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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: May 23, 2015, 04:12:11 AM
Goofing Off With Statues.
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 02:14:16 AM
It also conveniently ignores both the dual ferry bombs morality test, and the hostages disguised as goons who would have been killed by the police.


Oh, and using the various mentally ill homeless men as improvised suicide bombers to facilitate his escape.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: May 20, 2015, 12:44:23 PM

Not a moment I've had or will ever have, and he forgot that nurse getting shot in the face while his "hero" was visiting Dent in the hospital.
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: May 19, 2015, 08:46:31 PM
Saw Fury Road last weekend and it's #$&!-ing berserk.

If I've got a complaint it's that Fury Road feels PG-13.

There's a level of constant and vicious violence and destruction that leaves me in sensory overload, but it's not quite as berserkly gory as it should be at some points.

I didn't really notice any major plot holes, but I'm sure someone else can find them. I tend not to as I tend not to care.

Beyond that?

Yeah.

Bring your Evil and leave your kids and you'll have a blast.

Edit: I did notice that there's no discontinuity in the plot -no flashbacks, no flashforwards, nada. Nothing is out of order though there are the odd useful montages though even those aren't particularly indulgent.
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: May 12, 2015, 10:59:23 PM

Great stuff.
I am 100% on board with the idea. Cool
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 11, 2015, 05:43:05 PM

The thing to remember at all times with movie adaptations - and especially with a series this large and interconnected, with so many moving parts and creatives coming in and out of the franchise - is that these decisions are (more often than not) made for practical reasons that have nothing to do with the actual movie or its storyline. And no, movies of this scale are not driven by their storylines. Not ever. I've worked on films this big - only at the fringes but I've been ground zero and seen how these things come together - and a certain number of decisions are made by momentum, or are taken out of your hands due to schedule conflicts, or contract issues, or as sacrifices to get the thing made in the first place.

Honestly, I think it's a minor miracle we're getting the MCU at all, let alone that it's good.

Enjoy your burrito.

This was the basic hypothesis I came to in the case of the original non-ending to Mass Effect 3 and the fury it induced.

What makes more sense?

That Bioware -story-driven, character-indulgent, player-choice-emphasizing, visionary Bioware, decided that the solution their star-spanning epic was to just drop everything and go with a Sopranos Ending because "lol artistic vision"?

Or that someone at Electronic Arts -the publisher; the people who supply the development money- got on the phone and said, "yeah you're way over budget and it's gotta ship now?"

Edit: and on March 6th, well past the much more lucrative and anticipated Holiday Shopping Season.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 29, 2015, 12:45:27 AM
By way of contrast its fun watching Star Citizen vacuum up 70+ million dollars direct to the studio -- the largest gaming crowd funding total ever -- for a game that will be strictly PC.

(and that 70 million does 6-10 times as much work compared to the same money going thorough retailers and then to a publisher before being doled out to the studio)

A) Yeah, SC is crazy ...something. Ambitious isn't just the right word.
It's almost attaining a Cargo-Cult kind of energy.

B) Good point! Just devs, no distributors, no Gamestop. Just WORK.
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 28, 2015, 09:17:22 PM
I'm with you on that wondering, Agent 333. The possible consequences of all of them are severe.

I think they will matter, but either subtly or in ways not relevant for quite a while.

Right, current-gen only.

Really I shouldn't have hoped otherwise but I'm @#($)*@ BROKE dammit!

_m-_-m_

^me and the cliff I cling to. Tongue
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 28, 2015, 07:51:11 PM
As yet the impact of arms control laws in other countries has yet to be demonstrated as even remotely consequential.

And that's me doing a pretty good job of contradicting myself.

I remember nosing around the then local gunsmith and happening across his numerous NRA posters urging the reader to remember how Hitler, Mussolini, and Mao all outlawed private gun ownership and thusly that any impinging upon the 2nd Amendment was preface to a genocidal totalitarian ruler.

My takeaway was this, "that's the dumbest fucking thing I've ever read."

I'm not sure those claims are even true, to be honest. I'll do the research one of these days.

So yeah, weapons control laws matter but they matter in the context of the culture. The Swedes and Swiss et all aren't big on guns, but they also have ither very good things going on and whether that's because of weapons control or because of it's lack isn't nearly as important as everything else.

You may recognize this as an "evolution" -more like a mutation really, of my previous perspectives.

Absolutely, yes. I learn, I change, I improve -and sometimes I walk something back because getting it all right is far more important than never admitting error.
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 28, 2015, 06:59:12 PM
No.

I work from information.

I emphatically refuse to dismiss a broad body of information because it "could be biased."

You and I can agree to disagree about how we weight the conclusions, but I will not pretend that knowing nothing and having possibly slanted information is a push. That's not on the table.

