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Just so you know, there are four types of lists I make:

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"Collection" type of lists are the ones I keeping adding itens constantly and as I see them, usually to remember them later. I collect movies I'm interested, for exemple. I.e.: A Lot Of Movies.

"Tracking" lists are the ones I use to keep track of what I watch, play and read. They normally have a lifetime of one year. I. e.: Diurnalis 2015: Movies.

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The Wii U Console

Posted : 4 years, 5 months ago on 29 December 2012 07:36 (A review of Nintendo Wii U)

The Wii U is the first Nintendo HD console and for some the beginning of a new generation. Whether or not this is true depends on the other companies reaction.

- The Controller -

An unique controller, the Gamepad, is the main atraction. It has a touch screen, two analog sticks (that are buttons too, like the Dual Shock), a D-Pad, four action buttons (A, B, X and Y) and four triggers (L, R, ZL and ZR). The touch screen is resistive, not capacitive, what means it doesn't support multitouch and it requires a little more pressure to respond, just like the 3DS. Comparing with Microsoft's SmartGlass, that uses tablets and smartphone as inputs, and the PS Vita, which could be used as a controller, the Gamepad touch screen is somewhat inferior.

- The Console -

The console itself is great. It's small, in comparison with XBox 360 and PS3. It's power is yet unknown, but it's claimed it can do whatever the others two can and a bit more. Since Nintendo didn't reveal the specs for the console, it's hard to know if that's true.

It comes with backward compatibility only with Wii games, but the system has to shut down and restart to then show the old Wii interface. It's in stardard definition and it doesn't look any better. Your data can be transferred from the Wii to the Wii U, but once it's done you can't reverse the process and the data will be deleted from your Wii, so be careful. Remember: the Wii U doesn't allow you to play Game Cube games right away, so your Game Cube saves will be used for nothing in the new console, at least for now. Nintendo can later create a improve the software for the system to be able to play Cube's game using those saves, but I wouldn't count on that.

Consumers have two options: a Basic White Wii U, with a Hard Drive of 8GB, for US$ 299,99 or a Deluxe Black Wii U, with 32GB, the game Nintendo Land and other acessories for US$ 349,99. Since it has a glossy finish, the Black-Deluxe version shows every single fingerprint. That happens with the console itself, the Gamepad and the Pro Controller, so it's impossible to avoid, unless you start wearing gloves while playing. The White-Basic version doesn't have that problem. It has the glossy finish too, but since it's white, it doesn't show so many fingerprints.

- The Games -

For now, some games have caught attention of the press: Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros Wii U and Zombi U.

Nintendo Land is a collection of minigames that uses the unique characteristics of the Gamepad. It's the best game to show how the asynchronous gameplay works.

New Super Mario Bros Wii U is another New Super Mario Bros Wii, but in HD. It feels like it's same game launched in 2009. It doesn't even show the console power, since the graphics are not impressive. The game is not hard, but it comes with a "Challenge Mode" to test your abilities as player.

Zombi U is more like resident evil. It makes use of the Gamepad to create a frightening atmosphere. The graphics are good, but not as good as the best games on the other platforms.

Nintendo is strong mainly beacause of it's first party titles, but they're trying to get more third party support this time around, what is great for the "hardcore gamers". Too bad the new console doesn't have a Zelda game at launch like the Wii did. Skyward Sword would serve well to push the sales. As a Wii title only, Skyward Sword is being neglected to oblivion. It's true, Wii U has backward compatilibity, but it would have been great if the game were upscaled to HD and used the Gamepad for something.

- The Wii U's Generation Debate-

What defines a generation are the common principles. Using that definition is possible to find that the Wii didn't belong to the PS3/XBox 360 generation. It had it's own, a 6th and 1/2 gen if you like, while PS3 and XBox 360 belongs to the 7th. What really matters are the principles behind the technology and the current generation ones are: 1) high definition, 2) new forms of interaction with games, 3) consoles as powerhouses of entertainment and 4) internet connection. The Wii U respects those principles and those principles only and that's why, at least for now, the Wii U belongs to the 7th generation.

The Gamepad doesn't set the Wii U apart from the others consoles: the use of new inputs is part of what defines the 7th generation. Just look at PlayStation Move, Kinect, PS Vita and SmartGlass. The Wii U Gamepad is not different, it uses the same principles, and it manifests the driving force of the current generation: the constant search for new and revolutionary forms of interaction with games. The Wii U doesn't bring anything significantly new, it rather tries to adapt to the current market.

