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zippdementia I'm best known for my extensive work in the fields of this and that. I tend to be better at that, though I have more fun with this.

I'm an odd jobber with an even personality who isn't afraid to roll with the punches but prefers to dodge them when able.

Title: Every time, another reason not to play computer games
Posted: December 14, 2010 (02:56 PM)
Today Steam glitched out my copy of Left 4 Dead and I had to erase a bunch of files, change some lines of text in the encoder, and download new files. It's a pain in the ass playing computer games.

Title: Today I learned...
Posted: December 12, 2010 (12:53 PM)
... that Final Fantasy XIII is not a game you can stop for a year and then pick up again easily. I have no idea what I'm doing here. I'll have to start over.

If nothing else, this confirms how unique the battle system is and how precise the customization of the characters, their weapons, and jobs. I mean, I've picked up Final Fantasy Tactics and Persona 3 after a year away and got right back into it.

On the plus side, I have a feeling I'll enjoy the game more this second time around, because I'm not expecting anything from it.
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Title: Enslaved Odyssey to the West
Posted: December 05, 2010 (01:10 AM)
So... uh... was that really the ending?
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Title: May he rest in peace
Posted: December 02, 2010 (12:59 AM)
I was reading the obituaries today and, due to a printing error, saw this notice of death: "Constitutional Court (2003, 20062009), after long illness."

Well, we all saw it coming.
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Title: More image wonderings
Posted: November 23, 2010 (02:08 PM)

Fantasy porn?
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Title: Goldeneye 007: Wii
Posted: November 19, 2010 (12:59 PM)
I think I've found my next purchase. It got great reviews.
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Title: Next Batman Villain
Posted: November 18, 2010 (05:31 PM)
So who do you think it's going to be? There are a few things we know about the next film that assist speculations.

First of all, two villains have been eliminated from the running straight out. The Riddler was eliminated by Nolan in October and Mr. Freeze was eliminated as a choice over the summer.

Nolan has also said that he prefers to stay away from the more supernatural villains or the ones he thinks "don't work on screen in a realistic fashion." When discussing that last bit, he referred specifically to the Penguin and, in another interview, to Poison Ivy.

He's also said that the Joker won't be coming back (for obvious reasons) and has shown reluctance to reuse the Scarecrow, Ras Al Ghul, or revive Harvey Dent. Along with that, he's given indication that the Joker plot line is concluded, meaning that Harley Quinn is probably not going to happen.

So that's three villains who we know it won't be:
The Joker
Mr. Freeze
The Riddler

And several villains who are unlikely:
Harley Quinn
The Penguin
Poison Ivy
Two Face
Ras Al Ghul
Ras Al Ghul's daughter

Along with that, we can assume from his distaste of supernatural or gimmicky or unrealistic villains that we won't be seeing the likes of Croc, Clayface, Bane, Man Bat, Maxie Zeus, the Ventriliquest, etc.

Finally, Nolan has stated that this film will be the FINAL film in his Batman series and that he plans to end it in such a way that no one else can take over the series. This leads one to believe that either Batman will die by the end of the movie or quit being the Batman, either out of necessity or because there is no more need for the Bat.

It could, on a lesser scale, simply resolve all the issues surrounding his history as the Batman and his hesitation to continue the role, but personally I don't think Nolan can effectively stop sequels if he takes anything less than a strong definite stance on the ending and why it has to be the ending. Thus, Batman dead or retired. That's my speculation.

The four villains that seem to be high in the running, to me, are as follows.

Hugo Strange
Hugo Strange is an insane psychologist who, in the Batman comics, learns of Batman's identity. He's also hinted to be behind many of Batman's villains, such as being hinted to be the creator of the Scarecrow's fear gas.

Both of these attributes would be attractive to a Nolan film. First of all, he loves masterminds. That's clear from his use of Raz Al Ghul and the Joker in the first two films as super geniuses and is even clear from films such as Inception and Memento, where some character is masterminding a series of events. His films always seem to come back to the plotting of a central character.

