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1696  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoy your stay in hell, Obama lovers. on: November 25, 2008, 10:32:59 PM
Yeah if you formed your world outlook from behind a keyboard.

How ironic.
1697  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What does a modern samurai do in this day and age? on: November 24, 2008, 06:03:49 PM
Crazy people should only be fighting crazy people. I approve of this.
1698  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China hates pop music. on: November 23, 2008, 11:48:32 PM
Let's not forget the whole overreaction probably resulted from backlash to something China thought wasn't that big of a deal (Lip syncing) from a country that spends all its time photoshopping women on magazine covers and constantly has their media outlets feed their citizens the same message.

I think it's a good idea to prevent people from being hacks, but I will agree that this felt like it was passed without a lot of deliberation as a knee-jerk reaction from annoying criticisms- there's a lot of exceptions to this rule that should be considered before making a complete ban on it.
1699  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China hates pop music. on: November 23, 2008, 12:50:38 PM
I don't see what's so difficult about the fact that lip syncing is a hackjob move from people who don't deserve to be on stage. This would be like having a twin act for you and you get the Oscar- it doesn't work that way. I'm sure there's exceptions (performer's having a bad day, etc), but I doubt we're bringing those situations into the discussion here. I'm comparing it to identity theft because your justification for this being a bad thing is that people should just buy into deception because they're retarded enough to fall for it- or maybe they just don't know any better, but who's uninformed these days?

So is this excessive? Probably. But it's certainly not in the wrong direction.
1700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 23, 2008, 06:36:22 AM
Saw Quantum of Solace. Gotta say it was a huge disappointment- I didn't expect it to be anywhere near as good as Casino Royale, since that movie had a full circle within itself, and making a continuation of that is something I didn't think was a good idea with the established characters.

My problem wasn't the fact that the movie just felt like an episode of a television series- but none of the characters had much to do in this movie, and the action scenes themselves were very shoddy. I'm tired of so many movies that shoot things so close you can't see anything. The plot was more or less nonexistant, is my main problem I guess.

That being said though, I still had lots of fun. I definately recommend it to people needing to have fun at the movies. I look forward to the next installment nonetheless, I just hope they arn't too action-brained next time.

Also- Olga Kurylenko (Or however you spell it). Love looking at her.
1701  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China hates pop music. on: November 23, 2008, 01:13:54 AM
Oh please. You remind me of one of those moronic anarchists who constantly mumbles "destroy the system" and other rebellious terms because it sounds cool. With that kind of philosophy, the government should never get involved in anything. If a person is running a scam to steal social security numbers - ignore them. After all, that's one of their skills, and the people who fall for it are retarded enough to buy into it.
1702  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 22, 2008, 04:07:17 PM
Hm, kinda mixed feelings about the new expansions despite them being worked on by different teams.

This next patch sounds great though.

In other news, the first mythic weapon has been completed, and it's...PUP!?
1703  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China hates pop music. on: November 22, 2008, 12:44:10 AM
1704  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Astro Boy Trailer on: November 21, 2008, 04:51:02 PM

Finally, a movie that's not a fucking live action adaptation. Looks like it's the same guys that animated TMNT, so the animation won't be too bad, at least.
1705  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Swap Magic for PlayStation 2 on: November 21, 2008, 02:20:56 AM
You won't need to get new memory cards, saved files are just data. The swap magic disc comes with a replacement frame for the top of the PS2, which allows you to open the system without letting the system know its been opened, so it doesn't re-check the disc before running the game. The frame is kinda crappy, depending on where you get it from- it certainly stains easily, at least.

The swap magic doesn't allow you to play PS1 games from different regions.
1706  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.
1707  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.
1708  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.
1709  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.
1710  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / New Star Trek Trailer on: November 18, 2008, 06:34:40 PM

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.
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