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  1. Mido

    The Best Non-Voiced Character Moments in Zelda

    The subject of voice acting in the Legend of Zelda series sometimes has been a hot topic for a series not known for it. The hype was reasonably high, as it seemed the series was ready to play with the big boys (or at least the big boys of conventional voiceover). Upon the release of BOTW...
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    When the Casting just "Isn't Right"

    Acting is one of those nuanced professions where performances resonate differently among audience members. Even the most skilled actors run into roadblocks on how to approach certain roles, especially ones with some level of history attached to them. An actor or actress can clearly put on a good...
  3. Mido

    Favorite Music Reprises in Media

    Music has the ability to capture atmosphere like few other mediums. Whether it is synonymous with a location, a character, or a specific moment; the stopping power of music is incredibly resonant among audiences. When music is used repeatedly in a piece of media, it often calls back to specific...
  4. Mido

    Overlooked Games in Multiple-Entry Series

    In a long-running game franchise, or at least one with multiple entries; there are games that receive strong acclaim and rise as the gold standard for the series it represents. These might take the form of your Ocarina of Time's or your Call of Duty 4's. As a result, although not necessarily the...
  5. Mido

    Gaming's Greatest Cities

    There are towns and villages, and then there are cities. Cities: the centers of civilization. So much to do and so much to see, cities harbor the hallmarks of culture. Video games of many genres showcase much of the best features cities have to offer, whether through their designs and layout or...
  6. Mido

    Is Character Development Overrated?

    The experiences and stories surrounding characters often serve to define them. Characters that undergo these experiences endear themselves to audiences through the lessons they learn, the trials they face, and how both impact the values and behaviors of the character in question. Successful...
  7. Mido

    Series' Attempts to "Save Face" that Backfired?

    Franchises go through the ebb and flow of highs, lows, and plateaus. Some recent threads around these parts have done well to highlight many an example of franchises that have gone through these motions. Some have fallen into a rut, some maintain solid consistency, and some have also escaped the...
  8. Mido

    Which characters in the series have the best headwear?

    It is said that there are few things more delightful in life than a fine hat! :ezlo: The Legend of Zelda is no stranger to this statement, as for many years its protagonist has been known to don a legendary green hat. The question still remains, however, as to which characters' hats in the...
  9. Mido

    What Is Your Favorite Game Over/Lose a Life Tune?

    One's journey through their favorite video game is one in which the fruits of success are chased and ideally achieved. Whether it is rescuing princesses from castles, saving solar systems from mad scientists, or taking over an entire city from rival gangs, glory manifests itself in the medium in...
  10. Mido

    Who are your favorite Warriors characters?

    The Warriors franchise has adopted many mantles of varying series, but what each of these series generally have in common is that a plethora of diverse characters populate the series' respective Warriors titles. Having said this, who are your favorite characters to use in Warriors games that you...
  11. Mido

    Series That Are Unable to Escape the Shadow of Their Best Work

    Most well-acclaimed series have one title that stands above the others as the quintessential experience for its series. It hit's the right notes and its positives define for most fans what the series should be. Through its own excellence, the title enhances the legacy of both its series and...
  12. Mido

    Can a Series' Identity Limit its Potential to Grow?

    For a long-running game series, the identity it fosters either from the onset or over a long period of time establishes how an audiences perceives the series. Through this perception, a series leaves behind a very specific impact among its audience. While this identity allows for a series to...
  13. Mido

    The Most Satisfying Character Arcs in Media

    Following a character's story in any form of media is an endeavor that requires plenty of investment. A strong character arc can endear a character to a wide audience assuming the right steps are touched for each respective audience member. I cannot say that I have much fluff with which to...
  14. Mido

    How Do You Perceive the Idea of "Returning to Roots" in Media?

    It is common to hear the phrase "[insert franchise] will be returning to its roots" in the realm of media. Often, a "return to one's roots" allows for a franchise that has either become stagnant or proven too divisive in its direction to reestablish itself and remind its audiences of, to put it...
  15. Mido

    The Art of the "Blank Slate" Character

    Often in many forms of media there is a single character or multiple characters that do not stand out much in terms of personality or other substantial qualities that take center-stage or play a key role in a narrative. These kinds of characters tend to be categorized as blank slates for which...
  16. Mido

    How Can Storytelling Enchance Fight Scenes?

    "The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object" "David vs. Goliath" These are a couple of common labels for two foes battling within a piece of media, and they exist for good reason. They enhance the circumstances and the significance of a fight, adding to both the drama and excitement while...
  17. Mido

    Music Renditions Better Than Their Original Counterparts?

    It is common in video games, especially in longer-running series, to see specific pieces of music appear repeatedly whether to stroke a sense of familiarity to a player or take the familiarity and deck it out with another level of meaning. Songs such as Kakariko Village's theme, Star Wolf's...
  18. Mido

    Media's Greatest Sins - What Kinds of Flaws Irk You the Most?

