Morning Discussion: Giant Cogs Turn

If you're at all bored in the coming days, I heartily suggest checking out the Trine PC demo that was released yesterday. Gorgeous graphics, quality side-scrolling gameplay, and best of all, charm. "The Wizard had quite a reputation with the ladies," you know.

And though I'd usually prefer to play an action-filled puzzle-platformer such as this on a console, I have to say that the keyboard and mouse controls work so well, especially when drawing objects into existence as ye olde Wizard or aiming the Thief's bow and arrow, that the sheer thought of using a gamepad to do so is just ...unappealing.

From The Chatty
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    June 26, 2009 7:31 AM

    You know, The Phantom Menace sucked but the lightsaber fight in it is by far the best of both trilogies.

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      June 26, 2009 7:31 AM

      i would say top 3 fights in the trilogy. Dunno about numero uno.

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        June 26, 2009 7:35 AM

        I don't think there's any contest. It's long, well coreographed, features the use of many fundamental force powers, results in two deaths, has great music, a cool set, and the double-headed lightsaber was pretty sweet.

        I'm speaking strictly out of context here, because obviously it is the most insignificant fight in the series.

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      June 26, 2009 7:34 AM

      1. Anakin/Vader vs. Obi-Wan (before the high ground bullshit)
      2. Maul vs. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan
      3. Vader vs. Luke in ESB
      4. Vader vs. Luke RToJ
      5. Luke vs. Wampa

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        June 26, 2009 7:36 AM

        A respectable top 5 would include "Fat boy vs. self"

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        June 26, 2009 7:37 AM

        5. Luke vs. Wampa Han vs. frozen Tauntaun

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          June 26, 2009 7:38 AM

          you have a good point Sir Ajax.

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            June 26, 2009 7:39 AM

            Ugh... And I thought they smelled bad... On the outside!

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        June 26, 2009 7:37 AM

        No way the Anaklin vs Obi-Wan fight was better! It was way more epic, but it was too much ridiculous stuntwork with the environment and weird coreography. The battle in Phantom Menace seemed much more like a fight.

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        June 26, 2009 7:37 AM

        what about Han vs. Ton-ton?

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          June 26, 2009 7:39 AM

          That's just above Luke vs. AT-AT, and Luke vs. Cave Vader.

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        June 26, 2009 7:39 AM

        Your 4 is my 1. There's a lot to dislike about RotJ, but the way that saber duel plays out and is intercut with scenes from the space battle just does it for me. Particularly goose-bump inducing is Vader being all, "You are unwise to lower your defences!" and lunging in for the attack. You get the build-up of Vader coming in, lightsaber all ominously humming, Luke trying to stand his ground, James Earl Jones being awesomesauce, and then rapid-fire lightsaber activation + clashing sounds.

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        June 26, 2009 7:42 AM

        "You were the Chosen One!" :(

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        June 26, 2009 7:47 AM

        i have a weak spot for watching yoda flip out and fuck shit up, so his would be up there somewhere in mine.

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        June 26, 2009 8:20 AM

        But the high ground bit gives us a writhing incinerated Anakin!

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      June 26, 2009 7:37 AM

      I liked the mix they did on youtube where they edit out the Jar Jar stuff. In fact, TPM wouldve been an ok movie and pretty passable as a star wars film if there was no Jar Jar in it or if he had been a much better character (no 'misa misa' or slapstick antics)

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        June 26, 2009 7:39 AM

        Or if he died upon return to his home town.

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          June 26, 2009 7:41 AM

          not just died, tortured to death

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            June 26, 2009 7:45 AM

            he hadn't been around long enough in the movie to warrant that, although it would've been interesting from an artistic/political point of view.

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          June 26, 2009 7:55 AM

          "JAR JAR DIED ON THE WAY TO HIS HOME PLANET"

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            June 26, 2009 7:58 AM

            betrayed by the planet he loved.

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            June 26, 2009 8:01 AM

            I have a message: "Jar Jar Binks spaceship was shot down over the Sea of Naboo. It spun in. There were no survivors."

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        June 26, 2009 8:15 AM

        did Jar Jar even serve any purpose? besides bringing Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to the underwater city, did he actually do anything of any use throughout the trilogy?

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          June 26, 2009 8:16 AM

          He brought the sexual tension to the film.

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            June 26, 2009 8:18 AM

            now that you mention it, he did make me wanna choke a bitch with every word he spoke. oof... i'm getting hot and horny just thinking about it.

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          July 23, 2009 2:45 PM

          Surrendered all their bases to Palpatine.

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      June 26, 2009 7:42 AM

      i agree. it's close, with the ep3 fight, but this is the best.

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      June 26, 2009 7:44 AM

      Old Obi-Wan vs. Vader is actually one of my favorite fights. Even without the prequels, there's this feeling of immense history and importance to their fight. It's amazing what two good actors can accomplish with just a few lines. I actually think the prequel trilogy makes it feel less significant. It was better not knowing exactly wtf occurred between these two people.

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        June 26, 2009 7:45 AM

        Agreed.

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        June 26, 2009 7:45 AM

        You know.. I never even thought about that fight after seeing the prequels till this post.

        Hrmm.. I really need to rewatch the original trilogy again.

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      June 26, 2009 7:44 AM

      Dammit I was still posting in the ER thread, then I see this thread and am like where R MI POSTS! GRRR O_o then I figured it out...

      That said I stand by my previous observation of vader vs luke.

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      June 26, 2009 7:47 AM

      Yeah. I love the part when the shields come up, and Maul paces like a dog and Qui-Gon meditates. It was really well done.

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      June 26, 2009 7:54 AM

      4,5,1,2,3,6