Tuesday Open Thread


Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder,

101 comments to Tuesday Open Thread

  • David Marcoe

    So, all you gamers here, unless you’ve been living under a rock, have probably heard about the raging wildfire of resentment over Mass Effect 3’s “WTF?!” of an ending, with plot holes large enough to drive a tank through and leaving many questions unanswered about all the companions that have followed your Shepard through the course of three games. If you’ve played the game or don’t mind spoilers, you might find these videos, here and here, on the “indoctrination theory” to be interesting and entertaining.

    For those who care, a theory has sprung up in the fan community that the last ten minutes of the game are essentially happening inside Shepard’s head, as he/she attempts to resist that last ditch attempts of the Reapers to indoctrinate him/her, and that Bioware planned on releasing the “real” ending via DLC (which does have precedent with other games). The theory actually plugs a lot of the plot holes, has support from in-game lore, and seems to fit a lot of details in ME3. Now that Bioware has confirmed that they are releasing DLC that will “clarify” the ending, a lot of people are wondering if the theory is true.

    • Dr. Schplatt

      “For those who care”

      Whew, thought you were talking about me for a second there ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m just kidding you. I’m quite the gamer but after playing the first ME, I just couldn’t stand it and never put more than 20 min into the game. Most of my distaste comes from Bioware’s failed attempts at “choice” gameplay. It was just goofy to me.

      • Rufus

        I have no idea what either of you are talking about, but is it possible the folks who wrote it phoned it in and are laughing all the way to the bank at the hours of time folks are wasting trying to justify their shoddy work?

        • goozer

          Well…the bulk of the cash came from basement-dwellers trying to get the lesbian sex scene… ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • David Marcoe

          It’s possible they’re laughing all the way to the bank, in either case. If it’s just shoddy writing, they’re still going to release DLC the fans will buy. If it was a nefarious plan to withhold the real ending, they’re still going to release DLC the fans will buy. But such tactics damage their brand. It’s the same criticism I have of the cynical tactics used by publishers to inflate sales over the shorter term. It erodes customer goodwill and fan loyalty, hurting long term profitability. Quality is always the better and more farsighted business practice.

          • Rufus

            To me it reeks of Star Wars silliness. Maybe, just maybe the reality doesn’t live up to the myth. Maybe the movies/video game isn’t as good as folks have built them up to be. Occam’s razor likes that option, but instead fans spin a web of alternate theories to justify their mythos.

          • David Marcoe

            To me it reeks of Star Wars silliness. Maybe, just maybe the reality doesnโ€™t live up to the myth.

            To some extent, but it should be remembered that in the case of Star Wars, the prequels really do suck in comparison to the originals. It’s just that the fanaticism of the fanatics has intensified it and blown the whole thing out of proportion.

            In the case of Mass Effect, it’s a disappointment with literally the last ten minutes of the final game. I can testify to the fact that the rest of it is quite good, probably the best entry in the series (though I won’t hyperventilate over it’s quality, as some would). And the ending really is tonally jarring and rendered almost incoherent with plot holes. The irony is that the “indoctrination theory,” if it were true, would be damn clever on their part, and actually go a long way to explaining the ending. In truth, if past statements are taken into account, they were likely coming uncomfortably close to the release deadline and had to cut things short with ending(s).

            • Rufus

              David, we’ve all got our guilty pleasures and I’m no exception. I just find it amusing when, rather than simply admitting we enjoy something for fun, some folks spend hours inventing alternate Universes were they are actually doing some high-level, advanced function.

              You had fun playing 90% of a game. The designers ran out of creativity and slapped an ending together to get it released so revenue could come in. That’s all it is.

            • David Marcoe

              You’re preaching to the choir, here.

    • Rufus

      Oh for heaven’s sake. Surely the apocalypse is nigh! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Matt Helm

      A lot of games have been disappointments, I hear. I wonder if the companies that make them run out of money toward the end and rush things, half-assed.

      • David Marcoe

        From what I gather, publishers are often an issue. Not attempting to understand the nature of the products they sell, they place arbitrary demands on a game’s design, cut corners to save money or inflate sales, and push games out the door before they’re ready. That’s not to say that developers are entirely virtuous, but generally the people who design games also play them, while many on the publishing side do not. Really, it’s not much different than what Hollywood studios do, though less ideological.

      • Rufus

        Bingo! Scope creep and missed deadlines and cost over runs. It’s the story with most every creative project.

  • -fritz-

    Coffee, krullers, hogmeat and eggs, pancakes for whomever desires! Come and get it.

  • -fritz-

    Here’s the pivotman doing what he does best: Attempting to make the right look bad, when in reality it’s his admin. that can’t seperate the shinola from the sh*t!

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-supreme-court-healthcare/2012/04/02/id/434583?s=al&promo_code=E93A-1

  • JimmyC

    Obama, the guy who pushed ObamaCare on us, has the nerve to call Paul Ryan’s plan a “Trojan horse”? Apparently being a Community Organizer doesn’t include understanding the meaning of the word hypocrisy.

