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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 04, 2014, 12:55:31 PM
I went and saw The Book of Life over the weekend. I really enjoyed the art style, and I thought it was different and refreshing from your typical Disney and Dreamworks fare (not that those aren't bad, it's just nice to see some other players in animation do a good job).
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: November 01, 2014, 11:24:15 AM
My company has a huge Halloween party every year, and I had plans to dress up as the Joker similar to what I did 5 years ago. Unfortunately I got sick last weekend and didn't have the energy to put together a costume. So I gave my head a fresh shave and dug out my Charlie Brown t-shirt from my closet and went as Charlie Brown. Everyone seems to really like it as I often get comments from people, so that's nice because it is super easy.

No trick-or-treaters in the apartment buildings in NYC (at least not mine), but I did see a lot going to brownstones and businesses.

My favorite part of Halloween is carving jack-o-lanterns and lighting them. I used to do store bought patterns, but tend to prefer good ol' classic triangle eyes, nose, and scary mouth now, so I just do those.
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 01, 2014, 11:18:04 AM
I finished up The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley yesterday. I do really like her writing style. The sentence structure isn't something I'm used to and it forces me to really pay attention. I found the book itself was kind of meandering, and much more symbolic and mythic than The Blue Sword. Still good, but if I had my druthers I'd say I prefer The Blue Sword.

Now I'm onto Wheel of Time #4.
34  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Let's talk horror movies, shall we? on: November 01, 2014, 11:15:38 AM
Monster movies, and specifically classic monster movies from the 1930s. I watched Boris Karloff in The Mummy for Halloween last night. It wasn't really scary at all, but it was still good fun. My favorite classic horror movie is probably Nosferatu. That shit is just scary.

I too don't like torture films, and only occasionally like slashers (there are a few good ones, but most of the rest are pretty blah).
35  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: November 01, 2014, 11:12:37 AM
Might No. Bass   ....Um Zero.  No, not that "Zero", but 0?  Arghghgh, they knew what they were doing.


And here's a link to an article of deets on not-Black GetterBassZero. At least they were kind enough to break down the numbers.

Jesus... This is if not THE then one of the most successful Kickstarters ever and they still want money when the game isn't even out or complete?  Yikes.  Inafune has more Capcom in him than maybe we gave him credit for. :P

Granted this does seem to be more than just a small "basement project", so I wish them the best... But still, maybe release a demo then talk more numhers.

Agreed. I'd like the game to just get released. If it's going to be DLC then why not get the game itself finished and then Kickstart more money for the DLC?
36  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 29, 2014, 03:02:15 AM
Moving along in Mistbron #2: Well of Ascension
I'm getting close to the end.
Someone make movies out of these books, PLEASE! Oh, my god, how I want to see Vin in action on a movie screen.
The Koloss are way derivative of every fantasy creature ever, and I had hope for a short while that they would break the stereotype, but it was not to be. They are evil troll-like things, and that's just the way it is.
I'm at the part where Vin returns to Luthadel, and starts kicking Koloss ass all over the place.
I get shivers at these scenes, and shivers again thinking about them done with a LOTR(Avengers?) style budget and devotion.
I've even been wondering who would be cast as Vin.
A man can dream.

Some company did have the movie rights until recently, I think. But now they've reverted back to Brandon Sanderson/his agent/his publisher (not sure which). Hopefully someone else may be interested in picking it up.

Regarding the coded section, I can see where you're coming from, but I think you'll still be surprised when you find out.
37  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 24, 2014, 03:49:56 PM
Finished up Alloy of Law. It was a great "standalone" title. I really enjoyed Old West fantasy feel to it, and I liked the characters a lot. It was really cool to see how the world has developed since the end of Hero of Ages. I'm looking forward to reading the next one when it comes out!

