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Shootin' the Breeze / TV shows on iTunes
« on: April 17, 2012, 01:38:24 PM »
I'm interested in buying some TV episodes and am considering my options.

I've never bought episodes off of iTunes before and was wondering what your overall experience with the service was.

Did the DRM ever get in the way of being able to watch what you purchased?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Reading and Watching below your age group
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:50:35 PM »
Is it just me or do people seem more and more interested in fiction for younger age groups? Nickelodeon for example recently put up some of their kid shows from the 90's back on air between midnight and 2 a.m. (for the college students on Facebook asking for it). Novel series like Twilight, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter intended for kids and teenagers attract older audiences. A show based on a series of toys called 'My Little Pony' intended for 6 year old girls has a visible grown male fan base. Hollywood movie lineups are eager to adapt children's series for wider audiences: G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles.

I haven't been observing media for decades. Am I just imagining this trend or have adults always been drawn to shows for younger people?

This needs to be outlawed immediately and anyone who asks for this after should be legally treated as a hacker:

Should I give them my email password and keys to my house too?

Shootin' the Breeze / Subs or Dubs?
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:20:45 PM »
Do you all prefer to watch anime subtitled or dubbed? What are your overall thoughts?

When I was a kid I pretty much watched all of my anime dubbed but the older I got, the more the dubs started to bother me. Acting felt awkward, especially during emotional outbursts, people in Japan spoke in Irish/Brooklyn/Southern accents for no reason, and sometimes people added in attempts at humor that were not in the subtitled translation (Yu Yu Hakusho especially).

After listening to Billy Crudup deliver two lines as Ashitaka in Princes Mononoke, I switched to subtitled and have stayed with it ever since. Since the switch, the overall dialogue felt less awkward. I generally liked most of the voices for a change, especially when it came to the supporting cast. When I rent or buy an anime, I don't even try the dub anymore; I go straight to the subtitled version. I'm not going to say that the Japanese acting is better, however, because I wouldn't be fit to judge that.

As a small example, I've listened to bits and pieces of the Berserk dub and I don't think it's even watchable let alone good. Casca's English voice in particular is painful and Goku doesn't belong in the Band of the Hawk.

Shootin' the Breeze / Your most hated words
« on: January 09, 2012, 08:18:16 PM »
I found an article where some group tried to predict what words people were sick of and would stop using. So I decided to create a thread for people to post words that they never want to hear again. Here are mine:

epic fail
job creator
for the win
buzz (media attention)
politically correct/incorrect
out of touch
the american people (when projecting your personal opinion or trying to homogenize a nation of over 300 million)
natural (when describing food products)
family values
small town values

What are yours?

Video Games / Extra Credits
« on: December 07, 2011, 06:52:35 PM »
In case you don't know, there is an online show that explores various topics in gaming called Extra Credits. If you're interested in things like design philosophy, gaming as an emerging art form, or media portrayal, I highly recommend it. If, however, you're the kind of person who says 'politically correct' a lot then you probably won't like many of these episodes.

Here are a few good episodes to start with:

Video Games / Freakishly similar looking protagonists
« on: November 21, 2011, 05:28:23 PM »
Is it just me or does the video game industry and its audience have a strong preference for a certain kind of hero? I didn't know that there was one universal face that video gamers responded to so well (as a whole). I wonder what percentage of gamers when given a character customization options choose this kind of person.

Each picture shows a different protagonist from a different game

News & Not News / News coverage of Amanda Knox
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:33:45 AM »
So for the past couple of days, my news feed has been inundated with Amanda Knox, she was on the cover of my local newspaper, and CNN had live coverage of her case for at least an hour. And in the year before that, I've probably come across at least half a dozen other articles in my news feed. My question is: Why is this case so important?

Shootin' the Breeze / Perfect internet photo in need of a caption
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:16:50 PM »
I recently came across a photo, where the left half would make for a great one-shot or the whole photo would make for a great two part storyboard:

Any ideas on a funny caption to go with it that is not painfully predictable and obvious?

Video Games / Path of Exile - An Alternate Diablo Sequel
« on: February 02, 2011, 02:04:27 AM »
While looking for Diablo 3 interviews, I came across some videos for an upcoming game called Path of Exile:

When I look at the graphics engine, I think 'this looks like a worthy successor to Diablo 1 (in terms of appearance)'. The trailer definitely gets its horror theme across much more effectively than Diablo's wizard trailer. I love how smooth and detailed the animations are as well.

The beta for the game will begin later this year.

I have no idea how this game will turn out. I don't know if difficulty will be handled appropriately, if its means of generating revenue is viable, or if it will be able to keep from crashing. I could imagine Path of Exile becoming as big as Mass Effect or floundering tragically with equal likelihood at this point.

News & Not News / Arizona Shooting and the news
« on: January 11, 2011, 06:39:57 AM »
If you've been watching the news in the U.S. for the past couple of days, I am sure you have heard about the tragedy in Arizona and the endless discussion on 'discourse' after it.

I am no fan of Sarah Palin or the tea party, but there has not been a single shred of evidence that Loughner was under their influence. The news has just been running endless clips of Sarah Palin's 'don't retreat reload' slogan and a U.S. map showing districts with target signs on them. They argue that a metaphorical slogan and photo, which we have no evidence that he's even seen, somehow is to blame for a murder rampage. I myself do not know exactly what caused him to murder all those people but it seems that all these media pundits want to do now is attach their own narrative to the situation.

Loughner was clearly an unusual case and I would hope the media would at least take the time to investigate the actual causes before hypocritically calling for civil discourse while continually airing baseless accusations.

Video Games / Good and Bad Video Game Conventions
« on: March 30, 2010, 07:08:35 PM »
This topic is all about video game conventions you like and video game conventions you don't like. For me:

-   Checkpoints. Itís nice when you only need to backtrack a minute as opposed to half an hour. In my last mission of Grand Theft Auto IV, for example  I had  to drive a long distance, follow a car for a long distance, have a cover-shootout outside, cover-shoot my way through all the floors of a building, cover-shoot on the roof, chase a man in a motorcycle, successfully drive up a ramp and get enough air to reach a helicopter, shoot a boat from the helicopter while dodging missiles, and then have another shootout. And if I dare screwed up a single one of those mistakes, I would have to do the whole thing over again.
-   Thoroughly differentiated classes. Not every combatant should be able to heal/cast spells/summon/fight/use stealth.
-   Multiple available fighting styles and ways of winning any particular fight.
-   The ability to choose between original vs. dubbed audio and the ability to toggle subtitles.
-   A long, densely packed main story line. Side missions are fun too, but they are rarely as interesting as the missions that unravel the main story.
-   Your main character having his/her own personal story.
-   Fast travel systems.

-   Starting off the game as powerful as you could ever hope to be, losing it all after the first mission, then spending the whole game just getting back to the same level or less than that.
-   Cut scenes you canít skip.
-   No upgrades.
-    Overusing the same setting. Europe in World War II and England in the medieval era have been explored more than enough times.
-   Having the story told through long, silent, ignorable, scrollable text.
-   Stereotypical characters.
-   Only one available save slot. I see no advantage to this whatsoever.
-   Fixed cameras.

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