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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 20, 2014, 11:20:45 PM
My biggest problem with the trilogy was that Thorin Oakshield, while the driving force of the adventure, isn't the main character of There and Back Again/The Hobbit, and the fact that the movies tries to make him into the main character over Bilbo is probably their greatest failing.

To be fair[?], I have no problem with giving Richard Armitage more screen time...  Because yum.  I MEAN, HE'S TALENTED.  Even in Dwarven outfit.

Also, not to bring up Hunger Games for nothing short of a dumb point.  But I love that the winner of the Hunger Games gets a beautiful and new and explicitly Victorian Era home (even though the Capitol is clearly capable of holograms and other cool futuristic-things).  COMPLETE WITH: BUTTER CHURNER.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 20, 2014, 11:53:24 AM
Ferguson's done? That's too bad, I didn't watch regularly, but I'd randomly catch it now and then and he's a pretty entertaining guy.

Korra

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Lesbians out of nowhere, still less forced than Korra and Mako(Who ended up a alright dude when  not in a love triangle). Forget about them though, it's all about Varrick and Zhu li

Show did fail to live up to tla, but it did steadily improve as it went on.

For someone who's basically Stalin, Hitler AND genderswapped Rossiu, Kuvira was pretty damn likable.

If they bothered to spend OOOOONE episode for them two, I would have bought it better (like how Katara and Zuko had 'their episode' together, or Sokka and Zuko did too).  It's nice they tried to build it up with season 3 and on, but it seriously wasn't enough but two friends hanging out.

The Colbert finale had all the pomp and ridiculousness I hoped it would.  He'll be missed, but i look forward to him being a late night host.  I'll miss the character for sure.  I should go track the Ferguson finale one too; I didn't actively watch him, but I liked when I saw it.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS Vita worth it for JRPGs? on: December 20, 2014, 01:29:27 AM
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 20, 2014, 01:20:49 AM
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 19, 2014, 11:21:42 PM
Legend of Korra

DONE. Goodbye Korra, continue your adventure into the spirit realm and all that whatnot and have a good vacay.  
Curious what Dante and Brian will both work on after this....Now, I'm just super saiyan, Present/Future Avatar would be awesome. But maybe after some times passes.

 Just to say what's all on our minds:
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Holy shit, is Korrasami ....like... real?????  Do we have a Nick show with a [b][i]very[/i][/b] platonically ambiguous (but not) relationship between two female characters?????  HAH!!!  Holy crap!  I definitely wasn't sold with JUST hand holding, but that stare into each others eyes was seriously romantic.  

Honestly, I kinda wish the show didn't even waste time with Mako as a love interest to begin with (hell, i liked Korra's half-date with Bolin more than the entire "saga" with Mako), and focused more on Korra and Asami building a relationship (in whatever way).  This would have been much more interesting IMO than wasting time with her silly crush on the 'handsome dude' because he was handsome.  Despite me liking the 'progressive twist', it still felt a bit forced... Katara and Zuko had an episode just to bond, Korra and Asami didn't, they just kinda started getting along super well all of a sudden. But I think that's a gripe I kinda have with the Avatar series in general too.

I can say that there was no real surprises and the journey was more interesting than the ending.  The bit with the spirit realm fell largely arbitrary, the villains had fallen, the heroes mostly cheated death, and someone got married --- yaay, good times for all.  The "Let's go on a vacation" "OK!" was really quick, sudden, and kinda campy even though I admire the progressive implications (though the writing for the series' was never really subtle).  And for a show with so many characters, an epilogue would have been nice.  But I wonder if we'll get those post-story comics like TLA had (which were actually quite good to read).  Certainly, despite the faults of these characters or the problems in how they're presented, I did like how 'real' they felt.  Suyin's chat with her son about "people being complicated" works so well for this and the show always struck a balance with them.

I did like the final showdown.  Indeed for the somewhat lack of "epic" the ending had (I still think that whole 'first avatar' story would have been best saved for the ending of the FINAL season than in the middle of the second, it was really hard to top that bit of exposition), I did like the final bout Korra had with Kuvira and how they really had to hammer into her before she gave up.  Kuvira, while a pretty thinly imagined character, was still fun to follow, and her tenacity is admirable.  

I'd say overall though, TLoK was much weaker than TLA.  It felt more like The Last Air Bender felt like it was imagined, from start to end, how the series would pan out, while The Legend of Korra was felt much more like planning it season-by-season*.  Certain times the show just felt schizophrenic, its message was jumbled, its character's behaviours somewhat erratic and strange, and the progression not too carefully planned out.  It succeeds in being great entertainment, certainly if not for the fights and lore alone, but thinking about it leads to some disappointment.

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Think of the sheer difference in atmosphere and tension between Kuvira's last stand and Aang's long-awaited fight against the Fire Lord while is one way I see this.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 18, 2014, 01:52:10 PM
Am I to understand that you said Deathly Hallows doesn't have enough content to fill itself out elegantly? If so, that's crazy talk because that book is the most satisfying conclusion to a major series that I've read. Did the movie-makers capture that magic? That's up to debate but there's certainly more than enough going on to fill up two movies.

