Archive for August, 2010


Rumors of Sakura Taisen VI abound! updated

by wfgodbold

Abound might be too strong a word, but SiliconEra reports that the next installment in the series (will be coming to the Wii (which is bad for me, since I don’t have one and would have to import one to play the Japanese release)).

Anyway, if the art is legit, Sakura Taisen VI: Stronger than Love (愛より強く) will be changing locations; this time to Berlin (previous games have been set in Tokyo, Paris, and New York).  There’s no way to tell at this point if Shinjirou Taiga will return as the main character, but it seems likely; Ichirou Ohgami pretty much passed the torch to him at the beginning of the fifth game.

I don’t understand why they chose to move the series to the Wii; the last game they released was the less than stellar “Dramatic Dungeon” RPG for the DS.  When I think of random dungeon crawlers, I don’t think that what they need is more dancing girls and singing and steam powered armor (well, that last one could be good; maybe someone should get Blizzard to put a steampunk robot pilot in Diablo III as the final playable class).

The battle system in Valkyria Chronicles was an improved version of the battle system (complete with bizarre English-language acronyms) used in the Sakura Taisen games; I would think that SEGA’s experience on the PS3 (and the awesome art style from Valkyria Chronicles) would lend itself well to the next installment of the Sakura Taisen series.  Sakura Taisen V: Farewell, My Love originally came out on the PS2; I imagine the main reason they are putting it out on the Wii is because of the large install base relative to the PS3.  Increasing potential sales is probably more important than making their rabid fanbase happy.

On the other hand, this might be part of a nefarious Bamco-esque plot to sell the same game multiple times; they did that with Tales of Vesperia (originally for the 360 and then rereleased with added content on the PS3) and are doing it again with Tales of Graces (originally for the Wii and soon to be rereleased on the PS3 with additional content as well).  SEGA probably needs all the money they can get; they’re notoriously bad at making good business decisions, so selling the same game to the same people multiple times is a good way for them to pad their numbers.

I was sure I wasn’t going to get a Wii; if this is all true (and if no PS3 release is forthcoming), Sakura Taisen VI will be the game that gets me to buy one (damn you, SEGA!).


At the original source, the image is billed as a コラ (kora, short for collage), indicating it was photoshopped.  I imagine someone threw this together when Ohji Hiroi hinted at an upcoming announcement last week.  For now we’ll just have to assume this is a hoax, and see what the announcement actually is when he makes it (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a new game (not on the Wii; maybe the PS3)).

Sorry to get your hopes up!


If you haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World yet

by wfgodbold

You’re running out of time!  It’s down to two showings a day in the theaters near me, and if it has another lackluster week or two (or even if it doesn’t; it might get axed to make room for The American or some other upcoming movie), you’ll have to wait for it to come out on DVD; that will probably happen around Christmas or so (given typical wait times).

If you like comic books or video games, you should see the movie; it’s based on a comic book and the entire thing is done in the style of a video game.

The real reason you should go see it, though, is much simpler; if you don’t, and it makes only a fraction of what it cost to produce, it makes it less likely that we’ll get similar films in the future, and that would be a damn shame.

Besides, it’s from the Shaun of the Dead (and Hot Fuzz) director!  If that’s not a good enough reason to see it, I don’t know what is.


Iain “Top Shot” Harrison tells all!

by wfgodbold

Well, not all, exactly.  But he does give a look behind the scenes at what the cast members were and were not allowed to do during filming.  I don’t know that I could have put up with being confined to the house all the time (except for shooting); I think I would have gone stir crazy.

On the other hand, I’m a bad enough shot that I wouldn’t have been there long enough to go stir crazy; I just would have gone home!


All this talk about time-travelling robots

by wfgodbold

At Robb’s and at Joe’s got me thinking; is there anything that we can’t ascribe to the nefarious intentions of Skynet?

Gun control works, obviously.  So does big government; after all, if the libertarians took over and left everyone alone, no one would build Skynet!  War in general; without pressing threats from other countries/groups, we wouldn’t need to build a computer to put in charge of our military assets.  Crashing the economy and putting more people on the dole works; when society collapses on Judgement day, all those people won’t survive long enough to join the resistance.

In the end, all you can do is live life as if everyone you meet is an evil robot from the future sent to kill you (John Connor’s corollary to Rule 21 for Gunfights).


Piranha 3D was quite the experience

by wfgodbold

Though I don’t know that the 3d was really that necessary, other than as a draw to get more people to show up and pay more per ticket than they would have for a 2d remake of Piranha.

It was pretty entertaining, though, right from the start, when a fisherman (played by Richard Dreyfuss of Jaws fame) first falls victim to the pack of voracious fish.  If you can check your brain at the door and leave it there for the duration, you’ll probably enjoy the havoc thousands of piranhas can wreak on a lake during spring break.  High cinema it’s not.

And it has Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as crazy old smart guy!  What’s not to like?


