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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 10:47:43 PM
Wow, I found that incredibly not funny. I made it about 2 minutes and stopped.

The Earthling Cinema thing?  Yeah, I can see that it wouldn't appeal to everyone.  Particularly you. :)  It's a pretty new show, and I think they're still trying to find their bearings.  You might like 8-Bit Philosophy, though.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Home theater sound on: November 30, 2014, 03:31:15 PM
I've had a Bose Lifestyle 50 for something like 10 years now, and I love it.  I bought it from a Bose store, refurbished, and I still spent a bunch on it.  But it's great, and I'd happily recommend one of their systems.  The CD player stopped working really well at some point, but we didn't really use that much anyway.  (Besides, this particular system is discontinued now, and I think the newer models have a hard drive for MP3s instead.)

Last I knew, it was popular to hate on Bose, but I am a fan.
48  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 03:22:13 PM
Thug Notes is my favorite thing around.
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 09:48:46 AM
Heathers is great. :)

Here's an analysis of Mean Girls from an interesting/odd new series on YouTube called "Earthling Cinema."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-6xvjCADoo
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 01:02:49 AM
Watching Mirror Mirror (the adaptation of Snow White with Julia Roberts).  It's terrible and stupid.  And the gigantic, jet black eyebrows of the girl who plays Snow White are very distracting.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me a farming / homestead sim on: November 27, 2014, 12:51:37 AM
I've played the entire Animal Crossing series, and I can definitely tell you that if you want to try it, feel free to jump right into the newest iteration, on 3DS.  It's a bunch better than the previous one. (I can give you details on how if you want, but you can just take my word for it.)

The thing with Animal Crossing is that it runs in real time, which is sometimes good and sometimes not good.  Every day, there's new stock at the shops, new fruit on the trees.  Different times of the day and different months of the year, there are different fish and bugs to be caught.  And in a way, that nature also means that there's a limit to how long you'll want to/be able to play each day, because you will run out of stuff to do other than random fishing for cash.  It's relaxing fun.

The down side is that it can sometimes feel like a chore or an obligation.  There's new stuff at the shop every day, so you may feel like you have to make money and get in there and buy that stuff every day.  You may feel like you need to get every item in the catalog, so you'll feel like you can never take the game out of your 3DS.  (In fact, I'd recommend this one for download rather than retail purchase.)

I tend to play the game the first way, my wife tends to play it the second way.  She must have every new AC that comes out, though, so she clearly enjoys playing it her way, and I enjoy it my way.
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 24, 2014, 11:41:09 AM
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: saw this one thanks to some friends who are into old movies.  It's a sendup of old sci fi/horror B movies, and while it's not successful in every moment, it made me laugh a number of times.

Here's the trailer, which I wish had more of the dialogue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe9Fs10IIk0
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 20, 2014, 06:42:22 PM
Thought y'all might enjoy this shirt:

54  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Josh breaks down every Game of the Year pick (and regrets every second of it) on: November 20, 2014, 04:00:11 PM
it's about that time those in charge of this place churned out another edition of the feature that initially drew me to this site about 10 years ago.

We have, in fact, begun the discussions about it for this year. :)
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 18, 2014, 04:54:59 PM
Man, I hadn't heard a Triumph reference in forever!

It's worth posting this again for anyone who hasn't seen it or who just wants a laugh.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x115u4_triumph-the-insult-comic-dog-star-w_fun
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 13, 2014, 08:28:03 PM
In differently related news, I give you: the nuclear bazooka.
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 13, 2014, 08:15:24 PM
I also watched the first 20 minutes of Journey to the West. Strange stuff, but admittedly interesting and entertaining. Definitely a Stephen Chow film. I'll probably finish it with some mary jane this weekend. "Fer shizzle".

Hey, I won't be the only one who's seen that! :D  I agree with your assessment.  Not my favorite of his, but not bad.
58  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: November 12, 2014, 03:59:04 PM
Oh yeah, definitely no offense taken.  I laughed.
59  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 12, 2014, 10:58:22 AM
Unfortunately, that's going to continue through the rest of his books.  It finally goes away (or at least diminishes) in the Brandon Sanderson books, where a few of the main characters do some long-overdue growing up.  I love that series... but I definitely agree with you about that being a not-good aspect of it.
60  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: November 12, 2014, 10:54:36 AM
Haha - that's so true, Damacon.  You know, my reviews mostly consist of an opening paragraph and a closing paragraph (just in case someone glances at them), joined by standard filler like "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua." ;)

My problem typically isn't with scores, but rather the actual review content, with reviewers sometimes downplaying serious problems such as Demon's Souls completely inability to pause, or exaggerating trivial flaws. Furthermore, if reviewers like games I dislike and dislike games I enjoyed, then I cannot take them seriously as reviewers. I guess a problem with mainstream reviews is that each reflects one person's opinion. What I would like to see is reviews written by multiple persons, by at least one person who liked a game and one who disliked a game.

Thing is, although not being able to pause Demon's Souls (or Destiny) is a bummer, it's intrinsic to the nature of a game that's designed to played online, with the ability for players to jump in and out at any time.  So a reviewer would be right to mention it, but in my opinion, it'd be wrong of them to criticize the game for that.  If you want a game that can pause, you shouldn't play that game, and that's all there is to it, because that is a feature that's mandated by the entire premise of the gameplay.

As far as reviews by multiple people, I don't think any reviewing group, be they us or GameSpot, has the time or money to have every game reviewed by multiple people.  That said, on high profile or divisive games, I do like the "second opinion" stuff I've seen in Game Informer, or our own multiple reviews on a few titles.  In our case, that only happens on rare occasions, but when it happens, it's because the second person felt strongly that they had something important to say.  Of course, I know that we're not necessarily considered "mainstream," and I think the staff would all agree that's a good thing.
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