As for knowing Batman's identity, we do know that the third film is a direct sequel to the second, which means that Batman is being chased by the police and discovering his identity could well be a major theme. It would be deliciously in keeping with the comics if the man to discover such a thing on screen was the same one who has discovered it on paper.

Hugo Strange is one of Batman's earliest villains and has yet to make a screen debut. He would create a large impact with many fans and has a long history behind him to draw upon in crafting him into a deep character. His motivations are also less gimmicky than many batman villains and are, indeed, difficult to pin down.

The second most likely villain, or even a dual-villain in the film, would be Deadshot... in my opinion.

The appeal of Deadshot is that he's simple. He's an assassin. A damn good assassin, but not much time needs to be spent developing his motivations (which is always attractive in a film that already has so many complex themes to unravel).

Also, the theme of the next film is Batman being hunted. I can't think of a more appropriate villain to achieve this theme than Deadshot.

Hush is perhaps the most compelling Batman villain ever created. He is, even more than the Joker, the anti-thesis to Batman. He is a Dark Devil, rather than a Dark Knight, who has a personal vendetta against the Batman and hunts him ferociously.

However, I think he is a less likely candidate than Deadshot simply because he has SO MUCH motivation and history with the Batman. To develop that history properly in a single film I think would keep Nolan from exploring much else besides his relationship with Batman. Plus, a similar thing has already occurred with Harvey Dent.

She has to be mentioned because she is such an integral part of the Batman universe. However, like Robin, I think Catwoman comes with too much baggage and too many gimmicks for Nolan to find her as a useful character for his series. Plus, what would he do with her? The Catwoman has never had strong motivations and somehow I just don't see a diamond thief as adding much to the plot of a third Batman film.

Title: Question for European gamers
Posted: November 18, 2010 (01:52 PM)
I may be moving to France at the end of 2011. I am trying to figure out what I would do with my gaming systems and games.

From what I understand, everything in Europe uses different power cords than here in the US. What about their systems? Do they play US games? I'm not that learned on PAL and NTSC deviations.

Title: Okay, I add my thoughts on Fallout 3
Posted: November 18, 2010 (12:58 PM)
I've kept fairly mum about my opinion on Fallout 3, simply because it's been difficult for me to form one. I've leaned in conversations here towards bashing it, but have never done so outright.

Now, I finally post my thoughts in a review.

I'll warn you, the above link goes to a Gameroni review, so if you feel that reading anything from that site is detrimental to this site, don't click on it.

Otherwise, I'd love to hear from some of the people who regularly get more extreme than me about the game (HMD and Blood Omen in particular come to mind).
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Title: Inception ending: truth revealed (SPOILERS)
Posted: November 12, 2010 (09:17 PM)
Just read this article here. Thoughts?

I'm a little confused by Caine saying "I was the creator of the dream." Of course, I only saw the movie once.

Title: Very funny behind the scenes video from our film
Posted: November 11, 2010 (11:06 AM)
This is a series of "behind the scenes" outtakes of random stuff said on set. If you jump to the original page, you can see that we've got about 10 other behind the scenes videos up by now. There's some really interesting stuff in there, if you have a couple minutes and are bored.

Overheard on Population 2. from Matt Mastrantuono on Vimeo.

(I'm the guy in the beret)
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Title: My favorite moment of Fallout 3
Posted: November 07, 2010 (03:44 PM)
So this Super Mutant comes into a bar and orders a drink...

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Title: For HMD
Posted: November 04, 2010 (12:19 AM)
I hope you've sent your "Get well soon" cards:

Demi in treatment
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Title: More cosplay
Posted: November 02, 2010 (01:53 PM)
As you know, I do like to be impressed by cosplay. It takes effort to appease my critical eye. Like this.

That's awesome. Love the left foot.

And this one:

Okay, and this one, too.

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Title: Just finished watching Harry Potter 6
Posted: November 02, 2010 (12:43 AM)
Don't know what everyone feels about Harry Potter. I can go into a lot of detail later if the subject takes off, but for now I'll be brief.

