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Discussion in 'Community Hang-Out' started by mattavelle1, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

    Dawg you know I was the first one to notice that news. I got a "gyro controls" Google alert.
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  2. EvilTw1n

    EvilTw1n Even my henchmen think I'm crazy. Staff Member Moderator

    Ragnarok was funny, and pretty good. It just suffered from some of the same problems as other Marvel flicks (rushed third act, great actor trying to carry the villain role on pure charisma...which also happened in BP). Since Infinity War is at the cheap theater, I paid another $4 to re-watch it:

    It was better on a second viewing. The first time, everything felt really truncated and fast. The pace felt like it had more room to breathe for the first 2/3 of the movie, now that I wasn't being blown away by constant spectacle. The non-Snap deaths did land a bit stronger because of it, although I could've done without the slow-mo pan from falling-Gamora back to Thanos. But Heimdall and Loki landed harder, and Vision even more so. The Snap deaths had more impact, too, because it wasn't a breathless "who's next?" like it was the first time.

    I also dug that this was more of a Thor movie. You get the feeling that the next one will be more of a Cap movie*, but Thor deserved this one. He's had like the worst week ever - Odin dies, Mjolnir is destroyed, he has to instigate Ragnarok and raze Asgard to kill his sister, he inadvertently leads all of the remaining Asgardians to a slaughter, then watches his best friend and his brother get murdered by Thanos, then gets baked by a neutron star. The face time was deserved.

    Also dug spending so much time with Thanos. That's a big gamble with this big of a cast, but it needed to be done. Marvel has so many undercooked villains that this one had to be done right, and if it took that much onscreen time to do it, then eff it, because it was worth it.

    [*Although Cap's devastating "Oh, god" is probably among the best non-quip dialog Marvel has ever put in a film.]

    Overall, I do like it. Not top-tier like it, but it's at the very top half of the middle. And I do respect it as one hell of an ambitious project. "This hasn't been done before in a comic-book movie" is common praise to read, but what Infinity War did hasn't been done before in movies, period. 10 years and 20 movies leading to one outcome.
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  3. CitizenOfVerona

    CitizenOfVerona Spectacular Staff Member

    Sony sent me a 25% code for Dad of War. I'm not that interested at this moment so does anyone want one? That said I know Kark already played and the only other people I can think of with a PS4 is @Shoulder and @sjmartin79

    Any of you boys want it?
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  4. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    There are individual moments too... The fight between doctor strange and thanos is the most comic book thing I have ever seen
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  5. simplyTravis

    simplyTravis "A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"

    Well, I have to take back what I said regarding Splatoon nerfing my roller...they just decreased the ink usage by 33% when going full speed! I can finally get back up past the 1k mark regularly with it! Not only that but having all this extra ink at my disposal makes me about as deadly as I am with the octobrush...



    THE ROLLER IS BACK BABY!
    @mattavelle1 and myself are about to wreck all y'all fools!




    We're back and lookin' for trouble!
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  6. mattavelle1

    mattavelle1 ARMS is like breathing.......but more important Staff Member Moderator

    Last night was soooooooooooo good!!!

    :msrs:
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  7. Koenig

    Koenig The Architect

    The scene where Thanos "grabs" one of the moons with the infinity gauntlet, and throws its shattered form at the heros like an asteroid storm... Bliss.
  8. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    Definitely
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  9. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

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  10. Juegos

    Juegos All mods go to heaven. Staff Member Moderator

  11. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

    Only if it has awful Jotaro hair sticking out the back
  12. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    you can add that yourself though
  13. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

  14. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    1. Cut the hat in half
    2. Superglue it to your head
    3. Profit
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  15. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    Hey literature snobs, I need some help

    Watching a show caked Rellik that is a crime told in reverse

    So it starts at the end, then keeps going backwards to the arrest, the investigation, the crime and lastly what leads to the crime

    I think there is a term for this, but I can't place it .. My sister is dying conceit, but I think that is too general, I was thinking mcguffin, but that isn't quite it either

    I tried a few Google searches but it isn't coming up

    Basically I am looking for the term used to describe a structural element used to create the drama of the story... Basically where the narrative hook is tied to the structure of the story itself...

    What is that called?

