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Cantina / Re: Gratitude
« on: 01/15/18, 10:19:13 PM »
Thankyou @Orell for the impromptu RP that resulted in trying to arrange actual RP for about four days straight and my constant suddenly-busy-flaking.

It's been a while, and it was so fun to dip back in to something I love doin'. :aww:

You know I'm interested, EX-senpai :evil:

Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [spoiler city]
« on: 01/11/18, 06:15:41 PM »
...I mean, I've seen this kind of shit in the EU a _lot_ >.>;

Same with what happened to Leia, EU books and material have shown Jedi using the Force to preserve themselves for short amounts of time in the void of space. I guess that's why the show of force power in this film doesn't bother me. Compared to some things from the EU, it's pretty tame.

Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [spoiler city]
« on: 01/10/18, 09:03:55 PM »
SOMEBODY PULL THAT GOD DAMN X-WING OUT OF THE WATER AND FLY OFF TO BE A HERO FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THAT IS STAR WARS. It legitimately upsets me that they would take that, take time to show it to us, to draw all these comparisons, to Dagoba to Yoda to all of that, put it in the forefront of our minds, that ultimate, iconic, epitomizing scene of faith and hope and triumph and things not being as they seem and you know all the stuff this movie was nominally about just to do absolutely frak all with it. Nothing. Nada. Never comes up again. Just wanted to be cheeky and put Checkhov's gun on the wall only to leave it there because we're so very clever and that's what this is all about, subvert everything forever.

Also well said. The Chekov's Gun aspect of it bothers me, and I think you're correct to point out the edgy subversion thereof, which seems trollishly intentional.

You can look at it as Chekov's Gun, but you can also look at is from the perspective of coming full circle, and the symbolism of both Luke's resignation and his action of cutting himself off from the force.

In ESB, Luke's X-wing sinks in the bog. Yoda be like 'get that bitch out', Luke be like 'lol no do I look like Hercules to you', Yoda proceeds to prove him wrong. The size of the ship is all in his mind and the possibilities of the Force are endless, is the message that Luke and the viewers are given.

The shot of the X-wing submerged in TLJ, first off, gives some visual information:

- Luke has hidden the ship so it can't be spotted from the air. Re-enforcing that he's in hiding.
- Oh, that's how he got here. Quaint.
- That kind of reminds me of the X-wing stuck in the swamp...

But in reflection of the ESB sequence, there's an underlying presentation of resignation, of giving up. Of deciding within oneself 'no, possibilities aren't endless' or even, 'I need to put back away the power that I misused'. Mentally Luke is in a bit of a bog as well, so the imagery of the buried X-wing and the fact that it never came to surface again was poignant for me. It also meshes with the theme of 'leaving the old behind'. Luke is old and jaded, he's no longer that young man, daring and full of hope and ace pilot. Even when he does eventually act, he's not indulging in hubris as he did when he took off from Dagobah to Bespin. The absence of the X-wing is what highlighted that shift.

I also don't think people repeating similar mistakes is the massive stretch, even for a Jedi. I'm not sure what the issue is with that - Jedi are still mortal and imperfect. People make the same mistakes all the time, most especially when the first time was so long ago that the lesson is a little obscured by time. Luke tried to rebuild something massive, on his own, with very little reference material. He made a mistake in a moment of panic that cost him, his friends, the Jedi, and the galaxy dearly. Sure, it was a bloody big mistake, but I don't feel 'he already learned X lesson in RotJ' is fair on Luke as an assessment of likelihood. Especially when the SW universe is place entrenched in the concept of the same mistakes being repeated over and over again in a morbid eternal loop.

But that's my interpretation, and that's the wonderful thing about media - everyone takes away something different.

Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [spoiler city]
« on: 01/10/18, 03:09:17 AM »
It's like everyone forgot a valuable lesson Yoda teaches in Empire Strikes Back.

"A jedi uses the force for knowledge and defense, Never for attack."

This is why for most of his duel with Vader was him either defending himself or flat out not actually fighting. This is why he tosses away his lightsaber after realizing what he was doing after cutting off Vader's hand. And this is exactly why Luke didn't actually show up to fight at the Battle of Crait.

Yeah, I feel as though this had a much greater impact than an actual sabre duel would have - and I really respect the director for turning down the opportunity for just another duel to drive such an important message home.

A thought; for all we know, maybe Luke was already dying, as well. It could have been something that played a small part in his reluctance to leave - not being certain he would survive the journey, or be fit enough to face Kylo and/or Snoke, etc in the end. Of course one could argue the exertion it took him to project himself was far greater, but then those are two entirely different kinds of strength we're talking about. It's "tiny-green-alien pulling a massive starfighter out of a bog with his strength of will, but couldn't lift a small rock with his hand".

