Discussion in 'Literature' started by Master_Keralys, Jan 1, 2009.
i listen to this masterpeice.
@RC-1991 : So do I.
Ackbar likes the taste of live shrimp apparently.
...Considering how much I played this game as a kid, why I am learning about it now?
Shame it didn't sell better. I would have liked to have seen a sequel.
Heh, yeah. But seriously, if you can't listen to Octopus's Garden without grinning, something is wrong with you.
Ooh, I had forgotten about Porcupine Tree. My dad is a big fan of them. My parents have great taste in music and made sure I was exposed to a wide variety of genres and eras and always recommend new bands to me. I'm not a big fan of Tool though. They've never been able to hook me like they have other people I know.
Uniqueness is one of the things I listen for in new bands. With how generic and copy-pasted most bands seem, I'm always excited to hear someone trying something different or a singer with a unique voice. Of course, it could go really wrong and be terrible, but that's the risk, and even if I don't like it, I respect the musicians for trying to be different than the norm. Also bands who are able to evolve their sound (instead of putting out album after album that sounds exactly the same) without losing what makes them great are awesome. C & C, Rise Against, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of the best examples of that IMO.
That ****ing TIE Training mission. Hated it SO much. SO much. Which is funny, because judging by TIE Fighter, I'm the best TIE pilot in the galaxy.
I don't think I ever legitimately beat that mission. I used cheat codes a lot.
...Though I can't claim to be a great TIE pilot anyway - the best I ever did in the classic model is taking down 6 Z-95s single-handedly.
Always loved the T-Wing myself.
Rebel Assault II had cheat codes?!?!? why did I never know this?? lol. Guess it's good I didn't know it.
ugh, the T-wing is basically an underpowered A-wing. Just as fragile, but only with a TIE Interceptor's speed.
Best I've done in a classic unshielded TIE is survive against 12 X-wings, 6 X-wings, and a Mon Cal cruiser. But man were my arms tired after that. Now that's real exercise!
Cheat codes? Yeah, it was the only way I did the "fly the Millennium Falcon equivalent through the tunnels".
But I wish I had known about the MST3K easter egg (which I just found out about today, I'm presuming the same place you did, MercenaryAce)
I know the "conventional wisdom" in video game design is that space flight games are worthless, but why do they seem to think rail space shooters are more enjoyable?
Oh, it was called the Corellia Star or something, right? I think? It's been... like a decade and a half. But whatever.
RC: I was singing "I can't wait to be king" the other day, and then my liege had me imprisoned and castrated
Edit - oops, missed some replies.
Yeah, well - flying rebel craft is just cheating. Higher end Imperial stuff too for that matter.
Now, granted, lower end Imperial stuff was too hard, so I kind of gravitated to fringer craft. And hence came my username.
R-41, Planetary, Preybird, Razor, even the Pinook - flew and loved them all. Well, maybe not loved the Pinook but...unless I was fighting it.....
Anyway, that is most impressive. Was that in TIE Fighter, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, or X-Wing Alliance. I can't even survive close to a capital ship in that last game, much less kill one. Heck, even fighting frieghters and shuttles is really dangerous and annoying.
About cheat codes: Well, every level had its own code to let you skip to it. I used them a lot
@blackmyron : I know what you mean...I wonder how that source found out about them
TIE Fighter. Without that epic iMUSE music, I'm not sure I'd ever have been able to achieve my 3million+ score and my 1300+ kills. The best thing about that game is that if you ever cheat, it thrashes your score so you can instantly tell if someone's achievements are legit or not.
Capships are easy to kill in XWA. At least, when they're without support. Yeah, the point defense guns are MUCH more accurate and deadly but if you're going at a high enough rate of speed and you're patient enough to make repeated passes over like... 30 minutes, then yeah, you can take out Star Destroyers, even an SSD. Although the SSDs are ridiculously hard if you use XWA Upgrade because they're increased to 19000 meters and have eight shield generators, just like the actual ship model (and SSD shield generators are double strength)
Well that's what happens when you plot for the throne loudly, you fool.
Well, I am most definitely not patient enough for that. Though one time I took out an ISD by firing a full load of space bombs into its bridge.
Though, now that you mention it...I think my favorite thing to do in that game was recon. Nothing quite like zooming through the middle of a densely packed enemy fleet in a a-wing with all shields and weapons diverted to the engines.
Also, sometimes I liked to use the editor to make capital ships fight each other. Apparently one ISD can handle six dreadnaughts, no problem. And a SSD...that thing chewed up everything I could think of and spit it out.
ugh, I hate those missions. I usually spent my time dogfighting to get all the bonus objectives, but then your inspection targets usually hype. It's a fine balance, and I always play on hard and go for overachieving...
I actually bought AlliED back when it was paid software, and used it to come up with my whole series of NR and NJO-era campaigns. Of course, I never really got to enjoy them because I'd have to play each mission like 5 times to get the balancing and scripting right...
I did like the greater flexibility in XWA's engine for missions though: you could have hidden objectives, because the mission goals could be written in a way that masked the objectives. Even flight group behavior can be masked: instead of "docking..." you could make it say "delivering pizza..."
That's a neat trick, I don't remember ever doing that.
PS - Not entirely on topic, but I wanted to say it before I forget - I think my proudest moment in a flight sim was back in Combat Flight Simulator, where I took down two BF-109s with a Sopwith Camel. Last one shot me down too, but that was the best part of the memory - our two planes going down side by side, with his hitting the ground right before mine.
Observe... one of the greatest Youtube videos in existence!
I endorse everything about this conversation.
(not you, Coffee )
I'm still proud of a mission in F-22 Raptor, where the objective was to stop bombers from taking out the airfield. All fun and games til I take a missile hit and my fuel system is damaged, giving me a time crunch. After running out of missiles, I'm down to killing a trio of bombers with guns, the last when my fuel runs out and I have to trade altitude for speed to be able to intercept the thing. Killing it, I eject, and finally the mission success triggers as I'm drifting on a parachute.
I went out to the bookstore to get Kenobi . . . but I ended up geeking out hardest over the Barnes and Noble prestige hardcover collection of American Founding documents -- a lot of letters, speeches, pamphlets, and official documents, including The Federalist Papers, Common Sense, the Inaugurals through Madison, and the Declaration, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution.
@GrandAdmiralJello will understand.
So here I am, sitting in my first apartment.
Well, not exactly my, I'm on a rent. But I pay for it.
Well, the housemate pays half of it.
Actually the state pays most of it.
Anyway, I have moved away from home. After the military service this seems easy. No one is shouting yet and I don't have to eat lumpy porridge in the morning if I don't want to.
If you get a chance, buy the collected letters of John Adams & Thomas Jefferson. Their discussions are remarkably interesting and the ones from their later life are awesome in that we see two old friends turned adversaries reconcile their friendship. They discuss so many interesting topics that I consider them ESSENTIAL reading for any American history buff.
I have David McCullough's book on John Adams, however, yet to read. Anyone read it? I loved the series that starred Paul Giamatti.
I also have "His Excellency" a book by Joseph J. Ellis about George Washington, and also Team of Rivals by Doris Keans Goodwin (about Lincoln). Still yet to read those as well. Yes, my personal 'library' is quite extensive, there are still dozens of books yet to be read...
It occurred to me that it is a bit strange that so many of my classes had me read Karl Marx, but only one ever offered John Locke. And I don't think I have read anything by Adam Smith.
In what universe is Karl Marx required reading more often than John Locke?