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5 Things No Star Wars Fan Will Admit (That Are Totally True)
2020.08.30 06:30 captainjjb845 Things No Star Wars Fan Will Admit (That Are Totally True)
Is that too clickbaity of a title? Oh well, time for another post.
George Lucas really doesn't care
I find it funny whenever someone tries to use a remark of his of any of the new films as a way to say "Well GL hates it, so therefore it must be crap." Because I guess we are still doing the whole "appeal to authority thing." Lord knows I'm guilty of it. I'd imagine Lucas's view of the new Star Wars movies is similar to the way he sees the EU (Legends) he just doesn't care. He had nothing to do with it so why should he bother. Same thing goes for anyone who's ever worked fo with him. *PssT* don't tell fans that the only Star Wars films Lucas actually enjoys are the PT. The Making of Star Wars books (Which are very good if quite expensive) talks at length how much Lucas "hated" making the OT and how they don't reflect his full vision. Hence why he kept making dumb changes to them. It's why watching the PT can sometimes be a bit fascinating, because they can be summarized as "Star Wars: The Directors cuts." It's not surprising that the PT resemble early drafts of the OT. One could certainly make an argument about how him being creator makes his view a bit more weighty.... but he kinda shit the bed when he made the PT and still acts as if it's "me against the world and that no one's ever liked any of his movies" or some crap like that. Or that one quote "Film Critics are Cinematically illiterate," or whatever it was he said. Ever notice how you only ever hear someone say this when their films are being panned? Imagine if we used Lucas's opinions on other things as well. "No guys, Family Guy is totally the best comedy series! George Lucas loves it and that's all we need to know!"
The Prequels were (and still are) looked down upon
How quickly fans forget the "shit storm" that was the release of the PT films. Oh there was hype and whatnot but man, it was news worthy how awful it was. You had every late night host, comedian, politician and sitcom episode making fun of them. And it didn't just end after ROTS came out either. it went on for years and years, by the time RLM came around to do their reviews it was universally accepted that these films were nothing but a turd sandwich while being mostly technically impressive (they aged like milk left out on the counter overnight). What's funny is that RLM didn't really say anything "new" with regards to criticism, they simply presented it in a way that hadn't been done before. Hell, they aren't even the best reviews of the films... Confused Matthew takes that cake, and did it about 2 years before they did (nor have they aged horribly due to super dated crap like locking a woman in the basement.... because that's..... funny right?). Hell, I was doing some research the other week trying to find shows that reference the PT being bad. There's a lot..... and they didn't just start and stop at the same time either. To Quote Doug Walker (Nostalgia Critic) out of all people. In 2010/11 he published a video talking about the 11 films he'd never review, at the top, surprise surprise, The Phantom Menace. Why? As he said "There isn't a single thing I can say about it that hasn't been said a thousand times over (something like that)." And that's just the internet side of things, try speaking to actual film critics, film scholars, university/ college profs, they don't have anything nice to say about them then or now. My documentary prof in 2016 talked at length how much TPM crushed him when it was released. He wasn't too big on TFA but it didn't crush him the way TPM did. It was seen as a giant embarrassment for Lucas and Star Wars as a whole. Here's this director, who single handed changed cinema forever with one movie making a complete fool of both himself and his creation. Oh sure there were people who enjoyed them... but it was like saying "I enjoyed Scrubs Season 9," or "Batman V. Superman is great," or "The ending of How I Met Your Mother was perfect." Things, I've heard people say but were usually given this weird look by doing so. (And No, don't take this to say you can't enjoy them or anything of the sort. By all means go crazy.)
The Last Jedi is Great
Always has been. Indiewire placed TLJ in the top 100 films of the decade at 74 (rather Impressive as there were only about 7/8 blockbuster films on the list). They wrote "Forty years after the original, the saga grew up — and some of its fans couldn’t handle it." Not much more to say after that. Though in some ways it kinda bums me out how Disney/Lucasfilm might have just hit their peek 3 movies in.
Star Wars can Never be Ruined or Killed
It really can't. You'd think after 40+ years of movies/ cartoons/ comics/ books/ video games/stickers something would have caused it's popularity to wane... but it never happened. If Star Wars can survive everything that happened during the PT it can survive anything after that. Hell its already survived TROS's petty reception pretty much overnight. Firgg it survived the Holiday Special which at one point occupied 50% of all Star Wars films.... It's funny seeing people say "Star Wars is dead/ dying." You know what you would hear is Star Wars was truly dead? Nothing at all. No comments, no remarks, no people talking about Holdo having purple hair.
Star Wars is for Kids
As Freddie Prinze Jr. once said, "The first three were kids, the next three were for different fucking kids." Star Wars is for kids. You as an "adult" like it because it's rich in story and character. That's not to say you aren't allowed to criticize it, go right ahead, I do it too. Patrick H. Willems once said "This is a movie about Space Wizards intended for Children." It's funny to see how some have interpreted that to mean "It's a movie for kids therefore you can't criticize." Which isn't the meaning at all. His whole point was, and he has said this, "You can criticize all you want but going on and on about it day in and day out is not worth it." Just because something is for kids doesn't mean its an excuse to be bad. I get sick and tired of hearing that as excuse for anything. Movies/ games/ books/ etc. Just because your audience is kids doesn't mean you can cut corners or act like no one cares. Robot Chicken weirdly understood this to a tee (also Vader calling the Emperor on the phone to tell him the Death Star blew up is Canon to me damnit. You will never get a moment as humorous or relatable like that ever again). I think that covers it. Anything I missed? Also don't watch Tenet. Not worth the risk.
2020.05.17 21:31 Masterfire7631 [M4F] French Canadian - Searching for the Pearl
Where to start? First, English isn't my first language. I'm coming from a little town in the North of the Canada where French is the our first language. But, like you can see by reading this lines, I can speak/write (okish) and understand the Sharkespeare language. My life: I work in the newspaper industry as a sport journalist. But the media industry is collapsing. So, I decided to complete my French teaching diploma in the next two years. Teaching is a passion. I think kids can make you grow as a person and see things differently. I didn't have the occasion to travel a lot. It's something I want to do in the future. I always dream to go in Europe and just go with the flow. I like roadtrip. I want to see the world. I'm a pretty laid back person. Not to stressful and down to the Earth. I describe myself as a chameleon. I adapt myself to the person in my entourage. If I'm with somebody that like doing sport, I'll join. I'm slim (160 pounds or 72 kilograms) and tall (6 feets) and I don't have kids. Looking for: Right now, with the pandemic, the life just sucks. I swiped every girl on a dating app (yeah, the town is that little). I'm looking for an connection. I'm looking for something special. Friendship, Travel Buddies or Love, we'll see. I think the journey is important. And I could use friends all over the world to couch surfing the Europe. What I really like in a women is simple: intelligence and personality. Nothing is more attractive than a smart girl. I think the best relationship is one where you share a friendship. The fact that you can share anything with your other half without judging. I think you need to be able to lean on this person when you struggle. You need to have a attraction too. Without attraction, no love. Hobbies I'm an avid consumer of the rom-com. Two of my favorite rom-com are Before We Go [Chris Evans movies] and What If [with Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe]. I love every John Hughes movies. Like the 90s movie with Freddie Prinze Jr (She's All that). Music is something very important for me. I listen anything depending of my emotions. Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, The Killers, Metallica, Journey, Lee Brice I can switch from one thing to an other very quickly. I really like country. Some of my favorite songs are from Lee Brice. I'm a gamer too. I'm playing League of Legends and Valorant. I don't play a lot of other games. Was a big on Pokemon back in my young day on my Game Boy Color. Yeah, I'm working in the sport scene. But I see so much sport that I don't watch a lot. The only event I don't miss are the World Cup or the Euros. Big fan of the Germany and Iceland (cause Canada is so bad in soccefootball). Like every Canadian out there, I played hockey. I'm a bookworm. My library is full of fantasy books and some classics. Since I'm from a little town, I like outdoors activity with somebody: trekking, camping, etc
2020.05.16 23:13 Masterfire7631 [M4F] French Canadian - Searching for the Pearl
Where to start? First, English isn't my first language. I'm coming from a little town in the North of the Canada where French is the our first language. But, like you can see by reading this lines, I can speak/write (okish) and understand the Sharkespeare language. My life: I work in the newspaper industry as a sport journalist. But the media industry is collapsing. So, I decided to complete my French teaching diploma in the next two years. Teaching is a passion. I think kids can make you grow as a person and see things differently. I didn't have the occasion to travel a lot. It's something I want to do in the future. I always dream to go in Europe and just go with the flow. I like roadtrip. I want to see the world. I'm a pretty laid back person. Not to stressful and down to the Earth. I describe myself as a chameleon. I adapt myself to the person in my entourage. If I'm with somebody that like doing sport, I'll join. I'm slim (160 pounds or 72 kilograms) and tall (6 feets) and I don't have kids. Looking for: Right now, with the pandemic, the life just sucks. I swiped every girl on a dating app (yeah, the town is that little). I'm looking for an connection. I'm looking for something special. Friendship, Travel Buddies or Love, we'll see. I think the journey is important. And I could use friends all over the world to couch surfing the Europe. What I really like in a women is simple: intelligence and personality. Nothing is more attractive than a smart girl. I think the best relationship is one where you share a friendship. The fact that you can share anything with your other half without judging. I think you need to be able to lean on this person when you struggle. You need to have a attraction too. Without attraction, no love. Hobbies I'm an avid consumer of the rom-com. Two of my favorite rom-com are Before We Go [Chris Evans movies] and What If [with Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe]. I love every John Hughes movies. Like the 90s movie with Freddie Prinze Jr (She's All that). Music is something very important for me. I listen anything depending of my emotions. Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, The Killers, Metallica, Journey, Lee Brice I can switch from one thing to an other very quickly. I really like country. Some of my favorite songs are from Lee Brice. I'm a gamer too. I'm playing League of Legends and Valorant. I don't play a lot of other games. Was a big on Pokemon back in my young day on my Game Boy Color. Yeah, I'm working in the sport scene. But I see so much sport that I don't watch a lot. The only event I don't miss are the World Cup or the Euros. Big fan of the Germany and Iceland (cause Canada is so bad in soccefootball). Like every Canadian out there, I played hockey. I'm a bookworm. My library is full of fantasy books and some classics. Since I'm from a little town, I like outdoors activity with somebody: trekking, camping, etc.
