July 20th, 2009


Tales of the Abyss

I just can't seem to beat Tales games.. seriously.

I tried picking up Tales of the Abyss again a few weeks ago when I finished Tales of the World. Because hey! All tales games are alike, and they're fun.

I dropped it shortly after because I think I got lost somewhere.. or had some stupid "evade the guard" stage, or some crap like that. Then I picked it up and got interrupted during a major story cut scene, and that pissed me off. So I dropped it again :X

I picked it up today, and I'm always so lost when they tell me to go places but the instructions suck or whatever, so I may end up putting it down again. I'm about 32 hours in, my party is in the mid-to-high 30s, and I just want to get to the end of the game, but I don't think I'm close at all.

I'm also playing Baldur's gate. I spent a week dicking with it only to NEVER get it installed on my POS computer. I'm playing it on Matt's laptop right now.. which also has Vista and a graphics card one series higher than mine. (go figure). I forgot how difficult Baldur's gate is, though, so I've started calling it "Reload gate" after what I have to do every other encounter. I'm not paying 100g to res idiot mages that stand in front of spiders and melee, kkthx. I'm also not getting to steal as much stuff as I remember getting to steal, so maybe I'll try installing Arcanum too. I mean, that game was huge and had tons of stuff to steal.

Unfortunately, Matt's laptop is setup on the 3rd comp desk, which is right above the AC vent. I don't play for very long before my toes are freezing off. D:

I got to see the new Harry Potter today!

I know everyone is like "WTF took you so long" but we didn't want to see it in a packed theatre on opening weekend.

Lately I just haven't wanted to go to the theatre at all, though. The one closest to us is a Starplex, and they've been sliding downhill ever since they opened. Some things they do are kind of backwards, but I don't hold it against them. I can understand the reasons why they might sometimes make you purchase tickets inside instead of at the booth. It's kind of ghetto, but it's probably a revenue issue. If they arn't making enough to hire someone to sit in the booth, someone's gotta do two jobs at once. It sucks, but hey.. It's understandable at least.

What I am less forgiving about are projection booth and lighting errors. Normally, you have house lights on between showings, dimmed during commercials/opening trailers, and off during the feature. House lights usually come up dimmed or on about the time the end credits start.

When you watch a movie, it OUGHT to be centered on the screen in front of it.

The past half-dozen or so times I've gone, though, that's never been the case.
We've been going less and less because it seems like the house lights are always on until like halfway through the movie, and the feature itself is always kind of off-kilter, with much of the movie playing on the walls around the screen or the floor, or the ceiling, or a little bit of both.

It's so annoying, I almost feel old enough and crotchety enough to write an angry email telling them why business at that theatre has been sucking it up. No one wants to pay to watch a movie off the floor with the lights on XP

Anyway.. Harry Potter.. yay. they cut out like 200 pages of teenage angst, drama, and whining, and I couldn't be happier. Things really started sliding downhill for me in Order of the Phoenix. It just didn't seem like the books were "as good" starting then... and it was especially noticable to me with Half Blood Prince. I mean, I shouldn't be getting agitated forcing myself to read the damned thing because I'm tired of reading about them bicker for chapter after chapter. (Talk about forcing yourself to read somthing.. I'm really looking forward to them cutting out about 600 pages of being lost in a tent in the woods and bickering in the last book)

I always hated Harry x Ginny, so I personally didn't think there was too little going on there. They showed way more than I was interested in anyway. I wish they'd have shown more "Everybody beats up Draco and his family" because that's always fun to watch :X

Above all, I'm just happy the lion hat was there :X

Because I know I'm missing stuff (especially chapters and chapters of Snape flashbacks), I was ALMOST considering re-reading Half Blood Prince.. but goddamn if I can't handle all that bickering, fighting, and overall teenage angst.
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