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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 06, 2014, 08:51:00 AM
Holy shit, episode 2...walker had a Lamborghini Diablo bearing down on him at full speed and decided to rectify the situation by doing a freaking drop kick through the front windshield. Of course the driver is immediately knocked unconscious (and the car someone stops) while the Chuckster walks off without a scratch. classic walker!

Episode 3: walker just caught a dead body with a fishing pole!

Oh man, I loved Walker Texas Ranger back in the day. It was definitely one of those "so bad it's good" shows. My family watched it every week, and it was loads of fun. Plus it's Chuck Norris. The man literally became an internet meme! Doesn't get much better than that if you ask me.


Except when he did this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnFg0Sp2Xw

Ok, maybe that wasn't better.
;-)
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 05, 2014, 11:02:54 PM
That said, the buzz on the coming episode is positive all around. I've read a few spoiler-free reviews and they've all been universally positive.

Lots of people saying this might be even better than Listen (which I thought was only soso, so we'll see).

I hope you guys like
Code:
SPIDERS

Brilliant premise tonight.  But like last week's possible 'racism' undertone, this one may delivery a stronger 'pro-life/choice' one.
I think it's misdirected, sure it was there, but I liked the greater implications in this episode and to get some idea of when/why the Doctor meddles with history and when he doesn't. And this time, despite his power (and possible ability to abuse that power) he just flew off to let others find out what was the right or wrong choice.... where the 'right' choice was figured out ONLY on a last-second final impulse.

I think this episode was a lot like "Midnight" in a way. Some episodes have a cool plot; but some just want to set up an interesting scenario. Midnight had next to no real plot, or real action, or a big mystery, or big evil villain; but more of an experiment on 'mob mentality' played to an episode and it turned out very, very well. "Kill the Moon" sets up a conundrum for our Doctor's meddling and asks "field trippers" to decide history.


Anyways, I actually, even if not always agree with that Flick filosopher website you posted Grim.  I love how reviewers can make "those observations" that tickle the bak of your mind but you never arrange into words.  Good writing too

I always anticipate her reviews. She normally has them up by Sunday night. She sees things that I just don't see, and I like that.
I thought Kill The Moon was decent. Great premise, certainly, but the ending just kind of left me feeling "blah". Well, of the story, anyway.
Code:
Claras final words, as bad ass as they were, felt out of the place in this season. It was long overdue, and very well said, but like something out of the Tennant era, if you know what I mean. Emotions haven't played much part in this season as of yet, and I don't see that changing.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 08:26:51 AM
I've been around for a LONG time, but I can't say I've ever taken the time to look at my old posts. I can't imagine things have changed much, considering that I'm old now, and was old then. Now if I were to look back to the beginning of the Fan, then I would probably see some differences.
I know I've mellowed over the years. I'm still opinionated, but less confrontational. I think more before I type, and hit "post" (or send).
Video games are now just a passing diversion I play for a couple hours a week. My passions have shifted to far more important things in life. I still enjoy them, but on a top 10 list of things I want to be doing right now, gaming is in slot 7 or 8, where just a few years ago, they were 3 or 4. When I first joined the Fan/Lunarnet gaming was what I did. I think I was still living with my parents, hoarding cash, and playing games all the time.
It would be interesting to look back that far. 15 or 16 years, or whatever it was.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 02, 2014, 10:56:31 PM
Wow, you are sure forgiving of this season. I thought this past episode was pretty weak. I'm really getting tired of how the current Doctor is written. He's far too mean, and apparently clueless about humans, despite interacting with them for many many years. What's the deal with calling Pink a P.E. teacher over and over again? Why is this not explained? And why is he so anti-soldier?
I don't buy into the "He only wants the best for Clara" explanation. He might as well be walking around with a shotgun to scare away the creeps from his little girl.
I don't blame Capaldi, or even Jenna. They're doing the best they can with the shitty scripts they're being given.
I'd rather they expounded on what was going in in the intro to the episode, and gone from there. Now THAT could have been interesting.
Oh, I could keep going forever, but I'll just stop. I'm just so bummed at the direction the show has headed. A couple decent eps, and the rest mediocre, and less than.
This is the first season of Doctor Who my wife has ever watched. I suppose that might be to her advantage, as she has no basis for comparison.

Something tells me you haven't watched much of the Classic Series; specifically, the Sixth Doctor era. I haven't watched the latest season yet, but from how you describe it, it sounds a LOT like how the Sixth Doctor's original era was; a mean, jerkass Doctor, and abominable scripts. It was so bad that the show got put on hiatus for over a year.

But so far, most everyone I've heard from rather likes this new season. Differnt strokes for different folks, I suppose.