But the generation of a console can only be truly detected a posteriori. It really depends on what the other companies will do. If they set strategies that resembles more the Wii U strategy than their current consoles do, then they'll belong to the Wii U generation. But if they come out with a different set of principles, they'll belong to another generation and Nintendo will be alone on it's own once again.


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Wonder Woman
 Wonder Woman 6/10
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Wonder Woman
It's obviously the best the DC cinematographic project has produced to this day, what's not saying much. It started a bit slow and it's full of cringe-worthy moments of empowerment, but it could be worse. At least it avoids popular tropes attached to women in cinema. That's a bingo. The action scenes picked up in the later half and looked a bit shallow to me, very fantasious. I'd give it a 3 out of 5. It's not a movie I'll want to watch ever again.
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John Wick
 John Wick 6/10
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John Wick
I watched it all in one sitting, but it's not a good movie. It has violence, but there are too many plot holes. It makes it very unrealistic. Not to say the way he kills everybody. It's just too far away from reality. The story itself is very empty and the ending doesn't pay off because there's no setting up during the movie. It feels like it should have a impact but it really does not. At least I can actually see what he's doing in the action because of the steady camera. Good job, Hollywood! Other than that, I don't think there's much to be saved.
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The Incredibles
This is a great movie. It has a slow start I guess, that even made me let to finish it in a second session, but it really pick up the pace in the second part. It has great action scenes, great music the matches its Cold War era style, and even a compelling villain. It all makes sense. Even though it's been some time since the last time I saw it, I've watched it a few times through out the years and that takes a bit of the enjoyment in this movie I guess. Or maybe it was the slow start. I don't know. I'll give it a 4.
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Monsters, Inc.

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4/10

Thank You for Smoking

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Monsters, Inc.
Thank You for Smoking

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This movie has a lot of convenient plot point happening and it starts a bit slow, as you don't really know what's going on or what one thing have to do with the other until much later in the movie, but it's alright I guess. Also, the 1920s' America setting is always interesting. I've see worse movies this year.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I say this is a inferior movie to the first one, but not by far. It's much more of a emotional journey, with a lot of of slow-motion scenes. The songs continue great (The Chain is really good), and the visuals are stunning (I guess they're using the new camera), but the plot has some flaws, and the biggest one to me is Gamora flip-flopping on the whole thing. I guess the impact of it is a bit soften too because they don't have to overcome a comparable threat to the first one: trying to unit and become the Guardians. They grow much more on a personal level in the first one. And that's why I think the movie tries way too hard and falls a bit short: it keeps trying to make great moments without a central conflict and need for growth as strong as the first. When it comes to Blueray I'll watch it again, but for now I think it's a 9, while the first one was an 10, but I'll give it an 8 to diferentiate.
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Aladdin
 Aladdin 6/10
2 months ago
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Aladdin
This movie didn't feel weird to me in english because I didn't watch it enough when I was a kid, I didn't grow accustomed to the portuguese version. I had a cassette tape and a book of Aladdin, but never had the VHS tape. I also played the SNES game of the same name, but it wasn't in portuguese. Beyond the language part, the movie itself is good. It's not one of my favourites maybe because of the characters. I don't really like Jasmin, to me just an self entitled and self absorved princess with no redeeming qualities. Aladdin is brave and smart, but not one of my favourites characters either. Abu is annoying, Raja is boring, Iago is awful. Jafar is a bit terrifying but very shallow. Genie is great and funny and the Sultan is adorable, but that's about it. The story itself is good, but not great. The barriers Aladdin has to overcome are poorly constructed. I guess that's the problem with having a Genie in it: there are so many better wishes he could have made. But I guess it plays nicely in showing how clueless he is about everything. It doesn't deserve a five and barely gets a four, so I'll give it a three. I think is fitting.
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The Babadook

