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    • PAX '08 Wrap-Up (Part 1)

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Now that I’ve actually had an extra day’s rest (thank you Labor Day!) as well as my wrist being less sprained (long story for another time), I can get to writing this write-up for my first ever Penny Arcade Expo.

      Let me just say right now that the Penny Arcade Expo has certainly given me a kick start into the whole convention scene. Just the sheer amount of people that were there, the camaraderie between them and the collective crowd of dual-screen handhelds (with about four or five PSPs among them), the friendships that are established, the crazy-fun that is to be had… This is definitely the kind of thing that makes me that much more proud to be a gamer in this day and age.

      …but I digress.

      I certainly had a lot of fun being around other people who shared the same passion for video gaming like I do. It was also so awesome being able to check out the games that were about ready to come out soon. I mean, there was just so much happening at PAX itself, I really don’t think that I could seriously break it down into full-blown details. Just the experience itself as a whole was that amazing.

      Some of my personal highlights include:

      - Getting to meet the ScrewAttack.com crew

      I actually got to meet them before PAX even started. I was walking into the main hall when I first spotted Daily Destin, and of course I freaked out. “OH MY GOD IT’S DESTIN!!†Pretty much said the same when I saw Stuttering Craig and Maxifent Corey. I “introduced†myself (as in nervously said who I was and spoke faster than usual) and cracked the Battletoads joke when I introduced myself to Corey. Saw them again on Saturday interviewing cosplayers and such and was able to get a picture with them, including one where Corey got her revenge.

      - Finally get the chance to meet StarSlay3r, aka Judy Nails

      Many know her as StarSlay3r, or perhaps as Judy Nails, but to actually get to know her and hang out with her as Ciji was such an awesome time. She is definitely an awesome gal and is definitely fun to hang out with. Being the “hometown kidâ€Â, I also made sure to do my best to make her feel as welcome to Seattle as I could, and I feel like I did a good job in doing so. Also, she totally kicked my ass in the Judy Nails competition at the Activision booth. XD

      - Getting to meet most of the crew from Rooster Teeth, as well as attend their Q&A panel

      Not everybody was able to attend this year, some for obvious reasons (get well soon Kathleen!!), and others I’m not even sure why they were able to attend, but I’m sure they have good reasons. BUT, the crew that did make it were so much fun to hang out with and awesome to talk to! Got to chat with some of my favorite characters (and still need to throw down a couple beers with Joel Heyman, a.k.a. Caboose), bought some new shirts from them, and even bought their comic book and had the writer (Griffon Ramsey) and illustrator (Luke McKay) sign the book, even having Luke draw Cortana in the back cover of the book. They’ve definitely reinforced my love for their work and it’s always great to know that there are some awesome guys behind a product that I absolutely love.

      - Getting to meet some of the guys from Pwned.com

      Though I’ve only got to chill with them for a short amount of time, the time that I had spent talking to pwned(mod) and G-Nitro along with Xeno being there to add to the awesomeness that was PAX. They really were awesome guys to talk to and it was always good to see the representation of an up and coming gaming community. That and I’m very happy to have been able to put on a show for them as well as anyone who was passing by at the Guitar Hero World Tour main stage. (Hot for Teacher ftw!)

      - Spotting Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb from G4’s X-Play at the Fallout 3 booth

      Granted, I didn’t get that much of a chance to talk to them as much as they were about to film live for their X-Play PAX coverage, but I was able to tell Adam how much I loved his Soapbox clip talking about the responsibility that parents should be taking moreso rather than pit the blame solely on video games. I asked one of the crew members about whether or not I’d be able to take pictures with them and he said it’d be highly unlikely that I’d be able to. I could understand that, though. It was still awesome just to be able to see them there.

      - Getting to meet Jen Taylor, voice of Cortana from the Halo series

      That was definitely a big highlight for me, getting to shake hands with Jen and talk to her for a brief period of time. I also got a picture with her and a couple of autographs. In fact, I asked her if she could sign the drawing of Cortana that Rooster Teeth’s Luke McKay had drawn on the back cover of the Rooster Teeth comic book. She looked like she was excited and stoked to see the drawing of the character she voiced, so much so that she wrote, “I love Luke†underneath her autograph. Awesomeness.

      (Link to Part 2)

    • RvB Reconstruction Letters & Memos Pt. 2

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Since there's an apparent journal length limit, I'm forced to create a new journal with Chapters 12-19 plus the Epilogue at the end of Chapter 19. For posterity reasons, here's the link for Chapters 1-11.

