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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 17, 2014, 07:09:16 PM
I'd definitely consider it, since currently where I live in Canuckistan I have to tie into a costly cable subscriber and then pay the HBO on top of that. That's meant me not watching the 1st 4 seasons of Game of Thrones until it was available on disk. My concern with this, along with the other recent announcements of networks and cable offerings moving to streaming, is that in my city the ISP's still have the right to cap bandwidth. So far that hasn't been an issue with Netflix, but with all these new offering coming online, I wonder how it will pan out. There's already a few time slots where I don't bother to watch anything HD on Netflix, and that's not even due to BW capping; just crappy capacity on the ISP's backbone.
2  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dead of Winter on: October 16, 2014, 11:25:17 PM
I've never played it, but have heard great things about it. The fiddly nature of it is the only criticism I've ever heard anyone make of it. I hope someone in my gaming group picks it up soon -  my gaming budget is spent until
the New Year.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 10:55:04 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 16, 2014, 06:24:44 AM

A Tal-vashoth is just an outcast Qunari than a race. Although the term Qunari refers both to the species, and to all those who follow the Qun.

Actually no;  a Qunari is anyone who adheres to the Qun. This is text from The World of Thedas Vol 1:

"However, the label "Qunari" more accurately refers to a follower of the religious text known as the Qun, regardless of his or her race-hence the capitalization of the name in many texts."

I actually meant to say Kossith which is the correct term for the horned race, so my bad on that. It's true the Tal-Vashoth are those Kossith that have rejected the Qun, but they're treated as a unique background in the tabletop RPG which Bioware approved.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 06:02:09 AM
Are the character choices they're giving you all for the Human race or can you also choose an Elf, Dwarf, Qunari or Tal-Vashoth?

The class choices seem generic, but of those I'd give a vote towards the Rogue Dual-Wielder. I've gotten to watch the damage that class specialization can deal to my NPC's and beasts time and again in my DAGE campaign - it would be cool to see it in videogame footage.   icon_cool

And now that we're on the topic of generic. My question would be: Are there any plans for add-on/DLC content for Inquisitor that would actually let players play classes and backgrounds that aren't generic fantasy archetypes? I'm thinking out-of-the-box here, like maybe a Called Grey Warden or an enlightened Darkspawn Architect?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 13, 2014, 09:04:34 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 06, 2014, 03:31:09 PM

Thatís fair, but is this REALLY the only game that interests you on the system?  The WiiU actually has a pretty good exclusives lineup now, at least better than the XBONE and PS4 currently has.

I almost feel guilty, and I stress almost, that I still don't own a WiiU yet and don't feel compelled to. I bought all 3 of Nintendo's previous gen consoles day 1, but almost 2 years after release I still don't own their latest. This game looks interesting  as does Super Mario 3D, but to be honest only Pikmin 3 has given me the slightest feeling that I'm missing out. A Zelda game would do it, but the flashy, new graphics on Windwaker HD wasn't enough and Hyrule Warriors seems like a lackluster attempt at anything in the Zelda universe. If I got a WiiU with this game and Pikmin 3, and maybe a few others like SM 3D and Mario Kart, I'm sure the system would grab the brunt of my gaming time for a month, but it'd likely just sit idle after that.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 13, 2014, 08:46:54 PM
My primary device is whatever the game I'm currently playing runs on, from my DS and Android tablet to my PC and consoles. I really don't have a favorite, although I currently do lean slightly towards playing more on my tablet and PC. I also don't own any of the new gen consoles as a  must-have/GOTY hasn't arrived on any of them yet for me. Maybe when I get one of them  it'll change, but I do still have a decent backlog of quality 360 and PS3 games, but neither of those occupies more of my play time.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 07:25:01 PM
I'm interested in both Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and The Evil Within, but I'll definitely await reviews and impressions. As per usual though, I'll probably wait until they price drop, but maybe the Evil Within in time for Halloween if it proves to be good.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 04:05:08 AM
Anyone watch the opening episode? Thoughts?

