Phoenix654's forum posts

#1 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

@whitegreyblack: Recreating an extinct species using modern equivalents is one thing. Splicing two extinct creatures along with a cuttlefish for cloaking and a snake for god know what (but probably venomous bites) seems a bit insane and not the logical first step of a new technology. Why not start with a hybrid triceratops or hadrosaur? You know, something that won't fucking EAT PEOPLE?

#2 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

I don't have high hopes after seeing this trailer for a couple of reasons...

1. Animals have slowly become monsters again. The reason the original Jurassic Park was so good in terms of the dinosaurs on screen was that they weren't movie monsters. They weren't some concoction of a fevered concept artist who added too many claws or spikes or an extra mouth. They were simply the animals themselves behaving like animals, which, in the case of something like a tyrannosaur, is plenty terrifying enough. Now we have the Diablous Rex, a mix of tyrannosaur, velociraptor, cuttlefish, and snake (not kidding) running around terrorizing people. I honestly cannot think of a good reason why you would make one of those as your first new species of dinosaur. There's no scientific reason that would be justifiable.

2. Science is once again the bad guy. Oh those crazy geneticists, messing with things they ought not, creating deadly monsters. The perception of science has been getting better in cinema slowly over time, but it looks like we have more mad science on our hands. We made something deadly and the only way to fix it is to run away and let Chris Pratt shoot it. *sigh* Speaking of which...

3. Star-Lord seems out of place here. Chris Pratt has become the next Robert Downey Jr., an actor who's success as a Marvel lead has propelled him into superstardom. Regrettably, he doesn't seem like the guy with the right temperament to be the heir apparent Robert Muldoun. It seems weird to see him as a person in a position of authority, odd though it sounds. It'd be like seeing a young Harrison Ford play a security guard at Fort Knox. Wouldn't feel right.

4. Continued lack of an allosaur. I'm a huge dinosaur nerd now and certainly was before Jurassic Park even came out. Let's be honest, every little boy and most little girls go through a period of being utterly fascinated by these behemoths, which no doubt helped the original movie be as successful as it was. So when I say that the most dangerous dinosaur that's never really made an appearance on screen is also my favorite, you know where it comes from. Allosaurus is a carnivore along the same lines as tyrannosaurus with a couple of notable differences. It was slightly smaller (a mere 30 feet long compared to T. Rex's 40), but had working arms instead of stubs and, here's the cool part, probably had to hunt in packs to take down sauropods like brachiosaur. Imagine that, 4 or 5 of these things jumping on a long necked cow. Why are we making up new terrors when we haven't fully realized the ones that already fucking existed?!

Anyway, despite these points, I'll probably see Jurassic World anyway. My niece likes dinosaurs and I'll end up taking her to see it, I'm sure.

#3 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

Not sure if people still are looking for Xbone users, but Phoenix654 is mine. All three classes are level 27, happy to go a raiding or a striking with you.

#4 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

Hey everyone, I have a kind of shitty work schedule so I don't have much time to play during the week (weekends are generally free) and I was wondering if anyone else is playing at the same time. I get up around Noon and have game time until around 3 (have to eat before work) and get home around 2 AM and go to sleep around 5. All times are MST (mountain standard time). Shoot me a message on either Xbox if you wanna go collect some bounties or get some strikes done. My gamertag is the same as my GiantBomb ID, Phoenix654. I'm not much for Crucible-ing at the moment though.

#5 Edited by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

I have to imagine this is why both your cut-offs are so low.

That, and many, many, many other reasons. I think chief among them is that we're both dissatisfied with a game series where the motto is "Gotta Catch 'Em All" and doing so would require us to go back several generations, purchase multiple games, dump hundreds of hours into each and attend a lot of Nintendo events. Shockingly, there aren't a lot of those in Boise, ID. I just wish Nintendo would make in an MMO (They never will, they does not understand the internets) and just keep adding on new worlds or realms or shards or whatever the hell you call MMO worlds. I'd higgety hang in Kanto & Jhoto and let everyone else explore the rest of the worlds.

@tobbrobb said:

Hah, once again someone trying to tell me there are more than 3 Pokemon games and more than 151 Pokemon. You won't fool me with this elaborate ruse.