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000
PROGRAMMING NOTE: This is getting posted about an hour early today because I'm not gonna be around later. Just in case you were wondering why.
The issue opens with a big examination of whether or not WWF will sign Bill Goldberg and why or why not. Right now, the "official" word is that his existing WCW contract is ridiculously high and they have no intention of making him an offer. On the other hand, pretty much everyone in the company realizes that for this WCW angle to work, they need Goldberg and other big WCW stars like him. Goldberg has more than 2 years left on his WCW deal and stands to earn around $6 million from it just by sitting at home, and Dave says he's "not a mark for being a wrestling star" the way a lot of guys are and doesn't seem to give a shit one way or another if he wrestles again or not. So it's unlikely that he'll take a buyout from Time Warner that would cost him millions of dollars just so he can go be in the limelight again. WWF obviously doesn't want to spend $6 million to get him, but aside from Hogan, Austin, and Rock, nobody has as much potential drawing power as Goldberg in the last 15 years. And wrestling is a star-driven business and sometimes, making big lopsided deals with major stars is necessary to make big money in the long run. When Hogan went to WCW in 1994, people called Bischoff crazy because Hogan's contract gave him 25% of PPV revenue. But Hogan was such a huge draw that it ended up being the smartest deal Bischoff made at the time and more than paid for itself several times over in the years after (of course, Hogan's drawing power eventually died off and his big contract eventually became an albatross, but that's another story).
So does Goldberg deserve preferential treatment? Should he have a guaranteed contract with limited dates and huge money that everyone else in WWF would be jealous of? Of course it's not fair, but this isn't about fair, it's about business. If WWF can rebuild Goldberg to even half of the star he was in 1998, then yes, they absolutely should. Properly promoted PPV matches with Goldberg/Rock and Goldberg/Austin will earn them that money back and then some. But that's dependent on whether or not WWF can truly rebuild him. Dave points out Big Show as an example of someone who was a top star in WCW, came to WWF with a huge guaranteed contract, and has been a total flop who spent much of the last year in OVW. If Goldberg comes to WWF and becomes "just another guy," then no, he wouldn't be worth the money and Dave gives a long list of guys who were big stars in NWA/WCW, only to jump to WWF and find out Vince had no clue how to get them over with his audience (Dusty Rhodes, Flair, Lex Luger, Vader, Big Show, Road Warriors, Steiners, etc). They also need someone to anchor the new WCW brand, and if they relaunch WCW and it becomes successful with Goldberg at the helm, that's another huge revenue stream that would offset the cost of bringing him in. And when business is good, everybody makes more money, not just Goldberg. Dave even breaks down the math and talks about how a Goldberg vs. Austin match might work out. A very conservative estimate Dave thinks is 600,000 buys on PPV, which would net WWF a good $2 million in one night, which would cover a full year of Goldberg's salary. A few rematches with Austin, some big matches with Rock, and even if he doesn't earn them a dime in any other way, he'd already have paid for himself. Once you add in Goldberg merch, other PPV matches, licensing deals, added gate revenue from the extra tickets he'll surely sell, ad revenue from ratings boost, etc. and it's kind of a no-brainer. Financially, it makes all the sense in the world for them to buy out Goldberg's contract and bring him in ASAP. But again, that depends on WWF's ability to get him over (which Dave thinks they'd have to be stupid to fail at) and also, you can't rule out the possibility of him getting injured which is also something to be considered. In the end, a lot of people in the locker room will be upset about it, but from a business standpoint, Dave thinks they should do it.
The buyrate numbers for WWF's recent Judgement Day PPV are coming in and the show did better than expected. Because of that, Steve Austin has now moved past Ric Flair into 2nd place on the list of PPVs he's headlined that have done a 1.0 buyrate or higher. 1st place is Hulk Hogan, who is still 3 PPVs ahead of Austin. But unless something goes tragically wrong, Dave expects Austin to break that record before the end of 2001. But then Dave starts explaining why this is kind of a useless stat. A 1.0 buyrate in 2001 is completely different from a 1.0 buyrate in 1987, due to the way the PPV industry has grown. Plus, there's monthly PPVs now, so that skews the numbers. Things like that. You can always tell when it's a slow news week because the major stories are mostly just Dave examining numbers and business trends and things like that. Even the first main story about Goldberg has no news, it's just Dave doing a deep dive into the pros and cons of bringing in Goldberg from a business standpoint. So yeah, this stuff is all interesting and in fact, it's probably the kind of stuff I've learned the most from reading, but it's not "news" so...
Jushin Liger won this year's Best of the Super Junior's tournament, the first time he's won it in 7 years. At age 36, Liger is in the midst of something of a comeback angle, going undefeated in the tournament and pinning IWGP Jr. heavyweight champion Minoru Tanaka in the finals. Tanaka is seen as the man to take the aging Liger's place in the Jr. division so the rivalry has that aspect going for it also, with Tanaka representing the future while Liger represents the old guard (in other words, this was basically the Omega/Tanahashi feud from late-2018).
We get an obituary for Tex McKenzie, who was a big star in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. McKenzie was a legendarily bad wrestler, but he was damn near 7 feet tall, so he had no problem finding work. He was always booked as a happy-go-lucky babyface and was never really a main eventer because he sucked so much, but was always well-liked and had a star presence due to his size.
Observer note: the mail service sucks and Dave apologizes. He's been getting lots of reports about people getting the Observer later than usual and he doesn't know what to say. Blame the post office. They go into the mail every Wednesday and how long it takes from there is out of his hands, but if you don't get your issue, contact him and he'll get another one mailed out to you. Or, you know, try out this fancy internet thing. I know it's still kind of new and there's a lot of warning signs about the dotcom bubble, but I have a feeling it might stick around.
Raw's scary 8-week declining ratings trend finally came to an end this week, with the rating increasing slightly. Dave credits the fact that the last two weeks of Raw have been some of the best weeks of the show ever, with some MOTY caliber matches. The ratings are still down significantly from just two months ago but at least the dangerous downward pattern has been broken (the downward trend resumes soon, don't worry).
God this is seriously a slow week. Now Dave is going back and looking at random shit from 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago....I guess just to show how much things change? I don't know, there's no explanation here. 1 year ago, Paul Heyman held a backstage meeting and predicted the future of the industry. He predicted WWF would end up on TNN (it did) and that ECW would end up on USA or FOX (it didn't). He predicted WCW would soon be out of business (he was right). Things like that. 5 years ago, Nitro began its 83-week ratings winning streak. 10 years ago, Sid Vicious debuted in WWF as Sid Justice. Just shit like that, with no rhyme or reason to it. This is a filler issue if I've ever seen it, Dave is pretty desperately stretching to fill space here. If this Observer was a 3-hour Raw, this section is a 30 minute Baron Corbin match.
Kenta Kobashi was cleared to resume training this week. He's had 6 surgeries in the past 18 months on his knees and Dave thinks it's going to be scary as hell to see him get back in the ring, but he's Kobashi so of course, he's going to. With Vader and Misawa getting older and no other big stars to work with Jun Akiyama, Dave says Kobashi feels the pressure to return because NOAH needs him (we're still 8 months from him returning to the ring....and immediately blowing his knee out again).
Because NJPW and NOAH have a cordial relationship, Tatsumi Fujinami has talked about working a match with Mitsuharu Misawa at some point (they teamed up once in NJPW in 2005 and worked opposite sides of a tag match in NOAH in 2007 but that's the closest it ever got to happening).
UPW wrestlers Nathan Jones and Jon Heidenreich, who are signed to WWF developmental deals, were pulled from an upcoming Zero-1 show in Japan. They will be replaced by Samoa Joe and some other guy. Apparently Jim Ross didn't feel like Jones and Heidenreich are experienced enough to go to Japan and work a show for another promotion they don't have a relationship with and against wrestlers they don't know.
Eric Bischoff has been implicated in the Atlanta trial surrounding the infamous Atlanta Gold Club, a strip club that was a famous hangout for many big name athletes, including WCW stars. The government has a major racketeering case going on against the club and it's owners, involving credit card fraud, prostitution, loan sharking, and funneling money to the Gambino crime family. The former club manager this week testified that he arranged sexual favors for high profile athletes like Dennis Rodman, Terrell Davis, Jerry Stackhouse, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, and others. Eric Bischoff was among those named as having received sexual favors from strippers as arranged by the club management (Bischoff ends up being forced to testify in this case later on and we learn that his wife is pretty fun).
