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Tribes: Ascend

Well, well, well, we find ourselves here once more, eh old chap? Now I know I have talked about it before and I will again when the game actually comes out but for now I wish to go over it again. Now that Hi-rez have shown videos and people have actually played the game I think I’m going to chime in even though I have not.

While fishing around the internet I’ve found alot of complaints about the game, many completely justified. I shall list them for you in no particular order, ones with no basis I will put my response behind in parenthesis:

  • FTP (okay I don’t understand, because its free you’re afraid that the population will be huge with all these n00bs who don’t deserve to play will much stuff up? Get off you’re high horse.)
  • Micro Transactions (It’s not pay to win it’s an express lane to get weapons [I’ll talk about that in a bit])
  • 2 weapons per armor type.
  • Preset loadouts.
  • No mods
  • No private servers
Okay first I want to talk about micro transactions. As stated about they seem to be an express lane to get weapons which you’ll unlock naturally as time goes on, think TF2. Generally, I don’t like it, and alot of other people do not either because yes, one of the main appeal of Tribes was having everything from the get go. I guess I’ll also talk about the preset loadouts. Which is to say you wont get to make custom presets for yourself, I REALLY dont like the idea of this, and by “really” I actually got red in the face when I learned this.
I used several different light loadouts playing the compshop way back in the day. Seeing as I played a sniper I had different ones for different situations. I guess I wont be able to just switch my weapons on the fly to change how I want to play. Also, I guess I wont be switching weapons because I can only have two at a time, plus a melee weapon which of COURSE is insta kill.
More to the point after watching the videos from Quakecon (go check them out) I can say it LOOKS like it’s Tribes which is honestly more than I could say about Vengeance. No I wont talk about that abomination here. It does look like they are trying to make a new Tribes game, and I hope they succeed, but after reading online, finding people talking about it at Quakecon I can honestly say my resolve is shaken. It’s not that I don’t think it can be done but following in other companies footsteps instead of making your own?
Now I am NOT against microtransactions, quite the opposite, I believe under the right circumstances they can be good and amazing. Which is to say follow TF2 for it, don’t add anything you cant get normally in the game anyways, or if you do make sure it’s something completely cosmetic, not say $15 map packs.
I just don’t understand why it’s so hard to remake Tribes? How hard can it be to just remake Tribes 2? I just honestly cannot fathom it, and as time goes on I just get madder. If this one fails I mean honestly just let the franchise die, let some indie person take care of Tribes and actually listens to the community.
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dat dang u do

I am perhaps a very vocal proponent of pseudosciences as much as I am about other things in life that have to do with conspiracy theories and (pardon my French) bullshit anecdotes. You see I am a scientist at heart, and with that comes scrutiny and skepticism that goes with it. Some of my friends do believe in some of this bullshit and it harms me greatly.

Now I will say without a doubt there have been some unexplainable terrifying experiences  in my life, but I don’t automatically chalk it up to ghosts, UFO sightings, angels or demons, the boogeyman or anything else Stephen King usually writes about. Now I’m not saying I wouldn’t believe in any of these things if the proof was there I’m just saying if you cant show me anything…ANYTHING to the contrary, why should I believe you?

If ghosts are the most terrifying thing that has happened to you I suggest you get out more. The most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me was after being awake for almost 24 hours and having a semi cut me off and almost not reacting in time. When you come close to you’re own mortality I believe there is nothing more frightening.

Some people suggest UFO’s are real, that were being visited by aliens. Amazing, just amazing. Now people talk about how monumentous life is and if there were aliens I can see why they’d want to visit us, I’m not going to say that they would want peace or some crap like that because look at our society as a whole. No. Really do, please do. Step back and take in all the genocides no one but George Clooney cares about, people are bigoted, racist, and generally manipulative to a degree that truly disgusts me.

