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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches
10. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Aug 14, 2013, 10:24 pnag
 
Personally, speaking as a European (Irish person, specifically) - I loved it, and many of my friends here did too.  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Trailers
38. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Trailers May 1, 2013, 07:35 pnag
 
dj LiTh wrote on Apr 30, 2013, 18:34:
2004 called, they want their graphics back.

You don't know what you are talking about.

There's a city's worth of rendering (yes, I'm aware they don't render the entire city at once, but even so), of traffic calculations, NPCs as well the graphics to generate.

The fact it does all that, and looks as good as it does is astonishing. But then, what do I know? I've only got an MSc in Computer Science.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines
140. Re: Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines Feb 13, 2013, 07:46 pnag
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 07:19:

It would be better if it wasn't coming from the guy planning something like 18 Avatar movies, even though the first didn't smell all that fresh to begin with.

God that movie sucked.

Absolutely!!!

You know, I've played the first level of this and it's not as bad as I thought it would be - in particular the Hive 'growth' looks perfect. The Aliens are a little too easy to kill, and it plays more like an arcade shooter, but that was what I was expecting, really.

I think 'criticisms' like "zOMG! A chestburster goes through armour!?! zOMG!" are total bullshit, to be honest. How do we know it wouldn't? That, and there's a lot more to criticise than that...

May post back with comments when I've played more than 1 level of the damn thing, but so far, it's atmospheric and a fun, no-brain shooter. And no, IMHO, it's no where near as bad as DNF.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 05:20 pnag
 
Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:

No, what makes it stupid is that it is stupid.

Says you, but go on...

Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
It's completely indefensible by anyone with even a basic level of reasoning. You know what killed more Native Americans than all the bullets the colonials brought with them? Infection. Infection from the same planet they were on, with the same atmosphere, the same lifeforms, the same biosphere. And yet because they'd never been exposed and hadn't developed any resistance, they died in droves.

And has been pointed out, no technology. Alters the 'social context' of it. You've also just implied that the Native Americans didn't have basic reasoning... Bit racist, that... Incidentally, the 1918 flu pandemic killed more people than the World War I. And? So what? What does it have to do with Prometheus? Apart from the notion of infection? As I mentioned before, it was a single scientist (who was asked not to but did it anyway), and as I pointed out, scientists have taken seemingly (and we now know, actually) crazy risks before (Roentgen, Curie, Jenner to name but three.)

Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
Now you've got a bunch of people on an alien planet with potential alien lifeforms, bacteria, etc, and someone who claims to be a scientist thinks it's perfectly fine to take off his helmet simply because the atmosphere mixture is acceptable? "Oh, people tried to talk him out of it!" Sure, and when he idiotically did it anyway, wtf did the rest of the people do? Apparently, since he didn't keel over immediately, that means it's "safe", so all the other fucking idiots took their helmets off too.

Ancient Romans - used lead pipes for drinking water, 20th century Arctic explorers pulling a piano across the ice for entertainment; need I go on? These are real life examples. Did they turn out to be dumb? Yes. You can argue that the scientists in Prometheus should have known better, but with all that amazing technology - I know plenty of people who would have taken the same risk. Honestly, not sure I would have, but there are people who would. And lest we forget, again, the contagion was not airborne.


Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
So apparently you either got your degrees from a cracker-jacks box, or are in complete denial over how stupid those actions were.

Or I can observe that just because I would not do something, doesn't mean other people wouldn't. I'm not a Nazi or in favour of the death penalty, but it doesn't automatically imply that they were (or indeed, I am) stupid. That would be tremendously closed minded and arrogant, no?

Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
And that's only the frosting on the stupid cake that the movie was. It doesn't even go into stuff like "I spent my whole life studying these things, but since we didn't get immediate answers in the first 6hrs since we've got here, we are total failures".

One scientist, from the whole team, felt like this. Why? As is stated, he wanted them to be alive - to talk to them. He even says, "Is this just another tomb?!?" I'd be pretty pissed myself if I'd dreamt of meeting them my whole life, and not just a bunch of corpses.

Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
Or "We have the technology to monitor the suits of the scientists in the structure, which apparently works fine despite the storm on the surface, but when they go missing, we can't simply look at their cameras to find out where they are and what's happened to them".

I didn't like that either, personally. Said so in my first post.

Bhruic wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 11:08:
And I could keep going, but listing all of the rampant stupidity of the movie would take up the rest of the day, and I just don't have that kind of time to waste.

Or maybe you're being unfair to the movie? Hating on it just a bit too much? Like I said elsewhere, give it some time, and try it again? You might just like it. When I first saw Blade Runner over 20 years ago, I hated it. Now it's in my top five, and don't know what I was thinking. (Incidentally, Prometheus isn't, but you get the idea...)

nin wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 10:59:

Well, when you're totally dismissive of people that don't agree with you, it kind of becomes a one sided conversation...

