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Recently breezed through the first season of "House of Cards", a political drama starring Kevin Spacey. It's a direct-to-Netflix series, so all the episodes are available. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the cinematography, and the various power grabs at play in the story. At first it seems like there were a couple missteps in casting early on (particularly the female roles), but by mid-season all of the acting is spot-on and compelling. Couldn't put the damn show down.

Only downside is that it's very obviously exaggerated at certain points, to where even an extreme cynic like me doesn't completely suspend disbelief about the U.S. government.  :ganishka: But if you like West Wing/The Wire, I highly recommend "Cards". I think it has some serious potential. Not to mention the first couple episodes are directed by David Fincher.

I'd never heard of this series until now, but after a cursory glance into it, I'm already getting excited. The feelings I had for the space-war drama of the original Mobile Suit Gundam are being echoed here....I hope LoGH is as good as a you say. Awww man.  :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 08, 2013, 12:55:32 AM »
Indeed, but what are some sparks when you've already put out a bonfire, right?

Only you could conjure such beautiful words out of such a horrid situation.  :judo:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:56:52 PM »
This whole fiasco has made one thing abundantly clear to me:  I need to go back and rewatch the TV series. It's been over a decade, and I can't for the life of me remember why I thought it was bad anymore.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:26:44 PM »
I love Wind Waker. Adore it really, it's one of my favorite Zelda games. But it's getting a bit sad how hamfisted Nintendo's appeal to nostalgia is getting. Maybe I was just oblivious to it in years past, but it's become especially noticeable to me with the 3DS and Wii U. "Buy our unremarkable new console! It has Mario and Zelda remakes!"

Also, if there was ever a game that did not need a graphical update, it's this one. The cell-shading is timeless. Just put in those two missing dungeons, replace the Triforce quest with something more interesting, and upscale the game for 1080p, please?  :griffnotevil:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Disney Acquires Star Wars
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:21:02 PM »
This pleases me. I've never really associated the travesty that LOST became with Abram's anyway; it takes two or three hackneyed writers to create *that* mess.

I'm a little amused/put off by people who are freaking out about one man being in charge of both Star Wars and Star Trek franchises though. What is the damn significance of that anyway, like they are two opposing forces that have always been at odds with each other? Wars vs Trek is such a fanboy-fabricated circus. Any rational (Ah, now I see the problem.. =) person is capable of enjoying both without fogging up their horn-rimmed glasses.

Besides, if we're being honest, we all know that Star Trek is the better series, and really the only of the two that qualifies as Sci-Fi. Lucas's movies are better classified as Fantasy that happens to take place in outer space with beamswords.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:41:37 AM »
Looking good. I still need to play more of the first Xenoblade though... Started it but didn't go very far. Too many games, too little time!

Ditto. I will say this though; I've listened to the soundtrack probably 15 times. For a game I've only played a few hours of, the music is freakin' fantastic.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Golden Age Arc II: Capture of Doldrey [Review]
« on: January 05, 2013, 07:08:05 AM »
If there is one thing I learned a long time ago, especially for a book/comic being adapted to a film, you will always be disappointed.  

Until someone gives me a good enough reason for this, I will continue to complain and petition for better adaptations. At least in live action major motion pictures, it's understandable that mass market appeal is the end goal, so some changes revolve around that. But an anime OVA? Really?

9 times out of 10 I simply can't buy the "pacing" or "shortage of screentime" argument, because for every major plot element that's removed in an adaptation, there's a completely useless fanfiction one forced in. I guess the kinds of people in charge of these decisions just have no faith in an excellent story selling itself.

News & Not News / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:30:07 PM »
The monsters that commit these crimes most likely would not seek mental health care, nor would a psychological screening or background check prevent them from getting a gun legally. I think people are going to have to accept that these people are most likely mentally sound and that, aside from a total prohibition on guns, making stricter gun laws won't do anything to curb these problems either.

