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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: Today at 09:07:51 AM
From what I understand, a lot of those old tales were never children's stories at all, back in their origins.  They were just general folklore.  Somehow those "fairy tales" got watered down into becoming children's stories over time.  Examples in this tangent include The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White.

Anyway, my drummer encouraged us (in the band) to actually watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I thought "there is no way in hell I'll watch this flick.  It looks and sounds so f'n stupid!"  But knowing that my drummer would probably pester me till I saw it (he himself had the same "man this is gonna be stupid" kneejerk), I watched it.  It was actually a fun movie.  It engaged me to where I didn't want to change the channel while it was on.  The premise is hokey, but the film heartily commits to it.  The action scenes are good and the history parts of this "alternative history" were mostly in-tact (though some liberties were obviously taken.)  The part I remember most was how the slavery advocates did not want Lincoln to free the slaves, because
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the slavers were vampires and were keeping slaves as food so that they could feed secretly and the community wouldn't know they're vampires.  So if the slaves were free, then the vampires would not be kept in check.
 Which got me to thinking about stuff like the Donner Party and the darker aspects of American history that we're NOT taught.  
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 11:14:37 PM
Thanks again for all the support.  Hopefully Pool of Thorns will one day tour in your necks of the woods and I can party with you guys.  It's like we say in our Facebook profile: We wanna tour the world AND play your house party! 

Oh, and until our new recordings are complete, I'd be more than happy to mail any of ya's one of our old demos.  Just PM me. 
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 18, 2014, 11:07:21 PM
My homies in Cognitive dropped a new song called "Blood Hungry" and it is f'n SICK!!!  They have a full-length coming out this year. 

http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/20631344?utm_campaign=a_public_songs&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=page_object_news_item
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 18, 2014, 10:36:51 PM
Have any of you read the original Little Mermaid story by Hans Christian Andersen?  I think as adults disillusioned by Little Mermaid, you'd appreciate it more now.  In the original Little Mermaid story ENDING SPOILER
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the mermaid does NOT get the guy.  The prince marries a human, and the mermaid commits suicide cum noble sacrifice.
 

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What is supposed to be a noble sacrifice about that? She just kills herself.


It just felt deeper than that because
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she becomes a sun spirit or something rather than just become mere sea foam.  Or is my memory fallible, as always?  I should read this again.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 18, 2014, 08:07:55 PM
I just realized something.  JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was Persona before Persona was Persona.  Think about it... JoJo and company's stands were summons based on the tarot card suit they were most aligned with. 

Iggy would annihilate Koromaru's ass. 
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 02:16:52 PM
I don't even...

So there hasn't been a single Hatsune Miku concert in the US since the one they did at AX in 2011, now all of the sudden she's touring with Lady Gaga.  Which would actually be kind of neat, except tickets for those concerts went on sale months ago so if you wanted to see this for Miku then good luck getting a ticket...


What I'd like to see is a Hatsune Miku and Gorillaz concert.  That would be a "virtual band" extravaganza!
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 18, 2014, 07:09:48 AM
Damn, dude, your band rocks. :)

Glad you like it.  Hopefully you can see us if/when we get to Florida.  (I've toured with them as far as the Carolinas).
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 17, 2014, 09:35:57 PM
Nothing wrong with that.  I'd like to think that anyone can enjoy My Balls.

Though My Balls might not be appropriate for young children...

And this should be the theme song for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLZbd0EvCs8

9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 17, 2014, 07:45:44 PM
As palate cleansers during my read of Mistborn book 3, I'm re-reading the My Balls manga online.  Yes, you read right.  I read some of it to see what all the fuss was about some years back, but it got old fast for me back then.  I heard it actually ended well after a draggy middle, so I'm giving it another shot.  I'm actually enjoying it more now.  Yeah, in spite of myself, I'm enjoying My Balls.  
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2014, 06:51:26 PM
Have any of you read the original Little Mermaid story by Hans Christian Andersen?  I think as adults disillusioned by Little Mermaid, you'd appreciate it more now.  In the original Little Mermaid story ENDING SPOILER
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the mermaid does NOT get the guy.  The prince marries a human, and the mermaid commits suicide cum noble sacrifice.
 
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 06:41:49 PM
By any chance, is it this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_dick
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 05:39:34 PM
I'm reminded once again of that episode of The Simpsons where Marge gets Itchy and Scratchy off the air by making it kinder and gentler, but when the decency groups wanted her on board to prevent Michaelangelo's David from making a tour stop in Springfield, she declined, saying "everyone should see it."  Then there was the whole "you accept David, indecencies and all, yet not Itchy and Scratchy, indecencies and all?"  

I'm cool with fanservice.  It's a good gimmick, especially since it provides a lightning rod for discussions like these every time.  Conception II is certainly not hurting from this publicity.  My only issue is if you were to hypothetically strip away the gimmick, is the core game any good?  It's like, when KISS washed off the makeup in the 80s and just played as themselves, they sucked.  They were just like any other cookie-cutter band.  Think about it.  KISS is really a mediocre band in terms of musicianship or even songwriting.  But put the makeup, the costumes, the pyrotechnics, etc. back on, and they were cool again.  

On the other hand, if you were to take away all the funky stage props that Red Hot Chili Peppers use (e.g. lightbulb hats, Flea buck naked, colorful costumes, etc) and just have them perform in street clothes, they'd still be fantastic because, at their core, they are an excellent band with skillful musicianship and songwriting.  

EDIT: And, yes, while there are plenty of eroge that are nauseatingly degenerate, just plain stupid, or both, there are some that are excellent.  Crescendo still remains one of my favorite VNs.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 16, 2014, 05:22:43 PM
@Neal: Of course! It's the most epic of renamings.  "YourAss, make them bleed!"  Do you still play bass?  I'm way late to the party, but I've been learning guitar the last 2 years.  I forgot the sheer joy of performing music all these years, and now I'm once again afraid to perform in front of a crowd, but I'll get over it.  I'm not one of those crazies who buy ocarinas at conventions, but I want to get back to business with my other instruments as well.  I wonder if there are any 80s revival bands who need an alto sax in the area, or a crappy jazz band who needs a crappy clarinet player, or ...someone who doesn't know anything about music aptitude at all who thinks they need an F recorder player.  At any rate, good to hear from you!

(edit: ok, I see you still play bass, but I'll leave it in for posterity. I think it's awesome you still play!)


This is a performance from last summer.  (2:45- 3:06 is the best part).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ZRig11SR4

And I'm sure any ska band could use a sax player.  I mean, everyone and their dog plays guitar, but horn players are hard to find. 
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 09:48:41 PM
I never played the Shadow Hearts games, believe it or not.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 09:34:38 PM
Re: Fanservice

I love goofiness, fanservice, and goofy fanservice probably more than many of you.  Hell, I enjoyed Let's Meow Meow for crying out loud.  But sometimes, even I get annoyed by fanservice.  Like in Agarest War 2, some of it (e.g. the oil massage sequences) felt like a tacked on afterthought and the game would have been better without it.  That being said, I did find some of the optional event scenes really funny.  Some bordered on creepy, but whatever.

And then you have cases like the manga My Balls.  For the first couple of volumes, it's hilarious (if you enjoy lowbrow humor, obviously).  But then it seemed to get old fast and overstayed its welcome.  EDIT:  I never finished it, but I heard the ending was good despite the supposedly draggy middle, so I'll probably read it again online just to see.

And while I was able to figure out Baten Kaitos and Ar Tonelico from the intro, I'm still stumped on the RPG about a flamboyant vampire pro-wrestler who beats his enemies with telephone poles.  That sounds like a wild game.  
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