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Signed On Mar 27, 2008, 12:06
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 21, 2015, 11:48 InBlack
 
On the subject of SW:FA, here is some of my reasoning and criticism of the film and why I think the movie isn't a masterpiece (but it was so close dammnit!) Spoilers in secret text below:

The movie is great, there is no denying it, but it could have been so much better if a little more intelligence went into crafting it. A lot can be said about Lucas but one thing both the original trilogy had and the prequels had was effective world building. Bear with me. 32 years after episode VI we find ourselves in a Galaxy where the Republic is apparently in power but where for some unexplained reason, they have no fleet, no apparent government structure, and they rely on a badly equipped ragtag bunch called "the Resistance" to fight its battles against what was the losing side in ROTJ? I don't mind that the story is basically a rehash of A New Hope, I don't even mind the super death star (history repeats itself etc. etc.) but for God's sake why is the Republic the underdog here? It just doesn't make any sense. The movie did recapture some of the magic of the original films, thanks to a great effort by the actors both young and old, pretty good dialogue, and great directing by Abrams. Still, I hope that we get some resolution to this in the second outing. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the film, everything except for R2D2 deciding to wake up out of the Blue and complete the map, that was super lame and kind of seemed to indicate that the writers wrote themselves in a corner there and just said fuck it: Here is the map to Luke. Oh well, at least Kylo Ren wasn't Luke. Now that [was surprising.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Dec 21, 2015, 11:12 InBlack
 
Oh man that Tie Fighter review nailed it! Best space sim I ever played and so faithful to the Star Wars universe...  
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News Comments > Mafia 3 Footage
33. Re: Mafia 3 Footage Dec 20, 2015, 12:52 InBlack
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 20, 2015, 01:09:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 20, 2015, 00:30:
Even listen to the guy from IGN's reaction. He reviewed Mafia 1 and 2 for IGN, and his reaction is that it's way to over the top.

If it was grabbing the guy from behind (hand over mouth) and a stab in the back through the ribs, I would TOTALLY get that. But it's like they are purposly going after the shock value of 12 year old's "OMG DID YOU SEE HIM JUST STAB HIM IN THE CHEST OVER AND OVER!" commentary.

One could argue that the protagonist, as a Vietnam War vet and gangster, is desensitized to violence and that the developers are trying to make the player feel desensitized too.

Exactly. For all we know the guy enjoys violence and gets his thrills from stabbing people in the face. A lot of pointless talk about about how the (anti)hero should behave, and yet we know nothing about his personality.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2015, 05:49 InBlack
 
nin wrote on Dec 19, 2015, 16:39:
Back in town from TFA last night...JJ fucking nailed it.


Its an enjoyable film. But it's very far from perfect. The story itself was...how to put it without spoiling it for everyone...already seen before.

Also that Deus Ex Machina device near the end of the film was groan inducing.

Still for what its worth, it was better than episodes I, II and III.
 
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News Comments > New Conan Game Planned
32. Re: Just curious Dec 19, 2015, 09:00 InBlack
 
Fion wrote on Dec 18, 2015, 14:29:
I doubt this is an MMOG, a single player RPG or 'Rune'-inspired title could be awesome. Say what you will about the MMOG, Funcom did a great job capturing the atmosphere, attitude and lore of Robert E. Howard's original works. Better than the vast majority of games based on classic IP's.

This is true. Age of Conan had so much potential, but they failed to deliver a complete game and this bit them on the ass hard. I stopped playing at around lvl 40ish or so with my main because, it was really hard work trying to find some interesting content in the mid-game part. AoC was one of the last MMOs I tried.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets
67. Re: Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Dec 18, 2015, 05:43 InBlack
 
Razumen wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 17:14:
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Vio wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 16:34:
Sigh, all we wanted was squadron 42 with some freelancer thrown in... but noooo.

According to the fanboys you really didn't. You wanted some MMO/FPS hybrid that ostensibly takes place in space, sorta kinda.

And yet Squadron 42 is still coming, imagine that.

Ive seen more evidence for the second coming of Jesus Christ...
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 18, 2015, 05:33 InBlack
 
ForgedReality wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 19:51:
"Sometimes the Acura seemed to lock on to the car in front of it, or take cues around a curve from a neighboring car. Hotz hadnít programmed any of these behaviors into the vehicle. He canít really explain all the reasons it does what it does. Itís started making decisions on its own."

Ca-rreeeeeepy!

Wut?
 
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News Comments > Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Date, Specs
15. Re: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Date, Specs Dec 18, 2015, 05:32 InBlack
 
Looks fairly interesting. Will I like this game even if I could never get into Dark Souls?  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets
20. Re: Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Dec 17, 2015, 11:59 InBlack
 
descender wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 11:50:
... or maybe they just LOD the shit out of that stuff until they optimize it (again, last...). Why on earth do people keep assuming these tech demos directly translate into end game visuals? The sheen and polish and over-detailed scenes are the absolute last thing they will work on.

How many hundreds of miles away from the surface do you need to see tiny rocks on the planet anyway? Expanding on the procedural generation in the future with additional factors (like the tectonics in ED) is also pretty likely.

