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The Movie You Saw Last
Dapper-Sama posted a topic in Completely Off TopicHow has this not been made? Anyways, just list the movie you saw previously. Bonus points(though there is no score) if others find your movie awesome. As for me, as of 4/4/13, the last movie I saw was Kill Bill, Vol. II.
Bionicle Reading List (For fans new and old)
Toasylar posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionHello People of BZPower! I am pleased to present the all-new Bionicle Reading List. A comprehensive list of all Bionicle stories and where to read them! New to Bionicle? Taken a hiatus from the fandom and want to get back in? Hardcore fan who thinks he knows everything but still needs to catch up on that one story he missed? This is the place for you! The list includes all books, movies, comics, series, and more where each Bionicle story arc was told. It is sorted by year and by story arc, as well as by how important a story is to the overall lore. So whether you're fairly new to Bionicle and want to catch up on major plot points or a long-time fan that wants to catch up on individual stories, this list is for you. Click below for the link. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kqt_KG8YFqtZn7_COCqRBPPDG7azLIPOctH9KGRlsWs/edit?usp=sharing I've enabled commenting on the document so anybody who wants to make a suggestion can and should.
Metroid List: My Top Five Metroid Power Suits
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandI've stated that I was going to be making a few lists for some of my favorite things in the Metroid Franchise a couple months back to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. I've already made a list of my Top Ten Favorite Metroid Beams to start this off back in February. But it has been awhile since I've made my next list. Now it's time to change that, and I'm going to do that by listing my five favorite Metroid Suits. As with my Favortie Metroid Beams list, this is strictly my opinion, and my opinion alone, on these suits. And here we go. 5: Gravity Suit Featured in: Metroid, Metroid: Zero Mission, Super Metroid, Metroid: Fusion, and Metroid Prime One of Samus's more common suits, the Gravity Suit is a suit upgrade that allows Samus to move freely through fluids as if they were made of air. And with the exception of Metroid Prime, it allows Samus to move through lava without taking damage as well. It also reduces the amount of damage Samus takes when she is hit by an enemy. Samus either finds his upgrade in an area or defeats a boss to obtain it. This suit turns a lot of Samus's suit purple, which is a color that I've come to like a lot over the last couple of years. It also flows really well with the red and yellow color scheme Samus already has when she normally gets this upgrade. Plus, in Metroid Prime alone, the suit turns the green parts of Samus's suit blue. And while I like green more, the blue looks good on her suit as well. Overall, its a neat color change to the Power Suit that gives Samus more shielding and explore more environments unhindered, which makes it really cool IMO. 4: Fusion Suit Featured in: Metroid Fusion, Metroid Prime (when both it and Metroid Fusion are connected with a Gamecube Game Boy Advance Cable after beating Prime once) The Fusion Suit is Samus's altered Power Suit after being infected by the X Parasite. It functioned very similar to her regular suit, with a couple exceptions. It was lighter than regular suit, allowing her to grip onto ledges without needing the Power Grip upgrade. She is left with this suit after doctors surgically remove most of her Power Suit in an attempt to save her life after being infected by the X Parasite This is arguably one of Samus's more unique suits that she's ever worn. Just from looking at you, you can tell that its a suit that has been drastically altered into what it is. It's a suit that standouts in the Metroid series, even when you reclaim the Varia and Gravity suits in the game. That is why I like it a lot. Plus, having the ability to use it in Metroid Prime, even though it just a re-skin in that game, is pretty cool too. Overall its a great looking suit that I wouldn't find seeing again in a future Metroid game. 3: Varia Suit Featured in: Every Metroid Game in existence The Varia Suit is probably the suit most people would recognize, as it is the suit Samus is seen in the most. She starts out with it in the Metroid Prime games, but she has to find it in the others. (With the exception of Other M, where she just reactivates it in that game.) The suit itself protects Samus's from extreme temperatures of both heat and cold, as well as reduces damage done to her by enemies. In Metroid 2: Return of Samus, the suit also increases her speed by 10%. As the Power Beam is to Samus's beam weapons, so is the Varia Suit to her suits. It is a well known suit that Samus will most likely continue to use in any future installments of the franchise. The suit itself looks great, as it blends a red, yellow, and orange color scheme together really well. Overall, its a great suit to start off a Metroid game, and one that I want to continue to see in the future. 