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1531  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Michael Jackson dead. on: June 27, 2009, 01:49:43 AM
Smooth Criminal is certainly my favorite MJ music video, but I dunno if I'd say it's my favorite song.
1532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX Footage on: June 22, 2009, 01:01:00 AM
From the looks of it, you're allowed to split up and tackle different parts of the dungeon at a time in online play, and you can join together into a party to beat the stronger enemies- I think that has a bit of potential, but it does leave some room for one guy to dick around if you end up having like, 4 switches you need to press at the same time or something. =P
1533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX Footage on: June 21, 2009, 10:28:23 PM
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But I'm not sure how I feel about the supposed online component?

Dragon Quest has never really been a story-heavy series so I don't see any problem with making it online. Merging offline with online playing tends to have bad effects on the story (PSO), but personally, I don't see much of a story to ruin with the Dragon Quest series. =P
1534  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Science in Science Fiction (And other specialized fields in entertainment) on: June 21, 2009, 02:01:49 AM
I'm wondering if this bothers any of you as much as it does me. Being someone that likes watching a lot of Science Fiction, I tend to get irritated if the science involved in it is bad. I never have a problem if you're making a mistake over something only experts would know- technobabble is something that comes with the territory. Having an engine system, a cooling system for it and all that is fine, because that stuff has a certain amount of logic to it. I hate it, though, when writers clearly only read the first line of a Science textbook and then base an entire story off of it.

A good example would be in a Star Trek: Voyager episode where they have this technobabbly solution to escaping a black hole. They compared a black hole to being like falling into thin ice and trying to get back up, and in order to get back up, you find a crack in the ice, transferring to being a crack in the event horizon (which is a thing around a black hole that you can't pass through, once you're past it, you can't escape a black hole). This may sound fine, but the event horizon is actually a mathematically defined boundary, rather than something physical that can be cracked. It'd be like saying if I had a car that could go 20mi/gallon with a 10 gallon tank, and if I drew a circle 200 miles around the car, I could put a crack in that circle I just drew and keep driving through that hole as if it was the circle that was the thing that was stopping me.

I will admit that for me, this is only a huge problem if the Science is at the center stage of the plot (Which it really never should be, but it ends up being so a lot of the time). As in, the difference between "oh, the engine's broken, we gotta go down to this planet we're near and find a solution" and "oh, the engine's broken, let's reroute the power of our multispectral subspace banana trapeze wingnut gun into it". Having things happen at the complete convenience to the plot is the hallmark of a lazy writer to me. In many cases, bad science is just another example of how the writers are putting effort into the material.

Imagine if you're watching The Longest Yard, and you're a football fan. You'd want this football movie to be accurate about football, correct? And what if one of the characters came out and said,
"Oh, you see that guy? Well he's a great player. You know why? Because he was a goalie for the Brooklyn Red Sox, and he was with O.J. Simpson and Vince Lombardi at the '62 superbowl at Montreal."
Anybody that knows anything about football would know that this is a bunch of nonsense, and the more you know about it, the dumber it sounds. Point is, if a writer isn't going to try making any of their specialized terms at least make some sense, there's no purpose for that writer to be in this genre.
1535  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 21, 2009, 12:42:57 AM
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Random aside: Never seen Cars but it looks dumb :( It's also apparently considered Pixar's worst movie?

Not at all, Cars was a good Pixar. Not one of their greats, but it is one of the good ones.

For the record, the only Pixar I don't like is A Bug's Life, and even then, it's still okay.

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I also think the dogs were injected into this movie purely for the kids. They really have no place in it otherwise.

Yeah I thought the dogs were a bit awkward, but at least they did something with them.

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Wouldn't Muntz be a lot older than K(C)arl? They portray them as being the same age, but Muntz was C(K)arls childhood hero, right? Odd.

Yeah you'd think Muntz would've died of old age long ago, but I guess being someone that has all these adventures makes him a bit more physically fit than an average Joe.

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Ah well, Iím sure Iíll enjoy it when I see it. I donít think it will be able to usurp The Incredibles as my favourite Pixar film, but I have no doubt it will be entertaining.

I think the only thing I didn't like about The Incredibles is that at the end of the film you have the family finally coming together...under the pretense of beating the shit out of people. =P
1536  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 20, 2009, 04:33:20 AM
Some random updates.




Leveling RDM as my next job to 75. Soloed all my AF quests, but I got killed opening the coffer for the tabard. Oh well.






As of now my RDM is level 61, I leveled with relatively good speed thanks to MMM PTs. This makes for my 4th completed AF set!


