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Is it old? in General
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Profile #56
I went and watched Yellow Submarine. Great as a piece of art, but not as trippy as I expected. Still, I'm sure it would have scared my pants off had I not watched it sober. You know, like what tADoS said.

I did watch Slither high, and to my friend's great bemusement I began screaming and tearing my clothes off. I mean, there's a woman who swells up to fill a barn, eats dead animals, and explodes into thousands of worm aliens that crawl in your mouth.

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A Fun Little Project of Mine in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #15
I successfully implemented walls and updated a lot of the isometric math, but now I ran into a problem that totally destroys the last 6 hours I spent on this bloody thing. I'm still working on it, but don't expect a new version anytime soon (as if everyone were on the edge of their seats).

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Simulated Reality in General
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Profile #32
quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

... someone should write a mystery in which some kind of maniac is killing off all the mystery writers.
I'd buy it, but not read it.

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A! in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #5
Scottish jokes only seem better-accepted because there are a lot fewer Scots than Jews or black people!

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Blades of Geneforge in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #4
If you have ideas you want implemented in Geneforge, go express them vehemently in my thread.

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #321
Creature anvil. Heh, heh. I imagine there'd be some preliminary design flaw, such as the creature getting pissed off when you hit it with a hammer.

It'd totally be worth welding a pair of reaper batons to your Roamer's back, or giving a Fyora night-vision goggles.

IMAGE(http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/8484/anvilcu0.png)

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What is better Shapers or Rebels? in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #108
The Shaper Council consists of nine. A shame they don't ride dragons and wear the nine rings.

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Best creation. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #17
It's a tough call, since Mike Huckabee can fan open his neck flaps and spit acid, but I'm gonna have to go with Artila-ry Clinton.

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General Greiner in Geneforge Series
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Profile #5
Mightn't you need a certain amount of leadership?

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AAAAAAAH!!! in General
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Profile #81
quote:
Originally written by The Sisters Cassidy.:

I'd like it to be known I am now available for all your prom date needs. Just contact me through the usual channels and have your meat ready.
...meat?

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Simulated Reality in General
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Profile #18
quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

It could be a universe just like ours, with similar or identical laws of physics. If so, there will be limits on what can be computed/simulated.
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I don't think the simulator could exist in a universe like ours, because then we could theoretically make one ourselves, and cause the infinite recursion problem described on the linked Wikipedia page.

That'd be a nice way out, but I'm afraid we rely on instruments to tell us about the universe. Should a computer control our universe, it could fool into thinking something is a certain way, with simple, easy-on-the-processor representation of it. For instance, stars could just be lit-up spheres - the processor running our universe wouldn't have to worry about each Hydrogen atom to convince us that the star is there, and indeed, we believe it's made up of atoms like everything else. It can't be disproved ... And of course, none of this matters because, as you said, the universe could simply be more complex than the one it controls. The_Other_Guy probably explained this point better - oh well.

The direction I was hoping to push this thread was downward into the next recursion, if possible. Many of the forumers here have programming experience. So I'll whack out some more specific questions:

Let's suppose we wanted to simulate reality. Not like Alorael said - reality with conscious inhabitants, with some degree of free will, advanced enough to mistake for reality. How much computing power would we need to make a simulation - say, a planet? Is it possible to acquire? If so, how long until humanity gets it?

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #318
quote:
Originally written by Xel'Raga:

Explosive Trojan Horse: Explosive Roamers XD
Well, you can't SHAPE Explosive Roamers yourself, can you? Make it happen!

..or did I just never find that canister?

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The Chosen Ending - Geneforge 5 in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #86
Jeff Vogel personally stated that the Sholai are out of the picture permanently, which is a shame. I liked them.

Also, they were only augmented in the first place because of the Shapers. They're just civilians now.

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #316
Yes -- there's really no need for the extra inventory space anymore, but now I just want to run with the idea.

Implementation rules seem obvious to me. If the Ornk is killed, the items it's carrying hit the ground and stay there (like when the player dies). You can gather them up once it's safe. Of course you presumably can't carry them yourself; since you had an Ornk in the first place, your hands are probably already full. So you're forced to leave stuff behind, unless you have the essence to make another Ornk.

