7 years ago
"I've taken off my makeup. Now let's see if you can take off yours."
Ã¢â‚¬'Who was your favorite character based on a real person? (i.e. Burnie, Griffon)
Ã¢â‚¬'Who was your favorite character not based on a real person? (i.e. Berenice, RTGeek)
Ã¢â‚¬'Who was your favorite main character? (from Rooster Teeth or Donkey Pit)
Ã¢â‚¬'Who was your favorite minor character? (everyone else)
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite alternate version of a character? (i.e. GusBus, Geoff-Scrooge)
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite one comic, if any?
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite saga?
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite PSA?
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite PSA series? (The De-Modding, E3, A Christmas Carol, It's A Wonderful Life)
Ã¢â‚¬'What was your favorite major event? (i.e. Geoff & Griffon's wedding, Burnie & Berenice breaking up)
Ã¢â‚¬'Any other comments?
By the time you find this I will have left. I will finally have logged off never to log on again.
7 years ago
One last personal update.
Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did. The gifts I got were:
-XBox 360 Games
Ã¢â‚¬"Lego Star Wars: The Complete Series
Ã¢â‚¬'Love this game. Great humor. Plenty to do. I've just started on Episode III but I'm only 11% done. Plus none of the achievements seem terribly difficult. My XBL friends have probably seen me spend most of my online time playing this game.
Ã¢â‚¬"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ã¢â‚¬'If there's any multiplayer I enjoy as much as Halo it's Call of Duty. I really enjoy the modern day setting for two reasons. One, as much as I liked WWII there's certainly a lot more variety now. It's not just take this hill, defend the hill, now blow up the tank, repeat. Two, the story is much more intense. SPOILERS Assassinating, being assassinated, seeing your guy die of radiation poisoning. Much more dramatic than briefly seeing a guy lit on fire stumble around the beaches of Normandy.
Ã¢â‚¬"1600 XBL Points
Ã¢â‚¬'Maybe I'll use them to buy some Star Trek TOS shows.
-Nintendo DS games
Ã¢â‚¬"Mario Kart DS
Ã¢â‚¬'Still my favorite racing game. I just wish they had more 64 tracks. Now if they'll just rerelease Donkey Kong 64 and Shadows of the Empire on the DS I'll be one happy gamer.
Ã¢â‚¬"Brain Age 2
Ã¢â‚¬'My mother's actually enjoying this one more than I am. My uncle got it for the both of us but I've been playing mostly Mario Kart. What I have played of it has been fun and enjoyable. Though I've had to change the way I play Sudoku.
Ã¢â‚¬"The Simpsons Movie
Ã¢â‚¬'Probably one of the best movies of the year.
Ã¢â‚¬'Really is one of the best movies of the past ten years. I was thinking they would release some kind of 2-Disc special edition with all the bells and whistles but I guess not.
Ã¢â‚¬'The only Pixar flick I need now is A Bug's Life.
Ã¢â‚¬"The Princess Bride
Ã¢â‚¬'Actually it was a family gift. I don't really care for the story. But it's got good humor.
Ã¢â‚¬"The Dead Zone
Ã¢â‚¬'That really good movie with Christopher Walken.
Ã¢â‚¬'The original movie. The classic John Williams score.
Ã¢â‚¬'I basically had it doubled. I haven't had a chance to really push it yet but my laptop is running much faster.
Ã¢â‚¬"An "A" Ornament
Ã¢â‚¬'It's metal so hopefully that cats won't be able to break it.
Ã¢â‚¬'Maybe I'll get some tv season I didn't get.
Ã¢â‚¬"Assorted candies and chocolates
Ã¢â‚¬'Because I'm not fat enough already.
In other news, I downloaded my first movie. Now before you get all "Downloading is bad, m'kay" it is my understanding that the movie is in the public domain. Even if I did pay for I don't know if the creators would be getting the money or not. Technically anyone can make money off of it.
