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  1. Hello everyone. Been a while. I was wondering if anyone had an archive of the BZPowercast. I loved listening through it while BZPower was offline around 2010/2011 before I got a chance to make an account, particularly Hahli Hahli and Janus (Janus)'s dramatic readings of the comics and Smeagol4/Princess Grrr's music. It's still on iTunes, but are unavailable (presumably whatever server that the files were being hosted on got disconnected or something). If anyone could help me find the podcast files, I'd really appreciate it. Kopekemaster
  2. Been a while, eh?

    1. Mushy the Mushroom
    2. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      May your birthday be splendid! 

      ~vigilante greeter

  3. I definitely wish they had handled the switch to Bara Magna differently. My interest in the story definitely fell off a lot at that point. Since then, I've learned a lot more about the story of Spherus Magna (thanks to Duckbricks' 9-hour story overview) and it's very interesting, but going straight from the rich, incredible world within the GSR to this postapocalyptic Mad Max world we didn't know or care about wasn't great IMO. One possible route they could have gone with it (assuming they were able to continue Bionicle for a few more years) would be to, after Teridax took over the GSR and ejected the Ignika, flashback to when Spherus Magna was whole, introduce what the world was like at that point, learn about Annona, show how the Great Beings broke off from the rest of the population, the discovery of energized protodermis and how that affected the world, and the development of the prototype GSR and eventually the final GSR. For the story, to keep people who cared about the Matoran universe interested, you could keep cutting away from the Spherus Magna A-plot and showing how things inside the GSR were going after Teridax took over. From what I've seen, there's a lot of stuff going on at that point that we never see in the comics, so it would have allowed them to flesh that out a lot more while also giving us a reason to care about Spherus Magna and want to see it reformed. Then, you could basically keep the Bara Magna story the same from that point.
  4. It's funny, I just pulled up BZP for the first time in years because I was listening to a song I thought was very Bionicle, and what do I see but this thread. The song in question is "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot. Especially towards the end when you can hear the instrumental clearly. There are definitely some other songs I heavily associated with Bionicle when I was younger, mostly as a result of listening to them a lot around that time- Atmosphere (Remix) by TobyMac was associated with the 2005-6 era of Bionicle, shifting from the return to Metru Nui to Voya Nui. I believe this is around the time Hero came out. Burn for You (Shortwave Radio Mix) by TobyMac was associated with the 2007 era of Bionicle. Particularly the Barraki. I also listen to a good bit of Jungle/Breakcore, and the folks at LEGO in the late 90's-early 00's really loved themselves some Jungle/Breakcore. Pro>Tech is a big one for me, but any sort of Jungle or Breakcore will give me heavy Bionicle vibes. A good specific track is 666 MPH by Bong-Ra - track slaps, but furthermore I'm pretty sure it uses a synth used in the Inika Island Assault soundtrack.
  5. **crickets**

    1. Erasmus Graves

      Erasmus Graves

      Miss ya chief. But then, I rarely use BZP myself nowadays lol. I do like to pop on a couple of times a year though and see how everyone's going. 

