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421  Media / General Games / Re: Collector's Edition of Journey (with Flower, Flow) for PS3 coming on: June 25, 2012, 03:14:56 PM
I haven't played any of these games yet, so I'll definitely be grabbing this.

Same here.
422  Media / General Games / Re: Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider! on: June 25, 2012, 03:00:05 PM
Just to be fair, the way I read the writer's argument is that the sexual assault is one of the themes of the game because that scene is used to represent one of the defining moments in her transition to the 'Lara Croft we know' personality.  That said, that could be viewed as a pretty weak argument, particularly so as it seems to imply that the writer has inside knowledge of the game, and I have no interest in defending her argument.  I'm more interested in thoughts on the controversy related to that scene and her opening argument/reasoning about how it should be fine for video games to depict a subject like sexual assault if it's done in a mature fashion. (I happen to agree with that and suspect that most members here will, too.)


It was well done and shows something that many movies never do well, a young women being attacked by a bigger threatening man, and fighting for survival. Nothing stupid like some over the top flip over his head and stabbed in the throat, she kicks him in the balls and bites his ear, then goes for the gun and lady luck plays in her favor. Even better, I bought it as real, that it could happen.

I agree completely with this.
423  Media / General Games / Re: Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider! on: June 25, 2012, 08:34:43 AM
Interesting opinion piece on the controversy over the game's inclusion of a sexual assault scene and the disingenuous response of the developer.
424  Media / General Games / Re: Okami HD on: June 24, 2012, 09:13:16 AM
I loved this game on PS2.  I'm finally giving in and buying a PS3 next month so I'm happy to see that this will be added to the ocean of great games that await me.  I will kill if I cannot get my PS3 to connect to the wi-fi here. (Oddly enough, my Wii connected effortlessly but no amount of fiddling will allow my PSP or 3DS to connect.)
425  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Education Today on: June 24, 2012, 08:50:58 AM
I love the comic Dice posted.

I had extensive experience with bullying from 7th grade through high school, but in this place, that was pretty much unavoidable.  The area had high racial tensions (believe it or not, being white put you on the wrong side of the racial fence) and a culture obsessed with manliness which meant that everyone had to 'prove' how manly they were by bullying weaker people verbally and physically.  Combine that with a no tolerance policy that meted out heavy punishment to people who defended themselves (and thus made them scared to defend themselves) and you had a perfect storm.  It was indeed psychological torture, and for several years I woke up every morning wondering why I hadn't killed myself the previous day.

That said, what I wanted to comment on was the comic:  There is a lot of truth to that.  While I was in high school a rule was passed that required that the grade printed on a student's report card be no lower than a '50', no matter how low their grade actually was.  This was done to appease parents who would come in and yell at teachers and administrators when their kid got a low double digit or single digit score because they refused to do any work in a given class.
426  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunken impulse buys online on: June 24, 2012, 08:35:29 AM
I haven't done any drinking lately but there was a period where I drank hard for a few months (my life was falling apart) and that lead to a lot of drunken impulse buying on Amazon.  I stand by at least a few of those choices:  The Pink Panther leaning against a martini glass boxer shorts, the Casablanca four disc box set with a book of photos from on the set, and a biography of Hunter S. Thompson, for example.

...Yes I have somewhat odd taste.
427  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 21, 2011, 10:34:32 PM
Ernie Hawkins - The Southbound Sneak
428  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 14, 2011, 06:05:36 PM
Eden Brent - Blues All Over
429  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 08, 2011, 03:19:14 PM
I've just started reading Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta by Robert Palmer.  It looks promising and should be easy to tear through.  The 600 page text-book sized monolith Texas Blues by Alan Governar which is probably coming up next, on the other hand...that will be a challenge.
430  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on: May 01, 2011, 07:00:19 AM
Eh, throughout history, pianists are renown for staying impressive into old age. Asa keyboardist who's played quite a few other instruments, I can vouch that it's one of the least physically demanding instruments out there. Though, surprisingly, G3-caliber guitar playing is not physically demanding too. Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and the like have all learned to play with very little hand motion... it's WHY they can play so fast and accurately, they'll likely be able to play impressively well into their 60s or even 70s. And that goes for most bass players too. It's when you get the big showy guitarists like Pete Townsend where you find musicians who noticeably deteriorate... and even then, Pete's still pretty strong in his 60s.

There is definitely some truth to this; in particular in regards to piano.  Pinetop Perkins (blues pianist, former Muddy Waters sideman) released an album last year.  He was 97.  Granted, he acknowledges that his left hand isn't as strong as he used to be, so he has to avoid certain pieces (in particular his formerly signature tune "Pinetop's Boogie") because he can't handle the bass lines any more, but he still put up a hell of a performance.  I imagine one can find other examples, too.
431  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 30, 2011, 04:32:09 PM
I haven't listened to his music in a few years, but good call on Eric Dolphy.  That the tune is a Thelonious Monk cover makes it even more cool.
432  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 30, 2011, 04:27:43 PM
The newest addition to my list of stuff I'm currently reading is Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman.  I've just started the third chapter, and it's been pretty dark thus far.  The man had a life rough enough to match his voice.
433  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 30, 2011, 01:18:16 AM
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy - Silver Rider
434  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: April 25, 2011, 08:08:58 PM
Well, I don't hear much in the way of new albums or really keep track of the year an album was released that well, but let's see what iTunes has to say....:

Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Monster Magnet - Mastermind
Pinetop Perkins & Willie Smith - Joined at the Hip
Todd Wolfe Band - Live
435  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 24, 2011, 09:53:36 PM
If you think 90% of music being made today sucks, you aren't looking hard enough.

That makes no sense.  If you have to look hard then clearly you're not talking about the 90%.  90% of it sucking doesn't mean that there aren't good examples out there.

Besides, 90% of everything is crap (Sturgeon's Revelation).

Not necessarily.  After all, when people say [insert made up statistic here] of music made today sucks they're generally speaking of stuff you would hear on radio stations that play modern/hit music, or, in other words, mainstream radio stations.  The groups that get radio play on anything more than obscure local stations (or internet radio) make up a tiny percentage of the larger group of musicians out there touring and recording albums.  Thus, it is reasonable to say that a person isn't looking hard enough if they think that most of the music being made sucks.
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