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  1. Aah, the old days. When I started to sweat to get my first hilt model in the game. Following T7 Nowheres tutorial. What a struggle, but what a pay off.


    I remember the big influx of new modders. That was often a bit 'annoying', as the newbies just kept posting the same questions over and over. Though it certainly didn't do the community harm.


    As Milestails nicely listed above, we have top quality mods now. And some of the old guru's like DI stick around to show us younger ones the follies of our ways :lol:


    Ah, the fun times with DarthDingDong. *sigh*

  2. Héh, just recently I dug up some older series, which I saw on TV, saturday mornings or somewhere in the afternoons when school was finished.


    So for a nostalgia trip, I found back Teknomen or Tekkaman Blade. I wanted to see if I still liked the thing. It's dated, but flashy and often oddly edited. But it still has it's charm to me. I rewatched the whole series.


    Another oldy I enjoy is Rurouni Kenshin/ Samurai X. Haven't read the manga yet.

    Other stuff I've seen are I would guess the classics:


    Spirited Away.

    Grave of Fireflies.

    Ghost in the Shell.



    There a few others, my brother in law is a bigger fan of anime things. So I've seen a few more movies, but I can't recall the titles.


    For fun I did get a chance to read the Dragon Ball mangas. Fun stuff.

  3. First reason I got Kotor, was it got Star Wars labeled on it. I was a fan of Dark Forces, my first shooter and SW game. I played Fable and some other more action focused and less RPG games. So when I found out about this SW RPG thing. I had to get it.


    Like most fellow gamers/ forum dwellers I got hooked by the characters. The enjoyment I got in actually thinking I was talking to these digital persona. Further enjoyment by finding out what they would say next. How they would respond to my own, allthough silent anwsers. And the idea, if I had choosen another response, they would say something differant. Making me curious to replay the game to see what happens when I do something differant.


    And then there's the story, the planets and the gameplay. I can't count how many times I replayed both K1 and TSL. I lost hours on these 2 games, no small part ofcourse since I like to mod them.


    Thing is, I find that both games have aged rather well. Sure the graphics aren't that awesome anymore, but it's less jarring then say, replaying Dark Forces.


    Hopefully someone reads it... this all had to be for something.


    Enjoyed it very much. We're on the same page, Bioware did a good job on all the characters envolved in the 3 games. Though I have the same 'feelings' towards Kaiden and Ashely. Most of the times I just got bored talking to them. I never cared much who ended up dead. I loved Wrex more :lol:


    Allthough, I found out with ME3, I had met so many characters I started to care less about the new ones in my crew. After the dirty dozen routine of ME2 I wasn't up to go through the whole 'hello, I'm Shepard' let's be friends conversation thing.


    And the ending of ME3 is just weird... I do need replay ME3 again, haven't tested the Citadel DLC. So I skipped that bit of your 'review', as not to get spoiled to much, just took notion it's the best thing out there ^_^


    I would have enjoyed an ending where the super weapon just started to shoot the Reapers out of the sky. Rallying the Alliance fleet... the turning point in the war.

    Or follow the Illusive Men, taking his place and go with the Reapers or some such crap. Though it doesn't really fit. Anyway Bioware has always done this sort of thing.

    But it fitted better for say Kotor to have this black and white choice, it fits better within the games universe.

  5. I think there is such a thing as TOO many friends in those situations. For me, when more of my friends started to buy it, there was always one that said "hey...hey guys, wouldn't it be funny if we blew up his/her awesome creation."


    Yeah, we did have few pranks with amongst our group. But all of us, still saw minecraft as a game. It never caused big fights our a fall out between people of our group. Plus our private server had problems now and then. We ended up with huge holes in our terrain. Everything just dissapeared into nothing. So we all losed certain things we've had build or gathered.


    Just like in real life: we had to deal with it and carry on.

  6. Hah, me and my cousin started a Minecraft server before the game had it's big break through. So at first it was just 2 guys running about and digging. Me like a mole on heroine speed crack, making impossible bending tunnels and stairs.