Moved on to reading The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. I read The Blue Sword when I was a kid, but didn't know that a prequel had ever been written until recently. I snagged a copy at work a few months back and am just now getting to it. It surprises me how dense McKinley's prose is. It can run a little dry at times, but I find that I like it nonetheless, and it really forces me to pay attention while reading. After I finish this then I will likely read Wheel of Time book 4.
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 04:50:55 PM
Get the guy who did Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) attached to this, and it might turn out to be be something worth watching.  Otherwise...we'll probably end up with a 47 Ronin situation where there's a bunch of white people running around Tokyo pretending to be more Japanese than the for real Japanese people they spend 90 minutes totally killing the shit out of.
H & G was awful, so I very much disagree with you. It wasn't even fun in a cheesy kind of way.

I like the potential of a GitS movie, and think Scarlett could actually work. We'll see.

Agreed and agreed. I think Scarlett would make a good Motoko (though let's be honest, they'll probably Anglicize the name to Michelle or something like that). Unfortunately, I worry that she may be getting typecast as playing action/badass characters and people will see the preview and think, "Oh, Scarlett Johannson in another action movie. Pass."
39  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 17, 2014, 12:21:52 AM
Yeah, I read 3 of the Sword of Truth books, and stopped after that. It just wasn't working for me anymore.

I finished reading Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), and all I can say is damn. It knocked me off my feet. Definitely one of the best books/series that I've read this year.

Glad you and everyone else who scoped Mistborn this year liked it. 

I started reading Mistborn because of posts on here, and am glad I did. I'm in the middle of book 2 right now, and very absorbed. Great stuff.

Looking back now that I've had a few weeks to think about it, I think that the first book is my favorite. I really enjoyed how developed the setting was, particularly Luthadel and its surrounding areas. I didn't quite get the same feel for the city, and other areas of the world in books 2 and 3. That's a minor nitpick though. The conclusion of book 3 was amazing.

Speaking of Mistborn, I finished reading The Poetic Edda today, and I'll be starting Mistborn: Alloy of Law tomorrow on the ride to work. I'm excited for more Mistborn, but I do admit I'm kind of glad it is a lot shorter than the trilogy that precedes it. Since I was studying The Poetic Edda with a specific purpose, I still have plenty of more notes to take, so I won't be able to give other books my full attention for a while yet.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 02:38:29 AM
Okami - Saved the little sparrow girl. This was my first time playing the game since I was in college.

Huge nostalgia trip all around, only it's not the fun kind of nostalgia, just the kind of nostalgia where I'm subtly aware that I screwed up, somewhere.

Man, I played Okami to death. I know that DVDs and discs shouldn't really ever wear out, but I kind of think that my copy of Okami for PS2 had had it after a year. I was really happy when they released it for Wii, and again when they released the HD edition for download a couple of years ago. And though it took me years to do it without cheating, I managed to beat Blockhead Grande on my own (that jerk!).

No gaming news for me, just thought I'd respond to Mesh.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 16, 2014, 02:30:49 AM
Secret of Mana? :v

Also, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (the original, not so sure about the others).

Even when the game was released I thought it was a lot to ask to have both a GC and GBA's ready (did it have non-handheld co-op?? I can't remember).

I always loved this commercial for it....FA-YAH!!!

OMG, I totally forgot about Crystal Chronicles. Man I wanted to play that game, but had no one to play it with, and agreed that needing the GBA to serve as a controller was terrible, though I have to wonder if it wasn't from the GBA working as a controller for the GC that gave Nintendo the idea of the DS.

Along that vein, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for GC comes to mind. I begged and pleaded and finally found a friend to play it with. It was really fun minus the fact that you will need GBAs to play multiplayer for it similarly to FF:CC. I still never could figure out why you could play single-player with the GC controller, but had to have GBAs for multiplayer.
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: October 16, 2014, 02:22:24 AM
Meanwhile there's a Quiji movie out soon.

All I want now is for some shmuck to attempt to make a movie based off the board game Risk, and do the game proper justice.