Just because you "shoot them down" (in your mind anyway) doesn't mean your view point is any more agreeable/correct.


Nin, I wouldn't be dismissive if people (not necessarily you!) didn't just say, "That was dumb! Prometheus sucked!" If you disagree, at least tell us why?

This comment was edited on Oct 15, 2012, 05:32.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2012, 08:34 pnag
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 07:33:
My opinion on Prometheus and any attempt to remake Bladerunner..potential spoilers ahead:

Prometheus sucked... no one past the age of 10 cares about.

I'll not reveal your spoilers, but instead latch onto the bit above.

No one past the age of 10? Man, the departments of theology and philosophy in the University where I work are gonna be sooooo pissed...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2012, 06:23 pnag
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 22:38:
and for the record, i do appreciate the backstory and subtexts, but that's completely subsumed by the horrible script from the writer of one of the most illogical, pretentious, talentless shows in tv history - Lost.

For the record, I hated Lost too - as it literally made no sense. I watched every episode, tried to make head or tail of it, and even with 'help' simply couldn't. The same is not true of Prometheus, as I outlined in my last response (or at least on the points I outlined.) Lindeloff walked from Lost when he discovered he had painted himself into a corner.

1badmf wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 22:38:
...when the APOLLO astronauts came back from the moon they were placed in quarantine in an air tight chamber, but i suppose you think that was a foolish waste of time. that's because, well, you're an idiot. there really is no other explanation necessary - anybody with even a high school level science background can see the blatant stupidity...

Sooo... Let me get this straight... You're comparing a government run early space program, with three military trained pilots, that the world was watching... To one oddball scientist taking his helmet off? (As it is just Holloway at first, and they all do try to talk him out of it.) Tell me, was Jenner irresponsible when he didn't obey AMA guidelines for the first smallpox innoculation? Or was he a scientist working by himself? And Marie Curie! What an idiot! Her research killed her - would never happen in real life...

Oh wait, it did...

High school level science background? My degree, Masters and current undertaking of a PhD say otherwise. You thinking it's stupid does not make it so.

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 19:21:
...You could slam your hand in a car door for another two hours, too. But common sense would tell you that if it was painful the first time, it probably won't get any better.

nin - you didn't like it, I can appreciate that. But don't trot out reasons and when they're shot down come out with answers like "Wow, seriously?" or "And still unbelieveable."

They're non-arguments, you're better than that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2012, 17:59 pnag
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:17:
No it's pretty awful regardless.

Sorry to sound like an English lit. teacher, but why?


PHJF wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:17:
And if we aren't supposed to compare it to Alien then they SHOULDN'T HAVE SOLD IT AS ALIEN. The entire Prometheus marketing campaign amounted to every soul involved playing cutesy-coy about its relation to Alien.

Can't fault that criticism, but it wasn't Scott who did that, it was Fox. Scott said it was set in the same universe and that was about it. Made pains to say the Alien aspect was done - but I do see your point.

Honestly, give it some time, watch it again without preconceptions (hard to do, I know) and I think you might actually enjoy it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2012, 17:56 pnag
 
nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
Crew signs on, flies across the galaxy, wakes up and STILL doesn't know what their mission is.

Need to know? Top secret? Weyland was a Howard Hughes type. How is this a problem? Happens in movies/books all the time?

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
Crew that enters what is clearly a building (built by SOMEONE), with virtually no weaponry.

Just like in Alien? Cause those space truckers were armed to the mofoin' teeth! Oh, wait. THEY WEREN'T. Again, how is this a problem?

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
The helmet removal WAS stupid.

Why? It made no difference - the contagion wasn't airborne, the atmosphere was breathable. How is this a problem? Cause you say it's stupid?

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
A pilot and his crew who, at the drop of a hat, decide to sacrifice themselves and their giant spaceship.

Did you missed that conversation between Janek and Shaw about how there would be no home to go back to if the Engineer ship left? Or the earlier conversation when Janek says "Nothing will be allowed to go back"? I grant you, the motivation is quite weak, but no more weak than Ripley going back for a fucking cat...

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
A woman that can only run in a straight line to outrun a ship about to fell on her (and seriously, what are the odds of a circular ship managing to roll on it's outer edge like a wheel w/o falling over???).

Yup - sick of this one too. Did you see how wide that ship was? It was HUGE. Why didn't people just run out of the way of the towers falling on 9/11? Don't know what the odds of the circular ship rolling are, but I'm willing to bet you don't know either...

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
Another woman who has her stomach cut open and can magically run around the rest of the movie with almost no problems.

