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76  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 22, 2014, 11:27:33 PM
Thanks to RPGFan, I became a fan of RPGs again.

Ten or so years ago, I sold most of my ps1-2 games around the time I graduated college and didn't play RPGs for quite some time. Reading the reviews here helped me get back into RPGs and discover my passion for them. I couldn't imagine what I would have missed out on if I had passed up Xenoblade Chronicles or even giving the FFXIII series a try again after I got semi-jaded on FFXIII-1 to discovering how much fun FFXIII-2 really was.

Recently this year I've become a convert to 3DS rpgs (starting with Bravely Default) and then I started getting to know more people on here. Some solid advice from members here on strategy for gameplay that paid off when my players felt underdeveloped or feeling stuck.

I've been enjoying SMTIV lately and oddly enough it's the first SMT title I've played since Persona 1 back on the old ps1. I'm eagerly looking forward to SMT x Fire Emblem whenever that sees the light of day.

It's also fun having other interests in common with you guys on here besides rpgs like anime, football, movies, tv shows, music, etc.
77  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 21, 2014, 01:33:32 PM
Half way through A Dance With Dragons right now. You guys convinced me on the Black Company so I got that book and Books of the South collection yesterday in the mail. Looking forward to reading those.
78  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 21, 2014, 10:32:40 AM
::sings:: who let the dogs out??

Cora says goodbye to her pacifier. lol. loved the sarah mcclachlan music in background.

What if Michael Bay Directed "UP"? 'SPLOSIONS!
79  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2014, 10:57:41 AM
I was off work yesterday due to my wife having knee surgery. She's stubborn, and hates asking for help, so the next 4-6 weeks should be fun.

My son started 8th grade on Monday. How the HELL did that happen? Makes me feel old.

Ouch, have fun with that. My wife spent the summer at physical therapy twice a week to fix her broken lower back. I'm not sure if it was the sciatic nerve, but the lower back injury caused by landing on her foot awkwardly traveled up her IT band to her lower back where the pain swelled. Next week she'll finally start PT recovery once a week (down from twice a week), but her modus operandi has been stretching and doing resistance band exercises 15 mins before bed followed by an ice pack for 15 mins every night. I've had to do all the muscle work (which is fine being a guy). Patience, smile and empathy will go a long way and maybe some laughter together when your wife starts to feel over the recovery. Good luck!

Thanks for empathy guys on my thumbnail. It's not completely coated black, just a bit in the middle, so there's a chance I won't lose the nail or have to pop it, but we'll see. Hopefully the swelling will ease and the thumbnail will heal on its own. Cheers!
80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2014, 04:05:00 PM
Did something this morning that I haven't done since I was a little kid.

I slammed my thumb on a door. This door happened to be my car door. I even heard a "semi-click" sound before the pain sent a signal to my brain.

Worst part wasn't the pain. The worst part was actually screaming in embarrassingly high pitch notes.

My wife unfortunately was there to witness all this humor in the passenger seat and make fun of me. I told her I was trying not to wake up the neighbors at 6:45 AM.

I have a nice black/blood stain over the nail as a friendly reminder to not rush leaving for work in the morning. Fortunately, I didn't break my finger and I can still bend it ok. Just had to ice it for 15 minutes to get the swelling down and 2 Ibuprofens.
81  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 15, 2014, 06:20:28 PM
For my Gundam hommies:

Gundam Reconguista in G's 3rd Promo Streamed

More info here:

I like the new Gundam designs for "G-Serufu". Nice little break from the U.C. with the Regild Century.
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 15, 2014, 04:07:29 PM
Marmot discovers a GoPro camera. Cute part starts at 0:22
83  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 14, 2014, 01:55:22 PM

84  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 02:34:54 PM
Interesting tidbit about Snowpiercer was that it was written and directed by a South Korean, Joon-ho Bong. I liked the movie, surprisingly more violent than I expected it to be.

I watched Riddick finally on DVR. As far as the trilogy goes... I would rate them in this order: Pitch Black > Riddick > Chronicles of Riddick. The action sequences were alright for Riddick. The visuals reminded me more of Pitch Black, which was cool. Sometimes I had a hard time hearing the dialog over the music and effects, but other than that it was ok. Oh and I discovered it has Bautista (also from Guardians).

