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  1. Crymson

    Reminiscing

    @Maelstrom Vortex You're in luck: I'm checking these forums for the first time in four years, and I saw your notification. Per your claims on Karma: having had my finger very much on the pulse of Cybernations at that stage, I can tell you that you're incorrect; Vektor and Triyun certainly weren't the catalysts for it. If anything, they were--after the retirements of Dilber and Philosopher--the only competent foreign affairs persons remaining in the ranks of NPO's government at that time. Karma was caused by the rampaging incompetence and power-tripping of such fools as Moo-Cows, Zha'Dum, and so on. Under Moo's leadership--particularly in the absence of Dilber and Philo--NPO progressively made enemies of a larger and larger proportion of the treaty web while increasingly alienating friends and allies, all the while operating under the bizarre belief that the latter would mindlessly fall into line to protect NPO when the butcher's bill ultimately came due. Needless to say, they ended up unpleasantly surprised on that count. I've seen the logs of NPO's IO channel on the night the Karma War erupted, when it became suddenly apparent to all those present that they did not have the strength to win the conflict they'd started. Their genuine astonishment at the situation was absolutely hilarious to behold; the vast majority had a sublime lack of understanding as to how their own choices had led directly and inexorably to that ultimate consequence. The hubris was truly amazing. It was Moo and company who had critically undermined the cohesion of Continuum in the latter half of 2008, who lost friends and made enemies of the majority of that bloc's members, who had carelessly bullied and power-played their way into the elusive scenario of those stagnant days: one in which a number alliances were, at last, willing to band together against NPO in sufficient numbers to make a fair fight of things. For TOP's part, Vektor and Triyun were the only ones who paid us any attention or our opinions any heed, Triyun throughout the early stages of that year and Vektor on the days leading up to the war and indeed up to the very moment it was begun. It was the rest of NPO's leadership that blithely neglected a critical relationship with TOP, arrogantly content up until the very night the war began to assume we'd simply fall into lockstep, no matter that it was the umpteenth time during our treaty relationship that they'd callously trampled on our agenda without any consideration. That was an enormous mistake. TOP was, punch for punch, quite possibly the most militarily powerful alliance in the game at the outset of Karma, and we had a great deal of political pull to boot. NPO absolutely needed our support if it was to begin that war on even an equal footing with the opposition, and Moo's very act of starting that war was--after nine months spent entirely unconcerned with our opinions about anything--to give us a giant middle finger that we were entirely unwilling to forgive. We'd beseeched him to avoid pursuing an entirely petty issue into a war that would leave us in an incredibly awkward position, and indeed I was mediating talks with an aim toward resolving the issue---talks that ended when Moo abruptly decided he'd had enough and immediately declared war. I know for a fact that Triyun and Vektor were against this and tried to stop it, but Moo and his gang of cronies were not having any of that. That event about sums up the NPO mindset that brought about Karma. If Vektor and Triyun told you that you didn't have what it took, my admittedly limited experience with you would lead me to agree. And if you did indeed end up becoming "a force," as you say, you did so in the twilight years of a moribund game. My recollection of your behavior is comprised largely of your megalomaniacal, hysterical rants made years ago. You'd have been a perfect fit in NPO's hierarchy during its glory years. It was the many people of your temperament in NPO's government who helped topple NPO's from its position of glory, and indeed the very types who led me to quit that alliance and migrate to TOP in the first place. The irony of that has always amused me, as I played probably the greatest role in building TOP from a largely passive observer into an active, powerful political force whose support NPO ultimately took for granted and whose independence they underestimated; and I was there, on the night the Karma War began, when we terminally lost patience with NPO and told them to take a hike. That said, this all took place years ago and in the context of a game. I have no particular hard feelings toward you or anyone else, save those few who were legitimately bad human beings. I'm not sure what "dismantling" you're referring to, nor the recovery race you've referenced. I recently reactivated my nation at the behest of others, after years in the inactivity pile. In any event, I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. For three or four years, this was an engaging game with a stellar community. It's a shame that didn't last.