Would I want to visit that? To explore that any further? Why? When I can just look through the window and see people how they truly are anyways. But no, these aliens come down and shove “tracking devices” into people, probe people, kill our cows and mutilate them horribly. And above that wipe peoples minds about their experience? I don’t buy it. Why? Why go through all that effort? What could we possibly do? We cant even land on our own moon anymore.

That aside I do hope that there IS life out there, but knowing how old the light from the stars themselves are, wondering how many of those stars are dead now, how far they would need to have come to kill some of our cows and leave geometry patterns in our crops. Niiice.

But theres all of this evidence right? Pictures and shit? No. Pictures don’t count for anything anymore and heres why: Every single day more graphics design students cant find jobs because they’re flooding the market because I dunno, art is great or something. The tools are made easier to use every year to manipulate photos, I mean if you give some of these people enough time I’ve seen someone remake the Mona Lisa in paint. PAINT the program not actual paint. Photos don’t mean anything anymore.

Real proof IS necessary, well what constitutes real proof? Some kind of hard fact that can be studied by scientists to be verified. But you got these freaks on Discovery…Discovery don’t even get me started on it and the History channel now, I’ll save that for later, but these freaks go onto these shows and spout nonsense. And the child like part of me says “WOOOOW thats amazing.” because its discovery channel they wouldn’t have completely insane people on here right? “WRONG” and my scientific side slaps the crap out of it.

I mean you can say anything that you want, about how vaccines give kids autism, or the fluoride in water is brain washing us, maybe that we didn’t land on the moon. That is fine but when you start corrupting people to believe in lies thats not okay, thats not scientific. You are entitled to you’re opinions but you are not entitled to facts.

Whats something else I can talk about? How about ghosts aka the spirits of the departed. Same thing if not even easier to manipulate the data with, since no one actually knows how to track them or anything like that, they have this hocus pocus magic act with “sensors” and all this electronic crap to try to make it seem more plausible. Now I will admit that I get scared sometimes, often times in my youth, the dark is scary and you’re mind jumps to conclusions.

No. I hear some of you crying thats not true I know what I saw, you mean like people seeing Jesus (editors note: I’m doing my damnedest to keep religion and politics OUT of my blog. I know it wont work forever as I know I will be forced to drag it in sometime.) on a piece of toast, or a walmart receipt. The human mind is insanely good at finding patterns when really there aren’t any. Why do you think machines and computers have been having a damn hard time breaking into that field? It’s because your brain NEEDS to see these things, and when it’s dark and distorted what do you see?

I think an excellent test ( although cruel and terrifying) would be as a child grows up to never show him anything on ghosts, never let him hear ghost stories and junk like that, and bring him into these situations where people have seen ghosts or some crap and see what happens to someone untainted by societies influence on it. How do you think he would react?

An example is as follows:

What do you see?

More than likely you see a man caressing a woman from behind. Do you see the dolphins? The whole image is made with dolphins in fact, children don’t see the loving couple and instead see the dolphins because they have no experiences as such. And I would be interested to see what the outcome of such a thing would be. You see what you’re brain want’s you to see and probably not whats right under you’re face. I expect someone to say “I saw the dolphins!” Yea? Screw you I don’t believe you, this is the internet pal I could say I’m the freaking President.

It’s all just conjecture and you’re mind playing games on you because your brain while marvelous and an engineering marvel is dumb as hell. It cuts corners all the time! Look it up, did you know you’re blind for roughly five minutes every day? While your brain is advanced it is still linked to what we were millions of years ago, and still thinks it needs to survive.

I understand the allure of these things, I do honestly. But if no reputable scientist has picked it up any of these things yet there might be a reason for that, and don’t say that no reputable scientist would want to, because if they were right imagine the fame and infamy! Scientists will always fight each other but until you can show something other than photos and junk data no one is going to take you seriously because you aren’t proceeding scientifically.

