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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:20:55 PM »
Oh yeah, definitely, Zelda II is unloved but it also pioneered a lot of stuff. It was clearly the inspiration for Shadow of the Colossus. :iva:

It's the first Souls game! Just look at the maddeningly cryptic dialogue:

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:16:33 PM »
My John Carpenter musical kick, particularly the Lost Themes album, has made me realize that part of the reason the FF7 soundtrack might be so resonant with me is because of it's reliance on similar synth sounds! John Carpenter and FF7, two things I didn't previous associate but now can't separate because FF7 is the John Carpenter score of Final Fantasy soundtracks.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:12:20 PM »
Wasn't sure where to put this, but I've noticed it and then saw this article today. So, here's a gaming trend this year I'm having a BAD reaction to:

Whatís an extra day of playing a hot new game early worth to you? Whatís the worth of two days? Itís become more and more common for video game publishers to charge players for the chance to play games early. Or maybe theyíre just sticking everyone else who pays a meager $60 with a later release date. This practice has gone from rare to common this season.

It goes on to list numerous examples of different "early" access special edition deals out there which are gross on their face imo, as proven and compounded by the dishonesty of selling it under the guise of something else, the umbrella of "special edition" pre-orders or whatever. Could this please go the way of the pay-to-win loot box, or is it the new normal like DLC? Just make something and sell it for Christ's sake. I'm glad Red Dead 2 isn't doing this (amazingly, since they have every other scummy pre-purchase offer out there), but it's going to hit home when I game I actually want to play does it (not that I'll jump or be pained to wait the extra time, it'll just give me a reason to squawk =). So as not to put all the onus on the developers and publishers, can we also stop being stupid morons wasting money stupid, worthless shit? Wait, that's what games ARE? Fuck.

Speculation Nation / Re: What would happen if a Godhand member where to die
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:25:53 PM »
what would happen if  a God hand member  where to die

We'll find out! :guts:

Femto's case is different because he was incarnated. I would imagine that if he were extracted from that body of flesh, it would turn into the form of the Moonlight Boy we're familiar with.

It's like I'm reading the theory outlining a Berserk happy ending; it would certainly be convenient if they could somehow, like magically with the assistance of a witch or elf sovereign or something, separate and slay the evil spiritual being inhabiting the the physical host vessel without harming the Boy. Sounds good to me, though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 17, 2018, 07:54:19 PM »
As expected, The Predator is more like the prey:

With an estimated $24 million, 20th Century Fox's The Predator took the weekend's #1 spot, but the film has little to celebrate. Debuting in 4,037 theaters, the film's opening is the worst for a live-action film opening in over 4,000 locations, unseating The Mummy, which previously held the distinction after its $31.6 million opening in 4,035 theaters last summer. The opening currently falls short of even 2010's Predators which opened with $24.76 million in just 2,669 locations. That film went on to gross just over $52 million.

Ouch, on the bright side it made more than that overseas and may break even on paper (with a relatively paltry $88 mil budget), but with the marketing costs and all those screens they clearly had bigger ideas. Hopefully this means we won't be having to endure any more half-assed Predator movies pretending this is some blockbuster tentpole franchise when it was actually a singularly good 80's action movie (with the biggest action star and arguably the best action director of the era on board!).

Speaking of which, and the sad history of the Predator "franchise" beyond the original, that also translates to its relatively tiny box office:

The only one of these that seems worth it is the first one, so just stop trying to make the Predator a thing already! Let someone do it right on a smaller scale down the road, no more obvious franchise aspirations, or knock it off altogether.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:57:54 PM »
Haha, I know what you mean, that can be tricky.