Speaking of Guardians... I still need to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Hopefully this next week or so. My wife always likes to wait a few weeks before she goes to see a popular movie. She likes her space in the row; shrugs. Also on the fence on Ninja Turtles. I grew up with them in the 80s, but I'm wondering when do (you) or does anyone become too old for this stuff? Plus, I got no kids to partake in this nostalgia.
85  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 11, 2014, 02:05:33 PM
Interesting article (and social experiment) on Wired.com about the Facebook "Like" phenomena. A great read.


Interesting quote from artist Andy Warhol:
"...Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we’re getting more and more that way. I think everybody should be a machine. I think everybody should like everybody."
86  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 11, 2014, 12:54:36 PM
The Gregory Brothers Remixed 'Apparently' Kid

Catchy tune stays in your head, haha.
87  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Football!! on: August 08, 2014, 06:33:26 PM
...but watching Hilton burn Sherman and Thomas for a huge TD was amazing.

Whenever I hear Sherman's name, I think of his epic rant against 49rs Crabtree post-game playoff victory about he's the best CB in the game. Hilarious reaction from kids who watched his video and asked questions to explain his behavior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-I_q7CjPlM. There's also a few parodies and rap remix on YouTube, but the kid's reaction was priceless. I remember watching the game live earlier this year with my friends on the couch and after watching Sherman's rant live, I turned to my friends and asked them, "did we really just watch this?" lol. Good times.

Onto this current season, I'll still be rooting for my home team, the Chargers who are good in the regular season, but always struggle in the post season. Just don't ask the kicker to put up the pressure of winning playoff games.

This will be my second year playing fantasy football. Can't wait! :)
88  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 08, 2014, 12:18:22 PM
Some good points you made there Kevadu on subs.

Like Annubis I grew up on dubs too. I still remember waking up early on the west coast to tape Record of Lodoss War, Appleseed (80's movie), Akira, Iria: Zeirum the Animation on Sci Fi (Syfy) Channel's Anime Saturdays on VHS. Probably seen a bootleg of Robotech on VHS countless times. I grew attached to some of the dub voices because to me at the time they really were genuine and cared about their roles, but I'm still open to giving subs a try when the anime is excellent.

I've had heard good things lately about Crunchyroll improving as well, so it's probably worth giving them another try if I want to check out more recent animes.

Does Crunchyroll have old school Gundam?

I've seen almost every single Gundam except Turn A Gundam and Victory Gundam and the most "recent" Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation (movies). I definitely want to check out Mobile Suit Gundam UC (OAV) because it's too expensive to buy in the states on Blu-Ray and was bummed when Bandai Ent. seized making dvds and blu-ray in 2012 and subsequently canceled Turn A.
89  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2014, 03:22:07 PM
The sidequests kind of piss me off -- they're sort of mandatory for getting non-trivial amounts of money/if you don't want to grind, and they expire after a certain point, so it... feels obligatory to do them as soon as they come up.

Sounds like my experience with Lightning Returns. You need the sidequests, canvas prayer requests to help Lightning grow her stats. I wasn't conscious of time management earlier on in the game when exploring the maps, but towards the end, I felt like I was spamming chronostasis. I had to make sure I kept my energy points up with a little extra anxiety tapped in the mix to beef up Lightning before going into beat the game boss time if I had to teleport somewhere to complete a sidequest. I still enjoyed the game, but FFXIII-2 is still my favorite in the series.

Also, Aeolus, hilarious recap of FFX. Thanks for the lols man.

As far as my journal update, I've been playing a little Shovel Knight, Pokemon X, but I'll probably put those aside soon to play Persona 4 Golden (Vita) and SMT 4 (3DS).
90  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 07, 2014, 12:04:20 PM
I'm a bit out of the loop with anime, but apparently Netflix has been snatching up "newer" (depends on which way you look at it) anime left and right. My brother just told me to check out Captain Harlock Saga 2013 movie which I think is a retailing of the old school anime in a two hour block with killer CGI. As well as Knights of Sedonia which I was told is cool mecha (exclusive?) anime harken back to the old school anime; Robotech.

And finally, Sword Art Online is supposed to be cool for those who are into MMORPGs and anime (I don't play MMORPGs, but I get the lingo since my wife's really into Guild Wars 2). I'm not the type who has to stream fansubs as soon as their available for current airing seasons in Japan as I'm a bit more of a casual anime watcher these days, but with the titles mentioned above, I def. have the extra motivation to look into Netflix now.

Good times!
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