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Lorcan0c MoonWizard
God Dammit, Halo....So first Bungie were like:

"We're going to make a game called Destiny! It'll have guys in power armour and cloaks in desolate wasteland environments fighting mechanical alien monsters!"

So 343 were like:

"Oh yea?! Well... watch this!"

.... WOW. Just... WOW. My statement about 343 having no goddam creativity whatsoever stands true.

Destiny:

>Guys in Power Armour
>Cloaks on power armour
>Desolate / hostile wasteland environments.
>Large mechanical monstrosities of alien origin as the antagonists

Halo 5:

>Guy in Power Armour
>Cloak on power armour
>Desolate / hostile wasteland environments.
>Large mechanical monstrosities of alien origin as the antagonists

343, Bungie stopped making halo games because they didn't want to make Halo games. If YOU want to make Halo games, MAKE THEM. Don't make fucking BUNGIE games!

I used to love Halo, really and truly. But... really? No, I don't want to see this. You know what this trailer tells me? Master Chief is going to become a vengeful recluse hell bent on killing anything even vaguely resembling a Forerunner or Promethean in order to avenge Cortana. No, wrong, wrong. 343, why don't you get his character? Or ANY of the fucking characters of the halo-verse?! Stop it. Just... stop. Please. I don't want to see your destiny knock-off, I don't want to Halo to be populated with Forerunner Michael Bay-a-tron machines, and I'm certainly not dishing out 500 dollars for an Xbox One.

I agree with Yahtzee's analysis of the current state of console exclusives. It used to be that games consoles practically sold themselves. They let you play fun video games. They let you play games. Easy, simple and effective. But this is the problem with franchises.

Now instead of games consoles alllowing you to play your favourite franchises, they're holding your favourite franchises hostage, until you pay up for the new machine. Well I'm not going to be a part of this, thanks. At least not until there is a very VERY significant price drop.
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Head, meet desk...Just spent several hours suffering through frantic house cleaning and a struggle between me and my computer I can only describe as tedious, aggrivating and nonsensical as I battled with Microsoft framework versions to try and get XNALara (3D studio rendering and modelling interface) to work on Windows 7, made no better by the fact that the internet is fucking inept and cannot put the blindingly obvious tutorial information anywhere that I could find it despite trepsing up and down google for a solid 90 minutes...

UUUURGHHHHH........

and ontop of all that, I've ran face-first into a big old wall of art-block and can't seem to draw any bloody thing... which would be fine, I'd usually go write some character ideas or RP posts to inspire me, but I spent about an hour or two just staring at the last posts made and drawing a total blank... I got a *TINY* amount done, and now just feel angry at myself. I think I need to get an early night tonight just to refresh myself, recover from all this nonsense and re-evaluate my priorities. Maybe I'm just acting this way since it's less than a week until my exam results are published and I'm subconsciously freaking out over every little thing.

Okay, positives... 1, Man of Steel next week. Saying I'm hyped for it would be a drastic understatement. I haven't seen a Superman movie I've legitimately liked since Superman 2, and even that was goofy as shit from start to finish.

2. Been watching a lot of TotalBiscuit's old Starcraft livestreams. Very entertaining, if you're a fan of the games that is. Good choice of music, as he near always has the excellent soundtrack from the Ace Combat series backing up the gameplay. Not to mention his commentary is bloody hillarious. Some great moments are this (43:45) and this (Basically just the entire match from 15:47 on and how angry his opponent gets is priceless)

So.. not much going on right now, except that I'm just waiting on a callback to be an extra in a TV show they're shooting here in dublin. If I get a callback I could earn a fair bit of extra spending money, if not, bleh. We'll have to wait and see.

That's all for now.

~Tired & Frustrated Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Xbox One? How 'bout no.Okay, I know there are... a lot of people talking about this, and I would like to throw my opinion into the mix here for consideration too, just to share my thoughts with everyone.

I am a console gamer, I have made this quite clear. Mostly because for the longest time, I had unreliable PC's, and couldn't get many decent games to run. I picked up a brilliant new Acer last year, which solved more or less all my problems and has been able to run any current games I buy with absolutely gorgeous visuals and no lag to speak of. So as a result, I've been playing more PC games lately, mostly Starcraft, with a little bit of Borderlands here and there. But again, MOSTLY starcraft, because uuugh this game is painfully addictive... but I digress.

However... with today's "Xbox One" reveal announcement, all I have to say is... fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck. You.

I've never seen an event get screwed over so hard. I can't say this was laughably bad, because it wasn't. It was INSULTINGLY bad. A middle finger to every loyal customer you've ever had.