Whatevs, man. Houndoom rocks. Keep looking for those Poke-chemtrails, bro.

@jeust said:

Nice blog! Different people can be friends along as they are similarly enough to understand and appreciate each other. I am spiritual, and I have friends that are atheists and we talk, agree and disagree on things. The important is that we accept each other.

That's nice to hear. Glad I'm not an isolated incident on this bumpy road we call life.

#6 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

I think one of the reasons everyone thinks of Monopoly as a long, slow game is that no one plays it by anything but house rules. No one knows about auctions, Free Parking becomes a jackpot square (the more money you inject into a game, the longer people can go without making difficult decisions) and everyone miserly holds onto their properties rather than trade them and allow someone else to get a Monopoly. Played properly, a game takes about an hour and a half, maybe two hours.

The few times I can convince people to play it, we have an enjoyable time, but there are so many other games that are, in my opinion, so much less of a hassle to get through.

#7 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

@phoenix654 said:

Anyone feeling a bit ripped off, or am I reading into this a bit too much? As a note, I don't have an Xbox One and haven't played Titanfall myself.

Sorry what? Ugh, let's not pretend this isn't just a flame topic.

As an aside, I neither own an X1 or plan to, being a hapless Sony fanboy (I don't own a PS4 yet either). Regardless, I doubt I would feel 'ripped off' within the first 5 months of a cycle that will take up the better part of a decade. Unless they repeat RROD.

I didn't write it to be a flame topic, I was just curious. It seems no one really is, so no worries, my concern was unfounded and now I'll know better.

#8 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

You... bought a 500$ console that is not a Playstation 4, for Titanfall?

Good going, man. Microsoft loves you.

You... apparently cannot read my original post. Last line is literally, "As a note, I don't have an Xbox One and haven't played Titanfall myself." I was merely curious about the feelings towards all this, not trying to start a flame war (which I know is impossible because people feel the need to start console wars about fucking everything on the interwebs). I don't have either of the two current gen systems because no game has enticed me enough to get one of them yet, though I'm sure I'll eventually get both. I'll honestly probably get a Wii U before the XBone or PS4 for Smash Bros and Mario Kart because those games are usually a blast to play with my friends.

As for everyone else, thanks for the input, it seems this isn't that big a deal, I was just curious. I agree we won't see anything that justifies the new hardware for a year or so, much as the marketing has tried to pump up the games coming out now and I'm sure it'll only get worse come E3.

#9 Posted by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

I'm just curious, having seen the screens and video of the Xbox 360 version and Xbox One, I can see very little difference between the two versions of Titanfall. There are a few texture issues and a little bit of smoothness, but it doesn't seem like a generational leap. I know a lot of people who get the next generation of consoles get it so they can play the newest, latest, best and take part in the conversation, but I also know a bunch of people got the XBone so they could specifically play Titanfall. I'm just wondering how people who got the system exclusively for Titanfall feel about it now that the 360 version is out and, apparently, feature matched to the next-ge... current-gen game.

Anyone feeling a bit ripped off, or am I reading into this a bit too much? As a note, I don't have an Xbox One and haven't played Titanfall myself.

#10 Edited by Phoenix654 (269 posts) -

@haruko: I'm not a professionally competitive Smash player, but a buddy of mine and I play a modded version of Brawl (Project M, it's free and doesn't damage your Wii at all) with each other and play it in a fairly competitive way. I also do not understand why someone would begrudge others who don't play it a certain way. We simply don't play with items simply because it seems to make it a bit too random for us, a bit too Mario Kart-y, if you will, but I completely understand the fun of it. One of the games within Smash we play every now and again is Pokemon battle, where we play with nothing but Pokeballs on high and are not allowed to throw punches. Whatever you enjoy, enjoy it and don't rag on people for playing a game "the wrong way" if they enjoy it is what I try to live by.

Btw, I really wish Mario Kart had an option to disable (certain) items and make it a bit more competitive. Also, shouldn't every game be like Smash Bros in the end? Enough Mario Kart, Mario Golf, Mario Party, let's have Nintendo Kart where Link and Samus and Pikachu and Kirby drive around on karts and such. I can dream...