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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 24, 2017, 01:32:30 PM »

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:49:37 PM »
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle, 2015)

This was really good. I'm not judging it on any similarities to reality, but on its own basis as a film, and it was a really good film. They did a great job not glorifying Jobs, but also very accurately portraying what he was trying to do, or at least what he believed he was trying to do. He felt he could make a dent in the universe, profit be damned, and he tried. It got a bit too soppy from the end, which, after spending the first 1.5 hours being harsh and realistic, betrayed its integrity a bit. Overall, though, good film.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: 8values
« on: April 23, 2017, 04:21:19 AM »

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: April 23, 2017, 04:08:35 AM »
I mean, we already know the Iron Fist wears an outfit; we saw it in the show. I don't doubt that once Danny becomes a fully-trained Iron Fist or whatever he'll get it, I just don't think it will be in The Defenders at this rate.

Also Matt is wearing what's clearly Jessica's scarf, so I'm pretty sure something happens that forces them all to rush out of that building so Jessica hands it to him.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:56:01 AM »
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, Season 1, 2017)

I read these books a number of times in my childhood, so I was tentatively excited but with low hopes about this show. Fortunately, it's really good, and it's just as dry and absurdist as the books are. The story forgoes almost all logic or reason in favour of what it thinks will be the most entertaining at times, and it's all the better for it. Lemony Snicket's narration is one of the highlights of the show, with wry observations of scenarios and non-sequiturs tangentially related to what we're watching. And, as the title would imply and any reader of the books would know, it's a miserable, sad story, one that you are urged not to watch, one that you will be a happier person without.

I'm excited for the next two seasons.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:53:38 AM »
Rectify (Ray McKinnon, 2013-2016)

Four years later, almost to the day it first aired, I've finally finished Rectify. I don't know if any show has ever made me feel the massive range of emotions this one has, how much it's torn me up and stitched me back together. It's on Netflix. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation, no matter what kind of shows you normally like. And I don't know if any show has ever ended so perfectly, or earned its ending as much as this has. If they aired another season, I'd watch it for sure, but I'm glad they won't because it couldn't have finished any better than this did. Everything came full circle, and this show on its own almost taught me to feel hope and find it in darkness.

Honestly. It's perfect. It's almost how I felt when I finished Breath of the Wild. I don't feel any need to defend this show or march it around, argue about it, because it just is. It speaks for itself. It's complete, immaculate, a closed experience. I just feel satisfied.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:50:52 AM »
In a sudden fit of masochism, I've been catching up on The Flash (the TV show). It hasn't gotten much better. :]

In fact, I mainly wanted to post about the three-part crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.  Holy shit. The first episode was eh, the second was awful, then the third went to fucking horrendous. "Hey I heard some aliens say 'klick-clac-to nick-lava shack-too' what's that mean" "Oh it means 'the weapon is almost ready'" "Wow how convenient they were dumping that exposition as we walked by and also that I remembered the specifics of some random language I heard :)".

Fuck that. It was actually a fresh of breath air when it was back to The Flash. People were still making utterly dumbfuck decisions but at least it was an increase in quality.

Also fuck, how much shit they give Barry for time-travel and how much gravitas and danger is lent to it in The Flash, only for Legends to come around and time-travel all over the fucking place willy-nilly. "Barry you fucked up my life and I hate you for traveling through time to fix things without considering the consequences, time travel is awful" "Hey Cisco wanna travel through time to catch an alien" "Fuck yeah!!"

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:43:19 PM »
Beat The Last Guardian last night. I creyed. Also almost had a heart attack, I wasn't expecting it to get so intense. The game really only gets better as you go on, though it also gets more stressful.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 31, 2017, 09:36:42 PM »


Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:56:21 AM »
Got Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 & II.5 ReMix and am currently playing through the remastered Kingdom Hearts I.

