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Welcome to the Easy Allies Forums!
Hey y'all, welcome home!
Brent here, I made your new site. Please let me know if you find any bugs or anything in your travels: email@example.com
I think a lot of these rules aren't really necessary for a community like this, but here they are anyway:
- Don't be a dick.
- Don't be racist, sexist, or anything-else-ist.
- If you discuss something like politics or religion here, please remember that this is a video game forum and take it down a notch.
- I realize we're all new users at the moment, but please welcome people new to the Allies or new to forums.
- Please notice the spirit of the rules. Just because something isn't forbidden doesn't mean it's allowed.
Now that that's out of the way, get discussing!
New Posting Plugin
Just installed a new plugin as requested by Tim O'Keefe, so you can thank him for this:
(If you post a link to a twitter status, it'll automatically turn into a tweet embed.
The twitter embed will not work in the preview pane, so don't get too excited when it doesn't show.
RE: Just something to remember...
I guess I'm not supposed to say this, but I always use ad blocker everywhere. I pay for sites I can pay for like youtube, eza, and siftd. I would much rather a subscription or donation based internet than be bombarded with bullshit ads. A lot of sites now offer some sort of "pro" plan you can pay for which removes ads that they advertise in their ad slots, so I sign up for those. I think ads are only going to get more and more devalued over time, and I want to support alternate systems.
RE: Thank You
I was devastaded when GT was shut down... I love these guys, their genuine love for games, and their passion for making enjoyable videos. When Easy Allies was announced, I cried tears of joy. Even though I am only $1 patreon, I'm proudly supporting them, and will support EZA as long as either they exist, or I live.
Just so you understand how valuable that $1 is: back in the day, the average user on GT watched about 2.5 videos a day (saw 1 ad), and we got a $3.5 CPM on video ads when we had ads to show (we didn't necessarily and honestly, it wasn't typically $3.5). So the average user was worth about $0.11 / month as a best case scenario. This was in like 2007-9 though, today, you'd be lucky to get a $1 CPM. I'm not factoring in regular page ads, cause they're like $0.30 CPM. Add a few cents to these numbers if you want to compare.
So in short, by my unassailable math and memory, you are worth about 25 regular people. Feel free to tell the next 25 people you meet.
RE: A few suggestions
@Moogle_Bastion I like the sentiment, but I worked on GT every day for years to get it to where it was at its height. I worked on easyallies.com for a few weeks, because that's what was budgeted.
If you guys come up with new features you'd like to see, that's great, but keep in mind that all of this is constrained by budget. There are a lot of advantages to not being owned by a big corporation anymore, but you need to be realistic about the resources available.
Warcraft The Movie
As a preface, I've been playing WoW on and off since beta, so I'm pretty well-versed with the setting, but the Warcraft movie takes place essentially during Warcraft 1, so I was pretty rusty on my lore other than recognizing a few names. The point is, I'm not filling in blanks in the story with my own knowledge.
Spoilers: All of it.
Man, what a unique mess. Warcraft isn't a bad movie. It's also not a good one. I really wanted to nail down what didn't work in the movie, cause there were parts that were undoubtedly awesome. Duncan Jones, the director, has made two movies prior to this: Moon, and Source Code. Source Code is pretty good, but Moon is a masterpiece. Both movies are smaller, more personal stories with unique sci-fi elements to show you something about the human condition. Instead of using a sci-fi (or magic) element to do that in Warcraft, he uses the Orcs to show us what it means to be human. The movie's stubborn refusal to make the orcs the "bad guys" is the best thing about it. The CG is also so good that I think I preferred the orc acting to the human acting, but we'll get to that in a minute. Warcraft had a lot of very good ideas in it, but either didn't have the time, or maybe too many cooks involved to get it right.
The movie also has a very interesting depiction of magic, which isn't necessarily different from the games, but it's decidedly utilitarian. It takes time to cast spells, and big ones take even more time and aren't necessarily going to go right, even for an old master. I really liked how magic was treated, and only wish there had been a few more mages as part of the army. I think you could make a case that then there should've been orc shamans doing stuff too, and it would've escalated from there, so keeping it simple was likely the right call.
Durotan's story and character are much better than Lothar, the human hero. Durotan's torn between doing what he thinks is right and risking the survival of his clan. The reality is that whatever the cause, his old planet is dying, he has to go with Gul'dan through the portal. The trip through the portal is actually one of the coolest scenes in the movie. Draka, Durotan's pregnant wife/mate/whatever goes with them through the portal and the process is hard on her and she gives birth to a very weak (dead?) baby. Gul'dan sucks the soul out of a nearby deer and brings him back to good health (life?). Gul'dan, while ostensibly the main villian of the movie is probably not unlike Medivh, someone who was once a good leader, corrupted by the fel magic. We as viewers may realize that this baby is in fact, Thrall, the main hero of WoW, and a principle enemy of Gul'dan. It would've been so easy to have Gul'dan say something like "You should've obeyed orders and not come through" and it look like the baby would die, then through love or some shit, the baby survives. I think 99% of directors would've played this scene like that, and the way it was done was vastly superior. There's a lot of little moments like this, where the movie could've been cliched and boring, and it just isn't.
