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Signed On May 29, 2003, 01:51
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
70. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2016, 02:06 Sepharo
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 23:57:
Sepharo wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 20:14:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 17:25:
C'mon Seph, really?

Are you under the impression that I can't answer all of your earlier bullet points and more the same way that you've done here?

Be my guest. I'd like to hear.

Look, if you can't see that TFA has multiple structural issues that ANH does not, more power to you. It does, objectively. And that ruins the film for a large number of people. But if they don't prevent you from enjoying the film, cool.

A large number of people


- Rey can fix anything, because the story needs her to.
--She's a scrapper this is established from the first shots in the movie. She's been doing this her whole life, it's her job to know the function and location of parts. Pay attention. Also Anakin was really good with repair and technical stuff as well, was the force helping him with that? Maybe.

- Rey is a master pilot, because the story needs her to be.
--She's a pilot, she's a fan of pilots, she has a rebel pilot helmet... She really didn't fly all that well. She fucking crashed that thing into the ground repeatedly and then, if you pay attention she does these focus/pray faces and flys through wreckage and does a flip and Finn shoots. But even if she is great, so were Anakin and Luke, it's established that the force helps you fly and react.

- Finn helps Poe escape, because the story needs him to (justified, but weakly so).
--This is one of the clearest examples of a character driving the story, as you desire, not sure why it's on your list. Finn is the stormtrooper with a heart, he wants out, Poe is his way out, and he also simultaneously sticks it to the order.

- Maz has Luke's lightsaber, because the story needs her to.
--It's an obvious analog to Obi having Anakin's lightsaber, I'm sure you're mad about that. But Maz is established as a sympathetic character who knows everything going on in the galaxy, especially as it relates to force users and rebels. She might have collected the saber, got it from a member of the church of the force for safe keeping or something. But yes you're right, this one is pretty serendipitous. They'll probably explain it in a later movie or some book or something. But you can always chalk it up the force, the force is certainly what called out from that basement.

- Finn battles Ren, because the story needs him to.
--He battles Ren because Ren chases them after they bomb the base. Having them not fight, having it only be Rey or something would be the writing cop out. Rey and Finn were together and they were ambushed by Kylo, there was a fight. Didn't feel shoehorned to me.

- R2D2 wakes up, because the story needs it to.
--Another one that I'll partially agree with you on. We'll likely find out in the next movie. But I suspect given the literal missing puzzle piece aspect to it, that Luke just told him to hang out until the right time. He wasn't off, he was in hibernation, knew shit was ready to go, and was like, k here's the rest. What's the character-driving-the-story aspect that you want here for R2. Should've had some beep and boops where he explains his motivations? C3PO basically implied he was depressed, just like Luke I suppose.

edit: I have a different R2D2 theory now
Luke actually told him, "Don't let anyone find me, I want to be alone." But R2 disobeyed and took it upon himself to reveal Luke's location to Rey, in that stubborn droid way that he's known so well for. There's true believable character driven story.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2016, 01:18 Sepharo
 
This is good timing since I've been reading Hyperion

I like it. Might be unnecessarily wordy, and I know that's the style, but even then there are some heavy spots.

Also some things come across like too much wordplay. I don't know if it was intentional or not but, for exmaple, all the "tr" words in these few sentences:
Brilliant light rays are transitorily occluded by motionless clouds. A translucent white palette transforms into a dispersion of neon purple, red, and orange, which subtly transfuse, blend and then envelope the sky. Constantly in motion, crepuscular light rays transcend the cloud boundaries, while the neon colors begin to diffuse, dissipate, then fade away.

I get that you're going with human organic descriptors vs cold technical descriptors (right?). But the thing that throws me off is that the technical descriptions are still poetic and even with the italics/regular contrast I'm reading them as the same thoughts... or I'm not seeing one as a stranger's memories vs the narrator. But maybe by this point it would be established well enough that it wouldn't be an issue.

Also I have no idea what I'm talking about.

edit: And "inescapable" is good in the broader context

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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
9. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Apr 8, 2016, 23:44 Sepharo
 
This one isn't about Games right?
If it's a history course and well produced I'm down.
Ada Lovelace is a great and apt choice, actually just saw her journals and exhibit in the London museum in nov.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
11. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 8, 2016, 23:39 Sepharo
 
Amazon Prime cycles movies faster than Netflix.
Don't make a big watchlist because they'll be off Prime by the time you get to them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2016, 22:46 Sepharo
 
BobBob wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 20:52:
The inescapable light pushes away the surrounding darkness.

