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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 19, 2016, 06:17:10 PM
Raw: Raging Floodwater Released from Okla. Dam
Dam. We're going to need a bigger boat

A 4-cyl pickup truck floors it up to climb a giant sand dune
4-cylinder of wonder riding to glory

Knights fighting - Evgeniy Bedenko vs. Ivan Vasilev, M-1 Medieval - M-1 Challenge 56, Moscow
Sir, you may commeth at me, bro

Pee-wee's Big Holiday - Date Announcement - Only On Netflix [HD]
Take a seat on powder blue Chairy for this one, because he's back for the Netflix exclusive film.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 19, 2016, 03:07:28 PM
I'm admittedly a little excited to check out Chrono Cross, since there seem to be a wide range of opinions of it.

If nothing else you'll love the soundtrack. I bought the soundtrack after I beat the game and still will play in the background from time to time because it's so vividly ethereal. Excellent chill music with cool celtic and islander thematic score.

Advancing slowly in XBCX as of late. I always feel a little nervous accepting an affinity quest because I don't know if it will take me five minutes or a few hours of tracking down obscure/rare enemies or item(s). Googling message forums, Wikia or Gamefaqs to find said enemy or item to advance the affinity objectives when I'm beyond frustrated. Fortunately, I figured out how to use reward tickets sparingly to purchase the rare item to complete a quest. Big fan of using the Follow Ball when I can. With all that, I just completed Chapter 5, lol.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2016, 05:31:23 PM
@Arvis, thanks dude!

@Dice, the BRAT diet is your friend, Google it, if you don't know it ;). I went through a bout of that last week and was a bit lethargic with a weak appetite. Sleep, washing hands and trying not to be around too many people and 48 hours later, I was feeling better. I downed 64 oz of lime Gatorade to replenish my system with electrolytes. Also, I took probiotics once a day to reboot the digestive system. GL!
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2016, 04:01:27 PM
When you hear about the passing of these stars, I (a little selfishly) feel grateful for my parents and that they both are still alive at 65 and married (just celebrated 39 years! wow!). I spend more time with them now these days cooking for them or just hanging out watching football or dvr'd shows, whatevs. They raised me and helped financially support me through college and more recently through my own recent unwanted divorce. They've also recently supported my career switch decision. I don't think I could be more blessed than I am. Life is too short to take for granted and as I've been watching them age and approach retirement I've learned a new sense of gratitude in the sacrifices they made to raise me and my siblings. I hope they have many more blessed years to come.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 14, 2016, 04:49:38 PM
Uh ohs. Seems to be Playdek might be doing a little bit of this, this winter:

The Unsung Story Kickstarter Is Still Breaking Promises

Kotaku reached out to Playdek for a response but haven't heard anything from them.

Last update from Playdek was back in October with Update #48: Combat Preview https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/482445197/unsung-story-tale-of-the-guardians/posts/1388550. Kinda quiet from these guys and it looks like they mentioned in September that Unsung Story's release has been pushed back another year. I was hoping there would be more screens or info as development has gone by and the updates have been sparse at best. Wish I had better news to report here :(.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 14, 2016, 03:10:56 PM
Amen.  And thank you for bringing up the most underrated show on tv. POI is the best show I have seen since Firefly.  Fortunately, it WAS hugely popular, but I think a lot of its viewers finally clued in to the fact that it wasn't actually a police procedural, but was only pretending to be.

Underrated for sure. One of the ways I really think POI shines is the way technology plays a role as a plot device as it will relate to a number that is drawn or the big picture like AI and the machine (and Samaritan). There have been several episodes where the plot hits home personally with the viewer in terms of society as a whole, government and how people of all ages come to grips with privacy on the internet and the level of "access" we grant technology when we choose to use it. Be it computers, browsers, mobile phones, social media, websites, search engines and vulnerability to hacking/viruses/botnets. Cryptocurrencies... I mean when you think of the level and speed of innovation... There's enough content to keep this show going a while longer if the writing is consistent and focused.

My theory as to why CBS half ordered a season and is purposely delaying airing Season 5 is that the writers may have writer's block or conflicting opinions on where the direction of the show should go or conclude with a perfect ending. There's also the case of contracts, so who knows what is going behind doors in negotiating salaries for the top billed cast for each additional season. Last time I checked ratings seemed fine, so I'm not sure what more they're looking to see happen there. If you watched the final episode of Season 4 you'll get the drift that they tried to tie up loose ends with the main arcs, but in the process the team seems lost with their identities and how to protect themselves as a unit from multiple parties who don't want the machine to exist.

Whatever direction they take it, I'll continue to wait in anticipation to watch how it all ends.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad on: January 14, 2016, 02:41:05 PM
Don't remember a lot of this video game. I did watch the anime and it was pretty horrible. I can remember drudging through in a binge when the vhs tapes came out after I was out of high school. Still don't know why I kept buying them, haha. Maybe I was hoping it would get better. My hang ups were the whiny hero and the interactions with the chimera villain.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 14, 2016, 12:57:03 PM
Alan Rickman passed away today.  He was best known for playing villain Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" and Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise. He was 69.

39  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 13, 2016, 06:24:54 PM
Pyramaze is still doing their thing? Nice.  I didn't like thr Melancholy Beast album, but I really liked Legend of the Bone Carver.

