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1531  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which series has gone the longest without a dud? on: September 16, 2009, 05:47:11 AM
But stick figures aren't abstract.......

Christ, you know we're in trouble when Lard's making the most sense.
1532  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 15, 2009, 03:59:53 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.

But don't let that dissuade you, Hathen.  Plenty of great stuff before season 8.

Roger that. Nice thing about a lot of British shows I know about is that they keep their episode count down, so that each script can be polished, and if there's ever a plain bad series/show, it's not as excruciatingly painful as the 100+ episodes a lot of American shows end up being. =P

Inglourious Basterds must be watched. It was amazing in my opinion.

I'm interested. The two Tarantino movies I've really liked are Pulp Fiction and Death Proof. I think if the Tarantino-brand dialogue is there, I'll at least enjoy it a little.
1533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 15, 2009, 03:41:33 AM
They'd hopefully implant Japanese VA to be somewhat tolerable

The problem was never the VAs. It was the god-awful script. It sounds terrible no matter what language you're listening to.

Better solution- let us use the damn start button.

Also, if you're looking forward to this game because you're missing a 360, god you're in for a surprise.
1534  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 14, 2009, 04:13:46 AM
Watched Ip Man. Not sure if a lot of people around here watch foreign films, since I don't particularly often. I've never been very comfortable with returning to the Sino-Japanese War era in fiction, with how Japanese people are usually portrayed - it's something I understand and detest at the same time.

That aside, I liked it. I can't say I very much agree with the way things were portrayed, but I didn't really feel any harmful intents from the film. It was many times better than the other two Chinese films from that year I've seen (Painted Skin and Red Cliff), which I thought were both (All three, rather, given that Red Cliff decided with the Kill Bill style of making money) horrible aside from visuals.

I've been really behind with films this year. I'm guessing I won't watch the majority of them until they come out on DVD. District 9, Inglourious Basterds, 9, Coraline, and Public Enemies have my interest at the moment. The only "big films" I've watched this year are Star Trek 11, Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, and Up, so I suppose any recommendations would be appreciated. =P

Oh yeah, I've also began watching Red Dwarf, a British Sci-Fi Comedy. Loving it so far.
1535  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to the review of Flower, Sun, and Rain on: September 06, 2009, 11:34:11 PM
Comparing having bad gameplay to a movie having a sad ending makes no sense whatsoever. A more appropriate comparison would be if you made a movie with the characters being played by different actors in every scene, having no cohesion of plot and having the camera positioned in a way obstructive to the storytelling element (Think Mission to Mars). After all, making a movie is a simple positioning of the camera and shooting people walking around doing things and speaking lines for two hours. If we used that standard, Ed Wood would be the greatest artist who ever lived.

It's certainly not the right way for "games as art" to be heading. If you really want me to state a game that was artistic without being crappy, I'll just state Braid, regardless of how I feel about the game as a whole. The reason for this is that the game
leads you to believe one thing, and unravels the entire thing in an interactive section at the end of the game by forcing you to rewind and see things as they really were.
1536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to the review of Flower, Sun, and Rain on: September 06, 2009, 07:39:51 PM
I don't like some Stanley Kubrick films. There's ones like The Shining where I feel the unsolved mysteries work in the movie's favor, and others, like 2001, where it just feels like it's being weird for the sake of being weird. This is more of a personal thing, but I've always found the whole idea of making uncertain endings to be one of the biggest copouts in storywriting. It's the way for a storywriter to have their cake and eat it too- you don't have to write an ending to something if you don't know a good way of ending it, and then you still get hailed as a visionary because it's "open to interpretation". There's endings, like the one in No Country for Old Men, where it's not certain who exactly everyone is what what exactly happened, but the message of the film was loud and clear.