  2. How dare you speak to the zombie of our fifth President in such a way????
  3. Agreed. Say what you will about MK, but they were many times more successful in this game than your alliance is likely to ever be.
  4. Hahahahaha, that's a funny one. I'd get into it, but then I'd really be discussing moderation issues.
  5. My last post had nothing of the sort, but nice try. That said, you do bring up the the pertinent fact that if not for our kindness and leniency, your time in this game would have ended more than five years ago.
  6. I've had two posts deleted by Schattenman now. Clearly I'm revealing things that he doesn't want to have people know.
  7. I'm not discussing this any further until you watch Plinkett's review of Revenge of the Sith. Take it or leave it.
  8. Your post is so chock-full of arrogant stupidity that I won't even bother responding to it. Your explanation of Padme's death was the only part that I found entertaining. Apparently being choked for 15 seconds means death. That's funny. Anyway, the movie itself and literally every canonical Star Wars source out there disagrees with you, but since it's obvious that you're an egotist, it doesn't surprise me that you continue to argue the point anyway. In other words, you're unwilling to watch these highly-touted masterpieces because they disagree with your views. Got it.
  9. A year is longer than 12 months? Apparently you equals everyone.
  10. Thanks. I worked hard on those three posts.
  11. I'm so glad that my significance to you merits such an expenditure of time.
  12. Anakin was fooled into becoming evil. Palpatine manipulated him (in unbelievable manner) to believe that Padme would die in childbirth otherwise, with Palpatine himself being the only one who could keep it from happening. The cost of Palpatine supposedly saving Padme was that Anakin turn to the dark side. Palpatine's single bit of leverage was the visions that he introduced to Anakin's dreams. Anakin was an unbelievably stupid character who fell for a ruse concocted by a guy whose kind was legendary for its lies and deceit. The story depended on Anakin being a moron. Padme died of a broken heart. The medical droid outright said that there was nothing medically life-threatening, and that she was dying because she had lost the will to live. This is an indisputable point, so don't bother arguing about it. This is the typical refrain from people who were born closer to the prequels than to the original series, and who grew up exposed to the flashy battles and special effects that the prequels provided. Kids tend to favor war and flashy things to actual storytelling. I'm not saying that this is you, but this is the general reasoning behind the words of those who simply cannot appreciate a good story---nor, for that matter, any story that is not filled with CGI. The effects were revolutionary for their time. More, they were used properly: as a supplement to the story. In an interview from way back when, Lucas openly said that special effects could not make a movie. He apparently forgot this in the interim. The power of the original trilogy is that unlike the horrid story in the prequels, it told a yarn more than sufficiently interesting to keep people emotionally involved. The characters were excellent, and audiences became invested in them. The special effects are more than good enough, even today. Oh, so you've finally resorted to the typical method of those who believe the prequel trilogy to be superior: accusing me of being hidebound. Quit the ad hominems, please; I could just as easily accuse you of being a foolish youngster incapable of recognizing a good story and instead merely interested in special effects. The prequel trilogy had an atrocious story rife with awful, unbelievable characters, and was little more than a platform upon which Lucas could utilize his new CGI technology. That is why I disliked it, so spare me the crap. Episode I was an abomination, Episode II only slightly less so, and Episode III is considered the best of the trilogy purely by stint of it being the least flawed. As for the idea that Revenge of the Sith is "darker," that was not the point of the trilogy from the beginning. Lucas felt compelled to take that direction after the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the first film and the lukewarm reception received by the second. And if you think that Empire isn't dark, then I don't know what to tell you. I find it funny that you cite the final Senate scene as a powerful moment, given that it's a microcosm of how plainly imbecilic almost every single character in the series is (this was necessary in order for the plot to proceed). Plinkett, who created extremely intelligent and thoughtful (not to mention hilarious) for all three movies, sums up that scene very well: Yes, the prequel trilogy created its own mold. That was George Lucas taking full control of every single aspect of the series' direction, with absolutely no oversight. He even wrote the entire script for each movie by himself, and was the single mind behind hideous characters such as Jar Jar Binks. Gary Kurtz once said that Lucas tends to get rid of people who disagree with him, and this absolutely shows in the prequel series. Suffice it to say that I'm very glad Lucas will not have creative control over the next trilogy. I'll leave you with the suggestion that you watch Plinkett's reviews of the prequels. They have rightly become quite famous and will be very eye-opening for you. http://redlettermedia.com/plinkett/star-wars/