I read all the books, as they came out, and enjoyed them very much though I believe that the build up couldn't be matched properly with Rowling's writing ability. Actually, her descriptions are incredible for the amount of information they get across without falling into the old boredoms of descriptive literature. But her dialogue is terrible and her attempts at Romance are weak. I also have a special hatred for the ending of the series, which I won't go into right now except to say it's absolutely saccharine.

so that's the books. The films I have a lot of reservations about. I'm someone who believes (and has some working experience to back up this belief) that when you cross mediums you often have to make drastic changes. In the case of Harry Potter, every film after film 3 (which I thought was the best thus far) has not made enough changes. They have tried to cram 400-800 pages of book (most of it plot) into 180 pages of script. It just doesn't work.

They end up coming across as snapshots from the books meant for people who have read the books. Much like what happened with Watchmen, where only the surface-level emotions, characters, and plot come across. The subtler nuances, the deeper twists, are all gone. This is to be expected: while I'm very excited that the last film is being done in two parts, it was hardly feasible for EVERY one of the films to be treated as such, despite needing it, especially book 4.

The proper answer would've been, ironically, to cut more... but to cut the truly unimportant details. Part of the problem, I think, is that Rowling had such a large part in the scripting. She is not a screen writer, I'm sorry. I do appreciate her drive to keep the films as true to the books as possible, but this is often mistaken by writers to mean "true to the letter," when in fact film had entirely different beats than a novel. That kind of stubborn attitude only works for Cormac McCarthy novels. And that's because his novels are incredibly visual.

Sorry, that wasn't brief at all. It was almost a rant. Go film 7. I'm excited. There ya go.
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Title: More game image questions
Posted: November 01, 2010 (09:26 PM)

... Ridley?
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Title: Just finished interviewing the very talented Mr. Reed
Posted: October 30, 2010 (03:02 PM)
We talked about Interactive Fiction, Social Politics, Education, Fallout 3, and going insane. It's a pretty excellent interview.
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Title: Thanks for Enslaved, True!
Posted: October 30, 2010 (01:05 AM)
I posted a little bit about it on Gameroni. I'll send you the link privately. I just wanted to publicly thank you for sending me the game. Enjoying it a lot.
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Title: Hey, let's all talk about the new site stuff here...
Posted: October 23, 2010 (01:50 AM)
... because I don't want to take away any more from A-man's kick ass article. I'm happy to host it on my blog/forum-equivalent because I inadvertently started this whole thing.

I don't really have much more to say, myself. I'm definitely going to respect the wishes of the HG staff and not publicly suggest that people post things on our sister site. I do want it to be clear that I'm not, as Leroux seems to think, aggressively recruiting for Gameroni. My suggestion to Aschultz was done in all innocence with big blue wide eyes as designed by Walt Disney himself.

Title: Upcoming interview with Aaron Reed
Posted: October 22, 2010 (07:03 PM)
I've just gotten back word from Aaron Reed (creator of Blue Lacuna) that he is willing to do an interview with me concerning his take on game creation and Blue Lacuna in particular. The interview will take place next week.

I know the IF conversation has been big here recently, so I thought I'd check in and see if anyone had any questions they'd like me to ask.
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Title: I'm in awe.
Posted: October 20, 2010 (03:19 PM)
Some of you know that I have an on-again-off-again like of the Angry Video game Nerd. But browsing through today after posting a link for OD's perusement, I found a game that has been listed on our site but never recieved a review.

And I think it's the worst game I've ever seen. Worse than Night Trap.

Yeah. It really is
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Title: Okay, give me your reccomendation
Posted: October 20, 2010 (01:16 AM)
I've got 60.00 to spend. Should it go towards Vanquish or Enslaved?

I'd throw Fallout New Vegas in there, but I'm in no particular rush to play it. It seems like the kind've thing that will get better with age... and patches.

Title: My Blog looks like the menu screens for old final fantasy games
Posted: October 20, 2010 (12:14 AM)
Just saying.
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Title: Finally. Penis controlled games. Seriously.
Posted: October 17, 2010 (01:11 AM)
I don't know what else to say.

link to article.
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Title: This made me laugh. Then it made me hungry.
Posted: October 17, 2010 (01:07 AM)

I love the little fat guy at the end.
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