Week 9 started today

by wfgodbold

Two more runs this week and I’ll be done with Couch-to-5k; I’ve been running for the time listed, not distance, and in the 30 minutes I ran today I made it ~2.8 miles.  That should put me finishing a real 5k run in about 35 minutes or so, I think.  Not bad for someone who couldn’t run for more than a minute or two at a stretch two months ago.

I’d like to get faster, but for the time being I’m going to focus more on endurance than speed.  I figure I can worry about getting faster once I’ve lost more weight, and endurance should carry over better than trying to speed up will.

If you want to start running (then there’s something seriously wrong with you; running sucks (though not as much as it did before, I will admit)!), the Couch-to-5k program is a good way to ease into it.  Before I found out about it, I tried to start running a couple times, but I didn’t have the endurance to go more than about two minutes, and it was really discouraging.  The progression from 60s run/90s walk in week one to 30 minutes of running in week nine is challenging enough to keep you working hard, but gradual enough that you don’t get totally burnt out by a new exercise regimen.


Now that I’m back at home

by wfgodbold

I can go back on the diet!  Taking the weekend off was nice, though; I’d missed pulled pork barbecue, Mexican food (and margaritas!), and doughnuts.  I still got my workouts in; I did Saturday’s workout yesterday, and yesterday’s today (I usually take Monday off to recover).  Tomorrow I start week nine (the final week!) of the Couch-to-5k running program, and I’m not looking forward to it at all.  I’ll be finishing up phase 3-4 of Power 90 at the end of the month as well.

After that, I’ll probably just continue doing the phase 3-4 Power 90 workouts and upping the time I run by 2-3 minutes a week.  I kind of want to take a week off, but I’d probably just come up with reasons not to start exercising again, so I’ll just press on.  Keeping your eye on the goal and all that, you know.

Besides, it’s best that I get into the habit of exercising every day now; then when I reach my goal weight and change my diet, I’ll be able to easily maintain it instead of ballooning back up to my former weight.  I have no desire to ever get back up to where I am now, let alone where I was last November.


A few thoughts on Top Shot’s first season

by wfgodbold

Now that the first season is done with, I thought I would compile a few things I noticed over the ten episodes that I liked and didn’t like.

The varied the challenges a lot; I liked that they changed the team challenge and elimination challenge from week to week.  I would have preferred that the team challenges early in the season be more like the challenges later in the season, but that’s probably impossible cause of the show’s format; if they’re going to do a challenge like the one in the ninth episode (that eliminated Kelly and Adam) that takes each person ~1.5 minutes to complete, they’re going to use up most of the show’s time just having the initial 16 contestants run through the course.  They wouldn’t have any time left to do the elimination challenge or focus on that hallmark of reality tv shows: the drama!

I liked the variety of guns they used; lever action rifles, revolvers, semi-auto pistols, bolt-action rifles, AR-15s; they did come back to some of the weapons more than others, and I thought it would have been more interesting if they hadn’t reused any (though I suppose that means they didn’t have to bother with practice time like they would have if they’d introduced a new weapon every episode).

I didn’t care for the drama; unfortunately, that’s a staple of reality tv shows, so I’ll have to learn to live with it.  I think they cut and edited clips to make it seem like there was more bad blood than there actually might have been, but they probably had to do that to drum up better ratings.

I would have liked to have seen more rifle shooting; though the seeming focus on pistol shooting was probably also due to the time constraints the show has.  It’s a lot faster to have a bunch of people shoot a handgun at something 50 feet away than it is to have them shoot a rifle at something 300 yards away.

In general, I liked the show; I think it did a good job showing people that shooting is a sport like many others, and that all kinds of people like shooting for fun.  They just kind of threw it out there and let the viewers make their own decisions; if only more tv programs would do that, I might watch more tv!


Taking a break from the diet this weekend

by wfgodbold

And hanging out with college friends, eating at good restaurants, and drinking some booze instead.  It’s a nice break, but I can only do it every three or four months; more often than that and I’ll be back where I started in no time!

In the meantime, I saw the Expendables again, and Scott Pilgrim again as well; they’re both very different movies, but I still liked them.

As much as I’d like to ramble on and on about the boring stuff I’m doing this weekend (pulled pork and 1.5 lb porterhouse steaks and Mexican food and giant margaritas!) (I certainly have no idea how I ended up needing to lose so much weight.  It’s a damn mystery), I must go drink my beer before someone else beats me to it.

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Since they just announced Torchlight 2 will be out next year

by wfgodbold

I thought I would start up Steam and play Torchlight 1 some more, to get back in the furious clicking action rpg mood.  The sequel will have multiplayer and more character customization options, among other things.

Unfortunately for me, Steam on my laptop has decided to be obnoxious; it’s having problems downloading updates and starting the game.  I’m redownloading and reinstalling the game from scratch right now; hopefully that will fix whatever was wrong.

With the new Diablo 3 news, my appetite was whet, but fickle software has thwarted me yet again!

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