To Underworld and back again

[singlepic=40,160,90,,left]The story of one character’s trip across the wastes…

Imagine for a moment – a book that writes itself. All you would need to be is that character, be placed in that world, have it be an interesting setting that you can interact with on many levels, and the ‘story’ would flow from that point. Fallout 3 is that ‘book’. Sure, you can follow the quests (whether main or side), but you don’t have to – there is tons to see and do aside from that. You might still stumble into the occasional quest that starts suddenly, but you can always back off – no one is forcing you do it, or even complete them.

I have played quite a bit of Fallout 3, and I suppose now is a good time for a review, although – maybe a bit late. I have also played Fallout 3 as a “good guy”, “bad gal” and a “neutral guy.” Bear in mind, I have had no experience with previous Fallout games, so I will not be making any sour whining noises about that, and how ‘it does not meet my sex fantasy expectations of what a dream game needs to be’ – blah, blah, blah.

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FPS ‘AI’ all ‘A’ and no ‘I’…

FPS games try to create “Artificial Intelligence” but, in general, do a very lousy job of faking the experience. Although F.E.A.R. goes farther than most, the main concept is still “creating the illusion of intelligence” (via sound cues) not by actually making an intelligence simulation.

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A quick course on Scriptwriting for Hollywood, session #2:

An in depth and advanced look at the ‘words beneath the words’ in real life & the movies.

The difference between ‘US’ and ‘THEM’.
Or; identifying useless enemies for the lower classes to hate.

As a scriptwriter, you are eventually going to need to ‘jazz up’ your crappy scripts to add interest where there just isn’t any. This can be easily achieved by the use of distraction, plus a decent sprinkling of manipulation of a generalized or specific character obsessed with hatred and blame, possibly focused on Gov’t or
corporate entities.

More specifically, document and broadcast language usage differs in reference from individuals to corporations and other large faceless entities, which ultimately minimizes any easily seen evil, probably due to the fact that large corporations are indeed, very, VERY evil. But, it remains that giant bugs & hideously deformed demonic-nazi terrorist- zombie-space monsters are still far, far more exciting, easy to hate, and action filled, not that different from a gas station twinkie. Just with more ‘oomph’.

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A quick course on Scriptwriting for Hollywood

Elaborates on the aspect of writing about boring subjects and making them interesting enough to sleep through.

“Based on a true story” these are movie ‘adaptations’ (read: fabricated exaggerations) that actually have only the thinnest grain of truth, which are re-told and rewritten to “enhance excitement & interest”,
altering characters, details, or any facts not considered pertinent to the roller-coaster ride of a 1 & 1/2 hour plot. Rethink ‘non-fiction’ to ‘adapted non-fiction’. Note: This method can also be adapted and adjusted for any movie format, such as fiction.

In this way, all movies are essentially similar, having a connected heritage that possesses little actual difference from fiction to non-fiction (since they are ultimately all fiction), but remain somewhat entertaining, at least until a commercial…
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“All loony bins are full” Government reports

Soon, crazy people will be hitting the streets.

(UPI) The Government has reported in a national warning, “All of our public use loony bins are now full”, as told by a top official, Ima N. Ocrasi. Ms. Ocrasi went on to say: “Most soft walled bins only hold about 10-20 people, maximum. It’s not like the old days when you could forcefully stuff in several hundred. We now have fire regulations to observe.” The bins, which by law are expected to allow some minor comforts of life for the modern loon, are equipped with all sorts of modern luxuries, such as easily smearing Gov’t cheese, televisions and automated medication dispensers; oddly enough looking not too different from modern work cubes, but with far, far more luxury.

“Now that the Government bins are full we will need to find other locations, and seek other resources to place individuals who lack the ability to ‘function normally’ in our oblivious, nutball society. Currently, we are considering electoral options, as we have previously utilized this method with a specific individual on a 8 year trial basis.” Said Ms. Ocrasi.