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#1 Posted by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

I've always loved the writing at the New Yorker. Even if you don't, though, I think this topic will resonate with you as a GB fan.

Today, I was browsing the website and I read an article about why food critics you know and trust - not Yelp or Michelin stars - are the most reliable source of information on where to eat. This is what the author said:

"I don’t always agree with the restaurant critics in the Times or elsewhere, but I trust them—in the way that I trust certain critics of film, television, art, or literature—not to predict what I or anyone else will like (how could they possibly know?) but to entertain me; to provide carefully researched historical and cultural context; to make me think. I trust them to write so thoughtfully and distinctively that I don’t have to wonder if they’re biased; rather, I know that they are, and, over time, can learn their biases and balance my own judgments against them. The relationship between critic and reader is exactly that: a relationship, between two people. You can’t have a relationship with stars."

This is precisely the appeal of Giant Bomb and other "personality-driven" websites, I think. Just as I've grown to know the bomb crew's taste in games over time - mostly their "thoughtful and distinctive" (perhaps stretching a bit, but I love dumb shit, as they'd say) writing and videos - I now know how to measure up "their biases and balance my own judgements against them." What a perfect summary of my feelings!

You can't have a relationship with stars, people.

#2 Posted by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

Hey folks,

Downloaded this to try it out for the free preview week and I think it's the perfect scratch for that MMO itch (haven't played one since I quit WoW at the end of BC.) And for 25 dollars I don't think I will be able to pass it up. Although I didn't make my initial character on Yak's Bend, I think I will just delete him (only level 20) and start a new character on that server. Do I have to be on that server to join the guild? Any chance I could get an invite? Can't imagine another group of duders I'd rather play with or learn from.

Arena net name is: Tonic.7842

#3 Edited by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

This seemed inevitable.

#4 Posted by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

I am astounded at the lack of Ikiru love in this thread. Disappointing!

I think that if you're picking a "best ever" list, it has to include Ikiru, Ran, Throne of Blood, and (of course) Seven Samurai. I could see a case for Yojimbo, too.

My person favorite will always be Rashomon, though the ones I mentioned above (especially Throne of Blood, goddamn that final arrow scene!) are always in contention. I've spent the most time thinking and writing about Rashomon, though, so I may be a bit biased.

#5 Posted by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

Preface: I check Yahoo! News about once a day because it helps my trivia team dominate on Thursday nights. Seriously, the stuff they put up as "news" is just insane sometimes, however...

Today while browsing Yahoo! News, I noticed this posted on the front page:

http://games.yahoo.com/news/unpaid-bill-leads-costly-video-game-battle-170950858.html

I would have never guessed that Eve Online would make it to the front page of Yahoo. But there you have it. What a bizarre game. I'm so glad people actually invest time in it.

#6 Edited by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

So I finished my NG+ in Rogue Legacy at around 100 or so children. I felt it was such a brilliant game that it warranted another playthrough; furthermore, I had more upgrades to pick up and the raised difficulty in the zones made it a new, challenging endeavor.

Upon finishing my NG+, I was quite surprised to see that Rogue Legacy offers a second NG+. I could not possibly fathom what could hook me for a 3rd go around, so I loaded up a new child and went into the castle again. And holy fuuuuuck - Rogue Legacy is CRAZY on the second NG+!

I'm talking 3-4 blue eye balls spewing red shit all over the screen, ice mages launching thousands of icicles, fire mages throwing the HUGE fireballs in packs of 3-4. All of this in the first 2-3 tiles I loaded up.

With that, I do believe I'm done with Rogue Legacy. It is a brilliant game I'd recommend to almost anybody, but yo, you'd have to be mad to go through with a second NG+. At level 165, I'm calling it quits, and I salute anybody who continues the grind for gold!

#7 Edited by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

I finished my first playthrough at approximately 65. I think I topped 100 going through a new game plus; it also doesn't help that I simply cannot play anything except a Hokage, Assassin, Paladin, or Barbarian. Being able to re-roll your 3 children was the best upgrade I ever purchased in that game!

#8 Posted by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

@eujin: Really?! I found the final boss to a real breeze. Beat it in 2-3 attempts, I believe. I found the Dungeon (zone 4) boss to be quite easy, too. Although the later zones are definitely tougher, the bosses at the end were slightly disappointing. I may have also just gotten lucky and rolled paladins and barbarians at the end (my two favorite classes). I finished the game around level 90-93ish. Hooray for NG+!

#9 Edited by Tonic7 (240 posts) -

Love this game. I've played 4 hours so far - 2 bosses down and I'm at about level 37 or so. Quick question for those playing: is vampirism equipment really worth losing that much base health? I'm assuming you get HP back per hit - how much HP?

I think I need to grind for a lot more gold, but I've mostly just concentrated on beating the bosses so far. Only complaint I have (and this may just be a personal problem) is that none of the classes except for barbarian or paladin seem worth playing. Those two are the most plain, but they have the highest base health by far. Miner is intriguing but doesn't bring in enough extra gold to make the risk of low health/damage worthwhile. Shinobi is also all right, I love the extra damage, but again they just feel too vulnerable.