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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 20, 2015, 12:15:07 AM
...Dazed and Confused.

This is neither here nor there, but I was literally just thinking about this movie a minute ago then I saw it here and got tripped up....wooooa.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 18, 2015, 07:01:49 PM
te, if people really wanna whine about Samus, whine about that fucking hairdo, such a sad thing to give the Queen of Nintendo)

Not to stop anyone from enjoying their ponytail fetish, but yeah, I kinda prefer her wild untamed hair from her earlier days than tied up. :D
I think even she likes it more, she smiles more here than her entire run in the Zero Suit ver. :P

Dice, you can't post that picture without this video to accompany it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSiiJ8uvc60

My apologies.  (great vid x)
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: January 18, 2015, 05:29:38 PM
Okay, so I defeated the green dragon that looked like a massive toad.  I lost miserably the first time due to carnivore, but then I won slowly the second time just keeping the field from becoming all green.  Leah is in the party now. 

...and I'll have to put Chrono Cross on hiatus AGAIN due to a pair of RPGFan-related projects. 

I think I finished that battle with three different status affects at the end of it.  Pain in the ass that fight is.  I remember having Norris and Lord Viper on the case though.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 18, 2015, 02:48:46 PM

I can't believe it....  RIP, she had a lovely voice and has passed on way too soon. 
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 18, 2015, 02:40:15 PM
The Running Man

More Arnold goodness. Actually I didn't know what this movie was about at all before watching it. Certainly by now these dystopian death games are not a new concept, but the 80s cinema style suits the concept well, I think. Not too "psychological" or edge, which is just my kind of thing. Also it has Shinra Inc theme in it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYdsNeRoShA

And this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy8rT8oHCbI


Truly a defining movie of the decade.  I can't wait till 2017 when this world is real.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 18, 2015, 11:57:18 AM
But again, this just sounds like a guy defending sexy girls in his video games ("rocket heels need a heel for the rocket tubes!!!"). :P

Sounds like the meaning of what he tries to get across in the first video went a bit over your head by what you are saying here. Gotta love how perception works in these kinds of topics.

Enlighten me.  Is it because I didn't agree with it or because I actually missed the point. :P

Play PC games with a Toaster. Watch the whole video before you turn it off.

I only watched that guy's video of oversexualization in games but I find it odd he is acting as if cultural attitudes towards sex is the only factor in this equation when deliberately marketing towards NEETs/Otaku is a real thing in Japan, and men are no different in Japan compared to the rest of the world in the sense that men generally have stronger sexual drives. I'll give him that he seems like he's trying to encourage discussion and only wanted to contribute one aspect of it so he wouldn't get a bloated video, but to point to that video alone as evidence of anything seems like a lot of confirmation bias to me. On the note of men having stronger sex drives though, I'm not too sure there's much that can be done about women being disproportionately sexualized in games (or at least the ones we tend to play- 50% of gamers might be women but a lot of those women only play casual/touchpad games where this isn't an issue to begin with), because it's for this same reason sexualization of women is more common in big-budget summer movies. To me the best you can do is encourage them to add more eye candy for women/gay men in games like that.

But for me, I'd rather there'd be more games that don't have a juvenile attitude towards sex to begin with and maybe integrate it into the fantasy world. In cases like that I would hate for an obsession with being PC to interrupt with the creative process, because if you wanted to reflect actual human behavior women being sexualized more would just be...more "realistic".

First off, that video was rad.  PACHUNK KACHUNK PACHUNK.

Anyways, I think it's the "LEAVE MY GAMES ALONE" attitude that tends to bug me.  I've been playing games practically my entire life and it feels like a silly way to instantly shut out discourse.  But fine, if people want to enjoy it (particularly fan service titles that definitely don't have women in their demographic to begin with), then I'd hate to be the "fun police" there.  No... The one i hate the most is when people use shoddy arguments for why a character HAS to be showing skin and lacking a ton of perspective from how a female player might feel about that (or certainly 'Gaijin Goomba's' indeed conformation biases).  Why can't I be a little annoyed?  God knows people get far more frustrated for more innocuous things.  I do think social commentary and change can come from anywhere, and I think even better attitudes about women can be formed through entertainment and I don't understand why people take it personally when "their games" might be touched by that.

That said, I have no problem with a sexy character, but I think it also depends how she's used too.  Yeah, the Korean MMO's tend to take this idea to pretty funny places where less armour ironically means more defence.  You can't tell me that was solely for "female empowerment" more than it was for something else:

Samus ia a bit of a weird case because it bugs me that they prioritized a super sexy body over an athletic one (see Korra from the "Avatar" series for how well they combined busty, with atheletic and muscular).  It's not like Samus's bust HAS to be a C/D cup, she'd be just as badass in an A or B (but whatever, she's always leaned more into sexy than athletic, appearance-wise).  I have other issues with Samus's character than her look, certainly the personality they 'gifted her'.  But on a more general level, I just think the giant blue bubblegum spandex is just...kinda ugly looking too compared to other outfits she's been in. :P

I think I have the most issues with people telling me that I should like Samus's design and character, or that I should like Bayonetta as a "strong female icon", or that I shouldn't complain about women in games and their sex appeal or the use of it in games.  