I meant the first part of Dealthy Hallows (sorry, been a bit sick lately, and my head is full of dizziness to make proper posts).  I don't think there's much question that the first part of DH was slow, but funny enough, it would have been way over-stuffed if it wasn't two halves.  It just sucks that you do somewhat lose that 'three act structure' with these film halves it's kinda hard to help a little less "sound and fury" that the climax (ie Part 2) would have in store.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 18, 2014, 03:59:45 AM
Shots of Rose as super sailor scout saiyan, some really roughly-matched cameo DLC (based widely on popularity, IMO, so sorry Eternia & Rebirth), and some pretty nice beach attire.
http://abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1338
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 18, 2014, 01:15:09 AM
Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1

= What a title.

= How many times can we get Jen Lawrence to cry on camera: [*stopped counting at 10*]

= Peeta x Katniss are terribly uninteresting as far as their chemistry goes.  So how do we make it more uninteresting?  Let's make a good tenth of Katniss's dialogue of her saying/shouting/crying the name "Peeta"!! 
...What the fuck.  This girl.  This tough girl...  Literally every scene was about doing something for Peeta, thinking about Peeta, or crying for this blonde prig.  Maybe i'd buy into it more if their chemistry didn't feel so awkward, they're 'opposites attract' but I don't see the attraction working.

= You rarely see actresses deliberately age themselves up (rather, look their age without all the makeup, hair colouring, etc.) unless they're doing a period piece where, y'know, it doesn't exist yet.  Anyways, the point is, seeing Julianne Moore with grey/white hair was surprising.

=  The song Katniss sings was nice enough, but I liked that created a bit more variety to the music.  Which, for the most part, I like anyways.  It's a pretty nice and atmospheric score.

= There's some irony when Katniss can't do her 'rebel propaganda' films because it felt too Hollywood....  But it was a fun sub-plot for this film, this particular film, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1......

= Too little of Jenna Malone here

= Effie was wonderful as always! 

= So was Haymitch!

= Kudos to this Young-Adult for showing as much blood as it does.  It's not that-that much, but it does quite a bit.  But hey, this is the series that got a bunch of kids to kill each other in an arena too, so...

= For a movie about rebellion there was too little District Interaction, sights, or even POV from the Capitol at all.

= IIRC The Matrix had its last two films release within 6 months of each other....  Why is Part 2 for this taking 11 months???  I feel that's also bad for the heat of this series to maintain itself, this film was much more of a whimper than a bang to leave on a cliff hanger for.

= And on that, oh man, I have to be kind because this is a book split into two films, but it's really quiet and tame.  It's entertaining, for sure!  But it, much like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow before it, just don't have enough content to really fill itself out elegantly.  Is it work your time?  Yes!  Is it worth your money?  If Netflix subscription fees count.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 17, 2014, 04:24:36 PM
Wow, Anima does look wickedly impressive.

Also I'm surprised they haven't made a Vergil game up to this point, I feel he's more popular than Dante.  You know there's always that character in a series that you always WISH would get their own game but doesn't (or it takes years and years)? 
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2014, 04:23:16 PM
So I had my 4th date last night and we finally made out. It was my first time doing that, I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl.

Also I think I'm in love, damn arent I a cheesy person.


Well done, Holy!!
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 17, 2014, 04:21:02 PM
Yeah, the voice acting sound really rough.  No way that's final, more like a placeholder.  People are making a big fuss about it on other sites for some reason.

I do admit that it's a bit embarrassing they released something of that quality, though, since SE tends to have good dubs.

I don't get what level of vocal talent people are expecting for a road trip segment.  My initial gripes aside with the really lame last lines Noctis spouts out (and yeah, this does sound placeholder) then this is much ado about nothing.
If the big, emotional, and dramatic scenes sound like this in the end product, then we can all point and laugh again. x)
But hell, the actors of FF13 managed to act their scenes convincingly enough, so I'm sure this will be no different.

I do find it funny how ...'news worthy' English dubbed trailers can be though.  It's interesting in a way.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: December 16, 2014, 04:21:18 PM
http://youtu.be/1MKwDmxBMU8
Character trailer.  English!

lol @ Deuce

And King "is a man of few words"... like "LOCK AND LOAD" *BANGBANGBANGBANG*
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2014, 03:24:43 PM
IIRC a few countries have mandatory military service....  I think we should have that for retail so everyone understands how much it sucks and be more respectful to people working in it.

That said, I'm with Yoda, the hours are shorter, the people are ok, and unless you royally fuck up or steal shit, you're unlikely to get fired (so yeah low responsibility).  It's chill.

I feel bad for retail employees that have to ask if I know the movie I'm buying is on Blu-ray and not on DVD. I mean, Blu-ray players have been available for 8 years now, are there still people who don't know the difference?