I was initially hyped as hell when they announced the Halo Live Action TV series (directed by Stephen Speilberg) but it took me a few hours to step back and realise what was going on. Why? Because Microsoft didn't talk about allll the negatives that are bundled with this console. At first I rolled my eyes at what they were doing on stage, but after a while, it hit me, and hit hard.

So, why is it called the Xbox One? Because it's an All-in-One media centre. They boasted this to no end, about how great it is, how it can play TV and run your skype video call to your buddy at the same time, and all this remote voice command shite nobody cares about.

*Achem* Microsoft? I already HAVE an all-in-one media centre. It's my computer. It can run TV and Skype through it. Because I have Skype installed. And I can use Youtube or Netflix... take your gimmick elsewhere, show us the gaming aspect of the console?

Oh, and they did. By showing us a 30 second long pre-rendered video clip of NFL sports games.... yeah that's great, bra-fucking-vo, I'm so impressed. I bashed the PS4 reveal for not actually being able to SHOW the console, but they did the smart thing there by showing GAMEPLAY. G-A-M-E. P-L-A-Y. Footage. The thing people USE THE FUCKING CONSOLE FOR....

They didn't discuss the many many reasons why this console is not worth buying, and for good reason. Journalists had to ask them directly in interviews AFTER the event to get all this information, which I will summarise below.

-The Xbox One does not have to be "always online", it does not need to be constantly connected to the internet to play. However, it must connect once every 24 hours.

Okay... what about people who can't afford to do that? What about people who don't have internet access? Why is this a required feature? I'll hazard a guess in a moment, as you'll see, but what the hell microsoft?

-The Xbox One is not backwards Compatible with the Xbox 360 or Original Xbox.

...Okay.... uhhh, you DO realise you're shooting yourselves in the foot here, right? That is not a good idea...

-The Xbox One installs games purchased for it onto its hard drive (Which is 500 Gigabytes, built in and non-removeable). Once a game is installed to the hard drive, the player does not need to use the disc anymore.

Again, Microsoft, I have a PC... that's what that's for. It's why I have Steam, and a whole library of steam games... not to mention an ever-growing stack of RTS games. If I wanted to install a game, I'd install it on my PC. It amazes me that MICROSOFT... the makers of COMPUTERS... do not grasp this concept.

-Once you have installed a game onto your XBox One's hard drive, you must activate a one-time-use code that will lock the game to your account. Players who wish to use your disc must pay a fee equal to the game's price to unlock that game for use on their account.

...

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*Clap*
*Clap*
*Clap*

Bravo Microsoft. Bravo. You have just single handedly KILLED the used game industry. Gamestop? Nope, kiss them goodbye. What if I don't WANT to keep a game, huh? What if I want to trade it in? Did you think of that? Used games bring in over 2 BILLION dollars of profit per year, from Gamestop ALONE, and you're really just tossing that away? What if I want to pass on a game I don't want anymore to a friend? Or what if I want to lend it to them? Or bring it to their house? Is that not an option?! I have to drag my entire fucking console every goddam time?! No. I'm not doing that. Fuck you.

They CLAIM there's a way to sell back your games, but I call bullshit on this. It'll probably be some thing done digitally where they give you digital currency to spend. No, that's just selfish. Why? Because now I have some poxy disc lying around my house which I can't bring back to Gamestop, because they won't accept it. They CAN'T! Because even IF they sell the game to someone else, that poor bastard'll have to pay AGAIN to "unlock" it!

There's a legitimate reason why PC games only install to one machine. Because they can be copied. This has NEVER been a concern for console gaming. EVER. Why are you wasting your time with this, Microsoft?! It is a moot point! Wait, is THIS why the Xbox One has to connect every 24 hours?! To validate people's games and make sure they're not using pirated copies, or copies they don't "have access" to? What are you thinking with this?!

Oh and remember earlier when I said they spent a lonnnnng time boasting about how great the Xbox's built in TV features are? Guess what, not built in. You have to by a HDMI tranciever to use it. Not to mention I bet paying for access to TV will be linked to Xbox Live account subscriptions, but here's the kicker, at launch it will be a US exclusive.

So remember the Halo TV show I mentioned earlier? Now that's US only, because "eventually" the TV network will be global, and by that time the Halo show will have come and gone, and I'll probably just find it on youtube or something.
1 year ago  |  Comments (11)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Positivity & NegativityOkay, I've been whining about this and that for... basically all of 2013 so far, but now comes some legitimately good news. Yes, you're not reading that wrong, I'm being all happy and optimistic and stuff.

