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  1. So this is a day old but I'm excited for this development. https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2018/07/robocop-neill-blomkamp-directing-robocop-returns-justin-rhodes-ed-neumeier-michael-miner-mgm-1202424639/amp/
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    So, how old are you ?

    I can relate as I'm turning 31 in twelve days, and even with everything I've done in the last couple of decades when I was really conscious of my actions it still felt like it creeped up out of nowhere. Yes, I do still feel 16, my parents still tower over me in a sense, and I still don't know what I want to do with my life. Oddly enough, life is becoming interesting and amusing and fun again after the weird and shitty bit my late 20's turned into.
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    QC: Doom Edition

    That was a fun match. Not everyday I get to frag the creator of something on it's release day. :P Been having a lot of fun with this. Great work all the way around. :)
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    Post a picture of yourself!

    Got my hair trimmed and I've been paying more attention to it, and since the last picture I posted was several months old when I put it here I figured I'd add a new one. On my way home from work yesterday in this one, but I really love the way it turned out.
  5. RE: Role reprisals, more than half the main and supporting characters were dead by the end of the first movie. While in their late 60's or 70's, most of the main cast save for Robert Duqoi (Sgt. Reed) are still alive. If the film was to be set 30 years in the future, well, we're here. Donald Johnson saw a lot of shit working for OCP; having him move through the ranks to be the new Old Man of OCP wouldn't be far fetched. With celebrities vying for the White House since the 80's and with more politically incorrect elements beginning to creep into politics, Bixby Snyder being president isn't too batshit insane of an idea either. RoboCop's tech and biological parts would be thirty years older by this point, so an aging Peter Weller as a degrading and about to be obsolete version of our hero could work. If Verhoven, Neumeier, and Michael Miner could get together and create a natural feeling future for the dystopian future they created over three decades ago, and they stayed true to some of the 80's sensibilities (ultraviolence that was just slightly over the top in a campy way but done in a somewhat horror style without resorting to goreno, blood squibs, animatronics and puppetry over CGI, the 80's feel of real world locations matched with matte painting, and Basil Poledouris' (RIP) music style), then its just a matter of finding good new main and supporting actors and a sensible plot. It honestly could work. I'm still not getting my hopes up, of course. But as long as there isn't some incredibly screwy shit happen during production I know I'm going to go see it no matter what.
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    Commander Keen is Doomguy's dad?

    So where does Nicholas Raine fit in all this? Or should we just consider RAGE a bad dream (dare I say...Nightmare?!) of Doomslayer while he was entombed? I can't even imagine trying to get insurance in the Earth of id's universe. First the Nazi empire, then the Hell invasion and next the Strogg (or vice versa), and maybe sometime a giant asteroid too. Would there even be anyone that isn't the protagonists alive on Earth at some point? EDIT: Even more interesting, that means the winner of Quake III would have been Doomguy since his story (so far) is the only one explored since then via Single Player; he was returned to his realm when he won. Everyone else is dead. Tying unrelated franchises together is weird.
  7. While you are right in that I'm pretty firm in my opinion I still do have interest in hearing the points of what did make it work for you or other people. Sometimes there's angles I don't see or appreciate at the time and there were quite a few things I did enjoy about the movie. I think the one that stands out to me more than anything was... And if the politics of the movie were one of its strong points for you, I wouldn't mind hearing why as well. Too often we get carried away in taking a side and sticking to it, and polite discourse gets lost (even I am guilty of simply dismissing things as "SJW garbage" or "that jerk the alt-right a bad name") so maybe there is something I missed or did not consider as well. At any rate feel free to write up that review and DM it to me if you have time; I had initially refused to see Rogue One due to it's constant public insistence on diversity friendly casting choices and I would have missed out on one of my favorite movies had my friend from work not insisted I go to the theater. There is one more of these flicks before the trilogy is done, so it'll take some gentle persuasion for me to follow through and finish the story this time but I'm not the kind to just completely give up. RoboCop is my favorite movie of all time and I still went to see the remake after all. Never again though.
  8. I'd buy that for a dollar! He's the kind of man we need in these chaotic of times. /offtopic I haven't finished Frank Miller's RoboCop, the comic adaptation of the script he wrote for 2 that was largely butchered for what became 2 though I have it in a box somewhere. I still enjoy the second movie even if certain elements went a little too over-the-top and some of the subtlety was missing. After that though, ugh. But the reboot is one of the few times I walked out of a theater so angry I couldn't even speak. Everything about it pissed me off. So needless to say I'm keeping my expectations low for a new one.
  9. Being as the original RoboCop is hands down my favorite movie of all time, I do share some of fraggle's skepticism. The whole film was lighting in a bottle: Paul Verhoven didn't want to direct it in the first place, a lot of the original sci-fi elements were toned down due to practicality or a-ha moments (like using the Ford Taurus instead of building a RoboCar), all the actors were spot on choices for their respective roles (there was never a more sinister villain than Clarence Boddicker IMO, and Peter Weller is that insane kind of eccentric about his art), the technology of the time created a lot of the atmosphere (everything nowadays is too sleek or clean), et cetera. I did enjoy RoboCop 2 - even as an adult it still holds up for me as a bad-but-not-terrible sequel (whereas everything beyond that was forgettable - I wish I could forget 3, but I do have nostalgic memories of the TV series I won't ruin by going back to watch them.) Having Ed Neumeier write is definitely a big step in the right direction, but there were so many other elements to RoboCop that even if they do get that right, it could fail on other levels. I'll keep my fingers crossed and my expectations reasonable but I'm very much looking forward to hearing about this.
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    How to make Earth interesting in a Doom sequel.