Ric Flair is still working on an autobiography, which will be partially ghostwritten by Mark Madden. The project has been on-and-off-again for awhile but the success of Mick Foley's 2 books has given them the green light again. Flair is not planning to accept a buyout from his WCW contract, which still has 2 years remaining, so unless something changes (and Dave says it probably will because Flair can't stay away from wrestling), then Flair is going to be MIA from the wrestling scene until 2003 (sure enough, Flair couldn't stand being on the sidelines. He takes a buyout and will be in WWF before the end of this year).
UPW ran a show this week that saw Shinya Hashimoto make an appearance, along with several other Zero-1 wrestlers. Hashimoto didn't wrestle but got involved in an angle with several UPW guys, most notably Samoa Joe. Former WCW wrestlers (and now WWF wrestlers) Sean O'Haire, Chuck Palumbo, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. also worked the show.
Hulk Hogan has still been in negotiations with Universal about doing some sort of wrestling show and it looks like the tentative plan is to film a pilot episode in August at Universal Studios in Orlando. Jimmy Hart is reaching out to other wrestlers to get involved and they're hopeful to bring in guys like Roddy Piper and Bret Hart to make appearances, along with Hogan's usual buddies (Beefcake, Nasty Boys, etc.) and celebrity friends like Jay Leno, Shaq, and George Foreman. There's still a long-term plan in discussions for a Hogan-themed restaurant and for the wrestling to possibly be a theme park attraction. There is no TV deal in place for any of this, so the plan is to film the pilot to try and shop around for a TV deal. The whole thing has been described to Dave as basically a Hogan tribute show more than a new pro wrestling company (this eventually morphs into some shit called the Xcitement Wrestling Federation. Hogan only wrestles one match for it and they only do a handful of shows before disappearing).
Ric Flair was contacted about facing Steve Corino at this year's Brian Pillman Memorial Show. The idea is to put over Corino, who is the current NWA champion, in order to help give that title a boost. Flair didn't shoot down the idea, but of course, he can't wrestle anywhere due to his existing WCW contract without breaching it, although it's possible Time Warner may allow it, since it's a charity show (this never happens).
Bruno Sammartino was recently in a serious car accident and spent 3 days in the hospital but is expected to be okay.
Missy Hyatt is releasing a book about her life in wrestling soon and Dave promises to review it when she does. Although she said she had some help with the structuring of the book, every word was written by her.
Hey, so apparently Kevin Nash and Honky Tonk Man got into a shit-flinging contest on the internet, talking trash to each other about who is a bigger star and who drew more money and yada yada. Dave says it must be a slow news week (clearly) and tells people to always remember that when you see this stuff, keep in mind that these guys are workers and try not to take it seriously. Anyway, for what it's worth: HTM drew far more money in WWF than Nash ever did, while Nash drew far more in WCW than HTM ever did. Nash made more money overall due to his huge guaranteed contract, though that's irrelevant to the argument. HTM called out Nash for not donating the $20,000 to Brian Pillman's family charity that he promised he would at last year's memorial show. Nash said he hasn't paid because no one has proven to him that it's a non-profit organization because he wanted to be able to write it off on his taxes and said he'd still be glad to donate the money if he could get proof of that. To his credit, Dave says Nash really has been trying in the last week or so to get the word out that he wants to donate the money as long as he can verify that it's a non-profit charity and has been trying to get clarification on it. Nash then said he worked a different show for Les Thatcher (who promotes the Pillman shows) and was never paid a $10,000 fee he was promised. Thatcher then chimed in, saying this is the first he's heard about Nash not being paid for a show and yada yada yada. Just internet drama between a bunch of carnies. Anyway, Dave says let this be a lesson about carelessly promising things. If you recall, what happened is Nash was trying to get Missy Hyatt to take her top off and promised to donate $20,000 if she would. Hyatt, who was put on the spot (this wasn't planned), refused to do it because there were kids in the crowd and it was a family show. So Nash, caught up in the moment, said he would donate the $20,000 anyway. But he never did, HTM called him out on it, and here we are.
Jacques Rougeau ran a show in Montreal that drew an estimated 3,000 fans, featuring himself in the main event against King Kong Bundy. Pretty much the entire rest of the card was filled with Rougeau's students at his wrestling school, including Rougeau's 12-year-old son who worked the opening match (I only mention this show because a young Kevin Steen was one of those students, defeating somebody named Pascal Brisson in the 3rd match on the card).
There's rumors going around that Bill Goldberg is being considered for the role of Crusher Creel in the next Incredible Hulk movie which is being released in 2003. So far, none of the movie has been cast (nah, he doesn't end up in it). Also in movie news, former MMA fighter and WCW developmental wrestler Sam Greco will be playing a masked wrestler in the upcoming Scooby Doo movie starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah-Michelle Gellar.
Sitting home and collecting on these WCW contracts might be the best thing for the health of some of the former WCW wrestlers. Scott Steiner is said to have no control over one of his feet, which has gone completely numb, stemming from back problems he's had in the last year. And Rey Mysterio, who is planning to sit out the next year, is getting some much needed time off to recuperate his body, especially his knees, and Dave thinks having a year off to recover will probably add years to Mysterio's future career.
Random WWF notes: Judgment Day did a 1.13 buyrate, which is phenomenal and up big time from last month's PPV. It's weird because every other aspect of WWF business (TV ratings, live attendance, etc.) is down right now, but this PPV was a mega hit. Kurt Angle was inducted into the Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining only 3 other pro wrestlers (Dick Hutton, Earl McCready, and Danny Hodge). David Flair has an OVW developmental deal. Al Snow is said to be the show-stealer on the new Tough Enough show they're doing. Kurt Angle's autobiography will be out in September. Ken Shamrock still under contract with PRIDE but it's expected he'll return to WWF at some point sooner or later (nope).
Jerry Lawler had a meeting with Kevin Dunn and Jim Ross at WWF headquarters this week. They want Lawler to come back to announce Raws and PPVs and perhaps even be the commentator for the new WCW, but they couldn't reach an agreement, because both sides are refusing to budge on the issue of Lawler's wife Stacy. Lawler refuses to return unless Stacy is given her job back because they feel she was unfairly fired. And WWF refuses to hire her back. All parties involved had agreed to keep this meeting a secret and it was said to be an embarrassment when word got out about it. As for Paul Heyman, who currently does commentary on Raw, the belief is that he's better suited for the backstage TV writing role (especially since he's been the one behind the last few weeks of TV that have been so well received).
More details on the situation with Grandmaster Sexay being fired. He was arrested at customs at the Calgary airport for possession of cocaine and methamphetamines. Police reportedly found a tenth of a gram of meth and half a gram of coke on him. He later pled guilty to the coke possession and the meth charge was dropped. He paid a fine and a donation to a drug charity and the arrest won't go on his record, but he was still fired by WWF. A lot of people in the locker room were upset about it because they're afraid that the publicity from this could cause a crackdown. Right now, WWF doesn't drug test and as long as it doesn't affect your work, they pretty much take a hands-off approach to drug use. Needless to say, a lot of people in the locker room would prefer it stayed that way and they were mad at Sexay for being stupid enough to try to bring stuff like that across the Canadian border, which everyone knows is risky.
Speaking of drugs, Eddie Guerrero was sent home after he arrived at Raw in the dreaded "no condition to perform." He was scheduled to face Matt Hardy in a King of the Ring qualifying match. Eddie has pretty much been given the same ultimatum as Shawn Michaels: go home and don't come back until you're clean. As a result, the Eddie/Matt/Lita angle has since been dropped. Dave says that Eddie has had a lot of pain and injury issues because he returned to the ring way too soon following a New Year's Eve car accident in 1998 and never really recovered fully (this is it for Eddie for awhile. He stays under contract for a few more months but he eventually gets a DUI later in the year and gets fired. But then he gets clean, works the indies for a bit, returns in 2002, and goes on to have the best years of his career).
Notes from Raw: Jesse Ventura made an appearance, since they were in Minnesota, and Dave is flabbergasted that they didn't promote it ahead of time for maximum mainstream coverage, since they knew a week ago that Ventura would appear. They also had Hugh Morrus run in and attack Edge, to continue the WCW invasion angle and it also gave us our first brief glimpse of the new WCW logo on the TitanTron.
There's a good article about Mick Foley in this week's People Magazine, where he talks about both his wrestling and writing careers. Hey, I found the article!
Booker T has completed the buyout on his WCW contract with Time Warner so he should be ready to head to WWF any day now as soon as he finalizes a contract with them. Dave says that Kevin Nash tried to talk Booker T out of it, saying that WWF is on a down-turn right now and if Booker would wait until all their deals expired next year, they could all go in together as a package deal and get more money from Vince, who would be more desperate at that point. It's the same reason Scott Hall has said he's not interested in WWF until Nash is free. (Nash ended up being right. By early 2002, Vince was indeed desperate enough to throw big money at the NWO guys while Booker T ended up coming in earlier, for far less than he was making in WCW).
It's expected that DDP and Billy Kidman are also likely taking buyouts soon and would be WWF-bound. DDP in particular will be giving up significant money by taking a 50-cents-on-the-dollar buyout from Time Warner, but he's apparently decided to do it anyway. And once Scott Steiner is medically cleared from all his injuries, he is said to be considering it also. Buff Bagwell is expected to sign with WWF soon as well. Dave notes that there are definitely people in WWF who weren't exactly in love with the idea of hiring Bagwell, but Johnny Ace went to bat for him. Bagwell had a bad reputation in WCW for throwing a fit every time he was asked to do a job or no-showing house shows and things like that. But Johnny Ace blamed that on Bagwell being friends with and under the influence of Lex Luger and argued that without Luger around, Bagwell would behave. So we'll see (lol).
