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76  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2015, 03:08:46 PM
Video: Mute City in Mario Kart 8 Just Got Crazy Courtesy of 200cc Racing

Omg... this makes me want a new F-Zero game. I loved playing F-Zero on the SNES growing up. Digging the new speed of Mario Kart at 200cc looks super fast.
77  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 13, 2015, 12:53:52 PM
Tried to watch the season five premiere of Game of Thrones last night but I fell asleep due to nasty jet lag after returning to the states after spending two weeks in South Korea. Never thought I could fall asleep watching Game of Thrones, but ya... jet lag.

The controversial direction I heard this season without giving away spoilers is that the ten episode season will abandon the books somewhat. G.R.R.M. couldn't get out his upcoming book, The Winds of Winter before this season premiered, so the show will be heading into uncharted territory so to speak. I've read all the books, so I'll just have to find out what happens like all the other non-readers of the series, heh.

On a related note, I heard that the first couple of episodes leaked online last weekend. Doh! Hopefully Twitter or the blogosphere won't go nuts and spoil everything. I'll have to keep my spoiler sunglasses on so I don't get spoiled by anything.

And on a final note although not on SNL, I loved this skit Seth Meyers produced for his talk show with having Jon Snow over as a mock dinner guest. He's in character and costume in a modern day NYC condo/apt. living setting attempting to have a pleasant meal conversation with Seth's friends. Anyway, without giving away more, it's a good laugh if you'll haven't seen it. Currently has 5 million views. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BabsgCQhpu4
78  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 27, 2015, 02:13:16 PM
Japanese Quintet Performs A Gorgeous Rendition Of The Hyrule Field Theme From 'Ocarina Of Time'

Love these guy's video games covers. They've done some killer covers from the Chrono games in the past. Speaking of which... here's my favorite:

Corridors of Time - Chrono Trigger / 時の回廊 - クロノトリガー

Runner up:

Wind Scene - Chrono Trigger / 風の憧憬 - クロノトリガー
79  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robotech movie apparently going ahead on: March 26, 2015, 01:53:24 PM
Here's an update from Sony Pictures posted last night. Apparently they want to throw the franchise tag w/o even first seeing the first film out, that's gutsy...


One thing I think is risky for this franchise, is trying to re-establish the recognition/relevance of Robotech. I grew up with it as Macross (I'm 33 now...) and the subsequent series that followed it with Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA in the 80s, but I don't think this upcoming generation know what Robotech/Macross is...

Best of luck to all the companies involved in this adaption. Hopefully with all the time that has passed has given them time to gives this series the respect and treatment it deserves. ::fingers crossed::
80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 26, 2015, 01:26:27 PM
Not to derail the discussion on "their early stuff was better...," in favor of Gundam, yet I wish there was a website that had every known Gundam anime that you could stream for a subscription service. A high quality streaming service like Netflix that allowed you to listen to dubs in multiple languages and the original Japanese language for those with that preference. No commercials or target ad sponsoring, just straight up Gundam. Trivial information that blended the look and data (and design) management of IMDb, AnimeNewsNetwork and Wiki.

I used to collect all Gundam English dubs on DVD back when Bandai Entertainment was faithfully licensing them like a machine, dubbing them and bringing them here in the states before the anime DVD industry burst about a decade ago.

I guess I could sign up for a premium Crunchy Roll subscription, but when I searched their site all I found was dedicated pages/"channels" with some screenshots, episode titles, year the series ran in Japan... but remarkably no videos. I still have yet to view Gundam UC: Unicorn, but it's crazy expensive on blu-ray going for anywhere between $24-65 USD on Amazon. Sigh...
81  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 24, 2015, 01:48:22 PM
Continuing with the animal theme that I started yesterday, I laughed out loud at this one.

Dog Left in SUV Blares Horn Because Seriously, People, WTF?
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Digital VS Physical on: March 24, 2015, 01:15:56 PM
I prefer games in physical because they look great on a bookshelf. Plus they used to come with a physical manual, but it seems the trend these days is to get access to view the manual via internet/electronic (paper/cost saving for the company?). I'm not a big fan of that method though because I like to have the physical manual in my lap so I can change focus of the video game on screen and what I'm reading in my lap. It also gives my eyes time to adjust or take a break between mediums.

It's nice to buy the physical copy in stores too. I've casually browsed GameStop and other stores and looked at the game cover to decide whether or not I want to purchase the game. I don't have to wait for the game to ship. I can just go home and put the game into my console and immediately start playing vs. downloading via PSN or Nintendo's eShop.

I know digital storage can be an issue for other gamers too. I don't have too many titles so I don't have to worry about space on my console/portable like others. I can imagine the hard drive space for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV and Xenoblade Chronicles X will be huge pain for gamers to download/store on their consoles.

I used to collect a lot of CDs, but after I grew tired of a particular genre I sold a mass collection of CDs to a store at the time "Sell It On eBay," since I was too lazy to sell and ship them through eBay, heh.

I also love to collect video game soundtracks to RPGs I dig, but often times I have to import a physical CD from Japan if they don't sell an mp3 collection of the soundtrack online. My most recent purchase was the soundtrack to Xenoblade Chronicles.
83  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 24, 2015, 11:51:47 AM
George R.R. Martin's first three books in A Song of Fire and Ice released 1996-2000. Mr. Martin veraciously and passionately wrote the first three books flawlessly (probably thinking 3 and done). Since then he typically takes on average five years before putting the next installment onto shelves and the books have gotten longer. He's become so famous for procrastinating on his books that there have been parodies done by SNL as well as a few articles of theories and charts on why (or when) he'll eventually publish the next book in the series. Or even memes for that matter like this great one, "...every time someone asks when the next book is coming out, I'll kill a Stark." Hah. Some theorize that due to the enormous pressure and attention he's received thanks to the world wide success of the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones that he now struggles to complete the series.

