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Confusing the Teachers

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, Sep 30 2014 · 19 views

"So, what if, say, I needed to cite a source, but the source may not be published by the due date for this paper?"

"Well... What?"

"If I know what I need to say, can I just turn it in sans citations and add them once the source is published?"

"How do you even know about this source if it's not published?"

"...I wrote it. This paper is a continuation of those papers."

In related news, anybody know how to cite in-press sources in MLA?

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Tuesday Tablescraps Special - 9/30/14 - The Havoc Wreaker

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Sep 29 2014 · 17 views

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Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (reactions)

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Sep 29 2014 · 35 views
ponies

First I just want to say, I've had numerous dreams about watching a new MLP episode, and then halfway through I remember I forgot to blog any sort of reaction. Then I'm like "Oh man, what should I do? Should I rewatch it and not let them know I forgot? Or should I tell them and just start reacting halfway through?"
Just thought that was funny. It's never happened before thankfully.

Obviously I couldn't wait for the DVD, and had to use... Other sources. Anyways, all I really want for this movie is it to not be a musical and have a good story. Despite how bad the first one was, I'm still really excited for this. So without further ado, let's get on with it!

SPOILERS AHEAD!! If you want my spoiler-free thoughts, scroll down to the tl;dr

Enter Major League Pong God: Double Rainbow

Already seen this part, lol

Dat hair...

To quote myself from the last movie, "Another one falls to the elements"

New intro time!

The visuals are interesting, but I think I like the one from the previous movie better

Uuuuuuuuuuuhn my body is ready

Seen this part too

Highschool musical lel

Poor Sunset Shimmer

Aaaaaaaaand I've already seen this part too

I'm going to keep count of the songs, and how many of them I like. So far, I've liked zero out of one (or 0/1, just to save time typing [not counting the theme song])

Their hair is waaaay too puffy

WAIFU STEALER

How long after the first movie is this?

I never really liked him either, Sunset

Eeeeyup

They'll play that song at the end I bet

SEEN THIS PART TOO

"You're the worst" that will be a thing throughout this movie

So, the Hub pretty much gave away the whole beginning of this movie in clips

I don't like Sonata

They like to sing in the cafeteria in these movies

Yeah, I guess I like this song. So that's 1/2 (one liked out of two)

NEW STUFF FINALLY

Hull? Did she call her hull?

Poor Sunset Shimmer

They're being controlled

They sang to them, now they're being controlled

Yep

Poor Sunset Shimmer

lol Fluttershy

Dat handwriting...

So they all just sit around in the castle all day?

COMMERCI- Oh, wait

Pinkie Pie, please don't start

Like all the other villains...

So they're really old

No I'm not, I'm a chicken!

SCIENCE

"And don't forget the dresses"

Now who will come out first?

Wait, aren't there only two jokers in a deck?

Aw, didn't see who got out first

Poor Sunset Shimmer

lol Rarity

How did they make that video? Was she playing in front of a green screen?

That's going to be another thing in this movie, but it's more lulz worthy

That's me at a party by the food table

THE DIAMOND DOGS!?

Awkward

Sunset Shimmer will have something to do with beating them

Tails? More like hair extensions

They're talking about Magical Mystery Cure, right?

I remember how the last slumber party went

Rainbow Dash can't win without cheating

Must not be too hot

I smell shippers

That scene... The shippers are crawling out of the woodwork

Did that count as a song? Don't think so

It'll all be fiiiiiiiiiiineeeeeeeeeeee

Dat Daft Punk reference

"You are the worst thing that happened"

lol

LOL

The coolness has decreased

Why are Luna and Celestia letting the others do this to them?

That song was eh. 1/3

Waifu stealer is a jerk

That's a nice name

Poooooooor Sunset Shimmer

Yeah I'm saying that a bit too much

Dat animation

That song was pretty nice. 2/4

That's one way to make an exit

Nevermind

Rainbow begins showing her jerkiness

Obviously

lol Photo Finish

You all know why Trixie is in this movie so much just as well as I do...

