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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 07:04:12 PM
Went to see Cap America again with my bro.  Improved theater experience is an improvement, and he had a blast.  So yeah, if you haven't yet, go see it.

Really, if there's one thing I still have a hang-up about, it's how in superhero movies that military equipment only exists to blow up.

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2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Webcomics on: April 19, 2014, 12:35:20 PM
Samples.
Even an ounce of an otherwise unknown alloy would be enough.
Don't sell the whole tank. Just whet some appetites first.

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3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Webcomics on: April 18, 2014, 08:03:36 PM
Hey, y'know how in speculative fiction that there's always "re-discovered technology of a lost age"?  And such technology usually is central to a story?

4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: April 17, 2014, 09:58:03 PM
Now, we know not to get our hopes up, but scientists have discovered the first Earth-sized planet that could support life.

At the very least, we could colonize this some day.  Here's hoping.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: April 17, 2014, 01:15:44 PM
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6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 16, 2014, 09:59:20 PM
The panel that Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced at.

Includes one of the faction options (Daoming Sochua, Pan-Asian Cooperative) with mention of a second (American Reclamation Corporatocracy, aka "FaceGoogle"), as well as some concept art of some aliens and the Marine progression for the Purity Affinity (Space Marine, basically).
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: April 16, 2014, 12:26:34 AM
I hate putting whole posts in spoiler tags, but...

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8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 13, 2014, 04:56:11 PM
Gamespot's week-long look at Civ: BE

So it seems Domination is also a victory condition that any Affinity can get.
Funny thing, I clicked the video they have about it, which is the announcement trailer, and what ad did I get before it?  Civ: BE's announcement trailer.   Grin
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 13, 2014, 09:51:34 AM
I don't suppose there's a PC version?

It's on Steam.  Though it might be buggy, just as warning.  Actually, that's like one of the few positive reviews of the Star Trek game I've seen since it came out.  Though don't get me wrong, I'm all for finding positive things about games that weren't necessarily scored high, since I've more than my share of games I've enjoyed that only got meh reviews (RE 6, anyone?).  I just know the Star Trek game has a 43 metacritic score, is all.

It turns out Firaxis picked the wrong music for their trailer. Here's a much better version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_WSgMhfuic
True Story.   Grin

Ha, true dat.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 12, 2014, 03:55:11 PM
Ok, so with the admittedly limited amount of info I can glean about Beyond Earth (PC Gamer, Escapist), the way factions play out is thus:

-8 Political Factions, each with distinct personalities.
-"Players can choose their colonists, cargo, and choice of spacecraft during the seeded start, each of which gives them a different outcome when the game starts."
-As the game progresses, your faction can proceed down one of three different "Affinities", which represents how your faction approaches it's relationships with an alien environment.  This Affinity directly effects the type of tech you can get throughout the game.
-Affinities are not inherently militaristic, economic, etc.  "You can play canonical Civ gametypes with each one. Each are different takes."
-Each Affinity has a specific win condition that only it can get.  The path to this win condition is started rather early.  Furthermore, there is a fourth win condition that all three Affinities can get.

Affinities

Harmony- Seeks to become one with the alien environment, both by taming the local fauna, and by evolving the human body to be more in line with their new world.
"Their territory is large, they grow very easily, they have a lot of free movement over the terrain. They're very fluid, they're very nimble."
"can take advantage of all the things that are threatening to you in the beginning of the game, even to the extent that they start to design their own alien creatures. You get to play these big alien things at the end of the game, they even ride them. They're not space elves, they're still very tough. In fact, the ground unit trajectory for Harmony, they look like Football players, huge genetically modified guys."
"They've got as much influence from the Predator as they do from Avatar."
Harmony's victory condition is Transcendence (become one with the planet), which is a shoutout to Alpha Centauri.

Supremacy- Believes technology is the salvation of mankind, "So, robotics, advanced artificial intelligence, machinery, things that are immune to an alien world and the depths of space. They start to leave behind organic ties, including up to a point their own bodies, eventually."
"is very finesse oriented. It's going to be about building units and putting them in a geometry that lets them harmonize with each other. You have units that are very specialized, but if put in the right places relative to others, you get a lot of buffs that way."
"high level Supremacy marines will look like these lithe, robotic gleaming things."
Supremacy's victory condition is Emancipation (conquest of old Earth).

Purity- Tries to preserve the idea of humanity when "faced with, as the quote goes, 'the unimaginable strangeness of space'".
"tries to push away the alien, they try to make the planet more like Earth, they try to avoid conflict with the alien life forms by building massive defenses, by being tough and very hard to kill, very secure in the territory they've made safe."
"Mechanically, the Purity player is the one that's going to put guns on things. Giant platforms with lots of guns.  We're going to build a fortress, and we're going to make it fly."
"the Purity marine, which is really heavily armored with a heavy bore gun."
Purity's victory condition is The Promised Land (bring Earth settlers to the new world).

Additionally, all three affinities can attempt the Contact victory condition, where you make contact with an alien civilization.

Personally, I find this idea of mix-and-matching your faction (do you play an economic minded Harmony, or a militaristic Purity?  Maybe a religious Supremacy?) intriguing, both from a gameplay and a philosophical standpoint.  Might even spin up a thread talking about what type y'all would take in that situation.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 12, 2014, 11:02:16 AM
Whelp, no live stream, no XCOM.  There will be Civilization: Beyond Earth, supposedly "Inspired by Alpha Centauri".  So, y'know, that's something.

EDIT-Oh hey, an official trailer
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 12, 2014, 09:09:05 AM
In a hour and a half (as I'm typing this), we will know what Firaxis's next big project is going to be.  Naturally, we don't know what it will be.  What we do know is that the only employees to tweet are three of the main leads to the XCOM game, so current money is it not being Civ.  Unless it's Alpha Centauri (because I heard somewhere that they got the license back).
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end well... on: April 12, 2014, 12:44:46 AM
A group of Israeli researchers have successfully inserted nanobots into cockroach DNA

The worst part? "creating a tiny cyborg that's capable of surviving a nuclear blast".
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: April 09, 2014, 07:08:09 PM
Don't know where to put this, so I'm just posting on the generic vid thread, but have you guys seen some of the ads on Youtube lately?  The found-footage type videos, where people are going about their day, then suddenly RATS EVERYWHERE!!!!!  Anyone have any clue what's it about?
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: April 09, 2014, 03:18:44 AM
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The Ultimate Freaking Warrior, at age 54.

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