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Deserves all the praise it's getting and more, I can't remember the last time I had this much fun at the cinema. Helps that I brought Mirek and the very depressed Normandy crew over to cheer them up after ME3, and after the harbinger bit they couldn't stop laughing for the rest of the film.


I try not to be specific, but I can't really avoid all spoilers )


It's just that good.

Oh Yeah

Mar. 9th, 2012 10:20 pm
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And watch this, I cried like a three year old.

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So, after Victory of Eagles, I was less then enthusiastic about the lastest installment in the Temeraire series, Tongues of Serpents. Another boat-trip, this time to Australia, woo-hoo. I had no interest in it (Harry Potter burnt me enough I didn't want to see another beloved series slide down shit hill), and it sat on my shelf until last month, when I decided I felt like a bit of fantasy, and I might as well see if it was any good.


Cut for Spoilers )
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I rather worried a friend of mine when, talking about Led Zeppelin, I said there was only one of their songs I considered worth listening to.

He didn't say anything, but he might as well have said 'If you're about to say Stairway to Heaven, I may have to stop being friends with you'.

He was a bit befuddled and relieved when I laughed and said 'Kashmir'.

Seriously, to me Led Zeppelin is the perfect example of the proverbial monkeys with keyboards (or musical instruments), whole lot of random noise, one amazing bit of Shakespeare.

Anyway, putting together a playlist of my best music ever.
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Okay, I've finally got the point of the game where I'm running out of palces to go and am realising I have to get back to the main plot soon. So it's a good time to say what I think.

It is awesome.

Not quite Mass Effect awesome, the plot isn't that high and the endless choices you have with your character kinda ends up being pointless because there's no way for the game world to interact with your choices (again, unlike Mass Effect). However, the fact that I have to go all the way up to my FAVOURITE GAME OF ALL TIME to find it lacking is a damn good sign :)

I'm not sure if I can say it's better than Fallout 3. It's better in many ways, but I love post-apocalyptic settings and had Mirek to play with (before he moved to ME and refused to come out), so it's a purely personal bias. Objectively Skyrim is better.

I also give it major pointers for not being a totaslly derivatve setting. Yes there's elves and dragons and stuff, but the fact that it's been set in a very particular part of the Elder Scrolls world means it's got a lot of originality, in this case, the world of vikings.

I love vikings.

It feels very real. I mean, there's all these people and they have their own politics and stuff. The people who aren't Nords (the viking people) have to deal with discrimination (the situation of the Kajiit people is very reminiciant of attitudes towards the Roma), there's a civil war taking place between the Empire, who are pretty politically dodgy and allied with some even worse people, and the Stormcloaks, who are pretty cool freedom fighters, but a bit 'Nordland for the Nords'.

 But the bit I liked the most was with the situation of women. This is why I love vikings. For the period in IRL, if you had to be a woman anywhere in Europe, you could do worse than vikingland. Women could hold land, could rule, could fight. And Skyrim really takes than and goes with it. None of this 'it's medieval times so we can treat women like shite' from so many video games. Women rulers, women soldiers, women fighters, pretty equal opportunities while still have enough limit so we can see the society's perception of a woman's role: not half bad, but not there yet.

Also, the only skimpy costumes I can think of is that of the forsaken women, and seriously, pay attention because this is the only time I am going to use the equivelancy argument: The forsaken women wear fur bikinis, the forsaken men wear fur loincloths. All this tells me if that they like sporting beachwear in arctic climates. Normally I hate the equivelancy argument, but in this case it stands. Men and women are poisted the same, they fight the same, the camera doesn't pan to portions of their anatomy (unless you want to point it there yourself).

Also, you get female undead. The undead are these withered lurching zombie tomb-guardy things, and yeah, it makes sense to have female ones. This is just about the first time I've seen that happen. Fuck you Bioware and your 'how can we make female aliens? Give them boobs and lipstick?' No. Fuck you and the EA horse you rode in on. Skyrim has female guardian-mummy-zombies. What's your excuse?
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I'm fine, it is our area, but nothing's happened and I'm safe home.

BTW, I promised to share these:

The 'and then they woke up and it was all a dream and Charles' legs had gone to sleep' X-fic

The Erik track


The Charles/Erik slash track


Please send me a link to the track you recced?
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I'm fine, it is our area, but nothing's happened and I'm safe home.

