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Re: Less Forums

Good job. I'm glad you rearranged the gaming forum, as it was pretty awful before. There was absolutely no need for Sony/Nintendo/Sega sub-sub-forums. It just meant that only about two threads (RPG and Square Enix) ever got posted in usually, while we had about four lifeless sub-sub forums.
by mue 26
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:34 pm
 
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Re: Dream Jobs... Let Me Help You

*sigh* I guess life in the middle east isn't like a real life episode of Friends or Seinfeld...shame. I'll unpack my suitcase now.
by mue 26
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:57 pm
 
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Re: Have most of the forum members dissappeared?

looks like the londoners might be able to challange the mancs in numbers on this board soon :-k

Ere wot bruv? Now the mojo's basically like the east end, lets all talk in our own language. Get ya clair reynors on yanks as this gaff is the new rub a dub, an there'll be no smoking Harry monk, strickly drinking Nelson Mandella's. Oi, would ya look at the kettle and hob, it's time I had my Tommy tank before getting to Uncle Ted.

(I didn't really have a tommy tank, honest)
by mue 26
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:35 pm
 
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Re: Have most of the forum members dissappeared?

loool, sorry.

Anyway that's actually really respectable. But are you completely abstinent (as in no sex at all), or just no playing around with yourself? If you don't mind me asking that is.
by mue 26
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:44 pm
 
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Re: 2012 Olympics

This thread has basically tuned into this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYermKUnDJk

I think Carmain probably used "gain the amount of medals" in the negative sense, as in it's the reason we didn't get as many as USA. Neo just misinterpreted this sentence as it was quite easy to do. Shall we just forget everything that went after this point, and bury the hatchet?
by mue 26
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:53 pm
 
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Yeah, chill out people. I think Neo is right about the majority of the confusion coming down to what seems to be a slightly confusingly worded sentence. It was probably just easily misinterpreted.
by mue 26
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:52 pm
 
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Re: Final Fantasy

Great music, battle system, art direction and overall visuals. At the time that alone was enough to impress and as an art major, it still has it's ways of smoothing over the overall package. It's not some historic title to me, but I accept it for what it was.

I feel the same way about the game. But the last time I brought it up, this forum almost crucified me :lol:

I agree it has it's undeniable faults, and is unusually linear for a FF, but I did appreciate it for what it was. From a visual standpoint the artistry was stunning, and I thought the battle system was superb. I also thought Lightening was pure amazing, and is one of my favourite FF protagonist's!
by mue 26
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:16 pm
 
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Re: Studying Abroad in London

avoid any hairdressers thats does 5£ cuts and you should be fine

Lies. I got a £5 haircut every time until I was about 17 and realized that the only thing better than £5 hair cut is cutting your own hair for free! Though it's true that I just used to get it shaved relatively short, and it's pretty hard to mess that up. They were OK enough with clippers, but I'm so sure I would have trusted them with a pair of scissors.

beckham hasn't been relevant in years no one cares what he does anymore

More lies! I want Becks to be the next Batman (seriously, he has the right face for it)! Unfortunately I'm pretty sure people still worship Beckham to an extent. Have you seen how many people now have that haircut?

I have a slight question to my fellow Brits in regards to this tutorial I'm working on which focuses on British stand up comedians & how they push moral boundaries through their comedy material. I also wrote that their comedic material is reflective of contemporary British culture. Would you guys give me some insight on whether or not this is true, and perhaps the kinds of comedians that reflect this thesis? I thought I'd use comedians that are pretty popular in the UK Gervais Minchin and Izzard, but if you can give me some other ones that might be better then I would appreciate it. General Information and wisdom can help too as to how I should build on this thesis

Is it reflective of contemporary British culture? Hmm, I guess, but does "British culture" even exist anymore, at least outside of small rural type towns anyway? There seems to be so many small fragmented cultures in most of Britain nowadays, and I don't think many really give too much of a shit about "Britian", which is kind of in contrast to how many Americans feel about their nation (hence all the "America- fuck yeah" jokes).

Though I think there probably is still something of British culture in there somewhere, especially in our humour. I guess British humour is more cutting and has more of a bite to it than than the humour in other places maybe because of the "banter" culture we have over here. It seems to me that while Americans and people from other nations appear happy to just enjoy someone's company in simplicity, us Brits seem to be obsessed with the art of banter, and verbally abusing our social peers in any way we can. That's why every pub worth it's salt is effectively a training ground in the art of banter. Our banter often straddles the line just between harmless fun and genuinely offensive abuse, and some do take things too far in the name of "banter". I think this is why your average Brit has a far more sutble and often cruel sense of humour in comparison to to say American's who haven't been through the rigorous banter training that we have.