  6. I don't remember where I saw it (it was probably here, like five years ago), but I remember someone had come up with a pretty simple, effective mechanism (consisting of LEGO) that could pop them out easily. Based on that (and the fact that many other people have been changing them out for a while), I'd say they're probably fine as long as there isn't, like, a visual defect after disconnecting them.
  7. Oh geez, I forgot to post here for a while. Since my last post, I've read: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Candide by Voltaire Hamlet by Shakespeare Durarara!! Vol. 2 by Ryohgo Narita I enjoyed all of them, but some more than others. Candide is absolutely hilarious and twisted, The Left Hand of Darkness is beautiful and closer to a holy text than a simple novel, and the Durarara!! series is fantastic as always. Skylark is an amusing (and surprisingly deep) little semi-comedic, semi-depressing book, which I chose mostly because I have a bit of an obsession with Hungary. Things Fall Apart and Persepolis are both great stories that offer views into worlds that not many people would get, but they rank a bit lower because both of their protagonists are rather intolerable (to varying degrees, Okonkwo is an alcoholic wifebeater, whereas Marjane is just an obnoxious and incredibly egocentric kid) which takes away from the experience. And Shakespeare is, well, Shakespeare. Hilarious, insightful, and poetic. I also read a bunch of short stories (as part of the World Literature course, which was why I read a number of these). The Lady With the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov (one of my favorite short story writers), Nice and Mild by Gunnhild Øyehaug, The Sun, the Moon, the Stars by Junot Díaz, After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town by Ha Jin (my favorite of the lot, an absolutely amazing look into the clash between eastern and western business practices, among many other things, I could rave about it for hours), and Interpreter of Maladies and A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri. Not sure why some of the text is weird here, but I can't fix it so whatever.
  8. It's been a while since I read them, but I would probably say Tales of the Toa. I had been into Bionicle for a while, but didn't have any of the sets from 2001-2002. This was around Metru Nui, maybe Hordika era. I saw Tales of the Toa for sale at a book store, and golly gee but I sure wanted to get Tahu after that. If I remember correctly, I showed it to my mom and said something like "I'd sell my soul for that set", at which she was appropriately horrified. (I was like maybe eight or nine at the time.) As it happened, I found a huge lot of Bionicle sets for sale at a nearby thrift store for $20 shortly after that, and I think there were two Tahu sets in it. Maybe I did sell my soul that day and just didn't realize it.
  9. In my response, I'm going off the assumption that you're saying that City of Legends seems better than B:TG in terms of gameplay (it being a platformer), not graphics quality ("looks"). If that's incorrect, just let me know. I've played a lot of Bionicle: The Game. It was one of the very few video games I had access to as a kid (and I was an older kid at that point), so I played the heck out of it. And certain levels seem quite similar to the gameplay of City of Legends. It seems like each "room" is a bit bigger in City of Legends, but I would guess that's just because the newer technology allowed for it. A lot of the levels in B:TG (as in, different Toa) are unique, beyond just being different environments. Pohatu Nuva's level is a minecart ride thing, in Kopaka's you're going down mountains on his shield and fighting Bohrok, and in Tahu Nuva's you're lavasurfing. But Gali Nuva's, Onua Nuva's, and Lewa Nuva's (and *maybe* Tahu's, but to a lesser extent) levels are very platforming-based, in a way that seems quite similar to the gameplay in City of Legends. I see B:TG get a bad rap a lot of the time (which is somewhat warranted), but wanted to give my two cents as someone who has probably played more of the game than 95% of the people in the Bionicle community. The controls are janky, the graphics are pretty bad (even for the time), and it's a bit more difficult than it probably should have been for its target audience (although that's due, in large part, to the bad controls). But it's a fun game and there are a lot of unique elements in it that I think a lot of people don't recognize, and show a lot of creativity in the team that made it. (also the soundtrack is 10/10)
  10. I saw a user on BZpower claim he found the demo on that old Lego Harry Potter PC game from 2002. Listen, I don't know why everyone has latched onto this Harry Potter thing, but I can guarantee you it isn't real.I’ve never played that Harry Potter game but I read about it on the Harry Potter wiki. The Wiki lists all the features in the game but it doesn’t list game demos. So yeah I agree this probably isn’t real. Yeah, they didn't get the alpha from the CD. They said they can't say exactly where and how they got it, but it was from a (possibly former) LEGO employee. I've heard the LEGO Harry Potter thing come up a few times (I hadn't actually heard about that game before), and while it's possible that there was a promo video or even possibly a short demo on it, there definitely wouldn't have been the full alpha version of the game on the disk.
  11. They just made an article about it today, actually. I was wondering the same.
  12. who is "they"? I'm not familiar with everyone there, but Vahkiti and JrMasterModelBuilder were on the stream. There was also someone, a regular of that channel I think, named Josie. Other than that, I don't really know. They have a YouTube channel of let's plays, though.
  13. They haven't said much about how they got it, since they don't want to incriminate anyone, but it sounds like they got it via email from a LEGO employee.
  14. No, they'll be releasing it (somewhere, probably BMP) after the stream. They'll also be releasing the full soundtrack.
  15. If you haven't heard of it before, Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui is a long-sought unreleased Bionicle game from 2001. There have been a few bits found of it here and there, but nothing really "complete" in any way. That has now changed, and The Beaverhouse is streaming it on Twitch right now! You can watch it right here. Watch it! (It's Twitch, so there's bound to be some profanity in chat/in the stream. But this is just such a momentous event in the Bionicle community that I knew I needed to share it here.)
  16. i'm constantly paranoid that i'm going to accidentally swear on here

    1. ToaTImeLord


      I thought it was just me!

