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7711  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peve of mine is.... on: March 24, 2011, 12:53:55 PM
1. Male-bashing, TV shows portraying men as idiots, etc. Sexism in general bugs me a lot. It really bugs me that sexism against males is apparently still okay. I don't like seeing TV shows where the central joke is "men are stupid and don't know how to raise kids."
Agreed, so much.

You can say that.  But men are still more typically called on as "heroes" of a show, usually taking the tougher lead roles and still coming out as the smarter of the sexes (hell look at CSI, it's related spin-offs, and other cop-mystery shows).  I'm not trying to argue FOR women, but you can't make the argument without saying it doesn't apply the other way around just as much.

If you're going to complain about anything, complain about the tropes you see.  The infectious "Homer Simpson" gene that seems to be passed around to all fat, male, sitcom leads.  Fat is a big deal on it's own - raaarely do you see it not used to be the factor that connotes "idiocy" in men.  Hell, even the typical way men and women are perceived because of what we are born is the bigger problem.  It's bad enough "blond" also means "being an idiot" - how the hell was that supposed to be related? 

And seriously?  Diminish male pride???  You've had it FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.  In the last century women were finally given the right to vote.  So don't ever complain - you fellas *still* have the upperhand in most matters and you probably will for the next little while, so uh, rest easy there.  

One thing I will say that sucks is women's occasional unfair ability to tug at the courts for their case more than a mans.  
7712  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Mana on PSN this week on: March 24, 2011, 12:44:20 PM
I got a bit freaked out the first time I played the game, and the "No Future" screen popped up.  It was subtle, but I wasn't expecting it...

I would love to play this game again, despite the hate it gets, I thought the tales were extremely charming.  Further brought to life by the gorgeous graphics, Yoko's music, and the lovely character art that really emphasizes the "storybook" look.  I'm a sucker for atmosphere in games like that, I love when a game hits a perfect design like that.  Venus & Braves did it, FFX did it, Uncharted did it, Resident Evil did it, this did it. (there are more examples, but I'm sparing you).
7713  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 24, 2011, 12:40:34 PM
Revolver -

This is the movie you get when someone like Guy Ritchie reads a wikipedia article about Freud and decides to make some gangster movie that's really some screwed up metaphysical bullshit about the self and identity. Essentially, a steaming pile of shit. It's just a bunch of pseudo-philosophical nonsense that adds up to a ridiculous plot with brief interesting moments that really don't seem to mean anything in the overall scheme of things and add up to a message, or conclusion, that many other, and better artists, have drawn before. Terrible movie.

Guy's track record seems to jump from awesome fucking hits, to hardcore misses...
His hits are always dear in my heart.  I always have Snatch on my iPhone, I can't get sick of it.
7714  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 24, 2011, 11:26:06 AM
The graphics have certainly taken leaps and bounds with every new title.  I just wonder what NISA is planning... how were the sales, I guess?
7715  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 24, 2011, 11:25:21 AM
Yay!  We'll be three titles behind!
7716  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 24, 2011, 01:24:47 AM
I've been dying to watch Weeds.
I'm also dying to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm...GET BACK ON.

Watched the latest House.  Pretty good, and Masters wasn't as annoying as usual.  Definitely one of the better ones the last little while, and makes up for last weeks stupid use of film parodies.
7717  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 24, 2011, 01:23:31 AM
Dade, none of the Big Three have talked about their next home consoles at all so I think you're good for at least a few years. Getting a PS3 you could always go back through its library, grab a bunch of Greatest Hits stuff or whatever and still have tons to play. Plus you can get games on PSN and whatnot. Hell, if you wait long enough maybe we'll see another price drop on the system.

Funny you mention FFVI, I've had the biggest hankering to play it lately. It's the third RPG I've played from start to finish (after Chrono Trigger and Mario RPG) and I simply love it. Except I don't have the PSone version and my DS doesn't have a GBA slot. Ugh. Guess I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Virtual Console release.

FFVI is on the plate for Japan at least.

More Radiant Historia!!!!  ...found super EXP spot.  Doing that, travelling around in time to steal items off people.  Good times.  Lotsa sidequests.  I like that in a game!
Keeping it short, no one cares, yack yack, everyone beat this weeks ago.
7718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peve of mine is.... on: March 24, 2011, 01:21:03 AM
I don't like Harry Potter because its writing is juvenile and lacks creativity. I read through two books before I just realized the person who wrote them will never improve the writing.

