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So. That Diablo: Immortal, huh?

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 06 Nov 2018 01:14

Well, I got it when I started watching the video. It's a pretty cool technology. I just thought it was funny too.

I feel like it might proliferate greatly in the VR gaming space.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 18 Oct 2018 17:44

… I will assume I did a poor job explaining why I posted the videos. It is clearer in the second one linked.

The character's facial expressions and head movements are being mapped in real-time by the player using their webcam. It is clearer in the second video since the twitch streamer's face is also being shown on screen.

This tech allows for nonverbal communication between players — eye rolls, head nods, winks — without keyboard commands or emotes. I'm feeling like that is damned impressive (though of course trolls will ruin it for everyone).

… or maybe I'm overly impressed with it and its no big thing?

EDIT: someone using this while in the character creation screen, testing it out

by Seijin8Seijin8, 17 Oct 2018 21:29

So, I checked it out thinking, "ugh, Star Citizen. How much money have they spent on that unreleased beta now?"

I'm glad I checked out the video, at least. I feel like the Elevator of Death/ What is Life angle deserves some indepth exploration by us all.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 16 Oct 2018 17:37

A Twitch streamer playing with the FOIP system in Star Citizen. Thought it was worth a laugh.

EDIT: And another. The streamer is DeeJayKnight btw.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 12 Oct 2018 12:58

I… um… well, I'm glad that I spoke too soon, that's for sure.

But would it kill y'all to check in every once in a while?! :p

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 09 Sep 2018 06:01

Some of us are around, lurking, but personally I don't have much pop-culture or gaming stuff to discuss, and little enough time (and brains to spare) for reading. Still pop by to see if some discussion happened while I was away, but many of the more recent ones I didn't feel the need to engage in. *shrug*

I find it unlikely that AWTR has run its course, but I'm not sure what there is to unify the remaining stragglers here, beyond the occasional EA/BW fail.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 03 Sep 2018 07:05

Huh? That's weird. Thought I heard a noise in the other room. What's that lump under that blanket on the couch?

Because it hasn't been done in ages.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 30 Aug 2018 18:00

<Host stirs from couch>

"Hrm, sorry? Shit, sorry, conked out there for a bit. Need a drink? Should still be some snacks there on the table. If not, lemme go for a corner store run, back in a few…

<Host falls asleep again on couch>

by Delta VDelta V, 27 Aug 2018 04:32

So, I guess the dinner party is over.

I must be one of those guests, still sitting in his seat, thinking, "Oh, they've just stepped out for a bit, they'll be back."

Whatever has happened to us all, I hope that anyone reading this knows how much I appreciated all the wonderful people who came and went as part of All Were Thematically Revolting. I met you all in an exciting and meaningful time in my life, back in 2012.

With you, I shared Mass Effect, thoughts on storytelling, and reviews on movies, and even sent one of you a couple of video cards once.

Through you, I discovered a passion for writing stories, and through your encouragement and support, have managed to find a very peaceful life, even if I often miss being able to spend some minutes from my day ingesting your daily thoughts on art, literature and games.

When the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3 released, many of you despaired because for you, it meant the end of Mass Effect. I was scared at the time, not only because I wasn't yet ready to let go of Mass Effect myself, but because I had met you all through that game, and was afraid of losing you all.

I am glad to see that my worries back then were unfounded. You have all given me so much, it brings me to tears just to say 'thank you' to each and every one of you. I miss jbauck's stick art, and wonder what happened to her. I value Fapmaster5000's tearing down of my story, "For the Friend Who Has (Lost) Everything". I often wonder if we frustrated CulturalGeekGirl to the point that she couldn't stand us anymore. I miss frypan and osbornep's wonderful insights. I owe so much to drayfish for being the seed that gave birth to almost six wonderful years of discourse and expansion of thought.

Did you know that it was here that I recieved my first hateful message from some stranger on the internet? I'll gladly share the screenshot with you.

You all encouraged me to take an idea in my head - that about a mobster who wants out, but it all goes wrong - and give it a tangible form. I've spoken of it often because of its importance to me. It's not just important as the story that made me want to be a writer, but because you guys encouraged me to bring it to life, which lead to me wanting to be a writer. And to think, I never intended to write Sam Rivers in the first place, because I'd made it up at work one day, just to entertain myself.

You may remember at the time that I set about the fool's errand of trying to restore hope to each one of you. "We can still play Mass Effect if we interpret ending X with meaning Y!" I said. Perhaps rightly, you would have none of it. You continued to despair, and at the time, it made me feel unimportant to you. I despaired about the pointlessness of all we'd hoped for, until Delta decided to call me out on my behavior. I, in turn, told you guys how I felt, and we patched things up. I know to this day that you never meant to hurt my feelings, and I knew it back then. I bring this up because it was the incident that gave me the idea for my first novel.

