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#2302384 Show Off Your Thief!

Posted Mistveil on 01 March 2014 - 05:32 PM

My thief:
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#2319877 Show Off Your Thief!

Posted IIEquillibriumII on 24 April 2014 - 06:08 PM

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#2333774 Rate the Last Movie You Saw!

Posted Feathermoore on 29 July 2014 - 06:40 PM

Divergent isn't actually a depiction of dystopia. It is dystopian fiction yes, but the universe is not a dystopia but an anti-utopia. A failed utopia in other words. Anti-utopia is generally what happens right before a true dystopia in fiction. A dystopia was explicitly designed to control the masses to benefit the few while an anti-utopia was designed to control the masses to the benefit of the masses but ended up tripping usually due to hubris. The biggest sign of this in Divergent is the personality placement test being an actual test instead of being a fake test. Dystopian fiction's purpose is usually to show how utopia is a pipe dream. The Running Man/Logan's Run/1984 are examples of dystopias. Minority Report/Brave New World are anti-utopian.

My personal opinion of Divergent was that it was pretty meh. It isn't really an original story (hell, I actually have a short story I wrote in High School that is almost the same story here somewhere) and it is executed in a way that has so many holes as to leave you confused. Ok, so the smart people thought they would be better controlling the world and figured out how… and why exactly did the leaders in Dauntless decide to go along with it? If the personality test was actually correct, then it just doesn't make sense and the personality test being an actual test is a central crux to the story.

There was no actual character conflict. You knew she was going to pick dauntless. You knew that whatshisface was divergent. You knew that the trainer dude was going to turn out to be a bad guy. Nothing was a surprise and noone went through any sort of character development. That and the lead was a complete Mary Sue. She was the perfect human, had all of the strengths of the different groups but her only apparent weakness was indecision. Bleh.

As far as dystopian stories go Divergent is in the bottom half. The best dystopian stories don't usually have "the one chosen hero" characters.


#2329826 FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil

Posted Stargate on 29 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

View PostStargate, on 25 June 2014 - 06:19 AM, said:

As a little teaser we will see Europe vs NorthAmerica games also:
Holland vs Mexico
Greece vs Costa Rica

and Belgium vs USA.

Anyway watched Holland(Netherlands) vs Mexico. Great game. Mexico was the better team during first period while boll control was more to Holland the Mexico team got more shots towards goal. I think Holland should get a penalty in one situation where Mexican player was injured anyway maybe tough situation to judge penalty or not.

Second period Mexico makes a goal and takes 1-0 lead. Holland reacts to it and starts immediately to play more offensively they also started to play with one less defender and moved to offensive more offensive player in change. Holland attackers begin to put real pressure and Robben seems dangerous.

They use cooling/water break and break is taken when 15 minutes is left of the game. I am beginning to think OMG is Holland out NO!
After break Mexico plays a bit better a few minutes but Holland soon takes the reign and puts pressure. Holland also makes changes that attacker Van Persie out(Van Persie was good in first period but in second he seemed tired and was not good) and in comes Holland attacker Huntelar.

Anyway after some pressure and many corners finally Holland makes goal after corner... and it is a shoot with foot. 1-1. Holland still keeps pressure after draw goal. Robben is taked down roughly in the penalty area and referee acts rightly and judges penalty.

Huntelar attacker that looks cool is going to give the penalty, but everyone knows that Mexico goalkeeper is really good and the goal keeper did not seem to look afraid. Huntelar makes a PERFECT shot like a HUNTER and makes GOAL! 2-1 Holland VICTORY!!!

Yes go EUROPE!!! HOLLAND YES!!!

As for Mexico. Mexico did a fine tournament. They played a draw vs Brazil and won the other group games in their group and Mexico was better team during first period, but Holland stepped up and took control in second period after Mexico took the lead.


#2323160 HBO: Game of Thrones [Spoilers]

Posted Feathermoore on 12 May 2014 - 03:52 PM

View PostCorsair, on 08 May 2014 - 12:07 AM, said:

Is it entirely necessary to the story? No, but it does add world building to show what a shithole living in Westeros would actually be.


