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Or perhaps not at all, depending on how real unreal things are. MLP has a weird philosophy regarding time travel.

spoilers )

I'll give it 3/3 even if the ending wasn't exactly what I would have wanted. The solution was logical in broad stokes, and it was only some of the details that fell flat. Meanwhile, the rest of the episode was an excuse to wow us with stuff, and it did.
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On this week's My Little Pony, a famous(?) singer was hired to do some voice acting and singing for the episode. She actually did a really good job! But what about the episode?

spoilers )

So I guess it's 2/3 because nothing really happens and the part with the thing and the other part with the same thing were annoying, and also the only real plot points.
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Other than that, this week's MLP was pretty good. But OH MY GOD THE PAIN.

spoilers )

So... huh. It was fun but there were some logical flaws and really grating issues, so I'll give it 2/3.
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I'm not sure there was actually a moral for this week's my little pony episode. There was a huge preachy moral speech, but yay? Mostly it was just ponies laughing.

spoilers )

Overall, it was a pretty good episode, but there were some annoyingly preachy bits and they really milked all the things. Even if that was part of the joke it was still annoying. 2/3.
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...smashing an apple into a pie and splattering sticky goo everywhere!

spoilers )

Anyway, it was a really fun episode with the 'new' characters actually being interesting and likable, and little hints of worldbuilding that felt natural. 3/3.
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spoilers )

The moral of the story is that people shouldn't rely on not being told spoilers, because it's really painful for everyone who knows and it doesn't matter that much anyway. Or possibly the opposite, but I'm going with my gut.

But it was a fun episode, without anything to really drag it down. I'm going to provisionally give it 3/3 although I'm worried that might just be an overreaction to the last couple episodes being terrible.
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"What the hell? Did you bring everyone?"
"I didn't know this was supposed to be exclusive. What are you, some sort of ice cream hipster?"
"I liked ice cream before it was cool."
"So when it was just cream."
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My table is full of heavy books and game boxes. It's surrounded by piles of comic books, and table itself is really fragile, both because of general shoddy construction and because one of the key supports was missing when I bought it so it's always been kind of wobbly.

So I didn't flip the table after today's MLP episode. That's really the only reason.

argh )

So, this episode gets 1/3 from the pain of having to watch it, with an additional 2 point penalty for the things it defined without really needing to and did a terrible job at. -1/3.

I also realize I didn't talk about the episode from last week. This is sort of because I don't want to talk about it. I was cringing through the entire episode, almost literally. Everything about the episode made me cringe. 1/3 for spoilor ). Of course, compared to this week's travesty, it was a masterpiece.
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So much Rarity...

So sick of Rarity...

Eh, the episode had lots of AJ too, at least.

spoilers )

But overall, the episode was fun and the payoff scene at the end was actually kind of heartwarming without being too anvilicious. Still, it featured Rarity, so I can only give it 2/3.


Sep. 19th, 2015 09:15 pm
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No, I didn't miss the 14th episode of season 5. I've just been really forgetful lately. v.v So, let's talk about 14 and 15.

spoilers )

Overall... too much Rarity. But the first episode had a good payoff scene at the end, and the second episode she was actually Pinkie Pie in disguise, so I'll give them each 2/3.
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tl;dr -- it's actually pretty fun.

What is it? It's a Diablo clone based on Marvel Superheroes. Which hero you pick is your class. Each has a unique skill tree and a unique set of items just for them, although most of the items follow the same pattern so they're not really unique, just a different icon because only a few heroes use a sword, for example. 99% of your drops will be for the hero you're playing.

The storyline is based on a series of chapters and hubs. Each chapter has a critical path to progress, and a bunch of optional missions that give you additional rewards, most commonly a 'reward box' with some random items and an Eternity Splinter. Eternity Splinters are important because they're how you unlock heroes beyond the first.

You can try out any hero up to level 10. This is maaaybe enough time to kind of get an idea of how much you'll like the hero. Maybe. It's also something like half an hour for any hero after the first. There are 49 heroes, and I didn't try very many of them because honestly I only recognize about half and most of the ones I recognized, I don't especially like.