But honestly it’s your life and if you want to waste it in a old creepy house or standing out in a corn field be my guest. But don’t get mad at me if I don’t believe you or tell you its all in your mind. I expect to be hated on for this post but whatever. Please explain to me in scientific terms why either of these things are real.

Operational…kinda

I decided now that were pretty much settled in besides a few minor things, I’m currently borrowing Kyle’s laptop. So I decided I would post something here in the mean time, YAY!

Science is indeed perhaps the love of my life, I honestly don’t get more excited over much else. Shit if we were to land on Mars? I dunno what I’d tell my wife or child if they asked what the happiest day of my life was as I lay on my death bed because they will be disappointed. I’ve already met some amazing people out here, people that put even my fragile intellect to shame.

I’ve met a mathematician, a biologist, a microbiologist with a minor in neurology. And they all like to get drunk, as good college students should. Shit is cash out here, truly. But I guess that could be said about anywhere if one were to live on or very near a university.  I mean honestly I had probably some of the deepest conversations I’ve ever had with Adam and Trent. Boy do I love a good conversation, and some of the things the people were talking about went over my head but I at least pride myself that though I might not know the finer mechanisms of what they said I understood the bigger picture.

I’m dumb and I say that with my ego showing, for it is who I am. I’m sure you can tell much by reading this that I barely have a grasp on writing, I merely write unfortunetly for you my dear readers, how I would imagine myself to speak it. Oh well, I like science much more than english. But honestly I am dumb, while I would like to hold a doctorate I dont know if it will ever happen, truly these are terrifying times. I am dumb in the sense that I will never know as much as I should, I am dumb because I listened to people whom I shouldn’t have when I was a wee lad and I am dumb because I’m applying to retail jobs out here.

But I am not away enough to not talk about the final space shuttle launch. I got really sad when I watched the video of it, but at the same time I was proud of all that we had accomplished even though it really is not much anymore. People will argue with me, but come on we landed on the moon and now we put up “stuff.” The computing power that got us to the moon and back my phone blows away (DROID SAYS) and while now the space sector is going privatized I really hope they push us forward once more. Because saying we haven’t done anything is false and it hurts myself.

I know I’ve said this in my last blog post but people who believe NASA is done are dumb and not in the same way as I. Do I believe that NASA  might be phased out one day? Potentially. But I dont see it being for a long time, perhaps not even in my lifetime (author admits this could be wrong.) But people actually believe that there isn’t any reason to leave Earth? to leave our solar system? To learn what makes us, us and to push the limits of both the human condition and mindset? To set aside our differences and humbly admit that the universe is much larger than all of us?

I’ve read that 55% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star. Now I’ll be the first to admit that the number seems high, perhaps tricking people into it? But you know what? I just don’t know anymore, I talked about the anti science movement in America last time as well. And I WILL stand by that, I’m afraid that we are reentering a dark age of sorts. Where it’s commonplace to have all of you’re info and shit taken off the internet, you’re phones monitored, walking through x-ray machines at the airport and no one cares. But if you want to right defective genes so that children don’t die (sensationalist card played)through gene therapy, or vaccinations, or stem cell research HOLY SHIT do we have a problem.

People are fucking starving because their forced to eat white rice, which has nearly no nutritional value. But oh man the shit storm if you try to make it so rice produces vitamin A so that they AT LEAST don’t go blind. I think that it’s a huge problem, free range, anti pesticide bullshit. “but pesticide isn’t good for you” pardon my French but fuck you okay? Do you know how many people don’t starve because insects aren’t eating AT LEAST 10% of the stuff we grow? I think that it’s completely irrational that because people have an unfounded fear about stuff they don’t understand that they want millions more people to die of starvation.

I’m pro-science and I’m all for humanitarianism and in fact I find the people who aren’t to be fucking disgusting. That were here stuck on this rock with people that honestly don’t care about other people, that how a cow or chicken feel is more important than the things they can offer. I’ll tell you what I bet those cows live life as best they can just like all of us, but the thing is the farmer takes care of them because they are profit. How often does a cow starve? I could go into some political diatribe here but I wont, instead I’ll keep it on topic. The fact is life sucks, and until you make a better mouse trap that shit isn’t going to fly, I’m sorry.