That, and the goddamn quicksand I can't consistently jump from the top of the way I'd like. For having such impressively fluid controls, they have some low-key aggravating aspects. Even the jumping can fall somewhere between extreme precision and flying all over the place and past the platform you want to land on. :ganishka:

Yeah, it's maybe my biggest gripe with the "Metroidvania" term. It's not like side-scrolling action/exploration games didn't exist before Super Metroid (or even Metroid itself for that matter). And it's not like SotN follows a strict template laid by Super Metroid either. It shamelessly copied its map system, but the game's other elements were already a genre before that. For example, despite its bad reputation, Simon's Quest actually did introduce a lot of things SotN builds upon (and even had a day/night cycle... revolutionary! :iva:).

Another Simon's Quest plug! :iva: But yeah, the map is what stands out to me as the uniting element between Super Metroid and SoTN, and really, it's a powerful element, but interesting that SotN's maker admitted they were really trying to copy Zelda's RPG elements and item distribution (and Zelda II is another underappreciated entry in this particular side-scrolling action/exploration genre).

Worse: a lot of games that are called "Metroidvania", like Dead Cells most recently, actually bear little similarity to either Metroid or SotN.

That kind of shocked me when I started playing it actually, because I was under the impression it was another Metroid/Hollow Knight type game and it was definitely something else. I know there's been a few procedurally generated Metroid-style engines and that's something that could really be cool if done well (program it so it never dead ends the placement of items and abilities and you basically have a new game every time... maybe that's the problem =). Super Metroid... FOREVER!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:19:04 PM »
It's true what they say: the biggest betrayals come from those closest to you!

Gotta have those outrageous hot takes to get the outraged replies, bro! :badbone: I'm the Tevis Thompson of; Super Metroid? 2/10, I do NOT actually feel like I am lost in space as I did as a child playing Metroid on the NES. Mario World? Trash World. Zelda 3? More like Zelda 4... Pussies! Minesweeper, now THAT'S a game! It'll sweep away the mines inside your mind and I really appreciate the progressive anti-landmine message.

Kidding aside, I get angry at this game, mostly when I'm attempting some awful wall jumping section to get somewhere I'm not even sure I'm supposed to go yet and so then I'm waking up my wife literally getting into a fight with the Wii U gamepad. :ganishka: That's mainly what I was referencing as to my hatred, any other discontent is just the malaise of mid-Metroid backtracking, but I'm otherwise having a perfectly enjoyable time and appreciating again just how much the game still has to offer. At best I experience it like a grown up Mega Man with a whole world to survive and explore. I do think it'd be an interesting debate between Super Metroid, SotN and some of their modern offspring. I think the problem with a lot of the modern entries is they're too beholden to Super Metroid and therefore don't go far enough afield (it really is the exact same shit for the most part). Even SotN mixes it up a bit more than most of these with the key items and light RPG elements.

Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:43:30 PM »
The gameplay pretty much looks exactly like what you'd expect from the next step in the Souls/Bloodborne lineage, so nothing is going to dissuade me. It's just a matter of if I go for the PC or PS4 version. Steam teased me with q pre-order offer yesterday, but my PC and video card are pretty up there in years, Nioh ran like shit on it, so I might be better off just grabbing the safe bet and getting the most out of that PS4 investment anyway. Longterm I can always buy it on sale for PC later if I just want to have it on there "forever" (not like I replay all these games anyway).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:34:42 PM »
Super Metroid - Grinding my way through little by little every night, two of the big bosses are down (most recently the one of the Wrecked Ship) and I've got the gravity suit, spring ball etc, so I've got little left to collect for exploring purposes. Still, I see why I always lost interest before... I kind of hate this game lol! :ganishka:


Lost Themes I, II and Anthology by John Carpenter (the latter being new arrangements and recordings of selected film compositions). You can check out a decent sampling of material on his surprisingly dynamic official website:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:18:24 PM »
Halloween (2018) -


