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#1 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

His funeral will get out of control.

It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.

#2 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

This is definitely something I'd need to try. Just to know if it's any good. Because looking at it, it looks like kind of a mess. How does the touch screen work? How does the haptic feedback feel? How precise is it? How comfy is it? How much of a pain is it to hit those damnable buttons?

I'm very, very curious about it, but it might be that this thing just wasn't designed for normal humans. I'd love to find out, though! HINT HINT.

#3 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

First game is gonna be an I Spy typ eof game where you have to find objects hidden in pictures that olly moss draws

GOTY 2014

#4 Edited by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

When I was in High School I read a story I liked a lot. The next week I had a creative writing assignment and I basically used the first paragraph of the story I liked a lot. THe rest of the story was mine, but the first paragraph wasn't. I then twist and turned that first paragraph to try and make it my own but I still knew it wasn't. I don't know what made me do it but for some reason I E-mailed Roger Ebert his opinion on plagiarism and if I was in fact plagiarizing. He replied to me the same day with this,

"The real question is not what I think, but what an employer would

think. If you take someone else's words and present them as your own,

that is plagiarism.

Certainly sometimes it happens unconsciously, and on other occasions

more than one person hits on the same way to express the same idea:

Puns on movie titles tend to turn up in several reviews, for example,

probably none of them plagiarized. The only policy for a professional

writer (or real student) is to never ever consciously plagiarize in

any way.



Wow, I thought that was so cool. Roger Ebert actually replied to me! This was way before social media, when people with public prominence could, or even are expected, to interact with the public. I was just a teenager in the 90s with a random question and took the time to answer me. I was a huge fan of his before that, but I became one of his biggest fans for life after that.

The very first movie I worked on was an indie called High Art. I was so stoked when Siskel and Ebert reviewed in on their show. I felt like I had really made it in the business. It respect I hadn't, and I am not sure if anyone every really makes it in the movie business since we can all be looking for a new line of work the next day, but to that high hoped 20 something year old that was it, I had the movie I worked so hard on reviewed by Siskel and Ebert.

The greatest movie review I ever read was Roger Ebert's review of the movie Torque. It basically started out, "Why am I reviewing this movie, does it matter if I like it? People who are going to go see Torque are going to go see Torque." He then went into how the B movie and the A movie had swapped places over the years. The B movie, the Swamp Thing, the drive in movie, was the low budget movie and the A movie like Gone with the Wind packed the audience in, but the late 70s had changed that and in current cinema the B movie had the big budget and teh crowds and the A movie was an indie in a small theater. It was fascinating but the part that made it amazing is by the end of the review you realized he somehow gave you his review of the movie Torque somewhere in there. Even rereading it you don't know where he did it, but by the end of that "review" you knew exactly what he thought about the movie Torque. The review was educational, it was fun, it was honest, and it was surprising. Its not just the best review I ever read, its one of the best things I've ever read.

Over the years I've traded a few E-mails with Ebert. Not many, at most ten, but they all meant a lot to me. He is one of the major reasons I grew up loving film. He's gone now but he lead a full life and influenced many, including myself. RIP Ebert, you had a good ride.

Best comment. Hands down.

#5 Edited by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

Oh, and Jeff, it's great to hear you're still excited about stuff. Sometimes it seems like you're the most jaded motherfucker in the room, and if you can still get chills up your spine? Then games are still worth paying attention to!

#6 Edited by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

@crushed said:


Look at how he refused to pin Bowser in the last few minutes. Ganondorf is an honorable king. He will always have his legacy. Thousand Years of Darkness. Longest streak of title defenses. First double champion. First three-time champion. Defeated Baz and Little Mac at the height of their corporate power. He escaped Gaben's Wallet Squeeze and used it against him. His curse felled over a half-dozen wrestlers in their prime. He even humiliated Bowser in a past Inferno match.

What did Bowser have? That one time Arino nearly beat him? Those two interns that VGCW corporate pays to dress up as "hoes" during his entrance? No, it was the time he easily beat Ganondorf at the height of Ganondorf's reign, and that night it had been exposed that it was all due to cheating. It was all Bowser had, man.

Ganondorf graciously let him win. He's still a Tag Team Champion, and soon he'll be GM of the company. Bowser can have his narrow exhibition victory, then go back to hiding for the next five or ten promotions as usual.





#7 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

Robot Alchemic Drive was an awesome PS2 game. So was Way of the Samurai (and to a much lesser extent, Way of the Samurai 2).

And let us never forget Clover Studios. God Hand, Viewtiful Joe, Okami. They had a brief but brilliant run.

The PS2 is dead. Long live the PS2!

#8 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

@BestUsernameEver said:

@Olivaw said:

@Sargus said:

I had completely forgotten that Patrick was part of the original cast before he left in Season 7 and came back later. (What was the plot reason? Wasn't he going to college or something?) Such great memories.

Remember that two-parter where Brad tried to recover his Mass Effect 1 save?

That was a great one.

My least favorite episode, though, was when Ryan was sitting in his backyard with the humming bird mask on for the full 30 minutes. No music, no birds, just silent, still, frustrated Hummingbird mask Ryan on a lawnchair, and a canned laugh track every 30 seconds.

My least favorite episode was the one with Leigh Alexander.

I know she's got a very respectable body of work, but her guest appearance was just terrible.

Any time Brad Muir showed up, though, that was comedy gold. He was awesome as the crazy neighbor!

#9 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

@Sargus said:

I had completely forgotten that Patrick was part of the original cast before he left in Season 7 and came back later. (What was the plot reason? Wasn't he going to college or something?) Such great memories.

Remember that two-parter where Brad tried to recover his Mass Effect 1 save?

That was a great one.

#10 Posted by Olivaw (1223 posts) -

Pretty sure the only reason Faith was a memorable protagonist was because she was a female protagonist who wasn't objectified. It certainly wasn't because she was well-written or interesting in any real way.

Which is part of the problem this entire article is trying to draw attention to, I guess!