I'd give mine, but a few friends are working on it, so I fear I might be viewing it with a bias.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 01, 2014, 04:46:53 AM
I'm not sure if this is on Netflix USA, but we recently got the cBBC (youth BBC) series Wolfblood here on Netflix-Canuckistan. I noticed it was getting good viewer ratings, so I checked it out with my daughter and was pleasantly surprised by it. It's a take on the lycathropy mythos that's aimed at a younger teen audience, although IMO there little in it that wouldn't be fine for preteens.  It  has a very good cast of youth actors and the handful of adult actors turn in solid performances too. I watched the 1st season -unfortunately all that's available on Netflix Canuckistan- and except for 1 or 2 goofy episodes that were deliberatley targeted at a younger viewers, the writing has been good with dialog that really doesn't talk down to its audience, making it enjoyable for adults. The CGI for the wolves is fairly cheesy, but it still works and the canines come across as, dare I say it, cute at times - they do have their scary moments too. Best thing about it is the music which is Celtic and very tastefully done - one of the best opening songs I've heard in a while.

The series was produced for a youth primetime viewing slot, so the episodes are only 25 minutes long. cBBC produced  2 more seasons, so my daughter and I are hoping Netflix picks those up too. IMO definitely worth watching if you have some youngsters at home that would enjoy watching something from the horror genre that'll entertain them, but won't give them nightmares.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 06:25:38 AM
I bought it a few years back on the 360, but it never really grabbed me. My kids have sunk countless hours into it though and built some very impressive homesteads. My daughter has a mansion with a small forest on the rooftop with some sizable tree houses on top of some of the trees, which in turn have trees growing from them topped yet again with tree houses.  icon_eek I can see where you could really get hooked, but I always just got lost in the dark and then ganked by spiders or nasty humanoids that blew up in my face.   eek

If there's lots of other kids out there as into it as mine, I don't see how M$ loses on this deal.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 06:46:36 PM
I thought the 1st film was OK, enjoyed the 2nd more -somehow it seemed to work better in a dark, medieval setting- and absolutely detested the 3rd. I almost feel a sense of shame that the 3rd was filmed in my city - almost.

I do think the premise of the films is good; if they can up the quality with a reboot, I'd be interested.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 28, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
I'm IN for Dragon Age! Umm...that is, I'm IN for BoxSet 3 of the tabletop RPG. With the outrageously long delays in it's release, I'd already moved my Dragon Age campaign to a fan-made adaptation for another RPG system, which has run very well. The BoxSet 3 PDF's released a few weeks ago though -print copy releases this week- and they're getting very good buzz. That got me to push the button today for the print edition. The way I see it, even if I'm not sold on the system after what's added by the level 11-20 content, I can always use the fluff and adapt the expanded bestiary to my current campaign.

I like most of what I've read & seen about DAI so far, but I'm still holding on a wait-&-see approach to it. I've read that David Gaider has had much greater involvement with it, so that's keeping me optimistic. I have to say I'm not the slightest bit interested in the Inquisitor edition though, despite really enjoying the setting. Other than the journal and cloth map, that bundle just looks like a collection of cheap toys for a hefty price tag.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 21, 2014, 02:59:59 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:57:58 PM

The believe extras are included with newer iTunes movies.

Good to know, I hope the same thing happens with Ultraviolet and the Google playstore. I've had bad experiences with the iTunes store, so I can't see myself going digital through them.

Quote from: hitbyambulance on August 21, 2014, 03:23:51 AM

I realize my answer of "I only buy movies on LaserDisc" puts me in the company of no-one else here. I just picked up a few the other week for a dollar each. analog video ftw

That's cool, 2 of my friends are really into Laserdisk collecting. I can't say I'm into films enough to have it as a hobby, but both of my friends work in the film biz and were early adopters of the tech. They both have Pioneer HLD-X0's, which they claim are the best players ever built. All I know is that they're hulking big players, but very nice to look at in a retro sort of way. icon_biggrin
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 05:08:44 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 20, 2014, 02:55:39 PM

I only buy Blurays if itís a two pack that comes with a DVD copy as well.  I give the DVD to my mom so she has something to watch since she doesnít have cable/satellite.

The same, except the DVD is destined for the 360 in the den and the older laptops and DVD players my kids have. I prefer to buy the 3 pack combos with BRD, DVD and digital. I doubt I'd ever buy just digital though. There's very few films I'd like to own where I don't want the extras that come on disks. If the home movie biz goes all digitial and they continue on their current trend of excluding extra content, I'll just stop buying.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Shadow Realms - Bioware New IP on: August 13, 2014, 08:45:18 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on August 13, 2014, 03:00:19 PM

retard  Not what I was hoping for. I realize co-op is the salted caramel of gaming, but I'm not a fan.