Tommorow morning (as of typing this, 11:21 pm May 17th) is my last exam. In just over 14 hours, I'll be done with college for the summer.

For those of you wondering, since I really don't talk about my education all that much besides it just being annoying, this is going to be the end of my 4th semester at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. The course I am studying in is I.T. Management, I switched to it from Programming at semester 3, as I.T. is better suited to my abillities.

My subjects this semester have been Management Science, Object Oriented Analysis & Design, 2nd level networking, Information Security, Database Management and Financial Management Computing (which is tommorow's exam)

This is good news for me, and maybe bad news for the rest of you. Because think about that for a moment. You lot whom I like to consider my friends or acquantances, [depending on how well I know you] are going to have to put up with my nonsense for most of the summer. Not all of it mind you, I have a whole block of hobbies and activities to keep myself pre-occupied with, but enough for me to drive half of you completely nuts. So I'd recommend you all stock up on crazy pills now.

Oh and tommorow is going to be the Doctor Who series 7 finale "The Name of the Doctor". Why am I mentioning this? Because to those of you who don't know, the name of the titular character, "The Doctor" has been kept under lock and key for the entire 50 year running show. So the reason I'm mentioning this now is that there'll probably be another journal from me tommorow after the episode airs containing a list of reasons why I hated it. I'm willing to give it a chance, but I expect the worst. Why?

Because the writer for this episode is one Stephen Moffat, a man who once had good ideas and clever charm about him, but has now become a bulging red pimple on the ass of science-fiction writing and in my opinion, is dragging down the genre, making bullshit Deus Ex Machina and mysterious "just as planned" story arcs a substitute for original thinking. This guy has NO business going anywhere near something as important as the Doctor's name, period.

My predictions for the episode are:

(A). The Doctor's name is revealled and fanboys and girls, (me included) rage.

(B). Someone says the Doctor's name, but we don't get to hear it, making the whole thing a complete tease, just like "The Next Doctor" was back in 2008.

(C). They're dropping some characters. As much as I like Commander Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny, I KNOW Moffat will off any number of them just because he feels like it. He's that kind of writer after all, who'll exploit death for shock value.

(D). River Song might be killed / gotten rid of in some arbitrary fashion (which I'm OKAY with by the way... I liked her before Stephen Moffat began to shove her down everyone's throats. She's a poorly written OC, not an interesting character. Stepehn Moffat is literally a Doctor Who fanboy, and River feels like a character that even I'd feel ashamed of having created back in 2010 when I was first writing OC's for Avatar, Halo, Mass Effect and Warhammer and was a complete newb at doing so....)

Oh and (E), this one I feel is worth mentioning. I bet you all any money that he's TOTALLY going to end this episode on a cliffhanger for the 50th anniversay, like have David Tennant appear at the last second and everyone being like "OMG WTF!?" Calling it now.

OKAY... Ranting over, back to happiness time.

TL;DR, final exam tommorow, you're all gonna be stuck with me for months and months, Doctor who finale tommorow, Moffat is an idiot who'll totally botch this.

Bye.

~Lorcan

PS. Last week's DW episode "Nightmare in Silver" was f*cking awesome. Neil Gaimain, you continue to kick many kinds of ass. Best episode I've seen in a LONG time.

PPS. F*CK 'EQUESTRIA GIRLS'. Us Bronies get a lot of flack for liking MLP AS IT IS, but this is just humiliatingly bad...
1 year ago  |  Comments (3)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
RTX: An Outside PerspectiveI am a non-US resident who uses this site. So have you ever wondered what RTX is like for someone in this position? It goes something like this.

-RTX is announced.

During the many, MANY months leading up to it:

RT Staff: "Make sure to buy your tickets for RTX!"
RT.Staff: "Here's some cool info about all the cool stuff that'll be going on at RTX!"
RT Community: "OMG RTX IS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME!"

During the last few days / weeks before RTX:

See above, x 2 because everyone talks about it even more.

During the week of RTX:

RT Staff: "RTX is awesome! We're having so much fun!"
RT Community: "RTX is awesome! We're having so much fun!"

The week after RTX:

RT Staff: "RTX was awesome! We had so much fun!"
RT Community: "RTX was awesome! We had so much fun!"

About 3 or 4 months later, NEXT year's RT is announced. Repeat process from beginning.