    Or is there no name... Because if there isn't, I hereby name it a fartykoala
  16. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

    reverse chronological is probably the most direct way to say what that is.
    I prefer "irreversible-like-but-without-the-rape-scene"
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  17. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    No I mean what is that kind of thing called... Like not a gimmick really, not a mcguffin, and conceit seems to broad
  18. Juegos

    Juegos All mods go to heaven. Staff Member Moderator

    This might help:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabula_and_syuzhet
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  19. CitizenOfVerona

    CitizenOfVerona Spectacular Staff Member

    Had a beautiful dream that Retro's next project was continuing the Earthbound series and a remake of 3.

    Retro studios closing down pretty much confirmed at this point.
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  20. Koenig

    Koenig The Architect

    A bit of an odd request, but does anyone here have much experience with meditation? And if so, would you mind sharing some tips for a complete newcomer?

    Perhaps I am just a product of the information era, but I have an extremely hard time slowing down and focusing on tasks. I am hoping that meditation could help me refocus, but my own attempts have been undermined by my short attention span.
  21. CitizenOfVerona

    CitizenOfVerona Spectacular Staff Member

    My experiences with meditation were more so dealing with anxiety/chilling the fuck out rather than help on focusing so I can't say if what I did will help you. Essentially I sat in the dark with my eyes closed and just shut everything out. Sometimes I'd light incense sticks but nothing too strong, something less fragrant tend to help like Vanilla. To me it was all about shutting everything out and not thinking about anything which yeah, I got no advice on how to do that other than focus on breathing steadily.

    If I felt like my mind was starting to wonder and I'd start thinking about something I'd just let it go and focus on my breathing again. I'd do this for around 10 minutes, not exact because I didn't want to think about "is time up yet?". Once I was done I did feel way more relaxed and the rest of the day/night I did feel better overall. I'm no expert and this might not work for everyone. All I can say is give it a try. You might have to sit differently, maybe even lean back. Scented meditation may not work for you, etc etc.
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  22. EvilTw1n

    EvilTw1n Even my henchmen think I'm crazy. Staff Member Moderator

    Steve Hagen wrote a book called "Buddhism Plain & Simple" that has a good primer on meditation. But honestly, the best meditation advice I got was a brief guided course from a visiting monk* when I was in college. A step-by-step instruction is a good place to start, but it requires someone who knows what they're doing. Which I do not.

    It was his one redeeming feature. When I and other guys tried to ask him questions, he blew us off to hit on college girls. Although, to be fair, I suppose it gets lonely in a monastery.

    That said...
    This is the place to start.

    EDIT: I screw it, I dug out the book. What you want is chapter 8. A primer:

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    "Place your focus on your breath. Breathe naturally and quietly. Don't force the breath in any way - just follow it. As you inhale, be aware of breathing in. As you exhale, be aware of breathing out. In the beginning stages, since it's difficult to stay with the breath, counting each breath may help you maintain your concentration.

    "...follow the breath. As you do, thoughts will arise. Don't be bothered by them. Don't think they're bad, or that you shouldn't be having them. Don't try to drive them away. If you leave them alone, they'll depart of their own accord. This is how to 'cease all movement of the conscious mind.' You cannot do it by direct application of your will. If you find you've been distracted by thoughts and feelings, and have forgotten your breath, just come back to the breathing. There's no need to scold yourself that you wandered away. To scold yourself is to wander away again.

    "...all kinds of self comments may arise ("there I go again" or "I can't do this"). These comments are quite normal. Observe them, and let them go - they will depart if you let them.

    "Don't strive for some special state of mind. There is no special state of mind. ...meditation is not trance. It is not rest. It is not relaxation. It is just awareness of breath, that's all. ...once you can stay with the breath fairly regularly, you can stop counting and breath alone. Beyond these simple instructions, the meditation will teach you what it is.

    "You will gradually learn to sit like a mountain. Though thoughts will arise, they are merely clouds passing by the mountain. The mountain need not be perturbed by clouds. The clouds pass on, and the mountain continues to sit - observing all, grasping at nothing.

    "(Give yourself permission to have thoughts. When you're disturbed by your thinking it tends to augment itself and go faster and louder. The more you try to control it, the more it will gain in strength. Give your mind a lot of space and it quiets down; try to control, quiet, or constrict it, and it goes wild. We only need to notice what's happening, and ease off. Let the thinking stop itself, it will if you leave it alone. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions come and go in the mind. But they don't stay. If you play with them, or prod them, or develop them, they hang on. They start to branch into other thoughts. That's what the mind does when it's not being attended to."