The difference is also very visible on the net, compare your average British populated forum to an American one, you'll usually find banter at a far more advanced and nuanced level on the British forums, while the banter of American forums tend to be far more unpolished and basic, and there's usually less of it. For a comparison look at the Shenmue UK forums compared to here.

While I think this is probably a part of the reason British humour is so different (better) than American humour, I have to admit that I don't really like excessive British banter all that much. while I am somewhat indoctrinated in the art form, many take it too far and banter becomes an excuse for a personal insult (indeed, they are often one and the same). It can make some British oriented forums unnecessarily harsh and uninviting.
by mue 26
Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:10 pm
 
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Re: Studying Abroad in London

Becks is bloody everywhere, I find. It's hard to get away from the geez. He's either on some chatshow or at some event that makes it's way onto the news, or is sticking his groin in my face with all those underwear adverts. He also seems to have a "collaboration range" with about 100 different clothing manufacturer's. Oh, and he also has some scent they were recently advertising on TV. I literally can't escape him. It's starting to make me a bit mad, and I sometimes have a "Becks breakdown" in which I start hallucinating everyone to all have David Beckham's face.
by mue 26
Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:05 pm
 
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Re: Devil May Cry series

I was more referring to what they were doing with the environment, and that boss fight. At least it was different.

The whole "social and political commentary" thing is just meh. Sounds like another desperate attempt at making the game "edgy". DMC really doesn't need it, and it will just be so weak that it might as well not even be there in the first place. If I want political satire I'm not going to play DMC for it lol. It's also kinda funny that a game which is such a clear victim of the times, and ripe for satire itself (with its "edgy" bummy looking character's, and cringe worthy swearing to look "cool") is attempting to mock anyone else.

Aside from that, it looks pretty slick but just not very appealing to me. I'm not really angry or bothered about it's existence though, it may have DMC on the box and use characters with same name, but it's a completely new game and doesn't tarnish the good memories I had with the old ones. Besides, it sort of felt like the series peaked with 3 and wasn't really going anywhere, anyway. I don't think Capcom in it's current form could legitimately challenge Bayonetta and the other Platinum games which now rule supreme over the genre. Platinum seem to be the the only one's who still have that magic touch with it.
by mue 26
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:45 pm
 
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Re: I win I lose I win you win. I'm not Dave Chappelle

Congratulations on getting your disability money, blue! I'm really pleased to hear that. I'm also pleased that your now more stress free.

I know you probably only had good intentions when making this topic, but these kinds of threads just seem to be fueling the fire again, right now. And now it's starting to get into another pointless and depressing tit for tat.

Whats done is done, it's the past now, it's gone. If you want to start posting here again, it's best to just post about normal stuff, and leave the past in the past now. It's the fastest way to move on. To keep bringing it up again will do no good.
by mue 26
Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:29 pm
 
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Re: Deletion/Moving of the Junk forum

Yeah, I agree with Mitts that people are just blowing all these things slightly out of proportion. The Junk forum wasn't even very active, as Yama pointed out before he made his decision, so how can that be such a vital part of the "old" dojo? I understand that's its always been around and so people are likely to be nostalgic and fond of it, but the reality was that in 2012 it added very little to the forum. Most of the threads were either fine in General or pretty much complete wastes of bandwidth. We can still joke around and have a laugh with one another, but creating a thread called "I want to lick Kiba's manboobs" (not that you have manboobs of course, Kiba my dear fellow) just seems...well, pointless. I can tell Kiba that in Dojo chatroom of whatever, if I really wanted to.

And that's all the Junk forum ever really amounted to these days, aside from the "who would eff" topic, and I'm sure there are more than enough other places for dojoites to get their fix of soft porn on the net.

In regards to the sub-forums (especially in Gaming) I think AG is the only one I have heard not being happy about that. I mean, those sub-forums were awful. They were dead and empty, and I don't think many could be bothered to check them on a regular basis, Sony and Sega just do not need entire forums. So in practice, all it meant was that worthwhile threads would sometimes be forgotten and ignored due to being in one of those sub-sub forums (even Blue refused to post one his threads in the Sega forum, because he knew people were more likely to ignore it there). When I want post and read about gaming I don't want to have to navigate through a handful of different forums, and I don't think many others did either. Even much larger and more busy gaming forums don't bother with needless sub-sub gaming forums. It kills the posting.

If I felt something was not logical, I would have no qualms about calling out. But while I understand certain members fondness for the Dojo's more eccentric and chaotic old ways, it seems to me that Yama has made logical decisions which should benefit the majority here. It's not about forcing old regulars under the rug, it's about improving and refining a great community hangout.

Right now it looks like the dojo is actually cared for, while previously the dojo looked more like shambles of a place where people who have a needless sub-forum fetish hang out.

