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Re: Books

Postby Mongrel » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:07 pm

Friday wrote:What the fuck is even the plot

I saw the previews for the movie and it looked, I shit you not, like a YA movie but aimed at nerds. You know, like the Hunger games, if every ten seconds someone said BAZINGA! and then made a reference to the 80s.

Given how much I hate nerd pandering and YA novels/movies, I think this may end up being my least favorite thing of all fucking time.

This is probably an improvement over the actual story, which is basically what you described, only that The Hunger Games part is an MMO where the hero ("hero") plays perfect runs of 80's video games and movie RPs while IRL sitting in his Oklahoma trailer home.
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Re: Books

Postby Mongrel » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:24 pm

Oh, and the Architect (for lack of a better analogue) is basically Peter Molyneux.
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Re: Books

Postby mharr » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:43 pm

Specifically the Peter Molyneux that exists inside Peter Molyneux's head.

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Re: Books

Postby nosimpleway » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:43 pm

In the horrible distopian future, the guy who invented the Internet really loved the 80s and hid his vast fortune behind a bunch of 80s pop culture references. If you find it you get to own the Internet.

I am not kidding, that's really it.

I don't know how the story develops because I checked out about the time the protagonist challenges Acererak the demilich from the Dungeons & Dragons(tm) module Tomb of Horrors(R) published in 1978 to a game of Joust. Not jousting, William's Electronics arcade machine Joust(tm), the hit arcade game published in 1982.

I am still not kidding.

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Re: Books

Postby Mongrel » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:54 pm

nosimpleway wrote:In the horrible distopian future, the guy who invented the Internet really loved the 80s and hid his vast fortune behind a bunch of 80s pop culture references. If you find it you get to own the Internet.

I am not kidding, that's really it.

I don't know how the story develops because I checked out about the time the protagonist challenges Acererak the demilich from the Dungeons & Dragons(tm) module Tomb of Horrors(R) published in 1978 to a game of Joust. Not jousting, William's Electronics arcade machine Joust(tm), the hit arcade game published in 1982.

I am still not kidding.

I'm imagining how much funnier this would be if "the guy who invented the Internet" was written to be Al Gore instead.
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Re: Books

Postby Büge » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:06 am

nosimpleway wrote:I don't know how the story develops because I checked out about the time the protagonist challenges Acererak the demilich from the Dungeons & Dragons(tm) module Tomb of Horrors(R) published in 1978 to a game of Joust. Not jousting, William's Electronics arcade machine Joust(tm), the hit arcade game published in 1982.


Was that before or after the protagonist visits the Temple of Syrinx, from 2112 (Rush's 1976 concept album about a dystopian future where human lives are controlled by computers), where he finds a Gibson Les Paul guitar and plays the chords to "Discovery" to find a secret level?
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Re: Books

Postby TA » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:33 am

Büge wrote:Did the main character need to travel to the Lisa Frank Quadrant to visit Equestria, Care-A-Lot, Rainbowland, and Strawberryland to learn the true meaning of friendship?

I doubt it very much.


Nor, in the laundry list of all the 80s music our hero listens to in his exhaustive study of every bit of 80s music and 80s culture, is there a single piece of rap or hip-hop. Or indeed anything by anyone who isn't white.
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Re: Books

Postby Mongrel » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:13 am

Büge wrote:Did the main character need to travel to the Lisa Frank Quadrant to visit Equestria, Care-A-Lot, Rainbowland, and Strawberryland to learn the true meaning of friendship?

I doubt it very much.

Don't forget Gummi Glen.
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Re: Books

Postby hngkong » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:49 am

Someone I had been talking to about the book just linked me this:
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Re: Books

Postby Friday » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:59 am

bullshit i know for a fact that there is a wide variety of "cum on her glasses" videos on pornhub
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Re: Books

Postby nosimpleway » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:07 am

I can't respect any writer who would go on that kind of diatribe without wrapping up paragraph six with "Summa cum loudly!"

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Re: Books

Postby Büge » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:00 am

TA wrote:Nor, in the laundry list of all the 80s music our hero listens to in his exhaustive study of every bit of 80s music and 80s culture, is there a single piece of rap or hip-hop. Or indeed anything by anyone who isn't white.


Not even Michael Jackson? You'd think that Ernest Cline would pop a rubbery one to Captain EO.
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Re: Books

Postby beatbandito » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:39 am

You guys are lucky I'll be at work long enough to forget to find a photo of the author and put "respect women juice" over his dick.
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Re: Books

Postby Mongrel » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:59 pm

I was kind of expecting Buge to post this one, but anyway it's great



I did a fist pump when she name-dropped The Wuzzles and the Gummi Bears. In fact, I'm pretty sure there's more stuff mentioned in this video that I actually watched or played than there is in the actual Ready Player One.
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Re: Books

Postby Thad » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:46 am

Friday wrote:bullshit i know for a fact that there is a wide variety of "cum on her glasses" videos on pornhub

I do think there's a pretty clear shift toward porn parodies that explicitly target Nerd Culture(TM). Chris Sims reviewed Batman XXX (link does not show any explicit images but does say "Batman XXX: A Porn Parody" at the top, so probably NSFW) when it came out in 2010, and noted just how much loving detail Axel Braun put into recreating sets and costumes to make it look authentic. (The guy playing the Joker even grew a mustache just so he could cover it up with makeup.) People have joked that porn parodies have more authentic adaptations of superhero costumes than Hollywood blockbusters do -- but is it really a joke if it's true?

There were a few Tomb Raider-themed porn shoots back in the '90s, but now there are entire porn sites devoted to women cosplaying as comic book/game/anime/whatever characters. Hell, not only are there Witcher porn parodies, there was at least one officially-licensed Playboy pictorial of Triss when Witcher 2 came out (CG models, not cosplay).

Course, the difference between the 1990s and now is that I'm over 18, and that's part of it; there's more porn targeting my interests because I can legally buy porn now. (And that is of course before we get into how the Internet has changed everything, porn perhaps most noticeably of all. Ha ha, "buy porn." Like anyone does that.) But it's not like Batman '66 is a product of my childhood. There's more geek-focused porn now because there's more geek-focused everything.

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Re: Books

Postby beatbandito » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:00 pm

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Re: Books

Postby Friday » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:38 pm

Ha ha, "buy porn." Like anyone does that.


I would pay for porn if it was always this high quality:

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Re: Books

Postby beatbandito » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:28 pm

okay might as well complete the trifecta

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Re: Books

Postby Thad » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:44 am

Friday wrote:I would pay for porn if it was always this high quality:

Ah, Lisa Ann. The only human being in America in 2008 who couldn't do a Sarah Palin accent.

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Re: Books

Postby mharr » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:21 am

Found this extended Pratchett interview in the form of a four episode podcast feed while sorting through xml archives. Still live, works with Pocket Casts. https://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/terryp ... /index.xml

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