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A short update
Recently, I haven't been active in-game or on Steam overall. There are several reasons for it. I took a break last school year but this school year it's back to normal. I've mentioned to Graslu that I've chosen the master program "Sound and Vibration". However, I switched in the last moment to "Communication Engineering". It's a side note really but the reasons I switched is that I wanted something broader and there are interesting courses as well (such as Image Analysis, Multimedia and Video Communication and Image Procesing). However I plan to choose some courses about acoustics. If all goes well I might actually do an extra year to complete more acoustics courses and also some courses related to game design (namely Computer Graphics, Advanced Computer Graphics, Game Engine Architecture and Gameplay Design). So anyways, I'm busy with school most days and most of the time during the days. A few hours in the daily schedule also go to music (piano practice, improvisation, composition, ear training). Finally I spend maybe only one hour per day on doing various things for my GE:S W.I.P. level (i.e. SubPen). Currently I'm in the process of learning Blender. It's far trickier than kHed (which I previously used for a bit) and I didn't like the tutorial that I tried following so instead I bought the book "The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics" by John M. Blain and I also watch the complementary video tutorials at http://gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html. It's an excellent combination.

Finally, I haven't been able to play much lately both due to the lack of time but mainly because of my computer issues. Turned out it was overheating after all and I will probably need to get some professionals to repair it (clean out the dust, apply thermal paste etc.).

So, what's been up for you guys?



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Apart of studies and playing on my free time, I'm not doing much. I had to stop working on my Chicago map because I'm looking forward other projects right now, and will try to get back to it when I have more time.
Good luck on your courses!

Also I recommend you to look into the computer by yourself if you think you can do it, cleaning the dust and applying thermal paste are really simple things to do, even though it might depend on the laptop, I'm sure you'll be able to find a tutorial online for your model.



 
 
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That sounds really interesting, and like it gives you a lot of good options to branch out into as well (:

Myself I've changed jobs, same field but more hours, better pay, better work environment, just losing my Saturday's for footy/anything else in the busy period :/
Also going to quite a few music gigs and trying to keep the guitar progress slowly coming along. Hoping to see Spectre soon, and already got midnight launch for The Force Awakens sorted out, can't wait!




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Hai. It's been pretty shitty for me lately. Fatigue, stress, anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. So yeah.

I haven't really played GE:S in ages, it's pretty much a closed chapter for me now. I'm still planning to finish my game mode though. Maybe we can playtest it in the not so far future.




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Hai. It's been pretty shitty for me lately. Fatigue, stress, anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. So yeah.
How so? What happened?




Anyways, I'm also planning on seeing Spectre soon. I have a free ticket that I can use.



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How so? What happened?
Well, fatigue and stress have always been a problem for me, but recently I started to have a string of panic attacks (again; it's happened before in my life as well), especially while being outside. I now can't really drive or cycle anymore, or walk long distances in fear of having a panic attack while underway. Luckily, (or not luckily, at least not back then) like I said, I've had periods of panic attacks before, so that has toughened me, and I have a lot of experience in knowing how to deal with it.




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I watched Spectre yesterday and I found it disappointing. There were just too many confusing things about it. Not to spoil too much but the story didn't make sense given the earlier Bond films.
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I don't get it, why can't they come up with something fresh instead of trying to change the past? After all, in most Bond movies it's about something different/new and when it's not it is tied in a neat way (as the case was with Dr. No, From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, In Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only).



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I have been rather busy myself lately, my gf has moved into my house and i have been remodeling my bedroom with new paint and carpet and furniture. I still find sometime at night to sit on my PC for a bit. If you see me online message me or send me an invite, I'll play whatever stay golden friends.



 
 
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The laptop is at repair. It was initially supposed to be completed yesterday and then it got changed to today afternoon but I haven't heard back from the repairman yet, so I'm not sure what's up. I guess he will either ask me to pick it up later today (it's already past 6pm so it's getting less and less likely) or it will be done on Monday...



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Looks like I will get back my laptop today during the afternoon (finally).



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Nice, hope it's working correctly!
I watched Spectre two days ago, I really liked it and didn't find it confusing, what did you find confusing? Maybe it's because I have the films fresh since I watched all the Craig ones last week and the rest during the summer lol.



 
 
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Nice, hope it's working correctly!
I watched Spectre two days ago, I really liked it and didn't find it confusing, what did you find confusing? Maybe it's because I have the films fresh since I watched all the Craig ones last week and the rest during the summer lol.
Got back my laptop and all the stuff has been fixed. It's working better than before (as you would expect given a proper repair). So I should be able to run GE:S again and things will go smoother.