I do like squirrels. They have a hero with squirrels. And more squirrels. Seriously -- two of Squirrel Girl's power trees are named 'Squirrels' and 'More Squirrels'. Also, they're not really trees. They're more like buckets that you pick things out of at random. Power heaps?

Unlimited free respecs! Yay! Also, 100% necessary because of the way your equipment gives you bonus powers and points in powers at random.

Being a diablo clone, you get to face RIDICULOUSLY HUGE PILES OF ENEMIES. Swarms of enemies. It's pretty crazy. Each enemy is pretty weak, though, unless...

Well, unless you don't stop to do something other than story missions and walk into chapter 7 at level 34. They made a VERY QUESTIONABLE DECISION to give you LESS XP if you fight something too strong for you. And also to not put anywhere what the recommended levels for the chapters are. Most guides suggest being level 37 or so going into chapter 7, and coming out at 44. I went in at 34 and came out at 35 because I got basically no xp for anything. Also, it was really hard and I died a lot because the bosses could one-shot me and the swarms of enemies were actually doing damage for once.

Fortunately, there are terminal missions which take levels from the story and adjust them to your hero at multiple difficulty levels and let you replay them for xp and special loot. So I'll probably be doing some of that for a while. That and the 'patrol' areas which have no storyline, but do have frequent zone events (like, every five minutes) where you get together and take down a huge powerful boss.

So, yes. You get to pick one hero to unlock past level 10 for free, and I picked Squirrel Girl because she's the most powerful (not really) and also has squirrels and more squirrels (her third tree is about her kicking people in the nuts). Also, she's optimistic and cute.

You also get 400 free eternity shards, which you can use to buy a 'team up' or pet or to unlock an additional hero (or two of the cheap ones). Instead, I bought 'random hero unlock' boxes which are cheaper than even the cheap heroes, and got Mr. Fantastic and Silver Surfer.

Mr. Fantastic is not as good as Squirrel Girl. Yes, he can punch all the way across the screen... with his weak punch that does nothing. All his stronger attacks are really short range. He's also not as cute, but at least he's optimistic?

Silver Surfer is powerful, but OH MY GOD THE ANGST. SO MUCH ANGST. Angst and Condescension. And self-doubt. Among his characterization are such diverse elements as angst, condescension, self-doubt, and an unwavering fear of Galactus.


But I played them both up to level 20 or so to get some more eternity splinters, and collected enough to get a third random hero box, out of which popped... Magneto.

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I work for Microsoft. This is probably the only reason that I clicked 'yes, get windows 10' in their stupid app. My normal policy is never to upgrade the OS in a system that's currently working. Even if the computer isn't working because the OS is too old or whatever, I'd usually rather get a replacement since that usually means that it's *really old*.

Anyway, last night it installed itself, and for a while I thought it had bricked my desktop. Luckily, I had an iPad, so I was able to search for 'windows 10 upgrade black screen' and similar things and find a huge number of solutions, most of which were completely inapplicable because they assumed you could somehow change system settings while your computer was frozen at a black screen.

One of them told me how to get to safe mode, though -- I had to pull out the plug and reboot three times in a row, and then it would bring up the boot repair options.

In safe mode, I could see the screen, but I couldn't run any apps, which meant in particular that I couldn't run the update app which would let me revert to windows 8.1. I couldn't even run the start menu! I could run the old control panel, though, and IE to do more web searches, and I found someone with my exact machine who'd somehow figured out how to fix the problem -- I needed to disable my unused onboard display adapter.

That worked. Slowly. It still booted to a black screen, but this time it eventually actually booted for real after a while. And not in safe mode!

Then, I started getting the error messages from all the stuff I had installed. Including Steam, which couldn't find the network. 99% of my games are in Steam, and that's something like 75% of what I do with this computer.

At this point, it was 4am, but I clicked 'revert to windows 8.1' anyway. And it worked!

...except that now the first thing it wants to do in windows update is install windows 10, and it's downloading it even though I said 'don't automatically download updates' and unchecked 'update to windows 10' and clicked 'stop downloading' (the stop downloading button, when clicked, disables the stop downloading button but has no other effect).

This is the second try to cancel it. The first try corrupted my windows update database and it needed to be repaired.