      Currently Updated: Chapter 19 & Epilogue, 10/30/08 10:50 PM PST (COMPLETE)

      ~~~~~~

      Chapter 12

      Dear Chairman,

      I, too, hold the protocol in the highest regard. The doctrine kept us all safe during the Great War. If you are insinuating, sir, that we violated it in any way or that we were derelict in our duty to the military, well then I suggest you be direct and tell me exactly how we did so.


      Chapter 13

      Dear Director,

      Our laws are not designed to outline every possible infraction that may take place. However, the spirit of the law is clear. Blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of our citizens in any form will always be a punishable offense, regardless of how well or by whom that offense has been justified.


      Chapter 14

      Dear Chairman,

      Sir, while I appreciate your concern, allow me to correct you in one area. I value all our subjects’ well-being, but I revere above all else our ability to continue as a species, our ability to survive, and no committee, no bureaucrat, will ever convince me otherwise.


      Chapter 15

      Dear Director,

      Please do not attempt to recast this investigation as some type of personal vendetta. Our questions to this point have been fairly standard. Your reactions have not. As such, we have secured all your records and logs by the authority granted us by the UNSC. Now we shall see exactly what it is that you have to hide.


      Chapter 16

      Dear Chairman,

      I imagine this investigation of our program is providing you the kind of attention that politicians crave so much. How very predictable. What has surprised me most about mankind during the Great War is not our ability to adapt to the new arenas of conflict, but instead our willingness in victory to so quickly return to the old.


      Chapter 17

      Dear Director,

      It is now clear that your agency and its primary program, Project Freelancer, have abused the trust and freedoms that the Oversight Subcommittee has provided you. Your abuse of the Alpha A.I. will now become the subject of a criminal investigation. I’m sorry Director, but you have seen the end of my patience.


      Chapter 18

      Dear Chairman,

      I don’t give a damn about your committee and its opinions of my work! Have you forgotten, sir, we were at war? A fight with an alien race for the very survival of our species?! I feel I must remind you that it is undeniable, and may I say a fundamental quality of man, that when faced with extinction, every alternative is preferable!!


      Chapter 19

      To the Director of Project Freelancer:

      I write to inform you that by the authority of this subcommittee, officers have been dispatched to place you under arrest and we expect your full cooperation. Congratulations are in order, I suppose. When they write the new morality protocols for dealing with A.I., I’m certain they will name entire sections of the doctrine after you. It seems that you will earn your place in history after all, dear director…


      Epilogue

      Dear Chairman,

      I am disappointed by your decision to press charges, but I am not surprised. My only hope is that the courts will see the matters differently than you have. You see, I never had the chance to serve in battle, nor did fate provide me the opportunity to sacrifice myself for humanity as it did for so many others in the Great War.

      Someone extremely dear to me was lost very early in my life. My mind has always plagued me with the question, “If the choice had been placed in my hands, could I have saved her?†The memory of her has haunted me my entire life, and more so in these last few years than I could ever have imagined. But given the events in these past few weeks, I feel confident that had I been given the chance, I would have made those sacrifices myself. Had I only the chance…

      I know that you disagreed with my methods and that others will as well. This is beyond my control. However, I cannot imagine that any court would be able to convict me, no matter how low their opinion of my actions might be. You must understand one basic fact for all this to make sense, my dear chairman: These A.I., they all come from somewhere. They are all based on a person. Our Alpha was no exception. And while the law has many penalties for the atrocities we inflict on others, there are no punishments for the terrors that we inflict on ourselves.

      So you send your men. They won’t find themselves a fight. They’ll only find an old man. An old man tired, but satisfied he did his duty. An old man weary from a mind more filled with memory than it is with hope.


      Sincerely yours,
      The Former Director of Project Freelancer,
      Dr. Leonard Church

    • Insanity

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Been some time since I've posted a new blog, but oh well...

      News!

      As mentioned, I will be attending PAX '08 this year, though I'll be commuting down on account of the insane hotel prices and such. (I love my Chevy Aveo, such a gas-minded car... XD) I'll most likely be wearing all three of my Red vs. Blue shirts ("Chupathingy", "I like me.", and "You have winner!"), though I may or may not change my mind.

      Gaming Achievements

      Well, today, I officially beat Expert Drums in Rock Band. Run to the Hills is always a pain in the ass to play through, though it only took me two tries to beat it (both attempts done today), not to mention Next to You as well. The rest wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Even with Run to the Hills as crazy as it was, it still wasn't as bad when it took me at least 50+ times to beat it on Hard. Needless to say, it was definitely a good feeling...

      ...And the Tragedy that Followed

      Well, needless to say, I don't think I'll be playing drums for a little while. Partly because I've already completed the Solo Tour on Expert, but also because of the fact that one of my drum sticks shattered in the middle of playing Enter Sandman on Expert immediately following the Run to the Hills fiasco. Ah well, I'll just have to get another pair of drum sticks.


