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    Quote Originally Posted by Hari View Post
    I'd agree with that Asher, but that's mostly because I find all superhero media as a whole to be mind-numbingly boring. The last superhero flick I watched was Antman, and that was only because my friend insisted. 'You'll like this one!' he said. He was wrong.

    I think the games that Bethesda make are total garbage, mostly speaking from my experience playing Skyrim and Fallout 4. It should be unacceptable to release a product so ridden with bugs in this day and age, yet their games are almost always recieved with a ridiculous amount of hype for some reason. More than just bugs, there's a certain 'jankiness' that you only really find in Bethesda games. If you've ever played one of these games you know what I'm talking about, it's just rotten.
    As you know, I certainly agree with the superhero thing. There's the very rare exception (also, Kick-Ass was fun, though that was more or less a parody of superhero films), but for the most part they just bore me too.

    Bethesda... holy shit, if you (I assume not) got a chance to play Morrowind, that was bug city! Having said that, I experienced very few bugs playing Oblivion, Skyrim (except those super-powerful giants that could launch you into space, but it was fun!), Fallout 3 and 4. As with most things in life I think this is a case of "your mileage may vary".

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    To close this out I'll just say I've never seen the appeal of the Pokémon series. It's a neat idea, yeah-- travelling all over the world capturing and battling with cute little monsters, but the way those games have always played has never felt fun to me. Quite the opposite, actually. Boooring! But then again, I would say the same of any turn-based RPG. This is a little bit ironic considering Mantis' post, but the Paper Mario games on the N64 and GameCube (not the ones to come after that, those are awful) are the most fun I've ever had with an RPG because of how involved the combat systems were.
    Heh, only the Pokémon veterans will truly understand the initial appeal. And I imagine many kids who were in my shoes similarly lost interest in the series a few years after its initial craze that set it up to be an extremely successful franchise. When Pokémon first came out it was an RPG like no other. Okay, we had a few RPGs on the Game Boy like Final Fantasy Adventure, but not many of us had played that. Most of us hadn't even played Final Fantasy VII, but those of us that had (myself included) were amazed at the opportunity to play an RPG on a handheld, even if it was completely different to Final Fantasy. The turn-based element was there and we could battle each other. Not only that but Pokémon cards were incredible in the late '90s.

    It didn't matter whether you were a nerd or a chav/jock—if you had the best Pokémon cards you automatically gained some reputation on the playground. This was also around the time that the Digimon virtual pets came out. The first versions were a real joy to have as like Pokémon they were something new. Of course, they came after Tamagotchi (by the same company, Bandai I think) but Digimon had a battle element. You could connect them with another Digimon and battle. I still remember when my "rookie" Agumon somehow took out another kid's Greymon who he'd spent a month raising. I know it seems like that's off-topic, but it's not really. At the time our Pokémon really meant something to us. So did our Pokémon cards. We didn't have much of an internet connection—most of us didn't have any! Nowadays kids have a thousand other distractions. They can't understand the fun virtual pets brought us. Yes, nowadays Pokémon is certainly overrated. The formula is overdone. But back then Pokémon absolutely deserved its appeal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hari View Post
    I'd agree with that Asher, but that's mostly because I find all superhero media as a whole to be mind-numbingly boring. The last superhero flick I watched was Antman, and that was only because my friend insisted. 'You'll like this one!' he said. He was wrong.

    I think the games that Bethesda make are total garbage, mostly speaking from my experience playing Skyrim and Fallout 4. It should be unacceptable to release a product so ridden with bugs in this day and age, yet their games are almost always recieved with a ridiculous amount of hype for some reason. More than just bugs, there's a certain 'jankiness' that you only really find in Bethesda games. If you've ever played one of these games you know what I'm talking about, it's just rotten. There are a lot of things I could say about the AAA gaming scene as a whole-- especially when it comes to Western developers like Ubisoft, EA, and Activision, but I'll save those thoughts for another post.