The movie I downloaded was The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price, the first movie adaptation of I Am Legend. Frankly I had the same problem with this one as I did the Will Smith version. It's different, unique, suspenseful until the girl arrived. Then it just got weird. But I've heard that it's the closest to the book so maybe the problem is with the book. The only complaint I would have with the movie on it's own is that I wish that either they didn't make Price run or got someone who could run a little better. He just looks goofy doing it.
My mother recently bought the book. So when I'm finished rereading the Halo books I'll start on that. Currently I'm almost done with First Strike.
I did see Aliens vs Predator: Requiem on Christmas Day. I took David but Michael (who is several months older than me) couldn't get his mommy's permission. In short, I enjoyed it but was disappointed overall. I thought it was trying to be too much like the other movies and not it's own movie. I'll write a review sometime in the AvP2 thread.
David replaced my leaking radiator. So now I get heat when the engine heats up. Of course it doesn't heat up very much when I'm constantly stopping in addition to the colder weather. But that's one problem fixed. He also fixed my back door so it locks. It's never locked for me. There's something stuck in there and I've never bothered to have anyone take a look at it. He said he just played around with it a bit and got it working again. Now I don't have to worry about people breaking in through the back anymore.
I have to work on New Years Eve and New Years. On New Years Eve I have to work eleven to Rush. God, I hope it's not like this last Friday and Saturday. Those two days were fucking insane. I was the only driver for five hours and it was non stop. Every time I delivered one there were two more waiting for me when I got back. Both days we didn't get another driver until four, though usually on Saturday the second driver comes in at twelve just not this time. On Friday Rush ended at the usual time. But on Saturday it just wouldn't stop. I was there until nine. That's nine and a half hours of non stop work counting the lunch I had to make them give me. Nine and a half hours on constant in and out of the store, constant pizza making, constant people who won't stop complaining to me like it's my fault for every tiny problem in their rich, snobby, two-story, gated community, boat in the driveway lives. I have a feeling it's going to be one of the extremes on New Years Eve, either it's going to be nearly dead or another fucking insane night. Luckily on New Years I don't have to go in till four.
EDIT: It was another insane day. Including being by myself for most of the day again and this time the list got almost a full page long, something that doesn't happen outside of rush. On the plus side I did manage to get over a hundred dollars in tips today.
I have one last Rooster Teeth Chronicles related journal in mind.
7 years ago
WL 28-And So I'm Offering This Simple Phrase To Kids From One To Ninety-Two Although It's Been Said Many Times, Many Ways Merry Christmas To You
Burnie-I don't think I've ever been so happy to see this place.
Burnie-Am I glad to see you!
Kat-There you are. We've been looking everywhere for you.
Burnie-Isn't it wonderful! We're getting sued and I'm going to jail!
Kat-You're not going anywhere. Come on, Burnie. You gotta see this. It's a miracle!
Burnie-GEOFF! THANK GOD YOU'RE ALIVE!
Geoff-IÃ¢â‚¬Â¦umÃ¢â‚¬Â¦glad to see you're alive tooÃ¢â‚¬Â¦buddy. You can stop hugging me now.
Kat-Tell him the good news.
Geoff-We're not getting sued!
Geoff-The movie you used was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice. It's in the public domain!
Burnie-That's wonderful! How'd you find out?
Geoff-Apparently Berenice of all people did some snooping around and found it out.
Burnie-But why would sheÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Berenice-Well it's no fun to win all the awards if you're not around to compete.
Kat-Why don't we leave these two alone.
Geoff-Sounds good. We can make some hot chocolate.
Berenice-I also got your heater fixed. You really should have at least tried the second name in the phone book.
Burnie-It's really good to see you again.
Berenice-Who doesn't think that.
Burnie-I can't possibly thank you enough.
Berenice-Well don't get all gushy on me. Doesn't mean I forgive you.
Berenice-Eh, for old time's sake.
Burnie-What was that for?
Kat-You've been standing under the mistletoe for like five minutes.
Geoff-I found this on the counter. Is it yours?
Burnie-A copy of Tom Sawyer? Let me see.
Geoff-It looks like an antique but damn if it doesn't feel brand new. There's something on the inside.
Burnie-"Dear Burnie. Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings. Love Clarence."
