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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 09, 2015, 01:12:58 PM
Went to see Inside Out a few nights ago. I found it pretty enjoyable and often funny with plenty of touching moments. I loved the vibrancy of the colors, and the inner world of the mind setup. It allowed for a lot of creativity.

But I don't know. It just didn't seem as interesting narratively as other Pixar movies. I guess because it was formulaic in the fact that a kid moves to a new place and acts emo.

My favorite parts though were when you get to see inside the emotions of other people (plus the little bonuses of the dogs and cats at the end). I loved the bits with the dad's emotions, and the pre-teen boy at the end especially.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 06, 2015, 11:58:03 AM
But the first that came to my mind was the "nu" He-Man (the 2002-2003 one) was nixed too soon.  It never finished its second season (so it's left hanging) and the third season was slated to resolve a huge plot thread.  I understand why it was nixed (slow toy sales and low ratings), but that's really too bad because it was a darn good show.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the crap out of cheeseball campy 1980s He-Man (because it's nostalgia and my childhood), but the 2002-2003 He-Man was a very good re-imagining of the concept, had stronger storylines, less camp, and provided much-needed backstories on several characters with much improved character designs.  (on a completely unrelated note, I couldn't quite get into "nu" Thundercats.  Maybe I'll give it another change, but man I was NOT feeling nu Cheetara's design.

Huge agree! I loved that show, and was so bummed when it was cancelled. I rewatched it a few years ago and it still holds up quite well.

"Selfie", ruined by a shite title was a gem that was really shining just as it was given up on.  Particularly rare, was a leading Asian male teamed with gorgeous Dr Who alumni Karen Gillan.  However, and most importantly, who wouldn't want to see what Ginger-Korean babies look like?  Not my top pick, but eh.

I also really enjoyed Selfie. It was a little shakey getting started but was really starting to hit its stride when it was cancelled.

Erm....Sonic SatAM?

Arg! That cliffhanger! Back when it was on, I didn't really understand the whole cancellation of TV programs thing, so I didn't understand when it disappeared the following season. I was really, really disappointed. I would wake up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to watch it. At least the Archie comic series carried on (and is STILL ongoing). I haven't read them in years, but they kept me satisfied when I began to understand that the show wasn't coming back.

Speaking of 90s cartoons that were canned, I was a big fan of the Ocean Production Mega Man series. For some reason it was on Sunday morning really early where I lived, so I had to wake up early on Sundays too! The animation was a healthy mix of anime and American styles, and I think it prepared me for the anime revolution that came a few years later. One of the reasons I stuck with DBZ when I first started watching it was because the VA of Goku was the same VA from this Mega Man series. The only problem that I have with this series looking back on it now is that it tried to empower Roll to be a more active participant in the action (which is good!), but they did so by having her only real weapon being a vacuum cleaner attached to her arm (which is bad!).

It had pretty killer Mega Man sounding music too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ufVQIUEiYc
18  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: July 06, 2015, 11:37:34 AM
I agree completely, Hathen. I'd like to actually be able to play Mighty No. 9 before I support a new title from Inafune and Comcept. Also, since Mighty No. 9 was completely funded by the generosity of fans, they should wait and use the profit they make to fund the studio's next game. Or at the very least, try to fund it themselves.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: July 06, 2015, 11:14:21 AM
I'm much more interested in DQVII on 3DS than DQVIII. I haven't played the original, but it definitely looks like it could be an actual upgrade, rather than a downgrade.
20  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 04, 2015, 01:18:29 PM
I actually live in NYC now. Though I'd like to get back West at some point. Maybe not Utah exactly, but somewhere in the West.

I've always wanted to read Good Omens, but have never gotten around to it. I'd also like to check out Discworld at some point. Unfortunately, since I work for a book publishing company, I have WAY too many books on my to-read list as it is. I seriously have enough books to read for the next two years at the pace I read. Maybe, I can put Good Omens and Discworld on the shelf for 2017 though.

