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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 19, 2014, 12:20:10 AM
I watched the Bench Warmers for the first time today. It was funny, even if it seemed like Napoleon Dynamite part 2 with Jon Hederer essentially being another Napoleon Dynamite character. Not a great movie, but it made me laugh and kept me entertained.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Your Most Favourite Movie Moments on: March 19, 2014, 12:17:30 AM
But that whole scene in the cave, the idea of "let the quest end here" and "happy endings can't come in the middle of the story" and the idea of "there are no happy endings because nothing ever ends" continues to stick with me to this day.  Even the ending itself, yeah it seemed like a happy ending on the surface, but my little-kid brain started to think more and more about it.  Was it really a happy ending?  I think that was the moment I started to think deeper about endings in stories, especially the "happily ever after" cop out, because this was a fairy tale that didn't end that way. 

I remember you saying this about the Last Unicorn some time ago. I recently watched it for the first time in years and I agree with you that it is pretty profound.

The most profound to me as a child was definitely the death of Little Foot's mother in The Land Before Time. Though I didn't understand what was going on at the time, I'm astounded to this day on how much I find I empathize with Little Foot's pain, and his struggle to continue despite his tremendous loss. Such a beautiful movie.

As an adult, I think I was probably most affected by Life Is Beautiful, and all the effort the father (whose name I forget) puts into keeping his son happy and positive despite the horrible things that are happening around them.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Natural Doctrine on: March 19, 2014, 12:10:08 AM
Whoops. Didn't see the double thread either. My bad.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: March 19, 2014, 12:08:14 AM
The movement is definitely reminiscent of Valkyria Chronicles. It's surprising to me that a game that revolutionized the turn-based strategy genre like VC seemingly had so little effect on the genre. It often seems to me that, while new games in longstanding SRPG series are still fun, that they are still so dependent on many of their legacy systems and fearful of branching out. With that in mind I really liked the hodge-podge look to this game with high (if maybe hodge-podge fantasy) and a more contemporary movement mechanic.

Now the question is, will it be released outside of Japan?
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: March 18, 2014, 11:56:05 PM
Wow, this is fantastic looking. I agree with LoS a few pages back that I really look forward to more artistic games like this these days. It seems like the industry is getting more and more about the next big blockbuster, and a lot of the smaller games are falling by the wayside in terms of marketing and development (okay, it's been like that for a long time now, I'm just a little tired of hearing about Titanfall).

I'll definitely check it out!
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Trek or Wars.. on: March 17, 2014, 01:02:00 AM
I've always been more of a Star Wars guy myself. I think that's because I tend to prefer the mythic and archetypical more than the straight up sci-fi of Star Trek. I do really enjoy a lot of Star Trek series/movies though Star Wars will always be just a bit more preferable to me because it is an example of the types of stories that I tend to like.

I may differ in that I actually enjoyed the first Abrams Star Trek movie. The plot is a little contrived, and it did lose its more cerebral qualities in the move to a more straight-up, action flick, but I did find what character development that was there was solid and it was just entertaining.

Into Darkness was atrocious though. Biggest letdown of a movie I've seen in a long, long time.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: March 16, 2014, 08:34:15 PM
Meh, can't say I care enough about the birthdays for everyone to put them into the spoiler code.

I will turn the game on to get the goods though!
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: March 16, 2014, 04:05:54 AM
Stupid life getting in the way of my playing this game. I'm like a year behind now. Oh well. I still need to get a ton of the DLC packs and finish those. Plus I want to get a chance to play through the game a second time, and do a better job with the relationships in order to get stronger units. I played for a few minutes today at least and still so glad Donnel is my man.

Also, I find it funny and cool at the same time that the voice actor that voices Donnel is the same voice actor that voiced Donatello in the 2003 TMNT cartoon series.

