Typically Gabe just scowls when stubborn traces of French II surface in a conversation, but yesterday he decided instead to mine la belle langue for his own perverse ends.
Most of us are probably still familiar with the term "Foxed," I imagine - it is the process by which your Aliens mod, done in reverence, a natural outgrowth of your obsessive enthusiasm for a corporation’s intellectual property, gets you sent a terse communique on official letterhead. The old Cease and Desist, as it is called. No actual foxes are involved. I know there are still furs who read the site on occasion, and I apologize if I got your hopes up.
Since it is usually my presumption that things will go terribly awry, off the rails so to speak, possibly off a cliff to be submerged in lava, whenever I hear about a fan project - pure of heart, as I said, done only in reverence - I try to avoid mentioning it. I hate that, but if the powers that be can pinpoint a single S&M Strawberry Shortcake amongst the high-grown wilds of Interspace, I don’t want to be the one to instigate a good and proper foxing. Again, just so there’s no confusion - it’s a neologism, jargon: class, legal. No foxes.
So it’s actually kind of fun to mention King’s Quest IX: The Silver Lining, because Vivendi Universal has (in what I find to be a startling manuever) given them the go ahead.
I hope that this "royal seal" draws talent out of hedges and holes that might otherwise have simply observed the process from a safe distance, outside what you might call the effective range of the legal apparatus. Such a game is like a no-cost expedition into the dark twists of Sierra’s sleeping archive. If it produces a hit, a strike somewhere in that twilight realm, they already own the rights and can make excellent decisions regarding the franchise in the future.
Halo Zero I saw mentioned over at 1up, a sidecroller like Codename: Gordon but locked into the Halo franchise instead of Walve’s own scrumptious continuity. I don’t know if it gets much bigger, in raw brand terms, than Halo - and I haven’t heard word one about retaliation of any sort. It’s pretty neat, and I get the impression that H0 is a codification (perhaps?) of Eric Nylund’s prequel novel, The Fall of Reach. It was made in France, which I think lends this post a nice sort of concenptual continuity.
sun so hot i froze to death
I am still recovering from last night’s dinner and auction for Child’s Play. To say that the evening was a huge success would be the understatement of the year. Just to give you an idea of how incredible last night was let me give you some numbers. At the dinner last year we raised just over $17,000 which we thought was a respectable amount. This year we raised $82,100.
The generosity of the crowd at last night’s dinner was staggering to say the least. Tycho and I would often start the bidding for a particular item at $50 and immediately someone in the audience would yell out “five hundred!” From there things would just get ridiculous with people topping each other’s bids not by $50 increments like we suggested but by hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars.
The live auction culminated in a bidding war over an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic strip. The scene played out like something from a movie. We started the bidding at $100 but almost immediately someone in the audience yelled out “ten thousand!” Tycho literally fell off the stage. I started doing the “going once, going twice” thing assuming we had a clear winner but before I could finish I heard “twelve thousand!” The two of them battled it out, each one raising the bar by a thousand dollars with every bid until it finally reached $16,000. The bidder who had originally called out the $10,000 bid remained silent for a few minutes and it looked like his opponent might win the comic strip appearance with his bid of $16,000. However before we could call it sold he shouted “twenty thousand!”
The crowd exploded.
Going once, going twice, sold for $20,000 to bidder number 111.
Everyone was on their feet applauding and cheering.
Eventually things settled down as people worked on their desserts. Robert took the stage at the end of the evening to give everyone the final tally. When he announced that we had taken in $82,100 the place erupted again.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the dinner last night. I’d also like to thank the sponsors who donated all the amazing gifts and the enforcers who helped us set up and run the event. Last night a representative from Children’s hospital took the stage and speaking about Child’s Play she said that plenty of people intend to do good, but you guys are actually doing good.
DOA is very much not our series when it comes to fighters. I play them, because they are beautiful to look at - but the fighting has always felt pretty loose to me in comparison to a Soul Calibur or a Guilty Gear. All this said, it’s a game that gets popped in at social gatherings because it’s extremely accessible.
Frankie did a really great write-up on Spartan-458, the Halo character that ended up in Dead or Alive 4. There’s some information about the way an armored cyborg might fight, etc. I found it delicious.
This shit is PIMP!