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496  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 18, 2012, 10:11:37 PM
Went CD shopping. Got copies of XTC - The Big Express, XTC - English Settlement, and Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space.

P. thrilled.

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(Goddammit This World Over sounds like the Dark Omen theme quite a lot)...

Anyway, was reading an article about game stereotypes the other and they mentioned one that really annoyed me: Games are okay with homosexual characters as long as they're lesbians, but gay males are never present.

Let's think of examples that break this trend.

Ultima 6, 7 - No actual romance in these (you can sort of romance a woman in U7, a little). However, you do meet gypsies in U6 that you get to bang in exchange for a map piece. And you can pick either the male or female gypsy, no matter what your gender is. In U7, you also encounter a brothel where you can have relationships with prostitutes of either gender.

Also the prostitutes in U7 aren't portrayed as horrible degenerates or anything, which is sort of important considering it's not an actual gay romance subplot.

Wild Arms 2- Sort of on the fence about this one, since the US version was censored to make this less clear. I think it's pretty clear that Brad swings both ways, though -- and he isn't stereotypically gay at all which is great.

Innocent Sin - You could date that one guy. I never played this game much. Sorry.

IIRC Fable and the Sims both allow same-sex relationships for males.

This is seriously all I'm coming up with.

As long as TvTropes doesn't make you implode, like it does for me sometimes:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GayOption
497  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 18, 2012, 08:20:12 PM
Have you seen the Kurosawa classics?

Rashomon is one of my favorites.

Rashomon is fucking fantastic. I also liked the other two Kurosawa films I saw: Yojimbo and Sanjuro.

I've been reading the Walking Dead recently, and it put me on a major zombie kick, so I bought Romero's Dawn and Day of the Dead, and also the Night remake done by Tom Savini and the Dawn remake. The Night remake was my first zombie movie, so it holds a special place in my heart, and while it's still a good film, I think I was remembering it with rose-tinted glasses. The characters are certainly more likable (Barbara) than the original, but it loses the theme of racism with the modern translation. Also there was some unnecessary cheesecake that just didn't fit with the movie at all.

Dawn (original) is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I could watch it every damn day. Love love love love love this movie, and it still holds up, blue zombies and all.

I didn't like the original Day when I saw it years ago, but it has grown on me. It has some of the best-looking zombies I've ever seen, and that's no surprise, since Tom Savini is an FX master. Now that I've seen it about 3 times, I can safely say it is one hell of a good zombie movie, even if the middle parts drag and the whole Bub storyline is a bit hokey.

Haven't watched the Dawn remake yet, but I have seen it, just been a while. I imagine I'll still like it, and try to overlook the irritating bits that I blame on Zack Snyder.
498  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 18, 2012, 08:07:48 PM
Ender's Game.

Despite my misgivings of Orson Scott Card's views, this book was pretty damn fantastic. I don't really care for child characters, but everything about Ender and the world he inhabited was fascinating. Not hard sci-fi, and really, the sci-fi was second to the human drama centered around war (both on global and personal levels) and what costs were we willing to pay in order to win war.
499  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 18, 2012, 07:50:31 PM
Yep. Skylar is a really good character in my opinion, bad things are constantly happening in her peripheral vision that she is trying to make sense of, but no one will help her or point her in the right direction. While the things she does might seem petty to US, well, that's because we know things she doesn't. We know Walt is doing all this for his family, but what does Skylar have to go on? Secrecy, lies, silence.

Kinda like with most of the AMC wives. Don philanders and makes kick-ass speeches that sell advertising, Rick fights zombies and tries to help people survive in a zombie apocalypse, and Walt is trying to help his family. I don't think it's a coincidence that the wives for these respective men are typically disliked/hated.

Alan Sepinwall, in a review for a Mad Men episode, explains that Betty gets a lot of hate because she doesn't have a place outside of the home where she can redeem herself, since the show is mostly about Don. Don, of course, has the ad agency. I think the same can be said for Lori and Skylar: they don't have an arena outside of the home/group that allows them to be more than a "nuisance" to their hard-working husbands.

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Of course Betty being a bad mother is her own fault.
500  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 18, 2012, 06:17:49 PM
I'm watching Breaking Bad, Im just at the start of Season 2.

But I don't hate Skylar. I TOTALLY get her. She knows her husband so well to know that he is lying to her on a daily basis, but he won't admit what it is and it makes her feel alone. She went off on a rant one episode about how her husband has cancer, doesnt talk to her, her sons a teenager who wont give her the time of day, shes in debt and shes pregnant, also her sister is mental.


What do people want? Her to just be happy about all that, ignore it? She's super frustrated and can't figure out what to do, everyones locked her out. Her lifes fallen to bits. I think she acts totally human.