She dropped them in the Rancor pit!

lul

Does that count as a song? If so, it was eh

So much use of harmonized vocals

And she isn't in the battle?

Yep, called it

All the Dazzlings songs so far have beat the main si- HOLY TRANSFORMER

VOODOO

Okay that Dazzlings song was good. 3/5

Upgrades

This is pretty good...

Aw, it was just starting to get really good

Time for Sunset to shine

Poor Spike gets left out

Did they die?

Well, that was a fail

Not quite teenage...

EQUESTRIA GIRLS 3 CONFIRMED

So... Where did Vinyl get that car?

One more song

If there's ever to be some sort of FiM spinoff based on these movies, I guess Sunset Shimmer will fill in for Twilight

Wonder what happened to the Dazzlings

EQUESTRIA GIRLS 3 DOUBLE CONFIRMED






tl;dr, I think it was pretty good. Definitely better than the first one. I enjoyed it much more than the two previous seasons of pony as well. Few questions I'd like answers to, but nothing that ruins the movie. All in all I enjoyed it.

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How Times Have Changed

Posted by Zeddy in Zomg, Sep 29 2014 · 59 views

I mean really. A couple of days ago I realized I hadn't updated my staff bio in forever (read: 6 years), which means I was literally 13 when I wrote it. If you have ever encountered the average 13 year old online, you may have been slightly taken aback by the things they threatened to do to you and your loved ones. Needless to say, writing short paragraphs about their still developing sense of self in a humorous, yet not-incredibly-immature-sounding way is not one of their strong suits. Just look at the early days of Adventurer's blog for an idea of what I'm talking about.

My point is, I have a new bio (thanks Gata). The old one has been purged.

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BUT that's not the end of it though. Fortunately for you and unfortunately for me, I decided to save it. I mean, what is the point of past mistakes if you can't learn from them? And also because something like that didn't deserve to disappear forever- it was a testament to my youth. A reminder of a different, happier time, when... er... Krika (?) and Tahu et al. were trudging around a swamp, with giant bat-Makutas flying overhead. And those Axalaras and Rockohs, how great were they? Good times, man...

Anyway, here is the screenshot. Enjoy. :)

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Thoughts on Games

Posted by Pulse Trijhak in Definitely Not Edible, Sep 29 2014 · 77 views
overrated, games, graphics and 1 more...

Sometimes I get the feeling that people say games are good just because it's what everybody else told them: that it was good. No reasons. Just that it was 'good'. Or, if there were, that one part of it was good but not the other parts. Which really isn't enough to justify that a game is good, IMO. So then we end up with overrated games. However, games are allowed to be flawed. I do not mind a few bugs, but what I do mind is gameplay that is just bad and unclear graphics. Not 'bad' graphics, unclear graphics.

Related to this, I think game developers and gamers today focus far too much on graphics and not enough on gameplay. You know, that extremely important part that makes it a game? If we could stall graphics development for a few decades and focus on making games as entertaining as possible, it would be nice because I don't want to be staring at what is basically an uncanny valley.

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This company is the freaking greatest

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Sep 29 2014 · 69 views

Fascinations has now helped me complete two of their steel model kits with their excellent customer service.

Now if only I could find a way to make whatever floor I have a table over stop devouring the small metal pieces. Thankfully I usually have just enough extras to complete the kit.

Maybe I need to disassemble one of those old speakers for the magnet...

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Buyer's Guide: 2014 Ninjago

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., Sep 29 2014 · 57 views
My Opinions

On the heels of my last Ninjago review for the year, I have to admit that I was a fan for this wave through and through. And I also had the budget to buy most of them. (Well, except for the Ninjago City Temple, which is still on my wish list... waiting until October for double VIP points) But just saying "Buy em all" is a poor buyer's guide, so I should think on a more limited income level. So here's a quick rehash of my opinion of what Ninjago sets to get this year. In case you hadn't decided yourself yet, of course.
  • Thunder Raider - It comes with two Ninjas and two vehicles for each (which can combine too.) Plus a decent Nindroid to boot, although he's totally outclassed. At $30, I think it's a nice, affordable way to get multiple Ninjas and an enemy character.

