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#1
Music / Poll: Tanioka VS. Sakimoto
June 13, 2009, 11:56:44 AM
I thought this would be an interesting poll. Everyone always associates Final Fantasy music with Nobuo Uematsu, but there are several other composers who have worked on the series that deserve more recognition than they are given. For those of you who don't know, Kumi Tanioka wrote the soundtracks for the FF: Crystal Chronicles series and the majority of the music for FFXI. Sakimoto wrote the music for the FF: Tactics series and the majority of the music for FFXII.
#2
Off-Topic / OH...MY...GOSH.....look at this!
January 28, 2009, 02:29:59 PM
Look at this!!!!!! *drools* ......... and then look at the price *cries*

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/mastercollection/?promoid=DTEMV
#3
Help! / PC Help
January 24, 2009, 12:34:33 PM
Hey guys. I need some help. Everytime I download an MP3, or hit "Music Sample" on a website it opens in RealPlayer instead of Windows Media Player. I want the default to be windows media player instead. I can't seem to figure out how to change it. My default for MP3s already on my PC is media player, but not when I download something.
#4
Movies & TV / Anime and Manga suggestions.
January 24, 2009, 11:39:17 AM
Hey. Can anybody here suggest some good anime or manga for me? I've got some guidelines that I want to follow though...

-No nudity
-Minimal sexual content
-no strong language

Some of the anime's that I have REALLY enjoyed are

Bleach (My favorite so far)
Speed Racer (The old one, in Japan it's known as Mach Go-Go)
Voltron (or Go-Lion)
Gundam (G gundam was my fav)
Pokemon
Hamtaro
Ruroni Kenshin
Avatar
Gigantor
Sonic X
Yu-Gi-Oh (First series, not the new ones.)
Megaman NT Warrior/Megaman Xcess.

I've seen a few episodes of these, and liked what I saw...

Case Closed
.//hack
Yuyu hakasho
Zatch Bell
IGPX
Naruto

AS far as Manga, I've read some of the Pokemon Manga and stuff. I've been meaning to pick up Mark Crilley's Miki Falls series, and I've been meaning to get the Bleach complete set volume 1

Also I have liked EVERY SINGLE HAYAO MIYAZAKI MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN ......which isn't many though....I've seen Kiki's Delivery Service (classic!!!!) and part of Princess Mononoke and part of Spirited Away.


#5
Music / Opera
January 22, 2009, 07:02:51 PM
I'm going to the Opera on Monday. I'm going to see "Robert Devereux" by Donizetti. Anybody ever seen it before? I'll tell you about it when I get home.
#6
Feedback / New Mod.
January 16, 2009, 12:09:06 PM
I think we need to elect a fourth Moderator. We only seem to update the sheets like once every five months, and two of our three Mods are rarely on. So, here's what I propose. I think we should hold nominations for a certain period of time. After that, we take all the nominees and have everybody vote to pick to the mod. What do you think?
#7
Gaming / Saddest Gaming Moments
January 08, 2009, 07:46:22 PM
What would consider the saddest gaming moments of any you have experienced? Mine would probably be....

When Ike found out how his mom died in Fire Emblem: Path of Radience...the artwork and music that went along with it just added to the saddest.....excellent artwork!!

In Lost Odyssey, the dream sequence called "Hannah's Departure." It's really sad...but the writing is SOOO good....and the music is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!

When the Wind Waker credits rolled.....cause that meant the game was over =(

Edit: NEW ONE  When Edward found out that Anna(That was her name, right?) was dead in Final Fantasy IV.
#8
Microsoft / Your 360 collection
January 02, 2009, 04:59:10 PM
Post your Xbox 360 collection, mine is....

