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661  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 25, 2013, 08:09:40 PM
The episode was partially hit and partially miss for me. Basically I liked the Time War stuff, but the Zygon stuff fell flat. I'm also not sure what to think about the fact that they just ignored the whole Ascension plan thing. On one hand, that was really realluy stupid. On the other hand I feel like this makes the continuity all kinds of messed up.

Side note: What the heck was up with the curator?
Was he supposed to be the future of the Doctor? Is there supposed to be an implication that he is able to change into aged versions of his past incarnations when he retires? Or was it just a crazy old man?

Yay - I saw it and don't have to worry about spoilers now!

I enjoyed it, but I do have questions.

1) What does this mean for the daleks?  Were they sealed away along with Gallifrey? If so, wouldn't releasing Gallifrey release them too?

2) When did things change so that The Doctor killed everyone?  They've talked about it before as being time-locked and sealed away.  It was a major plot point in The End of Time (the one where The Master comes back and Tennant regenerates into Smith).

1. The only thing sealed away was the planet, the Daleks that were encircling the planet killed each other as the planet they were shooting at vanished. Now in theory there might be some Daleks on the planet, but we can hand wave those away as being killed whenever the planet is brought back because they won't have an orbital support fleet dividing the Time Lord's attention.

2. It is the same as the Doctor's "death" being time locked. The events always play out exactly the same, and no amount of time travel can change it. However, the perception of events from an outside perspective are not quite what actually happened. The 10th and 11th (wait are we renumbering them now?...w/e) express confusion at their ability to be there because it is time locked. However thy are able to be there because they were always there at that point in time, just like the drum beat was able to escape because it had always escaped. Mind you, I have some serious issues with the concept of a time lock, but no one needs to listen to that tirade of mine.
662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 23, 2013, 08:20:39 AM
Is Radiant Historia really that good? I feel like I got pretty far into it and I was never elevated above "playable rpg" for me. Did I give up before it got good? Does the story have some amazing revelation I hadn't seen?
I don't recall the game having any kind of "amazing revelation" at any late points in the game. It did have some revelations later in the game that made sense and added some interesting layers to the earlier parts of the game. However I loved the game before that. As Dice said, it was a well written game. They had an interesting game mechanic (a book that lets you travel through your personal history) and they use it to its full effect. It handles the mechanic perfectly, giving you countless bad ends where you get to stumble around as you try and find the proper path to saving the world. I guess it really just boils down to being a well written game with an interesting mechanic (the time travel) that is done extremely well.

On the topic of TWEWY, I thought it was an alright game. The story really only picks up around the second "round" or w/e you want to call them. The battle system however was quite unpleasant. I do not have fond memories of the game and would call it a above average game at best.
663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 22, 2013, 07:07:26 AM
Radiant Historia is the best RPG to come out for I don't know how many years. I am offended by the fact the fact that it was not given the number 1 spot.  I hope all of you choke on a cat. Harumph. :p

But seriously, Radiant Historia did deserve better than 6th.

You know, I've had this very argument with people before and they all seemed to think I was crazy.  "The DS was great for JRPGs" is a mantra that people repeat so much they don't even question it anymore.  But when you really look at the catalog...if you're not into pure dungeon crawlers (which I'm not, really) there are very few stand-out titles.  There may be a lot of games but most of them were pretty forgettable.  Personally I think the PSP had a much better selection of JRPGs but I've been called a heretic for saying that...

But I'm not surprised by the number of VNs on the list because there were some pretty good ones on the DS.
You know it is weird. I'm pretty sure that I have previously thought to myself that the DS was where all the good JRPGs had moved, but I just reviewed my DS collection.....and the selection I have sucks. A few good games followed with a bunch of games I never want to play again. Kind of sad really.
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gen6: Pokemon X & Y on: November 22, 2013, 06:56:34 AM
Out of curiosity, what type and Pokemon do I provide for Friend Safari? (Trainer: Andrew)

I know you are Fairy type and have Kirlia and Mawille. I don't think we have been both online since you beat the E4 so I can't see your 3rd pokemon.

