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Gaming / Re: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES) | In-progress
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:23:42 PM »
passwords? hell yeah. that makes it easier. is CV3 like that as well?

let me know what times work for you if you want to catch the streams.
cv3 does indeed have passwords

any time after 5 on week days should work out for me, and for weekends i should be free all the time (and my weekend begins on thursday)

i propose that we don't look anything up and only consult each other if we get stuck, because i think the game's cryptic nature is something that needs to be experienced firsthand, at least until we're both absolutely desperate

there's conspiracy theories about the game being specifically designed to sell copies of nintendo power back in the day

there's one or two ultra cryptic things that i know the solution for offhand due to cultural osmosis so i'll try to hold my tongue on those

assuming if it's not a hassle, you could even add a text overlay saying "NO HINTS" so that the viewers don't try to help unless you specifically want it

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Gaming / Re: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES) | In-progress
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:53:58 AM »
i'll try to play along with you but this is a slightly busy school week so i'll probably end up lagging behind a bit

which isn't a big deal because i've played a decent amount of this game anyway, but yeah

the good news is that the game uses passwords, so progressing won't be as much of an issue this time

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The Flood / Re: Aladdin Trailer
« on: February 18, 2019, 08:58:01 AM »
why is this so bad?
because it looks fucking atrocious, first of all

the casting is bad enough--jafar is notorious for being this intimidating and ham-fistedly evil fuck, super over the top, and he's one of the most iconic disney villains of all time because of it--so it doesn't make sense to cast him as this soft-spoken milquetoast motherfucker saying "bring me the lamp" with that soft and wet blanket-ass voice of his, like he's politely requesting the lamp, rather than coldly demanding it like jafar actually would

does that single bit from one scene mean the movie is guaranteed to be a piece of shit? no, but this is a TRAILER for the movie, so they specifically chose scenes that would get people excited to see the movie, and if that's the best they have, then that doesn't really bode well for the rest of the film (especially given their track record so far)

casting will smith as the genie was bad enough, but the special effect they used is genuinely one of the most laughably horrific things i've ever seen in my entire life, and i'm trying my hardest not to exaggerate--it's fucking baaaaaad, bad bad bad, especially given that there are movies made in the 60s that have more convincing special effects

second, there's no reason to remake a movie that's already good

not only that, there's no reason to remake a movie that's timeless and will probably remain good for the rest of time

these movies are soulless cash-grabs and everyone knows it, but it would be so much less offensive if they actually pretended to give a singular shit

and the beauty and the beast remake was trash

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The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:35:16 AM »


Trisha Yearwood - Thinkin' About You
Country
5th album

Nothing special, especially compared to the Shania Twain album that I previously covered.

5/10





No Use for a Name - ¡Leche Con Carne!
Melodic hardcore
3rd album

I'm not normally one for this group's particular brand of punk music—but this record was made a little earlier in their career, when their sound was much more aggressive and biting while still maintaining elements of accessibility through its sense of melody, as well as their general ethos. I'm not in love with it, but it must be one of the last half-decent punk albums ever made, given the genre's ultimate shift towards something much more difficult to stomach in the mid '90s.

7/10





Blink-182 - Cheshire Cat
Pop punk
Debut album

SPEAKING OF, one of the punk coffin's biggest nail-pushers was none other than Blink-182—which is not to say that I particularly hate this band, or anything. I mean, sure—the vocals are incessant and whiny, and all of their songs sound exactly the same, but on this record at least, I think they successfully managed to bring a lot of color and personality to the table, which you could argue a lot of their contemporaries lacked a bit. The dumb little skits and gags that occur here and there throughout the album do bring in some humor, even if it's goofy and childish, because the refusal to grow up has kinda always been one of the core themes of Blink-182's music, and I think they own it quite well.

It's also worth noting that the album was made on a tight-ass budget, and I'm always impressed whenever an artist is able to create a finished project under dire straits like that. It's kinda inspiring.

6/10





Tricky - Maxinquaye
Trip hop
Debut album

All right, this one's gonna be tough. This guy made music with Massive Attack back in the day before embarking on a solo career where he dropped this weird-ass album for his debut.

Considered by several publications to be one of the best albums of 1995, if not the best (Robert Christgau gave it an A+, for Christ's sake), it's a record that is commonly cited to be the birthplace of the trip hop genre, which blends the wooziest and most down-tempo elements of hip hop and electronic music to create a "trippy" sound. This album in particular also throws in some ambient, jazz, rock, and even a little bit of reggae in there, as well, so it's quite the eclectic and experimental work of art.

The effect created by Tricky's production, in collaboration with Mark Saunders, is a distinctly druggy and heavily disorienting sound that makes you feel lost in a sedative haze. Tricky has a very interesting voice and vocal style on his own, but the lovely singer-songwriter Martina Topley-Bird is prominently featured, as well. They'll often trade places between leading and backing, and they complement each other rather nicely while maintaining the record's unevenness and off-kilter nature.

