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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2015, 10:52:32 PM
The Evil Within - FINALLY finished! I will say this: The game is pretty long. Honestly, it does feel a little dragged out towards the end. However, I think that's because it's difficult to understand exactly what the hell is going on a lot of the time. Either way, it was a fun jaunt through some wicked stuff. Some scares were sad attempts, but others were righteously evil and spooky. Not gonna mess with any DLC, as I'm just borrowing the game from a coworker.
I'm spent on survival horror for a while. I still need to play Dead Space 2, but that can wait a bit...

Infamous - Never played this series, but I enjoyed Prototype back when it was new, so I figured: why the hell not? Anyway, I'm still very much near the beginning. Only just unlocked the touch powers. The overall presentation is a bit crude (especially with people movements/animations), but the game play is tight. Just like Prototype: The more powers you get, the more fun it becomes. Good stuff.

Burnout Paradise (Ultimate Edition) - Owned the original Paradise back when it was new, and eventually sold it. A decision I've sort of regretted since, as it's a very solid/fun driving game (not to mention the last good Burnout game). Now that they sell it with all kinds of extra cars and maps, I'm down. Anyway, I've also just started this one. Just got my first license upgrade.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 21, 2015, 10:37:12 AM
In no particular order:

1) Lunar: Silver Star [Sega CD ver - MUCH better music; darker plot than "Complete"]
2) Lunar: Eternal Blue [Sega CD ver - Longer, more challenging dungeons & battles than "Complete"]
3) Final Fantasy IV
4) Dragon Quest VIII
5) Fallout 3
6) Final Fantasy VI
7) Phantasy Star IV
8) Skies of Arcadia: Legends
9) Deus Ex
10) Secret of Mana
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 20, 2015, 12:18:03 PM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons. The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 20, 2015, 11:05:49 AM
My plan was to get it free with the purchase of a new GTX960 (that deal's good til the end of the month, btw). However, life got in the way, as it usually does. So, hopefully I'll get to play it soon. I'm also curious to hear others' take on it.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 20, 2015, 10:41:11 AM
St. Vincent - Probably one of Murray's better performances in recent years. He plays a drunken old grouch who ends up watching (ultimately "babysitting") the new neighbor's son (who is probably 12-ish). The two become unlikely friends, and through that friendship, it's revealed Vincent is not such a terrible guy. Lots of feels result. Obviously, the set up isn't anything new, but the characters are interesting, and the acting is good. Murray puts up a strong performance here. Honestly, it's a decent film all round. Just a bit predictable in some parts. I enjoyed it overall. I do have to say Naomi Watts is brilliant as Vincent's friend/fuck buddy (prostitute), Daka. She steals just about every scene she's in.

Grand Theft Parsons - A film starring Johnny Knoxville, based upon the true story of the death of Greg Parsons, a "legendary" country/rock singer. Greg's corpse is supposed to be picked up by his father (via plane travel), and taken back to Louisiana for burial. This movie focuses on Greg's friend, Phil Kaufman (played by Knoxville), who really did steal Parson's casket/body from the L.A. airport, to take back to Joshua Tree for a ceremony, of sorts. Greg and Phil made a pact that whomever died first, the other would send them off in style at Joshua Tree. So this movie is about Phil's journey (of sorts) to make good on the pact.
It's a low budget movie, and it shows in several ways. For one thing, the same fucking music plays in almost every scene. It kind of gets hilarious in itself, towards the end. Anyway, it's still a decent movie. I was surprised to see that Knoxville can actually act. However, the scene stealer in this one is the Hearse driving hippie, who is pretty much hired to be Phil's driver, since he is the only one in town who owns said Hearse. Not a great movie, but not bad either.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 20, 2015, 10:20:23 AM
Played Chapter Zero of Hyperdimension Neptunia U today. Or as it might also be known: Bounce around between UPS and Amazon to get the shipping address corrected.

You can also just say "I played Not Witcher 3 today"

(I have no interest in that series. Just don't like the idea of a sandbox RPG where you're given a specific character to play.)

God, I'm glad someone else said it!

I am TOTALLY of the same camp on the "character" thing. This strikes me as odd considering I was essentially raised on games where your cast in the shoes of another but for some reason it just turns me off completely with certain titles (the witcher series being one).

