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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Would the Ur-Quan have had the Shofixti not supernova'd their sun? on: August 03, 2012, 04:16:06 am
Even so, while it bogged down for several years, when the end came it was pretty decisive (arguably similar to the actual Doctrinal Conflict, since IIRC that had been going for long enough for the battle thralls to get back up to mischief). The US entering the war probably had an influence there, but not a decisive role in terms of actual military engagements (although there were psychological effects on both the German troops and high command).

That's an interesting thing.  The US lost 100,000 troops in the five months it was in the war.  I'm thinking that if the US did not join the war, battle lines would have been redrawn deeper in France.  Now, I haven't looked at this in a while, but perhaps Germany would have kept Alsace-Lorraine and maybe even some more of France heartland?

2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Hey everypeoples check out the Vista Games Explorer icon I just made. on: July 27, 2012, 03:31:39 pm
Wow, each version is much better than the last.  I still find it hard to grasp how people can churn out good-looking art, but I guess I'm not very visually inclined.  I draw a very good tree and penguin, though, so don't get me wrong!

 Do you think it'd be a good idea to add a couple of modules for the flagship?  Also, I'm not sure if people new to the game would have a clue that that's Earth being shown...what with it being red and all and no landmarks are shown and the red color looks like that's the actual planet color.  If I didn't know any better (i.e. if I hadn't played the game), I'd think that this is the homeworld of the Ur- Quan and they like to live on red planets that are made up solely of red land and wisps of toxic gas.  And then, people playing the game for the first time would learn about modules and might at first draw the conclusion that the flagship is charging into the enemy homeworld that last possibility is a little bit too farfetched since after a while the player would eventually realise that a lot of planets are covered in red or blue shields, and it isn't as if everyone's going to only draw the incorrect conclusion.

I would suggest that, if you can do it  without making the planet then look out of place in the picture, try to get a look closer to that of your first picture where it's obviously Australia and Southeastern Asia.  Oh, and if you keep that angle, be sure to include Taiwan!  (just kidding)

The first picture's starmap in the background was pretty good, but if it looked out of place then no go I guess.

Oh, and, though it's probably obvious, the new starship angle is great!  It makes me immediately go, "Now there's a starship I wanna fly!" whereas in the first one it's hard to tell what it is.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Would the Ur-Quan have had the Shofixti not supernova'd their sun? on: July 27, 2012, 03:07:30 pm
1942  Germany would definitely win  Tongue
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Origin of the Spathi name on: June 24, 2012, 11:43:02 pm
True, the Spathi ships are one of my favorite.   You're right, sword is not the best irony.  Oh well.  Still would be a pretty neat coincidence.   Tongue
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Origin of the Spathi name on: June 24, 2012, 09:28:58 pm
I find out σπαθί is Greek for sword, pronounced Spathi.  I read a little about how other races' names were inspired by Greek.

I'm fairly certain this is intentional, and it is quite ironic, the meaning of Spathi,  Grin
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: What do you think of Mass Effect? on: June 24, 2012, 09:25:59 pm
I haven't played the game myself, I REALLY want to play it, but I can tell you what a friend of mine though of it.  He said something about the first one being great but rough I think but that the second one was more rushed and polished and that the third one he's playing right now and how the save game continuation between games is annoying and he somehow accidentally got his male protagonist hooked up with a dude.  That's all I know.
7  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Linux Pronunciation on: June 23, 2012, 04:14:47 am
I guess I should start saying Lih-nix from now on , hehe.  Grin
8  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: things to know on: June 21, 2012, 03:06:37 am

Or perhaps the Precursors were just advanced enough to design more than one kind of ship. =P

Kudos for your insight Cheesy
9  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Linux Pronunciation on: April 10, 2012, 06:15:22 am
Recently, I've been refreshing my knowledge of Linux and learning about it from the ground up because, frankly, my ability to use Linux is a bit spotty.  I found out that Linus personally pronounces it Lih-nux, but I'm wondering how you guys say it.  Personally I say "Lainux" so I hope I'm not sounding like an idiot in front of Linux users.
10  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: StarmapJS: an interactive Star Control 2 starmap. on: April 10, 2012, 05:53:48 am
I recommend Chrome

Eww, Chrome. Chromium with bonus Google spyware, in other words. Nah, I think I'd rather use plain old Chromium. Tongue
I first downloaded Chrome when it was released.  It has absolutely nothing except the browser and favorites (that's what it seemed like).  Chrome was completely boring.  Is it still like that?

