Rune

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    The Post-man always rings twice. Uhm... ring ring?
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  1. Rune

    Losing my religion

    As they say, "once you go VR, you can't go flat" So I didn't think I could be interested in normal 2D games anymore - but then I found Senua Here's the trailer - note that everything is in-game graphics - nothing is prerendered cut-scenes or intros - it's the most amazing graphics I've yet to see in a video game, and being a fan of Conan, this game hits the spot like nothing else The game actually taxes my overclocked GTX 1080 to the max, already in 1920x1080 (ok, I'm running the game using Ultra settings, but still): Also this game is surely not for everyone - it's for adults and one of the most disturbing games ever made - like in schizophrenia the character you play is constantly hearing voices (auditory hallucinations). Here's an excerpt from an interview with the developers: "How does Senua’s psychosis fit in with her backstory? PF: To some extent, Senua has always seen the world differently from others, but the idea is that the profound trauma she’s experienced has triggered these symptoms. Because of her experiences, Senua has lost touch with the reality of those around her. That’s really the formal definition of psychosis. We’re all more or less prone to psychosis, depending on how we view and experience the world, but trauma can often act as a trigger. How did the latest research and thinking around psychosis feed into the game’s development? PF: We wanted to represent symptoms such as voice-hearing and hallucinations, but also to go below the surface and explore what we know about normal perception. We all tend to think that we have a clear representation of reality, but most of the time our minds are actually making it up, deciding what should be there rather than what is there. It’s a kind of controlled hallucination. This idea, too, is deeply embedded in the game: the player becomes sensitive to the visual clues and illusions around them as they progress through the world. Psychosis used to be thought of as this extreme phenomenon that was completely separate from the normal experience of the world. But we are coming to realise that there’s a continuum, and all of us are prone to becoming separate from reality. Hopefully this game will help to demonstrate that." Source: http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/mind/hellblade-senua%E2%80%99s-sacrifice-psychosis-interview And: "Cambridge-based Ninja Theory – which is the Bafta-nominated studio behind award-winning games such as DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to The West and Heavenly Sword – spent three years developing the game. Paul Fletcher, the Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience and Psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, who helped consult the team, said: “It became apparent to me that they [Ninja Theory] were doing something that was risky but important, and potentially valuable in representing experiences that most people find deeply alien. The fact that they are doing so in a first-person subjective viewpoint in a game setting, which demands that the player fully engages with the experience rather than simply passively observing it, really excites me. Indeed, it provides a great opportunity to show, in the context of the game, that all of us are creating our own worlds and realities all the time.” Tameem Antoniades, Co-founder of Ninja Theory added: “Our goal in Hellblade was to let you see the world from the eyes of another and engage you in an important subject. "Psychosis is still steeped in stigma but it is a deeply fascinating subject and deserves to be explored, experienced and shared. While a videogame can only go so far, we worked with service-users, voice-hearers and other groups collaboratively for 2 years and far from restricting our creativity, it has opened our eyes and greatly enriched the experience." Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4197522/hellblade-senua-is-based-on-real-hallucinations-suffered-by-people-with-psychosis-is-it-the-most-terrifying-game-ever/ Currently the game is on sale on GOG.com. Then again, if Senua is too much of a bad thing, there's also Moss Although it may not look like much in a small 2D 30 fps video (in VR the game is 3D, 90 fps and takes up your entire field of view or close), I would not be surprised if Moss is the VR "Game of the Year 2018" - it's simply that good: Some reviews from the lesser PS4 VR version (at least compared to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive versions): Verdict 100%: “While Moss is a short adventure, it's one filled with awe and wonder. The storytelling is superb with brilliant writing and a great atmosphere. The gameplay while basic is so much fun that you will never want to stop playing this game. [...] Moss is a masterpiece that is going to go down in the history books for the first game of this genre to work and play well in VR.” Source: https://www.gamegrin.com/reviews/moss-review/ Verdict 100%: Moss is one of those games that is, in the purest and simplest way, golden. [...] Quill is so happy to have you join her on this journey, and the camaraderie you two create is unforgettable. I highly suggest tagging along, you won’t regret it. So when she squeaks and holds up her adorable little arm, make sure you don’t leave her hanging. This is an adventure you want to experience every part of.” Source: https://www.gamespew.com/2018/03/moss-review-psvr-finds-golden-girl/ Verdict 100%: “For a debut game, Moss is a remarkably mature, intelligent, confident and purposeful game by Polyarc. And risky. [...]. But, no, the developer had a vision that this game would use VR as core to the narrative, and it has risked far lower sales to execute the game to that vision. I hope it works out, because Moss really is the best VR game we've seen to date.” Source: http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2018/02/review-moss-sony-playstation-vr.html Verdict 100%: “Moss is a flawlessly crafted experience starring a character that absolutely deserves to be the face of modern VR. Every inch of the world shows attention to detail, and a story is woven that draws you in, making you truly invested in the world and in Quill as a person. All that can be wished for is that there was more. Get on that, Polyarc.” Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2018/02/review-moss/
  2. Rune

