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Inhuman Strain

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  1. I've always loved music of all sorts, from electronic/ambient to rock to jazz to baroque to Celtic folk. However, the one that has generally moved, excited, and interested me the most has always been metal. I'm always fascinated by the genre's unashamed flirtations with melancholy, taboo subjects, dark themes, violence, technicality, experimentation, raw abrasion, and unapologetic anarchy. As these are recurring themes/traits of Doom, I figured I'd chalk up a thread about it: Anyone interested in metal music of any kind, come here and discuss it (favorite bands, influence, preferences, etc). I usually lean more into experimental thrash vein, and usually like it with a punk edge (since that's where I discovered music). I appreciate a lot of the obvious "mainstream" metal bands aped by Bobby Prince in Doom's soundtrack (Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, etc). However, I have as of late taken a great interest in a lot of the more underground bands such as: Venom Voivod Bathory Nocturnus Engine Mind-A-Stray Sodom Celtic Frost DRI Qwestion Edguy Crumbsuckers Godflesh Green Jelly (more of a silly joke band, I know, but skilled in the art of catchy metal riffage) Zarach 'Baal' Tharagh (this guy releases dozens of low-budget bedroom black metal demos a year, and most of them suck, but every once in a while he produces a really good one) Thoughts?
  2. +1 Though many RPG-snobs may find statements like that boorish and ignorant, it really is the better way to go. Despite what the arrogant "literary elite" are bound to say, games which focus on gameplay become more worthwhile and cerebral than those which are based around a cliche plot (i.e. Final Fantasy). Games should be games first and foremost. Playing Doom 3, I really just felt like I was walking through a horror movie. I don't think it was a bad game, but it did not have much charm or replay value. The movement was somewhat cumbersome and annoying, too. Id have it in them to make a classic game again. It may not be groundbreaking, but it can be fast-paced, intense, and anarchic like the classic series while taking advantage of new technology to make the engine, gameplay opportunities, AI, and weapon characteristics much better. Actually, if they do it right, it could even be head and shoulders above the classic series. Only they could accomplish that. We'll just have to see.
  3. I've read some polls about players' favorite Doom I-II weapons all around. The most popular choices were, understandably, the shotguns. However, given the choice between both shotguns, a lot of Doomers still chose the regular over the super. I'm personally asking why there is enough of an advantage in this over the super shotgun. Granted, the reload time is quicker, but the advantage of the extra damage arguably outweighs that, and the time it takes for you to take out a pack of zombies with the regular shotgun is at least as long. Precisely what is it that keeps some Doomers coming back to the regular shotgun? How is the quicker reload time that much more worth it?
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    I hate grades

    I'm not really ever bummed by grades so much as their grave implications. I loathe the notion that our intelligence and worth is determined by scores in institutions, but that seems to be the only true scientific proof of intelligence other than IQ tests (with the rare exception of "classic geniuses" such as Einstein). The "education" system irritates me because it fosters homogenization and ass-kissing, and seems to center around memorization and tedious "search and destroy" assignments...But at the same time, I'm really just bitter because I don't make the honor roll cut despite my efforts, which implies I'm unintelligent. Of course, a lot of potentially smart people like my dad did terribly in school, but often times that's because of sheer delinquency (screwing around, not showing up, not giving a shit, etc). When you're as serious as I am about it (even though I can't stand school), it's hard to chin up. I think a lot of it has to do with my terrible attention span: I hate being told to sit still, be quiet, face forward, and swallow a bunch of information for 1-2 hours. My GPA isn't bad -- it's about 3.7 right now -- but it's not satisfying, especially for all the effort I put into it. Also frustrating is the fact my cumulative GPA has more or less sat at the same spot for 3 semesters despite the fact that I got a 4.0 and 4.33 for the last two. It doesn't make sense. My semester GPA throughout all my high school years has mostly A's and some B's (I'm in my senior year now), and yet they've more or less kept me at the same spot the whole time. I sadly suspect that they count in weekly/monthly grade reports within those semesters, chronicling all my slumps/dry spells (I sometimes sink as low as a D before I come back up to an A in a semester) and counting it in to roughly bring me back to the same place I started, no matter how hard I try. Terrible.
  5. Games and entertainment like the Doom franchise surely attract a lot of outsiders. Loners. Misfits. Black sheep. Or maybe not. But we've probably all felt this way about something, whether it be about an album, book, movie, game, or Hostess pastry. The first thing that comes to mind for me is the live action Street Fighter movie. I thought it was awesome, even the bad parts for their entertainment value (Jean-Claude Van Damme's Belgium accent making his words undecipherable, a few unexplained sudden changes, and a silly cartoon-like atmosphere). The action/dilemma itself was well-coordinated, complete with impressive martial arts and the right amount of campy atmosphere. It's pretty much lampooned by everybody. I agree that the Super Mario Bros movie was shit, but definitely not Street Fighter. I owe a lot of that to the fact that I watched the movie before I ever really played Street Fighter (if I remember), so I didn't have any expectations as to how related to the game the movie should be (which apparently wasn't that much). Also, I like Metallica's St. Anger to a certain extent. It had some great parts that were merely misused, overdone, and poorly produced. The riffs and melodies were great, it was their arrangement that was bad, and this could be fixed if they went in and re-recorded it. I definitely do not think it deserves the worldwide scumsucking hatred and "crime against humanity" notoriety it has today. Anyone else?
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    Sean Hannity: Freedom Scammer

