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RocketDude

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  1. I fairly liked it, but I can see how Ross's version of Freeman will come into tension with Valve's more rail-roaded approach to storytelling and immersion in HL2. It's not easy to stick the landing, and it seems Ross might not have stuck it here. I'm hoping/anticipating that Freeman will come around a little near the end of HL2, that we may see real changes to Freeman's characterization. Maybe he'll not reflexively draw a gun on the Vorts, at least.
  2. I might need to re-watch this on my PC, but I could swear several of the dudes had the same voice as the PC. I almost swore that Thumbnail Jacket Man was the same dude as the Vampire Prince from the intro.
  3. That figures, most of the CD space must have went towards the compressed video. I kinda miss this 90's FMV cheese. I remember reading a comment, probably on Ross's Phantasmagoria 2 video, that said that the acting in these games often had to be exaggerated because of the low res and high compression subtracting details.
  4. Jesus, well excuse me for being a dude who just doesn't want to pay Microsoft for fucking Solitaire.
  5. Okay, yes, Android is not at all what Stallman envisioned, but from the Eric S. Raymond perspective, I think it's an example of Linux's slow, steady progress in winning the computer wars. Linux wins not by crushing the competition via strict adherence to the command line, it wins by being the freer and friendlier option, to the point that even rivals like Microsoft will have to buy in: http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=8764
  6. I wouldn't agree with that, necessarily. I think the last decade has proved that Linux can be user-friendly and painless, you just need big initiatives and some corporate backing to push it forward (Android and Proton).
  7. I think if I had to give awards for this game, it'd probably be like this (also taking some inspiration from the YT comments): -Soft Utopia: Caldoria seems like a perfect society, but mimics our current one quite a lot, which takes away those important Utopia Points. -No True Timeline: Choosing between Turbo and Pegasus Prime is not the easiest choice, as Turbo's age and remaining technical flaws makes it the technically inferior version, but Pegasus Prime's additions and changes causes the game to lose that same mysterious early-90's vibe the original had, in addition to the added challenge in some spots. -Future's Past: While the lack of visits to pre-21st-century times are regrettable, the degree to which Journeyman commits to its sci-fi worldbuilding is impressive.
  8. As some people have noted in the comments, iTunes and Apple Music already use DRM such that, even if content you buy is downloaded to your system, you still need their software to actually open it. So, while I don't know the specifics of movies from iTunes (I haven't touched anything Apple since getting a smartphone in 2012), there's a chance that such movies are still encrypted and that Apple has a #2 situation set up anyways. Thus, there's an opening for the lawsuit.
  9. I am reasonably sure that that is from Army of Darkness. Also, I think both Ross and Mandalore's approach to holiday videos are valid. You can either try something *very unique*, or try to end the year on a good note. I liked this episode, for what it's worth, and I'm fine with this being a more cozy, shorter episode.
  10. I guess the best summary for this game would be: "Looks like Diablo, but it ain't Diablo at all." Also, that was one of the best birthday presents I could ever get, so thank you, Ross.
  11. I suppose there is a sort of sense in that. I.e., "if you don't work with us now, don't be surprised if we don't want to work with you later." Still a bit silly, but it probably discourages publishers taking rain checks on platforms while also potentially generating some sales for the platform owner.
  12. Did not know that first bit. By "cult of Sonic," I was kind of referring to the weird fanart-y side, though maybe it arose independently of Penders' weirdness.
  13. Oh yeah, another comment: a lot of the "cult of Sonic" weirdness is probably thanks to Ken Penders' run on the Archie Comic's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, which was also the basis for the Saturday morning cartoon series. It's funny you mentioned not knowing "Sonic's cousin," since the comics gave Knuckles a huge family tree--Penders also really likes Knuckles and the echidnas, for some reason.
  14. I've seen that as a criticism of Ross before, but here, it isn't necessarily pejorative.
  15. Okay, fair enough! Also, re: Tom White being Peter Chimaera...is that really true, or is this just a joke? I feel like Peter Chimaera's real identity is a total mystery, just like that of My Immortal's author.
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