    Losing my religion

    Got the big one today - maybe it all looks better now Not sure if the large statue looks much better than the small one: Also bought another display case for the handmade Faberge egg replica I got from Saint Petersburg in Russia last year - everything looks so much nicer in display cases , Lego to illustrate size! The really great idea of using such cases is that you'll avoid having to dust off displayed items
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    Doc Joes Journal

    The last weeks it's been quite hot here in Scandinavia, maybe I haven't been drinking enough water and have become dehydrated Maybe it's time to prepare for a Doctor's appointment Especially, lately I've been experiencing these awful Déjà vus - of course there's some kind of uncertainty - but I just can't help thinking I've seen these pieces before Source: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item.asp?back=%2FAUCTIONS%2FALLSUB.ASP%3F_SORT%3DYES%26Focused%3D1%26id%3D1398%26f1%3Da.MaxBid%26ODire1%3DDESC%26f2%3Di.Publisher%2C%2Bi.IssueNumber%2C%2Bi.Genre%26ODire2%3DASC%26f3%3Da.MaxBid%26ODire3%3DASC%23Item_1258919&id=1258919&itemType=1 http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item.asp?back=%2FAUCTIONS%2FALLSUB.ASP%3F_SORT%3DYES%26Focused%3D1%26id%3D1398%26f1%3Da.MaxBid%26ODire1%3DDESC%26f2%3Di.Publisher%2C%2Bi.IssueNumber%2C%2Bi.Genre%26ODire2%3DASC%26f3%3Da.MaxBid%26ODire3%3DASC%26pg%3D3%23Item_1258922&id=1258922&itemType=1
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    Conan Comics

    Sigh, why didn't I read that post before? Then I could have stopped myself from buying all this firewood - and Luckily I got the Ka-Zar mags too - maybe they're still worth something To top off my misguidedress I even bought some Conan art I also just bought some old prints Maybe it's just me, but I've read tons of comics and, by Mitra, none were better than the good ol' Conan books and mags I'll probably use it all for my Viking funeral
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    Anyone own a CGC 10?

    My one and only
  6. Rune

    Losing my religion

    In case someone should wonder, "why do I need a 3k PC or better for Doom VFR?" - Here are some examples of the utterly amazing in-game graphics; in virtual reality running at 90 frames per second and in 4k resolution by the use of super-sampling anti-aliasing. I bet most people have never seen a video game with such - dare I write - photo realistic graphics. Also I just increased the difficulty level from "I'm too young to die" to "Hurt me plenty". Now I feel like a grilled chicken invited to a party in the Den of Hungry Wolves Don't be fooled by the monster's eyes - it really aims like Lucky Luke I've written a slightly longer review of the game here if anyone should be interested: https://forums.oculusvr.com/community/discussion/65067/doom-vfr-works-perfectly-on-rift-no-controller-modifications-needed Then there this much more relaxing app in virtual reality - I'm spending quite some time exploring our solar system in my spaceship - think I'll take a guided tour to Jupiter later this evening and check out its moons
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    Losing my religion

    Uh-oh, actually I am running low on Rockies - but still have this one: And I've got the one Rockie to rule them all
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    Doc Joes Journal

