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« Reply #1260 on: September 12, 2014, 06:45:47 PM »

It's worth noting that Night Traps reputation is horribly, horribly overblown and misrepresented.

Sure it's as juvenile as it's inspiration of 80s slasher and girls in night gowns movies are, but the game is about switching between camera views of rooms to stop the monsters from attacking the girls in the house.

Chiller and Custer's Revenge are just horrible though.

That said, Chiller was made by a large and successful arcade game company and Custer's Revenge was made by the video game subsidiary of Caballero Home Video who was one of the largest and most successful pornography studios at the time.

As to Hitman, even cutting the criticism by half it still sounds like someone (well, several someones) need some therapy. I mean, it makes Saint's Row 3 and 4 look like paragons of morality in regards to adult content.

Mea culpa x2, both because you're correct and because I forgot to do the legwork on who produced what.

Your comparison to Slasher Movies is correct, and perhaps illustrative. Watching horny teens get butchered by monsters was a big damn industry for a while there and it's strange to me that Night Trap came under fire for being a far tamer version of a far more accessible kind of entertainment. I remember seeing the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th flicks in entirely common, conventional theaters. Night Trap required one own a Sega CD and that clearly wasn't a popular choice*.

(Well, it's not entirely strange; video games make, and made, fantastic political targets of opportunity from the the Moral Superiority Brigade. This is changing, at the appropriately glacial pace that real social changes require.)

There's an old-ish political morality chestnut that goes thus, "if you wouldn't want to see it in the headlines, don't do it." I think that's a wise lesson for gaming as well. Let the niche' splatter and molest stuff stay out in the fringes, embrace/endure the hypocrisies (fit women in martial arts gear are exploited, buff dudes are open season), plunk quarter in and carry on.

Also, word on Saint's Row. I was rather sadly surprised about how I'd set my expectations wrong. I got into 3 thinking "mayhem! explosions! gratuitous thug slaughter!" and got that, and some damn fun vehicle customization, but also with a lot of killing random people for random money, a faction entirely half of which's footsoldiers were porn stars in corsets, and general sociopathic shittiness. The opening missions are killing a bazillion laughably incompetent cops and loudly raiding a National Guard armory. Suddenly my Undecided is gigante`.

This ain't fun, this is the world through the lens of people I hunt in other action titles. Angry

That's something I'd forgotten about the modern crime sandbox titles: the world is shit, and that's how you have to look at everything you do. Everyone's done something to deserve IT, so trollololol on and get paid or die killing. Imo that's why so much of the SR/GTA/w/e NPC dialogue and actions involves insulting, arguing, lying, and abusing other NPC's -to make it clear that a near-universal moral vacuum is the way of the world, and "wrong" is merely an issue of which end of the gun one is looking down.

I give Borderlands and Gearbox no small amount of mistrust, but I've never had a bandit be less then a deserving target. All those variously hilarious and disturbing encounter-barks make clear that 99% are guilt-free kills. And the rest are Engineers who won't back off even if I do or mindless local predators.


*I also haven't researched Sega CD sales numbers because I don't really care enough about the point, heh heh. Grin
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« Reply #1261 on: September 13, 2014, 12:25:13 PM »

Saints Row 4 might be up your alley then.

It starts with a parody of Michael Bay, complete with Aerosmith soundtrack and goes completely into lunacy from there.

Fifties sitcoms, superheroes, Bona Fett costumes, rescuing Santa, Festivus, Tron, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mass Effect parodies, The Touch, text adventures, side scrolling beat-em-ups, mecha suits, power armor, talking dinosaurs, Jane Austin.

Words can not describe the insanity.

Oh, and you can play as Nolan North. Plus, the majority of the game doesn't have you killing anyone since you're in a computer sim.

I'm also not sure how I typoed morality, I meant to say maturity.
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« Reply #1262 on: September 27, 2014, 08:26:04 AM »

New studies find that 30-50% of the solar system's water predates the formation of the sun, implying that there's an abundance of the stuff in the universe.

