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a thing

Posted by constable-frozen in Blog Horizon, May 27 2015 · 17 views

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awwwww yeah


8511 Roboriders Frost Video Review

Posted by Marvel Nui in Weekly Random Blog, May 26 2015 · 13 views
Roboriders, Review, Too much?

'Sup guy, yes. Marvl Nui posted another Roboriders review. Lol.

But here it is, my review of Frost:

I'm really digging this YouTube thing. But yeah, I'll try to add some sweggy thumbnails in my future videos.

Make sure to like, please! It really helps. Stay turned for my review of Swamp.


Combiner Wars: Wave 1

Posted by Phantom Terror in The Phantom's Place, May 26 2015 · 30 views

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My store FINALLY got the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars wave 1 deluxe class figures! I'm looking forward to getting at least a few of them because they look super cool.

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Firefly is probably my favorite out of this wave He has a sleek robot mode, and a sleek jet to match. Probably his biggest drawback is the amount of robot "kibble" on the underside of his jet mode.

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Dragstrip looks pretty nice with the other Stunticons that are out everywhere else in the world. I love the look of his F1 racecar and how smooth he looks altogether. His biggest drawback for me is the screwholes on his robot mode's front.

Alpha Bravo
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Definitely a cool looking figure, with a cool helicopter to match, but the amount of vehi-kibble on his back bugs me. :/

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I love how brawny Skydive looks. Despite having a very similar transformation process to Firefly, the robot kibble doesn't look too bad.

I can't wait to get these figures (and hopefully the legends and voyagers too!). Now here's to hoping that my store will make it to wave two so I can get Dead End...


Nobody expects the Thedas Inquisition!

Posted by Vezok's Friend in Designer Dragon's Lair, May 26 2015 · 41 views
Dragon, Age, Inquisition, Fanart and 1 more...

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My Inquisitor Yandra Adaar.

Dragon Age Inquisition was one of the few games in the past couple of years that managed to drag me into its world from the word go.

In no small part thanks to the work of the ever-awesome Matt Rhodes, who's style this is loosely based on.

Definitely not the last time I draw Lady Adaar ^^


Two non-review video in the works

Posted by ShadowWolfHount in The Man With Big Beautiful Eyes, May 26 2015 · 18 views

There are going to be two different Riaso Talk video, one being a rant and the other being a commentary. The rant is going to be a bionicle 2015 video with friends TumaLord and Ian Gorix.

The commentary I am going to be breaking one of the rule of making a commentary, which is commentating on a year old video. The video is LEGO & Gender Part 1 and 2 by the most hated feminist which her videos are mostly on video games.
The reason why I'm making a commentary on this old video and why I'm a little bit safe from that rule is because a lot of people haven't made a commentary on this video and the people who have, really haven't done that good of a job. Also tip to future commentators, don't make a text base video and a live commentary, especially on a video you haven't watched yet.

Also another reason is because I can't find a video fresh outta the oven, that makes commentary material.


Recomendations for Wii U

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, May 25 2015 · 85 views

So, I recently got one as I mentioned earlier. I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Currently I have 3 physical disks and a handful of VC games:

Smash 4
Hyrule Warriors
The Wonderful 101

A link to the past
Zelda 2
Super Metroid
Super Mario 3D world

I'm planning on getting:

Windwaker HD
MarioKart 8
All the VC Metroids and Zeldas

So, if it's not up there somewhere and It's a good Wii U game, fire away, I need suggestions.


Critique My Video Gaming

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, May 25 2015 · 110 views

This is probably a dangerous thing to ask for, but here goes.

Summer break is coming, which bodes well for by gaming career. I'm trying to keep track of games I'm playing or want to play so as to better allocate time and funds. I've added a nifty content block to the right to keep tabs on these things.

Obviously it's a little Nintendo-centric, and even within Nintendo there are a few franchises which I've never tried. I need suggestions as to what games would best introduce me to franchises and even systems which I've never played. What's the quintessential Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy? What's the short list of must-play Playstation or Xbox games? What(cheap/old) non-Nintendo system will be me access to the most impactful Playstation/Xbox games? PC games?

Only caveats is that I'm not looking for competitive or mostly-multiplayer games, and I'm relatively conservative as far as violent/suggestive content goes.


Bonkle Plagarism?!?!

Posted by Pereki in A Rather Uninteresting Blog, May 25 2015 · 151 views



(skip to about 10:00)

Am I crazy? Tell me I'm crazy. Because I contacted them and they insisted fervently that it is a coincidence. I'm pretty sure I'm crazy, but the input of some random impartial person or two would be cool.