I like to think at some point of the film Luke made that realisation - that it wasn't his presence that was needed at the battle, but the symbol of strength and wisdom. I think in the execution of that, he found himself again, as well as resolved his guilt over the fall of Ben, and as such was finally able to pass peacefully back into the Force. That's the most Jedi we've ever seen Luke. It's the highest form of what he found during his battle with Vader.

Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [spoiler city]
« on: 01/08/18, 12:15:50 AM »

Saw it first at a regular cinema, then saw it again with my brother at IMAX. Loved it even more the second time.

Sure it has flaws, but I can see them and still appreciate the final product. I mean, if any of us could watch the original trilogy without the film of nostalgia over our eyes, the plotholes there are glaring af. I'm a Doctor Who fan - plot holes are run-of-the-mill 'Must be Tuesday' to me, and that's speaking as someone who hates time-travel related plothole's (See TLJ's director's last film, angrily scream with me at the end).

I don't care that it was different from the EU/Legends; we already have that, no one can take it away, it's just another continuum. Still trying to weigh in my mind which continuum is sadder and more tragic though...

I do feel like the movie played with your emotions a little too much - like how many sucker-punches to my heart and fake-outs do you think I need, bruh? - and the placement of a couple of funny moments were super over the top and innappropes.

The themes of hubris, Jedi superiority and toxic masculinity Ruining Everything really resonated with me. Also a word like 'hubris' in a Star Wars movie, such refreshing.
For those reasons I probably enjoyed Poe's character arc the most, though a good thing the Rebels are short on manpower because I'm almost certain he should've been shot for some of that well-intentioned but ultimately reckless treasonous fuckery.
Rey was a close second - I was actually really glad at the discovery of her parents' true identities. I felt I knew it all along, and that a point was going to be made of it. Let's take the galaxy the fuck away from the Skywalker's now, people. They've done enough.

Loved the pandering to the Rey/Kylo fanfiction that came to an abrupt ugly halt - best trolling in cinematic history. Also Kylo's bare barrelchest was super weird and I'll be skipping that scene every time on Blue-Ray. It felt like accidentally perving on a best friend's underage emo son. Ugh. :darkside: Downvote.

I thought the most emotional bit for me would be Leia's swoop through the vacuum of space; I was however not at all prepared for Luke's death scene... and as the music swelled and the wind snatched his cloak away I sobbed like a child, both times. Luke was really The It Guy growing up, for me - not Leia, or Han. I used to play as Luke in primary school when we played Star Wars, I started reading the EU comics and books initially after wanting to know about Luke's Jedi Temple, green became my fav colour for years after he revealed his new lightsabre in Return of the Jedi. After that, Mark Hamill himself continued to be a cool, inspirational guy and voice actor whose shows I continue to grow with not even realising it was him until much later. There was so much of both Luke and Mark in Last Jedi's Luke, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Yes, even the fucking green milk scene.

I think that's it from me.

TL;DR I really liked it and I can't wait for this director to get his hands on Revan (IT'S NOT SPECULATION IF IT'S TRUE). I was kinda scared to share my opinion of the film online because of all the backlash people seem to be getting (really??? Really, internet???), but this thread has been nice and civil so far so nyeh. :grin:


Also, BB-8 making mouse-droid sounds (badly) to try and blend in. Killed me. 10/10.

Holocrons and Info Nodes / Re: Comments on Stories
« on: 12/27/17, 01:11:46 AM »

(loved it, keep 'em comin'  :aww:)

Space dad nuuuu  :sigh:

(I know you already told me this but still. Boooooo~)

Outside Realm / Re: Video Game OST Appreciation Thread
« on: 11/22/17, 05:40:23 PM »
Hey Strangers. Been lurking a little lately since the merge and though I'd recommend some truly wonderful music I've encountered this year.

NieR: Automata OST:
Extended version with alternate tracks:

It's been a while since I've played a JRPG (yes this one is technically an action RPG) but this game has been amazing on all levels. Despite its darker themes the atmosphere and music gives it a wondrous, almost dreamlike feel.
My personal favourites are: City Ruins, Amusement Park, and Song of the Ancients - Atonement.

Bloodborne OST:
Bloodborne The Old Hunters:

Dark orchestral at its best. My favourites are Omen, and all of the Hunter tracks but most especially Ludwig,
 The Accursed & Holy Blade
and Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower.

The Last Guardian OST:

I thought I was going to be disappointed with this soundtrack because K tani did not return to do the soundtrack - and he composed one of my fav soundtracks of all time, in Guardian's predecessor Shadow of the Colossus.
In many ways I really feel the absence of tani's work in the game and it made the experience less nostalgically connected for me, but this OST is still good, and I play it in the background a lot when I'm working.

*rises from coffin* You rang?

I imagine Irmenu is still chugging along trading ores and shit with the Empire and being a good little allied planet. My memory is terrible but I believe Dorian made B a prince and he was gonna try and talk the people of Irmenu into giving their dead towards the Hegemony.

