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  1. I like them both but Mega Man X was pretty solid and X2 made some major improvements to the gameplay of X1. Never really got into X3 as much but I played the hell out of the other two. I didn't make the transition to the PS1 games either so anything X3 is pretty much unknown to me beyond glancing at the TvTropes pages maybe.

     

    The original NES games were a bit too hard for me but I can see why folks really like those games. The GB games were also pretty hard, I'm not the best Mega Man player out there. They definitely deserve their place in the Classic Canon of Great Games though. Without them the X series wouldn't have come about and I thank them for pioneering the series and concept.


  2. UT99 and 2003 / 2004 are pretty fun, I never really played any of the newer ones so I can't really say much about those. I recommend the Operation: Na Pali mod for UT99 because not only does it add a fun single player campaign but it adds the ability to change out between Unreal 1 and UT99 weapons individually, power-ups, and other stuff, it's pretty much a mandatory upgrade IMO.


  3. 1 hour ago, tempdecal.wad said:

    From what I've seen FS doesn't include the map editor that comes by default in the original OUWB.


    I mean, on one hand I can understand the argument "it's missing some functionality", I gotta question how many people are still out there mapping for Blood. If you're still that dedicated, you'll find a way to do it.


  4. Hell yes, this is a great day for classic FPS fans! Blood was one of the most memorable games of my childhood, I remember my friend had it on his computer and I was blown away by the action and dark humor and I've been a fan ever since. Thank you guys for working hard on getting this out to us all, it's appreciated.


  5. I think it's really cool to see the use of older game engines for new games, quite often these efforts are lead by the fanatics who never stopped honing their skills and are now at the peak of their talents. A lot of these engines can still hold their own, when we reached pretty close to photorealistic graphics, then that level of fidelity stopped being special. Now the barrier of entry into the game business is much lower again. It's like a repeat of the 1980s and 1990s where all you needed was a PC and the gumption and you could go from sleeping on a matress on the floor to being a multi-millionaire.


  6. Gez said:

    That was a different NRA.

    The organization completely changed in 1977 when Harlon Carter became its president. Carter and the charismatic Neal Knox were responsible for completely changing the NRA from what it was before -- an organization devoted to training people in the responsible use of guns -- into what it is now -- a cult to firearms and political lobbying group.

    That Gun Control Act of 1968? Most of it was repealed by the McClure-Volkmer Act of 1986.


    I don't blame them for taking over, the Gun Control Act was just another lubricant on the slippery slope. I'm not exactly pleased with their non-sensical ramblings and therefore am no longer a member, but I still don't support most of the proposed forms of "gun control" because I have genuine concerns over their implementation or effectiveness.

    A good example is the repeated call to ban "assault rifles / assault weapons". The problem lies in the fact that even if you take the pistol grip off a rifle and put it in a traditional-looking stock, you still end up with a semi-automatic firearm, so essentially you are just regulating the cosmetic appearance of a firearm, things that have zero impact on their ability to be used in a crime. One of the criteria that defines an "assault weapon" under current and proposed laws is a stock that telescopes in length to adjust for the height of different shooters. Can you really say with a straight face that a stock that is not rigid but instead adjusts to a person's physique makes it more useful in a crime or more deadly than a conventionally-stocked firearm?

    So yeah, of course I am going to oppose that, because it has zero impact on criminal usage and zero impact on the lethality of the weapon. A semi-automatic firearm, no matter what it looks like, is a dangerous weapon when misused. This is true of any firearm.

    Do I think that we need absolutely no new laws entirely? Of course not, there are certainly things we need to tighten up, like what records states have to forward to the NICS system. We CAN tackle this issue without abbrogating people's rights, just like we tackle all sorts of other issues without resorting to further reductions of civil liberties (shit like the PATRIOT Act not-withstanding).


  7. Gez said:

    The NRA is never going to allow any sort of restriction on who can buy weapons. They've blocked attempts at preventing the clinically insane from buying guns, they will also block attempts at preventing people on watchlists from buying guns.


    That's completely false, considering people who are "clinically insane" are already prohibited persons and have been since the Gun Control Act of 1968. The NRA supported the Gun Control Act, which did in fact create restrictions on who can buy firearms, where and how. Namely, it created the Federal Firearms License system for gun dealers, required them to conduct backround checks using a Form 4473 (it used to take a few days, now the FFL calls up the FBI National Instant Criminal Search hotline to conduct the backround check). It created criteria on who is a prohibited person (namely felons and those declared mentally defective). It requires a person purchasing a long gun from an FFL to be 18, or 21 for handguns. It does a bunch of other stuff too, if you want to know the other gritty details, it's on Wikipedia.

    The problem with using the terrorist watchlist to prohibit people from owning firearms is that there's absolutely no due process. It's a secret list, with secret criteria, and there's no known mechanism to have your name removed if it is on there incorrectly. Senator Ted Kennedy was infamously on the so-called "selectee list" and was constantly detained when attempting to travel by air, and he was a sitting Congressman. Children have been selected for additional screening due to having the same name as a person on the terrorist watchlist. I don't think it's unreasonable to be concerned about using a flawed mechanism which lacks due process when we're talking about restricting somebody's civil rights.