  • Kai Fighter - You only get one Ninja here, but it's Kai and the new hairpiece is a win. Plus a decked out General Cryptor. The jet is also an excelent design. A little similiar to Jay's previous jet, but good all the same, and nice at $20.
  • 3: NinjaCopter - This is probably my favorite vehicle of the wave, plus exclusive battle damaged Zane. You also get Pixel and Nindroid and a drone (which is kinda lamer than a full Nindroid), so good deal there too. At $60 it's a tab pricey tho.
  • Destructoid or Ninja Charger - I don't have either of these so this is a toss up really. You get good figs in each, a mid-priced Nindroid vehicle in the Destructoid (they're a little lacking in vehicles in that size), and a cool red car with Kai in the Ninja Charger. They're a little pricier ($35 and $40 respectively) and IMO the designs aren't as good as the others. But still probably fun builds.
  • Hover Hunter - The cheapest set is a bit lackluster; the drone is a lame verson of the Nindroids, and Cole's a repeat. But it's the only way to get the green techno blade, and the spinning blade function worked better than expected. Still, even with the price, it's not high on the list.
  • Nindroid MechDragon or Battle for Ninjago City - I have the former and plan to get the latter. These two are pricey: $90 and $120 respectively. But each comes with a plethora of characters (including at least two exclusives) and great designs. The MechDragon makes up for the reletive lack of Nindroid vehicles by looking super rad and awesome. Meanwhile, the Ninjago City temple is an awesome design that improves upon previous Ninjago buildings (or so it seems from the picts I've seen.) I'm sure both these sets are must haves, but at their cost I doubt everybody could afford one. If you have enough budget for just one of these, you could get it and potentially ignore the rest of the theme. But if you're tight on cash, you can still enjoy Ninjago with some of the smaller sets without needing to go bankrupt for these.
  • OverBorg Attack - Yeah, this is at the bottom of my list. It's the cheapest way to get Lloyd and only way to get Cyrus Borg, but the latter is not that exciting of a fig compared to the other Nindroids, and if you can save up for one of the pricier sets then you also will get Lloyd. Beyond the figs, the vehicles are pretty meh-worthy here, with nothing too exciting. It does kind of capture the essence of the Ninjago theme here, but I think some of the other cheaper sets do it better, and this seems to just be a cheap way to grab Lloyd if you can't get him in one of the pricier sets.
Anyway, those are my opinions, feel free to disagree or whatever. Or take my advice and purchase away! It's been a fun year of Ninjago, and I'll be interested to see where it takes us next year.

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Doctor Who

Posted by Smooth Jazz in The Swimming Beard Knows, Sep 29 2014 · 125 views

If this season keeps going the way it has been, they're going to have to rename the show Clara.

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BEST EVER 3 - PRELIMINARY VOTING! (VOTE NOW)

Posted by Voltex in Sail Among the Stars, Sep 29 2014 · 162 views

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Alright! We've had a couple days of nominations, so now it's time! We have a limited number of slots left for both heroes and villains, and those spots must be filled! The lists currently stand as follows:

Heroes
1 - Luigi (Super Mario)
2 - Samus Aran (Metroid)
3 - Pit (Kid Icarus)
4 - Link (The Legend of Zelda)
5 - Starkiller (Star Wars)
6 - Mega Man (Mega Man)
7 - Agnes Oblige (Bravely Default)
8 - Lucas (Mother/Earthbound)

Villains
1 - Hades (Kid Icarus)
2 - GLaDOS (Portal)
3 - Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
4 - Ridley (Metroid)
5 - Black Shadow (F-Zero)

This means we have eight heroes and eleven villains to decide. These are your choices:

Heroes
Angeal Hewley (Final Fantasy)
Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy)
Ness (Mother/Earthbound)
Richard Conway (Gunpoint)
Zero (Mega Man)
Robin (Fire Emblem)
Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
Professor Layton (Professor Layton)
Liang (Waking Mars)
Dust (Dust: An Elysian Tale)
Samanosuke (Onimusha Warlords
John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
Gordon Freeman (Half-Life)
E-123 Omega (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Master Chief (Halo)
Raiden (Metal Gear)