    2. Kopekemaster


      it's because i didn't use BZP for a while (and still don't use it much) and swear a lot elsewhere online

  17. Oh my word, that was twelve years ago? I remember seeing the teaser for the Inika in back of one of the comics and being so hyped about it for the six months or whatever until they were released. Anyway, I would probably stick with 2001-era-style music, a mix of electronic (like the "Bionicle Music" 3-track CD) and orchestral-ish stuff (like the MNOG soundtrack). I still do really love the lyrical tracks they did for Bionicle as well (Hero, Face Me, and anything by Cryoshell, specifically), but I sort of feel like they don't fit into the atmosphere of Bionicle as well.
  18. Oh yeah, I forgot that Return of the King was done by Rankin/Bass as well, my mistake. I think it was overshadowed by the bizarre choice of rotoscoping in the animated LotR. edit: Just finished Agamemnon, translated by Robert Fagles. Nice, brutal little revenge story. edit 2: And I finished Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney. I had read Beowulf before, a long time ago, and remembered enjoying it a lot. This translation is great.
  19. i'm basically just here for Last Book You Read at this point

  20. -snip I find all others look different mentally That's actually one major - albeit subjective and personal and pretty minor overall - reason I disliked the movies. I had a specific mental image about how every character looked and acted and spoke and all, and the movies ruined that for me. Especially for Aragorn, the actor for that did a great job with it in the movie but it was completely different from how I imagined him in the books and it kind of ruined his character for me. Anyway, I just finished (as in, five minutes ago) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. It was a very good book, not really my kind of book, but a good book regardless. It's about emigration, basically. There's this weird scifi element to it that didn't really seem to fit into it (admittedly, it's debatable whether or not it's literal or just metaphor, but it seems like it's literal), but I think I understand why he used it. edit: Oh yeah, about the music of LotR: if you haven't seen them before, you might want to check out the animated movies. The Hobbit is amazing visually (except for the character designs for hobbits and dwarves), and it has a lot of music. It was long ago that I read the books, so I can't remember if they're the same songs or not, but they're pretty fun. The second and third animated movies aren't very good (made by a different company and the visuals are way worse), but they still feature a lot of music.
  21. Have you seen the movies yet? I'd be curious to hear what you think of the movie version of Fellowship compared with the book. I'm not a huge fan of the movies, but especially dislike the Fellowship of the Ring movie because it left out almost all of the best parts of the book. Fellowship is almost entirely just travel, and that's what makes it so good. The Mines of Moria was by far my favorite part of the book (and probably the series as a whole) for how it showed just how long they were in there, how bleak and terrifying and mazelike it was, with the threat of enemies always in the back of their minds. In the movie it was pretty much just reduced to an action sequence, which was a huge letdown. And it didn't include Tom Bombadil!
  22. Re-re-releases it, actually, since there are now three versions of the song. Anyway, this is awesome. Especially awesome for me, since Budapest is my favorite city.
  23. That's a great series. I'm not really into fantasy as much nowadays, but I read a couple of those (and owned all of them) back when I was. I mean, those books are good enough to have a dictionary at the back of each of them.
  24. Finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I have a lot of criticisms of Harry Potter as a whole, including this book, but I'd say this is my second-favorite book, after Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone. A lot of exposition, but I think the exposition was pretty well done. "Sectumsempra" was by far my favorite chapter, and my favorite chapter in all of Harry Potter. Served to excellently flesh out Snape, Draco, and even Harry without much exposition. Wrapped that up just in time to start my World Literature class. A lot of good books to read there, but we're starting with Exit West. Started that today and it seems pretty good so far, actually reminds me a bit of my writing style. A lot of run-on sentences, though.
  25. Tying in with the origin of Christmas, maybe something like when the first Toa (of whatever island) first arrived. I'm not sure of the exact time each "part" of the Bionicle story took up (as in, Mata Nui from 2001-2003, etc), but I could see something like the anniversary of the Toa Mata arriving being celebrated each year.
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