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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 24, 2014, 10:54:09 AM
I watched an Inside ESPN’s “I Believe” 2014 FIFA World Cup before the USA vs. Portugal game on Sunday and it was fantastic. It was great to see how a team is selected. The team spirit where players are competitors because they want to make the final cut to go to Brazil, but they're all still cheering each other on to make it is pretty cool.

Watching the program I could get the sense that USA does come out as being an underdog and soccer isn't as popular here as it is internationally, but I'm glad to see they're beginning to gain some exposure and klout as they improve. I think the team captain, Dempsey even remarked how weird it was to see a giant display of himself in Times Square.

I was sad to hear Landon Donovan didn't make the final cut. I was hoping he would since he's been one of the best players ever to come out of USA ever and is the same age as me, 32. He was a key player in the last two world cups. The good news is that he'll continue playing soccer for LA Galaxy.

It was also interesting to learn how many players actually hold multiple passports so they can play for multiple of national teams like smaller countries in Europe and many speak several languages, but at the end of the day they're still pumped up for their home team, USA.

Speaking of the games, it was gut wrenching to watch those last ten seconds of the game and seeing Cristiano Ronaldo satisfying grin with his assist for the final score to make the game a draw. Now I'm really looking forward to Thursday game to see how we do vs. Germany. Go U-S-A!
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 19, 2014, 10:55:02 AM
Animals Dancing to Salt-n-Pepa's 'Push It'
http://youtu.be/DUgKyX98n2I

Sports loving dog watching the World Cup
http://youtu.be/whoqlhlsG-8
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 13, 2014, 04:53:02 PM
I hope they're all still super-British. Nice change of pace from the same voice actors again and again, honestly.
  Aye! I second that. Some of the great memorable lines from the first game got a bit of help from that British accent, indeed.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 13, 2014, 03:10:23 PM
Published late last year, but saw this trending on Digg.com/video today, "Cattle Dance Party"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n6Ra-K7us8

Another older one, but also great. What happens when you drop a salt block into a lake? Start at 0:46.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTFBXJ3Zd_4

This cat thinks it's a dressage horse.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAzp5fMJTtk
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 10, 2014, 05:57:33 PM
First trailers reminded me of Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) now the new trailer today reminds me of Xenosaga. This game's design is all over the map, but has "X" at the heart and soul of it. Love it.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 10, 2014, 12:34:47 PM
Beat Fire Emblem 3DS: Awakening last night. Had a blast playing it. Going to continue with FFXIII-Lightning Returns this week and maybe check out Pokemon X&Y.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 05, 2014, 12:32:30 PM
Opening a few new areas and quests in Lightning Returns. Currently frustrated with the clock management. I thought I had accomplished enough side/main quests to buy me some time with the tree, but the last two times I've checked in with the Arc, I had lost two days. ::Queue, wan wan sound:: So I'm down to three days left. Question for the veteran Lightning Returns players: If I accomplish a main quest or a three-four star quest will that buy me a day? Also, what happens at zero/days/hours left? Game over screen? Lol....
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 03, 2014, 05:53:40 PM
Seeing as GoT is done for another year soon, any recomendations? I hear Fargo is good. Anyone watching it?

Fortunately there are two episodes left in Season 4 to air still. It's tough waiting a year for ten episodes of such a high production show, that I can understand. I don't know about the rest of the rpgfans here, but I haven't seen Fargo yet.

Not watching much else right now. My wife and I usually take summer TV "recess" to DVR the annual Masterchef (USA) amateur chef challenge. I'm not much of a chef or "culinary artist," but I like cheering on the underdog and watching these home cooks improve each episode.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 29, 2014, 10:58:57 AM
http://youtu.be/_AkgJZGspCM

Mario has been recruited by Mercedes Benz Japan.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 28, 2014, 01:25:56 PM
X-Men: DoFP definitely lived up to the hype. I wish I could have avoided all those trailers or news stories I was exposed to. There would have been a few more surprises for me, oh well. Still an amazing film in its own right. I can't wait for X-Men: Apocalypse two years from now if pre-production, schedules, production +post stays on track.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 28, 2014, 01:00:17 PM
Not sure when my last entry was, but I finished FFXIII-2 a few weeks ago. Started up FFXIII-Lightning Returns. I'm a little frustrated with the time constraints right now even though I'm not that far in. I realize I can't save everyone, so I'm forced to decide who's worth pursuing or pass up for the quests given. I also think I need to re-study battle mechanics again because I feel like I'm taking forever to kill a target waiting for my EP gauge to replenish. Still on the final battle of Fire Emblem: Awakening, just haven't gotten around to it.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: May 28, 2014, 12:53:34 PM
Played "Wiz War" with my wife and another couple Sunday night. Thought it would be a fun wizard game with a deck of cards that had spells and counter-spells. The game went sour fast when I played a card that let me take two of my wife's cards out of her choice seven. Turns out she needed those two cards to save her home-base remaining tablets. She retaliated by going after my wizard and taking my life down to four points where my friend then proceeded to finish me off two rounds later when I invaded his home base to take his remaining tablet. Game was over when my life points went down to zero. Interesting game, but I don't know if I'd play it again.

I like more co-op board games or games that let you collect resources to win.

My favorites are still Ticket to Ride, Stone Age, Settlers and Puerto Rico.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2014, 12:42:45 PM
I asked him what his favorite video game was and he said Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.  He is six years old!  Now in my co-workers defense she did not buy these games for him.  He played them at his cousins (ages 7 or 8), without her knowledge.

Wow... 6!? I remember when I was his age I was just getting into Nintendo with the original Mario bro's game, Zelda, Duck Hunt, Excitebike, and Final Fantasy 1 to name a few. I couldn't even fathom watching/playing Call of Duty, GTA at that age.

On a similar note of violent content, my senior year of high school I went to the theaters to see Resident Evil with my buddies. Sitting a row in front of me was a father with a daughter and I wanted to say she was between the age 5-9. In any case, way far from 17 or 18. I couldn't believe a responsible dad would bring his young daughter to a movie like that. It was crazy graphic.

With the prevalence of media and accessibility of technology, my sympathies go out to those parents with young children that are already getting exposed to these forms of entertainment at such an early age.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 22, 2014, 10:54:51 AM
If any of you guys have an eBay account, you may want to change your password. Most news sites covered the story yesterday, but I forgot to post it here. USAToday followed up with a good reminder on keeping passwords safe and more secure: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/05/22/password-protection-cybersecurity-ebay/9432075/
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 08, 2014, 05:35:03 PM
This viral video came out about a week or so ago, but kinda hit home personally even though I don't have a smartphone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY
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