Just callin it as I see it.
by mue 26
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:50 pm
 
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Re: Post a PM

*sigh* Why does this stupidness keep happening? I don't think anybody (I hope) wants to keep reading these hopeless and childish arguments between Blue and Qwerty. You can both just ignore each other can you not? Stop rising to one another, and Qwerty, I think you take it too far to be honest, do you have to go on a tirade about the guy being "the biggest loser on the internet". Just leave it.
by mue 26
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:15 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

We don't have to wait several months on a list to have surgery or see a specialist. (unless you need a transplant they don't have for you yet)

Canada has the same healthcare you guys do, and they come here for surgery a lot. A lot of Americans go to Canada for prescriptions but they come here for surgery.

This is partly bullshit though. The NHS is often actually very fast. If you have cancer (as my father did), you will get a consultation with a specialist within 2 weeks, and a surgery very soon after if it's needed (again, as my father did). Don't believe all the anti propaganda.

And anyway, if you have the money then you can go private. But when all healthcare is private, what the F**k are you going to do when your out of luck and you have no money to cover the cost's? Die? F**k that.

Might as well become a communism

:lol: hilarious.
by mue 26
Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:08 pm
 
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Re: Tea

Haha, that okay. I did practically model my life after Jianmin anyway, when you think about it :)
by mue 26
Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:00 pm
 
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Re: Celebritys You Look Like

Japanese people always claim i look like harrison Ford, but i dont take it as a compliment Im like "Damn he could be my Grandfather" and they are like "no, like when he was young." I dunno, then again all westerners look the same anyways i guess.

http://www.tankraider.com/userup/1347143243.jpg

I can sort of see it, If I remember those pics of you in the anniversary thread correctly. But I think you looked less miserable than Harrison. Harrison is a bit of a miserable looking old dog isn't he, in a slightly endearing way though.

@South Carmain
I hear ladies like a man with power. Maybe you should play your Putin trump card more often :lol:

I think it's very obvious who Qwerty looks like:

http://content7.flixster.com/rtactor/40/49/40493_pro.jpg

Seriously, look at his picture then look at this. You'll wont know which ones which!
by mue 26
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:25 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

So, who's responsible for this: http://shenmuestare.blogspot.com/

I don't believe he's an active member here, but ShenmueStare is a good chap and has contributed heavily towards the #GiveYuTheShenmueLicense campaign. The more outlandish campaign videos were made by him.

Whilst I agree that not allowing gay marriage is stupid, I see logic behind it in that it will allow them the same rights to adopt as straight married couples. I honestly don't think it's fair on the kid, even if they turned out to be great parents. On the flip side though, I'm a human and am 'raising' a cat.

My views are somewhat the opposite. In regards to gay marriage, well it's not that I have a problem with it, but I just really can't work out why exactly gay people want to be married in say a traditional catholic manner for example. Those certain orthodox religious sects clearly have rejected gay people, so why would a gay person desire to take part in one their rituals? Gay people are already more or less entitled to all the same benefits as married couples, through having a civil partnership (at least over here). So, it's just that very traditional religious ritual that's missing, and as as I said, I can't quite understand why gay people would want to be a part of a ritual that's so intrinsic to a group of people who mostly outright reject them. I mean, if the church clearly doesn't want you to take part in one of it's old rituals, why bother wasting time complaining about it and trying to force them to let you? Does it not make more sense to have your own ritual and celebration that has nothing to do with that old fashioned section? As I said, I don't have a problem with it, but if the benefits are already equal why give a shit about a ritual?

I do support gay adoption though. The usual argument of "the kids will get bullied" is just such a weak one, in my opinion. Kids can get bullied for every and any reason you can possibly think of! They can get bullied due to having parents who are Jehovah's Witness, they can get bullied for having parents who are poor, parents who are Muslim. parents who are unemployed. Kids can bullied for ANYTHING! And gay couples are much more accepted these days anyway. I really wouldn't put any money on a random child from a random heterosexual parent family being any happier than a random child coming from a homosexual family. There are a LOT of kids that are in need a stable family home, and there aren't enough heterosexual couples willing to take them in. Do you really think growing being bounced around different temporary children's homes and foster families is in some way better than being raised under a stable pair of loving gay parents? It's not.
by mue 26
Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:08 pm
 
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Re: AVATARS AND SIGS

None taken. I find it quite flattering that Joe can't help himself picturing rampant sex scenes whenever he thinks of me.

no avatar adequately represents your personality, I'd say

I'd probably have to agree. And this is why I quite like the Zen koan like "no avatar" default avatar, I think it represents my slight insanity and thunderbolt spontaneity yet disciplined and quiet nature, better than any other avy could. But I worry that with the potential of increased activity one day, there could be too many "no avatar" avatar's running about. But maybe this is also appropriate, after all, "a great man should not ever be remembered." ;-)
by mue 26
Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:29 pm
 
