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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 24, 2015, 10:55:51 AM
My fiancee and I recently watched the first three episodes of Daredevil on Netflix. It's really good, and I like how they've tied it into the Marvel Universe and the reconstruction after the "event." I'm not as familiar with the Daredevil comics as I am with the other big Marvel heroes, but from what I've seen it looks like it works really well as a TV show. I like the characters, the plots, and the action, and I've enjoyed how they've told Matt Murdock's back story so far.

I'm a fan!
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 16, 2015, 11:38:23 PM
Since I'm stuck in Adventure Mode in Hyrule Warriors, I went ahead and mowed my way through the last few chapters of Legend Mode. I really enjoyed the story, and having all the old characters back was really fun, and I even liked Lana and Cia as characters even if I don't like how they play. I'm going to go back through Legend Mode to get the Gold Skulltulas and Heart Containers/Pieces that I missed and try to get my characters levelled up so that I can hopefully take on Adventure Mode again. I'll probably enlist my fiancee's help if things remain difficult, and if its too hard for her maybe I can get my friend in med school to give me a hand when has time.

I'll probably just poke away at it and get some of the DLC and poke away at that too. Though I'll finally be moving on to another game soon.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 16, 2015, 01:15:39 PM
My girlfriend and I started watching a new Netflix series called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night. The premise is that the titular character was abducted by an insane cultist and held underground in a bunker against her will with three other women while the cultist guy lies to them that the world has ended. At the start of the series they're rescued, and Kimmy decides to make a go out of it NYC and try to find the life she has lost.

Sorry, that premise makes it sound dreary and serious, but it is actually a delightfully hilarious comedy. Kimmy is stuck in the 90s, and her clueless attitude toward modern life is constantly amusing, and she has a hilarious gay roommate that has had me laughing so hard that my sides hurt. Y'all should check it out if you need a laugh.

My bf got me into this show and it is amazing. I seriously lost my shit over the whole Daddy's Boy gag, and later video.

Yeah I marathon'd it a few weeks ago when I had some killer migraines.  Put a smile on my face when I wanted to kill things or go full Akira with brain pain. 

I love Tituss Burgess voice --- it's almost melodic and absolutely perfect against the situations he's in which range from ridiculous to strange or to wearing that shirt that says "Baby Slut" while he struts away.

Jane Krakowski is basically playing 30 Rock Jenna again and that's absolutely fine.  Particularly, I love the stupid "rich person" jokes she gets.  "I donate my bath robes to homeless people with the same initials as me".

Kimmy's, daresay, unbreakable spirit is infectious and works like a cheerleader to pass on that similar 'great feeling' to the audience.  The jokes on her at the expense of the bizarre cult she was in are great. 

Can't wait for more and I swear some of this humour you can only get from someone like Tina Fey at the helm (in general I find shows have a "different flavour" when a woman is the big wig of it).

We finished the first season last night and I loved every minute of it! Usually it seems to me like the writers and producers of a show don't really have a feel for the characters and their progression in the first season, and usually don't get a grasp on it until the 2nd season. Outside of maybe the first two episodes, I really didn't get that feeling at all with this show. I found the characters all likable and their progression natural.

That, and it's just damned funny as hell! I laughed so hard my stomach hurt at least once per episode!
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 15, 2015, 11:53:38 AM
I finished reading The Emperor's Blades last night. While the author is a good writer, the plot just wasn't progressing until about the last 80 pages. I'm glad I stuck with it, because it got suddenly exciting very quickly and I read the last 80 pages in a blur. It was just getting to that point. I'm interested enough to give the second book in the series a try, so I'll likely get to it in a month or two.

I'm now reading The Saga of the People of Laxardal. It's considered one of the great medieval Icelandic sagas, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

After that I'll read Wheel of Time 6.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 13, 2015, 12:58:35 PM
My girlfriend and I started watching a new Netflix series called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night. The premise is that the titular character was abducted by an insane cultist and held underground in a bunker against her will with three other women while the cultist guy lies to them that the world has ended. At the start of the series they're rescued, and Kimmy decides to make a go out of it NYC and try to find the life she has lost.

Sorry, that premise makes it sound dreary and serious, but it is actually a delightfully hilarious comedy. Kimmy is stuck in the 90s, and her clueless attitude toward modern life is constantly amusing, and she has a hilarious gay roommate that has had me laughing so hard that my sides hurt. Y'all should check it out if you need a laugh.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 13, 2015, 12:53:47 PM
Still been plugging away at Hyrule Warriors whenever I have a chance. I have to say that the challenges in Adventure Mode are either getting pretty hard, or I really, really suck. I was trying to get an A rank in a couple and just couldn't quite squeeze it, and then there were two others that I just couldn't complete. I may need to enlist the help of a friend to get through them.

Legend Mode wise, all I can really say is that I found killing Gorons as Ganondorf to be quite delightful.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (it lives!!!) (aka 'Persona Emblem') on: April 06, 2015, 12:01:45 PM
I thought the trailer looked awesomely over the top, so that's nice. My only concern is that I gleaned from the trailer that it looked more like a battle arena kind of game rather than a strategy. Obviously I can't judge until we see more of the gameplay, but that's what it looked like to me. I can't say I'm particularly interested in a battle arena game, FE inspired or not.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: April 06, 2015, 11:58:32 AM
Oh goddammit! I just realized why IntSys is doing this. It's a goddamn vote.

Much like how FE7's multiple protagonists were sort of a gauge to see whether the classic Lord flavor (Eliwood) was more or less popular with two alternatives (Lyn and Hector), which ended up leading to Ike and Chrom (since Hector pretty much won that one), FEif is a question of whether Japanese players preferred the newer style gameplay of Awakening (infinite grinding, more emphasis on getting bigger numbers) versus the classic style (limited resources, more emphasis on your strategy of resource acquisition and distribution).

