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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 21, 2015, 05:25:44 PM
I'm hoping for a Movie, Personally.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 21, 2015, 10:14:33 AM
I liked Dunbine. =( Okay, his Pre-Gundam stuff I couldn't get into, but I genuinely enjoyed everything he put out until Post-Victory Gundam...in fact, I only liked 3 of his shows after that, and the ones that weren't Turn A Gundam could've been better.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 20, 2015, 10:47:00 PM

Also, while I kinda just found this band, Acid Black Cherry had a fantastic first Album, with a surprising amount of variation and fun and that I'm just not getting from their later albums. Of course, time will tell whether or not the later stuff will grow on me, but I went from almost immediately loving just about every song in Black List, to...not really caring for any of the songs in L...
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 20, 2015, 07:51:58 PM
I'm probably going to go deaf trying to block out the terrible, horrible things my parents talk about constantly for hours after dinner, because the only effective means seems to be cranking the music all the way up...and no song is ever loud enough, apparently.

Why are my parents the only people in the world I can't tune out? Those are the ones I want to tune out the most...
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2015, 05:25:11 PM
I encountered a guy who beat Ultimatum in 3 days on his first playthrough, so I'm sure it's not too long.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 20, 2015, 10:26:25 AM
In order of hype:

1) DBZ Movie!!!!

2) Arslan Senki - I checked a bit of the manga it's based on (which in turn is based on a novel) and it seems to play up the writer's strengths [who had previously done Fullmetal Alchemist and Silver Spoon], so I'm all for this.

3) Blood Blockade Battlefront - The trailers seem extremely cool and I know the writer of the manga (who also wrote Trigun) was up to snuff. Here's hoping it delivers.

4) Ninja Slayer From Animation - It looks and sounds really neat and Studio Trigger's working on it. Hopefully I'll like it more than Kill La Kill, considering it's supposed to be a homage to hyperviolent anime of the 90's I indulged in a few years ago.

5) Sidonia Season 2 - Been waiting too long to finish this series!

6) Digimon Adventure Tri - I wanna get digital. ;_;

7) Punchline - I'm pretty much guaranteed to get sick of this show after an episode or two, but I'll try it anyways. Seems like it'd be a nice guilty pleasure, at least.

Also, more Gintama is great, but I'm too damn far behind...

Also, the Third Code Geass Akito movie/episode's on it's way! I doubt the DVD will be out this season, though, so I have time to watch the second episode I didn't even know released...
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2015, 09:35:50 AM

Thanks for letting me know about the multiple difficulties thing having different objectives, as well as warning that not all stages are this good in terms of options. I think another problem when I was a kid was that we always chose hard mode because we didn't know which mode was the hardest. Honestly, I didn't really know about multiple difficulties in games until I was 10. =P

Also, I believe with the control option I chose (which I think was even the default option) you could use the D-Pad to do what the C-Pad did, thus making the controls more like the ones I'm familiar with. No more stop and go unless I'm using the Sniper Rifle at long range.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 20, 2015, 12:43:00 AM
Hey Mickey, this is probably unsolicited advice, but I recommend exercise (particular emphasis on cardio) and meditation (or timed breathing repetition exercises) as two effective strategies to combat anxiety and ADHD. Those two strategies help me out when I'm feeling overwhelmed and need immediate self-help. Running for me is an immediate mood booster/stress reducer. If you can't run, I'm sure walking would help if you're physically able. Swimming/biking are also low impact cardio ways to consider. Also, the concentration from meditation will help balance your prefrontal cortex from feeling flooded and overwhelmed with conflicting neuro signals (priorities). They also say petting an animal for 15 minutes can also be effective, calming and help reduce stress. I'm not a doctor or psyc. but that's what has worked for me personally. Best of luck man, you got this!