I'm on a Carpenter kick at the moment (music currently, but films always), so I couldn't help but get sucked in and look forward to his debut as strictly a composer. Anyway, Carpenter liked the pitch, is directly involved producing and composing, and although it pains me a bit that they're eliminating what was previously the best sequel in the series, and a cool sequel period, in Halloween II, I understand why they took it back to the creepy magic of the original and eliminated the weird familial relationship, plus the complication of Michael having his eyes shot out and then burning/exploding (he recovered =). Early reviews are pretty positive and claim it gets what made Halloween great, but I guess we'll see. I'm expecting a good if uneven time as a fan, but not a classic revival on par with the original of course (more an alternate take on Halloween II, which is still hard to beat in my eyes since it returns all the principals and takes place the same night, so the polar opposite of this concept), and I'm really looking forward to the aforementioned soundtrack.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:35:31 PM »
I gotta say, Venom is fulfilling the role that's had a void for some time: a big budget film that's so bad, it's good. Nowadays, you either have a movie that goes bugnuts like that, but has no budget, or a big budget movie that's just bland. Venom is clearly meant to be a blockbuster, but is so full of cheesy, over the top acting, that it's just gonna be a fun trip. I hope to see it opening night.

I liked this take... until it was confirmed Venom will be PG-13! This pushes it closer to "plain bad" territory without some ridiculous and/or gory kills, IMO. The reasoning may be worse. Rather than just saying it's "to recoup more opening weekend money before it bombs," it's supposedly so they can potentially crossover with Spider-Man down the line, which, while I appreciate the long game, do you really think Marvel is going to want anything to do with this mess? I mean, Feige reportedly already hates the Marvel TV and Netflix stuff, do you really think he's going to want to legitimize this third party minor league shit? Ironically, Deadpool might be the most likely to be continued by Marvel because of how well done and received it's been, as it's virtually already an R rated MCU franchise, and I think they may have even expressed interest in doing something like that, an R rated superhero movie, themselves.

The more interesting part of this ambition to me is that after Avengers 4 and Spider-Man 2 they need to renegotiate Spidey's deal... will Sony use its leverage to demand the inclusion of Venom in the MCU or Holland's Spider-Man in a Venom movie? If Sony is adamant and Marvel balks, can Sony technically hire Holland and just continue the current Spidey brand themselves, meaning they'll essentially be rogue MCU offshoot sequels!? This could get DCCU messy, but I wouldn't be surprised if the original deal forbids all this shit and everything Marvel has done with the property can't be touched by Sony, but then I wouldn't be shocked if it wasn't. We could also be looking at a 4th Spidey reboot in a few years.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:40:10 PM »
Speaking of Venom, the first teaser or trailer looked like garbage. Even as a massive fan of Tom, I'd have to force myself to step into the theater or pay for it. The last trailer that got shoved in my face at the movies (I try to avoid em as much as I can but movie previews these days ... suck, sigh) looked decent and you get to see the same bad CGI but more Venom, so there's a bit of hope. I also don't know anything of the comics, so if the story doesn't deliver in that regard, I won't know/ it won't bother me as much as die hard fans.

Yeah, it looked and frankly still looks pretty bad, like a generically bad superfero flick from 15 years ago. As for fans, Venom is kind of controversial and there's lots of people that feel he's trash, so I don't think too many will be passionate about this either way, especially divorced from Spider-Man and the original symbiote suit story. It's a weird project, like they're only doing this because it's the biggest Spider-Man adjacent character they own (besides, uh... SPIDER-MAN!), but not big enough anybody will make much of a stink if/when they fuck it up like Spider-Man. I don't understand what Sony's doing with the property or really this whole crossover Spider-Man deal. It seems to make sense for nobody but fans that want to see Spidey in the MCU, so I'm not complaining but it's still strange. Does Sony get the standalone movie profits and Marvel gets the prestige and boost of having Spidey in their team-up universe? It either doesn't seem worth the effort for Marvel or the cost for Sony no matter how you slice it because you're slicing the profits up in any case. It'd be interesting to see an exact breakdown of who pays what, does what, and gets what out of it (Ok, Sony handles all the money in or out, Marvel the creativity and branding benefits). I guess Sony gets to avoid too much work and looking like WB/DC while hitching their wagon to the successful Marvel machine. It only makes sense if they were basically ready to give up on it anyway, which I guess they were.

