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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Odanan in EA abandoning battlefront 2   
    That's because they designed the game with the intention of people having to find it themselves, while talking to each other and sharing the secrets as they uncover them.
    Today's games offer WAY too much hand-holding. I doubt kids who grow up on today's games could ever complete a classic Sierra adventure game without a guide book (****, I grew up with Sierra, and there's still some games I could never finish).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from NotBatman in Just watched the Phantom Menace with my son...   
    This is LucasFilm we're talking about. It took them something like 20 years to acknowledge West End Games screwed up the size of the Super Star Destroyer and fix it (ironically by make it to TOO big).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from JJ48 in But what did fans say in 1999?   
    And if it had been Hulk, Stark, Black Panther, Thor and Cap, NO ONE WOULD HAVE COMPLAINED.
    It's entirely about a bunch of shrunken-******** dudebros  having a panic attack over having even the smallest drop of estrogen in their male power fantasy (and I'm saying this AS a guy).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Red Castle in But what did fans say in 1999?   
    And if it had been Hulk, Stark, Black Panther, Thor and Cap, NO ONE WOULD HAVE COMPLAINED.
    It's entirely about a bunch of shrunken-******** dudebros  having a panic attack over having even the smallest drop of estrogen in their male power fantasy (and I'm saying this AS a guy).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Sithborg in But what did fans say in 1999?   
    I did go through it, and I'd say the reaction today is much worse because of the prevalence of social media, and the accessibility of fans to the creators. You also didn't have NEARLY the sort of politics getting involved, which is a major driving factor now. While there was certainly some raised eyebrows over depictions of characters like Jar-Jar and the Nemoidians, you also didn't have the polarization — his has gotten EXTREMELY nasty — you're seeing over female characters such as Rey, and which we also see now in other franchises (IE backlash to Captain Marvel, or the "Girl Power" moment in Endgame).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Favorite Book?   
    The Thrawn Trilogy, without question. Hand of Thrawn was great, too, and I really loved the X-Wing novels. ESPECIALLY Alston's. He may have written some of the flat-out FUNNIEST books I've ever read (Starfighters of Adumar particularly stands out).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Red Castle in But what did fans say in 1999?   
    I did go through it, and I'd say the reaction today is much worse because of the prevalence of social media, and the accessibility of fans to the creators. You also didn't have NEARLY the sort of politics getting involved, which is a major driving factor now. While there was certainly some raised eyebrows over depictions of characters like Jar-Jar and the Nemoidians, you also didn't have the polarization — his has gotten EXTREMELY nasty — you're seeing over female characters such as Rey, and which we also see now in other franchises (IE backlash to Captain Marvel, or the "Girl Power" moment in Endgame).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Captain Lackwit in But what did fans say in 1999?   
    I did go through it, and I'd say the reaction today is much worse because of the prevalence of social media, and the accessibility of fans to the creators. You also didn't have NEARLY the sort of politics getting involved, which is a major driving factor now. While there was certainly some raised eyebrows over depictions of characters like Jar-Jar and the Nemoidians, you also didn't have the polarization — his has gotten EXTREMELY nasty — you're seeing over female characters such as Rey, and which we also see now in other franchises (IE backlash to Captain Marvel, or the "Girl Power" moment in Endgame).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from DR4CO in Favorite Book?   
    Honestly, this was a mercy killing. Legacy of the Force SERIOUSLY FUBARed the old EU, with WTF plot points that made no frelling sense (like how was Daala not in a MENTAL INSTITUTION?).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from TasteTheRainbow in Avengers 4 Endgame   
    The problem is Steve staying in the past CAN'T be compatible or a stable time loop. The scene with him and Peggy dancing appears to be set in the 1940s/early 1950s based on the cars. However there's plenty of other material this would directly contradict. For one, Peggy had an entirely different family between the first Captain America and when Steve woke up in the present day. That couldn't have happened had she been with Steve all that time (I mean I'd screw over causality for Hayley Atwell, too, but that's neither here nor there).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Vykk Draygo in Favorite Book?   