I don't think the co-op in this will play out like Diablo 3 style, if that's you're concern. Baldurs Gate, BG2 and Neverwinter Nights all had 4-player co-op, but they also had a decent character party system for those who wanted to experience it's campaign in SP.  I would expect this would be similar, since it's also from Bioware.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 13, 2014, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top.  

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.

It'll happen; the strong box office for TMNT is primarily USA based, whereas GotG is roughly splitting it's box office between USA and foreign. Movies that draw a majority of their box office from the USA tend to trail off if they aren't good, as bad publicity tends to have some impact in a media saturated market like the US. Regardless, GotG has now done $325 million globally in just 2-1/2 weeks and I won't be surprised if  TMNT doesn't even achieve that in its entire theatrical run.

BTW I watched TMNT at a local cheapie Tuesday viewing since making my last comment. I'm siding with my friends; IMO it was piss poor and apart from the fact it was somewhat darker like the original manga, I thought the 1990 film bested it in just about every department.  So glad I only had to dole out $6 to see it.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 07:40:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 13, 2014, 06:18:55 PM


Why is it called "Norway"?

I'm thinking it's because every Norwegian secretly dreams of being a dancing vampire in the Athens underworld of the 80's. wait...don't you?   Tongue
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why all the hate toward Activision? on: August 12, 2014, 03:04:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2014, 07:32:04 PM

The hate has mostly died down to a mild simmer since they shut up Bobby Kotick.  He had a real penchant for making statements that made him (and Activision) come across like a greedy prick with no respect for gamers as consumers.

Yep, pretty much the reason for my dislike of the company. left to his own devices, the Kold-tick would burrow under the skin of gamers and suck their enthusiasm away with a constant parisitic stream of online fees & DLC. Others are more forgiving, but I won't warm up to Activision until they finally jettison him.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:46 PM
Went and saw this the past weekend with my kids and we all really enjoyed it. One of the criticisms I heard before going in is that it's a bit of a mindless action film. I can't say I agree with that at all, as I found the screenplay well written with dialog that at time was even witty. As well, for the party of rogues sort of space opera it is, I found the characters were better conceived that 99% of such movies. Very impressed with it and I'll have no problem recommending it to friends that aren't even SciFi fans.

BTW I talked to a few friends that saw the new TMNT movie this past weekend, and a sense of outrage at how truly craptastic it was seemed to be the consensus of opinion.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 09, 2014, 12:23:57 AM
Mostly board and card games with my kids, as my tabletop RPG group is taking a week off and I've been putting in too many nights recently with RPG videogames. Going to get in a number of sessions of the Nightfall deck building game, probably a game or 2 of BattleTech and maybe a session of Last Night on Earth. If we do get to any videogames, it'll probably be some co-op Diablo 3 on the 360.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 08, 2014, 09:11:04 PM
Meh, it's ultimately Kold-tick and his company behind this. He'll manage somehow to suck the spirit out of anything potentially good from a Sierra brand resurrection. This will probably amount to our beloved heroes from those Sierra games being featured in some bland shooter. Oh, and you'll no doubt have to pay extra for everyone of those heroes, as they'll likely be DLC.  icon_twisted
22  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: August 08, 2014, 08:47:40 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2014, 04:07:48 PM

The main issue with the D&D games is that you can level up once and the change is trivial. Also, the move or die mechanic that keeps the game going can get tiresome. I did have fun with it with my older son (Cool.

For sure the game has a few rough edges. I didn't have much problem with the movement or dice mechanic though, since the movement isn't much different than D&D or Pathfinder and the attack dice mechanic is just the standard d20 rolled against Armor Class like those RPG's too. Which is why I think the games do capture the feel of the tabletop RPG to a certain degree. I do like how the games forgo the DM and allows every player the chance to take ownership of an opposing monster - even if it results in them attacking their own PC. The levelling is trivial, but since I play it with my kids, I just house ruled that you get a healing surge -outside of those available to the party- when levelling. That certainly made it feel less trivial and made it possible for me to play the more challenging scenarios with them.