Video Games
Vandal Hearts for me was the first and best SRPGs I've ever played. I thought Vandal Hearts 2 was a downgrade. Visually and the story telling didn't captivate me like the first game. Also a decade or so later a short game was released in 2010 to the Playstation Network and XBOX Live as a prequel, Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment. The gameplay was alright, but I couldn't get over their bobble head characters and the horrible cringe-worthy cut scenes.

Final Fantasy and the good ol' days of their "golden age" in the 90s. I'd write more here, but I know the series current state has been debated heavily here and across other RPG sites.

In Flames. Wow. What happened to these guys? They created the signature Gothenburg Metal sound in the mid 90s then starting about five or so years ago went Alternative Metal. You can def. tell their signature guitar sound went down after Jesper left the band. Also Anders sang more of his songs than his good growl sound... which inadvertently made the songs sound more emo.

Sonata Arctica. One of my first and favorite power metal bands. "Ecliptica" through "Reckoning Night" were great, but then beginning with "Unia" they started veering away from power metal and seemed to be go more mainstream with their success. Around this time their original and lead guitarist, Jani Liimatainen left which I think didn't help matters. Recently with "Pariah's Child"they tried to recapture their power metal magic of the past albums like "Silence," but for me it sort of felt flat. I can accept that after fifteen years of a band you may want to venture into new genres to help the band evolve, but I think sometimes that can be a double edged sword, where you steer too far off course and alienate your core fanbase.

Terminator series. Loved the first two, but then after that they started rehashing/retelling history than started to convoluted the storyline. The new one coming out this years looks interesting visually (and has the girl who plays Daenerys in Game of Thrones), but I'm not sure where this story, "Genesys" fits in the general Terminator timeline...

I agree with your guys points on Tomino and the Gundam series. Maybe Tomino changed with the times after decades of animation styles and storytelling evolved over time.
84  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 23, 2015, 08:25:29 PM
Do you recommend Arrow??

I haven't watched Arrow yet since I just started watching The Flash after the pilot episode premiered last Fall. What I've been told is that Arrow is much more grittier and set in more real world setting rather than the arguably "toned down/happier" setting of Central City in The Flash. The Flash/Arrow did however have a cool two episode crossover arch last December that aired over two nights. The ratings were huge for CW so I think that's what started the buzz that led to the recently announced upcoming spinoff that has yet to be filmed. Personally, I'm waiting for this current season of Arrow to come to Netflix so I can binge watch the show before going to DVR the next season.

The show is a bit cheesy...

True that. The love triangle (quadriangle??) can get a bit much. Iris (Candice Patton) acting does feel forced sometimes with all the flirting and mixed signals she gives Barry Allen but eh... I dunno. I have to remind myself often primarily what the CW audience airs/targets to.

Ah yes, more stereotypes found here or when Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) scientist being smart but confused with social cues, lol... Got have the light and dorky conversations to lighten the mood sometimes, specially around Dr. Harrison Wells.

Anyway, hope you keep enjoying the show--it's a blast!
85  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 23, 2015, 03:04:34 PM
Baby Farm Animals Happily Traipse Around

Probably the happiest video I've ever viewed on a Monday, haha.
86  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 19, 2015, 01:52:17 PM
Wow. That Flash episode Tuesday night, "Out of Time." Absolutely crazy. Usually in most 23 episode-season run series the writers stretch out plotlines over the season. I felt like that episode had major implications for the future of the show. Without spoiling too much for RPGfans who haven't seen the show or particularly the episode aired this week we'll just say time travel will play a major role in future episodes to come. The tricky thing is how will the writers write/re-write the timeline to come without confusing and frustrating fans of the show and comic with having to keep track of timelines. Also, with the recently announced The Flash/Arrow spinoff... I wonder if they'll try to resolve plotlines there. Although... who knows when they'll film it and release the pilot episode.
87  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2015, 01:25:53 PM
Hey Mickey, this is probably unsolicited advice, but I recommend exercise (particular emphasis on cardio) and meditation (or timed breathing repetition exercises) as two effective strategies to combat anxiety and ADHD. Those two strategies help me out when I'm feeling overwhelmed and need immediate self-help. Running for me is an immediate mood booster/stress reducer. If you can't run, I'm sure walking would help if you're physically able. Swimming/biking are also low impact cardio ways to consider. Also, the concentration from meditation will help balance your prefrontal cortex from feeling flooded and overwhelmed with conflicting neuro signals (priorities). They also say petting an animal for 15 minutes can also be effective, calming and help reduce stress. I'm not a doctor or psyc. but that's what has worked for me personally. Best of luck man, you got this!
88  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 16, 2015, 01:17:13 PM
One more day of weather hovering at 90 degrees F here in Southern California. I guess we skipped Spring and jumped straight into Summer. :P
89  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 12, 2015, 03:33:24 PM
Yuki Kadono Winning Slopestyle Run Back to Back 1620s at the Burton U.S. Open

Sicktight. Money shot starts at 00:40:00.

Earl Sinclair performs Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

Nice throwback to "Dinosaur" popular early 90s show. Amazing that some random guy put this perfect mashup together in three days during his downtime.
90  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2015, 12:55:15 PM
I kept a "normal" diet the last few days and that's helped.

Oh diets. I lost 10lbs on Atkins in the last two weeks or so. I really miss carbs. I cry every time someone's macking down on a french fry in front of me.
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