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5521  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 21, 2008, 06:02:44 PM
Considering that a lot of classic comic book franchises that are being made into movies were pointed, often biting, social commentary yeah, it's disturbing.  Comic books often paint a disturbing picture of the world in spite of their bright colors.    

Iron Man was inspired by the Cold War.  It touched on human turmoil too, like Tony Stark's battle with the bottle and during that time (I think circa issue 118) Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes took up the Iron Man mantle until Tony got sober.  

Xmen was inspired by the changing racial climate in the US and it's not uncommon to compare Professor Xavier to Martin Luther King and Magneto to Malcolm X.  A ton of comics were a product of disturbing times.  

And Batman isn't the "boy scout" superhero like Superman is.  It's like Commissioner Gordon said at the end (and Bruce said in the middle):
Batman is the hero Gotham deserves, but he's not the hero it needs.
 He is the dark knight.  Even in the DC universe, isn't he kinda on the fringe?  I mean, he's only a "part-timer" in the Justice League.  And in the movie, I really liked that it
focused a lot on Batman's inner demons.  Bruce Wayne and Batman had to come to terms with the "evil" inside of themselves.  Joker was totally correct in saying that they're akin to kindred spirits who complete each other.  

Superhero comics typically don't have happy endings.  I have to agree with Schmendrick in The Last Unicorn in that there are no happy endings because nothing ever truly ends.

As for the age thing, when I went I saw a lot of parents with teenage and adult children.  During the end credits I was telling my mom about some of the mythos within the comics and a middle aged woman who was sitting in front of us looked at me and chuckled.  She knew the comics and was happy to see that a movie actually did justice to the "parents' generation" of comics.
5522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 20, 2008, 05:17:35 PM
Quote from: "Raziel"
Am I the only one who likes to live in complete ignorance when anticipating a new game?

I like to.  This isn't an example for a game, but I avoided pretty much everything regarding The Dark Knight and when I saw it last night it blew me away.  

However, as much as I'd like to avoid knowing anything about certain games I want to play it is often difficult for me to do so since I write for RPGFan.  Though admittedly, ever since I decided to stop writing previews (for which I had to scour for any tidbit of information about a game) I'm enjoying anticipatory gaming a lot more.  I'm looking more forward to Black Sigil since I don't have to write about it for a preview prior to its release.
5523  Media / General Games / Hey, look. It's a terrible idea for a new Sonic game. on: July 20, 2008, 01:31:05 PM
Deg, are you referring to the Wii Sonic for possible amazing-ness or the Bioware Sonic RPG?
5524  Media / General Games / Hey, look. It's a terrible idea for a new Sonic game. on: July 20, 2008, 09:57:44 AM
..well, there's always that BioWare Sonic RPG.  I have faith in BioWare so I'm sure that will be the first good (or at least decent) Sonic game in a bazillion years.
5525  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 20, 2008, 12:11:17 AM
Yeah I know it was location shot (Hong Kong among other locales) since I read the end credits.  But come on, you get what I was trying to say, though.  If not, I reserve the right to point and laugh at you for missing the point.
5526  The Rest / General Discussions / Why do YOU game? on: July 20, 2008, 12:06:16 AM
It fulfills some of the senses that my other hobbies do not.  There's just a certain something that gaming does for me that playing bass and cycling do not.  Of course there are certain somethings that playing bass and cycling do for me that gaming does not.  

I've always grown up with gaming as a part of my life.  It's as natural to me as reading a book or watching a movie, just more interactive.  I come from a long line of gadget freaks in my dad's side of the family and video games fulfill that comparable "gadget" lust I have.  

With bass and bicycles, the latest technology does not totally excite me (I'd be perfectly happy with an old fashioned passive P-bass and a single speed cruiser bike) but with video games, the new tech and its possibilities excite me.
5527  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 19, 2008, 11:51:43 PM
Quote from: "everluck"
The thing that I'm most impressed by is that The Dark Knight really isn't Batman's story; it's Gotham's.

My mom was commenting that she loved how Gotham looked in this movie; that it looked like a more modern realistic city and not some dystopian cartoonish futuristic imagining like in the 1989 Batman movie.  It shows how long a way comic book movies have come.  They don't need to look cartoonish to capture the spirit of the comics.  It's often better if they don't since comics have often been pointed social commentaries on real and current issues.  

Speaking of comic book movies, is it me or has this summer been one of the best for them?  Iron Man, Dark Knight, Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II...
5528  The Rest / General Discussions / The sports thread on: July 19, 2008, 11:43:55 PM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"

Women's volleyball is the best spectator sport though.

Volleyball players are often insanely hot.  Back in undergrad I was friends with a girl on the volleyball team; she and the entire team were insanely hot.  Even in high school, the hottest girls were never the cheerleaders or the swim team, but the volleyball team.