I haven't played Galaxy Defenders, so I really can't comment. I'm thinking it probably wouldn't replace the D&D boardgames for me though, as it's based on a completely different genre and setting.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Horns on: August 03, 2014, 03:53:08 PM
Wait, wasn't this supposed to be out last year? I know one of my buddies watched it, but that could have been a special prescreening.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 03, 2014, 03:24:34 PM
Netflix Canuckistan just got the 2012 Total Recall movie. I watched it and enjoyed it for the most part, but it did seem to weaken a bit towards the end - or maybe I was just getting sleepy. I think it's worth watching for fans of the original or SciFi movies.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 03, 2014, 03:07:49 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on August 02, 2014, 04:45:03 AM

The recent CGI Captain Harlock movie just showed up on Netflix. This is something I've been dying to see since I saw the trailer months ago. I heard it's not that good but I loved the old Harlock TV series so I'll still give it a go.

If you enjoyed the TV series and other things Harlock, I highly recommend the 1982 feature Acradia of my Youth. I consider it the high mark of the Harlock universe. The 6 part OVA Harlock Saga that came out in the early 90's was also decent, if not a bit weird. It's a retelling of Wagner's Das Rheingold, so watch it for what it is. I'm not sure if either is available on anime services like crunchy roll, but both of those are available on DVD. Aracadia is considered a golden age classic, so any rental outlet that has an anime section should have it.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 03, 2014, 02:57:48 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 02, 2014, 03:25:05 AM

Hunter x Hunter has been added to Netflix, you should watch it.
Cool, that's an anime I haven't watched. I've heard good things about it, so I'm definitely going to check it out.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: July 31, 2014, 03:52:03 AM
Yeah, I came across the new trailer on another website, I'm really like the look of this. Definitely looking to be trademark Nolan.  thumbsup
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 29, 2014, 06:07:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:47:51 PM

Why did I buy the theater edition when there is an extended cut version coming out? Bastards. (I liked both movies, unlike everyone else it seems).

Meh, I have little to no interest in the extended cuts of Jackson's LotR or Hobbit movies. To me the theatrical cuts were already plenty long enough. I've viewed all the extended cuts at friends or relatives and really wasn't wowed by any of the extended content. And I'm saying that being a person that read everything Tolkien in his teen years, including his biography and the decidedly dry Silmarillion.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 28, 2014, 11:24:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 25, 2014, 09:23:48 PM

66% on Rotten Tomatoes so far means this isn't a total stinker.

Yeah that RT percentile more or less fits with the impressions my 2 friends, both who occasionally write reviews, had of it. They didn't say it was excellent of even very good, just that it was good and that Johnson turns in a good performance. I didn't get around to seeing it this past weekend, so hopefully this week.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 27, 2014, 03:28:06 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 26, 2014, 12:47:53 AM

hmm. possibly i'm doing that, but i watch way more 'older' shows than newer. maybe i am more forgiving for the flaws of say, something that's 1970's cornball like Science Ninja Team Gatchaman over early 90's giant mecha.

I was writing more in general terms than at you specifically - sorry if that wasn't clear. I personally find that after watching new gen anime that it to some extent colors my impressions of older anime. There's also anime from the later Golden Age that left others in the dust in terms of quality of technique; i.e. Akira, 1st Patlabor movie. Grave of the Fireflies and Kiki's Delivery service. Those were full feature anime movies though, with all of them getting a theater run.

Much of what was released in the 80's early 90s's were Original Video Adaptations (OVA) which were produced on a limited budget since they only sold through direct -to- fan sales. Without the Internet for marketing, even in a fan-rich market like Japan they were risky. There's even a quality gap between anime produced for TV and OVA's in that era. Detonator Orgun was an oddity even for short episode OVA's, as it was 3 parts @ 50 minutes as opposed to the standard 6 parts @ 25 minutes - producer was too nervous and in Japan sold each vol separately.  icon_confused  Those OVA's were a great channel for writers and studios who wanted to produce anime that were too off the beaten path for TV and feature films. When I consider my library and other anime I've rented to view from that era, many of them are OVA's. While the quality of the animation and audio was often lower, more interesting stories and characters often compensated for it.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 25, 2014, 08:42:32 PM
I haven't seen it myself, but my 2 buddies who viewed the pre-screening have both said this is good. I plan on seeing this on the weekend or the next, so I personally can't comment to then. Both of my friends commented that Dwayne Johnson is good in his role as Hercules. Along with Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, it looks like the O'l Rock is on a roll these days....oops, sorry for the bad pun.  Tongue  I have a soft spot for mythology-themed films and stories, so I'm thinking I'm going to enjoy this.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 25, 2014, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 24, 2014, 08:05:13 PM

recently, i saw Detonator Orgun and GunBuster for the first time. those have not aged as well.