The third is Floetta.
665  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 21, 2013, 06:55:18 AM
There's a theory going round that
the Doctor has absorbed all the regenerations of other Tlme Lords, making him basically immortal

New mini up - http://vimeo.com/79883993

Not nearly as interesting as the last one.
Video was taken down, but you can get the video off of iTunes for free.
666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 21, 2013, 06:47:05 AM
Been playing Disagaea 4 recently. Game is alright. Worked better than I thought it was going to initially. Really wish that they had used Valvatorez's 400 years ago design for the entire game because it looks so much better than his present day design. Going through the post-game right now.
667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gen6: Pokemon X & Y on: November 21, 2013, 06:41:02 AM
My understanding is that one place to hunt for shinies is the Safari Zone because shinies are more common inthere, which is the only place I have encountered one (although I forgot what it was).
668  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 20, 2013, 07:14:22 AM
I am sad because I will be on an airplane when this initially airs. If I'm lucky I might be able to see one of the later showings. Worst case scenario, I will watch it in theaters on Monday.
The fact is, the whole "12 regenerations" was made canon during the 4th Doctor (I don't believe it was during Pertwee), when the creators had NO IDEA that the show was going to go on for that long. They probably made it 12 regenerations as a way of making the number so high that they figured we'd never have to worry. It was never a number to hang over our heads, so I have no problem with the creators making some easy way out of it, in order to stick with the original intentions of the show.
Well they made it 12 because that is the number of hours on a clock and clock=time and time=time lords. Science! But yeah I agree with you. Hell during one of the episodes, the crew at the time tried to imply that the first Doctor was not actually the first Doctor. I imagine that crew was basically thinking, "Eh hitting the limit will never matter so let's just throw some extras in there." Although I think the easiest way to punt the ball would be to just say, "The Sisterhood of Karn's elixir effectively gave him a new life resulting in him having 12 new regenerations when he was reborn." Easy out to punt the ball for a couple of decades.
Related - there are wild rumours flying around that
Tom Baker is indeed in the 50th story. And possibly Doctors 5-7. Based on a few things I've seen, I'm inclined to believe the Tom part
Yeah I had heard a rumor that Peter Davison is in it as well.
669  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 20, 2013, 07:03:50 AM
I agree with you though, there's rumors of them going to recast characters from the original trilogy in the new Star Wars....

just use some fresh fucking ideas! That expanded universe is so amazing and yet they keep going back to the same crap.

To be fair to ST again, the original timeline is bookended by Enterprise and Voyager. There's not really a lot they can do with that without having to address those turds.
And as I love pointing out, the new timeline still has Enterprise as canon.
670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: November 19, 2013, 07:06:25 AM
Haruka Shimotsuki and Noriko Mitose have been already confirmed since last week when the newest characters and game systems were revealed in the most recent issue of Dengeki PlayStation. 4gamer's latest article for the game also echoes this. This was already a given, as since they were in Ciel Nosurge, it would make no sense to not bring them back for this game, especially considering that the character for who Mitose sang in Ciel Nosurge is also making a reappearance in this game.
Good to know. Hurray for more Haruka Shimotsuki! I'm confused as to why CDjan lists something different, but w/e. Maybe the entry is for something else and I am just dumb. x_x
671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gen6: Pokemon X & Y on: November 19, 2013, 07:00:22 AM
Last night I saw Moltres!  Too bad it flew the coop before I could even make a move.  It was somewhere between the day care and Battle Maison in the yellow grass, I think. 

EDIT: And if I'm to believe the Internets, then the most popular starter is/was Froakie. 
Based on the number of Moltres's on the GTS compared to the other two legendary birds, yes. Yes by a lot!

If you check its Pokedex entry and area location, you'll see where it is currently. You have to find the legendary birds 12 times I think, before you can catch them.
Note that if you perform certain area transitions the bird will change areas as a well(and Fly will always cause it to change areas). The best strategy for encountering the legendary birds is to go to the Connecting Cave and soft reset whenever the Bird is in a nearby area as exiting the cave does not cause a location reset and you've got about 4 or five routes that you can get to without a position reset. Also keep a level 40 or something Pokémon in your first slot and use Repels so that the legendary bird is the only thing you can encounter in those areas.
672  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 18, 2013, 07:20:52 PM
Okay going to try something new here. Going to post my thoughts on all of the manga in this week's issue of Shonen Jump. And we'll see how long I keep this up.

One-Punch Man:
This was good enough. The story was enjoyable. I really want to get back to the main story though. I appreciate them giving us old one-shots to fill in weeks that we have missed, but I was really looking forward to where the series was going last time we saw it.