Funnily enough, his doppelganger Logan Marshall-Green's new movie sees the actor playing the same role (!!!) in the sense, they're both infused with something they have to battle with physically and mentally.

Upgrade is a SOLID sci fi action flick, so much fun man -

Green should try to fill the void of roles calling for a charismatic Hardy, the version from Inception everyone thought would be the next James Bond, and not some weirdo. What is Hardy doing in Venom? I think the Venom special effects seem more real than Hardy's Eddie Brock effects, like, even when he just tells the lady he has a parasite, WHAT IS HE DOING!? He actually sounds more normal as Venom, hmmm... now I'm coming back around on it. Damn you, Hardy! =)

Hahaha!!! Where do you come up with these thoughts man?! Brilliant.

I take two tangentially related things, twist them together in unexpected ways, and hope comedy ensues, usually with mixed results. See above.

I feel like Arnold coming back would surely add to my personal excitement to watch it. Nobody around me is talking about it or wants to see it. Time permitting, I just might by myself this weekend ...

It really doesn't look like anything special that would otherwise pull people in, just another mediocre Predator movie, and the creepy Shane Black "sex offender buddy" story (which Munn seems more interested in publicizing than the movie! :ganishka:) puts a stake in its already tepidly beating heart. It may very well be the best one since the original (it's reviews not so coincidentally went in the tank this week), but however it could accomplish that feat doesn't come across in the trailers where it might as well be AvP: Requiem 2.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:07:17 PM »
Whatever compelled Munn to get into acting in the first place; or perhaps a better question would be, what compelled producers to think she could act?  I recall she was on that old gaming program "Attack of the Show", but, what else?

IDK, what compels anybody to get into acting or entertainment or for people to cast them (some combination of talent, fit, and photogenics of course)? We kind of pigeonhole people based on what we know them for but she might have been settling hosting that show until she could get some acting work, or she just got unexpected opportunities, based on it. Anyway, as discussed she seems to be an unwitting harbinger of movie malpractice, but looked alright in this for what it is, so she must be pretty pissed to torch it and the cast, which seems a bit unfair unless they're really mistreating her privately (of course, I wouldn't want to talk to someone publicly dragging me and my movie for something I might have had nothing to do with either, and based on her luck I wouldn't want to associate with her anyway =).

UPDATE: Looks like we're switching gears to some better bad press, "Hey, did you hear Arnold turned down a part in the movie!?"

ďUnderstandably Ė and believe me, I completely get it Ė he said, ĎLook, thatís kind of a small part, and I donít really think I want to do that. Iím off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameroní,Ē Black told Digital Spy. ďSo I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, Iíd want to be one of the stars of a film, or nothing.Ē

But... you wrote the movie, Shane, so if you knew that why not offer him a bigger part, like as an expert at the Predator lab or something? He'd have a lot in common with the Holbrook character and could play sage to the new group hunting the Predator, as has become common in these projects (it's called a formula, like bringing in the bigger, badder Predator =). Did you really need more Sterling K. Brown punchlines or *gulp* Olivia Munn? Maybe he originally offered Arnold the part of the sex offender; it all could have gone so differently! :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:00:44 AM »
This is exactly what needs to happen. This will not happen.  :ganishka:

Yeah, probably not with the Predator proper (unless they totally redesigned it and/or went back to basics =), but technically anybody can make this movie; just an alien ambush horror flick where we don't already know everything about the creature, especially what it looks like. There's surprisingly few Predator derivatives out there (basically Star Hunter) considering how simple and effective a twist it is on the alien monster concept. Maybe it's too specific to riff on without it being a direct copy, and the more feral or primitive you make it the more it just becomes Alien, so yeah, unless this turns out to be some brilliantly irreverent twist on the idea Predator seems doomed to be a one hit wonder that otherwise sort of sucks:

Predator 1987

Predators 2010
Predator 2 1990
Alien vs. Predator 2004

AvP2 2007

Man, cracking second place on this sorry list should not be hard. Predators manages it just by being as inoffensively mediocre as possible, and it's still not good (while we're here, it's also worth noting the stupid ultimate predator assassin in the new movie is pretty much the same as the stupid super predators from Predators, so they haven't added anything with this premise). Anyway, if I had to pick one besides the first to drink beers and watch I'd probably still go with Predator 2 out of nostalgia and the so-bad-it's-good factor (1997, the future, where LA is overrun by Jamaican Voodoo gangs and only Roger Murtaugh and his new partner, the Predator, can stop them, plus Bill Paxton and Gary Busey at his worst). Good six pack movie.

Speaking of stuff which looks out of time and place and like it absolutely won't work, Venom is finally getting the late 90s, early 2000s comic book movie his fans deserve, complete with vintage effects and an Eminem track where he weirdly hums the chorus so he can rhyme "venom" with "go get 'em" and "momentum" (I'm not kidding, listen to the preview, I've been singing it every chance ever since, the baby loves it =). Tom Hardy is once again just doing whatever with his performance, but here is the one part I actually kind of like because it properly captures the threatening corniness of Venom, lethal protector:

So, Venom himself might be fun when he's completely covering up Tom Hardy, but the rest of the movie looks miserable.


Somebody said "predator," Shane Black thought they said "sexual predator" and signed up. :carcus:

The Predator has been #MeToo'd; turns out it had a vision setting all along that allowed him just to see through clothes and locker room walls! I'd say this is an unfortunate marring of the project beyond the obvious negative implications for all involved, especially Munn working with the guy unbeknownst to her, but like I said, this didn't look like a winner anyway (the best part of the trailer was the use of "One Shot, One Kill" and Snoop Dogg's "living legend" verse to introduce the Predator). Although the reviews are calling it yet another successful requel nostalgia trip like the new Halloween, but Predators basically already was that (save for lack of Arnold, and again the Rock would have said yes then too).

BTW, before this even happened, I took Olivia Munn's presence into consideration when deciding this movie couldn't be good because I couldn't recall her ever being in anything good. But it goes much deeper...

X-men First-class: Awesome with a ~90% RT score. X-men Days of Future Past: Awesome with a ~90% RT score. Then Olivia Munn joins for Apocalypse. Awful movie with a 45% RT score.

Lego Movie. Awesome. Lego Batman. Awesome. Then Munn joins for the Ninjago movie. Uh huh.

Still don't believe me? Was Olivia Munn in Zoolander? No. Was Olivia Munn in Zoolander 2? Yes.

Her IMDB page is basically one long list of movies that ruined franchises. She is in the new predator movie and Ocean's 8, so RIP to those franchises I guess.
Aaron Rodgers: super bowl mvp 2011, Olivia Munn enters his life: 0 super bowl games, broken clavicle, concussions, those terrible commercials...
IIRC, she also dated Brad Richards when he was on the NY Rangers. During that time, he was a much worse player.
He got his coubtract bought out. Presumably broke up. Signed a one year contract with the Blackhawks and got to center Patrick Kane and win a Stanley Cup.

Shit she really is the problem.

Yikes. Well, at least the ruination is a righteous act this time... they shouldn't have fucked around with another Predator.

Kamikaze by Eminem, which is basically a ranting 40 minute verse somewhat tempered by a shameless 5 minute soundtrack cash grab at the end (veehhhnneeemmmm, vrrmm vrrrmmm). Angry like it's 1999, rage against the dying of light, Em. :daiba:

If you're curious but don't want to listen to an old white guy yell about modern internet Hip Hop for almost an hour, the first track, "The Ringer," which really is just a 5 minute verse, will pretty much suffice as the thesis statement for the rest of the album, which follows in the same vein on "Greatest," "Lucky You," "Not Alike," "Kamikaze," and "Fall." The rest is disposable relationship prattle and the aforementioned movie tie-in.