    The Thrawn Trilogy, without question. Hand of Thrawn was great, too, and I really loved the X-Wing novels. ESPECIALLY Alston's. He may have written some of the flat-out FUNNIEST books I've ever read (Starfighters of Adumar particularly stands out).
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from CaptainJaguarShark in Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker   
    Observations/Predictions:
    1) Threatened fanboys will throw a conniption fit over that TIE Interceptor scene.
    2) It sucks they waited so long to bring back Lando. Everyone we really wanted him to interact with is gone.
    3) Is that the wreckage of Death Star II?
    4) Rey's parentage is about to be retconned.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Dr Zoidberg in Republic Z-95's and Y-wings   
    Except 20 years isn't all THAT big of a deal.
    The last F-15C was built in 1985, and the type is still the backbone air-superiority fighter for the USAF, since there aren't enough F-22 Raptors to replace them. The B-52 is still one of the US's primary long-range strategic bombers, and the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1962, with the type anticipated to still be in service into the 2060s!
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Punning Pundit in Republic Z-95's and Y-wings   
    Someone wasn't around for the "8km Super Star Destroyer" battle of the 90s.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Kehl_Aecea in Republic Z-95's and Y-wings   
    Someone wasn't around for the "8km Super Star Destroyer" battle of the 90s.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from JJ48 in Disney Resurrects Lucasfilm Games   
    YES. I've been DYING for a new X-Wing. A REAL X-Wing, not some arcade shooter or glorified Battlefield reskin. I want an honest-to-god high-fidelity space combat simulator (preferably modable).
    I'd especially love to have:
    * Story Mode as in the original games
    * Dynamic Campaign a'la European Air War
    * Quick Mission mode as in X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
    * Multiplayer support for the Quick Missions and Dynamic Campaign (again, as in XvT)
    * Story and Campaigns covering both Legends and Nucanon
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Ccwebb in USS Hornet Found   
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/12/us/world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier-found-south-pacific-trnd/index.html
    The research vessel RV Petrel, almost one year after locating the remains of USS Lexington in the Coral Sea, has located the wreck of USS Hornet on February 12. The third of the three Yorktown-class aircraft carriers, Hornet was perhaps most famous as the launch ship for Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo. She also holds the distinction as being the last US fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy action (several light and escort carriers were sunk later in the war, including St. Lo and Gambier Bay at the Battle Off Samar).
    Seeing combat at the Battle of Midway with her sisters Yorktown and Enterprise, Hornet later fought in the subsequent Guadalcanal campaign, helping to support landing, and safeguarding operations to reinforce the island with elements of the Seventh Marine Regiment alongside Wasp. Hornet fought alongside Enterprise at both the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August, 1942, and her final stand at the Battle of Santa Cruz two months later that October. She sank in over 17,000 feet of water as a result of bomb and torpedo damage, and had been lost for 77 years. Her discovery leaves Wasp — sunk by Japanese submarine I-19 in September 1942 — as the only remaining American fleet carrier wreck unaccounted for, with Yorktown having previously been located by Robert Ballard in 1998.
    The rediscovery of Hornet is just the latest of many such explorations undertaken by Petrel. In addition to Lexington in March, 2018, Petrel also relocated the wrecks of USS Juneau — made famous by the deaths of the five Sullivan Brothers — and USS Helena in that year. A previous expedition by Petrel in 2017 uncovered the wreckage of USS Ward, which fired the first American shots of World War II when she depth charged a Japanese mini sub prowling outside Pearl Harbor hours before the arrival of the air attack. Additionally, a week before Hornet's discovery Petrel located the Japanese battleship Hiei in the waters off the Solomon Islands.
    In order to protect Hornet's remains, and because of her status as a war grave, the exact position of her final resting place is being kept secret.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from millertime059 in Favorite Alternate E-Wing Sculpts   
    Incidentally, here's an idea how the E-wing's canon could be compensated for, using a rough HUD mockup.

