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Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: July 23, 2012, 04:32:23 AM »
Griffith nailed a lot of it on the head. I'm actually more geared than most people I know, but that's because I have experience with the "Auction House metagame" from my WoW days, so I did that for a couple of weeks in Diablo 3. The economist/statistician in me enjoys it, but once it's over and I step away from the game, I realize I'm not satisfied. The annoying story, quest based campaign; the lack of any real reason to make more than one of the same class; the fact that the whole game is balanced around the AH; it all adds up to a game that cannot and will not last.

I have a couple friends who hear me complain about the AH (though I'm efficient at using it), and they tell me "Well, duh, it's not fun. That's why I don't use it! See? Problem solved!" I just stare at them in disbelief. For me, trying to play Diablo 3 without the Auction House is like deliberating sawing off your dominant hand before a gunfight, and then showing up with a sword on top of that. Believe me, I wish I could find upgrades off the monsters I kill, but it just doesn't happen that often. I've had more fun playing Phantasy Star Online for PC/Dreamcast as recently as a year ago than this.

Blizzard has been doing a decent job of keeping the community informed with the game's direction, but I don't know. I feel like it's just flawed fundamentally. It's missing more of D2's strengths than people realize. It took them ten years to make this? Man.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 21, 2012, 09:59:59 AM »
I hope the clip they use at the awards ceremony is Gus threatening Walter in "Crawlspace." The chills, man.  :magni:
Of course, if they were allowed to show horrible graphic violence at the Emmy's, I'd pick a certain scene in S4E1.  :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 21, 2012, 04:38:00 AM »
I'm really torn on whom I want to win Best Supporting Actor. Aaron Paul nailed it again of course, but I feel like he had more standout scenes in Season 3. Giancarlo Esposito was just as fantastic.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 21, 2012, 01:59:45 AM »
With regards to Mr. Blake, I jokingly said to my friend before the movie started that I hoped there'd be a post-credits scene setting up Batman Beyond.

So close!!! Oh if only that name had been Terry...


America, who else?

Well we are an enormous nation with 300 million people; I'd say the odds are good...

This is horrible.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:52:39 AM »
Just got back. For some context on my opinion, I thought both of the first two films were, while exaggerated and not "Batmany" enough, still pretty darn good. They were slightly overrated in general, but I'm not the type of guy who wages war against overrated things unless they're actually terrible.

Anyway I expected The Dark Knight Rises to be a notch below the previous movie, and I'd say it was actually a little better than that. Now onto my indepth review and spoilers:

Though the cheese and belief-stretching details were present, the story was entertaining and mostly easy to follow, if a bit predictable. The character reveals/twists at the end were a tad obvious I thought. But one strength I hope other people noticed is that the movie did not seem to ride on the coattails of The Dark Knight. In the opening scenes it almost seems like it will, with all the Harvey Dent pictures and mentions. But then it just....stops. After the first ten minutes the movie finds an identity of its own and avoids the pretension its predecessor had in spades.

Christopher Nolan is quoted as saying that he didn't think Rises would top or even run par with The Dark Knight. While I think he turned out to be correct, I find this to play in the movie's favor. It's as if the film is self-aware of its purpose and shortcomings, and doesn't really try to hide them. It's a mildly cheesy, suspenseful film with a decent theme:  Not fearing death isn't always admirable, and sometimes it takes more courage to live and find yourself. I think the way it ends satisfies that. It's still a somewhat confused-feeling spectacle, with half crime drama and half Batman. Our caped crusader may have had the least screentime in costume ever in this installment. I also maintain that Catwoman was out of place, and did not add much that any other character could have. At least Nolan did not try to make her into a competing villain a la Spiderman 3's Sandman.

If I have one sharp criticism of Rises, it's Bane's acting. While I enjoy the choice of villain, I feel he was not adequately directed. There was so much questionable line delivery, and throughout the film he felt like more of an instrument of skewed justice than a person with his own motivations. But perhaps that was the point? Overall I think The Dark Knight Rises is worth seeing, if you can forgive the inconsistency in its details and the fact that its villain(s?) fall quite short not of just Heath Ledger's Joker, but what would be expected of anyone else hell-bent on razing Gotham to the ground.

Saephon's Rating: 8/10

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 18, 2012, 12:11:39 AM »
Ah Madrigal. How far do you guys think this rabbit hole goes? We know that they provided equipment to Gus's business, but while I have trouble believing they were in on a lot of information, conventional TV wisdom says that with 16 episodes to go, there has to be something big still to come. Then again Breaking Bad is so good because it's unconventional.

I can't wait for the inevitable lightbulb moment for Hank. I'm rooting for him and against Walt. At least I think that much is inevitable. After that, who knows.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 16, 2012, 02:19:08 AM »
Intriguing opening scene, eh? I wonder how far ahead that is. He's got a new name, a pretty full head of hair, AND he's in New Hampshire if I heard correctly?