No, not if the majority of your recent viewing are anime released in the last decade and a half. I'd argue though, that if you're a fan of the later years of the golden age of anime, both of those stand up. The problem is, beginning with the Ghost in the Shell feature, along with other landmarks in anime technique like Princess Mononoke, The Animatrix, and Spirited Away, the standards bar has been upped very high. It's hard now to watch those golden age anime without the glasses of today's standards. As well, with the decline in anime sales and production that started in the late 90's, studios and producers have been careful to ensure that most cover the bases in terns of technique quality - though atrocious exceptions to that still get released.

I'd argue that both Detonator Orgun and GunBuster stand up in terms of story and characters, the former more so. Detonator got particularly pooched by Central Park Media who handled the N.A. distribution and had a reputation for bad quality - really borked the audio for its NA DVD. I personally enjoy the simpler design of anime from the golden age and find the better anime from that era to be superior character and story-wise than the majority of what's currently being released.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 24, 2014, 07:08:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 23, 2014, 07:47:10 PM

That said, my favorites back in the day were:

-  Ninja Scroll (the movie.  I thought the series was terrible)
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Rurouni Kenshin
-  Trigun
-  Cowboy Bebop
-  Vampire Hunter D
-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Anything by Miyazaki
-  Berzerk

Lol, other than Rorouni Kenshin all of those are in my anime library of DVDs and BRD's.  I haven't bought the latest 2  Miyazaki films yet and I did once own RK, but traded it away. Oh, and my Whispers of the Heart DVD seems to be on indefinite loan to my nephew's ex-girlfriend. I really liked her and she's a professional violinist, so I'm cool with it living with her.  slywink
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 06:26:17 PM
I like a lot of the titles and recommendations given . I personally mostly only watch what's on Netflix and what's free on crunchyroll.  A good part of my viewing is re-watching my favorite series/features via my anime library which is around 200 volumes. Occasionally I view via, which for those who aren't aware is a site with a huge selection of anime for free with the catch that they're only in Japanese with English subtitles - also has ads at the beginnning.  I mostly don't bother with that site though, because their hosting is poor and I frequently experience broken connections.

I'll 2nd Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. I have the original BG and have to say, other than the middle 3 episodes directed by Masami Obari, 2040 is the better series. It's cyberpunk that's definitely influenced by Blade Runner, but instead of a gritty, middle-aged cop like Decker for a protagonist it has a team of young, attractive heroines decked out in cool, sexy power armor. The original is regarded as 1 of the formative animes for the whole power babes sub-genre. As well, instead of human-like replicants for enemies it has boomers which are sort of a cross between androids+robots+mini kaiju - many of them look pretty damn good. It's not for everyone, especially those who find power babes a turn off, but the characters in it are well done, with good depth to them and much of the Tokyo settings looks cool in a futuristic sort of way. To compliment the female protagonists there's also a special police agency which features a number of male characters that are in competition with the team of heroines to save the city/day. One of them (Leon) definitely seems to be inspired by Harrison Ford's Decker.

I like my mecha series too, but I have to say I'm not a big fan of Gundam. To me it's always seemed like Japan's mecha answer to Star Wars space opera and its Jedi Knights. Not to mention that the original 1979 series was IMO poor anime in just about every regard. That said, I do own and enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam the 8th MS Team and the 4 part Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket. I prefer mecha anime that are bit more earthly and less space opera. That's probably why I'm not a huge fan of Macross with its protoculture either and why I liked Macross Plus the most out of anything in that series. Its for the same reasons I liked the 2 Gundam movies I listed above - the space opera elements are much more toned down and the characters and story stand out because of it.

I don't know if any of my favorite mecha series are on any of the hosting services, but these are them.

Original Patlabor TV series and the 3 Patlabor movies (Patlabor 1 the Movie, Patlabor 2 the Movie and WXIII Patlabor). Don't bother with the Patlabor OVA - it was mediocre IMO. What I like most about the series is that it takes a blue-collar approach to the mecha genre, in that the main characters are mecha pilots employed by the Tokyo police force. As a result, there's more of a focus on character and story than super-uber-hyperdimensional-humongous mecha. The quality of the animation and sound in the movies is impressive.