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Re: Last thing you bought

Nice. Please post a naked pic of you wearing nothing but that hoodie. Hawt.
by mue 26
Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:41 pm
 
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Re: Gaming thoughts of the day

The westernization of the east (which is also the easternization of the west) seems good and desirable. Sonic 2 is an excellent example of how an admixture can surpass its parts, memetically. Genetically, the following is proof that there could still exist beauty under such circumstances that the races of mankind tended toward hybridization:

https://www.google.com/search?q=half+japanese+half&rlz=1C1LENN_enUS496US496&aq=f&sugexp=chrome,mod%3D1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=oiBiUKD-MsiTqwGSnoDoAw&biw=1280&bih=622&sei=tCBiUNreKsOlqgGbwIHQAw#um=1&hl=en&rlz=1C1LENN_enUS496US496&authuser=0&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=half+japanese+&oq=half+japanese+&gs_l=img.3..0l10.2155.2155.0.2453.1.1.0.0.0.0.83.83.1.1.0...0.0...1c.1.CkjPbbpC824&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=39f9061d043c8ae2&biw=1280&bih=622

Brilliant post. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that a fully globalised world is the way to go and should be welcomed (well, it's not like we have much of a choice in the matter anyway is it), albeit preferably without the nasty side effects like a Spark developed Onimusha.....oh and I suppose home dislocation, shanti towns, exploitation, deforestation, ect. But mainly Spark developed Onimusha's :P
by mue 26
Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:05 pm
 
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Re: FAGGOT

It's a difficult one to call. They ALL are. A lot of it is in the beholder. I use terms like "Paki shop" innocently enough (A shop owned and staffed by persons of Pakistani origin), but wouldn't actually call a Paki a Paki, unless we were friends....PFFT YEAH LIKE I'D EVER BE FRIENDS WITH ONE OF "THEM"!

Point is, certain sections of people seem to take more offense at things than others. A Paki would more than likely be offended if you called him a Paki, no matter how innocent it was, but if a Scots person got called a Jock, chances are they wouldn't mind, unless they were a knuckle dragger that had those kinds of "problems", they unfortunately do exist here...

I'm not going to lie, I do get a bit annoyed when I always hear some people talk about their dream utopian world where people can use racial slurs freely and no one gets upset. Because, well....it's just all a bit stupid isn't isn't it? I'd much rather a utopian world where no one used annoying racial slurs at all. I'm a pretty laid back guy, and I wish people would get less offended about matters regarding God and politics and other such stuff, but generalized derogatory slurs that were always used to belittle and insult? Yeah I think people are entitled to feel offence at those.

I also think it's silly to compare the term "paki" to "scot", the words obviously have totally different contexts, and it's not just that one is used to describe Scottish and the other Pakistani. Claiming that it's OK to use the word paki because it's just short for Pakistani, is literally the kind of argument a school child would give as justification for use of the word. And I say literally, because I have seen a 10 yr old use that very same excuse. Pakistani people do not call themselves "paki's" for short, it's a term that British people over here started using in a hostile and racist context, for example "paki bashing". The origins of the term were not positive or matter of fact. And the word is not restricted to use on Pakistani people, as anyone with a brown and Asian complexion are often called paki's. Do you even known if the people who own your local "paki shop" are even Pakistani? When you consider this, I think it's pretty easy to understand why it's brings up negative emotions in people.

I don't know much about the history of the term "jock", but I can't imagine it's particularly comparable to other racial slurs such as nigger. I've never heard of any Scottish person over here be violently assaulted for being a "jock".

And the same thing applies to the term "faggot" as far as I'm concerned. It's just another derogatory slur used against a different section of society. And what you seem to fail to consider Qwerty, is that these types of derogatory terms often have a high chance of bringing up painful memories in people, even if they are not the type of person that derogatory word is typically used for. How do you know that person you were talking to didn't actually have a gay friend who was beaten up or maybe stoned to death while others chanted "faggot" at him? You may think I'm being overly dramatic, but stuff like this happens, and you'd be surprised just how many bad memories in people you can bring up by using the wrong derogatory slur, even if it's only in jest. This is why I always avoid using such childish language, especially when I'm with people I don't know extremely well. Just because you aren't offended, it doesn't mean they don't have every right to be.

it's on a similar level to racism. Most people I know aren't racist, and it's really not that big of a deal now.

Nope, racism is still a very big problem.


Also, what the hell is going on with Kiba?
by mue 26
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:39 pm
 
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Re: Pro Wrestling Official Topic

There's a wrestling thread here? Someone needs to call Lets Get Sweaty. Actually that's just reminded me that I've still got to watch that playlist...

