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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 20, 2014, 04:25:09 PM
Film Brain's take on the events surrounding The Interview
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 19, 2014, 04:22:47 PM
Official Call of DutyŽ: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies Teaser Trailer

Z-Corp material?
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 04:14:26 PM
Y'know, I have to wonder if they had used a stereotypical stand-in for Jong-un in a suspiciously-similar-to-but-totally-not-North-Korea, if we would be having this happen in the first place.

As for whether or not it was right for Sony to pull out?  Don't know, I don't have the info they have on their end.  All I know is that when theaters tried to replace The Interview with Team America: World Police, Paramount ordered their showings to be cancelled.
And really, Sony's well within their right to pull whatever movie they make, particularly if they feel there is a real chance of people getting hurt because of it.  We can snidely second-guess their decisions, but it is their choice, not ours.

That said, I sense a techno-thriller in the making now...

Edit- Dangit, people, quit commenting so quickly!
4  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Another gadget gone real on: December 18, 2014, 09:40:25 PM
I wonder what would happen if you combined EXACTO with the TrackPoint system?
Answer: Fighter Jet Infantry.  Now we just need to add jetpacks...  Or better yet, those exo-suits with boosters...
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 18, 2014, 06:48:47 PM
Extra Credits - Mechanics and Tone - How Does Gameplay Relate to Story?
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 16, 2014, 11:09:42 PM
Meet Robin William's Last Role: as Absolutely Anything's Dennis the Dog, given the power of speech and rational thought by Simon Pegg's character (who gained the ability to "do anything" by aliens).
7  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: December 16, 2014, 11:01:48 PM
  Morphing weaponry is not beyond the scope of the Farthest Star tech base - the T-1000 would be considered a fairly common robotic application. Using programmable fluids for a morphing sniper barrel is a bit higher level of hardness and precision than I was planning on (call it expensive rather than impossible). That said, complete multiple weapons systems (e.g. slug thrower and gauss) are probably out. I'll have to see what gameplay characteristics define the assault rifle before commenting further. Simply changing tags may be the most important feature - in Mode A it tags as a sniper rifle and benefits from that feat chain. In Mode B it tags as an assault rifle engaging those feats. The basic chambering remains the same and it seems to draw form a single ammo type (which looked damn near to being a revolver cylinder being slapped into the frame...).

Had to hunt it down, but here's gameplay of the Tiberium morph rifle in action.  From the looks of it, it's less T-1000 and more Transformers tech meshing multiple fold-up weapons into one frame.
Which brings up an interesting point: guns that fold up into a smaller frame for transport.
8  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Another gadget gone real on: December 16, 2014, 10:51:54 PM
The EXACTO rounds were in the old Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier from few years back.

Yup.  Sure made sniping easier in that game.

Another game that used something similar was the FR-27 S.F.R. (aka Combat Rifle) from Deus Ex: HR.  Link it up to an advanced HUD, and you could be shooting around corners like crazy.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 16, 2014, 10:43:03 PM
Don't know if this deserves to be here or in cool videos, but I think this is indicative of how tired we are of TV's talking heads when it comes to politics.

Mom scolds bickering pundit sons live on C-SPAN
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: December 15, 2014, 03:31:02 AM
US Navy's got a working laser weapon now

I love how they use a weaponized video game controller to aim the thing.

Aaaand DARPA's developed homing bullets, currently in .50 cal, though it can probably be miniaturized further.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 14, 2014, 07:32:06 PM
Article I, Section 8, Clause 1
U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8  I'm not sold on NASA being part of the general welfare, and the DEA certainly is not.

It means it's constitutional  for congress to spend money on whatever it decides is in the government and people's interests.

And whatever you feel about the space program, it's in a country's best interest to have control of the space above its territory.

Not to mention, like MovieBob pointed out, do we really want First Contact to be made by the SS Mountain Dew, crewed by the "stars" of "Who Wants 2 Go 2 Space"?
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 14, 2014, 07:15:03 PM
Well this is something interesting.  That Rolling Ball Droid From The Force Awakens Trailer Wasn't CGI.  For real, it's actually an actual prop, which Luke Skywalker himself got to play with.  Wow.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 12, 2014, 10:41:13 PM
NASA gets 2% boost to budget

What's interesting is that supposedly NASA's getting half a billion dollars more than what they asked for.  Looks like the program isn't going away as some people might have thought.
14  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: December 12, 2014, 05:40:20 PM
Ramble ramble ramble cool pic meant to help convey the setting inefficiently, with an aside that the look of the metal is what I meant by "tank metal".  Continuation of wordage white noise, HEAVY METAL!  Blah blah blah, promises to finish...

Yep, enough for government work. Tongue
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 10, 2014, 03:17:29 PM
Mad Max: Fury Road - Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer

The Great Sony Hack has dug up these gems:

Sony is Planning a Men in Black-Jump Street Crossover Movie

Sony and Marvel Almost Agreed to Share Spider-Man - This one probably will tick off fans to no end.
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