|Quake II Action Figure||September 30, 2015, 9:34 pm|
So, I'm a bit of a Toy Collector, and I usually invest in things like Star Wars and Jurassic Park, while keeping out an eye out for Kenner's Aliens and Congo toylines. I've always held a bit of a curiosity for the Quake II figures by ReSaurus, and so I bought a loose sample, which seems to be a hard find (As eBay is otherwise loaded with MOC figures, but hardly any loose ones, much less complete loose figures).
First thing I noticed was that the figure was heavy, and six inches tall. I had figured that the figure would be about 4 inchs or so, but I didn't really know. He also featured a lot more articulation than I had imagined. Anyways, I think I'm gonna buy the whole line. Shouldn't be hard, minus finding Complete Loose versions and the Psycho figure, which was a Previews exclusive.
Here's a gallery I made of the figure.
I guess I'm just excited by the prospect of this figure, because the jam packed detailing and scale. I mean, even the guns are really detailed and nice looking.
If I'm not mistaken, ReSaurus also did a Duke Nukem line, and some other Video Game lines. I haven't encountered any of those yet, but I wonder if they're at all decent. I've seen images and a video of the Duke himself, but he seems to be poorly balanced to his Super Hero proportions (Something this Quake figure doesn't suffer from).
Also, I'd love to find the five (Six including the Hellknight variant, but I'd be happy with just the four main figures, too) figures and the BFG replica released for the Doom film as promo items, but those seem to be rather elusive. At least, I've found it hard to track them since Dr. Doom manages to seep into every search by the gallon.
|An unimportant tangent||September 23, 2015, 10:41 pm|
I was writing this lengthy novel of a post over the course of several hours, because I was doing it before and during breaks in a class. When I got home to post it, the otherwise retarded thread got Hell'd. But I don't want to waste my effort, and I present this somewhat tangible post. By itself, I guess I'm presenting a scenario of types, I lose my original point, and create a new one. I find this to be a somewhat interesting, if not utterly trivial, topic, so maybe there's an extra thought on it. But I suppose this could also be gggmork levels of blah. I don't know.
THE ORIGINAL DRAFT
Meeting these people is a mix bag. I've met guys who fit your aesthetic descriptions to a T, but are otherwise sociable and rather decent. But I've also met the kind that's "in your face batshit annoying" as well. But I've always sort of wondered what counts as flamboyant and what counts as incognitio. I like all sorts of things, and for all practical purposes, I may be this so called "geeky nerd." But I don't throw it in people's faces, as far as I know. So what counts as that? Wearing a T-shirt? A hat? I've never dyed my hair some fucked up color, and nor do I plan too. In High School I had a Cubone keychain on my backpack and used to play Pokemon on PSP during Study Halls.
There seems to be a fine variety of fine and even finer lines in terms of what is the "Flamer Geek" and what is the "Subdued Geek" (With Geek being used pretty loosely). You have two friends in the toy aisle, who are not toy collector's, who both seem to be Juniors in High School, and they're looking at the PAW Patrol (A kids show about Emergency Department dog characters who... Help people? I only know of it through processing its merchandise at the store I work at. I don't know the actual premise, but it doesn't actually matter) merchandise. One kid is dressed in the same clothes that person who you saw walking one day was wearing, like a gray sweater, some pants, and other generic looking everyday stuff. The other kid is larger, has flaming pink hair that's poofed in an attempt to look anime, has a gender you can't even begin to guess at, a mustache sharpied on their index finger, more ink on their chin in a beard like format, a shirt for a retro band (Either Hendrix or the Ramones), a Lucky Star laptop bag, ripped jeans that are "stylish," a seat-belt pants belt most likely from Hot Topic and probably says Attack on Titan on it or has the latest Generation Pokemon all over it, and probably a billion or more things making them fairly unique looking. As it happens the subdued looking kid is talking about the kids show, handling the merch, and discussing favorite characters, episodes, etc... The more flamboyant looking kid holds little interest, but seems interested in either the Pony toys or Minecraft stuff (I can't believe Minecraft has expanded into a massive toy line. I collect Star Wars and Jurassic Park merchandise [because it's cool and JP stuff may actually be worth quite a bit to other collectors down the line,e specially because of the shitty distribution], and the JP/JW stuff shares an aisle with the Minecraft stuff).