Anyway, it's all about Val Venus!
by mue 26
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:58 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

Well I can kinda understand why homeless people spend some of the little money they have on drink, I mean shit, if I was living on the cold streets of London in winter, I'd probably want a bottle to help keep me warm through the night too! It's a hard situation when your sleeping rough, that's for sure. But I'm kinda assuming that since TDA still has at least a couple of friends (Landlord? And girlfriend), that he hopefully won't be straight out on the streets, at least for the time being. If you have a little time longer still with a roof over your head, hopefully you can regroup and find a new job.

I am totally clueless as to how the hell MIttz plans to find you job in Portugal, unless he's actually half Portugese or something and has loads of family over there and speaks the language. Nonetheless I respect that he's at least offering to try and help, though I would agree with Dorian that his advice of becoming a villain or getting sent to prison is some of most fucking terrible advice I've ever heard! Have you ever heard of a downward spiral Mittz? That's what your (partially) advising TDA to plunge into...

Anyway I hope you get back to your feet again soon TDA, your a clever and optimistic sort of lad, so I can't see you down and out for very long. And if you ever really are actually facing the prospect of sleeping rough on the streets, I'm sure a few folks here (including me) would definitely do their best to help you out in any way they can.
by mue 26
Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:27 pm
 
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Re: Where did Henry Go?

Good heavens, Sonikku! I'm awfully glad you didn't do it, as I don't think I could possibly face the prospect of a dojo without your feminine energy, and level headedness (indeed, there's very, very little of that around here). But please, keep living for the sake of your own marvellous-ness!

My heart really, really goes out to Henry. Though I have to say, I feel somewhat uneasy about discussing (or even reading) about such very personal and tragic matters on a public forum. Especially as I'm not even sure that Henry wanted me to know about this.
by mue 26
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:41 pm
 
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Re: vote // when do you think shenmue 3 will come out

I have voted! I love the way that it's either got to be 2015 or never, everyone seems to agree on that. But it's blatantly going to be 2015. But let's get more specific now, when in 2015? I've got my money on July 1st , as that's the very auspicious day that Earth, Venus, and Jupiter will be aligned. Any astrologer worth his salt will know that that is the moment Shenmmue 3 will emerge.

I now want Shenmue 3 to be added to 2015's wiki page's "predicted events" section on that day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015. Can we do that?
by mue 26
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:56 pm
 
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Re: BLOOD OF JESUS! Every bible to come with a box of donuts

First post with lots of stuff

This was actually a pretty good post.

Why, thank you, mue. I like your thoughtful response. But I must end the cycle here, as if it were a matter of revenge. For now we are even, but if I respond, you'll have to respond, and it will never end. And this being the Dojo, you'll probably quit or something. ;-)

Thanks Kibby, I knew you'd appreciate it, even if you didn't quite agree with it.
by mue 26
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:16 pm
 
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Re: Gaming thoughts of the day

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-24-lost-humanity-18-a-table-of-doritos#comments

I thought this was a pretty good article that made some very valid points. It's interesting to observe the fallout on twitter from certain games journalist's who seem to feel offended by this article, yet also completely miss most of it's points.
by mue 26
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:21 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

Damn, what's in Australia that's so badass?

I mean I was planning to go someday but it sounds like i'm missing something here.

I blame the long lasting prominence of Neighbours, and to a lesser extent, Home and Away. It's ruined the minds of generations of British youth...It's basically a deliberate strategy the Australian government employs in order to brain drain Britain and steal our talent. However, what the aussie government never counts on, is that this only accounts for the dregs Britain's population departing ( *cough* Pete and qwerty *cough*), and our government knows this, hence why Neighbours will always be given a place (and usually lot's of places- twice a day during the week, and omnibus on the weekend is what I grew up on) on British TV screens. :P

I'm of course only joshing chaps. I'm just proper green eyed about the fact that your going to be lucky enough to swap these grey and rainy shores for some sandy aussie beaches. Who know's, you may even find the sturdy jawed aussie girl of your dreams while your there too.
by mue 26
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:42 pm
 
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Re: Gaming thoughts of the day

Fecking ell, has anybody else been following the ugly debacle that EG article I posted up has become? What a mess. Shame, shame, shame.

Basically, Lauren Wainwright who was named and shamed in the article (or the company she works for) supposedly threatened EG with a liable lawsuit. So EG edited the article, and the man who wrote it was so disgusted that he has now (amicably) stepped down from doing any more columns for EG.

The tragic thing is, that this just seems to have dug an even deeper ditch for poor ol Wainwright. As before the article was amended, she seemed to be given very little attention by the blood thristy gamers, but since the liable rumour emerged....well, she's now been put under a lot more scrutiny. And unfortunately for her, it's emerged that she works as a consultant for Squineex...and has also reviewed SE games since. This is all so unfortunate because she's really probably not particularly corrupt as far as video games media standards go, but she'll now likely be remembered by many gamers as the "corrupt woman that caused that righteous guy to lose his job".