But YES, to the last point, add more eye candy for women and homosexuals is a win-win for everyone, something I do think we are slowly leaning into --- and it's great.

I have to ask something regarding Samus and her rocket heels.

How come Iron Man doesn't have rocket heels in his armor, and where does his fuel come from. Also, where does Samus store her rocket fuel for her heels? Maybe in her bra area, which would explain the expanded chest size?

Also of note, are they actually rocket heels, or are they anti gravity boo...err heels? Maybe they're space jump boots actually, just in a sleeker form cuz they aren't programmed into her power suit. Or maybe they're the space jump boots program in a normal pair of chozo heels? I mean those were some ugly bird-like people, I would assume they lack fashion sense to a tremendous degree.

Did you know that doctors actually agree that women who wear flat-soled shoes and footwear too much develop back problems earlier in life? Maybe the doctors at Nintendo didn't want Samus to develop back problems early in life, I mean she's already a stick and she's 6 foot 3 inches or sometbing, plus that huge chest...I mean she's just screaming chronic pain in her early 40s. Perhaps it's for the best that she starts wearing heels, put some of that stress on her calves.

Nothing like brain storming about video game characters in the early morning.

I can't tell how much of your post is sarcasm (the "doctors of Nintendo" bit gave me a giggle), but...
I'm just going to assume you've never worn high heels, right?  It's not that flat shoes that cause problems, it's a lack of arch support, high heels tend to be better in their arch support, but it really depends because you'd never want to wear high heels for 8 hours straight while standing --- you'll be internally screaming at the end of the day.  A good shoe is a good shoe, or a walking shoe will help many problems, not just "high heels help women".
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 18, 2015, 02:19:06 AM
^ I always get a weird feeling in my mind when I think about food on a TV screen.  You can't taste it or smell it, so my mind always dreams up it being some wonderful and never-before-tasted awesomeness.  ...Some FOOD for though...HAHAHAHA. I'm so lonely
But yeah, Link's Grandma's soup was the greatest shit in all the sea.

Here's just a massive and hilarious 1-off Lord of the Rings joke images, too big to post.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 18, 2015, 02:08:16 AM
What if Jaws was the other way around?
(funny ad + plus awesome Danish voiceover)

Clumsy Baby Elephants
Sorry, i know 'cute animal vids' are very "workplace email" worthy, but elephants are so amazing, and just as good when they're being goofy, playful, and downright clumsy...also interesting is the few times the parents rush out to help.

69  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 17, 2015, 10:42:34 PM
Snowpiercer - Excellent film. Loved it. Everything: acting; writing; direction; cinematography... All done so well. It's got suspense; comedy; violence; and even stuff that can tug at your heart strings a little. I suppose I could surmise it as a great mix of sci-fi; fantasy; and outright craziness.
The movie is about a (near) future in which life on Earth in nearly extinct. Earth has been frozen over, due to mankind's attempt to release a type of coolant into the atmosphere, to combat climate change. Humanity's remaining survivors are on a type of "ark"-train that constantly travels around the globe. There is a strict class system on the train. Privileged people are in the front cars. The lower class are in the tail cars, and basically live by the means that the front car passengers provide. The film follows the tail car passengers current attempt at a revolt, due to being persecuted and treated so poorly for 17 years. The things/scenes they discover in the cars ahead can only be described as varied and intense.
One thing I really appreciate about the film is that it never loses focus. The lower class wants to get to the front cars badly enough that they will do anything to make it happen. This never loses steam, and the plot never becomes convoluted with unnecessary side stories or anything like that. I also really like how the true nature of a lot of things are tactfully and methodically revealed over the course of the movie... and tend to make perfect sense. One thing my wife said she appreciated was how there was no unnecessary music in most of the tense or violent scenes. I'd have to agree. Poorly composed or placed music can ruin scenes. Chris Evans (Cpt. 'MURICA) does a great job in the lead role, as does everyone else in the movie, really.
Very highly recommended, but I know that this is not a movie for all. I believe most will either straight up love it, or hate it. There is some steady violence in some scenes, and it is a bit graphic at times, but never excessive to the point of being "voilence, because.. violence." I think it's the perfect amount to convey just how "raw and real" everything about the film is. Like with what I mentioned above: Even the violence that occurs has a reason behind it that would probably be understandable by many in that type of existence.

This film is a perfect modern odyssey if there was one.  Equal parts weird, bizarre, nonsensical, and it quickly became a classic.  I honestly don't know how you even begin to think up the basic premise for this film, but it worked.

