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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 21, 2015, 08:21:34 AM
And here's another "oh how the mighty hath fallen" reaction.  It makes me wonder, though.  With so many of the old guard we grew up with folding over the years, who's going to take up their mantle?  I mean, our demographic may not be the widest consumer demographic for games, but we are a loyal one who will reliably shell out our money for product.  So while it is goodbye to Tri-Ace as we know it, I'm looking to the front door for whom I'll say hello to.  The wifey may have passed away, but that doesn't mean the man won't find new love and remarry.  Who knows, maybe the new cadets will make a Star Ocean inspired game that actually realizes the potential of the series- make it about exploration rather than "start out sci-fi for 12 seconds then dump you on a podunk world for the whole game" and we love it and think, "Why didn't Star Ocean ever do this?  This is awesome!"  

More Dincrest analogy time: The mobile phone gaming demographic is like your listening public who favors mainstream top-40 pop music.  That audience is fickle and just rides waves as they come.  They'll make an artist super rich and famous for a minute, but once they've moved on from that one hit wonder, that artist is forgotten.  Who remembers Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style nowadays?  Nobody.  They're soooo five minutes ago.  On the other hand, we're like metal fans.  Our favored music won't make top-40, but we're supportive and loyal to it that it's never gone away, good bands can work as full time pro musicians despite never having radio play, and fans (both young and old) venerate the old guard while keeping an ear to the ground for what's next.  
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 20, 2015, 10:08:02 PM
On another note, I just got my bicycle back from the shop- I give it an annual tune-up in February ( to beat the crowds) and I upgraded my saddle (its racier shape fits me better than my older wider one) and my pedals to ones that are clipless on one side, platform on the other.  I'm a first timer to clipless, but I picked up on clipping in and out quickly and am stoked to ride the hills on them come spring.

I'm saving up for my first road bike, so having the clipless pedals on my hybrid to practice is great.  As for my first road bike, I'm considering either a Specialized Allez, a Felt Z85, or a Bianchi Impulso.  I ADORE my LBS (local bike shop) and think their staff is the absolute best in the area; I've been to several shops.  However, they only sell Specialized.  I already like Specialized, since my current bike is a Specialized hybrid I bought from them 6 years ago.  However, I'm curious about other brands, particularly those I don't see often in the peloton, like Felt.  A nearer shop to me deals Felts and while their staff is good, they're not quite the folks at my LBS.  I'll never know till I swing a leg over a bike, so we'll see what my new weapon ends up being.  
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 20, 2015, 06:21:59 PM
As far as reading "bad" literature goes, some folks just do it to see what all the fuss is about or do it because they made fun of it and were told "don't knock it till you're read/seen it!"  And they either have massive MST3K fuel or closet-ly like it but spew hatred for it. 

I have no patience for bad books, but I am one of the guys on RPGFan's "cleanup crew" who reviews bad games and/or games no one else wants because I have a morbid fascination with bad gaming.  I like to see if it's as bad as everyone says it is.  I did this years ago with SaGa Frontier- I rented it to see how bad it was since everyone talked about it sucking... I loved it!  I thought the game was fantastic. 
64  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 19, 2015, 05:03:04 PM
This randomly came up on my iPod during my commute.  Although the game itself was middling and the soundtrack as a whole was unimpressive, this piece was a gem.  My favorite bit is the sequence that happens about 27 seconds in.  

Song is "Middle Boss" from Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2015, 08:19:27 PM
That's why I counterbalanced it with A Pleasant Shade of Grey, which is a fantastic album by prog-metal band Fates Warning.  It's not an easy album to listen to because it's both musically and lyrically complex, but I like that it's challenging. 

Anyway, haps... nothing beyond work, voiceover class, and staying fit this winter chomping at the bit for spring so I can start riding again. 
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2015, 12:21:04 PM

Hubby freaks out my mother at dinner by popping his knuckles, toes and knees. It's a good thing the parents like him.
My computer keyboard at work started out white, but is now some shade of grey. Very nice to know that's all me.....

I could either contemplate a 50 Shades of Grey pun, or a pun based on the album A Pleasant Shade of Grey by the band Fates Warning.
67  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The movie was better than the book. wut? on: February 17, 2015, 07:58:33 PM
When it comes to movies based on books, we always say or hear, "the book was better!" But are there any cases where you thought the movie was better than the book?