Megagun, you are awesome!  The highlight feature is very useful.  Coloring the stars by the amount of mineral or biodata?  Very neat, thank you!
11  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control 3's Stolen Dialogs on: April 10, 2012, 05:46:15 am
SC III's dialog screens are horrible!  I barely made it through the video, especially at the Orz screens.  The voice acting was horrible as well.  How did this game even make it past the first compile?  I've never played it, but just looking at the dialog screens, disgusting!  They say "don't just a book by it's cover," but I sure judge a movie by the quality of its actors!  The characters look half-dead, half old wrinkled human skin! 
12  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Earliest Memory on: March 29, 2012, 12:40:07 am
I didn't have many friends either for a long time, mostly because we kept moving around and I was interested in a lot of different things.  Initially, it was the language thing, but I picked up English in K-2 grade like I said, osmosis.  I spent third and fourth grade homeschooled.  Fifth grade being a fourth grader in Taiwan again because 4th grade still had the Chewing pronunciation system that I could pick up.  I went back to America the next year and jumped to 6th.  That's when I started learning all the little things other kids knew.  I took about a year or two of learning "the ways" and got used to solitude (like it a lot actually).  Then I started getting friends but still was a bit reclusive.  Then, after I'd gotten nice and comfortable, I moved twice in a row.  Instead of shrinking back into a stupid little shell, I expanded and everyone knew my name.  When my biology teacher commented that I should stay in school (had something to do with being homeschooled for emergency purposes) because I was way too social for that.  Then I knew things had changed, so I guess the same thing kind of happened to you.

SCDB fiasco?  Um... don't remember it, though maybe vaguely, but not important.

Well, I only capitalized onpon4 since it was at the start of the sentence and I like capitalizing the first word so much I even do it on chatting in games, unless it's on a first person shooter, but I'll be sure to use Onpon or onpon4 from now on.  Well, the only game that my internet has the bandwidth for is Ace of Spades, which is a really cool first person shooter but has poor graphics, but I don't care about that.  In that game it's so fast paced I do like everyone else and go "wtf get h thath aobedude!" or "dude stop buildng as stui\pid inner wall and atually halp us beuild tht tower!@!@"  The only thing is there's no leadership on the servers I'd played.  If a lot of people play this game on this forums, maybe we could assemble a team and show everyone just how powerful leadership and teamwork can be.

 That's what school should've been like: For World Geography, we reenact the battles of the major wars using videogames.  For Human Geography, again, we reenact the battles and demonstrate the effect of war on population.  For Economics, again, demonstrate the economy of war by having missions where you destroy trade routes.  For US government?  Well...have a campaign where the whole point is revolution.  Science? Halo.  Math?  Logistics for games again.  Professional Communications?  Practice having the leaders give stirring speeches over the the mike to other players to get them to anhililhihlate the other team.

I suddenly want to play Lode Runner ,hehe.  I did spend some time making levels myself, but I think I ran into a dead end and was bored, then wondered why the heck I was wasting my time on that. 

I remember being in first grade and passing through a stage where all the science books that had pictures in it were fascinating.  I read tons about history with dinosaurs and whatnot.  Granted they were all picture books but I read every caption and then went and got more.  That was when we had to go to the library and at least check something out.  When the library become simply a functional thing and not mandatory, I never checked a book out  again, not that I don't like books, but they didn't have the stuff I read.  I'd rather read David Brin's books but the only thing they had was "The Postman" and I had a copy.  Man, the category of "book worm" is just way too large.  If you lived in a town with only book reading fanatics, you'd probably find that at least a third of them and you have no read books in common at all besides classics or that latest.
13  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Earliest Memory on: March 27, 2012, 11:50:21 pm
Onpon4, that sounds like a pretty unhappy childhood!  Yeah, when I started liking to read, I don't know, it was a weird climb to literacy, I guess.  Most  of it was osmosis though.  It took me a while to switch from Chinese osmosis to English osmosis so that's probably why I remember English in kindergarten and stuff.  I used to be addicted to Lode Runner.  It was fun.  I think we're talking about the same thing anyway
I rememebr sitting in a puddle with my best friend. He pooped in it and I screamed. I was threeish.