    My cousin followed awhole method of grids, to dig as optimale as possible. Hilarious stuff, going on. Later on more friends picked up the game and populated the server.


    I can say it was always exciting to log on and see what was new. I didn't keep playing though at some point I had enough. But I don't consider it wasted hours.


    It's just great to share a world among friends!

  7. Fun article Lynk!

    It's a real treat to see how strongly everyone feels about the look of his Shepard.

    I called mine Boris and I sort made him for the 'funnies' at first. But I stuck with him through out the whole 3 games. I started a second playthrough once, but stopped. I just didn't like this new Shepard I made.


    Seems like I'm the only one who enjoyed the Mako exploring thing o_O

  8. Found this trailer. Think there are two. And if I remember; the suit will appear as 'steel' and black in the movie. Not sure what to think of this remake. The 80's Paul Verhoeven is just great stuff; not sure what their aim is. To do better or more OTT action seems pointless; another 'view' on the story could work, but again it feels somewhat 'méh' to me.


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  9. The Pod Race is awesome even if it does ruin the pacing of the film and the lightsaber fight between maul, qui-gonn and obi-wan is entertaining even if it is presented in a "and suddenly a sith appears and a lightsaber battle happens... because reasons."



    The funny thing about that is other people (ILM and stunt specialists) created and layed out most of those scenes and not Lucas himself.




    I understand the feeling, the whole PT trashing has been done to death. Just like ME3 ending bashing and whining. Saddly I'm biased; I saw the OT when I was just 6 on VHS together with my dad and a friend. It left a pretty big impact on me :lol:

    So, yeah, the nostalgia rules suprime.



    Though, once you start to disect most movies, none of them make much sense and most have some big plot holes or other sillyness that 'break' the magic. I guess it's really all on a personal level, in how deep you want to look into a structure of any given movie.


    Star Wars and most Hollywood things are just pure entertainment and CGI fest, so you get a fun ride, a few good laughs, just don't look for any 'sense'.

    Sometimes you just have to enjoy this stuff for what it is.

  10. Well; I've been doing silly things in Terragen 2.0 which is a powerfull tool to render out landscapes and skies. I could give it another try and come with something that fits for Malachor.


    Like I mentioned I've only scratched the surface of what I can do with it. Messed around with just the clouds. You might not believe it but the picture below took some 20 minutes to render. The quality and detail you can put into it is amazing; but it does have a cost in render time... :lol:


  11. My first serious PC games where Diablo I and Starcraft; I enjoyed both very much. Though Star Craft takes the cake as I loved all the characters that appear in the story. Diablo doesn't have much of those. Though it's all about the action and killing dozens of monsters :p


    I also played a lot of Warcraft II, Warcraft III and their expansions. I loved that with each RTS you get this level editor, to create your own maps and stories. Spend long hours in those tools!


    Though, honestly looking back, Blizzard games never had very special stories, they always where a bit cheesy. Their games shine in the polish and smooth gameplay. And the long support with patches and tweaks.


    I tried WoW, but it couldn't capture my attention for long; I'd rather had another RTS in the Warcraft setting.

  12. 9.Quanon somehow seems to know everything about area models.[/QOUTE]


    Héhéhé, this sounds like I was born with all the knowledge to get something from 3Ds Max into the Kotor games :lol:


    This thread shows where I started my journey with modelling areas. Before that I did just skins and other texture stuff. Small lightsaber model and guns. Nothing spectacular.




    I used the Search function of the forums a lot times to solve my modding woes. There are many threads burried with golden tips! Can be a bit frustrating to dig it all up, but guess that's how it is these days.

  13. My good man, Quanon!


    I love both Truckfighters and Earth! saw the former live with Kvelertak back in April and Earth in Stockholm over a year ago now. Actually got to shake hands and have a chat with Dylan Carlson a couple of weeks back as he's currently touring as a solo artist with a drummer from some folk band.


