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  1. Comment on Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace against the Universe - Trailer in ~tv

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    Well this is kinda unexpected, though this trailer has made me want to go ahead and rewatch the show. I loved this show to death when I was a kid. Every episode just so enjoyable and fun. So I...

    Well this is kinda unexpected, though this trailer has made me want to go ahead and rewatch the show. I loved this show to death when I was a kid. Every episode just so enjoyable and fun. So I kinda wonder how it would hold up 5+ years later and after much growing up.

    Also looking at the wiki I realized they were making episodes up to 2015, but I know I wasn't watching the show in 2015. So I think I stopped with S3 in 2012

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Started playing Persona 4 Golden the other day after grabbing it on Steam on release. I'm enjoying it thus far mostly though I'm only a couple hours in playing on hard. Biggest issue by far it the...

    Started playing Persona 4 Golden the other day after grabbing it on Steam on release. I'm enjoying it thus far mostly though I'm only a couple hours in playing on hard. Biggest issue by far it the distance between bosses and save points. If I die in the boss battle it could be a solid 5min before I can get back to the boss with skipping through the story.

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  3. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Well I was supposed to post this that was fully finished on Saturday, but hey maybe its early enough that someplace in the world it is still Saturday. But anyway; finished up Tatami Galaxy...

    Well I was supposed to post this that was fully finished on Saturday, but hey maybe its early enough that someplace in the world it is still Saturday. But anyway; finished up Tatami Galaxy Specials and it was fine, didn't do anything amazing or change the original show anyway. Also started Shiki, not sure what to think of it yet but it isn't doing much for me.


    2020 Summer Week 4

    Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Ep 4
    I love characters who normally fight and seem like they can never get along, just getting along. Even in a show like this were I know they don’t hate each other or anything. But it is a nice change of pace from the various arguments. Combining it in the same episode that they teased Senpai relentlessly with the glasses but showing that he didn’t take any of it to heart was a great mix also.

    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Ep 4
    Took 3 bloody seasons, but he has finally made a choice as to the girl he likes. I think this is my main issue with this show, especially after so many other romance shows have come around that the couple forms within episodes of the beginning. With this instead the couple is going to form a few episodes from the end of the show, so you don’t actually get to see them being a couple. In general, I just feel like this whole romance has been drug out forever, over many years and seasons and that once the meat of the relationship is possible to start the show will be over and that satisfying romance will never happen. I’m sure some people like that long drawn out chasing the romantic partner thing, but for me it just feels like a waste.


    2010 Summer Week 4

    Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Ep 3
    This might end up being a bit more complicated than I predicted, but I still hold that it is going to play out in an awfully familiar way. I don’t think my prediction is too far off.

    Episode itself wasn’t bad, had the kinda tired plot of exploring a building while the main character tries to hide something. Been done a million times now, and it still isn’t all that amazing of a plot point. I don’t think it brought along anything new or interesting at all, but it didn’t do a terrible job at it.

    Amagami SS Ep 3
    What an odd episode, I wasn’t expecting this at all. The entire episode had this kinda strange sexual tension about it, and honestly makes me wonder if we might get a tad bit of actual hentai near the end of this arc. Though while I say that I kinda loved this episode and really want to see the relationship progress.

    Cat Planet Cuties Ep 3
    I still think this show is absolutely insane and is one of the strangest shows I’ve watched recently. But I am really liking it thus far, shows that just don’t take themselves seriously and have fun are so enjoyable. Even the harem, which I normally hate, I’m not minding due to how casual and silly everything is. The ecchi stuff as well isn’t annoying me for whatever reason, it is just fun, and I don’t even consider taking it seriously.

    Want to mention the kinda odd ED the show has. I always wonder what makes shows decide to do a limited stylized real-life photos in the ED.

    The Tatami Galaxy Specials Ep 3
    An episode and story dedicated to fishing and chasing the girl. This episode was essentially par for the course when it comes to this show. Overall, this little group of specials was perfectly fine. It didn’t add anything major that changes the story of the show or the characters and doesn’t even build anything new. But instead just some short unique quirky shorts.

