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5821  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.  
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
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
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
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.  
5822  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.
5823  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.
5824  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
found some sort of redemption; well, Blue Virgil and White Albedo
it's Black's and Red's turns.
5825  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.
5826  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.
5827  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.
5828  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.
5829  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.
5830  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm a name my kid 4real, yo! on: August 09, 2007, 09:18:34 PM
How about Chewbacca or Skeletor?  I mean, imagine going into a job interview saying "hi CEO of big company, my name is Skeletor Johnson."  

Or if I had twin girls, I could name one KOS-MOS and the other T'elos.  

That's the money right there:P

http://notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/ This is an appropo site.  My favorite is still Lorelai Jakarta.  If that's not a porn star name, I don't know what is.
5831  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm a name my kid 4real, yo! on: August 09, 2007, 12:35:03 PM

Yeah, this is something that's probably not uncommon or anything, but stupid and silly names for kids is something that I always find amusing.  Hippie parents were probably the worst.  Rivers Cuomo of Weezer has a brother named Leaves.
5832  The Rest / General Discussions / The best rappers are illiterate. on: August 09, 2007, 08:52:28 AM
I love the way 50 cent is insinuating so backhandedly that the hip-hop audience are a bunch of illiterate schmucks, hence why Nas is losing appeal.
5833  The Rest / General Discussions / Best ethnic accent? on: August 09, 2007, 08:43:17 AM
Now we're getting into languages that are more aesthetically pleasing to the ears than others.  Many people may prefer hearing songs in Italian, Spanish, or Hindi (to give some examples) over hearing songs in German, Dutch or Tamil, because the former languages are more flowy wheares the latter ones have harder consonants and are more guttural.  

Japanese itself utilizes more hard consonants than, say, Mandarin Chinese, which is more flowy.
5834  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 09, 2007, 08:34:06 AM
I'm on disk 2 of Xenosaga 3 now.  
Yuriev, using Gaignun's body, has taken over the Durandal.  I always suspected something about Gaignun from the moment his eyes met Shion's back in the first game.  Gaignun was just way too smooth.

Shion's still a petulant child, though given her past I'm more sympathetic as to why she is how she is regarding interpersonal relationships.  I'm sure therapists and counselors often get clients who present issues the way that Shion does.  Shion'd be a tough nut to crack in therapy because she gets really defensive and clams up when called out.  She totally needs therapy but because she likely denies she needs it, she goes seeking answers in all the wrong places.  

I still think Allen's a weenie, chaos has become progressively cooler throughout the series, Virgil's always been awesome, and Captain Matthews has yet to be topped as my favorite series character.  

I liked a couple of scenes that ended disk 1.  
I liked when the gang was running away from Labrynthos through the burning city, a piece of an ES nearly hit Jr, Jr yells at them to be more careful, and chaos remorsefully says "sorry."  It was a meaningful moment, but an amusing one as well, because I "lived" that dogfight chaos and Canaan were in during Xenosaga 2's intro.  

I also liked Virgil's redemption.  That guy was one tortured and twisted soul.  The only time he ever got to be his true self was when he was with Febronia.  He's right that he's not much different from Shion.  Both definitely show classic signs of insecure attachment.  Shion obviously does this by acting childish and throwing tantrums at people (especially Jin) when things don't go her way.  Virgil does this by hating Febronia for leaving him rather than loving her for protecting him.  It's like how an insecurely attached child, when separated from its mother, will throw a tantrum and be hard to placate, because it's angry that the mother left.  A securely attached child will be easy to placate and its dominant emotion will be happiness that mom's back.  
5835  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 07, 2007, 09:38:51 PM
End of chapter 5 in Xenosaga 3.  Many revelations concerning Shion's past.  HaKox is a very mean mini-game.
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