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511  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New Feat Chain: Totem B/M/S on: August 06, 2014, 07:37:58 PM
First impression: cool! Would love to have them to play with.
512  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 02:35:13 PM
I thought you meant Civ 5 for a sec.
Bloody heart almost stopped. Sad
513  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Around the Campfire [OOC and open feedback] on: August 06, 2014, 03:50:26 AM
Oh, wow. Cool.
Yeah, no worries.
It's survived this long, it's not about to roll over and croak for want of a few days. Cool
514  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 03:29:13 AM
IIRC from RE 5 that Wesker got snipped as both a means of getting infected with the T-virus and to drop out of sight is the canon plot.

And don't even know the first place to start on that kind of sentence structure chicanery. What works for you works for me. Smiley
515  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Around the Campfire [OOC and open feedback] on: August 06, 2014, 03:08:00 AM
Still thinking about this.
516  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 02:46:41 AM
Yeah, or in Jill's scenario where he wakes up the Tyrant and it bisects him.
Retcon'd as "all according to plan" officially.

(Trying SO hard not to dress that up with pointlessly obvious sarcasm, heh.)
517  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 05, 2014, 10:30:14 PM
Considering that I blame Resident Evil for the abomination that was Parasite Eve 2, could we just pretend it was never a success?

To further make a fool of myself I really liked PE2*.
The atmosphere, the mechanics, the cast -I think my only residual gripe is how unlocked rare weapons don't transfer into non-core replays (no Gunblade for Bounty mode) and that Kyle Madigan was kinda lame.

*though I have yet to play The Third Birthday, so maybe there's still hope. Wink
518  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 05, 2014, 05:49:58 PM
I could get behind that. Huh?
Yeah, in fact I do! Grin
Ditch all the escalation. Ditch the bloated, impossibly large Umbrella that has private armies and titanic dungeonesque research facilities.

Keep the psudeoscience. Keep the small-scale operations and the coverups and the shadow players.
Keep the psychotic's philosophy of human progress, but un-stupid it. Base it around something tangible. Umbrella can be plenty monstrous without declaring that "human evolution itself!!111" is the guiding concept.

*deep breath*

Ok. Deleted 500 words on the insertion of Japanese fetishes into these kinds of games. Keeping a leash on that rage.

No: Alex/Alexia crap -no insult intended to any LGBTQ Agents out there, but I respect you enough to assume that if you were a covert operator or a sinister mastermind you wouldn't dress up like the sister you siscon/incest-obsess over any more then you'd soliloquize and grandstand around desperate people with guns.

It's disruptive and distracting and just plain stupid. It just doesn't serve the atmosphere at all. "Rich, crazy and kinky" aren't acceptable character roots, not even close.

(If there's one thing I wish I could effectively and forcefully impart to Capcom, to Hideo Kojima, and to Suda51 it would be this: you're not that smart. You're original, but you're not that actually talented enough to skate by without using your damn brains. Originality is a flower that blooms and dies in an eye-blink, and people don't eat flowers so you'd better plant some real crops! And not every Westerner is a blue-eyed-blonde! Goddamn that's stupid. Roll Eyes The 40's are over, the Nazis lost, racial superiority blood myths are as failed as concepts get -time to get global, ojii-sans. Stop hauling Hirohito's carcass around already.)

See also the Metal Gear series back when it's tone was sober and it's themes were about the helplessness of soldiers and agents caught in the cynical machinations of nations. Not about PTSD causing mercs to foul themselves because nanites and laser sword ninjas.

Also no mega-scale plague critters. That's just too flashy, too overt. I know the Crafty boards understand this principle; if the military is the solution, the situation is already terminally screwed up for everyone -and not in a good way.

Consider the climax of the first couple RE titles. In the original the big moment is when, after hours of being tormented and desperate and out-matched you finally get a matron-fornicating HEAVY WEAPON with which to lash back at the tyrant, which with to roar with a voice of sorrow and rage built by struggling not to die all night.
And you feed that bastard an HE rocket.


But that doesn't mean, Capcom, that the solution is to bring a rocket launcher to every firefight. Or to escalate to railguns. Or city-nuking. And I liked Resident Evil 2. But truth to power, you can't play the WMD On Domestic Soil Card and expect anything but catastrophe. It's too big, too vulgar -and thus dangerously implausible and wrong for the genre.

(Whatever it's manifold flaws I think RE:ORC got it's scale and tone right. The basic ideas of the USA and the USF fielding teams of elites to struggle against each other amidst the carnage and madness of an outbreak was damn sharp.)

Survival Horror is a genre that speaks in a whisper. Let us again go quiet into this darkest of nights.
519  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 05, 2014, 03:49:25 PM

I missed original Jill. The whole "Nina Williams ripoff" thinger made me kinda sad.
520  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: August 05, 2014, 12:53:53 AM
yes to all. also lud i would suggest you go play super metroid.

Echo that.
Super Metroid remains excellent with only a reservation about the relatively simple gameplay.
If you still like exploration, run'n'gun, and platforming it's virtually ageless.
521  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: August 04, 2014, 08:05:07 PM
522  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: August 03, 2014, 11:47:50 AM
Guardians of the Galaxy: big damn heroes have a big damn opening weekend.
523  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 29, 2014, 07:07:05 PM
Possibly. I fail ink blot tests all the time.

"It looks like you put a glob of ink on the page and folded it in half. Ink blot. Another ink blot. OOooh, yeah that's an inkblot."

I wasn't aware that one could fail an inkblot test if one were capable of perceiving it.

Does say interesting if shallow things about us all, of course.

MilitiaJim found a threat.
Mr. A found beauty.
You're a utilitarian. It doesn't do anything, so you don't care.
RusVal's reaction was exploratory.
I had two reactions; first emotionally then intellectually. I can see, or at least think I can see, all the angles.
Pat would probably listen to it and think, "THERE ARE STILL DEADLINES IN SPACE!" Grin Wink
Morg would stop and consider if these signals had possible implications for a setting.
524  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 29, 2014, 12:27:56 PM
Yeah, I find it kind of soothing.
It's like whalesong -atonal, but still harmonious.

Well, depending on the actual selection. Some are rather 'the devouring bleakness."
525  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 28, 2014, 06:49:51 PM
Rus: si si, I understand how to get the perks, but not the points with which I buy ze perkiness.
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