    If the government thinks people on their various watchlists are too dangerous to own a firearm, they should bring forth evidence before a judge in a public courtroom, make their case for the public record and determine the validity of the evidence presented to make a judgement. We already do this with restraining orders, which also prohibit a person from possessing or purchashing firearms. There should be a process to appeal the judgement, there should be mechanisms in place to prevent abuse of the system and to protect innocent people from being caught up in a dragnet. If the government can prove the person should be prohibited, then yes, they should be added to the NICS (National Instant Criminal Search) system as a prohibited person.


  8. ChekaAgent said:

    I think it's a good time to start a discussion about gun control laws.


    One of the problems is the discussions being had are coming from two different ways of addressing the problem. One side is saying laws should be geared to punish criminal usage after the fact, another side says the best course of action is more regulation on civilian access. It results in a bunch of people talking over eachother instead of to eachother, and accusing eachother of not having the right approach to the issue.


  9. I have a bazillion .30 cal ammo cans and a few .50s, the best one I have is a can for smoke mortars, it's pretty huge. Would be a good base for a rocket crate sprite, take a bunch of pictures and spritize it in an editor.


  10. Dear Sir,

    The Effect You Wish To Attempt Requires A Scripting Language, Which Vanilla Doom Lacks Entirely. First You Figure Out What Source Port You Want To Use, And Then You RTFM And Find Out How To Utilize The Scripting Language To Achieve The Desired Effect.

    I Am Pretty Sure Eternity Engine Can Achieve This Effect, You'd Have To Look Though.


  11. Enjay said:

    Or E4. Or at least some new content (other than maps) for E4.

    That's something I feel id got wrong. There are no new resources to speak of for the add-on episode. A new enemy or boss would have been nice. How about some textures? No? Music then? No? A new intermission screen, a few map title graphics and a sky doesn't really cut it IMO. Hell, even putting one of the Doom2 monsters in somewhere might have been OK (the code was already there and they had the sprites and sounds already done). I think sticking a mancubus or two in near the end (or even a bunch of them as the final boss fight) might have worked. That could even be regarded as a prequel, of sorts, for map07 of Doom2.

    Episode 4 was very disappointing in that regard IMO. By the time it came out, there were already loads of PWADs available that brought far more new things to the game than E4 did. I remember being very underwhelmed by the lack of new stuff in E4 the first time I played it. Perhaps that's why, even today, I still regard it as a cheap add on and not really part of the main game. The maps are technically proficient but, overall, the episode leaves me cold.


    You know, you're right and I never really considered the fact that Ultimate Doom missed a big opportunity to add Doom II content to the original Doom as well as providing new content for the 4th episode.

    Aside from the beta Lost Soul, I could see adding a miniature Cyberdemon enemy with weaker rockets, adding another enemy with splash damage projectiles. An enemy like that combined with the Doom II cast would have made a tough episode even tougher.


  12. BlueFeena said:

    It's worth pointing out that the pre-release Lost Souls did not use a hitscan attack; rather, an infinite range melee check of sorts. If they have a direct line of sight with the victim, the attack always connects and cannot be obstructed by another thing. This effectively prohibits pre-release Lost Souls from starting infighting.


    Ah, that's cool, that makes them even more dangerous than I realized. This behavior actually would make them quite a threat when combined with actual hitscan monsters like the Zombies and projectile-spewers like Imps, since they could float around, "charge up" their attack so they don't spam it, then release it and hit you, kind of like an archvile in a way.


  13. I think the lack of a "Quick 180 Turn" was a small and forgivable oversight, something Duke Nukem 3D's design team noticed.

    I think they should have kept one of the rifles and gave it a slower firing rate than the pump-action shotgun and kept it as an E2 weapon with the PR and BFG. Essentially it could have been a more concentrated version of the shotgun in terms of power, but tactically it would have been useful for picking off Demons at a distance but not being too powerful to make Cacodmons and Barons irrelevant.

    The lack of a speed-boost power-up is odd considering how fast the Marine already moves, it would have been a good power-up for Doom II but I can see not having it in the original Doom.

    The pre-release Lost Soul's hitscan attack would have made for an interesting enemy, I think, a hitscan flyer that is tough enough to handle a few blasts but not too tough to be frustrating in groups. I think it would have made more sense for Doom II than the original, though I suppose they could have worked as an E3-only enemy.

    The lack of a 25% armor boost equivalent to the medikit puzzles me, you have a 1% bonus, 100% and 200%, nothing to give a small addition to your ratio without giving a full-on green or blue armor.

    They should have made the spectre effect a tag instead of its own thing, so they could have selectively used different types of spectre-fied monsters. Imagine being ambushed by a spectre Cacodemon in E2M1 for example, you'd know you'd have to keep an eye out for the visible versions and invisible versions. I would have only used demon spectres in the Shareware and never tagged the zombies so that spectre Imps, Cacos and Barons, etc. were a full-game surprise.

