Unexpected Dave
gutsdozier
12/2/19
11:33 AM
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Seconded. Joelle’s reviews are outstanding. They’re as good as anything that the AV Club put out in its prime.

11/26/19
1:45 PM
2

In an interview with the AVC, Dan Harmon noted that when you’re making a TV comedy, you’re making pizza. Pizza is good, even when it’s not great. So long as you’re feeding the audience pizza instead of shit, you’re doing alright. The idea is that not every episode has to break new ground. It’s alright to do an episode Read more

11/18/19
9:58 AM
5

I wish that the episode had done a better job of framing Tony as a frenemy to Rick. As an audience, when we see Rick start to feud with someone, we expect that person to be utterly crushed like a pest. So it felt weird to see Rick’s continual refusal to kill Tony; it wasn’t obvious that Rick was enjoying the game, Read more

11/18/19
9:45 AM
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Yeah. I think the fantasy simulation wouldn’t work for Rick in the long term, just as it didn’t work for Tony. That’s one of the reasons that Rick had so much respect for Tony, and wanted to keep him as a frenemy.

11/1/19
7:34 AM
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I think 1989 Stan Lee was completely writing in good faith. The point I was making was that Stan Lee’s earlier interviews and essays (say from the late 60s to the early 80s) where he diminished the contributions of Ditko were the result of Lee’s ego distorting his memory. When Lee was in his Hollywood phase, he Read more

10/31/19
9:56 AM
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It’s interesting to read the intros to the Marvel Masterworks editions of Amazing Spider-Man (which Stan Lee wrote in 1989 or so) where he does an about-face and happily credits Steve Ditko with doing the lion’s share of the creative work of those stories. Lee says that he was re-reading the original stories for the Read more

10/28/19
7:58 AM
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Given that Trump’s direct paternal lineage is from Germany, he’ll probably pay them reparations, saying that it was a tragedy that the US had to fight such a great group of people.

10/25/19
10:58 AM
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And if you have no alternative but to take the plunge and join a group full of strangers to play D&D, don’t be afraid to take it slow. Spend an evening or two getting to know them over a game that you’re all familiar and comfortable with (Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, whatever) before you dive headlong into a D&D Read more

10/3/19
8:33 AM
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As someone who just moved to Ottawa this year, I can already tell that I’ll be going to more major junior games than NHL games. 

9/20/19
8:47 AM
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The only member of Coven who performed the version in the film was lead singer Jinx Dawson, but she insisted that the band be credited as performer. (The full band released their own version in 1973.)

9/14/19
9:23 AM
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I mean, the company already gave up the “Ological” suffix to John Teti. 

9/14/19
9:19 AM
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I played 7th Saga back in the day. I remember it did the classic DQ trick of reviving you with half your gold, but you could mitigate that by buying gems. Read more

9/14/19
9:01 AM
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The key to beating ActRaiser’s boss gauntlet is effective management of your extra lives and magic points. Try to save at least 3 charges of Magical Stardust for the ice dragon. If you find yourself running out of lives, make sure that all your cities are maxed out and that you’ve found all the hidden Sources of magic Read more

9/14/19
8:42 AM
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It’s not hard to see why the makers of the movie thought that the 80s references needed to be spelled out. A big chunk of the movie’s target audience would have been too young to remember them first-hand, and many of the studio executives with the power to kill the film would have been too old (or too whacked out on Read more

9/13/19
7:35 AM
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I’m down to the nitty gritty in Final Fantasy 8. Just need to finish the Queen of Cards sidequest before venturing into the dungeon that will lead to the time-compressed world. Read more

9/13/19
7:19 AM
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Sega released a “spiritual successor” called SolSeraph earlier this year. They even tapped ActRaiser’s original composer to write the theme music. Read more

9/13/19
7:14 AM
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All of Quintet’s old games are owned by Square Enix (they were published by Enix back in the day,) and Square Enix is extremely reluctant to rerelease its Enix-published titles on affordable digital platforms. None of the NES Dragon Quest / Dragon Warrior games ever saw a Wii Virtual Console release, for example, even Read more