When reviewing Smackdown, Dave talks about how Benoit was practically wrestling Austin with 1 arm because his right side has been really week ever since last month's TLC match. It's believed to be a pinched nerve in his neck that has gotten progressively worse. He's working through it and had an MRI that didn't show any ligament issues or anything, but he basically can't do anything with his right arm at the moment (turns out this is way worse than a pinched nerve but we'll get there).
Rob Van Dam has verbally agreed to terms with WWF and has his contract in hand, but hasn't signed it yet. Same with Tommy Dreamer. Both will have probably signed by the time you read this. Dave expects them to end up on the WCW side of the invasion angle.
Speaking of the WCW angle, the hold-up is securing a TV deal for it. WWF is contractually locked in to Viacom, so TNN is really the only realistic option to carry a WCW show, but TNN and WWF can't agree on details. TNN is willing to give WWF a Saturday night time slot for WCW, but only if they have more big names like Goldberg, Sting, and Flair. WWF, as we've discussed, doesn't want to spend millions of dollars to buy those guys out of their WCW contracts and upset their salary structure. Dave thinks the clock is ticking on this and the longer it takes to get the new WCW off the ground, the less likely fans are to still care about it whenever it eventually does happen.
Regarding video tape libraries: WWF owns all of the WCW footage ever taped from 1988 onward. Regarding the Crockett or GCW tape libraries from before that, Dave isn't entirely sure yet (yes they owned that also). They do not own the old Bill Watts Mid-South library (they ended up getting that one in 2012). They also do not yet own the ECW footage, although it's expected that they will purchase the rights to those in the bankruptcy proceedings for ECW (yup).
Triple H is spending the next 4 weeks in Birmingham to rehab his torn quad. Dave says to say whatever you want about Triple H, but the guy is dedicated to the business 24/7 and his success is earned. Wrestling is a business where the smart prosper and Triple H is as smart as they come and works just as hard (he spent way more than 4 weeks there. He pretty much moved to Birmingham and lived there for the rest of 2001 to do his rehab).
So far, almost no one aside from the wrestlers and Johnny Ace have been hired for the new WCW. No writers, production people, agents, referees, etc. Basically, all of that is on hold until they can figure out the TV situation. A lot of former backstage WCW employees were expecting to have jobs soon, but now they're all just kinda sitting around waiting and hoping and there's a lot of people getting nervous that this thing might not get off the ground at all, and their severance package money is slowly running out.
Regarding the videos of the stalker who is stalking Undertaker's wife....the voice is being done by Vince McMahon, with a voice distorting effect. Some website reversed the distortion to reveal that it's Vince. Dave says if you've heard Vince talk enough, you could already tell anyway. Dave says that doesn't mean that Vince is going to be revealed as the stalker, just that he's doing the voice. Same way Ole Anderson used to do the voice for the Black Scorpion angle.
In case you missed it, at the recent Raw in Calgary where they re-enacted the Montreal Screwjob with half of the Hart family in the front row, Dave points out that Vince was dressed pretty much identically to the way he was dressed at the actual Montreal Screwjob (yeah, I looked back to compare this and see if it's true and yup. He's pretty much wearing the exact same suit jacket and shirt).
Notes from OVW: Dave says Randy Orton has shot past everyone on the roster and is improving by leaps and bounds every week. Dave thinks Orton is the closest one to being ready the move to the main roster and he has real star potential. On OVW TV, they had Jim Ross on and Ross said he was so impressed by Orton that he predicted that he would some day main event Wrestlemania (indeed). Rico Constantino is another one who is ready for the big time but Dave thinks he might get lost in the shuffle on the WWF roster. Dave thinks he'd be a great fit in the new WCW. Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin are also connecting with the crowd and getting over. They worked a dark match at the Minnesota Raw tapings (since they were both college wrestling stars there) and even had Jesse Ventura come out as their manager (how is there no video of this?!). Lesnar also gets a big pop for his shooting star press that he does.
The Austin vs. Benoit and Jericho feud isn't just for TV. They've been wrestling long 25+ minute main event matches against each other at house shows also, with reports that they're just as good or better than the TV matches. Dave gives Austin a ton of credit for going out there and having these grueling, fast-paced and long main event matches considering his neck history (yeah, anyone who says Austin was a shitty wrestler who only knew how to punch and kick, I defy you to watch his matches in 2001 and still have that opinion. Austin was having near-classics almost weekly at this point).
Ellie Hart (mother of Natalya, sister of Bret and Owen) writes in to talk about the "divide" in the Hart family. Let's just read her letter and Dave's response in full:
The family isn't as divided as you think. It's really just my brother Bret, who bears this grudge and is trying to compromise the rest of our family because of Montreal. Bret always said it was about Owen, but it was more about his ego and Montreal. Vince McMahon made Bret a superstar and this was truly a case of the tail wagging the dog. We all felt Owen's loss deeply. I feel sad that Bret and Martha feel that they were the only ones who lost a loved one. My parents have been through more hell than anyone. They've unselfishly tried to accommodate all of us. Bret has made this very difficult for them. I thought Stu appearing on Raw was long overdue. A meeting with Vince McMahon was long overdue. Stu is the patriarch of our family, not Bret. If he had been able to speak his mind as he should have been able to after Owen died, maybe this family would still be whole. Bret, Vince was just giving you a receipt (Calgary finish) for the black eye in Montreal. I think it's more fitting that Vince chose this route rather than suing the hell out of Bret, which he positively could have. Just as Bret is allowed to voice an opinion, so should Bruce and I be allowed to stand up and be counted for in the wrestling business. I hope that we have a long and prosperous friendship with the McMahons and I'm sorry if anybody is opposed to this. Contrary to what you said about our family being sad and having issues, most of the sadness we've been dealing with has been brought on by Bret's obsession with Vince. Bret was more than unhappy that my dad was at the matches. He was livid. He showed a total lack of respect toward my father, who was the man responsible for making wrestling what it is in Western Canada. If anyone is entitled to the respect that the people in Calgary demonstrated, my father is. My father is an 86-year-old man who has very few positives to look forward to these days. Having the wrestling world behind him was like a shot of adrenaline to him and meant a great deal to him and my mother both. Shame on Bret and Martha for trying to make my parents feel like they were compromising Owen's death. This has nothing to do with Owen at all. My dad earned that right running a wrestling business for 50 years and supporting the kids who aren't supporting him. My poor father paved the way with Stampede Wrestling for Bret and others. Bret wasn't working on his book on Monday. Rather, he was at the big house, screaming obscenities at my poor beleaguered mother, who was caught in a very difficult position with Martha and Bret against the rest of us. Bret portrays himself as a martyr and a hero. He's a self-serving bully who doesn't know when to quit. It's time for this family to move on to better things and maybe even enjoy life again. Bret, get over Montreal. Ellie Hart
Dave Meltzer's response: I think everyone should get over Montreal, particularly in any discussion that involves Owen Hart. Once Owen Hart died, any issues regarding Montreal were so trivial that to even be bringing them up nearly four-years later after everything that has happened since is pitiful. The fact they are constantly brought up and used to cloud any real issues, from anyone who uses them to do so, does more to trivialize the life of Owen than almost anything else.
Someone else writes in and talks about whether WWF should sign Goldberg and says the obvious answer (as mentioned earlier) is yes. Business-wise, it clearly makes sense. So 20 years from now, does Vince McMahon want to be seen as someone who took a risk on some big money investments and managed to resurrect WCW and was running two successful promotions at the same time? Or does he want to be known as the guy who had the biggest storyline in the history of wrestling handed to him on a silver platter and he bungled it because he was too cautious and wouldn't spend the money to bring in the big names to make it work? (Vince bungle the biggest storyline in the history of wrestling? Impossible. Perish the thought!) Someone else writes in with basically the same thought and talks about how Vince's ego never allows him to get behind a wrestler or a concept that he didn't create. He's afraid Vince is going to wait too long and will refuse to admit that he needs Goldberg in order for this WCW angle to succeed.
WEDNESDAYmid-2001 year-in-review, NJPW star Keiji Muto wins AJPW Triple Crown championship in a classic match, more on Eddie Guerrero's situation, Jerry Lawler comments on Grandmaster Sexay's arrest, and more...
2018.02.17 23:00 autobuzzfeedbot42 Facts About '90s Teen Movies That You'll Immediately Want To Tell Your Friends
The title of 10 Things I Hate About You was inspired by one of the film's screenwriters, who found a list she had made of things she hated about her high school boyfriend.
While filming the poem scene, Julia Stiles was so overcome by emotion that she ended up crying real tears.
And Heath Ledger was also her first on-screen kiss.
The iconic "Kat. Meow." line was ad-libbed by Allison Janney.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon were considered for the role of Cher in Clueless.
But Alicia Silverstone ultimately landed the role because Amy Heckerling wanted the girl "from those Aerosmith videos".
There are reportedly 163 different kinds of plaid seen throughout the movie.
Brittany Murphy later revealed that she was actually a virgin who couldn't drive when she said the line, "You're a virgin who can't drive."
Cher's mispronunciation of "Haitians" in the debate scene wasn't scripted. Silverstone really didn't know how to say the word, but Heckerling decided to leave the mistake in the movie.
