5 months ago
So I've had an account on this site for a solid 3 years now, but I generally keep all of my browsing to Reddit and watch all of the videos on YouTube. However, after hearing nothing but good things about the community on the site itself I really want to give getting involved in the community another shot. The main issue, though: I have no idea how to do that.
Or, to be more specific, I kind of feel like I missed the boat. Like I wasn't around when the community site launched, or when some group or something was created. I feel like there's a barrier to entry that I just don't really understand how to bypass. I'm also making this whole thing sound super mechanical, but hopefully all 2 of the people who read this get the idea. I really want to get involved in the community, but I have no idea how to.
In the past I've irregularly posted on the forums, but that didn't really make me feel like I was part of the community. It was just a bunch of talking heads, and I wasn't making friends or meeting anyone. Everyone (including me) seemed to just post a response and leave, not really a ton of interaction. I'm also not 100% clear on how you're supposed to meet people and make friends by posting Journals, since the only people who see these are the people who are either already friends with me or are following me (for some unknown reason). I guess there's a good chance that's partially due to the fact that most of my journals are just me talking about my YouTube channel (another thing I need to get back to) and that's not a great way to make friends.
Anyways, if anyone could post advice in some form or another I'd appreciate the shit out of it. From what I've heard, this community sounds like something I don't want to be missing out on.
I'm looking for new games to play with my friends on Steam, we've recently gotten really into SpeedRunners and I'm on the lookout for games like that. I figured this was as good a place as any to look for suggestions, so post one below and I'll throw it on the list! Thanks
Alright, look. I've been watching the "Your YouTube!" thread for a long time now, and I have got to say that it's pretty much useless to post on there. At this point it's just people posting their stuff and no one watching/commenting on anyone else's videos. It's essentially just a million people yelling at one another and no one is paying attention to what anyone else has to say. So, I think the best way to fix this is pretty simple. In this YouTube thread, when you post a new video, please also give feedback to someone else, comment on their video, just do something other than saying "hey this is my new video" and PTFO-ing. Because if everyone's doing that... What's the point of posting in the first place? Anyways, I'll start by posting my most recent video in Gmod DarkRP, would love to hear what you guys think!
PREPARING FOR THE PURGE! (Gmod DarkRP | Part 3)
1 year ago
So I saw this movie with a friend last night, and I figured I'd just write up a little review.
THE SHORT VERSION
Go and see this movie. It's the most fun I've had in a movie in a long, LONG time. I enjoyed myself more while watching this than anything else I've seen so far this year. The characters are awesome and likable, the story is great, the writing is top-notch, and everyone just seems to be having a great time. Better than The Avengers by a long shot, and I mean that. Seriously, go and see this movie, you won't regret it.
THE LONG VERSION
Go and see this movie. Really, I mean everything I said above. I didn't know anything about The Guardians of the Galaxy comics until the first few trailers for this came out, it looked like a pretty good time to me so I decided to pick up some of the comics from Amazon and give them a read. I was really pleasantly surprised, the Guardians of the Galaxy are (in my opinion) basically a more fun version of the Avengers. From Space. So yeah, I dug the shit out of the comics, and that got me a lot more pumped for the movie's release. Lo and behold, the movie came out and... Well, you know how I feel about it. Now, do you need to be a Guardians fan to enjoy the movie? Absolutely not, Marvel did a fantastic job introducing the viewers to the world and characters. My friend didn't know jack shit about Guardians before we walked into the theater, and he enjoyed the movie just as much as I did (he agrees that it was head and shoulders above the Avengers) and didn't have any trouble following it.
Now let's break it down a bit, I'm gonna cover each of the characters individually and talk a bit about how the actors/movie portrays them.
Chris Pratt was perfect as Starlord, there's really nothing else that needs to be said. Starlord struck me in the comics as basically being the Han Solo of Marvel comics, and he's very much that way in the movie. He's relatable, funny, snarky, likable, goofy, and clumsily badass. It's a shame Chris Pratt's comedy career is over, because he's now an A-list action star. Oh well, at least he's great at that too. And dreamy.
Gamora is cool, hot, and badass, but she's more than that. Her backstory (which I won't go into here to avoid completely nerding out) is really, really interesting to me. She develops quite a bit throughout the movie, and Zoe Saldana's chemistry with Chris Pratt is the perfect representation of Gamora's relationship with Peter Quill. All in all, a great performance for a great character with a great backstory. Great.
DRAX THE DESTROYER
In my personal opinion, Drax is the weakest of the characters in both the comics and the movies. He's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, he's just not as lively, fun, or interesting as the rest of the cast, and that's a daunting task anyways. Anyways, Drax is portrayed pretty well, but not fantastically by Dave Bautista. He's just not the strongest actor out there, but considering that Drax comes from a planet where everything is taken very literally it honestly kind of works. In the end, Drax was about as good as he could've been in this movie.
I love Groot.
Bradley Cooper knocks it out of the park as the voice of Rocket, one of my all time favorite comic book characters. He's obviously having an amazingly fun time, and as a result it's impossible not to enjoy yourself watching this fuzzy little badass building weapons and kicking ass. Rocket's the classic "likable asshole," and he's god damn hilarious. I don't want to say too much about him to avoid spoiling it for anyone who doesn't know much about the comics, but people who have read them should know that the movie absolutely NAILS Rocket Raccoon.
