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6121  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: December 12, 2006, 01:15:06 AM
Just read Heinrich Böll - Die Blasse Anne. Need to reread it to make sure I got all the words and stuff.

More importantly, I finished Dhalgren. I want to reread the ending just so I get all the words there. I didn't quite understand it, really, but I have some ideas as to the ending. It's odd, though. Someone mentioned that it has different meanings depending on when you read it in your life. Being a freshman in college, I guess I'm relating some of the stuff that happened in Bellona in the book to what I've seen about college life so far. It is sort of an interesting parallel, even if it's not intentional. I think the loss of symbolism/arbitrary symbolism thing that comes up can relate to any life change, maybe?
6122  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 20, 2006, 03:21:05 PM
Probably going to start reading Siddhartha in German again. That, or Goethe. It really says something about a society when the lack of higher-level language reference books pretty much anywhere drives one to randomly diving through Project Gutenburg, and misspelling it in the process. F**K.
6123  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: September 18, 2006, 04:10:06 PM
I generally dislike minigames because they sort of take you out of the flow of the game, especially action based ones. Especially action based ones with bad control. Like FFVII.

I make a few exceptions.

Minigames are okay if.

A) It's Space Harrier.
B) They're something more turn-basedy, like a card game. Might and Magic 7 had the most amazing card minigame.
C) They're actually being displayed as a game within the game, and aren't some jarring complete change in gameplay. IE, not FFVII's motorocycle bit, but puzzle boy from SMT:N or the casinos from Persona are cool. IE games you could see your CHARACTER playing.
D) If they're inobtrusive or inconsequential if you feel like ignoring them. Namely the hunts from DDS, or the Amala Diver bits in SMT:N.
E) If it's a more actiony minigame, but it's more frequently and more well implemented. IE if the bike bit in FFVII had better control and WASN'T a once-off affair.
6124  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 11, 2006, 12:14:41 PM
Philip K. Dick?
6125  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: April 30, 2006, 01:43:49 AM
Just watched the final episode of Eva again. I liked the series a lot more this time around. I guess because the first time I watched it was via crapped RealMovie files I got off of DirectConnect which didn't have any sound and only subs :P

Spoilers, obviously.

Anyway, I like the TV ending better than EoE. Eps 25 and 26 are really expiremntal, sort of reminiscient of Koyaanistqatsi, and, realistically, relate more to the underlying *theme* of the series. EoE simply directly continues the plot without paying any real attention to the psychological aspects. I mean, in eps 25 and 26, Shinji learns to, erm... at least deal with his psychological issues. And it's a lot more hopeful, really, and the possibility that it pops up for... well, the normal world being the real one and the Eva world being some sort of schizophrenic hallucination is fascinating. EoE just... has... a lot of confused religious imagery and Shinji strangling Asuka on a beach.
6126  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: April 21, 2006, 07:41:48 PM
Reading two right now, actually.

Samuel R. Delany - Dhalgren. I've  been reading this since last summer (August, 2005 :P). Barring MAYBE Catch-22, it's my favorite book evar. It's more like a large sculpture that you can read than a story, I guess. It's sort of something that eludes description.

Also gravity's rainbow.
6127  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: March 14, 2006, 10:21:57 PM
Hugo was, like, the only white Karayan.

On that note, I can't bear actual bears. I fucking HATE those goddamn shagbeasts.
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