The subdued in appearance kid eventually goes off on a further tangent in their discussion, and odds are, they may hit other topics such as online communities, fanfiction, fan art, and grotesque pornographic fantasies. The more flamboyant looking kid nods their head appropriately, but otherwise doesn't add much, minus some comments here and there. They may mention that they like something too and deliberate on it for a minute before describing their thoughts. Some sub-adult eventually saunters up to them--not a store employee--and calls out the goofy looking kid for being goofy looking. They shrug indifferently and maybe say something along the lines "Of okay, whatever, dude. We like different things." The other kid goes ballistics and tries to verbally rationalize why a cartoon sheep dog should have the right to suck his cock.
So I guess looks don't count for much. Not my point, but I ended up writing all of this before a class, and now I've forgotten my original point but wrote to much to waste. But I suppose with this scenario, hardcore_gamer probably finds both terrible. But in that case, what is in your face, and what isn't? What is incognito nerd and what isn't? One may look overtly flamboyant, but otherwise doesn't push it. But, is the person still assaulting to the eyes? Are they "up in our face" on a more passive level than the subdued looking kid who is verbally bombastic? What measure is a nerd or a geek? Can such a thing be accurately gauged? It's almost a field of study, but it isn't because it'd probably be a waste of time that can be handed to professional psychologists who can look at it properly and then pass certain traits and aspects a way as phases in a kid's developmental cycle. I guess it's a weird topic in general.
But look at all of us. We sit on this forum talking about a twenty year old game, and the majority of us seemed to be somewhat fluent in pop culture trends to only a certain degree. Of course, at the same time, more of the people here are likely to judge, comment or criticize fads as opposed to take part in them, which can leave the balance skewed to some degree.
|Oi, I'm Stupid||December 7, 2014, 7:22 pm|
|Or maybe just arrogant, or lazy, or just very unwilling. I was signing up for a Graphic Design program at my Tech College, and I needed to go through an evaluation session first. There were a number of dates available, but now I waited too long because the dates, at the time, were too far off and I wasn't sure how I should schedule them. I can call, but it may be too late, and I'll have to wait another I think. God, I'm always some lazy idiot in these cases, and this really blows. Fuckin' A. /rant|
|Gaming||July 14, 2014, 1:01 pm|
...With a new (Generic run of the mill) Let's Play youtube channel. Videos are more for walkthrough purposes (Or video right now), so there isn't much for commentary. I didn't just want to ramble, so I opted for silence.
Give it a peek or two!
Decided to break away from other actual YT account in order to have a little more focus. Chaser might be a generic starting choice, but I like it, and need to finish it.
|Windows 8 Update Killz||June 19, 2014, 10:12 pm|
So I needed to restart my computer earlier and when I came back on, a folder hidden deep under other folders containing a Doom project that I hoped to be my first official foray into mapping was completely demolished. I mean, what are the fucking odds some updates installed during the restart process, updates I didn't even know would take place as it never mentioned updates before the restart, would go and kill my project folder, arguably my most important folder, and not some image folder elsewhere. Why not my screencaps? Why not a folder full of word docs? Why not my porn? But my fuckin' Doom wads?
I'm honestly not even gonna restart, simply out of frustration. I've tried to use some recovery software, but it doesn't find the files I'm looking for, only pulling up other useless junk like temp files. The folder still exists, but it's empty and it acts likes there was nothing there, ever. Cleanly wiped. I'm pissed as hell, as there seems to be nothing I can do.
|Deadeye Derby||June 3, 2014, 5:02 pm|
|I don't really play phone games a whole lot, and it's been years since I was big on Happy Tree Friends, but their new game, Deadeye Derby, is pretty damn addicting. I like to think because it's not any of those crummy flash games you'd find on the official site or some third-party site like HTFGames.com, it's like an actual refined game that finally feels fresh and original, and works as a handheld game. Controls are simply as shit, but still difficult in what's a fairly useful and creative way in the iPhone's tilt controls. It's a game where the gimmick makes sense. Plus, it's interactively gory, which is a plus concerning HTF. Anyone else play this or find any other interesting phone games?|
|Wookiepedia drawed a Fast one on ME||March 31, 2014, 8:39 pm|
|So I was geeking out about Wikia pushing a paid subscription onto the Star Wars wikia, but Wikia is apparently in the UK, so it's already April 1st over there.|
|Doom Comic||February 25, 2014, 1:55 pm|
I'll give someone six bucks for a copy. Bottom offer.
Six bucks can buy a lot, like some sodas, or candy bars. Or another comic book. Or a movie, or a game, or some normal books. Or a Goodwill shopping spree. At my local Saint Vincent DePauls, six bucks is literally 18 VHS tapes.