I feel like one of the cornerstones of the sandboxy-western-RPG for me is in the extra degree of immersion character creation provides. Consequently, character creation itself provides enough "comfort" for me to enjoy something that is otherwise totally outside the realm of anything I thought I'd like. Case and point, Mass Effect. I LOVED ME1 and am dying to get to ME2 primarily because of the freedom to break the mold with MC so much.

I haven't played any of the Mass Effect series, but being based on novels, a large part of the Witcher series is the story. Since everything in the game world is obviously very closely related to who Geralt is and what he does, he has a stronger connection to everything around him than the "faceless" characters of most sandbox style RPGs. The world (and it's inhabitants) changes more realistically and fluidly as a result of (your version of) Geralt's actions. You can actually feel the difference in how the world reacts to how you play the game. It can go very differently for different play-throughs. I feel that is a good example of the "immersion". In a bit of a different way, of course.

Anyway, not trying to sway anyone. I'm sure what I've said above sounds like a bunch of crap to some. I'm just trying to say that playing a singular character in this style of game isn't as terrible of an idea as it may sound on paper.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2015, 10:03:45 AM
Tomorrow's weather in Montreal:

Doesn't know what it wants.

Sure it does, it wants EVERYTHING.

Dice, I wonder what your reaction picture would have been if I had written that I'd give T-Swift an Alabama Hot Pocket.

I'd ask what that is, but I'm not sure I want to know the answer...
Fuck it, I wanna know.

What's an alabama hot pocket?


I couldn't resist, either. At least I can say I learned something new today. Yikes...

Also D, I can agree about C Theron. She is super duper fine. I'm looking forward to seeing her in the new Mad Max.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
People who have limited (or no) talent/creativity rely on gimmicks. It's what makes the monies, after all.

...Taylor Swift ...so hot


Diff'rent strokes, indeed.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2015, 01:55:43 PM

Besides, isn't this what's supposed to be a normal amount of moving around?

Not for an American...

10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 18, 2015, 11:11:50 AM
The Maze Runner - I had never heard of this before a coworker lent it to me. I was pleasantly surprised by it. It's actually a pretty solid film about a group of boys who have no memory of their past, and are stuck inside of a maze. The movie doesn't do anything all that new or innovative, but it's done well, and the story is interesting. I really liked that it's realistic in it's grittiness. It has a much darker tone than most movies based on young adult novels. In that essence, this movie pretty much calls out The Hunger Games series for what it is: a bunch of chick flicks/novels.

The Heat - Let's face it: Sandra Bullock isn't exactly a comedic gem. More like a clump of dirt in that area. A super fine, milf-tastic clump of comedic dirt. It's McCarthy who really makes this film. Honestly, I find her annoying in some movies (Identity Thief - time I REALLY wish I could get back), but she does pretty good here. Probably has to do with this movie being filmed by the same director as Bridesmaids, which featured McCarthy's breakout role. For the most part, this movie is pretty funny. There were some misses, but I laughed at more scenes than I didn't. I really like some of the actors in it. Haven't seen a few of them in a long time.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2015, 09:59:53 AM
The Evil Within - Spent longer than I'd like to admit on Chapter 10 (the mansion basement - with all of the spiked traps and such). It was through a LOT of trial and error that I finally finished that chapter.
I'm currently some of the way through Chapter 11. Had to do some trial and error again during a certain area in which you have to find some keys to open a locked door. The game is strict with ammo (which is admittedly a good thing with this type of game), so you have to make good use of your entire arsenal to fight off the waves that come at you at this point in the game. A good challenge.

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: May 15, 2015, 04:56:17 PM
My phone refuses to load the pics

As does my browser. Are they linked from a social networking site? Those are blocked at my work (It's Friday afternoon. Of course I'm not actually "working").
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 15, 2015, 12:30:01 PM
Running into weird people on the internet is hardly a shocking turn of events.

No, nothing shocking about it. Obviously makes for good conversation fodder, though.

I'd like to think D is using the same avater he does here. Her reaction would make a lot more sense. ;D
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 15, 2015, 11:49:06 AM
^ There you have it. She's got probs. Superficial; judgmental; paranoid; (most likely) self-absorbed; etc... It's unfortunate nutty people like her are discouraging thorough dudes like D, who are just trying to make doubly sure it's someone with whom they want to make contact. People like me (lightly OCD) double and triple check stuff all of the time. Guess I'm super fuckin creepy.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2015, 10:06:25 AM
The only good contribution Idol has made to society:

I mentioned on Twitter that American Idol should be replaced by never ending auditions for a reality singing competition that never actually happens.

I fully support this.
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