Now that I got that off my chest I think I’m going to go apply to more jobs, so I can squeak by in life.

One more before I go

Yup. I decided to write one more before I left on my journey of self enlightenment. I promised you a science post and you shall get one.

I was disappointed to learn Voyager 1 is still inside the solar system and wont be making it into interstellar space for about another year. Sometimes I wish I was born 200 years from now when we’ll hopefully be exploring the solar system at least…HOPEFULLY. Like I said in my last quasi space rant I love space and I consume all knowledge about it that I can. I could literally read about it all day and dream about it at night.

Voyager 1 has shown us so many interesting things about the tiny place in which we call our home. Amazing pictures of the out lying planets, such beautiful pictures to show us just how beautiful our own solar system truly is and hopefully shows us that the solar system if not the world is worth exploring.

I vehemently disagree with people who say NASA doesn’t deserve funding but  our war on drugs and our war on terror is MORE deserving of funding rather than exploring our own backyard our own home? They say whats there to see? Whats the point? While yes, NASA has disappointed me in the past, and will probably continue to do so, but does that mean I should just stop believing all together in things just because things don’t work out?

Are we destined to just live at home until we die? Intergalactic…nay, not even, we should be glad if we could call ourselves intergalactic losers. What happens when our resources begin to dwindle? But that could never happen right? Earth has an infinite supply of oil and land and food and everyone lives happily ever after, right?

Honestly? I think there are just to many people on Earth. But then again “as long as there’s two people on earth someones gonna want someone dead.” I’ve heard people say “well if everyone was so and so there’d be peace on Earth.” Wishful thinking, honestly? You believe that? Is just being a person with everyone else not enough for you? Everyone needs to be the same? Just like you? That’s the kind of egomanical bullshit that worries me about this world.

We have a mind blowing amount of space technology, an engine that we can reach Mars in a month or less? Why shouldn’t we at least try?

Let me be frank, I’m also pro animal testing. I’m not talking spray that rabbit in the eyes with perfume kind of testing but medical testing I can get behind. I’ve heard people say that there is no benefit to animal testing, and this is just the most horrible thought process. I’m sure if we could we would do human testing, actually I’m sure we wouldn’t if we knew it was going to fail. But people with terminal illnesses donate themselves to science, shouldn’t that be good enough?

If you know anyone who’s ever, EVER had to be on life support and you don’t support animal testing you terrify me. Life support was a direct link to a “mad” and I’m using that term liberally here, a real mad doctor, from Russia. He literally grafted a dead dogs head to a still living dog, trying to keep the head alive. People would be against that like all hell now a days, but how many people do you think those dogs saved when life support became real?  This is pretty much the same stuff as anti-vaccine goers.

I honestly would think anti-vaccine proponents would be funny if they weren’t so sad, or mad whatever your call. The fact is these people put their children s lives at risk and if you want kids, your children as well. And I find it disgusting that people would rather their children die to these horrible debilitating illnesses than have a kid with autism. And that is of course if vaccines cause autism and here’s a hint, they don’t. Don’t be brought in by their filth. I would rather have a kid then let them die to polio or the measles. I think its immoral and I think it’s dangerous and irresponsible.

So who’s to blame when children start getting sick with these diseases again? I just don’t understand, I really don’t. If parents can be found guilty of murder because they starved their kid or denied their child diabetes medication all due to religious views I think we should just vaccinate them anyways and if they get older just “whoops didn’t know you turn out to be dumb as hell.” Who is to blame? Mainly the people who hear only what they want to hear, like “this causes autism!” but then ignore the fact the scientist who did the study cherry picked information like crazy AND his work cant even be reproduced. If it’s true how come other scientists cant do the exact same thing?