Now, six years later, I'm approaching the end of the first major revision of that novel. I feel I've learned a lot, and have a pretty good story to offer you. I had been hoping to do some more edits, then ask you guys if you would be beta readers, to help "polish a turd," as they say. Now, with wonderful memories echoing in my head, the guests have all moved on.

I guess it's more accurate to say that I stepped away from the dinner party to write my book, then came back only to find everyone has already left. The room is immaculate. Dirty, half empty glasses have all been carted away and washed, now sitting in a cupboard as if nothing ever happened. The mahogany banquet table no longer bears the table cloth we wrinkled and straightened back out while trading ideas. The drops of wine we spilled on the floor during moments of excitement have been wiped away, and the chairs are lined up at the table, pristine, but empty.

Still, memories bounce off the walls. You may all move on to better things and forget me, but I will always remember you. You etched some very wonderful things into my life, and my very soul, and you were there when I changed in a lot of very big ways. Thank you all for all that you have given me. I don't know that I can give you anything nearly as important, but if I can, I will.

For now, while the dinner party may be over, I am still able to contact you guys, whether through Steam, or Twitter or whatever. I am always your friend, and I will answer any time you call. Know that, even though I fear being forgotten by you, I am working hard to move on to bigger and better things.

I hope that this collection of messages, articles and posts will remain here as an archive to that wonderful time.

Until next we meet.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 22 Aug 2018 08:27
by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 22 Aug 2018 07:54
edisnooMedisnooM 21 Jun 2018 00:14
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@Kita

It's quiet, too quiet.

I had read some murmurings about KK stepping down too, whether or not there's any basis to them remains to be seen. I wouldn't be surprised if she made IX her last film myself, closing out the "saga" seems as good a time as any to pass the baton on. Some people were speculating that Kevin Feige might be tapped to helm Lucasfilm next, though I'm not sure a MCU approach for Star Wars is the best course.

And speaking of, it looks like after Solo's poor performance so far Lucasfilm has put it's other planned side stories on hold to focus on IX. Probably not a terrible idea to give them a good think over to avoid running into more Solo production shenanigans.

Oh and after a brief blip of Comcast making a bid for Fox it looks like Disney's planned purchase is back on track. I get the concerns about the House of Mouse owning everything, but I still can't help but feel excited at the prospect of X-Men and Fantastic Four joining the MCU.

Re: Vader

That's not a bad idea. Rebels did something kind of like that with Ahsoka, although she seemed to realize pretty quickly after Vader showed up who he was, they still had the big reveal when they duelled later on. Done right and if they made Anakin really likable in the prequels, the audience realization that he was now "twisted and evil" could be quite effective. Ah well, c'est la vie.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 21 Jun 2018 00:14

Speaking of Star Wars, there's been a lot of talk and speculation regarding Kathleen Kennedy being fired. I remembering hearing somewhere that in about September, there might be an announcement that she's "stepping down" to "let someone else helm Star Wars" and all that.

Just rumor and speculation, as far as I know, but interesting that so many people are thinking the same thing lately.

Re: Vader

I was thinking that the story overall would be told differently, probably something where we meet adult Anakin, and he's a pretty cool dude who loves his girlfriend/ fiancee/ wife or whatever. Obi Wan's speeches about his experiences with Anakin make it really difficult for the Empire/ Father moment to come off as a surprise, since you'd probably have to see Anakin's fall to the dark side.

Maybe the surprise could be changed from "whoa, he's Luke's father," to "whoa, Anakin's still ALIVE?!" Something like that?

Anyway, yeah. It's too quiet around here. Makes me paranoid.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 18 Jun 2018 23:16
edisnooMedisnooM 07 Jun 2018 00:31
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@Kita

I have not seen Solo. To be honest the idea of it didn't really enthrall me so I wasn't in a rush, then I read some reviews and the reviews prompted me to look up more spoilery reviews, and at this point I don't have any burning desire to see it. It sounds like it could be aggressively fine. It also kind of sounds like some of their handling of the titular character was a bit strange, like answering things that I don't think anyone even questioned. I may check it out on Netflix later on but at the moment I don't feel like paying full theatre prices to see it.

