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Parks and Recreation

That's all folks.

Damn.  After what was truly a terrible, shitty, not-funny first season, the show completely changed gears season 2 and on to deliver some of the great jokes, running gags, quirks, reoccurring guests and normal citizens, and still managed to occasionally be an important and heartfelt show.

The final episode was great.  Really I would have never predicted how to end the series, but I was so happy the show chronicled the lives out the team (and even some of its smaller notables) by jumping ahead into their futures.  I loved all the little details, the good, the bad, the reunions (made better because it just felt like another episode than an actual 'reunion').  My grandfather once said that if he could tell his younger self something, it would be to "not worry as much", and I like that Leslie's "goodbye blues" really aren't founded: She, and everyone, lives a good life.  I love that Garry has the happiest ending and Gale didn't age at all (to Ben's still enduring fascination with her).  I love that Leslie is disappointed to have a building named in her honour because of the building it is.  It was a perfect love letter to fans. 

But, being honest, the show did have a shitty first season, I definitely will admit that a lot of the 6th season fell flat for me as well.  It was entertaining, but the feeling wasn't there as much.  So I thought it was smart and a great final 'hurrah' to end on the 7th season (saying that sounds like a lot, but 3 of the 7 seasons were super short), the ideas stayed fresh.  And I also like that this final season was more of one long build up; the show knows its characters are likeable and passionate, so there was enough material to devote itself to just that.

Still, the show is super great, and super fun, and if you haven't watched it, please do.  It was a great comedy.

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(and...was that a subtle hint for Leslie/Ben's career having some sort of Secret Service fella there?  Schur said it's his "Soprano's 'fade to black')

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I noticed the same thing and I'm totally all in for Knope as the President.

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:09:43 PM »

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:42:24 PM »
I hate silent protagonists personally.  Especially in games today where everyone else is actually talking, but the game neglects to get a voice actor for their lead.

I love Virtue's Last Reward, but going from "We need to escape" to MC's *BLIPBLIPBLIP*.  Bah.
I also never really found it works to put my in the player's shoes.  Customizeable MCs tend to do that for me more, actually.

Customizable MC's for the win. I prefer being able to create an engaging and interesting main character who I can relate to, but is not necessarily me, then have an empty vessel that is supposed to represent me. Being able to create the kind of character I like to see in games is more important to me than feeling as if I am the hero.

In regards to Persona, P4 definitely had a protag with a personality.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:16:45 PM »
Can we also assume that the Velvet Room will take the appearance of a jail cell this time?

I've read some similar speculation, and I agree. It goes together with some of the other themes prevalent in the trailer.

I'm pretty stoked. I can't wait to learn more!

Despite my complete disinterest in Coven, AHS: Freak Show has been surprisingly good. The various plot lines are at least cohesive and not a kitchen sink of unrelated horror tropes. It's still crazy problematic, but entertaining.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:26:48 AM »
I heard the Fatal Frame games don't have much combat, is that true?

No. A large part of the Fatal Frame games involve combating ghosts with a camera. You play in 3rd person while you explore, and when you combat ghosts you switch to the camera and it goes to 1st person. Ghosts have health and by taking pictures you damage them. I've only played the first two, and there are definite required battles in each, as well as final bosses.

If you're looking more for a combat-less console horror game, I'd check out the PS1 Clock Tower if you haven't already played it. It has terrible controls (point and click with a PS1/2 controler *shudder*) and ugly graphics, but it's definitely worth quite a few scares and some uneasy tension.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:18:30 AM »
4. Housebound (Watch this fucking film, it's fantastic)

Your suggestion intrigues me. Hence I must ask, are you referring to

The latter; bolded for emphasis. It's a horror comedy, and I know that might not be everyone's cup of tea.

I don't think I've ever been out near Capital University. That's like right on the edge of Bexley and Whitehall, and I went to Whitehall like once and I am /never doing that again/.

