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5416  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 15, 2007, 09:59:13 PM
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.  
5417  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: August 15, 2007, 09:51:31 PM
I was browsing a used CD store whilst killing time before the Potter movie.  I ended up buying a couple of good punk CDs from the $1 clearance rack.  I got Andiamo by Authority Zero and an MxPx live bootleg.  I didn't know anything about Authority Zero but what did I have to lose for a buck?  It's a good CD.  It's punk the way I like it: energetic and socially conscious.  And MxPx is MxPx.  Amazing band.  "Chick Magnet" has a simple but oh so fucking awesome bassline.
5418  The Rest / General Discussions / WHAT THE HELL IGN? on: August 15, 2007, 03:44:33 PM
Well, at least he didn't have a life size plushie or love doll of her made.  That would have been even more disturbing, methinks.

EDIT: And at the very least, it's not a bobblehead.
5419  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 15, 2007, 12:29:30 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Man, when it comes to Xenosaga you have some odd preferences Neal. :P



Ain't that the truth.
5420  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 11:41:31 PM
Allen
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did finally grow a pair at the very very end.  I was like "about freaking time."  I like that he admitted he was a weenie in front of everyone.  I still think he's a weenie, but I have more respect for him because he actually owned that.  


Regardless, Captain Matthews (and the Elsa crew: Hammer & Tony) and Jr. still remain my favorite Xenosaga characters.  But, of course, the greatest character to ever grace a Xeno RPG, or just any RPG period, is Citan Uzuki.
5421  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 11:31:06 PM
Beat Xenosaga III.  It was an epic end to an epic series.  However, the post-game stuff was more limited than in II.  

III was definitely the best game in the series.  The visuals were beautiful, the character models blended anime and realistic beautifully, the music was fantastic, the voice acting was the best of the lot, and the gameplay was the most fun of the three (especially ES battles.)  However, in terms of storyline, I enjoyed the plotline told in part II more than that of part III.  

And even though connections to Xenogears may have possibly been tenuous, it was fun seeing nods.  I mean
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Fei and Elly strongly resemble Abel and Nephilim.  The original Miang with the long blue hair that emerged from the Eldridge crash in the Xenogears intro resembled KOS-MOS.  Since the original Miang was what gave birth to life on that world and KOS-MOS is the vessel for Mary Magdalene...  And perhaps the reborn Lost Jerusalem (aka Earth) is where Xenogears takes place.  Oh, and Xenogears has references to the Zohar.  I believe there was a "Zohar Modifier" in Xenogears.


Others are kinda ehh, like
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I would think Ramsus is something of a descendent of chaos/Yeshua, but Ramsus seems to resemble Wilhelm more than chaos.  And with Citan Uzuki, Citan is a lot more like Jin than Shion.  However, Jin dies helping chaos and KOS-MOS assimilate the Gnosis, so does that mean Citan comes from Shion's side of the bloodline?  Then again, those family traits have to come from an established gene pool.  If Shion met Citan and his wife, she'd probably say, "ugh!  He's just like my brother!"  


At least with Xenosaga, thank goodness there was no annoying mascot creature like Chu-Chu.  Okay, there was the bunnie, but you didn't have to have anything to do with it.  Chu-Chu, you had to keep in your party and were required to use in some boss battles.

Oh, and re: Xenogears.  I tried firing it up in my Playstation 2, and is it me, or does the text flow a LOT faster when playing Xenogears in a PS2 than it does in a PSone.
5422  Media / The Soundroom / So...Deathly Hallows on: August 14, 2007, 07:36:22 PM
Grim- re: Snape.  I felt Snape was completely justified in all his actions throughout the books.  
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On the one hand, he had a ruse to maintain.  If he let on that he actually cared for Potter, the jig would be up.  Plus, he had to keep his distance and be defensive because if he got too close to Potter, the jig would be up.  He kept his distance by using classic projection.  Projection is where you project traits of one person onto another.  Like if you have issues with your father and your therapist reminds you of your father in some way, you project by treating the therapist like you do your father.  Snape hated James Potter.  Snape hated James not only because he was a rival for Lily's affections, but because James was an arrogant asshole who mercilessly bullied Snape.  So of course when Snape sees James in Harry's general appearance and demeanor, he's going to treat him like he would James.  And because of that coldness, he made Harry hate him too thus making it easier to keep a distance from the boy who would so remind him of Lily too.  When Snape saw Harry, he thought of James.  If Harry looked more like Lily, it would have been much harder for Snape to maintain his ruse.
 