I appreciate the advice. However, I walk a lot already...I have a pretty fast natural gait, too. And I've tried, but I can't meditate - my brain just doesn't stop, nor does it ever watch to focus on just one thing. Sitting still actually makes me more anxious and less able to concentrate. =P

That said, I've been meaning to start an excercise regiment of some sort, preferably with Cardio (with my dad's heart problems, you'd think I would've started sooner), as I've found that work (which these days has been mostly physical and outdoors) really helps.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2015, 12:17:17 AM
I played a game. Inform the men.

Actually, I finally decided to try out Project 64 on my computer (which still doesn't seem to run too well even on this fancy computer...might have to look into setting and stuff later). I was going to use it to finally play Conker's Bad Fur Day, but I also grabbed Goldeneye 007 because I knew it would be quicker to test out the controls and settings before I jump headlong into a story and precision platforming-heavy game...and surprisingly enough, I'm having a good time with this for once. Like, I might actually go buy the cartridge (though it's kind of expensive now...I remember when I could get it for $6, but now I'll probably have to drop $40 after shipping. Ugh...).

Seriously, I used to hate this game, ever since I was little. In retrospect, none of my friends liked it either...and this was mostly because none of us really knew how to play it. We were all 4-8 years old at the time, so I guess it's expected. Still, there are a lot of things where if I hadn't played FPS games before, I wouldn't have figured out. There's no prompts, the before-game info is wordy and kinda confusing, and there's no recticle unless you hold the Aim button, which stops you in your tracks. All these problems apply to Perfect Dark, too, btw. But the biggest difference between then and now is that as a kid, I never thought to use the D-pad to move and the Analogue stick to aim. Back then, every other game I played used the Analogue stick for movement, and most games didn't really use the D-Pad. Of course, I'm not using a Nintendo 64 controller, so I'm using two analogue sticks, but once I had everything set up right, it felt like I was playing a modern shooter, Control-wise at least.

Gameplay-wise, I've only played the first level (which was all I ever got to see as a kid, except I think one of us got to whatever level had a tank in it...pretty sure my friend's uncle Gamesharked the rest, though), but it was a fantastically designed level - I can tell there are lots of different ways to approach the level, while still feeling focused. I'm not sure why I never noticed before, I'm certain each of my friends did things a little differently, now that I think about it. Still felt like there were things that would've been difficult to figure out considering it was meant to cater to a group that likely never played a game in the genre, though, mostly because I can never really tell what I can and can't interact with - simple stuff like switches, I get, but it took me a while to figure out how to hack a computer...and I'm not sure what it did...in fact, I'm not sure if I actually completed it, now that I think about it...I mean, it said back up completed, but was I supposed to do something after that?

Erm, anyways, I'm really impressed, partly with the game, but mostly with the fact that I finally am enjoying one of my least-favorite games of all time that people generally liked. It's very refreshing to find out that something so small can lead to completely different perception of something. Now I just hope I can get a physical copy without giving up my kidney...
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 19, 2015, 09:15:35 AM
I still remember just fumbling about in RO1 way back when. Not that I was a very smart 14 year old, but still...
41  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: No Man's Sky -or- Meet Yoda in the Stars. on: March 18, 2015, 06:09:55 PM
Yeah, a Public Beta sounds extremely necessary for this game. Dunno if they want to have everyone discover too much stuff before the game's full release, though....
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 18, 2015, 04:33:33 PM
Meanwhile the weather has had my screwed for the past 2 weeks and hasn't normalized yet...though I'm not entirely sure if it's the weather bothering me, or if I'm just depressed because my birthday's coming up, and I'll be celebrating it alone again....

Or maybe I just need to get out more when I'm off work. Not that there's too many places to go, but I always seem to feel better when I'm not at home...like, I can actually do what I want to do, instead of always feeling like I gotta fight 100 demons before I can get anything done...metaphorically of course. Fighting demons would actually be cool, compared to just sitting in a corner, mulling over everything I could be doing instead of sitting in a fucking corner, constantly weighing the pros and cons of actually moving in a deliberate manner...

...I need to look up Anxiety drugs....someday....