Villains
Fawful (Super Mario)
Wario (Super Mario)
Sephiroth (Final Fantasy)
Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
Cyrus (Pokemon)
Gemini (Mega Man)
Majora (Legend of Zelda)
Ghirahim (Legend of Zelda)
Spider (Limbo)
Comstock (Bioshock)
Wallace Breen (Half-Life)
Queen Sectonia (Kirby)
Grima (Fire Emblem)
Ghetsis (Pokemon)
Porky Minch (Mother/Earthbound)
Vile (Mega Man)
Don Paulo (Professor Layton)
Master Hand (Super Smash Bros.)
The Gentleman (Monaco)
Malice Borg (Dark709’s Comics)
Big Boss (Metal Gear)
Metal Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Darth Malak (Star Wars)
Kane (Command and Conquer)
Metal Kor (Jak and Daxter)

In the comments below, you have three votes - three for the "Heroes" list and three for the "Villains list. Spread these votes however you want - you could vote one for three characters, or maybe three times for one character.

Begin!

For the Heroes, I vote for:
-Robin (Fire Emblem)
-Professor Layton (Professor Layton) x2

For the Villains, I vote for:
-Fawful (Super Mario) x3

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So... about that stuff

Posted by Pomegranate in Hundreds of Crimson Seeds, Sep 29 2014 · 65 views

Some new stuff came up today

And all I'm gonna say is that they are beautiful and I am so so so so happy and I want to scream :D

I'm gonna buy 'em all and nobody can stop me


In other news, I finished HIMYM just now. I cried like a baby. I was sobbing and blowing my nose and making those ugly crying noises for like 10 minutes at least. I got it spoiled for me so I knew what was coming and I still wasn't ready. I'm gonna start crying again if I think about it for too long.

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Interesting Developments on the BS01 History Front

Posted by Zox Tomana in Softly Call the Muster..., Sep 29 2014 · 39 views

While trying to remove some redlinks from the [http://biosector01.c...tor01:Event_Log BS01 Event Log]'s Archive, I found the page to be completely un-editable. Both Swert and I tried editing the page (myself trying both in whole and in section), but we both got fatal errors from it simply taking far too long for the site to execute the edit. Together, we decided that the best option that would preserve the archives was to split them between two pages. Well, I did that, and they work!

The ELog Archive was roughly ~244 kB of information between text and coding. My own Histories page? 229.356 kB.

I'm apparently nearing some kind of critical mass where I, at least, will not be able to edit my own subpage, apparently due to sheer size.

Dividing the ELog Archive was easy. I asked KH (Naina) how she, as an old ELog Manager, would like to divide the years and she said to put 2010 and 2011 onto the newly created Archive 2. But, while my own page is organized in roughly chronological order, there isn't as clean a dividing point as the Archives.

I think my best idea so far is to separate out Events versus non-Events, and create a Histories 2 subpage to move one or the other onto. But that leads to a curious dilemma: which do I put where? This is not a trivial decision. Currently, BS01 only allows two User Subpages per member, and I would like to keep these under my own name. The sticking point is the Original File. The File that got me started. The V File.

Originally composed as both a profile of Toa V (an alias of Swert, if you will) and as a record of the BS01 Empire incident, the V File could be considered my signature record on the page. So, it should stay on the main Histories page, right? But the V File no longer falls under the Events category, and it wasn't just V that got me started, it is the April Events. In fact, it is the April Events that really got my chronicling bit going. So THEY should stay on the main Histories page, shouldn't they?

I suppose I should be glad this is the only thing currently vexing me (besides an ex-girlfriend I'm curiously close with) considering I really need good grades this semester and I have an upcoming Med School interview, but it really does bother me XD




Oh God... I just realized. If I split the pages, I'll need a quote for the top of each page. It would only be right, considering that I currently practice the policy of a quote for every section.