I'm kind of tired of Columbus as a whole though. I've lived here for four years no and I've never felt like I belonged to any sort of community or been anything more than a perpetual visitor living amongst people that give more of a shit than I'm able to.

This was my first time in that part of Columbus, and it wasn't bad, although I rode with my sister and we stuck to the area near the theater, so the rest of it could be shit, I dunno.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: October 19, 2014, 11:15:56 PM »
Went to a 24-hour horror movie marathon yesterday in Columbus that lasted until today. Watched 13 films of an array of qualities. One of them was a 1960's porno, and I don't think anyone in the audience knew it was a porno, and since I went with my sister and her husband, watching that one was hella awkward. Otherwise, I made it through the whole thing while only nodding off a few times during this crappy psycho sexual thriller film.

The line-up for those who are curious

1. You're Next
2. Nosferatu (1980 version)
3. Red Luck (local film)
4. Housebound (Watch this fucking film, it's fantastic)
5. The Shining (original)
6. Manitou
7. The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (the one I nodded off during)
8. The Satanist (the porno)
9. Demons
10. Tenebrae
11. The Wicker Man (original, thank god)
12. The Invisible Man (original)
13. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)

General Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI)
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:06:05 AM »
Played through the 1st Chapter last night.

Let's just say I'm really bad at stealth games and the part where

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You need to avoid the guy with the chainsaw made me want to pull my hair out. I spent a good 45 minutes trying to get by him. However I see that using a bottle to create noise is also used to good effect in this game, since I was able to grab the nearest bottle, chuck it into the hallway around the room, and when the guy runs off, I hobbled toward the exit and had no more problems.
The environments for this game are fucking amazing. And what they did with the save room is pretty genius. I'm definitely enjoying it so far, so I can't wait to get a chance to play more tonight.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:02:52 PM »
pre-oredered the game because I'm pretty excited for the multiplayer actually, hopefully some people will have this on the ps4

*raises hand*
I will certainly be rocking this game for the PS4.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:51:02 PM »
I started up Alan Wake the other night. It took me a while to get used to the controls on the computer. I so very rarely play games this way that I pretty much hate it. I wonder if I can use my PS3 controller somehow. I understand that a 360 controller can be used, but that would require whatever cord is needed for that.
Anyway, controls issues aside, I'm pretty intrigued. I'll definitely keep playing.

Alan Wake definitely is a good time, and I feel like this time of year is a great time to play it. Additionally, it's not terribly long, I was able to finish it in a week playing a couple hours a night. What's great is how the game is naturally broken up, which create great stopping points for the night.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:47:00 PM »
I listen to music created by drag queens when I work out. Or more realistically, music sang by drag queens created by other people.

I tried listening to game music to get pumped, but maybe I wasn't listening to the right stuff but it just wasn't doing it for me. That being said, one of my go to songs for when I'm feeling down is Bayonetta's version of Fly Me To the Moon.

General Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI)
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:40:05 PM »
サイコブレイクTGSトレーラー2014 -- Bethesda Softworks JP, YouTube

This is it guys. This is the Survival Horror I've been waiting for so, so long.

It's gonna be great. I feel it in my bones.

That's a great trailer. It made me so tense just watching it. I cant wait to shit my pants.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:00:17 AM »

"'re a you must like books right??"  I get asked this on a weekly basis.  Unfortunately I don't read much outside of Comic Books and Manga so it leads to a lot of awkward conversations with people who still don't understand that a library is so much more than just print material.

which system do you work for?  I'm adult ref at a small carnegie branch of the indianapolis public library system.  I make appalling little for how much school I had to work through but I don't think I could ever do anything else.

I work for a north east Ohio system, part of the CLEVNET consortium. And I totes feel ya on how I'm being compensated, but like you, I don't want to do anything else. I'm lucky though, because part of my job duties is to develop our video game collection, so sometimes I get to look up games and select some for purchase. :)

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:22:32 PM »
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"

I'm a librarian so locating either of those and having them delivered to my branch would take me all of 5 minutes.

Off-topic but:


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