series.

Next time:

Black Sheep Phantasy Star III takes a stand against all odds and tries something different

16
Oct
07

Welcome to the UCM: Presenting Nerd Core

10
Oct
07

Phantasy Star Retrospective Part 1

Phantasy Star, out of all the RPGs, this is the one most people just gloss over; but it was one of the most significant stories out there.

For starters, the game was one of the first RPGs to feature a full-on story, a story rich with deep political intrigue, murder, revenge, and a deep sociological, philosophical standpoint.

Where most RPGs of the time stood out as Fantasy Titles, Phantasy Star took a more ominous sci-fi outing. This retrospective will go through each the games, describing the good, the bad and the ugly of the series.

Starting with Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System, we will head into Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV, and then the Phantasy Star Online series, then Phantasy Star Universe series. This is a very dear series of writings to me (which may be turned into a video at some point), but I know these will be bias and you may not agree with them…but FUCK YOU, this is my nostalgia, go suck off Cloud Strife and Sephiroth.

PHANTASY STAR

Sega Master System

The original, when first glanced at it I was amazed, the story, the art, the music, everything about it was just…great. The dungeon exploration was in typical first person fashion, the movements on the wall and turning was very fluid the monsters popped out, and while only one monster ever appeared, it was a very fast-paced game.

However, that is not to say the game was easy, it was terribly hard; which is one of the reasons why the game has fallen to the wayside in comparison to Final Fantasy. The game from the get go had you feeling a sense of weakness, and it was a good thing, the game pulled you into the story, as you fought to save the world, neigh the planet from the terrible evil that lurks within.

The music was, for its time, beautifully rendered, while the Japanese version was far superior with FM chips, we had a good (for its time) make up of the music. The music was memorable, and highly enjoyable.

The game featured four distinct players, each one having a distinct personality (unlike Final Fantasy, Ultima and other RPGs of similar vein where the characters were pretty bland), and one of the first games to feature an animal as a partner (taken later by Final Fantasy in Red XIII MYAU IS BETTER THAN YOU’D EVER BE).

The story revolved around a young girl named Alis, who sets off into the world to find the cause and extract revenge of the death of her older brother Nero. During her travels she meets up with Odin, the hunter, whose guns damage opponents at a constant rate. Noah, the magician of the group whose power of the Esper would go on to be the most pivotal point of the series, and Myau, a cute little muskcat who would transform into a magical flying creature with the silver tusk.

Your trip takes you through 3 gorgeous and distinct worlds, Palma, the lush green world, filled with trees, and bees, and all sorts of wonderful things; Mota, a bleak desert world where the nearest source of water is miles away; and Dezo, the chilling ice planet whose cold would freeze you to the bone.

The story is beautiful, and does not get tired down. While the level cap of 30 makes this a very short grind, I find that better than having level 999, and billions of weapons. I would highly suggest getting this or the PS2 remake from Japan.

Next week we look at the darkest of all the games, one of the most controversial games of the lot, and one of the most pivotal points in the series: Phantasy Star II.

08
Oct
07

Stuff on the Web: Screwattack (Part 2)

As many of the people who have read the previous review has stated, Screwattack’s biggest draw is its community, this is true. However, the community does have its own fair share of problems.

 

One of the biggest draws of the community is the fact that you as a member (Called G1s), get too directly connect with the programming. Asking questions for the podcast is just one of the many different ways you can connect.  Many questions on the podcast are funny, and are some of the responses, one of my favorite was when I asked them to curse my name and one of them went “Fuck you, Hunter Rose”.

 

Toilet Tuesday is a humorous submission program, where people send in videos to show what they do on the crapper.

G1 Submission Sunday, which can be just about anything that you can imagine, and all videos come from the community so that’s a plus (instead of just going out into YouTube and finding videos that people find funny and are popular). 

 

The forums themselves belong to a place to behold with conversations between people going on nearly 24/7 (Albeit at different rates) you can always expect to find something to do there.

 

Casual Talk is the biggest area, of course, with every thing ranging from gaming talk, politics, religion, history, math, to whatever your heart can imagine, while from what I can gather the comic book section is the lowest performer.

 

However, I cannot just keep going on without mentioning the few flaws.

 

There is a few graphic glitches for the logo when someone posts a big image, not a big deal mind (no really its just a tad annoying is all).

 

There are a few script errors that pop-up once and a while, but its few and far between. 

 

Then there are a few members that I do not care for. 

 

 

All in all its one of the better communities to go to, and I would highly suggest joining.

 

Rating: A

05
Oct
07

Stuff on the Web: Screwattack

Screwattack.com, a site dedicated to gamers, and the gaming culture. When I first joined it, the forum was fun, and the people were great.

I first joined in March ’07, nearly a year ago. And sure at first wasn’t as respected (though if we can make it clear, I was never the popular person on the site, I was the sardonic, cynical bastard who always knew how to make a smart, witty reply.

But onto the site itself, the site started out with a large amount of smart, funny shows that were knowledgeable in their speech.

They have the Angry Video Game Nerd, a show filled with over the top vulgarity, with profuse use of “Fuck”, “Damn”, and “Shit”, he was their south park, he was the one that bore the main popularity of the site, appealing to the unintelligent minors, who like to spew the foulest of language at any moment for no reason. As an example:

Me: Hello
Them: WHAT A SHIT LOAD OF FUCK!
Me: Eh?
Them: I wanna take a diarrhea dump in your ear.
Me: Are you coming on to me?
Them: GOD FUCKING DAMN IT YOU LITTLE PIECE OF SHIT! GO FUCKING DIE! I WILL KICK YOUR GODDAMN ASS.
Me: Okay…

So, if you like low-brow humor, watch The Angry Video Game Nerd.

Their “Main” program (as they like to call it; when everyone knows that without AVGN, the site would still be relatively unknown); is “Sidescrollers”, a podcast that was originally closely related to video games, and Nerd humor, has now turned into a circle jerk of self love.

Then PBC productions, which, I have enjoyed, I have enjoyed their more adult comedy of Captain S (adult being the 18-20 years of age who remember that type of show), and their documentary on the Pro-Video Game movement was superbly done.

Several of their past shows have gone away (though I do not think any of them have claimed it as a despute).

Awesome Video Games (now on FFStv), was a funny retrospective at how video game shows were done in the mid eighties to early 90s.

GameJew (now on Gamejew.com) was relatively meh, a guy whose main humor was the dry kind, with music being his big thing. His main claim to fame is that he was on XPlay.

One of the newer shows is Retro Remix (possibly to replace gamejew’s spot), while the music is good and catchy (I loved alot of his tunes), I feel he could do more to remix the music; but thats just me.

They have also recently done a video game contest, the Iron Man of Gaming, which took place in Dallas Texas recently. I did not get to attend but it seemed like it was a good mix of gaming.

So that about wraps up the site, with alot of stuff that needs improvement and some stuff that has been done right, I feel that Screwattack could be a really game site, if it changes a few things.

Rating: C




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