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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 21, 2016, 01:58:59 PM
I finished Firefight yesterday. While I thought Steelheart was just okay, I really enjoyed Firefight. I'm glad I gave it a chance. It wasn't knock your socks off by any means, and it relied on some tropes that I didn't like, but overall I thought it was pretty good.

After finishing I decided, what the heck, and started Calamity, the last book in the series. I'm reading the ebook and it doesn't have page numbers, but it says I'm about 30% into it.
2  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 18, 2016, 11:43:46 AM
While I'm still enjoying it, the game literally throws dozens of the same Pokemon at you. I've caught almost twenty Pidgeys, ten Doduos, a large number of Rattatas, Weedles, and Catterpies. I understand some Pokemon are more common than others, but I rarely see anything else.

In other news, my first egg hatched and it was Pikachu! I just need Squirtle and then I'll have all the starters myself.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: July 18, 2016, 11:38:22 AM
Sheik has the water shield ability in HW that negates damage and is pretty effective. I always try to use Sheik for getting A-rank on missions in Adventure Mode whenever possible since the water shield makes it easy. She also is a good fighter all around.
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 13, 2016, 02:18:21 PM
I finished up Neverwhere. It was enjoyable, but my initial impression of it still stands. Gaiman has grown a lot as a writer since Neverwhere was initially published and it definitely shows. I just didn't feel like the antagonists and their motivations were ever explained, and the characters didn't seem to have as much depth as his characters in later novels. I did still like it though.

Since my days of recreational reading are numbered, I decided to keep things light. So I'm reading Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, the second book in his YA series The Reckoners. I read Steelheart last year and enjoyed it as it was a fun, light read. Nowhere near as complex as his other novels, but that's what I was looking for. I'll probably try and read Calamity next too so that I can say I'm done with this series.
5  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 11, 2016, 10:31:13 AM
I threw the Pokeball at Metapod and somehow he got away. How is that possible? How does Metapod even move?
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2016, 10:26:42 AM
According to my save data, I'm about 75% through inFamous: Second Son. I absorbed the third power set over the weekend. While I really enjoy the powers, especially the Neon's dash that basically turns you into The Flash, they're all basically palette swaps of each other with a few minor differences (not to mention being palette swaps of Cole's powers in the first two inFamous games).

Also, I just made it to the True Hero karmic level, which allowed me to fully upgrade all of my powers.

I just need to finish clearing out two areas on the second island and then all of Seattle will be my turf.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 07, 2016, 04:46:07 PM
B-b-but.... everybody wants to be a cat....  T____T

I know right! That song made that movie for me. I thought it was just okay until that point, and then BLAM-O!! This awesome song comes out of nowhere. I love when they go crazy and break the floors and keep playing as they walk down the street on their damaged instruments.

And I personally find Fox and the Hound devastating. Maybe it's because my best friend from childhood and myself just couldn't see eye to eye any longer once we were thirteen or fourteen. I remember vividly the day our friendship ended. We never had any animosity toward one another and our parting wasn't a shout fest or anything; our interests and activities were just diverging too drastically and one day I just up and told him I was going home. Every time we've seen each other since it is just kind of awkward and weird. Even now.

On a similar note, I recently caught Disney's Robin Hood two days ago and holy crap, I did not recall it basically being The Dukes of Sherwood/Robin and the Hood. Yeah, that was pretty much where Disney entered into its Animation Dark Age.

To me, the 60s/70s was among the best eras of Disney animation, with films like Sword in the Stone; Jungle Book; the Rescuers; and of course, the aforementioned Robin Hood. ...A quick fact check tells me that I mostly enjoyed the films directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

OTOH, Rescuers Down Under was better than Rescuers 1, I never really liked or cared for The Aristocats and I could take or leave The Fox and the Hound.

I'll second Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book though. Those were good and alright respectfully.

I don't remember enough of RDW to stack it up against the original... Perhaps I should rent it soon (always looking for movies to watch with my son).
I agree with you on Aristocats. Near-total snoozefest, that one.
I personally wouldn't count F&H as part of that era. Different decade and director(s). It is rather ho-hum either way, though.
Speaking of 80s Disney, The Great Mouse Detective is severely underrated, IMO.
And yes. I do recall The Great Mouse Detective coming out after that period and being one of the better takes on the Sherlock Holmes formula in general.