2: Light Suit Featured in: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes The Light Suit is the final suit upgrade Samus receives in Echoes. It is a fusion of Chozo and Luminoth technology that protects Samus for the dangerous air of Dark Aether as well as allow her to travel through the Dark Water in that dimension without taking damage. It also allows her to travel on Light Shafts, which were beams of light that connected the four temples on Light Aether. She is given this suit by U-Mos after restoring the planetary energy to the three main temples of Aether. I really love the unique look of this suit. Like the regular Power Suit or Fusion Suit, it looks to have a lighter appearance (no pun intended) than her normal suit. Plus, having the ability to travel on beams of light is really cool. (Eat your heart out, Takanuva. ) But I think the best part about this suit is its ability to finally let you travel Dark Aether without taking damage. It felt amazing to finally be able to explore that dimension and only have the enemies damage you. 1: Dark Suit Featured in: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes The Dark Suit is Samus's first suit upgrade in Echoes. It is a suit created by the Luminoth that reduces the damage caused by Dark Aether's atmosphere by 80% It also protects Samus from dark vapor that is vented out by ingclaws. Samus obtains this suit after she defeats Amorbis in Dark Agon Wastes. While the Light Suit is better than the Dark Suit function wise, the Dark Suit learns the number one spot on my list because of just how cool it looks. This suit just looks amazing IMO. It gives the Power suit a color scheme similar to that of the Phazon Suit, but it doesn't just look like a recolor of the suit. (Hints why that suit isn't in my top five.) It also adds some cool little details to the suit, like small red dots found all over the suit or her shoulder spheres being more linear than on the Varia Suit. Plus the way that armor looks with its red, gray, and black color scheme is really cool too. Overall, this is just a cool looking suit IMO, and I can't help but place it at number one on my list. Honorable Mentions: Phazon Suit. PED Suit Hazard Suit Zero Suit So what is your favorite Metroid suit and why? Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my list.
Metroid List: My Top Ten Favorite Beam Weapons
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandAs I stated in this previous blog entry, I wanted to make some ten lists for some of my favorite things from Metroid to celebrate its 30th anniversary. This is the first of a few lists that I plan to make. As the title says, this particular list is my Top Ten Favorite Beam Weapons from the Metroid Franchise. This is based solely on my opinion about these beams. I will list what games they appear in, what they do, and why I like them. And here we go. 10: Battlehammer Seen in: Metroid Prime Hunters. Metroid Prime Hunters wasn't one of the best Metroid games IMO, but I did think it did some things right by the Metroid Franchise. One of those things was having one of the best variety of beam weapons seen in a Metroid. I don't think any other Metroid game had such a diversity of beams as Hunters, and the Battlehammer is one of the better one to me. It is a beam used by the Space Pirate Weavel, which Samus acquires after finding it at the Vesper Defense Outpost. It fires green projectile shots and arc downward when fired and cause a small explosive blast upon impact with whatever it hits. While the beam doesn't have a charge attack, I think its still cool because shooting it at a foe is like firing explosive shots at them. You can even hold down the fire button on the DS to have the beam repeatedly blast your foes until you release it or until you run out of ammo. The look of its projectiles also makes it one of more unique looking weapons of any Metroid game, which makes me like even more. Plus, I like the idea of Samus stealing weapons from the Space Pirates to use against them. 9: Shock Coil