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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 12, 2014, 08:32:43 AM
The Longest Journey -
I'm digging it so far, but have already gotten stuck here and there. Gamefaqs is going to be my friend with this. After exhausting my brain first, of course.
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Right now I'm supposed to be meeting Cortez in the theater, but haven't pieced it together yet. I obviously need to distract the cop, do something with the kerosene, and open the locked door. Just not sure how to do it all.
The CG scenes are kind of ugly, like DC had said. April looks awful in them. The rest of the game looks fine, though.
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 11, 2014, 08:37:39 PM
Big Hero 6 -

We were supposed to see Interstellar today, but B(my son) didn't want to sit through such a long movie, so we went to this instead. I can't complain, as it ended up being a lot of fun.
The trailer really doesn't do the movie justice, which I kind of like. I was unprepared for all the geeky science love, for starters! This movie is a total love letter to science nerds/geeks, and is inspiring in it's use of it. We need more of that on screen, without judgement.
It's also surprisingly touching in it's very basic story. We're not seeing anything new in this regard, but it's done very well. I even felt it was a bit too close to movies like the How To Train Your Dragon films, Iron Giant, and numerous superhero fliks, but at least they "stole" from quality.
My only real problem is with the ultra tidy ending, which feels a bit too focus tested. I imagine the younger set not even thinking twice about it, though.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 11, 2014, 08:21:38 PM
Reviews on gamerankings all seem to be for PS4, xbone or pc. I want to know how this runs on PS3! Regardless, I'm excited about all the positive press.
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 10, 2014, 02:19:35 PM
Interstellar? Big Hero 6?
Seeing Interstellar tomorrow with my son.
I'm surprised no one has commented on them yet.
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 10, 2014, 08:41:53 AM
Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat) -

This was fascinating to watch, and went a different way than I was expecting. It's a fun action movie, but it's not really even about that. It almost ends up being more of a mystery, as weird as it sounds.
Cruise plays totally against type, and it's weird to see. I like that the story never took him too far away from this, like so many "hero's journey" stories do.
The REAL bad ass here is Emily Blunts character, and she plays it perfectly cool. We didn't really learn enough about her, though, except how she got to be the icon that she is.
The movie was great all the way through until the ending, which I now accept, but am not completely sold on. Based on what came before, I expected something different.
Still, this is a great movie, and highly recommended.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 09, 2014, 10:41:56 PM
Sadly, my reaction is getting too predictable. There was just so much wrong or ridiculous that it was hard to ignore.
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So now we have magical raindrops that can turn dead people into cybermen? Huh? I thought before the human was "upgraded" with a metal shell or whatever, but now we have Organic matter turning into non-organic? And what about the long decomposed bodies coming back? Or do they get to stay dead? 
The whole Danny/Clara thing JUST DIDN'T WORK. I felt nothing at the end when the show was trying to get me to feel something.
Once again, we have Clara being a demanding bitch and putting her own needs above humanity. WTF?
What was up with those 2 guards behind Missy on the ship? talk about Worst Guards EVAR! they didn't see her breaking out of the cuffs, then did nothing after she did.

I could go on and on.
I did grow to kind of like The Master this go around. The actress was obviously having a lot of fun with the role.
I'm relieved that this terrible season is over. Capaldi notwithstanding.
I can't wait for the terrible Christmas episode. They always are.
 

52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: November 07, 2014, 08:30:34 AM
Ok, so I went ahead and bought TLJ off of Steam. I played an hour, and definitely like it so far. Thanks guys!
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 07, 2014, 08:27:29 AM
Town of Salem is crazy fun.

We all need to arrange a few games together.

http://www.blankmediagames.com/
That looks like fun! I'll have to try it out when I get a chance.

I bought The Longest Journey off of Steam. I played a short while, and like it already. Definitely my type of game.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: November 06, 2014, 04:55:59 PM
I'm pondering playing The Longest Journey, but have seen some people recommend just skipping it and playing Dreamfall: TLJ. What do you guys think?

I played Dreamfall first, just because I was much younger at the time and couldn't get my hands on a copy of TLJ. You can definitely do it, but you miss out on a lot of the emotional context if you skip the first one. There's one stupid item combination puzzle early on in the first one, but otherwise I don't remember it being too hard. That said, it feels ancient compared to the updated controls and graphics of Dreamfall.
But is it worth it, story and overall experience wise?
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 06, 2014, 09:10:45 AM
Man, Freak Show is really starting to wear on me. The over the top violence, and just plain overall mean attitude, is getting hard to watch. This is not fun, or scary. It's disturbing.
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Do they really need to show the nutjob kid stabbing the hell out of the guy he brought to the hideout? We all know horror is more effective when implied than shown. Or is this just meant as one big middle finger farce to the torture porn people out there?
It's hard to tell when this show is being serious, and when it's trying to play on tropes.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: November 06, 2014, 08:59:32 AM
I've been looking at Adventure games and possible digital comic style games. Neal's reviews in particular.
I'm pondering playing The Longest Journey, but have seen some people recommend just skipping it and playing Dreamfall: TLJ. What do you guys think?
I have a very small history with graphic adventure point and click games, and that's because I always get stuck. So, I want a great story with some not too challenging puzzles.
Also, if I were to play my very first digital comic, what should I go for? I see popular ones like Analogue: A Hate Story, and think I should try that, but am just not sure.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 05, 2014, 09:34:54 PM
Yeah nobody has a 60-seat majority in the senate so this changes basically nothing.
Mitch-Fucking-McConnell is now Senate Majority leader, so that's bad enough as it is. Horrifying, actually.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: November 05, 2014, 09:31:17 PM
I never liked Majoras mask much, mainly due to the whole time thing. I play games super slow, and HATE being timed in any way. So, basically, there's no way in hell I would ever play this again. heck, I didn't even finish it the first time due to frustration.
My son, though, who loves Zelda games, has yet to try Majora's. I was considering getting him the VC version, but maybe I'll hold off now. Still, $10 is cheaper than $40, especially if he ends up not liking it.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 05, 2014, 09:20:15 AM
I am so bummed this morning about the election results. I suppose it was predictable, but I still don't get it, regardless. I don't mind so much that Illinois now has(or will have) a Republican Governor. It's the senate majority that concerns me. Just when our country starts making some progress in regards to human and civil rights, it all comes to a screeching halt.
I'm not a died in the wool Dem or anything, but I DO feel they do better in this regard than Repubs do. No question.
I guess we just wait and see what gets fucked up now. 
60  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 04, 2014, 09:49:58 PM
Only Lovers Left Alive -
I really thought this had potential. It looked so different than a typical Vampire movie, and it IS. Just not in any way that I liked. It's major flaw is that it's boring. There is very little story here, with only a smidge of conflict. This is all artsy cool new age vampires with apparently nothing to do.
It's a bummer because Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are both great actors. They were even good here, with the flimsy characters they were given.
I imagine some movie snobs would love this for the exact reasons that I didn't. More power to them, but I need a decent story with decent characters, and this was lacking both.
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