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About Xcalibur

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  1. I'm all for preservation and redundancy of games. it's surprising how easily data can be lost. there are popular games for which we don't have the source code, in fact, the Prince of Persia source code was only recently rediscovered on floppy disks buried in a closet somewhere.
  2. I think there's too many drawbacks and weaknesses, especially the weakness to sunlight. it would also be a lonely existence, unless there was some undead scene I could join. however, being undead would have its advantages, you could live a long time, and you'd most likely be immune to pathogens, since you're not alive in the normal sense. then there's illusions, transformations etc which would be cool. if sunlight was just painful rather than an insta-kill, it could be viable. of course, there's the whole issue of having to feed on blood. this presents a problem: how do you suck blood without hurting innocent people? I suppose you could use stored blood from a blood bank, but I have a feeling it would taste really stale and not be very good; I think fresh blood would be best and most filling. I thought of a solution recently: I would go to some major city at night, cast an illusion to look like an attractive woman (no homo), and walk around until some scumbag started stalking/harassing. then I'd drop the disguise, use my weapons to attack and stun him, from there, drag him into an alley and feed. that way, I'd prey on not-so-innocent people. another issue is the afterlife, wtf happens to your soul if you become undead? while it's an interesting fantasy, I'm not sure if I'd go through with it.
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    React To The Profile Pic Above You

    that is fairly hardcore.
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    How would the plasma rifle in Doom work?

    thanks. and I agree, it can be interesting to speculate on how fictional concepts might work in reality.
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    How would the plasma rifle in Doom work?

    it's a fictional weapon designed with game mechanics in mind, so I wouldn't read too much into it (as Edward sardonically pointed out). another favorite game of mine, Out of This World aka Another World, has a plasma gun that I think is more realistic. it shoots a rapid bolt/short beam, which fries whatever it touches. if we somehow weaponized plasma, it would probably work more like that, rather than floating bubbles. of course, the force-fields and power shots are another matter. controlling plasma would probably involve electromagnetism, but I'd have to read up on it.
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    Things in modern gaming that you dislike

    I see lots of people criticizing cutscenes, especially if they're unskippable. personally, I think cutscenes are situational -- they're not necessarily a bad thing, but they do have to be used with care. if it's the sort of game where you want to jump in and start shooting or hacking/slashing, then cutscenes should be skippable. however, if it's an RPG that's heavily story-based, then unskippable cutscenes may be justified. to provide examples, one of my favorite NES games is Double Dragon II, a side-scrolling beat-em-up (with platforming elements mixed in); it has cutscenes telling a story throughout the game, but you can skip all except the ending sequence, as it should be. another personal favorite of mine, Chrono Trigger, has unskippable cutscenes here and there, but that doesn't detract from it at all. then again, both of those games come from a different era. I think alot of complaints about cutscenes have to do with the overall shift in games towards a cinematic presentation, in which games feel more like interactive movies than games.
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    i'm losing my joy of watching movies.

    first, why were they made female? not that I have anything against women in action roles, that can definitely work, as evidenced by Kill Bill and its resounding success. but the Ghostbusters were always dudes, and I can't think of any reason for the gender swap other than ideology. this is confirmed by Chris Hemsworth playing the stereotypical 'dumb, attractive secretary' role, which is consistent with reversing gender roles purely for the sake of doing so. it's further confirmed by the negative portrayal of male characters in the film, and the fact that they save the day by like really? that seems like a slapstick way of saying "fuck you, patriarchy!". I could disregard one of these elements by themselves, but taken together, it's sending a message. then of course, there was the whole battle with the fans, as longtime Ghostbusters fans complained about the film, said they never asked for this, stop ruining Ghostbusters, we're boycotting, etc. the response to the backlash was to double-down and call the fans a bunch of pathetic losers (one of the actresses literally said this on TV). compare this to the infamous Sonic movie (now coming out next year). when the internet relentlessly criticized/mocked the character design, they didn't flip the bird, but course-corrected and made changes. there's a big difference there. above all else, hostility to the fans is a key indicator that they're not in it to create art and entertain an audience; rather, they care about ideological orthodoxy and converting the heathens to their woke religion, and anyone who objects is treated as a class enemy.
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    i'm losing my joy of watching movies.