    The success of Deathmatch and Coop in Doom 1 should have lead id to add CTF to Ultimate Doom and Doom 2, IMO, but that isn't a huge deal, especially considering the open-source nature of Doom. Still would be nice to have Vanilla CTF, though.


  14. Technician said:

    Very good run-down of the situation. But most people are simply hung up on the profiling element.


    Yes, another irrelevancy. It is in fact not illegal to be a racist son of a bitch, it is illegal to systematically be one while performing public duties, sure, but the typical civilian is allowed leeway on the asshole scale.

    Let us say that theoretically George Zimmerman did in fact "racially profile" Trayvon Martin, you would still have to prove that the profiling lead to an intent to unlawfully harm or kill Martin. This is not as simple as proving he had racist views (the FBI investigated his backround and found that there was no evidence to support the idea he was a racist), you have to prove that the racist views were part of his INTENT TO KILL MARTIN UNLAWFULLY. Intent. At the moment of the incident. Almost impossible to prove unless the person gives video / written confessions stating such.


  15. Csonicgo said:

    All I need is:
    A) Trayvon is dead
    B) He disobeyed the dude on the phone

    GZ could have avoided everything by pulling up to Trayvon, rolling his window down, and asking if he needed anything.


    Trayvon is dead, but that is typically what happens when lethal force is used in self-defense.

    Emergency / non-emergency operators cannot legally give you any order, either way, the operator said specifically "we don't need you to do that". This is not an order, it is a liability statement. It is entirely irrelevant to the situation. You could call up and say "I see a house fire and I hear a baby crying, get here quick, I'm gonna go rescue the baby" they will say "we don't need you to do that." If you actually do or not is up to you, but it's not an order, it's simply a way for them to absolve themselves personally and as whole (IE : their employers) of responsibility for the aftermath.

    At one point in the timeline, Trayvon and George were in close enough proximity to speak to eachother. At this point in time, neither party was doing anything illegal.

    What followed afterwards was laid out in a court of law, and a jury felt there was enough reasonable doubt.

    Also, invoking the law as your defense is not the same thing as the law being read in jury instructions. Regardless, I'd say that when you are pinned to the ground, which is corroborated by physical evidence and a prosecution eye-witness, you don't have the ability to retreat, thus the case would more or less play the same in a Duty to Retreat state.


  16. I'd like to point out that "Stand Your Ground" was NOT invoked at any point in this trial, this was "basic self-defense" which is pretty much established in centuries of common law (American common law is based on English common law), case law and legislation. Killing a person allegedly trying to kill you and claiming self-defense has not really changed much in several hundred years.


  17. darknation wins. Flawless victory. Fatality.

    Hopefully Mr. Jedi gets caught up in a sting set up by Chris Hansen, that'd be pretty epic.

    "Look man, I just wanna be friendzoned because I like the way she expresses herself."

    "That's why you're holding a bag full of condoms, vodka, lube and duct-tape?"


  18. myk said:

    Children aren't free citizens, as they're dependent on their parents to make decisions. But attacks on the freedoms of corporations to do whatever they want and practically run the world, like your arms industry does, are essential for our freedom, and more importantly, to our rights.

    While you delude yourselves about your "freedom" to buy guns, the industry you finance with your purchases spreads around the world and sells the same guns abroad to help people in the countries your country destroys civil rights kill each other. Just look at Mexico. Where do you think the majority of the weapons used by gangs there come from?


    They come from China or other South American countries, not the United States, that was a deception being pushed by the DoJ. "OMG 90% of guns in Mexico came from the US!" they cried. Reality is, 90% of guns the Mexicans asked us to trace came from the United States, and the number they asked us to trace is infestimally small compared to the number of guns total. The guns they also asked us to trace typically were 8 to 12 years old, so they weren't even recently smuggled. Also I'd like to note that the "Fast and Furious" scandal revealed that the ATF was willingly helping suspected gun smugglers get their guns across the border.

    I dunno where you get your info, but think about this for a second. Why would a cartel spend 3x-6x the cost on a gun from the US, that is semi-automatic only, when they can get full-automatic versions from China, Venezuela or even divert them from Mexican military / police armories? They generally don't. Where are these cartels getting M60 squad machineguns, hand grenades, light-anti-tank rocket launchers? It sure as shit isn't Billy's Gun Shop in a Texas border town.

    I also like the completely bullshit line about the gun industry in the US "doing whatever it wants." That's a good way to find yourself shut down by the ATF and sent to prison, there's over 10,000 regulations on the manufacture, sale, production and distrobution of firearms in the United States. ITAR regulations prevent export unless approved, end-user certificates document where a shipment was sent, requirements to log every single firearm they create and sell, the list goes on and on. Once again, if you want to talk about an arms industry with no scruples, take a look at China, or maybe even Austria (ask yourself how Steyr weapons make themselves availible in Afghanistan / Iraq).

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