EG look bad for (understandably) editing the original article, and the guy that wrote it has (due to integrity) now chosen to lose a job. No winners here :(

Games media is a joke...
by mue 26
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:25 pm
 
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Re: Your setup Entertainment center,PC rig

I wore out the freeze frame button at the end of the Miss Royal Rumble contest. Phwoar!


I'm glad I'm not the only one who bought the video for this very reason. You can't beat a mature wine.
by mue 26
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:04 pm
 
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Re: Why does Shenmue remind me of the holidays?

Ha, yeah I feel CJ on this. It's funny how this old game can invoke different feelings and emotions within us. I often think of Shenmue whenever I travel abroad or even see a plane in the sky. It's partly thanks to those wonderful moments in S2 when the game luxuriously takes the time to pause everything and interrupt your rushing about, just to show a scene of Ryo gazing up at a passing plane. Those scenes combined with the overall strong "gaming tourism" vibe of the series, definitely left an impact on my much younger self who at the time had yet to travel abroad or step foot on plane. I guess I kind of felt Ryo was just like me looking up at those planes and wondering where they could be going, or what it must be like to be on one.

So in a way Shenmue is synonymous with all holidays abroad for me, but I definitely feel you about the Christmas vibe too.
by mue 26
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:35 pm
 
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Re: What Song Are You Listening To Now?

^Love that song! One of my favourites on the soundtrack. The whole Wolf's Rain soundtrack in one of favourite anime one's in general though.

Lets keep the theme going:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyonKICxibU[/youtube]
by mue 26
Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:17 pm
 
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Re: Assassins Creed Series

Yeah, I really liked LA Noire, personally. It also made a lot more sense when it was revealed that the "doubt" dialogue option was originally meant to be "force" :lol:, in case anyone was wondering why Phelps gets so aggressive. I always liked how much of an angry nutcase Phelps was though, it made him much more interesting then your usual game character. Oh and the level of period detail in the game is pretty much unrivalled, it's kind of Shenmue-esque in that sense at least.
by mue 26
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:24 pm
 
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Re: Happy Birthday Topic

happy birthday fella. Glad I retain my title as youngest member

Yeah, our beeds is a proper little nipper like. Though, he's mentally as jaded, bitter and lethargic as the best of us, so fair dos. But, it must surely have been weird to have grown up in the properly "digital age", I bet beeds has been blogging since he was 16. In my day, we took to streets in our little flat caps and soot covered faces and played football with a old pigs bladder....good times.
by mue 26
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:22 pm
 
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Re: XBox mag: Why Shenmue III is a bad idea

ALSO, by adding to the THING universe, it is saying that The Original Thing was incomplete or not good enough in certain respects. Maybe it wasn't, maybe new technology can improve certain things but that is beside the point... All art, all medias reflect the zeitgeist of their creation, it is what makes them what they are. And you simply cannot remake the past. All things should be left there as we move forward with originality or clever re-appropriation (adapting novels, philosophical ideas, debates etc...)

I used to be relaxed about remakes but when you really study media theory and all its subtext you begin to see how abhorrent the idea of a remake is... It is IP rape.... trading on an established name for money simply because they can't be creative enough to come up with something original...I am being purposefully harsh there because many remakes are created with the right intentions but i am more talking about the ideal of remakes....

Film Adapted from film is like eating your own tail. Thematic cannibalism is fine, make a film about cabin fever and trust but don't borrow wholesale...

Well...I hate to say it, but Kiba seems to have taken all the wind out of the "remake is IP rape" argument. As he is indeed right, the movie that you were so disturbed about being remade....was already a remake...

Not that I necessarily disagree with your point about wholesale remake's being poo generally speaking, however, my point was just: So what if they are poo? Forget about "IP rape" and all these dramatic terms, and you'll find that your appreciation for the original doesn't change one iota. If you just treat a modern or foreign remake for what it is- an entirely different piece of work- how can it bother anyone? If you saw some unofficial and cheap fan made remake of The Thing, would it have bothered you as much? It seems to me, that under certain circumstances people seem to (almost deliberately) make the task of distinguishing between two different pieces of work harder than it should be. Rip offs will always exist, it's how you view them that matters.

However, this is quite all beside the point, as in Shenmue's case the situation is a bit different. So OK, I admit, if it turns out that in Shenmue 3 Yu Suzuki's long awaited end game is Ryo reaching the end of his journey only to find it was only all a dream, yeah, it would be more difficult not to have your perception of the last two games altered (though it still wouldn't effect my love. As I seem to be quite good at not letting anything tarnish the things I love), but at least I would know that I had experienced Yu's saga in it's entirety . At least I now know .