The surrounding darkness is pushed away by an inescapable light.

Which phrase sounds better?

Usually "inescapable" is applied to darkness. Though you might be purposefully playing on that by applying it to the light. I think that both constructions, when using "surrounding darkness" and "inescapable light", sort of sound illogical. If the light is inescapable than how is the darkness surrounding? I think I'd go with a different word other than "inescapable" but without the broader context it's hard to say what. Unstoppable, inevitable, incessant (usually neg), penetrating, piercing.

If I'm forced to pick I guess I have to go with the second.

edit: Also the meanings aren't exactly the same the way you have them written there... In the first it's The inescapable light and in the second it's an inescapable light.
 
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News Comments > Stellaris Trailer
2. Re: Stellaris Trailer Apr 8, 2016, 20:20 Sepharo
 
Haven't had a chance to watch the full video or really read anything about this game... but skipping through video it seems like a 4X, like GalCiv. Is it not?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
67. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2016, 20:14 Sepharo
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 17:25:
C'mon Seph, really?

Are you under the impression that I can't answer all of your earlier bullet points and more the same way that you've done here?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
60. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2016, 05:45 Sepharo
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 03:10:
Sepharo wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 01:56:

It's almost like story drives a movie.

Yes, but story shouldn't also drive the characters. Characters should drive the story.

-R2D2 runs into Jawas and gets taken to the farm that Darth Vader's son lives on, because the story needs him to.
-Obi-wan is on Tatooine, because the story needs him to be
-Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen are burned to a crisp, because the story needs them to be

and on and on
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2016, 01:56 Sepharo
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 00:54:
BobBob wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 14:19:
I would like to see a Star Wars story revolving around a scientist or engineer responsible for the space flight technology, light sabers, or droid AI. -- Oh, wait, my bad. Star Wars isn't science fiction.

Hmm... Perhaps a philosopher or theologian deeply discusses the dark and light side; interpreting its impact on life's meaning and the purpose of existence. -- Ah, nope, will confuse the target audience.

How about a Star Wars story about normal person building all those infrastructures or simply living out a day in the life. Showing how the society operates and where it's heading. -- Oh my bad, unless it's a space battle, arena setting, or long drone political speech, the universe doesn't exist in that galaxy far far away.

What's my point?

Star Trek > Star Wars


I like them both for different reasons.

As far as any movie goes, I just want a good believable story. In A New Hope, the story flows from character actions and motivations. It both makes sense to us and adheres to its own internal rules.

The Force Awakens largely flips that on its head: the story is pulling the character strings.
- Rey can fix anything, because the story needs her to.
- Rey is a master pilot, because the story needs her to be.
- Finn helps Poe escape, because the story needs him to (justified, but weakly so).
- Maz has Luke's lightsaber, because the story needs her to.
- Finn battles Ren, because the story needs him to.
- R2D2 wakes up, because the story needs it to.
And on and on. Rey's one-movie arc is basically Luke's three movie arc.

It's almost like story drives a movie.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans
32. Re: DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans Apr 7, 2016, 22:23 Sepharo
 
Hump wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 22:16:
a decent basic MP component included then Ill be ok with it. They can stick the "season pass" and "DLC" up their fat, aging asses

You're not going to get that unfortunately. You're going to step into a game where you haven't unlocked armor yet but everyone else has, regardless of DLC. And if you refuse to buy DLC, your opponents will have the BFG XL and it won't be an unlockable weapon, purchase only (at least initially).
 
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News Comments > DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans
30. Re: DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans Apr 7, 2016, 21:30 Sepharo
 
Hump wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 21:10:
Christ, get ahold of yourselves. Its not 1994 anymore. Companies look for revenue streams. Its not like their locking one out of the content they buy. Theyre offering additional shit that you can either buy......or not.

I know, it sucks but its not like theyre fucking anyone over.

Yes and reputable companies do this in ways that don't hurt their game. Shitty companies do it in the form of community splintering DLC, P2W, unlocks, and just generally terrible decisions. And since this is hardly the wild frontier it used to be, they do this knowingly.

I would have loved for them to do something like what TF2 or CS:GO, or soon Overwatch, does but they went the easy greedy route instead.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2016, 21:24 Sepharo
 
Ant is consistently the only person I ever randomly stumble upon in the internet. His posting and prescense so prolific that it makes the internet seem small.

