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2686  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 17, 2007, 10:13:17 AM
Reminds me of Reign of Fire. God, was that awful. Cool looking dragons, though. Don't you check reviews, man? At least take 30 seconds and ck Rotten Tomatoes.
I've seen:

The Devils Backbone - Guillermo Del Toro movie. Pretty good, although it was certainly not a "scary" movie like some reviews suggested. Just a good story. I'd almost compare it to Pans Labyrinth. Similar setting and tone. I liked a Pans a bit more, though.

The Lives of Others - Coincidentally, this movie won best foreign film of the year last year, over Pans labyrinth. Very good movie.  Kinda scary to think that governments can do what they do in this movie. Made me wonder about what goes on in the US nowadays, in the name of "safety".
2687  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 13, 2007, 09:22:55 AM
Started up Tales of the Abyss. Wow, the graphics in this game don't hold a candle to Symphonia. Still, it's not downright ugly, so it's not that big a deal.
I'm only 2 hours in. Supposed to go find the animals that raided the storehouse in this town I'm in.
Luke is understandably annoying, and Tear is just cool. I like her voice.
2688  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Music players on: September 12, 2007, 12:43:30 PM
I imagine we'll buying songs online, as I have no experience with "ripping" cds.
Considering theres only been about 10 good songs ever made, I truly wonder how anyone could fill the device up with 1000 songs.
Thanks for your input so far.
2689  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Music players on: September 12, 2007, 10:31:57 AM
Alright, so Nan has made mention that she would like to get some type of IPod/Mp3/whatever music player type thing. Thing is, neither of us has any clue what we should buy. Anyone have a few minutes to give me a bit of info on what's out there, and perhaps a recommendation? We do NOT need anything fancy. I'm thinking the bare minimum here. I just figured you tech savvy folks would be able to help me out. Thanks.
2690  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 11, 2007, 03:52:42 PM
Quote from: "Tooker"
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.


I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.


FWIW, book 2 is much better about tackling the issue and the repercussions of it. It also happens to be less Thomas' story than the other, more interesting, characters.
At this point I can't stand Thomas, but I really want to know what happens to him.
2691  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 10, 2007, 04:15:51 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Quote from: "Dade"
Be prepared for a nice surprise....you wont play a game like this series ever again.

I just don't know if it's exactly my thing. I tend to not go for Gothic, "demons and devils" kind of stuff. Although, the synopsis that I've read makes it sound like Gothic Harry Potter on crack... which could be interesting.


If Persona 3 is anything like persona 2 I won't go near it. Way too much to think about. Plus, the whole demon chit chat didn't work for me. A game should be fun, not work. More power to those who actually find this stuff fun.

Finished up Zelda: TP - Technically, this game was pretty much perfect. All the pieces were in place, and I DID enjoy myself. BUT... I would not rank this higher than  Ocarina, LTTP, and possibly even Wind waker. It felt too familiar: Like I've done all this before. Plus, at the risk of sounding like a broken record(the irony!), I really miss having a real soundtrack in these games. Who decided "dynamic" music/sound was the way to go? Sure, it's kind of atmospheric, but its also boring. I'm playing a video game. Give me some cool tunes to listen to while playing, please.


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I liked the epic look of Hyrule castlle. The dungeon itself could have used more substance. but it worked well as a last area. Ganon was mildly challenging, but mostly just because I'm an idiot. I don't know how long I chased him on the horse yelling at the princess to fire the goddamn arrows before realizing that you had to be holding the L target to get her to do it. I liked the last sword fight against him. Actually took some good use of the special attacks to get him.
Then it turns out that Midna was a total babe! Why couldn't that chick be following me around the whole game?
The ending was kind of melancholy. Like when she shattered the mirror, forever separating the two worlds.


