Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Game Boy Advance)

FFTA GBA CoverSomewhere in the real world, 4 bullied kids with low self-esteem are brought together after school.  Mewt is the runt of the class and too smart for his own good.  Doned is a poor unfortunate soul in a wheelchair.  Ritz has the displeasure of being a young girl with white hair.   Doned’s older brother Marche catches flack for being “The New Guy”.   After losing a snowball fight with the school bullies, the kids gather together in a lonely room and pick up a copy of The Never Ending Story Final Fantasy: The Book and get sucked into a fantastic world known as Ivalice.

His friends lost to him, protagonist Marche has trouble adjusting to the fact that he’s not in Kansas anymore.  In Ivalice, bands of adventurers known as clans cross the country side looking for bounties, treasures and… well… adventure.  Clans often compete against one another and/or monsters in battles known as “Engagements”.  Each engagement is presided over by a Judge, the law enforcing class of the governing body of Ivalice.  Marche joins a clan, figuring that they’re his best hope to finding his friends, and a way back home.  Over the course of the game, Marche discovers that his friends aren’t as eager as he is to return home, and that convincing them–and himself–to go back home is going to be difficult work.

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2012 In Absolutes

2012

I know, I know, only a Sith deals in absolutes.  Anyway, this is an obligatory end of the year post that’s a day late, because I never finish anything I start on time.  This kind of stuff usually works best with bigger lists.  Especially since I have such a hard time picking a best of/worst of anything.  But I’m going to force myself to pick a best and worst, and a biggest surprise for each of the main media type things I consume regularly.  For anyone just tuning in to my rants, that’s books, movies, video games, TV and toys.  I like to leave music alone, because I just hate so goddamn much of it, and there really isn’t any good reason for it.

But that’s another rant.  So… here we go with 2012 In Absolutes*.

*please keep in mind that I haven’t seen, played or read many things that were released this year.  In regards to books, I haven’t read hardly anything at all that was released this year, so I’ll be dealing instead with the ones that I did indeed read, many of which were only really popularized this year because of movie tie-ins.

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Peter Dinklage Wins Emmy

Peter Dinklage won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday night.  I’m incredibly glad that he received the nod, because it was a difficult category.  He beat out Nightcrawler, Howard Stark and Shane Vendrell, and a couple other people.

Where’s Joffrey? I’ve got something I need to smack him with.

Continue reading to watch what looks to be a very chopped up video of him accepting the award, and win a free* SlapChop™.

I can only assume that Mr. Dinklage was nominated in the Supporting Actor category as to not spoil things for those that haven’t read or seen A Game of Thrones.  When it comes right down to it, he’s clearly the lead actor.

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