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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 05:35:29 PM
Thanks much for the input, guys (especially for your detailed post, Dice). I’m definitely going to start with Vesperia after reading your posts. That is the one I was leaning towards, anyway. I’ve always enjoyed Tales games (yes, even the half-a$$ Symphonia sequel), and it’s been a while since I’ve played any installments.

Both games are the Xbox versions... As far as SO4, I’m not looking forward to repeated disc swapping, or excessively annoying characters. Glad to hear the battle system is not a letdown, though. That’s where the a large part of the time spent on these types of games goes, anyway.
I do have a PS3. Would any of you say the game is worth picking up that (international) version? Like Annubis, I'm debating whether I should drop coin on it again...
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 11:52:51 AM
Damn Skyrim froze on me twice in less than 10 minutes the other night, so I turned it off. Love that game, but hate the trademark Bethesda freezing.  Haven't felt like playing it since. Think I'll come back to it some other day. Can't stay away forever.

In the meantime, been trying to decide which to start first: Tales of Vesperia, or SO: The Last Hope. I've had both in my possession for years, but never got around to playing either one. Haven't played a JRPG in quite some time, actually.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 20, 2014, 01:50:55 AM
Damn impressive musicianship.. Sorry if it's been posted before.

http://youtu.be/uNw9YaXemlM
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2014, 11:35:06 AM
I didn't realize there was such an anti U2 thing. I can't say I've bought any of their music in a LONG time, but they have created some pretty amazing songs. I wish they could tap back into whatever reservoir of talent that helped them create all their great early songs. Where the Streets have No name is truly one of the greatest songs ever. That guitar riff alone is worth it. Oddly enough it reminds me of the end credits music from Gates of Thunder. How's THAT for random? And totally geeky.


U2 is Nickelback for 45 year olds...

I'm not really all that up to date so maybe someone can explain why Nickelback has become the punching bag of the music world. I'm not really blown away by any of their stuff but I do wonder where all the hate comes from.

IMO, their first few albums are pretty good. But then in the middle of the last decade, they transitioned into annoying self-aware radio rock. Power ballad, much?
Not a terrible band. I just think they were overexposed, and it got to their heads. Then it just became trendy to hate on them.
*Just my take.

They don't suck, as in, they aren't entirely unlistenable in the way that...say Yoko Ono can be at times...

but a lot of the outrage against them comes from how homogenized their sound is obviously trying to be.  it's "safe" rock, nothing original at all, ever; their sounds screams "I hope everyone likes this!!...OH PLEASE GOD LIKE THIS!!!...and buy our albums!!!"

you know how you have that facebook friend/website you follow who posts pictures of cats and is CONSTANTLY reposting the same tired memes so that they'll get the most amount of "likes" from people who don't know that there is actual, thought provoking media out there? Yeah, that's the internet equivalent of a nickelback song.

Pretty accurate analogies, actually. Summed up nicely.

Now "look at this photograph (of cats). Every time I do it makes me laugh."
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2014, 10:58:26 AM
I didn't realize there was such an anti U2 thing. I can't say I've bought any of their music in a LONG time, but they have created some pretty amazing songs. I wish they could tap back into whatever reservoir of talent that helped them create all their great early songs. Where the Streets have No name is truly one of the greatest songs ever. That guitar riff alone is worth it. Oddly enough it reminds me of the end credits music from Gates of Thunder. How's THAT for random? And totally geeky.


U2 is Nickelback for 45 year olds...

I'm not really all that up to date so maybe someone can explain why Nickelback has become the punching bag of the music world. I'm not really blown away by any of their stuff but I do wonder where all the hate comes from.

IMO, their first few albums are pretty good. But then in the middle of the last decade, they transitioned into annoying self-aware radio rock. Power ballad, much?
Not a terrible band. I just think they were overexposed, and it got to their heads. Then it just became trendy to hate on them.
*Just my take.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 17, 2014, 10:45:10 AM
Wife and I wrapped up the first season of the Attack on Titan anime last night. Loved it. Powerful stuff. Sucks balls that the production studio has their hands tied with OVAs and such. It will be some time before the main story will be continued...
I try to not start any television series that haven't already concluded yet, because I hate waiting for future "seasons". I want to be able to go all the way through. Binge, baby! In this case, I just checked out the first episode on a whim, as I wanted to see what it was all about. As that first episode ended, I immediately had to see more. It got me. Hook, line, and sinker. I had the wife watch it, and she was totally engrossed as well.

I've never been a fan of comic books, but we enjoyed this series so much, we are even considering picking up the mangas. Something no other anime has even remotely persuaded me to do. Can't wait for future episodes.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 16, 2014, 02:29:37 PM
I was scared people were gonna think I listen to U2.