Well, that's one plot element we can no-longer use about alien invasions.  Tongue
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« Reply #1263 on: September 29, 2014, 11:47:29 AM »

Any sci fi movie saying aliens are on earth for water must first explain why they ignored Europa and Saturn's rings before I can take them seriously. Earth isn't even the most abundant source of water in the solar system, never mind outer space. Hydrogen and oxygen are two of the most common elements in the universe, and they tend to combine with each other quite easily and violently. It would be much more implausible for there to be a dearth of extra solar water.
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« Reply #1264 on: September 29, 2014, 01:02:00 PM »

I've said it before, but the only thing really worth conquering the Earth (from a rational/economic standpoint) for is the real estate or the natives.
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« Reply #1265 on: September 29, 2014, 05:39:41 PM »

If you're going to loot a place that's occupied, you take care of the occupants first. So you take out Earth's population then you can take all the water you want from the solar system in peace.
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« Reply #1266 on: September 29, 2014, 06:02:30 PM »

Slavery makes for a more plausible story.  I didn't say better, just more plausible.
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« Reply #1267 on: September 29, 2014, 06:24:41 PM »

Y'know, I have this very interesting theory about what exactly aliens would want to go through all the trouble of just abducting humans, let alone invade.

1.) Can't be slave labor, because it's doubtful that a space faring society would need it, unless they are big on using every resource that is available.

2.) Can't be the brains, cause they always seem to abduct the dumbest people.  Sure, they could keep the smart ones, but smart people disappearing tends to be noticed.

3.) Can't be snack food.  It's even apparent to us puny earthlings, but humans make terrible meat.  Even if you go by the conspiracy that they are trying to fatten us up first, there's plenty of other Earth animals that would make for way better eats.

4.) Genetic material?  Maybe, though I doubt it's to fix their own code.  If they could do that, they could probably just synthesize what they needed.  That said, genetic manipulation possibility can also be connected to:

5.) Let's just assume, for the moment, that abductions are linked to cattle mutilations.  I know, I know, UFO conspiracy drivel, but let's just role with the idea.  Since we've already established that humans would not make good meat, then why would aliens intentionally destroy the animal that would make good meat?  Maybe they just want something else from the creatures?  Like, the genetic material?
Or maybe... want to see how humans raise them for certain things?  No, not the meat, they'd keep the body if they wanted that.

Think about it.  What is the ONE thing that humans would have that another creature would want?  Not the meat, not the brain or brawn, not even the... seed.  What does that leave?  That is connected to cows?  I'm going to assume you guys are coming to the same conclusion, but I'm going to say it anyway:

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I eagerly await having my idea being ripped to shreds by you guys.  Tongue
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« Reply #1268 on: September 29, 2014, 08:49:49 PM »

I think Men in Black had a better one.

Bored alien teenagers playing practical jokes.
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« Reply #1269 on: September 29, 2014, 09:03:27 PM »

Slavery makes for a more plausible story.  I didn't say better, just more plausible.

Not even necessarily slavery.

Teenagers from Outer Space and several others posit that aliens want our culture. It openly questions why that is, but it is the reason they 'invade'.

Flint and Wentworth's Empire series has us conquered for warm bodies and industry in a war. (Kinda.)

Drake's Ranks of Bronze and its sequels has aliens enslaving humans to fight low tech conflicts due to their political structure.

Or look at Brin's Uplift series where species are conquered and turned into clients for political and economic status and power.
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« Reply #1270 on: October 10, 2014, 03:13:11 PM »

Lo, and I have had mine own eyes opened to the cause and the solution for all the ills of our (as in, America's) once strong economy.  We need to get rid of cosplayers!

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« Reply #1271 on: October 10, 2014, 04:55:06 PM »

It sounds like James Pethokoukis is a little bitter after Hot Pikachu spurned his advances.
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« Reply #1272 on: October 11, 2014, 10:21:04 PM »

It sounds like James Pethokoukis is a little bitter after Hot Pikachu spurned his advances.

Aaaaand the counter argument.
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« Reply #1273 on: October 15, 2014, 06:22:17 PM »

We are possibly five years away from fusion reactors

So the Stargate program finally is allowed to let that tech trickle down, I see.  Wink
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« Reply #1274 on: October 17, 2014, 10:36:22 AM »

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