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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 04, 2015, 02:03:10 PM
The Evil Within - From chapter 7 to chapter 9. Chapter 8 was incredibly short.. Almost felt like it should have been attached to 7 or 9. Either way, moving right along. Most of the game's recent attempts to scare me have fallen a bit short, but that seems normal. Normal in the sense that in many scary games, the first half is usually creepier than the second. So, I'm just starting out in the mansion area of chapter 9. The environment feels a bit like the original RE, which we all know is no coincidence here.

Skyrim (PC) - From character level 15 to 20. Finished most of the magic college quests, but found myself not being strong enough to complete the later ones in that line. So, to help get stronger, I trekked to Riften to start the thieves guild quest line. Along the way, I stopped by Aventus' house to start up the Dark Brotherhood quest line as well. Grelod never saw my dagger coming.
I'm still working on a mage/thief mix. Putting most skill points into Sneaking; Bows; Illusion (for the 'quiet casting' perk); Destruction; and Restoration. Throwing occasional points at Smithing; Light Armor; and One-Handed. Good times.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 01, 2015, 01:18:04 PM
The super hero saturation is fuckin ridiculous, IMO. It's all about the almighty <insert low value currency of choice>. There will always be a market for it, so of course studios are pumping 'em out like baby batter at a buk**ke . As Tooker says, probably not so much of a market in the coming years as it is now...

...but it'll always be there.

3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 01, 2015, 10:06:21 AM
Barry Munday - Rented this on a whim, as it was recommended to me by Netflix. It's about a sleazeball pervert who has little respect for women. He is constantly hitting on them, and trying to get into their pants (skirts?). In a karmic twist, he is castrated by a trumpet wielding dad in a movie theater. Yes... that's right. In his recovery stage, he is slammed with a paternity suit.
Anyway, the movie starts out kind of slow and a bit predictable, but the strong acting helps keep it together. Especially once Judy Greer comes into the picture. I love her, and she did great here.  As the movie progresses, it sort of transitions from a dude comedy to a rom com. It keeps the crude wit, but it starts to produce feels on the side. I was not expecting emotions and stuff, but being a dad, a good amount of it hit close to home. In the end, it all made for a good movie. Nothing truly fantastic about it, but it's a solid watch. Recommended for couples.

Steamboy - Finally got around to seeing this. I liked it. I think it's a bit underrated, actually. I can see why it's far from perfect, but I enjoyed the whole thing. Especially the action scenes. I'm not into steampunk "culture", but I found myself getting into the inventions and machines in the film. Pretty neat stuff. I watched with the English dub, as I'd rather not have to read during a movie, unless the actors are terrible. Thankfully, they aren't here.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 28, 2015, 04:16:55 PM
I'm officially done with Dragons' Dogma: DA. I didn't finish Bitterblack Isle as I had originally intended. I got to a point where I couldn't figure out how to progress, and then realized I just didn't care enough to figure it out.  Meaning, I'm officially spent with the game. At least, as of now. I may come back to finish it, but it won't be any time soon.
I'm happy with my party's strength. We were able to handle any of the post game creatures we ran into, including various dragon-kin. The battles with the (much) stronger enemies were fun at first, but said fun subsided after a while. Again, cuz it's a case of "been there, done that" (in reference to already playing through the main game). Not because the game itself is not fun.
Now, I gotta get back on finishing The Evil Within...
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 28, 2015, 01:20:58 PM
So, I've watched the first 9 or 10 episodes of the first season of Bojack Horseman. The first few episodes are pretty weak in general, and I almost gave up on the show because of them. However, in later episodes, things start coming together. The show starts exhibiting improved plots and wit, and there is eventually much more heart and characterization all around than I had expected. I appreciate the running gags, and the tendency for the anthropomorphic characters to resort to their animal instincts. I suppose I can be considered a fan of the show.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying it's one of the best shows on TV right now. However, it certainly improved since the very beginning.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 24, 2015, 09:58:51 AM
First DIY plumbing job ever was successful. Replaced the p trap on the wash basin drain. I'm renting the house, and it's older, so some of the plumbing (and other crap) in there is also old. I did this none to soon, as the old p trap was almost entirely corroded through. Would have been damn ugly and gross if it gave while the clothes washer was emptying into the basin.  The slip nuts were also corroded, to the point of basically being grafted to the piping, so I had to run to HD for a large set of channel locks to get them off. Done deal after that. I don't know why anyone would use metal piping for plumbing. PVC all the way, fer shizzle.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 24, 2015, 09:51:00 AM
Dragon's Dogma: DA - Finished the main quest line. I switched back to the assassin vocation for the battle with the last boss/main dragon/can'trememberhisname, who actually ended up being kind of a push over. Granted, he got me close to dying 2 times, but that was mainly due to my carelessness in maneuvering. Having a ranger in my party really made a difference, as he was able to hit the dragon's heart at times when I couldn't get close enough to it with my own bow/daggers. Also, having my main pawn as a mage ensured everyone was healed and cured as necessary, so I didn't even have to use many healing items.
I was only level 51 out of a 200 cap upon fighting him, so I'm wondering how much stronger the extra (more difficult) bosses really are. Which means yes, I'll probably be spending a bit more time in the post game than I thought I would. Mainly just to see how difficult the different/new enemies are, and do a Bitterblack Isle run. I've seen more than enough of main game areas otherwise. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 22, 2015, 01:21:28 PM
Is anyone else going to watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao? 