Bionicle Music

Posted by Letagi in Wherever you go, there you are., May 24 2015 · 75 views

Some of you may know that I'm a musician. My instruments are flute and string bass, but I also do a fair bit of arranging and transcribing for fun. My current project - and one that I just started a few hours ago - is this:

I'm sixteen measures in, or about 30 seconds, not counting the brief intro because I don't like it. Since I have no sheet music at all to go off of, I'm transcribing every note by ear into a music notation program called Finale. Those first 30 seconds took me about two hours. It's very time-consuming.

To be honest, I don't think I've ever actually finished a project like this after starting it. But it's a great exercise in ear-training.



Crazy Life Update

Posted by Nigel Thornberry in Nigel Thornberry's Hat World ♫♪, May 24 2015 · 111 views
personal, LGBT+, gay stuff

So, came out to my parents (kinda sorta. Like, I didn't say it straight out, but they kiiinda put the pieces together that I'm queer at the very least). My dad isn't too thrilled, but he understands the science behind it, and he was actually kinda supportive with my mom. Weird.

I really don't think I'm in a good place to start dating just yet anyway, so I don't mind it, really. ^^;

At any rate, I think volunteer work will do me some good to keep active, but I'm going to keep working on getting a job first. A fresh start sounds refreshing, because having your life flash before your eyes and then be living at home is... Well, it can be a little overwhelming, to say the least.

Speaking of volunteer work, I'm donating my hair this month. It is fabulous; a natural curl and a nice dark brown color. I'm going to include a hand-written note if they'll allow it. ^^;

Things at my current job are still weird. I'm even more spacey than usual, and things are getting humid and warm (not great for my lungs with all of the pollen). I've been communicating and tossing ideas around, and it seems like people are acting a little less stressed out around me at least. There are a couple of LGBT+ people at work too, so hopefully they take my advice about the job. Everyone in the kitchen staff during my time there has been more on the artistic and open-minded side of things in general, and we've always been pretty close-knit and had each other's backs. Our issues were almost always completely ignored, though. Not exactly the best situation for someone with anxiety.

The food industry is such a weird one. XD

I have good contacts, though, and, like, every religious person I've spoken to has been surprisingly accepting and willing to listen. Apparently I can be good at this. XD I mean... the situation still isn't great, mind you, but... I mean, if I ever showed up with a guy someday I think the awkward zone would be managable. (Oh geez, I can picture it now... The looks we'd get just holding hands down the street... XD)

My pets have been a huge support too. ^^

I think I have a nice nickname for my future kid; Link. Robin Williams was a huge part of my childhood, and he was a fan of the game series Legend of Zelda. Actually, Ocarina of Time was one of the first video games I really got into, and it helped me bond with my best friend from childhood (like, it was all we would talk about. XD). It's kinda the reason why green became my favorite color (It used to be red). Granted while adopting, it would only be an affectionate term. I think it would be a good reminder while my head is jumping from subject to subject as an adult. ^^;

So... maybe in around... five to ten years? Who knows?



Posted by The Pulsating of the Heart in The Flow of Blood, May 24 2015 · 93 views

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Mother 3? (Smash Files 71)

Posted by Lucina in If Infinite, May 24 2015 · 88 views

Lucas Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Earthbound/Mother
First Appearance: Mother 3 (GBA, 2006)

Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008) - to be fair, however, I have not played Mother 3
Party: 1st
Known For: Being in Mother 3, appearing outside of Japan for the first time in Brawl, being relegated to DLC
Excitement Factor: 6/10 - On the one hand, it's neat to see Lucas coming back (especially with rumors -however false they are- that Mother 3 might be released internationally via Virtual Console). On the other hand, I never used Lucas much, and he's still going to be a partial clone of Ness. With all of the other clones we have already, and rumors that Fire Emblem's Roy might be returning in the future, I find myself wanting some new and unique DLC characters.

(Please give us the Inkling as a DLC fighter)

For now, however, Lucas will do just fine.
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A Shorter Sonia Update

I actually have something to show for all that downtime! Chapter 3 of Shooting Star Sonia is now live!

This one is much shorter than Chapter 2 (about the same length as Chapter 1); part of me worries that it’ll feel a bit anticlimactic after such a big chapter, but I think Sonia could use an easy win right now and I’m going to use that as justification.

I’ve actually also gotten a decent start on Chapter 4 as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to present that soon. Since Chapters 4 and 5 will be more heavily linked, I’m hoping I’ll be able to slide right into Chapter 5 and get that out soonish as well, but maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Okay, back to work!


you're invited..