Vagabond / Re: Takehiko Inoue x Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) Interview
« on: September 04, 2018, 07:52:42 PM »
Nice interview, but i'm getting tired of waiting for him to get back to Vagabond or Real...

Do what I did and stop actively waiting and assume it's over... until proven otherwise. :griffnotevil:

IDK about Real, but there's a decent case Inoue was/is just done with Vagabond and even if he goes back its going to go nowhere again or be perfunctory as hell. Plus, besides his personal feelings about it, he already wrote the epilogue and de facto ending and everyone knows what's going to happen in the climax anyway; the only way he could do something interesting with it is have Kojiro win. =)

I go into detail in the post below with links to Inoue's thoughts and a summary of the exhibition where he kind of wraps up everything before he gets there.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 04, 2018, 02:56:30 PM »
The only megaman i've played are megaman x1-x3
only beat X1

Play Mega Man 2, or 4 if you want the charge shot and slide, and see if you dig it. Early X series is basically "Super Mega Man" if it were a Nintendo title.

Iíll do my best!

I'm sure you will, looking forward to bowing to your Mega Authority.

Iím taking a break from Wing Commander: The Secret Missions. I played Bifrost II over and over and over, and I just canít beat the damn thing. Part of the problem is the lag Iím experiencing. Anytime thereís more than three or four ships in the area, the game lags to the point where the controls stop responding, which leaves me a sitting duck.

Ah, classic Wing Commander! Glad some things don't change with modern systems. :ganishka:

So for now, Iíve started playing Final Fantasy III on the NES. Itís pretty good so far. Iím amazed at the quality of the later NES/Famicom games. They were able to do a lot on that little system near the end of its life.

Yeah man, those latter day 90s NES games when the SNES was coming on are crazy good. It's like the system's full potential was never tapped until it was about over. Off the top of my head Battletoads and TMNT3 along with FF3 could have practically been SNES games with a few more colors thrown in, and there's a lot more like Batman: Return of the Joker, etc.

Still Zero Dawning it, I'm at the last mission but am farting around overriding various electronic dinosaurs and shit, but to little end because I already got the best armor and weapons so I should stop stalling and get it over with so I can get back to Super Metroid.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:54:11 AM »
I don't know what Hollywood's problem is, but Predator 2 looks like a fucking masterpiece compared to this garbage. I think whoever's in charge fundamentally misunderstands the original movie's appeal.

And that was a BAD movie! I knew that even as a kid, but it's just sensibilities have changed so much even over-the-top bad movies of that time carried themselves with a certain level of gravitas (and an R rating =), whereas today's are more like cartoons. Fast paced, glib and ridiculous, which can make for a more brisk or fun bad experience, but they'll never be good or even mistaken for such. :daiba: :azan: <- Bitter Old Men

The trailers are bad, but Shane Black hasn't made a movie that I disliked, so I'll watch it.
Shane Black is the reason Iíll be seeing this movie as well. I wasnít a big fan of Iron Man 3, but The Nice Guys made up for it in spades.

I do not share the optimism that this will somehow work out considering I wasn't a fan of Black's last bit of genre fare, Iron Man 3, either. Plus, rather than trying to right the Predator ship it looks more like they're leaning into making a more self-aware bad Predator movie, because that's just what Predator movies are at this point. I don't know if you can blame them considering the idea has been so tarnished it's hard, and possibly foolish, to try and take it remotely serious anymore. If one wanted to make another earnest Predator movie they'd probably need to start over with a similar concept that isn't carrying so much franchise baggage.

Here's a movie nobody asked for.

Dragged Across Concrete.

