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1921  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 15, 2009, 09:48:38 AM
Just don't watch the recent three-parter of Red Dwarf that was made to officially finish the show. It was fucking terrible.
Was it just not funny, or does it go the opposite way and sacrifice the characters for cheap gags? Those are the two things that typically make a good comedy series go downhill. I've heard a couple bad things about Back to Earth, and there's a chance I might watch it depending on how the show itself ends, since I always prefer to have some sort of conclusion.

I'd say just not so funny.  (Although I did get a chuckle or two out of it...)
1922  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to the review of Flower, Sun, and Rain on: September 15, 2009, 09:45:03 AM
I read the following (reprinted) column today and immediately thought of our discussion about this game:
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/dave-barry/story/1210737.html
1923  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 14, 2009, 11:59:37 PM
Eh - I watched it last week and thought it was OK.  Easily at least as good as season 8. If you added up everything good from that season, you'd still only have enough material to fill up one episode.

But don't let that dissuade you, Hathen.  Plenty of great stuff before season 8.
1924  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 14, 2009, 11:56:12 PM
Didn't want to say anything before now because it hadn't been released yet, but I've been playing Disgaea 2 pretty much non-stop for weeks now on the PSP.  Finally beat the original story tonight, and I'm on to the second one.  Review hopefully coming soon.
1925  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 14, 2009, 11:03:36 AM
Red Dwarf is awesome.  My cat's named Frankenstein because of that show. :)
1926  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: September 12, 2009, 01:54:35 AM
I don't really see what the advantages of a PSP Go are. The old PSPs can play all these games and more, and they're cheaper. I mean, it's cool that they're actually packaging the dang thing with a hard drive now, but that's the only real advantage I can see.

I am glad to see new titles hit the PSP store though. Wild Arms XF and Riviera are on the Australian store, and chances are I'll buy both eventually.

And all that aside, the controls look really uncomfortable and difficult to use...
1927  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: So like, comic books and stuff on: September 12, 2009, 01:50:56 AM
I've got somewhere between 1 and 2 thousand.  Can't remember any more - really haven't added to the collection in a while now.  A friend recently let me borrow the entire 100 Bullets series, and that was really good stuff.  And of course, I've had to talk Watchmen with a lot of folks this summer.  Glad I read it again!
1928  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 10, 2009, 09:57:07 AM
Sorry to continue the threadjack, but... the last time I got glasses, I put in the extra cash for the ones that go dark in the sun.  I'm a little disappointed in the fact that they don't go quite as dark as I'd like (midnight black), and that they don't go dark in the car, but other than that, they're great.  Makes it easier to do things like go to Disneyland, where you're going in and out all the time.  Also, I don't have to worry about losing my prescription sunglasses, which is a problem for me. :)
1929  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I can make games? Journal on: September 09, 2009, 09:57:44 AM
Quogue**

** also a portmanteau. This means Quake-Rogue.

That's awesome.  I hope you keep it, seriously. :)
1930  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 09, 2009, 09:53:21 AM
...suppose hey don't make prescription snow goggles then, huh?

Hahaha - never even thought about it!  Now I wonder if they do?

One Google search later: Yep, they do.  Here's a site that will seemingly put your prescription into just about anything with a lens.
http://www.heavyglare.com/

Fun fact, or hey, maybe not-so-fun... but when I was in the military, I actually had prescription inserts for my gas mask.  They were lenses with a sort of frame on springs on the side.  Kind of similar to these, but the side part wasn't huge like these: http://cgi.ebay.com/70%27s-Military-Gas-Mask-Lens-Glasses-with-prescription_W0QQitemZ390084696114QQcmdZViewItem
1931  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Disney Acquires Marvel on: September 09, 2009, 09:48:26 AM
Also California Adventure being Marvelified

That would be cool, but I definitely agree with wayens.  Over the last few years especially, California Adventure's started to become Pixar-land.  Wonder what happened to the Cars stuff they were working on?
1932  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 09, 2009, 09:46:08 AM
Unreal -

About to finish Dasa Pass. The entire IVS Kran bit up through... well, Bluff Eversmoking is pretty amazing, and Dasa's a nice followup to that. One detail I noticed is how it goes to day from night as you go through the levels.

System Shock-

I made the mining laser asplode :3c Now I got some email to go help people on deck 6.

Yay System Shock!  Great stuff.

Thinking of Unreal always makes me chuckle - I was in a job where I didn't always have a lot to do when I first played it, so I played at work.  One or two times, I came around a corner and there was some alien right in my face, and I jumped almost right out of my chair... at my desk at work. :D
1933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: September 09, 2009, 09:42:07 AM
I was just actually thinking about making a thread about NI stuff.

Which ones on the PS2 would people recommend?

Disgaea (probably)
La Puclle?
Eternal Poison?

I've only played the portable versions of Disgaea, but I have loved both of them, and I heard lots of good things about La Pucelle.  Looked from the post above like they were going to include Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? as well, and as a Disgaea fan, I'd pay $10 for an action game set in the same universe.
1934  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 08, 2009, 10:45:30 AM
You know, Dice, winter is the one thing that makes me reconsider contacts.  For the non-bespectacled among you, I'll just say that scarf + glasses = no more vision-style fog.
1935  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to the review of Flower, Sun, and Rain on: September 08, 2009, 10:41:17 AM
Just had to step in and say that I've seen at least three or four Kubrick movies, trying to give him chance after chance, but I've hated every single one. :)

And you know, everyone gets to decide for themselves what is and isn't art, and to a large extent, whether it's good art or not.  What about the time someone whose name I forget put a urinal on display and called it art?  Certainly a lot of people bought into that, and I definitely take something away from it*, but I don't think of it as "art."  More of a "statement."  Agree or disagree, I don't care.

Move on to something like Weekend at Bernie's 2.  It's a film.  Also, Dogs Playing Poker, a painting.  By widely accepted formal definitions, those are both art, but are they good art?  Not in their wildest dreams.  Not in my opinion, anyway.


So in the case of FSR, is it art?  That's up to you.  If you think it's art, is it good art?  That's also up to you.  I haven't played it, so I can't legitimately weigh in on the question.


* To me, it's about seeing the beauty in everyday things, and about realizing that a lot of work went into something as ordinary as a urinal or ethernet cable, and that the time of the people who made those things is valuable, just like mine is.
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