I get attached to the imaginary characters I create in online roleplaying games–I admit it. The better the character creation tool, the more I get attached to the characters. So I’m pretty excited about the upcoming revamp of the character creation tool in EVE Online.
Avatars in EVE have always been a second thought in that game, since all they amount to is a profile graphic for your character sheet or for somebody else to see when they check your profile info. But at some point in the future, CCP are finally going to release an expansion to the game that allows characters to leave their ships, so they’ve worked up a new avatar system that goes live in January. I’ve been playing around with it on the test server, and the results are pretty incredible. Check ’em out.(more…)
I discovered by chance on Friday that the library owns a copy of the Criterion Collection edition of the Orson Welles film Mr. Arkadin. There’s a strange story (or possibly not so strange given that Orson Welles was involved) behind this film that I knew a little about, but not much. In short, Orson Welles never completed a cut of the film. At some point in the editing process, the film was taken away from him for the purpose of expediency and released in a form that Welles never authorized.
This is especially problematic, because Welles filmed the story in such a way that he would essentially be the only one who would know exactly how it was meant to be put together. For example, the framing sequence, itself, which ties it all together, was kind of a last minute change that–if I’m recalling correctly–isn’t reflected in the original treatment (or script?). Anyway, it’s all explained in the bonus materials within this set if you’re curious.(more…)
Some day Christian Bale is going to make a movie in which he actually gets to be interesting.
Unintentionally, I caught a couple of his films this weekend. The first, Public Enemies, which was really more of a starring vehicle for Johnny Depp. To this film I give a great big, “meh”. Granted, it’s almost impossible to watch a movie when my two-month-old daughter is awake and frequently hungry–if not for food than for attention–but just the same, “meh”. There really isn’t anything to say about it. It’s no Untouchables.(more…)
I’ve been screwing around with EVE Online here and there for almost a couple of years now. My progress has been pretty pathetic, since I tend to play for only a few weeks at a time before letting my subscription lapse, then coming back a few months later to accomplish just as little as I did last time. Rinse and repeat at irregular intervals as I get bored with other games. But recently, they offered a free five days to check out the state of the game, along with a reduced price two-month plan, so I went ahead and reactivated my subscription. And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing with myself for the past week and a half.
Despite my lack of commitment in general, I’m just going to put this out there: EVE Online is a fantasic game, and the developers (CCP) are probably (in my experience) the best of any MMO developer for the level of really genius thought they put into the game systems and, in particular, the ridiculously complex economy. There’s so much to do in this game, that it’s truly unlike any other MMORPG that I’ve ever played. Upon any given log in, I could, for example:(more…)