    So certainly, in some cases an object might be lost in the cannon.  The further away the object, the more it will be obscured. However...

    All it takes is sensor data  to extrapolate and superimpose the obscured object over the cannon on the HUD (in fact this could be applied to other visual blindspots, as well).
    Frankly, it's unfair to single the E-wing out for obstructed views considering how horrible they are in virtually every fighter in the franchise. A TIE pilot wouldn't be able to see anywhere but straight ahead of him, and through four tiny slits overhead. The Y-wing may have the WORST visibility of any other ship in the franchise, with its heavily-framed canopy, and small forward viewport. The X-wing has almost no visibility aft at all, because of the tiny rear window obstructed by the astromech. The only starfighters in the Original Trilogy that have anything approaching a genuinely acceptable field of view are the A-wing and B-wing.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from nitrobenz in Favorite Alternate E-Wing Sculpts   
    The closest we see to "shield splash" in the Trilogy are impact sparks, which are consistent throughout:

    Note that the laser bolts themselves don't significantly illuminate anything, even though several are passing quite close to the X-wing. The shield "sparks" do, but that's something that could probably be filtered out, or at least mitigated, by polarizing the canopy or pilot's visor. TBH, a laser bolt in Star Wars is probably not much different than the tracer round on a real-world aircraft. It's there to act as a visual guide to show where you're shooting.
    Canonically the dorsal cannon his hinged. However I think a better mechanism would be to allow the canopy to open by sliding forward, and having explosive bolts that blast the cannon clear if the pilot ejects during an emergency.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from lordvorkon in Favorite Alternate E-Wing Sculpts   
    Incidentally, here's an idea how the E-wing's canon could be compensated for, using a rough HUD mockup.

    So certainly, in some cases an object might be lost in the cannon.  The further away the object, the more it will be obscured. However...

    All it takes is sensor data  to extrapolate and superimpose the obscured object over the cannon on the HUD (in fact this could be applied to other visual blindspots, as well).
    Frankly, it's unfair to single the E-wing out for obstructed views considering how horrible they are in virtually every fighter in the franchise. A TIE pilot wouldn't be able to see anywhere but straight ahead of him, and through four tiny slits overhead. The Y-wing may have the WORST visibility of any other ship in the franchise, with its heavily-framed canopy, and small forward viewport. The X-wing has almost no visibility aft at all, because of the tiny rear window obstructed by the astromech. The only starfighters in the Original Trilogy that have anything approaching a genuinely acceptable field of view are the A-wing and B-wing.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Odanan in Favorite Alternate E-Wing Sculpts   
    The closest we see to "shield splash" in the Trilogy are impact sparks, which are consistent throughout:

    Note that the laser bolts themselves don't significantly illuminate anything, even though several are passing quite close to the X-wing. The shield "sparks" do, but that's something that could probably be filtered out, or at least mitigated, by polarizing the canopy or pilot's visor. TBH, a laser bolt in Star Wars is probably not much different than the tracer round on a real-world aircraft. It's there to act as a visual guide to show where you're shooting.
    Canonically the dorsal cannon his hinged. However I think a better mechanism would be to allow the canopy to open by sliding forward, and having explosive bolts that blast the cannon clear if the pilot ejects during an emergency.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Captain Lackwit in Favorite Alternate E-Wing Sculpts   
    I'm trying to get this configuration printed, but keep running into problems with the parts passing checks. No matter how I pare down the smaller details it keeps failing. 😕

