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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: March 01, 2011, 10:06:49 PM
So I'm strutting around the second level of Angband as lvl 6 and was playing just a little haphazardly.  The game tore my ego to shreds with a pack of cave spiders.  Brutal.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: March 01, 2011, 02:31:32 AM
Played a little bit in Angband.  I've tried roguelikes before, but this one felt the most polished and user friendly.  Currently, a lvl 4 warrior.  I'm unsure how much grinding is necessary. It would seem being too cautious is something to watch out for in this game since it's all randomly generated making a theoretically infinite number of distractions to keep you from progressing if you let it.  We'll see how this goes!
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 28, 2011, 02:37:26 PM

If you're curious about Minecraft, this is one of the best Let's Plays out there.  I recently went through the whole series (about 50 episodes) and I was enthralled.  X is a fantastic commentator.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 28, 2011, 02:28:58 PM
I loved the recent D&D episode and the famous "Modern Warfare" episode.  So I'll take your recommendation as the show hasn't done wrong for me yet.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: February 28, 2011, 02:03:17 PM
Lots of Minecraft.  I'm loving the new updates (especially the improved lighting).  It's unfortunate that most runs of this game seem to go for a while, then pitta-patt out as you get bored.  Months pass as you move on to new things and...voila!  Suddenly Minecraft comes back into your life, like an awkward significant other that you can't completely shake off.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 28, 2011, 01:59:12 PM
I'm very pleased with how Bob's Burgers is doing.  Family Guy got lame a long time ago, but I was too addicted to stop watching it.  Bob's Burgers takes some of their humor but doesn't make it nearly as crass or harsh.  Bob is as hard working as Hank Hill, as loving as Homer Simpson, and just a dash of Peter's childishness.  A perfect mix.

Outside of that, Parks and Rec and The Office.  When I watch these it's always on Friday at lunch time over Hulu, and I always save the better one for last.  Recently, I've enjoyed Office more.  I've thought the show has gone downhill in the past few seasons, but this one (especially after the mid-season break) has been phenomenal.  Michael is being developed more than enough that we'll care about his soon departure.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly on: February 12, 2011, 08:55:53 PM
I've gotta say, awesome topic format.  Me likey.

Good: Finally got the determination to learn guitar even though I've had one for years.  I feel accomplished if I get in at least 10-15 minutes a day, but I usually go closer to an hour.

Bad: Trying to get up earlier on a more consistent basis.  It's getting easier, but still difficult.

Ugly: Won't have a job at least until Mid-May, so I'm going to have to reevaluate what's really "essential" which means less money for fun. BLARGH
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Thought this was funny: Movies if made in Japan on: January 16, 2011, 11:14:36 AM
Survive Style 5 +. One of my all time favorites, if only for how odd and different it is from most movies.  It's an ensemble movie about ... interesting characters.  If I tease actual info it might take the fun out of it. I cannot gush about this movie enough.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Semi-lame/Semi-Funny innernet game: Name of your band, album, and cover art on: January 13, 2011, 11:23:46 PM
Band Name: Carrollton Exempted Village School District

Album Name: "And Our Reasons for Living"

Album Cover: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rich_eye/5349931742/

Played this before a while ago with some friends on Facebook, but the results were much cooler this time around.  It sounds like a Psychedelic-Folk group.

25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Avatar Topic on: December 29, 2010, 09:48:05 PM
Been going with "Dream" from Neil Gaiman's famous Sandman comic book.  Would like a change but I feel it identifies me on the board as I've kept it for quite a while.

I've only read the first three trades of Sandman but Dream is such a well drawn/written character I can't help but feel magnetized to him.  Such a cool cat!
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 28, 2010, 11:21:16 PM
So I went into Tron expecting an abomination and I was pleased it was not.  It had some interesting theology that was, to my knowledge, completely absent from the original and kept me thinking after the movie.  Tron does feel overall quite dense and tries to distract from that realization with colors, shapes, and sounds.  Unfortunately, this tactic is rather obvious and ends up feeling worse than it could.  Fan service abounds!

Given some of the acting feels very, very wooden(specifically Quorra), bad distractions in the story sequencing and some plot holes, I feel inclined to rate it slightly above average. 
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Merry X-Mass on: December 25, 2010, 11:42:27 PM
Merry Christmas 'Fanners!  I hope you all got some much needed time off from work/school and spent some time (if possible) with family.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Assholes whine about black guy cast in Thor movie on: December 24, 2010, 12:14:00 AM
I just now noticed that out of those movies, white people play mostly minority main characters and now a black guy plays a non-title character, people get butthurt (council of conservative christians)

That last "c" stands for "citizens."  There's a couple of mentions in this thread that confuses the two.  Relatively understandable, given the similarity of the words.

*Raises Hand*

We're only on the second page dude.