American Pie was originally called Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love.
Blink-182 make a quick cameo during the internet broadcast scene between Jim and Nadia while their song "Mutt" is playing.
To make the The Craft feel more authentic, an actual witch, Pat Devin, was hired as a Wiccan consultant.
Fairuza Balk, who played Nancy, actually bought the occult store she frequented while researching the film. She owned it until 2001.
Several creepy things happened during filming, including sudden unpredicted downpours, flocks of crows flying out of nowhere, and the sea washing away a set after an incantation scene was filmed.
Robin Tunney was nearly bald when filming began and had to wear a wig. This was because she had shaved her head for her role in Empire Records.
Never Been Kissed was James Franco's first film appearance.
In real life, Drew Barrymore was two years younger than her high school love interest, Jeremy Jordan.
The scene in which Annette slaps Sebastian in Cruel Intentions was unscripted. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were off-set improvising when the slap happened and the director decided to incorporate it into the movie.
The director, Roger Kumble, hired a porn star to appear in an establishing scene where Sebastian frolics with two naked cheerleaders.
The "pubes" used for the pizza scene in She's All That were made from corn husks.
Freddie Prinze Jr trained with a professional hacky sack player to pull off one of the film's most memorable scenes.
Scream was partially inspired by a series of real life student murders in Gainesville, Florida in 1990.
The voice of Ghostface, Roger L. Jackson, was never allowed to meet the actors in real life. This was so they wouldn't associate a face with the menacing voice.
Rose McGowan dyed her hair blond so that it would contrast with Neve Campbell's dark hair.
The iconic Ghostface mask, which was inspired by the classic Edvard Munch painting The Scream, was found in a child's bedroom while location scouting.
The famous scene in I Know What You Did Last Summer where Jennifer Love-Hewitt yells in the street was thought up by a fan.
Drive Me Crazy was originally titled Next to You, but was renamed after the Britney Spears song "(You Drive Me. Crazy" was added to the soundtrack.
And to help promote the movie, Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier starred in the music video.
Now and Then was written by Pretty Little Liars' showrunner, I Marlene King.
And she wrote the original screenplay of the film when she was only 10 years old, basing it around her group of friends growing up.
According to King, she originally wrote Roberta to be a lesbian but the studio disapproved.
To make Darcy's whipped-cream bikini in Varsity Blues, shaving cream was used because whipped cream melted quicker.
Paramount was sued by The University of Toronto who claimed that they had trademarked the name "Varsity Blues" in the mid-1980s.
Mox's jersey number is a tribute to Brett Farve, James Van Der Beek's favourite quarterback.
The only reason why Marilyn Manson cameoed in Jawbreaker was because Rose McGowan, who was dating him at the time, asked him to.
A chance meeting at a hotel bar led to Matthew McConaughey being cast in Dazed and Confused.
The director, Richard Linklater, gave each actor their own mixtape to help them get in character.
The strong student and teacher story in Election inspired Ryan Murphy to create Glee.
The original ending envisioned Mr McAllister and Tracy reuniting at his car dealership before she heads off to college. But this didn't test well with audiences resulting in the film's alternate ending.
Leonardo DiCaprio was so passionate about Romeo + Juliet that he flew to Australia to help Baz Luhrmann persuade the studio to produce it.
Every sign, billboard, or piece of paper featured in the movie contained a Shakespeare reference.
And while filming in Mexico, the movie's main hairdresser was kidnapped and ransomed for $300.
Welcome one and all, to a special edition of our Film Discussions, a part of /ScoobyDoo's October discussion series! Every Friday night this month, we've been watching a different classic Scooby-Doo movie, as a subreddit! As Halloween is creeping ever closer, we've added in a few more movie discussion days (tonight, and Halloween night!) This evening we watch the sequel to the first live action Scooby-Doo movie: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Original release date: March 26, 2004 Run time: 93 minutes Synopsis: The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang. Crew Directed by: Raja Gosnell Written by: James Gunn Cast:
--- Welcome to downtown Coolsville! Population: us! Grab some munchies, and get ready to revisit some old friends! Are there any old monsters you think that should have brought been in the movie? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for joining in! ~~~ Next up in our discussion series: Mon. Oct. 30The Scooby-Doo Show - Season 2 Ep. 2 "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" And THEN: Tuesday October 31st (Halloween)"Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" Previous Film Discussion - Scooby-Doo Previous Discussion Thread - "Spooky Space Kook" Check out our sidebar for the full schedule!
Welcome one and all, to the fourth edition of Film Fridays, a part of /ScoobyDoo's October discussion series! Every Friday night this month (as well as Oct. 29th and 31st), we've been watching a different classic Scooby-Doo movie, as a subreddit! And tonight is no different! This evening we watch the live action movie from 2002: Scooby-Doo Original release date: June 14, 2002 Run time: 1 hour, 26 minutes Synopsis: After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on. [That's the imdb description. So vague!] Cast:
--- Roo-Hoo! Enjoy this movie that defined so many childhoods! I had a hoot and a half watching this today! I don't have time to post an elaborate little description this time, but I'll update it in the morning! Have fun on Spooky Island!!
2017.05.14 08:52 AlojaFreundeVideo Game Raised $148 Million From Fans. Now It’s Raising Concerns.
Mark Kearns, 38, a web designer and gamer from Chicago, stumbled upon a new video game called Star Citizen while online in late 2013. The game, which was in development, promised to revive the spaceflight simulation genre with a sprawling universe for players to explore. Intrigued, Mr. Kearns decided to pledge money to see the game come to fruition. In total, he donated $175, which gained him access to Star Citizen’s alpha version — a playable version of the game in its early stages — plus a virtual ship to use in the game. Mr. Kearns and others have now vaulted Star Citizen into the record books. Since 2013, the game has quietly amassed more than $148 million in funding — all from regular people who have donated either through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter or through the game’s online donations page. The amount is a record for a crowdfunded video game, and one of the largest for any crowdfunded project. Star Citizen’s developer, Cloud Imperium Games, has not taken any money from traditional financiers. “My expectation was that we’d raise around $4 million,” said Chris Roberts, 48, the founder of Cloud Imperium Games. “I had investors lined up to help with the rest but Sandy, my wife, told me not to worry about investors — that we’d make it to $20 million. I told her she was crazy, and then it kind of went from there.” Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE A Chat With a Live Streamer Is Yours, for a Price APRIL 12, 2017 Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit SEPT. 20, 2015 DEALBOOK Microsoft Says It Will Pay $2.5 Billion for Company That Created Minecraft SEPT. 15, 2014 Yet the gigantic sum of money has created issues for Star Citizen, which began with a modest goal of raising $500,000 in 2012. As the dollars have mounted, the ambitions of Cloud Imperium Games have grown, and the game’s official release has repeatedly been pushed back. Some gamers have demanded refunds. One even filed a formal complaint with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office last year. “I’m already building the best game I can,” said Mr. Roberts, who acknowledged the bumps. “But imagine — the game I can build with $140 million is going to be very different to the one I could build with $10 million. If I can build a bigger and more robust experience, I will.” Star Citizen’s tale highlights the promise and perils of crowdfunded video games, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. Creators have flocked to crowdfunding to make niche games for specific audiences of passionate fans and to interact with gamers earlier in development. Crowdfunding has helped spawn a revival of classic role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate and Divinity, which were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. According to Eedar, a video game market research company owned by the NPD Group, about 30,000 successfully funded video game projects were on Kickstarter as of February, and more than $593 million had been pledged to them. Yet several prominent crowdfunded video games have failed to live up to expectations. Mighty No. 9, a game pitched by the developer Keiji Inafune as a “spiritual successor” to the classic Mega Man action series, raised $4 million, but was delayed several times before being released in 2016 to lukewarm reviews. In 2014, a first-person sword-fighting game called Clang that had raised $500,000 in crowdfunding was canceled when the developer failed to secure additional funding. “Crowdfunding projects, even those from established developers, are not seen by consumers as a sure bet as they were five years ago,” said Patrick Walker, vice president for insights and analytics at Eedar. Still, for players, giving money to help develop a video game like Star Citizen offers a way into exclusive content — as well as something more emotional. “Investing in Star Citizen gives you the tantalizing pleasure of looking forward to a deferred enjoyment, a slow, continuous build that stretches out the anticipation and taps into the power of our imagination to fill out the details of its imaginary world,” said Frank Lantz, director of the New York University Game Center. Cloud Imperium Games was founded in 2011 by Mr. Roberts, who has a long history in the video game business. He started making games as a teenager in England, and later gained renown with the Texas-based video game company Origin Systems, where he made the game Wing Commander. Released in 1990, the sci-fi spaceflight simulation game was a critical and commercial success and produced several sequels. Mr. Roberts later left the games industry to focus on producing film and television projects in Los Angeles. Among other things, he directed the 1999 feature film version of Wing Commander, which starred Freddie Prinze Jr. After thinking about making Star Citizen for many years, Mr. Roberts was inspired earlier this decade by the success of Minecraft, the hugely popular sandbox game from the Swedish game designer Markus Persson. Mr. Persson first released an alpha version of Minecraft in 2009 for a small sum, then used the proceeds to make adjustments and upgrades. (Mr. Persson sold his video game company Mojang, which makes Minecraft, to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.) “I wanted to do the same thing, without having to deal with a big video game publisher,” Mr. Roberts said. “Star Citizen certainly doesn’t fit the blockbuster video game mold. I love the idea that people can support a game that wouldn’t probably be made by a big studio.” Star Citizen began with a dual crowdfunding effort on its website, plus a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to increase interest in the project. The Kickstarter campaign ended with just over $2 million raised. From then on, Cloud Imperium Games relied on donations through the Star Citizen site. The minimum donation to support the game was $5, but players couldn’t get a ship to play in the game until they had given at least $30. The highest donation amount was $10,000. Cloud Imperium Games said many people contacted the studio to ask about giving even larger amounts. By the end of 2013, Star Citizen had raised $35.5 million. At the end of 2015, the amount stood at $104.4 million. The success of the crowdfunding campaign allowed Mr. Roberts to hire developers worldwide. Cloud Imperium Games has now opened four studios: in Los Angeles; Austin, Tex.; Manchester, England; and Frankfurt. It has hired more than 400 people. For Matthew Slattery, 18, a Star Citizen backer from South Australia, the idea of being able to play the game while it was still in development was a big draw. He has pledged about $100 to date. “Getting to learn the process of game development, communicate with the developers and ask questions directly to the best in the field is a very rare opportunity,” Mr. Slattery said. Clifford Zernicek, a 36-year-old designer from Houston, has pledged more than $15,000 to Star Citizen. He said he liked that the development of the game “isn’t behind closed doors, like normal publishers.” For now, both donors are willing to wait for Star Citizen — even though its initial release of 2014 was pushed back to 2016, and has been pushed back again. It now has no set release date. Even so, gamers know Mr. Roberts is adding more features to the game. Mr. Roberts said he was investing in film-level graphics for Star Citizen, as well as building an ever-increasing universe with multiple solar systems and planets for players to explore — all rendered in elaborate detail. “Of course I have reservations about whether or not Cloud Imperium Games can meet their goals,” said Mr. Kearns, the web designer in Chicago. But he added that “after a few updates and patches, I considered my pledge money well spent and anything else that came from the game was a bonus."