You seem to be implying that this guy is not mentally unstable, but rather just "evil". I disagree. I am proposing that no individual who could commit this atrocity could possibly be considered in good mental health, or sane. And yes, people are trying to make sense of this, because this shit IS preventable. Can you honestly say we as a country are doing everything we can to prevent this shit, and oh well, this is the price we pay for the 2nd amendment and privatized healthcare? I say the cost is too high.

We've had psychologists tell us ways we could minimize this kind of thing since Columbine. Yet year after year we change nothing, and when this thing happens we all act surprised. "What could we possibly have done? How could this happen in our little, peaceful town?"  Bull fucking shit. Americans live in a delusional world where if it isn't happening right under your nose, it isn't happening and is somehow not your responsibility. I despise the 24 hour news cycle we've got going, but if used properly, one upside is that people are starting to notice just how fucked up our culture is. Everything in this country is "Man up; tough it out; the right to bear arms > everything. Don't show weakness." You see it in our schools, in our media, in the way parents raise their kids, and you see it in our foreign policy. We only ever admit mistakes after the fact; to show restraint preemptively is somehow anti-American. We're the goddamn Ender Wiggin of the world. Too bad our collective short-term memory is shit.

It's pretty baffling to me that you guys can't drink a beer until you're 21 but can learn to shoot a gun before you hit puberty.

It's a lot cheaper and easier to buy a firearm here than to get a prescription for anti-depressants.  :sad:

News & Not News / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:28:08 PM »
By the time it's deemed "okay" to have these conversations, another tragedy has occurred. I've personally had absolutely enough of two things:  1) the 24 hour news cycle interviewing victims and families on the DAY OF the incident, and likely showing any future would-be murderers how famous they can be in death.

But most importantly 2)  How much easier it is to obtain a firearm than to obtain quality mental health care. Even if the average American could afford such care (they can't), we've stigmatized it to the point where people are ashamed to admit that they have a problem. It's got to end.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:47:08 PM »
Can we all drop the penis and nipple talk now?

Not until they get to the Farnese and Horse scene. Only then will I consider this adaptation faithful.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:57:33 PM »
I've definitely seen those somewhere. I want to say the artofwar website, but can't be sure. I would get the group one in the lower right, just for Pippin. :D

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Golden Age Arc II: Capture of Doldrey [Review]
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:33:30 PM »
Seeing that image elicits this primal excitement in me that just wants to see the later arcs animated. I have to remind myself that I'm outraged.  :iva:

Video Games / Re: Nexon
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:40:25 AM »
Oh god, Gunbound. I used to play that all the time on my dial-up modem.  :ganishka: For a Korean Worms clone with poor english, the game was damn fun. Loved the weather effects like Thor.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:43:10 AM »
Playing Persona 4 on PS2 for the first time. (Yeah, I know there's a remake for vita...Not a big fan of Sony handhelds.  :puck:) My experience with the series is quite limited, but I get the feeling it's right up my alley if I can just get into it.

Also: any time Super Mario RPG gets mentioned, I immediately want to drop what I'm doing and play it. Or at least listen to Geno's Forest theme...

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 25, 2012, 04:16:19 AM »
I think the most important aspect is that it gives Guts a little teaser/preperation of the ultimate hell soon to come.

This is the crucial point IMO. Yes, there's some awesome character development during the fight which I love, but I really believe that had Guts not had that fight with Wyald, he would not have survived the Eclipse. To go from barely escaping Zodd to being able to take on hundreds of apostles (albeit lesser ones)? No way - this preliminary battle was necessary to truly test his abilities.

Oh, and Charlotte's boob-gasm seemed on par with the Japanese adult videos I've seen.  :slan:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 17, 2012, 10:34:00 PM »
Nice, the CG in motion looks so much better in this movie (from the trailer at least). I also gotta hand it to whoever designed the latest poster. That's how it should be done.  :femto:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 12, 2012, 02:33:54 AM »
So now that it's been a year since Skyrim came out, I decided to go back and see if mods have made the game playable/fun.  :troll:

But seriously, I've felt "meh" about Elder Scrolls games since Morrowind, so before I give up and reinstall that game for the 59th time, I'm trying out a more hardcore, exploration-based playthrough of Skyrim. Basically I've got a hunger/sleep/warmth system installed, no fast travel allowed, and the ability to craft and stake out campsites anywhere I want. I plan on taking my time on foot and horse, and struggling to survive with no real desire to advance the main quest. If there's one thing Bethesda does do right, it's making a nice sandbox. It also looks there are some really nice UI and game design mods available now, so hopefully that improves the game's quality of life for PC.