Kill me. Now.

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Oh hey look a Destiny review

Posted by Necro in Double Standard Three; Back From The Dead!, Sep 28 2014 · 79 views

So I've been kinda inactive the past few weeks, and to be perfectly honest a big part of that is that I really struggle to think of many compelling, enjoyable parts of BZP's community anymore, and plenty of things that rub me very much the wrong way, so I might just end up becoming less active in-general on here. But I digress, because I've seen a lot of people posting here about that new video game with Tyrion in it, and I was already planning to post my thoughts on another website's blog, so I figured why not here as well? So, without further ado, my thoughts on Destiny:




GRAPHICS

So, the first thing that most people notice are the visuals. How sexy is the game?


It's worth noting that A. I really don't play any of the high-demand "stress test" type games, so I probably don't have the best feel for the capabilities of modern graphics(Personally I don't think the whole graphical arms race is worth much anyway, but that's another post for another day), and B. I'm playing on a PS3, so what I think about it visually is probably not applicable to the Xbone and PS4.

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With that said, Destiny looks good. It's certainly not photorealistic, and it's not the pinnacle of modern game visuals. The one real complaint I have with the visuals is the use of glares, lens flares, and other similar effects. It's not to JJ Abrams levels, but it can be excessive at times just how shiny things are. It's especially distracting if the arm armor you're wearing or the gun you're holding is white or or something else that reflects a lot of light. A patch to remove, or at least significantly decrease, what reflects off your gun and arms/hands would be very nice.

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Again, it's certainly not the pinnacle of gorgeous graphics, but Destiny still looks very good. Which is important, because it's a game that relies on atmosphere heavily. More on that later.

GAMEPLAY

Okay, now we know that this game looks sexy(Or, as the case might be, ugly). So now that we know how it looks, what are we doing?


This is really where Destiny shines. Bungie's pedigree is obvious with their work on the first few Halo games, and the action is just as fun and entertaining as you'd expect of them in a first person shooter. Unlike some console FPS games where the aiming is clunky and certain guns just don't work, everything about Destiny's shooter mechanics feels polished. The aim assist is enough to really help without throwing you off once you get used to it, and every single gun, from the shotguns to the hand cannons to the assault rifles and everything in between, feels natural and, with the right playstyle, effective, both with and without using sights(With the obvious exception of sniper rifles since they're designed around scoping in). There are certain imbalances, which Bungie has already addressed and started patching, but by and large, they all feel very pleasant to use, and I'm sure I'm far from alone in being torn between different weapons. The classes also feel very well-balanced; at no point does it feel like a skilled Warlock can't kill a skilled Hunter or a skilled Titan kill a skilled Warlock. The armor follows suit, with the passive benefits of certain armor items contending against the higher armor ratings of others.

The enemies are also better than a lot of FPS games. Sadly that's not saying much, but unless you're well overleveled, you're going to generally find that just running in headfirst is a good way to get killed, and that's a nice change of pace from the number of modern shooter games where you can just charge in with a BFG and mow down enemies who have the aim of stormtroopers and guns weaker than slingshots like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando. How it's still a step down from Republic Commando's AI almost ten years after its release, I don't know, but it's no different than any other modern FPS in that regard.

The quests are simple, but entertaining enough that they're fun, mainly because they almost all involve shooting things, which again, Destiny has down better than almost any other FPS I've played recently. They're also helped by daily challenge events, where out of the blue a much harder quest will fall from the sky, almost always literally.

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Good as the gunfights are, what really makes Destiny more than another speesh mereene FPS is the interaction element with other players. Though it can be played solo, it's at its best when you're fighting other Guardians in the Crucible, or going on strike missions with a fireteam of friends, or running around the overworld looking for loot chests with random folks. The online aspect was heavily touted, and while it could be better - which I expect it will be soon since there's every indication Bungie and Activision want Destiny to last a long time - it certainly makes the game feel that much more expansive, and I imagine it'll get even better as Bungie adds content and learns what its community likes doing. I imagine it feels much bigger and much more alive on the Xbone and PS4's larger networks than it does on my PS3 universe, too.

