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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 08, 2014, 02:26:19 PM
Locke -

I loved this movie. It's so simple, yet incredibly effective. It's simply Tom Hardy being amazing, answering and making phone calls, on his way to a destination.
It sounds like a boring premise for a movie, right? But it works wonderfully. We have drama, and revelations, and you come to care about Ivan, and what will happen to him.
The movie ended and I was sad because I wanted to keep following Ivan and make sure everything works out for him.
Highly recommended.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 06, 2014, 08:52:11 PM
I've only managed 15 hours or so, and I already think it's better than Origins. Same reason as Blace. It's fun!
18  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Game Music Bundle 8 - 168 tracks for $1 on: December 05, 2014, 11:50:51 PM
I heard about it, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I was wondering about the quality of the music, as I really haven't heard of any of the games featured.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 04:59:10 PM
Craig is good as Bond, but the movies have been varying quality.
Casino was pretty great, Solace was pretty bad, Skyfall was good, but way overrated. Like Took, I really didn't care if they ever made another one.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 04, 2014, 12:17:56 PM
It came out on June 13th, which is technically early in the "Summer" movie season.

http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/june/2014/

There really wasn't much else of interest, especially to children,  around it either.

And Natros, I was referring to the US box office. 177mil for a much asked for and anticipated sequel is pretty weak.
It's kind of interesting how many articles were written about this very topic:
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=why+did+how+to+train+your+dragon+2+underperform

Oh, well. My son wants a copy for Christmas, so we'll own it. I'm playing my part.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:12 AM
That IS a thought. What DOES a Art History degree get you, anyway? What type of job are you hoping to do? Hopefully, you can get some sort of kick ass art related job, but I think we've all heard bad things about job potential for people with art degrees. Perhaps art history is different?

22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2014, 11:18:11 AM

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - I won't lie. I fuckin' love this series. These films are done in such a way... that I know if I were a kid these days, I would absolutely go head over heels for them. They make me have all kinds of feels.You can tell a lot of love was put into them.
So anyway, this installment is quite good. I still like the first film better, but I believe that's only because it focuses more on introducing the characters and their initial development. It's more personal that way. In no way is the 2nd one an inferior film, IMO.
In this one, 5 years have passed since the first movie, so of course, the main characters are now a bit older. Hiccup has been taking any chance he can to explore the outside world, now that he has Toothless. In those travels, he/they come across dragon trappers working for a very bad dude, who of course ends up being the main bad guy, Drago. Drago is played very effectively by Djimon Hounsou. His yells are perfect for the role. Hiccup also comes across a long lost family member, who aides him in his fight with Drago. As the film progresses, there is an unexpected death of a major character. Both my wife & I thought it wasn't perma-death, but it sure as hell was. Surprising.. and effective. It reminds the viewer and the characters of how very "real" things are.
All in all, I'd say this film carries the spirit of the first one very well, and adds some unique characters and plot elements. One thing I really appreciate is the subtleties. Like how each character has their own unique mannerisms; how each rides his/her dragon differently; and how the long lost family member acts so elegant, yet feral at the same time.
Well done. Loved it.


Good review. I've enjoyed both of these movies as well. I'm baffled as to why the second did so "poorly" at the box office. There's no good explanation for it. Great movie, great reviews, years of anticipation, then...mediocre money. It bothers me because shitty movies like endless ice age sequels make gobs. Oh, well.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 10:42:36 AM
I am astonished at how HUGE the Hinterlands are in DA: Inquisition. This one area is like the entire map of Origins!
I've gotten way too sidetracked doing all sorts of quests here instead of moving the story forward.
I saw my first dragon, and promptly turned around so I didn't get my ass handed to me. Damn thing is huge and very imposing. Awesome.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 02, 2014, 10:20:25 AM
I find it extremely hard to believe that you're not having texture loading issues to at least a minor extent.  I've seen differing reports on it, though and some people with fewer than others.  It is a confirmed issue, one that, as far as I'm aware Bioware has said nothing about fixing.

