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  • in reply to: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Star Wars fandom rant…is he right? #26261
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    It’s also not the fan’s fault entirely. It’s that so many people at LucasFilm actively attack the Star Wars fan base on social media for not liking their poorly written movies. And I hate that people keep saying that Star Wars was a kid’s film – George Lucas fought against pretty much everybody while making the original movie because the crew thought it was a kiddie movie and wouldn’t put out all that much effort. All the strain he was under getting all these people to take the film seriously is one of the reasons he had to be hospitalized in that time. He was trying to make a movie that captured the spirit of the serials he grew up on, but appealed to everyone. Hearing idiots nowadays say “it’s a kid’s film” makes that person come across as an unobservant, condescending asshat.

    There wouldn’t be a backlash against LucasFilm if they wouldn’t keep railing against the fanbase rather than thinking “hey, maybe we aren’t doing very good jobs at creating movies since everybody online is telling us they aren’t good”. And Han Solo didn’t give the Millenium Falcon to a girl as he puts it, she was in the ship once or twice and she just gets it handed to her for no reason other than she’s a Mary Sue. The all-female Story Group at LucasFilm are attractive, young women and they wrote a character with their own sense of entitlement, the character’s young and pretty so people just give her everything and everybody should like her. The character hasn’t earned a thing or learned any lesson. How much did Luke get the crap kicked out of him and lost so much by the beginning of the third film? Did any of that happen to Rey? Again, it’s bad writing that upsets the fans, not that the protagonist is female. Look at Mad Max: Fury Road. Nobody gave a damn that the main protagonist was a woman, because she was written realistically and that made the viewers love the character. That’s good writing – the Disney Star Wars films are examples of terrible writing. Up until now I’ve watched every Star Wars movie in the theater… after the atrocious Last Jedi (which almost beats out the Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon” for terribleness) I will not go see another one. They keep insulting me and my intelligence, and I won’t give them my money. And I’m not even a Star Wars fan.

    in reply to: Texas Pinball Festival 2020 #26233
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    I was completely unaware when this year’s festival took place. I’ve ended up missing out on it for years, I always find out about it too late to ask for that day off. Either that or I pick up a flyer and find out it was the previous weekend.

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    Good Lord. The millenial generation is pretty much lost to these big cable companies, so they have a diminishing population of older customers who are willing pay for cable. Older people aren’t going to use streaming apps, and they also don’t want to pay $100 or more for TV a month. Comcast could use Maine as a testbed for à la carte channels and see how well it works, as an option to hang on to older viewers and possibly to entice younger viewers to sign up. Cable television, as it stands, is a dying industry – they need to stop stifling innovation and try whatever they can to put them on a decent course for the future. Otherwise, they’ll just accelerate the dropping of cable for internet streaming. Look how hard the music industry fought to keep people from getting access to the music they want (would you pay $18 for an album just to get one song from it in this day and age?), look how well they’re doing now.

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    I knew about Caverns of Khafka, it was by Cosmi. Cosmi back in the day used to put out games made for multiple computers on one cassette, I had three of them bought from my local Montgomery Ward’s – Spider Invasion, Aztec Challenge, and Slinky. That’s all the games I know of that they made for the TI-99/4A, but any time I’d see a Cosmi game I’d get excited until I saw that it wasn’t TI compatible. Just the name Caverns of Khafka sounded cool, but alas, it wasn’t ported to the TI. Sure, a stock TI with Extended BASIC couldn’t handle the C64 version, but that never stopped them from making similar themed games like that before. Each version of Aztec Challenge was different, playing to the computer’s capabilities rather than straight ports. The TI could have hosted a “flick-screen” version of Caverns of Khafka.

    Sorry for the ramble, Cosmi games do that to me. Great cover artwork really amped me up to play their games and their lack of support for the TI really stung me.

    I actually have a copy of Weird Dreams, boxed. Bought in a thrift store in south Louisiana, I believe the IBM version. I remember playing the Amiga version back in the day and thought it was ten pounds of weird in a five pound bag, never made it too far into it.

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    I just saw that. It’s crushing to find out that it’s surprisingly close and once I know it’s there they shutter the place.

    I’ve been in that building before, actually. Years back somebody was doing a flea market-type thing there. It was a small building. I can’t imagine many pinball machines would fit in there.

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    Wait… there’s a pinball museum… in Midlothian? I drove through there Wednesday afternoon! I’m horrified to know it’s out there and I was completely unaware. I’m taking a couple weeks of vacation starting next week, and once I’ve dealt with all the other junk I need to get out of the way I’ll have to check the place out.

    in reply to: Phosphor Dot Fossils plays…Commodore 64 games #26121
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    So, I get it into my head that I’m going to make another attempt at setting up a Commodore 64 emulator and play some games. I’ve tried it before, many years ago, but could never find the right BIOS files. So, I download VirtualC64. It pops up a screen saying that it needs four files to work. I go find what I believe are the correct files, drop them in, just to have it tell me it doesn’t recognize the format. I find other files, drop them in, only to have it not notice. There’s approximately one YouTube how-to video, that completely skips over that part. Eventually I discover that there’s little empty socket icons next to the notices of missing files, and I have to drop them directly onto those and not the giant panels that say “drop files here”. So, I finally get it running. Finally.