    -Steve Hagen, Buddhism Plain & Simple, 105-107
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    Maybe that helps, maybe it doesn't. The phrase used by the monk I briefly spent time with was "the mind leaning." The mind leans one way, then another, then another and another and another. Meditation is just about noticing that lean - observe your mind leaning, where its thoughts go, but don't overly indulge them. Just go back to breathing. The mind works its way back to the middle, and you learn to get there and stay there via meditation.

    Or not. Or you beat off to porn and call it a night. Everyone is different.
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  23. sjmartin79

    sjmartin79 White Phoenix of the Crown

    If no one has claimed it from you yet, we'd be happy to. Thank you in advance! If they have, then that's okay too!
  24. sjmartin79

    sjmartin79 White Phoenix of the Crown

    Funny enough, in college, one of my honors classes had a whole thing on guided meditation. It had two parts. One just about meditation and relaxation. The second part was a spirit animal journey. (If you're interested, I can add that part in later as well).

    I'll tell you the things that worked for me.

    First, lay flat on the floor, not a bed. Try to be in a room that is quieter. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing for a minute or two. Regular intervals. Don't force it. Just let it happen naturally.

    Now, imagine yourself in a completely white room. Decorated however you see fit, made out of any materials you want. Look around the room, focus on the clean, crisp whiteness of things. (This is to represent the clear, white center of your mind.) Sit in the center of the room on the floor. If your mind starts to wander, look at a different object in the room and focus on what it is made out of, it's shape, and its clean, bright, white color.

    Feel how calm you are in the room. It's warm and comforting, but not hot. It's that perfect relaxing temperature. You feel safe. You feel calm. You are relaxed and focused.

    When you are ready, stand up. Behind you in the room is a white door. Open the door and walk out.
    Open your eyes.
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  25. Koenig

    Koenig The Architect

    Thank you for the advise guys!
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  26. CitizenOfVerona

    CitizenOfVerona Spectacular Staff Member

    Ah sorry bud. I thought it expired today and not the 19th (real expiration date) so I just posted it on Destructoid for anyone to take.

    Sorry again.
  27. CitizenOfVerona

    CitizenOfVerona Spectacular Staff Member

    @sjmartin79

    Sony sent me another email saying last chance for using the code, so maybe it's not used after all? Not sure so if you want to try it it's BCJ5DGNM2P

    No guarantees though
  28. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    *Uses code, even though I don't own a ps4*

    ..

    ...

    Just kidding
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  29. sjmartin79

    sjmartin79 White Phoenix of the Crown

    Thanks, I'll give it a shot!
    If not, no worries at all. I appreciate the offer!
  30. sjmartin79

    sjmartin79 White Phoenix of the Crown

    I'm so close to finally finishing Xenoblade 2. I'm on Chapter 10. I fully admit that I put it aside for awhile because I got bored, but once I picked it up and forced myself through the chapter I was on, then starting with the next chapter, I was completely hooked and have been since. The story really picked up, and I cared about what was happening.

    Something similar happened to me with the first Xenoblade. I got to the same point in the first one twice and gave up. Then third time through, I got hooked.

    Taking each game as a whole, there is something I find truly special and compelling about all three Xenoblade games. Next time around, I'm going to give the next Xenoblade game the benefit of the doubt and remind myself that even if I hit a slow point, it will pick up. It always does.
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  31. Juegos

    Juegos All mods go to heaven. Staff Member Moderator

    This has happened to me with every Xenoblade as well. I didn't really feel bored with them, though, I just let other games and life stuff get in the way. With the first one, it took me about 2 years of playing it on and off before I beat it, but every time I'd get back into it I'd play it for about 50 hours in a few sittings. Similar with X, I played it for about 50 hours, stopped, months later played about another 80 hours, stopped, months later played another 80 hours. Right now I'm still about 50 hours into XC2 but I haven't played it since December. I figure when I pick it back up I'll probably play it until finishing it.
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  32. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    it took me forever to get through 2, I had no such issue for the first game, and only a few problems with getting through x (which I still think is the worst of the 3)... but 2... I lost to the final boss a few times and then figure I should level up and do some side quests and grab some more rare blades... and THAT is the part of the game that made me get bored.... I did quite a bit and then just stopped and lost interest (again I remind you, I was AT the final boss)... like 6 months later, with octopath about to hit... I just said f' it... time to try and beat it again...