But in reality, predicting what the game would be like is pointless, because none of us know what it would be like. Wouldn't you be willing to risk the unknown, to risk the chance of bitter disappointment or total elation, for Shenmue 3? Is it not cowardly to desire the story remain incomplete, just in case your hopes are dashed?

A victory is only sweet when it wasn't certain.
by mue 26
Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:44 pm
 
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Re: XBox mag: Why Shenmue III is a bad idea

Also, your two paragraphs about shenmue are very good (you continue to display a balanced head)

Oh ahaha, stop it now, your too kind. Me, balanced headed? Pshh, Never. Do tell me more...

One half of me is playing devils advocate (although I do firmly dissuade from most modern-day videogame tropes) the other is taking ownership of my subjective experience of Shenmue... It ended at 2. perfectly.

I do feel you on these points, especially the last part about taking ownership over your Shenmue experience. As really, we should be incredibly happy with what we've already got, and if Shenmue 2 is really to be the end of the saga, then it did truly end perfectly, when viewed in the correct light. But even though it's been over a decade now, I can't quite accept that fully yet, I still hold out too much hope (even it's foolish and painful) for a Shenmue 3 to be able see things exactly that way right now. I guess I try to find the balance between being fully content with what we've already got, yet still remaining optimistic about the last part being on the way. Maybe it's not possible to be fully content with what we've got when I'm still expecting more, but I try.
by mue 26
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:27 pm
 
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Re: Rare Shenmue II DC video?

That's when I started watching over Shenmue.

I love this mental image of Kiyuu being the guardian watching down from on high over the entire Shenmue franchise. Especially as I already considered Kiyuu a Dark Knight-esque character wacthing down over the dojo.

http://i.imgur.com/ty4nN.jpg
by mue 26
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:44 pm
 
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Re: The women!

Taking this thread in a slightly different direction, women...I love women, but why do romances always get more complicated than they have any right to be? I can't really say anything as cliché as "I'm a simple man", because well...I'm probably not, I'm probably quite complicated and paradoxical in may ways to be honest. But I'm at least unfalteringly frank when it comes to expressing emotion and feelings to a romantic partner. And that's all I ask in return, sincerity. The most important quality as far as I am concerned. But it becomes increasingly clear that what I had found in someone was blatantly not true sincerity, and then I want to run away from that person as fast as I can, but another part of myself (and other people, who tell me that I "expect too much")tries to convince me that I just need to look a bit harder and I'll find that connection I'm looking for in that person. And I end up utterly confused, wondering why the hell I even bothered in the first place.

And to make matters worse, due to the highly unusual circumstances (that I shan't go into) surrounding the origins of this relationship, I think I'm like properly heartbroken, for probably the first time in my life. Is it really so hard to find someone who truly understands me, and doesn't just pretend to?

I just feel so utterly distracted now, I don't need any of this, I just need to focus on training and on my goals. Maybe I should give up on being such an overly romantic fool? ahahaha.

Sorry, this is probably the kind of shit that should be relegated to the "Mue's musing" thread over at Shenmue UK. It's almost as bad as the kind of crap that Beeds would blog about when he was 16.
by mue 26
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:12 pm
 
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Re: Something from Shenmue you want for real?


and have a martial arts master like jianmin

:no: You could have the real thing if you ever get your butt back to London and tried some classes with that master I linked you too! You need not travel to HK.

On a slightly related note. This is from a very recent Tai Ji workshop last weekend in London with grand master Chen XiaoWang (and no I'm not in this pic):
http://i.imgur.com/CJPOE.jpg

Grand master CXW is the guy in the background wearing the Chinese style shirt (and the other Chinese guy in the light blue trousers is my Shifu!). He's like the real life Jianmin but a thousand times better! [/ CXW fanboy moment]


Anyway, all that aside, I think the one thing I'd most like to be real from Shenmue (that isn't already real) is Xiuying Hong! Whadda woman. One of the greatest and most unsung female characters in the gaming medium, as far as I am concerned. Whats not to love about her, she's deadly, mysterious, wise, serious, strong and elegant.

http://i.imgur.com/5vZf7.jpg

I'd air out books all day long for you Xiuying Hong!
by mue 26
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:54 pm
 
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Re: Let's just say SIII is in development and....

Well, Shenmue 2 always felt very different from Shenmue 1 to me, and it's something that I always loved about it. But it didn't feel like it wast trying to be different just to add a few new bullet points on the back of the box, and changing things for the sake of it. It was just that the content and feel of the game was always very much dictated by the location and story, and if your moving from one country to another (and a relatively small town to a massive city, at that) then it only felt right that the two games should feel quite distinct from one another (but in a natural and perfectly flowing way).