    You could do a decent job of updating Doom II to fit in the story. After Hayden puts Doomslayer back in the box, he stores him in an storage facility on Phobos or Deimos, then goes to Earth to reestablish the UAC. Shit hits the fan again. A group of soldiers and UAC employees make an emergency trip to facility to wake up Doomslayer, but a ship of demons follows them and a battle ensues before the return to Earth. (So we get an homage to Doom I's original location and a Doom II story reference with an explanation for why there's so few ships for humanity to flee: demons adapted to accomodate newer forms of technology somehow, and this new development happened so quickly many ships had to be shot down before it was contained.) The middle part would be the challenge to adapt; reality seldom makes for interesting game locales - I prefer abstract design to forced reality design (Quake vs COD, same engine, different approach and results.) but would go more or less the same, battle through Earth then Hell, which would really need some thought to it as well. IMO a dual universe approach (like the time jumping sequence in Titanfall 2 except based on action and exploration versus platforming) could have potential. (Imagine an arena battle with a puzzle sequence jumping between different parts of Hell and Earth.) (Also, inspirstion from Prey's portal effects use maybe?). Either way, they'll have to up the ante on Hell this time. I'd have to muse on that one.
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    Do you map on a pc or laptop?

    I use whatever I have. Right now its a laptop. Gotta have a mouse and disable the touchpad though. Agreed. I feel the combination of too much accessibility and not enough discipline is retarding both the progress of society and technology. EDIT: @SOSU Indeed it is, I checked the time stamps on page two. At least it's a fresher corpse than they usually are. :D
  12. I think the one trend that's really pissing me off is when instead of just typing out a post or sharing a picture with something written on it, someone instead posts or shares a 20 second video of one picture of text. Nothing else, no sound. Just twenty seconds of a data eating video for a glob of text that is usually pretty stupid to begin with. I know the average person these days is pretty stupid and technologically retarded but c'mon people! This might just be me turning into a cranky old man, but I also hate the modern youth on Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat. I understand I was a stupid kid once, but for fuck's sake with the new generation's goddamn "I'm bored" or "My life sucks" posts. I'm sorry, but get a fucking hobby. Eating xanax and smoking weed, and then sitting at home doing nothing because you don't have xanax or weed, is not a hobby or a lifestyle choice. My friends and I were huge gaming nerds growing up, but we went outside and did shit all the time. And when we got older went even further out to do shit. There's always something to do. Yes, I was a depressed, emo, stupid teenager at one point too; no, I didn't sit on my ass waiting for the world to shower me with fun and excitement - and using drugs didn't count as fun and excitement, that was just shit you did on the side while you were doing other things in life. These younger cats I hung with last summer, all they wanted to do was drive around burning expensive gas listening to the same twelve songs over and over again going from one $20 gram of weed to the next while complaining there's nothing to do, every single damn day. Damn whippersnapers. Okay, I'll go back to my Columbo marathon now.
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    Today is squirrel appreciation day

    Agreed. My ex-wife's mother had one. Apparently if you're not there for a certain amount of time when they're a baby squirrel, they become hostile to you. Just so happens the wife and I took a vacation for two weeks. When we returned, he hated us. We feared for our lives every day until the ladder fell on it and killed it. Good riddance.
  14. You want it on your TV? TBH you might as well just buy an N64 and find an actual copy of the game. Plus then you'd have the ability to play all the other N64 games as well, so bonus. (I never had one; I was on PlayStation at the time and I didn't care for the N64 controller when I played it at my friend's house.) Or there's the aforementioned Doom 64 TC, which was quite excellent (and my only experience with Doom 64; I don't feel like I'm missing much by not having played the original.) Plus, with the TC, you just hook your computer up to a TV and configure a controller and you've basically got what you want.
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    Ducks quack

    /\ Absolutely loved the video, and then I saw him all grown up. \/
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