I like this album quite a bit, but as far as it being one of the best albums of 1995, I don't know if I personally share that enthusiasm. It has remarkable moments, but it also has its weaker points, and not all of its songs are as well-produced or as interesting as its best tracks, making it uneven not only in sound or concept, but also in overall quality.

The album does seem to be rich with themes from a lyrical standpoint, however, and admittedly, I haven't really looked into the meaning behind the lyrics just yet. I'll give this one a few extra listens because of it, and it may turn out later on that it's grown on me more. The potential is there for this to be my favorite album of February '95, but I personally don't see it ending up on my final list when I'm all finished with this project.

7/10





DJ Quik - Safe + Sound
Hip hop
3rd album

A solid album. Compton spitter DJ Quik raps good and produces all his own beats, which I have a lot of respect for, especially when all the beats end up nice. If you don't like G-funk, though, look elsewhere, since Quik is one of the guys who pioneered that sound. He's also a dirty rapper like Too Short (some of the first words on the album: "All I give a fuck about is music and sex"), so if that's not something you can stomach, I'd pass this one up, too.

I wouldn't blame you, since that's not something I can stomach, either. I gave Too Short's album a 5/10 for being too hung down in that degenerate-ass shit. It just got tedious after awhile. But on Safe + Sound, Quik's breadth of subject matter is marginally wider, and there are only three or four songs out of the seventeen available that focus on the grossest details of his sexual excursions. Even on those songs, it's hard to deny Quik's talent as a lyricist and MC. His flows are on point, and there's a track on here where the chorus goes, "if it don't make dollars, it don't make sense"—even if you don't agree with that sentiment, you have to admit that's a pretty clever line.

The only part of the album that I fucking hate (and I've hated this particular moment more than anything else that I've covered so far) are the two counterpart tracks "Don't You Eat It!" and "Can I Eat it?" which both focus on the audacious and scholarly topic of cunnilingus. The former isn't actually a song; it's more of a skit that serves as a prelude to the latter track where a man (I don't know if it's Quik, or someone else) offers to go down on his partner while they're in bed or some shit (which gets rape-y as the female character says "no" three times, but he chooses to go down on her anyway). As this is happening, these audible and extremely over-the-top licking sounds can be heard, which is easily the most disgusting and uncomfortable shit I've ever heard on a hip hop album. The guy seems to notice that something is wrong, though, and he screams as a devilish voice is heard: "You dare put your lips in between hips? You don't know where that pussy's been! DON'T EAT THE COOCHIE!"

I'm not kidding. This is a thing that happens on the album. It's obviously played for laughs, and not supposed to be taken as seriously I'm choosing to take it. I'm just trying to express that I don't find any humor in this shit. It's embarrassing.

But anyway, with that dumbass shit aside, it's actually still a solid album, like I said before. It just has a few ridiculous moments, and you'll either find them hilarious or you'll absolutely hate them. To me, it's just music. I find them easy to overlook, given that the album is 60 minutes, and its worst songs are rather short. I don't know. Take it or leave it; I may enjoy the record overall, but I'm not gonna give it a strong recommendation, or anything. Just for those of you who don't get easily offended by stupid hip hop lyrics.

Here's one of the better tracks to give you a sense of what you're getting:

YouTube

7/10



Coming up next, we have some records by Energy Orchard, Atari Teenage Riot, PJ Harvey, Mike Watt, and Adina Howard.

Technically, I'm also supposed to listen to an album called Cerebral Caustic by the Fall, but because of the way I listen to music, I think I'm gonna put that record off for now. The Fall's discography is gargantuan, and I don't really feel like putting myself through it at this time.

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Gaming / Re: Join me on my quest to play all Castlevania games
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:08:40 PM »
it sure was cool of that rando to stick around until the end

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The Flood / Re: Lickitung in "Detective Pikachu"
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:18:43 PM »

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The Flood / Re: Lickitung in "Detective Pikachu"
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:36:58 PM »
Shit

my heart actually jumped

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Gaming / Re: Join me on my quest to play all Castlevania games
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:25:09 AM »
i havent yet. i got to death and ran out of steam to continue so i gotta start over.

i can stream tonight if you want, what time works for you?
impressive, most people lose steam at frankenstein (yes i know he's actually just "the creature")

anywhere between 5 and 12 works for me


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The Flood / Re: I am unstoppable
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:08:24 AM »
The point of the rule is to encourage anonymity. It isn't a Forum, and the less discussion on a person's identity, the more discussion there is on the subject that's supposed to be discussed. Trips and pics are okay if they're relevant, but in /lgbt/s case, it's just straight up shitposting and the quality of the board would increase ten fold with the garbage tripfags and avatar whores gone.
i don't care

