The Evil Professor Is In. (Anna's Scrapbook)

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The Evil Professor Is In. (Anna's Scrapbook)

Postby Razkar on August 17th, 2013, 11:51 pm

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Saw this and thought of you, ol' Squiddy-Face. ;)

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Postby Eldritch on August 18th, 2013, 4:14 am

I should have known commissioning those memoirs would come to bite me in my impossible biology. Oh well.

Also...

The shoggoth ate well indeed, Razzy. ;)
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Postby Eldritch on August 20th, 2013, 7:50 pm

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Gah! This week really needs to end quickly. Its sucking the life right out of me, I swear. Due to school starting up and a number of other crazy events I'd rather not go into here, I'm going to be inactive for a couple of days. I'll try to be back by Thursday, but if I'm not I'll be here on Friday. This inactivity counts for my PC's as well, so if you are expecting a reply from Annalisa Marin or Oscar as well I'll ask for your patience. Thank you. :)
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Postby Eldritch on August 27th, 2013, 10:34 pm

Allow me to introduce my latest addiction on Youtube. As some of you may know, I am a huge video gaming enthusiast and tend to enjoy most shows involving it. This particular gaming show deconstructs video game logic in rather amusing ways. In honor and parody of how many Assassin's Creed assassin's we get here I chose this particular episode. ;)



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Postby Eldritch on September 2nd, 2013, 6:34 am

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Well, this happened...

As a product of the amount of time on my hands I opted to look up pointless facts that I, nevertheless, found somewhat interesting. If anyone likes these little blurbs then maybe I'll do it again. Note that most will involve history, because I like history.

Did you know-

-That Julius Caesar referred to himself in third person in his own memoirs about the war in Gaul? I knew the guy was an egotist but, wow. That amuses me to no small degree, if only he talked about himself in third person as well. Conversations with that guy would be endless fun.

-The greatest sniper in recorded history was a guy called Simo Hayha, and his actual accomplishments seem to defy the laws of reality. He was a common farmer who fought against the Soviets when they invaded Finland. The Russians called the guy "The White Death" because of his white camouflage suit and the fact he gunned down a bunch of their guys. They mounted whole missions to take down this one guy, task forces and counter snipers. Whom he killed.

Finally the Russians just carpet bombed the area they thought he was at to try and get rid of the guy. It didn't work.

Finally, someone got a lucky shot at Simo's head and put him out of commission for a little while. Yes, he was shot in the head with an explosive round and lived. I can't make this stuff up. Don't believe me? Well, look it up yourself.

His credited kill count with his rifle varies depending on where you look, but most put it around an unbelievable 542. Add in those he killed with his SMG and his count is into the 700's. Keep in mind that these were with no scope on his rifle and with WWII era tech.

-That a guy called Miyamoto Musashi is considered to be one of the most famous swordsman in Japanese history. He wandered around Japan and challenged people to duels in his younger days. He was also one of the few swordsman to effectively adopt a duel wielding style with a Katana and a Wakizashi, creating a style around it. He reportedly killed a guy with a wooden sword as well.

He was believed to go undefeated for all of his roughly estimated 60 duels and died peacefully at the age of 65. I'm not a big fan of people waving katana's around and claiming they are the best weapon ever, but if this guy is using one I'll reserve judgment.

Just some things I found interesting that I didn't know before. ;)
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Postby Wanda Endust on September 2nd, 2013, 3:36 pm

I love random interesting tidbits!
If they haven't made a movie about Mr.Hayha, they're missing out! Hmm, maybe he's a friend of Dira's...

I think I might've heard about Miyamoto before. :) He was in a video game my brother let me play sometimes -- Samurai Warriors Orochi, I think it was called! Though you could probably find him in any of the Samurai Warriors games, since he was one of the main characters. ;)
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Postby Razkar on September 14th, 2013, 2:03 am

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Ah, Hayha. Zietsev, Hathcock... pah! Mere pikers in comparison! Y'know he used to pack snow around his hides as makeshift barricades? And he would put some in his mouth so the fog of his breath wouldn't show? A Russian sniper finally managed to blow half his face off, a la Richard Harrow, but did that stop him?

No. He survived and lived to a ripe old age, apparently finding his niche in dog-breeding.

Musashi also wrote a fine treatise on his swordsmansip, and the philosophy around it called The Book of Five Rings. Check it out, but be warned, it's... somewhat esoteric. Sigh... a more civilized age, indeed... and the wooden sword story was a great example of his pragmatism. His opponent underestimated him because he carried it, and as a result, Miyamoto was able to surprise him... and beat him to death with it. Thus began his wanderings...
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Postby Eldritch on September 27th, 2013, 10:09 pm

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Games and Emotions

First off, my apologies for those awaiting replies from me at the moment. I'll get those up this weekend most certainly.

