I feel the urge to ask a few of you guys some questions as a thought exercise.
1) Adult female characters that appeal to you. Immortal options are allowed but you have to give some non-immortal ones as well (because I want to get answers other than just Horo and Matsuri).
2) Characters you'd like to see an older version of.
3) Male characters in EF you like or dislike.
I'll probably post my own answers at some point but it might be a few days due to various stuff I have going on.
I like the concept of Kiniro Mosaic but I feel like it's not matching up to my "gold standard" for this kind of thing (Ikoku Meiro no Croisee). I don't have much of anything to say about Free.
I watched and liked the original Rozen Maiden back in the day... and barely remember anything about it. The "how the manga differed" recap didn't help matters. I'll probably end up just barreling ahead since I don't have time to go back and rewatch the original/read the manga right now.
Was going to order you to watch Love Live on the double but I see you got around to it before I did.
I'm surprised how much I like Dog and Scissors given how the show is essentially a hybrid of batshit and sadistic humour - though given the impression Hitagi left on me back in 2009, maybe I just like that kind of "edginess" from time to time. Prisma Ilya is a lot of fun. Stella Jyogakuen Koutouka C3-Bu was decent too but I don't think I enjoyed it as much as the other three. Still have a decent number of shows to get to. I think that I went into the new Monogatari and Ro-Kyu-Bu seasons with too high expectations, so I'm not ready to deliver opinions of them just yet.
The examples in there seem a bit unambitious (I don't think Ryse offers you to give very specific orders to your troops, for example), but if the new version of Kinect is good enough to pull off finger tracking, you could, say, cast a spell in something like Skyrim using a quick gesture then return to the controller for melee combat. Heck, some PC games like Arx Fatalis and the Void allow spellcasting by drawing runes, it's just clunky to do it with a mouse cursor - I've heard it works better on a touchscreen phone. Though, the Wii U's controller/touchscreen controller offers similar possibilities and developers are hardly jumping up to take advantage of them.
I'd go more specific than user unfriendliness. Windows 8's UI is fine for what it was designed for (portables that can act as both tablet and PC), but they should have allowed desktop users to just use the start menu and run Modern UI apps within it - which is absolutely technically possible: http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...indows-desktop
What bothers me is their move towards being restrictive - whether it's shoving a "convertible" UI down desktop user's throats, only allowing apps from their app store on Windows Phone/RT, the technical restrictions that make it tricky to share files between desktop and modern UI apps (yes, really) or even restricting Office Home and Student licenses to one PC to encourage multi-PC household to move to their subscription licenses (Office 2010 licenses allowed installation on 3 PCs IIRC), it all seems to come down to various annoying restrictions.
One other thing I find interesting about this console generation: the number of games being developed that are not only cross-platform but cross-generation: Dragon Age: Inquisition, for example, is supposed to come out on 360/PS3/One/PS4/PC and is slated for fall 2014 - pretty much a full year after the One and PS4 launch. It makes sense - taking assets from a next gen release and scale them down to a current gen console is probably a cost-effective method of widening your audience - but I feel like we're seeing much more of that this generation than previously.
Well, it's not so much that Sony was spectacular or anything like that.
I sort of want to compliment Sony on pulling an elegant finishing move with the $399 pricetag but I honestly facepalmed when Microsoft anounced $499 - then $399 has been a consistent rumour for Sony.
So I guess we can add the Xbox One to the list of Microsoft products in the last year whose direction I dislike. Said list already includes Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Office 2013, so pretty much everything MS has put out in the consumer space in the 2012/2013. Which considering how much I use and like Windows 7/Office 2010 is just f***ing depressing.