    Each of us have our own individual tastes as a far as media is concerned, and because of this difference, we each prioritize different elements of media as being good or bad. Some aspects of media can be considered good by some and bad by others. Some flaws may be treated lightly by some and...
  19. Mido

    When Should a Reboot Occur?

    Hello, all! Reboots are a constant presence in media, a presence with a myriad of implications. They often are implemented to revive a stagnant series or as a way to breathe new life into a franchise. On the more negative side of implications, reboots can erase the significance of previous...
  20. Mido

    Character Development - Backstory vs. Growth

    The journey that chronicles who a character was, is, and potentially will become is a journey that often serves as the crux to many a narrative in media. This is one reason why character development is generally held in such high regard. A character's backstory coupled with said character's...
  21. Mido

    The Art of the Spin-off

    As I continue making my way through Frasier (I believe I am about halfway through it give or take any miscalculations on that front), I find myself more and more considering the question as to what qualities constitute a great spin-off series of any sort? How do these entities balance being able...
  22. Mido

    "Better as Friends"

    There are few things more common than a blossoming romance in media. Such a phenomenon often resonates in some way with many a fan of a specific piece of media that is enjoyed, whether positively or poorly. No matter the reaction, one is almost always pervading in the hearts and minds of...
  23. Mido

    Does a Lackluster Cast Necessarily Ruin the Experience?

    Sometimes, the main cast of a video game series does not resonate with us in the way we would have hoped. As a result, the experience's quality wanes, and in the worse of cases, becomes unable to be salvaged. In genres such as RPGs that traditionally possess main cast ensembles, this issue can...
  24. Mido

    Pleasing the Fans - A Slippery Slope

    There are perhaps few more volatile entities in the realm of media than that of the fanbase. At its worst, it is a wild, untamed, and fickle anomaly. At its best, it brings a passion and life to a series that enhances a series's longevity, presence, and legacy. One right move can mean a bounty...
  25. Mido

    Unlikable Characters - Drawing the Line

    Unlikable aspects and qualities of characters often serve as detriments to a final opinion of a product in media. In some cases, such traits can derail the momentum of a piece of media's potential good standing. While unlikable qualities tend to be an obstacle for main characters/heroes in...
  26. Mido

    Game Thread Bee Movie: Trial by Honey

    Bee Movie Mafia -A Mido Mafia Game- "It's just honey, Barry." "Just what? Bees don't know about this! This is stealing! A lot of stealing! You've taken our homes, our schools, our hospitals! This is all we have! And it's on sale? I'm gonna get to the bottom of this. I'm gonna get to the bottom...
  27. Mido

    Sign Ups Bee Movie Mafia

    Bee Movie Mafia -A Mido Mafia Game- According to all known laws of aviation, There is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway. Because bees don't care what humans think is impossible. The...
  28. Mido

    Which One of Link's Houses is the Best?

    Hyrule is rife with prime real estate. Link, as far as gaming protagonists are concerned, has proven to be quite the savvy connoisseur of Hylian housing through his many adventures whether by circumstance or his consumerist eye. Noting this observation, what do each you consider to be the cream...
  29. Mido

    What Are Some of Your Favorite Warriors Tunes?

    The Warriors franchise continues to make big steps in expanding its brand with its crossover flexibility. The repetitively-iconic gameplay lends itself to such endeavors. A question does linger, however: what about the music of the series? The music is what often sets the mood for the various...
  30. Mido

    Can The Stakes Get Too High?

    In any form of media, high-stakes events often heighten the sense of urgency and drama within the confines of said media. This being noted, have you experienced cases in which the stakes are put at a point so insurmountably high that it becomes almost comical? For flexibility's sake, have there...
  31. Mido

    What is Your Favorite "Replacement" Voice Actor Performance?

    Being sick today, a thought crossed my mind. Thinking back to this thread, I started to think about the voice actors/actresses who take on a role that has either become synonymous with another voice actor or said performance by a preceding voiceover artist is looked upon very fondly by...
  32. Mido

    The Ideal Warriors Package

    Dynasty Warriors. Samurai Warriors. Warriors Orochi. Warriors All-Stars. Techmo-Koei's signature Warriors brand is a recognizable staple in the gaming industry, its hack-and-slash formula well-established. However, aside from its recent crossover games that include the likes of Gundam, Hyrule...
  33. Mido

    Star Fox: Legacy (Mido's Long-Winded Star Fox Game Idea)

    In the years before Star Fox: Zero was announced, and after I finished Command, I spent the better part of seven years or so imagining the direction of the series after the DS title. Unfortunately, the multiple endings formula of the game roughed up the chances for a potential direction for the...
  34. Mido

    The Makings of a Great RPG Protagonist

    In experiencing an RPG, we as players experience the world through the eyes of a protagonist just going about his/her merry way with the party in order to save the world. Sometimes, the protagonist is a blank slate, acting as a sort or avatar for the player, and other times the protagonist has a...
  35. Mido