    Shiki Ep 1
    This episode just isn’t grabbing me and making me interested in the show. I don’t know what it is about the show, but it isn’t doing it for me yet. I’ll give it another 2 episodes, maybe 3 to see if things improve and I start to enjoy it more. In general, I’m not interested in any of the mystery or story and the characters are rather annoying, but the art style is rather interesting.

  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Finished up with Halo 2, and this was a much better game than Halo CE. Well, mostly. The combat felt much better and I really liked the health system, driving was so much improved, the maps were...

    Finished up with Halo 2, and this was a much better game than Halo CE. Well, mostly. The combat felt much better and I really liked the health system, driving was so much improved, the maps were smaller and more linear but felt better to play with, and I never really felt like they were making the game harder by throwing more enemies at me. The story for most of the game also felt better, adding the Arbiter and all the story around the Covenant was much needed. The story does end in the most disappointing manner possible, all this build up and it just pulls a cliffhanger ending. I'll get around to Halo 3 soon I figure to see how that holds up. Along with going through all the games available thus far to grab some skulls and terminals and various random achievements.


    But before Halo 3 I'm trying out Watch Dogs 2 that I got for free from that Ubisoft E3 Event. Thus far being around 1 hour in, I'm enjoying it a decent amount. Do have some initial issues though. The game seems to have a more momentum based running and walking system, and when you stop after running you keep moving for like an extra step or two. Sure it is more realistic, but it gets annoying whenever I try to be precise but keep taking an extra step I wasn't expecting. The AI of random citizens is way too aggressively reactive, they react to me driving by on the street like I'm running them over. Or trying to jump and dive out of the way when I stopped 10ft away for no reason. The game feels empty as well, I'm exploring a California city and yet I only see a dozen people walking around and a couple cars total. Doesn't seem to be many things to do in the world yet as well, lots of empty buildings and roads with no real reason to stop. I'm hoping that changes once I'm a bit more in the world and new events open up. It is interesting that they put coffee shops and restaurants in that you can stop at, but I can't just kinda stop and do anything in it besides 1 button press to drink coffee/soda and than leave.

    Non-gameplay comment about the game, it is just killing my computer at current settings. My 6600k@4.5 and 980ti both on water is being pegged at a near constant 90%+ and I can't keep a steady 60fps. I need to work on the settings a bit more and see if I can get that solid 60fps, should be able to. Am worried that by turning town the settings I will notice the aliasing more, tried messing with them some the other night and immediately noticed that everything was so much worse looking and it was just crazy. Most games at like high settings will leave the game still looking good, but when I put it at high it just didn't look good at all.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Finally got around to watching The Plot Against America, and I'm rather disappointed. I was expecting more, a deeper dive into this alternate history and events and how life changes. But due to...

    Finally got around to watching The Plot Against America, and I'm rather disappointed. I was expecting more, a deeper dive into this alternate history and events and how life changes. But due to the length and I guess the original novel, I felt less like I was watching the story of this Jewish family in alt history America and more of a supercut of various events. They jump between events and skim over events so quick I didn't actually realize things had happened in between episodes essentially. The conclusion was super strange and so unbelievable that I was just left laughing and confused who I was supposed to be disliking, can I hate a man who was being forcing to do the things he did. Continuing the confusing messaging, what was with the whole Jewish kids widening their worldview plot about. They cast it as a terrible thing, but in the end it was just a super non-issue camp to learn more about the people and places in America.

  6. Comment on Plex to incorporate free live streaming TV in ~tv

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    I don't necessarily hate plex adding various streaming services and ad supported content. But what I don't like is how it appears next to personal content with very little differentiating it. I...

    I don't necessarily hate plex adding various streaming services and ad supported content. But what I don't like is how it appears next to personal content with very little differentiating it. I want a major full separator that shows everyone that this is stuff supplied by plex and this other stuff is supplied by me the server owner.

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  7. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Another week wrapped up, and thus far I'm liking what I'm seeing for the most part. I am learning something, that my opinions and scores of shows I watched years ago definitely don't match what I...

