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#1286129
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I’ve been in Austin, TX for the day with my wife and kids. They surprised me by taking me to Pinballz Arcade where I played an embarrassing amount of pinball games! Highlights included early 90’s era Star Wars and Indiana Jones Trilogies pinball machines, Sega’s Star Wars Trilogy Arcade game, and an original ‘70’s Atari Star Wars Arcade vector graphic game. It was too much fun. I have to admit, though, the biggest thrill was when I successfully got the T-Rex to eat my ball on the classic Jurassic Park pinball.

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#1285086
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<em><strong>Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order</strong></em> (Video Game)
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That’s kinda too bad. I always dug that dismemberment cheat code for Jedi Outcast. Once I found out about it I wouldn’t play the game without that turned on. It just felt so much more “right”. And it was always hilarious the random times you’d casually walk by a Stormtrooper without attacking and he’d literally fall to pieces at your feet.

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#1284976
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Star Wars Games
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I would assume by physical release they mean actual physical media as opposed to digital downloads. And I have to assume, at least in the case of PC games, they are updated to run on current generation operating systems. At least some of the games likely have updated resolution and possibly updated graphics. For example, I know Bounty Hunter is supposed to be the same version available for download on the PlayStation Store for the PS4 which advertises as “Re-experience Star Wars Bounty Hunter™ for PS2™ like never before! Featuring full 1080p up-rendering and offering enhanced features such as Trophies, Shareplay, Remote Play, Activity Feeds and Second Screen support for game manuals with ‘PS Vita’ or PS App.”

As for the NES thing, I bet it is an actual NES cartridge. But I don’t know for sure.

JEDIT:
They have indeed made actual NES cartridges…

https://limitedrungames.com/products/galf-nes

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#1284272
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<em><strong>Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge</strong></em> (Disney Theme Park)
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That’s cool. Love the OT items like the comm link and Emperor and Yoda canes. The coolest item, imo, might be Luke’s lamp from Dagobah that Yoda tries to steal. Who’d have ever thought we’d get a replica of that?

I doubt the helmets were made specially for the park. There are several prop replica companies in the US and UK that sell prop and costume replicas created from screen used and production made sources. Saying they’re “from the original molds” might be a bit of marketing slight-of-hand. Not exactly untrue, but perhaps a bit misleading.

Jedit:

I’d strongly suspect this is the source of the royal guard helmet… Pretty sure Anovos made a TIE pilot helmet too.

https://www.anovos.com/products/star-wars-imperial-royal-guard-helmet-accessory

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#1284242
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I appreciate that. If there is one thing my children will not be, it is ignorant. We take them to museums, and national parks, travel all over the country (and will begin traveling internationally as they get a bit older), read them history and science, grow a vegetable garden, and just generally teach them about anything and everything we possibly can. Of course, me being a huge nerd about aviation and space exploration means they get a LOT of exposure to that spectrum… living within an hour’s drive of NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center doesn’t hurt either haha!

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#1284235
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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They handled everything just fine. They’re smart kids and we’ve always been open and honest about life and death and whatnot. But we’ve also been very clear about reality vs tv and movie magic. They are very aware that what they’re seeing onscreen is not real no matter how convincing it looks. (In fact, my five year old was incredibly excited about the fact that what he was going to see was “all real and not pretend!” when I took them to see the Apollo 11 documentary at a local theater earlier this summer. I suppose that’s another important point; I’ve exposed them to a lot of stuff like that that many young kids might not sit through these days).

As for the PT, nah. I’m not interested in sitting through those any time soon. They can watch those on their own time in a few years if they want. Regarding the newest films, in short: not yet. I feel like there’s some things in those that are still too intense, scary, or otherwise just not appropriate for kids so young. I mean, all the Disney era films are PG-13 and I feel each warrants that rating for one reason or another.

Incidentally my five year old was asking me about the other Star Wars movies as I tucked him in tonight. I explained that some weren’t appropriate for children his age (something we’ve told them about many things before, not just movies). I also told him how when I was a kid, the three he’s now seen were the only Star Wars movies there were and that they are still the best ones (a little white lie since I actually like R1 and TFA a bit more than ROTJ). I’m not sure he’s totally convinced but that at least satiated him for bed time. I suspect he’ll keep asking about watching the other Star Wars movies…

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#1284056
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Back in February I showed my kids (boys aged 3 & 5) Star Wars via 4K77 prior to taking them to Disney World. Of course they absolutely loved it and thoroughly enjoyed all the Star Wars stuff in the park (we decided to wait until they’re a bit older to commit to doing the whole Galaxy’s Edge attraction).

