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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:33:21 PM »
Batman Ninja was way more gloriously ridiculous than I could have possibly imagined.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:58:50 PM »
Sure the map is an annoyance (all Xeno games seem to have that 1-2 things that get on your nerves) but this game has got a nice mix of story, exploration, fun, challenge and a bit of silliness. I'm really enjoying it right now.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:37:37 PM »

Guess my time in gigging bands (especially Pool of Thorns) left me jaded, but that is how I felt during gigs when I saw some of those "midlife crisis/dad bands" on stage trying to be cool/look cool and just coming off like a bunch of man-children still stuck in 1987.  Also, no one was there to see them (because everyone they know is adulting and can't come out to shows), people at the show didn't care to see them (since they were mostly folks in their 20s who wanted to see cool bands with people their age and not "dad bands"), and I don't know... it just felt like I was watching a plant wilting.  Perhaps, objectively speaking, that's "wrong" but that is how I gut-felt. 

Maybe I'm turning into that very thing I despise and becoming a grumpy old man. 

This thing is hilarious:

A very underrated good time: go see a tribute band of one of your favorite bands. For the most part Tribute bands >>>>>> the actual band when said band is over 50.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: May 05, 2018, 06:08:34 PM »
One thing I really enjoy about this game is the dub (translation is also excellent). All the characters manage to convey their feelings without overdoing it on the emotions. Everyone (so far) stays cool and level headed. Rex could have ended up an over-caffineated crazy-annoying shouty Black Clover character w. a poor director.

One example of this is when Vandahm lowers his voice (at 1:45 minor spoilers) when he's explaining to Rex the situtation he's in. In another RPG/anime he's pounding the desk and turned the volume way past 11.



Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 04, 2018, 11:14:35 PM »
5 episodes in and god damn... Hitomi... you're killing me.

My only quibble with the show is that Hina is boring. Thankfully she's been left out a lot of the show. Other than that its the best anime of the year so far.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:31:51 PM »
Finished 2064: read only memories. It was very good and its worth whatever they are charging for it on the PS4 golden week sale this week.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:22:32 PM »
Yeah they have plenty to eat.

However you were only able to carry 100lbs back to the wagon.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:19:59 PM »
12 episodes into my Steins;Gate rewatch in preparation for S;G 0.  Remember, kids: watching Steins;Gate subbed is like watching Cowboy Bebop subbed.  You're doing it wrong.

I was never really enamored with Steins Gate (I didn't hate it or anything just say a 7/10). Maybe I did it all wrong.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:03:34 PM »

Now THIS! THIS is my recommendation. It is hilarious.
A yakuza ends up giving shelter to a psychic young girl. Wacky things ensue.
The side cast is also incredible. Goddamn Mishima Hitomi is a goldmine of humor. amazing

I also watched about 15 minutes of P5 and decided I like the not yet existent dub better and will just wait for that.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:42:11 AM »
Even though I hate the 8-bit art style I've been playing a bit of 2064: Read only memories in between XBC2 because of our esteemed websites review. On chapter 4 and so far its one of the better written and acted VNs out there. I still hate the art style tho, it would have be an incredible game if they replaced the 1988 graphics with a 1988 anime look.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:48:49 PM »

Pyra is the worst character design I have seen in ages, and Rex is the second worst.

come on now, they have to be at least second and third worst

I can tolerate a bit of fan service as long as they don't sound like blithering idiots (see: digimon cybersleuth). Kos-Mos was fan service-y. Rex and Pyra are likeable (so far on chapter 4) and Rex's outfit (from the waist up) kind of suits what he does.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:58:46 AM »
did they ever fix the bad way points and completely shitty maps?

according to the updates they fixed some of the bad way points but not the map. the lousy map would be fine as it is with a tatsu ball.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:13:37 PM »
Thinking about going back to school.
I hate my job.

and my life.

You probably hear this all the time, but if/when you make that decision to go back to school, make sure you do it in such a way that you don't put yourself into even greater debt.  You remember how that real estate bubble burst in 2008 and peoples' lives collapsed all over the country?  The school loan bubble is headed in that exact same direction.  In addition, do your homework about schools and don't fall into the trap of non-accredited, bogus, for-profit, scam schools like Thunderbird University or something.  You don't want your degree to be worth less than the paper it's printed on. 

One option that I see a lot of returning/adult learners taking is going to community college.  That way, you can explore courses of study, get credits, and should you decide to go beyond an Associates, you won't be indebted to a bigger college as long.  Plus, a lot of community colleges have partnerships with state universities, so you can get a good education at a decent price through course credit transfers.

Its different from a housing bubble. You can walk away from a bad mortage, you can't walk away from student loan debt. So the banks are eventually gonna get paid.

But yea many community colleges are excellent. Here in Maryland we have some fantastic ones.

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:06:11 PM »
I wonder if this is the time for me to get back into Mega Man.

Probably not.

Mega Man 2 was reason I spent monies on other mega man games. With the exception of MM Legends I was often left underwhelmed.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:36:39 PM »
I always think I want to play this and then I see the character designs again...

Its not Suikoden 3 in that dept but other than Rex's hammer pants they are actually decent IMO. I like XBC2's anime characters better than the character designs in Tales games.

and yea that soundtrack is pretty damn good.

the only thing I'm not really enjoying is the map. this game needs a tatsu ball in the worst way.

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