So who's gonna take the offer, eh?
|Just how Rare?||February 18, 2014, 9:32 am|
Just how rare are some of those older games? I mean, most people know about PowerSlave for the PC, and the only PC copy I've ever seen on eBay is this pricey bub. Even the PSX copies call for a pretty penny. But who decides this stuff? Sealed is nice, but does it warrant $350 dollars? I can't see how, unless it's the only Big Box of the game ever released anyways (And that it's otherwise hard to find the art, and in truth that's ll I'd buy it for).
But then there's all those D!Zone cds and boxes people sell for $50 plus because, why? Because it's a bunch of crappy wads for Doom? And Doom is old, which means it must be worth a lot of money! And I'm talking the cool Shovel Ware's with interesting art, but D!Zone boxes with screenshots on the box or poor looking shopped stuff that displays a proto-Doom 64 screenshot.
And then games like Chasm: The Rift, which fared better than PS critically, but was just about as hard to find: Whenever that shows up, even complete in the box it's dirt cheap compared to some of this other stuff.
Sometimes I wonder if the price is justified, like Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, where even a poor looking PS2 copy has a forty dollar price tag in a modern Game Stop. I guess because it's the only JP game that's a park building sim? A damn good one, too. I dunno, ranting about god knows what.
|Doom Write Up||December 10, 2013, 1:55 pm|
So, on this chan here I sorta treat Doom as a running joke, more or less putting it an an altar like God and praising it for a bunch of shit. I mean, it's basically for the lolz, though everyone pretty much knows this. Anyways, trying to be sentimental anyways and spreading the word of Doom like a prophet from Hell, I wrote a sorta half assed yet kinda serious write up on 20 years of a single game. Quality can be surmised by the reader.
For anyone scared by the term "pony" in the url, here's just the copy paste, though it the writing was sorta directed at the site itself. Shouldn't we all have our Doom memoir? :P
Otherwise, yes. Yes, I was totally bored in class and that was my actual motivation.
More of an announcement as opposed to anything else, it is in fact that time of yer again where a bunch of old farts on selective forums garner around and begin the annual jaded round-table discussion of the birthday of DooM, regarded as one of the more influential video games created.
Today is different though, sorta, in that it's DooM's 20th Anniversary. A lot of stuff celebrates 20ths, 30ths, and so on. Anything lower doesn't seem important enough. But 20 is a good number of years around, especially since that DooM still catch a bit of the limelight once in a while, despite being 20 years old now. Only recently did Brutal Doom (A mod for the game) make waves on the video game websites, and only recently has DooM's father, Wolfenstein, been making its own comeback tour. John Carmack resigned at iD Software, Doom 4 is still in development Hell, and Bethesda celebrates by offering us a new T-shirt to buy.
At least Carmack and John Romero (Big names for the game fyi, and the industry as a whole) offered some insightful interviews and large collections of Behind the Scenes Photographs, and Romero has either finished or is still playing a Live play through of the game with members of IGN.
Why does it seem important? Why is this 20 year old game still beating on and continuing to fight while the industry moves on? Why the hell are most of you still clinging to cartoon ponies?
Doom revitalized a genre (Note that it didn't create one, however), one still thriving today. Without it, we wouldn't have had Quake, which led to Half Life or Quake III. Without Half-Life, Valve may of not of been what it is today, and Quake III's engine still wouldn't be empowering the latest Call of Duty overload. Sure, we may have seen this all eventually with or without, but it came out at the time, and we have everything we have now because at least shit got jumpstarted somewhere. Granted, regardless, we probably still wouldn't have Half Life 3. On the bright side, maybe we could've avoided Duke Nukem Forever, too. Or at least post-poned it for another 15 years.
Say what you want about old games being drek, pointless, useless, or whatever, it's still around despite any negative criticism and regardless of how many kids died at Columbine thanks to a video game (Allegedly; remember that Lieberman was retarded), and it has stood the test of time, despite the bro gamers and 12 yr olds on TF2 and CoD.
It's still living, still beating on, still cranking out mod after mod (And the annual Cacowards, awards for Doom modding!), and above all, it doesn't care. It's still living, and that's all that matters. Who knows, maybe this pony trend and cons and the art may last 20 years too. Maybe it won't, but who can tell? Games have come and gone by the dozens, and only a few have had lasting impact. DooM is definitely one those games, along with others before and after it that managed to leave their name somewhere. It's still active as hell, even outliving its children, like Quake. Even the CoD games, which had a massive mod community for years, has fallen out flavor. Did people grow tired? Or were things getting to complex? Half Life, L4D, and other Valve titles seem to be strong still, so there's that. But Valve seemed to know what to do, and when to do it, like DooM actually.
I dunno, maybe this is all rambling without a point. Just a thread for memorium.
Happy Birthday Doom.