    Can't say I can think of a single mainstream political pundit that was really worth listening to.
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    Big fight tactics

    Yeah, door-covering and infighting works well, but I'm a Nightmare player, so in that case the aliens would resurrect pretty quickly anyway. :(
  8. Remixes of video game soundtracks, especially MIDI tracks, usually aren't up to par. Especially because they replace the fat-sounding drum machine with some sampled dance beat, and soften up all the instruments so they blur together, and it ends up sounding like some lounge pop shit. I prefer the cheesy old MIDI sound.
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    Random stuff you like that virtually everyone hates

    Here's another one: MIDI music. I really like it. I like the weird tones, the stock, upfront recording quality, the cheesy and fat sounding fake drums, all of it. I've heard many remixes of video game soundtracks including that for Doom, but at the end of the day, I always go back to that honky-ass MIDI version. If I could, I'd compose MIDI music.
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    Who do you miss?

    Whoever inspired some of the Forum Guidelines section in the FAQ. I can totally tell that shit was based on actual members. They must have been hella funny.
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    What monster are you?

    I figure a Chaingunner or Arachnotron.
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    Where's Waldo/Wally?

    I don't know, though a morbid part of me hopes so just so that I'd have an excuse. :P Really though, as I mentioned before, in all the years I read those Waldo books, I never searched for what the author wanted me to find. I was always engrossed in everything else that was happening. It hadn't even occurred to me for years that there was an objective to those books. I know they didn't help me anyway because I've always been bored easily and am always drifting off to other things.
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    Where's Waldo/Wally?

    They sure as hell didn't for me.
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    Whats your Doom Origin?

    I don't remember what I read/heard that compelled me to try and get Doom. I was 11, got my first laptop -- complete with wireless internet -- and, after playing/reading about games like Marathon, stumbled across the word Doom. I vaguely remember watching my uncle play Doom years ago when I was little, and it was kind of scary to me at the time. When I finally downloaded the demo years later, however, I wasn't really scared (although I kind of wish the game was as scary as I remember it). I still remember what the webpage looked like -- with the Doomguy HUD face above the download link -- and the feeling of curiosity and excitement as I opened the downloaded demo folder and saw the Doomguy's face again on the icon. I clicked and played, immediately enthralled by the rocking music and corpses laying before me in the Hangar (played on lowest difficulty, of course). Once I grasped the controls and movements, I enjoyed the fuck out of it. I remember I played that demo for hours every day, beating it several times. I got fairly good: Within months I had accelerated to Ultra-Violence level, although never really bothered to push myself to Nightmare until years later. Eventually I found out Doom had become abandonware and got the full version off Macintosh Garden (yes, I am a Mac user, big whoop), followed by Doom II and Plutonia (which I didn't yet bother to finish). I sort of left the game behind for a while, but have since come back as enthralled now with the game as I was back then to try and take it on in Nightmare mode.
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    Random stuff you like that virtually everyone hates

    Another one: Bad Religion's Into the Unknown album...You know, the out-of-print one where they're playing keyboard-laden hard rock instead of the usual punk? That's actually a damn good album. I was just listening to it in my car today.
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    Liberal atheist monogamists have highest IQs

    I say this is just another skewed example of biased partisan whackjobs indulging in junk science to elevate themselves, and I'm an atheist. The same has been done for conservatives and theists as well. I'm still waiting for the scientific evidence confirming my suspicion that academic success is a bad way to measure/compare someone's intelligence. I've always suspected that the only thing inherently determined by someone's big-ass GPA is their dedication to the system...But of course, what scientific proof is there for that?
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    Where's Waldo/Wally?