    Wow; cool; didn't really know if Earth was still playing. I'll certainly check out their other numbers. I'dd love to see these guys live.


    I also enjoy this other band; Stoned Jesus. Seven thunders Roar. Sometimes the songs remind a bit of Jimmy Hendrix.


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  14. Of late been enjoying this band: Truckfighters Gravity X, labeled stoner rock.


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    I also discovered this, Earth - Pentastar: In the style of daemons. Just love the slow pace and 'groggy' vibe this band gives. Gues that's why it's called stoner rock :lol:


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    Love the second number; has some crazy lyrics.

    [u][size="3"]High Command[/size][/u]
    Bones are feeling sleazy 
    Head spinning around 
    Spend the night with Josef Goebbels 
    Think I'm coming down 
    Life isn't easy 
    Thru having fun 
    Spent the night with Heimlich Himmler 
    Think I'm on the run 
    Always done the best 
    of everything around 
    flew the plane for Rudolph Hess 
    I've landed upside down 
    Always have to have 
    something in my head 
    Shot cocaine with Hermann Göring 
    now I wish I was dead


    And by chance, stumbled on this band;

    The future sounds of london. The Isness is just one of many things they did.

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    Bit whacky, but the lyrics are great.

    Please tell me mister spaceman
    Can't you really spare the time
    To float in innerspace?
    It's the most extra-ordinary place
    Please tell me mister policeman
    Can't you really tow the line
    And float in innerspace?
    It'll blow even your most criminally neglected mind
    Where do we come from and where are we going to?
    Life's a blinder when you find her
    Life's a downer when you've found her
    Can't you see this isn't life's mystery?
    Where do we come from and where are we going to?
    Welcome to the Galaxial Pharmaceutical (pharmaceutical)
    Miss medicinal
    Do you think it's critical?
    Look into the my wide eyed retina
    You'll see I'm at my
    Most illogical
    An instutional
    Maybe suitable
    Do you think I'm animal?
    Or maybe mineral?
    Or simple a vegetable? Cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo
    You see my mind is projecting everywhere
    In innerspace
    Manifesting three dimensional
    And while you're here miss medicinal
    When I think you're cutical
    So beautiful
    Oh so magical
    Almost edible
    Is my love incurable?
    It is all so inconcievable?
    Where do we come from and where are we going to?
    How come you're never around anymore huh?
    Am I big or am I small?
    Everyone seems ten feet tall
    A lamp shade glides like a guilloteen above my bed
    The world seems like a million light years
    From my head
    The spacecraft has been programmed for me
    So let there be a message on my answer machine
    From friends or lovers who will miss me
    When I'm gone
    When I'm gone
    (5, 4, 3, 2, 1, lift off)
    When I'm gone
    When I'm gone

  15. You don't have much of a drive to work or around town, do you. Shifting is only enjoying for play driving.


    Méh, I don't see what's so nasty about shifting. The whole thing gives lots of controle on what your car does. It takes practise, certainly when driving in a city, lots of traffic; bikers, pedestrians... Hahaha, done if before. I did a lot of road for my first job, second job is a bit more relaxed, can do it by bike.


    I remember the first day I got to use my 1st car to go to my job. I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in the middle of the city; there was just a big market going on. Had to drive really slowly and up hill most of the time. I learned to use my clutch and pedals really well that day.


    But I'm in Europe; Belgium, you have to ask a car dealer for an automatic. Almost all cars are stick shifters .

  16. I'm gonna take mine with a stickshift, but no way in hell would I ever buy a car that's not an automatic.


    Lol; I would never buy an automatic. Love shifting gears, it's what makes driving a car so enjoyable for me. My first lessons I was nervous to and that made things more difficult at first. But that passes, the more you drive the more experience you get. You'll level up soon ;-p

  17. Just started the game. Really enjoying it, it's a big city on an enormous island. Haven't explored to much yet. The graphics are really nice, though I think it'll look 10x more impressive on PC. But that needs a good port ofcourse.