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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from T70 Driver in USS Hornet Found   
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/12/us/world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier-found-south-pacific-trnd/index.html
    The research vessel RV Petrel, almost one year after locating the remains of USS Lexington in the Coral Sea, has located the wreck of USS Hornet on February 12. The third of the three Yorktown-class aircraft carriers, Hornet was perhaps most famous as the launch ship for Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo. She also holds the distinction as being the last US fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy action (several light and escort carriers were sunk later in the war, including St. Lo and Gambier Bay at the Battle Off Samar).
    Seeing combat at the Battle of Midway with her sisters Yorktown and Enterprise, Hornet later fought in the subsequent Guadalcanal campaign, helping to support landing, and safeguarding operations to reinforce the island with elements of the Seventh Marine Regiment alongside Wasp. Hornet fought alongside Enterprise at both the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August, 1942, and her final stand at the Battle of Santa Cruz two months later that October. She sank in over 17,000 feet of water as a result of bomb and torpedo damage, and had been lost for 77 years. Her discovery leaves Wasp — sunk by Japanese submarine I-19 in September 1942 — as the only remaining American fleet carrier wreck unaccounted for, with Yorktown having previously been located by Robert Ballard in 1998.
    The rediscovery of Hornet is just the latest of many such explorations undertaken by Petrel. In addition to Lexington in March, 2018, Petrel also relocated the wrecks of USS Juneau — made famous by the deaths of the five Sullivan Brothers — and USS Helena in that year. A previous expedition by Petrel in 2017 uncovered the wreckage of USS Ward, which fired the first American shots of World War II when she depth charged a Japanese mini sub prowling outside Pearl Harbor hours before the arrival of the air attack. Additionally, a week before Hornet's discovery Petrel located the Japanese battleship Hiei in the waters off the Solomon Islands.
    In order to protect Hornet's remains, and because of her status as a war grave, the exact position of her final resting place is being kept secret.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from RuusMarev in USS Hornet Found   
    Sadder news today:
    George Mendonsa, the sailor captured in the legendary V-J Day In Times Square photograph, passed away today at the age of 95. Mendonsa, a sailor aboard USS The Sullivans, was on leave in New York when Japan's surrender was announced. Although the identity of the man has long been subject of debate, it's now generally accepted that Mendonsa was the man depicted kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, then a dental hygienist. Friedman, who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe at the outset of the War, passed away in 2016.
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    Ambaryerno got a reaction from Jo Jo in USS Hornet Found   
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/12/us/world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier-found-south-pacific-trnd/index.html
    The research vessel RV Petrel, almost one year after locating the remains of USS Lexington in the Coral Sea, has located the wreck of USS Hornet on February 12. The third of the three Yorktown-class aircraft carriers, Hornet was perhaps most famous as the launch ship for Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo. She also holds the distinction as being the last US fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy action (several light and escort carriers were sunk later in the war, including St. Lo and Gambier Bay at the Battle Off Samar).
    Seeing combat at the Battle of Midway with her sisters Yorktown and Enterprise, Hornet later fought in the subsequent Guadalcanal campaign, helping to support landing, and safeguarding operations to reinforce the island with elements of the Seventh Marine Regiment alongside Wasp. Hornet fought alongside Enterprise at both the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August, 1942, and her final stand at the Battle of Santa Cruz two months later that October. She sank in over 17,000 feet of water as a result of bomb and torpedo damage, and had been lost for 77 years. Her discovery leaves Wasp — sunk by Japanese submarine I-19 in September 1942 — as the only remaining American fleet carrier wreck unaccounted for, with Yorktown having previously been located by Robert Ballard in 1998.
    The rediscovery of Hornet is just the latest of many such explorations undertaken by Petrel. In addition to Lexington in March, 2018, Petrel also relocated the wrecks of USS Juneau — made famous by the deaths of the five Sullivan Brothers — and USS Helena in that year. A previous expedition by Petrel in 2017 uncovered the wreckage of USS Ward, which fired the first American shots of World War II when she depth charged a Japanese mini sub prowling outside Pearl Harbor hours before the arrival of the air attack. Additionally, a week before Hornet's discovery Petrel located the Japanese battleship Hiei in the waters off the Solomon Islands.
    In order to protect Hornet's remains, and because of her status as a war grave, the exact position of her final resting place is being kept secret.
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