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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
Joined: Jan 27 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Apr 12 2014 08:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

SNES List:
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Fun Fact: Current Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was the Program Director for EarthBound, as well as an Assistant Producer.

P. S. I beat that game today.
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
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Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Oct 29 2014 07:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Kris Lexia's Snackoween Spooktacular:

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Editor's Note: Syd suggested this article be titled Boozin' It Up With Boo Berry.


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And by that, I mean Iím going to take pictures of everything I managed to cram into my empty pie hole this morning for breakfast.


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If Iíve learned anything this fall, itís that expired food is scarier than most horror movies.


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For those unfamiliar, each Halloween season, General Mills puts out a series of spooky cereals with the three mainstays, Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry. For 2013, they brought back the long-retired Fruity Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute, but it seems that theyíre not making another comeback.


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Honestly, photos canít do it justice, in part because it is goddamn hard to get a camera to focus on cereal, but take my word for it: a bowl of blue joy awaits.


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Hostess is no stranger to holiday-themed and otherwise branded snack foods, but I think these take the cake.


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Once you unbox and unwrap one of these bad boys, you get the customary Hostess faire: chocolate cake with a puff of (sí)cream filling and that bizarrely-textured frosting.


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Check out this little skull.


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I really wanted to break out the pumpkin spice and apple-related treats I have, as well, but I already felt a little queasy by the time I made it to the Cheetos. Maybe next time, Iíll pace myself, or try for a smaller goddam bowl of Boo Berry.
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krislexia
Title: Now with a hint of lime
Joined: Jan 21 2007
PostPosted: Oct 31 2014 05:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Someone's a big fan of hyphenation!


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The Opponent
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PostPosted: Oct 31 2014 06:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hyphenation is good.


I'm not a bad enough dude, but I am an edgy little shit. I'll do what I can.
 
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krislexia
Title: Now with a hint of lime
Joined: Jan 21 2007
PostPosted: Oct 31 2014 07:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The-Excel wrote:
Hyphenation is good.

Your use of the hyphen is exemplary


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DarknessDeku
Title: Deku Scrub
Joined: Dec 08 2007
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PostPosted: Oct 31 2014 08:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The-Excel wrote:
Hyphenation is good.


I used to love underscores, but haven't used them in years. _
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
Joined: Jan 27 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Nov 25 2014 01:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Ten Years: A Retrospective:

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By now, Iím sure youíre nodding along with me and smiling, because you know exactly what site Iím talking about: NEOPETS! Oh, and I guess this little corner of the Internet has been operational that long, as well. Itís hard to believe I was just a dorky little fourth-grader when this website came to be, and now Iím finally able to contribute in ways that donít involve operating a camera or pretending to be younger than I am for laughs.


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Starting off as a modest operation helmed by college students Adam Powell and Donna Williams, it has grown into a corporate monolith of addictive gaming. Neopets was so popular.


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Back in the day, all the Lexia children were hooked on this outrageously addictive website, but most of all, me.


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Series Two was noticeably smaller than Series One, but what really makes it stand apart from its predecessor was that there were keychains attached to each plush emblazoned with the image of a Petpet.


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For those with extra Neopoints to spend, nowadays, you can even buy a Petpetpet.


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At this point, I donít know if I have any of the Petpet clips, and on top of that, I think Iíll go crazy if each Petpet isnít properly matched to the plush toy it came packaged with.


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Iím not sure if they decided to retire the dutiful Poogles before or after all of the redraws of the pets, but nonetheless, Faerieland is now one location smaller.


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In addition to the four basic colors you can adopt a pet in (red, blue, yellow, or green), there is a myriad of other options if youíre willing to shell out the dough.


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And here, weíve got a Green Penguin! Technically, heís a Bruce, but there isnít really much of a difference between the two, except that Bruces come from the icy climes of Terror Mountain, while Penguins come from the chilly land of Pittsburgh.


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In terms of Neopian celebrities, we also have the much-loved musical group, Chomby and the Fungus Balls.


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Included in your ticket price is one of five cool souvenirs: a hat, a jacket, a poster, a CD, or a t-shirt; there are also special seasonal souvenirs if you happen to catch them during the Neopian month of Celebrating. The concert is nothing more than a flash animation of Chomby and his inexplicably afro-sporting Fungus Ball compatriots, but itís worth dropping some points on at least once.


Virtual pets TOTALLY require food, constant attention and someone to clean up their poop.

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The most notable Kacheek is Eliv Thade. He is the titular character in the anagram-solving game, The Castle of Eliv Thade.


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I immediately associate Kyriis with craftiness and deception because of Capara, the first character you outwit in the card game, Cheat.


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Then again, Brucey is only good at Cheat, due to his famed Lucky Coin.


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I loved that Aisha to death; I purchased my first-ever paintbrush for her, a disco paintbrush.


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I'm pretty sure Syd is still pretty bitter about it, too; at the time, he e-mailed Neopets customer service at least five times trying to get our accounts back to no avail.


