My annual Halloween movie this year was Train to Busan. I went in with perhaps unreasonably high expectations due to the hype, which I definitely think hurt my viewing experience. I didn't feel there was much to elevate it above other zombie movies outside of the setting. It was capably made, and it had its fair share of standout scenes, but overall the movie had broad characterization and overly-familiar dramatic beats. I also thought it was about 20 minutes too long, with a lot of fat that could've been trimmed out in the second and third acts. Still, it was entertaining throughout, and I still think I liked it well enough. B-
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RE: Last movie you watched
RE: What Are Your Halloween Plans?
Write a grant proposal and maybe have a nice beer... My friend's coming into town so I have to get ahead on work. If I have time I might try to hit up waikiki or chinatown just to say I did it, but in general I don't love Halloween because of all the people getting belligerently drunk. Freaks me out too much.
RE: What Games Do You Think Should Be Remade?
If we're talking full on remake, then Suikoden II. I've already spoken about how I didn't really like the game, but the story is undeniably great. I think updating it with modern mechanics (and a better translation) would do wonders for the game.
RE: Video Game Music
@Gaming_Groove All of Distant Worlds is on youtube, too! Really great overall, though I don't love some of the arrangements. The orchestral version of "You are not alone" really falls flat for me, especially given that it's probably my favorite track in the series (so pumped about its recent resurgence in this community). I feel like orchestral versions of old video game music tends to fall into the trap of going big, like they're finally showcasing what the composer really meant for the song to sound like. They lose a lot of the charm in inventiveness of the music that way, IMO. Still, those FF7 tracks are godly with a full orchestra. The arrangement of The Bombing Mission completely blew me away.
RE: EZA Group Streams
@Olf_Himself I see where you're coming from but respectfully disagree: I like how we kind of have our own little sub-community here. I feel like I know you all better than I would if it was a big hub for all things EZA. Occasional insights from the crew is just an extra perk.
RE: Which Wii games should return on Switch?
Does Project M count?
Also, I know this is an impossible request, but I would love a Skyward Sword port with traditional controls. I really liked what I played, but I guess I just had a lot of weird interference shit in my house because I could never get the controls to work. Had to recalibrate every few minutes.
RE: Power Points
I'm in science and powerpoints are literally everything. If you can't give a good presentation, you're not going to get anywhere. No networking, no funding, no projects, no tenure. Straight up, if Huber were one of my students and cited his sources, I would've given him a great grade (given the subject matter). Great presence and use of visuals.
RE: [Official] What are you playing?
@SabotageTheTruth We have literally opposite opinions on the story, lol. I loved the beginning up until the latter half, when I thought it became a little more generic. Still loved it overall, though, and it's really grown on me in the few months since I first beat it.
RE: Character Backstories
Adding on to what others have said: think about your characters less about having backstories, more about having histories. This is just a pretentious way of me saying that who they are is colored by their experiences, and their experiences are informed by the world they live in. You can't have a fleshed out character without a fleshed out world. Recognize that there are some things the player will never know about the character. There are some things YOU may never know about the character. Know the world your character is inhabiting, and know who the character is deep down. The rest should come a bit easier as you see how they react to what life throws their way. Does that make sense?