Burnie-One of the best friends I ever had.
7 years ago
WL 27-It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Burnie-Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence.
Burnie-Get me back. Get me back.
Bunrie-I don't care what happens to me. Only get me back to my life and friends.
Bunrie-Help me, Clarence, please. Please! I want to live again.
Burnie-I want to live again. I want to live againÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Please, God, let me live again.
Matt-burnieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦burnieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦You all right?
Burnie-Now get outta here or I'll hit you again! Go on, get outta here!
Matt-What the hell's wrong with you Burnie? You know I'd just kick your ass.
Burnie-YouÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Matt, do you know me?
Matt-Know you? You kidding? I've been looking all over town trying to find you. I saw your car in the Starbucks parking lot and I thought maybe youÃ¢â‚¬Â¦you ok? You're shirt's all wet.
Burnie-What theÃ¢â‚¬Â¦HA HA! My shirt's wet, Matt! My shirt's wet! Kathleen's cardÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Kathleen's card! There it is! Matt, what do you know about that!
Matt-Are you ok?
Burnie-I'M MORE THAN OK, MATT! I'M ALIVE AGAIN! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Gus-Burnie has fallen off his rocker.
Matt-I didn't think he had a rocker to fall from.
7 years ago
WL 26-It'll Be The Perfect Ending Of A Perfect Day
Burnie-Why are you doing this to me?
Clarence-You asked for this.
Burnie-YOU MEAN THIS HELL YOU PUT ME IN!?
Clarence-Let me go, Burnie.
Burnie-I didn't ask for this. This is horrible.
Clarence-This is exactly what you wanted.
Burnie-I didn't want no one to know who I am! I didn't want all my friends to be stuck in horrible jobs! I didn't want my best friend killed for no reason! I certainly didn't want the only woman I ever really cared about to run away in fear from me!
Clarence-See Burnie, you really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?
Burnie-THEN CHANGE IT BACK! NOW!
Matt-HEY YOU! STOP RIGHT THERE!
Gus-There they are!
Matt-Hold it right there! You two are in a lotta trouble!
Burnie-You know, I've had a really bad day and I *PUNCH* have had enough of it!
Matt-Son of aÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Watch him!
Gus-Don't move. I don't want to hurt you.
Clarence-Don't worry about that.
Gus-What the hell!? Ah man, I need to start drinking again.
Clarence-Ok Joseph, that'll be the last time I promise.
7 years ago
WL 25-Won't Mean A Thing If You're Not Here With Me
Burnie-This can't be right.
Burnie-Please for the love of God don't let this be right!
Burnie-No. No. Please God no!
Burnie-Private Geoff RamseyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦2005!?
Clarence-Are we enjoying our dream wish?
Burnie-I've seen a lot of things today but this is something I simply won't accept!
Clarence-I'm sorry to hear that, Burnie.
Burnie-Geoff is alive! He is one of the biggest names in machinima!
Clarence-When Geoff ran out of money he went into the military not machinima. While visiting his mother he was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light and was killed instantly. Never even went off to war.
Burnie-NO! Geoff married a good woman! They're trying to have a kid together!
Clarence-They never met at that awards show because there wasn't any. Griffon met someone at an office party and they got married. Now she wears plenty of turtlenecks to hide the bruises he gives her.
Burnie-What about Jason!?
Clarence-Got married to a woman who verbally abuses him. When he does go home he pretends to read the newspaper until he falls asleep in his recliner.
Clarence-There was no one to help with her flat tire. She ended up walking a mile before she was robbed and raped. Now she lives in a small town of three hundred in Wisconsin where she always keeps a bottle of pepper spray.
Burnie-WHY IS IT EVERYONE I KNOW IS MISERABLE WITHOUT ME!
Clarence-Not entirely. Ken picked up a homeless man named Dan. They currently have a small place in the Castro District and are trying to adopt.
7 years ago
WL 24-Oh You Better Watch Out
Burnie-Where's Geoff? Take me to him.
Clarence-After all that you've been through I don't thinkÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Burnie-I don't care! I have to know you son of a bitch!