My wife had a C-section in May. Could pick up the baby instantly, walk within minutes. Didn't ask her to run as I'm not a total shit And that's with today's medicine. Not with sci-fi 2083.

Anything else? You did, you know, actually watch the movie, right? Cause I think that's the problem - most of the audience didn't. MTV generation who can't pay attention.

nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 17:39:
Look, I love Ridley Scott. But this story was a fucking MESS...

I love the guy too, and they said the same of Blade Runner in '82. The story was not a mess, most people just failed to pay attention. Most of the answers were right there.

If you didn't like it, fair enough, but most of the stuff you mentioned is, no offense, BS.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2012, 16:59 pnag
 
nin wrote on Oct 13, 2012, 16:29:
...groan inducing stupidity.


I totally agree with that for both movies...except for the "decent flick"s part.

Jesus... A biologist tries to pet a deadly beast and a geologist with the coolest mapping technology gets lost - those minor bits were stupid.

What else? Don't give me shit about helmets, or an 'invitation' (Shaw's interpretation, which as she says herself was "so wrong".)

I'm totally sick of the Prometheus bashing, as whenever anyone actually says what it is they didn't like about it, it effectively amounts to, "It's not the Alien movie I wanted."

It's not an Alien movie!!! As Scott said, it's set in the same universe. That's it.

IJ4 was disgusting because three people responsible for Indy in the first place (Lucas, Spielberg and Ford) managed to royally fuck it up. It was like they'd never seen the other movies, never mind wrote/directed/starred in them.
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
61. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:58 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:47:
...But after such a long development releasing it without an end, you know deep down it's over.

You might be right, but you might not be? Why so absolute???
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
60. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:55 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:48:
What exactly did I say? Links, please.

Max - I'm not linking to posts from another forum to continue it here!! I'll PM you on the Steam BM:S forum if you like? Teaching in an hour (for three hours), so it will be later on tonight?

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:48:
Some of the design decisions look pretty bizarre.

Okay - see, that's constructive, or the beginnings of it. Why did you think so? (I'm honestly curious - don't do game design myself, just play. My software is all research/academic.)

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:48:
Should I have sent my comments to you first before making them?

Why? You're free to have your own opinion. Stating your opinion as fact is a different matter though.

 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
57. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:46 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:37:
That would be as ridiculous as me calling you out to prove your child exists by posting her birth certificate. Will you? The only way to ultimately prove anything is by posting my name, address, resume, etc.. That's not gonna happen on a video game message board.

I'll give you (in a PM) my real name - you can check out my research work, what I do for a living. Hell, you can see my Facebook where I have pictures with my daughter if you like. I won't post her birth cert as that's her business, but me? I'm an open book if you like. Nothing to hide.

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:37:
I was wrong about the mod never coming out. Sure. Seven years ago. Put that in perspective. Seven years after my comment the mod releases and IT'S NOT DONE.

You were saying it recently enough in the Steam forums though. Even as new media (screenshots, trailer) were released, you still were nothing but negative.
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
56. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:41 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:35:
My point is and has always been targeted at people who have taken this holier than thou attitude towards those who have the audacity to be critical about anything, especially the 8 year development time. It's like because the mod is free you don't have permission to have an opinion other than "BLACK MESAA BESTAST THING EVAR!! KILL THE HATERZ!" The point is all the more apparent when they finally release something (which is good) but it isn't finished after nearly a decade (not good). But you can't point that out. Oh no! You will suffer the wrath of pnag, defender of the defenseless!

Max - you've only been critical. That's all - nothing positive about it that I have ever seen you post. *That's* what I've had a problem with. Part of my job is to dole out constructive criticism, so I do recognise it when I see it. Yours, sadly, wasn't.

As I stated on the BM:S Steam forum, and will state again here - I have not yet played the mod. It could be terrible for all I know. I also know it's not finished - but it's just Xen, most people's least favourite bit of the original - but I will still wait to play it before trashing it?

"BLACK MESAA BESTAST THING EVAR!!" - How would I know? How would any of us know before Friday?

Wrath of pnag - I like it. You have a personal go at me, we ask you to prove what you say, but I'm the one with the 'wrath'. Riiiight...
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
52. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:32 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:15:
If you actually have a child maybe you should take the extra time wasted defending Black Mesa and apply it to raising him or her.

Well, there are two parents present, luckily. And thankfully, my daughter does sleep.

And if anyone else reading this thinks that's pathetic - Max's original quote, before he edited it -

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:15:
How about this: I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if your child didn't exist. You made it up after all your old arguments on the Steam forum were so completely dismantled, forcing you to concede to being a nutcase to avoid a ban.

What a guy. I mean, that's classy.