2017.03.05 22:08 manyfierHow the CFO$ got me in to wrestling
Hi SC! I thought it would be appropriate as I'm getting ready to stay up and watch my first live PPV to share the unlikeley story how I got in to wrestling (I live in Sweden so Fastlane starts 2 a.m.). First about me. As stated I'm from Sweden. I've never met a pro wrestling fan in my life. I'm 21 years old, freestyle wrestled as a kid, so saying PW is a thing in Sweden would be the worlds biggest lie, since KO's friendship with Jericho. I study engineering in Linköping (So if there's any PW fans here, maybe we can watch WM toghether. So why in the world would I start watching the WWE at this stage of my life? The answer is simply GLORIUS! I'm a huge Star Wars buff and was watching this episode of Movie Trivia Schmoedown https://youtu.be/Wy4kK3wF50U?t=8m46s , A gameshow on youtube, pretty heavily influenced by PW. Sam Witwer and Freddie Prinze Jr. comes out to a, for me, unknown song that just. I freaking love it. I look it up and what do I find? Bobby Roode's NXT TakeOver: Toronto entrence. Pure brilliance That led me on to Nakamuras, and a couple hours long Youtube binge. I later got the 30 day trail membership to the network. Nowadays I enjoy Smackdown, NXT, kinda and skim through RAW (3 hours is a bit to much IMO). I started watching 205 live during the whole Alicia FAAAOOOXX and Noam Dar storyline and that just killed it for me, maybe I'll give it another shot down the line. Also huge shoutout to WhatCulture Wrestling as they were a big part of that initial youtube binge and got me cought up to date on the wrestling world. And I still listen to the CFO$ when I work out. A total noobs predictions for Fastlane: Enzo and Cass def. The Club - How you doin? Neville def. Gallagher Samoa Joe def. Sammy Zayn - with help from HHH Strowman def. Reigns Charlotte def. Bayley - Asuka breaks the streak at WM KO def. Goldberg - but some funny bussiness ofc. Edit: formating
2016.08.14 20:29 maggiecanthang[TOMT] [website] Early 2000's-era page that had a massive list of celebrity rumors written by someone in the business
So I swear it was either posted somewhere on reddit or on ONTD on livejournal. It looked like a geocities or angelfire type page, with black text on a white background, but I read it in late 2014. It was a compilation of rumors about almost every celebrity from the 40s to the early 2000s. I definitely remember it saying that Christina Aguilera was a lesbian and Freddie Prinze Jr. was either gay, liked golden showers or both. It was written by a gay guy who claimed to be somehow involved with Hollywood, and he claimed most of everything he wrote was true. Here are some celebrities that had a lot written about them -Jack Nicholson -The Jacksons (mainly Michael and Janet) -Tom Cruise -Marilyn Monroe It also said Neil Patrick Harris was gay before he came out. I feel like the bottom of the page had it dated before 2004. ANY help at all would be appreciated.
2015.08.18 03:59 swiftwings88Ranking the Mass Effect Romances (and other romance related tidbits)
So partly as a guide and partly out of a desire to fill the content void between now and this Winter when we get more Andromeda news, I decided to catalog my opinions on the Mass Effect romances. I've done all of them and feel pretty strongly about my beliefs on them. As many unique aspects as Bioware has in their games, romances are the best. Few, if any, other games offer the emotional impact of the romances in Mass Effect. As such, I enjoyed writing this immensely. It is long and I'm sure there will be many disagreements with my list. That's the point. So thanks for reading and kudos if you get to the end.
Femshep and Garrus – This one was just perfect. Shep and Garrus are so much alike. Moreover, Garrus’ character arc feels very incomplete without the Shep romance. Beyond that, he’s the only guy who actually bothers to propose (the Bottle Shooting Scene is beyond touching). The mutual professions of love and the constant support from Garrus makes it all work. Garrus backs you through thick and thin no matter your choices and the romance just feels right. Shep's story starts with a Turian (Nihlus) and it fits to end with one. Same with humanity in the First Contact War. The symbolic connection between the two most similar species in the galaxy is perfect for post-ME3 headcanon with Shep and Garrus together. They are just perfect and make total sense. The only downside is that he's not available to romance in Mass Effect 1. That's almost enough to put the Liara romances in the top spot, but I still think this one is better overall. Garrus also benefits from having the sweetest final conversation on Earth of all the romances. Liara is close, but Garrus' is breathtaking.
Broshep and Liara – This one is almost as good for me as Femshep and Garrus especially considering it’s the only romance you can carry through all three games (assuming you have LotSB). I think Liara just works better for Broshep in general they just play off each other better. The only down note for me was the melancholy of knowing that no matter what happens Liara will outlive Shep by around 900 years. Still, little blue children to remember hehim by (and I absolutely ascribe to the headcanon that in the final scene between the 2 in ME3 Liara conceives a child).
Femshep and Liara – Pretty much the same as above, I just felt like Broshep fit Liara’s arc better.
Broshep and Jack – Jack is one of my favorite characters in the series. She has a good character arc, develops as a person and of all the people you meet who kill lots of people, she’s the only female that seems to really enjoy it. Meeting her in ME3 is the best ME2 romance continuation (the others being Thane, Miranda, and Jacob) for romance options that aren't squadmates. Jack might be the sweetest romance in the games (sorry Talimancers). She’s so broken inside and doesn’t think she deserves love. Her voice acting is criminally underrated in these scenes. The Citadel scenes and lines for her romance are perfect. Jack unfortunately (like most of the other romances) simply doesn't have enough content to break into the top 3. Garrus, Liara and Tali have the most and the others are great, they just aren't really around for ME3 that much. It's too bad because Jack is incredible.
Femshep and Kaiden – Despite my seething hatred for Carth Onasi, I was really impressed by this romance. It works. It’s not as romantic as Liara or Garrus or as touching as Jack, but it’s just an adult relationship between two members of the Alliance Navy. Kaiden benefits from being very observant and self-aware and you get the sense (as you do with Garrus) that he’s more than capable of being the pants in the relationship, which is nice for a female playthrough.
Femshep and Traynor – I was planning on being disappointed by this one but I was pleasantly surprised by how much content they gave this romance, especially in the Citadel DLC. Her character arc is quite similar to Liara’s just condensed into one game. She is far more self-assured at the start though and, unlike Liara, she embraces her sexual orientation (whereas Liara doesn’t see a difference which is a nice touch). Some touching lines here. It’s just a really fun romance.
Femshep and Thane – Thane is one of the most mature relationships you can have in the series. He’s dying and very self-aware. There’s no drama. I think it diminishes his story though that he didn’t die faithful to his dead wife. The Citadel massively improves this romance with Thane’s spirit consoling Shep. I also wasn't blown away by his death scene with Shepherd. Too much philosophy and not enough raw emotion.
Broshep and Tali – I know I’m going to take crap from this being this far down. Tali benefits from having two full games to romance her and she’s very sweet. However, unlike Liara, Tali never stops being puerile and emotionally vulnerable. She’s definitely too “little sister” for an emotionally assured guy like Shep to be into in my opinion. It feels like a 35 year old with a 20 year old. That said, there's a place in the world for those who want to be the "savior" in a relationship. I just didn't think it worked.
Broshep and Miranda – Despite the moments where you want to chokeslam Miranda through a bulkhead, she’s got some serious emotional vulnerabilities. Like Jack, her romance is massively improved by the Citadel DLC as there isn’t much between her and Shep in ME3 otherwise. This is the most Hollywood of the romances and it’s perfect for pro-human renegade sheps: cheerleader Miranda and frat guy Shep. They’re both hot so let’s bang ok. The romance missed a big opportunity by not making the romance more of a key part of Miranda’s best lines in her ME2 loyalty quest. Miranda just doesn't seem to care that much about Shep though.
