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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 02, 2016, 11:02:47 PM
I don't feel like I ever 'became' an atheist.  I grew up without much religion in the first place and for me at least it was just kind of the default.
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 28, 2016, 09:37:07 PM
I mostly just stream to PCs (and yes, I have a PC hooked up to my TV).  I'll agree that Crunchyroll's apps never seemed very good...but I don't use them.  Their website has always worked great for me.

Funimation's website, on the other hand, is an abomination.  Whoever designed that piece of crap should be shot.

I don't mind paying for things at all.  I just want them to actually work.
48  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 28, 2016, 01:54:38 PM
I try to support legitimate streaming sites.  Really, I do.  But Funimation's site is so bad I can't stand to watch anything on it...videos don't always load, some of their tabs don't even work, everything is so poorly organized, it takes far more clicks than should be necessary to do anything, every click is accompanied by excruciatingly long load times...

Get your fucking shit together, Funimation.  I may end up just going back to piracy...

Funimation's streaming site is basically Hulu+.

If all of their stuff was on Hulu that would be a huge improvement.  But it's not.
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 28, 2016, 12:06:11 AM
I try to support legitimate streaming sites.  Really, I do.  But Funimation's site is so bad I can't stand to watch anything on it...videos don't always load, some of their tabs don't even work, everything is so poorly organized, it takes far more clicks than should be necessary to do anything, every click is accompanied by excruciatingly long load times...

Get your fucking shit together, Funimation.  I may end up just going back to piracy...
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 27, 2016, 11:13:36 PM
Friend of mine is trying to argue that uncharted 4 has better graphics than XV. I show him these screens..."Cinematics don't count."

I really can't wait to see the full finished game in action.

I don't really think that's an unreasonable argument at all if somebody is comparing pre-rendered cinematics to a game that does everything in-engine.  That wouldn't be a fair comparison at all...and as I understand it Uncharted 4 does everything real-time (though I haven't actually played it yet...).

That said, it's not like the real-time graphics of FFXV are bad at all.  They're pretty amazing too.  But you're not going to prove that with pre-rendered stuff.
51  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 27, 2016, 11:05:53 PM
http://myfigurecollection.net/item/429201
Another version of Muramasa's Momohime figure is getting a release.  Nicer colours, meant to match (i think) the game's aesthetic.  Very lovely, up for preorder at Amiami



I need this. I absolutely need it.

Already preordered.

I actually almost bought the original Momohime figure used at one point but backed out when the seller only mentioned at the last minute that the box was heavily damaged.  Now I'm glad I didn't go for it...
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 23, 2016, 07:57:17 PM
Heard good things about Re: Zero, but now that its on epi 8 I figured I'd wait until its finished.

It's two cour so that's still a long wait.  Though seeing how there are 8 volumes of the novels already, two cour isn't exactly going to finish anything...

Oh just meant I'll wait until the season is over.

No, I get that.  I'm just saying that since it's two cour you're going to be waiting until the end of next season if you want the current run to be over.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 23, 2016, 11:03:41 AM
Heard good things about Re: Zero, but now that its on epi 8 I figured I'd wait until its finished.

It's two cour so that's still a long wait.  Though seeing how there are 8 volumes of the novels already, two cour isn't exactly going to finish anything...
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 23, 2016, 02:19:03 AM
Re:Zero

I can't believe I almost missed this show.

I remember reading the description and thinking it sounded completely boring and generic.  I mean, another random Japanese guy gets summoned to another world where he is given some kind of super power story?  Based on a light novel, of course.  There are only 20 million similar stories out there already and most of them are terrible.  I can't blame anyone, including myself, for passing on this one.

But I was looking for something new to watch today so I decided to finally give it a shot.  And after a rough start (to be frank the first half of the first ep didn't do much to change my initial impression) I was hooked.  This show is fantastic.  Yeah, there are a lot of stories out there with similar premises, but it just goes to show you how important execution is.  Things that make this story stand out from the crowd include:

1. 8 episodes in and nobody has so much as mentioned a "demon lord".  OK that's a minor thing but seeing how most of these stories start out it's still refreshing...

2. A sense of mystery.  Why is it that in so many of these stories the protagonist is transported to another world and then finds that things works exactly like some video game he's already familiar with?  This is the rare show where the protagonist is really completely lost from the start (as anyone would be if they were suddenly transported to another world) and has to figure things out.

3. Subaru's ability is definitely powerful but since he doesn't have any real control over it, it never feels like a complete 'cheat' ability.  Actually it feels more like he's being manipulated according to the whims or who or what gave him that power.

4. Minimal harem BS.  I can't say zero since there are a number of female characters, but here at least the protagonist pretty clearly has his heart on one person from early on.  And he doesn't waver much.

5.  Actual world building.  I saved this one for last because it's so important.  And I'm going to repeat it because it's so important:

ACTUAL WORLD BUILDING

"World building" does not mean here's a bunch of exposition, please memorize it.  When the protagonist arrives in this world he knows absolutely nothing about it.  But he slowly learns about it along with the viewer and as the pieces start being put together you begin to realize that even seemingly minor things mentioned in passing in the first episode were actually important.  There's a real mythos and backstory to this world but it's not shoved in your face.  Yet at the same time everything is very consistent.  This should be common sense but it's so friggin rare in these kind of stories...

But putting aside "these kind of stories", even on its own this is a very enjoyable show I would recommend to anyone.  I'd say it's easily the best show of the season but to be frank it's not a very strong season so that doesn't feel like much of a compliment.  But it's good, watch it.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2016, 11:34:23 PM
I've never bothered with Five Guys. They opened one near my work a while back, and I was abhorred at the prices people were telling me they were paying. I've had gourmet ground steak burgers from steak houses that were cheaper than that.

You're not missing much in my opinion.  I gave Five Guys a try just to see what all the hype was about and my conclusion was pretty much:  Wait...that's it?
56  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 18, 2016, 03:02:47 AM
Never retreated to "Independent games" though as a salvation per se.

In my opinion indie games are just as bad about retreading stuff as AAA games.  It's just that the particular stuff they retread is different.  "Oh wow, a puzzle-platformer!  With pixel art!  That's never been done before!"

Well I guess between the two of them it's usually possible to find something to play...
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 13, 2016, 12:03:14 PM
Absinthe ice cream would be pretty awesome now that I think about it...
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: May 12, 2016, 11:52:17 PM
Get a first gen ps3. Full ps2 backwards compatibility, full psn functionality, all ps3 titles function fine on it. Best of the ps2 and ps3 together.

Good luck finding one that still works...
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2016, 03:09:31 PM
I didn't say I went to bed, just that I fell asleep.  It wasn't planned...
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 30, 2016, 02:17:47 PM
Really nice Lightning bust (er, hips and higher) up for preorder

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-018952&page=top

Definitely prefer this to the Play Arts series.  Hopefully they do more, and hopefully outside of the Nomura-based comfort zone (I was so happy when Dissidia's release meant a lot more merch from the other FF games).

I can't help but feel that they should have just added some legs and finished the figure...
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