Oh man, whoever did the casting for this movie needs a good swift kick in the privates.
Lothar is the commander of the army. He's also the Queen's brother, so it's probable he had at least noble upbringing, and he looks like he just stepped off a pirate ship and put on some armor. I like that actor a lot, but he just didn't fit the character of Lothar at all. He's also too young. I realize he's supposed to be the hunky protagonist, but he has a 20ish yr old son, and he's the commander of the army. He looks maybe 35, 40 if you push it, but he should really be 50.
King Lane: I don't know if you guys have watched the new show on AMC, Preacher, but you should. King Lane and Queen Lane are both in it. It's super weird to have them as a couple in both things, both airing at basically the same time. Anyway, while I like Dominic Cooper a lot, he's about as kingly as my butt. He does not come off as regal, or a fighter that commands respect like Lothar.
Garona: I guess the casting is fine, but I did not like how Paula Patton played her at all. She was way too vulnerable and reluctant about everything. She looked like she was saying "I'm sorry!" at all times during the second half of the movie. I realize that's what she was going for, I just don't think that's how it should've come off. She should've been resolved in her fate and determined to do what she can with what she's got, instead she just seems like a damsel.
Khadgar: In the sense of the movie, Kadghar was fine, but he is an absolute badass in WoW, so it would've been nice to get a hint of what's to come. I don't really see the guy in the movie ever turning into the guy in WoW.
Medivh: Holy shit. Best for last. When I originally heard that Ben Foster was playing a wizened old wizard, I was super worried. However, Ben Foster is a fantastic actor, so he made it his own. He always seems like he's thinking of something else at all times, and interacting with the other people out of necessity, which when you think about it, is true. I think he should've tried to take his own life or something once he realized what he'd done, and then weakened, the demon overtakes him, instead of it just happening, but whatever, small quibbles.
- Orc home planet is dying (probably because of Gul'dan), so they send raiding party to Azeroth to kidnap some people so their souls can fuel the gate for the rest to come through. This is great. I get why good people would get caught up in this invasion, everyone is just trying to survive, great.
- Baby Wizard Khadgar finds some Fel, knows it's bad stuff and we go get Medivh. This whole section is super expository, but we also need the exposition, so it's hard to get too mad it it. Would've liked a little more history between Lothar and Medivh weaved in here. Clearly they have had adventures together, but they don't even so much as give it a "remember that thing with the dragon?"
- Human heroes fight Orc heroes, Garona gets captured, Medivh find some fel magic, believes baby wizard. This battle was pretty rad, we get to see Lothar effortlessly end a bunch of orcs, some magic stuff, and it moves the plot forward in two different ways: Garona, and Medivh fell stuff.
- Garona explains everything to humans. This part really got me. So is she a traitor or what? She certainly told the humans every single question they asked, but the whole time is acting like she's an orc and she's the enemy. Her actions and demeanor do not match at all.
- We go see the gate, meet Durotan, set a meet. This part sucks, it's just there to move pieces around the board.
- Durotan and humans meet, get betrayed, Lothar's kid dies after Medivh's lightning wall fucks up and locks him on the orc side. I don't get why Durotan didn't sneak away and do this meet alone. He's betraying the entire horde doing this, bringing along his clan makes it a clan action, and all of them liable for retribution (as we see). If he'd done it on his own, then he alone would get the retribution. I wish he'd at least tried to go alone, and his men had refused to let him go into harm's way alone or something. He get's betrayed by his buddy (I'm seeing his name is Ogrim from IMDB now, but fuck if I could get that from the movie), but we never really see the loyalty, or really even anyone else in his clan, so the betrayal comes off a little wrong. The whole thing with Medivh doing the lightening wall, but being off his game and getting a few soldiers trapped on the wrong side is great.
- Garona and Medivh chat about her parentage. Medivh is her dad, right? How did she not pick up on that? Why is this in the movie? If he is her dad, which is heavily implied, and since it's a fucking movie, implied means fact, then why didn't they do anything with it?
- Baby Wizard knows something's up, heads to Dalaran to talk with the Kirin Tor. So Dalaran and the Kirin Tor are all up in WoW, so I knew who they were, but man did they not earn their place in the movie. You're like, who? A bunch of wizards in a council? Why were they not helping? Who are these guys? What's that cube? Why is Glenn Close (!!!!) in it? What happened after we cut away? This whole sequence is just garbage, and I'm not convinced it needed to be in the movie.
