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"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing." — Robert E. Howard, The Tower of the Elephant (1933)
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Who knew video games rots you brains.Who knew you had more than one brain? See its not just some bone head at Fox who says this egotistical ignorant arrogant myth that video games cause what ever social ill at the moment.

Never mind studies that show other wise. " Research says video games can prove to be extremely conducive for boosting our critical thinking skills as well. According to Dr. Brian Glass, of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, “Previous research has demonstrated that action video games . . . can speed up decision making, but the current work finds that real-time strategy games can promote our ability to think on the fly and learn from past mistakes.” from http://www.gearfuse.com/video-games-can-help-improve-mental-skills/

Now that might be why they don't want you to have better critical thinking skills. Because if video games does help in that regard then you just might stop thinking these talking heads are experts on what they claim to be. Or that they have your best interest at heart. few years ago even in Entertainment weekly the question was asked "Video games vs. Movies: Have games replaced films as the modern popular narrative medium?" http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/08/18/movies-videogames-inception-red-dead-redemption/

Expect more of this as the summer season for movie under preforms.

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The internet diesI Dsl was out for me yesterday. So what does a anime fan do? Pray? Curse the fates an panic? Why yes an then I started watching some anime I had saved for just such a emergency!

1st up finished off on blue ray Soul Eater was down to the last disc any way, but never really seen it all the way threw. Think Excalibur stole the show for me tho. Probably because I would like to yell Baka! as much as he does.Ok that killed a few hours. I use http://www.arcsoft.com/totalmedia-theatre/ as my player on my computer an skiling the intros an end songs an crits were never easier.

Then with no internet an to sick to play any comp games off line I drowned my sorrow in more anime! Black Lagoon + Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage have on blue ray dvd combo an a bloody marathon was off to a high body count start. Seen more an caught more of the subtle use of dialogue an action in the series. From the 1st episode it tells you straight up it knows what it is. Which is to say self aware an does not care. It takes shots at its own dialogue as well as hollywood.

It sets the mood so well with its opening an closing music. A high energy almost metal song at the start to a down sober tune at the end. Kind of telling us when the adrenaline rush has passed whats left is dull remorse an regrets. Which sum up the shows bloody ride. Then I started on Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail . Never watched all of the series back to back an it flows fairly well. You see character evolution done with insight an history when watching it all together.

This was the MADHouse Studios that I love. Over the top action an animation. None of this over color saturation haze blur style they have had last few years on an off. Clear crisp style an lines all presented with no blur to hide the mistakes. Brutal gore unhindered by lens flair an unapologetic.

For me no time was wasted watching these discs of blue. A satisfying us of time to entertainment ratio. But it does beg the question.... What would you watch anime wise in a situtation similar to this? What anime do you have stored for just such a emergency?

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Finally out! An can't afford to get it right off argh! For those unfamiliar http://www.thesecretworld.com/buy/ An for those who never took the faction test to see which faction best aligns with your personality http://www.thesecretworld.com/assets/personalitytest/test.swf

The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online role-playing survival horror video game set in the modern day real world by developer Funcom. Ragnar Tørnquist is the creative director of the game.

"The Secret World uses a subscription-optional, "buy-to-play" business model, requiring players only to buy the game with no additional subscription fees, with additional benefits to those members still paying a subscription.

In the game, you the player, join one of three worldwide secret societies, and attempt to save the world from a mystical plague and forward your societies agenda over that of the others. The game uses a contemporary setting, borrowing heavily from horror genres and folklore, with a Lovecraftian New England for the novice player, mummies and cultists in Egypt for the middling player, and vampires and werewolves in Transylvania for the higher level player. The gameplay is fast. Unlike in many other MMORPGs, there is no need to stop to use most of a characters special abilities, allowing movement more familiar to FPS gamers. Further, the character is free to redevelop their abilities at nearly any time to better prepare themselves for specific threats or better integrate themselves into a group. Also, unlike in the traditional MMORPG, advancement and potency is primarily through equipment, with player advancement mostly in buying, through experience points, additional abilities and the ability to wield more powerful weapons." from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_World

Word of warning tho.. it is a hard game to learn. The learning curve is high an its a hard game even then. But rewarding with stories you do not find in any other mmorpg, I play on Arcadia (rp) its a role play server. But the games set in the modern day so honestly its hard not to just be natural an role play.