I'll catch up to ya'll one day...
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 16, 2014, 03:55:14 AM
I too am watching Vikings and loving it. Having studied Old English and the Anglo-Saxon period in grad school, the show is a complete nerd-gasm for me. People tell me it is a Game of Thrones-ish show, but I'm trying to keep from watching GoT until I've actually read the book.

Now I want to study the Vikings and Old Norse...back to grad school?
40  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight on: March 14, 2014, 07:34:32 PM
Is Kevin Conroy back as Batman? If so, I am officially stoked.

They confirmed he was indeed coming back for this.

Yes! The substitute in Arkham Origins wasn't bad, but nobody can beat Conroy.

I too am really excited! I've loved all the Arkham games (Even Origins though I heard that many people had mixed feelings. The loading times were definitely crappy though). PS4 is looking more and more attractive already. I usually wait about 1-2 years to make the switch, but I may have to bite the bullet a little earlier this time around.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2014, 02:09:18 AM
I'm kind of broke, so I mostly have just been playing older games over the last year. I did play Link Between Worlds though. What a great game! I loved the 2D/3D mechanic, and the fun adventurous romp it was. It didn't get bogged down like some of the other recent entries have done, most notably toward the beginning of the game. I loved it so much I played through it twice! Luckily, I guess I've grown up enough that it doesn't bother me that Nintendo's already mucked with the timeline they outlined in Hyrule Historia...or maybe it does. *Grumble, Grumble.*

As for the older games, I've been playing StarFox 64 a lot recently on my Wii. I've known this game was great from it's initial release. I'd rent it often back in the days of Hollywood Video and Blockbuster in the late 90s. But I'm not sure I realized just how nearly perfect it is until just recently. It has mostly great level design, is as easy or as challenging as you want it to be, and is completely replayable. I can finish a game in usually 45-60 minutes and each time I'm satisfied even if I have the game down pretty well at this point. I have been playing in Expert Mode on occasion. I've completed the easy route a few times, but it is quite difficult when your wings are so fragile that colliding with something or getting hit by a missile breaks them off. The laser upgrades are a necessity. I've gotten pretty good at avoiding objects, teammates, and etc. in the early levels, but it is rough. I really struggle with the easy route boss on Venom, but I'm making strides. I'm just glad Macbeth (my favorite level in the game) isn't that much harder since I don't have to worry about breaking off the wings of the Arwing.
42  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: March 14, 2014, 01:56:20 AM
I just finished reading TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. It was good, if perhaps trying a little too hard to be high literature. I did really enjoy the focus on the women and the parts they played, however minor, in some of the significant events that took place in recent Irish history. A good book to read for St. Patrick's Day.

Now on to Ranger's Apprentice #11: The Lost Stories. I picked up this series at work when I first moved to NY and was too broke to afford books. They were free, so I started reading them. They're targeted toward 10-14 year olds, but I've found them enjoyable enough. They're by no means deep or complex, just simple fun. I would've loved them when I was a kid. Still, I'll be glad when I finish the series so that I can start reading Brandon Sanderson. I've been so neglectful, and he lives in the town adjacent to where I grew up. Gotta support those local, Utah authors.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: March 14, 2014, 01:47:49 AM
Obligatory annual post! Me visiting home for Christmas with my cat, Jerry.

44  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: March 29, 2013, 01:27:51 PM
Finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson last week. Currently reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. It hasn't been released yet, but I got an ARC a month or so ago and figured I'd go ahead and read it.

Next up will either be Mossflower by Brian Jacques, or That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton.
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Dragonball Z Movie on: March 27, 2013, 01:18:21 PM
I'm actually looking forward to it, but I'm waiting for it to come over here because OH MY GOD, GOKU'S JAPANESE VOICE IS TERRIBAD!!!

Yea, I'm the same. I didn't mind watching most other shows with subtitles in the past, but I could never handle DBZ because of Goku's voice.

I'm excited mainly because I want to see DBZ with contemporary animation. I agree with Annubis above in that most of the DBZ movies weren't that great. I really only liked Dead Zone.
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