      ...so yeah, that's what's going on with me right now. Still feeling a little tired from that drumming ordeal, but I'm feeling good nevertheless.

    • PAX-bound(!)

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      So, all E3 coverage aside, PAX is coming up next month and, under current circumstances, there's a chance that I may be going. It just really depends on whether or not I can get some money together to at least pay for any one of the days if not for the entire weekend. I've been talking to some of my friends and it sounds like they've got plans on going, and might even book a hotel to stay at for the weekend. If they do that, then I'll at least have an in as far as lodging over the weekend. I'll be attending this year. I'll be crashing in the hotel room of which my friends will be staying at and it seems like there's going to be a few others that'll be chipping in for it as well, thus cutting back on the hotel expense. I can't wait!

      That aside, I'm wondering if there's anyone here that's planning on attending the good ol' PAX event here in good ol' Seattle, WA, or if anyone even gives a flying fish about it or not. Let me know and maybe we'll run into each other at the event.

    • Insane internets is insane

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Man... It's only now that I truly realize the amount of community-based sites that I'm doing my best (and yet failing epically) to keep up with. That's what happens when you mindlessly sign up for every site that you have an interest in I guess. Can't be helped in that case.

      Nothing much else new, really. Spent all day today cleaning the house, both inside and out. Also did a massive overhaul of my room so that I can sleep in it as well as have it look a little more "simplistic" (i.e. remove nearly all of the posters from my walls so it looks barren). There's supposed to be someone coming over tomorrow to decide whether or not our place would be good to house a student of some form. We'll see how that goes.

      And finally, just so that no one has to go digging or anything, here's the link for the journal for the RvB:re Letters and the like. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the new chapter early tomorrow next week, as the early Sponsors release caught me off guard last time.

    • RvB Reconstruction Letters & Memos

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Here's the archive of the letters & memos from Chapters 1-11 for the new RvB series Reconstruction. A new journal entry has been started and will continue the letters & memos starting from Chapter 12.

      Follow the continuation at this new journal.

      ~~~~~

      Reconstruction Trailer

      A memo to the Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee from the Director of Project Freelancer:

      Dear Chairman,

      I write today in response to your committee’s request for more information about our program and the suspected incident at Outpost 17-B. No doubt by now, you have reviewed the video logs transmitted by our Recovery agents dispatched to the region. I’m sure you have seen the empty bases, the barricades constructed by the survivors, the cryptic warning left on the wall, the battles that apparently took place between team members that had turned on one another...

      …and of course, the ship.

      While we cannot say for certain, I share your concern we have an unfortunate post-project scenario taking place. However, I take exception to your assertion that we were warned that this was a possibility. I would like to remind the subcommittee members that anything is possible.

      Some things are probable. This is what is. And my agency, as it always has, will continue to deal with what is until it is no more.


      Chapter 1

      To the Director of Project Freelancer from the Oversight Subcommittee Chairman:

      Dear Director,

      I want to thank you in advance for your openness in response to our subcommittee’s request for more information. We were disappointed that your Recovery force reported a total loss at Outpost 17-B. We had hoped there would be at least one soldier left that could shed some light on the situation.

      I know that your agency has enjoyed a high degree of freedom with very little scrutiny in the past few years. It is not our intention to disrupt such a progressive military program, but instead to find a way we could work together in a manner that befits all our responsibilities. I am certain that you will agree, and we look forward to making this review process as painless as we possibly can.


      Chapter 2

      A response from the Director of Project Freelancer:

      Dear Chairman,

      While I am obligated to assist your investigation, I ask that you not waste my time with irrelevant questions. My agency is normally unconcerned with such minute directives such as troop reassignment.

      Except, of course, in the most critical of matters…


      Chapter 3

      Dear Director,

      Due to your “busy scheduleâ€Â, we have begun interviewing members of your staff. I’m certain you will let us know if this bothers you. Our debriefings keep coming back to a single subject at Outpost 17-B. Can you explain what this “Meta†is and what your plans are to deal with it?

      (Special thanks to JelloShooter and TheSkidgel for clarifying the memo.)


      Chapter 4

      Dear Chairman,

      Rest assured we have the situation under control. While the Meta is proving to be an elusive enemy, our Recovery agent is already closing in on it. I expect this incident will reach a conclusion soon and I will be able to return to my research. Hopefully, without further interruption.


      Chapter 5

      Dear Director,

      We can all understand that a shift from autonomy to oversight can be a difficult adjustment for anyone, but especially someone of your standing. In that spirit, we have attempted to accommodate your brief explanations to our serious inquiries.

