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http://www.leasticoulddo.com/index2.php?date=20070623

http://www.leasticoulddo.com/index2.php?date=20070807

I think these webcomics capture the sentiments of most people about the Michael Bay Transformers movie.

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I saw Corpse Bride the other night too.  I don't know... I LOVED Nightmare Before Christmas and I dug Corpse Bride's art style, but I just couldn't get into that movie.

I also caught Napoleon Dynamite on TV.  I can see why that movie is a cult classic, but I didn't like it at all.  I thought it was boring and stupid.

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RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!?
« on: October 16, 2007, 10:22:46 PM »
I've been playing some FFX and as I was doing so, I started to reminisce about how General Mortars used to refer to Kimahri as "useless kitten" and referred to Rinoa as "ugly cow."  

And, well, I hated Rinoa too and I agree that Kimahri is a useless kitten.

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RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!?
« on: October 10, 2007, 10:16:40 PM »
superflat, RPGfan has suffered many a board wipe.  

Anyway, I'm starting to realize why I like Soul Nomad so much.  Gig, the self-proclaimed "most hardcore asskicker to ever walk this planet" talks like folks akin to Tony, Dade, etc., while Danette is the phenomenally stupid punching bag who has to endure the vitriol.  At least Danette admits she's dumb in the beginning of the game, which is more than I can say for some of the past punching bags.    

Gig says stuff like "No, your problem is that you're a retard" or "God, I can't put up with such idiocy.  It makes me want to punch kittens."  Tony and company have said these, and similar, phrases often enough before.

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RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!?
« on: October 09, 2007, 01:56:40 PM »
Oh my goodness, Vil.  Whatever happened to that guy?  He was one of the best comedians 'round these parts.  

Screw Days of our Lives... RPGfan's been the best soap opera ever.  I'm still amused whenever I think about how the more Sumire would flame a guy, the more obsessed and "in love" with her he'd become.

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RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!?
« on: October 09, 2007, 09:52:01 AM »
I've been posting at the 'Fan since '99.  I was a whopping 21 years of age back then.  I know most folks remember me by names like dezo penguin, dezo, and Blademaster Dezo.  

Yeah, I remember most, if not all, of the people mentioned.  Who remembers Kadamose?  That guy was a trip and a half.  I also remember this one guy Oceanus who tried to peg me as a misogynist because of my ethnicity- he's probably the only person I've ever encountered at the 'Fan who actually pissed me off.  

I loved General Mortars.  That guy was awesome.  Another guy I was cool with was Drexle; he and I were the sole MegaTentists at RPGfan back in the day and now MegaTen has become so much more popular among RPG fans.  

And to think, a memory lane thread and no one's mentioned Nicole/Sumire?  For shame!  She was a memorable character.  Was there anyone who did not escape her wrath?  She's yelled at me a couple of times on the boards.  

And who remembers "sig test" threads?

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The one thing I liked about the Simpsons movie is that it didn't try too hard to be this epic larger than life spectacle.  It was, for all intents and purposes, an extended length episode.  Ralph could have had some better lines, though.  

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We thank you Lord for this almighty penis is still my favorite part.  

Anyway, I saw Potter 5 in the theater today.  Good film.  Obviously, it's a Cliff Notes version of the book but it was good.  Helena Bonham Carter was superb as Bellatrix.  Pity she wasn't used more.  And the girl they cast as Luna... Wow!  she nailed the part and looked good doing it too.  Umbridge was probably the most vile character in the Potter mythos and they cast her well too.  She was vile.  

I loved the music in this installment.  The only think I found odd was
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towards the end when everyone was flying on thestrals.  All the thestrals were visible.  Shouldn't Ron's, Hermione's, Ginny's, and Neville's thestrals been invisible since they couldn't see them?  Only people who've seen death can see thestrals.  

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Yeah, but Spiderpig is a cooler name, and they have songs about him in the movie.  That
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operatic version of the Spiderpig song is awesome.  He will always be Spiderpig to me and my friends.  Let's just say the Spiderpig jokes, puns, and silliness were in full force when we went to a barbeque restaurant and ate pork ribs after the movie.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Ham

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I saw the Simpsons movie today.  It was good.  There were some parts that dragged, but the classic Simpsons humor was always around the corner.  

One thing still puzzles me, though.  
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Whatever happened to Spiderpig?  Maybe we'll find out in the sequel.

Spiderpig reminded me of this comic book I read as a kid called Peter Porker, an anthropomorphic pig who becomes the spectacular Spiderham.

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Talk about your recently viewed movies here.  