Re: Vader

That's a tricky one. I think if they started with Anakin older in Episode 1 or had more movies to work with they could establish them as separate characters somehow, while giving Anakin a reason to fall to the dark side with out blatantly doing so. You could have Vader's motivations being grey and mysterious maybe even helping them against the Seperatists and Sith if they were still in the plot. Then Anakin is "betrayed" by Vader perhaps during Order 66 and Obi-Wan goes after him and defeats him, but it's never revealed that they are the same person. And this would need to somehow fit with Darth Vader being a jedi and Obi-Wans pupil.

It would take a better mind than I to make that all work. :-)

As for Darth becoming a title, I think that started with Darth Maul and Sidious, at least canonically. I don't know enough about the old EU to say for certain, but I don't recall too many Darth's existing before then.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 07 Jun 2018 00:31

I've heard good things about Cobra Kai. I'll have to discover the means to use it sometime soon.

Anyone seen Solo? Can't say I'm at all curious. It's good enough for me that Han is just some badass dude who shoots first.

For fun, I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to write a Prequel Trilogy where the father reveal in Empire is still a surprise for the audience. My thought is that the key is to make it seem like Vader and Anakin are two separate entities, and then have Anakin appear to die near the end, where Vader 'survives.' But damned if I know how to pull that off.

The things that keep defeating me are what Obi Wan says about Anakin in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. He witnessed Anakin's rise and fall, and all that.

My conclusion thus far is that the only way to keep that surprise is to not do any prequels, and leave Vader's stuff as backstory. As far as I'm concerned, the Prequel Trilogy never happened because so much of it doesn't line up with the originals, but still. It's a fun test of creativity.

Also, when did "Darth" become a Sith rank? Obi Wan says, "a young Jedi named Darth Vader" in A New Hope.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 01 Jun 2018 17:47
edisnooMedisnooM 31 May 2018 00:04
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Sorry again for my (continued) tardiness.

@FM5K

I'd heard something about that but not actually watched it yet. I haven't actually watched Karate Kid (original) in years, but as I recall sweeping the leg solves all your problems.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 31 May 2018 00:04

Hey all, sorry I've been away! I should be more available Don. For now, let me just say…

WATCH COBRA KAI!

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 11 May 2018 21:02
edisnooMedisnooM 09 May 2018 23:58
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@Kita

Well, I mean it would be nice of you. :-)

And agreed I think they handled it very well. I've been impressed with the Russo's so far, but even after Civil War which had a lot of players, the shadow of AoU hung over this movie and I was wondering how the ever increasing roll call would work but I think they pulled it off nicely.

They've also said that Avengers 4 will likely be longer than this, so probably 3 hours is a safe bet. I vote we bring back intermissions.

Also fun fact, someone tallied the characters screen time and Thanos came out ahead at about 30 minutes I believe. Certainly goes with the protagonist idea they were talking about.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 09 May 2018 23:58

Whoa! There are people here! I should put my pants back on.

I went into Infinity War wondering how they'd pull it off structurally. It turned out to be a pretty simple and yet effective solution, and it worked. Instead of feeling bloated and diluted, the film feels focused, where each scene and character is driving towards, and building up to, a goal. Overall, it's pretty grimdark for a Marvel film, but the humor helps keep it from being exhausting. And yeah, it's long. But to me, it didn't feel like it was. The ending really left me interested to see where it goes next.

The solution was to use the opening scenes as the entire first act, then the rest of the movie is a giant second act, split into several managable threads to keep scenes from becoming bloated in and of themselves. So simple, yet so effective. I'm still impressed.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 07 May 2018 17:24
edisnooMedisnooM 05 May 2018 00:31
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Ahem, well sorry for my personal tardiness of late, hectic schedules etc. and whatnot. But managed to find time come up for air and report on my recent viewing of Avengers: Infinity War.

On the whole I found it to be a fairly enjoyable experience. It is a Marvel movie which at this point you kind of know what to expect, there are jokes and witty banter which I can see why some people might not care for but I liked them. The action is exciting and epic, there are even a few quite moments that peer beneath the heroic surface of some characters and give glimpse of the "human" beneath.

I thought the cast was pretty good all round, and some of the definite highlights for me were the new teamups we haven't seen before. I quite like Thanos in this which was something of a worry going in. I think they did a pretty decent job of laying his character out. I think the Russo's made some mention of him being the protagonist of the movie and I can see that.

I was also quite impressed that although this movie had probably as much or more going on as Age of Ultron it felt much better paced, and not as crammed together. There is lot happening but it seemed to flow together quiet well.

So yeah, if you like the Marvel movies thus far you'll probably like this too, and worth checking out.

Some spoilery stuff:

by edisnooMedisnooM, 05 May 2018 00:31
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