Posted by Scythey in from the edge of the forest, towards the deep green sea, May 23 2015 · 162 views

Xinlo already posted an entry about this, but hey, I figured that as an admin it's my duty to shamelessly plug it too.

..to tTH4!

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tTH4 is the newest incarnation of the long-running and successful Bionicle forum the Toa's Hideout, which was originally founded by a group of BZPower members back in the year 2007. since then it has gone through several revamped incarnations, and we've had a lot of familiar faces among us over the years, including BZP staff and members of The Three Virtues podcast. an offshoot of tTH also briefly acted as an off-topic sister forum to the website Mask of Destiny.

while we're a primarily Bionicle-based forum similar to BZP, we pride ourselves in having a much more casual, laid-back atmosphere and a greater focus on off-topic discussion, of subjects ranging from music and movies to friendly debate and daily life. we also have features like customizable-by-request member titles and personal blogging subforums that are given to you once you reach 100 posts. we consider the site to be aimed more toward older members of the Bionicle fanbase, but younger members who want to join are certainly welcome as well. we invite you to visit us any time.


Obligatory Fury Road Entry

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, May 23 2015 · 94 views

Essays, Not Rants! 166: Obligatory Fury Road Entry

I haven’t seen any of the old Mad Max trilogy, more for lack of bother than anything. Pop culture osmosis ensured I knew what it was about, though; post-apocalyptic wasteland, lots of leather, cars, machismo. So Fury Road flew below my radar during much of the lead up to its release. That is, until the press surrounding it started to discuss how it was surprisingly feminist and was [annoying] a lot of Men’s Rights Activists.

That got my attention.

Fury Road, despite seeming a super-macho movie by way of its car chases and apocalyptic grit, features Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa as the film’s de facto protagonist with Max essentially falling in to her quest to escape the Citadel with five of the villain’s wives. Furiosa is fantastic. She’s introduced as an elite in Immortan Joe’s army, one with enough sway that when she serendipitously changes course during her mission, no one in her escort questions her. And of course she kicks butt. Furiosa goes toe-to-toe with Max when they first meet and continues to prove herself plenty capable action-wise throughout the film.

But as unexpected as it is to see a woman headlining a Mad Max film, it’s expected that she would be plenty capable in the world. After all, she’s a fighter, someone hardened to the film’s post-apocalyptic setting. Where Fury Road gets really interesting with its character portrayals is with the wives. By all rights, these five should be damsels, albeit ones rescued by a woman instead of a man. They’re not fighters, not drivers, not politicians. In a world like Mad Max’s Australia, what use are they?

The film gives the wives a surprising amount of agency. We, as viewers, are first clued into their escape when we see their empty room in the citadel, “We Are Not Things” scrawled on the walls. This is the central thrust towards them: the wives are not things; they are people.

So they aren’t the load, and they aren’t just Furiosa’s cargo. When the raiding party catches up with Furiosa’s War Rig, one of the villains steadies a shot at her. In response, one of the wives, Splendid, opens the door and places herself — and Immortan Joe’s unborn child — between the gun and driver. It’s an epic moment, one of those big reversals in an action scene that cause a shift in how it all plays out.

Splendid’s actions give credence to their manifesto of not being things. When she puts herself in the line of fire, she’s doing so of her own accord; neither Max nor Furiosa tells her to do it, she makes her own choice. Furthermore, her actions indicate that she knows her own value; she knows how she can be useful in a battle despite being a noncombatant. It’s also worth noting that Splendid’s not out there alone; the other wives are helping hold her to the side of the vehicle speeding through the desert, thus showing that all of them are in this and they all know what they can bring.

Much of Fury Road plays out without dialogue, with visuals being as, if not more, important to storytelling as words. This also makes it a big teacher in the lessons of showing instead of telling: we’re not just told the wives don’t want to be considered things anymore, we see them actively fighting for and using their own agency. We’re not just told that Furiosa’s demanding of respect through others’ reactions, we’re shown it again and again by how she handles herself. With it, the film lets its female heroines make interesting choices. One of the wives loses hope, another one has great faith in their journey.

In other words, Fury Road has a surprisingly feminist bent by writing its women as people.


The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, May 23 2015 · 49 views

Alright, new episode time. I wonder how they will mess up Gilda?

Not her..

That cutiemark vibrating thing is just so lame

Oh, I forgot about theses stupid commercials

This is my first time watching a stream on Discovery Family, unless they switched during season four

That's all you can remember about her?