Broshep and Ashley – Despite being in ME1 and ME3 Ashley’s romance is weirdly content empty. While all three romances in ME1 are equal in content, Ashley inexplicably has almost nothing to say in ME3 while Kaiden is chatty as hell. It doesn’t help that Ashley is possibly the most static character who shows up in multiple games. She doesn’t grow much at all. It’s a romance that’s just there. The content is okay. Just not particularly touching. She’s Option B if you want the “Go Team Humanity” romance, after Miranda.
Broshep and Cortez – STEEEEVE!!! I wanted to put this higher because Cortez is just so damn likable in general, but as a romance there just isn’t much here. You shepherd (lol) him through his grief then predictably fall for each other. There’s nothing bad, just nothing great.
Broshep and Kaiden – Story goes that Kaiden and Ashley were both supposed to be bisexual in ME1 as well but that was cut. Kaiden got the hots for Shep between games 1 and 3 apparently. This one just didn’t work for me without ME1 as a backdrop. There just isn’t the same connection between Kaiden and Broshep romantically. I think they work better as bros.
Femshep and Jacob – But the priiiiize. This one and Allers I’ll admit I did not do on full playthroughs, just played to see what would happen. Jacob is about as engaging as a socket wrench ordinarily so I wanted to see if he was better in a romance…nope. Then in ME3 it takes him all of six months to dump you and knock up his skank girlfriend. You can get all the content from this romance from youtube. Pass.
Shep and Diana – Oh Diana, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways. 1. For some reason you were a romance option in ME3 and not Dr. Chloe Michel for the sexiest accent in the game, there is literally no other reason for her to be on the Normandy 2. Bioware totally missed the boat on letting us choose between Emily Wong and Khalisah to be the onboard Normandy War Correspondent who both could have been romance options if they realllly needed another one. 3. Jessica Chobot seems a lovely person but her wooden voice acting makes me never ever ever talk to Allers. I invite her aboard then lock her in her room. The romance sucks too by the way. Totally unconvincing. It's like the game judges you for doing it.
BONUS: People who should have or could have been romances
Joker – This one seems obvious to me as a possibility. He’s your helmsman for three straight games and you joke with him all the time. They took the “in love with the ship” metaphor literally, though Shep is in love with the Normandy too. I think it could have worked and Seth Green definitely has the chops. I don't hate that it wasn't included, but it could have been.
Vega – Unlike the Joker one which is obvious as a possibility but I both get and don't begrudge it not being available, I have absolutely no idea why this wasn’t a romance. This is the only one on the list where I say it absolutely categorically should have been a romance. The flirting between Vega and femshep is some of the most realistic flirting in the series. The more I think about it the more I'm upset it wasn't included. Freddie Prinze Jr. is an outstanding voice actor. Vega is likable and tough and deep down really needs someone to lift him up. He's one of the few guys in the series who makes Shep feel like she's hot and more than just a soldier; he sees past the fame. James is as loyal as Garrus and fights like a Krogan. Criminal misstep to not include him.
Dr. Chloe Michel – As I said above, why let her come on board the Normandy otherwise. She’s just an accented version of Dr. Chakwas with less lines.
Emily Wong/Khalisah – If Allers were out and you got to pick between these two as war correspondent they both could have worked.
Samara – This was one of those piddly little part romances like Kelly Chambers. It's got some content, but not enough to make it worth your time (it also does not unlock the paramour achievement). Unlike Kelly though this one had a lot of potential. Given that Samara is near the end of her life she and shep would actually probably die around the same time. It would have been nice to really put this one together in ME3. The code doesn't forbid emotional entanglements after all.
EDI -- Going back to being in love with the ship, I think this one could have been fascinating. It would have allowed for a much deeper exploration into AI and allowed for some excellent conversations about the VI on Luna and whether Shepherd is the same Shep before being blown up. Like most of the rest on this list (except Vega) there's no real need for it but it could have been cool.
Ashley for Femshep -- I think the fear with this one was the whole "female military therefore must be a lesbian." I get Bioware wanting to avoid that stereotype but seeing as Shep can play that role too it doesn't feel like a huge concern. I think if you were gonna do it with Kaiden you can do it with Ashley.
Femshep and Jack -- Jack alludes to a menage-a-trois in ME2 so it seems that while she might not be bisexual she's definitely in the pansexual "if it feels good do it" category. She and a renegade Femshep could have been awesome. She did want to be a pirate queen.
DOUBLE BONUS: People Who Shouldn't Have Been Romances
Jacob -- I know that if you knock out Jacob then femshep really lacks for romances in ME2 (replace with Joker anyone?). However given Jacob's commitment to being a total bore and his cheating (yes it was cheating, they were not "on a break") in ME3 it would have been better to cut him. Did you expect me to wait forever Shepherd? No but six months ain't forever and you didn't try all that hard to get ahold of me in lockdown, former Alliance Corsair can't pull some strings?
Thane -- He should have stayed faithful to his wife. I know she's dead but his connection to her was incredible. It's hard to imagine a species that can perfectly relive their memories of a dead spouse ever moving on. Look at me go, if I knock out Jacob and Thane then the only Femshep romances in 2 are Garrus, Liara (sort of via DLC), Kelly (barely counts) and Samara (barely counts).
Diana -- Obviously.
Broshep and Kaiden -- I just don't think it worked and it would have been better if they kept both Ashley and Kaiden sex-gated (my comments on Ashley being available for Femshep notwithstanding).
Miranda -- she just doesn't seem to, well, like you very much. I think it's probably because when she first meets you in ME3 her lines are unchanged even if you romanced her. It's like "you know we used to be close right?" I mean, I get it, but I also get her being totally dedicated to the mission. Honestly her betrayal of the Illusive Man didn't make much sense either and I think she would have been much better used if altered and taking Kai Leng's spot.
Tali -- I know, crucify me now. I'm not beholden to the idea that this shouldn't have been a romance and I know Tali has an extremely loyal following, I just cannot get past the sense that this is like dating a kid for Shep. She is soooo emotionally immature. Liara in ME1 isn't emotionally immature, just socially awkward and lacking confidence, by game's end she's the one supporting shep. Tali never gets there. She's always just this teenager and it seems like after every conversation with her she's going to run off to her journal and write about it. Weirdly, her dialogue with Garrus if you don't romance her or him is much more mature. She has it in her, I just do not get a romantic vibe between her and Shep; it feels very one-sided.
2014.05.27 18:18 TurkCLEWhat are your thoughts on The Ultimates?
I recently got into comics, and someone suggested "The Ultimates" would be a good place to start if I liked the MCU. I picked up the collection, and I have to say I'm not a huge fan so far. I do find it compelling and the action is great, but there are a lot of off-putting things. First, some of the characters are too drastically different. Cap, my favorite Marvel hero, is kind of a huge dick. And Hank Pym brutally assaulting Wasp? Seemed unnecessarily over thee top. Second, the story and pop-culture references can get really cringeworthy. I think overall they were trying too hard to tell an "edgy" post-9/11 story with a thinly-veiled anti-government tone. And the references? Ugh. Way to make the story seem incredibly dated. Hulk goes on a rampage because of Freddie Prinz Jr? And that scene where they're all sitting around discussing who would play who in a movie? It's a bit hard to swallow. Anyway, I just wanted to see what you all think about the series. Is it well-regarded in the Marvel community? Will it get better? I think I'm through issue 8 (where super edgy Matrix-style Hawkeye and Black Widow are first introduced). Is there somewhere else I can find a more delicately crafted story arc that is still sort of modern?
Its a character that I developed in my live shows and eventually took outside for BOTS, and then it inspired the Parks and Rec writers to invent Craig. I'm not that way all the time, that would be CRAZY!!!
Thats impossible to say. 3 performances that come to mind - Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs Kramer and Bridges of Madison County is a very underrated performance I think. And Devil Wears Prada. And Julie and Julia.
I met him in a hotel elevator. I told him he was a hero and he acknowledged me as a stand-up, but was much more impressed with me as an actor. It didn't come up, but I probably would have given him a handy.
Walken. I could dance in those shoes and no other shoes for a couple of months...before they take me away. If you're in LA, I'll be doing a live, on-stage recording of my podcast (where I ramble as Christopher Walken for an hour...also available on iTunes...) "The talkin' Walkin'" at the Westside comedy theater. Say "Pollak sucks" at the box office...
We've filmed over 25 hours with over 20 comedians thus far. One of the most surprising things was Freddy Prinze Jr. talking about his father on camera for the very first time...he was absolutely hilarious while doing so.
The ENTIRE first season! Yes, I was. Thank you. Craig Ferguson owes me his career. It was really fun walking out on stage and letting the audience see me for the first time to see Mr. Bell was really fun.
The plan is a feature-film documentary, which usually means festivals. I'm gonna end up with about eighty hours of film. Two-time academy award winner Robert Logato is editing with me and so far his only advice is "Don't rush this one."
One of the best times ever. Matthew Perry gave me "Don't be-long" to try on the seventh take and it has been quoted back to me more than anything I've ever said in a movie. Michael Clark Duncan, although he sadly died far too young, was a complete and total dick.
There's no tension. I love o&a and Jimmy, I just can't stand the fucking sound of Sam Roberts' voice. O&A and Jimmy are both in the documentary I'm filming. They talk about it for about 15 minutes and it's fucking amazing.