    • Same guy bemoaning “judicial activism” if the Supremes deem his healthcare plan unconstitutional, so, yeah, I’d say there’re a lot of terms with which he’s unfamiliar. Anytime you want to gripe about the Ninth Circuit’s meddling with the people’s will re. gay marriage and/or illegal immigration, Mr. President, I’m all ears.

    • JimmyC

      Paul Ryan responds to Obama with his typical dose of awesomeness (h/t Hot Air):

      โ€œHistory will not be kind to a President who, when it came time to confront our generationโ€™s defining challenge, chose to duck and run. The President refuses to take responsibility for the economy and refuses to offer a credible plan to address the most predictable economic crisis in our history. Instead, he has chosen tired and cynical political attacks as he focuses on his own re-election.

      โ€œThe President has offered four budgets during his four years in the White House โ€“ each committed to funding ever-higher government spending by taking more from hardworking Americans and adding to a crushing burden of debt. His failed agenda is stifling opportunity and hope for the next generation.

      โ€œLike his reckless budgets, todayโ€™s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record. His empty promises are quickly becoming broken promises โ€“ and the American people will hold him accountable for this violation of their trust.โ€

  • Magnus Caseus Formatis

    The GSA chief resigns over an $800,000.00 conference, which included clowns, magicians, and mindreaders. OK, I suppose; but, how many vacations have the current WH “Occupiers” taken? And, what might be the average cost of each of those excursions?

  • Scott M.

    Ole Missy Michelle going to London in July for the Olympics..she’ll need one plane for dresses,one for dog,one for shoes…

  • goozer

    We’ve got tornadoes on the ground in the D/FW area, folks! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Hey Outlaw โ€” are you prepping to take shelter yet? The track is pointing in our direction!

  • Tracy,txmom2many

    You must be north. I swear north Denton, especially Krum, has a freaking tornado magnet. Looks like we’re clear of warnings for now. I put away all our patio furniture and zoon came home so we’ve made sure we’ll not get anything more than a sprinkle.

    • goozer

      I work in Las Colinas next to the Airport; I live in Denton right next to TWU.

      And now they just fired off another Tornado Warning down here…stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜›

      • You drive from Denton to Los Colinas every day? Traffic must be a bitch.

        • goozer

          After 3 years of mostly unemployment, I would have made the drive to Hillsboro! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Traffic is not so bad โ€” it is an hour door to door on average. I don’t have to be there until 9, so that helps. It’s usually worse on the way home.

          I wouldn’t mind an AH-64 commute, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Assuming you use 35 to the Bush?

            It takes me about 15 minutes from Los Colinas to Hurst…but I’m pretty much going against the flow. Unfortunately I don’t have a helicopter to get to work with. :)

            • goozer

              Yep. I can take the scenic route โ€” 2499 to 121 to 114, but that adds 20 min. at least. Had to do it one morning, though, when 35 was shut down at the lake. I loved threading the D/FW Connector construction! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Mrs.Make.Do.

      I have many relatives in the DFW area. Thanks for the updates… Take care!

    • Mrs.Make.Do.

      Tracy? Still there and O.K.?

      • Tracy,txmom2many

        We’re good. We got very little actual storm, just some good rain and bit of thunder. We didn’t even take cover.

        • goozer

          Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure… it’s ok, you can admit y’all were skeered! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Tracy,txmom2many

            nah…. we’re the idiots out filming the funnel cloud ๐Ÿ˜› We got one up on youtube from last year. But we really didn’t get much of anything today, we were right between two warnings, but there’s not even any branches down where we are (we could toss you a breakfast burrito when you go 2499)

            • goozer

              I posted a pic my brother took from his front door during last year’s breakout โ€” so you were much closer to it, then! Copper Creek? Highland Villiage? Flower Mound?

              I’ll be by for the burrito directly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • goozer

    Well, now I’m heading outโ€”will my car look like the dark side of the moon? Let’s find out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    TTXM2M…Outlaw; hope y’all are safe and sound!

    • Tink in Cali

      Glad you are okay, as you said, hopefully everyone else is too!

    • We hid in the simulator bay…it was raining hard and some marble sized hail in Hurst where I work, but nothing dramatic. No green skies or thundering trains approaching thank goodness.

      ALL CLEAR!

      • Mrs.Make.Do.

        Glad you’re ok! And nice to hear Hurst is, too. My parents are visiting my sister there. Haven’t talked to them yet.

      • goozer

        Oh, the skies were green over the staging area โ€”ย we watched the wall cloud roll in until the siren went off. The tornado must’ve lifted as it approached โ€”ย but it dropped again later. We were lucky.

  • Dr. Schplatt

    I’m just curious, in the painting why do the girls in the back all have bruises on their butts? Some hidden meaning?

  • Matt Helm

    Where’s Mr. Kriskey with the Netflix streaming coming soon/leaving stuff? Just watched that movie from Finland, Rare Exports, where they find Santa buried in a mountain, and he’s evil. I think they had the trailer on here a year ago. It’s actually a very good movie. Also watched, Pet Sematary (for the first time since seeing it when it came out), that was just added. The first two Friday the 13th movies are on there too. I saw that Fatal Attraction is there too, which must be new. That’s about all I noticed for the new stuff.

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