Sigh. Book people problems.
21  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 03, 2015, 02:09:46 PM
I finished up Wheel of Time #8 yesterday. The first 200 pages or so were good, but it became a slog after that and remained that way until the end, which was just another setup for the next book in the series. I'm glad that it was the shortest book in the series outside of New Spring, otherwise I may have had trouble finishing it. I'll probably not get to the next book until August.

For now, I'm reading Outcast of Redwall, book nine in the series. I've been reading a lot of Wheel of Time and other heavy reads the last few months, so it will be nice to read something light and easy for a change of pace.

After that I'll move onto the next saga in my Sagas of Icelanders book, The Saga of Gisli Sursson.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: July 01, 2015, 10:20:33 AM
That's a motivation to play DS Chrono Trigger- to see how the translation changes.  Considering what they did with Frog, I'm now doubly curious as to what they do with Ayla.  I'm at the "Tata and the Frog" chapter so I'm not too far from going to prehistoric times.

I don't completely remember for sure. She still does talk like a stereotypical prehistoric person might, but I do seem to remember thinking it was toned down somewhat.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 27, 2015, 03:45:42 AM
EDIT: OH!! And am I the only one that thought for the longest time that Amarant had some kind of beak thing instead of a mouth and beard?

Nope. For the longest time I couldn't figure out his face. Maybe a bit of poor character design or 3D modeling work on Square's part. I really liked Amarant at first, but I just wish he had more presence in the game. He never really becomes a friend to my knowledge. He mostly just stays as an outsider. The only exception I can think of to that is the "You're Not Alone" sequence, but it has been so long since I played FFIX that I don't remember much about that aside from the cool music.
24  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 23, 2015, 09:51:35 AM
I finished up The Stranger last week and since Wheel of Time 8 still hadn't come into the library I read a copy of Richard II that I picked up for free at work a year ago. It was pretty blah. The language was still cool, if not quite the prowess that Shakespeare had later in his career, but the story was pretty boring. Basically can be summed up as follows:

King acts like a jerk --> Subjects get pissed --> King continues to act like a jerk --> King's cousin dethrones King --> King acts emo --> King gets killed --> The End

Well, at least I can say I have read that one now.

The library finally got in Wheel of Time 8 on Friday, so I picked it up then. I'm almost 200 pages into it so far, and right now at least the pacing has been decent, which is a tad surprising. There wasn't any plot summary at the beginning like there has been at the beginning of every book starting with book 4. Not a bad change, if I do say so myself.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 22, 2015, 12:43:13 PM
I've never been happy with AI in Star Ocean games.

Agreed. One of the main reasons I stopped playing SO3 was because the party AI was atrocious. In my game, it was basically me against all the enemies with the AI controlled team members doing nothing but running up against the invisible wall of the battle area.

Never had an issue while playing Kingdom Hearts though. Maybe Tri-Ace just can't develop good AI?
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 18, 2015, 05:05:13 PM
^ So i guess Joss Whedon was right?  Shame.

What was Joss Whedon right about?
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 18, 2015, 01:18:44 PM
I saw Jurassic World last night. It was by no means comparable to the original classic, but it was still really enjoyable. My complaints while minor are as follows:

1. The two kids were flat characters overall.
2. The female lead character was mostly annoying. Not the actresses fault, but the way the character was written.
3. Even with all the advances in CG since the original film, the dinos still looked very fake for the most part.

Good things:

1. Everything to do with Chris Pratt and the raptors.
2. The climax was pretty frickin' awesome.

Definitely worth checking out.

28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 18, 2015, 10:20:04 AM
We'll see more come winter, apparently.

I'm nervous but hopeful. They have a great game just there, they can't fuck it up that badly. Even with the new stuff they add...

Oh god, I'm scared.
I'm hoping they just try to stick to the source material. It's a remake, afterall, not a reboot. If they can just manage to update the graphics and give us a 360 degree rotateable camera, maybe spice the battle system up a bit with new attack animations and maybe some in battle button prompts for special actions, nothing overly fancy, it'd be swell. Hell, I'd be fine with no extras at all, just the base game (although it'd be REALLY MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME if they made a little mini sidequest thing where you come across Ramza from tactics...).