Well, this week I had the extreme pleasure of showing them the entire Original Trilogy. They had been asking to watch Star Wars again and my wife and I decided that if they could handle it, they could handle the other two as well. So we watched 4K77, ESB Despecialized 2.0, and 4K83 over the last week. It was such a pleasure re-living these films for the first time through my kids eyes. Their excitement during the action was palpable. Their awe and fascination were clearly visible on their faces. I often felt almost like I myself was seeing the movies for the first time. My 3 year old exclaimed “Whoa!” at every show stopping explosion or action stunt. My five year old’s nose and brow immediately crinkled into a frown of extreme disbelief at the father revelation (he was absolutely adamant that Vader was lying. It was so cute!).

To everyone who worked on or contributed to these projects in any way at all, I wish to express my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. This has been an experience I’ve been looking forward to for many years. It did not disappoint!

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#1283535
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Shopping Maul said:

canofhumdingers said:

Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

My two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought Star Wars was pretty huge and fast and mind blowing when I showed them 4K77 in February. Certainly quite far from simple.

When I was 5, I took Adam West completely seriously as Batman! No, I was referring to people in general who are now experiencing the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy. In its day Star Wars felt somewhat like GOTG does now, but obviously back to back they are very different thanks to the 40 year gap between them. All I was saying is that, in comparing say TESB to TLJ, we should factor in the different eras in which they were made. Obviously things that worked for TESB in 1980 might not work for a movie made in 2017.

Haha, I have the entire series boxed-set of Adam West Batman and watch it regularly with my kids!

I get what you’re saying and agree there’s at least something to it. But I also don’t think old films should automatically be dismissed or glossed over so easily because the good ones can and do still pack a powerful punch on audiences. I remember showing some of my friends in college the original King Kong and Seven Samurai. Even friends who I never thought would be interested in such old (or subtitled!) movies were totally into both films and really enjoyed them!

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#1283407
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

My two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought Star Wars was pretty huge and fast and mind blowing when I showed them 4K77 in February. Certainly quite far from simple.

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#1276894
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AFI Silver Theater in Washington DC area showing Episodes 1-8
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Oooh the AFI Silver is an awesome theater! I don’t live in DC but I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a few films there over the years. Saw Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth just before Halloween one year and Orson Wells’ The Stranger while on a random business trip. Both were 35mm prints. I’d love to see Star Wars there!

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#1276317
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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Can’t remember if I’ve posted in this thread or not. Either way, these ranks assume all films are their original theatrical versions.

  1. Tie: SW and ESB
  2. see above
  3. R1
  4. TFA
  5. ROTJ
  6. Solo
  7. TLJ
  8. TPM
  9. ROTS
  10. AOTC

I love the top 5, quite like 6 & 7, and am mostly indifferent to the PT (but that indifference is largely because I am free to just not ever watch them).

Jedit: curse you forum software! It’s automatically screwing up my numbering. R1 should be number three and so on down the list because there is a tie for spot #1 and therefore there is no second place!

Return of the Jedit: I fixed it, kinda.

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#1275518
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Project 4K80
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Dreamastered V2 is impressive but it’s still got a lot of issues. Some of the colors (especially the lightsaber duel in the carbon freeze chamber) are still very… odd looking. And there’s a LOT of digital cleaning artifacts. Lots of partly or completely erased laserbolts. And things that move quickly, especially in the foreground, can be quite weird as random parts get erased. It’s incredibly impressive what he was able to do with such a rough and faded source, but personally I prefer either the original grindhouse or Harmy’s latest version (V2 still I think?) of despecialized. But that’s largely because I personally prefer a recreation or slightly faded colors over digital artifacts and erasures.

Still, dreamaster’s work is incredibly interesting and I do enjoy having it as another option when I get the itch to watch ESB.

As for finding dreamaster’s V1 or 2, eh… you’ll probably have to track him down and ask him. They’re hard to find on purpose from what I understand.

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#1275117
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Yep. I kinda fall on both sides of this argument. I personally love Rogue One and don’t think it directly contradicts or detrimentally (keyword!) retcons anything from the OT. But it’s also not the cleanest/neatest way they could’ve handled bringing the dialogue to life and connecting the two films (R1 and ANH).

And, heck, the whole ending of R1 is quite convoluted. They close the shield gate which traps our heroes. So our heroes decide to transmit the plans instead, knowing they can’t escape the planet. But to transmit the plans they have to blow a hole in the shield gate, i.e. The very thing trapping them on the surface and forcing them to transmit (rather than carry) the plans… it really doesn’t make any sense. I can kinda rationalize it by thinking “well, they know they can’t get out and even blowing a hole in the gate would be a really dicey chance of getting off planet. But at least they can send the plans through the hole first to ensure they get out and then our heroes can make their best effort to escape once they know the plans made it.” But ultimately it’s rather sloppy writing. But I still love the movie!

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#1274840
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Also, the flaw wasn’t the exhaust port, it was the volatile reactor.

Bingo. He made the volatile reactor, the rebels had to figure out a way to actually get to it and blow it up, and the only way they could find required the budding space wizard to pull off an impossibly hard task that nobody else could. Doesn’t contradict or diminish Star Wars in any way, imo.

