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1696  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 22, 2008, 11:30:53 PM
The Dark Knight is overrated.

Of course, that's not really saying much considering what I've heard ("Best movie in the past 5/10 years", etc), I just find it incredibly silly anybody would say it not only lived up to the hype, but surpassed it. Movies never live up to their hype, and really the only way The Dark Knight could've done it is if it caused the second coming or something.

Nevertheless I loved the movie. The thing about

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Harvey Dent's incredibly quick and unbelievable descent into Two-Face is only believable when you think about it, but I found him to be just as flawed to the movie as Venom was to Spiderman 3. Eddie Brock was developed a decent amount, and then Venom just appeared near the end of the movie to wreak some havoc.

I actually think both Two-Face and Venom would not be able to carry a movie on their own, so I don't mind the decision to kill them at the end of their respective movies, but it would've been nice to have the actual villain appear in the middle of the movie, or at least have the buildup to what drives these characters to do what they do. At least with Eddie Brock we know why he hates Spiderman...with Harvey Dent he just seemed to completely lose it and blame stuff on other people when everything he had done before that had suggested he isn't the type of person to do so.


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Batman: The Animated series and most of the comic books are quite dark.


I don't think it's the dark story that parents are complaining about, it's that the film has no real moral and has a bunch of hateful things happening simply to develop the characters...am I the only one who thinks that being "dark" is way too easy? Kill a character there, torture another one there...ultimately it adds up to Bruce Wayne realizing he's cursed to be Batman the rest of his life. But I wouldn't see any parents complaining about the story in Mask of the Phantasm, which was pretty dark, but was still kid-friendly because it wasn't needlessly hateful.

Also, don't hate on the campy Batman. Those are absolute comedy gold. :P
1697  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The end of Avatar on: July 22, 2008, 11:18:52 PM
For what it is, Avatar is pretty good. They choreograph stuff around actual martial arts styles and you can really tell the people working on it are trying their best to make a good show.

Overall I think it's okay, but its certainly one of the better cartoons out of the crap that gets made in American animation these days.
1698  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The end of Avatar on: July 22, 2008, 01:35:06 AM
I haven't watched any of Fire Season yet, but I'm glad to hear that they ended it when they felt they should instead of extending it endlessly. That's one thing that's not inspired by anime!
1699  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 18, 2008, 12:33:25 PM
It better be as awesome as this.
1700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Watchmen trailer! on: July 18, 2008, 12:04:14 PM
We all know this joke is coming so I might as well be the first one to do it.

1701  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 17, 2008, 12:40:13 PM
Wall-E doesn't come out till like, the 26th here too.

I'm probably gonna see it next week. I read a spoiler...which wasn't really a spoiler since it's something that was obviously going to happen anyway.
1702  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Terminator Salvation on: July 17, 2008, 12:38:29 PM
It's hard to follow up Terminator and Terminator 2 (Which I still think is one of the best films ever made), but I was surprised that I didn't hate Terminator 3. It was a lot better than I expected- it held my interest, had a few interesting twists along the way, and was overall a pretty fun time. I was disappointed by the lack of innovation, but it doesn't really hurt to watch it.

Trailer doesn't really show much so there's not anything to discuss at this point, really.
1703  The Rest / General Discussions / Flagship shuts down on: July 15, 2008, 01:55:02 AM
On a somewhat related note, I'm surprised Double Fine didn't shut down when Psychonauts failed the way it did.
1704  The Rest / General Discussions / Let's say you've been evicted. What do you do? on: July 14, 2008, 04:32:11 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I don't understand how he could completely cut his own head off. That should be medically impossible.