Volleyball's certainly not my game, though.  I've been hit in the face way too many times with a volleyball and I'll gladly do without another forced nosebleed and/or another pair of broken glasses. (God I sound like such a nerd.)  Still love me some soccer, ultimate, basketball, and cycling.  Especially cycling.  I remember seeing women's mountain biking during the Atlanta Olympics and I thought that was the greatest thing ever.
5529  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 19, 2008, 07:20:20 PM
I just got back from Batman and...

What a complete and colossal disappointment.  That movie was the most overwrought, overrated, melodramatic piece of garbage I've seen in a long time.  I totally regret wasting my money on this tripe.  

Only kidding.  I fucking LOVED it!  Heath Ledger was so good as Joker (trumps Jack Nicholson's Joker any day), I was squirming in my seat every time he
asked people about his scars.
The writers did an absolutely stupendous job crafting his dialogue.  This movie did not live up to the hype.  It took the hype, pummeled it into submission, and made it its bitch.  

Hollywood is finally doing comic book movies correctly and the Christopher Nolan Batman films have been the best.

Two things I'm still unclear on, though.  
When and how did Rachel find out Bruce was Batman?  I don't recall him revealing his identity to her in Batman Begins
or is my memory just fuzzy?  And was there supposed to be
more with Scarecrow
that was left on the editing room floor?  It's like he was meant to be there, but was barely more than a fodder thug.  
Scarecrow was wicked in Batman Begins.  And reduced to some petty thug here?  Makes no sense.  Scarecrow got totally shafted.
I guess except for that, I loved the movie. [/quote]
5530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs you're embarassed to own. on: July 19, 2008, 11:28:01 AM
I'm sure somebody out there owns a hentai game or two but is too embarassed to admit to it, even in this thread:P
5531  The Rest / General Discussions / The sports thread on: July 19, 2008, 11:19:44 AM
With all the sporting events happening/have happened this summer such as Wimbledon, le Tour de France, British Open, and 2008 being an Olympic year, I figured I'd start a sports thread.  

So what are some peoples' favorite spectator sports and why?  What are some peoples' favorite sports to play and why?  What are some general attitudes you have about sports that you wish to express?  What are some sports you dislike and why?  

For me, I'm not a big fan of spectator sports since I prefer to get outside in the field, park, or backyard with a bunch of friends and actually run around and get sweaty playing them.  I like playing ultimate frisbee, badminton, soccer, basketball, and bowling.  I'm not really any good at those, but I'll gladly join a pick-up game of ultimate or soccer for fun.  If table tennis and bocce count, yeah I like playing those too.  I'm also getting into cycling in a big way and hope to eventually find a group to ride with.

However, when World Cup soccer or the Olympics are on, I'm glued to the TV.  I love World Cup soccer and the Olympics gives me a chance to see sports on TV that I would normally never get to see.  And despite the dumbass politics and that insufferable French attitude surrounding it, I do enjoy watching le Tour de France.  I mean, at its heart it's a totally awesome bike race through some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe.  

My least favorite sports are easily baseball, golf, and cricket, all of which I find insufferably boring both to watch and to play.  I don't find American football particularly engaging either.  

So, yeah, let's talk about sports.
5532  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: July 19, 2008, 08:54:26 AM
I love the Least I Could Do webcomic.  Here's Rayne singing about emo kids.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CjjC7B6v8Y
5533  The Rest / General Discussions / Ever get robbed? on: July 19, 2008, 07:31:55 AM
Worst for me was when I had my bicycle stolen when I was in the 5th grade.  It was a BMX style bike with a white frame and red tires...  Anyway, I was always careful to lock it properly on the bike racks but when I came out of the school building that Friday (it was a nice day too so I was gonna go on an extended bike ride) and saw that my bike was gone, I cried like a baby all the way home.  To some people it'd probably be just a bike, but because my parents both worked my bike was the only way I could get around town.  I practically lived on my bike.  And despite living in an upper middle class neighborhood, my folks weren't exactly rolling in dough.

The folks eventually got me a new bike (not quite as nice) and a year or two later, I got a call from the local police that they'd found my old bike.  When I got on to ride it, I realized I had grown a LOT since that bike was stolen.  I never knew who stole it.  The police said they just found it abandoned somewhere.  

I really felt then my sophomore year of college when one of my suitemates had his BMX bike stolen (it was a nice one with a $1200 frame) while it was locked outside the dorm.  One of my friends was over that night and asked to ride the bike a little and a few minutes later came back frantic saying "DUDE!!! YOUR BIKE'S BEEN STOLEN!!!!"
5534  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unannounced NIS America Stuff on: July 18, 2008, 08:54:13 PM
I know A Witch's Tale is coming out later in the year.  NISA's site now says winter 2008 as opposed to October 2008.  That'll be the first action RPG NISA's released.
5535  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Vay was just remade and released. on: July 18, 2008, 08:26:35 PM
An exploding jellyfish would be even more awesome if Spongebob and Patrick were chasing it.  JELLYFISHING!!!!!!!
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