As for other stuff like the inconsistency of Vader at the end of R1 vs beginning of SW… Eh. I can see why it rubs some people the wrong way but it doesn’t bother me.

In rogue One, it’s the heat of battle at the end of a completely unanticipated sneak attack. Vader is in a desperate search to stop those plans from being stolen and it’s likely he told his troops to split up and search everywhere while he does the same. Whether it be luck or the Force, he finds them first and acts rather than waiting for his troops to gather. And it’s not CERTAIN he knows those guys have the plans on that disc or even sees the disc. I think arguments could be made either way and I’m willing to go with the idea that he doesn’t know about the disc and that he’s trying to wade through the rebels to get to the Tantive IV where he believes the plans are.

Once we see him in SW, they’re no longer in the frantic battle at Scariff. They’ve caught their prey who have no chance of escape. They can plan their assault accordingly so Vader sends in his Stormtroopers to do the dirty work and then he strolls in calmly to oversee the mopping up. It’s the difference between a desperate reaction to a sneak attack and the calm & deliberate capture of helpless prey.

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#1273844
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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The term “glass cockpit” doesn’t mean there aren’t buttons. It just means the flight instruments are video screens instead of analog dials.

Glass cockpit of an Airbus A320:

Analog cockpit of a 727:

Jedit:
And I have no problem with both being in Star Wars just like both currently exist in the real world (though most analog cockpits are on older planes these days) and there are LOTS of planes that have been partially updated over the years to be a bit of a Frankenstein hybrid between the two.

But I agree that many of the prequel designs look too different aesthetically to really feel like they fit with the OT stuff. They’re too sleek and clean and neat, whereas the OT designs are more rugged and utilitarian.

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#1272340
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Yeah the shot right before that is his A-wing spinning out of control along the SSD hull with laser fire all over the place and an x-wing right behind him that gets blown to smithereens. I think it’s pretty well implied his A-wing has been shot down and (at most) he’s just doing his best to make it count for something. I think an argument could also easily be made that he was totally out of control at that point and it was just blind luck (or the force…) that he happens to crash directly into the bridge. But whether he has any steering control or not, if you watch the scene I think it’s pretty obvious he’s crashing because he’s been shot down, not because he made a conscious choice to be a kamikaze.

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#1272222
Topic
Star Wars Games
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Continuing further into the single player campaign, I don’t want to spoil too much, but if you didn’t care for the handling of Luke’s character in TLJ, you might want to give this game a shot…

Really enjoying the story. It has some very neat ideas. And there was once sequence that brought back some fond memories of Dark Forces: Jedi Knight. It wasn’t any kind of direct homage, but it involved bugs and just reminded me of that level(s?) where Kyle Katarn gets pestered by these things:

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#1271855
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<em><strong>Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge</strong></em> (Disney Theme Park)
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This looks like it’s going to be so much fun. We just took our kids to Disney World for their first time. We only did two parks: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It was such a blast. We did the Star Wars ride twice, the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular (the kids LOVED that show!) and we signed up for a special Star Wars “Galactic Dessert Party”. The party included some pretty creative Star Wars themed desserts as well as kid friendly and adult beverages from the GFFA, plus you got to meet Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren. It was also patrolled by First Order Stormtroopers who then escorted you to special reserved seats for the Star Wars themed fireworks show.

It pales in comparison to what’s coming with the whole new land, but it was so much fun! And the Stormtroopers would talk to you! I don’t know how they did it exactly, because we realized they were using pre-recorded lines (that sound just like the movies) but they must’ve had tons of lines to choose from because they always had an appropriate response no matter what you said to them. My wife almost got us “arrested” when she asked one “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” His reply: “You think you’re so clever, don’t you”. And they told my kids (wearing Stormtrooper t shirts), “your loyalty is appreciated, citizen”. It was a blast.

As for the long lines, they aren’t a problem if you have a wife who is an absolute ninja master at the fast passes. I don’t know how she did it, but she learned all the tricks and we rode everything we wanted (sometimes more than once!) and never stood in line more than about 30 mins. And the vast majority of the time we were in line less than 10 mins per ride. Even in the newly opened, crazy popular and crowded toy story land. She gets major props for whatever magic she was working!

I don’t know when we’ll be back but we are DEFINITELY going back sometime for the new Star Wars land.

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#1271571
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Star Wars Games
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Wow, $9 is a killer deal. I paid $30 for the pc version (I debated between it and the PS4 disc that can be had easily for $20). But with as much as I travel for work, having it on my laptop that I can bring with me was worth an extra $10. Plus I don’t have to pay the $50 yearly PSN fee to play online.

So far I’ve played the first few minutes of the single player campaign, and yeah, I’m addicted too! It just looks SOOO GOOD! Even better than the first Battlefront (which itself was astonishingly gorgeous) and the story so far is pretty cool. Looking forward to trying out other gameplay modes and characters soon.