    a These quotes made me laugh hard. :) It's funny: I had those books for years and never really remember actually trying to search for anything, just marvel at the pictures for hours, looking at all the amazing patterns, jokes, color schemes, etc. I guess I've just never really liked following rules. :/ I still remember to this day a lot of the things I saw in The Great Waldo Search and Where's Waldo In Hollywood?. I'm not much into art, but I truly do think that Martin Hanford is a talented, diligent, and innovative artist.
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    Random stuff you like that virtually everyone hates

    This has to be one of the coolest quotes I've read on this board so far.
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    Doomworld Metal Thread (surely Doomers enjoy metal)

    Some of them. Too bad emos are a crime against humanity.
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    Doomworld goons' hobbies/fetishes

    Ha ha, I like how you seriously equated internet heckling for a dumb mistake to violent victimization in a real-life ghetto. Laser tag! I forgot about that! That might be something I could try and get into if not paintballing. What are the multi-system tournaments like?
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    Doomworld Metal Thread (surely Doomers enjoy metal)

    Hell yeah to Behold...the Arctopus. I enjoy them as well, though I wasn't sure if they qualified as metal. Same with Don Caballero and Dysrhythmia.
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    Doomworld goons' hobbies/fetishes

    I have two different kinds of interests: Current interests and prospective ones. Lately I've been feeling out all sorts of different things I would like to do, but I'm a very busy and worn-down high school senior and don't really have the time, energy, or resources to actively pursue all of them (even though I apparently have the time, energy, and resources to fuck around on Doomworld, however briefly). My current interests are drumming/music, reading/writing, gaming, and all-around "degenerate art". I'm not a professional musician, but I've been playing the drums for over 3 years so far and just recently joined a band that I think is actually going somewhere. I had been in several bands (or attempts at bands) before and none of them ever came together. These guys, however, already know a manager and a photographer, and I know a producer. We've been diligent and focused for the most part, so I imagine I'll finally go somewhere musically. Writing is something I think I've always been inherently good at (at least as far as my skills/talents go), and I like writing both fiction and nonfiction. I like books by authors like Michael Crichton that reconcile science with fantasy, and I hope to one day write a book that will have a similar effect. Gaming is something I sort of forgot about for a while, including Doom, but lately I've returned to it and discovered that it's still one of my top interests (Warcraft, Doom, Lode Runner, and Myth are some of my top games now). My prospective interests -- which I may or may not actually end up enjoying -- include computer programming, psychology, studying/reading up on political/world issues, and doing something a bit more athletic/physical (lately I've thought about trying to find some people to just play hockey with, maybe street hockey). I've never been that active, but I've decided lately that I would like to be to some extent. Hockey seems like a good sport, with a good balance of strategy and full-on contact (that and when I had to take summer PE and we played hockey, everyone told me I had a good slapshot). I like to study, but I hate school, since it's based so much on a standardized pace, busy work, memorization, and moral indoctrination. I prefer learning important shit on my own time and not trivialized data for someone else. I also like playing in the McDonalds ball pit and searching for coins in the change boxes of vending machines. I've never been into collecting stuff. My only fetish is bondage.
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    Random stuff you like that virtually everyone hates

    Yeah, I don't really buy into the popular games today (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Halo, etc). Too much endless menial tasks, social networking, attempts at creating a surrogate reality, and attempts at being "realistic". I want to play a game to develop skills and get away from the monotony of life, not create a false extension of it.
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    Random stuff you like that virtually everyone hates

    Indeed. Even the biggest haters of the film applauded Julia and were sympathetic to him. Kind of unfortunate that his last film was a sort of career flop, just like John Candy with Wagons East. Yeah, finding the right specific audience for overly modulated online games can be a bitch. It's even worse for people like me who play classic Unreal online, since there are hardly any games (especially Co-op) games WITHOUT a shitload of mods (which ultimately makes the gameplay incredibly cheap and ridiculous).
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    Doom 1 or 2?

    Ah, I see. As for that post, I agree that the level design wasn't completely perfect, but there was great use of complex structure and balance of open/closed spaces. As mentioned before, it was conducive to fun/challenging gameplay and that's good enough for me. Also, the second to last picture you posted reminded me of Day of the Tentacle (don't know if that rings a bell, but it was where the Sludge-O-Matic was releasing toxic mutagen into the river, which ended up transforming a tentacle into a mutant genius after he drank it).