- Lothar and Garona bang. I get why they have sex. He's a badass and she respects fighters, and while green, Garona is super hot, and Lothar just lost his kid and is likely looking for some respite from grief. However, after that they're super in love, and they just haven't earned that at all.
- Humans argue about what to do. Another garbage scene. The king ignores Lothar's warnings about Medivh because he's stricken with grief, even though what he's saying makes sense. However, Lothar really doesn't have enough information to think Medivh is bad yet. Medivh easily could've just screwed up the spell and Lothar's son was a casualty. It's war, shit happens. Why assume Medivh is evil? Just cause he burned baby wizard's pages? Then they march off to war without their commander. Idiots.
- Durotan, in a final effort to show that Gul'dan is bad, challenges him to a fight. This scene is probably the most important in making the orcs into real people instead of just LOTR-goblin bad guys. The orcs demand that Gul'dan answer the challenge, and when he cheats, they are pissed. Gul'dan transitions into tyrant instead of secret bad guy. If we get a second movie, it'll be interesting to see this dynamic evolve and if the Horde splits over this. RIP Durotan.
- Idiot Humans & Garona head to gate and accomplish nothing, Lane asked Garona to murder him to help her survive and work with the orcs on the inside. Man, I get that you needed a final battle, except that we, the viewers, know that none of it matters. Why did Medivh send them there? What if they'd actually gotten through and killed Gul'dan? Why do they think Durotan has any chance of killing Gul'dan? They know the main horde knows of his betrayal, so by logic, he really should be dead or at least in a cell. Instead they march into certain death to save a few hundred humans. The whole Garona killing Lane thing is an interesting idea, but even when it's happening you're like "fuck, they're setting up another movie right now."
- Khadgar & Lothar vs. Medivh. This is great, up until Khadgar just magics the fel out of Medivh with no explanation. Did Glenn Close in the cube give him something to help? Maybe it's a deleted scene, but something to explain why he as a demonstrably worse wizard than Medivh can do that was really required.
- Lothar flies down, fucks up Blackhand and rides off with King's body. Man, I get that Lothar's supposed to be a badass warrior, but he doesn't try, ever. He just wins. Even the final showdown thing against the guy who killed his kid, he just Jason Bournes him down in a split second. We get no explanation as to why he's like 10x the fighter anyone else is either. It's cool, especially against orc grunts, but his end fight could've used a little effort.
- Movie ends with almost no resolution. I mean, bummer. Durotan and his wife are dead. Lothar's kid is dead. King is dead. Medivh is dead. Gul'dan is alive (and still is in WoW), so Garona isn't just going to shiv him the first chance she gets (although that's exactly what she should do). Lothar and Garona don't get to have light-green babies. Khadgar I guess is the guardian now, but they don't really talk about it, and we don't know what that means anyway. I really wish something had happened. We're basically back where we started with a few less likeable characters.
Warcraft is a hot mess. I still liked watching it, and will probably see a sequel if it gets one.
RE: Ally Introductions
Name - Brent
Located - Charlotte, NC
For a living I - program websites and do music analysis.
Non-gaming Hobby(ies) - Reading / TV / Movies - anything with a story
Gaming Historical facts - Quake 2 made me love games forever. I could've quit before that.
Firm believer that - I will spend my final years fully immersed in VR, and it will be amazing.
Champion of - Smash Bros, Dark Souls
PSN - Zubaz
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Twitter - @ultimatebrent
RE: Auto-reload the front page
Open up the webpage, then in the address bar, paste this:
It'll refresh the page every minute until you close the tab. Do something like
30 * 60 * 1000to make it 30 mins. You can set that as a bookmark too, then you can trigger it whenever you want.
EDIT: Note that this won't work on the forums, and they live update anyway.
RE: A few suggestions
Clearly forums and the main site are their own platforms and doesn't "talk" with each other. But if/when the site evolves, it would be awesome to have a profile on the main site as well. That profile would have a linking possibility with user's Patreon account, which then would add those videos that the Patron is qualified for (Cup of Jones etc.) to the main site's video feeds. That would be great and would result in less checking from multiple sites.
I poked around with the Patreon API a bit actually. It was originally going to be the only way to log into the forums, and it would pull in your support level and stuff. We decided that was a little too exclusionary, and it was more important to let everyone join as easily as possible vs. the integration. Also, there's probably plenty of people that don't want their donation level shared.
I'm with you on stuff like Cup of Jones and other patreon only stuff. That might be worth some sort of non-login integration after E3.