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RWBY: Opinionated ThoughtsNo, I'm not going to put spoiler tags on here. You can go watch the episode, then come back here and read this.

Overall, a pretty solid introduction.... buuuut not wihout its problems... The opening narration by Jen Taylor, who most of you know as the voice of Cortana & Dr. Catherine Halsey of the Halo series, managed to set the tone and establish the universe nicely, giving us a general idea of what's going on while leaving an element of mystery in the air. It fits what I assume they were going for, delivers some need to know information and doesn't come off as an exposition dump.

The animation for the fight scenes is, as always, very high quality stuff. However when things slow down, you start to notice glitches and flaws here and there. For example, when Ruby starts eating cookies, they just touch her mouth, then vanish, in a very video-game-y fashion. I mean even Minecraft has a chewing animation, come on.

I don't want to dwell on this, it was just a little distracting and broke the immersion, something no animator should really do. You're supposed to fool your audience into believing that what they are seeing is real, or at least plausible. So a hiccup like that just reminds them that they're looking at something fake.

The other animation gripe I had was with the bystanders, both on the street during the fight between Ruby and Roman, and on the airship to Beacon Academy. I understand what they were trying to do, but it seemed like a cheap trick, just hiding all non-essential characters in a shadowy veil to save the production team from going to the effort to animate background characters. Again, just a sort of gripe I had, it felt a little.. lazy, and considering this is the premiere, I hope this isn't a shadow of what's to come, no pun intended.

The voice acting, for the most part, was good. I honestly don't mind Lindsey (I probably mis-spelled that because there's like 2 or 3 ways to spell the name) as Ruby, but I felt some of her lines could've used another take, since during the interrogation scene, she flubbs her words once or twice too many times. I know she's no professional and she's doing a damm good job, but I have the right to point it out. Barbara also turned in a good performance, as did the rest of the supporting cast (except for that old guy in the Dust store and the goon who talks to Ruby. Those were kinda average by comparisson.)

I like the setting, but I can feel a lot of Monty's influences bleeding through. The character of Roman just screams "Rufus Shinra" from FF VII, what with his white coat and red hair and the scene with him fighting Ruby on the rooftop only to then escape by air vehicle only reinforced that. (For those of you unfammiliar with VII, see below)



And I know it'll be explained later, duh, but why is Roman bothering with petty theft if he has access to a friggin' jet plane thing? One could argue that Dust is either rare or very expensive, but it's being sold commercially from a store on the street, that implies it's not THAT valuable, right? Even so, using a jet-plane and dust-enhanced huntress throwing firebolts for something as simple as a robbery seems like overkill. Not to mention it begs the question as to why Roman didn't just bring the huntress with him on the heist. What, he'll bring a bunch of hired goons, but the super-powered mage wouldn't come in handy? Give me a break.

Hopefully Monty can find ways to vary up the combat in future, since let's face it, while his style is good, it's a little.. static. You've seen one Monty Oum hyper-intense turbo-speed CGI fight and you've seen 'em all. I previously dismissed Doug Walker's failed attempt at a show "Demo Reel" saying that if you've seen the movie Ed Wood, you already know all the jokes and characters. But the same can sort of be said for Monty Oum. Though I respect the hell out of him, if you've seen Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, you kinda know where he's taking all his cues from.

I liked the episode, despite its shortcomings, and what I hope to see in future is:

-More varied and dynamic combat, not just "moving around really fast". Speed can't be impressive forever.

-Less transparency about creative influences. As I mentioned above with Roman, there are several points in the episode where I can point at something and say "Oh I know where he got the idea for this, it's from this anime / game / movie"

-More professionalism from the directing and voice acting. It wouldn't kill you guys to do a retake or two if the dialogue isn't 'just' right.

So overall, I'd give Episode 1 of RWBY a 7 / 10. Good, but not great. Enjoyable, but questionable. Maybe the next few episodes will offer more clarity regarding the characters and setting and clear up the nagging concerns I have about it.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Lorcan0c Wort
More Drawin' Stuff.So in about 10 minutes, they're gonna be broadcasting the BBC proms concert on radio. I'm only tuning in 'cause I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and that's what the concert is all about. But the point is, I can't just sit still and listen to music, I'd be twiddling my thumbs and fidgeting like crazy. So, I'm gonna draw stuff.

Since I just got through a LOT of requests, I'm just going to be drawing whatever "I" want to draw for now, maybe squeeze in some RP replies, email and message responses, just casual things, no studying tonight XDI'll be drawing my usual bunch of franchises (Halo, Mass Effect, Warhammer, that kinda thing) and OC's, so if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see, such as themes, poses, etc, lemme know now.

The concert goes on for about 3 hours, and I'll be watching a movie or two after that, so you've got roughly 5-7 hours to comment here.

~Lorcan

PS. Big thanks to everyone who requested artwork from me and for your feedback, very much appreciated.
1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
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=/My RoosterTeeth Sponsorship and my Xbox Live Gold membership expired today, simultaniously. Now I feel so... deprived.

Ah well, gotta learn to cope with this stuff. Although I know for a fact that not being able to see who +modded, sorry '"Liked" *cough* bullshit *cough* my posts is gonna drive me nuts in no time because of how absurdly neurotic I can be, even at the best of times.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
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Sketches FINALLY finished...After insultingly long delays, the sketches are done! You can find a massive image with all of the sketch requests and a few old WIP's and doodles thrown in below:



The deviantART version with all details of each individual drawing can be found here.