I’m terrified of this new anti science movement. Not only does it threaten to throw us back into the dark ages (metaphorically) and by that I mean go watch Idiocracy. Some people will disagree with me, say that there isn’t a growing and alarming anti science movement. But you know what science is good for, for these people that say science is bad? Making their TV’s thinner, how to cram more items into their microwavable dinners, making sure the electricity stays on, because they don’t care about anyone but themselves, they cant be held to any kind of responsibility. Tide goes in, tide goes out. You cant explain that!

Hitman

It’s been awhile but I finally have something worth talking about, or raging about incoherently.

Square Enix is probably going to ruin the Hitman franchise, there I said it. Trying to keep it closer to the movies is in my opinion a terrible debacle since I don’t know of anyone who played the games who thought the movie did it justice. I’m not saying it needed to be word for word but a 47 with emotion? Come now, why you hurt me baby?

I should have seen this coming since Square Enix is basically hit or miss in my book. I honestly was holding out hope since the new Deus Ex is looking very true to the original, since you know…everyone hated the sequel. I Figured they would do the same for Hitman, maybe make it a bit more gritty and sharpen the graphics a bit. Blood Money was basically the best of the series and now it calls for a reboot? Why? To bring in an unknown demographic? Of who? Halo fanbois? Basically it’s this: you don’t need a good plot for Hitman. In fact thats what alot of people LIKED about Blood Money was it didn’t have to do with revenge or some other crap it was about 47 doing his job.

What makes it all the better is that the ending to Blood Money was left specifically open for the next game. But obviously we need to drag it’s good name through the mud for a bit more money.

I’m not going to hate on Square to harshly because they do make games that I like. I love Dragon Quest, I loved the Legacy of Kain series, I enjoyed Supreme Commander. I haven’t necessarily been a fan of the Final Fantasy games  since 9, since they just added more and more cutscenes to the games, I’m in the opinion that I play a game to play it not sit down with my significant other with a bowl of popcorn.

If everything that I’m hearing about the new Deus Ex is true they’re paying a very good picture for things to come but I just don’t see why they are taking a game which in my humble opinion didn’t need it and rebooting it. Besides the fact they hope to get people who go see the shit movie to pay for whats probably going to be a shit game, lets face it games based on movies? Don’t make me laugh I cant honestly say I’ve played a good one yet. I still don’t know how they managed to mess up the starship troopers game, shoot bugs don’t die. on THAT note I would love to see a Starship Troopers RTS, make my dream come true! Preferably with a topless Denise Richards cutscene.

And thats the word today, I got a few more game rants coming up in the next couple days, look forward to one about Brink, one about Duke Nukem Forever, one about Deus Ex, and who knows maybe I’ll even throw in some rants about new tech in the wonderful world of science!

Tribal Combat

I’m not going to say that I’m a video game reviewer, or a developer. And since the game(s) I’m going to talk about today aren’t out yet take what I say with a grain of salt yes? The games might be amazing, spectacular, worthy of praise. But we shall see, turn your jet pack on and walk through the door.

One of the first games I ever played for PC was Starsiege: Tribes, I believe the first was more than likely Starcraft.

I played, and forgive my french “the ever loving shit” out of this game. I remember sneaking down at night after I was supposed to be in bed to play with all the friends I had made in the game, to me this was my first MMO. And I say that because games with 200+ people on a server call themselves MMO’s, Tribes did it back in 98 with 250 people servers. The sheer insanity of maps with 250 people was staggering and awe inspiring. Tribes 2 did it as well but we’ll talk about that later. The server I played on was the comp shop and we were amazing I played with some of the best players I’ve ever seen. My brothers in arms, we were united under a single banner: Grandpimp, Carrion, Tornado, LittleMissTornado, Moosekiller, Kong. There are others but thats just a handful of us. The fact many of us moved off Tribes once The comp shop was shut down was a testament to not only what we meant to each other but no other server or mod could compare.