That's the strongest memory. I have some others, but I'm unsure how much are actual memories and how much is from being told about them or seeing some of them on video. The brain is pretty good at constructing after the fact.
Yeah, memories love to do that.  Perhaps the brain does a good job about it though.
Sandblasting?  Deathh999, you're right.  I find it hard to even chronologically organize my earliest recollections.

Wow, it's cool hearing other people's memories.  

Obviously, I must've started the poll if I have something to say right?  Hehehe...

Well, I remember my mom telling some random people that if they put their hand somewhere, I would start kicking.  So I kick extra hard just to tick them off (don't really know why I did that).  Is that actual memory, or is it just pure fabrication of my brain?  I'm thinking the latter.  I also have this vague idea that when I was born, I didn't WANT to be born, because it was nice and warm inside and it was cold outside (as if I'd know, keep thinking I was starting to come out and feeling the cold, but unlikely).  Then I remember the doctor holding me up and asking for scissors, then cutting my umbilical cord.  I didn't want to lose it.    I was placed in a scratchy initially uncomfortable thingie I might add and set down next to my mother.  She was soaking wet but might've been smiling, or too tired and whatnot to do something as straining as grinning.  I felt a wonderful sensation as the whole thing started moving and I felt the cool something and fell asleep.  Don't remember crying.  I don't know if I watched a messed up movie (any clues as to what the movie is?) or I had wacko dreams, or this might be real.  I don't know why I know what most of the objects that I remember, and that is only in a very small field of vision, and why I knew what the doctor said.  Maybe I did.  But there's SOMETHING about this event that is distinctly undreamlike - it was the feeling of sleepiness and the weird FEELING of the environment.  Perhaps, at the core, I do remember my birth, but barely, and my brain filled in the parts about getting my cord cut off, though I don't remember what it actually looked like.  Proceed to where I seem to be in a cardboard box.  All of these comparisons I'm obviously making after the fact, and I picked up these comparisons after the memory and don't really remember how they got there, but continuing:  After a while, the box opened up from the side and might have formed a ramp.  This dude wearing white - might have had a white cap and mask - pulls me out.  I remember enjoying the cool sensation of his hand as he felt me all over.  I think he stuck something in me because my mom recalled a few years ago that he had trouble finding a vein and was injecting me or taking my blood or something.  My mom was there I think.  The stuff in my background vision were... hard to explain.  I don't know whether my recollection came first or hers.  Actually, I remember for sure that that one is genuine, or I at least fabricated it independently.  One last interesting note on this era is, despite being five weeks early, I was quite large.  In fact, that was part of the reason for the accidental induced labor.  The point is, I apparently broke my left collarbone/shoulder coming out.  Err...don't remember any pain. 

 I remember being in what I think must be the incubator, since I was five weeks early in being born.  (er... doesn't that make it MORE unlikely that I had a good enough brain for storing this?)  I remember seeing redness...ugh.  My "memory" is quite corrupt here.  Moving on to being in a place where there's tons of babies and I remember that everyone else was being taken away except me.  Sad.  Now, sometimes I'm 100% sure I got this specific part from some dumb movie I watched when I was seven or eight, but other days...  I remember being taken into the car.  I don't remember the front seat or the back seat, but everything seemed so large, and the door opening was a weird perspective.  It was night time.  The moon might've been out or I might've seen the cross on that hospital, if it even had one.  Drifting off while in a moving car is so fun, was what I remembered.  Here ends the wacky, part that most everyone will say is just false memory, even me.

Here comes the slightly surer part.  I remember my mom holding me and talking with my brother.  There was bright light on the ceiling (where else?) and when she handed me over, they talked about if one drops a baby, they get a dent in their head.  They were speaking Chinese obviously, but I didn't know any language so how the heck did I understand?  I remember being held by my dad while I was grabbing after something I think were CD cases.  We were by the entrance to my mom's shop, and it had the standard store doors that you pull open and it goes ding.  I think.  My mom was talking to a bunch of people.