Look I don't want to be Mister Fun-killer, but for fuck's sake, if you're going to RTX, whoopdee shit, have fun, don't let me stop you. But oh my GOD, stop reminding us about it so goddam much. It's very VERY annoying. Okay? Especially for those of us who can't go even if we wanted to. Odds are good this is an event I will never get to attend, which annoys me greatly as there are many people here I would like to meet in person, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who uses the site outside of the US who is in this situation.

So just go have fun and try to keep the absolute fangasming about it to a minimum. I could just ignore this, if you all weren't so PERSISTENT about reminding me. Yes, RTX is a thing. I know. Yes I'm very happy for you that you're going, enjoy yourself, but stop shoving it down my throat, okay? That goes for you attending AND the RT staff, who feel the need to blog about it with such furious zeal, every time they post they're acting as if nobody has a damm clue that RTX exists and need to shout from a mountaintop "THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!!!"

YES, I know. NO, I'm not going, PLEASE shut up about it!

This is the internet equivelant of inviting all your friends over for a cool party at your house, telling a lot of your neighbours that they aren't invited, and then blaring the shitty dubstep tracks at max volume until 6am so nobody within a mile radius can sleep all night.

So please just... stop being so collectively obsessed with this event?

Okay? Good.

Maybe I just vented this because of nerves built up over the course of exam week, (Yes I said "week", I have all 6 subjects crammed into 8 days) but this has been bugging me for some time now.

tl;dr, have fun at RTX, just don't feel obliged to post about every microsecond of the good time you're having.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Misleading Trailer? (Knit-Picking!)I know the entertainment industry is rife with "False Advertising", the most recent of which for many of us was the Sega game Aliens: Colonial Marines advertising, which showed features, graphics and gameplay elements that had no presence at all in the final product. However, looking back, I stumbled across a trailer for a product I actually quite like, but the trailer itself is very misleading.

Which trailer? Well, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Let me make one thing very clear. I love this movie. Really. I enjoyed every minute of it. Hell, I might even watch it again later today when I'm finished studying. But what I'd like to point out is, this trailer. In hindsight, it is extremely deceptive, as an almost shocking amount of content shown does not feature in the theatrical or DVD release.

Here are the timestamps / descriptions for your convenience:

0:30. Bilbo Baggins at the Shire Marketplace. This scene is not in the film. In the film, the only time Bilbo spends in the Shire is at his doorstep conversing with Gandalf, indoors during the "Unexpected Party" scene, and running through the Shire to catch up with the Dwarve company the following morning. Now I will admit I have recently been re-reading the hobbit, and the movie is correct in this regard, we never see Bilbo away from his home until he leaves with the Dwarves. But if that's the case, why film that scene and put it in the trailer if you're only going to cut it from the final release?

0:39 the shot of the Dwarf Oin. Going by the cobwebs, I'm going to assume this is from when the party are attacked and ensnared by the Giant Spiders of Mirkwood. That doesn't happen until after the events of the first film. We won't be seeing this scene until "The Desolation of Smaug", the next film in the trilogy.

1:17. Gandalf, investigating what appears to be Dol Guldur, aka "The Hill of Sorcery", the ruined fortress where The Necromancer Sauron took up residence in the events of the tie-in novel, The Silmarillion. In the film, the other Ishtari, Radagast The Brown investigates Dol Guldur, and encounters one of the Nazgul, supposedly The Witch King of Angmar, in spectral form. However, Gandalf himself does not go there during the film... or in the Hobbit at all for that matter, but given the changes made, I can understand this. But the point remains, this doesn't happen in the movie...

1:22. Bilbo exporing Lord Elrond's Home in Rivendell, and passing by the shards of Narsil, the blade that Isuldur used to defeat Sauron. It's a clever nod to the events yet to come in the Lord of the Rings trilogy films, but again... doesn't happen in the theatrical release....

1:36. Gandalf exploring.... somewhere. I don't even know, Moria? Maybe this is supposed to show how he caught up with the Dwarves and rescued them when they were captured by the Great Goblin / Goblin King, but it still doesn't appear in the movie.

1:40. This is knit-picking, but to the best of my memory, I'm also pretty sure that shot of Gandalf there is never shown in the movie either. But I may be mistaken.

1:50. Same as above. Don't think this was in the movie, but may be wrong about that.

1:53. Gandalf at Dol Guldur. Again, not in the movie....

1:57. Gandalf fighting Orcs at Dul Guldur.... AGAIN... NOT IN THE MOVIE... why are they so insistent on showing footage from a scene we never see?!