I generally like the HP stories.  A nice take on a barely fleshed-put genre (fantasy in film).

The only thing that irks me, is the use of "witch-world" tropes that it has trouble deviating from.  As is, the actual witch-world takes place in 19th, or early 20th century England, despite the modern day context.  The book/movies really shine when the Dersley's (or that fucking ghost chick in the toilet, wtf was that about?) are up as the "silly" cast of the "kids book" part of it.  I do respect the series' dive into darker waters by the end though; but I can get what you're on about. 

But hey, lord knows I still watch Disney flicks; they're colourful, fun, and generally good entertainment.
7719  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 24, 2011, 12:36:57 AM

Then you'll click this, and then I've got it out of my system, because I've hope to have "done it" twice.  And I take my leave.
7720  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 23, 2011, 09:57:34 PM
I'm stuck at the 1st Hell Spider... Should I just go back in time and grind?

First one was a bitch.  I've noticed this game is actually quite the trooper for effective status ailments.  Poison the fucker, and don't let Aht anywhere near the fight.  He was tough for me too, used a few hard-to-come-by items.  At one point it was just Rainie doing what she does, and the other two healing. 

I'm not gonna be much help, somewhere along the way I overleveled and it's been a generally smooth ride.

oh, "End of Journey" sidequest spoilers
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Wow!!  Raynie's confession was almost out of the blue aside from a few subtle hints!  Her reasons are adorable and admirable though.  Sorry, the girliness in me just had to pipe-up about it...  I also loved the Marco-centered quest [with his friend Mimel or some shit] and the "bad ending" for it... take that, Stocke!!
7721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 23, 2011, 09:44:21 PM
Wooow.  I don't know if anyone noticed this, but did Atlus add an extra zero to the experience, and subtract an extra zero to the enemy's attack, when they programmed the enemies at Sand Fortress???  AH 6th chapter, N side, the enemies give a stupid amount of experience, and deal like 1 HP of damage.  I'm not complaining, everything the last two chapters gave shitty experience and were a pain in the ass.  I'm grinding!!
Best is using Rosch's Haste Attack to add like 7 hits to the combo bar, if you chain it enough, you get a "Brilliant" 25 hit combo and easy extra experience.  Game is practically beaten.

... Only one thing that's driving me nuts!  Everyone has been vague lately!!  They wanna keep all their damned secrets...

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(mind you, I saw the Heiss thing a MIIILE away; you don't give a smirking, black-clad, bald man red eyes for nothing... the game even handled his owning of the 2nd book sort of non-chalant-ly)
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7722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst RPGS on: March 23, 2011, 08:59:02 PM
I'm very tempted to pick up LOD again after so long and try it again. (I doubt my opinion will change)

I'm also tempted to pick up FFX-2, out of curiosity - same with Fallout Brotherhood of Steel.

I can give it to you, if you want FFX-2.  I liked that game quite a bit.
7723  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: March 23, 2011, 08:57:33 PM
A year before, and a large part is undoubtedly narrative impact. VP's better in regards to battle sprites for the most part, but not cutscene ones.

Also people CAN praise and like multiple games and by proxy elements of them! It's not like VP's sprites make SuikII's irrelevant, or that all old 2D games look like crap now that Odin Sphere's out.

VPs death cutscenes made me sniffle feel something, though.  Those were well played out.
Hard to compare it to the whole of Suikoden.  Plot was better for Suiko for sure, but some of the scenes in VP were really much more memorable.

I agree with the entire second paragraph.
7724  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peve of mine is.... on: March 23, 2011, 05:55:37 PM
A pet peeve is right now. At school. Spaces are really right this time of year at the library (projects, exams), and a TON of students leave their bags and abandon the spot, saving it by placing their stuff down, for HOURS. One was gone for over 3 hour while students were sitting on floors and library aisles. A minor thing, but it's so disrespectful. I hate when we get people who can't use a quiet voice in the "quiet zones" of our library either. Fucking chatty Cathy's like that annoy me. It's bad enough when I see class averages AT LEAST 10 points lower than mine - some students clearly don't belong.  I'm not against having a good time at school, but its the people who screw around longer than study in a study area the peeve me off.
7725  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 23, 2011, 02:04:05 AM
Fact: I make the best coffee.
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