    To close this out I'll just say I've never seen the appeal of the Pokémon series. It's a neat idea, yeah-- travelling all over the world capturing and battling with cute little monsters, but the way those games have always played has never felt fun to me. Quite the opposite, actually. Boooring! But then again, I would say the same of any turn-based RPG. This is a little bit ironic considering Mantis' post, but the Paper Mario games on the N64 and GameCube (not the ones to come after that, those are awful) are the most fun I've ever had with an RPG because of how involved the combat systems were.
    I like Bethesda's earlier games like Oblivion and Morrowwind, but my problem with Fallout 4 was, well, there wasn't enough RPG in what is supposed to be an RPG. It feels more like an open-world action game with light RPG elements than a full blown RPG. It's not a horrible game, but it's a very shallow experience. Though I wont lie since I have friends who act like this game was forged by God himself that hearing it get that hyped up does somewhat annoy me a bit.

    As for Superhero movies, well the problem is that, at least with the Marvel movies, is that they are getting too corporate and not enough director based vision. It's why I have the rather unpopular opinion that having a shared universe was a mistake. Now, comic book movies back in the day weren't all that hot but at least some were really damn good. Richard Donner brought a timelessness to Superman the movie. Tim Burton injected some of his sensibilities into his Batman movie. When you watch the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, you can certainly see Sam's personality come through if you're familiar with his work. Hell, even Ang Lee's Hulk, a movie that I'm not a huge fan of, is something I can at least respect because he brought his style and sensibility to the character. Now, thanks to Iron Man and The Avengers establishing a tone, they can't veer off from that tone and thus, eliminating the opportunity to experiment with a different take. In terms of style, there isn't really anything that sets them apart and is becoming bland as a result. They maybe riding the money train for the time being but if they don't mix things up soon, folks are going to get tired of it.

    With that said, I'm still waiting for a movie that does Ghost Rider justice. Not the car-riding, hip-hop Ghost Rider but the motorcycle riding Ghost Rider that's metal as fuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tozzylicious View Post
    Totally agree on Kanye, Sheeran, Pewdie (although I have never and will never watch his sh..) Oh and Trigun. I also think Cowboy Bebop is overrated.

    Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Adele and oh to hell with it, most of these pop superstars are. To be fair though, these people are not overrated only because they have less than 1/16th of the talent people claim they do, but because they have overly inflated marketing budgets behind them, in the way of the corporate music INDUSTRY, which uses them as a product and does everything they can to influence sales and increase profits, like any successful business does.

    I would also like to bolster the 'online review' thing with Rotten Tomatoes. That site is a crock.
    It's a lot easier to write an insult than praise and there is no better proof of this than Rotten Tomatoes. The 'critics' are mostly made up of people who just want to show how creatively they can write. Most of the negative reviews are nothing more than bitch-fests and whines and complaints that overlook all the great points about what they are reviewing. They choose to unjustifiably slate (and since RT ratings are stupidly revered) destroy a film just to further their careers as online insult merchants.

    I could list many more things, especially music, movies, restaurants etc, which brings me to my final two points I must make.

    Iron Maiden. I love them, however they aren't as monumentally amazingly fantastic as people say they are.


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    Ł9 for half a tepid chicken breast in a dry bun? WITHOUT FRIES? WITHOUT TABLE SERVICE?

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    WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE GO CRAZY OVER NANDOS? Honestly, I see people QUEUEING outside to get in! ARE YOU MAD?
    Nandos's chips are great though, they're worth it just for that.

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    No chips are worth the punishment of going to Nandos, IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tozzylicious View Post
    No chips are worth the punishment of going to Nandos, IMO
    This hints of a challenge me-thinks...
    I'll have to scope that place out one day, for SCIENCE.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    I do agree about the music industry today, someone makes a beat, puts some rhythm on it, a catchy chorus and a mainstream rapper who doesn't really have much talent like Pac or Biggie. But since it gets aired on the radio a lot and the artist is well known today, a lot of so called music lovers would love it. I guess I'm not a music lover now unlike when I was a kid listening to what I call real artists.

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