I was expecting a slow premiere - pleasantly surprised to get a little action already. It's also nice to see Hank walking around investigating with just a cane. Love that guy.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:36:16 PM »
In related news Season 4 is now streaming on Netflix! For anyone who's trying to catch up but was annoyed that it was missing.

Very excited for tonight. Trying to make myself forget that it's a truncated season.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: New Sailor Moon Animation in 2013
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:13:57 PM »
Nostalgia, or creative bankruptcy? Your choice.

Why not both? Nostalgia is often abused as a means to profit in video games and anime. If you look at the average anime fan, this is the kind of thing they're begging for anyway. People still ask for a FFVII remake.  :schierke:

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: June 27, 2012, 03:34:23 AM »
I kind help but :schierke: at this, even the patronizing nods of approval. I haven't seen the new material yet, but I doubt it changes much, probably just "explains" things in the most fan friendly terms possible.

Well there's a huge difference between "Not bad" and "My complaints are now irrelevant. Thank you Bioware."  :guts: To be fair my expectations were pretty low, and the content that's added probably should have been in their intended ending in the first damn place, but I give credit where its due. There are a horde of people ready to tell someone like me that I wouldn't be happy no matter what, as long as Shepard doesn't live happily ever with blue babies. Those people are completing misunderstanding where I come from, but that's okay. I understand that it's hard to care about the few rational people when they are lost in a sea of bandwagon whining. Anyway I recommend checking the endings out online, even just a skim. I'm curious to see what you think.  Edit: Nevermind, just saw that you did :P

The ending was consistent with the writing of Mass Effect 2 onward for better or worse, it's just nobody complained until it was the last word.

While I think you're right about this, it's worth noting how much an attitude changes from a Middle installment of a trilogy, to the conclusion. It was said a few times by Casey Hudson and co. that ME3 would have so much more freedom in the writing because they didn't have to worry about how it would affect a future installment. I believe a lot of fans gave ME2 a bit of a pass knowing this, expecting the third game to answer their questions.

There were a bunch of things I didn't like about ME2 storywise, but decided to hold off damning it until the series was finished. Now if you're criticizing people who think the entire trilogy is perfect until the very end, then yeah, I side with you there. I think I myself once said that Mass Effect 3 was nearly flawless until the ending, and some people pointed out how wrong I was. It just irks me a bit because some people did complain back during Mass Effect 2, but those people were promptly told to Shut up, This is a 10/10 game, Game of the Year, Streamlined, No flaws, Fuck you, etc.  :azan:
Now all of a sudden it's acceptable to criticize Bioware and "This is the final straw!!!" Yeah, okay.

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: June 27, 2012, 12:18:44 AM »
I have to admit, those fleshed out endings are about as good as I could hope for from this thing. Especially given the 2 months of development from scratch. While I personally wouldn't be eager to choose Synthesis or Control, they definitely seem more believable as options now. Shepard got some more lines of dialogue; not as much as I would have liked in such an ultimatum, but it definitely helped. In fairness I'm just going off of recordings on YouTube - if I play it myself and explore all the dialogue options, there may be even more to hear.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Didn't expect to find myself saying that.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:49:32 PM »
This is depressing. I'll never understand why adaptations are notoriously idiotic. Nearly every single book that becomes a movie or TV show sports a myriad of ridiculous decisions that shit all over the plot and make it hard for newcomers to even understand what's going on. Often there's a butterfly effect too. And I'm not talking nitpicky stuff, but things that are at the core of the storyline. And all I ever hear is, "It's an adaptation and changes have to be made."

I don't fucking buy it. What is fundamentally wrong with the people in charge of this shit that they don't stop dead in their tracks when coming up with these horrifying decisions? Is it just a case of only businessmen being in the position to make the calls? I can't believe a real Berserk fan could contain their vomit during one of the company's meetings. I apologize for my harsh language; I'm just disgusted. There's no way I'm watching the other two movies at this point.

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:30:59 PM »
Mark my words: the Extended Cut will do exactly what it's supposed to do. It's 1.9GB of data, and I expect it to give some more clarity and closure to the fate of your squadmates, and hopefully it will differentiate between the three endings more as well. Having said that, it won't satisfy anyone whose main complaint is that the three ending choices are thematically revolting (i.e. yours truly  :slan:).

That's okay though, I stopped caring 2+ months ago. I haven't decided if I'll actually play it myself; apparently you have to start from before the Cerberus mission. I've got other games to play, and other things to do! Youtube might be the best way to go.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: June 22, 2012, 08:05:14 PM »
Every good review of the movie I've seen so far boils down to "Finally I can see the characters moving on their own, without having to employ my imagination!"  :azan:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:00:45 PM »
Okay, I'm getting irrationally excited for this season. I just wish it wasn't cut in half.  :mozgus:

Funny side note re: the DISH and AMC fiasco - Apparently as an act of retaliation DISH abruptly disabled the channel AMC programming usually airs on, and moved it to some hilariously high number. As compensation they replaced the original channel with....a Nickelback concert.  :ganishka:,0,4463370.story

Just got home from out of town and watched it. I'm going to chime in with "Disappointing, but enjoyable in some aspects." I can't give my opinion as to what a non-Berserk fan would think, though I'll be watching it again with some friends who don't know anything about Berserk, so I guess that'll give me some insight. As someone who's been reading Berserk for 13 years (Jesus, half my life?), it's a a huge let down. And I went into this with low expectations too, yet they still managed to dance the limbo under the bar I set. And to anyone who's thinking "Hey, maybe movie 2 will be better!", there was never any time for the studio to receive critical feedback, so no, it won't be better. At least not by much.