Next one is one of my favorite.  Starts out me being in  a purple basket, plastic one.  Changing diapers in there took forever and was quite uncomfortable.  On one day, my mother took me out on a stroller.  That felt heavenly, just going down the sidewalk.  Well, I assume I was in a sidewalk, all I saw was bright light shining through the blue cover and my mom's friend and her talking about me and calling me "Big Head."  One of the dreams that I remember having was slipping out of my bed and sliding across the floor.  I remember dreaming/fantasizing that and thinking about how fun it'd be.  Also remember when I started walking.  This obviously must sound like a stock story: Wobble up, walk sideways in kitchen, barely make it to Mom while she's praising me.  Backing up, I remember being at what I thought was an airport.  As soon as my mom wasn't looking, I made a run crawl for it.  I think that she saw the tail (diaper??) end of me as I made my escape.  I met a whole bunch of giants, a couple (as in man and woman) might have been American, at least European.  I looked through the glass into a store (low glass) that had something to do with cafe or food I think.  My mom remembers this too, and I don't remember, but I think I mentioned it first, and when she told me her memory, it overpowered some of mine.  Like, it was a hotel not an airport terminal.  We were in Hong Kong I think she said.  Here ends my part that has slightly more credibility but I believe me.  There are more memories of my early infanthood, but I'll spare you.

Next is when I'm three I guess.  I remember asking my dad my age and he saying zero.  Him turning over the food table in  fit of rage.  Someone had cut the line and the phone wasn't working and I was home alone wondering how the heck I was supposed to use the stupid thing.  I think I just expected to have it ring or pick it up and it automatically would work.  Finding out that there was no sound, and either traced the cord and found it cut and not knowing what that meant or FINALLY came home and inspected the phone and going "Oh no!" or something.  After this point, my memories flood.  Going to daycare.  Finding rubber bands so Mom could tie hair (just a little thing we did).  The delicious food nearby.  Having to sleep outside in the glaring light next to window instead of in naproom because I tossed and turned too much.  Went as far as eating my snacks in the bathroom because afraid to flush it.  Going to preschool, and girl saying that don't rub eyes or else blindness.  Travelling in an airplane and getting this cool action figure that I wish I knew the name of from a stranger lady, and going to school and some jerk claims its his.  I point out that he has his in his hand, but he says he has both, but the teacher decides to avoid stress and conflict resolution on her part and throws them both away.  First character we learned was a two stroke thing for "man."  I was the second to finish.  From that day on, I was the last to finish my meals or my handwriting.  Tons more flood in.  The unfairness of having to ride the late bus because I can't fit onto the little kiddie bus but the older kids were nice to me.  They would chant my name when the bus driver asked who next to send home.   Dozens and dozens of memories, and if I wrote them all down, not only would half of you be dead by now, you'd've tracked me down and killed me too in order to stop me from typing...  Plus, that is probably the point where most people start getting the flood of memories so it is pointless for me to start reciting my life story.

14  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Kickstarter? on: March 27, 2012, 01:20:38 pm
I don't have a lot of time right now but...

Dude, you can't just suddenly post and act all rude by demanding respect because you have experience in game design, or know how this works.  If you want higher respect than other people get because you're a developer, then EARN it.  It's not like these guys ignore everyone they don't revere, but seriously, to come in and say "I know what you possibly cannot know via Google" isn't grounds for respect.  A lot of people know what cannot be found by Google, and Google also knows a lot.  I'm sure a lot of what you learned can be found SOMEWHERE on the World Wide Web.  To call Human Head for verification?
"Human Head dudes, there's this guy that says he works for you, he calls himself dathinvaderzim.  Do ya'll know him?"
"Oh, okay."
Even if you told us a name, who's to say that that dude isn't in Antarctica feasting on roasted lichen and you're just a fake?

Also, you may have heard otherwise from the emails of creators of music,but that's all that it is.  An email.  That says "I want you to pay me first."  It has no legal power if the author has released it to the public already.
15  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Ditties for Android on: March 27, 2012, 05:04:10 am
All I have that is Android is a 2.0 ereader...

But I'd love to have the Hyperspace music as the ringtone.  Chmmr, that must be the most epic ringtone in the world!

Now to figure out how to get it onto my cheap LG flip-phone....
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