Wow, I kept waiting for the twist to make this some acceptable, if misguided, form of social satire but it never came! Still hard to believe they're actually going to make a vehicle genuinely lamenting that law enforcement may rarely face consequences for abusing minority communities, particularly Latinos. Just in time for movie night at the El Paso kiddie concentration camp!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:40:01 AM »
His agent would say: "Do you want to live in Arnie's shadow, picking up his scraps, or leave a mark that's all your own...? Now that you're listening to reason, thumb through that Jumanji 2 script before Friday."

This has aged surprisingly well. :ganishka:

And that's Jumanji THREE, buddy! Hollywood figured out it's not that people hate rehashes or remakes, they actually just hate letting go and starting over so just provide the thinnest thread of continuity no matter how disparate the stories and productions and you're fine.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:31:15 AM »
These are the rest of the Mega Man games on my list:



Whew indeed, if you do all those you'll be be able to teach me about Mega Man.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:14:23 AM »

I give them an E for exuberance and bringing back Shane "Jeez, you gotta big pussy!" Black to direct, but The Predator looks like it's going to make Predators look like the original Predator. Also, The Rock does every other action movie that comes out and they couldn't get him or another more Predator-sized dude in this one? Oh well.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:22:17 PM »
The very first time I played Mega Man 2 I quit two or three minutes into Airman's stage. After the first jump landed me on a drill rising out of the hovering robot, I almost quit immediately...but I gave it another two lives before quitting for good (or so I thought :void:).

Yeah man, Air Man's stage, that's the one I remember most from watching my cousin play because he'd just avoid or kill everything without missing a beat and at best I'd try to land so I'd fall ON the head-platform instead of off when hitting those goddamn drill horns! Wood Man's stage wasn't as iconically instant-deathy but it sure threw a lot of varied obstacles at you like those damn charging ostriches, slow but relentless bats, and those big cats that shoot balls of fire at you. Pretty gnarly to a little kid at the time. I think the only stage I liked at first was Bubble Man, and even those dropping platforms could be trouble. :ganishka:

BTW, have you or will you be playing MM9? MM7-8? MMX, etc? I know, and the extended MM11 trailer demonstrates, there's a million of these games but to me the true canon is the the classic NES ones including 9, and SNES X games and maybe the Zero series on GameBoy Advance.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:51:03 PM »
Miura's comment, courtesy of Puella:

Looking down at the sunrise from my studio at dawn, lines of troops coming from Comic Market! ...This is it, the title of this episode! ( ☆∀☆)

He's all benevolent now, but just wait until Episode 358: Get Off My Lawn!

Summary: Griffith expels a group of troublesome children from the Castle Falconia courtyard because their incessant racket won't allow him to concentrate on meeting his literal world shaping deadlines! A political firestorm erupts and loyalties are shaken when the children's bones are later discovered in Zodd's doggy dish.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:32:10 PM »
Unfortunately that sounds like most of the fan base to me. :iva:

The hard part was coming up with semi-original misnomers! :ganishka:

Haha nah, there's tons of stuff I also never played, either because it was not released in Europe, because I was busy with other things at the time or because it didn't show up on my radar at the time.

Heh, I know you couldn't have possibly played ALL the classics, but feel like any I'd think to ask you about would be an affirmative. The trick would be finding the ones you missed! Speaking of which, coincidentally saw this today...

I guess my champion is the recently abandoned Mass Effect: Andromeda since I technically stopped during the blank screen transition between my desktop and the game starting. I don't know that there's any sooner one can actually start and quit a game. :daiba:

It's so common not to play games you buy now it's hard to think of it as noteworthy, but in the old pre-download days one could still buy a game and just never play, or even open, it. I'd count that as a super early bail, but I can't remember doing that myself because it was a bit more unthinkable when you actually bothered to go out and get it (would more likely a shitty gift game or something =).

Oh yeah, I also started Spelunky based on Wally's enthusiasm for it, and though I've only completed the tutorial and 1-1 so far it looks like I started just in time:

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