What's wrong with that??






/facetious
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 15, 2014, 10:05:18 AM
Speaking of coffee though have I mentioned lately how much I hate Keurig. I don't care about the cost or environmental impact /k-cup coffee is awful tasting good god/.

Agreed. It's awful. Trades quality for convenience... Which is the American way, after all.

Still better than the crap Dunkin Donuts tries to sell as coffee these days, however.
DD Manager: "Hey,! This coffee actually kind of tastes like coffee! What did I tell you guys about using the right amount of grounds!? Water this down, now!!"
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 12, 2014, 02:01:02 PM
I love Terry Gilliam movies - I have no idea why I've never seen Fisher King.  I think I'm scared of it.

Here's a brief interview with Terry Gilliam about working with Robin Williams on that movie, from just after Robin died.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28742837

And here's an article that was likely written just before Robin died, talking about a particularly hard scene.
http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/terry-gilliam-robin-williams-fisher-king-memory.html

And not that I want to turn this from a movie thread into a Robin Williams thread, but I have to mention one more thing.  When hunting down the second article today, I came across a list of tributes to Robin Williams from the day after he died, by other celebs who knew him.  A couple of them mention where they knew him from, but they're all "wow, this is so sad, he was amazing," except for freaking Chevy Chase, who found a way to make it about himself.  "Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God bless us all for his life! I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time – comedy! I loved him."  I don't know, maybe I'm being too harsh - Chevy just bugs me.

Good articles. Thanks for sharing. Definitley check out Fisher King. It's a movie that I think needs to be seen by pretty much everyone.

To be fair, Chevy hasn't been relevant in almost 20 years. A lot of sheeple people feel the need to inject themselves into important or tragic events. Like when that pretentious douche bag James Franco took a "selfie" (I f-in HATE that term) of himself looking at an airport that was attacked by a shooter, with a look of faux concern.




Probably explains my love for Asian women

This movie/scene may have also had something to do with that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12tce-THLUE


EDIT: Fixed my poor grammar.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 12, 2014, 10:38:32 AM
The Fisher King - Where has this movie been all of my life? Finally got around to seeing it last night. Absolutely loved it. Very well done. Great story. Great acting. Good job all around. The role of Parry was practically made for Williams. Terry Gilliam films are always deliciously unique, and this one did not disappoint. If you have not seen this yet, you must watch it. 'Nuff said.
I'm only sorry I didn't first see it 23 years ago. ...Although I was 11 then, and probably would have rather watched The Great Mouse Detective, anyway.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: September 12, 2014, 09:45:38 AM
If anyone has been interested in playing To the Moon, GoG has it on sale for $3 (down from $10) this weekend. I've been playing a lot of plot-free open world games lately, so I'm looking forward to a good story, myself.

http://www.gog.com/game/to_the_moon
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 11, 2014, 04:06:05 PM
I'd be down for a Xenosaga redo. I bought the first two a few years ago for dirt cheap, and never played them. Sad as that is. My PS2 is now deep in our storage unit, so it's unlikely I'll be playing those versions soon.. If ever. 


I like the way Chronicles X is looking. Very nice.  Although like some others here, I can't justify dropping heard-earned coin on a Wii U for it. Either way, I hope it turns out to be a great game.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 10, 2014, 12:49:48 PM
this is CHAOS!! we've descended into CHAOS!!!!

I believe some sort of order would have to be prevalent before chaos could actually ensue.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 10, 2014, 08:15:39 AM
The Conjuring - Yep. One of those "based on a true story" dealies. Honestly, it's not bad. Had some pretty good scares. Especially in the first half of the film. However, like most modern horror flicks, the scares become much less effective about halfway through, once they start personifying/humanizing the evil entities. I don't know why today's horror movie makers can't just let something evil and unknown stay f-in evil and unknown. To me at least, that's the scariest shit:  What you can't see, and what you don't know. Not every horror movie needs to have a deeper meaning. Just scare me from the opening credits to the ending credits. Done deal.

So anyway, it's not bad. Better than a lot of the other scary movies that have come out lately. I do appreciate that most of the scares were old school, in that special effects were used to a minimum. The actors all do a decent job. The kids especially. They genuinely seemed frightened.
15  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 09, 2014, 03:18:07 PM
40 Below Summer  Fire at Zero Gravity.  it's not a bad album.  

Agreed, not a bad album. I just stumbled upon it myself a while back. I didn't even know they had reformed at the time.



My SotM is Fuel - Untitled. Part of one of my favorite 90s hard rock/post grunge albums. Still a great listen overall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-c3eNQ29XQ
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