Now, I'm going to go back to random facts next post, but today I wanted to discuss something that affected me strongly enough where I felt like putting it here. I'm a gaming enthusiast, I love video games and I grew up around them. More than any other entertainment medium they have received the bulk of my time, a fact some look down upon of course. I'm not going to start up the debate as to whether or not some games should be considered art, its something every person has a different opinion on and I don't really want to delve too deeply into that. Rather I want to talk about one game in particular.

A bit of background first:

Before I graduated high school everyone was always talking to me about he series called 'The Walking Dead', swearing up and down that it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. So I eventually sat down and watched a couple of seasons, just to see what the fuss was about. I was... OK I guess, the acting was solid, and the story was engaging to some degree but for me it didn't compare to shows like 'Dexter' or 'Game of Thrones'. So I wrote it off as something I might watch more of if nothing better was on, cue moving on with my life.

A little while after that, I hear tell about a game my friends played on the Xbox Live Arcade also called the 'The Walking Dead'. For those of you unaware of how the video game industry works most of the time, here is a little lesson. A popular show/movie/whatever comes out, a video game is then rushed out the door based on whatever it is and is absolutely horrid and dreadful in most ways. There are exceptions to the rule, such as 'Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic', which is widely considered one of the greatest RPG's of all time but they are very rare.

So I initially passed it up, being savvy enough of a consumer to know when something is worth the risk and when something is not. Fast forward a bit to a little while ago, and you have me deciding to finally try it after I took the time to look into it more. So I sat down in my nice chair, controller at the ready, time slots taken for a day or two, finally ready to see what the fuss was about.

Did I enjoy it? Well, let me go off on another tangent here at the risk of boring you.

I have to feel something when I play a game. Its as simple as that, if I don't feel some shred of emotion when I'm playing a game I just don't play it. For this reason I've never gotten into games like 'Call of Duty', 'Halo', or even 'Gears of War'. Their stories don't really engage me, even moments that are supposed to feel emotional are not to me. I like to get invested in character, form connections with them, go through hard times together and actually experience the struggle. This is especially true when I play a villainous character in most games. I want to feel disgusted by my characters actions, and I want to feel heart wrenching guilt when I kill off a teammate.

Despite every emotion I've ever felt when I played an emotionally charged game, I have never once cried when I've played one. Even in the 'Mass Effect' series, where there were some pretty powerful moments or 'Katawa Shoujo' were it nearly happened. I'd never cried until I'd played 'The Walking Dead'.

I'm not talking about man tears, or weeping. I'm talking full on bawling, floodgates opened kind of crying.

The game itself is not so much a game as it is an emotional experience. Yes, I know that sounds corny but bare with me for a minute. I experienced a full wide spectrum of emotions when I played this game, happiness, joy, disgust, anger, pride, and yes even sorrow. It was silly in a kind of way it was rather ironic. This little low budget game that was more of a point and click title made me feel more than any triple A release.

Your main character in the whole thing is Lee, a history teacher turned convicted murder being sent to prison for the murder of his wife and a senator, who were having an affair behind his back. On the way to prison the zombie apocalypse hits, rather convenient but whatever. Lee, despite his past, is probably the most likable character I've ever played in a video game. He's quietly spoken, pretty average all around, and just trying to do right by his friends.

Early on in the game Lee meets a little girl called Clementine, who is with him for most of the episodic series. Normally, I hate having to care for kids in games because its either one long escort mission, they are annoying, or a combination of both. Clementine was different, she was a full character on her own and a puzzle in some ways. I never felt the way that Lee and Clem interacted was forced, it was natural all the way through.

I don't want to give too much more away, as it would take away from the enjoyment if anyone wanted to play it. Its just called 'The Walking Dead', its by 'Telltale Games'. Don't mistake it for the bad Walking Dead game, which is 'Survival Instinct'. Its broken up into five separate episodes, and is going to get a second 'season'.

Anyways, just my shout-out to this awesome game, and how it affected me. Maybe it was just me that felt like this, but even so its an experience I'll likely not soon forget.
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Postby Eldritch on October 1st, 2013, 2:51 am

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Sooo... >.>

I had something of a moment of weakness today, and it taught me something. Once you go Miza you don't go back.

I made the mistake of going back to one of the site's I used to frequent before Miza came along in my life. I figured I'd get in touch with the old gang and get back together, for old times sake if nothing else. I clicked on the first thread that seemed active and browsed it, just to get a feel how things were going. The following spoilers contain my response to reading through:

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For once, I envy this guy :
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The best one :
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Yeah... I could use some serious brain bleach after the incident. And some therapy. And a place to cry out for humanity.
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Postby Radiant on October 1st, 2013, 3:38 am

Now you got me curious! What did you see?

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P.S: Seriously, I want to know, perhaps you can tell me in PM. :D
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