In this conversation, I always mention The Whale Rider, because the book and movie serve as good companion pieces to each other. The movie is told from the perspective of the girl whereas the book is told from the perspective of her uncle. So scenes that were in the movie couldn't be in the book and vice versa, since those were times when the girl and the uncle were in different places.

And recently, I'd have to say I preferred the film version of Divergent over the books (I read all three; enjoyed the first two, hated the third.) A big reason for that is that some of the event scripting makes more logical sense in the movie than the book. For example,
when Four takes Tris into his Fear Simulation and they're in his fear of heights, she says, "This is not real. Let's just jump." In the book, she's encouraged to jump and break the simulation. But in the movie, Four stops her and says, "No" because a divergent would jump, break the fourth wall, and that would give her away to the enemy. So he trained her to think like a Dauntless and overcome the fear simulations in the more narrowminded Dauntless way.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 17, 2015, 06:02:50 PM
I thought you said "So we had to make out".

That is pretty much how all my dreams end and why I can't ever be truthful when I tell someone about my dreams.

Your dreams end with you making out with horrible gruesome monsters?
69  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2015, 02:31:38 PM

Nevertheless, it's always refreshing to see a film shot in Toronto and be that annoying movie-goer that points and says "HEY THAT'S QUEEN STREET AND THERE'S THE CN TOWER".

From what I understand, isn't Toronto a relatively popular location for film shoots?  I believe several Hollywood films set in New York City were actually filmed in Toronto.  I'm guessing it's because getting permits and all to shoot are easier and less costly in Toronto than in NYC. 

And I also think Toronto is becoming a best kept secret in terms of voice acting, what with Teletoon headquarters based there and the company voices.com (it and California-based voice123 are two of the biggest online hubs for voiceover artists seeking work and companies seeking voiceover talent) based in London (between Toronto and Detroit).  It ain't just NYC and LA any more. 

As for films, I also watched 21 Jumpstreet over the weekend; the newer one with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.  I thought it was going to be stupid because "oh great, another modern pisstake of something that was cool in the 80s" but I actually found myself enjoying it.  It was definitely better than expected, that's for sure.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 16, 2015, 12:35:27 PM
I'm feeling reflective again: 

The more people I meet and talk to as I walk this earth, the more I find that the majority of us were dorks and misfits in high school. We didn't get invited to the elite parties and stuff with the "cool kids." We spent most of our weekends either studying or getting better at stuff we were into. But come college and adulthood, that all shaped us into more interesting people. We became the "cool kids" who people wanted to hang with.

Truth be told, my life as an adult is easily better than my high school, college, and even grad school years. As much as life frustrated me as a kid, I'm really glad I didn't peak too early in life. I mean, if high school was the best years of your life and "it's all downhill from here" then that's going to be a very long and very depressing trip downhill to the grave.
71  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 15, 2015, 08:45:36 PM
I just finished reading Battle Angel Alita: Last Order omnibus 5.  I believe there's one more omnibus and that will conclude the story.  I've said this a million times before and I'll say it again: Battle Angel Alita is easily my favorite manga.  

Now, back to Alloy of Law.  I've read the prologue and chapter 1 so far, and a strong first impression has been made.

EDIT: About 8 or so chapters in and digging it.  It's not as epic in scope as the prior Mistborn series, nor is the story as complex, but it's great fun with a cool set of characters, especially the wise-cracking sidekick.  
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 14, 2015, 05:55:07 PM
Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies was on TV so I watched it.  I do enjoy that film.  Sadly, it was edited, so some of my favorite scenes were absent.  Still funny, though.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 13, 2015, 08:25:38 PM
I should show that to my voiceover coach.  He'll probably use that as an example of how NOT to read character dialogue.  

EDIT: Anyway, here's a vid of someone riding a road bike in unconventional ways.   https://vimeo.com/66151697

If that's a stock Bianchi Impulso frame he's riding, that's a damn good advertisement for the durability and nimbleness of that frame.  It's obvious he upgraded the wheels and tires.  
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 11, 2015, 05:05:54 PM
My tip is to cook naked.

But I'm scared Jamie Oliver will come after me for stealing his schtick.

75  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 09, 2015, 04:40:22 PM
'cept Eiko.  She'll be 9. 

Tell me this isn't how the final battle should've ended: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/eikosboyfriend.html
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