Actually, yes it is necessary. What is the root story here? Political intrigue, backstabbing, and the onset of winter? No. The root story is based around the base theories that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, lies beget more lies, and trust nobody: even yourself. Every scene has a purpose, something I have largely been surprised about with the show since that statement usually isn't true in TV and it isn't true a lot of the time in the books. Martin has a love for redundant characters/scenes.

Show, don't tell is indeed very important in both visual media and in print media, but the other half is that every scene should advance the plot or develop the underlying message of the story. I can't think of a "forced sexual act" scene that didn't have a distinct purpose. The act is socially seen as the worst of crimes and is therefor the peak of corrupted morals. The Night's Watch swears to never be with a woman and when they get the power to do as they please they revolt against this restriction completely to the full extreme that they are able. This has a purpose. The scene with the Hound/Arya meeting the soldiers in the inn with the owner's daughter served a similar purpose. Those who can take what they want. Those in power can. Those in power take it all.

I imagine that the aforementioned scenes, the castration scene, any sexual scenes between the twins, the fake whore-wife of Tyrion story, the scene's with Lyssa's son showing his upbringing, and the crucifixion scenes were more monstrous to any of us than any of the murder scenes. Sexual destruction of the self is worse than the destruction of life in our culture and is therefor a useful method to truly portray monstrosity in fiction. It is there to make you want to look away. It is supposed to make it feel real. Because this is how it really would be. Heck, this is how it was. Humans suck.


#2322545 HBO: Game of Thrones [Spoilers]

Posted Corsair on 08 May 2014 - 12:07 AM

View PostBuddhaKeks, on 07 May 2014 - 03:14 PM, said:

Yeah GoT is extra ra.pey this season. I found it noteworthy that the only female on male ra.pe scene is depicted as comical (Lysa on Petyr), but also thankfully not visualized. I guess with Joffrey out of the way and Ramsay being absent for a view episode there wasn't enough shock value left, so they needed to flesh out the Craster's Keep subplot.

The books were pretty sexually violent as well, so this isn't unique to the show. Only the fact that it has actually filmed and depicted it. This isn't your standard high fantasy flair, George R.R. Martin didn't base his world on popular myth stories (as fantasy writers have done for ages) but instead on the War of the Roses. Then there is the carnal rule of a visual medium, show don't tell. And the Night Mutineers were depicted exactly as I would have expected them to be.

Is it a sensitive subject? Oh god yes. Does it's depiction make me uncomfortable? You betchya. Is it entirely necessary to the story? No, but it does add world building to show what a shithole living in Westeros would actually be.

Also, I really don't think that Lysa and Petyr is own. He planned for them to get married and everything that entails. He planned for that. If anything the reverse is true since he is useing her station and state of mind to further his own goals. Just as getting Sansa is part of his plan. The man does nothing for anybody but himself. Granted the scene was played for laughs and Petyr didn't seem enthused by the prospect of it.


#2316973 Feature Patch Update Notes

Posted Neo Nugget on 16 April 2014 - 03:07 AM

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The patch is unsurprisingly quite hefty, so the notes will be hidden in spoiler tags for the most part.

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New Features and Content
Wardrobe
World Boss Synchronization
Guild World Events
Balance, Bug Fixing, and Polish
Runes
Profession Updates
Balance and Bug Fixing

Structured Player vs. Player
World vs. World
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#2319133 The Elder Scrolls: Online

Posted Juanele on 22 April 2014 - 06:01 AM

I ended up getting the game last week. Not sure if I regret it or not. I certainly plan to play the first month to get my money's worth but I just don't see this as a long term game for me.

A pretty scathing review by Angry Joe here.




#2319337 Unable to gain Weight/Muscle

Posted Tank76 on 22 April 2014 - 10:59 PM

"But I eat a ton of food! I eat a ton at dinner, so why am I not gaining more mass?" Not that this may apply to you, but a fair amount of the people who say this actually don't eat a "ton of food." The same people who say that skip breakfast, have a tiny lunch and maybe even small snack later on in the day, and stuff themselves at dinner and claim to eat enough, but never gain any weight. This is taking the wrong approach to eating to bulk up/gain weight.

Most people overlook something very important: working out to gain muscle is pointless if you don't have the proper nutrition plan to lay the groundwork for your growth.