Eternal Sonata
Lost Odyssey

Hehe! Pretty small right! I've only had my 360 for a few months, and I've mostly been buying DS, Wii, and PS2 games lately. (Yes, I'm still buying PS2 games!!!)  Eternal Sonata is AWSOME!!!! for those of you who have not played this game, please do yourself a favor and go buy it NOW!!!!!!!! It's by far the prettiest looking game I've ever seen. (If you've read the Gamespot reviews then you'd know that!) The music (Motoi Sakuraba/Frederic Chopin) is phenominal, and the storyline is excellent. It's a bit strange though, not many games cover the topic of death in the aspect of fear of one's mortality, while at the same questioning true reality. Like I said, GO BUY ETERNAL SONATA NOWZ!!!!!!!!
Lost Odyssey is rocking awsome too! Mistwalker has become my new favorite game studio...Hironobu Sagaguchi + Tetsuya Nomura + Nobuo Uematsu = RPG HEAVEN!!! Of course, we all knew them as the famous Square-Enix trio....until they all quit that is.
#9
Off-Topic / HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
December 31, 2008, 08:26:12 PM
Okay, so it's still two more hours until 2009.....at least where I live, but still HAAAAAPPPPYYY NEW YEAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! *dances*
#10
Off-Topic / A Wallpaper I made
December 28, 2008, 04:54:31 PM
I hadn't made anything on GIMP in a while, and I was getting tired of my wallpaper, so....heres what I came up with. (And for all you GIMP peoples out there, The character is a Clean Style Vector, and the background was made with the Flame filter and the Spark Brush)
It's not too plain is it? I thought that is looked kind of nice. Opinions anyone?

#11
Nintendo / World of Goo!!! So Awsome!!!
December 26, 2008, 10:56:16 AM
I bought World of Goo yesterday. OH......MY......GOSH!!!! This is like the most addicting puzzle game since Puyo-Pop!!!! I LOVE IT! It's nutty, ridiculous, zany, and stupid, but SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun!!!! Anybody that has an extra 1500 Wii points go download this right now!!! It's the best $15 I've ever spent!
#12
Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas?
December 25, 2008, 09:34:26 AM
Okay. We all know that Christmas is about giving, caring, charity, and family! (Man, all those years of Full House really paid off didn't they!) But.......we still love getting presents right? So what did everybody get?
I got

2 CDs. (Weezer Blue Album and Piano, Clarinet, and Cello Trios.)
Scrabble Diamond Edition
A $10 Wal-Mart Gift card
Various types of Candy
An Irish Tin Penny Whistle  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
MacGyver Season 2 on DVD
A Final Fantasy VII Wallet (It's cloud, the cloudy wolf, and the shin-ra logo on it.)

#13
Off-Topic / Band Wars - Round 1
December 18, 2008, 01:05:30 PM
Okay. I remember something like this back on NSider, so I though I might try it here. I'll post a set of bands and then you vote for which one you think is the best out each round. I'll cover everything from classic bands to comtemporary bands. So, start voting! If you would like to request a band, then please, be my guest. (And put my service to the test! XD)
#14
Help! / Eternal Sonata MIDIs
December 08, 2008, 05:36:29 PM
Can anyone find ANY Midis for Eternal Sonata. I've looked all over the place for some, and have not found any. The pieces from this game are VERY complex, and would take a very long time to arrange from ear alone. I'd like to arrange the entire Eternal Sonata soundtrack. (It's composed by Motoi Sakuraba if that helps.)
#15
Forum Games / The Guess Game
December 06, 2008, 04:12:51 PM
THE GUESS GAME

     Okay, here's how it works. I'll post three hints. The first person to guess what it is gets a point. I'll keep a scoreboard at the top of the post. See how many points you can get.

Scoreboard


Round #1

  • Hint 1 - It's a TV Show
  • Hint 2 - Ferret Face
  • Hint 3 - Section 8

#16
Movies & TV / Bolt. Not bad.
November 27, 2008, 05:20:50 PM
So. Turkey day. We ate......and then we went and saw Bolt. Not bad, not bad. It's funny. Rhino the Hamster is the best character of course. It's worth seeing. I'd say a 7/10  What's your impression.
#17
Off-Topic / What Hand Are You?
November 26, 2008, 09:08:32 AM
Which hand is your dominant hand? I'm left handed, just like Link ^_^
#18
Help! / Ossia. Need help making one.
November 25, 2008, 06:55:45 PM
Okay. I'm trying to make an Ossia passage for 2 bars of music. Problem. I tried creating a new staff, but there is no way to hide all the other bars. I either have to have them all visible or all hidden. My next idea was to use the graphics tool. Problem. I've got my image, but everytime I put it on the page it comes out as a bunch of staticky looking garbage. (Print's that way too.) I can get other images to work, but not this one. I don't know if it's because it's black and white or what. I've tried compressing the .tif file multiple ways, but none of them work. Anybody got any ideas? (I have Printmusic 2008 if that info helps.)  ---Here's the image I need as my ossia---