Its basically a question of how do you like your Fire Emblems. White Version (Awakening Style), Black Version (Classic Style) or Atlus Version (Persona Style)?

I wouldn't be surprised if this is what they're trying to figure out. This and the additional monies they'll make.

I'm excited still! I recently started a new game of Awakening and just found myself grinding in the DLC as soon as it opened up on the map. I'd like to have more of an option to play in the traditional FE sense with more limited grinding options (like the arena), and not infinite EXP like Awakening. Also, I'm interested in seeing what they do with the story between the two games. I think that they could definitely do an Illiad kind of set up where none of the opposing characters are really evil, they just have differing ideals and motivations. Such a story could really push some nuance out of the characters. Because, let's face it, while FE does have plenty of likable characters, they often fall into the category of generic anime tropes.
9  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 02, 2015, 12:21:37 AM
I finished Wheel of Time #5 finally. I'm resigning myself to the fact that the series will always have pacing issues as well as chapters that follow Nynaeve. I really can't stand her. That being said, it seemed like there was a bit less complaining about men/women in this book than in book four though there is still plenty. I'm a little saddened by what happened near the end:

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Namely, Moiraine's apparent death. We never really saw her, or Lanfear for that matter, actually die, so I wouldn't be surprised if she pops up later in the series at some point.

At the same time, by that point in the book it desperately needed something big to happen. Otherwise it would have just been a slow book with hardly any plot development. I hear that is what some of the later entries in the series are like before Brandon Sanderson took the reins after Robert Jordan's death, but I'll deal with those when I get to them.

I've moved on to The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley. One of my friends works at the publisher and she suggested the book to me well over a year ago. Just finally getting to it. All I really know is that it is the first in an epic fantasy trilogy and it has pretty good reviews. I met the author at an event and he signed my copy. He was a cool guy, so hopefully I'll like what I find.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 30, 2015, 12:13:33 PM
I finally played some more Hyrule Warriors. It's been a hectic month. I got engaged, and went on a vacation to warmer climes, but I finally got some Hyrule Warriors in last night. I believe I'm to chapter 11 in Legend mode. I don't think it is really a spoiler at this point, so I'm just going to say it, playing as Ganondorf is pretty dang fun, and actually a nice change of pace. I loved how he didn't make you feel the pressure to go save the captains or other characters when they got in trouble. Obviously it's to your benefit to help them out, but I enjoyed Ganondorf's callousness when they started crying. Obviously, being super powerful doesn't hurt either.

I also poked around a bit in Adventure mode. Got a few heart pieces/containers, and snagged a few compasses to search for secrets.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: March 13, 2015, 04:42:41 PM
https://miiverse.nintendo.net/replies/AYMHAAACAAADVHjGFxpNTw

A very particular MiiVerse message from a very peculiar Zelda character??


That's terrifying.

The Happy Mask salesman is evil incarnate. I'm going to have nightmares now.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The movie was better than the book. wut? on: March 12, 2015, 04:34:54 PM
As for my pick, most of the Harry Potter stories were better as books, but the one I thought was a better movie than book was The Order of the Phoenix. That book was bloated and boring for half. The movie is fast paced, exciting, and cuts all the fat.

I agree with this 100%. I also thought the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows (parts 1 and 2) were better than their respective books as well. It seems like after Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling's editor just said "Screw it, write whatever you want. It'll sell regardless."

I thought that Catching Fire was better than its book too. I mean, the second book is essentially the first book again, but there was a lot of fluff in the book that I was glad to see cut out in the movie. I didn't care for Mockingjay, and so I felt pretty apathetic about the movie too.

I've heard people say that the Princess Bride movie is better than the book. I'm planning to read the book in the next few weeks, so I'll know for sure then.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 27, 2015, 01:58:02 PM
Song of Roland was a quick, fun romp through medieval France. Lots of blood and guts, but despite some beautiful poetry in some instances it felt very flat compared to many other medieval epics I've read.

Started Wheel of Time #5 on the train to work this morning. Deep breath.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2015, 01:51:32 PM
Gwaar! Hyrule Warriors! I didn't realize how much content there is in this game!

I'm to chapter 9 in Legends Mode, but before getting to chapter 9 I went back through all the previous chapters and did my best finding the heart containers/pieces and Gold Skulltulas that I missed. I found most, but wasn't able to find a few. I checked GameFAQs for help, but alas, no FAQs on that stuff yet. GameFAQs fails at life yet again.

I then spent an hour or so in Adventure Mode getting the stuff I need for Lana's level 2 staff weapon. I missed it because I like to clear out the maps, and doing so gave me a B rank on mission time, so now I have to do it again and finish the mission more quickly.
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 25, 2015, 02:05:45 PM
Done with the Saga of the People of Vatnsdal. It started out excellent, but started getting repetitive about halfway through. There were some really cool parts though, and this had a lot more magical occurrences than the other sagas I've read, so that helped keep it fresh. There was one line of Viking advice that stuck out to me, "There is more honor in accumulating little by little than in reaching for the sky and ending up flat on your face." I love how bluntly the text reads sometimes.

I'm reading the Song of Roland now, and dang, could I just say Fire Emblem 7? I knew that the game borrowed some character and weapon names, but just seeing the names come up is kind of cool. Aside from that, I'm finding it to be filled with a lot of gusto, but not much in terms of character. Granted this is a medieval text, but even still I feel like Beowulf and other characters from other medieval texts (both earlier and later than Song of Roland) are much more fleshed out than those found in this story. Granted most of the characters die, so maybe it's a moot point. I should have this finished tomorrow, so I'll start reading Wheel of Time #5 afterward.
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