    Not to far into the story yet; but liking the characters thus far. Not to mention the crazy TV shows and hilarious radio post and commercials. GTA at its best!

  18. I'm not sure I agree, Quanon. Having read all the books (out so far) and following the series religiously, I find that the books were better, more engaging experiences. That said, the series isn't bad at all but it does spoils many of the surprises masterfully delivered on the books.


    Fair point, hadn't looked at it that way. But I figured that I would certainly enjoy the ton of extra details in the books. Like say extra characters and events would add a certain "bonus' material feel to the reading experience.


    As often when you first read a good series of books and then view a movie or TV show about them, you sort of always look for what's left out or done differantly.


    I might get the books before season 3 gets out on DVD and season for gets aired. But I'm now still investing a lot of reading time in my Warhammer pulp novels :lol:


    But was looking forward to something a bit more serious.


    So while I don't know if watching the series first is the best option, I found great pleasure in reading the books and then watching how they'd do particular scenes on the series (and if they'd actually do those things on the TV, since some parts are seem too gruesome for TV audience).


    Well so far the TV show didn't seem to be shy on the violance, things didn't always get shown as is, but the suggestion and motives certainly get across.

  19. I recently bought season 1 and 2 on DVD. I really enjoyed the show, loved look and feel and just the quality put into this. Looking forward to what goes on in season 3. I've been eyeing the books; but have so far resisted to purchase them.


    I want to watch the TV series first and then delve into the books. Like that I'll enjoy both much more ^_^

  20. @Quanon--problem with gun control is that it doesn't really work very well. Taking into consideration that gun ownership (like free speech) is in the Constitution, arguments for and against it become quite heated here. Also, when you consider how poorly prohibition worked (never mind the current "war on drugs"), too much regulation would likely lead to a thriving black market for guns.


    Mhm, I know it's a hot 'pickle' in the US to talk about guns. And what to do with it legaly. And true, it won't stop it all, prohibition being a nice example of taking it to far. Though it was a differant time. There's more involved then only these tragic shootings. There's the accidents to consider aswell. I don't know any numbers, but a lot of people get killed by guns in the USA. And most of them I think aren't really with 'evil' or 'mad' purpose.


    I do know, it happens a lot less here in Europe. It does happen, even here in Belgium. Though I can count that on 1 hand.


    Anyway, sorry to hear about your bout, but good to know you've weathered it intact. Hope it's behind you and that these families can find some measure of peace down the road.


    Thanks, it's a struggle, but I found a lot of help, by family and by going to therapy.

  21. Disturbing to say the least. Some of the victims this time were too young, waaaay too young. Hope to god these shootings aren't going to be a trend. All of this is starting to get depressing.


    It's sad, but I find that any life, no matter what age, ended by being shot is very sad. I hope someday the USA will vote for far more controle on the selling of guns.


    It won't stop hard criminals getting their gear, but it would make it far more difficult. I think it would also put a big stop to these tragic blind rage shootings, depressed and stressed people do.


    Don't ya just love the "blame game".... :rolleyes: More grist for the gun control debate, though, I'm guessing (what w/the recent mall shooting). Still, as the incident in China points out, take away peoples' access to guns somehow and any sickos will still find a way to get their victims (knives, bombs, etc...).

    Certain people will always find a way to harm others. But at least you can make it damn difficult for them to get lethal equipment. So that they don't massacre a whole class. Like I said above, it would stop these people in emotional turmoil to do something this bad.


    But, then I guess they'd just be suicidally depressed and not bat**** crazy.


    I fought with severe depression a few months back. At certain times I felt a lot of rage against myself, but also just the world outside. I can tell you it was a very strong feeling. I wasn't completely myself either. I wouldn't have put a button for a bomb under my finger at that time.


    Anyway, enough of about me.


    I feel for the families. Hope they my find some piece and anwsers after the media storm.

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