Still no word on the things you worked on, Max, that you say we all played/saw? No? Still not man enough to admit you said it would "NEVER EVER" come out, and were wrong?
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
46. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 13:03 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 12:36:
Nice theory you have there. I made the mod from 2010-2011 for myself first because after 10 years of talk nobody else would do it. Said that multiple times and only shared it with a handful of friends at the beginning.

So what? Still doesn't mean you don't have a problem with the 'hype' you said the team themselves generated?

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 12:36:
I've been critical of Black Mesa since LONG before then. Previously I hadn't been part of a mod team since the Quake 1 days. Between those times I was too busy doing contract work for things I can guarantee you have played/watched.

Yeah? Like what? Put your money where your mouth is. *Amaze* us with your incredible work, if it's true?

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 12:36:
pnag, I'm surprised you didn't work another line about your child into that reply. Bravo.

Possibly the cheapest shot I've ever had at me, as it's actually at my FOUR MONTH OLD.

To put it in context for others, one of the voice actors from the mod ON A DIFFERENT FORUM mentioned the delays on the mod were because of personal things, like final exams, babies being born etc. I mentioned that I was involved in a lot of projects outside of my daily work, and since my child was born, I've had to give them all up, so I have some small understanding of what the team must have gone through. Max now throws it in my face. You, sir, are a total asshole. How dare you.

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 12:36:
What was the full context of my quote from 2005, btw? I'm curious. Link to the original post, please. Looks like I hit the nail on the head. Who would have guessed (beside myself) seven years later the mod would still not be finished.

Sorry - you can't squirm out of this one.

Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 19, 2005:
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Over-ambitious mod teams that will NEVER EVER EVER be released... Case in point, Black Mesa: Source. There's a better chance of seeing Half Life 6 before this sorry heap.

NEVER EVER EVER? How's Friday for you? Context be damned - you look like a clown.

And I'll ask this civilly at least - don't ever mention my child again.
 
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News Comments > First Steam Greenlight Selections
43. Re: First Steam Greenlight Selections Sep 12, 2012, 11:59 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 19, 2005:
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Over-ambitious mod teams that will NEVER EVER EVER be released. Half Life 2, and every single "next big thing" FPS is plagued with them. Case in point, Black Mesa: Source. There's a better chance of seeing Half Life 6 before this sorry heap. The farce that is BM:S is cleverly hidden behind a website I guarantee has had more hours of work put into it than the actual mod. There's a handful of decent screenshots. But these guys bit off way more than they can chew. I almost feel sick at how much the HL community gushes over it. It's like watching people about to get executed and they have no idea what's happening.

Sad, isn't it? He did a really nice job on the AvP mod, but I guess the attention he garnered wasn't enough. He's had a vendetta against the Black Mesa team for a loooong time.

If you disagreed with him, you were attacking him. Sad.
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Source This Month
93. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 5, 2012, 04:49 pnag
 
The sad part is, Max was just one of about 3 or 4 very vocal few on the official Steam forum who utterly tried to trash this mod so, so many times.

Was it delayed? Sure. Did they say 2009? Yup, but I'm sure there were good reasons for the delay, even if we were all disappointed - they were working on it for free! What right did we have?

I got sick of the entitled attitude of 'the few' and had a go at them - more fool me.

Today though? Feeling very vindicated
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Source This Month
85. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 3, 2012, 14:27 pnag
 
Sepharo wrote on Sep 3, 2012, 14:17:
This must be his pet troll project.
Sounds like he was in love with this mod very much and it broke his heart.

My theory is he's jealous. He did a nice job on the AvP mod, but Black Mesa is much larger in scope, and garnered more attention. As a result, he threw the rattle out of the stroller, so to speak
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Source This Month
82. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 3, 2012, 11:11 pnag
 
Hellbinder wrote on Sep 3, 2012, 10:50:
it is pretty funny seeing all the vitriol being tossed back and forth over a game mod.

Not quite true - more over the entitled attitude of some folk. That always gets my goat, whether it's a game mod, attitude to life, whatever.

Well, that's the case for me, anyhow
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Source This Month
78. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 3, 2012, 09:53 pnag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 3, 2012, 09:50:
You were the same genius (among many familiar geniuses) who attacked me for daring suggest they release without Xen back when they missed the 2009 release date. I suggested episodic releases if they couldn't seal the deal and was attacked. Not only by you, but even the Black Mesa team and forum admins. You have no credibility. Most of the blind fanboys have none. I've been proven right countless times and will be once more when the rest of Black Mesa is never released after the team totally dissolves 6 months after September.

Um, any evidence of this at all? Because I never did that?

I'll be honest and say I didn't like the episodic idea (for Half Life or BM:S) but I certainly never attacked you for the idea.

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