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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 13, 2010, 01:44:24 AM
Personally I see torn clothes in PE3 at about the same level as all the innuendo in Ar Tonelico 2. It might be "realistic" within the context  of that world but to those of us looking at the outside in it's blatant fan service and an annoyance when built into the core gameplay (I'm looking at you X-Blades).

This actually makes me pine for the days when "fanservice" was just a quick 30 seconds of FMV of random anime girl #19 in random hot spring #145 covered by copious amounts of steam as the hero stumbles in. It was quick, simple, and we never had to bother with it again for the rest of the game. XD
1157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ugh Infinite Space had so much potential on: August 06, 2010, 05:33:19 PM
Oy oy, Rita Repulsa wasn't "that" bad of a villain. XD At least she was a moderate threat and did some decently evil things back in her heyday. Now Divatox on the other hand...
1158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 29, 2010, 11:47:17 PM
Point taken about the Face of Boe, however that really didn't feel like a huge plot point at the time as it wasn't shoved in our faces every episode. Not explaining the Silence or the Tardis exploding would be like not explaining "Bad Wolf", or "Torchwood", or "Mr. Saxon". Like those, these new things were practically in every episode. :-/ It just feels kinda like a hollow season to me now that I know they aren't even given basic explanations. It's basically like Season 5 was all filler with the "promise" that Season 6 will have the "real" plot.
1159  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 29, 2010, 02:14:09 PM
While I won't argue that it wasn't a fantastic season finale, I will argue that this was not the most satisfying finale. Mostly because I'm seeing the main difference between Daives Writing Style vs Moffat's Writing Style.

Daives gave use self contained seasons that had all the lingering major questions answered. Any important keywords that were dangled in front of our face were explained, all major plot points resolved, even if it was by pixie dust "I believe in Time Lords" at least it was a conclusion.

Moffat...for a most direction comparison...has been watching too many Saw movies. The Silence, why the Tardis exploded...so much build up that went unanswered during the season. It's a crap tactic that I got bored of long ago. :-/

I watched each season of Doctor Who (at least the new stuff) because I was impressed by the writing and loved the character, and wanted to see more of  the Doctor's adventures. Not because the production staff spent 13 episodes dangling a carrot in front of my nose only to say "come back next year if you wanna find out what we spent this whole season building up to".

Honestly for that fact alone I'm going to have to say out of the new stuff, this is the weakest season of  Doctor Who yet. Not for the episode writing (which I thought was great), not for the Doctor (whom I loved), but for that one craptastic tactic alone. XP

Here's to hoping that in season 6 Moffat cuts the Saw act out and starts treating the seasons like independent entities.  

Saw? I don't know what you've been smoking but I don't see the comparison at all.

I like the fact that Moffat actually has a plan, rather than is pulling it out of his ass like RTD.

Simple, the Saw movie franchise is built on the whole tactic of "See this plot point? It's important, come back next year to find out why." The Silence is "what's in Jill's Box" in Saw V. The Tardis exploding is "the i dunno in the brown envelope at Doctor spoiler's office" in Saw VI (said example could be made with each movie past the first). That tactic is the main reason the Saw franchise has steadily lowered in the box office each year before it finally bottomed out at 6, it's a crap tactic that can ruin the taste of a good series.

Season 5 is using this tactic in spades with two such things in one go. :-/

I do like the season mind you, personally I think this one thing is a huge eyesore that Moffat is using shenanigans to try and get people back next season. He's a good writer, he doesn't have to lower himself to that level of cheap trickery.
1160  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 29, 2010, 02:54:11 AM
While I won't argue that it wasn't a fantastic season finale, I will argue that this was not the most satisfying finale. Mostly because I'm seeing the main difference between Daives Writing Style vs Moffat's Writing Style.

Daives gave use self contained seasons that had all the lingering major questions answered. Any important keywords that were dangled in front of our face were explained, all major plot points resolved, even if it was by pixie dust "I believe in Time Lords" at least it was a conclusion.

Moffat...for a most direction comparison...has been watching too many Saw movies. The Silence, why the Tardis exploded...so much build up that went unanswered during the season. It's a crap tactic that I got bored of long ago. :-/

I watched each season of Doctor Who (at least the new stuff) because I was impressed by the writing and loved the character, and wanted to see more of  the Doctor's adventures. Not because the production staff spent 13 episodes dangling a carrot in front of my nose only to say "come back next year if you wanna find out what we spent this whole season building up to".

Honestly for that fact alone I'm going to have to say out of the new stuff, this is the weakest season of  Doctor Who yet. Not for the episode writing (which I thought was great), not for the Doctor (whom I loved), but for that one craptastic tactic alone. XP

Here's to hoping that in season 6 Moffat cuts the Saw act out and starts treating the seasons like independent entities. 
1161  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 25, 2010, 05:07:27 PM
Heh, odd. All the things y'all cite as making The Lodger episode weak I thought were great character development points for this Doctor.

Basically this: The 11th Doctor has gone "native".

Compare to the previous Doctors. 9 pretty much had an axe to grind against any other species, especially the "stupid apes". 10 softened up near the end of his run but still had some pretty anti-social moments. Such as avoiding Christmas dinner in the season 3 Christmas special, amongst other little things (not to mention his huge "I am God!" moment in the Waters of Mars).

What The Lodger did was show to us something important about this Doctor: He's more "human" than his previous counterparts.

9 and 10 (except for maybe season 4) wouldn't have done frivolous things like play Soccer. And the earpod was a very good marker of this. Think back to season 2 with the introduction of the Cybermen, 10 comments of the earpods "You lot, you'd do anything for the latest upgrade!" And look what 11 is wearing...^_~ It even flashes the same way. XD

And the shower scene? Also character development. Apparently 11 was taking a very long time, which is a stereotype of someone a bit narcissistic. A character flaw which that scene helped drive home.

The tea I really can't comment on, but the headbutting...two things. 1. He was in a big rush, and 11 has proven to do some weird things the past Doctors haven't done before on nothing more than a whim. 2. He says he'll never do that again, something that I've only seen people see when they've just done something they knew would be painful/discomforting but did it anyway and greatly underestimated exactly "how" painful/discomforting it would be.
1162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~ on: April 05, 2010, 02:37:58 PM
Been playing off and on since this came out on PS2 and I'm up to Chapter 6. Tis pretty good but I think the IGN reviewer cherry glossed it a bit. There are plenty of eye rolling "Ah, Japan." moments. XD I haven't seen this much talk of friendship with the power of love, sparkles, and birds since Tokyo Mew Mew. >.<;

Aside from that I'd say it's definitely worth the money I spent. I especially enjoyed the little Ar Tonelico reference they snuck into Chapter 5.
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