    Another week wrapped up, and thus far I'm liking what I'm seeing for the most part. I am learning something, that my opinions and scores of shows I watched years ago definitely don't match what I would give it now. Teen Romantic Comedy just isn't remotely as amazing as I remember it being from that original 2 seasons years ago when I watched it back in high school. And I kinda wish this season didn't exist, because if it didn't I could keep pretending that I wasn't remembering the original through rose-tinted glasses. I'm loving Amagami SS, it is a style of show I haven't seen in a rather long time. And Cat Planet Cuties is just batshit crazy and might be the oddest show I've watched all year, actually oddest show I've watched in multiple years. Next week I'm also going to be starting another 20+ episode show, so making more long term plans that I'm gonna make myself stick with.


    2020 Summer Week 3

    Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Ep 3
    Ah yes, typical idiot couple episode. The side characters are really what make this show great, not the main characters for me. The silly antics the side characters get into trying to get some reaction from the main characters is absolutely amazing.

    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Ep 3
    This week’s episode just didn’t do anything for me, I just don’t feel like it made any progress with anything. I wanted to see more of the little sister if that is what they started with and keep going with it. But instead they went with this fake prom, which is essentially just letting people imagine an alternate ending with Yui winning. I guess it isn’t terrible, but they don’t really have much time left to keep finishing up plots and buildings characters endings to have what is essentially a filler episode.


    2010 Summer Week 3

    Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Ep 2
    This feels like a solid set-up episode. Setting up the world and potential enemies who will show up over the course of the show, and also some goals to achieve. The main thing I didn’t like is how fast and almost uneventful his transformation was. I thought him transforming would be this major event given how it hasn’t happened in years, but instead it just kinda happens quickly without any thought or buildup. Also, I don’t think I’m going to enjoy the eventual conflict between the two main girls. It just has the makings of a super generic conflict that I know won’t go anywhere.

    I’m going to make a possibly and probably wrong prediction. Kana will have no clue about Rikuo’s true identity for maybe another 2 episodes. Then in typical fashion she will end up being abducted in some plot to bring down Rikuo and the Nura clan. So Rikuo will try and save her without transforming, but eventually have to in order to defeat the minor bad guy and save Kana. Thus, learning all about Rikuo’s true identity and the Nura clan and Yokai. Following this we will get an episode or two of relaxing with some silly events occurring between Kana and Tsurara trying to get Rikuo’s attention, who will of course be oblivious to this all happening. Don’t know how close this will be but given the genre I feel like I can’t be too far off.

    Amagami SS Ep 2
    I just love when romance shows progress quickly, and also the main character is willing to just confess. Let’s you quickly skip by the normally pretty boring and long second guessing about how or if to confess bit and get right into the actual story. And heck, we even got a kiss already which is faster than most shows. Overall, I can tell that this is a dating-sim Visual Novel adaption with the various girls that you could possibly date popping up occasionally. They also throw in some of the obvious spots you can tell would have an important route choice. I’m liking it thus far, that is really all this comes down to and I think I will continue to like it.

    Cat Planet Cuties Ep 2
    What is this show? What am I watching right? How does any of this make any sense? Where are all these people getting all these guns? I have so many questions about how silly and stupid and nonsensical this show is. I don’t understand where this show is going or what will happen with it. If this was a more realistic and sensible show I would also be asking things like; why would you make enemies of an unknown alien force, how does this human group how power suits, and how is this kid so just comfortable with all this shit going down.

    But in all, this is just a crazy non-sensical show that I feel I can’t even start to try and understand. I’m never going to get my answers I want so I should just go with the flow. I guess the only thing I can hope to get an answer for is which girl will win.

    The Tatami Galaxy Specials Ep 2
    Yeah, I don’t have a clue what this episode was supposed to be about or mean at all. I’m super confused and questioning what happened in it. But hey it had some fun wacky hijinks.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I watched the OVA and gave it a solid 6, thought it was decent but didn't have enough time to develop everything it wanted. So will be interested to hear when you finish it if you think the tv...