You are missing the point. A game system does not make a game. It makes a game system. Star Citizen is currently a collection of such systems. Some of them even provide some gameplay. But there is no overarching game plan. It's all oh lets build the next cool thing our backers desire, then lets build something else, then something else etc. ad infinitum. It was a problem apparent right from the start, with their hype building impossible stretch goals and their lack of focus once the next best hype generating system was unveiled.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets
11. Re: Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Dec 17, 2015, 11:10 InBlack
 
Maniac wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 11:02:

Still feels good to see Mr.Smart dream being fulfilled

Well a techdemo is not a dream fulfilled. Wake me up when they have something playable. Ill even settle for a simple single player game (without the procedurally generated bullshit) like Squadron42.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Next Month
24. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Next Month Dec 17, 2015, 09:47 InBlack
 
This could actually be pretty cool. Then again its Gearbox, but thankfully they had nothing to do with the development of the game.

Oh this is not a successor, spiritual or otherwise, its a prequel. Some of you older codgers may remember the crashed space ship in the desert of the original game?

This game is about the conflict that followed that discovery as the different factions/nations/clans fought for supremacy and the eventual unification of the planet.

The reason why its on a planet and not in space, is because the story is set on a planet and the nations didn't really make much use of space before finding that generation ship.

I may get this game for the story/atmosphere/lore alone. It reminds of Heavy Gear of all things...this is a good thing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 16, 2015, 03:03 InBlack
 
Graham wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 17:21:
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The Bioshock games are complete trash

Christ, gaming hipsters are the very worst.

Fuck you and your adhominem attacks. Bioshock sucked. Sorry. There, am I hipster too for having an opinion different than yours?
It was a consolized piece of trash gameplay garbage, with, lemme see if I remember correctly, terrible FOV, no saves except for checkpoints in the form of 'respawn' tubes or something, horrible weapons, terrible gunplay, etc. etc.

How people could fall for it is beyond me, I guess they must like Ayn Rand or Steampunk a lot cos that game was garbage. Bioshock is popular for the same reason Taylor Swift is. Or Justin Bieber. People prefer style over substance. I literally couldn't get past the first level of the game how much I hated it. Yeah I have specific tastes when it comes to shooters, but for Christ Sake Fallout3 had better gunplay....

*disclaimer* I fell for the whole prerelase hype-train too. I actually believed the screenshots and the whole spiritual successor to System Shock bullshit. Ken Levine is a lying asshole and Im glad he has nothing to do with the System Shock game in development.

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News Comments > DayZ Turns Two; Plans Detailed
13. Re: DayZ Turns Two; Plans Detailed Dec 16, 2015, 02:58 InBlack
 
I really need to check out ArmaIII. Ive finally got a PC that will be able to run it properly. Is the game any good? How does it compare to the classic, Operation Flashpoint?  
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News Comments > The Climb Announced
30. Re: The Climb Announced Dec 16, 2015, 02:54 InBlack
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 17:05:
Needs more people throwing potted plants onto your head.

Since this is a Crytek game, those people should be the sinister chinese or the evil north koreans. Or I dunno maybe the insidious tibetans. The setting does look like east Asia, and the bad guys in all of their games are usually the stereotypical "oriental" types...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Dec 16, 2015, 02:48 InBlack
 
We need a sequel to Tie Fighter. Or Xwing. I mean how hard is it to make a single player space simulator? Apparently it's harder than making a procedurally generated galaxy, or first person shooter MMO in space....*sigh*  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access
17. Re: Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access Dec 16, 2015, 02:33 InBlack
 
Bundy wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 01:13:
I'm going to give this game a year or two. I'll give it another look when it has some depth.

Same here. Although it does have some background story to it right now, what is missing is a narrative, its one of those games where you need to invent your own. Also better and more varied missions.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 15, 2015, 12:09 InBlack
 
Shit, totally forgot about the Knick. Man that was an awesome series. Thanks Blue for reminding me to check out S2!!!  
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News Comments > The Climb Announced
3. Re: The Climb Announced Dec 15, 2015, 09:45 InBlack
 
Let me guess, at some point you will encounter a settlement of deranged apelike Yetis's right? I mean it's a Crytek game its gotta have mutant apes or Aliens at some point...  
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News Comments > Into the Black
20. Re: Into the Black Dec 15, 2015, 07:18 InBlack
 
I don't think you can blame the fans for the downfall of Enterprise (which led to the downfall of the franchise). I loved all of the Trek shows except for Enterprise. Enterprise just didn't gel with me. Not because it wasn't Trek enough. It was actually a very interesting 'origins' premise. It failed because its characters were not that interesting, the acting (never really a strong point in Trek to begin with) was very sub par, and the first season never really got anywhere. I read that the subsequent seasons improved a lot, but they lost me on the first. When you make a television show you need to get people on board from the get go, and the first season of Enterprise was ugh. I think the biggest mistake with Enterprise was that they went with an overeaching complicated subplot, when the setting alone (the infancy of Starfleet or the Federation) could have been used to much better effect to drive the story. The first episode was actually very promising (Klingons on Earth FUCK YEAH!) but it really went downhill fast after that.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 15, 2015, 02:44 InBlack
 
Verno wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 10:46:
I didn't read the article but I'm curious what they think of cell phone signals then then.

Cell phone signals at that power are pretty much harmless. However cell phone towers can be hazardous to health to those living very close to them. As for this bullshit story, it should read: Psychotic mother kills own child with munchausen by proxy, invents story to blame someone else and gain sympathy and to feel loved and at the center of attention. Seriously, I feel really bad for any other children/husband involved....

To save you some google time: munchausen by proxy is a condition where a parent or caretaker poisons a close friend or family member while telling them they are seriously ill and taking care of them.
 
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