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Let's talk about the Tokusatsu genre

I see that. But at the same time I'm surprised that this is the show that brought Rider back. It's violent and talk heavy for a kids show. (It's more violent than typical Toku fair at that time I mean. Excluding any special movies at said time) I would think kids would be bored of the cop drama stuff and only focus when Kuuga appears.
It's the "Odagiri Effect". Achieve a periphery demographic by attracting swathes of female viewers by casting hot guys in the lead roles. ;)

Let's talk about the Tokusatsu genre

IMO Kuuga is one of the Heisei era shows that really shows it’s age in places and in general isn’t as memorable outside of being the one to revive interest in the franchise.

I see that. But at the same time I'm surprised that this is the show that brought Rider back. It's violent and talk heavy for a kids show. (It's more violent than typical Toku fair at that time I mean. Excluding any special movies at said time) I would think kids would be bored of the cop drama stuff and only focus when Kuuga appears.
Their is so much wasted time in Kuuga to. We get it, you have 30 mins of air time, at least make them exciting. Kuuga himself (as of now. Not finished yet) feels like an after thought and yeah... I just don't like the show.
But at least the suit is slick and hey a Rider who actually uses his bike! It is the little things ya know.

The Snyder Cut

The Release The Ayer Cut Twitter posted that they've seen the completed cut of David Ayer's Suicide Squad, it's about 2 and a half hours. The plot was executed differently than in the theatrical release. Ayer retweeted and confirmed it.

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It's been acknowledged that the Untitled Event Film coming soon (November 2022, or February 2023) is likely a completed cut of a movie that wasn't released that way in theaters, but the chances are getting higher that it's the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad. If it has to be either ZSJL or SS, it's probably SS. If both the November and February dates are true, then both movies getting a theatrical release could be true.

But we'll see.

Game series you want to see return

A few more off the top of my head: Silent Hill, Siren, Jet Set Radio, Clock Tower, Fatal Frame...

This last one might sound a bit strange but...Yugioh. Now I know what you're thinking, but I mean I wish they would make the weirder games with alternate playstyles again like Duelist of the Roses and Dungeon Dice Monsters.
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The Writing (and Artistic) Ranting Thread

I feel better going to a writing group. I've been withdrawn lately so it's good to share. They also liked my novel pitch so I'm itching to get back to it.

False Star's protagonist Javed got started as a Kingdom Hearts oc. It made me want to return to my DMC6 oc ideas. Most of them are crappy but a few are workable. I might as well channel my dissapointment into something productive.

In my last session, we talked about how to pitch and my mentor focused on the "why" of a story. Not just why a producer should make it but why you wrote it. To him, that's a way to find the theme and get producers interested in keeping you on board. It's more esoteric and it takes a while to figure out. To him, it's how you pitch adaptations.

Fan of specific Final Fantasy equates to fan of the franchise or nah?

There is no such thing as a true fan.
Interesting take. :unsure: But I feel what you mean.

I don’t like the direction Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty went in, but I still consider myself a fan. If anyone asks, I’d just say I’m a fan of the old games but not so much the new ones. Old games don’t stop being good because the new ones aren’t.
Yeah, I like the "I like the old games" angle.

And to clarify, I don't dislike the new FF's because of any change of direction of the franchise or anything (again, I think FF is pretty...identity-less anyway. Except maybe turn-based combat and summons/chocobos. But turn-based is clearly kaput for the mainline now). I just didn't care for the writing, most characters, miscellany things, etc. (and especially the combat in FF15, but not simply b/c it's "action" combat. I'm fine w/ action combat, hopefully it's good in FF16).

It's moreso coincidence, maybe, I dislike like FF13, pre-ARR FF14, and FF15 and they happen to be the most recent mainline ones. I am curious what I'd think of FF7R and SOP:FFO. I can already sorta tell I may not be a fan of their stories...but maybe the combat, other mechanics, features, etc will make up for it.

Resident Evil (and survival horror in general), kind of disappoints me now...