Maleficent -
1.5 out of 5 stars. Whatever Disney was going for here, they missed it by a long shot. They obviously spent all sorts of time and money on realizing the world of this movie. Too bad the most important part, the story, falls apart barely a half hour into the movie(and I missed the first 15 minutes!).
You barely even get to know any of the characters in this. Even Jolis Maleficent, which everyone expected to be amazing, just seems to wander around doing nothing all day, and smirking at the camera.
If they just would have portrayed her the way she was portrayed in Sleeping Beauty, this may have worked. Instead, we get this watered down pseudo 'nice" Maleficent that just looks and feels all sorts of wrong. Joli is great in the beginning. Then the script shifts to her being the misunderstood heroine, and you get the feeling Joli signed the contract without reading the entire script.
I didn't care one whit about anyone here.
Sharlto Copleys(who is generally awesome) king could have been interesting, but all we get is angst and anger. He's totally wasted.
The CG fairies are just plain weird. They look so...off. ugly even.
I figured this would end up being worth it simply for Joli, but that isn't the case at all. Don't even bother.

I was gonna do a type up for this one, but didn't waste the energy.  Yeah, it was just purely shit.  Critics giving it B's were waaay too nice and I turned it off halfway through (which is/felt like a long time to sit through). 
The CG was more off-putting than anything, the roles sucked, they shat on the source material (turning Malificent from a great villain to giving her way more depth than needed).  Probably the biggest offence were the use of the fairies who were charming and sweet in the olde Disney classic to just plain fucking stupid here.  Waste of talent and a dumb way to bring back and 'reinvent' the story of Sleeping Beauty.  The plot had potential, they just screwed it up a lot.
70  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: January 17, 2015, 12:09:34 PM
Final Fantasy VIII - Compression of Time
Besides a few key standouts, I really don't like the FF8 OST that much.  But I *love* this tune.  It's so strange, mysterious, and if you had to put musical notes to what "the compression of time" might be then I like what Uematsu did with this one.  
Of course I could just be a sucker for the harp.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant
http://youtu.be/cdaSn_GxJnM - Vicious 1915
http://youtu.be/AGWVzDhDHMc - Deep in Coma
*GAWK* oh my goooood....that percussion..!!!  Not only does it work so damn well with the game's combo-based combat (nothing like beating an enemy down to some sick beats), but the vocals, the strings, organ, piano, and overall build up (1:45 getting quiet only to come back strong).  I LOVE the Shadow Hearts series battle themes for putting a huge emphasis on a great beat than a completely fluid and elegant melody -- they were truly going for something different here and it pays off.
(not to be forgotten is of course the first game's main two battle themes, the European on "Near Death Experience" is absolutely outsanding as far as rhythm and perfect for the game's dark atmosphere)

Valkyria Chronciles - Gallant Battle (acoustic ver.)
Between a "piano collections" or an "acoustic" one, I'd take the latter.  Very nice tune.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 16, 2015, 11:23:58 PM
Computer is back.

Wiped.  Clean.  The hard drive was just completely dead (so thanks for your concern Mesh).

I'm not DEVASTATED.... but fuck, starting again sucks (I lost a ton of art stuff too).

I hate wasting time.  HATE IT.  I hate time wasted on dumb things....  I hate that I'm going to have to "catch up" a lot JUST on what I lost.

Feelings Gifs:

72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 16, 2015, 08:39:39 PM
For the Love Live fans:

For an older lady, it could be a lot worse.

73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel: Ant-Man to retain core Edgar Wright 'DNA' on: January 16, 2015, 10:03:53 AM
The fact a director was able to adapt Scott Pilgrim at all is an amazing feat.  But then Edgar Wright not only adapted it, but fitted it with the quick humour and comic-like visuals from the source material and do so successfully is unreal.  I definitely think Wright was a huge loss for the project.  Still, I think the movie can be fun without him.

*( on that note, I always liked how Marvel movies kinda 'poke fun' of comic book oddities; Scott disliking the "Ant Man" name, Wolverine worried about wearing yellow spandex, etc.).
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 16, 2015, 09:59:45 AM
Yeah, that's about the usual argument you hear for some guy defending the need for hot women to stay in games.

I'll just say this; The "I can't handle the sexy" brigade is beyond stupid from where I'm sitting.

I don't really know who feels like that exactly though (besides a minority of "'triggered' tumblr feminists").  Sexualization in videogames isn't about "not being able to handle sexy" or being a prude, it's about the disproportionate and (at times) extreme ways women are sexualized or depicted compared to men  --- that's. it.  This is especially the case with the second video where IF Japan does indeed have an open culture about sexuality then it doesn't answer why there is an imbalance.   But again, this just sounds like a guy defending sexy girls in his video games ("rocket heels need a heel for the rocket tubes!!!"). :P

For the record, people hate how Photoshopped models in magazines, even if it is "made by women" (which is such a funny argument to make in the first place) as if men are never (which they are).

EDIT: I will go on record and say I did stare 'a little downward' for Shulk's bathing suit outfit a few times (there it totally bulge so um yay!)
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 16, 2015, 03:02:44 AM

G.G. is TIRED of Samus Complaints!


Over-Sexualization or Par for the Course?

Yeah, that's about the usual argument you hear for some guy defending the need for hot women to stay in games.
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