As for Cain and Able, that's a myth. Sampson also slew an army with the jawbone of a mule, the walls of Jericho were destroyed by shouting, Gabriel wrestled an angel into submission, Obadiah fed his wife to wild dogs because she was accused of being a false prophetess (or something -it's not clear what exactly her sin was nor if she was actually condemned for being an apostate or even if she actually died), and Abraham cursed a group of children to be eaten by she-bears for mocking his baldness.

None of that serves as a useful example to me and it's all variously impossible, irrelevant, or monstrous.

We've all gone round and round on many topics and angles, and yet nobody has asserted the supremacy of an improvised weapon over an engineered one. I'm sure "how to kill somebody with a rock" is an existing body of knowledge, but it's a non-factor in actual modern violence.

That said, I do concur: the state of the society matters more than the proliferation of it's weaponry.

You'll notice too that we came to this agreement when we produced matching information from reliable sources. As yet the impact of arms control laws in other countries has yet to be demonstrated as even remotely consequential.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 28, 2015, 02:56:59 AM
The Cerberus thing didn't bother me.

To me it seemed plausible-ish by it being backed by numerous powerful human industrialists, that it recruited from disgraced soldiers and prisons, and no clear organizational structure to give a hint of how strong it actually was -if you do the math that everything you see of Cerberus is everything there is of Cerberus they're not really so improbably formidable.

By comparison the KKK had at it's peak twenty-million members including senators and a couple of presidents. If the bucket were passed and everbody threw in a dime that would enough money at the time to reorder US politics.

So if say every modern m/billionaire in the the Western World with sketchy race politics decided to throw themselves all in to create a private army that they could come up with a few thousand soldiers, a half-dozen backwater nations in which to do terrible things, small fleets of budget aircraft and maybe a small navy doesn't seem impossible.

Cerberus are also chumps in raw mechanical terms. They're lighter targets than the rest of the factions in terms of individual damage dealt and taken. As threats go what they most are is tricky. In-setting they're mostly 5th columnists and opportunists.

Admittedly I have no substantial complaints about any of the Mass Effect trilogy so I didn't just drink the Kool-Aid I was baptized in it. Grin

It's not all amazing, but to me it all makes a kind of "sense" if you allow for mistakes in judgement and communication. For example I don't take the Council's general reticence badly from the perspective of them being basically administrators of galactic stability and commerce first and actual leaders of any kind second. Ditto the Alliance hanging Shep out to dry for 6 months. Hey look, it's a standoffish bureaucracy reflexively suppressing a maverick agent -who'da guessed THAT would happen?! Wink

Same with the Asari because A) pride, B) the influence of history and the obfuscations of religion, and C) no clear idea what was being hidden to escalate the necessity of it being revealed. They made a bad call -rather something like .0001% of the population did thus making total condemnation of a race of billions as unintentionally stupid as ever, but that happens.

Imagine all the priestesses who bent the knee before the statue and got The Vision ...and who were thousands of year pre-spaceflight. What the hell sense could be made of that besides "we need Justicars!"

So yeah. Stuff and things.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 27, 2015, 06:49:02 PM
Mass Effect has really done one thing for me above all else: renewed my interest in Sci-Fi.

It's like the opposite of zombie culture by being optimistic instead of struggling, exploratory instead of claustrophobic, dangerous but not oppressively grim.

For contrast I like 40k, but I don't have any desire to be there. WH40k's not Sci-Fi it's World War Forever set in a place where the only thing worse than Death is Life. There's a time to visit, but no reason to stay.

Frankly it's fanbase is also worse. Tongue

But it's good to visit hope again, to see the universe as a place vast and forbidding but also beautiful and intriguing. That feels more like Life, and that's a goddamn fine thing. Cool

edit: that's also why I give no craps about whether ME 4 can "top" the Reaper War arc.

That's not the point.

Mass Effect isn't God of War in Space, it's ...frankly it's Buck Rogers, but with the trimmings updated and the hero a heroine.

Spectacle isn't the point. Gigantic body counts isn't the point. It's not propaganda either. It's about Hope and how, though hard won and fragile, Life is worth defending because it's worth living.

Fuck yeah, I'm down with that. Cool
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 27, 2015, 02:34:48 PM
....wasn't that the plot of Mass Effect 1? Huh?

I kinda think it'll be totally out of left field.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 27, 2015, 02:18:57 AM
So.
Marginally saner I report that on teh Youtubes you can find the entire MK10 campaign's cinema scenes. They run about 2 & 1/2 hours, and are surprisingly good.

Like, worth-watching-as-a-movie-good.

Besides some early obligatorily bad soldiering I'm pretty entertained, and I get bored easy.
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 27, 2015, 02:07:57 AM
Ahem.

SQUUEEEEE! Grin

WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT!

Gonna go do that a dozen more times!
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