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511  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Simplified Modern Guns for Master Craft on: July 28, 2014, 11:44:20 AM
I do.
They're not terribly hard to apply and are fairly consequential.
512  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 27, 2014, 07:38:36 PM
Mad Max, Fury Road.

Not sure I'm feeling this yet. Maybe it's the music. The footage is savage enough, but somehow there isn't quite the "bared teeth and pounding blood" feeling there should be.
Still with screaming machines and bodies tearing under tires, chemical fire and industrialized brutality, Charlize Theron toughened up and finely bronzed we're at least heading in the right damn direction.
513  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Fiasco expressions of interest on: July 27, 2014, 04:51:24 AM
Horse role in the world of sweets is a sub-category of Role Playing games such as Toy train role, Golf Role, Cooking pizza role etc. which often test the player's jumping speed and accuracy. In this game you have to jumping horse to collect the largest number of sweets. Mainly, the purpose of this game is to collect sweets with your Horse.

Bro. Chum. Dude.
Just get to the point of what you're trying to sell so we can make clear that we're not going to buy it.
Everybody who might be into discount Viagra and "replica" watches already gets them someplace else, so if you're not hawking discount military hardware you're wasting your time.
Thank you.

Also Fiasco sounds awesome. I've seen it around, but never had time to try it. The tone kind of reminds me of Paranoia, but with more juicy scandals and less color-coded Cold War satire.
514  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 25, 2014, 08:30:40 PM
If it hadn't been Shep, it would have been someone else at the proper time/place. You're playing the story because it's Shep in the right place/time. Does that help your suspension of disbelief?

As is doubtless apparent "Getting Over It" isn't one of my origin skills. Lips Sealed

Plus I kind of sound like a giant dick, and I want to quantify my perspective sufficiently to as least be an informed colossal phallus.

Story time:
There was this thing called Heavenly Sword and it happened on the Playstation 3.

HS did pretty well! Released in 3rd and 4th quarter 2007 it sold over a million copies by 2008. It had a 79 Metacritic score, an enthusiastic fanbase, and a bright future.

And then SCEA buggered the dev team over some contractual issue (which I can't find the specifics of, but a NDA would prevent that readily enough) forcing them to eat the significant productions costs (the HS project preceeds the PS3 by four years -2006 and 2002, respectively) of a five-year project that used what was then cutting-edge motion capture tech, a massive investment in the musical score, and hey hey Andy Serkis doin' his mo-cap-monkey-madness. Cool

So for whatever Evil Empire Reason* the whole ambitious franchise (intended to be a trilogy with an accompanying animated series) was utterly obliterated, the core production team was burned most bitterly, the license was forfeited, and Sony buried it 20,000 leagues from daylight. They own the IP, but are apparently camping it like the @*%$-toads they are.

Hilariously, well to me anyway because I think watching people defend war crimes because "they might have been enemy combatants despite a total absence of evidence to the affirmative is a kind of funny, of course it's utterly valueless now. Heavenly Sword is old news by at least four years. Goddamn nobody cares (besides basement-dwelling obsessives like me) or remembers it anymore, Andy Serkis don't work for peanuts any more, etc etc etc.

Good Job Breaking It, Assholes. Angry

To the point: that Mass Effect happened, kept happening, and is alive and chugging happily along despite suffering an intrusive plot mutilation is far more important then how much better it might have been in a juster world.
I have seen enough other good things derailed by corporate shenanigans or outright stupidity or clashing egos that this is the opposite of a wedge issue for me. I want to see everyone in the big group hug of "fuck it, at least we have the damn games" rather then fixating on how something 90% Evil is fail because it's not truly 100% excellent^.

Fuck. That.

I am not easily satisfied! I am rarely content! I am snippy and snipey and severe of countenance!

But goddamn mates. Sometimes even I have got to just say, "hey at least we've got something decent to enjoy, so let's lay back and shoot some Batarians. Because we can. Because it's imperfect, but at least it's still good,"


*probably insufficient profit as while a 1,000,000+ copies is one hell of a score, especially for a garden fresh franchise, five wookie-punching years of development is ...like ...metaphor-starvingly immense a cost. Like "Brand New triple-A MMO" costly.
Additionally the next Ninja Theory project Enslaved (80 Metacritic score) had by September 2011 (released 10/05/10) sold of 730,000 copies and still wasn't considered enough of a success by Namco-Bandai to warrant a sequel.

^Yeah, I too wish Jack Zero had been a FemShep romance option.
Like was originally intended.
Until the voice actress decided she wasn't cool with doing those lines.
 Tongue
515  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 25, 2014, 07:34:36 PM
Technically about a game:

League of Legends Cinimatic: A New Dawn

Ah, sweet beautiful Ahri... I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

Serious touch fluffy tail (x3), for sure.

Also, damn that was good!
Impressive in duration, too. Riot must be doing pretty good business. I'll admit that rekindles a certain interest in possible LoL-ing on my part.

It's additionally interesting to me at least to consider how long 'til that level of graphical fidelity is considered standard and the separation of pre-rendered cinematic and in-game graphics becomes increasingly moot. Can't be that far off...

Also interesting take on the Feeder role with Ahri -the one who avoids combat while the rest of the team powers her up.
516  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 25, 2014, 12:19:29 AM
I might have an idea: frame Leona.

