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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 04:02:19 PM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

I chalk it up to fear and misguided reverence. Sometimes as a creator or IP holder you get become so convinced that your property is one thing that you fail to see it can be anything else. As an example of that to which I can personally speak, consider Legend of the Five Rings. It's taken AEG fifteen years to expand that game's voice and many would argue it's still a fairly narrow presentation.

You have no idea how hard I had to fight to get humor into Spycraft. the company's history and other properties did me no favors there.

^THIS!

I don't know that problem from the creator's angle, but I do step on toes (accidentally, of course) when arguing about themes and cultures in other people's campaigns.
I sincerely try to work within the lines where they're drawn, but sometimes there are campaigns like Arcanis. I have a "persistent" disagreement with it's designer about certain perpetual holes in the lore and his fondness for creating mysteries (which is fine), deciding to keep some of them mysteries (which is also fine), and retroactively changing some of the unveiled secrets (which ain't fuckin' cool at all Angry) for reasons that remain equally shadowed.
And it can be hard to have any kind of conversation when he tends to take criticism of his vision or methods personally.
Call me entitled but if your audience has been waiting more then a decade you're probably overdue to throw them a bone -if only one that has "be cool, there's a specific reason unrelated to anything but it's own importance" written on them.

Edit: I respect mysteries and secrets, but to me they're like those spectacular cakes on a cooking show: yeah they're genuine marvels of comestible engineering, but I also wanna eat dem sumbitches!
And don't tell me to make up my own answer! Bullshit! You're the author, you by default have a better answer then I do! Tongue
Especially given how little water fan-theories hold with other fans. Talk about a hostile audience, good luck finishing one of those arguments with "my interpretation is as good as canon, WoG said so." Tongue
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 06:43:40 AM
Character and virtue, while tested, will carry the day. And THAT is the timeless essence of Superman. That he'll have to work a little harder for his happy ending doesn't detract from that.

So it needs to be Superman's "The Winter Soldier?" Smiley

Hmm.
It's an interesting discussion 'twixt Krensky and yourself.

I recall with some clarity the sheer glee and joy of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (flying! zooooom!) but I have no interest in revisiting them because Superman as a whole doesn't interest me.

He's an ideal without payoff. He's got no vulnerability. What's his lesson -"if you're born nearly omnipotent and minimally diligent you can achieve anything?"

I liked the death of Zod -that was sacrifice. That was paying some price for those ideals; that was putting a knife in the soft spot of the Man of Steel.

Also, is there some presumption of the sacred? Superman is a product. He has, or loses, tangible value.
If nobody likes him and his comics don't sell why does he deserve to continue? He's not a religious icon -though he could be.

Hmm. First Church of the Last Son?
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 19, 2015, 05:44:29 AM
As a fan of the Eldar I am equally entertained by either.
It's all Mon'Keigh house to me, man. Wink

I picked it up on PS3, and there is an issue that goes unremarked upon for a game that's mostly online multiplayer: you cannot split up.

It's up to 4 players on screen, the same one screen, all the time every time.

Much as I appreciate the sadistic appeal of making panicky, trigger-happy players crowd into the same tiny space (particularly when the Dreadnaughts come out and unskilled pilots bumble into each other, step upon dismounted characters, or try to all fire at a single target standing close behind one of them) it's a detraction of play quality for me. Splitting up and getting eaten one by one should be a viable "strategy" imo, and no just because I kind of like using a long gun and the recon drone to play Operator Inna Bushes Wit Da SKS instead of 3 Rambos and a Baby.

That said it's not bad at all.
Bring a team, a real team, and the ass-kick factor goes up quite a bit compared to ...this: the first time I died, ever, was when some "reinforcements" I hadn't asked for decided to show up and crush me with their "dynamic entry" drop pods mid-battle.
LIBERTY! Angry Wink
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 18, 2015, 05:54:41 AM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

No Joss Wheadon maybe?

I heard it put once that Marvel does characters and DC does archetypes, and this case is the problem manifesting that way.
Batman is so Batman that he creates a "Batfield" which distorts everything in his media to fit a grimy, shadowy echo of the world as he makes it.
Inside of it he's The Dark Knight, but outside of it he's a nihilistic sadist who beats up the poor and the crazy.

If Batman is larger than Life, is Bruce Wayne smaller than it?
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 17, 2015, 05:39:29 PM
So Helldivers looks awesome.
And apparently the echoing comment is "why isn't this a 40k game?"
 Cool
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 12:05:34 PM
On DC's side?

