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Transcendence

This is a film that needs to be reviewed several times because of how many “layers” of it there are.

The first “layer” I want to address is the “sci-fi porn” aspect of it, if only because it has the word porn in it. What I mean by sci-fi porn is there’s just a lot of science fiction eye candy in this film, and it’s probably what a lot of people will enjoy the most. Things like watching nanites build and rebuild solar towers or completely heal a fatally wounded man — there’s just a ton of it in this film, and it’s amazing. It’s done well and it’s fun to watch and reason enough alone to watch the film.

The second thing I want to talk about is the overarching story. Attempting to spoil as little as possible — and assuming you’ve seen the trailers and read a small synopsis of the film — I can only say it’s a very very interesting take on the “self-aware AI” theme. Johnny Depp’s character is confusing and multi-faceted but is in no way malevolent. It’s not skynet, it’s not the end of the world, it’s not a post-apocalyptic film.

I also want to point out that this film is a sci-fi film that for once actually puts science in a good light. It doesn’t condemn scientific progress. Though some characters in the film DO feel that way, it’s not the overall theme of the film.

The romance in the film is negligible in all honesty, and if you want to see a romance film you should see something else, but it helps to give a more human aspect to a film that lacks any real humanity.

The last thing I’d like to comment on is that this film is about one of my top interests: Transhumanism. It’s right in the title. Going above and beyond the human condition, beating death, evolving and becoming more efficient through technology. It does so very well and it makes for a very fun to watch film from my perspective.

Yes, there were a few plot holes (as with all films) and a few logical fallacies (as with all sci-fi) but it was an interesting film with a good message and well worth a watch.

I very strongly recommend this film.

Alright, whiny baby (you know who you are)

Having never played a Rune Factory game before and only having played the gamecube Harvest Moon, this game is an incredibly new and interesting thing for me.

First off is that it’s one of the best life simulators I’ve ever played because you’re always engaged.

Of course there’s farming, which would be enough on its own for most people. Taking care of plots of farm, planting seeds, picking out weeds, chopping lumber and breaking down rocks for materials.

But add to that cooking, chemistry and medicine making, forging and synthesizing, making and upgrading weapons, and you have a giant array of things to do at “home” alone.

The town you stay in has a large cast of unique characters with unique personalities that always have something new to say every day and you can interact with in a variety of ways, including giving them gifts (which has its benefits for those of you who want to romance characters) or even asking them to go out dungeon crawling with you.

The most important aspect I want to talk about is the dungeon crawling. You’re not just fighting to fight, you have goals and reasons for going out and about in the world. You want the plants, monster drops, materials, and items you can get out there, so you’re not just grinding for more levels.

And the large variety of weapons and magic available in the game can keep you busy enough as is, even without delving into the entire rest of the systems.

All in all, this game blends everything together incredibly well and creates a very entertaining experience that actually lasts and keeps introducing new things as you play for a long time.

I highly recommend it.

I rate it 27 out of 33

Tales games are just really fucking great.

Yes, they have their clichés and tropes and some are even so by-the-books JRPG in essence that it’s just plain cringeworthy

But somehow it all comes together in such a charming and shamelessly self-indulgent way that makes it all enjoyable in the long run.

I’ve played Symphonia, Abyss, Vesperia, Graces, and some of Phantasia and Eternia and I look forward to playing Xillia, its sequel, and any upcoming games for consoles I own.

The thing that this series always has about it (other than its charm) is that it always has me doing something. I never feel like I’m grinding, because every inch in-game that I walk is for a purpose. It’s for a quest or a side quest or a goal or exploration or just looking for a fight because the combat system in this series is just so absolutely FUN

With cooking systems, weapon upgrades, skill unlocking, mini games, and just tons of content per game I can easily spend 80 hours on just my initial playthrough of these games.

I love them so much more than any other JRPG game mostly because of the combat system, but also because the series is so consistently in line with what I like and have grown to like in it.

The only problem is that once I finally beat a Tales game, I get an honest feeling of loneliness because I actually became attached to the silly walking talking cliché characters and their struggles.

Beating a Tales game is like saying goodbye to a good friend.

I just wish the developers would stop holding games hostage and never localizing them because the vita sold like shit and nobody buys the awful “DLC”

I’m actually pretty satisfied with her as a character. I thought she’d be an awful character pandering to lolicons, but she’s actually good with a solid moveset and expert holds and some very neat grabs/throws.

I would have given my critique of her earlier but I don’t live in Japan so I couldn’t play the Arcade version.

I have to say, I’m a little disappointed that she’s not more grapply.

I know, I know, DoA5U already has two female grapplers and 3 male grapplers (4 if you’re the kind of person who counts Ryu) but Systema would be such a perfect style for grappling.

Anyway, all of that said, I say she’s a pretty good character and I’m glad she came to DoA5U.