As long as she doesn't know she's helping she can function as an effective scapegoat.
She's already under suspicion, what with being a miserable liar, so play off that and leave poison remnants or whatever in her gear. Barden could make the Sleight of Hand in his sleep.
Possibly literally.
Regardless of her lily-white liver if you put her in a position where she has to fight she will. A mob of angry soldiers and/or the torches/pitchforks brigade would do it.
517  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: July 24, 2014, 06:36:06 PM
... the Israel Military has managed to shell a hospital...
Did the whole hospital go down, or did just the floor with the Hamas HQ burn?

Dunno, the part I got was about the doctors and patients being wounded.
What loyalty they held and what objective was sought is unknown to me.

Can you clarify the picture further?
518  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: July 24, 2014, 03:08:28 PM
I feel weird admitting that I have the current #1 album on the Billboard 200 on repeat.

Everyone should go buy it.

Gaza is on fire, the Israel Military has managed to shell a hospital and a U.N. school with "precision munitions", and Wierd Al has the #1 Billboard Album.

It's official: there is no God and everything's going to be fine.

Suddenly I feel great. Grin
519  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 24, 2014, 04:38:42 AM
Hey, did Leona get tagged for a heart-to-heart with the priest as well?
520  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Is anyone going to San Diego Comicon? on: July 23, 2014, 11:23:19 PM
Thanks heaps  Cheesy

That's a fine score; congratulations Mr. A. Cool
521  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 23, 2014, 01:25:50 PM
Well, the one on the left is Nichole-458 who was done by Team Ninja, whose female characters usually look more like this:

Which would impress me if it wasn't supposed to be Master Chief originally, and they decided to "make up" a character for the game at some point by giving the character a female voice.

And swear Nicky was part of HALO canon. Was kind of an overreach, but maybe they really didn't want the Chief punching little girls.

Bungie decided not to use John-117 immediately and proposed a new original female SPARTAN-II. After Team ninja agreed Bungie provided the modified assets from Halo 2 and then further tweaked them to ensure smooth animation, Nichole-458 was always supposed to be female and Bungie made adjustments to the MJOLNIR-VI more feminine.

I know it's hip to dismiss anything as happenstance and cynical laziness, but Nichole-458 is and always was supposed to be Nichole-458, not John-117 with a different voice.

Building a Spartan

Cynical laziness is hip?
Huh, color me inattentive. Cool
No, I'm unimpressed by two things:
1) the knots Bungie tied themselves in to make sure Nicole-458 was actually part of the HALO universe -and then totally ignored her afterwards (plus no story mode presence), and
2) her overall character tier ranking. I actually liked playing as her, but she was so frightfully ineffective that there wasn't much salvaging a fight against a decent Christie. Or anyone, really. TN clearly knew better, so as much effort as way made to make her fight look good, it'd have been super keen if they'd put as much effort into making her worth playing.

Would be nice if Team Ninja decided to dust her off and polish her up for a DoA5U reintroduction, and they're lazy to the point of copy/pasting Rachel and Momiji's animations straight out of Ninja Gaiden, but that seems very unlikely for whatever reasons.
522  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: July 23, 2014, 12:34:35 AM
That said, however stuffed as the boxes might have been there wasn't a shortage of troops, supplies, or officers willing to back that choice. If the fix was in, it was a popular fix all same.
There were constant shortages of troops and supplies in the south.  All they really had going for them were their generals.

Enough to be part of ~635,000 dead and ~400,000 wounded.
I wouldn't deny for a second that resources are critical, but there was clearly will enough to fight and keep fighting.
523  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: July 22, 2014, 10:25:12 PM
Sure, nobody's hands were clean.
Truth.

Quote
Edit: any cheap shots at Lincoln's character though are unwarranted. The man was POTUS; was his "logical" choice to let the US be torn apart and hope there wasn't constant warfare between them? Or that England, France, Mexico, or whoever wouldn't have gotten about gobbling up the easier to chew and swallow pieces?
Lincoln was out to preserve the Union at all costs.  He is on record as writing, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."  That's not a pretty thought, no matter how you slice it.  To have upheld that States were sovereign, was to give up on the Union.  To crush the States was to ignore the 10th Amendment.  No way to win that one.  Lincoln chose the Union.

Hopefully we can learn from history and not make so many stupid mistakes in the future.

Word is bond, sir.
Sadly I'm pretty sure we'll make them again before too awful long. Probably not slaves again, not so intentionally, but another Civil War is a possibility.
524  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 22, 2014, 10:09:06 PM
Well, the one on the left is Nichole-458 who was done by Team Ninja, whose female characters usually look more like this:

Which would impress me if it wasn't supposed to be Master Chief originally, and they decided to "make up" a character for the game at some point by giving the character a female voice.

And swear Nicky was part of HALO canon. Was kind of an overreach, but maybe they really didn't want the Chief punching little girls.
525  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: July 22, 2014, 08:22:27 PM
In other news... Grant was a drunk. Smiley

Ok, that's true.
Supposedly it was influenced by his tremendous sorrow at being separated from his family my his role in the war, but there's no one contesting that it was his enduring personal failing.
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