I'd recommend the rest of you to check out MMM exping, because it can be quite rewarding. Unfortunately at this time there's only one real map for exping, and this one largely favors piercing damage, so people ask for RNGs, SAMs, DRGs, and WARs to maximize damage output. With a low-damage party it is very difficult to kill all the monsters within the allotted time, unless you unsync with a level 75 person and have him kill some near the end, but that does gimp the exp since the exp from the chest at the end is based on how much xp you gained during the instance.

Here's a shot of box exp with an EXP band.


Here's shots without EXP band.



Keep in mind, of course, that each run takes 30 minutes at most, so if your group knows what they're doing you'll be getting 10,000 exp per hour at least. For level 75s this is unimpressive, but at level 40-60 it's pretty crazy.
1537  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 17, 2009, 02:27:00 AM
I'll be slightly annoyed if I have to achieve more ranks before I can get my Iron Ram Body.  Least it's on the way, though.

Solution to this is simple: Renew your medal 5 days before the patch (They usually say when they'll patch, and if not, just keep a medal throughout July), and then the day the update comes you can rank up immediately, and grab your Body piece. I'm fairly confident the Body pieces will only be offered with the final tier of ranks (The Medal Rank).
1538  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hilarious "recut" trailers on: June 17, 2009, 12:00:01 AM
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I've never even heard of that film. WTF?!? That trailer freaked me out. Is it a stupid movie, or is it worth watching?

It was supposed to be a horror film, and ended up being one of the most hilarious films I've ever seen in my life. What's supposed to be horrifying prompts laughter as Nicholas Cage loses his mind and brutally assaults women.
1539  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 16, 2009, 08:37:01 PM
Ratatouille is my personal favorite Pixar as well.

I'm in no way saying that Wall-E isn't a good movie, just that I was bored through a lot of it, because while they were doing their whole homage to old silent movies I felt they lost a focus on what their target audience is. You can judge the technical aspects of a movie but in the end, I feel that movies shouldn't exist in a vacuum- "I enjoyed it" is paramount to whether a movie is good to someone or not.

Though, maybe if I watch Wall-E on DVD it'll be different. I remember not finding the first Austin Powers movie very funny until I saw it in a completely different environment.
1540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hilarious "recut" trailers on: June 16, 2009, 08:32:17 PM
Can't go wrong with making fun of The Wicker Man.
1541  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 16, 2009, 02:03:05 PM
Hm, can't imagine trying to solo that guy on 54 RDM, or any of the AF armor NMs on the job you want the AF for.

News post on POL confirms winter campaign, 2 new medals, AN Body pieces.

Winter campaign will have a new system that hands out Dynamis currency, but that will be hit or miss depending on how they implement it, because it involves a gigantic group.
1542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 14, 2009, 04:47:20 AM
The only situation I can see boring deaths working is if it fits with an overall theme of the game. Doing something for the sake of being different isn't a sign of quality.
1543  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: June 13, 2009, 02:23:47 PM
Nope, costs $30 or so, and there's a 3-month limitation between transfers. It's mostly to stop RMT stuff, to my knowledge. The only time they offer it for free is when the servers are overloaded with people (This was offered with Odin and Bahamut few weeks back), but I'm pretty sure those offers are over, even for those two servers.
1544  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I met the Angry Videogame Nerd on: June 12, 2009, 06:22:31 PM
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Personally, I think they've been going downhill since after his Dick Tracey one, but the last two Terminator AVGN videos... He literally sounded like he was reading it off a page. I can accept that in his Terminator movie reviews, but not when he has to be THE FUCKIN' NERD.

The Dick Tracy one was one of the few episodes I've enjoyed since then. It seems like he's moving more towards actually trying to review games rather than just make fun of them (which is what made the videos funny), and oftentimes his movie references are more there for the sake of being there rather than being used for comedic effect(Unlike the Rocky video, where he has a training montage of him trying to beat the game).

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I do like that he's making videos with the Nostalgia Critic now that aren't just pretending to beat the crap out of each other, though.

The stupid 5-cent special effects are part of the reason I've found his AVGN videos getting worse. Oftentimes they're just there to pad out the episode. You can't laugh at cheesy special effects when they're cheesy on purpose.

This whole NC/AVGN feud thing is pretty stupid too, but probably mostly because the Nostalgia Critic only holds two types of humor, commonly: Saying "at least they're not doing this" and then showing a clip of them doing exactly that, and having manic flip-outs. Of course, when he's writing actual jokes NC is really funny.

I think Rolfe's stuff outside of AVGN these days is a lot better. His movie reviews are fun to listen to because you can feel the love he has for movies, and I think his recent Dragonstrike board game review is probably one of the funniest reviews he's done in years.
1545  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I met the Angry Videogame Nerd on: June 12, 2009, 02:35:16 AM
I really feel his AVGN vids have taken a huge dive since the Dragon's Lair one (Though his movie reviews and such have improved a great deal), but his 2006/2007 vids are always hilarious.
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