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1681  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Lego Batman ok for a 5-year old? on: November 21, 2008, 01:43:47 AM
How is a Lego game about anything going to be dark? I'd really like to see someone accomplish that.

As for Kung Fu Panda, it was alright. Calling the story and jokes cliche and stock from HK cinema is an understatement- but kids love it, so I don't think there's any problem there.
1682  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Star Trek Trailer on: November 19, 2008, 12:18:15 AM
Oh, I actually didn't include DS9 in the decline of Star Trek- loved DS9 myself, just was making a blanket statement since DS9 was kind-of running side-by-side with TNG, even though it started later. Voyager, to me, was a bad show. The problem wasn't in the conception of the show, but they didn't make good use of what they had established in the show, and they had a very bad writing team. Voyager was filled with the most irritating things of science fiction- they felt the need to remind us every 5 minutes that we're in the damn future. Not only that, they also had bad writing because they had an inconsistent portrayal of the characters, especially Janeway and her highly selective application of The Prime Directive.

And damn, I don't even want to get started on Enterprise. At least Voyager was a show that occasionally pumped out a good episode.

I hated the TNG film franchise, but I don't think it was all bad. The thing I didn't like about First Contact was that it was essentially an action movie; there were no ideas, short of the 10-15 minutes they spent talking about Cochran and the Phoenix. The rest of the stuff with the Borg Queen and the Enterprise E was just meaningless shooting at Borg. Insurrection was alright too- but it was an episode, not a movie. I'll even go as far to say I liked Nemesis because of a good concepts and interesting conflicts they set up- but none of the movies really paid off with their storyline. The TOS movies were half good- 2, 4, and 6.

And yeah, TNG got off to a bad start, but the thing that made it so strong from season 3 on was when Rick Berman got an amazing writing team, and the real reason Voyager suffered was because by TNG season 7, it was starting to suck. Voyager was just a continuation of TNG with a different crew, which is what made it a bad show (Which continued onto the crappy Enterprise)- DS9 succeeded because it was a completely different writing crew with fresh ideas.
1683  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Star Trek Trailer on: November 18, 2008, 08:56:51 PM
The thing is, the franchise has been in decline ever since TNG ended (For good reason- everything after TNG ended, including the TNG movies, were garbage), and I'd like to hope that the trailer is only the way it is because they want to draw in general audiences and a new generation that have never watched Trek before.

I have low expectations either way though- Star Trek at its peak was about the characters and a good story. The two writers for the film (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) have been known for all kinds of brainless action films like Transformers and Eagle Eye, and I doubt they'd be able to deliver the things that made Star Trek good in the first place.
1684  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 18, 2008, 08:49:24 PM
I'm sure in a long line of vegetarians, it can have an effect- but as an individual case like MeshGearFox, it wouldn't have any long-term effects to my knowledge, since evolution (Which this technically kinda is) doesn't occur in individuals.
1685  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / New Star Trek Trailer on: November 18, 2008, 06:34:40 PM
http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/startrek/

Reminds me of Star Trek: Enterprise. And that show sucked.

Visually it looks stunning (What doesn't these days?), but I'm not too sure about this. It looks like it's just another movie to please the fans with canon nonsense instead of just being a good movie, which is what was annoying to me about the TNG movies.
1686  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 18, 2008, 06:18:52 PM
What Dincrest said. I don't understand why people can't wrap their heads around the fact that human lives are worth more than other animals. If you were to tell me that there was something that hurts or kills animals for the sake of fun or entertainment like Cannibal Holocaust, I'd be behind you on stopping that because it's unnecessary.

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Also after like eight years I'm not sure I can even safely consume meat anymore anyway.

I'm sure you'd be fine, our bodies are made to eat things like that.
1687  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 17, 2008, 10:48:20 PM
That was fucking hilarious.
1688  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Watchmen trailer! on: November 14, 2008, 05:43:28 PM
Trailer took forever to load for me, but yeah, I agree I really don't like Rorschach's voice. For some reason I always imagined he'd sound like The Blank from Dick Tracy. =P
1689  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Watchmen trailer! on: November 14, 2008, 02:03:26 AM
It's rated R; for me that's a good sign, that they're taking chances and not doing some bullshit editing just so they can get the main target audience for comic book movies.

Watchmen was a pretty multi-layered comic though- I doubt a single movie can do the plot justice. No matter what, I don't think people are going to be satisfied.
1690  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Losfer brings you another recently announced, high quality film. on: November 13, 2008, 11:18:57 PM
There's a lot of movies that sound stupid but end up being alright, and plenty of movies that sounds awesome but end up sucking ass. As long as this movie doesn't take itself too seriously I'm sure it can be a fun time.
1691  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm Batman. And I can SUE MYSELF. on: November 13, 2008, 06:03:39 AM
http://www.variety.com/VR1117995653.html

Wouldn't you consider it a pretty bad idea to file a lawsuit against a guy who's known for beating the shit out of people to gather clues?
1692  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 09, 2008, 10:30:40 PM
Uh, not exactly. How many MMOs have you played? Gold farming, from all my MMO experiences, isn't something that's mandatory- the only thing it does it let you get gear that is much better than the cheaper alternatives you could use that that level, or it lets you buy something off the auction house instead of questing/treasure hunting for it yourself, which would take more time.
1693  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 07:05:01 PM
The good thing about WoW is that gold doesn't seem to be nearly as important as other games put currency in. Most of the best stuff is soulbound stuff that doesn't cost a penny, if I'm not mistaken.
1694  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 02:59:04 PM
Considering how gil seller is profitable enough that they actually keep coming back even though we get monthly gil sellers bans in FFXI, I don't think this tax is going to make it go anywhere. If anything this is only a good thing, gold selling wouldn't go away if it was "legitimate" or not, as long as people are willing to pay the absurd prices they set for it.
1695  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 07:08:06 AM
That's lame, but this is a communist nation we're talking about. I'm surprised they didn't do this earlier.

What does being communist have anything to do with taxing a business that makes so much money?

And really, a lot of gold farmers in China work in sweatshop-type stores and don't make that much money- it's the companies that buy the money in bulk like IGE that makes the absurd amounts of cash off of it. This will probably raise the prices on gold and online currency, so it can only be a good thing I suppose.

As far as terms of service goes, it's all up to the game creators themselves to make sure they have people to uphold the policies and ban the gold sellers/farmers. If the economy is going to hell in a video game, usually I would just blame the creators for not taking any action. This was very apparent in FFXI- the instant the company started actually giving a damn about gil sellers and banning them, the economy problem fixed itself slowly.
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