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Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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In Fallout New Vegas there's always a short bit that I love when talking to Benny's right hand man, Swank. In New Vegas, Mr. House recruits the tribes squatting in the ruins to run his casinos and he gives each of them a flavor of Vegas to run with. Swank, Benny and the Chairmen go for the smooth talking hip cats routine of the Rat Pack and they change their language from the rougher Wasteland slang to match their new aesthetic.

Swank keeps it up marvelously, playing to the cool side, right until you ask him about the Mob inspired Omertas and his disgust for them is so strong he drops the act entirely to tell you they're a shifty pack of scumbags. It's a nice bit of worldbuilding calling back to the origins of the Chairmen before they were allegedly "Civilized."

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Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

I Love Satan


At least the Vaygr are still alien. And they have the best looking ships and the best theme music.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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nine-gear crow posted:

You see Makaan's face in one of the cutscenes. The Vagyr are definitely human too. It's the Turanic Raiders who are described, at least in Cataclysm's manual, as being vaguely aquatic reptilian, and how their cockpits were filled with this weird teal-coloured fluid that would spray everywhere in space when they were punctured.

RBA Starblade posted:

Makaan's pretty clearly a dude

Makaan may be a dude but he could also be Taiidani. The Vaygr are space mongols pushing through the remnants of the Taiidan empire so they could be more of a conglomerate of species, Taiidani included. The concept art for the Vaygr implies they were meant to be more alien at some point.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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I got thinking about this today but how would people raised in space develop a sense of direction? Are there any bits of sci-fi that talk about this concept?

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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It's too bad they won't let the Blade Runner release changes end.

Then again, who does.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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Well to me that reads like he'd been doing a pretty lovely job in the run up to his death and his successor was just around to surrender.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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Chocobo posted:

Nah, basically the premise was Luo Ji had set up a system that would, with the press of a button, broadcast the coordinates of Trisolaris through the rest of the universe, which would effectively doom both worlds and both races to die. He used the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction to leverage a truce. The Trisolarans knew that he was fully willing and capable of burning down the whole house the instant he thought they were up to something, so they didn't make any attempt while he was the Swordholder. The Trisolarans also knew that his successor was softhearted and wouldn't be capable of dooming all humanity without hesitation. Literally within seconds of him handing over the kill switch and leaving the room, the aliens launch an attack at the gravity-wave antennas that would have been used to make the broadcast, eliminating the threat of MAD and effectively conquering the Earth.

That's an extremely condensed version, the author spends entire chapters building Luo Ji's resolve and explaining how human society and culture changed over the years to even allow a softhearted person to be elected successor. loving love that series.

Well that makes more sense. What I posted would be more in line with a Douglas Adams quote.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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I dont think people have an issue with Robotech itself. Robotech is fine and the Macross stuff comes across pretty well. The anger is mainly directed at Harmony Gold for being The Worst.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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RBA Starblade posted:

It's pretty impressive how many things they hosed up or with, isn't it?

I only know about the Macross/Robotech and the Battletech fuckups what else is in there?

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Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

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The Last Call posted:

One thing never talked about is how the creators of Macross and the two shows that were added to create the Robotech saga loved it themselves. The other two shows that were added to Macross to make Robotech had bombed hard in Japan so they were quite happy it got a new lease on life over seas, plus they were able to sell some more toys.

Well it's good someone was happy about it. It's funny when you get stories like this from Japan where they're just happy people are watching their stuff and then you look stateside with some No True Scotsman arguments going on about besmirching an original with a chop job licensing scuffle.

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