And you suggest that rummaging through the Ornk's pack during battle would be unrealistic. Who said you could? It's an easy limitation to lay down as well.

It'd be fun to implement your pack Ornk in a quest, say to smuggle something. Perhaps you could fill its pack with gunpowder and send it at the enemy (a Trojan horse).

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AAAAAAAH!!! in General
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Profile #68
Recent frustrations of mine. Hmm. Well, earlier today, someone walked into my apartment (while I was here) unannounced, and couldn't come up with a reason for having wandered in. Not only that, the same moron came back in a few hours later with a friend. I'd hate to think I have to lock up even when I'm at home. I mean, who DOES that!? Just walking in like they live here. Christ, now I want to stab someone.

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Simulated Reality in General
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Profile #0
Do we exist in simulated reality?
... if so, does it matter?
... can we ever find out?
... what kind is it?
... can we ever produce our own?

I'm also tempted to ask about cosmology -- "Are we alone?" But that might broaden the discussion a little too much.

Nick Bostrom appears to be the foremost philosopher regarding simulated reality. Here's his general resource. By no means do I wish to limit you to his articles and views; I hereby explicitly encourage further research and speculation.

Wikipedia has a fairly complete article on it as well. Odds are, the idea isn't really new to you (read: odds are you've seen The Matrix).

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Is it old? in General
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Profile #28
For nostalgia, I recently saw The Exorcist. It caused me to seek out the theme music, Tubular Bells, which kicks slightly less ass than Lucifer himself. It's been at least a year since I last viewed The Shining - far too long when scenes like this one abound. Here's Johnny!

In new movies, I thought Cloverfield was a long-due modern adaptation of the monster movie genre, but nothing groundbreaking (ooh, a pun). Tideland fascinated me, but I feel I didn't grasp it entirely. Since it was written by Terry Gilliam, nobody can really expect to. Hard Candy has aired here at least half a dozen times recently - it was also sufficiently cool.

I've got to say, my favorite remains V for Vendetta. I've seen it plenty of times, and it never fails to drop me on my knees. In fact, it is the only film ever to actually make me cry. I'm almost certain someone will comfort me and subsequently explain why V for Vendetta is a product of media whoredom.

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What have you been reading recently? in General
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Profile #37
quote:
Originally written by JadeWolf:

Just put down E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros. Amazing, and a quite new adventure for me, being one of the first books I;ve read written in that type of archaic English.
Was it about immortality, as the title suggests? Or alchemy?

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The Graveyard Thread in General
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Profile #26
Upper Blackrock Spire, World of Warcraft. Twelve members of the PALS FOR LIFE guild, despite meticulous planning, all meet their doom in the single greatest play in the history of video gaming.

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #313
B A G G A G E O R N K S !

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #309
Yeah. I've wanted Baggage Ornks since GF1.

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A Fun Little Project of Mine in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Updated. v.0.1 released: play it here.

Nothing to it really - you can walk around and you can shoot fireballs in eight directions. Novel ideas would be appreciated. Story, goal, enemies, spells; I can implement most anything given enough time. I don't even have a working title for now, so fill the suggestion box!

[ Monday, February 25, 2008 07:31: Message edited by: Nick Ringer ]

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What have you been reading recently? in General
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Profile #28
I recently finished A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by some Briton named Julian Barnes. It's a fictional account of the earth's history - how things "actually" went down, from Noah to now, and why our history books tell us what they do. Relatively unknown, but terrific. I recommend it, but it won't be easy to find.

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #304
quote:
Originally written by Goldenking:

Grenades = Throwing Crystals.
Uh . . . [Nick realizes he has stated the obvious, and attempts to cover for it] That proves what a good idea it is! Great minds think alike, right? [Nick dies a little on the inside.]

You could at least admit the animation is cool, or I just wasted like an hour and a half. It's all, like, whoosh! whippp! chomp, yank, ker-flinnggg! and then a pause, and then BLOOOSHH!

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What is better Shapers or Rebels? in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #70
In the spirit of this debate, I'm going to draw some Serviles mating.

Only, right now, I'm busy with another project. Maybe later. BOW chicka WAH WAH!

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