None of has aged well. At all. The gameplay got the worst of it.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:08:18 AM »
So I decided to play again today, but this time on my friend's PS4 Pro and 4K TV, and with that I take back anything negative related to visuals. It is fucking beautiful like that. Good framerate, I didn't notice any aliasing at all, everything is super detailed and gorgeous.

Also the game has a massive rise in quality correlating with how well you and Trico learn to communicate with each other. We're an amazing team now and it's fluid af and everything feels much less clunky. Part of the latter is surely to do with the fact that Team Ico's games just have bizarre controls in general, so they take getting used to. For example, there's a button to jump, and there's a separate button to jump forward. Weird.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:58:56 AM »
Playing The Last Guardian since, from what I've heard, it really shouldn't take me more than a day or two to beat. So far it's really, really good. I don't totally get the graphical complaints since it looks really nice so far, and Trico's AI and animation is fantastic. Only problem I've had so far is that the controls are absolutely awful and I don't think I've seen the game run over 20fps yet. That's not hyperbole.

The only other flaw, actually, is that I feel the compulsive need to stop and pet Trico every ten seconds because he's so adorable, so this game will probably take way longer to complete than it should

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:26:50 AM »
I can't think of many instances where getting hyped has made my expectations lower. And before you cry about my fangirling, that has little to do with my hype and everything to do with being blinded as a fangirl. Generally if I'm hyped about something (cough and such watchdogs coughing) it raises my expectations dramatically, which is one of the main reasons I've tried to stop hyping myself about things.

Also, I'm not conceding it's "shit", just that it's not good. It was an okay/alright show I enjoyed thanks to some characters and plotlines (Ward and Ward); most of my argument is literally "I don't think it's as bad as people say". The difference between a 2/10 rating and a 5/10 rating.

I know you have a hard time with subjectivity and people having differing opinions (granted, I just find it really fucking annoying when people say shit like "in x amount of time you'll agree" as some weird way to deflect disagreement off to some vague future point), but I'm so non-enamoured by this show that I'm confident my opinion on it is not likely to change much. Just like I think the same of Daredevil season 1 as I did after I watched it, or Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage, or Daredevil season 2...

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:08:23 AM »
Iron Fist (Scott Buck, 2017)

Ayyy, I get to play contrarian to Saddam again.

I liked it. Well, enough that I'd say it's "alright". It's weird, because I feel like I've watched a completely different show than a lot of the people calling it a piece of shit. I don't disagree with a lot of the criticisms—the dialogue was bad, the fight scenes weren't great, and the story is weak—but not to such an extreme. I went in thinking I'd agree with all the reviews, but I've come out very differently. Rand was an awfully-written  character, but it had little to nothing to do with Finn Jones. His acting was fine throughout, he just really was not given anything good to work with. The fight scenes in the first half were very poorly done, but they improved dramatically in the second half (and, warning, I thought Daredevil just had alright fight scenes for the most part, too). So did the story, since they basically fully-embraced "hey, this is fucking nuts" and just went off the rails. That's not to say it's great, but I was way more hooked in the second half than I was in the first.

The highlight of the show, actually, are the Meachums. Ward, in particular. I was getting emotional whiplash with all the times he made me feel bad for him then made me hate him one after the other. His felt like the most fully-developed character in the show, and the one who made the most consistent decisions for the most part. Harold was delightfully hateable and...odd enough to be interesting. Joy was, well, Joy. I thought she was kind of fucking stupid but hey I guess she made me feel something.

No, not exactly a glowing review, but it wasn't a great show. Odd pacing, lackluster fight scenes (for the most part), bad dialogue, weak story, etc. I just don't think it's nearly as awful as people are saying. Maybe it's because the MCU and expectations are high (which they shouldn't be after Daredevil season 2), but I'd rather watch Iron Fist than most shit on TV. That being said, so far my MCU Netflix ranking goes:

Jessica Jones: Season 1
Daredevil: Season 1
Daredevil: Season 2 (Part 1)
Luke Cage: Season 1
Iron Fist: Season 1
Daredevil: Season 2 (Part 2)

The biggest disappointment in the show, for me, is that he didn't get his costume!!!! He's got the coolest costume of the bunch, so he better not just be Danny Rand: Vigilante Extraordinaire. So I don't agree with the more extreme views that season two should be axed or Finn Jones replaced, I just think they need a new showrunner and Jones should spend the time up until The Defenders practicing his kung fu.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: March 15, 2017, 09:04:59 AM »
This may blow your mind, but I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild since March 3rd. Just beat it. This also may shock you, but I am crying and sniffly and my brain is full of love and sadness. This is also why I've been gone from IRC because I've just been dedicating every moment to playing it.