    BTW, just won a Dracula cover by Colan (both pencils and ink), not easy to find, seems that Palmer lightboxed several of Colan's pencils, thus often it's Colan's pencils or Palmer's ink and I'm not happy for either. Love the Count's facial expression, I still remember that exact feeling when I finally got to be alone with a new girlfriend Not sure if attention is the currency on CAF; for what it's worth fun to see that my humble piece got some attention today
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    Losing my religion

    Got into a bloody vampire fight 3:05 AM last night - but I won my first Gene Colan Dracula cover Even though it's not from the original series I'm quite happy - I'll relive my own wedding night every time I look at the piece CAF link: http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1475772 Gene Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) - Wedding of Dracula #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1993). This early nineties single-issue title featured reprints of stories from Tomb of Dracula #30, 45 and 46, written by Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan inked as well as penciled this Marvel "monster-work." The cover is a very gothic scene featuring Dracula and his bride, Domini. It's a dynamic cover and I greatly appreciate the emotional content. This cover may well include a mixture of love, desire, lust and hunger; is there really anything more to life? Or maybe Darwin would insist that it all comes down to just lust and hunger Colan is a true master depicting Dracula as an anti-hero, here Dracula is shown like a true male chauvinist (or worse) about to take advantage of a woman in submission. Notice that Dracula firmly looks at the woman (Domini), while she doesn't return similar interest, and she's in the dark illustrating a gloomy and foreboding future. And her hand and fingers guide viewers toward her neck... This cover scene is a prime example of Gene Colan's fluid figure drawing style and expert use of shadow. The art has an image area of 10" x 15". I think this cover is the last cover Colan ever made for a book containing stories from the original Tomb of Dracula series, but do correct me if I'm mistaken. Colan through the ages: Colan is well regarded for his 70-issue run of Tomb of Dracula that ran from 1972 to 1978. Colan's work was always consistently strong and completely unique. Tomb of Dracula was arguably the most successful horror comic in the history of Marvel. Gene Colan had a remarkable run on Tomb of Dracula, drawing all 70 issues of what is generally considered the best horror series of the Bronze Age. Colan had a long run at Marvel, always producing high quality material. If you look at his early work for Marvel back in the Atlas era, you can see that his distinctive style was established early in his career and he never lost his talent over the course of more than four decades in working in the industry. Colan's landmark achievements included many years on Daredevil, his classic run on Howard the Duck plus, as mentioned above, drawing the entire Tomb of Dracula series. PS. Some wedding highlights - maybe not 100% as truly lovely as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but still the Count is so romantic
  10. Just won my first Gene Colan Dracula cover I'm a great fan of Colan and especially appreciate how he nailed several emotions/feelings in this piece - like love, desire, lust and hunger - and I believe it's a nice example of Colan's fluid figure drawing style and expert use of shadow: http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1475772 Now I can't help thinking, was I a better man on my own wedding night?
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    Losing my religion

    And then it did happen - just bought the big one - if not for anything else, now I can deactivate the auto-search on Ebay and don't have to check for new Batman statues every day! Pics from the seller - it should be NM (Actually I don't have to display it or open the box - I could just store it )
  12. Rune

    Losing my religion

    Uh-oh, you didn't, did you Now we need to listen to this song all evening, sigh And we'll need to finish these bottles too!
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    Losing my religion

    Just sold a book - the second book I've ever sold - am I slowly turning into some cynical comic book speculant Still there's hope - if the buyer doesn't like it, I could have it back It's this book: Of course I'd never have sold that book if I didn't have Joe's backup My wife thinks I'm kind of pathologically attached to my books - but of course I'm not - Now I'll enjoy a randomly chosen song with no association to the sale of a highly beloved potentially B.S.P.C.C.A.V.A. approved pedigree WP book which I may never - ever - hold in my arms again
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    Doc Joes Journal

    My eyes must be getting old and weary, but visiting your collection on CAF I couldn't see any new pieces I think my Yoda-like CAF mentor once recommended keeping things fresh on CAF Well, haven't bought much art lately, no more wall space, don't like art in a portfolio which I rarely take time to open...
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    Losing my religion

    Just saw another of the original pieces made for the Barry Smith Tupenny portfolio - it's this one: It's not one of my favorites - which may explain the bargain price - you can get it here for 75k http://tri-stateoriginalart.com/barry-windsor-smith/barry-windsor-smith-1974-conan-portfolio-plate/