I eventually moved onto Tribes 2, and was fulfilled for a time. I never found a permanent server on Tribes 2 one that I could call my home, and I suppose thats really where my dilemma with it ends. It was an amazing game with all the weapons and options that surpassed the original in my opinion. Dynamix really outdid themselves and honestly I do think 2 expanded and was a better game than the original, the problem was I got there to late. There really isn’t much to say about it, but know I was playing the Tribes games well into my high school years. There is my resume for this shit okay? I played “the ever loving shit” out of every Tribes game. And yes…that does include Vengeance.

Vengeance was …. “different” I would say. They tried to take some of the more rampant complaints about Tribes and abolish them. For one thing you couldn’t leave the “map area” like you could in it’s predecessors. Another was a problem with my main area of expertise, the sniper rifle which used to have infinite shots had limited ammo and a maximum range that was less than most of the other weapons. A lot of the weapons were messed up to be honest, the “flame thrower” who’s actual name I don’t remember could kill lights very easily with a single shot AND it had infinite ammo. But really to top it all off pretty much as soon as the game came out all support for it was pulled and it pretty much died soon after.

Now I hear about not one but two new Tribes games? I’m not going to mix words, I found Vengeance to be a catastrophic blow to the franchise, and the stigma still surrounding it is something I would worry about.

The first I want to talk about is the MMO. Tribes: Universe as it will be called. My heart is aflutter thinking about it. I imagine it to be like planetside but hopefully without being as big of a resource hog. I could actually see this working well…a little too well. If it played similar to planetside it would be incredible. I can see it now!

Heavy Personnel Carriers flying in formation dropping people off as a massive ground war goes on underneath for a floating fortress. My favorite memory of Planetside was a battle I was in where literally a army moved to attack a forward base I imagine it to be like this, except with more flying  and disk’s flying in the air, more shazbots being yelled as I lift my arm into the air. I do have high hopes for the MMO because if it’s good and it feels like Tribes I could see my life being absorbed by it, but in a good way, like a man loves a woman…or vice versa.

Next up is Tribes: Ascend. It seems to look good so far and I’m glad they’re focusing on multiplayer and not singleplayer. It is as it should be. Now lets move into rant mode about Tribes shall we?

Tribes, I’m not sure exactly how one manages to screw up Tribes, but obviously it can be done ala Vengeance. Now I’m not saying Vengeance was a bad game, just…it wasn’t Tribes. you basically just need to lift Tribes 2 and put it in a new engine, undo the restrictions put on weapons and maps by Vengeance. Nothing needs to be taken away or put in, if you feel the need to put things in test them, I’m not gonna say V didn’t but well…it certainly feels like they didn’t. It’s not exactly rocket science, the reason tribes 2 worked was because it took everything, EVERYTHING, Tribes was and expanded upon that. I think it’s possible to do it again, in fact I want Hi-rez to do it again, I’m literally on my knees begging them to not completely mess up. Don’t try to beat the heavy players in the game industry, don’t make it some Call of Duty wanna be, just please, PLEASE make it Tribes. If you make it people will goto it, people will buy it I know I will.

I really want a new game that I love and feel like it becomes an extension of who I am, like a samurai and his katana. I realize I’m probably just kicking around in the dirt but I honestly do hope that the game is a success. I really hope that it’s good, and please show off some of the other Tribes as well, like the starwolf. It doesn’t just have to be about the Diamond Sword and the Blood Eagle.

I guess that’s it, I guess thats all I wanted to say. I’m sure you’ll see me rage about these games in the future or heaping praises upon them, let me put it this way: It will definitely be one or the other. As a bonus if you stuck around have some Firefall. It’s basically a spiritual successor to Tribes. Please let this be good too, but seeing as it’s going to be freeware I don’t know how to feel about it, and since it’s single player there a lot more that can go wrong. I hope I’m wrong I really do.