#19
Album Review: More Friends ~ Music from Final Fantasy


More Friends, what can I say? Can I say that this album was awsome? Yes I can! The More Friends album is a live recording of the More Friends concert at the World Symphony Orchestra in Los Angelis (May 16, 2005). This album is truely phenominal. This orchestral concert shows just what Nobuo Uematsu is truely capable of. The inclusion of several "suprises" made it even more exciting! The following is a track by track review of the album.

Track 1 - Final Fantasy VII Opening ~ Bombing Mission: Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. This piece provided an amazing start to an amazing concert. Shiro Hamagichu's Orchestral Arrangement of the Final Fantasy VII opening is amazing. It evokes pure adreneline as the opening bass line gets stronger and stronger until the tension is almost unbearable. Just at that moment the whole orchestra bursts into the theme. This piece is filled with excitement from beginning to end and is, I say again, an amazing start to the concert. This track gets a 10/10


Track 2 - Aerith's Theme: Aerith's Theme has been, and will probably always be, one of Uematsu's most beloved pieces of music. While this track is similar in sound to most orchestral performances of the piece, it has just enough extra flavoring to make it stand out. The orchestra and the conductor (Arnie Roth) really milked some emotion out of this piece. You can almost feel the spirit of Aerith floating through the lifestream as Cloud stands below in tears. This piece is not only a perfect follow up to the dramatic opening, but helps set the mood for the rest of the performance. This track gets a 10/10


Track 3 - To Zanarkand: A very unusual arrangement of "To Zanarkand". Unusual because it is not a piano solo like most performances of the piece. This time the whole orchestra is involved. And guess what, it's absolutely stunning. The piece flows very well and it brings out the sad nature of Final Fantasy X. By far one the most beautiful, most heart-wrenching pieces Uematsu has ever written, To Zanarkand is the absolute definition of the emotions felt by Tidus and Yuna, Wakka and Lulu, and everyone one else in this tragic tale of friendship and betrayel, and love and sacrifice. This track gets a 10/10


Track 4 - Don't Be Afraid: This riveting battle theme from Final Fantasy VIII works very well in an orchestra setting. The performance gives you a sense of imminant danger. You can almost feel the baddies breathing down your neck as your adreneline starts pumping, and you feel ready to grab a gunblade and jump into the fray. This piece is very well arranged and stays exciting throughout the the whole performance. The only downside is the length. It's a little on the short side. Clocking in around two and half minutes. I guess Squall just fights a little too well for those bad guys. This track gets a 9/10


Track 5 - Terra's Theme (Tina's Theme): Breathtaking. That's the only word that can describe this amazing march-like theme. You'll find yourself with an irrepressible sense of courage, honor, and valor as you listen to this epic piece, from an epic tale. This track gets a 10/10


Track 6 - Swing de Chocobo: There's two things that just about every Final Fantasy soundtrack has in common, a memorable story of music, and the chocobo theme. This is Arnie Roth's personal take on the playful melody. Arranged in the style of the swing music from the 20's and 30's this piece is pure fun from beginning to end. You'll find youself tapping your feet and ready to dance before this piece is over. Whether or not you grab someone and do the jitterbug is up to you, but this is just "swinging" in my opinion! This track gets a 10/10


Track 7 - Final Fantasy: This is where it all began. This is the Final Fantasy Theme. When it comes to nostalgia, it doesn't get much better than this. This absolutely beautiful epic is the musical liquid that engulfs everything that Final Fantasy is about. Courage, honor, valor, joy, love, sadness, friendship, compassion, kindess, mercy, and grace. This orchestral arrangement serves it absolute justice. This track gets a 10/10