Snape is very conflicted regarding Harry.  He's Lily's son and he's James' son too.  He loves one and hates the other.  So this dichotomy was portrayed extremely well by Rowling.

And regarding Draco Malfoy, he was the son of Death Eaters, so in order to be in Voldemort's good books, Snape had to favor Draco visibly.  Plus, a school student becomes soft if unbullied:P  Remember, Snape was Voldy's #1 lieutenant over Bellatrix Lestrange.  The Potter saga would have ended much much differently were Bellatrix in Snape's esteemed position.  If Snape fucked up even in the slightest, Bellatrix would have taken his place and everyone would be fucked... no, they'd be ass raped with hot pokers while swallowing elephant grass before being fucked because Bellatrix was a brutal sadist.  
 


I finished the book a few days ago. What a colossal disappointment. This was not only the worst Potter book in the series, but it was a lousy book period. The book was a total mess. It was poorly written (the herky jerky schizophrenic writing style felt rushed), there were tons of tiny plot holes that were never explained properly (if at all), it was boring as hell (even the climactic battles felt very "been there done that"), and the book was really predictable. Rowling can do better and has done better.

The only redeeming aspects for me were the Dudley chapter, the Snape chapter and any chapter with Neville Longbottom (is, was, and will always be my favorite Potter character.)

I'm glad to be done with this book. It's nice to know what happened to Harry and everything, but the book still blew chunks.

EDIT:  My mom recently finished the book.  She liked it, but felt there were tons of little holes.  One thing I have to agree with her on is that Fleur was a huge disappointment.  I mean, she was a skilled sorceress who competed in the Triwizard Cup and yet she's relegated to
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being Bill's hausfrau.  All she's doing in the book is chopping meat for Bill.  I mean, what the fuck?  A talented, exotic, glamorous sorceress like Fleur being a mere hausfrau and not doing something that makes use of her skills?  What a step backwards for womankind.  


And with the epilogue
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Why did Harry have to name his kid Albus Severus?  That's a doomed name.  Worse than Han and Leia naming one of their kids Anakin.  Why couldn't he have been named after a Weasley?  The Weasley clan is of great heritage.  Why couldn't Ginny have stepped up and said that she wanted the kid named after Fred, who died valiantly whilst fighting and always had a smile on his face and a joke in his heart.  

And why did Ron and Hermione have to name their kid Rose?  Rose is an old lady name.  And any old lady with the name of a flower is usually the most crabby bitch on the block.  

At least Draco gave his kid a cool name.  Scorpius Malfoy's alright.  

And I definitely think Jimmy Potter and Teddy Tonks will be the hellions of the school.  I can see Jimmy using the Room of Requirement to hide and jump out at people to play pranks.  I can see Teddy using it to hook up with girls.  I peg Teddy Tonks with his punk rock hair as the ladies man and Jimmy Potter as the class clown.


But the part of the epilogue that bothered me the most was
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why no mention of Luna?  Luna was a big part of the gang.  She fought bravely in book 5, and in book 7, she was the one who kept everyone's spirits up whilst they were imprisoned in Malfoy manor.  Ollivander himself said that Luna was the reason he never lost hope, faith, or his will to live.  I loved Luna.  I wanted to know what happened to her.  I believe she and Neville became a couple at the end of book 6 so my guess is that she's married to Professor Longbottom, is head of the Quibbler, and that she and Neville have a couple of normal, well-adjusted kids.  If anyone deserves a happy family, it's Neville.  And considering his integrity and level-headedness, and her positive attitude and always unabashedly being herself and never letting others get the better of her, their kids are probably the best off.  
5423  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 05:26:26 PM
Well listen Grand Master, Louie was a slacker 'cept when he was tending bar.  The only reason the hotel was never dusty was because ol' Rosa would keep everything spotless.  