Wait, a commercial? Already?

These commercials are just so asinine


Her jerkiness is too over-the-top

Oh no

And it's commercial time

How is this Strawberry Shortcake show still going on?

Haven't seen those three in a while

She left her bags

Junior speedsters are our lives, skybound soars and daring dives, junior speedsters it's our quest to some day be the very best!

R.I.P idol

Do they have to redeem every villain?

Aw Gilda

That one surprisingly wasn't too bad. Griffon the Brush-Off is one of my favorite episodes, so it was actually kind of nice to see Gilda again, and I think they handled her well. I'd have to watch it more to see if I like it, but for now I think this one deserves a 6/10


Legend of Korra

Posted by Angel Beat in ~ Canterlot's Sparkling Jewel ~, May 23 2015 · 125 views

Still not over Korrasami.

Probably never will. :P


The Toa's Hideout

Posted by The Xinlo Of This Story in Language Of The Mad, May 22 2015 · 177 views

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There's a site out there called The Toa's Hideout (or tTH for short) that maybe some of you remember? It was started by a few BZP members way back in the day. It did pretty well and I somehow managed to become staff. Eventually, after many incarnations, tTH3 happened and it was pretty successful. we got that site running right as BZP had its famous 6-month downtime, and a whole bunch of wandering BZPers found us and it was great.

After a few years and bionicle's demise, we closed it down and packed it in. But now that bionicle's back, we thought maybe there'd be a chance to restart it! I'm still running the new site (which is, funnily enough, tTH4) along with BZP's very own Scythey (Ryuujin) and Mask Of Destiny's Takal (aka Takal). The premise of the new site is to be a bionicle discussion site as it always was, but to be geared more toward general discussion and older users (so like all of us who were original bonkles fans). Basically we just want it be a cool place to hang and be a little more off-topic than BZP is suited for. That's not to say, of course, that younger users aren't also welcome! Also just a few little perks, we have custom member titles by-request and personal subforums to act as member blogs when you reach 100 posts!

I know some of you were there for varying amounts of time, and others (probably vastly more) have never heard of us, but either way we invite you to come check it out if you are so inclined!


Lego Slingshot

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., May 22 2015 · 89 views

I finally managed to track down some Collectible Minifigures: Simpsons Series Two, and got the only one that I really wanted: Bartman. Even then I don't care much for the fig itself, since I have a generally negative view of the Simpson figs. However, he does come with a slingshot accessory, which is the first time Lego had produced one. (Although they've been printed on torsos before, my self fig torso has one printed on it.) (I'm also annoyed that, while the Lego Hobbit game gave Ori the Dwarf a unique slingshot ability, he did not get one in the set.)

The reason I am so interested in this slingshot element is that it's for a story I've written. I've minifigure-ized most of the characters, and I tried to give them Lego weapons based off the story. That works when the weapons are standard, like a sword or bow, but one of the characters uses a slingshot, and until now I haven't had an accurate assessor to give him. (I've used one of the fork-like Bionicle minifig weapons from back in the day instead.) So now his character is now properly armed. Yay.

Granted, two characters are still unrepresented. I need Lego to make minifig-sized accessories of a boomerang (preferably black, but dark brown seems like a natural choice) and a yoyo. Why does one of my characters use a yoyo as a weapon? IT SEEMS LIKE A COOL IDEA AT THE TIME, KAY! And it still is; it's like a metal ball you throw at people and then draw back cause it's attached to a string you're holding, what's not to like? (Oh, in the story the yoyo can also emit a blinding light to use against your enemies, but that doesn't need to be represented in Lego necessarily.)



What if... there were a Fire Emblem livestream

Posted by GSR in Defendant Lobby no. 42, May 21 2015 · 133 views
bideogame, fire emblem

So, moderately-known fact: I am a nerd who's been on the Fire Emblem train since FE7 hit America, and I am also a nerd who speaks Japanese and has a 3DS capture card. One thing led to another led to the FE:if LE getting ordered.

Since I know there's a decent amount of FE fans here, would there be interest in a stream of the game after it releases? Depending on when my copy actually arrives, the stream would probably be the last weekend in June, bleeding over into July. (There will almost certainly be a gap come July 9th when I switch into full Ace Attorney mode for Dai Gyakuten Saiban's release.) I probably won't be able to livetranslate the whole thing, but I could at least give the gist of what was going on, show off the game, and of course take input from viewers on what to do - including, since this is the LE, whether to follow the Hoshido campaign or the Nohr campaign.

So - anyone interested?

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