This. I did not like Skylar at first, but like you Star, I grew to understand her point of view. BB is amazing because of how multifaceted the characters are. You find you love the ones your hated and hate the ones you love. Honestly, I think BB is the best show out right now.
501  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 13, 2012, 01:22:01 AM
Fantastic BB tonight.

Agreed. Way things are going, AMC could have a spin-off show called, "AMC's Pissed Off Wives Club."

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BB/Walking Dead Season 2 spoilers
 
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Within the span of a year, there have been two different shows on AMC that ended with a kid getting shot. I'm calling it now: AMC hates kids.
502  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Resident Evil 6 on: August 06, 2012, 10:36:43 PM
I was pissed that Jill and Claire aren't playables, but I gotta say, I'm really liking Helena's and Sherry's designs.
503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: August 05, 2012, 10:13:15 PM
I definitely have been playing Growlanser like a mad men. I'm around level 30 and the missions are certainly getting tougher and more complex. Being able to buff before battles can mean the difference between winning or losing.

Anyone else find Tricia endearing? Not a fan of her character design, but I find her and the main character's rapport kinda sweet.

Oh, and to answer your question Klyde, I got D-MD. I first got D-RM, but re-did it because I already played Grow 3 and wanted to run around with a different familiar.
504  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 05, 2012, 09:58:22 PM
I didn't watch any Olympics until yesterday. I was bored and flipping through the channels and stopped on Men's Volleyball, which then gave way to the VERY intriguing Men's Water Polo. Now I see the appeal of the male athletes.
505  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 31, 2012, 02:14:53 AM
God Breaking Bad is so fucking good this season.

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My feelings about Walt are constantly changing based on the situation. I love it when him and Jesse are cooking, but I hate how he is essentially terrorizing Skyler. He HAS to know what he's doing to her, because he doesn't even TRY to figure out why she had a breakdown. Also LOL at Mike's comment, "Just because you shot Jessie James, does not make you Jessie James." Fits Walt to a T.

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He knew why she had a breakdown. This season is phenomenal. Mike is fantastic. How about Skinny Pete playing piano?! BB is making a serious run at topping The Wire for my favoritest show ever.

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Skinny Pete is amazing, and of course he's crazy talented with a piano, yet he makes his living looking for scraps of work from Jesse. Him and Badger need to get a spin-off show.
506  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 29, 2012, 11:43:31 PM
God Breaking Bad is so fucking good this season.

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My feelings about Walt are constantly changing based on the situation. I love it when him and Jesse are cooking, but I hate how he is essentially terrorizing Skyler. He HAS to know what he's doing to her, because he doesn't even TRY to figure out why she had a breakdown. Also LOL at Mike's comment, "Just because you shot Jessie James, does not make you Jessie James." Fits Walt to a T.
507  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Adventures of EPDA (or how to play Final Fantasy I like a colossal dumbass) on: July 29, 2012, 11:40:15 PM
These are totes awesome. Essentially a small animation budget away from being RPGFan: The Animated Series.
508  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 29, 2012, 11:18:45 PM
Beat Vesperia today. Great great game, really enjoyed the whole thing. One of the best parts was how they handled:

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the romantic aspect, or more specifically, the lack of one. Unlike the past few Tales games, there was no romantic sub-plot in Vesperia. I mean, there is slight hinting at feelings between Yuri and Estelle, which come mostly from that scene near the end outside Aurnion, but you could also totally see their relationship as platonic. Not that I mind romantic sub-plots, its just nice to not see one shoe-horned in, or just to have a game without one for a change. Conversely, the lack of a canon pairing is a shipper's dream, since it allows shippers to pair up whomever they want, so you could theoretically pair Yuri up with Estelle, Judith, Kaufman, or even fucking Flynn or Duke if you wanted.

I also especially liked the pictures that played during the credits that follow the characters after the end of the game. I liked this cast a lot, so its nice that they showed how they just got on with their lives after saving the world.
509  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 24, 2012, 10:32:14 PM
I'm actually about to beat Vesperia (can go to final dungeon anytime now) and I have to say, I love this cast. There's just something about this disparate group of personalities that gels well for me. Really, I like every single one of them, but this is not strange, since I haven't met a Tales party character I haven't liked. There are some I'm neutral about (Colette) but none that I didn't like. Raven is totes my fav character, though I do not like playing as him.

Abyss is still going to be the best Tales game for me (of the 3 I played), but this one is very close in quality. That being said:

Abyss's magic > Vesperia's magic. I just loved that magic in Abyss came essentially from music, while Vesperia's feels like it's being made up as it goes along.
510  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Seven years later, School Days is localized on: July 20, 2012, 08:53:30 PM
I haven't played (read?) it, but I've also heard good things about Cross Channel, and I've seen it compared favorably to Ever17.
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