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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 12:30:52 PM
Many of the most prominent 'Christmas' traditions--including decorating trees and gift-giving--predate Christianity.  And nobody who has actually studied the question seriously thinks Jesus was born on December 25th.  Basically Christmas was created by co-opting pagan celebrations of the winter solstice into Christian lore.  So I really don't see anything wrong with co-opting it back.  It's really more of a cultural thing than a religious thing for most people (yes I know there are some people who take the religious aspects seriously, but they're definitely the minority).
I think the only people who don't know(or care to know) the real story behind our current Christmas holiday are hardcore creationist types that live in a bubble. I should know, as I work with(and for. The owner is one) a few of them. I almost feel bad for them some days, but then I get over it.
I'm kind of bored at work today. Oh, my god, look at these freaking cookies! WANT:
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 23, 2014, 12:07:11 PM
I really need to stop screwing around with sidequests and get to to the whole Skyhold portion of the game.
This is easily my favorite game in several years.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 12:40:26 PM
If Cartoon Network shows "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer" one more fucking time...I swear to Lucifer I will slaughter a reindeer and make christmas jerky. It's on at least twice a day every day til christmas, it drives me nuts.
Not to mention that it is one of the worst Christmas specials out there. I watched it once when it first came out. I will never get that hour back. Ugh.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 10:13:10 AM
SOON...the non-stop Christmas music, and Christmas TV specials, will be at an end. My wife listens to, and watches, this stuff endlessly, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I can stand very little of it, and make myself scarce as a result. I don't mind people enjoying the season and all that, but I prefer a much more subtle and quieter version of it. Plus, I'm more of a Winter Solstice/Axial Tilt kind of guy.
I work(sort of. It's kind of quiet in a landscape office this time of year) up until Wednesday, then am off until the 5th. Hopefully, I'll be able to work in plenty of gaming time in there.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 22, 2014, 09:28:16 AM
I'm kinda loving all the different characters you can find this time out. It kind of feels Suiko-like. I just got that Iron Bull dude last night.
I keep reaching the inventory max, and have to head back to a town to sell stuff off. This is kind of annoying, but I'm not sure what the solution is. I upgraded it once to 72 or whatever it is.
I find myself still afraid of dragons, and haven't attempted to fight one yet. My main dude is level 9.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 20, 2014, 09:05:12 PM
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies -

These movies started out slightly above mediocre, and just got worse. This makes me sad, as I really wanted to like them. I love the world, and (some of) the characters. It's just that I didn't care one bit about any of them. It doesn't help that the story is completely devoid of emotion, and any real consequences.
The two best characters, Bilbo and Gandalf, had absolutely nothing to do here, wandering around like lost puppy dogs. It was kind of sad.
The battle, which is basically the entire movie, is way too long, and is filled with too many ridiculous moments, that are meant to stir us, but just left me wondering when it was all going to end.
They really should have just made The Hobbit one long 3 hour movie, or maybe two, with a tad bit more exposition.
These movies just dragged, with too many lengthy scenes that added nothing to the overall story.
My 13 year old son seems to have liked them quite a bit, and maybe I would have too, at his age. It's amazing what years of life and wisdom do to ones perspective and enjoyment of things like movies.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2014, 03:38:03 PM
I have plenty of retail experience. 5+ years at Babbages(pre-cursor to Gamestop), a year at Jewel, and another in a garden center.
I was at Babbages long before the modern, more obnoxious, sales tactics employed by Gamestop. We did have these card stamp things that they wanted us to get people signed up for. Pre-orders we're just getting to be a big thing when I left. This was about 15+ years ago, I think.
Now I work in landscape sales, but am the "man behind the curtain", so to speak, so I rarely work with clients directly. I like it that way.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2014, 12:36:30 PM
You just saved me money. I was considering trying out Anachronox someday, but have always hesitated due to my expecting it to play like an "old" rpg. Like you said, in my teen years I may have enjoyed that, but just don't have the time, nor the patience, for it now.

I've been playing a lot of Dragon Age 3. I love it, warts and all. There's so much to do, and it's satisfying even in short sessions. I normally alternate my nights between gaming and tv shows, but I've been playing this every night. It'll keep me busy for quite a while.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 15, 2014, 04:06:04 PM
I thought Elf was pretty good, not the definitive Christmas movie that a lot of people think it is, but still an entertaining movie. Only thing I didn't like about it was the scene that did an especially good job at highlighting how freakin' creepy "Baby It's Cold Outside" really is.

That song is awful no matter who is singing it, or what the circumstances are.

Plus, Dark haired Zooey > blonde Zooey
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 15, 2014, 11:48:12 AM
I still bristle when I think about the Grand Jewel battle in Legend of Dragoon.  That game had a lot of tough bosses, but Grand Jewel is one I distinctly remember pissing me and a lot of people off. 

I never beat Legend of Dragoon due to the horribly long final battle that never ended. I tried it 4 or 5 times and gave up.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 15, 2014, 11:34:33 AM
I HATE HATE HATE Elf. A horrible movie that I just don't understand why anyone likes. It's not funny. It's just stupid. IMNSHO, of course. ;-)

The Grand Budapest Hotel -
Another bizarre as hell Wes Anderson movie. Basically, if you're a fan of his visual, and story-telling, style, then you'll love this film. All others might just wonder about what the heck they just watched.
Ralph Fiennes is amazing as Gustave, and is the heart of the movie.
Everyone is fantastic, though.
I'd call it a comedic caper movie. There really wasn't much here that made me feel anything, but I never expect that from Anderson.
42  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 4 on: December 12, 2014, 04:50:02 PM
I'll play the hell out of it if only because the characters are so awesome. I wanna have a glass of scotch w/ Sully
Wait, wasn't he an asshole in the last game? I've always just found him annoying. A decent character to play off of Nathan, and whatever female is there, but that's it.
43  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: No Man's Sky -or- Meet Yoda in the Stars. on: December 12, 2014, 04:48:20 PM
Hot gosh darn this game looks pretty! And I love the new trailer. I can't wait for it! I think this will be the reason I purchase a PS4. Guess I better start saving.
There's getting to be a LOT of reasons now. I thought I would wait until next Christmas, but I may get one sooner. We'll see.
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 12, 2014, 10:39:09 AM
Is anyone else actually watching American Horror Story: Freak Show? I would have given up on it a while ago, but it's the rare show I watch together with my wife.
It's just gone so far far off the rails. It's all about being "extreme" and showing daring, grisly, and perverted things, but with a very weak story at it's core. I can see how this might appeal to younger audiences, but it's just not working for me. I care nothing for any of the characters. Zilch. It's obvious they were' going for the "We are ALL freaks" in different ways motif, but you have to have someone to like on a show, if even only a little.

I need to get back and finish the last season of Breaking Bad. Then watch the 2nd season of House of Cards. Ya know, actual GOOD television shows.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 12, 2014, 10:16:38 AM
Damn game has completely locked up my PS3 twice now. I hate having to turn it off without shutting it down properly. Plus, it did it last night right in the middle of saving, so hopefully I didn't lose much progress.
I chose to align with the mages over the Templars. I'm a mage, so of course I did! Cassandra seems pissed, though.
Time to get back to side quests.
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