The vehicles aren't as good as the shooting, sadly. The speeder bikes are fun enough, but nothing spectacular. The Interceptors are just clunky, and annoying to drive. Hopefully they add more variety to the vehicles too, because there's a ton of potential in there that's just sitting untapped. Speaking of untapped possibilities with vehicles, you know what'd be a cool addition? Speeder bike races. Add more stats than speed and durability to them, let players customize and race them against each other. I don't think I'm the only one who'd love something like that.

There's also exploring the environments, which I'll get to in story actually. Overall though, the gameplay is a blast, and the gunfights, more than the quests, the story, the graphics, anything else, really shine. Which is good, because we're about to get into the story.

STORY

So, we've talked about the looks and the gameplay. For those that play for the plot, how is it?


The plot in Destiny is...disappointing, to put it mildly. It could certainly be worse; there's actually an effort to make something interesting, and there are some nuggets of an interesting story here and there. Too much of it is cluttered though with unexplained information, and a lack of much coherent plot beyond "The Traveler is dying, these guys are killing it, go kill them to save it." "Oh wait it turns out these more evil things are trying to kill the Traveler. Forget about the other guys and worry about these guys now." "Wait no these are the real bad guys. Now you're on target." "Congrats you killed the real bad guys. Those other guys are somehow not important anymore." Nothing is really ever explained, the connections are loose at best. You're just tossed headfirst into the pool that is Destiny's universe, and you're expected to figure out how it works and everything that's there for you without any help.

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Credit to Penny Arcade for the joke I completely and utterly stole. The ironic thing is that it's just as confounding, but for the exact opposite reason.


I was honestly very disappointed by this by the time I finished the story mode. Mass Effect is incredibly plot-heavy, and it's one of my favorite franchises. The Walking Dead is nothing but story in what's a glorified Choose Your Own Adventure story, and it's probably one of my top five. I consider myself a man that likes a good plot, and the lack of one with Destiny on first glance is disappointing. The more I play though, the more optimistic I get; as expounded on in-detail here, Destiny actually does do a lot of world-building, just not in the ways we're used to.

It builds its universe through the burned out academy on Venus, the decrepit moon colony overrun by Wizards that came from the moon. The big, open environments you can explore, from the post-apocalyptic Russian wasteland to the Cabal's militaristic bunkers on mars, are where you get the sense of Destiny's universe. The environment is what tells you what you're in for, not the language of the characters. The atmosphere comes from the light and shadows, the actual setting you're in, not from exposition and storytelling.

And the more I think about it, the more okay I am with that. Destiny is meant to be the first of a decade of titles published by Bungie, and I imagine it's far from the last entry into this IP. Something makes me think that Bungie intentionally left the backstory of Destiny's universe very loosely defined so it can be defined in future games. A game that details the collapse, a game that details the war that the Exo originated from, a game that goes into the Queen of the Reef's rise to prominence, and a lot of them I imagine are going to be additional content added onto Destiny itself. This is meant to be the groundwork, not the definitive statement; if they had defined everything in this initial burst, then they would've already set the limits of how far they can go.

All that said, this doesn't change how lax Destiny's story is. As great as the atmosphere is, and as much hope as I have for the future of the franchise, the initial venture still has a very anemic plot. I don't think it's as bad as a lot of people act like it is, but it's not good.

SOUNDTRACK

Music is a very underrated part of any game. How is it?


Let's put it this way to keep it nice and short: I'm looking forward to the soundtrack being released because I want to own a copy. It's great, and funnily enough the entire reason I got interested. When I heard Paul McCartney was getting involved, I wanted to see what the hubbub was about. The music is great, and another thing that really contributes to the atmosphere of the game.

FINAL VERDICT

Since you're still here, you clearly care what I think. For some reason. Anyway, what do I think? Do I like it? Do I think it's worth the time?