    Game Thread Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Mafia

    Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Mafia -A Mido Mafia Game- The release of the Augma device has taken the world by storm, numerous news outlets claiming that it, with its breakout title, Ordinal Scale, was going to eclipse VR technology and supplant games such as ALO and GGO as the premier...
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    Sign Ups Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Mafia

    We’ve survived the World of Swords. We’ve endured the Land of the Fairies. We’ve unraveled the World of Guns. But now, comes a world all our very own… Welcome, one and all, back to the real world! Last we saw our heroes, they continued to relish the world of Alfheim, enjoying each moment to...
  37. Mido

    Disney: Which sequels do you think surpass their originals?

    The Disney Sequels (direct to DVD) are infamous for their subpar presentation that in some respects taint the good graces of their respective predecessors. Still, some sequels, especially those outside the direct to DVD movies, do surpass their original in its respective series. Notable among...
  38. Mido

    How Important is Memorability?

    I've been thinking about this question for a few days in respect to media. In addition to media entities being good or bad, many also at times discuss how memorable something is regardless of its status in the former categories. Take the series Sword Art: Online or Star Wars. Both are very...
  39. Mido

    Destiny 2 Reveal Trailer

    Lo, and behold: the trailer for the sequel to 2014's destroyer of hype! What do you all think? Will any of you go another round with this series or jump in for the first time when this day comes? Personally, I'm not going to re-up for this one, not because I didn't like Destiny, but more...
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    Hub Towns: How Well Are They Executed in the Series?

    Lately, I have been playing a good amount of Twilight Princess HD since I never finished the original game over six years ago. So far through my recent playthrough, I've really begun to appreciate the atmosphere in the various hub areas of the game where civilization teems, especially with...
  41. Mido

    Shopkeepers: The Best Businessmen?

    The series is home to many an iconic shopkeeper, some more prominent than others. While we all have our favorites, which shopkeeper(s) would you guys say are the best at conducting business? Are some of our most iconic vendors bad businessmen? Speak your minds in here!
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    To What Games Do You Associate Fond Memories?

    This morning, I was thinking about games, whether good or bad, that provided me with fond memories through playing said games. I suppose this thread could just be simply which games provided you with the most nostalgia, but at the same time, are there any memories in particular when playing said...
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    Game Thread Ouran High School Host Club: The Return of Lobelia!

    Ouran High School Host Club Mafia -A Mido Mafia Game- Scene: Music Room 3, looking a touch messy. Renge addresses the audience. Hi everyone! Renge here! I just wanted to thank each and every one of you signing my little petition; it was definitely enough to win the boys over! This all...
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    Sign Ups Ouran High School Host Club Mafia

    Ouran High School Host Club Mafia -A Mido Mafia Game- Oh, hey! I didn’t see you all there! My name is Renge Houshakuji, and I am the manager of Ouran Academy’s Host Club. For those who need a better look over who I am, here’s a picture of me below. Cute, huh? Anyways, as you can see, I’ve...
  45. Mido

    Sonic the Hedgehog: Favorite Voice Cast?

    In the spare moments that I've had here and there, I've been taking a trip down memory lane and playing some Sonic games from various years. Whilst I enjoyed reminiscing about my favorite franchise from back in the day, I began thinking about the divisive opinions many have (of those who care)...
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    Star Fox: Rebooting the Franchise

    Star Fox as a series is by no means one of Nintendo's flagship franchises, but still remains a recognizable face among its peers. With the release of Star Fox: Zero, the epic space saga was set for another reboot with its delving into the Lylat Wars once again. If Star Fox was to continue from...
  47. Mido

    Favorite Flash Game?

    Let's face it: we have all had one of those days where we were stuck at school for one hour too many, or our home games were just not getting the job done. Lo, and behold, we took those times to hop on the computer in order to see what was out there. What did we find, exactly? We found a gold...
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    Halo 4: Why Were Fans Split?

    With Halo 5 just around the bend, I've been thinking. Halo 4 was a spectacle of a game, but somewhere along the line, not everyone seemed to be on board with the direction established in the game for the franchise. Sadly, I consider myself in that category. Don't get me wrong, I never hated the...
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    Beginner's Mafia 8: The Game Thread

    DCPD File: "The Motel Marauders" Case (4/23/13) Two weeks ago, a missing persons report was filed by a motel chain after one of their locations went dark late last month. Upon investigation of the scene, we came across a horrifying scene. Corpses littered the motel grounds, with fifteen...
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    Beginner's Mafia 8 Signup Thread

    https://youtu.be/VFMntn9wTAU ARE YOU READY?! All right, everyone! It's time, after almost three years, for the return of Beginner's Mafia on Zelda Dungeon! :cool: The eighth installment of Beginner's Mafia will be keeping with the tradition of previous games with the following goals in mind...
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