All right, since you insist:

The problem with Spectre is that one has to assume that the other Bond films didn't happen. It simply does not make sense and ruins the chronology. Blofeld a crucial role in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever. Blofeld died in For Your Eyes Only. However, in Spectre suddenly Blofeld is alive and that makes absolutely NO SENSE. And also it assumes that what happened in the previous Bond movies didn't happen. What would make sense is either: a) Spectre is back in a new form, lets say a descendant of Blofeld or simply someone who wanted to emulate him is back in a secret organization and it's called Spectre in order to pay tribute to the old organization. b) Leave Spectre alone and come up with a completely independent story. It's no secret that most Bond movies are unrelated to each other except in the more general sense such as having the same Q, M or Felix Leiter for instance. It's simply different missions rather than a convoluted mess that can be seen in Spectre. Goldfinger is unrelated to From Russia with Love, Thunderball is unrelated to Goldfinger (just two examples). I'm sure the writers have enough talent/imagination to come up with an original story (they managed to do so in Skyfall after all).

There are other aspects that were bothering too (far less so than the lack of consistency in the story but still): It's a quite dry and humorless Bond movie. The action scenes aren't so interesting for the most part. Blofeld could be a far better villain (assuming the mistake of using Blofeld needed to be made anyways). And so on. I could forgive those things but not the nonsensical story.



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DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT THE MOVIE(s) RUINED.

Spoilers. SPOILERS. A lot.
A lot of Spoilers, yes.
Well, Casino Royale was the reboot of the franchise showing how Bond got the 00 rank, etc, so it makes sense in the chronology that Spectre is there since Blofeld was never killed or anybody knew him (Apart of M, apparently), and nothing from the past movies, like it or not, happened on this time line.

In Craig movies the story completely related unlike in the past Bond films where, like you said, it was just different missions given by the same persons. Casino Royale is directly connected to Quantum of Solace, then Skyfall not so much but the story is still there, and Spectre is connected to all of them, specially Skyfall when M dies and Bond doesn't go to an official mission, but the one M left for him when she died. That might be why it seemed like a mess for some, because there wasn't an "official" mission after all.

The humor wasn't the best, I agree, but I enjoyed the gags of older films like scenes from Casino Royale, Skyfall, or the past movies (Kinda like they did on Skyfall with the explosive pen from GE).
I liked the action in the film, it was a mix of the classic ones and the newer, Craig ones.
I agree Blofeld could've... Done more or something for the film but he's still alive, like in the classic ones, so we might see him more, again, like in the classic ones.



 
 
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DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT THE MOVIE(s) RUINED.

Spoilers. SPOILERS. A lot.
A lot of Spoilers, yes.
Well, Casino Royale was the reboot of the franchise showing how Bond got the 00 rank, etc, so it makes sense in the chronology that Spectre is there since Blofeld was never killed or anybody knew him (Apart of M, apparently), and nothing from the past movies, like it or not, happened on this time line.

In Craig movies the story completely related unlike in the past Bond films where, like you said, it was just different missions given by the same persons. Casino Royale is directly connected to Quantum of Solace, then Skyfall not so much but the story is still there, and Spectre is connected to all of them, specially Skyfall when M dies and Bond doesn't go to an official mission, but the one M left for him when she died. That might be why it seemed like a mess for some, because there wasn't an "official" mission after all.

The humor wasn't the best, I agree, but I enjoyed the gags of older films like scenes from Casino Royale, Skyfall, or the past movies (Kinda like they did on Skyfall with the explosive pen from GE).
I liked the action in the film, it was a mix of the classic ones and the newer, Craig ones.
I agree Blofeld could've... Done more or something for the film but he's still alive, like in the classic ones, so we might see him more, again, like in the classic ones.

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Well, it kind of makes sense. Maybe I should re-watch the earlier Craig movies. Still, I would prefer if it wouldn't be a reboot. I hope the future Bond movies will be more independent like they used to be. I also disliked the story aspect both in Skyfall and Spectre where the 00-program might get removed. It worked better in Skyfall but it doesn't make as much sense that they would need to repeat that story aspect in Spectre. Obviously Bond proved the bureaucrats wrong twice so it most likely won't show up again (in a while at least).



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Craig ones were great, Quantum of Solace wasn't so good but the rest makes up for it I think. The reboot was bound to happen after how disliked the last Brosnan film was, sadly. I think the future Bond films will be independent like you said, maybe there will be references, probably, but I doubt they take something directly from the classic ones again.

If I remember correctly, in Skyfall they did want to remove the 00-Program, while in Spectre was a merge of MI5 and MI6 and then came back to removing it after Bond went alone to Mexico and Italy, causing a lot of problems to Spectre, I doubt they use this again for the next film.



 
 
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