BTW, I promised to share these:

The 'and then they woke up and it was all a dream and Charles' legs had gone to sleep' X-fic

The Erik track


The Charles/Erik slash track


Please send me a link to the track you recced?
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(note, I'm not including Portal 1+2 here as they are mostly casual games that I pick up and put down from time to time. I love them, but they're not the ongoing projects of most games I play)

Mass Effect 2 (by a nose, plot is not as good as 1, but the action and playability and lack of a bloody inventory system makes a win, helped by the facts that with Gibbs savegame editor I didn't have to do any mining)

Mass Effect 1 (so much love it's not even funny)

Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic 1 (It's everything that's good about Star Wars, with none of the shit. Rated down because the combat mixes the twin cheats of turn based combat and save anywhere, meaning every battle is a cakewalk, and it crashed a lot. A LOT)

Fallout 3 (Finally, a non-bioware game! So much love. So much love. The plot isn't as good as the above, but the fun of wandering around the beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic wasteland more than makes up for it)

Baldur's Gate (Dear god this is old, but I still love it, I played it about a million times and was still finding little Easter Eggs here and there, wonderful).

Jade Empire (An odd one, straightforward in some places, very weird in others. Fun to play if only to see what happens next, a lot of unexpected twists and one REALLY OBVIOUS one).

Baldur's Gate 2 (Again, played a million times. Still love it. The characters, the world, the plot. Love. All Round. Had less of the odd little nuggets of the first, which was a shame).

Icewind Dale (More straightforward than most RPGs, which is a shame, but it's beautiful and strange, which means I played it a lot).

Witcher (Still haven't finished it, but so far it seems like it deserves this spot. A bit too much railroading, a lag in chapter three, penalisation for not acting in a predecided way, made up for by great visuals, engaging world, fun characters and one of the best combat systems I've come across. And allowing me to play as Elric. Always a bonus)

Star Wars KOTOR 2 (Who the hell though of adding gritty realism into the Star Wars franchise? Even Lucas wasn't that dim. A perfectly good game otherwise, but didn't enjoy it so much).

Icewind Dale 2 (Some good things, some bad things, was rooting for the bad guys all the way, which fails in a game. The hacks were the best part)

Oblivion (My baseline for an enjoyable game. Oblivion was fun in places, boring in others, but still engaging enough to keep me going for 100% completion. Don't want to play it again but didn't begrugde the hours I spent on it)

Age of Empires, Age of Mythology (Fun in the same way solitaire is fun. Time killer stuff)

Fallout New Vegas (One of the few games I gave up on almost immediately. Not because it was bad, but because everything it did just reminded me that Fallout 3 had done it miles better. Five minutes in and I switched it off and rebooted Fallout 3, no need to play a pale reflection when you have the real thing)

Prototype (Another one I gave up on. Fun stress relief, but no staying power)

Black and White (Good, but not my thing)

Morrowind (Gave up on it, and it crashed before I could exit it. Haven't gone back since)

Dragon Age (Shit! Only completed it for my love of Bioware and took it back to CEX the same day)

Yeah, I like Bioware. Still not playing Dragon Age 2 though.
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Well, that was fun. That was, in fact, a LOT of fun.
Spoilers! )

Anyway, it was fun in the same way Thor was, only more so. If you feel like a fun comic book movie and liked Thor, go and see it, I had a lot of fun (mind you I'd gone with like ten of my friends, but hey).
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Well, that was fun. That was, in fact, a LOT of fun.
Spoilers! )

Anyway, it was fun in the same way Thor was, only more so. If you feel like a fun comic book movie and liked Thor, go and see it, I had a lot of fun (mind you I'd gone with like ten of my friends, but hey).
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http://yudkowsky.net/other/fiction/the-sword-of-good

With one of the best lines ever:


"You suck the life from worms," Selena said coldly. "I know darkness when I see it."
The Lord of Dark's gaze scarcely flickered in her direction. "Be silent, eater of mammals."
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http://yudkowsky.net/other/fiction/the-sword-of-good

With one of the best lines ever:


"You suck the life from worms," Selena said coldly. "I know darkness when I see it."
The Lord of Dark's gaze scarcely flickered in her direction. "Be silent, eater of mammals."
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What's your favorite music video of all time?

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I love this track, and this video is pure freakish WTF I love it.
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What's your favorite music video of all time?

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I love this track, and this video is pure freakish WTF I love it.
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Available here. It thought it was very adorable and cute, and want to pet it fluffy and call it George.

No idea why so many people on the site are hatin' though.
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Available here. It thought it was very adorable and cute, and want to pet it fluffy and call it George.

No idea why so many people on the site are hatin' though.

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