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Gaming / Re: Join me on my quest to play all Castlevania games
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:42:48 AM »
I'll also be uploading the playthroughs to YouTube if that sort of thing interests you.
hmu whenever you do this, or if you have already

wanted to catch the stream but i had shit to do

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The Flood / Re: I am unstoppable
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:40:16 AM »
there's nothing wrong with avatarposting and it's stupid that there's a rule against it

but we're talking about the worst website on the internet

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Gaming / Re: SL1 bros
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:44:27 AM »
so because you're new, you should be using firebombs because it's really stupid not to, unless it's part of the challenge

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Gaming / Re: SL1 bros
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:08:55 AM »
smart people who understand how to play

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Gaming / Re: SL1 bros
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:19:08 AM »
did you ban items like firebombs and stuff

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The Flood / Re: Happy Valentine's day, my lovelies. <3
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:16:49 AM »
probably the worst holiday ever conceived

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The Flood / Re: What is a flickering flame?
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:13:36 AM »
yes, the universe is both three of those things

both of them

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The Flood / Re: Weird music taste you have?
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:21:17 AM »
My favorite artists and bands:

David Bowie

Yes

Pink Floyd

King Crimson
you don't think any of these qualify as "weird" do you

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The Flood / Re: Weird music taste you have?
« on: February 13, 2019, 01:12:03 AM »
i love abrasive and noisy experimental rock music that isn't metal and doesn't involve screaming or growling, but has enough energy and power to make you feel like a god while listening to it

not that i dislike metal, i just prefer noise rock or post-rock

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:28:42 PM »
why haven't we played yet
Yeah idk really. You up for playing at some point today before 7?
sure, i can play around 5ish

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The Flood / Re: Aladdin Trailer
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:21:36 PM »
we did it

we made the worst thing, ever

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:01:32 AM »

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What presentation?
it's for a senior level shakespeare course, there's only 12 students and the professor is pretty chill

my preselected subject is Ben Jonson, a playwright who popularized humor comedies

i'm also the last presentation of the semester so i think a good jape would be welcome so long as it's not obtrusive

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The Flood / so the powerpoint presentation i signed up for is on april 1st
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:00:01 AM »
give me epic prank ideas to prank my class with

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Good, fuck donuts, it's a garbage food.
i can't think of a non-garbage food

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 10, 2019, 09:24:14 PM »
I just need to give up on trying to get into Elite smash.
I've been as high as 3.6 million GSP as Dark Samus and not gotten in and in all this time I have not enjoy a single matchmaking game. Even in cases where I've 3 stocked people I still wanted to put my Switch in the microwave afterward. There has to be a better way than this.
i'd just join lounges if you want to enjoy games, quickplay is a fucking joke

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:51:27 AM »
Went back to play Smash 4 for a little bit and the game is so slow compared to Ultimate like holy shit, the difference is night and day.

It's astonishing how much better and fluid Ultimate is.
it's a little sad really, smash 4 is the only game in the series that is pretty much completely obsolete

it offers basically nothing that the others don't already have, unless you like smash tour i guess

whereas 64 offers charm and simplicity, melee offers the most technical gameplay, brawl offers SSE, and ultimate has every character in the series on top of having all around solid gameplay

smash 4 has a shitty stage builder and infinite degenerate air dodges

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The Flood / Re: Verb... Is this you
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:52:37 PM »
there are DOZENS of us

people are obviously gonna treat this guy and stories like this as something to gawk, laugh at, then summarily dismiss and move on from, but i choose to look at this sort of thing as a beacon of hope for rationality in the world

especially when this is taking place in fucking INDIA of all places

who knows, maybe 1 in 1000 people will have some sort of intellectual "awakening" from things like this

his parents seem to have a pretty based attitude about it, too, judging from their quotes in the article

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:58:56 PM »
but if you're at too high % to either tech or mash out, then just Don't Get Hit™
That's some real Bayonetta sounding bullshit right there.
you're not fighting bayonetta, though, so it's legitimate advice even if it sounds dismissive

if DK is able to grab you at all as samus, it could mean that you're not zoning him out hard enough, but it's hard to know for sure without a vod

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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:34:35 PM »

How the fuck do you get out of Donkey Kong's Stage spike. I just lost to the most garbage player ive ever seen due to that shit and I feel like stabbing a child in the face because of it.
learn to tech

on top of that, i think the most optimal way to mash out of grabs is to spin the stick in circles as opposed to mashing buttons, works for me at least

but if you're at too high % to either tech or mash out, then just Don't Get Hit™

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The Flood / Re: Any last words?
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:36:06 AM »
i don't want to die in any particular way, but i'd prefer that the events leading up to the cessation of my consciousness to be as painless and quiet and as frankly boring as possible

hopefully my philosophical treatise outlives me, so my last words will be wherever you choose to stop reading it; the last words i use in this body aren't really important

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