B probably hasn't been seen around much outside of Irmenu but there's rumours that he went a little nuts after his bff @Ryshias tried to kill him, has been in general less pretty, and working on lots of alchemy in his basement. A SITH BETRAYING ANOTHER SITH, WHO'DA THUNK IT.  :evil: :darkside:

Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 10/03/17, 03:40:26 AM »
So, uh, bit of news...

Roadmap for the rest of the year. There's some notable QoL changes and word on upcoming content updates, but the big thing is the thing everyone's been expecting (hoping?) for for a while: Server merge.

Begeren Colony will be part of the new "The Hot Prospect" server, having merged with Harbinger and Bastion servers:

Merges seem based on region, of course. So, probably some new blood to come in early November... although we won't be linking up with Ebon Hawk, which is sad :(.

Also, prepare for all the name changes...

Sounds like is in need of a domain name change then.

.......I'd see if "" is taken, but I'm at work and that seems like a bad url to blind search >_>.

Sounds like the name of a seedy cantina/pleasure house. Wonder who thought that one out. READY FOR SOME FUN, KIDS? :darkside:

Could I grab the titles Pursuer and one Galactic Warden off ya? Just send them to Reithan pub-side and I'll dish them out to the relevant alts. Thank you kindly.  :halo:

Outside Realm / Re: My issues with EA
« on: 03/11/17, 07:25:46 PM »
I don't think they get it right all the time, but I think they cop a lot of flack when they make mistakes, because they're EA, and people love to mate EA.

Thank you @Aolani. Now I'll do a double-take every time someone says "Fuck E.A.!"

Well @recoveringgeek , that was the most awkward typo of my life  :grin:

*love to hate EA

Also thanks very much for your input from another vastly different perspective :-) I'll catch up on the thread soon an put together another reply tonight.

Outside Realm / Re: My issues with EA
« on: 03/11/17, 03:20:25 PM »
Was really hoping this thread wouldn't devolve so quickly to just bashing devs and calling the game broken.. Imazi was bringing up some really good points and issues, so if we can avoid short 'game sucks and is broken lel'which is at risk of turning this into a blame/hate spamming thread, that'd be great. So please, can we not?

But EA or Bioware - Dev or Publisher; neither one of them seem to know how to "do it right" other than "how can we milk this for as much as possible while doing the least."

Self-inflating blanket statements like this also don't help towards a productive discussion. Especially when in this case 'doing it right' means 'doing what I want', and I have a lot of feelings on player entitlement that I would really rather not put here, to avoid the rain of rotten vegetables. Nor do I want to explain the inner workings of a large game company and why you may not be seeing/getting the things you want to someone who has no interest in a discussion or considering different views.

Outside Realm / Re: My issues with EA
« on: 03/11/17, 07:05:35 AM »
I almost feel like I don't need to respond here anymore because Orell hit most of the points I wanted to bring up on my end, lel. Good job buddy. :halo:

I actually don't have too much I want/need to say on the subject, which was why I was a bit "ooh no!" when you said you'd put a thread up - really I was just curious as to what your experiences with EA were and how they'd affected you, positively and/or negatively. So, thank you for sharing :)

My own feelings on the matter are simple - I can see that EA are trying really hard to be better than they were, but I feel the problems of big business will always plague them, because... well. Big business. This might be a slight sliver of patriotism (GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE, BURN THE FLAG) On my behalf, because the CEO is some country Aussie guy from Geelong and that makes me feel pretty chuffed, and he's the one who wanted to shift EA away from 'eebil corporation' to 'player first'. It's a big shift, and they're trying, and I respect that. I don't think they get it right all the time, but I think they cop a lot of flack when they make mistakes, because they're EA, and people love to mate EA.

I really can't say I agree with SWTOR being disrespectful towards players, though, and I don't think players are being treated badly by the SWTOR in-game economy. I haven't been back in the game too long but my experiences so far with Galactic Command have been positive. A lot of what you're explaining in your posts, I guess, I don't really... feel. I don't feel the game encouraging me to spend real money on it. I think the grand chance cubes are fun. So part of the problem there is probably or vastly different opinions and experiences :P I'll admit You lost me when you got to the bit about writing up game design proposals and people forgetting things. Also the word disrespect keeps coming up, which makes me want to prod that whole issue with a stick and see where it leads. From my experiences both as a player and as a dev, I've always felt SWTOR's FTP and Preferred models were very generous compared to what else is out there, and never felt pressured when I was a non-paying account or otherwise to spend money to 'git gud'.

I think I'm in the same boat you were with your first post - it's late at night and I'm quite tired, so I'm just spitballing stream-of-consciousness on this. Maybe I'll look tomorrow and go into A/B testing groups and how games set up their economy...

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