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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 23, 2014, 12:56:56 PM
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.

Building a Spartan

Huh, didn't know about that blog.  Just knew about Chief being the original idea.

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I know it's hip to dismiss anything as happenstance and cynical laziness,

Not so much trying to be hip...

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...just remembering that we still have a long way to go.  So I do applaud Bungie for their contributions.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 22, 2014, 09:39:33 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.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 22, 2014, 02:39:52 PM
The art's from Destiny, where I haven't seen a single instance of boob plate. Which isn't surprising considering what Nicole-458 looked like in DoA4. and then what the rest of the female SPARTAN-IIs looked like. Granted the female SPARTAN-IIs are even less feminine looking in their armor than Destiny's female Titans.

It probably helps that back in the Spartan-II days, Bungie basically didn't bother model the armor differently, used female voices, and called it progress.  Tongue

That said, they do seem to be much better about the subject than other settings.

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And then there's XCOM, because I always need an excuse to bring that game up.

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4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 21, 2014, 02:02:35 PM
Check out the new X-Wing.

...I'm sorry, I can't stop smiling.  Grin
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 18, 2014, 09:24:11 AM
So you want to see the new Doom?  To bad!  You'll have to settle for the reaction.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 10:17:52 PM
(though I'm pretty sure he's taking over as Cap in the movies come Cap 3 given Chris wants to take a break from acting around then)

That's what I mean, people who know the comics are so sure that once Chris's stint is over then Bucky's going to be Cap.  Given how popular movie Falcon is, though, this now tosses a bit of a wrench into that thought.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 17, 2014, 01:53:34 PM
For those who play Hearthstone, Curse of Naxxramas releases July 22.  First wing will be free if you catch the launch event (which will last a month).  Details here.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 11:13:25 AM
These are going to have absolutely bupkiss effect on the movies, which are drawing their inspiration from a combination of decade+ old stories from 616 and Ultimate universes.

That and the various contracts of the actors.  Of course, might be an interesting fall-back strategy in case something falls through...

I'm also wondering if Falcon's popularity in the movie version had any sway in the decision...  It would also leave their options open if they do "the death/retirement of Steve Rogers" arc.  Keep those expecting the Winter Soldier to become Cap guessing.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 12:15:23 AM

And in a one-two punch, The Falcon will be the new Captain America.  I'm wondering how this will effect the movies.  Or how long this is actually going to stay.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 16, 2014, 02:02:29 PM
Re-uploaded Firefall last night (and had to jump through a few hoops, let me tell you), which is now available on Steam BTW, and I apparently need to update my hardware, since I can barely chug along on the lowest settings.  Tongue

Oh, and it's currently on it's launch code as of yesterday, and anyone that participated in the Beta are allowed into the Early Access of it.

A few tips:

1.) If you haven't played in a while, you will need to re-upload and update your equipment.  Go to the nearest Battleframe station, and cycle through all your frames.  They are using the classic XP leveling system for frames now, and all upgrades you previously purchased will be translated into levels.  I am a level 28 Arsenal right now booting back up.

2.) Also swing by the Battleframe garage.  All your gear will be translated into a new system.  Most of your old stuff will be junk that you will need to salvage, but you will get a fair amount of Crystite, SCIENCE!, and manufacturing recourses out of it.  The rest are either straight translation of weapons and abilities to the new leveling system (though the levels you will get are a bit wonky, since I apparently built a level 30 Minigun for a level 20 Dreadnaught frame), a translation of all your servos etc. into new modules that you can slot back onto your frame, and new modules that you can slot onto your weapons.

Aesthetics, reusable items (medipacks, pets, etc.), and thumpers are carried over no problem.

3.) You will need to go to a manufacturing station to check out the research trees, also.  Any research you did before will be reset, though you will be refunded SCIENCE! points which you can use to try to climb back up the various trees.  I'd suggest picking your favorite frame, and leveling up their abilities, main weapon, secondary weapon, and all color weapon and ability modules that your frame can take (which you can check at a Battleframe Garage).  You will need to start recollecting resources to actually build anything, though.

4.) If it's been a while since you last played, you will also probably have to do the beginner missions again, including the new story missions.  You get to meet Oilspill all over again.

5.) If you are high enough level on one of your frames, you will be able to check out the new zone next door, which has a rather old west vibe to it, as will as a forest area with mutated wildlife.  You will probably be finding me in the latter, gushing over the Dire Foxes as they try to chew my face off.  Grin

Hope to see you guys there.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 15, 2014, 01:21:34 PM
By the way, Firefall's releasing July 29.  Frankly, I stopped playing when my anti-virus kept blocking the patcher from updating my game.  Although... you guys up to checking out the launch?

Sure, I haven't played it in a while so it'll be interesting (or frustrating) to see what they changed or borked.
The most recent gameplay vid I could find.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 15, 2014, 11:23:23 AM
By the way, Firefall's releasing July 29.  Frankly, I stopped playing when my anti-virus kept blocking the patcher from updating my game.  Although... you guys up to checking out the launch?
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 14, 2014, 06:13:02 PM
Meet Battleborn's characters

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They will cover more later.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 02:24:37 PM
Stumbled on this while surfing, but Appleseed Alpha's a thing.  It's supposed to be a prequel to the main story, when Deunan and Briareos were kicking around post-WWIII.  Looks like it's by the same guys who did the Starship Troopers: Invasion movie.  So it's probably going to be meh, but I might pick it up on sale on DVD.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 05:29:10 PM
TF2. Hats. True, though with an exaggerated effect imo. People obviously love them, but I'm not convinced that's they're not TF2's version of the Skinner Box phenomena. I question how many people are hat-fanatics who aren't getting a "must collect shinies" fix from another source. I also think part of it is how few other choices are native to the game. There's just a ton of fan mods for TF2, but jack-squat all that's not paid DLC besides hats.

There's also the visual science to consider.  If they are doing this right, each character will have a unique silhouette that allows you to identify them from a distance, and via visual identification react to the certain skillset you know they will have.

Elder Scrolls gameplay is terrible. Terribad, even. What's that even mean? Crappy depth perception and curving projectiles?

I dunno, I never played Elder Scrolls.  I'm probably thinking of something else, but the point is that every character will play vastly different from each other, and that each one will be a draw for fans of certain genres.

"Everybody has a character in the game.  If you love RPGs and love playing in a fantasy world, then grab these guys over here, they'd be fun.  If I'm a dude bro shooter guy, I got dude bro shooter guys.  I love fighting games, whatever.  There's a role for everybody to come in and enjoy the game."

For instance, Thorn can jump all over the place and blast singular arrows at people.  Montana, the big guy, lops around blasting people with his big gun, but can't fit into some places.  Oscar Mike plays like most modern military shooter guys, and so on.  Supposedly the next Game Informer update will cover nine of the planned 20 characters you can choose from, so we'll have some examples.
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