You have to eat a consistent amount of food throughout the day. Ideally, 5-6 small meals a day. But don't mistake this for 5-6 dinner "feast-style meals. You have to break from the idea that there are only 3 meals a day. Okay, so lets say that you need to eat 3000kcal a day to be in caloric surplus (i.e., eat enough to gain weight). Eat 5 meals a day, each about 600kcal every 3-4hrs. The reason why you do this: helps prevents insulin spikes and helps maintain a higher metabolism. Or put another way, you have to give your stomach time to break it all down, and it can break down nutrition better in small doses rather than 3 massive spikes (meals) a day. It's a principal to keep in mind when dieting down as well. Basically, do it this way and there's less of a chance that all the food you eat won't turn you into a blob with arms and legs.

Get your protein in there throughout the day (depending on who you listen to, take in anywhere between 1.0 - 1.5x your body weight in grams) and keep your food intake clean, too (good carbs, meat, dairy, lots of veggies). At least 80% of all your meals should be clean per week and cut out junk as much as possible, but once in a while is fine.

And one more thing: supplements are what they say they are, supplements. A solid nutritional program is what will get you big, not a ton of those fake supplements in the magazines. After a solid food program, then add the protein powder, multivitamins, Omega-3, and from there the more advanced supps like BCAAs, creatine, etc.

Try this and it should help you go a long way. Goes without saying that you should be getting a decent amount of sleep, too. As for working out in general, find a good, solid program. You're wasting time if your just experimenting without any sort of foundation of knowledge that you've build through training. Just poke around the internet for guys like Lee Hayward, Vince Delmonte, etc. and find something solid and then your golden bro. One last free tip...there are two important meals that you gotta eat something no matter what: breakfast (break + fast...get it?) and post-workout (e.g., protein shake + solid food meal after). keep this in mind and you'll be on track.


#2308903 Tera Rising & Guild Wars 2 - new classes

Posted Desild on 20 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

View Postraspberry jam, on 20 March 2014 - 05:31 PM, said:

I wish they would have done that in GW1 instead of adding those 4 weird classes.

But Ritualists were so cool!


#2311381 What Are You Currently Listening To, Part I

Posted Corsair on 27 March 2014 - 07:31 AM



C2C- Delta. I've been digging this album a lot, and this is one of the standout songs.


#2237393 ANET employee trolling GvG

Posted Dakan on 28 September 2013 - 09:56 AM

At about minute 22:

The problem is the attitude of the guy while representing Anet. It sheds a bad light on the company as a whole because this is just very very bad community management. I hope Martin makes an appearance and we get an official statement because I don't want to play a game where I'm told I ruining it for "playing how I want to play".

And honestly: they tick for +565 so the GvG doesn't even infringe on normal WvW...

But I'm actually not here to argument but just to spread the word (I don't even GvG).


#2222191 What's the one feature you'd like to see GW2 import from another MMO?

Posted Achrisos on 26 July 2013 - 02:46 PM

CAPES!!!

Screw these lame back pieces. Give me a legendary quest line that leads to a cape back reward!


#2182989 Past time for Alliances

Posted ShezuTsukai on 23 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

With the inclusion of the really cool new content of guild missions to GW2 it is past time for GW2 to catch up to GW1 with alliances.

The small guilds need a real alliance system in order to fully participate in the missions beyond the training. It was very nice of Anet to include the training so small guilds can get to the real missions. But they are still severely hindered in actually being able to run a full mission.

I have heard of some guilds getting together for missions and using some form of voice chat. I think that's great. But that is nowhere close to the teamwork and participation potential that existed in GW1.

This would also be a huge boon in WvW for coordinating in a more meaningful way than just mobbing on the commanders.

If Anet doesn't bring in alliances soon what are recommendations for forming unofficial alliances?


#2187672 Orr temple tracking website

Posted tichi on 04 April 2013 - 08:34 PM

ok so this site is not as well known as dragon timer one but can be equally helpful (designed for it's own purpose ofc). but like dragon timers it works best with larger community using it that's why i'm creating this thread, to let more ppl know about it.

http://www.gw2dragon...g.html#/temples

basically the site is meant to help keep track of what temples are open and on what servers so people know where to guest if they need shards and balthazar temple is closed on their home server.

that's all from me
SPREAD THE WORD! :)

also sorry if i posted in wrong section. if that's the case please move it accordingly :)