Detonator Orgun is very obscure 3 part OVA anime that came out in the early 90's. Unfortunately its N.A. distributor went bust and nobody picked up the license in the fire sale, so it's hard to find. Too bad because it's 1 very cool mecha anime with good animation, good characters and a Sci-Fi story with a really nice plot twist. It has its rough edges too like some disjointed scenes, misspelled text and a few instances of minimalistic treatment to the animation. Definitely worth watching if you like the mecha genre and can find it.

RahXephon. Don't even know where to begin describing it - it's 1 weird mecha anime. Some of the mecha are like high-tech renditions of ancient Egyptian statues and all of the mecha have booming audio attacks. The cast of characters and story is good and I personally feel it's a very underrated series. Again, don't know what hosting services it's on, but worth a viewing if it's available.

Some good anime I've watched recently on Netflix are Blood+, Eden of the East, Deathnote and D Gray Man.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 04:44:24 PM
The folks in my circles that are really into Star Wars -regularly read the fiction or play the tabletop RPG or miniatures game- while disliking the 1st movie absolutely loved the pod racing. I'm guessing that aspect of it might have helped it to score higher than the other prequel films - hey, if you haven't viewed any of the prequels for a while that might be the most memorable moment. Personally I liked  IV through VI equally and felt the III was the best of the prequels.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 23, 2014, 04:00:06 PM
I'm playing Two Worlds Epic now and I have to say I'm enjoying it. For sure it has its warts like terrible voice acting, a non-customizable hotkey bar and too high a concentration of beasts, but the rest of the game seems fine. I love the way you can strategically herd around 1 foe against another, - honestly can't remember another RPG where you could pull that off. Last night I led a pack of wolves into some bandits' cave and a pack of zombies against a grom encampment. smile  Of course it has an element of ridiculousness and silliness to it, but that doesn't stop it from being fun.  icon_biggrin  I'd read the graphics were crap, but that certainly hasn't been my experience - and I'm playing this on my 2nd, ancient gaming rig with low specs. If Sacriliegium is of the same quality i'd be able to play it through and enjoy it.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 22, 2014, 03:25:14 PM
I agree with Crawley about the Knights of Sidonia - very good anime in all aspects. Attack on Titan is, as I said in the other thread, outstanding.

Another very good anime I watched recently that's at least on Netflix Canuckistan, is the Eden of the East 13 episode series - there's 2 movies too, but I haven't watched them. It's story is set in modern era Tokyo with a strong conspiracy theme. It begins in Washington DC though, with an opening situation so far out in left field that I can't remember another anime with such a strange opening scene. It's almost as if the writer began by writing some setting/scene concepts down on cards, then tossed them and went with those that fell closest. It's very good on all fronts, but the characters are really what stands out. It's also to some degree a spoof on spy action films. It certainly has its share of humor.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 22, 2014, 02:41:50 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on July 22, 2014, 01:17:15 AM

So I found Sacriligium but what concerns me is it's been in developement for a long time, and no news has been posted on the site linked since 2012. So I don't know if it's still alive or not.

I noticed that as well and wondered if it might be due to a shift in development to next gen consoles. Their site is still logo'd with the 360 and PS3, but they may just still be there due to the site not having been updated for a while.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 09:54:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 21, 2014, 08:53:46 PM

I thought both of the Two Worlds games were terrible, so I'm not holding my breath on this one.

Did you play the console or PC editions? I ask, because I've read the PC games were much better. I just bought Two World Epic Ed. for $2 in the last weeks Steam sale, but haven't installed it yet. I checked out a number of forums for the PC version before pulling the trigger and the posting were mostly positive. I'm going to install it this week, so I guess I'll find out soon enough.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kickstarter]Robotech Academy on: July 21, 2014, 07:51:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 07, 2014, 05:33:41 PM

I like Robotech, but Harmony Gold can suck my left nut after the Battletech SNAFU

If you're referring to the BattleTech Animated Series, that was actually Saban Entertainment and not Harmony Gold. But Harmony Gold, along  with a whole bunch of other producers can suck both of my nuts for not putting $ behind a decent BattleTech animated series. And oh yeah, Amblin Ent., Sony Ent. and countless other producers can do the same for not realizing the awesomeness of the canon and producing a great live action film from it.

I wouldn't give a penny to anything Harmony Gold is behind. IMO the best thing that has been done with the franchise since the original Japanese Macross animes is Macross Plus. That was done by Bandai Entertainment, so if they were driving this it'd be something for me to get enthused about and consider pledging.
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