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#1 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

I'm at 47, I think. My most recent was a second Dark Souls 2 platinum on Wednesday.

#2 Edited by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

Seeing the full video of when that Jordanian pilot was executed with fire has kind of killed a lot of the joy I used to find in fire. That said, Killzone 2 had a good one.

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#3 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

@bollard said:
@spoonman671 said:
@welding said:

@spoonman671: Should note that in the books Theon is presumed killed and returns a whole book later as Reek, and it's pretty great.

Was really bummed out the way the show handled that whole arc, taking away any suspense or surprise at his 'rebirth'.

If he disappeared and they brought him back two seasons later the vast majority of the audience wouldn't have any clue who he was. I find myself regularly explaining to people who characters are that appear in nearly every episode. Normal people watch this show. My mother watches every week and would not recognize the name Jorah Mormont.

Frankly, I don't find the notion of "hey this guy was dead, but now he's back and called Reek" to be all that compelling. I think most people that wanted that just wanted it because that's what the book did. The show is not the book.

In the book you didn't know who he was then either - that was the whole point, it was slowly revealed this "Reek" person was actually Theon and he had been alive and being fucked up by Ramsay all this time. The audience not recognising his character at that point would have played into the whole arc.

Also saying you don't like the notion without actually reading how it was executed isn't a good justification for removing it.

I don't think you're thinking this through. How would you have had them introduce the Reek character? Would you want them to hire a new actor? Or maybe have Alfie Allen wear a bunch of prosthetics to disguise himself from the audience? Or just put a hood over him and shoot him from behind all the time? Half of your audience is going to recognize this character before you want them to, and the other half will have completely forgotten him after two seasons, requiring some lame flashback to the second season to remind them of why it matters who he is. There is no revelation to be had here.

All you need to do in a book is call a character by a different name and they are perfectly disguised. That's why it works in a book. It does not work in a TV show.

Instead the show-runners opted to provide book readers further insight into the different ways that Theon is broken, physically, mentally, and emotionally. At the same time they kept the most casual fans familiar with a character that would later become more important again. This is meaningful content for the entire audience. I certainly don't think they needed to return to this situation in every single episode of that season though. And they replaced the Reek reveal with the "mystery" of who Ramsay is. It's pretty obvious is you're paying close attention, but I would bet most of the audience weren't sure of this until pretty late in the season. I'm not even sure Roose Bolton had been named when he volunteered to send his bastard to reclaim Winterfell, and most people aren't keeping track of what's on whose banners.

#4 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

You have a typo in your title.

; )

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#6 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

I pretty much buy all my games on day 1, so the prices are the same. I don't trade in a ton of games anymore. Also, my Playstation credit card bonus points offset the cost somewhat.

#7 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

@welding said:

@spoonman671: Should note that in the books Theon is presumed killed and returns a whole book later as Reek, and it's pretty great.

Was really bummed out the way the show handled that whole arc, taking away any suspense or surprise at his 'rebirth'.

If he disappeared and they brought him back two seasons later the vast majority of the audience wouldn't have any clue who he was. I find myself regularly explaining to people who characters are that appear in nearly every episode. Normal people watch this show. My mother watches every week and would not recognize the name Jorah Mormont.

Frankly, I don't find the notion of "hey this guy was dead, but now he's back and called Reek" to be all that compelling. I think most people that wanted that just wanted it because that's what the book did. The show is not the book.

#8 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

@top8gamer:Oh shit, I didn't even think about Bronn. That blows. I was looking forward to him really butting heads with Jaime over Jaime's haughtiness.

@mezmero said:

It feels like nearly all of the previous Ramsey/ Theon stuff could've been gutted out and we would've ended up with roughly the same amount plot progression. If they had just gone from Theon being caught to Sansa seeing him in the kennels you wouldn't really have to change anything else and you could imply a lot of things without producing so many superfluous scenes. The only plus side to Ramsey is the interactions between him and his father which are decent at best. I've been enjoying the Jon and Arya stuff, everything else feels sort of meh.

I don't fully agree with this assessment, but I do see its merit. I don't think most of the audience would simply accept Theon as a dog-boy without seeing the severity with which he was broken. At the very least we got that great scene of a remorseful Theon while he's "escaping" with Ramsay when he comes to the realizations that his "real father lost his head at King's Landing."

#9 Posted by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

@jay_ray said:

I believe the Sansa-Ramsay-Theon scene will make sense by the end of the season. And that is the trouble the TV show (and other similar shows) has, individually episodes are rarely good but the whole season is far better then the individual episodes.

This is very true. There's very little satisfaction in this series until the last few episodes of a season when everything comes together. Everything before that is just building up dominoes in preparation for tipping one over.

#10 Edited by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

In your theory, Skullface is the embodiment of all of Chico's pain, and is essentially a phantom.

Everything you said is complete nonsense, but it's the right kind of nonsense for a Metal Gear game. Of course, I never played Peace Walker so there's actually some important bits that I'm completely ignorant of.