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[09:13:15] <sbx> Hai Baastuul
[09:13:31] <Baastuul> Hey, sbx. :)
[09:13:34] <Baastuul> How's it going?
[09:18:32] <sbx> good
[09:18:51] <sbx> Looking forward to the new year?
[09:19:20] <Baastuul> Don't really care, in all honesty. :)
[09:19:26] <Baastuul> It's just one year closer to death!
[09:19:37] <Baastuul> Actually, nah, I don't look at it that way, I just figure time's all the same.
[09:19:42] <sbx> meh
[09:19:48] <sbx> yeap
[09:19:51] <Baastuul> How about you?
[09:20:49] <sbx> I hope to improve my Japanese even more.
[09:21:21] <Baastuul> Oh, you study Japanese?
[09:21:22] <sbx> And I need to start working on Nuvie again today, since I took a break for "RL".
[09:21:27] <sbx> yeah a little
[09:22:03] <sbx> not good at it yet
[09:22:32] <sbx> Oh and I'm downloading a 1GB file with dialup.
[09:22:38] <sbx> -_-
[09:22:55] <Baastuul> How long have you been studying it? There is a guy at my school who my friend and I label as "the Japanophile" because he is obsessed with everything Japanese.
[09:22:56] <sbx> ^_^
[09:23:00] <Baastuul> What is the file?
[09:23:21] <sbx> something on usenet
[09:23:33] <sbx> RARed up
[09:23:36] <sbx> completely legal I'm sure
[09:24:15] <sbx> So... I didn't know we went to the same school I never met you! :P
[09:25:34] <Baastuul> "The Japanophile" is not as computer-savvy as you.
[09:25:36] <sbx> but really it's not that obsessive, just important enough that I enjoy studying the language
[09:25:42] <sbx> oh ok
[09:25:55] <Baastuul> Well, just as long as you don't pretend to be an elitist with it. :)
[09:26:30] <Baastuul> I was in Arizona (and a little bit in Nevada) from the 17th to the 24th.
[09:26:42] <sbx> Well maybe I'll pretend to be an elitest but really I'm not :)
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[09:26:48] <Baastuul> We drove all over the place, about 1600 miles.
[09:26:54] <Baastuul> Hi, pwr. :)
[09:27:02] <sbx> do what
[09:27:09] <sbx> something in arizona?
[09:27:20] <sbx> I don't travel much yet.
[09:27:22] <Baastuul> Well, just seeing the sights and visiting with family.
[09:28:01] <Baastuul> I don't travel much at all anymore. This is the first time I've really been out of the state of Washington since 1997. (Not counting a couple brief stints over the border into Idaho.)
[09:28:01] <sbx> oh ok
[09:28:43] <sbx> I can just look at tv shows about other people travelling
[09:28:53] <sbx> but I'll probably go to Japan if i can
[09:29:04] <Baastuul> I like watching those travel shows on PBS.
[09:29:13] <Baastuul> What's the name of that guy with the weird, pansy-ass voice?
[09:29:17] <Baastuul> Steve something?
[09:29:28] <sbx> ???
[09:29:44] <sbx> I'm not sure but I've probably seen it.
[09:29:59] <sbx> a long time ago
[09:30:19] <Baastuul> His travels are pretty interesting to watch, though. I used to catch them sometimes during the summer when I was bored. I don't see them much anymore, though.
[09:30:36] <sbx> The one's I see the most are always about hotels and Las Vegas. But there was a good program about Hong Kong once.
[09:30:59] <Baastuul> (You may have noticed that I just started placing only one space after periods instead of two. This is to practice for my English class because my English teacher is making all of her students forget the "two spaces after a period" rule.)
[09:31:15] <sbx> Do what to who?
[09:31:17] <Baastuul> I was about 20 to 30 miles away from Las Vegas on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
[09:31:19] <sbx> I didn't know that rule.
[09:31:26] <sbx> oh
[09:31:28] <sbx> hehe
[09:31:35] <Baastuul> (Last weekend, not this one.)
[09:31:35] <sbx> I wouldn't go that close without actually going there.