2:02. Bilbo opening the door to his hobbit-hole home and accidentally making Gandalf and the dwarf company fall through. This does happen in the book, but not in the film... (Although side note, in the book Gandalf is annoyed at Bilbo for "Opening the door like a pop-gun". This just confuses me. In order for a "pop-gun" to exist, that would imply guns exist too... which in middle earth, they don't.... what the hell? Maybe just a poor choice of words on Tolkien's part, but I digress.)

2:12. Gollum's Cave looks nothing even remotely like that shot in the actual film. If anything all the cobwebs imply this again, is the Mirkwood, which they don't go to until later on.

And.. done. I know this was the mother of all knit-picking, but this bothers me to some extent. I already know the answer you're all about to give me "These scenes are from the extended version". The extended version isn't even released yet, and won't be for several months. But this isn't "okay" for filmmakers to do. You should only advertise what the audience is going to be seeing, not content you cut out or won't be seen until the next film, as is the case here. If you went to see a trailer for Star Wars Episode IV and saw footage of the battle of hoth, you'd be really hyped to see a battle with giant walking death machines. But that never happens in episode IV, now does it? No, it doesn't, so you can't use it as appeal for an audience to see this film. You're advertising the film alone, you have to show the audience why this PART of the trilogy is worth seeing. If it was an advertisement for the trilogy as a whole, I'd understand. But it isn't.

If you want to advertise "This is what you'll be seeing on screen", show only what we'll be seeing on the screen when we go see the movie.

In spite of all this, I still really do like the movie, and may get some flack for saying so, as I know the opinions regarding the film are mixed at the best of times. But I just want to make it known, this kind of thing bothers me. The same thing goes for game trailers that use "Not actual game footage" labelled clips, that aren't cutscenes, but CGI sequences that NEVER appear in the actual game. It's misleading, especially when they're styled to look like something that would appear in the game. An advertisement is meant to show off what you are paying for, not a facimile that vaguely resembles what you are paying for.

Okay, rant over. I'll go knit-pick elsewhere.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
o_OWow...

I... I actually have.. free time?!

No kidding here. It's a friday evening, I've got nothing on my schedule for once. No tedious studying for tests, no assignments, projects, nothing.

...Now what?

I've been swamped under a tidal wave of work for a good two or three weeks now. So... now that I've got what, more than 48 hours to spare, what the hell do I do with it?

I suppose I could play xbox, thanks to @Gunninator generously donating his spare power adapter for his old Xbox 360 last week, so now I can finally use my console again. Maybe go through a few missions on Heart of the Swarm on a fresh campaign?

Guess I should draw something though. I haven't worked on anything 'new' for weeks, just been re-colouring and enhancing older and unfinished pieces. Maybe I should draw something unique, flex my creative muscles a little. If it's good enough to be posted, you'll end up seeing it here.

I should probably build the last kit left from my Tau purchases two weeks ago, the XV-104 Riptide Battlesuit. Decided to save the biggest one for last, since this thing is probably the largest warhammer kit I've ever bought. Not the largest box set, that prize goes to the Tau Empire Megaforce I got when I was 15 (That included 24 infantry, 3 jump support troops, 3 stealth troopers, 3 tanks, 3 hover scout vehicles and 20 aerial drones) but the largest individual model.

So, that said I'd rather not hog the spotlight. Do any of you have plans for the weekend? If so, let's hear them. Whether you're working yourself half to death like I've been, or just plan on lazing about and enjoying yourself, leave a comment and keep me up-to-date on your situation.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (3)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Xbox out of action (for the moment)So anyway, my Xbox 360 power adapter has been having spazz attacks and whirring like a damm chainsaw today. After extensively googling the problem, it turns out I'm well and fucked here. Apparently the coolant fan is on vacation, so if I don't replace the power adapter, it'll completely destroy my console... whoopee.

See if this problem had started two days ago, I'd be perfectly okay with buying a new Adapter. As in, when I had money... now I don't. Ironically after spending some money on a new Xbox game and 3 months gold membership....

SO for the time being, my 360 is out of comission. Sorry. As much as I was looking forward to using the new Minecraft 360 update to plant creeper-traps in your houses and laugh like a maniac when you set them off, it'll have to wait.

I have recently picked up a decent gaming headset though, so if you still want to game online with me, that's a feasible option. Here's what games I have on my steam library:

-Left 4 Dead 2
-Dawn of War 2 (all expansions)
-Borderlands (GOTY edition.)

And if Steam isn't your thing, I have both Starcraft II games (Wings of Liberty & Heart of the Swarm).

So... yeah...

My father has offered to lend me the money to get a new adapter, but it'll probably be the better part of a week or so until that happens anyway. So like the title says, the Xbox is out of action for now. Just letting you all know.

~Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
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