I'd just be happy for Shenmue 3 to keep up that way of doing things, and let the location of game dictate the feel of everything in a natural way. I don't need any developers trying to make it feel like S1 or S2 to make us happy, just let the game be what it is, and what it was always meant to be.
by mue 26
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:55 pm
 
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Re: Never Forget About Shenmue

It's a cracking article, chap! Very much pins down what the heart of Shenmue is all about. I especially agree with this last paragraph:

Home is where the heart of this often misunderstood game resides. Ryo can always regroup there and indulge in creature comforts after a rough day, he’ll have his friends and Nozomi to look out for him and a close-knit community besides, and a sense of familiarity. So when Ryo decides to depart for the sprawling, savage garden of Hong Kong, as a player living through Ryo’s experiences through the mundane and the extraordinary, you will never feel further from home.


I also agree that Shenmue's QTE's are some of the most tolerable, and dare I say even enjoyable on ocassion.
by mue 26
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:56 pm
 
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Re: **VOTE FOR RYO TO (possibly) APPEAR IN SASASRT**

We have until the end of the month, so everyone needs to spread the word around various gaming forums - not all Shenmue fans participate in dedicated communities like this, but are more than happy to do their bit when they're made aware of specific events.

Rllmuk again? Hahaha, I honestly don't think my soul could stand another blast of such potent cynicism and apathy. Though, as you may remember S0L posts there, and they have an active SASRT thread there, so it may be worth my while to post a lil something (and thus further reinforce my rep there as an 'ardcore Shenmue soldier :brutal2: )
by mue 26
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:34 pm
 
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Re: **VOTE FOR RYO TO (possibly) APPEAR IN SASASRT**

I'm not too surprised to see Miku beating Ryo..but Vectorman? Is he really that popular? I'd never even heard of him until now.
by mue 26
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:17 pm
 
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Re: What "makes" Shenmue for you?

Yeah, what Kiba said :nice!:

I definitely think that there hasn't been another game world as delicately crafted as Shenmue's was. When people rag on Shenmue they always mention how stiff and flat Ryo is and so on. But I really don't think there's another open game world crafted with a such a sensitive eye. As Kiba mentions, it's the only game whose open world actually feels believable and familiar somehow despite being set in a different decade and country from most of us. The rude school girl's smoking cigarette's, the neighbourhood bullies, the kids playing football, the creepy guy smoking cigarettes in the park while watching the kids play ( :P ), and the fact Ryo only gets an allowance (unless he gets a job) and has a curfue. It's familiar to us all. Shenmue's Yokosuka felt like a genuine place, in equal measures charming and mundane, and not at all "gamey" (indeed, Shenmue just generally speaking isn't very "gamey"). But what Shenmue's real stroke of genius is, is the way it played the mundane off of the mystical. You just know know there's something mystical and extraordinary just below the surface, Ryo has cryptic dreams while scratching at the surface of a deep and possibly magical conspiracy involving Jade mirrors. But unlike other adventure games, that doesn't mean Ryo can just forget about reality, oh no, if he wants to fly to Hong Kong to catch his father's killer, then he's just gonna have to get a 9 to 5 and deal with the monotony of hard work. But the mundane and the monotony doesn't take away from the mystique of the game, it only serves to make mystical feel more real, more real than in other game I've ever played. And the moments the game does occasionally let you catch a real glimpse of the secret world of triads, magic and martial arts, are some of the most rewarding moments to be found in any video game as far as I am concerned.

But Shenmue was an immensely ambitious game, it's a world away from the instant gratification of modern gaming. Not only did Shenmue create a truly believable, familiar and sometimes mundane word. But it absolutely refused to treat the gamers like a child. It's clear even in the name "Shenmue". None of us knew what the hell it even meant until the very end of the second game! Same with Shenhua, she's on the box of the first game, she's in the opening cutscene, she's in Ryo's dreams, so we know she's the main heroine, but she's not really in the first game at all. Yu Suzuki makes us practically complete two huge games and play for who knows how many hours, before he finally introduces us to our mysterious leading lady. And then....the TV metaphorically cuts off and here we are a decade later still knowing so little about her. But what other game has weaved such an ambitious, rich and delicate yarn to string us along with? I was shocked when it I realised that Ryo really wasn't going to catch Lan Di and resolve things neatly by the end of the first game, and that instead he had to travel to an entirely new country and world away from what we knew in Doubita.

There's so much that makes these games special. No game has even depicted the far east with such a fine eye, riffing off of both the reality, and those special mystical qualities that have always made that part of world so intriguing for many, and the game achieves a near perfect balance.

It's for all these reasons I think Shenmue can appeal to people who might not typically be gamers.

Oh man, sorry, I've evidently gone into gushing mode :oops:
by mue 26
Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:39 pm
 
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