Yep and I would say they have a wider appeal now. Here's the new content you can check out:

Disciples of the Sun (music video)

Back for More (lyric video)

Fearless (lyric video)
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 13, 2016, 05:17:12 PM

Hmmm... kinda weird, no? New efforts at increasing brand awareness? (Sorry I skimmed the article).
41  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 13, 2016, 04:30:01 PM
I couldn't come up with five top releases, but here's a few releases that have been on my mind. I'm mostly a power/progressive metal dude, but I do delve into other styles from time to time. See my review of Kung Fury below.

Stratovarious - Eternal  - Great album. Nice continuation from Nemesis. Favorite track would be "Lost Without a Trace". "The Lost Saga," was also a rad long concluding song to the album. I like the build up in the beginning, wish more songs on the album mirrored more of this style. Overall a great polished production. I've been a long time fan of these guys. Hard to believe this was their 16th album. Wow.

Royal Hunt - XIII - Devi's Dozen - Decent album, but I prefer the previous album "A Life To Die For" better. The new album felt a little "meh" for me this time around.

Pyramaze - Disciples of the Sun - New singer and guitarist. This act caught my interest because Jacob Hansen left Anubis Gate to help retool the band and improve the studio recording sound. Favorite track was "Fearless" awesome build up and surprisingly a great track to get bumped up for some sport activity or hitting the gym.

Kung Fury (Soundtrack) - Total trip to the 80s. Not my usually listening style, but I liked the throwback tunes. The music reminded me of an 80s workout video. I could just imagine someone with a big afro wearing a headband and wristbands dancing to these songs. Also, nice touch by getting David Hasselhoff to sing "True Survivor." For those who haven't seen this movie yet, see it! It was a hilarious 30 minute short that ran on Netflix. Also free on YouTube somewhere...

*edit* Albums I still need to check out are the new Galneryus, Coldplay and Deathcab for Cutie.

*second edit* I completely forgot to mention Cain's Offering "Storm Crow" Awesome sophomore album. I was surprised they waited so many years for a follow up to their 2009 debut album. It's the brain child of former lead guitarist Jani from Sonata Arctica and members of Stratovarius. Favorite track was "Best of Times" Not too many weak songs. Only one song bugged me was "Antemorten" .. it sounded a bit too much like a copied riff from Nightwish, but other than that excellent power metal.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2016, 12:30:53 PM
Playing two games at the moment. XBCX and FFX/-2 HD Remaster (PS4).

Xenoblade Chronicles X
Just started chapter four. Funny (embarrassing on my part) story with this game. My first start with this game after Christmas I chose Curator class and got about 8-10 hours in, then I had the brilliant idea to create a new character with my four year old niece... cute with purple hair, blue eyes and a butterfly face cheek tattoo to boot.. she loved it. The problem? I saved over my main character not knowing I had only one save slot for this game. Wooo hoo! (Not). So big sigh... after she left after the holidays I had to start all over. Thank god for the ability to skip scenes. The silver lining in this boo boo was that I redesigned my character to a look I liked that I won't mind seeing for 100 hours and I chose Pathfinder class from the get go. Although, I'm aware that I change division class at the barracks computer any time. I'm getting better at using the game pad more effectively the second time around in exploring/questing and acquiring skills/class abilities for certain quests. I played the heck out of the original Xenoblade and am still stunned how well this spiritual sequel is made. So much to explore, so much detail, it's mind blowing. With the sheer amount of content of this game, I could probably play this game for a year, hahaha.

FFX HD Remaster (PS4)
I wrote a little about my experience in the main General Final Fantasy thread with Tidus infamous laughter scene. Anyway, I just finished Macalania, so I think I'm a little over way done with the game. Definitely getting some nostalgic feels with some of these locations and cut scenes. I still vividly remember playing this game the first time when I was a senior in high school in 2000. I could probably be further along with beating this, yet I realized how much I still love the Sphere Grid.

Other games on my radar would be to play Legend of Heroes on Steam. I played some of the original on PSP, but have forgotten most of the story arcs and characters. So I might pick up the original and SC on Steam before moving onto Cold Steel. Questions for you guys, which port to get Cold Steel on PS3 (playable on PS4 right?) or Vita? I have both PS4 and Vita.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 12, 2016, 02:55:30 PM
Finally an "update" from CBS on the status of the half ordered 13 episodes of Person of Interest. The show will finally return this year and air this spring. It isn't confirmed as far as I know, but it would appear that season 5 may very well be the final season. http://tvline.com/2016/01/12/person-of-interest-season-5-premiere-date/. I hope the show gets a grand send off if it's to be the final season.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 07, 2016, 01:40:20 PM
Happy belated New Year's everybody. Here's some great videos to start off the year with some laughter.

Star Wars a ferret saga
I died in cuteness at 0:09.

Roman Candle Minigun (1001 shots in 45 seconds)
Well that's one way to get someone's attention, hah.

Lamborghini fording the flooded San Diego River 01-05-2016
Like a true stallion.

Queensland Floods - Drought Relief Double Rainbow (original)
Begs to be autotuned, lol.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 06, 2016, 06:10:35 PM
Lol, so this seemed appropriate. Disclaimer: don't turn your speakers up too loud if you don't want to freak out a significant other, roomie, friend or family member. Better yet... use headphones, hah.

Tremor (Tidus Laugh Remix)

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