RONAN THE ACCUSOR
Probably the weakest point of this movie is the fact that the main baddy they're going up against is Ronan. He's not the greatest villain in the world, and he's definitely not a Joker or a Loki. Nothing against Lee Pace, who plays him in the movie, it's just that the character is a bit... Forgettable. He's just another Marvel bad guy. It's not really a huge problem though, as he's not even close to the main focus of the movie. In the end, they pretty much did as well as they could with Ronan.
THE BOTTOM LINE
You already know just how I feel about this movie by now. It's a pitch perfect adaptation of one of my new favorite comic book franchises, and I can't wait to see what else comes from it. All the characters are fantastic and the writing hits every beat. Guardians of the Galaxy is a comic book movie that remembers that comic book movies can be lighthearted and fun, but also remembers that they can have heart and soul. It has a personality all it's own, just like the comics do. If you haven't seen this movie yet you're doing yourself a disservice, and you need to fix that.
1 year ago
I hadn't used the website in a while, so I decided to check it out last night and see if it had changed since the last time I'd logged on. I was greeted by a bunch of lonely and horny men looking to cyber with me, so I could tell it was mostly the same as it was a year or so ago. I had a few nice conversations, but for the most part it was either guys who skipped me the second they found out I had a penis, some chick promoting her Instagram account, and then a collection of robots.
Weirdly enough, the bots were by and large the "people" (this feels oddly racist to put in quotation marks) I had the most fun talking to, so I saved one of the chatlogs for any of you beautiful people who might want to see.
Well, that's the first Journal I've posted in almost a year, and I'm gonna try to be more active in the community. I haven't totally figured out how all of this works yet, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually.
1 year ago
What are you guys' favorite machinima series' that aren't RvB? I know that I watched a LOT of machinima back in the day, and I've started to get back into it recently and I'm looking for good series' to watch. Feel free to link to the series' that you post, it's super convenient for the rest of us
My old favorites:
The Forgotten Spartans
One Life Remaining
DigitalPh33r's Guide to Making Halo 3 Machinima
It's a Wonderful Live
Sorry the list is so long, like I said, I used to REALLY be into Machinima, and I know I'm forgetting a few.
Post edited 1/09/14 12:55AM
Hey guys and gals, I've got a bit of a girl problem and I'm looking for any help I can get. So, before jumping right on in, I'm going to provide a little bit of backstory. I'm not great with girls (I know, this is shocking coming from a guy on an internet forum, but bear with me) in a romantic sense, I'm a theater kid, so most of my close friends are actually girls. Anyways, back to the point: I'm not really great with girls. I'm really bad at picking up on when people are interested in me in any way and almost all of my friends have told me that I flirt with pretty much everyone subconsciously. Last year (this is me at 17, so get ready for some Degrassi shit, yo), I started dating for the first time. The girl I was dating is one of the most amazing people I've ever known in my entire life, and I was super stoked when she said yes. The issue is, her being as great as she was made me really... I don't know... Nervous around her. Maybe not nervous, but I was definitely at least kind of intimidated. I didn't want to screw up or say the wrong thing, so I had a lot of trouble talking to her, which obviously made a relationship difficult. After about 4 months, she broke up with me. This was right before summer, so we didn't really see each other or speak for the next 3 months, and even when we got back to school we were really uncomfortable around each other, as in we avoided making eye contact and didn't ever talk. Then, out of the blue, we were both backstage during the rehearsal for our school's Fall Musical and we started talking. It was weird, there wasn't any tension or anything and we just chatted like we did before we started dating. Later that night we texted for a long time, and we talked pretty regularly for the next week or so. Unfortunately, after that things have gotten a bit awkward between the two of us again. We don't have any classes together or anything, so there aren't a lot of opportunities to talk in person and I recently learned from a friend that she doesn't like being friends with people just through text. It's actually one of the reasons she broke up with me. Anyways, I'm sure most of you have figured out where this is going at this point, since I said that you should be prepared for some Degrassi shit, I still have feelings for her. A big reason I never dated anyone before I dated her wasn't because I was too nervous to ask anyone out, hell, I've had girls ask me out before, I had just never really wanted to be with someone before, and those feelings haven't gone anywhere. I sent her a text on Thanksgiving wishing her a happy Thanksgiving and she sent me a text that made me feel like she's figured out that I want to give it another shot and she's trying to discourage me. It read "I just want you to know that I think it's really cool that we're friends again and I don't want to do anything to ruin that." I showed this to a few of my lady friends and I've gotten really mixed responses from them, which has only confused me more. Some of my friends have said that they think she's definitely saying that she doesn't want to risk our friendship by trying to date again, and the others have said that she was just saying that she's really glad we're friends and that she really just values our friendship. I've more or less decided that I want to at least sit down and talk to her about giving a relationship another shot, since I really do think that it will work this time, but I don't know how to do that since I can never get her alone in person and there's no way in hell I'm having that conversation over texting or on the phone. So, internet, any chance you can help me out?
1 year ago
Is there anything worse than having a completely inappropriate song that you can't sing in public stuck in your head for weeks? Yeah, genocide is pretty fucked up. But still, it sucks.
I've been recording and editing gameplay videos for the past 4 years, although the (vast) majority of the videos I made are no longer on the internet. Oh yeah, they're archived somewhere, but they were all on YouTube and I closed my old YouTube account. I managed to grow a very very very modest "fanbase" in the Halo community during Halo: Reach by making moderately popular forge maps, primarily Race tracks and Mini games, a few of which ended up on the AH show "Game Night" and one of which got Geoff to call me "Hi I'm asshole" in HORSE.