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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 16, 2014, 01:31:48 AM
EDIT: I agree with the Tales of Destiny opening.  Loved the Back to the Future (a lot of iconic movies sound kinda 'funny' dubbed though... Homer Simpson is also amusing in other languages).

Tales of Vesperia got Troy Baker (before he was famous?) over his Japanese VA.  Overall I found the english cast a better fit over the Japanese one for that game though.
ENG: http://youtu.be/bE3HB6yE8Ac
JPN: http://youtu.be/6g3gl8k_8U0

Not to keep tooting the Tales series' horn, but DeJap's translation of Tales of Phantasia was great.  it took liberties with the source material (but kept the main plot in tact), but made a really boring and straightforward title a lot more fun

Final Fantasy VI got some pretty good name changes.  You lose the effect of "Celes-tina" (a real name) but...I dunno, for a heroine I think "Terra" was a waaaaay better name than "Tina".  Same with Mash > Sabin.  
wtf is Mash?

I don't even care about the censorship angle, I think the altered costumes in Bravely Default were a lot less tacky.

Old favourite anime of mine, The Slayers had an awesome dub.  I actually prefer Lisa Oritz' Lina Inverse to.....HRRRGH the very popular Megumi Hayashibara
JPN: http://youtu.be/M2zls8EEPds
ENG: http://youtu.be/ecbTsBMeBy8
I didn't put it here; just her popular spell for comparison, but the English VA *kills* comedy as well.

Also, no contest, Professor Layton was MEANT to be heard in English, the Japanese one just...ain't right.
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 15, 2014, 10:11:08 PM
I actually thought it was pretty bad. The teaser promised us something that never really happened. I was expecting a creepy monster of the week episode, but we got something entirely not that
The story was all over the place, and made no sense.
There were a few good lines, and a few good moments, but the rest was just...ugh.
And I really wish the doctor would stop insulting Clara on her appearance! It's like a creepy old man trying to re-assure himself that he's not turned on by the hot young lady, when it's the exact opposite. It's mostly just mean, though, and serves no point in the story.
MaryAnns review explains pretty much how I saw this episode better than I can:

I agree that he's meaner than he has to be; but I kinda like him putting her down after a trend of [mostly] super foxy companions.  I think it'd be creepier if he did go va-va-voom for her.  He's a bitter old grump and she's...quite the opposite.  Yeah it makes for a bit of a "perfect strangers" chemistry...ho hum.  Could be worse.

I agree the plot was a mess (it kept making me question what and why was "this" or "that" relevant) but I'm glad it wasn't a big, bad monster; there are plenty of Who episodes that do that and plenty more that will.  I do wish they kept with the idea pitched at the start: An evolutionary species who's strength is to hide (and that you'd never know it if it did its job well enough).  Rather, I felt a *bunch* of ideas in this episode would have been fine on their own (the creepy orphanage, the end of the universe, the locked door, the last man alive, Pink's descendants, Clara's butchered date/s/, Doctor's childhood, boogeymen, etc.).  The "genre" and connections felt messy, but I did like how it advances what we know about Clara and The Doctor.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 15, 2014, 09:00:34 PM
KI:U; currently up to Chapter 8. Its gonna be a long long time, before tounchdown brings me round to find more phat loot. I'm a Rocket Pit.

Rocket Pit burning out his wings after 5 minutes
The Underworld ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's dark as hell

Brr, I give up.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 15, 2014, 08:33:35 PM
Independence or English loudmouths? :P I'll assume the former. Funnily enough the best summary I found was done by RTE (the Republic of Ireland version of the BBC). Since the BBC is sadly doing it's best to be as biased as possible on the issue. http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/10322940/ (You might not be able to watch that though, I don't know if it's behind a barrier).

The closest thing you are going to get to an unbiased representation of whats going on is the wikipedia page on the matter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_independence_referendum,_2014

If you DID mean the latter, here is an amusing piece of ignorance. :p http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Mid-Bedfordshire-MP-Nadine-Dorries-gives-view/story-22927469-detail/story.html

I got roots in Ukraine, and uh, independence seems to only means so much given the amount of BS the olde homeland has gone through recently. :P

Nevertheless, I doubt the split would be clean but I think it'd be good to see the Scotts with their nation back as theirs. However, I reckon the one thing Scotland would *have* to maintain in a split is a good relationship with the UK.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 15, 2014, 01:30:39 AM

I actually expected these kinds of reactions since I've seen them more than once before when people talk about EVA and Xeno. I see things haven't changed all that much.

You gotta stop being this vague or risk being seen as pompous.

I mean right now, Resident Evil and Kingdom Hearts remasters are being done mainly (but not exclusively) because there's a sizable audience that make the investment worthwhile for the publisher and anyone else involved in the process. Does Xenosaga [have] that going on?

I don't think so if the [so far] relatively low numbers for #OperationKosMos say anything about it.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 14, 2014, 11:47:57 PM

Honestly, the unedited version of that Zelda..."thing" are unsettling enough that it doesn't need help.

Michael Winslow (aka: The SFX guy from the "Police Academy" movies) doing most of the work for a Led Zeplin song.  The way he imitates an elec guitar is....unreal.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 14, 2014, 11:42:28 PM
Sorry to those who want it, but this guy wins in the most angriest way possible... And for making me laugh.