Clarence-Fine. Head south ten blocks then turn west for three. He's at the south-west corner of Maple and Sunset.
Matt-Hold it right there. We've had a lot of complaints about you two.
Burnie-Look here, Matt, straighten me out here. I've got some bad liquor or something.
Matt-I'm going to ask that you take a breathalyzer test.
Burnie-Now, you are Matt Hullum, and you live inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦well I don't really know where you live. But you do a variety of voices. That's right, isn't it?
Clarence-I'll go find us some coffee.
Matt-Stay right there Henry Travers. I need to check you out too.
Burnie-Matt, what's your problem?
Matt-My problem? My problem? My problem is that I got a bartender, cab driver, some teenage punk, and some poor woman all calling the police regarding two men with your exact descriptions.
Burnie-Now I can fully explaiÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Oh my God! WATCH OUT!
Matt-Old man, you best get outta my way!
Clarence-I can't let you do that.
Matt-Fine. I'm putting you under arrest for impeding a police officer.
Clarence-AH! JOSEPH! HELP ME!
Matt-Gah! What theÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Where'd he go?
Clarence-Thanks againÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Either come down here and do it yourself or stop criticizing my styleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I don't care what your first time was like!
7 years ago
The Halo games in many ways are just like the original Star Wars trilogy.
I don't care what anyone else thinks, the second one has the strongest story. Not that any one is bad, just some are better than others. The first ones are great because they're so different and great on it's own. But then they're bogged down with all the introductions. Who they are, why they're there, how they got there. The third one has the opposite problem. The first has to set it up and the third has to hit it out of the park, nothing less. The second however has no restrictions, no obligations. Nothing it has to do. It can do whatever they want, and that usually allows it to be the best of all. While the third is usually great because it is so spectacular and it has learned from the mistakes of the previous two, it simply suffers from having to tie up all the loose ends. The grandness and epicness make the third incredible but it also seems to take something away from the characters. The middle one just does more interesting things with each individual character.
In Halo 3 the Arbiter serves no purpose. He doesn't do anything. He offers nothing to the overall story. It seems like Bungie surrendered a little too much to the anti-Arbiter criticism. Personally I like him but understand why people didn't in Halo 2. I get it. But come on. You played half the game has him including the final battle. Yet in Halo 3 he's little more than another nameless marine. They must have had something in mind when they put him in and kept him alive. What happened? What was he supposed to do? Why did he end up simply following the Chief? What happened to Gravemind's line about the two being brothers?
I like First Strike. But you never had to read the book to connect the two games. You just figure that he found Johnson and came back to Earth in the Longsword. You figure that some amount of time has passed. But Halo 3 is supposed to take place just after Halo 2 ended. So how exactly did Keyes, Johnson, Arbiter, and Guilty Spark get to Earth before the Chief when they were who knows how far away on Halo with no ship when the Chief just got to Earth? Why did the Chief fall out of the ship? Why is his armor different? Why is it I have to read the comic books to see how Halo 2 goes to Halo 3?
I don't like how the game doesn't answer all the questions. The previous games brought up things in cutscenes and in game dialogue that you couldn't avoid. Yet it seems I have to find all the terminals to get answers. That's like if we had to read the novelization to find out that Vader was really Luke's father. Answer the question the same way it was brought up, in an unavoidable cutscene and/or dialogue.
I definitely did not like how the secret of the Forerunners was just blabbed out by Truth and Guilty Spark. Part of the whole Halo storyline was who were the Forerunners. To have Truth just say it was rather deus ex machina. No uncovering the mystery. No figuring it out. Just "Oh by the way Forerunners are humans."
People may complain about Halo 2's cliffhanger, but I loved it. In fact I am disappointed with Halo 3's ending. The Covenant. The unstoppable killing force that's pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. That's destroyed all the Outer Colonies and many Inner Colonies. That crushed the UNSC's biggest military planet and even conquered Earth. And your big final battle with them is to watch a cutscene of Arbiter stabbing Truth? The worse it gets is two Scarabs at once. While they're fun to fight they are not necessarily difficult. Hell, you can practically let the Flood handle all the Covenant the last time you face them and never once fire a shot. Some final battle. Defeating Regret was more spectacular. I was expecting something tough, something big, something grand. A battle worthy of the Battle of Endor.