Quote from: "[url
www.bash.org[/url]"]<evilada>: Best suicide plan ever
<mcm310>: what is it?
<evilada>: you go up to the top of a roof
<evilada>: string piano wire tight across the front edge at neck level
<evilada>: tie a cord to your foot and the other end to the building so that you'll be above sidewalk level when its fully stretched
<evilada>: then you put super glue on your hands
<evilada>: and put your arms around the front of the wire and then back to touch your head
<evilada>: then you lean forward, so the piano wire cuts your neck but not your elbows
<evilada>: when the cord goes taut, youll be hanging upside down with no head....except your head will be in your outstretched arms thanks to gravity and the glue, staring at someone upside down and spewing blood everywhere.
<evilada>: And some poor bastard will be traumatized for LIFE.
<mcm310>: i dont think i can be your friend anymore
1705  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 03:35:36 PM
Frankly I think he's gotten his account hacked, and he confessed to a GM which probably means he'll lose his account even though he got it back. Pretty sure that's enough of a punishment for him. No need to troll him like this, Tony. =P

Edit: Aaaand now that Ramza has responded to you, I suppose it will now spiral into quite an epic thread which will end with a lock...which is kind of odd considering how with Journal threads you have to end up making another one after the last one gets locked.
1706  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 01:35:22 PM
I've not finished CoP, but I've read a few spoilers, and from what I understand,

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There are 5 protocrystals. Dem, Mea, Holla, Vazhl and Al Taieu. Years ago when the Zilart tried to enter the land of the gods through Tu'Lia (As described in RoZ), the Wyrmking Bahamut destroyed Al Taieu. I'm not completely aware to the exact details since I've only read bits and pieces. But at any rate, for some reason Al Taieu was sent to the bottom of the sea (Some say it's a different dimension altogether), and that's why you access it through the protocrystals, or the crags.

Also, promyvion, from what I know, is a manifestation of the "emptiness" found inside some Zilart. The Emptiness is formed from Promathia's desire to die...or something like that, this one I'm very unsure of.


As for THF...dunno, on Catoblepas my damage nearly double when they uyse Berserk, and that's a 25% reduction in defense if I'm not mistaken. Wish they gave better attack gear in this game, most attack gear is complete crap, giving like 4-5 attack which doesn't really merit it to be worn above other stats that get way more boosts.
1707  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 14, 2008, 08:00:16 AM
1708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 10:51:43 PM
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Ultimately though? The single biggest reason PSU has been inferior to PSO is simply the time of release.


That's kind of my point, though. It's fine if you just think PSU sucks, I can understand that...but I will never understand why people would say PSU and then run back to play PSO which is inferior in almost all areas, unless you're cheap and want to play it for free

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1. The music and voice acting was awful.


Eh, music's alright. I actually like the opening song unlike most people, but yeah, the soundtrack is generally weaker, I'll agree with that.

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3. The awful episodic story is one of the worst ideas ever.


As opposed to complete absence of plot?

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3. The awful episodic story is one of the worst ideas ever.


There's plenty of rare items, really, but like I said, the inferior art direction makes it less satisfying because they went for the more "realistic" approach (If that even makes sense for a game like this) and you don't have over-the-top weapons like PSO had.
1709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs Only You've Played. on: July 12, 2008, 09:13:06 PM
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Well it's from the same developers as Lufia, but the "tie-ins" are on the level of cameos. It's like saying every FF happened in Ivalice since you can get those relic items and find relic areas in FF Tactics for FF1~7.

But Energy Breaker is a sweet freaking game nonetheless. ALSO great music. Man, gotta review those soundtracks...


Eh...it all takes place on one island under about the same technology level so it's not like the FF series where it wouldn't make sense for the games to coexist in the same world.

And yeah, the music fucking rocks.
1710  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP - Phantasy Star Portable on: July 12, 2008, 09:09:33 PM
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So is it EXACTLY like PSU, or is there changes. If it's exactly like PSU I'm not touching it because that game sucks. PSO FTW.


I don't understand why so many PSO veterans hate PSU so much.

What exactly does PSO have that is superior (Gameplay-wise of course, because the story has been balls in the PS series for years now)? Slow and annoying targeting system? A pointless timed combo for attacks? PSU is just more of the same, but faster paced. There's absolutely not one thing I can think of that is inferior other than art direction.
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