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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 18, 2014, 05:13:03 PM
Netherlands- Australia was a big surprise.  Considering the Dutch are a powerhouse team and Australia is the lowest ranked in the group, the Aussies put up one hell of a fight.  At one point, I thought they'd actually pull off the upset. 

Chile-Spain was an exciting match.  Chile pulled off the upset, though, and Spain's out of contention. 

Cameroon-Croatia... hmm... I don't know much about those teams or how the result will affect the standings, but I'll watch.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 17, 2014, 04:54:40 PM
Didja catch Brazil-Mexico today?  Wow, what an exciting game!  Ochoa (Mexico's goalie) was on point!  Every single one of his 7 saves was f'n SWEET!  Fun to watch too.  

EDIT: Belgium- Algeria was not a good game.  It was boring and both teams played really sloppily.  

So far, Russia- South Korea is turning out more interesting than I thought.  Though I have to call shenanigans on that yellow card being pulled on Korea.  
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Level 5 wants to revive past titles on: June 13, 2014, 06:34:46 PM
I wish Inazuma Eleven had been marketed better.  Nay, marketed AT ALL.  Especially since this is a World Cup year.  It was released with no fanfare in the looming shadow of Bravely Default and I had a LOT more fun with Inazuma Eleven than I did with Bravely Default. 
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 13, 2014, 05:11:16 PM
It started this week.  I just watched Netherlands annihilate Spain.  

US has a rough schedule ahead: first 3 games are Ghana, Portugal, and Germany.  

It also seems that FIFA's FINALLY employing some goal-line technology this cup.  After the 2010 cup with all those BS calls, it's about time!

And, like I said, Japan is the team I'm keeping an eye on.  They were a dark horse last time and I want to see what they do now.  I'm also curious to see if any teams can buck the stereotypes I have of them.  Like how England has a stable of the best players, yet they can't play as a team because everyone's a superstar primadonna ball hog.  Or my stereotype that Portugal is a dirty playing team that takes dives left and right.  

EDIT: Cinderella story in the making?  Costa Rica trounced Uruguay and one of Uruguay's players got the first red card of the cup. 
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 12, 2014, 07:35:22 PM
Sorry Goosey, but no.  I prefer to fap to my own species, thank you.  My fetish isn't Wonder Woman pr0n either.  Given that she probably has vagina muscles that could crush steel...  It's funny how dating a superheroine seems really cool at first, but then after seeing the film My Super Ex-Girlfriend you're like "Yeah... no."

So haps... life is work, cycling/fitness, Pool of Thorns, RPGFan, voice over class, and comic book club.  

And, sadly, I don't think the epic masturbation thread's even available via Wayback Machine.  
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 12, 2014, 04:03:54 PM
Poor Goosey was not around for my epic masturbation thread back in 2001 or 2002 thereabouts. 

And no, you won't be hearing about my kinks and fetishes, sorry. 
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 11, 2014, 05:02:48 PM
So Alisha's a sadist and her girlfriend's a masochist.  Sounds like a perfect match to me.  And, hey, we all have our turn-ons and "kinky" preferences regarding bedroom behavior.  

Anyway, haps.  Between all the festivals my band's playing and the time we're spending in the studio this summer, I'm riding in the Philly Bike-a-Thon July 13.  65 mile bike ride for charity.  Should be awesome.  I gotta start training for that, so no booze for a month.  Wish me luck! http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/CommunityFundraisingPages/CFPFY12ECBike?px=37477931&pg=personal&fr_id=62211
68  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 09, 2014, 06:12:22 PM
Considering that this and First Class were the two best X-men movies, I'm okay with cutting those losses and retconning.  Hey, it's not like comic books don't retcon all the freaking time, right? 
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Nova (developed by Tri-Ace) on: June 08, 2014, 04:51:37 PM
Like others, I'm cautiously optimistic about Phantasy Star Ocean.  I'm betting the gameplay will be fun, since it's Tri-Ace.  And I have the same concern as Dice that if you have both an online and an offline mode, one is going to suffer.  Try to please everyone and you end up pleasing nobody, right?  I gripe about that in this old review of Ragnarok DS: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/ragnarokds/index.html

Forgive me for waxing a little nostalgic, but I reamember Phantasy Star in its early days was all about throwing the formula out the window and pushing the genre.  The first Phantasy Star had a good storyline, developed characters, and *gasp* a female protagonist.  Phantasy Star II took storytelling risks and had some moments that completely shocked me.  Phantasy Star III introduced the generation concept where you'd play as one generation, continue the quest as the kid, then conclude it as the grandkid.  Phantasy Star IV pushed the envelope with its manga-style cutscenes that still look really good today.  I'd love to play another RPG that presents its story scenes using comic book panels like that.  And the first Phantasy Star Online game paved the way for online console RPGing. 

As far as sci-fi aspects go, not every Phantasy Star planet was a tech marvel.  In fact, most of the planets were pretty much fantasy worlds with some tech aspects to them and interplanetary travel wasn't always easily accessible. 
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 08, 2014, 01:42:05 AM
I'm upset now.  En route to Trishstock, our van broke down in PA, AAA tow took forever and a day to reach us, and haul our hides back home, and we're all upset that we couldn't play and see our awesome fans and friends.  Nikstock is in 2 weeks, so we should have our vehicle fixed by then. 
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 06, 2014, 05:44:59 PM
Summer's upon us and that means Pool of Thorns will be hitting up the camping festival circuit.  We're already hitting our usual festival spots: Trishstock in Locke NY this weekend, Nikstock in Owego NY later this month, and Smitefest in the Williamsport PA area in mid July.  More TBA.  Last year was my first year doing this festival circuit with the band and I had the best time, so I can't wait to do it all again this year.  
72  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Songs that sound weirdly like other songs on: June 03, 2014, 06:44:46 PM
Reminds me of that controversy 5 years ago with Joe Satriani and Coldplay.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb49QuPLuHg
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls Z on: June 02, 2014, 08:17:17 PM
My review is up.  Bottom line is that it's good, but still has some old chinks in the armor.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 01, 2014, 07:29:07 PM
In lieu of band practice, we all went to see X-men: Days of Future Past for my drummer's birthday. 

It was fantastic.  And I agree, I wanted more Quicksilver.  The best scene was
Quicksilver going nuts in the Pentagon's galley.  We were all laughing hysterically.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / The controllers thread on: May 31, 2014, 08:24:58 AM
Ahh, the controller.  Source of great joy as it provides the tactile link between us and the action on a video game screen.  And also the source of frustration as several controllers have probably been thrown due to platforming pitfalls.  Many remember the evolution of the Atari joysticks to the iconic rectangular NES controller to the more ergonomic designs of controllers in newer systems. 

So which controller is your favorite?  Which one just feels right in your hands and allows you to play for hours without realizing it? 

So far, for me, Sony's post-DualShock controllers fit the best in my hands.  Nintendo's GameCube controller was fantastic as well, except for the piston-esque shoulder triggers that were sometimes hard to push.  Had the shoulder triggers been button-like as in the Dreamcast's controller, it would be perfect. 
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