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Honestly, I think Scorchios look like something out of the horrifically bad PBS edutainment show, Dragon Tales.
(Note: I persoanlly consider that show to be one of The Five Canadian A-list Projects You Watch In Hell, along with Sonic Underground, Cybersix, Monster Rancher and Dragon Booster.)

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Kikos are appealing for the same reason Kirby is appealing: theyíre round and smiley, and sometimes, theyíre pink.


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But over time, I grew an appreciation for her strangeness, and wouldnít want her any other way.


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And here, we have... Buttercup?


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She remembers it wasn't hers; apparently, she doesn't remember stealing it.


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THE SNOWAGER REARS UP AND FIRES AN ICY BLAST AT YOU AND KRIS LEXIA!
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krislexia
Title: Now with a hint of lime
Joined: Jan 21 2007
PostPosted: Nov 25 2014 02:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I don't know what's more disheartening, how spell check apparently can't find these typos when I proofread the articles before sending it over to Syd, or that it strains my eyes whenever I try to determine what words are bolded in this shitty font.


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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Nov 25 2014 03:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

What's even worse is I read through this 3 times times before posting and missed stuff
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
Joined: Jan 27 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Nov 25 2014 03:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Syd Lexia wrote:
What's even worse is I read through this 3 times before posting and missed stuff.

Fixed.
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Nov 25 2014 03:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

OMP
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
Joined: Jan 27 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Dec 18 2014 12:27 am Reply with quote Back to top

Random Musings: The Legend of Zelda:

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To those of us within the SydLexia.com community, he was known as Hacker, zelda_god, and Hacker.


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Writing about video games is the last thing I feel like doing right now, but I can think of no better way to honor my fallen friend than to write something new for a site I haven't generated content for in almost 18 months.


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Hopefully, this doesn't suck.


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I have seen multiple reviewers claim that a first-time player could march right off the starting screen without finding the sword.


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I bet you didn't stay inside the lines in coloring books, either.


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By the time I finish it, I'd probably have close to 60 Rupees, enough to buy the Blue Candle.


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By the time I've bought the candle, I have plenty of bombs, too.


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And then MAYBE I finally decide to beat the first dungeon.


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Not only is it an anachronistic inclusion in a high fantasy game, it's not even good against those annoying fucking Peahats that fly about in the overworld.


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No, instead, you always get it for killing the last fucking enemy on the screen.


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There is a lot of stuff in the first Zelda game that those of you who first played it in the 80s just kind of take for granted, but that neither the game nor the instruction manual actually spells out for you. For example, here are some of the things the game never tells you:

1) Some blocks can be pushed to reveal secret passages, open closed doors, or simply just to get them out of your way.


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And if, for some reason, you didn't like talking to other people, there was no shortage of hint books you could order from the Troll Book Club and Arrow Scholastic brochures that your elementary school teachers were always shamelessly hawking.


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OH, WAIT.


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Still, I feel like it was time well-spent.


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Dodongo dies in two hits, and doesn't hit back at all, and the ludicrously-named Manhandla can be killed with a single bomb.


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You can find the Wooden Boomerang, as well, but it's completely useless against him.


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But since Aquamentus' attacks do half a heart of damage to you, he can kill YOU in six hits, too.


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Now, though?


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A Link To The Past and its recent spirtual sequel pulled this bullshit, too, and I didn't like it there, either.


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Otherwise, fuck you, I don't want to be your neighbor. Oh, hey, I just noticed that getting a ring also changes your color on the map.


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Go back to Level 1, work your way forward, never worry about keys again. But generally, I play through the game in a mostly straightforward fashion.


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While I didn't ever buy keys in this game, I wish this feature would have returned in later games.


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And then, every time I find some green rocks, I think I'm close.


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Sometimes, I only had to beat one dungeon to get it, other times, I had to beat two dungeons. And then, a couple times, I was able to wield it without having completed ANY dungeons.


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This is also why the normally brown Goombas in the first Super Mario game turn blue in subterranean levels and gray in castle levels.


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This is the only dungeon in the game's primary quest where this happens; it also happens to be the only dungeon shaped like a swastika.


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For some reason, Aquamentus reappears as the boss of the seventh dungeon. He has no new attacks, nor does he take any more damage to kill than last time.


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I don't understand why such a weak boss is charge of such a high-level dungeon.


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Immediately following this exchange, they totally bone Princess Zelda in the following sequence: oral, anal, vaginal, anal, oral, anal, anal, anal, anal, nasal, anal.


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But for some reason, the Red Potion costs 68 Rupees.


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Sometimes, though, you don't have 68 Rupees and you really need a potion.


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Oftentimes, they weren't depicted in the instruction booklet, so the only way to see what they looked like was to fight your way to them.


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You know, in case you're the only person in the entire damn world who doesn't know what Dracula looks like.


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I entered a pitch black room, a room which, according to the map, was the only thing standing between me and the imprisoned Princess Zelda.