[09:31:44] <sbx> since I havn't been there yet
[09:32:05] <Baastuul> Well, my dad and I just didn't want to go out of our way to visit a nasty city full of bright lights and loud noises and hookers.
[09:32:25] <sbx> a cesspool eh?
[09:32:33] <Baastuul> Aye!
[09:32:37] <Baastuul> A cesspool of immorality!
[09:32:40] <sbx> of crime and whoring
[09:32:40] <Baastuul> Like the Netherlands! :D
[09:32:46] * Baastuul hides from wjp... :)
[09:32:56] <sbx> heh uh oh
[09:33:04] <sbx> But Spark wants wenches!
[09:33:25] <Baastuul> I wish Spark was in Ultima IX. -_-
[09:34:05] <sbx> I notice both Fallout 1 & 2 use the "a wretched hive of scum and villany". But I don't think Vegas is quite like that... it's "glossy". :)
[09:34:17] <sbx> use the reference*
[09:34:41] <sbx> then again I won't really know until I've been there
[09:35:02] <sbx> maybe I'll just pass by on the way to the west coast
[09:35:19] <Baastuul> I've never played any of the Fallout games. :(
[09:35:30] <sbx> I havn't finished 2 yet!
[09:35:39] <sbx> I stopped playing a few months ago and need to pick it up again.
[09:35:44] <sbx> do that with a lot of RPGs
[09:36:04] <sbx> a few months? I mean a year
[09:36:21] <Baastuul> That sounds like me with Beyond Divinity. I don't think I'll ever finish that behemoth.
[09:36:32] <Baastuul> Hey, what did you think of The Last Samurai?
[09:36:40] <Baastuul> (Assuming you watched it.)
[09:37:51] <sbx> don't assume that!
[09:37:56] <sbx> I don't watch many movies.
[09:38:24] <Baastuul> Oh.
[09:38:33] <Baastuul> Well, you should rent it when you have some time on your hands.
[09:38:42] <Baastuul> It's a great movie. I thought it had a great balance of everything.
[09:39:08] <Baastuul> It was overshadowed by Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, though. I don't understand how that movie got so much critical acclaim while The Last Samurai was virtually ignored.
[09:39:30] <sbx> So it's new?
[09:40:07] <sbx> Because Master and Commander has man on man / man on boy action on the sea?
[09:40:11] <sbx> ...
[09:40:16] <sbx> or not
[09:40:50] <Baastuul> No, The Last Samurai came out about the time The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King came out.
[09:40:54] <Baastuul> (That also overshadowed it.)
[09:41:03] <sbx> oh I'm sure about that
[09:41:11] <sbx> somewhat newish then
[09:42:01] <Baastuul> Master and Commander was pretty boring.
[09:42:10] <Baastuul> It was alright, it just lacked action and tended to drag on and on.
[09:43:15] <sbx> oh
[09:43:26] <sbx> the most recent movie I saw was the bourne supremecy
[09:43:47] <sbx> but I didn't see the first one so it didn't make much sense, I didn't really pay attention to it or watch much of it eitehr
[09:43:49] <sbx> either*
[09:45:34] <Baastuul> I liked the Bourne Supremacy. My only gripe with it was that it was so shaky that it was at times nauseating to watch.
[09:45:55] <Baastuul> Damn, the death toll in Southeast Asia has topped 15,000.
[09:46:41] <sbx> yeah that's pretty hard to believe
[09:46:59] <sbx> not that I don't but just really shocking or surprising
[09:48:54] <sbx> What about Hero? (samurai movies)
[09:49:48] <Baastuul> Are you talking about the movie with Jet Li?
[09:50:08] <sbx> yeah
[09:50:10] <sbx> but
[09:50:17] <sbx> of course... I didn't see that either
[09:53:40] <Baastuul> It was a pretty cool movie. I really enjoyed many of the fight scenes. There were some scenes that I utterly disliked, such as when the two ladies were fighting and screaming all the time.
[09:53:55] <Baastuul> Sometimes it tried to be way too artsy, resulting in much boredom.
[09:54:01] <Baastuul> But for the most part, the boredom was fleeting.
[09:54:30] <sbx> you recommend it?
[09:54:41] <Baastuul> Yep.