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...who the heck attacks bikes? Like, maybe that'd be a city problem, but then again, you'd think a city person would have more respect for a bike's importance as a necessary means of transportation...you'd think they'd just steal it instead...

Teenagers who can't accept that some bikes have a different colour, and think the bike and its owner need to be taught a lesson for not being normal.

As for stealing, the yellow bike was actually less likely to be stolen. It stood out too much, was too easy to recognise.

Hmm a yellow bike sounds like a not bad choice anyways.  Might match mah brown locks anyways, being more visible sounds like one heck of a bonus.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2014, 03:16:39 PM
^ I noticed that doing the classic mode, all-stars, trophy hunts, etc really killed my buzz to keep playing.  It idd for Brawl anyways, and I really didn't want to get wrapped up in it here.  The AI plays a lot different from real players and I prefer the real opponents.  I got the characters, most of the [good] levels (which are kinda few since so many love employing some stupid/annoying gimmick and omega-stages just make levels boring), and honestly I'm pretty content with that.

Dice963 on Wii btw, join a few of us Fanners :)

I've been playing  Sonic Adventure lately.

On the one hand, this is not a good game. On the other hand, I'm finding it more /fun/ than a lot of things.

Yeah thats about fair.  I remember loving it back when it came out, but it aged like ass and the game loves to screw with you.

Started Breath of Fire IV on the PSP.

Love the game (definitely my favorite version of Nina), but I've running into this strange problem where I fall asleep while playing and when I wake up I've apparently moved into a different area and I have no idea how I got there.  Today I woke up to discover I was in the middle of a conversation with a Cray that I have no recollection of starting.

SLEEP GAMING IS REAL!!

Yeah this Nina is a real nice version.  Love the game too, a well done 'tale' if it could be described as that.

KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES

I finished it for the second time! (Well Sora's story, which is the one that is a massive struggle) and I am NEVER playing it again. Doing a long-form post akin to some of Dice's, but this one is just me bitching about how awful this game is, and what a pox it is on the Kingdom Hearts series. I'll try to keep the colorful language to a minimum

- The battle system is obviously the worst part of the game. The thing is designed to be 80% luck based. Luck that you get a good collection of high-powered cards, luck that the enemy doesn't screw you over with a well-times zero card, luck that you get the right friend cards to help battles go faster, etc etc.

- To expand on my post in the frustrating battle thread, the second half of this game throws about a gazillion bosses at you, and each one is exactly the same fight with a different coat of paint: attack with high-number attack cards, cancel sleights with zero cards, and keep your health up with a healthy number of cure cards. But in the end, each fight needs a stroke of luck that you don't get stun-locked or lose a crucial card in a card break.

- To take a break from complaining, ^this^ doesn't apply to the final battle which is piss-easy and I'll argue that "Lord of the Castle" is still the best battle theme in the entire series. And it was certainly fun to see the non-sprite version of Mega Marluxia. (Aside: Really? "Mar-loo-sha"!? So everyone else gets to pronounce their 'X' except him?)

- HOWEVER, to get to the final battle you must make it through the 13th floor which is HORRIBLE. The fights go on forever, and the Neo-Shadows are basically like "Oh, you weren't blessed with a deck completely full of 9-cards!? Well then I guess this is going to get annoying fast!" Thank God for Trinity Limit and Mega-Flare or I may have considered quitting that close to the end.

- One of the things that helped me through the gauntlet of boss battles the first time I played was lost after playing the game knowing all about KH2. When playing before KH2 you end up bored of playing through the worlds of the previous game, then all of a sudden you get to Twilight town and it's like "Wow! What's this place?" but the game just kind of teases you with it before moving right along. And then you get to Castle Oblivion and again, it's new and exciting and suddenly you're fighting the heartless from the Deep Drive cinematic (Yes, I know they're also in the original Final Mix). After KH2, that's all just par for course with everything else.

- Reverse/Rebirth is just the game taunting the player. "Now that you made it through that mess, here's how less frustrating the game COULD HAVE been if attack strength wasn't solely linked to card types."

As much as I do remember Reverse/Rebirth being a lot easier than the main game, I still think I need something to cleanse my gaming palette before I tackle more of CoM

I kinda skipped it when the first few battles pissed me off.. =/
I remember finding it confusing and silly.

So I got to the scene between Roxas and Axel after the Station of the Heart battle (which feels new to me although I do recall one of Roxas's lines....maybe it was expanded for Final Mix?). Oh god the feels. If you'll excuse me, I need to go cry for a week as I beat up every remaining enemy using Roxas's keyblade while in final form.

It makes me sad when the kickass combat of KHII is how BBS tends to ALWAYS feel.  But still, YES that part is awesome and KHII is some damn polished and beautiful and met sequel hype very well.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 15, 2014, 11:59:20 PM
I love custom Xmas cards x)  Well done glass

http://imgur.com/a/ciNgr?gallery
Pokemon fusion pictures....holy smokes I love the talent/creativity out there
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