|—||Margaret Stohl, on her just-announced Black Widow novel for MarvelYA. (via romanovasledger)|
This January, 2015 starts with a trip back to the 50’s, courtesy of writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Rich Ellis. OPERATION S.I.N. follows Peggy Carter and Howard Stark in a globe-trotting adventure into Cold War era Russia trailing an alien artifact that could upset the balance of international relations.
“When we first decided that Peggy would be one of the leads, there was no one else in my mind that would write it as well as Kathryn. To me, she not only has an amazing handle on the character of Peggy Carter—based on her [previous] one-shot—but she also understands the time period and the pressures that Peggy is under when our story begins.”
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Gandhi has been historically the most aggressive character in Civilization due to an original bug in the first game that caused him to go all-out once he reaches democracy. They just kept the thing going ever since.
To further explain this bug, because I was chatting with mothmonarch about Civilization and other strategy games last night and I never got around to explaining this fully, but I love this story:
Gandhi’s AI in the original game had its aggression set to the absolute minimum (0 on a scale of 0 to 10, I believe, I may have this wrong but the basic idea I’m about to explain is accurate, as far as I can tell). Adopting democracy lowers an AI civ’s aggression by 2 points, so when someone who is fully peaceful loses two points of aggression, they should still be nice and polite, right?
Except this is an old DOS game, and so computer math is in place. What actually happened was that Gandhi’s aggression level ticked backwards two steps, from 0 to 255. On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.
And that’s the story as I recall it, but again I may have gotten some details wrong, so feel free to correct me! After that, as the original poster said, the devs loved the bug so much that they just kept it in as a running joke!
“On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.”
I about pissed myself laughing at this.
If something is ‘old as fuck’ then it’s about 1.2 billion years old because that’s when life evolved sexual reproduction.
However, if something is “old as balls” it’s only about 65 million years old, when placental mammals began to evolve proper testicles.
Oh also one more re: Gamergate, just one more: Here’s a tweet from Greg Tito, Editor in Chief of The Escapist about how The Escapist doesn’t support harassment; he separately tweeted that he doesn’t either. Why would a person make these sorts of tweets? Well, based on this collection of tweets, it sure seems he’s tweeting that because the Escapist strongly supports harassment and Greg Tito also really seems to supports harassment, specifically the harassment of women! Seems like he supports it with both of his puny little hands, so wires sure got crossed somewhere. Basically, the Escapist wanted to publish a series of interviews (the sample questions of which are too braindead for words) with “Game developers” about gamergate-y issues, but exclusively game developers who hang out on 4chan. Hijinx ensued. When it was pointed out to him that one of the game developers has actively plotted out how to drive a lady to suicide, Tito’s response is “I personally do not agree with his opinions or his actions, but he sadly holds a viewpoint many do." Great job A+, asshole!
(End of a long week so I thought I’d spend the night in, relaxing, drinking some bourbon and having some good times and laughs, listen to some tunes. This is how that plan’s gone… This is what’s become of me… God said ha into my butt…)