    I had to play for a few hours just to remember how to play the game properly, I rearranged my blades a bit, and then jumped in and beat the boss on my first try (since stopping before)... then enjoyed msot of the ending, saved and started a new game plus (which I stopped as soon as I could save, and might never touch again, i dunno)

    I had a few BIG gripes with X, and a ton of smaller issues with 2

    right now I kind of want a non xeno game from monolithsoft... something less complex (mechanically) and more polished

    Takashashi said he wants to make a more mature game, which, the lack of, is one of the issues with 2 (the overly shounen tropey aspect)

    I would love to see this new rpg they are developing be kind of a testing ground for that, and hopefully have it be a more straight forward game (mechanically)... still lots of options, and lots of stuff to do, just not convoluted and mind numbing and repetitive like 2 got to be

    then I want them to take those lessons in hand and make the next xenoblade... maybe just outright make x a monster hunter game.... now that nintendo isn't getting the main franchise of that anymore... the lack of story in x annoyed me, but maybe they can just flat out get rid of it and go full on monster hunter, even just the gameplay too... monster hunter with mechs

    and then make the regular xenoblade series more story focused than ever
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  33. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

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  34. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    I was just thinking, 43% burned by Dillinger Escape Plan had such a badass riff

    The balance of fast high and low chug with the polyrhythm

    Just badass

  35. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

    I have gone through all episodes of House (MD)

    My list of Sherlock shows I've watched are now ranked as such:
    1. Psych
    2. House
    3. Monk, because the seasons that had more Sherlock-allusions (Sharona) in them sucked
    4. the animated one where Watson is a cyborg
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    The gaping crevasse left in what was once California after the San Andreas fault splits
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    5. Veronica Mars?
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    99. Sherlock (BBC)

    I plan on watching Miss Sherlock sometime soon, which is a japanese drama with gender-flips on most characters, so that sounds aces.
  36. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    Veronica Mars should be way higher on that list, and so should Sherlock, though the series did fall apart into a convoluted mess in the last few seasons.

    Monk and House are both examples of okay shows with great central leads, house is super repetitive, and Monk can be cheesy as shit... I love psych, but the detective aspect is just connecting glue for the interactions between the characters... of the shows you listed... and going just on quality of the show and not necesarily how Sherlock Holmes it is...

    1. Veronica Mars
    2. Psych
    3. Sherlock
    4. Monk
    5. House

    I didn't even bother watching Elementary, and it seems you are in the same boat there
  37. FriedShoes

    FriedShoes MLG Staff Member Moderator

    I'd have to rewatch Veronica Mars to actually place it, but I remember it being super good. Every other show has their analogs of the Sherlock characters, their Watsons and Mycrofts and Lestrades and Moriartys, etc. VM just a really good detective show, which at least places it leagues above Sherlock imo, which fell apart for me way earlier than it did for others, but fuck I went through all of those terrible seasons. Its the reason I no longer stick with shows the moment they get to me (usually). Netflix has made dropping shows so much easier too.

    I'm ok with repetitiveness in these types of shows, par for the course. House is admittedly, even by their own universe's logic, prone to following the "get three things wrong, epiphany, conclusion" formula. I'm more than fine with that, the situations are interesting enough to merit that, at least in the early seasons, and theres sometimes a twist or two. I think they killed a baby in the second or third episode, and didnt lose an adult patient until much later. Kinda wild. Everything else is propped up by strong characters and performances. Also, very weird hearing Hugh Laurie's non-american accent, I dont think I've seen him act in anything but.

    I totally forgot about Elementary, I did not watch that nor do I plan to. I'll get my asian Watson fix in this japanese show, which is easily available thanks to Starz.
  38. theMightyME

    theMightyME Owner of The Total Screen

    Speaking of Sherlock Holmes....

    What is everyone looking forward to this comic con?

    Nothing has really blown me away yet

    But hey... Mario Kart 8 update
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