I'm in the final dungeon of Xenosaga III so I should finish it tonight.
5424  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: August 14, 2007, 05:22:31 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Completed games of 2007 for me:

Yo-Jin-Bo, Hotel Dusk, Piece of Wonder, Memories Off: Complete (which includes Memories Off: Pure), Memories Off 2nd, Suigetsu Mayoi Gokoro... I think that's it.  

None were RPGs, though Piece of Wonder was an SRPG/love adventure hybrid.


Guess I should add Xenosaga, Xenosaga II, and Xenosaga III to that list.  And I've beaten Chrono Trigger a couple of times.  Summertime's a great time to play games, no?

Xenosaga's now become one of my favorite RPG series.
5425  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 14, 2007, 09:48:24 AM
I just finished chapter 8 in Xenosaga 3.  I hope Voyager makes a reappearance soon.  He was so badass, and since the Testaments have
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found some sort of redemption; well, Blue Virgil and White Albedo
it's Black's and Red's turns.
5426  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 12, 2007, 07:41:02 PM
In FF9, one of the biggest nods to an old FF game was in the enchanted forest when Garnet had to piece together parts of a story.  Said story was the plot for FF2.  

Even though I didn't know that initially, it was still pretty cool.  FF9 had plenty of easter eggs to reward longtime FF fans and even newer FF fans could enjoy the classically styled adventure and a few easter eggs referring to FF7 and 8 too.

To me, even though FF7 was one of the ultimate RPG experiences, I thought FF9 was the ultimate Final Fantasy experience.
5427  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamingsucks.com on: August 11, 2007, 11:45:04 AM
I was just kinda thinking that.  Her ex beau was probably an inept communicator based on spending too much time on WoW or something, but I believe that in relationships, women can be just as inept at good communication as men.
5428  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamingsucks.com on: August 11, 2007, 11:11:22 AM
+1 for Ashton's sentiment.  People are too wont to blame everything except themselves when it comes to bad or failed relationships.

This gamingsucks.com lady, I feel, is trying to absolve herself of any personal accountability and responsibility by placing the blame on video games.  And anyone who knows me on these boards knows how I feel about personal responsibility and accountability.
5429  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 09, 2007, 09:54:49 PM
Then again, Jr always liked books.  One of my favorite scenes in Xenosaga 2 was when chaos and Jr accompanied Shion & Jin back to the Uzuki house/ Jin's used bookstore and while Shion, Jin, and chaos were talking, Jr was running around like a kid in a candy store ready to buy up a pile of books as tall as he was.
5430  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 09, 2007, 09:32:27 PM
Losfer- Lloyd + Sheena for the win.  I always thought that the Lloyd/Sheena moments were more flirty/romantic and fun than the Lloyd/Colette ones.  I especially loved the overland skit where Sheena was blushing at the thought of Lloyd marrying her so he could be part of the Mizuho clan, then pretty much smacking him for being a dolt.  

It's too bad there were so many melee characters in Symphonia.  I really liked Sheena, but in battle everyone else pretty much trumped her.  

I haven't gotten any farther in Xenosaga 3 (I want to finish off Potter 7 so that my mom can read it), but I do wish the Xenosaga saga were a series of novels.  I know my mom would adore the story (she enjoys sci-fi set in space and loves stories based heavily around religious theory and interpretation), and if it were a series of novels, she'd voraciously read them.

You know, one thing that's often been said about Xenogears and Xenosaga is that some people say the references to Christianity are accurate and other say they're innacurate, outright false, or just there for no reason.  I see it as these games are set in the VERY distant future (Xenosaga set in 4767-4768 AD) and the meanings and interpretations of ancient dogmas change a lot over time.  I'm sure the meanings and interpretations of Bible passages are different in modern era 2007 than they were in the Bronze Age, despite it being the exact same text.  Where Bible text was practical and pragmatic for Bronze Age goatherders, it's less so for modern humans in 2007, but it's no less meaningful; it's just that the meaningfulness has taken on a different incarnation.
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