I don't know how to review this game, since I'm overtly blinded by fangirlism to an extreme degree. This might be the closest thing to a 'perfect' game I've played. Can't think of any flaws other than it's kind of annoying when your shield is near breaking and the game tells you it a little more often than would be desired. This feels like the perfection of the "open-world" game. The environment and world isn't an obstacle or just something to travel past, it's an integral part of the game.

I almost had to rethink and relearn how to play a video game, because most of the things you'd take for granted in other games as "this won't happen because game design" don't apply anymore. If something should happen when you do something, it more than likely will. If you're in a thunderstorm, you better not have any metal weapons or apparel on you. If someone's pelting you with lightning arrows, stay out of puddles. Fire creates an updraft, use it to your advantage. Physics does not wait for you nor will it be kind to you. Similarly, it won't be kind to enemies, so use it to your advantage. Don't use bomb arrows in a volcano (they'll burst into flame and explode). If you throw something at an enemy, you've just given them a weapon. Don't go into an arctic region lightly-dressed.

Not to mention all the ways you can solve puzzles are limited mostly by your imagination. Literally four other coworkers and I were discussing a particularly annoying one...only to find out every single one of us completed it in entirely different manners. We started asking each other about other puzzles (while being careful of spoilers) and, again, a large number of them we pulled off in completely different ways. There was one puzzle I was stuck on where I had to use metal objects in the room (metal crates, metal spheres) to conduct electricity to complete several circuits. I was having trouble with it and threw one of my halberds at a crate out of anger and—to my shock (haha)—the metal parts of the halberd conducted electricity. I proceeded to use the several metal weapons I had to cheese the puzzle and complete it. This isn't at all what you were supposed to do (my friend gave me the correct solution the next day), but it worked. Again, I didn't even consider it because that's something that virtually any other game would've just ignored.

I've had countless "holy shit" moments like that in this game. Every single time I thought I was done being surprised, there were more surprises waiting. You get a few simple powers, but you can use them together in an absurd amount of ways. My favourite is the "freeze time" rune you can use on objects. You freeze an object in place, but it stores all the kinetic energy gathered while it's frozen and uses it all at once when it unfreezes. Sounds almost useless in a game like this, but I've solved more puzzles and general issues than I can count with it, and you can combine it with other powers (magnetism and bombs, mainly) to accomplish ridiculous things.

There are an absurd amount of things to do in this game—the world is packed, but none of it feels like a Ubisoft collectathon, mainly because every reward is tangible. With the closest to a "collectable" there is, you do these things and you're rewarded in-game, but the game never pushes you toward them or really encourages you beyond "hey, there are things out there," and each of them requires a little puzzle-solving so it's not just climbing somewhere and touching a thing. Beyond that, there are tons of quests, all given by characters with motivations and personality, so (if you're like me and get attached to video game characters) you actually feel like helping them. The environment design is fucking fantastic; not only is it utterly beautiful, but the terrain is purely creative for an open-world game. The use of verticality inside of villages and out is a breath of (the wild) fresh air, scaling mountains feels more like actually scaling mountains than any other game I've played, the world feels like an actual world rather than some random bumps and hills tossed into a blender and distributed about so you can walk over them... I honestly believe this is the peak of open-world games.

