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301  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 22, 2012, 06:56:26 PM
The credits to "The Fellowship of the Ring" are rolling as I type.  I've not been Tolkien's biggest fan in the past -- I found the morality and too black and white and the characters a bit flat -- but I was a fan of his world-building and beautifully described environments (and Aragorn), and given the influence that LotR has had on fantasy novels and video games that I love I decided that I should grab the movies and watch them to prepare me for another run through of the book.  I felt that at the very least I would enjoy the visual spectacle (there are few things I love more than the beauty of nature) and would also get a look into the visual influence of the movies on some recent games.  I was pretty impressed, I must say.  The visual splendor was there, the music was great, and it also - surprisingly - managed to pull at the right emotional strings when it wanted to.  I look forward to seeing the next two some time soon.

By the way, sorry for the essay but writing this stuff out helps me clear out my head.
302  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2012, 02:35:47 PM
The problem is feminism has started to lean towards the bullshit Rebecca Watson type nonsense. Rebecca Watson as an individual actively disgusts me, as she flies first class on other peoples' dimes (something that 95% of the population will never experience in their lives), then has the gall to stand up on a stage and say how she's being oppressed.

I agree with being disgusted by her (hell, she gets herself and anyone at the bar drunk with other peoples' dimes, too), in particular since the whole Elevatorgate mess happened and she used that rather cynically to further her fame, but I will say that in the fallout I met plenty of reasonable feminists who actively argued against her. (Sadly, many of them were forced to post all of their arguments at the ERV blog, lest they be deleted from the blogs they had originally commented on, or worse, edited into straw men.)


EDIT:  On a lighter note, this analysis of RPG trends over ten years is pretty awesome.  I wish he would have released more of the raw data, though, in particular a list of game names by genre and area of release or something along those lines.
303  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elminage Gothic on: December 22, 2012, 01:24:28 PM
Due to a money shortage I ended up waiting on the review for this one.  Given the ridiculous amount of releases coming out early next year I'm glad I did.  I'll put my money elsewhere.
304  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 22, 2012, 12:38:13 PM
Wait, someone was actually tense?

According to a news report people actually went to the Mayan pyramids to go pray and such.  Because clearly ground zero is the best place to be...

I have a feeling the rest of the world is ending and Canada is just getting the rain from it... as usual..

I'm reminded of something my father told me about a town in far west Texas (the desert area) that we could have ended up moving to when I was a kid.  "Remember when Noah's flood happened and the whole fucking world was filled up with water and shit?  That place got about six inches of rain."
305  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2012, 08:25:18 AM
Feminism has been flanderized to the point where it's just the extremists running the show now. Most people who are actually pro-quality just call themselves egalitarians.

Excellent term.  That said, there are still some quality feminist thinkers around that label themselves as feminist.  Unfortunately, the people who making a name for themselves are those like Zuska (of the blog Thus Spake Zuska) and Rebecca Watson and they do so by being ridiculous and being worshipped for it.
306  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 21, 2012, 05:30:48 PM
Hahahahaha

As a male with an interest in feminism of the sane variety I can feel your pain.  This reminds me of some pseudo-feminist I saw on a message board claiming that missiles and swords are phallic-shaped as a sign of male domination.

If your dick is shaped like a sword you've got problems.

Be reasonable, the point isn't to be accurate, it's to demonstrate THE OPPRESSSSION.  Much like the whole 'skyscrapers = penis symbol' thing.

About to head out to the company church service....I mean...Christmas party. I only say that because last year the owner spent a good amount of time talking about how we ALL will have to accept Christ in our lives at some point. We have no choice. Then he gave out gift cards, and made one of our sales reps sing "Go Tell it on the Mountain".
I imagine a similar situation for this year. I hope the food is good, at least.

What a dick.  Enjoy the food!
307  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 21, 2012, 08:52:21 AM
Well, after a semester in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies course, I'm even more convinced that academic feminism is nothing short of sociopathy of the most demented and delusional kind. NO, THE GODDAMN 1-SECOND SCENE IN THE MOVIE INVOLVING A SKYSCRAPER IS NOT A METAPHOR FOR THE DICK DOMINATING THE EARTH, AND NO, U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY IS NOT A MALE RAPE FANTASY.

The cruel, subterranean anger that one can smell a mile away from these feminist literati just horrifies me. 