When they started listening Buckets of Blood guy and made Man of Steel.

On Marvel?

Not yet. * Crosses fingers.

^
QFT.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 16, 2015, 10:12:13 PM
Darkest Dungeon story:
Chewing through the Warrens, Medium mission, Champion (level 5) difficulty.
Party starts to crap out from stress right off the bat.
Three fights in and my Crusader (Abusive) and Vestial (Despairing) are crazed by stress damage.
The next fight the Bounty Hunter goes (Selfish).
The next fight my Hellion snaps as well ...but rallies, becomes Stalwart, gains +10% Crit AND sheds 15 Stress every round!
Evil, because BAMF!

So here's the funny part.
It's the last fight and the Bounty Hunter keeps ranting that everyone's getting in his way, and he keeps moving forward to the front position.
That's not great, but not unmanageable.
So he takes a huge hit, drops to Death's Door, and at the start of his turn says, "one more toss of the dice!"
And not a second later dies from Bleeding damage.
Quoth the Hellion: "the Ancestors bless me!"
Wah-waaaaah.

Dark Dung ftw. Cool
23  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: April 16, 2015, 06:46:11 PM
Let's have some Demotivation.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 16, 2015, 03:01:50 PM
Hmm.
"You have it, too."

Was he addressing an unseen person, or the audience? Was that Luke Skywalker narrating?

I'm ...unmoved. The last trilogy didn't suffer for a lack of jump-cuts and flashy footage; they weren't boring to look at.

I don't think I've seen anything yet.
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:29:17 PM
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.

Yeah, you are a bit behind, ain't ya?

Constantly.
Various states of financial destitution and physical isolation have necessitated limiting my interests.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 13, 2015, 04:18:34 AM
Commando Teemo skin!
League of Legends isn't really my department; I'm just posting this to scoop Rus. Wink
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:09:15 AM
Finally caught Pacific Rim.

(click to show/hide)

Still!
More would be great.
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 12, 2015, 06:38:29 PM
Thanks lads. Smiley
I'm back on even keel, I'll be back in action here soon enough.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 09, 2015, 11:33:29 PM
Today sucked, tired of life, will give a fuck later.
The End.
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 08, 2015, 03:24:05 PM
Eh, I'm only 3/4's BAB on a good day but I've driven everything from Manhattan to Miami with a stop in Portland and I can handle it -must be a Wheelman thing. Cool

That bragged I have zero doubts you could out-shoot me on any day with any gun and I'll pass on HtH lesson. Grin

Watch the actual traffic. The people racing recklessly along are in the drastic minority.
Frankly if someone gets busted for speeding and they start to bitch about cops wasting their time they should be reminded that troopers watch for speeders on their way to enforcing more important crimes or for indicators of smugglers -amazingly amateurs hauling weed by the bale and coke by the kilo have problems keeping cool and taking it low and slow. Roll Eyes

Ferguson's problems have nothing to do with laws, and everything to do with enforcement.

Gun control does curtail violent crime. That's a difficult to work out as looking overseas and noticing how the rest of the First World is doing for firearms homicides.

We're in the back of the pack on that one.
Like, behind Niger, Cuba, Iran, Egypt, Viet Nam, Bangaldesh, pre-chaos Syria (2010), Sierra Leone, Lybia, Serbia and Saudi Arabia -to choose from the more eye-catching names among the 108 in the lead.

Now those numbers aren't specifically for gun homicides but instead of listing the usual lineup of safer, happier, healthier, and wealthier places instead I choose to illustrate how places with far less control of anything are less dangerous places then the U.S. because we're ornery bastards and that we'd have to be some backwater like Latvia that has no other comparative positive qualities* to do that badly.

Ignore how not like the usual string of -lands and Olde World natios we are; look at our neighbors: if the world was a city we'd be on the side of tracks near the wood pulp plants and the shops with bars on the windows.
Amusingly the neighborhoods most characterized by suspicion of outsiders and hostility to authority, overcrowded schools, churches, liquor stores, pawn shops and... gun outlets.


*apologies to any and all Latvians in attendance.
It's a low blow, but look at it this way: if Latvia had the USA's wealth and influence it would probably be at least as safe and more likely far better. If the US had Latvia's wealth I can't even guess what it'd be like, but not good seems likely.
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