    I watched the OVA and gave it a solid 6, thought it was decent but didn't have enough time to develop everything it wanted. So will be interested to hear when you finish it if you think the tv show is good enough for me to watch at some point.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Been playing through the MCC currently working through Halo 2 and just finished Halo CE. Halo CE was kinda a disappointment for me, I remember the game being better than it ended up being....

    Been playing through the MCC currently working through Halo 2 and just finished Halo CE. Halo CE was kinda a disappointment for me, I remember the game being better than it ended up being. Probably some rose-tinted glasses going on. Overall, the game just felt really super dated and I got frustrated at the combat and driving mostly but the difficulty progression was also just frustrating. The combat is fun when it is working properly, but I kept shooting or throwing grenades at invisible walls.

    The enemy difficulty throughout the game got rather terrible, and by the end it was just waves of flood that somehow always had rocket launchers to shoot the ground and kill me. Level design was kinda semi-open world, but without much direction on where to go. So I would fight dozens of enemies to find it was the wrong path, but now I don't have any health or ammo and end up just dying quickly in the next area. Or wander around the map for awhile trying to figure out what the right path was because it isn't very obvious.

    Biggest frustration I had was the final level with the driving. I never noticed how terrible the driving actually was till a full level that I had to use the car for. The warthog feels like you are driving on ice, and you have no control over the car in the air. So you have a timed run that I spent half of which on foot flipping the car over again, the final level also has the worst rng style gap ever. You have to jump over a gap and are told to do it at full speed, but I had to look up if I was doing something wrong or missing a button because the car would just instantly nose dive and kill me. Took a couple runs to get good rng to make the car land correctly and finish the level.

    The story I loved, but also kinda hated it. I loved the story because I have read all the books based around this trilogy of games multiple times, and could easily place the characters and enemies and plot in how they fit into the larger world. But as a stand alone story without the books, this was terrible. At first it isn't too bad, you kinda just need to know your supposed to be a badass space marine and kill stuff. But near the end of the game you start getting introduced to more forerunner technology and history and it just gets sloppy. The story mentions things that only exist in the books, and you get thrown along this story path with no explanation. It feels like you were supposed to have the Halo CE book open while you played the game and between story mission read the book up to your current point.


    Halo 2 I'm still only half-way through. But at the moment it seems to have aged much better than CE. The story seems much better constructed, and doesn't rely so heavily on outside material to understand. The combat and driving is much improved, and I'm enjoying it overall much more. The CGI cutscenes are also just amazing, the quality and detail is just outstanding and makes me wish we could get that Halo movie or tv-show already.


    Something I did notice about both Halo CE and Halo 2, playing on normal is a terrible idea. I normally do a normal difficulty play-through the first time, and replay on harder difficulties if it is a game I know I will replay. But for both these games normal just feels way too easy. I know I said I was frustrated with difficulty and enemies in CE, but many encounters were just way too easy and didn't pose any challenge still. I keep having issues were I actually clear all the enemies before Cortana is finished talking or a door is ready to open, so I'm wandering around trying to figure out where I'm meant to be because nothing is changing. Only to realize I need to wait another minute for things to progress. Or a boss battle that I kill the boss in 3 hits before the monologue is truly done, and it just hurts the immersion and feels that anything is actually dangerous.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I watched like 15 min of Deca Dense and decided it wasn't the show for me and didn't even bother marking it as dropped. I just wasn't seeing anything in it that would keep me overly interested....

    I watched like 15 min of Deca Dense and decided it wasn't the show for me and didn't even bother marking it as dropped. I just wasn't seeing anything in it that would keep me overly interested.

    Tower I think I've read a couple chapters of the webtoon and than at some point just kinda dropped it. Guess it didn't hold my attention enough to actually keep up with it, though I don't remember why it didn't.

  11. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Week 2 is here, and I've gotten farther along with getting started with the old stuff. I decided that I'm going to watch 1 episode a week even with the 20+ episode shows, since that is the way it...