Naruto 655:
Is it over yet? I'm really not interested in whatever this discussion between Tobi and Kakashi is about. I read it once and I don't remember anymore. Looks like there is a good chance though that the fight with Madara might be the final arc from some stuff I have heard. So hurray on moving on to the final arc. And that would be a great segue way into Bleach, but we have quality first.

One Piece 728:
Oh One Piece, you almost never fail to be awesome. Good chapter. Flashback was shorter than I was expecting, but I guess we still have one left for who the Toy Soldier was and his precise role in all this (for example is he Viola's brother or husband). Interesting to note that there are 12 crew members of the villain's team (not counting Monet who is presumably dead). So we have some extras for the fights to come. Although I suppose Buffalo and Baby 5 might be worthy of solo fights since they have already been beaten before. Toy transformation scenes are still terrifying, even more when we see what I believe are two brothers who are unaware each other even exists at this point.

Seraph of the End (?):
I guess this chapter is marginally better than the first few. Which leads me to believe that the biggest problem with this series might be the lead character being uninteresting. Side note: I really like the way this artist draws girls. I don't know why, but I like the style. A shame the story still sucks.

World Trigger 39:
Meh chapter. It is alright, but not as good as the past few. Works for a breather though. Hopefully the fight net week will help it pick back up.

Bleach 557:
Oh hey Bleach.......yeah I don't get this one at all. Bambietta should just engulf him in explosions and destroy all of them. Really doesn't matter if you are immortal if you have no form. Or maybe the art is supposed to be showing that he isn't getting any damage at all? In which case why? Although either way the easy solution either way is to just run away because he just admitted that he will die on his own.

Nisekoi 99:
Eh chapter. Nothing great, nothing horrible. Probably going to say that a lot with this series.

DBZ 40:
Yeah I am not spoiler tagging this one. I preferred DBZ Abridged take on this scene (which pointed out the obvious of how Goku should have hidden himself before preparing the spirit bomb).
673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: November 18, 2013, 06:54:30 AM
So CDJapan has an entry for the game which lists four "artists" for it, "MINASE INORI", "KAKUMA AI", "Akiko Shikata", and "Yoshino Nanjo". I think the first two are voice actors and the second two will be the singers. This saddens me slightly as none of them are Haruka Shimotsuki. Oh well I can still hold out some hope that she is the (inevitable) third singer.
674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gen6: Pokemon X & Y on: November 18, 2013, 06:48:20 AM
So, while I was exploring Lumiose (mostly just walking like crazy to hatch an egg... which still hasn't hatched yet) I randomly encountered a
ghost girl in an office building who floated by me and said "you're not the one."
I'm curious if that's a one-off or if that's a hint to a further sidequest. 
I am betting that is a location where a specific event Pokémon triggers some event (or a Mystery Gift key item that triggers a legendary). So assuming it is related to a ghost that would mean Giratina or maybe Hoopa.
675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Religion on: November 17, 2013, 09:22:49 AM
Speaking on the subject of death, all this talk has reminded me that I once has a dream during which I believe I went to the afterlife (or at least the space between this life and the next) and spoke with an angel. I suppose it is equally likely (or considerably more likely) that it was just a dream, but to me I feel like it was real or at least a perception of what that portion of the afterlife is really like. Mind you I don't have any real theological revelations from said dream. Basically it went:

-I die in the dream
-I am in a black void with nothing in it
-Voice(angle) speaks to me saying that I've been given an extra week
-I ask why
-Silence for a few seconds followed by voice saying it didn't know why
-Then I am back where I died in the dream

Doesn't really give much of value, but the dream happened and it was real to me. Hopefully I was just in the space between this life and the next (or in "processing") as a black void would be a very boring afterlife.

Side note: I also saw a ghost when I was really little, so I really have to wonder why I struggle so much with the concept of the afterlife at times/the soul. I guess it is a combination of me fearing that I am wrong while another part of me fearing that I am right, but that other people are right about what the afterlife is (aka something that I don't want) making me hope that I am wrong, but still wanting to be right about not existing.....and I am just ranting now.

Who could murder this face?


*quickly stashes elaborate plans labeled "Plan A for making it Look Like Tom Cruise did it"* No one could. Although you might want to watch out for Tom Cruise. You can never trust him.
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