Seems like any "modernization" that only started taking place after Dead Space 2 may be implemented back into the first game, such as freedom of movement in zero-g.
Back then, you can only hop from one surface to another and if you accidentally hop towards space, you instantly die.

This might also mean more fluid Kinesis, as well as it being more lethal, as shown in Dead Space 2.
Before you even get your first Plasma Cutter, the game makes you utilize Kinesis to take down Necromorphs.
I can already tell all the improvements they brought from the second game into the remake. Right now my eyes are on Callisto Protocol. The only problem I have is that another Dead Space type game, call Negative Atmosphere, now has the deck stacked against it now. It's still in production and is done by a smaller group of devs that also used to work at Visceral. I think there were mid-level programmers, if I remember correctly. If I ever choose to get the Dead Space remake, it's either going to be at a deep sale, or I'm going to buy it used. More or less my way of saying screw off to EA. Nothing against the internal developers of course they obviously put love and care into it.
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Fan of specific Final Fantasy equates to fan of the franchise or nah?

There is no such thing as a true fan. Like what you like.

I got into FF through KH. Right now I'd say I'm a bigger fan of FF than KH. I'm not into turn-based gameplay so I'm more likely to finish FF15 than FF10. So I'm more on the casual side.

I don't mind the changes because it keeps it fresh. I could always skip the ones I don't want etc. Its something Japanese games need to do more of because I tend to loose interest in the casts faster than western games. I'd be more into KH if Sora got retired. My love of V got started because he felt fresh while the returning characters felt stale.
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Resident Evil (and survival horror in general), kind of disappoints me now...

Seems like any "modernization" that only started taking place after Dead Space 2 may be implemented back into the first game, such as freedom of movement in zero-g.
Back then, you can only hop from one surface to another and if you accidentally hop towards space, you instantly die.

This might also mean more fluid Kinesis, as well as it being more lethal, as shown in Dead Space 2.
Before you even get your first Plasma Cutter, the game makes you utilize Kinesis to take down Necromorphs.
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Fan of specific Final Fantasy equates to fan of the franchise or nah?

I posted this in another FF forum, but I recently realized I haven't liked a new FF in 15+ years (not counting FF14ARR). But the older games that I am a fan, I absolutely love. The mobile gacha games are really what keep me in touch w/ my love of those older FF's and their characters. Newer FF's still have characters I like, but, it's only those characters. I tend to still not care for or even dislike those respective games. And I have 0 excitement for FF16.

Final Fantasy also lacks consistency between each mainline game. Different characters, worlds, themes, mechanics, directors (on rotation), etc. Each game is its own beast, just w/ "Final Fantasy" slapped on. Other JRPG series (SMT, Ys, Mana, SaGa, etc) at least have common worlds, characters, themes, mechanics, etc. They have an identity. Even Mana and SaGa had the same main creative teams for their respective runs before Square turned them into just remake/remaster franchises. Final Fantasy is just whatever Square wants to be its top RPG and may have crystals or may have some traditional FF classes.

So it got me thinking, about "favorite series", when I was talking w/ a buddy. ...is Final Fantasy actually a favorite series of mine? Or is just that half dozen or so ones that I love, all 16-32 years old, make me just associate the name "Final Fantasy" with a series of games I love?

What do you guys think? Do you only like a few FF games? Are they all old? Would you call yourself an FF fan?

It's worth noting that maybe the Tales series can be close to comparing to FF in this regard. Not many video game franchises are as...identity-less as Final Fantasy. Even franchises like RE, BioShock, Zelda, etc, that may have its share of fans that only like certain games/eras, still have consistent worlds, stories, themes, characters, gameplay, mechanics, etc.

What Are You Thinking?

Ff15 got me thinking about KH again. I wanna like it but the current saga lost appeal. The Disney worlds feel too filler and the original cast can't keep your interest.

But if Lea gets a spinoff, I'm there.

Andor is great but a slow burn. If you like Rogue One, you'll probably like it.

It's more focused as a series and not burdened by nostalgia like the sequel trilogy.

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