That being said though, I do respect Stanley Kubrick's films to a certain extent, even the ones I don't like, and I don't have a problem with people liking it, different tastes and all that. The difference though, is that those were made to be enjoyable movies in some form or fashion. Flower, Sun and Rain was made to be a crappy game intentionally- it's not trying to be different, it's not trying to be creative, it's just being crappy, which is actually even worse than things like Roaring Shark and Stanley Kubrick films, because you're intentionally making a piece of crap.

Tropic Thunder was a comedy movie making fun of the stupid things we see in Hollywood movies all the time. It was enjoyable and hilarious. Flower, Sun, and Rain, on the other hand, is made completely out of cynicism and was done in a completely ham-fisted fashion.
1537  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to the review of Flower, Sun, and Rain on: September 06, 2009, 05:27:21 PM
My stance is that it works for none of them. Roaring Shark is barf on canvas, Stanley Kubrick doesn't have any idea what his films are about, and Flower, Sun and Rain is a piece of crap.

And as an aside, Citizen Kane isn't the best movie ever made in my book, but it's certainly a very good one. The movie knows what it's about.
1538  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 06, 2009, 01:53:04 PM
The T2 music was a nice touch.

I really haven't been up to much myself. My sea LS has more or less broken down at the moment, though the leader says he plans on starting back up again at some point. I attend my ZNMLS sporadically because of the time they run, and also because I managed to lose a couple months worth of work because we wiped when I popped my Tinnin:

We won the second one we popped, but it was a tough fight. For some reason the healers didn't focus their heals on the paladins on the first fight so we got our asses kicked.

During the week that Bastok controlled Beadeaux {S} for the first time since...ever, I tried doing the Cracking Shells Campaign Ops. Unfortunately, I lost every time, and later on in the week when I tried to do it again, everyone that was interested only wanted to do it with an army of black mages, so I went past that week without being able to complete the ops. Hopefully the area will be controlled again sometime since I got this finished not too long after.

With loldynamis, I got my RDM a decent chestpiece, though my magic skills are still horribly underleveled so I should probably go spam dia on something so i can at least get my enfeebling up, if not anything else.

I saved up assault points over a while spamming Lamia 13, and I did a couple Nyzuls in between and got some stuff.

By my count, the next patch should be somewhere in mid-October, so I hope we start seeing some sneak peeks soon on the POL site.
1539  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: I just purchased FINAL-FANTASY-XI Vana'diel Collection-2008, but.... on: September 05, 2009, 10:27:35 PM
Usually when they release the new Vana'Diel Collections they are around $40-$50. If I'm not mistaken, the old one is $20 right now, so you'd only be saving around $10 if you bought that new Collection (It includes stuff that has value adding to $30) as soon as it came out. Of course, they might break with tradition.

And, this is more of a personal thing, but the DLC arn't worth even $3 dollars IMO, let alone $30, so I wouldn't get it. They're not important parts of the game.
1540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Disney Acquires Marvel on: September 05, 2009, 06:32:13 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Live action movies are usually the only medium worth jack shit out of Marvel these days. Their comic books have been suffering from bad storytelling for decades, culminating in the most moronic way to rewind their flagship character- the same character they print on cereal boxes and children's underpants- 20 years.
1541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 02:40:14 AM

Oh please. Calintz. =P
1542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 11:34:13 PM
Just for you. I have made a thread asking the actual question you are.
1543  The Rest / General Discussions / Do you hate your life? on: August 31, 2009, 11:33:26 PM
1544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: OK... another teaser site... on: August 31, 2009, 04:29:00 AM
Exactly. But they were trying to pass it off as if it was. =P
1545  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dissidia Final Fantasy on: August 31, 2009, 03:59:55 AM
The game's alright. There was some novelty in hearing the voices of some old characters (And they were all voiced well, I might add, except for fucking Zidane), but the gameplay itself gets dull pretty quickly, IMO.

Of course, you might want to take it with a grain of salt because I personally find fighting games not worth the money, unless it's like, $10 or off the Xbox Arcade or something similar.
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