    Week 2 is here, and I've gotten farther along with getting started with the old stuff. I decided that I'm going to watch 1 episode a week even with the 20+ episode shows, since that is the way it was original shown and I want to try and stick with it. And just from the first episode of many of these 2010 shows, I think I'm gonna like this season. It feels different than previous seasons and without many currently airing shows to watch I have more time and less rush to finish the 2010 stuff.


    2020 Summer Week 2

    Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Ep 2
    The various adventures of these two idiots is so much fun to watch. They just have this fun enjoyable relationship that grows over time that is great. The side characters are really what makes the show though. Side characters slowly encouraging them to get together, or just sitting on the sidelines watching and laughing at their antics.

    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Ep 2
    Something I’m noticing that I never did when I originally watched this show, I think. Is just how awkward many of the conversations end up feeling between characters. I’m guessing this is purposeful and supposed to be showing teen romance and stuff like that, but personally I hate it. It always feels like they do it to drag out content, why have characters come-out and say what they want when they can delay that conversation 3 more episodes?

    The relationships between characters also don’t get me as excited at the moment compared to other romance shows. And I think it comes from being a harem. In some other modern romance shows I’ve watched or manga I’ve read, I was really excited and looking forward to the couple finally getting together. With this show, I know that when the main couple gets together multiple people are going to be emotionally hurt essentially and it lessens that excitement. Once again, I know the whole reason for this, but I can’t help but just not like it.


    2010 Summer Week 2

    Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Ep 1
    If anything, this feels like a super generic shounen action show. The first episode doesn’t do anything special or interesting really at all, just kinda works. As a whole thus far it doesn’t disappointment me massively, but I also haven’t fallen in love with it at all. I really don’t match the right audience for this show, so will be interesting to see how long I can stay vaguely interested in it.

    I do like the OP and the ED though, they aren’t bad. And the ED art with the little chibi 2D characters are pretty cute, while the non-chibi stuff is simply fine. Visually the rest of the show I feel is actually a step above what I think of for 2010 and looks fairly good. The characters don’t seem too bad, and I can already see some of the various inter-personal conflicts that they are going to build and since it is a longer show they have plenty of time to develop nicely.

    Amagami SS Ep 1
    It has been many years since I last watched a show like this. A dating sim adaption in which they actually adapt each girls route in completion essentially. I actually really like the idea, instead of going the route where you try and shove all the girls into one big common route of some sort you get to explore each girl completely. At the same time, you please everybody so that everybody’s favorite girl ends up winning and all the girls get a good happy ending. Overall, I think I’m actually going to really enjoy watching this show over the next two seasons.

    Cat Planet Cuties Ep 1
    Of everything I possibly thought that this show could be, this is not it. I was expecting a normal harem ecchi show just like every other but with an alien. I wasn’t expecting literally every other character to be some form of secret agent or spy. And I wasn’t expecting it to open with a girl in combat armor assaulting a ship and having it blow up. But I am willing to work with the show and see where this goes, because I think it might have some potential. Just at the moment I’m not guaranteed that it will work.

    The Tatami Galaxy Specials Ep 1
    Well I decided I liked Tatami Galaxy to bother watching the Specials, and this was really strange. The group gathered around telling stories, and for some reason in this one the crew was out on a mission to destroy Octopus Ozu. I don’t really understand anything in it, was various people adding to the story randomly as it was told? But hey it was 7min long and I enjoyed it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Unfortunately this isn't the season to look to me for airing shows because many of them just don't seem to appeal to me. I'm only going to be watching Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Uzaki-chan....

    Unfortunately this isn't the season to look to me for airing shows because many of them just don't seem to appeal to me. I'm only going to be watching Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Uzaki-chan. Eventually I might watch ReZero, but I didn't love the first season and was more convinced/forced to watch it with friends so not watching it right away.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I had heard that Vaan wasn't really the main character, and that really becomes immediately apparent. By the end of the game, I would be shocked if Vaan had more than a 2-dozen lines of dialogue....

