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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 24, 2014, 02:04:57 PM
Sale of the Dead on PSN is just too tempting. I've always wanted to try out a Fatal Frame game, so I went ahead and bound FF2 for 3.49, or whatever it was. I read that it's supposed to be the scariest of the 3 on there, and not as hard as the first one. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks for the heads up on that sale. I've been wanting to play FF2 for years, but never got the chance to. It does indeed have quite a reputation of being very scary. We shall see.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 23, 2014, 04:35:30 PM
Straight Edge? Where'd you get that idea?
I remember a while back you said something along the lines of you only enjoy 1 beer once in a while, and even then, it isn't that enjoyable. Ha! Hence, "pretty much" straight edge. Not that you go slapping beer bottles out of people's hands - lol. Obviously, I misconstrued your words.
I always forget to include wine when talking about alcohol. Mainly because I can't go anywhere near the stuff. Had a pretty horrible experience with a dirt cheap bottle of Ernest and Julio once... One time too many.

Oh, well. To each his own, right?
Damn skippy, my good man.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 23, 2014, 03:15:30 PM
Continuing off topic, as we all know Hollywood would thoroughly ruin a GitS adaptation. (It probably doesn't help that I don't particularly like SJ):

So you didn't like it because angry faced Jeremy Renner spent most of the movie making angry faces?? It was stupid because it was supposed to be stupid. Its over the top on purpose and if you actually get the joke its awesome. in fact, Renner and Gemma Arterton (the female lead in clash of the titans) have both gone on record a bunch of times about how much fun making it was. 

This.
Well, not Grim ultimately feeling insulted "this", but H&G being a fantastic film "this". I put up a glowing review before Grim's, and I stand by it. It was just fun as hell to watch. Over the top and delicious. Shouldn't be taken as anything more than that.
Now granted, Grim is pretty much straight edge, and I watched it through 420 vision. I'm sure that helped my enjoyment level a lot - lol. Even then, I know I'd still enjoy it without the haze.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 22, 2014, 03:40:10 PM
The Purge - For 12 hours a year, all violent crime, including murder, is legal.
Not bad. Interesting idea/plot. Pretty short film overall, but then it's only supposed to take place over 12 hours. Kinda lame how the last 10 minutes or so of the film are given away VERY early on. Saw it coming a mile away.
The long-haired crazy kid definitely needed more screen time. Don't want to say too much else about the plot, in case there are some who have yet to see it. With a film like this, it's too easy to say too much.
I'd say if you are a fan of this type of film, it's worth a watch. It doesn't do anything amazing or groundbreaking, though.


We seem to have Scarlett playing an alien impersonating a human, and going after men for some unexplained reason. This is enveloped by some beautiful scenery, and very moody atmosphere, which do nothing to save it from the lack of story. I simply didn't care about anything happening on screen.

Sounds oddly familiar...


5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 10:21:14 AM
On an unrelated note however, you've completely missed the breed of tattoo artists referred to as "art fags" amongst the "rock stars" and "biker guys". These peculiar types have spent their careers carefully applying tried and true art theory and technique to the once somewhat crude medium of tattooing that has since evolved tremendously. You don't get any half sleeves done in 8 hours when you go to a "fag" but you sure as shit get nice work. I fancy myself one amongst that particular breed. I will easily spend anywhere from 20-40 hours on half sleeves.

In all honesty I could care less how long I take to complete a piece and will usually end up working for quite a few free hours to render things on skin the way I think they should be. The name of the game is speed when you work in a street shop. When you are by appointment only, primarily doing custom work, quality alone becomes the primary concern (or at least it should).

I believe that if it's going to last you the rest of your life (in most cases), and possibly be on display, it should be done right. Regardless of time taken. I salute your work ethic, sir.
*Coming from someone would like some ink, but doesn't have any. Been too indecisive and apprehensive to "pop the cherry".
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 09:52:14 AM
The Last Exorcism - Finally got around to seeing this one. Loved it. Personally, I'm getting a little tired of all of the "found footage" horror movies, but this one is done so very well, it's not even something I thought about while watching it. The acting (especially the possessed girl) is very good, and the music really sets the mood.
I'm sure since this film is 4 years old, most have seen it, but in the off chance one hasn't, they simply must. Even if you don't really enjoy scary movies, there's really no "AH!" - jump moments. It's just increasingly creepy and realistic all the way through. A must see for scary movie types, looking to get their spooky Halloween fix (as I am).