On the bright side, if we complain about this enough, they might release an Extended Cut DLC.   :serpico: I am just an overly entitled Berserk fan though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 16, 2012, 07:26:06 PM »
Camera-work plays a large role there, as it's certainly used to emphasize her height at times. During the fight, I think it was a combination of both combatants hunching over and moving/rolling a lot, and also a slightly downward camera angle so as not to make it seem too one sided until she beat him. Her actress Gwendolyn Christie is 6'3" and pretty bulky.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 16, 2012, 02:17:05 AM »
So Theon....Tonight's episode actually made me sympathetic to him for once. That's something A Clash of Kings never really managed to do for me. Him calling out Balon on "giving him away" had me pretty excited.

The writing and cinematography seems to be improving with each episode. Tyrion once again steals the show, but that should be expected. It's an accurate adaptation of the second book in that regard. But the best part of episode three was by far Brienne. God damn, did they nail her. I can't wait to see more of her storyline.

Good job, Game of Thrones. It's hard to juggle all these pieces of the puzzle in a TV show, but I have faith.  :ubik:

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:34:27 PM »
No one could be completely satisfied with the ending

Don't take this as me ranting at you personally, but I do get tired of hearing that. I feel it's a cop out. Just because you can't please everyone doesn't mean it's wrong to point out where improvements could have been made.  :serpico:

Anyway I agree it wasn't bittersweet, but that's kind of my problem with it. It seemed to be going for that "sacrifice for the greater good" vibe at the end, but when Shepard's sacrifice was basically inevitable at the hands of the creator of the Reapers, AKA the God-like being I'm introduced to in the last 10 minutes allows me to save the galaxy...I don't know, it feels cheap? That'd be like the Idea of Evil allowing Guts to resolve the story with its own pre-approved set of choices at the very end of Berserk, only we aren't aware of the Idea's existence until their meeting. Where's the theme of struggling against all odds then? Bleh, I say!  :femto:

Here's an amusing thought:  If shooting the Big Red Pipes is what initiates the Destroy option, does that mean that if the Citadel were to be blown up or inflicted severe damage in the war, the Reapers could trigger their own demise?   :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: April 14, 2012, 10:15:46 AM »
Bitter-sweet endings are fine, when they're done well.  :slan: Still, where are my adopted Krogan babies?!

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:07:44 AM »
I personally think Jennifer Hale is more convincing in Paragon/concerned lines, while Mark Meer sounds more believable when he's angry or doing Renegade dialogue. Didn't he say somewhere that when he plays the games he does it as Renegade? Anyway, Hale doesn't likely have overall more variance than Meer, but I remember finding her performance superior in certain key scenes, like the end of Overlord.

For the record, I've never done a lesbian or bi Shepard funny enough. It's fun to roleplay from the female side, and I've found that the only male love interest I can stand is Thane. Garrus just tries too hard  :SK:

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:58:59 AM »
A question for anyone who played ME3 as Male Shepard: do you feel Mark Meer's voice acting improved? I converted over to FemShep early on in my Mass Effect career, but I'm very tempted to start the trilogy over as a male and romance Liara.  :iva: Just wondering if he doesn't sound so....flat in the third game. Also, any Renegades here who can vouch for that side of the game? I got the impression Renegade Shepard just becomes more and more of an asshole. Some of the decisions and things he says seem unnecessarily mean.

Video Games / Re: Asura's Wrath
« on: April 10, 2012, 10:25:59 PM »
Six hours?? That makes me very sad. I want to play this game, but I'm not paying more than 30 bucks for it. Too bad there isn't a PC version I could get on Steam someday...guess I'll have to wait for a year or so.

Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 3 [Spoilers]
« on: April 08, 2012, 01:20:54 AM »
they just stuck his eyes on the front of the generic on-planet-Reaper model:

[video spoilers]

Well that's kind of lame. Once again, Bioware reacts to an issue (Harbinger talking too much in ME2) with the completely opposite extreme. I really wish he had assumed control over The Illusive Man at the end and spoke directly to Shepard. Would have made TIM's disappointing end a little better, while having a decent parallel to Saren. I wouldn't mind the guy succumbing to indoctrination if it's at the hands of the Big Kahuna of Reapers. Also if he doesn't regress to "YOU'RE WRONG!"

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