Hahahahaha

As a male with an interest in feminism of the sane variety I can feel your pain.  This reminds me of some pseudo-feminist I saw on a message board claiming that missiles and swords are phallic-shaped as a sign of male domination.
308  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: December 21, 2012, 08:49:09 AM
Medic and Landsknecht class trailers.

I'm really liking that the medic class combines healer and farmer/ranger/scavenger classes together and does so in a logical way.  Definitely going to have one on my team.  I also appreciate that you have a choice of fantasy-style/school girl or modern scientist/doctor look.
309  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 19, 2012, 09:01:43 PM
"My only regret is that I have Boneitis."

Obscure Futurama quote = winner
310  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 19, 2012, 09:01:00 PM
I've started Mass Effect (1) and I'm about six hours in.  I'm really enjoying it.  There are some really annoying elements (occasional frame rate hitches on PS3 version and CUT SCENES PRIOR TO A BATTLE THAT YOU CAN'T SKIP THROUGH IF YOU DIE) but they tend to be pretty rare.  The classes and party members are interesting and so are the conversation options (good voice acting, too).  I'm really liking the world, too, which is important in this kind of game.  I've seen some critiques of the level design in the game by members here but I'm not far enough in yet to make any judgments.  In any case, it seems like a pretty solid start to what is supposed to be a great series.

EOIII goes well, the second stratum did indeed have its own warp gate (thankfully, having to go down 20 + levels each time you wanted to hit a certain area near the end of the game would drive me nuts.) and I'm finding the pacing to be just about perfect.  I hope EO IV maintains a similar difficulty level, but I'll get used to it if a bit more grinding is involved.
311  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: December 19, 2012, 08:37:37 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
Wait, I don't have a 3ds...
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Etrian Odyssey IV is coming out for 3DS as well, and of course the Devil Survivor remake was on 3DS - Atlus seems to like that system.

I've never played Etrian Odyssey, but they look interesting enough. Not to mention SMT IV is coming to the 3DS. And the 3DS has backwards compatibility with older DS games. I still have Devil Survivor 2 that I can't play because of the lack of DS. I don't think buying my Vita was a mistake, but the sheer lack of Megami Tensei or any other RPGs is hurting. I mean sure we get P4G, but thats just a port of a game that we already had.

Seems like an investment in a 3DS might be a good idea....that said, I missed P4 the first time around so I'll be picking up a Vita eventually.  That aside the PSP is an RPG beast, so hopefully the Vita will pick up steam over time.
312  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: December 19, 2012, 06:09:10 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
Wait, I don't have a 3ds...
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Etrian Odyssey IV is coming out for 3DS as well, and of course the Devil Survivor remake was on 3DS - Atlus seems to like that system.
313  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: December 19, 2012, 06:14:14 AM
Soul Hackers available for pre-order.  Man, we're getting a lot of great games this coming spring.
314  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 18, 2012, 02:38:10 PM
...... in spite of all of these new titles I've been trying I still can't tear myself away from X-Com...... this is by far the best strategy game I've played in ages.... I want to quit everything else in life until I see this one through-LoL... it is THAT addicting..... took down a cloaked craft today and recovered a very interesting device... gee golly, I never though western sci-fi could prove so absorbing for me

Given your distaste for games involving guns and war this is a pretty strong statement about how engaging the game is. :P


I've almost finished with God of War III and really enjoying it, though -- and this will seem an odd statement about a God of War game -- there's a bit too much combat for my taste.  Don't get me wrong, I understand that the combat is a fundamental part of God of War's formula, but there are times when I think 'okay, okay, enough with the combat, I want to get back to getting things done!'

Etrian Odyssey III continues to be awesome, though I am finding backtracking through each level of the labyrinth every time I descend tedious.  I've just entered the second stratum and I'm hoping to find an exit to the surface when I map out the first floor.  Still, I continue to find the pretty environments and mapping process quite relaxing.  Also, I find the IGN review of Etrian Odyssey 3 rather bizarre and hope they find someone better to review IV when it comes out.