Seen in: Metroid Prime Hunters. An experimental weapon created by the Galactic Federation that was stolen by the Bounty Hunter Sylux, the Shock Coil is a close range weapon Samus acquires at the Celestial Archives. Like the Battlehammer, this is another unique weapon in the Metroid franchise. But instead of firing a projectile at your foe, you have to get up close to it, to which the beam then zaps it with a thin beam of electricity.This weapon kind of reminds me of a Sith Lord using his/her lightning attack on a foe, which is why its one of my favorites. Any weapon that can give someone 'Sith Lightning' like powers is cool in my book. 8: Annihilator Beam Seen in: Metroid Prime 2; Echoes The Annihilator Beam is a beam weapon that combines dark energy and light energy into one blast. Samus acquires it after defeating Quadraxis in the Ing Hive. I really like this beam because it is really effective against most of the enemies you encounter in Echoes. Its single shots automatically home in on enemies without you having to lock onto them, which I think makes it really cool. But I think the best thing about is that you can shoot the Light Crystals in the game with it to turn them into Super Crystals, which causes Ing who aren't possessing any creatures to run straight into the light produced by the crystal, killing them instantly. It's one of the best weapons in Echoes, and the only reason its not higher on my list is because its charged shot isn't useful as a single shot IMO. (The charged shots don't home like the single shots, and they only really just stun an enemy if it doesn't kill it.) 7: Nova Beam Seen in: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption The Nova Beam is Samus's final beam weapon she finds in Corruption. It fires high frequency energy shots that can pass through surfaces made of Phazite. Samus finds this weapon on the Pirate Homeworld. I like this beam for a number of reasons. One, it keeps the abilities of the previous beams Samus acquired in the game. Two, it's shots are green, which is my favorite color. Third, and most importantly, it allows you to kill some of the harder enemies in the game a lot easier. Namely the Phazon Metroid and Metroid Hatchers. Using the Nova Beam with the X-Ray Visor allows you to zoom in on certain foe's weak spots and kill them with one uncharged shot, which is something not a lot of beams in the Metroid Franchise can do. Sadly, you get it towards the end of the game, which doesn't give you a lot of time with it. But I still think that it's a really cool beam that I would love to see in a future game. 6: Ice Beam Seen in: Metroid, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, Super Metroid, briefly in Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid Prime, and Metroid: Other M The Ice Beam is one of Samus's more common beam weapons, seen in the majority of the Metroid games. The Ice Beam does what one thinks it would do; it freezes your enemy. What makes it such an important weapon in the Metroid franchise, however, is the fact that it is one of the most, if not the most, effective weapons to use on Metroids. Yes, other weapons like Missiles, Power Bombs, and Charged Dark Beam shots work on them too, but Ice Beam was the original weapon needed to take out the game's namesakes. Plus, its fun to encase your foe in ice before blasting them into pieces with a missile. 5: Phazon Beam Seen in: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, End of Metroid Prime Arguably one of the most powerful beams Samus has ever used in the Metroid franchise, this is a weapon where Samus fires shots of Phazon-infused energy at a foe. She briefly obtains it at the end of Metroid Prime by entering pools of Phazon to energize her suit with this substance. In Corruption, she enters Hypermode with the PED suit to acquire access to the beam. It should be noted that in Corruption, the beam is called the Hyper Beam. It is not to be confused with the Hyper Beam Samus uses against Mother Brain at the end of Super Metroid. Anyways, this is one of my favorite beams because of just how powerful it is. There are not a lot of enemies that can survive more than a few blasts of this beam. And its charged shot in Corruption looks amazing as well. Plus, you get it really early in Corruption, so you can use a lot in the game. If Phazon ever returns to the franchise, maybe Samus can wield this beam once more. 4: Imperialist Seen in: Metroid Prime Hunters Like I said before, Hunters has some of the most unique beams in the game. And the Imperialist is my favorite out of all of them. It is a weapon used by