Real inertia is used for all the calculations - the ship's computer is calculating the needed thrust based on the ship's current moment of inertia - which is re-calculated anytime the ship has a part added or taken away. So yes longer skinnier ships should roll quicker (assuming the same powered maneuvering thrusters) I think its less about a dampening system and more about your engine / thruster ratings and modifications. There will probably be some kind of dampening system for G-Forces though (I know there isn't gravity in space - G-Force is just a good short hand way of referring to the forces exerted on the pilot by violent maneuvers) Yes. The Vanduul fighter actually needed specific balancing and placement of the maneuvering jets as when we first brought her into the engine she was like a NASCAR - always pulling to one side :-)
There will be some stuff that only citizens can buy. There is also likely to be some stuff that is only sold to people on the wrong side of the law too! 4.I don't think their will be a penalty for this. It's just going to cost you more if you've bought it on the black market. There could be some repercussions for having a Citizen Friend of Foe transmitter when you're not a Citizen or Pirate however. Not decided yet, but probably. There will also be Pirate specific ships. Yes, you can work to clean your record - there will be opportunity for bribes, "community" service and so on.
You need to buy the skin either on KS or the RSI site to get it. Originally the skin was added so RSI backers could support the KS in a cheap way, but then all the KS folks (Or people that couldn't use KS) wanted to get the skin too, so we added it to the RSI site.
You will be able to transfer ships and money in game (for a small in game title fee) and we will enable you to "gift" a copy of the game (no title fee- that's for something you've flown). We're figuring out how best to do gifting right now as that's a big request. You'll still have to earn the status in-game via Squadron 42 or SC gameplay. Think of the card like a physical preview of what you'll be earning in game. Plus we're going to use it for fun things like entrance to special fan events etc at places like Gamescon or PAX.
That's not fully balanced yet, so its a little hard to say - I wouldn't say the 300i would be more maneuverable though - the Hornet is derived from a military dogfighter. The 300i, if light enough maybe able to outrun though.
3) We had a ridiculously short pre-production timeline. The movie wasn't greenlit until December and we were in production towards the end of February - we basically had under 3 months of pre-production, which for a complicated sci-fi movie is way too short. Most films like this have 6 months, some much longer. Its why the Kilrathi and a lot of other stuff ended up being cut - we didn't get to test / work them out in pre-production, so we had to rely on what we got - and a lot of it just didn't work. Originally we had more time but when Fox signed the deal to distribute the next three Star Wars films from Lucas, they insisted that we deliver before SW Ep 1 so they could release before hand. So we were given a 1998 Dec delivery date. Given the time needed for the VFX we had to move up the shoot date. 4) I gave into some of the studio's casting choices. In the same situation I would not. They were very keen to bring in all the young horror fans that were seeing movies like Scream and I know what you did Last Summer - but that really wasn't the Wing Commander audience.
I think the Freelancer method will be in the direction of what will be in Star Citizen - there's a flight control system that tries to get you back to your default status (moving at a set speed in your orientation), but you can override this for special maneuvers if you want.
The exploration part starts in known places / locations. As an example using something from the games lore, you would be able to navigate to the area of space called the Neso triangle. After some flying around / scanning you may find a gravitational anomaly. On further investigation you would realize its an uncharted jump point, which you could then try to navigate. If you do, then on your nav map that jump will now become a proper location...
G-Forces are definitely part of the plan (I mentioned this in an earlier answer), so you'll have to maneuver within these human limits. There will be upgrades you can buy that can dampen these effects to allow you to pull more Gs I'm completely into immersion, so the idea of playing this game while wearing a Rift, using a high end HOTAS set up and a Leap to track your finger movements for your pilots actions in the rest of the cockpit, and HUD interactions.
I answer this in an earlier answer! But check out the Forever War by Joe Haldeman - it was one of the inspirations for Wing Commander.
A1: There sill some addons along these lines a cool extra fin etc. Not for every ship but for some. A3: You could dump your cargo and you will be bale to blast it. Planting a mine to sabotage a Pirate is a good idea! A4: You will be able to use decals and change the color of certain sections. You wont be able to do a completely custom paint job fro texture memory reasons (even on a high end PC) A5: The basic idea would be to submit a modeled ship that conforms to the specs that we publish. We could also run a competition for cool designs which we'll build. Both would use some kind of community green-light competition.
There will be multiple locations inside one star system - each planet will be a location, jump points will be locations, and various other space areas / landmarks like asteroid fields, nebulas, etc.
We probably wont let you / be able to have this all in one continuous area as with the distances involved we will have some serious scale issues and floating point problems to overcome. Currently its set up that each one of these locations is its own space level / instance and they are linked by a higher level system map.
Plus it would be quiet boring to fly between them in real time.
I'm not ruling out a system that allows all this on the same map - but its not likely given the real world scales we are going for. We may do something that lets you fly in a direction and then after a while just streams in the new location though...
There will be some features that will not make it as I'm sure some of my ideas wont work out once we start testing them with real users, and there will be some I haven't talked about will be in the game that everyone will wonder how we could have ever conceived not having.
It is a lot to do, but the advantage of being online and digital is that you don't need everything done on day 1 - its why we have staged things like a pure dogfighting MP alpha in 12 months, a Sq 42 SP play through Beta in 18-20 months and the Beta of the persistent universe in 20-24 months. My goal is to get things up and running and be constantly adding and improving while listening closely to the community.
We probably should have let people chose multiple choices as that's what the game lets you do, as I suspect its not just about exploration.
But I think we'll do the obvious things like the discovery of jump points / systems, but also having hidden locations / items inside systems - maybe in an asteroid field, maybe cloaked in a nebula - that people can search for.
And if and when we add a new alien race beyond the already established ones, we could let first contact go to the person that first arrives in that system
Biggest issue with CryEngine - and pretty much all available AAA engines - if the scale / size issue of space. Most engines are built for FPS action on maps that are just a few km in size. Star Citizen covers a much larger area, even in one battle instance. So we needed expand the coordinate system so floating point imprecision doesn't become a factor at bigger distances away from the origin.
Hi Spork! Its too early to be specific as its a general concept and of course there will be people that game any kind of system. Its one of the biggest things we intend to work out during the dogfighting multiplayer alpha - we'll have some ideas, but we're going to see how all of you in the community feel about it and how to make it better. I'm sure whatever system that we all come up with together will have some flaws but we'll try our best (with all your input) to make it about as fair as you can.
Well if you tag the ships, the system will know you want a fight with them and will enable that. But I should clear one thing up - there is not going to be one instance of a massive star system that all players exist in in real-time 3D. No one can do this - not even Eve, which has a lower fidelity of data needed for the ship positions / actions. The game will try its best to put friends and other ships of interest in the same dynamic instance - every space area - say orbiting a planet, an asteroid field, an ambush point etc. has only so many slots for live players - it is dynamically dropping people in and out of these instances based on their allegiances, specified interest / factions and skill level.
Players will also not have the ability to specify an exact random location in space. They can navigate to known locations, or tag a ship they want to track or ambush (say you're in orbit around a planet, or you spot the pilot down on the planet).
Well I'm deliberately trying to avoid the BF3 issue - its why we reserve slots in all instanced for "friends". You should also be able to tag people you want to stick with - the game will automatically assume its your friend list (unless you have 5000 :-) ) and some other players based on proximity, or allegiance, You should also be able to reach out to people via a username search.
We had a lot of fun filming the FMV scenes for WC3 , WC4 - all the actors were really great people - and people like Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys Davies, Tom Wilson and Mark Hamill had awesome tales from some making some of the biggest movies ever. A lot of it isn't really for public consumption - especially Malcolm's Caligula or Clockwork Orange stories! Malcolm did like to "punk" Mark by trying to get him to laugh when he was feeding him lines from off camera. And Tom Wilson is one seriously funny (and nice) guy!
The main narrative story will be the Squadron 32 one, so it will be more in the lines of Wing Commander. Once you've finished this and are out int he Star Citizen universe the story approach is a little different. There isn't going to be one over arching story - just a lot of micro stories / mission threads spread around the galaxy that you can engage in if you like. We'll be managing the bigger universe events as the galactic puppet masters.
Its for in game flare - and it will include nose art and the like.
I know a lot of people don't think this is a "big" stretch goal, but there's a lot of systems work that goes into supporting player items / flare - especially in handling it for all the potential millions of players...
There will areas that the persistent server stacks more to NPC encounters (PvE) than PvP. You'll gain greater reputation by negotiating the tougher areas though, which will be more towards PvP.
I'm also considering letting players set a rating on their willingness for PvP, if they want / like PvP and want to move up the leader boards the persistent universe server will match them against real people much more, but if you don't it will be more NPCs.
Yes - you should be able to tag persons of interest on a planet or in orbit and the game match makes you into an instance when you can ambush. Maybe you get sold a Merchant's trade route, allowing you to lie in wait and ambush him/her.
Its a full source code license and we're modified a lot of code that you don't have access to on the Free SDK - including some low level rendering engine stuff (a lot of this is needed for the scale of vehicles / objects and differences needed in the physics for such big distances / scales)
I think that would be a waste of a pledgers time - you're not going to respawn right where you had your ship destroyed. You're going to end up on the nearest safe base / planet after being picked up. You'll have lost your cargo and upgrades. It will be like a car accident - you may have insurance but its always a pain even if the accident wasn't your fault.
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