Well, I think the big difference between Evangelion and Xenosaga, is that EVA as a series is aware of what it is and it handles most of its narrative in a serviceable and interesting manner for its audience. Xeno on the other hand come off as a ball of decent concepts that couldn't be realized at their full potential.

That said, Xenogears was cool for what it was in its time.

Yeah, no.

EVA had even less of a clue as to what it was going for than Gears at its worst. For all the goofy and ridiculous ways Gears employed its religious symbolism, there was at least a vague understanding of the philosophy behind it, all EVA saw in its symbolism was the rule of cool. Also both ended with sequences of MCs sitting in a chair in a otherwise dark room, discussing things that may or may not have happened off screen. Either way though, Gears was more of a massive series of Giant Robot homages than anything else, whereas EVA was more of a subversion of the tropes of the genre.

I usually give EVA a 'pass' because it seems to use religious-what-nots in namesake only.  The series feels way more in tune with psychological issues than it ever did religious ones (and even when it employed the latter; most of it was magical pseudo-science-infused hogwash).

...Ah fuck it, the series has some good action and is great with tense moments and awesome scenarios.  Beyond that... hogwash (though I can't wait for the final movie if not just so it all ENDS somehow).
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 14, 2014, 12:53:51 AM

Wow!  Brilliant episode from start to finish ---- you can kinda tell when an episode will be "that episode".

Paradoxes aside (that I wanted blurt out while they were happening), I loved some of the vague details and lingering mysteries we get in this Doctor Who milestone.  But generally; I think this episode was ABOUT mystery, intrigue, and personal paranoias and obsessions even though the episode would try to have you think so otherwise.

I LOVED seeing Gallifrey (what strange little bit of it we saw); but more than that, I loved how still...mysterious it all was.  Why was the lil' Doctor crying?  Why stay in the barn?  Was that his family? Friends?  Did they live rurally?  Getting into the Academy to become a Time Lord?????  We don't know.... but cool!

Also, nothing says a dude is into your MORE (or "true love") than fucking up two dates and still desperate and happy to try again and make it work.  Mr Pink is a handsome looking fella to boot; they'd have beautiful....dirty-blonde afro'd babies?

54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 13, 2014, 01:56:33 AM
Sorry to those who want it, but this guy wins in the most angriest way possible... And for making me laugh.

I like that this has inspired so much commentary; if not a lot of desire to both see it, or desire/hope for some other titles to get similar treatment (no offence; but there's like a million other games I'd rather see get HD'd/remastered before this series).

.... Shit though, it'd be nice if a remaster made the graphics consistent at least.  GOD I hated that they changed their mind on this twice.  And nothing was worse than the anime's art style....eugh, oh boy that was rough

I agree with Prime Mover too.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: September 12, 2014, 09:21:40 AM

So we've got some deets on The Three Musketeers, an Indian (Native American kind) Princess(?), and a feature that lets Anges tell you how unacceptable something/one is/was/will be.

Oh shit, she's the new bottom-screen Airy. :S

Let it also be known how ANGRY direct sequels make me when a member from my former  Level 99 party can't get herself out of prison.  Agnes should take STANCE.... Be all "I'VE SLAIN GODS DAMMIT.  ALL DOORS SHOULD BE HALF THEIR HEIGHT SO PEOPLE MUST CRAWL IN ON THEIR KNEES TO SEE ME.  F*** THIS PRISON DETAIL, Y'ALL ARE DEAD TONIGHT"
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 12, 2014, 09:18:34 AM
Unless they announce more than the 3DS Xenoblade, I find it somewhat dubious that the "New 3DS" will fly off the shelves.  They're not doing much to make it seem like a big sell; and as impressive as it is to stuff ALL of Xenoblade (and those who have played know the game is massive) on a handheld, the fact the graphics got "a bit worse" still isn't the best pitch.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 11, 2014, 11:23:10 PM
I've been a bit gloomy the last few days and trying to work out of a small rut between friends and family and some other pressures.

My BFF moved away; and as someone with only a small group of peeps I hang with, this has made me pretty damn sad.
You know how it is, it's fine and fun to have "alone time", but a whole other thing to be "lonely"; and I'm kinda scared of that.  So that's bad.

Anyways.  I've been back at the gym in full swing and feel a lot better with that going down.  A lot less self-loathing and more "Hey, I look better naked lately".  So that's good!
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 11, 2014, 10:52:35 PM
We should attach that penguin gif to any NEW news in the update box (and post that shit on the site's front page; might bring better traffic all 'round).

...Is it just me or with VLR we're not RPG-centric?  I kinda think that's good.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 11, 2014, 10:45:04 PM
(provided the latter is as good as I'm sure everyone is secretly hoping).

(...I agree with that; but don't say it out loud!  Let's just keep it in parentheses!! ;)
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 11, 2014, 10:23:20 PM
This doesn't qualify as news, but it's wonderful.

This is a 9 year old boy from the Philippines.  He runs a no-kill doggy shelter, and I"m sure designed the major assets on the website.  What a trooper!

This is Bertagne, the oldest living 9/11 Service Dog.  She's still working today and she's a good girl.  I'd be honoured to rub her belly and give her a treat.

I laughed, I'm a terrible person.
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