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I just came back from seeing Transformers today.  It completely exceeded all my expectations (which weren't super high since I'm not a Michael Bay fan and I'm a Transformers fanboy).  This reimagining of the classic franchise gets a thumbs up in my book.  Sure some things weren't "tr00" to the Transformers I grew up with, but as a reimagining of a classic concept for a new generation, it was terrific.  

The in-movie music was good, the transforming sequences were cool, and everyone was very well cast.  Shia was great as Sam.  

I liked that they gave Bumblebee some 'tude and loads of personality.  That first scene where he
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completely destroys that VW bug Bobby Bolivia tried to sell Sam was great.  

The action sequences were amazing and I liked that Michael Bay eased up on his trademark "shaky camera" techniques, which kinda make me seasick in other Michael Bay films.  

Film was fast paced, wall to wall action, and just loads of fun.  The little  
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hacker bot that started life as a boombox in Air Force One stole the show for a lot of the audience.

I still hold my opinion that Meat Loaf's "And I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)" music video is still the best thing Michael Bay ever directed.

Next weekend, I plan to see the Simpsons movie.  I have VERY high expectations for that since I've been a Simpsons fan from day one and still think it's the greatest TV show to have ever existed.

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Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever!
« on: July 08, 2007, 10:30:29 PM »
Damn, and I thought it was bad when Wild Arms 2 used smileys in its English language dialogue.  

Another great line, this one from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Baofu (to Urara/Ulala): You're too needy.  That's why men run away from you, you cross-dressing bitch!

[In the Japanese version, he calls her a "CD onna" or "cash-dispensing lady" (sugar mama in US vernacular) because of her shitty relationship history of always dating, and supporting, deadbeats. ]

Still, "cross-dressing bitch" is just that much funnier.

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Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever!
« on: June 23, 2007, 12:17:41 PM »
Not necessarily a line, but in Chrono Trigger when you bring Chrono's friends to his house to meet his mom, the conversations she has with Frog and Ayla are the funniest.

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General Discussions / Game books
« on: June 14, 2007, 10:35:25 AM »
This one import game I played briefly for Dreamcast called deSPIRIA was like a point and click adventure with turn-based RPG battles.  I never played a game quite like that one.  

Lard- I recall that a few Fighting Fantasy books did occasionally have group combat.  I believe Seas of Blood had some crew/ ship-to-ship battles.  But, yeah, Fighting Fantasy was always pretty much a solo struggle.  

One thing I realized about the Way of the Tiger books that I liked was the ability to choose what kind of strikes I would use against an opponent.  I thought that was pretty boss.  

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the statistics/innovations found in video games were originally drawn from gamebooks.  For example, the sanity meter in Eternal Darkness made me think of House of Hades's (House of Hell outside the US) psychological resistance meter where each encounter added points and accumulating too many points would cause you to die of fright.

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General Discussions / Game books
« on: June 13, 2007, 09:05:32 PM »
How could I forget.  Comprehensive gamebook link http://www.gamebooks.org

I think part of the reason I was a little intimidated by Fighting Fantasy as a kid (besides the scary art and more descriptive violence in the text) was that there were more consequences associated with fighting, death, killing, etc. than in more simplistic gamebooks like CYOA.  Winning a battle within an inch of your life in Fighting Fantasy carries significantly more consequence than a life-or-death struggle in a more simplistic gamebook.

I believe Seas of Blood and Rebel Planet were made into Commodore 64 text adventure games with some graphics.  http://homepages.tesco.net/~parsonsp/html/c64_gamebooks.html should have a couple of Rebel Planet and Seas of Blood screens.  

Part of me wonders what a Fighting Fantasy gamebook would be like as a more modern RPG since there are encounters and turn-based combat built into the books.  However, another part of me likes them just fine as books and I can use my imagination to create the visual environments of the adventures.  

Genres like Japanese visual novels and love adventures embrace and heavily use the CYOA format.

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Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever!
« on: June 08, 2007, 12:35:59 PM »
Oh, another line I liked was one Kasumi Shindo said in Exodus Guilty vol. 1: "Love is just another word for monopolistic greed."  I liked it because it beautifully captured the essence of that character.  The line itself without context is somewhat lame, but when you look at it within the context of the character- who he is, what he is, why he is what he is, why he has such a twisted world view, and all that it makes sense that he'd think that way.

...but I still have a soft spot for "eagles on pogo sticks" so that will always be my favorite.

EDIT: I'm surprised no one mentioned this gem yet.  "I farted, sorry" from Earthbound.  The dry wit and comic timing in the game is golden.

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