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Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by Vastad (#48893783) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

I know the scene you're talking about very well. I know the whole movie very well and its soundtrack is on my iPod playlist.
At the tender single digit age I saw it, the brutal, rapid and almost careless way that 4 characters were simply murdered - especially Ironhide who was such an integral part of the first TV season of Transformers - had a major jaw-on-the-floor impact on me, setting the mood and tension for the rest of the movie. It informed me that this Cybertonian war was serious business just in case the whole opening sequence with the planet being devoured didn't succeed in conveying that.
I identified with Daniel Witwicky and that epic Stan Bush song will always have a place in my heart. Can you imagine my joy when the same song is featured in Saints Row IV for a pivotal scene in the main story?

I have watched it again several times as a much older person and you know what? It's one of the few 80s movies/cartoons that survived the lack of rose-tinted glasses (I'm looking at you Galaxy Rangers). I didn't sit there with my cynical hat on thinking they were doing this to get money off me. The Sharkticon pitfight "One hell of a repair bill", the Dinobots "Me Grimlock say execute them!" sparking a revolution, Leonard Nimoy delivering that delicious line at Starscream's ceremony "Coronation Starscream? This is bad comedy" and then killing him. Just "BLAM!" and he turns to carbon dust. Sure it was cheesy but me and the kid down the street who had the VHS, we incorporated Wreck-Gar's "TV-Speak" in our shenanigans around the neighbourhood. We always cracked up at the same bit where Daniel says "Yeah! I did it!" because it was such a bad piece of dialogue.

There was so much other good stuff, I just can't see how Ironhide missing a chance to do some bad cowboy flick "it's gettin' cold Sarge...will ah see mah mutha-board again?" death rattle can somehow ruin it for you. Seriously?

I think what I'm trying to say in a very long-winded way is that it sucks you cannot enjoy the 1986 movie the same way I can.

Comment: Re:Old-school is best (Score 1) 382

by Vastad (#47785673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

My sister and I establish one simple house rule when playing Monopoly with friends so it is over quicker and the mechanic of luck works differently: No "monopoly" is required to begin building houses and a hotel.

Then it becomes a game where you have to balance buying everything you land on against buying houses. The luck element ends up yo-yoing cash between players as they land on each other's developed lots, but can be mitigated by smart management of finances and knowing when to risk development. The game is over very quickly as all properties become purchased.

Comment: Re:That reminds me... (Score 1) 146

by Vastad (#47688161) Attached to: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

I never saw that early trailer. Had no idea it was going to be something that reminds me of Phantasy Star IV, a weird blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I only saw the near-release trailers and at the time was excited that there was an alternative to Anarchy Online if anyone wanted an MMO sci-fi fix.

Comment: Re:I've been watching this (Score 1) 52

by Vastad (#47650137) Attached to: NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

Funnily enough, the Shield's size was a deal breaker for me too. I have the Nexus 10 and I'm still very happy with it and its screen real estate. I had zero desire to get any other tablet until I saw and read about the shield. Expecially for that price point. But I just can't see the point of dropping 2" in screen size when I'm an avid digital comic/manga reader.

I'm not even that keen on the gaming, I'm just blown away by all that processing power for less than the price of my Nexus 10 from two years ago!

Comment: Re: But does it have more KILLING POWER? (Score 1) 91

I agree with you but only partially. A D-Day style beach invasion with today's tech would truly be suicidal. These days though, no amphibious assault would be considered without air- and naval-superiority being firmly established with a control zone measured in the hundreds of miles around the beachhead first.

Only an adversary of similar tech-level would be a threat since there is no real defence against super long range missile artillery like cruise missiles. The UHAC's advantage here is that it will be a small (relatively speaking) moving target, not some bunker with a fixed ventilation port.

Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

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