They have a lot of stuff to use already, but it's almost 20 years later, and new options wouldn't hurt maybe. I'm gonna have faith in them...

Judging from these statements I C&P'ed for ease of reference, it sure sounds like hella liberties are gonna be taken with the source material

“I can’t share too much for now, but it won’t be a simple remake,” says Nomura. “If we were to simply just make the graphics look pretty for the new generation consoles, I don’t think it could surpass the original version. If that’s what you wanted, I think it’d be enough to just play the original International version on PlayStation 4, and it would be satisfying enough.”

 

“We’ve yet to show any screenshots from the game, but it has vastly evolved, so please look forward to it,” Nomura continues. “Again, this time, since the story is being handled by Nojima, that also means that there will be more work added to it, so please look forward to that as well.”

I can see them updating some stuff. I'm even okay with them removing some of the unnecessary story content to tighten up the tone of the game even if that means it could take itself more seriously than the original. But a lot of the more lighthearted content was actually pretty essential to the plot, and are some of the best loved parts of FFVII.

I'm not particularly worried about the Honeybee Inn sequence.  Keeping it would be a good sign--some recent FF games have been taking themselves a bit too seriously, and I don't want to sit through more FF13-style drama--but it's not critical to the game.

This is my concern in a nutshell. Back when FFVII was first released, Squaresoft was still a very playful company even as they worked with more serious story material. Granted, I haven't played a new Final Fantasy game since X-2 (which was admittedly pretty playful) because Square Enix hasn't shown me that they are interested in anything but brow-furrowing seriousness in XII and XIII and the compilation FFVII.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 10:00:35 AM
Best thing about this news is that Nomura is directing, probably the best choice at this point and only that could do a good job at this

With him as director, I'd say is fair to expect a lot of Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts going on in this remake.

I'd say it is a pretty much 100% certain deal. This is the chance to "fix" FF VII so it ties properly into Crisis Core, Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus. Nomura is not going to let that chance slip.

Not to be a dick here, but what exactly in the original FFVII is actually contradicted by the content in AC CC DC? I can acknowledge that CC places a bunch of new actors in the ring that one would expect to appear in FFVII proper, but don't. That kind of retconning doesn't really require "fixes" though. So what am I missing?

A few people should be dead but aren't (looking at you Rufus), Cloud's characterization osmosed Vincent's Hot Topic style brooding rather than keeping his more cocky and standoffish attitude before his cosmosphere fix or his more mature/level-headed acceptance of reality afterwards, and various Gackts somehow managing to become both the Alpha and Omega Sephiroths respectfully (among other things).

I think the characterization of Cloud is my primary concern. Ever since AC, he has been presented as a brooding emo kid, but that isn't how is portrayed in the original. Yes, he still broods, and gets depressed, but he's also a loveable, roguish jerk at the same time. I don't think that Square Enix has shown they're interested in portraying Cloud that way any longer. I also worry that a lot of the humor from the original just won't translate well into an HD remake. I mean, can you really imagine Barrett and Cloud going on a date at the Gold Saucer in HD? I'm excited still, and the environments in the trailer look excellent, but I'd like to see some more detail of the characters and their personalities before I get too carried away.
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 15, 2015, 12:02:49 AM
Yeah, I can see why people would stop reading it. It goes on forever, and nothing really happens for long stretches, which makes them a bit of a slog. So far I'm still finding them enjoyable enough though we'll see what happens.

I finished up The Saga of the Confederates in a single day. It was good, and surprisingly funny. About as satirical as the sagas go I'd assume, and that was refreshing for a change since the other sagas I've read so far have been kind of high-minded. High-mindedness isn't a bad thing by any means, it's just nice that this one was kind of different.

I'm thinking that the library will get Wheel of Time #8 on Tuesday, so since I had a few days to spare I started reading The Stranger by Albert Camus. I'm enjoying it, even if it is disdainfully silly at times. Merusault is a total jerk, but it is enjoyable. I'm not reading it as an English major, just as a reader, but the English major inside of me sees lots of cool stuff. It's nice to not dwell on that sometimes though. I should have it finished tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest as it is pretty short.
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