    I have a RetroLink USB Atari joystick, so I plug that in. The configuration section of VirtualC64 is… clunky. I’ve gotten used to the OpenEmu design, where people put real thought into how you interact with the program and configure controllers, and made it very intelligent and user-friendly. That’s not the route VirtualC64 took. Eventually I figure out why it won’t work, configure the best that I can, and get a game running. Then I discover there’s a problem – pushing down on the joystick resets the emulator. Why does it do this? I can’t fathom the reason. So, here I am, unable to use another badly designed emulator. I just downloaded the entire C64 library off Archive.org, and I can’t even play anything. I wish these engineers would put some thought into how people use their software. It’s not as bad as, say, the Dolphin emulator; I’ve never thrown a punch in my life but I swear I’ll beat the hell out of the people who designed the controller configuration system if I ever meet them.

    in reply to: Short Treks #26100
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    Did that little girl just eat a baby Tribble?

    I’m glad to see more of Captain Pike. Apparently Kurtzman asked the crowd at Comicon if they wanted a series with Pike’s Enterprise. After the audience stopped screaming, he said “they’d look into it”. I’m hoping they’re considering a Pike series. The Enterprise sets were constructed from metal, not lumber like the Discovery sets, so it seems like they have been considering a Pike show from the beginning. Anson Mount really did a good job with what he was given. Hopefully the writing on a possible new show would be better than the scattershot quality of Discovery season 2.

    in reply to: Picard, 20 years after Nemesis: the series #26099
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    Well, they know how to pique my interest. I didn’t think the new series would revolve around the Borg so much. That prison-looking structure with all the teenage looking kids in it has a sign up saying “This facility has gone 5843 days without an assimilation”. I’m guessing they’re all former Borg that were “rescued” while picking over the bones of the Romulan Star Empire after the frankly idiotic story put forth in the 2009 movie about the destruction of Romulus.

    They’ve got some weird looking actors in this show. The elfin looking guy for example. All the Romulans look a bit off. Just like the Klingons from Discovery.

    in reply to: Playstation Classic #26072
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    What format are the new games supposed to be in? Is it a bin/cue, an ISO, or one of the other oddball formats PS1 games tend to be ripped into? I’m hoping it’s bin/cue, and this leads to a plethora of games being re-ripped into that format. That’s the one my emulator uses. Those ROMs are not very common.

    in reply to: Playstation Classic #25995
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    Honestly, it seems kind of tempting to me, but in the end it’s just an emulation machine. And they don’t even have the settings for the emulator set up properly (for that you need a Logitech keyboard to access the menu system). I’d much rather run emulation on my laptop or desktop. The only problem with that is finding the properly encoded ROMs for the games I want.

    I’m looking forward to the TurboGrafx-16 mini console. Not just for the game selection, but also for the USB controller that comes with it. I’ve been wanting a Turbo/PC Engine USB joypad for a while to work with my emulator, so this all works out perfectly.

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    You won’t have to worry too much about earthquakes, most of this area is limestone and acts as a natural shock absorber. An earthquake happened with the epicenter about five or six miles away a few years ago, around a 4 on the Richter scale, and I didn’t even know it had happened.

    I wasn’t even aware we had bad storms. I tend to sleep late due to (a) being a night owl and (b) a wildly varying schedule, and when I went out with my sister (visiting from Louisiana) I was confused that a lot of restaurants and stores had no internet access or credit/debit card connection. I only found out about the storm the next day. When I went out, the weather was nice and peaceful.

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    How long do you think all this will last? Disney’s brazen attempts to milk Star Wars for everything it’s worth all the while insulting fans of their terrible new films, calling them “manbabies” and “mysogynists” rather than addressing the reasons why people don’t like the movies in the first place (atrocious script-writing, cringeworthy ‘humor’, more plotholes than plot, paper-thin characterization, and Kathleen Kennedy’s shoehorned gender politics) are killing their golden goose. Disney’s new theme park charging $20 for a bottle of water is going to alienate fans even faster. I’m not even a Star Wars fan and I’m insulted by what they’re doing with the property.

    It would be interesting if this whole thing was something dreamed up by George Lucas. The prequels put people off Star Wars, so he makes a fortune selling it off to “white slavers”, people who don’t care about the intellectual property, who only want to exploit it. Once the world sees how badly Disney screws it up and devalues Star Wars maybe Lucas could move in and take it off their hands for less than they paid for it, regaining the good will of the audience. Then he can crank out a few more films, removing the Disney misfires from canon.

    in reply to: The Tick (2017) #25863
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    Dammit. I really enjoyed the show, although after the second season I can kind of see why they’d cancel it. The season felt like a middle chunk of a better season. There was a lot of good in it, but I didn’t think the story was strong enough to stand on its own, being a part of a larger seasonal arc would have been better.

    I’ll really miss the show. Dot, Overkill, and Dangerboat were three really stand-out characters. And of course, tinfoil hat Kevin too. It seems like Tick TV series just cannot catch a break.

    in reply to: The Orville #25823
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    My thing is, I’m not really a fan of The Next Generation. I watched it when it was on, but I have no desire to watch it again. And now here’s a show that’s a tribute to it. If somebody wasn’t a fan of Star Wars, why would they want to watch Starcrash? Other than watching a young David Hasselhoff fight stop-motion animated robots with a “laser sword”, that is. What The Orville is doing a homage to I found dull. So I already have a bias against it. The two-parter Identity was pretty decent, but it wasn’t enough to turn me around.

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