      Nonetheless, I feel compelled to inform you that even our trust has its limits…


      Chapter 6

      Dear Chairman,

      The Meta is nothing more than an entity seeking to increase its power in these confusing days after the war. From my perspective, that seems to be a very common occurrence at the moment.


      Chapter 7

      Dear Director,

      Your program was granted the use of a single artificial intelligence unit for implantation experiments. Yet, the department records clearly show multiple agents in the field with implants during the same time frames. Surely, this must be a logging error and we anticipate a corrected document soon.


      Chapter 8

      Dear Chairman,

      I understand your concern that increased activity would bring increased risk. However, our fail-safes are simple, but foolproof. A dead or dying agent’s beacon automatically notifies our Recovery team and we will be on the scene immediately to secure all of the military’s property.


      Chapter 9

      Dear Director,

      I feel you’re avoiding the question. If this target was already in possession of an A.I. unit, how was he able to secure an additional unit from Agent South? Would not that verify, as we indicated earlier, that your program now runs experiments with more than one artificial intelligence? If so, where did these additional A.I. come from? And more importantly, how did your agency procure them?


      Chapter 10

      Dear Chairman,

      Our records in this matter are impeccable and I will refer you to them. It is true that we were granted the use of only one A.I. program, yet with special permission to conduct our experiments. That is all we were allowed to do and that is all we have done. Of course, I am sure you will agree that the core mission of any scientific endeavor is to find creative solutions to unexpected problems.


      Chapter 11

      Dear Director,

      Do your “creative solutions†include the circumvention of the safety protocols that every member of the military must follow? If they do not, then I fail to see how an enemy has managed to secure not one, but several of your experimental A.I.’s! The protocol is not a guideline, dear director. It is doctrine and no one is above its rule!

    • Reconstruction Memos, Letters, etc.

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Someone brought up the idea of keeping track of the letters and such brought up at the beginning of each Reconstruction episode. Feeling inspired, I've taken it upon myself to do such a thing (though I messed up creating the thread as I have never created one here before).

      In any case, you can check out the thread I created for this here.

    • Reconstruction Memos, Letters, etc.

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      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      As brought up by some members, here's the letters heard at the intro of each episode documented to the best of my abilities. I will continue to keep track of each letter, memo, and the like as the episodes are released, adding each episode's letter to this first post. I've also documented the trailer's memo to keep everything complete. Again, if there's any mistakes in here, send me a message and I'll fix them ASAP.

      ~~~~~

      Recovery Trailer

      A memo to the Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee from the Director of Project Freelancer:

      Dear Chairman,

      I write today in response to your committee’s request for more information about our program and the suspected incident at Outpost 17-B. No doubt by now, you have reviewed the video logs transmitted by our Recovery agents dispatched to the region. I’m sure you have seen the empty bases, the barricades constructed by the survivors, the cryptic warning left on the wall, the battles that apparently took place between team members that had turned on one another...

      …and of course, the ship.

      While we cannot say for certain, I share your concern we have an unfortunate post-project scenario taking place. However, I take exception to your assertion that we were warned that this was a possibility. I would like to remind the subcommittee members that anything is possible.

      Some things are probable. This is what is. And my agency, as it always has, will continue to deal with what is until it is no more.


      Chapter 1

      To the director of Project Freelancer from the Oversight Subcommittee Chairman:

      Dear Director,

      I want to thank you in advance for your openness in response to our subcommittee’s request for more information. We were disappointed that your Recovery force reported a total loss at Outpost 17-B. We had hoped there would be at least one soldier left that could shed some light on the situation.

      I know that your agency has enjoyed a high degree of freedom with very little scrutiny in the past few years. It is not our intention to disrupt such a progressive military program, but instead to find a way we could work together in a manner that befits all our responsibilities. I am certain that you will agree, and we look forward to making this review process as painless as we possibly can.

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    • RECONSTRUCTION!!!!!!!

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Wow... Just wow... I'm already liking where Reconstruction is going... I need to get $10 to be a sponsor so that I can keep up with the stuff! I mean, seriously!!!

      ...also need to find people to play Grifball.

    • Still alive

      11 years ago

      TempestFox DETIA Intern

      Just feeling very burned out right now...

      Thinking about actually taking a year off and do some work and the like. Partially to help save up for whatever the future may hold. Also to help me fund my gaming need, especially with my recent acquisition of an Xbox 360. Only got three games and am in need of some more.

      Also went to the World Cyber Games last month. That was quite the experience. Tried out Guitar Hero III and Rock Band. Love both of those games and hope to have them for the 360, at least GH3 anyway. I'll eventually get to Rock Band.

      There's so many games that I want but can't get. It's very frustrating... But hey, Christmas is next month and my 21st birthday is in February, so at least there's some hope...

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