That means a 10 hour feature consisting entirely of an ever increasing number of troops charging across various desolate fields, cutting to some talking heads between battles and repeating until the view zooms out to the global scale where Australia looks like its covered in goddamn ants swarming up to Asia to start yet another land war and to make the final bid to crush the poor sap stuck in China of all places.

Sums it up pretty perfectly, haha! It can be the next LotR series. All of them 3-4 hours long. A ragtag team of soldiers tries to stop a godlike entity that is conquering the world, and their fate rests in the hand of one soldier who possesses magic dice.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 01:04:14 AM
I watched Divergent most recently. I have so many books to go through that I decided I would never get to reading the Divergent series, so I decided to watch the movie. I didn't like it. I thought it had a cool, interesting story even if the premise was a little meh. Unfortunately, the love story in this movie was incredibly bad, and hilariously awkward. The two actors had zero chemistry, and this was further compounded by bad dialogue and acting all around. I also didn't find Triss as nearly as interesting as Katniss in Hunger Games.

I'm sure the book is better, and maybe one day I'll get around to reading it. But for now, I'm good.
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 01:12:11 PM

Fucking finally!

Assuming it keeps the date, it'll beat Bleach in knowing when to give it up.

Agreed! I'm so glad that both series are ending in the foreseeable future (though Bleach will probably drag out the final story arc for another year with inane battles as per usual). Naruto, in my opinion at least, was able to live up to its potential in the last six months. It was pretty blah for a really long time though.

Bleach on the other hand, sigh...

Last six months? The Kaguya fight was a completely random ass pull where they fought a god with no personality and no understanding of how to use her powers effectively. It was a waste of time and honestly she felt like less of a threat than Madara did. Naruto/Sasuke fight looks like it will be a passable fight though so at least it will end on a good note.

On the subject of Bleach, I started watching the series very recently, like a few weeks ago and I'm skipping all the filler and I'm 20 episodes short of ending the Anime. It has a few pacing issues but I really enjoy the characters, fights and they managed to pull off some decent twists and the villains are actually pretty cool. Characters have enough backstory to them. I like it a lot even with all the typical shounen trappings.
I haven't watched the later arcs in the anime, so maybe they managed to save some of the fights, but Bleach really suffers more and more as the series goes on. One the fake town arc starts, the series has just lost it. Fullbringer arc was absolutely horrible. Bleach's biggest problem is that Kubo handles writer's block by drawing new characters, and based on the cast for Bleach, he gets writer's block a lot. x_x For example, he introduced a new character two weeks ago, killed that character off last week, and then proceeded to add four new characters this week. Bleach was so much better when it was about Ichigo killing Hollows. >.>

I'm going to CODE this in case of spoilers:

I can see why you don't like the Kaguya fight. I too didn't like that she herself had no real personality, but at the same time she is (for all intents and purposes) a god, or an alien force whose motivations are completely self-serving; she just wants the power that was taken from her back. I don't think that the reader is meant to, nor needs to understand her. She is simply a force of nature in the series' mythos. She isn't a person, or a character, she just is. And to be honest, given how the Naruto series has had to tell backstories for numerous villains, which I often found disruptive to the narrative flow of the series, I was okay with simply having a character there to beat up. Also, although it is somewhat dated in this regard, it falls in line pretty well with a lot of Japanese media from the early 2000s that revealed near the end of a story that there was a previously unknown godlike entity pulling the strings all along. Star Ocean 3 and Final Fantasy X come to mind, and probably a bunch of others that I'm forgetting. Finally, given that the series has been pretty steeped in its own mythology since the time gap, I wasn't surprised that some of the mythological characters actually showed up. Kaguya was still a surprise, but the Sage of Six Paths appearing was not.

Sorry if that's a ramble.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:51:06 PM
My only real complaint about Chrono Cross is that it left you directionless and without any real clues as to where you should go and what you should do next. I had to use a guide for a good chunk. That's only a minor complaint though. I too loved the story, music, artwork, and pretty much everything else. I think I still prefer CT overall, but Chrono Cross is a damn fine game too.
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