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What games have you been playing lately?
Nerd
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Posted 9/21/11
i got gears of war3 yesterday, been having a blast playing that with my family on the hardest difficulty
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Posted 9/21/11
I'm a soccer nerd so I play a lot of FIFA.

Waiting for the new one to come out on the 27th.
Nerdie Birdie
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Posted 9/22/11
Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns.....For 3DS, released on Oct. 6! Can't wait! :3
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Posted 9/22/11
Might get that new X-Men game too, maybe.
Nerdie Birdie
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Posted 9/23/11
Ok, I'm kind of in a weird mood right now. I don't feel like playing any games, but I like watching videos of them at the moment.
I just wanted to show you guys this really epic Xenosaga video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erIlK1L4zdg

As well as one of Eternal Sonata:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owrBn3S1_3o

KUFIRST - You would love this! It is an RPG based off of Frederic Chopin, and contains his music!!
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Posted 9/23/11
We need more music-based video games that don't involve listening to Boston or ZZ Top!
Nerdie Birdie
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Posted 9/23/11
Agreed. I get extremely excited about classical composers, so imagine my elation when finding a video game featuring Chopin!

It's funny, though. A couple of years ago, I remember reading a manga online called Trusty Bell. It was never licensed outside of Japan, I don't think. But it also featured Chopin. I had no idea, at the time I bought the game (many years after that), that the two were related! Apparently, Eternal Sonata is from that manga.
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Posted 9/23/11
Sweet. It's always cool to see the Japanese think outside of the box when it comes to anime, manga and games. They usually inject some action or romance into it as well but they almost always give you something that's entirely original and fresh.
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Posted 9/23/11
However, the Japanese have a tendency to (in regards to entertainment) accept things they have seen before, as long as there are some changes to the formula. For example, magical girl anime. How many times have we seen a prepubescent girl get whisked away into a magical world and transformed into a fighter with a really corny name? For other genres, how many times have we seen an unsuccessful young man become extremely powerful and defeat all his enemies?
Most anime just changes things around a bit.....

I can't complain, though.

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Posted 9/23/11
It's safe to say most anime fans aren't gluttons for originality. We accept most of the cliches and turn our attention to the quality of execution of a series. As I say, those cliches are why people continue to watch anime anyway and why we keep craving the usual characters and narratives.
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Posted 9/23/11
Yes, it is interesting....We are (although each to different extents) very loyal to our fandom. But I'd like to think of it as more than just "fandom"...
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Posted 9/23/11
It is more than just fandom. Manga and anime have become a part of who I am and I'm sure most other fans feel the same way.

I like the new avatar!
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Posted 9/23/11
Thanks!

When I have some free time to muse quietly upon thoughts.....Sometimes it occurs to me that my life just wouldn't be the same without anime and manga. I completely agree with your statement, and must say that it is a part of myself as well. More than just a hobby. It is more of a connection.
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Posted 9/23/11
Oh, I forgot to mention....I'm just interested in your answer: What is your opinion, generally, on fansubs?
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Posted 9/23/11
Eh, I think if one wants to watch as much anime as one can then they're going to encounter them sometime. I try to respect the order of things and don't mind forking out money for things I enjoy. Though, I also respect what fansubbers do and will just as easy not pay for something that I enjoy as well, ha. I've never downloaded anything nor would I go through the trouble of tracking down some obscure anime and buying a region free DVD player or whatever. Fansubs streams are just too convenient.

As with most things I prefer to watch, read or listen to people's work legally. I watch a lot of things through Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, etc., but like I said, there are plenty of things that aren't licensed here in the U.S. and I have no problem watching that through a fansub site. It should be obvious to most people that the ones who get in trouble are the ones who watch the shows distributed by the big anime distributors. So I can keep in mind that it's smarter to watch something like Naruto here on CR while I will go ahead and watch a new series or something like Denno Coil that isn't licensed in America (yet) through a fansub.
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