[09:54:46] <sbx> heh ok
[09:54:50] <Baastuul> Hero and the Last Samurai are both very good movies.
[09:54:52] <sbx> still need to see the seven samurai too
[09:55:01] <Baastuul> I've never seen that one.
[09:55:40] <sbx> There is a western movie based on it that I watched and decided to see seven samurai then.
[09:55:49] <sbx> but havn't yet
[09:57:31] <sbx> Beyond Divinity is longer than the first?
[09:59:06] <Baastuul> It sure feels like it.
[09:59:12] <Baastuul> I think it's bigger.
[09:59:27] <sbx> Did it get better?
[10:00:26] <Baastuul> Eh, sort of, sort of not.
[10:00:32] <Baastuul> My opinion on that game is wavering. :)
[10:00:43] <Baastuul> I have one more act to go through before I finish it, but I'm just so tired of it.
[10:00:47] <Baastuul> It feels like a chore. :(
[10:01:22] <sbx> yeah I hate that, any RPG that doesn't have enough of a story feels like that to me at times
[10:01:34] <sbx> Oplaying Terranigma for SNES now
[10:01:37] <sbx> I'm*
[10:02:03] <sbx> it's a battle/action rpg but nothing like a crpg
[10:03:30] <sbx> Is beyond divinity hacknslash throughout?
[10:05:10] <Baastuul> Well, Beyond Divinity actually has turn-based combat, but at times it feels like hack 'n slash.
[10:05:21] <Baastuul> It doesn't have a TERRIBLE story, but its quest journal is lacking.
[10:05:33] <Baastuul> The translation from whatever language it was originally programmed in to English is pretty bad.
[10:05:43] <Baastuul> There's terrible grammar, poor writing, poor scripting, etc.
[10:05:56] <sbx> it's not American game?
[10:06:02] <Baastuul> It just feels like bad fiction from some 12-year-old's fanfic webpage (hosted on Geocities).
[10:06:10] <Baastuul> No, it's made by Larian Studios, a Belgian company.
[10:06:19] <sbx> hmm :)
[10:06:23] <sbx> oh ok
[10:06:24] <Baastuul> I really like the company, though. They have great staff members and a lot of innovation.
[10:06:36] <Baastuul> It's just that Beyond Divinity seemed very unprofessional in some parts.
[10:06:50] <Baastuul> Well, not "unprofessional," but... unpolished. :)
[10:06:57] <sbx> did divine divinity sell well? or this one
[10:07:33] <sbx> maybe they didn't have enough time for QA:)
[10:07:41] <sbx> you play other games by them?
[10:08:02] <Baastuul> I think they sold an average amount of copies. They were probably much more popular over in Europe than in the United States.
[10:08:10] <Baastuul> Nope, I've only played Divine Divinity and Beyond Divinity.
[10:08:23] <Baastuul> I'll still definitely play any third Divinity title they release.
[10:09:41] <Baastuul> I don't think I'll be buying Sacred's expansion pack, though.
[10:09:54] <sbx> oh
[10:09:57] <Baastuul> (Sacred was made by a German company called Ascaron Entertainment. I don't know if you've heard of it before.)
[10:10:07] <Baastuul> It's a GIGANTIC hack 'n slash game.
[10:10:15] <Baastuul> It got so incredibly tedious and monotonous to play, though.
[10:10:22] <sbx> nope
[10:10:25] <Baastuul> I think that's what set me off to a bad start on Beyond Divinity.
[10:10:26] <sbx> can't turn based be hack n slash?
[10:10:30] <sbx> just slower
[10:10:35] <Baastuul> I picked up with Beyond Divinity right after Sacred.
[10:10:39] <Baastuul> I was pretty burned out from it.
[10:10:43] <Baastuul> Yeah, I suppose.
[10:10:52] <sbx> yeah you probably wouldn't be getting an expansion pack then
[10:16:45] <Baastuul> Anyway, I'm going to go play Call of Duty: United Offensive.
[10:16:48] <Baastuul> I'll be back in a bit. :)
[10:17:01] <sbx> ok have fun cya
[10:17:16] * sbx needs to play that game too.
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