If and when another Zelda gets made, I think there is going to have to be some serious changes. The system is a good one. Its just getting a tad old and tired.
Personally, I liked Okami more than Zelda: TP. It was fresh and fun, beautiful to look at, and had some great tunes to boot. My game of the year for last year. Too bad we'll never get a Okami 2.
2692  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 10, 2007, 03:30:31 PM
Last night I finished book 2 in the original Thomas Covenant trilogy. Pretty good stuff. I'll probably start up book 3 right away. This whole book was really dark and depressing. Not much good going on for the forces of good. I find myself drawn more to the world itself than the characters. Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with. I'm hoping book 3 gives me something positive to latch on to, as well as giving us more info on Lord Foul. I hate generic bad guys.
2693  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 05, 2007, 01:15:19 PM
Blades of Glory - I did NOT pick this out. Nan wanted to see it. Turned out it WAS as awful as I expected it to be.

Devils Rejects - Another bad movie. What is Rob Zombies deal with trying to get us to sympathize/cheer on the bad guys? I hear the new Halloween is just awful.

On the positive side, I have Lives of Others waiting at home to be watched, and Devils Backbone on its way.
2694  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 05, 2007, 09:51:03 AM
Zelda: TP - I'm nearing the end so I'll just code it all.
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I was playing through the Twilight castle thinking for some reason that I was in the last area. I completely forgot about Hyrule castle. So I beat Zant(once again, too easy) and am now in Hyrule Castle. Stopped playing right after I got there.


Certainly can't complain about game length with this one. I think my clock said 70 hours or something last I checked. I still can't help but think how much better this whole experience would be with fantastic music playing in the background. Oh well.
2695  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 27, 2007, 01:32:51 PM
Zelda: TP - Got the last 2 "Special moves" or whatever they are called.
Played through 30-some levels of the cave of ordeals before croaking. I Could have gone further if I had used the  fairy bottle in my inventory. Oops.  I don't think I'll bother trying again.
I just I need a bit more $ so I can buy the magic armor. I'm not sure if I'll even use it, but I just HAVE to have it.
2696  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metroid Prime 3 on: August 27, 2007, 01:11:42 PM
I love the MP games, and will gladly buy this one...if I had a Wii. I've been planning on getting one, but have had plenty other games to play. Figured I would hold out til Christmas and buy it for the Fam then.
Funny thing about the MP games is that I totally suck at them. Too hard for me. I think I barely made it halfway through both 1 and 2. I play them anyway because they represent EXACTLY what I am looking for in video games. A mature feel. Beautiful graphics and environments, and great music(especially the first one). I will buy 3 as soon as I get a Wii.
2697  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 22, 2007, 11:23:06 AM
Zelda: TP - OK, so the boss of the Sky City WAS pretty bad ass. Took me numerous times falling down to figure out how to do it right. MUCH better than any of the other boss battles.
I'm not sure I want to head towards the end yet. Maybe I'll tackle the Cave of Ordeals, or get me some magic armor. Mess around with some mini games.
2698  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 20, 2007, 04:53:03 PM
Zelda: TP - I am in the Sky City. Just got the Big Key and will be heading off to fight the dungeon boss. I am a bit let down by this area. I had heard it was really cool. I like the dungeon itself. The design is great, and its quite large. I would have preferred "cooler" residents up here, though. Those freakish man-birds give me the heebie-jeebies. I had hoped that some cool music might show up, but we have some pretty mellow stuff playing. I hope the boss is cool. EVERY boss so far has been too easy,and not even all that impressive. Coming from me(A guy who likes his games EASY) thats pretty lame.

Picked up Tales of the Abyss. I'll start that up when I finish Zelda.
2699  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow.....China bans reincarnation w/o goverment approval on: August 20, 2007, 04:45:41 PM
This is serious? Sounds like something out of the Onion. The government seems to be giving the idea of reincarnation some legitimacy by trying to control it. Considering the whole idea of reincarnation is ludicrous, let alone being able to have control over it even if it were possible, I don't think anyone has anything to worry about. Bizarre.
2700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 13, 2007, 12:55:57 PM
I saw 300 over the weekend.
Man, is this movie ever overrated. I loved the visuals, but that was about it. I felt NOTHING for any of the characters or their plight. The whole thing seemed like an excuse for a bloodbath. Very sterile. No emotional impact whatsoever.
I didn't hate the movie. Gerard Butler was quite good as King Leonidas. I couldn't name a single other character, though. Well, besides Xerxes, who was just...disturbing.
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