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I know this isn't a eulogy in the most traditional sense of the word; eulogies typically aren't filled with curse words and anal sex.
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JRA
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PostPosted: Dec 18 2014 12:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

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this where it some people


There are a lot of what if's in life Donny. What if I hit you really hard in the face, knocked yo shit to the back of yo skull? What if I....had you girl gargle my nuts? The fact remains, you are a fuckin mutant.
 
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Dec 18 2014 06:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

Prime, like half of your commas are either optional or flatout wrong. A lot of commas have more to do with cadence than they do with grammar, and a significant portion of commas you suggested ruin my intended cadence. I actually had a much longer reply about this written out when Kristen's last article came out, but I accidentally hit the back button on my browser and lost the whole thing.

In particular, you do not need precede every usage of 'too' and 'either' with commas. It is also not always necessarily to separate a general noun and a proper noun with a comma. Sometimes it is grammatically incorrect.

RIGHT: I enjoy the television show South Park.
WRONG: I enjoy the television show, South Park.

RIGHT: I bought the video game Borderlands.
WRONG: I bought the video game, Borderlands.



"It was time well spent."

In this sentence, 'spent' is a verb and 'well' is an adverb. A hyphen is not correct.
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DarknessDeku
Title: Deku Scrub
Joined: Dec 08 2007
Location: Indiana
PostPosted: Dec 18 2014 08:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

What browser are you using that loses your post when you back out of the page? Any modern browser will still have everything you typed if you hit back, then forward again.
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Dec 19 2014 01:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm using Firefox. I didn't ACTUALLY hit back. I had like three browser tabs open because I was doing multiple things at once, and I accidentally did a search in the window where I had been typing my reply. By the time I noticed, hitting back didn't bring it back.
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
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Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Dec 20 2014 04:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I missed two. How, I don't know.

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He was a constant fixture of the message boards and our IRC channel.


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Also, it would have been nice if Tezuka and Miyamoto had picked a slightly more threatening color for Ganon.
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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
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Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Dec 26 2014 03:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Christmas at Kris Lexiaís: Beauty and the Beast Style:

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Taking place during the events of the first movie, this seventy-two-minute tale follows Belle as she tries to convince Beast of the magic of the holiday season. It never really made sense to me why Beast would hate Christmas in the context of Beauty and the Beast considering the picturesque wintry montage that accompanies ďSomething ThereĒ, the song that marks the turning point in Belle and Beastís relationship.


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Or, and this is a more likely theory, Iím very much over-thinking a childrenís movie.


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At any rate, I didnít come back to this movie time and time again for the tenuous schmaltzy premise.


Personal note: Mirage and Mozenrath totally should've teamed up like Mechanicles and Abizmol did.

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She seeks out the assistance of Angelique (Bernadette Peters), the former castle decorator-turned-radiant tree-topper to help bring her fantasy holiday to life. Angelique at first refuses, but as Belle sings the show-stopping number, ďAs Long As Thereís ChristmasĒ, her resolve melts away. All of the servants, as well as the Christmas decorations, begin bouncing around with excitement, forming a mock tree where they hope to later place an extravagant conifer. Dreams of tinsel, holly, and an extravagant feast dance in the heads of the main cast, all of them quickly getting swept up in Belleís excitement. The piece de resistance is Belleís personalized gift to Beast, a hand-written storybook about the Christmas she was certain they would have together.


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When they chop down the absurdly large tree, the ice, of course, breaks beneath them and Chip falls beneath the icy water.


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At any rate, Beast comes searching for Belle around then and rescues her limp, frigid body.


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So Beast gets angry and locks her in the dungeon as a punishment, where he says she will remain forever.


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Despite the less-than-ideal circumstances, there is still a reason for smiles and not simply tears.


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Thereís a heartwarming reprise of ďAs Long As Thereís Christmas" sung by Angelique and Belle.


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As I previously mentioned, Angelique is voiced by Broadway sweetheart Bernadette Peters. Sheís well-known for playing the Witch in Stephen Sondheimís A Little Night Music and the stepmother in the 1997 TV movie version of Rodgers and Hammersteinís Cinderella.


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Thereís a super-cute kiss fake-out moment here that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.


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I know heís not the main character, but honestly, I was rooting for him the whole time.
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Dec 26 2014 06:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

jprime wrote:
At any rate, I didnít come back to this movie time and time again for the tenuous schmaltzy premise.

I am with you 100% on this, but technically it's not a typo:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/schmalzy

I changed it anyway.
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The Opponent
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PostPosted: Dec 26 2014 11:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I woulda changed it to "hoity-toity".


I'm not a bad enough dude, but I am an edgy little shit. I'll do what I can.
 
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krislexia
Title: Now with a hint of lime
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PostPosted: Dec 26 2014 11:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

jprime wrote:

Personal note: Mirage and Mozenrath totally should've teamed up like Mechanicles and Abizmol did.

Agreed. Their combined power would have been phenomenally cosmic!


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jprime
Title: Ex-GameWinners
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Location: Southern Ontario
PostPosted: Feb 10 2016 11:47 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This one's long overdue.

The 100 Best SNES Games Ever:

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You may have noticed that this is the eighth Capcom game to make the list so far.
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