    I had heard that Vaan wasn't really the main character, and that really becomes immediately apparent. By the end of the game, I would be shocked if Vaan had more than a 2-dozen lines of dialogue. And Penello doesn't even have a dozen I feel. Heck, I do believe half the cutscenes in the game don't even have those two in the background.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Final Fantasy 12: Ended up being a rather disappointing experience for me. The best part was the story, but I felt it was a tad bit odd. The pacing feels completely off and things seem to skip...

    Final Fantasy 12: Ended up being a rather disappointing experience for me. The best part was the story, but I felt it was a tad bit odd. The pacing feels completely off and things seem to skip ahead a bunch. You walk into a story mission and the characters are chatting about things you never were involved in, and seemingly out of place with what I know. Than the actual progression through the missions seems rushed, I'm walking in expecting this to be an involved process fighting through this enemy base or through enemy soldiers. But instead you have 12 enemies to kill real quick and you are already fighting the boss, so this whole evil empire feels really lacking. This isn't a big empire but instead a dozen bosses and a couple small rooms. The actual content of the story I liked though, it was a pretty good and I liked it. They managed to fake me out multiple times what I thought was going to happen, and I was satisfied with how it ended up. It is just the process of getting there I didn't like.

    That getting there involved the combat, and man combat was a slog. You set up some gambits, that automatically do various things based on settings that you put. And then you just kinda put the game on 2x speed all the time and kill everything automatically and heal automatically. Occasionally during boss fights you have to jump in and manual change things up. This whole experience falls apart though closer to the end game, and harder hunts which I didn't finish fully and not even close. You keep running into enemies that just constantly debuff you so one of your party members is doing nothing but trying to cure those debuffs. Then you get debuffs that you can't get rid of easily, and they don't go away if you die. So many times I had party members with a debuff that I just couldn't use because they had an incurable debuff, and after dealing with this for a couple hours I'm just incredibly frustrated and feel like it isn't worth the trouble to keep trying to clear this hard section. What makes this even worse is doing these hard hunts and fights just isn't worth your time if you are not trying to 100% the game, or just love the combat. Because levels don't help at all in fights so you are doing these for the items, but getting good items relies on luck and not difficulty. So I'm getting frustrated with these tough enemies for no gain at all.

    The side content is the worst in this game, mostly cause I can't find it in game. They don't have any quest log or viewer, so you can't monitor your quests. And npcs don't have any kind of quest notification, so the only way you could find them would be to randomly talk to everybody just kinda randomly. Same goes for tracking down various creatures in hunts, they can exist fully off the map in some hidden passageway you can't know exist. It feels like you are required to use a guide to find this stuff and track it manually. Just not a very nice experience at all.

    Overall this game just didn't do much for me. The combat was decent at first, boring in the middle, and frustrating near the end. And the story felt inconsistent but I did like it. I have heard people say this game was like their first attempt at a single player mmo, and I can see that. But it just wasn't a good first attempt, and feels like it has aged really poorly. I kinda would rather watch a movie based on the story and skip the gameplay, or see a full remake of the game with modern game design to make it a better experience.

    EDIT
    Couple hour later edit, I bought Far Cry 5 the other day for like $7 because I wanted to see if the series has improved. Well I will say it was a complete waste of $7. I hated the gunplay, they all felt super weak and nether arcady or realistic. It seems like I was supposed to be playing more tactical because I die in 5 shots, but if I get spotted everybody has lazer focus on me. And it isn't like I can hide bodies or do any real stealth stuff. Enemies have way too much armor and takes way too many shots to kill compared to how fast I die. And I have trouble healing because I don't have any med kits and constantly running out of ammo. Than I can't stop and actually explore a building or try to loot a body to get med kits or money or ammo, because random encounters are almost never ending.

    Oh well, guess I was expecting too much to be able to find a Far Cry game I enjoyed as much as Far Cry 3.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Watch Dogs 2 free on PC right now in ~games

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    Guess I'll need to check this out at some point, Watch Dogs 1 was just fine. Wasn't amazing enough to buy the second. Also kinda shocked that they tried the giveaway during a livestream thing,...