For example: "Channeling the days of pen and paper RPGs, Etrian Odyssey also utilizes a grid-based map on the lower DS screen for you to track your progress. Unfortunately this game adopts such a "hardcore means not explaining anything" mindset that it doesn't teach you how to use the map the most important tool at your disposal. Sure, there's a basic intro, but the legend is never explained and there are some pretty random icons included (a hand? Scissors? The letter "E"? What does it all mean?!)."  But...but....but....getting to customize your map anyway you want with your own legend is the point!  Also, I use the scissor icon to indicate places where there are plants I can chop or pluck.  Makes sense to me....

315  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 07:45:13 PM
In regards to desert walker's post, I looked at that anita sarkeesian video, and I want to ask this...

In all the time most of us have played video games, and all the groups of people we've been affiliated with, how often is a woman actually attacked for being a girl playing a video game? Seriously, on video game forums, you see guys offering to do things for them in games (Phantasy Star Universe comes to mind), in games I generally see internet paladins crusading to defend girls from nerds who are overly attentive (offering to power level, get items, offer boosting, etc), but RARELY do I see any harassment outside of the occasional pic request.

I have no objection to your ideas generally speaking, but I do want to riff off of some of your thoughts.  First I'll note that way back in the day when I was playing Halo 2 on X-Box Live that there was a ridiculous amount of unwanted flirtation with women and AHMYGODAGIRL type shit.  This is a more harmless example since he didn't take it beyond trying to 'friend' people on X-Box Live but one fellow that was sometimes in my game had an OMGISTHATAGIRL reaction every time a creature with a high-pitched voice entered the room.  A girl I later met in college told me that she and other girls she knew who played Halo had been e-stalked by guys on X-Box Live and it reached a point where it really creeped them out. (Dudes constantly sending friend requests, sending private voice messages hitting on them and wanting to know ASL, that kind of shit.) 

Essentially, their problem was the internet version of the developer who didn't like going to conventions because she had been groped at one.  (I'm guessing that convention wasn't in the south, otherwise the groper would probably have been thoroughly beaten by a group of Redneck Nerds if she had made an issue of it.  But I digress.)  While that's not the sort of 'EWWW, A GIRL, YOU SUCK' type stuff that was Sarkeesian's primary focus it is a problem, and I would argue a more serious one than the 'YOU SUCK, CHICKS' attitude.

Even here, I've seen little to no objectification of the ladies, though Yoda and Dice do get a little borderline pervy.

Just to be fair, I think you're grabbing at a pretty high-hanging fruit when you use this particular board as an example.  I think we can all agree that we have a pretty sharp crowd here, and behavior can be a bit more base at gaming message boards/sites/chat rooms with a broader appeal.  Hell, just read through the IGN comment thread and you'll see what I mean.  Much of it is the intellectual equivalent of reading YouTube comments.  

I'm accusing this lady of it, but do you think that maybe some of this excessive harassment is trumped up for attention?

This is entirely possible.

And you know what else isn't helping? Professional female gamers who constantly pander to their 'fans', promoting the idea that female gamers are all sexy models (instead of, you know, regular people). The ones I talked to all meant well, but they're essentiale seeking approval from the guys. Kind of like entering the clubhouse, but acknowledging it is, and will always be, the boys' clubhouse.

Thank you for this.  One thing that bothers me (and has for a while) is that whenever I see a professional 'gamer girl' that isn't behind a pen (writing a review or essay), I always have to wonder if this girl is really a gamer or just some random good looking model the magazine/TV channel is paying to fake an interest in video games to help draw in horny idiots.  It bothers me partially because I can't help but feel used if the people I'm trusting to provide me with information group me in with idiots and use manipulative bullshit like that as a marketing trick to get my attention and partly because, as you noted, it promotes a damaging stereotype.*  I know that there are plenty of serious girl gamers out there who aren't just looking for the attention of men, but I also know there are other guys who find it easier to fall back on misogynistic stereotypes and assume that they're all just eye-candy.  As you noted, it gives the impression that they're just spending time in the boys' clubhouse.  

*To their credit, IGN started a podcast called 'Girlfight' where the female staff members could get together and shoot the shit.  That kind of thing definitely helps humanize 'gamer girls'.  Unfortunately the podcast stopped about a year ago.


Klyde:  I prefer the first one.  The harder light provides a sort of intangible quality that is appealing, a sort of glow or aura for lack of a better term.  Amazing technique, by the way.  So...that makes one for #1 and one for #2.  Flip a coin?
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