It looks like I might have avoided re-upgrading against my will by declining the EULA, though. It's 'cleaning up files' with only an indeterminate progress bar, and in the background windows update is still refusing to show anything but the windows 10 upgrade.

Jesus fucking Christ. x.x
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On this week's episode of My Little Pony, nothing happens. Most of the cast sleep through the entire episode.

spoilers )

So, yeah, just some quibbles. Overall, though, it just didn't gel into something awesome -- the pieces were neat but fit together awkwardly. I'll give it 2/3.
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This week's episode of My Little Pony is all about background ponies. Albeit ones with previous speaking roles. Except for the main one who hasn't been seen since G1.

spoilers )

Anyway, it was a very cute episode with some real emotion and an appropriate level of world-building. Not a lot of jokes per-se, but some visual humor. I think I'll give it 3/3.
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Lyra tries to save herself from the Mirror Pool. Twilight helps. Kind of. It's another story in the whole series of stories starting with Dragons Hate Taffy and/or Feed the Reaper depending on where you count.

Reforming Spell

So far, everyone hates it. Maybe I didn't put in enough sex.

Also... there was a new episode of My Little Pony this week, which was much better than last week's. This was not a high bar.

spoilers )

At any rate, it was a pretty good episode that made me laugh a lot, but it got a bit repetitive. 2/3.
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Aka, 'Spike Ruins Everything, take 4'.

Worst. Episode. Ever. Except for Equestria Games, because at least this time he didn't sing.

spoilers )

0/3. Really don't want to watch again.
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Yesterday's episode of My Little Pony was much, much better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be a cringe-worthy parade of references to fan interpretations of various background ponies, and it was, but it was also funny.

spoilers )

So... yeah. The stuff I expected to hate was there, but I only hated about half of it, and there was a lot of really funny stuff to compensate. So I'll give it a 2/3.
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...exactly what you'd think. Unless you're Rainbow Dash.

spoilers )

At any rate, it was a pretty good episode with an adorable performance by Twilight (and Gummy), and I think I liked it better the second time I watched it. The flashback was a little offputting and there were a couple other parts that fell flat, but overall I think it's still 3/3.
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This week's MLP was much less of a disappointment than this week's attempt at playing a game. In today's episode, Discord learns that he needs to stop being such a self-centered jerk.

Or something. )

Still, a very funny episode. 3/3
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I want to like this game, but it's just so broken. I guess maybe if you were playing it out of a walkthrough and knew exactly what to do at each step? Because you can't really figure it out logically -- things just sort of randomly happen and screw you. Only not random, they're pre-set so you can save and reload a lot and maybe eventually figure it out. Ugh.

I already messed up three sidequests in Highpool because one of them, I didn't see a door that was hidden on the back-side of a building, one was badly scripted and the NPC ran away when I approached and I never got it (that was a super-important one that would have given me an extra party member, too), and one said that I had to repair a water thingie to save this guy's house, but wouldn't let me use the repair skill or interact with it in any way as far as I can tell.

That was enough to make Highpool not elect Kate mayor, which apparently means everything is awful forever and the NPCs will keep rubbing it in my face every time I walk down the hall in HQ. I was about to start shooting, but I turned off the game instead.


Today I'm supposed to save a kid from drowning. I somehow figure out that using a shovel on a totem pole will rescue him, but you have to pick the right totem pole or instead of landing near him it'll land on him and kill him. There are no visual cues which is which. He's another extra party member.

Then there's the house where you walk inside and talk to a guy to turn in a quest you started in Ranger HQ, and a boss suddenly appears literally in the middle of your party, goes twice before anyone in your party can act, and kills at least two people. So I guess, DON'T GO IN THAT HOUSE, EVER.

Oh, and then one of the people in town told me to find Kekkebah in the meeting hall, so I go to the meeting hall and click on the door, and it explodes and then suddenly everyone is shooting me. What the fuck.

That was the end of today's session. And I just don't think there are enough good things in the game to put up with this crap. Combat is boring as hell and the skills are ten variations on 'click on object to get random loot, otherwise miss random loot'.

So, yeah. I think I'm done with this crappy-ass game.
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