    Guess I'll need to check this out at some point, Watch Dogs 1 was just fine. Wasn't amazing enough to buy the second.

    Also kinda shocked that they tried the giveaway during a livestream thing, figured we have had enough examples of it going wrong that companies stopped trying it.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    And I am back again of course, though this first week is going to be a bit light. To be honest I completely forgot that the summer season was starting and I should have watched some of my many...

    And I am back again of course, though this first week is going to be a bit light. To be honest I completely forgot that the summer season was starting and I should have watched some of my many shows from 2010. So yeah expect more next week, and considering what to do because I have many 24 episode shows. Wondering if I should watch 2 episodes at a time, or stretch them over 2 seasons like they released. Now for this seasons shows, not much to look forward to and not very excited for it. Also got done a Spring Movie, so throwing that in also.


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    2020 Summer Week 1

    Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Ep 1
    This show I’ve been really looking forward too because I just love the manga. The characters are real fun and enjoyable and have good chemistry. The show looks rather good, don’t think it will win any awards but doesn’t do anything wrong for me. Overall, I just look forward to watching a show when I already enjoy the manga version.

    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Ep 1
    After many years we are finally getting the conclusion to the story, but by this point I don’t actually know if I care and want the ending. In fact, I have forgotten why I ever gave the first two seasons such good ratings or what amazing things I saw in the show. I figure the rating is coming partly from the show just being one of the very first shows I really watched, and one of the first decent romance shows I watched in the beginning.

    But now, many years later the show just doesn’t seem as impressive or interesting to me. I’m still interested in seeing the end, but many of the core parts of the show don’t do anything for me anymore. I got tired of love triangles years ago and avoid watching shows with them most of the time now. And harems are my least favorite thing essentially ever. So, after the first episode I don’t know what I’m going to think about this show. I might love it, I might hate it, or most likely I will be rather indifferent to it in the end.


    2010 Summer Week 1

    Kaichuu! Ep 1
    So randomly decided to watch this short ONA, not expecting much at all. But given there is only 4 episodes and they are only 4 min long what can I loose. Surprising amount of attempted character building, super rushed of course. But not the worst super short ONA I’ve ever seen.

    Kaichuu! Ep 2
    Wow, some story somehow shoved into this short show. Wasn’t expecting story and character develop to both occur in the second episode, but they did it. I wonder what the manga is like, looks like it goes on for some time. So, I do wonder how much character and story development actually happens and how much is just filler and joke progress.

    Kaichuu! Ep 3
    What an odd episode, wasted a good 30 seconds on a strange anime joke. It almost feels like this was animated as a teaser for an upcoming anime, and then that show never developed.

    Kaichuu! Ep 4
    I wonder if the jokes in the manga are as generic as the anime. It doesn’t feel like it has a single original idea at all. All the jokes and all the scenes and all the characters are just copying from other shows and manga. Also, as the final episode to this ONA run, I don’t feel like it made me want to see a full anime at all. And maybe a vague passing interesting in reading the first volume of the manga to see what it is like.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Opinion so far on the Epic Games Store? in ~games

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    I am in the group that will never use the Epic Game Store. I don't want to support a company who decided the best way to gain market-share was to try and buy their way to success. If they had come...

    I am in the group that will never use the Epic Game Store. I don't want to support a company who decided the best way to gain market-share was to try and buy their way to success. If they had come in with just a normal barebones launcher, and got games on it via integration with Unreal Engine I would be fine with it and use it.

    But they didn't, they came in and bought out games that had steam launches planned for months. They throw money around like crazy but can't even add basic features to the store like reviews or shopping cart or forums. And it seems like they brought along this superior attitude that they are better than everyone else despite lacking in so many features.

    I will continue to support Steam for many years to come, in every way they have a superior store. Have many amazing tools and features to help developers. Support tools to play games on linux, play games remotely, do livestreaming, and experimental features to constantly improve user experience.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    Finally replaced my ZTE Axon 7 with a Samsung Galaxy S10 which I picked up as an open box return for $400. Has been a massive upgrade, much larger than I thought it would be. Hopefully this phone...