Haven't seen it since I was a kid, but I completely agree. I remember being terrified of the rat at the end when he loses his shit and goes berserk.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: July 07, 2016, 12:36:10 PM
I've been enjoying Brave Exvius as well. I really like how the story, graphics, and battles really recall FF 1-6 a lot.

As far as the character collection goes, well, I just got Kain. I think I'm good.
9  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 07, 2016, 09:41:18 AM
I finished reading Abaddon's Gate a couple of days ago. While I thought the first two books in The Expanse were really good, this one was excellent. Great sci-fi on every level. The only thing that made me sad was no Bobbie because she was my favorite character in Caliban's War, but I did flip through the fourth book in the series, Cibola Burn, yesterday at B&N and it looks like she may be coming back!

Now I'm working on Neverwhere. I had plans to reads this book ages ago. In fact I think I was planning to read it around the time I started this thread, but just never got to it until now. I can tell this is Neil Gaiman's first solo novel. The sense of wonder that he does so effortlessly in his novels post-Neverwhere isn't present in Neverwhere. I can tell he's really trying, but it just isn't quite up to snuff of his other books so far. I am still enjoying it though and I'm about a third of the way through.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2016, 10:36:23 AM
I downloaded and began playing Brave Exvius over the weekend. Graphically it looks like Chrono Trigger on steroids, which I'm cool with. The battle system seems intuitive and fun, and the plot seems like classic FF with dimensional summoning of heroes and villains from other games thrown in. I just made it to the first town and have been working on equipping my team which includes Rain, Lasslow, a generic white mage (I believe) named Lea, Fran from FFXII, and Terra with Magitek armor. I also have Biggs and Wedge with Magitek, but haven't used them.

I've also been playing inFamous Second Son since I finished up Arkham Knight. Really, this is more of the same with more polish, which is perfectly fine with me! The new powers are mostly the same as Cole's with a couple of new sets of paint (at least so far). There are some cool new additions. My particular favorite is the dash the Neon powers. I've upgraded it so that I Delsin is basically a neon version of The Flash and that brings me a lot of happiness. Storywise, it's nothing special so far. I do like the antagonist a lot, but the story so far is all about stealing her powers to save Delsin's friends and family and it's a little on the meh side. I'm about 60% through the game and I'm going the good guy route.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2016, 12:33:48 PM
Captured Deathstroke and activated the Knightfall Protocol in Arkham Knight. Since I didn't really bother with the Riddler trophies, I then YouTubed the extended ending. I didn't understand it at all. Is there going to be another Arkham game?
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 20, 2016, 02:26:42 PM
And I just finished Birthright. I found the narrative a bit more interesting than Conquest's, but still pretty weak. I have to admit, Conquest was a little too hard and Birthright is a little too easy. I'm hoping Revelation will be a nice middle ground. I did find the maps to be overall more enjoyable than those in Conquest though since it allowed me to be creative with my tactics where Conquest often forced me into specific tactics given its difficulty. I also liked the characters more in Birthright.

I'm going on vacation starting tomorrow, so I probably won't get to Revelation until I get back. Hopefully I'm able to finish it before my wife and I move to Arizona.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The great pet thread on: June 20, 2016, 10:27:16 AM
It's been a while since we've had a pet thread!

Unfortunately, both of my dogs passed away three years ago and I've yet to get another. That said, my wife and I are planning on getting a dog when we move to Arizona in August!

For now, I still have two cats though they both live with my dad in Utah. Here's Jerry:



And here's Junior:



Jerry is a ham. He craves attention like an addict craves drugs. My wife and I were sitting outside last July and he jumped up onto her craving attention. Not pictured is the moment he tried to push the phone out of her hand hoping she'd pet him with both.

Junior loves being a cat. He spends most of his time hunting mice, birds, voles and gophers, and he couldn't be happier doing just that. He's skittish around people he doesn't know, and he hates being indoors. He took to my wife pretty quickly despite being skittish.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 20, 2016, 10:02:22 AM
I finished up most of the main story in Arkham Knight. I just need to track down one more most wanted criminal in order to get the ending if what the game told me is correct. If not, then that means I have to collect Riddler trophies. I came close but didn't quite finish getting them in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but I just don't have the time nor the energy to track them all down this time. I'll YouTube the ending if that's the case.

So I just need to clear out one or two more checkpoints and then I guess I'll be in a position to finish off the new militia leader.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 14, 2016, 02:35:40 PM
Nintendo has basically validated RPGFan's coverage of Zelda by making this game.

I was thinking the same thing. This looks like the most RPG-ish Zelda game since AoL.
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