Same with the Flood. Three games, horrible enemy, threatens the entire universe. Yet your last battle with them is running away in a Warthog. What happened to Gravemind? Why did we never even see the giant Little Shop Of Horrors thing that was in Halo 2? My first thought in Halo 2 was "Oh fuck. I'm going to have to fight that." Didn't even see it. Tentacles and his voice. Parts of him. Two rather anticlimatic endings to these rather powerful forces.
I don't like the Chief's apparent damnation on the ship just to leave open the possibility that he's the Marathon guy.
Though I will admit that in the scene where the Chief is watching Cortana's message and the one where he actually finds her he actions make him seem far more human than the first two games combined.
This is where Halo departs from Star Wars. While Empire was the best music wise, the third Halo game really does have the best music. The first game created interesting new and highly memorable themes, like New Hope. There's of course the original, fantastic Halo theme, the Drumrun, Covenant Dance, and more. Although some songs I tend to skip when listening to the soundtrack, such as Ambient Wonder. But Halo 2 didn't really push the music to a new level. Mostly it was the same music slightly redone, like the Mjolnir mix. A few themes stand out from the rest like jumping out the hatch, the destruction of New Mombasa, and attacking the Control Room. Although they're better than the rest of the music they are hardly a major step up in the music, like say Empire's use of The Imperial March and Han-Leia love theme. Halo 3 really went above and beyond with the music. Some themes are retooled but it isn't the same music with a piano or guitar included. The new themes work wonderfully well, especially the simple piano tune that although used quite often never feels overused.
Halo/New Hope introduced us to a great new world but there's too much to introduce. Halo 2/Empire was wonderful and does so much right. Halo 3/Jedi was grand somehow doesn't quite surpass the second. Not that I hated the third ones. I loved it. The story just isn't as as good as the second.
7 years ago
WL 23-If Only In My Dreams
Burnie-She didn't even recognize me.
Clarence-Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?
Clarence-Poor girl. She tried. She really did. But she just couldn't cut it on her own.
Burnie-Stop speaking in riddles and just tell me!
Clarence-Fine. Machinima failed.
Burnie-What does that mean! What about Red vs Blue! Rooster Teeth! Donkey Pit!
Clarence-Burnie, none of them exist.
Clarence-Did you think everything would be exactly the same without you? Machinima failed because Rooster Teeth was never there to make it big because you never started it.
Burnie-What about Jason and Geoff? Why didn't they start it?
Clarence-Geoff never got into that fight in the bar so he never went to jail. Jason spent that night by himself.
Burnie-Wait a second, Donkey Pit's successful.
Clarence-Only because you were. Without you guys Donkey Pit simply couldn't generate the attention that Rooster Teeth did.
Burnie-So what happened to machinima?
Clarence-It fizzled out. A few people do it but it's not big. The big thing now is to use Tek Tek avatar images to make webcomics.
7 years ago
WL 22-We're Snuggled Up Together Like Two Birds Of A Feather Would Be
Burnie-Where's Berenice. I have to see her.
Clarence-Do you really want to?
Burnie-DAMMIT! Just take me to her!
Clarence-Fine. She works as a librarian. She goes to a club after work with a few friends where she spends most of the time alone. She should be walking home about now.
Berenice-Philips, I told you. I'm not interested in you walking me home!
Burnie-Berenice, please tell me for the love of God that you remember me.
Berenice-I don't recall seeing you at all.
Burnie-You're name's Berenice Benings. You run Donkey Pit Productions. You make a show called Red and Blue.
Berenice-I ran DP and I made a show. You must've been one of the few fans.
Burnie-No, I wasn't really a fan. We were really close and I can prove it.
Berenice-UhÃ¢â‚¬Â¦who are you?
Burnie-You have a small birthmark on the inside of yourÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Burnie-NO WAIT! PleaseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦believeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦meÃ¢â‚¬Â¦