    Finally replaced my ZTE Axon 7 with a Samsung Galaxy S10 which I picked up as an open box return for $400. Has been a massive upgrade, much larger than I thought it would be. Hopefully this phone can last me another 3+ years.

    Also grabbed a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds, wanted to get some wireless earbuds for work. So I can listen to music in one, but still hear and answer the phone as needed but not get tangled up in the cord. Been working well thus far, but have noticed the touchpad on the back will just stop working and I need to put them back in the case than pull them out to get it to function again.

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  19. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Because out of everything I watched this season, it was the most unique and special while also being enjoyable. I don't always love unique shows, but they earn extra points for just attempting...

    Because out of everything I watched this season, it was the most unique and special while also being enjoyable. I don't always love unique shows, but they earn extra points for just attempting something new. It was a rather unique story and art-style

  20. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Well I have wrapped up the shows for this season, and the 2010 season. Always feels good to finally be done with a large number of shows and look forward to things to come. The standout shows for...

    Well I have wrapped up the shows for this season, and the 2010 season. Always feels good to finally be done with a large number of shows and look forward to things to come. The standout shows for me were The Tatami Galaxy and Princess Connect! Re:Dive. With Kaguya-sama: Love is War? being just as good as expecting, though I feel like it was a weaker season than the first on the story side but better visually. I still have two movies to watch the coming week from the 2010 season. Overall the season wasn't a standout amazing season, just kinda average. And I'm really concerned with the future of the industry with the virus disrupting things so severely, yet in generally still seeming unwilling to adapt and change. Along with 12 episode shows limiting the stories and characters, I just wonder how much longer it can continue like it is.

    But anyhow, here are the final reviews and thoughts on stuff. And next week will hopefully be 2 movie reviews, don't know if they will be short paragraphs or full reviews though.


    Standalone Reviews via AniList

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045


    2020 Spring Week 13

    Princess Connect! Re: Dive Ep 13
    Wow, I just loved this show. And I really loved the ending. It finished off enough of the story that it feels complete and I’m satisfied. But still leaves enough unanswered questions and the larger story to make you want to play the game or watch future seasons.

    Overall, this is one of the best shows of the season for me. It wasn’t a super deep or complicated, but it was a real simple fun show. And really that is what I need sometimes, just a show with characters I love and enjoyable plots.

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Ep 11
    I said this with the previous episode, but I’m actually believing that somewhere in here is a good show. Overall, I actually liked this episode. It slowed down and didn’t have any crazy action scenes. Instead it was just a good character focused episode trying to build out this student’s story and life.

    The issue of course is that it just comes too late. I had to suffer through half a season of terrible generic action to get to this point. And now they don’t have time to make any of this have a conclusion that will work well.

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Ep 12
    And I am finished with the show. And I have really mixed feelings about it. The pacing wasn’t great, with the first half being essentially wasted but the second part feeling kinda rushed. The cast of characters just don’t get enough time if your name isn’t Major or Batou or Togusa. Visually the show looks incredibly dated, specially compared to other shows that arrived this season like Princess Connect. And the story in the second half of the show has some good potential, but just doesn’t have enough time.

    I think this show could have been improved on by a massive amount by not splitting it up in 2 seasons. Release it as a 24-episode show, so that the pacing could be relaxed in this first half and spend more time developing.


    2010 Spring Week 13

    Night Raid 1931 Ep 13
    This show is finally over, and I don’t know what has happened with it. All I can think of is they did too much. Honestly, I’m unsure. It is just at some point that it feels like it got overly complicated and they didn’t do a great job at bringing it to a conclusion. And probably needed 24 episodes to tell the full story and make me really enjoy it.

    I liked the characters but feel like they could have been better. Many of them just kinda showed up and didn’t get fleshed out all that well. Overall, they just didn’t connect with me the way I wanted.

    IDK, I guess it was a fine show. Just didn’t do anything for me.

    1 vote