I hope she breathes some more life into the game. I’ve already gotten a few online matches. I hope it stays.

I don’t know if I’ve ever really addressed this or not, but people keep liking my Alisa outfit from Animal Crossing (LONG after I posted it, mind you) and it’s making me want to talk a bit more about her.

I like her as a character mostly because of the movie (Blood Vengeance) which I surprisingly enjoyed and don’t even know what her story is like in the games.

What I know of her consists of the movie, reading some wikis, and playing Arcade mode on Tekken 6 PSP and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which I returned because I’m honestly not a big Tekken fan

I like her design and what she represents as a character.

She’s an android, and clearly inhuman. Her head and arms detach, she can spin her torso 360 degrees, and her fighting style includes a lot of very inhuman movements…

But insofar as the game world goes, she’s very human. She can think, she’s self-aware, she claims to feel emotions.

It’s just a really nice change of pace from the “beep boop I’m a robot” shit I see in automatons in fiction with characters talking in monotone voices or just being a stereotypical “robot” character.

It appeals to me in the same way that the dollfies I like appeal to me. It’s in the Uncanny Valley, but on the up slope. She’s clearly not human, but she’s close enough to appeal. I like things of that nature in general, but especially Alisa Bosconovitch because she combines a lot of things I like: ridiculous outfits, fighting games, transhumanism in general, and being a fun character to play as

So there’s a stupid blog post that nobody cares about. Hope you enjoyed it!

And as an addendum to my last post, there’s nothing wrong with get-togethers or conventions or whatever it is you need to “express” yourself with, but just don’t take that out into the real world.

It’s the same as shamefully obese people that wear shirts that say “Juicy” or Lady Gaga.

Just… don’t be an attention whore. It’s really that easy.
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And as an addendum to my last post, there’s nothing wrong with get-togethers or conventions or whatever it is you need to “express” yourself with, but just don’t take that out into the real world.

It’s the same as shamefully obese people that wear shirts that say “Juicy” or Lady Gaga.

Just… don’t be an attention whore. It’s really that easy.

I personally believe that the public world and society as a whole needs uniformity and shame.

There’s nothing wrong with self-expression in private or amongst close friends, there’s nothing wrong with decorating the inside of your house with abstract horror paintings and lifeless dolls combined with technicolor ponies, there’s nothing wrong with playing dress-up games or just enjoying a good psychopathic killing spree in an open world video game

But society and the outside world needs to have that pretense in order to work. Even if it stings just a little to be “normal” at work, at the mall, or even at the fucking taco bell, it’s best to not be a sperglord wearing anime T-Shirts and drawing attention to yourself.

In fact, that kind of egoism is indicative of at the very least a form of asperger’s syndrome if not something worse and less treatable.

There is the public life and the private life.

That’s what I believe.
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I personally believe that the public world and society as a whole needs uniformity and shame.

There’s nothing wrong with self-expression in private or amongst close friends, there’s nothing wrong with decorating the inside of your house with abstract horror paintings and lifeless dolls combined with technicolor ponies, there’s nothing wrong with playing dress-up games or just enjoying a good psychopathic killing spree in an open world video game

But society and the outside world needs to have that pretense in order to work. Even if it stings just a little to be “normal” at work, at the mall, or even at the fucking taco bell, it’s best to not be a sperglord wearing anime T-Shirts and drawing attention to yourself.

In fact, that kind of egoism is indicative of at the very least a form of asperger’s syndrome if not something worse and less treatable.

There is the public life and the private life.

That’s what I believe.

Just finished Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea.

I thought the worst of it was over when the game ended in the main campaign.

But the writer for this game apparently really fucking has it out for both the main character and the player.

I really just want this to be put out there as obviously as I can possibly say it:
It is not bold, edgy, interesting, or entertaining to repeatedly and hamfistedly reveal that the protagonist is actually a huge dick and kill him off over and fucking over, it’s just fucking stupid and annoying to the player.

And the infinite dimensions bullshit isn’t clever or smart or interesting either, it just leaves me unsatisfied with the events and conclusion of the game in the same way as a story that reveals at the end that it was just a dream or a simulation and none of the story’s events ever happened.

Also I’m just really tired of the game barking so fucking loudly about things and pretending it’s subtle or clever. If you played Infinite and/or Burial at Sea, you know what I’m talking about.

I really don’t understand why they can’t just release a game called "Resident Evil: Mercenaries" on current major consoles (and not the fucking 3DS) that is an improved version of RE6’s Mercenaries with better stages, bigger stages, more characters, and dare I say it CROSS-PLAY.

You heard me.

Vita, PS3, and PS4 crossplay.

Xbone and PC crossplay.

That way you don’t end up buying the wrong version and feel like a dick for being the only one that plays it.

And seriously, guys, release another CGI movie. I want to see a movie with more Jake and Leon.

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