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Hello everyone! I hope the winter months are treating you all well. The holidays are fast approaching, and I'm running out of time to shop for Christmas presents. This is always a very stressful time for me! I'm not very good at preparing for the holiday season, even though I enjoy the holidays very much.



Last night, I continued to avoid worrying about Christmas shopping and instead went to see The Hobbit with my boyfriend and our friend on premiere night! I really enjoyed it. It was much more whimsical and kid-friendly than the Lord of the Rings movies, which is good since The Hobbit was written as a children's book. There were plenty of references and nods to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, too, for those movie-goers expecting more of the same, from recurring characters, recurring locations, and recurring musical scores.

Many scenes played out exactly the way they occurred in the book, word for word, while other scenes were altered slightly or added in from lore taken from The Silmarillion in order to provide some background to certain events. I thought that was kind of cool, and also kind of necessary since they plan to make three full-length films out of the one book. I thought the scene with the mountain giants, in particular, was really neat, as I was never quite sure how to imagine what a mountain giant would look like. I also thoroughly enjoyed the scene with Gollum; it was perfectly creepy and simultaneously hilarious.

I thought Martin Freeman was perfect for the role of Bilbo Baggins. He's wonderful at acting confused and out of place, trying to get his bearings on the situation, which is exactly how Bilbo tends to behave throughout most of the story. The dwarves were OK for the most part. I wish they had spent some time identifying each one, because I could only place a name to about half of them, but I understand it's difficult due to the sheer number of them, and only about half of them are even very important in the book. I liked Balin the most out of the dwarves, mostly because his beard is goddamn glorious, but also he just seemed like the kindest out of the bunch. I was disappointed in how they portrayed Thorin Oakenshield though; he's supposed to have the longest beard out of all the dwarves, one which he could tuck into his belt, but instead they gave him the shortest? What's that about?


Balin: winner of Best Beard 2012.

The length of Thorin's beard was probably my only complaint about the movie though, so that's good. I highly recommend it, especially if you were a fan of the Lord of the Rings. Just remember that it was originally written as a children's book, so it's not going to be as serious as Frodo's adventure. The character's motives are all rather shallow, and the story provides some very basic morals such as fitting in and finding a place to call home, but that's sort of the point. It's a charming, humorous adventure with some thrills along the way. I can't wait for the next movie!

* - This one gets a topsauce from me because Marcunio88 picked my favorite Mario platformer to feature as the first of his series, the Twelve Games of Christmas. I really want to play Sunshine again now!

* - A super in-depth review of the iOS version of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy by Alphadeus. If you had any questions at all about either version of the game, I feel like you could probably find the answers here!

* - I really like the format of rathowreck's top 5 games of the year list, and I also really like all of the games that he chose!

A - Haunter thinks Free to Play games are the bees knees, and discusses some of the free to play models that seem to work well for both gamers and developers.

A - Panzadolphin just wants to see more paunchy video game characters! And maybe some tall black lesbians as well.

A - Balkaner wants to see more games where story is told through gameplay.

A - Are you not enjoying the games you're playing? Maybe you're just playing them wrong. Cronomax tells us about a few different way that he plays games.

A - Grethiwha's PS3 stopped working, and it has been a huge debacle trying to reclaim his save data. The Wii U is beginning to look much nicer now, since this hassle was non-existent with the Wii.

A - 360 fan Skid Row Trash has his eyes set on the new Steam console.

A - TroyFullbuster is sore about the lack of 3DS bundles in North America.

S - PK493 seems much happier these days, and he thanks the Destructoid community for helping him out during tough times. <3

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Codblopstwo impressions!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Live Aquabats!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Games of the year!

F - The inaugural post for Friday Night Fights on the Wii U!

P - Handy gives us his impractions of the Metal Gear Rising demo. Get excitarated!

T - ThePhil cleared a few games out of his backlog and shares his thoughts on each one.

T - lostleader gets ever closer to their goal of beating 60 games this year, and gives us their thoughts on the last three games they played.

R - ctate95 reviews Lego Lord of the Rings.

N - Jonii shares a mod for Killing Floor that is set in the Aliens universe, and it looks amazing!

R - Jaguarnaut reviews two shmups: Gundemonium Recollection and Gundeadligne.

$ - December 14th UK releases and bargains!

A - Jaguarnaut shares some very weird artwork that he made with Adobe Illustrator.

V - Nintendo Power recaps video; issue #6.

V - Mr Gobbldigook shares a video about comic recommendations.

R - Skid Row Trash is making money by running an adult-oriented website. The Dtoid community is intrigued.

R - I don't really follow memes, but apparently there is a meme called "idiot nerd girl"? Nekobun shares some images that he found insightful.

L - Sir Davies writes a top 10 list about hating top 10 lists. Yup.

R - MonkeyKing1969 ponders over video gaming history and wonders why we aren't transcribing video and audio interviews.

L - Stealth sure likes his JRPGs.

? - badbadleroybrown thinks about the Connecticut massacre and violent video games. I don't really know how to recap stuff like this... too many emotions come into play, but at least it evokes some important discussion in the comments.

F - Reading this gave me a headache.



- bbain

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