I like Destiny. A lot. I wouldn't call it perfect, but it's a blast to play. The story isn't anywhere near as good as I hoped, and as such I wouldn't call it a perfect, game-of-the-year type(It's a definite candidate, but also definitely not winning), but very definitely worth the price of admission, and considering the vision that Bungie and Activision seem to have for it, I can't see it going anywhere but up, and more likely than not it'll be worth jumping onto the train early instead of trying to catch up.

As always though, these are just my personal opinions. What you think is your call!

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'A Tale of Two Sisters'

Posted by Vorahk1Panrahk2 in V1P2's Blog, Sep 28 2014 · 61 views

Once Upon a Time spoilers.

Spoiler


And that's all I have to say about that.


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THIS JUST IN:

Posted by Wrinkledlion X in Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers, Sep 28 2014 · 133 views

LEGO FOCUS GROUP STUDIES HAVE SHOWN that bionicle's most popular character is somebody named "orkahm" !!

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all over the world, hip young bionicle fans are clamoring for the return of ORKAHM !! will he return in the new 2015 toyline ?? will lego cave into the demands of millions ?? click here to find out

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BIONICE

Posted by The Xinlo in Language Of The Mad, Sep 28 2014 · 118 views

So yeah I haven't made an entry about them yet, so because of today's thingy, I will pass judgement.

Edit: Remember not to discuss leaked images.
-Wind-

...right. judgement redacted until whenever

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Galidor

Posted by farmstink buttlass in incredibly silly and just a little bit rude, Sep 28 2014 · 76 views

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where the heck was i even going with this


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BIONICLE "Reboot"

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Sep 28 2014 · 42 views
Bionicle, LEGO

All this quibbling over a reboot or a continuation of the Bionicle story has been getting overdramatic, IMO. I feel I have a much more simpler take on it that doesn't negate the 10-year story we've all deeply loved:

Think of the "reboot" (as it will inevitably be) in terms of an alternate universe (despite LEGO probably not ever admitting it's like that or doing a "crossover."). Look at Marvel and DC comics. They all have a main universe for most of their stories, but then they've branched out to other universes with the same/similar characters but with a few different traits in their characterization/portrayal/origin.

For example, many Marvel stories take place on "Earth 616." This is essentially our own universe but with superheroes. Every now and then we see someone hop over to another universe, with changes like other people being alive/dead that are dead/alive on Earth 616 or the social status/business position or someone (like a bad guy) being different. In 2000 Marvel started a comic book line called with the Ultimate universe, the Earth 1610 version of Marvel heroes. Things were different, but similar. Fans could enjoy the different stories now able to be told without worrying about continuity or repeating the exact stories (though sometimes the original story is retold with a twist somewhere).

DC Comics currently has Earth Prime and Earth 2, and every now and then we see Earth 3, or Earth 23, etc. Earth Prime is our Earth but with heroes and stuff, and Earth 2 currently has experienced a slightly different timeline. While there are many heroes that are recognized, they are vastly different from the Earth Prime heroes we know. They are getting entirely new stories without risk of rehashing things. Similar elements still might appear though, just with little tweaks.

So, I expect the same kind of treatment from Bionicle. We're going to see many similar things that remind us that yes, this is the Bionicle world we feel comfortable in. But we're also going to see many new things, from character armor* to bad guys and goals. Some of that is obvious with the whole "Mask of Creation" thing, some of it just might be wishful thinking in the hopes for change, familiarity, and some changes that are rooted in the familiar. Takua might not be the Herald of the Mask of Light, for example, but we might see the Avohkii pop up eventually. See what I'm getting at?

While a continuation of the story would be a great way to take what we know and grow with it through new stories, seeing a reboot will still take the familiar and still make new stories. And it makes it accessible to new fans ready to take in the new mythology.

-CF :kakama:
*Armor/looks isn't that big a deal. Superheroes change their outfit looks all the time. Even the Toa Nuva did it in 2008.


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Psyched for Tahu's New Regeneration...

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Oh good

Posted by Scanty Demon in Terrible Joke inc., Sep 28 2014 · 62 views

Turns out I'm sick. Waking up is when it feels really bad but gets better over the day. Hope it gets better soon.



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