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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Alien in 4K Mar 1, 2019, 04:48 pnag
Muscular Beaver wrote on Feb 28, 2019, 15:41:
Pretty much all 4K "remastered" movies will look exactly the same as 1080p. Unless you sit in front of it very near.

Or unless you have a TV 55/65+ inches, in which case, you'll easily see the difference. These movies were shot on 35mm (or 70, in some cases) - the detail is there. They were shot that way to be projected on gigantic screens, so a bigger TV, of course you will see the difference.

To suggest otherwise is simply wrong.
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News Comments > Rebellion Starting Film & TV Studio
10. Re: Rebellion Starting Film & TV Studio Nov 27, 2018, 07:09 pnag
HoSpanky wrote on Nov 26, 2018, 09:08:
Did we see different movies? The newer Dredd was a bland, basic movie. I finished watching it, but I wasn’t gripped by the story at any point whatsoever.

You did see the same movie. You just have a different opinion.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 20, 2016, 09:54 pnag
Redmask wrote on Apr 20, 2016, 07:08:
You are wrong and totally missing the point. Intel lost out in the data center and in mobile SoC because they kept trying to stick to the same markets for too long.

Mobile SoC, absolutely right.

Data center? Nope, sorry. Intel still sells a crazy amount of Xeons etc for data centers. You may be buying VMs on Amazon AWS, or Azure or whatever, but MS buys a lot of Intel.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2016, 06:39 pnag
jdreyer wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 01:38:
I keep trying to figure out where Luke goes from desert planet bumpkin to defeating Darth Vader in a light saber battle in a single day in A New Hope. Can't seem to find it but I know it has to be there.

A poorly trained, badly wounded Vader? (Who had just been shot by an enraged wookiee and was visibly bleeding?) Against someone who was pretty handy with a bo staff, and fought with the sabre in the same style?

Sorry, couldn't resist
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News Comments > Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to "Hate"
18. Re: Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to Jul 30, 2015, 06:45 pnag
My problem with it is, God didn't make him successful, his hard work did - no invisible force did that for him.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
29. Re: Into the Black Apr 17, 2015, 08:53 pnag
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 22:14:

Seriously, fanboy, fuck off and eat a bowl of dicks if you can't handle some honest criticism where Disney violates its own goddamned IP and rules.

Disney violates its own IP. Riiiiiiight.

Luke was given the sabre by Obi-wan. Guess Lucas shot first.

All of your points have been rebuffed but that one took the cake.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 16, 2015, 06:47 pnag
Well, the fact that it was a maiden voyage, took just under three hours to sink, the world's (then) largest liner, wealth, poverty - a microcosm of society at the time, and man's innovation and arrogance all rolled into one. If Romeo and Juliet counts as romance, I think aspects of the Titanic disaster do too, to be fair.

People have been fascinated by it, and for over 100 years now. Yes, it showed some of the horrible aspects of the class system, but it also showed bravery, hubris, arrogance, terror - I could go on.
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News Comments > Aliens Games Back on Steam
15. Re: Aliens Games Back on Steam Jan 8, 2015, 04:00 pnag
Task wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 19:16:
In this case, I could care less if A:CM disappeared, but I'm sure some kids got some enjoyment out of it.

Except you mean "couldn't care less" as that's what the expression actually is, and makes no sense the way you use it. Think about it - how much less could you care? Really?

Sorry - there are only two things that bug me in this life - "Patty's Day!" when it's "Paddy's Day!" and the one you just used.
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Corporate Lockdown DLC This Month
19. Re: Alien: Isolation Corporate Lockdown DLC This Month Oct 22, 2014, 05:00 pnag
The Magician wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 01:35:
Fuck you. The game just came out, you could've either included this shit with the game or delayed it a week. Just fuck you game studios.

-- a game developer who is sick of this bullshit

Normally - I'd agree with this wholeheartedly, and while I do think the season pass/$40 worth of DLC (or whatever) is a rip off, the length of the main game is great - really worth the money, IMHO.

I also think that for a game, the alien's AI is well balanced enough. If it were any way more 'intelligent' it would rip you apart all the time - as it is it's just dumb enough for you to survive if you're careful. Surely, the point of the game.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 26, 2014, 12:04 pnag
To try and play Devil's advocate, it could also be that they can't get applicants with the required qualifications in the US. Does happen!  
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News Comments > The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Appears
2. Re: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Appears Sep 26, 2014, 12:01 pnag
I rather liked Dear Esther! Wouldn't like all games to be like that, but a few, why not?

Dear Esther was incredibly atmospheric and spooky. Nothing wrong with that.
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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.


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?

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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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