  13. Episode III is terrible, just like the other two films in the prequel trilogy; and if it did inspire emotion in me, then that emotion was frustration---frustration at how awful the movie was, and how plainly inept George Lucas is when left entirely to his own devices. The plot of Episode III was one giant hole, a black hole that sucked everything else into it. Palpatine's plan was ridiculously convoluted, made little sense, was predicated upon the proper conclusion of a legion of uncertain outcomes, and depended entirely upon the unconscionable, unbelievable stupidity of almost every single notable character in the series. And how did it end? Akakin was tricked into becoming evil; he did not turn to the dark side because he was seduced by its power, but rather because he was fooled by Palpatine into believing that Padme would die otherwise. Yep, Anakin willingly left behind all of his lifetime of training and every one of his friends---many of whom he went on to murder---entirely on the power a series of obscure dreams and the claim of a Sith Lord whose kind was known for its evilness and duplicity. He then went on to do everything the guy told him, again for no apparent reason. Did I mention, too, that his character was spoiled, pretentious, and intolerably whiny, and thus completely unlikable, and played by a terrible actor to boot? I found Anakin distasteful and annoying, and thus his fall, which Lucas meant to be tragic, held no emotion whatsoever for me; for one to be a tragic character, one needs to be liked by the audience first, and Lucas failed utterly at making this happen. Then Padme, who was surely one of the most bland, featureless characters ever to inhabit an entire trilogy of movies, died of a broken heart, a trilogy-ending premise so immensely ludicrous that it could only Lucas could have actually put it into a movie; no director worth his or her salts would ever dare to do such a thing. The guy couldn't whip up an ending that even made a bit of sense, so he settled with this, an ending outright insulting to the fans: Padme died because she just couldn't handle breaking up with her secret husband. Gee, wow, what a strong character! Again, no emotion: her character lacked any emotional appeal, and thus I didn't particularly care when she died. The single part of the movie that was even remotely emotionally jarring was when Anakin slaughtered a bunch of kids. This was of interest solely because I was surprised to see such a thing in Star Wars. The rest of the movie constituted the typical deluge of excessive special effects, boring story, and stupid characters. Did I feel emotion in any of the original movies? Absolutely. I was invested in all of the characters from the start. I felt Luke's loss when Obi-Wan died in A New Hope, and cheered when the heroes defeated the Death Star. The love story between Han and Leia in Empire had depth, and Han being frozen in carbonite was a moving scene. Vader's revelation of his relation to Luke was a genuine surprise, and that movie's end left me wanting to know what would happen next. Return of the Jedi got a bit silly, with the Ewoks and all, but I was nevertheless still emotionally invested in the plight and the ultimate victory of the Rebel forces, and the redemption and death of Vader was a poignant story arc. The ending, though infested with Ewoks, was still heartwarming, and provided a satisfactory end to the series. Speaking of fleet battles, remember that huge battle at the start of Episode III? You know, the one with all the special effects? Its participants: clones and robots, neither of which the audience had any reason to care about, all the more because everyone knew that Palpatine was in charge of both combatants. Nay, this was merely an avalanche of CGI, and was a microcosm of the prequel trilogy as a whole: Lucas forgot that he had to get the audience emotionally involved, instead opting to base the trilogy primarily on a bonanza of bright lights and shiny images. If you need more explanation as to why the prequels were horrible, watch Plinkett's reviews.
  14. Oh, so this guy is Pearl? Here I was thinking Enamel was some imbecile newbie who showed up during the Winter War.
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