have watched

8/10

The Truman Show

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2 months ago
oakstep added 1 item to Diurnalis 2017: Movies list
The Babadook
The first time I watched this movie it was a terrifying experience, and I really liked this one because of that. But in this second run it was not nearly as frightening. Instead I tried to make sense of it all and discovered the hidden meaning of it, of how the monster is in reality her pain in losing her husband. Because of that this movie now has a whole new spin to me.
2 months ago
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The Truman Show
I don't why it took me so long to watch this movie and this is the second time already that I watch it, but it's one of my favourite Jim Carrey movies. It's a weird concept and the people involved in it are very creepy, especially his wife, but it's very touching when he finally frees himself.
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Tarzan
 Tarzan 6/10
2 months, 1 week ago
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Tarzan
Another one of those childhood Disney movies. This one I had on VHS too. I like the songs (in portuguese) and the message of love between mother and son. Most characters sound the same in english, except Jane for some reason. I like her portuguese voice better. Next, I'll try italian. It's not one of my favourites Disney movies, but it's great nonetheless.
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Kong: Skull Island
I didn't like it. I mean, Kong walks as a normal-ass person? It's very weird. And the pacing of the movie feels wrong. It gets dull halfway through. The soundtrack in the begining is great, but there's no good action scenes. And the final battle is boring, predictable and feels like a rehash of the 2005 King Kong movie. Discount badass jungle Loki, and the whole talking without talking tribe bullshit, and the fact the Kong cares enough about a random girl to save her, and the fact that she sinks like a stone to begin with, and the fact that she's not dead when grabbed by a giant fighting monkey hand that gets SWALLOWED... I mean, come on... This is a step back from the previous King Kong movie without a doubt which at least had some great actions scenes, a plot that made sense and a monkey that behaved like a monkey.
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Inner Workings
 Inner Workings 10/10
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Inner Workings
Inside Out much?
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Hercules
 Hercules 8/10
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Posted: 4 months, 2 weeks ago at Feb 4 2:55
Hi please check my list
http://www.listal.com/list/listals-100-best-tv-shows-136
and tell me your 10 favorite tv shows!
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Jan 14 23:03
Thanks for the list votes, Oakstep!
Have a very Happy New Year for 2017. :)
Posted: 1 year ago at Jun 21 5:22
Sorry for the delay, but thanks for the Brown Sugar list vote.
Posted: 1 year ago at May 28 1:36
Thank You Very Much For The Vote , Have A Good Day :-)
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Apr 25 15:46
Would you like to choose now your favorite actresses eyes?

http://www.listal.com/list/your-favorite-eyes
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Apr 21 18:00
"Your Favorite Smile" is coming to its end! The last part of this sequel is here, I`ll be more than happy if you take a part again! Thank You!

http://www.listal.com/list/your-favorite-smile-candice
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Apr 4 5:19
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Apr 3 11:52
Hey, if you interested you are welcome to take a part in my new list from the Your Favorite Smile series. It will be a pleasure!

http://www.listal.com/list/your-favorite-smile
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Mar 12 14:45
Posted: 3 years ago at Jun 20 4:03
Fan of the world cup? Check out these images and see why they call it "the beautiful game."
http://www.listal.com/list/soccer-fan-girls
Posted: 4 years ago at Jun 15 5:02
Thanks for the list comment. I agree that people shouldn't harm themselves with dieting extremes to maintain a sleek physique. However, the main purpose of the list, which I'm not quite sure I made clear, is to celebrate thin bodies that are healthy and natural, since "Real Women" don't always have to be curvy. I feel a lot of times slender women feel 'less than a woman' by media's standards due to their smaller hips, thighs and boobs and the list is meant for thinner women who want to be seen as real women too, Regardless of their size.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at May 15 16:38
Thanks for the suggestion. I added Ginny.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Dec 30 12:08
Thanks for voting!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Dec 2 17:27
Thanks you :)
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Nov 25 12:57
You're welcome.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Sep 15 20:42
hey thanks for the list vote! its much appreciated :)
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Aug 5 2:33
Hi oakste.

Closing the trilogy, here is Pick Ten Redheads! I hope you like it.

http://www.listal.com/list/pick-ten-redheads



It's not the end of everything though. There will be another one, the last, that will end up the Pick Up! Series. But that's in the future.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Jul 19 13:48
Hi oakste! First of all, thanks for the comment and the vote on my SNES list!
About the game you're asking, there is for both consoles, SNES and Mega Drive, try looking it up on youtube to see which is the one you've played.
And if there's any other games you can think of that is missing from any of the lists, let me know! I want to make it as complete as possible.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Jul 14 3:43
Thank you oakste for your vote and your participation.

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