Track 8 - Rocking Grounds: This is where the first of the suprises was unveiled. Just when you though it couldn't get any better guess who shows up? The Black Mages! In their deput on North American soil they marched out on stage and blew the minds of everyone in the crowd (As you tell by the wild applause on the recording.) Rocking Grounds is their take on the first boss battle theme from Final Fantasy III (Anyone remember the big turtle guy?) and trust me.....it rocks! This track gets an 9/10


Track 9 - Maybe I'm a Lion: Just when you though The Black Mages blew you away. They quite literally rock your heads off. Guitar solos, Organ solos (played by Uematsu himself) and more abound in this absolutely amazing rock tidal wave. The Black Mages literally rocked the whole blasted amphiteatre. This song should be elected the Video Game international anthem! The CD is worth to money for this track alone!This track gets a 10/10


Track 10 - Suteki da Ne: After that megablast of raw energy we get a bit of a much needed slowdown. This track is breathaking to say the least. I get goosebumps every time I listen to it. It highlights Uematsu's amazing ability at composing amazingly beautiful vocal tracks. It perfectly encompasses the tragic romance of Tidus and Yuna. Guest singer Rikki does a very good job at singing. Her voice gets a little bit squeaky at times, but she gets some pretty amazing vocal power out of that tiny little body! The track is in it's original Japanese, but is so well written that you can almost feel the words without understanding them (unless you speak Japanese of couse.) This track gets a 9/10


Track 11 - A Place to Call Home ~ Melodies of Life: Another of Uematsu's amazing vocal work, this time from Final Fantasy IX and sung by Emiko Shirotori. Her voice is a little deeper and projects a little better than that of Rikki. A beautiful piece that is full of emotion and simplicity. The instrumental accompaniment is very well arranged. The song is in the original Japanese with an English interlude. Overall it's a stunning and beautiful piece. "Forever and On...Melodies of Life." This track gets a 10/10


Track 12 - Darkness and Starlight (Maria and Draco): Suprise number two. We get the absolute pleasure of not only hearing the fabulous Operetta from Final Fantasy VI played by a full orchestra, but it is the first time that is was ever sung in English! The various Opera singers present in this piece sung as glorious and beautifully as should be expected by opera professionals. Again, this is a piece that highlights Uematsu's musical guiniess. From Draco's heart-wrenching call for Maria's love, to the climactic dual for her hand, this is a breathtaking and absolutely spine tingleingly beautiful piece. This track gets a 10/10


Track 13 (Finale) - One Winged Angel ~ Advent Remix: What better way to end a Final Fantasy concert than with a riveting performance of "One Winged Angel?" Well, this isn't just any performance of the song. This breathtaking finale includes not only the entire World Festival Symphony Orchestra, but The Black Mages, and The CSUF University Singers as well. It is by far the most amazing performance of "One Winged Angel" ever! If you own only one version of "One Winged Angel" this is definatley the one! This track gets a 10/10

Summary


This album is absolutely amazing! It is by far the most amazing performance of Uematsu's work that I've ever heard. It highlights Nobuo Uematsu's musical brilliance and originality. This is truely an epic and moving performance of some of the most beloved video game music of all time. From beginning to end this album did not let me down in the slightest. It is worth three times the amount I paid for it! If you buy only one CD in your entire life, let it be this one. You won't regret it! This Album gets an overall score of 10/10
#20
Sony / Final Fantasy Dissidia and Agito XIII
November 13, 2008, 05:30:43 PM
Man, I told my mom when I bough my Xbox 360 that it would be my last console purchase until Nintendo's next system, because I need a car. Now, just months after buying my 360. Sony(I mean Square-Enix...duh!) announces Final Fantasy Dissidia and Final Fantasy Agito XIII (As well as birth by sleep.) I don't have a PSP. NOW I CANT GET ONE! These games both look really good. Who here is going to buy them? (Maybe I can borrow my friend's PSP....)