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Code Geass R2 - Turn 05
 
  

05/06/08 @ 06:24:55 pm, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 171 words, 1129 views  

These just keep getting later and later don’t they? There was no mms simulcast stream this week, so I had to watch it via KeyHole TV, which has really lousy motion video algorithms or something…

Anyway, the 256 captive members of The Order of The Black Knights have been rescued. Toudou and Ougi stand by Zero, allaying much of the resentment some members felt due to the actions of Zero at the end of the Black Rebellion. This episode has a lot of fan service, but in general it’s about tying up loose ends, so I expect the story to start moving a lot faster soon. Suzaku returned to school and is obviously at odds with Lelouch, what he does at the end of the episode is way below the belt though… I mean, shit! But seriously, he knows better than anyone how crafty and duplicitous Lelouch is, so he had to make absolutely certain… But wow. I can’t wait to see how that goes at the beginning of the next episode.

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Code Geass R2 - Turn 04
 
  

05/01/08 @ 11:34:50 pm, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 102 words, 1078 views  

Sorry for the lateness, I again watched Geass R2 live on TBS, but I’ve been too busy to post…

Man. Turn 03 ended with a “Oh how the fuck is Lelouch going to get out of THIS one?” and I must say, I’m impressed. It was another awesome episode, with the first serious action of the series. And Lelouch proves once again that he’s just a little fucking twisted and crazy.

Also, I’d like to note that raws are coming out in 1080p (Compressed. 1440 vertical lines instead of 1920) captured from D-TBS and MBS. Keep an eye out, they don’t seem to be upsamples.

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EVANGELION 1.01 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE
 
  

04/25/08 @ 01:14:25 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 7 words, 1062 views  

Yeah, that was basically my reaction too.

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Code Geass R2 - Turn 03
 
  

04/20/08 @ 02:39:24 pm, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 77 words, 1002 views  

Another great and highly revealing episode of Geass… We learn a bit about Rolo/Lolo/wtf, as well as what the deal is with Viletta. Also… Can anyone say ‘ZA WARUDO’? D: We get a little more exposition as to why Lelouch is able to live like everything’s normal again, and later he pulls some serious Bourne-level shit in a shopping mall, haha. Also… The actions of the Chinese federation are confusing the SHIT out of me…

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Geass R2 supplemental
 
  

04/13/08 @ 04:36:11 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 59 words, 1055 views  

Just finished watching episode 2 on TBS… A lot of surprises and shit’s getting complicated. We find out what happened at the end of the first season… I was only half-wrong about what happened…but I won’t spoil it. The twist at the end I saw coming like ten minutes beforehand…but then it twisted FURTHER. Holy Capn’s Christmas Crunch!

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Code GEASS R2
 
  

04/06/08 @ 04:41:44 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Anime, 164 words, 1203 views  

Well, just watched the Code GEASS R2 premiere on TBS live, thanks to some folks willing to stream it. I must say, the first bit was confusing… But it quickly got back to awesome. The Op sucks though, some song by Orange Range that sounds in no way epic or serious. The Ed is passable, and might grow on me, but isn’t up the standard set by the previous Ed songs.

-UPDATE!-

Torrents of raws are up. I recommend this one: [IZ] Code Geass - Lelouche of the Rebellion R2 - 01 RAW (DivX6.8 1280x720).avi

These Hi-Vision raws from D-TBS look better than the Japanese DVDs for the first season! My god. Also, while I said the Op sucked, that was just from my first viewing… After listening a couple more times and letting it sink in, it does indeed seem to be growing on me. Turns out the Ed is Orange Range, too. Anyway, it was great, and this season is going to be great.

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Dear Jack Thompson...
 
  

03/29/08 @ 07:47:20 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. The Gaming Community, Baka-chan on Games, 562 words, 1039 views  

Now that I have your attention…

I don’t like you personally. I find your conduct to be deplorable. You are impulsive, ill-mannered, and occasionally quite juvenile. All this aside, I can’t help but want to ask some straight forward questions, out of curiosity. Because I don’t think you put your best foot forward a lot of the time. A lot of the things you say or do border on absurdity, and I can’t imagine you have gotten so far in life being only that way…so what changed?

Believe it or not, there ARE some things we agree on. Rap music is vile crap, and I don’t like the kinds of messages that most of it contains. I also don’t believe that minors should be allowed to play mature video games. I don’t think many of them should be allowed to access a lot of the internet, either…but that’s a fight for another time.

I think the major difference in our views is that you think that the game companies are responsible. And I think the responsibility is more personal. Not literally ‘personal responsibility’ because I don’t think it’s fair for kids to be bombarded with ads for the latest mature videogame, hear about how it’s so great from everyone, and then be expected to force themselves not to buy it.

Videogames have a ratings system. It’s SUPPOSED to prevent mature games from being sold to minors, and last time I checked, it’s the policy of most games retailers to try and enforce that. So, where does that leave us? The kids either buy the game online, or have their parents buy it for them at retail. (Since they need their parents’ credit card to buy online, it’s the same thing anyway…)

So, if a parent goes in to Gamestop and buys Grand Theft Auto IV for 12 year old little Jimmy, who’s at fault? Unless I am mistaken, you say it’s Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games’ fault. Why is that? Now, if little Jimmy went in and managed to buy it himself, who’s fault would it be? It should be Gamestop’s, shouldn’t it? They’re not supposed to sell him a Mature-rated game. It’s not the game companies’ fault, because their game isn’t illegal in any way, and it is rated in a way that if everyone else is doing their jobs, little Jimmy shouldn’t be able to have it.