PATV has a 4th panel where they discuss this whole thing even further and is worth checking out. I get that the CCC is upset about this, because they're douche muppets. It's what they do. But why would anyone else be even remotely concerned about this? I sincerely doubt that any reviewer, reuptable ones anyway, will come back from the movie saying, "All of the elements were in place to drool over Thor as smites his nemesis with righteous holy thunder but for some reason this movie left me a little cold. It wasn't until I saw Heimdall that I could place a finger on it: no one in Asgard is black, and for this reason, I didn't find his character believable."

If I never read this thread there's a chance I wouldn't have even noticed that there was a black Asgardian.  And even though the cat's out the bag for me... oh well.  I know I'm prone to nitpick because I find it stimulating.  I hope the movie's good. :)
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Assholes whine about black guy cast in Thor movie on: December 21, 2010, 02:09:15 PM
This is a very silly argument.  You're assuming that because they cast an actor as a role, the role has to fit the actor, which is ridiculous.  They are called actors for a reason. They play a role.  The role doesn't play them.
Yes, it was intended to be silly. :)

Furthermore, their argument is based on the assumption that Marvel's Thor is taking place in the same world that the Norse gods come from, which is false.  It takes place in Marvel's fictional Norse world which resembles the true Norse world in name only. From the start they've taken liberties in their portrayal of that world and no one has ever complained.  They cast a Black man and now all of a sudden let's start a shit storm.  Why?  You can't at all deny that racism lies at the center of the argument.  If they wanted to make it true to the mythology, then they would have to do a lot more than change the color of one character's skin.  That is HARDLY a big deal when it comes to believability and it really says a lot about race relations.

Perhaps I grouped the CCC and the boycott-thor.com community too closely with any well mannered discussion against the casting decision.  Yes I agree they're racists in that they "oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind."  That's a textbook indicator right there.

I ask this out of ignorance, but how well can a black Heimdall fit into Marvel's Norse world?  Talking purely in terms of believability with regards to the established standards and "rules" of that universe.  I realize that is somewhat subjective.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Assholes whine about black guy cast in Thor movie on: December 21, 2010, 12:32:48 PM
Heimdall in the comics/movies is LOOSELY based on Norse Mythology.  So loose in fact, that he HAS been drawn as a Black character in the comics.
Not a Marvel follower in the least, so that's news to me.  If more people were aware of that, it'd probably calm some of the flames.

Furthermore, what Marvel has shown time and again, is that the movies are set in their own universe, a universe where it is perfectly plausible for Heimdall to be black.

We can say that the Marvel film universe is simply a different beast altogether, but at what point do we stop?  Perhaps Justin Timberlake could play Thor and maybe the Hulk could be played by RuPaul (though the Hulk form would need an afro and be colored a fabulous purple).  Maybe DC could get on board, and replace Christian Bale with Paula Abdul. Teehee. :) (If I was a scandalously rich film executive, I'd totally fund that project.)

I think the casting decision simply came down to what people (the greatest number of them possible and MAYBE please some fans at the same time) can believe on screen.  Personally, it kinda bothers me.  Maybe I'm what you would call a purist.  Or a racist.  But the majority will probably believe it and make Marvel  a truckload of cash.

Something the actor said did kinda irk me:

"There has been a big debate about it: can a black man play a Nordic character?" he told TV Times. "Hang about, Thor's mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That's OK, but the colour of my skin is wrong? "I was cast in Thor and I'm cast as a Nordic god," he said. "If you know anything about the Nords, they don't look like me but there you go. I think that's a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that's good."

In fantasy, the story is carried by magic used in logical ways.  No one is claiming (even the butthole boycotters) that this type of magic exists in the real world.  However, there is a claim that in *that* universe, there are certain things like hammers that give you powers because that universe's gods empowered them to do so.  Completely fictional, but believable in that world.  What gets tricky is when there's no explanation given (or even possible to give) for certain elements in the story.  This exists even outside of fantasy and we call them plot holes.  We look down upon them.  Unless we're a bunch of postmodern son of a guns.  Then we like it because it's "subversive."

Now it is certainly possible to play with the formula.  One of the most common tropes is to use British accents even when the characters are not British.  The fact it is consistently used across all the actors means that in that universe, people speak that way.  There may be some characters that don't speak in British accents to show they're different in some way.  I haven't seen the Thor trailer, but I can imagine they probably use British accents to make them seem kingly and refined even though they're Nordic.  They may even have mortal characters in the movie and, if so, they probably don't speak in British accents as to show they are normal and mundane.

Of course I haven't seen the movie (and none of the butthole protestors have) but the argument against is built on the idea that there will be no explanation for why Heimdall is black when all his peers are white.  I will admit this is simply built on what a certain audience notices first and not later or never.  Upon closer inspection, we'll see that Anthony Hopkins and Chris Hemsworth are supposed to be playing father and son and they don't look as such.  The possible plot hole never gets brought up... because it's not as apparent as the case of Heimdall.  The people on the "against" camp simply find it as such.  Those that don't care don't notice it as sharply.  Little kids are like this in that they might not recognize race at all until a certain age.
At least that's how I'm understanding the issue. :)
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