Now the question is does it offer much for the anime fan? Yup. Lots of deep story an over the top anime style. Hell this game could be a great back drop for a GONZO or Madhouse anime. Helsing would fit in this world. It is a mix of some of the better horror fiction of years gone by with old myths woven into a modern age.

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Just watched this on Amazon Prime. When it came out years ago I so wanted to go see it in theaters but health kept that from being a reality. So what does this offer the anime fan? Besides wire fu an cowboys an ninjas? Its kind of a surreal looking tho at times heavy handed cgi tale. You get also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_rush tho not as a lead or a bad guy.

In some ways this could have been a Madhouse story. Could almost see how they would animate it as well. An in others you get a odd story that almost would fit in goth like tale with the circus that is in it as well. It does straddles the westerns of old an the Ninja films of old as well. So its a mixed bag but for me well worth looking into. Then again if you put much stock in http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-warriors-way/ which has it at best 47% with the audience then you should pass. But bad movie reviews never keep me from seeing something I want to see.

An I did an seem to be no worse for wear. Its above a B movie but not quite where most every one that seen it would like it to be. An thats the rub. Its got all the potential to be something else. Then again the best review advice I have heard is "review something for what it is not for what it could be". An for what it is it's worth watching an a anime fan can fine some good parts in it.

As a side note would say its better than some of the live action anime films of late.Which is a shame as this was a huge box office bomb in 2010. This could eventualy get cult status as the reviews on amazon are much better than Rotten tomatoes. But to be a cult classic think it should have more than a few memorable lines.

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Now for the longest time ( since high school 1985 ) I have said art is simply opinion. An For years an years I have watched attacks on the video game industry by well meaning an not so well meaning people. So imagine my surprise to stumble across a well written an historical look at video games as art an the attacks their of.

http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/07/are-video-games-art

""Video games can never be art," thundered movie critic Roger Ebert in 2010. Responding to a provocative TED Talk that argued the opposite, Ebert dismissed the examples mentioned in the presentation, sniffing that they "do not raise my hopes for a video game that will deserve my attention long enough to play it. They are, I regret to say, pathetic."

Now this is one of among the many things I would disagree with Ebert . But for those interested in the history of video game attackers an a fair look at how the critics of video games were wrong with their long term predictions, please read the whole article. It covers all the big points an predictions of the nay sayers of negativity of video games.

Thought enuff of the 2 page article to make a blog post about it. But it does have a few things to discuss. As video games seem to have a large chunk of the entertainment dollar will we see more attacks soon? So even NPR fudging numbers so much so http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/10/247521444/do-americans-spend-more-on-video-games-or-movies NPR had to list movie advertising as a profit for movies not a expense. That seems like a sure thing we will see more but I think more subtle ones.

Also of note if one looks at gross then http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/19901/games-vs-movies-who-wins/ things look a bit different. Problem with the comparison is net. The movie industry can show a net loss an still make money. Its call Hollywood accounting http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121018/01054720744/hollywood-accounting-how-19-million-movie-makes-150-million-still-isnt-profitable.shtml The video game industry can not do that. Or at least has not learned to do that.

Some would question if video games will ever be as big as movies. But it is time an accounting that will tell the tale. Think that line was crossed when Hollywood made movies based on video games. An continue to try an cash in on their popularity. Oddly enuff one could argue how the horror movie industry was attacked an predictions of what those movies would cause. Is fairly similar to the claims vs video games. Which were similar to the attacks on pen and paper rpgs Which was similar to attacks on books.

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