I'm very sensitive towards FPS drops, so to me they're very blatant.  The entire first cutscene basically chugs, for example, while simultaneously not loading the NPC clothing at all.   It's a poorly coded mess and I'm ashamed it was released in this state.  The FPS tend to start dropping when rifts are anywhere nearby but are decent otherwise.

I have a thin PS3.  My old fat PS3 died a while ago.
As I said, sometimes I'll gain control of my character when the textures are still loading (especially when I am running around and talking to everyone in Skyhold causing constant zoning and loading), but I don't think I have ever had a conversation go beyond three lines of dialogue without the textures fully loading. Can't recall any FPS drops near rifts either, although that might just be a difference in terminology as I do recall occasionally having very short hangs near rifts, but never more than a quick second or two when I first approach them. I have certainly had occasional issues with the game. The worst one being when I pulled a switch in the oasis, my game dropped either FPS or processing speed to something like a sixth of what it was before and it appeared to be unfixable. Fortunately had an auto save from before pulling the switch and next time I pulled it had no issues.

Super thin PS3 here.

I reiterate what Ran says above. I've certainly had issues here and there, but nothing game breaking. I'm having too much fun adventuring to care about minor graphic glitches and such.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 01, 2014, 12:25:29 PM
Anyone playing this on PS3? Been busy with work/night classes/other games and haven't opened the packaging yet. Seeing the grief online I am half wondering if I should try take it back and get It for the ps4 instead (don't have one yet but will sometime in 2015)

I'm playing it on PS3 and it plays horribly.  Clothing and weapon textures don't load half the time, FPS drops are frequent,  even in cutscenes, and the trees look like early PS2 level. I'm not joking or exaggerating, I think FFXI's trees have more detail.
O.o I've been playing on the PS3, and it has been perfectly fine for me. Never had a problem with textures not loading, they might still be loading when you gain control but they all do show up. FPS drops, while they do happen, haven't been too annoying. And I don't really pay too much attention to the trees so I dunno what they look like.

Bigger issue for me has been occasional crashes but they have been fairly infrequent for the most part.


I'm on PS3 as well. and really have no complaints. There's been a few loading issues here and there, but nothing that bothersome. I actually think the game is gorgeous.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 12:21:44 PM
Inquisition is really getting overwhelming. It's hard to choose what to do when you have a very limited amount of play time to do it in. I find myself staring at the journal screen. At least a lot of the quests are short, so you feel somewhat accomplished even when playing for less than an hour.
This game will last me all winter, I swear.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 08:33:33 PM
Wow, I found that incredibly not funny. I made it about 2 minutes and stopped.
Lindsay Lohan was crazy hot in Mean Girls. What the hell happened?
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 09:30:52 PM
Rush -

This was a surprisingly great movie. I wouldn't normally put a movie about F1 racing on my list of movies to watch, but all the positive reviews caught my attention.
Chris Hemsworth proves once again that he actually can act, and is perfect here. The fellow who plays his rival I didn't recognize, but was equally as good.
The racing is well shot, and a lot of fun to watch. The story is never boring, and I found myself invested, and caring, about each of these mens stories.
Very much recommended for racing, and non-racing(like me), fans alike.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movies that make you cry on: November 27, 2014, 12:10:10 AM
I actually understand what you mean. I'm more likely to get worked up and/or misty-eyed over powerful "happy" moments rather than your typical sad stuff. Give me something heroic and amazing and I'm mush. Kill off a character or two, and I hardly bat an eye.
That;s why "You bow to no one" gets me so much.
Heck, think back to the original Transformers movie. I didn't really cry at Optimus death(I came close, though), but what really worked me up was when he showed and just started kicking ass all over the place. That scene, and the accompanying music, inspire me to this day. Heroism. Maybe I secretly wish to be a hero? Or to do heroic things? Don't we all, in a way?
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 26, 2014, 09:57:48 AM
Finished a Canticle for Leibowitz. Another great classic that I'm glad I finally got around to reading. Even though it was written in 1959, much of it is still relevant to our modern world. I imagine this was considered controversial when it initially came out.

Stared up Mistborn #3, Hero of Ages - Initial reaction:
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I don't like that Elend has Mistborn powers now. Maybe my opinion will change, but I feel that it takes something away from Vins character. We'll see.
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