In a completely different forum, not gaming related, someone links a 3 year old youtube video (also not gaming related) with only 3000 total views... And Ant has a fucking comment on it.

Not the first time this has happened either.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2016, 15:24 Sepharo
 
Ecthelion wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 13:36:
I am cautiously optimistic about Rogue One. The use of classic content (AT-ATs, Mon Mothma, Star Destroyers, Stormtroopers, etc.) in the trailer was good. However I do have a few concerns. They seem to be playing up this rebel angle of the main character like she's "too much of a rebel for the Rebels". This is the same Rebellion that a few years later has Wedge speaking up to bitch about the exhaust port size in the Death Star attack briefing, and Han Solo being an insubordinate rogue. I get a slight nagging impression that Rogue One is going for a disciplined military feel for the Rebellion, which is silly. Sure, they had ranks in the OT but they were pretty informal most of the time. I also feel like Rogue One is trying its hardest to make this team like the Suicide Squad or the Avengers where they all have special abilities that make them almost like Jedi. The whole samurai guy taking on the Stormtroopers seemed out of place to me. I dunno, maybe I'm just a grumpy old coot but it seems like the movie is stretching the idea that this team is outclassed and outgunned. They just better not jump around like a bunch of Jedi. I thought the whole point is that these are regular people making a big sacrifice for the highest stakes, with most of them probably dying in the process.

The Star Wars Rebels cartoon has a mix of rebellious rebels and regimented/serious rebels. This movie looks to be continuing that.
 
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News Comments > BlizzCon in November, Tickets This Month
7. Re: BlizzCon in November, Tickets This Month Apr 7, 2016, 04:37 Sepharo
 
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 01:26:
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 6, 2016, 19:10:
Incredibly retarded.

Now I get Cutter's moments when he goes 'off the rails' but really wtf happened to you?

He got some attention for stupid posts, so he's full time now.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Multiplayer Preview
8. Re: Overwatch Multiplayer Preview Apr 7, 2016, 04:34 Sepharo
 
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 03:47:
So they are bringing in the same fantastic hidden system from Heroes of the Storm for the matchmaking?

*slow clap*

/sarcasm

Hidden? It's laid out in pretty excruciating detail right there in yellow.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2016, 02:10 Sepharo
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 01:43:
Star Wars Rogue One trailer coming tomorrow

I wish they would rethink the way they're titling these anthology movies. You typed it the same way I do. And I'm always initially confused when I'm looking for it in a list or auto complete isn't finishing it etc... because the actual name is fucking Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Terrible.

You could call it Star Wars: Rogue One... It doesn't have an Episode Roman Numeral title, that's enough to distinguish it from the regular narrative series.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Multiplayer Preview
3. Re: Overwatch Multiplayer Preview Apr 6, 2016, 21:20 Sepharo
 
Actually, "easier time" is probably a bad way to word it. The players will be worse on both sides, so a "more frustrating time" is probably more accurate. In Rocket League you could pop up to Silver and have a finally good team, but if you lost a few times and fell back to Bronze it was like you were stuck in a hole you couldn't escape because the teammates would always be bad. The same thing might happen here in Overwatch but at least you'll stay at the Tier you reached, just might be stuck in division 1 for a long time.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Multiplayer Preview
2. Re: Overwatch Multiplayer Preview Apr 6, 2016, 21:17 Sepharo
 
"while you can always be promoted to a new division or tier by earning enough points, you can never be demoted out of a tier once you've reached itóregardless of how many points you may lose, you can only ever move to a lower division."

Interesting... So the Division 1 in Tiers Advanced, Expert, and Master will fill up with players who maybe shouldn't be in that tier in the first place. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, but it will be kind of funny going from say Advanced - Division 5 to Expert - Division 1 and actually probably having an easier time than the tier/division you just came from.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans
7. Re: DOOM Open Beta Next Week; DLC/Season Pass Plans Apr 6, 2016, 19:48 Sepharo
 
This unlockable weapons/armor shit and loadout kits is so anti- MP DM.  
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News Comments > HTC Vive Ships & SteamVR Launches
7. Re: HTC Vive Ships & SteamVR Launches Apr 6, 2016, 03:45 Sepharo
 
I really want to play that Portal demo bad. I actually stopped the video on it because I saw how good it was getting and didn't want to spoil it. Can't wait to see what Valve ends up releasing for this system.  
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