I've never seen any old who. I can't see how having a jerk doctor once before somehow makes this jerk doctor ok.
I don't dislike him, or the show, entirely. It's had it's good moments, certainly. But then they always seem to be followed up with something bad. Bad writing, bad characterization, bad stories overall.
I don't really know anyone around me that watches the show to ask if they are liking it or not. A page I frequent seems to be full of discontented fans, though. Read her latest review, and the comments below it: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/doctor-who

20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 10:46:39 PM
I started up Alan Wake the other night. It took me a while to get used to the controls on the computer. I so very rarely play games this way that I pretty much hate it. I wonder if I can use my PS3 controller somehow. I understand that a 360 controller can be used, but that would require whatever cord is needed for that.
Anyway, controls issues aside, I'm pretty intrigued. I'll definitely keep playing.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 30, 2014, 10:34:38 AM
6 eps into House of Cards, and it's still fantastic. I can't help but think this is pretty darn representative of behind the scenes politics. Poor manipulated Russo.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 30, 2014, 10:32:15 AM
I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.


Yeah the reaction from Gaf on that joke was pretty lost (many jumping to it being a racist thing [physical activity = a black thing] than a 'soldier thing'). 

IIRC the 'soldier-hating' was just 'cause the Doctor doesn't like them or guns, right?

I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.

Ah...
Here in America, P.E teachers are old pedophiles.

(Fun fact, my primary school P.E teacher was arrested and jailed due to touching young boys)
(Following fact, I guess I wasn't his type)

Or lesbians, according to Clueless.  And my high school PE teacher.
... Either way, the PE joke is *still* terribly lost on us non-British aliens.



Ahhh, that explains it. I was thinking either soldier = dolt = p.e. teacher, or even the racist card as some others have, sadly, mentioned.
I'd still like a better explanation for the soldier business, because I don't recall that being such a big issue prior to this season.
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 29, 2014, 09:44:36 PM
Wow, you are sure forgiving of this season. I thought this past episode was pretty weak. I'm really getting tired of how the current Doctor is written. He's far too mean, and apparently clueless about humans, despite interacting with them for many many years. What's the deal with calling Pink a P.E. teacher over and over again? Why is this not explained? And why is he so anti-soldier?
I don't buy into the "He only wants the best for Clara" explanation. He might as well be walking around with a shotgun to scare away the creeps from his little girl.
I don't blame Capaldi, or even Jenna. They're doing the best they can with the shitty scripts they're being given.
I'd rather they expounded on what was going in in the intro to the episode, and gone from there. Now THAT could have been interesting.
Oh, I could keep going forever, but I'll just stop. I'm just so bummed at the direction the show has headed. A couple decent eps, and the rest mediocre, and less than.
This is the first season of Doctor Who my wife has ever watched. I suppose that might be to her advantage, as she has no basis for comparison.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2014, 08:57:19 AM
Finished TWD Season 2, Ep1, and started up Ep2.
I don't know...I'm not really enjoying it much so far. Maybe I just don't feel like playing such a dark and dreary game right now.
I need to find something "lighter" and more fun.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 16, 2014, 09:35:29 PM
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.
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 15, 2014, 09:44:05 PM
I actually thought it was pretty bad. The teaser promised us something that never really happened. I was expecting a creepy monster of the week episode, but we got something entirely not that
The story was all over the place, and made no sense.
There were a few good lines, and a few good moments, but the rest was just...ugh.
And I really wish the doctor would stop insulting Clara on her appearance! It's like a creepy old man trying to re-assure himself that he's not turned on by the hot young lady, when it's the exact opposite. It's mostly just mean, though, and serves no point in the story.
MaryAnns review explains pretty much how I saw this episode better than I can:
http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2014/09/doctor-blogging-listen.html
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 12, 2014, 09:44:26 PM
Started up TWD Season 2. It's alright so far, but I'm having the same problem with it that I had with Wolf Among Us. They seem to have gotten the idea that MORE action is needed in a non-action type of game. Were gamers asking for this? I don't play these games for the clunky action parts. Especially since I suck at them, and end up doing them over again multiple times. Not fun.
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 12, 2014, 09:38:05 PM
I watched the first episode of House of Cards last night. Man, I can tell this is going to be GOOD. Spacey is great, of course, but who really impressed me is Robin Wright. She's awesome. Such a strong presence.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 11, 2014, 08:45:56 AM
Have you played The Last of Us yet? Great fucking story, short game, and easy difficulty to make your playthrough an experience rather than an endeavor.
Of course! Great game, but not easy for me, even on the easiest difficulty. That was ok, though, as I don't mind a bit of a challenge every now and then.

Perhaps Deus Ex: Human Revolution too.
It's heavily story based and I assume it would be fairly easy on "Tell Me A Story" difficulty.
Isn't that a first person game? I love the premise, but never gave it much thought because I suck at first person anything games.

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I think I sort of know what you mean, as I like those games a lot too. You could try out Journey, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico if you want something easy and don't mind artsy stuff.
I loved all three of those games!

I'll look into some of the other games mentioned. Thanks!



30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 10, 2014, 09:28:15 PM
*tries to bring some order back into the post*
I've been digging games like To the Moon, Gone Home, Dear Esrher, Brothers, TWD series, Wolf Among Us, Beyond: Two Souls, etc.
Story-based games with little to no "difficulty" to make me not enjoy myself. I like easy games. I like short games. I like a great story. Some killer tunes help as well.
I'm sure I'm missing other games out there like the above.
I played 999, and still need to pick up Virtue's last Reward, so there's that, but I'm not sure what else should be on my radar.
Any help? Thanks!
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