Once my guy dies, I'll be back to Dark Souls or Morrowind.  :badbone:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Will you be voting this year?
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:23:21 AM »
Pretty nice night for progressives on a state level. I have to admit, I'm feeling pretty smug that when my pothead "anarchist" friends tell me voting is a waste of time, I can now point to Colorado and Washington. I have my doubts that Obama's administration will deal with it any differently now that it's his second term, but still.... Seeing states vote in favor of gay marriage and recreational marijuana feels really good.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Disney Acquires Star Wars
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:33:46 AM »
After mulling it over I've decided I'm in the camp that thinks there's nowhere to go but up for the franchise. Maybe some fresh blood will be just what Star Wars needs. And who knows, maybe "Creative Consultant" is just a nominal title where Lucas can give input but be rejected?

I totally agree with the sentiment of feeling "burnt out" on it all though. The prequels and mediocre video games have left a bad taste in my mouth, and I'm also not really a fan of the extended universe books and drivel. I've read maybe a dozen, and it just seems like inconsistent, glorified fanfiction to me. To be honest, I don't find the universe all that interesting when compared to Star Trek, Mass Effect, or even BSG. To me Star Wars is the gateway drug to nerd-dom. It's really awesome at first, but once you get exposed to real Sci-Fi, you start to realize just how shallow and cheesy it is.

Sorry if I sound really jaded and hateful about the series  :griffnotevil:. I do really like all three of the first movies just fine; I just think the beast it's turned into is extremely overrated. Here's hoping for the future though. I'll be cautiously optimistic.

Edit: I feel I ought to mention that the series has allowed for some great stories such as Knights of the Old Republic and Shadows of the Empire. If more of the universe were fleshed out by the original BioWare writers behind KOTOR, I'd feel a lot differently.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: November 04, 2012, 03:24:35 AM »
Did I miss the secret entrance exam for the super-macho Dark Souls club?

Well actuallyyyyy....there is the Soul Level 1 playthrough club.  :slan: Not sure how many goats you have to sacrifice, but apparently it's possible.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Will you be voting this year?
« on: November 03, 2012, 02:51:20 AM »
I live in Chicago, so...3 guesses as to whom my state's electoral votes will go to.  :slan:
Anyway I'll be voting on Tuesday, especially to vote for my House representative. I'm trying to get as many people as possible to understand how important it is to vote for the Senate and House seats that are up for election. I'm calling it now that the presidential election will be nearly a landslide. (At least in terms of the electoral college. Popular vote will be closer....which depresses me.)

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:52:10 AM »
Dark Souls for PC will be $20 this Sunday. Buy this game, all ye Berserk fans.

You know, I have it for PS3 already. But I feel like it's worth paying $20 just to have it on the platform I prefer, because I might get around to playing it more.
My biases show.  :badbone:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: SKNET Radio - Post random songs
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:50:48 AM »
Good music choices Oburi. I'll be catching Underoath's show at the metro (great lineup indeed!), and I saw Thursday and Thrice's last ones too  :judo:

Anyway here is my contribution:  "Blur" by Make Do and Mend

Definitely listen if you're into alternative rock/punk mix like Foo Fighters.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:30:39 AM »
Well I'm late to this whole thing, partly because I've lost interest, but also partly because I'm surprised at how darn long it's taking them to release the movies on Blu-ray. I can't believe I last saw the first movie in June. Geez.

Anyway I won't beat a dead horse, other than to chime in with the popular annoyances. I have to give them credit for one thing though: the visuals for the 3rd movie look really good. I'm excited for the Eclipse.

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