If anyone wants the full sized un-cropped version of any specific sketch here, comment / PM me, provide me with the number of the sketch you want from the list on the DA (#1 - #20), and I'll post it to my Imgur account and provide you with a link. Please do not repost without asking and / or crediting me.

~Lorcan

(PS. Yes, my art still sucks, I know. I don't need you to remind me, I'm fully aware of this fact. This is just doodling and sketching, not me trying very very hard to impress anyone)
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
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Enough is Enough.The "like" system was bad enough when it was just on journals, images and links.. but you had to go the extra mile and put it in the damm forums too?

Who are you getting your feedback from? Nobody likes this system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Put it back the way it was before. I've been here for four years now, and every update you guys make just makes the site less useable, not more...

So congratulations on stripping away every last bit of personality and individuality from your mod system and boiling it down to "I approve" and "I dissaprove" like everyone who uses the site is a fucking NPC in an Role-Playing-Game reacting to the player's actions.

Enough is enough. This wouldn't bother me so much if you guys weren't so damm persistent about ignoring the pleas of the community. We aren't facebook. We don't want to be facebook...

So with that said, I eagerly await the update that adds a timeline to my profile page.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (5)
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Gamer's IndecisionSo, on my way back from seeing Despicable Me 2 (I'll spare you the long winded review. In short, if you liked the first one, you'll like this. Tons of fun, great humour, good pacing, excellent voice acting and animation, all in all a really enjoyable movie suitable for all ages) I picked up a 20 Euro Steam Wallet (And I can't just type the euro symbol because RT hates it and it displays as gibberish. Fix this already goddamit)

The problem being.. I have no idea what to do with it o.o

I initially bought the wallet to get the Dawn of War II: Tau Commander DLC for 6.99 because @sargernator and @noob55 have been trying to get me back into DOW2: Retribution's multiplayer. The Tau are my favourite WH40k race, and this DLC would be enough to make me want to play the game again.

However... what to do with the leftover money?

Right now there are 2 big contenders for that.

-Star Wars Battlefront II (8.99)
-Final Fantasy VII PC (12.99)

The fact is, I already own both of these games... (FF 7 is on my old PS3's hard drive. But that PS3's disc drive is broken, so I never use that console) and Battlefront 2 is on PS2, meaning I'm limited to single player or local multiplayer via splitscreen.

I'm considering both because

Pro's and Con's.

FF VII:
Pro's:

-Very good gameplay and story.
-Excellent cinematics (for its time)
-Very lengthy single player full of sidequests and exploration opportunities.

Cons:

-Sup-Par graphics (don't you fanboys go jumping down my throat. This was one of the first proper 3D games, so it does look kinda crappy by comparisson to today..)

-No real replay value (I can't see myself playing the story more than once after I buy it, given the absurd amount of time you need to invest in it to complete it)

-Repetitive gameplay at times (Like most RPG's, you grind random encounters to level up. This can get pretty tedious sometimes...)

Battlefront II:

Pro's:

-Outstanding gameplay.
-First Person / 3rd person both viable.
-Very enjoyable multiplayer

Cons:

-Weak story (a bunch of objectives in missions strung together with narrated and poorly put together cutscenes between missions.)

-Old game (8 years old) might be difficult to find people still playing it online.

My other choice still lingering in the back of my mind is to get Star Wars: Empire at War- Gold Edition for 19.99. I already have Empire at War, but this is the only way to get the Forces of Corruption expansion pack. Although by doing this. I'd be unable to get the Tau Commander DLC... ugh. Empire at War is very fun, not without its faults, but a really enjoyable RTS that mixes space combat, ground combat and galactic conquest taking over the galaxy planet by planet, moving fleets and armies to where they can be the most effective, and forces of corruption really improves upon that by letting you exploit dirty tricks in your campaign, such as bribery, arms trading, extortion, intimidation, all that evil stuff that is oh-so-much fun in games.

So bottom line, any opinions or suggestions to throw into the mix? I really can't make up my mind here, one of my real faults..

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
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Happy 4th of JulyJust because I'm not American, doesn't mean I can't wish all of you overseas a happy independance day. Hope you all enjoy yourselves and have plenty of fun. Get drunk, set off some fireworks, whatever it is you guys and gals do over there.

And with RTX fast approaching, to everyone going, I hope you enjoy yourselves. But as I said before, try not to shove how much fun you're all having down the throats of everyone who isn't going.

That's all I've got to say, so I'll just wrap this up. Take care everyone.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
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Can't stop laughingOkay, I did have a big long journal explaining the details of Warhammer 40k to provide context for what I'm about to show you, but I lost my progress thanks to a site posting error. So I'm skipping that and jumping to the end.

Me and @Gunninator have been playing a Tabletop War game hobby called Warhammer 40,000 for the past 6 or 7 years now. Every now and then the company's creators, Games Workshop, update the game with new supplemental books, campaign modules, models and rulesets.

For the next major event, the re-release of a campaign war book they published a few years back, "Apocalypse", Games Workshop have decided to release... this model kit.

Behold, "The Lord of Skulls".





How could anyone look at this thing with a straight face, much less design it, model it, mass produce the kits and ship them out to stores without bursting out laughing?! Warhammer and Warhammer 40k are both full to bursting point with really goofy crap, but this is where I draw the fucking line. This is so comically over the top, my sides are aching. What the actual hell?!

Well I hope you all got as good a laugh out of this as I did.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (5)
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