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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2015, 01:15:42 AM
My girlfriend and I watched the original Friday the 13th on *gasp* Friday the 13th. I'd actually never seen it, but I'm glad I watched it as it was only partially what I was expecting. Not sure that this is a spoiler but I'll tag it as such just in case:

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I was surprised that Jason himself only appears in a "hallucination" sequence at the end of the movie and that it was actually his mother who was the murderer originally. I would have figured that since Jason is such an iconic character that he would have been established in the first film, but he wasn't!

Since there will also be a Friday the 13th in March, maybe I'll check out the second Friday the 13th movie.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 16, 2015, 01:08:19 AM
I haven't watched SNL in years, but I'm glad that I checked out the 40th Anniversary tribute tonight. Lots of classic skits came back, and there were plenty of good/hilarious tributes to various aspects of the show. The only parts I didn't enjoy were Miley Cyrus and Kanye West performing. Though that was redeemed by Wayne and Garth telling Kanye to sit down toward the end of the show.

EDIT: Oh yea, I've also been watching Fresh Off the Boat and I've found it to be pretty hilarious. I love the cast, the characters, and the premise. I too hope it sticks around. The grandma(s) alone makes the show worth watching.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 15, 2015, 06:23:54 PM
DQVIII has decided it only wants to work every.... 5-8 times I pop it in the PS2.  The rest of the time it seems to have decided to either run at 1/10th of the normal speed for 5 seconds and then turn the screen into some sort of mashup between a monet painting and something that Maude Lebowski created on her naked swing set or refuse to recognize my disc is even in the machine.  I put in 3 other games and they work fine.  This game has been nothing short of amazing so far so I r a tad irritate.

That is miserable! I hate it when you're playing a great game and stuff like this happens.

I finally had a chance to play some more Hyrule Warriors. I finished up Link's maps at the split in Legend Mode and I've played through a few maps in adventure mode as well. I have Fi unlocked and one of the maps in Adventure Mode requires that I play as Fi, and I've been struggling with that map since you have to charge Fi for her to be useful at all. Needless to say, I like her about as much as I liked her in Skyward Sword, which is not at all. I'll try it again tonight.
7  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2015, 01:00:16 PM
I finished up reading The Prose Edda. It was a fantastic and informative read about Norse myth. And continuing with more Norse readings, I'm working my way through Sagas of Icelanders still, and just starting reading The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal. It is excellent so far. A lot more compressed than Egil's Saga, and honestly I don't know that it is any less complex due to that compression.

After I finish this, I'll probably reading Wheel of Time #5, or The Song of Roland.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 09, 2015, 12:25:20 PM
More Dragon Quest VIII. It says something about the nature of this game (and my tendency to enjoy this series) that I've actually enjoyed the silly British accents, when in games like Xenoblade I've found them to be rather grating.  Every character is just so damned likable.  This is quickly becoming a game (like Tales of Vesperia or Baroque) that I regret not playing years ago.  I have no clue why I sat on it this disc for almost 8 years.

It really is a wonderful game. I played it about a year after it was released and I was regretting not playing it right from the get-go then! I don't know that I'll ever play through it again as 80+ hours is kind of taxing, but I did really have a lot of fun playing it.

As for Hyrule Warriors, the characters have split up for a few maps to close the time gates. I've played through Impa and Lana's maps, so I now have Darunia and Midna as playable characters. I haven't tried Midna yet, but Darunia is really, really fun. A bit slow to wield, but his hammer packs a punch for sure. I still kind of struggle with Lana a bit with both the staff and book weapons. I'm sure there is a rhythm to it, but her attacks just feel disjointed to me. Also, I did play as Sheik finally, and that was fun.

I've poked around in adventure mode a little bit. It seems like a nice way to grind, all things considered, but it still feels like grinding. I'm glad that you can just level characters with rupees, but you still have to have rupees to do that so...

I'll probably get the Majora's Mask DLC after I finish Legend Mode.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 08, 2015, 09:58:43 PM
Honestly, I know the series isn't as popular as Zelda by any means, but it would make more sense to me if they were to develop a Fire Emblem live-action series.
Fire Emblem 4 as a live action series along the lines of Game of Thrones would be so freaking amazing. O.O I mean you have everything you need there for it to be amazing. Epic war? Check. Crappy romance? Check. Drama? Check. Evil cult trying to resurrect their dark god through incest? Check. It will never happen since we don't even have an official English translation, but I can dream of it.

Yeah, it's a big dream that would never happen to be sure, but that is exactly what I was thinking of when I mentioned it. And to be honest, I can't think of a better way to actually bring FE4 to Western audiences. But Nintendo would never, ever allow that to happen.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 08, 2015, 02:20:01 AM
I picked up Hyrule Warriors yesterday. I'm not very good at it, but I'm hooked! It's so fun, and addicting! I love the attack animations, beating down hordes of enemies, and taking on the huge bosses. Dodongo and Gohma were great fun to beat up, and the over the top attacks when you wear down the weakness gauge is pure awesome. I'm struggling to stop playing. So far I'm liking Link best of the warriors, though Impa is pretty cool. Cia's attacks don't seem to have much rhythm to them (at least not for me) so I'm kind of struggling with using her, and I've not used Sheik at all as yet. Maybe the next battle.

Still, tons of fun, and I'm looking forward to being able to buy the DLC later on.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 07, 2015, 01:47:52 PM
"Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience"

That sounds like one of the worst things ever.

The thing that makes that bad isn't the "family audience" bit it's that Legend of Zelda doesn't lend  itself to the complex and interweaving stories that make the backbone of GoT

Agreed. It's far more mythic, and the games themselves (at least those where you have to rescue Zelda) typically tell variations of the same story.

Still, it could be interesting, but it will be such a high profile that they will need to tread carefully so as to not alienate the fans of the series, which could be an impossible task.

Honestly, I know the series isn't as popular as Zelda by any means, but it would make more sense to me if they were to develop a Fire Emblem live-action series.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 02, 2015, 02:43:34 PM
That's a pretty great list! Guess I'll use my coins after all. Though it seems the site has gone down for maintenance. My guess is the server was flooded with people trying to spend their coins.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: Complete: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: February 01, 2015, 06:03:58 PM
Last bump, I swear.

HAPPY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY FF7!!!!!

Now, take a moment to feel old.

Holy guacamole! I do feel old. I remember watching the commercials on TV while I was watching WWF as a teenager. Oh man, oh man.
14  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 30, 2015, 04:53:50 PM
Published in 1914, so probably written around 1912 yes. Even given the timeframe, it reads like Uncle Tom's Cabin. A lot of its contemporaries were far more developed in style, character, and thematics, so I don't think it's really okay to excuse it for when it was written.

EDIT: I finished Tarzan, and the ending actually wasn't at all what I had expected, and I liked that. All the criticisms I've mentioned in this and previous posts still stand though.
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 30, 2015, 08:22:31 AM
I'm still reading the books I mentioned in my last post, but I've also been reading Tarzan of the Apes on the side. I'm about 3/4 of the way through it now, and I don't think it's very good. It relies heavily on stereotypes, and though there was some criticism of late 19th/early 20th century society earlier in the book it has dissipated since then. Really it has mostly been Tarzan running around the jungle saving all the stupid white people from the savage black people, and wooing Jane with his primal manliness, which has made her fall madly in love. The prose reminds me of a manlier Uncle Tom's Cabin, but with more action.

Worst of all though is the fact Jane has a mammy whose only purposes are to faint when something happens and provide comedic relief when she wakes up. Seriously.
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