I know there's a sequel, but as one would expect, it's apparently not nearly as good as the first. It's not even the same director, who made the first one as a labor of love (which you can tell - especially from the "making of" short). A quick glance at the plot synopsis of the sequel pretty much informed me that it was made just to be made.
Pass.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 13, 2014, 02:10:36 PM
Been putting up a bunch of old games for sale on half.com lately. As I was going through them, I saw my copy of Saint's Row 3, and immediately decided to give it a another play-through with the most ridiculous looking character with which I could come up. He is sheer poetry in motion. Especially in cut scenes. I'll try to remember to put up a picture of him.
The first few missions reminded me of how deliciously over the top and fun the game is. Good times ahead. Now I just need to refill my sweet cheeba supply. That's the only way to play this one.  ;)
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 13, 2014, 11:47:17 AM
Watched Cabin in the Woods for the first time.

A great movie that's equal parts: disturbing, funny, and just far-the-fuck-out

Saw this the other night for the first time as well. A weird one, for sure. Not easily described. I wasn't a big fan of the heavy CGI use later in the film, but it's still a campy good time overall.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2014, 10:05:36 AM
Replaced the front brake pads and rotors on my wife's car over the weekend. Rotors which haven't been replaced since the car was bought new on '01. Living in the rust belt, one can imagine how much fun that was. After lots of elbow grease, hammer swinging, screw head drilling, and PB Blaster, I finally got the calipers and old rotors off. The small piles of rust underneath each wheel well at that point were ridiculous. Thankfully, puttin the new shit on was a much easier task. Overall, took me all afternoon Saturday and a good portion of the day yesterday. Still sore as hell now. Saved $200 going DIY, though.

Tried to get some progress in Vesperia Saturday night while wifey went out dancing. Fell asleep playing, I was so tired from the work. Oh well...
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 10, 2014, 10:57:19 AM
^ To be fair, The Fourth Kind is best watched as a "found footage" horror movie about aliens instead of ghosts or monsters rather than any kind of pseudo documentary.

Sure, of course. That was the thing about my mentality going into it: I wasn't sure if I was supposed to take it seriously at all or not. They initially present it as something you need to truly consider. Silly Hollywood.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 09:41:23 AM
I don't understand why trackballs are getting harder and harder to find, they're 100 times better than using a standard mouse. They don't require as much room, they're more precise, they're easier to keep clean and repair, and they're a lot more comfortable.

I'm with you on that. I have this one that I use at work, and I love it for the reasons you've stated. I kind of screwed up my wrist using a regular mouse there for years, and the track ball really helps relieve that. I'm planning on picking up another one for my home, as I am upgrading my gfx card to be able to play more games. Fer shizzle.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 09, 2014, 10:04:57 PM
Diggin the Walker reviews. My mom was all about that show and Dr Quinn when they were airing. I agree with the "so bad it's good" description. It's just mindless fun.
Look for clips of Conan o' Brien talking about the show and using the "Walker-lever".

The mother lode

http://youtu.be/zo1kNGGEle0

Indeed it is. Literally LOL'd at that one.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 09, 2014, 12:09:43 PM
Diggin the Walker reviews. My mom was all about that show and Dr Quinn when they were airing. I agree with the "so bad it's good" description. It's just mindless fun.
Look for clips of Conan o' Brien talking about the show and using the "Walker-lever".
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 09, 2014, 12:06:01 PM
The Fourth Kind - Interesting flick. Really, that's the best word I can use to describe it. For what it is, it's done well. "Multipass" does a good acting job in the lead role. I've always liked Elias Koteas (his role as Casey Jones in one of my favorite childhood movies probably has something to do with that). The lesser known actors in the "real footage" do a good job.
I question the credibility of any of it, though. I think that's why it didn't do so well in the critic department. For one thing, the aerial shots aren't even of the real Nome, AK - LOL. That's apparently what it's all about in the end, anyway. To make you question your beliefs.
Either way, if you are into sci fi and alien abduction theories, it's worth a viewing.

Klutz, if you enjoyed this, I believe you will enjoy Dark Skies. Both my wife and I actually like that film much more.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 08, 2014, 12:09:24 PM
I've been wanting to play Chrono Cross, as I never have. Perhaps I'll download it off the PSN in the next few weeks... Looking forward to seeing what the hype is about.
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