...Or now...Oh wait, I checked, and the Adderall I take for ADHD makes me more anxious. Fantastic guess I'll have to stop that and probably the Abilify so I can take an anti-Anxiety drug, almost all of which seem to interact with Adderall anyways. Huh. Also, it's possible the Anxiety just makes my ADD worse and if I'm not so anxious, I might be able to cope with the ADHD better without drugs.

Now that was productive. I feel a bit better already. Now I just gotta call my Psychatrist...
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 18, 2015, 09:14:03 AM
I haven't really watched much - mostly just load up videos only to lose interest mid-way through the opening song...but I did get in a few episodes of Gintama last night. Maybe there's hope for some more? Not sure...

EDIT: Probably not, since I'm gonna take another crack at Fang of the Sun Dougram and hopefully finish it this time. 75 episodes doesn't seem so intimidating anymore after years of Shounen anime. =P

EDIT 2: I started rewatching Fang of the Sun Dougram. I was greatly enjoying it 3 years ago, but halfway through, Wikipedia spoiled the entire latter half of the anime, including the ending, so I had to wait until I forgot it all before I could go back to it. Now I've forgotten the whole first half of the show...but now I get to experience it all over again, which is great, since it's a great show. The first episode is still jarring as hell, though - it's one of those rare pilot episodes, where they want to get right to the action so they fast forward to a latter part of the plot without actually introducing any of these characters or their motivations...or really anything other than a lot of melodrama and military action. They didn't even establish the setting - I didn't even know this was taking place on another planet until episode 2. In fact, I spent the whole episode thinking it was a misnumbered episode 10 (in fact, I still do, we'll see when we get there whether or not that's the case), especially since episode 2 could've easily been episode 1. Oh well, I guess they would've had to do it that way to get the attention of the kids shows like this was still aimed at (it was made in 1981, when Mecha was just becoming a thing), since the next couple episodes were slower paced and story oriented.

I do love it, though. The story seems very well-written. There's a lot of grounded political and social discussion going on, in between the usual military strategizing. The main theme seems to be the importance of truth and communication - both how it can be hidden or manipulated, but also how misunderstandings can lead to some major problems, and perhaps how simply knowing and/or accepting the truth can lead to better things. Granted, I'm mostly getting this from what little I've seen and/or remember, however, the tagline at the end of every episode so far has been "Not Justice, I want to get Truth", so maybe I'm not too far off the mark. :P

The main character, Crinn, does act rash and usually barely survives because of his foolishness, but IIRC, that's kind of a big part of the theme of the show, and he'll mature as things progress and he gets a sense of the bigger picture. He's kinda like Zeta Gundam's Kamille in that regard, but unlike Kamille, the show tries to make it clear that his actions often have positive and negative consequences, and the negatives usually catch up to him.

The setting's still weird, though. This is obviously a Terraformed planet, since it could very well be Earth most of the time. The X-Nebula and Binary stars seem to be the only reason to set it in space, since they both have unusual effects that limit long-range combat, especially guided missiles, thus making the perfect excuse to utilize giant robots. Yet thankfully, this show never actually makes the robots the "superior" weapons. They're simply a large component of the military. Even in the first episode, the Dougram arguably has more to fear from the helicopters than the other mechs, who are dispatched with punches and even a soldier armed with a bazooka. And the Dougram doesn't appear again until episode 9 - in the meantime, our protagonist, who is military trained, utilizes a variety of weapons and tactics to get the upper hand.

...wow, I don't remember the last time I had so much to say about a show, especially after only 4 episodes (though I do seem to remember more than I thought). That's pretty refreshing.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: March 17, 2015, 09:43:34 PM
I really don't want to play the demo without my bro, but I probably won't see him again until November. :( If the release date for the final game comes before then, I might not be able to hold out...
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 17, 2015, 05:24:57 PM
^Good luck mining for Gold in a shit-mine, Nintendo. I'll be on the ship when you're ready to come back to Earth. (Just make sure you clean off the failure first, m'kay?)
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