    yes, it is a legitimate complaint. there have always been political statements and references in media, but in the past, this was done with restraint and proportionality, so that art & storytelling were the priority. ever since Current Year began in 2014, this has changed drastically. not just film, but much of our entertainment media has been taken over by a certain political ideology and its aggressive preaching. whole swaths of our media are mainly propaganda, with entertainment as a secondary purpose at best. I guess it's easy to ignore this if you're sympathetic to the ideology being proselytized, but there's no denying that the role of politics in media is very different than it used to be. Ghostbusters 2016 was structured entirely around feminism and scoring woke points, and this was done at the expense of the original material. this applies not just to the use of female leads (with a male secretary, no less), but the rest of the movie as well. while all the other films you mentioned had political dimensions, this was done with tact, and with a priority on art & storytelling. that is, assuming your reference to Star Wars was to the Original Trilogy and not the new movies. I don't know how anyone can watch The Last Jedi and claim that the blatant ideology shoved down the viewer's throat is a 'minor theme' (it was also a soul-suckingly terrible movie, but that's an aside). all this goes back to my main point: there's a difference between political messaging and all-out propaganda, and recent entertainment media is dominated by propaganda. ~~~ OP: there's still good stuff out there, it's just harder to find. for example, Alita Battle Angel was a quality action movie. if it gets a low critics score but a high audience score on rotten tomatoes, that's a very good sign. you can also go back to the classics -- not too long ago, I rewatched the Star Wars OT (harmy's despecialized) and some of Akira Kurosawa's work. it's nice to be reminded of what it's like to watch an actually good film, too easy to forget nowadays.
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    A perspective on morality as a duality

    I wouldn't say tribalism is an insurmountable mental barrier, but it is a pervasive influence, which consistently skews our perception of right and wrong.
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    A perspective on morality as a duality

    I agree that tribalism is a major influence on us. Roughly speaking, civilization is about 10,000 years old; for 100,000 years before that, we lived primarily as hunter-gatherer tribes. therefore, the tribal way of life, and the needs of a tribe surviving in a hostile environment, had a profound influence on who we are, and this includes morality. for example, in-group/out-group preference. in a tribe, your survival directly depends on your fellow tribe members, not on other tribes. if some other tribe 20 miles away gets wiped out, that's only a concern insofar as it means there may be a danger to your own tribe. otherwise, their deaths don't really affect you. but conflicts, misfortune, deaths within your own tribe directly impact your ability to survive. therefore, the death of one tribesman is more important than 2 dozen deaths among people you don't know. morally/philosophically, this does not make sense, it's an irrational bias, but it's designed to help us survive. and this concept goes further -- if another tribe fights with yours, you sympathize with the victims/casualties on your side, not theirs. if your tribe gets attacked, then commits an atrocity in retaliation, this disproportionate violence is acceptable because your tribe is doing it. when it's us vs them, we can be downright callous towards 'them' while caring about 'us'. yes, it's hypocritical and contradictory, but it helped us survive for so long that it's ingrained into who we are. tribalism remains strong to this day, and I see its influence all around us.
  11. expecting a decent quality product for your money/support is not entitlement. with that said, I don't think the petition will have any effect, but it's a perfectly valid means of expressing yourself.
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    ProJared's career is over.

    it's funny watching drama bombs detonate, especially when the people involved were asking for it. also,
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    Sonic Movie.

  14. I've been predicting another gaming crash for the past couple years. there are many factors: oversaturation, exploitative practices like microtransactions, impact of the culture war, a lack of creativity/quality, etc. (those last two are also true of entertainment as a whole). there's still good stuff going on in gaming, but it's mostly on the indie level. ultimately, the fans will keep the hobby going after the industry collapses from rot.
  15. it might not look like much, but it's significant because this is the first direct observation of a phenomenon which, until now, we've only observed indirectly. it's also easy to underestimate how difficult it is to capture an image like this. the black hole may be enormous, but it's in another galaxy, which means vast distances. I read that this is equivalent to taking a photo of a donut on the surface of the moon from earth.