I'll catch the highlights. I'm under the suspicion that big money boxing matches are fixed... Just two big names dancing around for sucker spectators. Spectators who paid ridiculous amounts of money to be there. Recent boxing matches of this "caliber" have seemed dragged out and uninteresting. Not real deal fuck-the-other-guy-up type matches.
I really would like to be wrong (and ultimately surprised) though.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 21, 2015, 01:11:19 PM
Took a bit of mulling over, but I've decided to put my copies of Skies of Arcadia Legends and Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii version) up for sale. Since both are sort of rare, and thus expensive , I've been wanting to hold onto them. However, life has gotten in the way of me saving up for the graphics card I've been wanting, so I need some supplemental income to help with it.
I figure I'll be using said graphics card a lot more than I will either of these games, so away they go... Bigger shame to see Xenoblade go, as I never really got into it. Tried it once, and just never played it again, for whatever reason. I've had it for a few years now without even looking at it, so there's really no point in keeping it beyond it's own novelty, of course.
Here's hoping they go quick.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 21, 2015, 12:44:23 PM
Dragon's Dogma: DA - Just about at the end of the main quest line. My main pawn and myself are about character level 50, give or take a few. We've already maxed out 4 vocations (classes) each. Currently, I'm enjoying Magick Archer very much. It's a fun class to play, but I can see Assassin being the one with which to go when you want to truly kick ass. I'm finishing up some smaller side quests before taking on the final battle. I've explored the whole map now. While the areas are large when you are within them, the overall map really isn't so large, and said areas don't seem all that varied in the end.
I've learned it's a good idea to have at least one strider or ranger in your group. Their ranged attacks come in very handy. I'm planning on fully upgrading a rusty bow so that I can outfit that particular style of pawn with a game changer.
IN the end, I'm not going to worry about fully maxing out my characters, or fully exploring the "post game" areas, or starting a "New Game +". I'm kind of burned out on the game at this point. You can easily get a taste of most (if not all) vocations/classes in one playthrough. I don't see any other reason to restart.
I'm probably just going to try to see how far I can get in Bitterblack Isle (this game's version of a post game dungeon) as I stand, after finishing the main quest/story line.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 10, 2015, 09:47:27 AM
From my perspective #2 sounds best. While it may be a start-up, they do seem to have a good idea of what they're doing. You get to do the work you want to do, and you like the game, right? Being able to work something you can be proud of is important. Since you won't have to move this seems to me like the safest bet. Well, as long as they're the type of studio that doesn't pay with promises but with actual money.

This. Also, they were honest with you from the get go. Good sign. It's one of those cases where you'd have to have a bit of extra faith in the team and project, but it sounds like the best choice, IMO.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 09, 2015, 06:14:08 PM
Epic - Meh. Entirely forgettable, IMO. It just seems to follow every animated movie trope from the last few decades. A hefty chunk of it feels ripped from Ferngully, actually. It's real pretty to look at, at least. Oddly enough, this was the least annoyed/most entertained I've been by Aziz Ansari yet. The one thing I did appreciate about the movie is that a romantic relationship between the 2 characters you would expect is implied, but not fully explored (stretched too thin), or forced.

Riddick - You kind of know what to expect with the Riddick films. Suspension of disbelief is a necessity. Even still, this one feels the least inspired yet. I know it's supposed to resemble Pitch Black, but just doesn't seem like it's going anywhere outside of that, and it pretty much doesn't. I like the Riddick character, and this movie has some cool moments, but for the most part, I just wasn't that entertained by it. The ending was cryptic for the sake of being cryptic... if it can so be called.

Bubble Boy - Say what you want. Yes, this movie is really dumb. Yes, I absolutely love it. Not meant to be taken seriously in any way. It goes great with a fattie and some beer. Seen it many times, but the most recent was the first time in a few years, at least. Gyllenhaal needs to do more comedy. I'm not surprised he hasn't, since this film tanked...
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2015, 03:09:56 PM
any tips on taxes?

I've had a ton of family shit going on, then took a vacation and now smoke is coming out of my ears.

I usually have someone do them but last time he charged me 120 bucks

Are your particular taxes too complicated to do yourself online (Legitimate question - Not trying to make any implications or insults.)? The reason I ask is that even complex taxes can be done and filed online for much cheaper than $120/yr. You may even qualify for a free file service, if you don't make a ton of money yourself. I recommend H&R or 1040.com either way, if you decide to go that route.
Even if you'd rather not do them online, $120 is much cheaper than what one could owe the feds if taxes are done incorrectly (Again, making no implications. Speaking from experience).

14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2015, 10:04:02 AM

Guys with 40+ inch waists and massive guts telling me that eating a vegan salad for lunch 5 days a week isn't "manly".  They keep calling it "rabbit food".


The bigger questions is: Why are you eating or hanging out at a place where big belly dudes regularly harass you about your food? Maybe it's time to start eating elsewhere, cuz that's not common. Not among civilized people, anyway...
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 07, 2015, 03:36:28 PM
Why would you want to make beating your game easier?!  If I had to enter in a code to beat a game, I might as well have just watched the ending on YouTube and never even started playing the thing in the first place.  It's not FUN/an accomplishment if it doesn't take some kind of skill and patience to finish.

Some people just aren't gluttons for punishment. Personally, I very rarely derive self worth from hard work, and have LOTS of fun cheating at excessively difficult/broken games. =)
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