Let’s take games out of the equation altogether.

‘Little’ Jimmy is 19 now. He can buy all the mature games he wants, but right now, he wants some beer. If a clerk isn’t doing their job properly, and sells him the beer despite being underage, the clerk and/or the store is in trouble. Likewise, if he got someone of legal age to buy it for him, that person would be in trouble. Not the beer company.

See how similar the situations are? It doesn’t make any sense to treat games differently. Instead of trying to punish videogame companies for exercising their first amendment rights*, wouldn’t it make more sense pushing for parents and retailers to adhere to the rating system already in place to keep little Jimmy from buying the game?

* I do not make any sort of moral judgment here about these games… Quite honestly, I don’t like them either… But for completely different reasons. They’re just not fun for me.

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Year of the PlayStation 3
 
  

03/11/08 @ 12:31:37 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 290 words, 1256 views  

I’ve said time and time again that I like the PS3 over the x360 for various reasons (I hope to write an editorial at some point detailing this) but that Sony hasn’t yet delivered on the promises they made in the year or two leading up to launch.

Well, 2k8 is the year of the PLAYSTATION 3.

With big titles like Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet, Gran Turismo 5, and Disgaea 3 coming, not to mention things like Armored Core: for Answer, PLAYSTATION Home, Metal Gear Online, echochrome, and WipeOut HD, it looks like a good year to get yourself a PLAYSTATION 3.

I’m definitely jumping on the opportunity. My recommendation? Be different. Get a Ceramic White PS3, like I’m going to. At only $30 more than the domestic Black 40gb, the Japanese Ceramic White 40gb is a steal!

The new DUALSHOCK3 controllers look nice, and I won’t get into a shit-slinging match over them not coming with the system originally… They have their reasons, probably patent-related, and their initial ‘Oh well, you can’t have rumble AND motion sensing’ was probably just an attempt at saving face. Because it sounded better than “We’ve been having legal trouble regarding these force feedback patents for like a decade now.”

At any rate, my plans for the console are to import a 40gb Ceramic White PLAYSTATION 3, get a couple DUALSHOCK3 controllers, various cables, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (That’ll really make my dad’s year, he lurves GT.), and Armored Core for Answer. Maybe Eye of Judgment. Then I’ll wait for MGS4 and LittleBigPlanet.

In other PLAYSTATION news, SCEI released an echochrome demo for the PSP. The controls aren’t as smooth as I imagine the PS3 version’s SIXAXIS controls would be, but it’s a great play…albeit very short in demo form.

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Weekly wrap-up
 
  

03/07/08 @ 03:25:24 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 338 words, 979 views  

First and foremost, I would just like to say that as someone who enjoys Pen & Paper RPGs, and has played D&D on more than one occasion, Gary Gygax will be missed. Like the specials board at Coffee of Doom reads this week in Questionable Content, ‘Pour a 40 for Gygax’. (Or a pint of Ale.)

Well, here it is. Almost Q2 2k8 already. What do we have to look forward to in the coming months? Playstation 3 owners, a demographic I hope to join soon, have Senjou no Valkyria in April, Metal Gear Solid 4 to look forward to in June, as well as a Metal Gear Online beta, and possibly a LittleBigPlanet beta rolling into its September release. I’m really enthused about getting a PS3. The hardware has always been top-notch, especially compared to the x360… (Then again ‘will not self-destruct or burn your house down’ isn’t that hard a standard to meet.) But even I will admit that the library hasn’t quite been there. Well, that changes in 2k8. Expect to see more used 360s up for sale, because the first wave of truly great software for the PS3 that we’ve been promised since launch, makes landfall this year like a goddamn tsunami.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a new camera, and generally spiffy-ing up my apartment into more of a proper workspace and getting some things done.

I’m really enjoying this new computer as well, though I can’t wait to get a second HD 3850 in it, and another monitor. By the way, I’ve had that render going for 85 hours now and the cores still haven’t gone higher than 41°C, and are right now at 38°C. Ontop of that, I don’t know what it is about the architecture of the Phenom…but my computer doesn’t ‘chug’…ever. I’ve had the cores maxed out on that render for three and a half days now, and not ONCE have I been unable to use the computer normally. There’s no noticeable slowdown. It really is incredible.

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On David Hayter...
 
  

03/05/08 @ 07:26:33 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 238 words, 699 views  

Okay, as much as I hate on videogame and anime dubs… It’s not just some random weeaboo impulse or something. I’m not so Wapanese that I just detest English dubs on spec.

I think the Metal Gear dubs are great. I think David Hayter is fucking awesome, I do. But I just don’t like the dub as much as the Japanese version. (Akio Ohtsuka is one of my 3-4 favorite Japanese male VAs and his portrayal of Snake is at least as good as Hayter’s.)

One of the things that makes David Hayter so great is that unlike a large percentage of English VAs, he actually gives a shit. Like, deeply gives a shit. He invests a lot in the performance and in the case of Metal Gear, he’s very enthusiastic about his work, because he likes what he’s working on. (For instance, he’s played and beaten every Metal Gear game he’s voiced… I can’t even claim that. In fact, I’ve only ever beaten MGS)

I just want to get that off my chest, because I’ve drawn ire for being pissed that MGS4 won’t ship dual-audio. I mean, I can play the Japanese version just fine… But I’d rather get the voiceover I want to hear, not have to think so damned much to read, AND be able to use the English voiceover for the benefit of others when need-be…without buying two copies of the game, you know?

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