And hey speaking of characters, can't say I'm shocked at all since Zelda is great at characters, but it's fantastic to be able to play an open-world adventure RPG where the characters aren't a bunch of interchangeable information-and-quest-distributing kiosks. While you'll run into people that only have one or two things to say, they're unique. Villages and towns are full of people with distinct personalities and designs, so much that I could remember people just after a couple visits to their town.

Combat is fantastic as well, clearly influenced by games that center around it like—most notably—Dark Souls. That's probably the most apt comparison, really, because this game is hard. I honestly haven't seen this many game over screens in a Zelda game in the entirety of my life, and I don't think I've ever died 20 minutes into a Zelda game before. It's not unforgiving, though, which is the best part. If you're patient, perceptive, and prudent, combat can be a breeze. There's little more satisfying than nailing down an enemy's attack patterns, their little tells, and suddenly taking down a formerly-difficult beast without a single scratch because they weren't able to lay a finger on you. And that's not even mention the fucking plethora of ways to defeat any given enemy. I was completely out of weapons and ended up literally beating a giant hinox (cyclops) to death with a metal box because I had no other option. I've started wildfires to smoke out foes and lead them right to me while they were too busy putting the fire on themselves out to fight back. I've knocked lanterns into explosives to light up a room, hammered boulders off mountains to disperse a crowd, led enemies into the paths of larger ones to cause collateral damage, froze enemies and used them as literal weapons against others...I could go on and on and on and on, but my point is that I've had far too many unique encounters to even dream of keeping track.

On top of all that, the soundtrack is the best Zelda soundtrack we've had since Wind Waker. Little anecdote, I was wandering around one of the game's villages, wondering why I was feeling so nostalgic and emotional (well, moreso than the rest of the game), when a few notes struck and I realized the theme is a gorgeous, slowed and rearranged rendition of the Dragon Roost Island theme, not only one of my absolute favourite Zelda songs, but one of my favourite pieces of music, period (which goes for a few other Zelda songs as well). My eyes got all misty and I just stood a few minutes, gazing out of the city and really taking in the music--already my favourite piece in this game--and revisiting memories both old and new. This is the perfect fusion of pushing gaming forward while fondly and tastefully looking back on where it's been. There are a few throwback songs (and they're all great), but the majority are completely original while feeling like they completely belong in the Zelda series.

I don't think I've ever felt so satisfied with a game before. I don't feel like I want to convince anyone it's amazing, I don't feel like debating with anyone who thinks it isn't, I just feel happy that I played it and that I get to experience such a wonder. The best part is that, even though I've beaten the main story and been playing for at least 70+ hours, I'm not even close to being done with this. Once I complete every quest, collect everything I can, and upgrade everything, I still don't think I'll be finished, just because combat and general gameplay is so fun that I don't need a pointed objective to want to keep playing. This game is magical.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:41:45 AM »
Wasn't the Black Freighter only in the extended cut?

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:40:34 AM »
Logan (James Mangold, 2017)

Amazing. Seriously. Saw it with my friend and my nephew, they looked over at me just as the credits hit and saw me just sobbing openly. Not just a few tears, but a full-on stream and shaky breathing and inability to talk. I can't think of a single superhero film that's made me feel the things that movie did.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:46:50 PM »
It's sad. Normally I would assume TTIOH was trolling but it's become maddeningly clear that his gullibility represents more than forty percent of the country. *Sigh*

Well obviously I need help, can you please show me exactly what I'm gullible about? I mean, I'm not sure which one is worse, or if they aren't just the same thing, I'd rather not be naive. I don't assume that either political party is the moral authority, they are equally corrupt through and through. If there is something I'm unaware of please enlighten me instead of assuming my opinions and convictions are just an elaborate ruse for the amusement of the internet.

Sure. Why do you insist on insisting Obama must have "authorized" all of this when the FBI doesn't answer to the White House? This keeps being presented to you and you keep brushing it off.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:58:01 AM »
The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014)

That was, hands down, the best action movie I have ever seen. Holy fuck. That motherfucking choreography was art.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:10:04 PM »
Everything isn't a scandal tho

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