the Bounty Hunter Trace that can fire a long-range laser that can cause massive damage to a foe. Samus acquires it on Arcterra. The Imperialist is really the only sniping weapon Samus has ever used in the Metroid franchise. Yes, the Nova Beam kind of had a 'sniping' function, but you need the X-Ray Visor to use it and it only worked on certain enemies. The Imperialist comes with its own Targeting Reticule, which allows the user to zoom in on any foe to snipe them from a distance, usually killing them in one shot. I like it a lot because it's really is the only actual sniping weapon Samus has used in any Metroid title, and I would love to see it or a beam weapon like it used in a future game. 3: Power Beam Seen in: Every Metroid Game in Existence The Power Beam is Samus's default beam weapon. It just fires regular energy blasts at enemies. Samus starts every Metroid game with it. While not the strongest beam Samus has ever used, it is definitely the most common. It's a beam that can be useful throughout some of the Metroid games, particularly in Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Plus, it has great rapid fire, which passes on to the other beams Samus acquires or reactivates in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, and Metroid: Other M. I don't know what Samus would do without this beam. 2: Wave Beam Seen in: Metroid, Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, Metroid: Zero Mission, and Metroid: Other M There are two versions of this beam. The Wave Beam from Metroid Prime is an electric beam found in Phendrana Drifts that homes in on foes when Samus locks onto them. A charged shot paralyzes enemies that it hits. In the other games, the Wave Beam allows your shots to pass through walls and give increased damage to shots if the game has beam stacking. While both versions of the game are cool, my favorite version, and the version making it on this list, is the Metroid Prime Wave Beam. It is found in the Chapel of the Elders after defeating four Baby Sheegoths and one Adult Sheegoth. I really like this beam because of its ability to paralyze foes with its charged shot. It makes taking out Space Pirates and Shadow Pirates a lot easier, especially since the shots home when Samus is locked onto them. It also stays useful through the game, especially after you get the Thermal Visor. And it just looks cool because its purple! 1: Plasma Beam Seen in: Metroid 2: Return of Samus, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Other M, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Like the Wave Beam, there are two versions of this beam. In Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, it fires superheated plasma at your foes. In the other games, it allows your shots to pass through multiple enemies. Again, I like both versions. But I like the Prime version just a bit more. In Metroid Prime, The Plasma Beam is one of the strongest beams you obtain, second to only the Phazon Beam you get at the very end of the game. You acquire it in Plasma Processing in Magmoor Caverns. Many regular enemies can be killed with just one charged shot of this beam, including Metroids and Hunter Metroids. And if they survive, the blasts cause them burn damage. So you could just fire a couple shot at a foe and just wait for them to burn to death. The beam gets in better in Corruption. In this game, you acquire it by defeating Bounty Hunter Ghor on the Main Docking Bay in Skytown, Elysia. While the beam is not as strong as it is in Prime, the Plasma Beam in Corruption does have a faster rate of power thanks to it stacking with the Power Beam and an increased range. Also, you can use it to fix broken circuitry throughout the planets in the game. And it still burns enemies when you shoot them. The Beam looks great in both games. You can see the power it has with every shot you take. Plus, I like one shot killing foes with charged Plasma Beams blasts, especially in Prime. And having the ability to fix circuits in Corruption is a really cool upgrade to the beam that just make it all the more useful. Overall, this is a great beam in both Prime games, which is why it is my favorite Beam Weapon in the Metroid Franchise. Here are some honorable mentions for Beam Weapons that I think are cool, but not in my top ten list. Judicator Magmaul Dark Beam Light Beam Omega Cannon Hyper Beam What do you all think of my list? Do you agree with my choices? And what are some of your favorite beam weapons in Metroid? Thanks to everyone that reads this. Please let me know if there is anything you think I can do to improve any future lists I make.
Official BIONICLE Concept and Design
Crunchyn posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionAs approved by Makaru Lately, I've been searching around for BIONICLE concept art and the like and this is what I found so far. TOYS/PRODUCTS/ETC. BIONICLE Style Guides http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=264895 http://www.ulkutay.net/vsg/ [under "Style Guides] Phantoka: new http://www.ulkutay.net/work-detail-53.html Barraki: new http://www.ulkutay.net/work-detail-54.html Piraka: new http://www.ulkutay.net/work-detail-55.html Inika: new http://www.ulkutay.net/work-detail-58.html Christian Faber http://faberfiles.blogspot.com/ http://derchronist.net/derspion28/Report-CF-110411AA.pdf Title Design for TLR's sequel Christopher Woollett http://www.behance.net/gallery/LEGO-Bionicle/3770232 Barraki design? David Bird http://birddavid.com/index.php Character/Kanohi designs + Case study on the design of Krika. GuuPress- "Behind the Scenes at LEGO" A look at the development of the Hordika http://www.guupress.com/magazine/features/lln-lego/1.asp MonoRed Labs http://www.monoredlabs.com/en/portfolio/type_id-11/#.UzR1X_ldV8F broke link Packaging designs for the Matoran w/ playing cards. Toby Dutkiewicz http://www.coroflot.com/toby_dutkiewicz/portfolio1 Bionicle Shoe Package Design ______________________________________________________________________________________ MOVIES Blacksheep Productions [Dave Max + Eric Hilleary] http://www.blacksheepproductions.net/portfolios/blacksheep/ Features character and environment design for MoL, LoMN, and WoS. Chris Aguirre http://caguirre.blogspot.com/2009/06/art-direction-color-script-bionicle.html Color Script for TLR! http://caguirre.blogspot.com/2009/06/art-directionbionicle-legend-reborn_8804.html http://caguirre.blogspot.com/2009/06/art-directionbionicle-legend-reborn_23.html Environment concepts http://caguirre.carbonmade.com/ Work he did for Hero Factory got mixed in with his folder for TLR. There's also work he did for LEGO: Atlantis Creative Capers Entertainment http://www.creativecapers.com/ [Creative Design-> Bionicle] Dan Kubat- NEW http://www.danosimagination.com/Portals/0/Bionicles.pdf MoL Storyboards http://www.duckyousucker.com/BIONICLES1copy.psd.gif http://www.duckyousucker.com/BINICLES2copy.psd.gif Storyboard for MoL's Takua+Tahu Lava Surfing Sequence. Stephen Lewis http://stephenlewisorthographics.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-post_8830.html Stephen Lewis did orthographics for TLR. This is an ortho of the moving of parts to form the Prototype Robot. Duane Loose http://dloosedesign.com/portfolio-2/concept/ Duane Loose was the art director for LoMN, as well as visual arts supervisor for MoL and LoMN, and a environmental designer for WoS and LoMN. His portfolio showcases environment and prop designs from LoMN.[/size] HeavyMetalDesigner http://heavymetaldesigner.deviantart.com/art/Bionicle-II-Cog-Mountain-254359747 Concept art- Cog Mountain of Po-Metru Pedro Ruiz Reyes http://www.behance.net/gallery/Bionicle-The-Legend-Reborn/3774644 Pedro Reyes did digital matte paintings for TLR. Michael Rose - NEW Art director, visual development for the movies http://www.mproseimages.com/work/#/bionicle-movies/ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ GAMES Enrique Barahona http://www3.telus.net/public/kikokun/character_design/bionicle/index.html Enrique Barahona worked as Senior Character Animator, Lead Character Animator and Character Concept Artist on BIONICLE: the Game, responsible for the main character art as well as overseeing rigging and animation. This gallery shows some of the models, a bunch of Rahi concepts, and two environment concepts.[/size] Richard Aidley Kahu Concept Art from BIONICLE: the Game Richard Aidley worked as concept artist and level scriptor on the game. Templar Studios http://templarstudios.tumblr.com/ Concept Art, Storyboards, etc. for MNOG
We all love Bionicle, but even die hard dorks (like myself) have to admit that there are a few moments in Bionicle which are, for lack of a better word, not well thought out.Here are my top ten of those moments (these are opinion based, the intention of this topic is to make your own version of this list). [*]The Final Battle between Makuta and Mata Nui in 2010[*]The Cartoon noises in The Legend Reborn[*]The Dialogue in the second Half of 2008[*]The HUGE Star Wars reference in Web of Shadows[*]The character design of The Legend Reborn[*]Metus transformed into a Snake in The Legend Reborn[*]Kiina and Gresh in The Legend Reborn[*]The Animation in the Miramax movies[*]“That is the way of the Bionicle” ending[*]Bohrok Kal, AKA Super Bohrok, in the first half of 2003I will add in the reasons why later on.What do you think are the Top Ten Dumbest Bionicle Moments for you?